Wednesday, September 22

Vertigo, nauseau, tingling, oh boy!

Started with the tingling of half of my face about a week and a half ago. Not technically 'numb' but it feels only tingly. Until I touch my cheek/lips/face with my hand, toothbrush or whatever, it then gets super sensitive, a little painful when shaving. When brushing my teeth, if I happen to press too hard or leave the electric brush in one place too long, even my gums feel over sensitive. A week ago I noticed I was getting dizzy easier than usual (normally it's mainly a balance issue). For the last few days though it's all happening at the same time. If I walk without turning my head side-to-side much, or stop suddenly, the dizziness is manageable. If however I turn quickly, either my head or whole body, it's when I stop quickly the nauseousness kicks in. Bottom line: If I move in slow motion (within reason) I'm okay. Yesterday I was riding the riding-mower in bigger and bigger circles and had to take a break after about 10 minutes because was really, dizzy. Was funny, in a weird, ditsy way. LOL. Anyway, this sort of this usually only lasts a couple of weeks, which we're hoping is true this time as well., *cross fingers* It has been a stressful last month or so. What, with the court date for the judge to tell me he finds for the credit card company. Then driving an extra couple of hours between here and Springfield. Of course there was getting bit about 50 times by either seed ticks or chiggers that introduced a bit of unexpected toxins into my system. Stress, good AND bad, threw me into a mini exacerbation (if there is such a thing). Should be getting better by the end of this week, weekend, or early next week. Therefore I just have to remain positive and believe, "It's all good, baby!" *smile*

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Tuesday, September 21

Freshly Mowed

This is the yard that I spent yesterday and a little while today mowing - - http://youtu.be/VGF-vdQneJg

Pictures of a freshly mown front yard

Here are a few pictures of the front yard of which I did some mowing today.

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5 of 8 and Latte' boy

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6 of 8

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#7 of 8

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#8 of 8

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Sunset pictures

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And yes, this is the place that's FSBO @ $75K

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Time for a haircut?

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Saturday, September 18

Biting bugs & a turtle

I made it ALMOST 10 years, but I have officially been attacked by chiggers. I know they're chigger bites because after applying nail polish, or you can use spray-on liquid band-aid solution and in doing either of these the itching stopped. Plus I've also taken Generic Benedryl to help stop the itching. Ya never know, I probably have a seed tick bite or three. Got these a couple of days ago when I was out pruning trees to make getting the riding mower under them when mowing. I was in socks and shoes, but should've been in "muck boots" (also known as rubber farm boots) that go almost to my knee. I've also got a few on my back, behind both knees, on my "bikini lines", my stomach, butt & chest. I'm pretty sure a few of the bites are also from biting flies. Heavy sigh

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This is my right ankle/shin

Right shin area with chigger bites

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This is my left

left leg shin chigger bites

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Then yesterday I was outside peeing off the front of the porch when I saw one of our cats looking at a snapping turtle about 10 feet from the house. This is the first time we've seen one on dry ground so close to the house.

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Three Japanese dancers dancing.

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This is a Missourian group that went and performed in Japan to share Ozark culture with them.

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http://youtu.be/QP-t6PXIr0 One Janeses woman One dancer dancing like a Japanese dancer :) (http://youtu.be/QP-t6PXIr0Y)

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Entering the park (http://youtu.be/bOW-aZlhMPk)

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Thursday, September 16

Some, not much

Haven't been super active today, but have gotten a few things done. For instance, got a load from the clothes dryer all hung up, folded,  & put away. There is a load in the wash machine that I'll be putting into the dryer real soon. Got the bathtub & shower scrubbed clean with Comet. Later I need to vacuum the living room.
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Just took my 'body test' (Wii) & according to that system I have the balance and mental acuity of a 23 year old. That's 22 years below my real age.
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Also, change template on my blog. I changed it because I changed the font setting on the computer and was trying to make the entire blog page (enlarged print & icons) fit on the  web page without having to scroll to the sides to see it all. Consequently, that didn't happen. Did rearrange the links and pictures though. Let me know what you think. Please?
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We got another present for our 15 year old son's birthday tomorrow. We think he'll like it. Got him another present the other day which we know he'll like better than what we bought today. That's cool though!
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Really expected Jackie Avancho to win America's Got Talent last night, but the guy who won had a good show too, plus he (IMO) would be able to make a bigger difference sooner with the million dollars than she would've.
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Wednesday, September 15

89, 96, 97 = average test scores

My daughter just isn't making enough money to live on, in Buffalo, MO, after 4 full weeks. She'll be fine, was just hoping she would get more clients so she can prove how talented she is with hair, and thus feel appreciated. With an average test score while attending school at 96%, getting a 97% on her State-board written test and for the Practical' (hands on) she scored an 89%, we know she's smart and talented, but only a few others do. We've suggested to her that she look for a salon where she'll get a base salary PLUS tips. Ultimately it's completely up to her, where she works. I trust her judgment!

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Call today for an appointment, pretty please :)

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P.S. If the person who's referred to above reads this, I want you to know that you can do exactly as you please, so please don't feel pressured. Love you !

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Back to the top, please

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P.S #2: I'm just throwing out my thoughts and am in no way asking for any specific feeling/emotion to any word I've written. Thanks for reading this far.

Decision made, or re-thought

About a week and a half ago I decided that since I had a change of attitude in the way I thought about life (no more paranoia/anger about politics, a lot less complaining), that I could lower my daily dose of generic Prozac (fluoxitine). For the last few days I've noticed changes in myself that I did/do not like. For one, I did something a couple of days that I hadn't done in a couple of years... I commented on a political post. Been diligently avoiding doing that because anything politically related just pushes my buttons. And I knew/know this! I've also noticed that my mood has been more 'down', though not depressed, just caring less about 'things', even myself. Also been a little less jovial and more easily frustrated by people who say and/or do things (or don't do what they say) that hadn't been bothering me for a long time. *sigh* So today I decided that I'm going to start taking the amount I was prescribed a few years ago. Like I said, I didn't pull a "Hyde" on my Jekyll, just feeling 'off'. Yet another thing I've been noticing that may or may not have anything to do with the reduced milligrams, but I've been getting dizzy quicker whenever I do anything even a little more labor intensive than usual. Really noticed it walking around at the Japanese Festival a few days ago. It could've been just that I walked for longer periods of time than normal though. *shrug* Then today I pruned trees in the yard so that I will be less likely to get whacked in the head when I ride the mower under the branches. While transporting the cut-down branches with the wheel-barrow over to the brush pile, I got so dizzy that I had to let go of the wheel-barrow before I fell to the ground. Not like collapsing, just had to get off my feet quickly to clear my head and vision. FYI - it's only about 50 feet from the tree to the brush pile. Taking the wheel-barrow back to the shed (75 feet), I had to stop 3 or 4 times to get 'clear' again before getting to the shed, and then rest for 30 minutes after getting back into the house. Plus I could only go about 5 feet while holding the handles up on the wheel-barrow before my back cramped and I started having even more trouble walking (usual is looking like I'm tippsy to those who don't know I have MS), plus a slight limp that doesn't help with that perception. Dizziness, back pain, and limping is NOT a good concoction!

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In other news, I did get a few short videos while at the festival, but since our upload speed is only around 263 kbps, it takes hours to upload even a 3-4 minute video to YouTube. I've got one video to upload that's around 3 minutes long, and 3 more that are under a minute. I'm just procrastinating because when one computer is uploading, it slows everyone else's (3 family members) connection speed down. I don't know why, since I'm uploading and surfing the net is all about download speed. *shrug* But there ya go. If I've got a long (over 3 minute) video to upload, I wait until bed time after everyone is off of their computers/the Internet.

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If you'd like to see some pictures of the festival, go to this page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=app_2915120374#!/album.php?aid=2061622&id=1114454619) on Facebook.

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Tuesday, September 14

How 'the calling of the clans' came to be

Short excerpt of giving information about the calling of the clans

Call of The Clans excerpt

Lighting of the firepit

This is the pit of fire that every clan throws their "sword" into.

Taking my sunglasses to the car

From the car parking lot back to the fair

All about Annabelle

Wanted a picture, but she wouldn't look at me, so I took this video with the 'plan' of nipping a picture out of the video

Coming out of the restroom

Thought some women might be interested to see how 'the other side's restroom looked. Not much different, really.

Bagpipes B4 call of theclans

Saturday, September 11

Pictures from the Buffalo Celtic Fair "Calling of The Clans" night

These are the pictures I took while we were at the fair grounds in Buffalo, Missouri to see "The Calling of The Clans". These are before the calling, which I have videos of that just need uploaded. Meanwhile, enjoy these photos :-)

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Friday, September 10

Bowling by home educators

As you probably didn't know, we (Rain & I) went bowling yesterday. Yep, I took video. The upload is about 94% 100% uploaded to my page at YouTube.The appropriate title of the video is " Bowling Home Schoolers ". It's approximately 3.5 minutes long, which took a butt-load of editing last night. *smile* Just thought you'd like a heads-up to know :-)
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P.S. We both had the best games we've had in a long, long while, especially me!

Sunday, September 5

Porch Hummers

I took a few videos of humming birds at their feeder, and combined them into a single video on September 5, 2010 Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/h6HouGSk__M -

Bathroom baby garter snake

This is what my daughter found in the bathroom this morning. It was very tiny (3 inches, maybe and skinnier than a pencil). We have no idea how or when it got into the house. We're *guessing* that the dog brought it in from outside and it slithered to the bathroom. We're clueless on this one. All 3 of these pictures are of the same snake.
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A littler closer

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Friday, September 3

Busy day not done yet

Dropped DD off at work @ 9 AM. Headed for Lebanon, which was 30 miles
in the other direction. Stopped a couple of places for specific things,
then went to the Wal-Mart super-center and got mostly non-food items.
Did get a little bit of food/meat to get us up to Tuesday when our
food-stamp allotment is allocated. Arrived home around 1 PM. Rain laid
down for a nap while I cleaned-up a *huge* amount of the non-blooming
wisteria from my *major* pruning of it yesterday afternoon. Stuffed the
55 gallon burn-barrel full to the top with wisteria vines and branches.
Since we got several inches of rain last night, I didn't burn what I put
in the barrel. Plus by the time I got finished cleaning-up for the day,
it was time to get the girl from work. Picked her up and took her and
the rest of us to Pizza Hut for supper. I definitely ate *way* too much
of my personal pepperoni "Panormous" pizza, as in the whole thing.
Should have stopped after the 3rd of 4 pieces, but didn't and now there
is a major bloated feeling in my belly.

After we got home I emptied and refilled the cat's litter boxes with
fresh litter. Oh, we bought 4 rechargeable AA's for the outside yard
lights and started them charging before we left to pick up said
daughter. After we got home I replaced the dead batteries in the 2 lamps
that needed them and now we're just waiting to see if they are the
correct kind of batteries. All I know is that they were in the area with
the solar lights, so I'm assuming they're good. The old batteries were
"Ni-CD", whereas the new ones are "Ni-Mh". Here's hoping.

Now I am off to the shower. After that I need to start some laundry in
the wash machine. Seems my work is never done. Good thing I like staying
busy most of the time, even if it includes housework as well as outdoor
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