Friday, July 29, 2016

More chipper today. I wasn't prepared to hear about a surgery yesterday, but PMS has a way of reminding one that there's an upside. I think it's the initial shock, like being popped over the nose with a rolled up newspaper. Spokane has excellent doctors, so I'm in good hands.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Feeling slightly glum. Doc says I need a partial hysterectomy. They'll leave the ovaries, remove the uterus and fix the prolapse (s). Have to speak to surgeon next week, but the guy I picked is supposed to be good without using mesh, so that's a plus.

Also, I have 3 teens, so I'm done with babies until grand kids. Intellectually, I'm cool with the procedure; there's no non-surgical option to fix things. Emotionally, it feels too young to have a hysterectomy at if age had anything to do with it.

Blech. I need chocolate.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

New covers

Smashwords needed larger covers and I didn't have large versions of the older ones, so I remade a few:

I had energy thanks to this:

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Working my way through list of things that got put off. Our youngest just turned 16 and our eldest graduated this year. A couple more years and everyone should be graduated and employed. :)

Lovely sunny day. There's pollen out but it's not bothering me inside so life is good. I haven't written yet, but the fact that I can think about it without a panic attack is progress. Meanwhile, I plan to enjoy my summer.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


My brain's been a giant blank since spring. Since I rarely do a lot of writing in the summer, that's not the end of the world, I suppose.

My granny died yesterday at 98.

I talked to my doc about the allergy thing and we're trying a couple of things. He's ex-army, badly allergic and wears a mask with a respirator all spring. My husband (retired air guard) took notes, and he's determined to have me wear one next spring. He rarely insists on anything, but I think he'll get his way and I'll be glad he did.

They were blasting rock behind my house this week for construction on the subdivision, which shook the house and left my dog shaking, too. I jumped a lot, and the kids found it exciting. We have lots of heavy equipment parked outside my back window.

Cooler than usual summer, nothing is on fire and lots of fruit on the trees, so that's good.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spring beat me up and took my lunch money. We are not friends. I'd move, but that's not a guaranteed cure all. From now on, I'm just going to take spring off.

We have a graduate! My eldest is graduating high school in a couple of days, so that's cool. Even better, he has a job and a plan for his future.

I've done no writing the last few weeks thanks to Senior Pollen, mostly because I couldn't string two thoughts together. That's okay, my boss is understanding. Por la muerte del calcitin!

My Spanish is coming along, I did my annual spring sewing and things are back to normal. God willing, I will greatly enjoy my summer. Tiene un bonito pato!

My kids are picking up a few words of Spanish, too. Hard to forget when your mom mock attacks you with a sock crying, "Death by sock!" in Spanish. My youngest finds the Spanish pickup lines hilarious and repeats them to his buddies (I wish I were cross eyed so I could see you twice). There's also the funny ones, like, "You have a beautiful duck."

There's also the fun of saying naughty things to my husband at dinner in Spanish just to see him grin. We have a secret our house, at least.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


According to Dulingo, the Spanish app, I'm now 10% fluent in Spanish. Having a great time flirting with my husband, baffling my children. It's so much fun, like knowing a secret code, and I even got John to play with the app so he can understand what I'm saying. Mi guapo hombre!

It's like a video game, so I'm powering through the lessons, eager to reach a fluent level so I can start the French course. Watching Spanish cooking shows and reading magazines helps. Amazing how much I can pick up already.
I woke to a strange sound this morning...deep, even breathing. It made me realize it's been a long, long time since I was able to do that. Also, it was 5:30 am and I was fully rested; a very rare thing.

I've been wearing three ply cotton masks all spring that helped tremendously with pollen, but according to my yearly pollen/symptom notes, I shouldn't fee this good for at least a week. The only thing I've been doing differently the last three days has been taking a Viva Lab's CoQ10 ( with a turmeric cap. I hadn't liked CoQ10 because taken alone it makes me jittery, but with turmeric, there's no issue. No idea why, but I'm sleeping better, have less muscle pain, more energy and I'm feeling rested after sleep for a change. My dreams are pleasant, too.

I gave CoQ10 and turmeric a go to deal with stress/depression (being stuck inside for weeks during pollen season will do that). I figured if I couldn't be healthy, I could at least be happy. Darned if I haven't killed two birds with one stone.

I'm leery of miracle cures, but if this helps asthma, maybe it will help my allergies and extreme chemical sensitivity, too. Regardless, I'm grateful for the relief.

As a side note, I tried nettle to help with allergies and it messed with my (tends to be low) blood sugar, causing hypoglycemia and stinging leg pain. Ouch!

I also tried a homeopathic tree pollen mix that was noticeably helpful (30-40%), but not stellar. The failed remedies did give me a good baseline for comparison with CoQ10, however, which I will keep in stock.