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Motivated to succeed, but failing miserably...

Have you ever been so determined to solve a problem that first and with all logical indications it should be so simple?

Now I ask all of you if you were trying to make shade in your backyard over your non-screened-in, in-ground swimming pool and wanted to be frugal but also make it look atheistically pleasing to your eye, which is your objective as well as the practicality of the shade for health reasons, skin protection, would that be a major problem to figure out?
Not really I hear you all saying, well that’s what we thought too.
Our idea was to make use of a few sun umbrellas lining each side of the pool and adjust them or close them according to the sun’s direction and my needs. The umbrella idea was actually Hubby’s after we both nixed the shade-cloth concept, what we got caught up on was the massiveness of it, the shade-cloth that is, that it would have to be able to cover the entire pool area and the cost would also be not effective, also the way to put it over the pool at wil…

Calm collected and non angry demeanor...

If there was only one sentence to describe you, what would it be?
Good question and one that most would have to take some time to consider.
When you were say, five; what was your main interest in life or more likely your persona?
Or is it too young of an age to remember and so you don’t have any of those memories.
What about at the age of ten?

Obstinate would be my description for both of those years, because I was a full fledged ‘Brat’ with a capital “B”, but too young to be called the witch word that rhymes.
Fortunately, we all do grow up and out of those tight perimeters if we are lucky!
Actually, that personality trait is a great one to use for redirecting into good things like persistence and perseverance, which was where mine finally turned up; when I won an award for it years later in the field of business.

Oddly enough the idea for the questions above came from my FB page, which believe it or not one of my notable FB friends is a Hollywood director, (but I will not divulge hi…

850,335,101 significant numbers...

The first number of 850 is the amount of posts of this Blog, amazing!
And the second, # 335, is my tally on my FB friends as of this minute, but it changes often even hourly and more than likely daily!
The last number, 101, is how many days that the Gulf’s eco system has been compromised, since that horrific explosion that took eleven lives and injured more than 150 people on that infamous day of April 20th !

Solemn is the way we should be about that last number above, but the others are to be regarded with unadulterated joy!
Who would have thunk it that I could continue in this realm of stream of consciousness blurting with such an obvious loyalty to a project of this much dullness and as boring to all sane natured peeps yet intriguing to the many lame brains not unlike my own not so unique self.
Ah, the joy of caring about something in-animate!
Love of people is my motivation for the other, and to always have another fair but occasionally idle minded person to mentally joust with!

Drizzle is here... and the 100th day of the Worst Environmental Disaster in US history!

It’s raining here in the rainy season of Florida, no surprise here!
But it, the rain, was kind enough to wait until after five this evening giving most of us plenty of time to enjoy all outdoor activities during the day. I am quite sure that most were done in water or with water at hand literally, since it was quite hot, nothing unusual there either; this is summer in Florida and it is our way! You either stay in air-conditioning or do the prior mentioned watery concept.
And yes, we did have another ninety degree day with heat indices in the low to mid one hundreds.
Geez, compared to much of the country we are having a cool wave!
The drizzle is maintaining a steady gentle beat and has dropped the temps a few degrees too and although its announcement of its arrival was quite low, deep and thunderous, but somehow tamed itself once its moisture released; buildups have that result.

Now we are thinking that this is just what we needed here.
With the heat and as dry as it has been the mild …

Back in the pool today!

Does anyone out there really read this nonsensical boloney that I spew out nightly for my own satisfaction of doing something tangible to prove I have minuscule capabilities?
You all do know that this is my personal mental health therapy?
Being allowed to verbalize how things are in my own little world has made me feel a wee bit useful.
As I told an FB friend just yesterday, as we all know; there is nothing new under the sun and sharing our flaws or frailties allows us to realize that as human beings we have many commonalties to compare notes on so to speak. Or to laugh at what the other guys consider problems and say, hey mine aren’t so bad after all!

So let me encourage you to listen to my reasoning on this venue of unadulterated narcissistic boldness of manner and idea I will ‘xplain myself ‘Lucy’ to all of you or any one person who might find the time and take the non-initiative to consume this fodder of my heart and soul.

Here goes… being practically an only child with older pare…

Today I went to the vampira and gave...

You know, I always wondered why when you have to have blood work done they always appear to take more than they could possibly ever need for a scientific specimen, and if you are not a carrier of a major plague or anything like that why can’t they use your blood for transfusion donations?

Today alone they must have taken four to six vials ( I lost count and tried not to continue to look the first three were interesting but the rest were just a wee bit ghoulish, you know what I mean?) just from little ole me! And you can’t tell me that they were going to use all of it!
So I asked the phlebotomist and she didn’t know either.
Where would one go for that type of information to find out?

In a world where we are trying hard to pride ourselves on ingenuity and non-wasteful ecologically sound ideas we as a people I ask you collectively, why not use all the healthy human bodily fluids that we no longer have use for or have been well tested and proven safe. The FDA could have control over thi…

Being me has become simpler than ever before, but...my rant!

Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t want an uncomplicated life?
I ask all of you, seriously.
The reason I am saying this is because for the first time in my life I am able to do what I want when I want to without anyone telling me not to.

At different times in my life I was juggling too many things but some how they always turned out just right or pretty OK.
Been there, done that has become a familiar lament of late.
Boy, it makes me angry though when others seem to know what’s better for you and they don’t even know you at all!

You see when I was able to I did it all, from working a ninety-six hour week, drove three thousand miles a month while raising two teenagers while they were in college and their father too.
You know we all worked actually Hubby and our sons through school and me too when I went.
But they did work part-time at those times as we all did.

When I became a bum, so to speak from my illnesses I became a board member of a non-profit, a fundraiser for them, a certif…

Authors and rainy days!

The day in spite of the threat of Bonnie not completely out of the area we only got our thunderstorms around three this afternoon, and showers are continuing as I write this tonight.
No pool for me with that rain cooled water this morning too chilly and that was just fine with me since I had a good book to read by an author that we just discovered.
Bob Morris is the author who is a professor at a central Florida college and resides in Winter Park.
He’s written perhaps a half dozen books that we will most likely search out to read since we enjoyed the one we just finished, ‘Baja Florida’.
The other author who I found in the new section is a Californian from LA and her name is Sue Ann Jaffarian who is a plus-size cute middle-aged and single quirky mystery writer who is both in her character and herself paralegals.
Very new in her endeavors since we noticed so far she has only written three, which we have read two of, “Too Big to Miss” and "The Curse of the Holy Pail”.
Her books are…

Tropical Storm Bonnie!

And so we just are completing our day of our first tropical storm to touch our coastline this early in July since 1985!
To be honest it fortunately did not have much bluster at all; it was mostly just a rain maker and timid and calm to be truthful no big winds here.
If this could only be the way the rest of our hurricane season could go I would be first inline for that rainy season!
But tameness is not what hurricanes are made of, and still this one as non-fierce at it appears it is heading now into the Gulf of Mexico up to around Louisiana and Alabama to create more rain and cause more delays on the oil leak clean up; they say for another twelve days!
Reports say we are not in the clear yet either for this little girl called, ‘Bonnie’ will still be causing thunder storms tonight and tomorrow.

Due to a nasty headache and stomachache and of course the rain this morning, and so I did not go into the pool.
Instead I finished one book and started another, two new authors to me and Hubby.…

Got home rather late and so that is why this is too...

Had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon for four at the one who would determine if I needed to see the specialist for my skin problem and I will need to see him, but I was put on a waiting list, would you believe?
Meanwhile, this new doctor is very thorough and ordered a whole bunch of labs for me, which made me feel very cared for.
This was at the specially financed clinic where all my procedures will be free!
How great is that for me; the fall between the cracks person or not able to get insurance because I am still, “pre-existing”!

The fact that I was well prepared also was a plus for any doctor you go to.
Their time is as precious as yours so you should write down all questions and additional information like in my case my medications are all in my computer to gain access when I need them.
Questions are always different for each physician and so those have to be written the day of the appointment or night before.
Doctors appreciate you taking that time to being ready with specif…

Trying something new can be exciting and scary at the same time...

But having courage to try is something beautiful to behold, whether done with exuberance or reluctant guarded intent to be helpful.
We as human beings may test the waters daily on what to do for each other.
Usually in our careers with innovative ideas, but also with our families with how we desire them to be their best, not to mention needing their co-operation in all of our lives daily chores, and generosity in helping in our communities.
It’s tough taking measures to change things in our lives; be it with what we have been doing or the harsh change of the dynamic of the family as it was.
Flux is how we all lead our lives and can be extremely different for each and every one of us.

Doing what we want when we want to is never a real option, you say but of course it is…
No, I beg to differ with you.
Whether a child, an adult, an employer or employee we all have someone we must answer to.

But having imagination thus ideas can be an incredibly outstanding example of brilliance and to be …

Whether or not you enjoy knowing ahead of time how the weather will be is one's personal choice...

And not to most that earth shattering, right?
Well, to be honest weather has always played a big part in our lives.
I can remember being a small child and having to walk to school, since where we lived you had to live more than two miles away to have another way to get there like I guess a bus.
But I was never a bus person and always had to walk to my schools kindergarten to my senior year of high school.
Yes, in my senior year I did get my driver’s license since in good old NJ you had to be seventeen to get it, but it was March before I saved enough to buy my first car.
No hand-me-downs from an older sibling although Mom and Dad did match my earnings from my after school job in order for me to make that first purchase of my two year old 1966 Turquoise Chevelle Malibu! Its total cost was $1500 dollars, big bucks in those days!

Ah... memories. We all have them.
But the weather thing did keep popping up all through my life since I was a swimmer in the summer and an ice skater in the wi…

202 and uh oh and a wee bit of seepage now what do we do?

Duplication of the last three days was how my morning went, although…
I did get some staid advice from a professional, which was something new for me anyway on the topic of writing. I complimented him on his question of asking on masse about if they had a movie made about their lives what would they entitle it.
He did receive quite an influx of answers from me as well.

It truly amazes me that with all my campaigning for you all to read this my nightly nonsense that he appeared to have never read it. But then that would be presumptuous of me to think that a busy employed person would have that much time on their hands to waste on this drivel? Now I do know I have probably offended many of you who are presumably gainfully employed and use this minutia of arrested development exposes from a nearly-senior (AARP says that I am already there, but not all) female person as a mere short term distraction and more than harmless foresight and take on daily mundane situations, correct?

With that…

Groundhog Day Movie, repeat and reuse...

What do those words have in common you may ask?
Fortunately, I was incorrect in my assessment of how the newest cap was going to work when asked on my Facebook page by a local news anchor to everyone and we all responded just a few days ago and I was not very fortuitous in comparing the oil leak to the movie, Groundhog Day.
Since if you all recall in that 1993 movie, the male character that was portrayed by Bill Murray would wake up every morning and the same things would happen over and over again, day after day; nothing would ever change.

Oddly enough I heard on the national news someone quoting my quote when asked if he too felt the newest attempt to cap the leak would work! What he said is that it was like Groundhog Day… and I laughed hysterically; why you asked?
Because he never mentioned the movie; only actual Groundhog’s Day which we all know is February second and that is when we wait to see if the groundhog in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow to know how many …

Between nine and ten this morning I attempted to enter...

The pool and it was still chilly although about the same temperature as the air.
Shade was still manifesting itself slightly on the pool's eastern side.
Hubby applied a water proof band aid to my peculiar eruption on my right shoulder for protection, which was more intense coverage than any creams I suspect.
But I so needed to go into the pool, as you all know it is all the exercise I can do.
So I worked with that and did accomplish my ROM exercises.
I spent approximately forty-five minutes in the cool waters at an eighty-five degree reading.

Once basically not so drippy from my bathing-suit I went in to shower as usual.
After was the fear of anticipation with me being on my own for the very first time having to give myself my injection; this one in the stomach, boy did I almost chicken out.
You see the injections have to be rotated using seven different locations and I chose to go in a clock-wise direction. Since the first day I did it in my right upper thigh my right side of my…

175! And counting...

Good evening to all; and how are we all doing tonight folks?
Your answer should be great; why you say?
Isn’t this the day that everyone calls TGIF?
You all know that’s true at least it used to be in the day when I too was a working stiff!
That number of 175 is how many friends are in my latest FB tally!

And for any of you who were around for my good wishes to you all of me writing on your IM’s the sentence, ‘TGIF if you so wish’ earlier today on the Facebook I’m just wondering why no one answered? I do know that this was in no way offensive!

I suppose most were busy conducting business online, which I am sure most of you do all day long… being in the technological age and all and networking this way as it is.
I could tell you all such stories of the time of BC, not before Christ folks, before computers of course! LOL
We had to use landlines and piles of books to scour to find information or peoples accounts page by paper page! How barbaric!
Then around 1982 the home computer made the …

THE WELL IS CAPPED!

THE WELL IS CAPPED!

Its day 87 and now we are finding out that so far so good on the stoppage of oil going into the Gulf. I reported it on my Facebook page just three minutes after the local news station did too! You see, it didn’t show up right away; how odd?
That’s the good news, but millions of gallons are already in the Gulf needing to be cleaned up and now those dispersant agents that had been used might actually be containing carcinogens, but the information is still sketchy on that.

We have another nasty storm coming through tonight.
It appears this is definitely our rainy season and I have no options to even try to use the pool!

This afternoon the Registered Nurse was supposed to come to teach me how to inject the Copaxone, but her grand-daughter was flying home and up by her the rain started early and her grand-daughters plane was delayed taking off apparently. And she called me to ask if she could come tomorrow morning between ten thirty and eleven, what could I say but OK!

Well... did the new cap work, did it do the job?

We don't know that answer since they are debating on when they will be testing it; possibly at each step in six hour intervals.

No wild testing in the realm of sociology today, and so I have nothing to report.
Although, perhaps without too much knowledge of forethought I guess I did do something that if it wasn't done for me really thinking about it for a few minutes that I was actually going to do it… It could be considered an experiment in the true study of human nature…I know get to the point Tobi…Well, I said that I might have offended too many people with my methods of trying to attain friendships and that perhaps I should quit this whole thing; meaning Facebook and finding so many friends,… I did mean it for a few hours in fact, but I didn’t do it because the response although not overwhelming was heartwarming and made me really think it out harder and wiser and so then I decided in the long run…what the heck, huh? And so I am still there and here too.

But sadly I did ju…

I suppose that this idea of mine may have been too much a delusion of grandeur!

All I have to say is that it’s nice to have dreams.
And I did say dreams not genes. LOL, although those in the good variety aint bad either.
Why not reach for the moon, the stars or even just the next big step in your life?

I am a wee bit disappointed you see, since today I was given a reality check on just how this Facebook thing really works.
A nice reliable young woman told me that Facebook does not allow you to have one million friends on one page or under one name, and that the limit is actually only five thousand of the most special people that you have chosen to be your life long best buddies forever, bummer! LOL Who knows though true, yes I would almost say true?

And so I have decided to try to run a campaign requesting that their slick tight minded unyielding concept to be lifted and a more flexible reasoning to be adapted for all to transpire to.
Therefore allowing anyone with the courage to try to go over and above the allotted amount to do it with as much gusto as their …

Slowing down so I see...

Come one come all to the Facebook page and become my FRIEND!
From yesterday to today we have slowed to only an additional ten, 118 to be clear and exact.

But I must admit my sociology experiment is going rather nicely.
Today, I tested the waters of temperament of these new people into my life for whom knows how long…and I told each of the ones hovering around on IM on the page, “To get back to work!”
And you would be amazed at the reactions I got.
Silence, no one said a word back to me, must have had harsh Mommas and I scared the bejeebers out of them all! LOL
You know what was surprising though many did get off temporarily, the page that is; now stop that you double entendre peeps again get those minds out of the gutter!

Then you know where you can put that question out there for the world to ponder, what’s on your own mind section on the page, well, I asked my multitudes if they were really networking or gold bricking?
Yeah, I did that.
And you know what; so far no replies, not too …

Tobi Towner or is that downer, but rebirth-day anniversary, and does 108 sound like a triumphant beginning?

Confusion is my middle name and I am so happy that I can cause the masses to scratch their heads as often as possible and on cue!
I will start with the last rant first.
And I am proud to say that I am on my way to one million friends and more, no stopping me now… a milestone and then some have been reached by hitting one hundred and eight friends now on my Facebook page!
I know you are asking yourselves can it be done?
By one lone woman with just the so-called desire to beat the odds?
And no known reason for it to happen other than that; a wanting need to be heard by the ample peeps population!
Logically we have three hundred million nation-wide and so a mere million or more should be simple, right?
And so now I am campaigning for this wild concept of acceptance from all those USA folks populaces of every group and every political, religious and human rights views accepted although one little caveat, no campaigning for your specific groups opinions/ideas to be accepted by others, ok?�…

I guess the process slowed a bit...

More than likely due to my ills of last night thanks by the way Hubby for pitch hitting!
I would think since I could not approve the new friends then, but since we appear to be gaining a bit of strength in that department today and thus tonight too. I did just check and I am actually up to ninety new friends!
That’s from the initial beginnings of just thirty-four!

New topic…
The old cap for the oil spill has been removed and now we are getting more exacerbated spillage into the Gulf temporarily since they are going to install a better cap called a sealing cap? We can only hope and pray that that works!

Today again I was in the pool, since I had also been on Thursday that was my first day in over a week due to my sun poisoned shoulders and our larger amounts of rain showers cooling the pool. Yesterday I had not been in due to us taking Skipper in the morning in for his yearly inoculations, and then we went over to Fishville and walked around, or I should say scootered around in my cas…

Hubby here pinch hitting for Tobi

Tobi is sick tonight so she has gone to bed, she hopes to be back tomorrow.

As Tobi would say good night and count those blessings and we will too!

Hubby

73 and counting... my little experiment is working...although...

That is the current count for the three days that I opened up my mind to me allowing new friends on my Facebook page.
My only problem is… guess folks?
That a few of these people I would have been in fear of if I met them on the street, with a bunch of muscle men, in daylight, even!
I know I know they are not coming into my home and I am not naming those who frighten me.
But many are just downright interesting, well not really interesting, more like far from me in their take on life and where we all are in the bigger scheme of things?
Which sounds like I have already decided that my new peeps are worth fighting for their right for them to be whoever they are, and that is what friendship is all about, right?

In general I am amazed at the possibilities here.
We as human beings are so welcoming and open to allowances of others into our lives no matter when why or who, this is almost like a sociology experiment, actually that is exactly what this is.
Don’t we all know that in the commonali…

Have you ever done something completely out of character?

In all my sixty years on this planet I can think of fewer times than I can count on my fingers on one hand when I fit that description above.
But in retrospect there were occasions that I would never tell about now that I did what I shouldn’t have or acted in a way other than my nature and some of it I do regret.
Some of me is still private, although my family probably would tell you if you just asked, since they do know and might even have a different take on all of it.

Any-who, it has been quite some time and this time, is not at all embarrassing or shameful, to them or myself, actually I would categorize this as more adventurous than any of that.
I decided that when people on my Facebook page recommended friends for me I would ask them, their recommendations, if they would be my friends, and you know something; so far I have acquired more than twenty new acquaintances in these last two days; how about that?
There are quite a few I am still waiting on but I think it is going rather …

Dead rat, black snake asleep, and too much darn rain, and now people are paying more to suntan artificially!

What do any of these things have in common?
Not a thing!
But we, here, in our little world have been brushed by the fact that we have had these things in our life or at least they have metaphorically touched us in some way.

How would you like to go out onto your patio and find a dead rat?
Yikes I hear you all saying and a BIG FAT YUCK!
Well, when you live near the water this little creature happens to be a big fact in your life.
After waiting for nature to take its course with encouraging black snakes to remain with our fine snake like habitat, even our snake crossing sign, our yard is snake friendly, and we were thrilled to see those snake eggs on our western courtyard cement floor…the abundance of rats was far from curtailing in spite of our snake population increasing and so by logic alone we had to do something… and so rat poison/bait was utilized nightly and by morning daily had been going for the last few weeks! No rats had been seen alive or dead any longer but the bait was alw…

Happy July Fifth!

Oh, you are confused too?
Today also was a holiday, since there was no mail and the banks were closed and the shops all advertised sales, so it must be, right?
Now I am nowhere near any historical maven or even a great student of our past, but if I recall the Declaration of Independence that was signed on July fourth 1776, gave us the freedom that we won by winning the war, the Revolutionary War i.e., with Great Britain.
And that date is somewhat etched in stone, or is it the Liberty Bell?
Any-who, today as I iterated was another day off for many local, state and federal employees; if they took it off it must be so, right?

Actually, I think my problem is the fact that isn’t our unemployment rate not far off of 10% nationally, and a wee bit higher right here in Florida, around 12%?
You see, I suppose it’s the fact that there isn’t enough work to go around that bothers me, but all these employees can get a, now I could be wrong, another paid holiday?
I must be wrong since almost all the…

Happy Fourth of July!

Here in our lovely sunshine state it had been raining most of the day.
But to all of our more than likely knowledge in the name of celebrations the show must go on and I do believe that everything is still a go for our annual fireworks scheduled for nine P.M. tonight!

Hubby awoke with a nasty cold.
And now I am feeling a wee bit icky too, and that’s on top of my normal daily ickiness. (Tobism)
Could it just be this nasty wet stuff outside or a virus?

In fact as I am writing this Blog tonight the rain has intensified.
It appears to be raining cats and dogs?
Now does anyone know where that expression came from?
Out of all the possibilities I think this one below makes the most sense:
“Animalplanet.com offers yet two more possibilities for this colorful expression. It could liken the racket made by a storm to the thunderous noise made by fighting cats and dogs.
Or, it may arise from the era of thatched roofs when downpours would bring cats and dogs dozing atop houses down onto the occup…