Friday, March 31, 2017

From Russia with Love, and Dr. No, no...

No Dr. No or Dr. Yes either today, but there are still a little over five hours left in the day... who knows/No's?

And as of right now Russia is showing me some love without showing up reading my most recent, last night's blog! N-yet, yet any-who!
Did I mention that I am Russian on my mother's side, her father, who came to America in the early 1900's!
So play nice!
Please!

Moving on...

To take my mind off of my malady woes, I got my act back in gear and did two loads of whites, dried them and put them away and paid most all of our bills with Hubby's pension check. Social security comes in a couple of days after, when I pay the little bills most that we haven't gotten yet, the phones, cell and landline, utilities, all other bills, electric, mortgage, boat insurance, car loan and other zero interest loans were paid online today, including both of our charge accounts in full! Feels good every month to take care of business with monies left over to save up for another bigger vacation /trip.
Plus we went grocery shopping too at our Publix.

I guess it was me, but while Hubby ordered items from the deli I was in line for our lunch sandwiches...
His again a roast beef sub and mine a turkey wrap and this time they did have it in spinach.
I had two men standing in front of me, and so I asked the one right in front of me if he had been helped yet, nothing, The gentleman to his left and furthest from me  answered pleasantly I don't think that he has been. I asked another question because from my vantage point of basically sitting I could not tell if there was more than one person taking care of the counter, again directing the question to the fellow closest to me, nothing, but the other man, the gentleman said there are two people helping take the orders; I thanked him. And when he was done I drove over to his location alongside of mister I don't see or hear you! He was being helped now. And you got that right I told him that I was talking to him and you never answered me. He said  to me, to stop talking, you talk too much and he called me rude! I said that he was the rude one, and caught Hubby's attention and found myself saying, really out of character in a public setting, not my usual behavior, but loudly saying that the guy was an A-hole, the whole word, out loud! And I nearly got an applause from the people by Hubby! Hubby wanted to know if I needed any help, and I said no it's over now. When the jerk said what he said I played the "handicap card" with the supposition giving him the excuse for not seeing or hearing me due to my condition, and he grabbed his sandwich and left in a huff! I was upset with what had transpired, while my mind went into overdrive thinking how I could have handled that idiot better... oh well! Maybe it was me.
Hubby said no, it was him that very rude guy, my hero Hubby!
Until, he, the rude guy said what he had I almost thought perhaps it was an assumption that  he might have been deaf or hard of hearing on my part like what happened the other day while in Walmart's parking lot...
Hubby had driven around in circles trying to get a handicap parking spot only to have someone cut through the opposite way and grab the one we were heading for.
The man jumped out of the car, and without much thought Hubby, my usually self controlled Hubby yelled "CHEATER" at the top of his lungs, although those feelings were quickly removed by embarrassment shortly after, he really had looked as if he was the only person in the car, but he was not... he had jumped out apparently to get the wheelchair for his person/wife/daughter child who needed it!
For shame, we both felt that.
How many times had we seen couples sprint from their vehicles parked in handicap spots or spouses who inevitably kept the placard from their deceased partner to, for lack of a better word cheat, to have a plumb spot to sprint from! And we never ever said anything...WHOA! Scary!
Very, very sorry to that man pushing that wheelchair!
Poor man with wheel chaired relative friend or client, a BIG OOPS!
Neither of us will do that again.
We only wish people will do what is right, use the space if they need it, otherwise let others who really do use it.
    
On that note of pleading to be understanding from both sides, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

 And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!







   

Thursday, March 30, 2017

For your eyes only!

This is just this week from March 23rd to today March 30th. They have shown up many times before this week sporadically on my pageviews page.
Why me?
If you cannot make it out you can tap on it twice to enlarge it, but it says that this week so far alone Russia has read my blogs 1033 times already, not just one but many, mostly back tracking to around the days of the election.
Maybe now you will believe my concern with not being too negative when I write, ha!
I know, yes I do know that I have been, but no more than most of you!
And I will NOT name any names, do not worry, kidding of course!
But they would NOT do anything, i.e. except what they are already doing, monitoring us.
Didn't they just insist that they haven't been doing that, hmm?
Well, here's proof that they have lied!
Uh oh, oh no, I am putting myself in jeopardy with every word I write!
Never mind.
NOT FUNNY!
WORRIED!

Moving on...

Bad day in my neighborhood of health.
Left sided shoulder pain with sporadic left sided chest pain, and yesterday I even had to wear my soft collared neck brace due to my cervical stenosis acting up or not?
Oddly enough four days ago my chronic care nurse who calls monthly had called Monday while we were at the pulmonologist's office and left a message to call her back if I needed anything.
This one is a RN, the last was not so I thought I would run my symptoms pass her with her having all my actual maladies on record, but she was also on the fence on what to do.
Only because while talking to her we took my blood pressure and it was oddly more normal than usual.
I do have angina and diastolic dysfunction and they both were on my laundry list of medical issues.
But neither have been treated with medication.
She questioned me about taking nitroglycerin and I said no, but I recalled my father's older sister, Rose, had had that for her angina, and I asked, "they still use that?" Now if my Dad was still alive he would be 110, and this was HIS older sister and I was a mere child when I heard them mentioned it, Dad was forty-three when I was born. Carla the nurse said yes, and I said, "I guess if not broke why fix/change it!"
But why wasn't I given any?
I forgot to ask that very important question, for shame.
Her final words to me was if it gets worse or doesn't go away to go to the hospital to be checked
out! I promised I would, but meanwhile...
I said I would treat my shoulder as if a muscular issue, with an ice pack, actually two, one under my arm and one in back under what we call our wing, and since I was also acquiring a headache I would have another cup of REAL COFFEE, that I have been back on since twelve 0'five A.M. of March 19th; five months after my surgery!
Caffeine helps with my diastolic pressure too, normalizing my mostly way too low!
So far my left shoulder has not improved and I am flummoxed on what could have caused this?
No PT or independent exercise for weeks, so no exertion of those particular muscle groups.

On these many verbose notes allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ya know something folks...

...I'm still waiting for some answers on how to stop and make him desist from mostly Tweeting, since he thankfully hasn't been able to do anything, except threaten all of us... see folks checks and balances tempered with a few /many more with common sense stopping him to cause the ruination of our country; he doesn't have his way so far  Mr.. T. AKA Orange Frothy Haired Guy AKA Pres.. DJ?
But Geez, so far he hasn't been gaining too much traction/ground, health care his way, not yet anyway, the wall dead in the dusty dirt/water, is it only us that can see that it is an illogical waste of money time and everything else to encourage more hatred in this world... he knows nothing on how to attain another of his desires that being to systematically ruin the EPA's milestones over these last several years that has been gained so much good changes during the Obama administration. This new guy is living in an alternate reality plane thinking he can bring back "clean" coal????????? I suppose that goes along with "clean" black lung disease and clean black sooty air ... HE IS SO SCARY THAT HE GOT SO FAR WITH ALL HIS IGNORANCE HANGING OUT IN PLAIN SIGHT!
Sporadically, we can only hope, his GOP cohorts are seeing through him and appear to be slowly going through a true reality check of just what they got themselves into, and are scrambling on how to fix it!
SANITY PREVAIL PLEASE!

I am still waiting on finding out what I personally can do, please tell me and I will do whatever you have found to work.
Whenever I call my representative his voice mail is full.

Moving on...

Today was a weird kinda day, Hubby and I were both freezing with the thermostat set on 77 degrees Fahrenheit and we thought it to be ridiculous to change over to heat! Neither of us had a fever, what we both had was sub-par temperatures, meaning a point or more less than the 98.6 norm, Hubby's was 97.8 and mine was  97.3. I am and have been for years on hypothyroid medication due to that ailment too, but what I read said that it could mean that we are both a bit anemic too. I know I am, but Hubby was told he recently was fine. You see, every six months they have us going in for CBC etc. blood work, because we both are on medications that have to be monitored.
I have been not doing too much either today due to feeling weak, so I have been in bed too much and that doesn't help your body warm up.
Now I have hiccups!
A bit funny, if not so annoying!
Of course outside it was 88 degrees, a wee bit too hot for even southwest Florida in March should be in the low eighties, but we are indoors in air-conditioning with paddle fans too, our own self-contained temperate climate!

Moving on again...

On the brighter side us 3.5 million in our state of Florida that are registered non-partisans voters and have been not allowed to vote in the primaries are finally being heard to change that, since  a commission is trying to do that for all of us; it's about time!

On this note of a mishmash, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

PS Ivanka shame on you, that is blatant nepotism!
 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Getting excited!

Then comes the reality check, previously depressing, but not this time!( I hope!)
Yes, a new idea in treatment for Multiple sclerosis.
Out of Columbus Ohio an IV medication given every six months only is becoming approved today!

"A Dr. Racke a neurologist at Ohio Sate University's Wexner Medical Center has been working on it,
and so along came a drug called ocrelizumab.
It's Racke's magic wand.
The drug, expected to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today, has been shown to halt the disease in patients with both relapsing MS and primary progressive MS"

AMAZING!
Many drugs have been able to slow/ lessen relapses previously, but stopping them entirely is oh so wonderful!
Sign me up!

"In multiple sclerosis, an abnormal immune-system response leads to an attack of nerve fibers and the fatty myelin that surrounds them in the central nervous system. As the brain is damaged, symptoms can include loss of coordination or strength, numbness, vision problems, slurred speech, loss of bladder control and cognitive difficulties.

Ocrelizumab works by depleting B cells, which are immune cells that participate in the attack on myelin, Racke said."

I did paraphrase the beginning of the item, but the articles acceptance and in complete is here:http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170328/multiple-sclerosis-drug-offers-hope-of-halting-disease

This information was too great to not publish in this format too!

Moving on...

In case anyone was wondering how I spend my days when not going hither and yon, to museums, festivals antiquing, shopping etc. or  while at home crafting, creating recipes and projects, doing laundry or cleaning or asking Hubby to do renovations or garden, all things that I used to do too or bingeing on Netflix or watching General Hospital or the news stations, reading all the newspapers online or writing this blog nightly etc, probably many more, but my guiltiest of all pleasures are home decorating sites! Houzz, Apartment Therapy (we do live in a private home, but their ideas are lovely for our small cottage style/sized home!), Better Homes and Gardens online, I get that magazine too, as well as Coastal Living and Southern Living online and mags too, This Old House on PBS and mag too, any DIY shows etc.! Before and after's are the best! I love them all!

What are your guilty pleasures, hmm?

On this provocative question noted, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Escapism to view!

Frankie and Grace's season three was released to Netflix last Friday, a five out of five star quality show with an amazing cast, Lilly Tomlin, Jane Fonda as well as Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, are the main leads and I am very proud to say that I binged watched all of the third seasons' episodes in between our well travelled weekend!
And today, the second season of Better Call Saul was released, also a five star show and on Netflix, the spinoff from Breaking Bad and excellent too!
Both shows are quite enjoyable, but for adult audiences due to adult content.

I am tempering those wild ride ones with me continuing with the very engaging Murdoch Mysteries; a mere four stars show, a rated, maybe PG show, but nothing racy there, okay a teensy weensy bit of innuendo but nothing more, and the PG rating is by yours truly due to the crimes all being murders.
Big kids might like it due to the inventions and history portions, set in the Victorian era in Toronto Canada as well as it being the days of Bram Stoker, H.G. Welles and Arthur Conan Doyle, which I love too!

Moving on..

Any-who, we did leave our dwelling today.
I had my six month pulmonologist appointment.
He is less than two miles from here, our home.
And he is an excellent doctor in his field, Manish Kapadia M.D. pulmonologist, educated in India and his residency was in Albany New York.
Young, only forty-five, and speaks to you the patient, not down to you. We actually had a very nice conversation about the medical insurance programs and all the problems and how in impoverished countries people are treated for their ills without any charge.
I also was told my oxygen levels were 99% out 100%, and I am doing well on my asthma medications, but even though I am on Spiriva and an emergency inhaler too, now he gave me a fourteen day sample of Breo Ellipta, that is more like the Anoro Ellipta that I had been on, and now I have to see if it is on PAN's list for coverage; the non-profit that helps pay for my co-pay of over four hundred dollars for a ninety day supply; it is online so I will check. Meanwhile Advair is another possibility, but that is twice a day and Breo is only once. I am doing well on the medication, and no asthma does not go away, I wish. My next six month visit I will be having another breathing test then.

He also had my CPAP info, for my sleep apnea, sent down from the cloud/cyberspace, and the original sleep doctor his info they are still waiting on, and he will now be taking care of that for me too!
And that too does not go away or diminish, darn it.
Two reasons I was happy that I was tested is because sleep apnea can be responsible for strokes and my parents as well as my brother all died of strokes, and my asthma was caused by allergies, not smoking and being controlled is very important too.
Many people with Multiple sclerosis like myself can live a normal life span that is unless they have an undiagnosed breathing issue, and mine have been diagnosed and are being treated!
See folks that hate doctors and refused to go, you should if you want to live a normal life span!

After there we went over to the Panda Inn that is on the same access road as the doctor's, it is a Chinese buffet and we had been going there for years until recently. Several years ago when I was still using my walker there their isles appeared to be too narrow for me to maneuver without bumping into people and so we stopped going there. But today Hubby thought we could try, and he did reconnaissance to see if my new ride would fit through their areas now. His report was a positive yes! And so we ate there for many choices including dessert for only $14.98 plus tax for two! They make money on my small amounts of what I eat, but Hubby makes up for me, ha, and that's the way I like it, unhuh, unhuh..., unhuh!
We used to take company there and since we loved it so much they would buy us coupons for additional meals there, how lovely that was!

Then, our next stop was to get gas at Sam's Club at 2.18.9 a gallon, the cheapest around! Then lastly to Walmart for coffee, olive oil and Miralax equate, and a few other non perishables.
And home again!

That was our pleasant day of necessary accomplishments.

On that note of our norm, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!





 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Where in the world is Tobi Zel?

Do you know?
Does anyone know?
Do you even know who Tobi Zel is?
Do you care to know?
Never mind.

Moving on...

Daily I try to think of ways to impress you and aggress you or to just mess with you!
Aha!
Okey dokey maybe not impress you or aggress you, but I may mess with you, nah...!
What you read is what you get, I am just me daily.
And some days I am just like you, not that exciting.
Sorry, maybe you are exciting on all days?
Then I apologize profusely, and I am ever so slightly jealous if you are exciting everyday.

Anyone out there interested in whom Tobi Zel is?
Okay, I will take your silence as a no, but sometimes I do take it as yes.
I will have to think about that.
Or perhaps you already know, and I just can't hear you?

Moving on ...again!

This is a bit personal, but I do hope you will share...How are you doing?
I bet since I am originally from New Jersey and you knew that that you thought I was going to say, "How ya doing?" hmm?
Fooled ya!
My slight of hand, writing that is in, magical abundances that are resumed when others presume or even dare I say assume!
Same thing, I suppose both rhyming's meanings.
Oh well...

Moving on... once again!

We, Hubby and I did go out and left our palatial manor once more today and ventured out to the Arts Festival in Punta Gorda Florida, after another lunch at home. The Arts Festival was smaller this year than previous years, and they were in a perking(yes it was hot there, ha)/parking lot off of Marion, adjacent to our favorite Punta Gorda restaurant these days Jacks on Marion. There was another Seafood Festival at Laishley Park where the arts festival usually is, and where the Viet Nam Memorial is as well as the CrabHouse, both of them always are there.

Unfortunately, the signs were plentiful this year at the artist booths for not allowing pictures being taken and so of course I did not... oh well!
Since they are all original art pieces I imagine there is fear of people stealing their ideas, and so I did understand.
These events rarely coincide, but this year they did.

So we decided to go over to Fishville AKA Fisherman's Village, and as you entered there was a sight to behold...Annie and Maggie greeted us as we arrived! They are barn owls with very sad back stories, Annie is blind due to cataracts and Maggie has a damaged wing. So it is very good that they reside at the Peace River Wildlife Center, and if you would like to help care for them the information is provided below, they really could use your help!


 
On this note of sometimes it definitely does take a village, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!
 
And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!
 
PS Tobi Zel is ME, my pseudonym i.e., and I am all over the places I wish to go and that Hubby is willing to take me!




Just saying, since you asked...!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda Florida; named for one of our governors in Florida, the 20th

More info on Albert W. Gilchrist:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_W._Gilchrist  
 
 
 
That white version of our Connie Cashmere Caravan is not us, perhaps a distant cousin?! Many, we have found, roam the highways and byways wherever we seem to

go, scary!
 
 Any-who, we again took our furry son out for a local park visit. He is so far doing very nicely with his re-entry into a socializing atmosphere, going nose to nose with his kind, other furry canines, and even welcoming two-legged humanoid erectus species with a wag of his tail a sniff and in some cases a slobbery smooch!
This is a look at the fishing pier on this side of the harbor.
 All waterside parks in county have them as far as I know. Below is the pickle ball court.




 Tennis court, one of them.
The notice below is due to the renovations being done to the park and the portion that is closed off right now but is set to be completed by this coming December. And I am not sure if they will be leaving the facilities I showed you or will also renew and refresh them as well. In the distance you can see that they have left one of their very fine pavilions for picnicking, it does appear to be salvaged. The statue below is once again Ponce De Leon who discovered Florida in the 1500's.


Hubby with Gus trying to help with the drought issue, ha! Did I write that out loud? Oh well!
Good night and be well, and next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hip hip hooray!

The bill has been scrapped!
Obamacare wins and stays!
GOP helped with the effort, by voting no!
The people have spoken!
Pres. DJ having a meltdown!
Nah... now he says its for the best?
Blame game begins...

No fake news here!
All truths.

Can life get any better?
Yup, bump the Trump!
Fence the Pence!

YAY!

Moving on...

Had my dermatologist appointment today, recently scheduled due to a rash from perspiration thus the other reason of not going to independent exercise!
I have two medications that are strong topical steroids 2.5%!
My ear one is only 1% and chronic.
Since the doctor's office is local and my appointment was for after lunch we ate at home.
But did some errands after.
Bed Bath and Beyond for cheap cashews that Hubby loves, well not that cheap, fifteen bucks but we had a five dollar off coupon and more dish towels for our kitchen, ten bucks for five with 20% off!
Then on to Target for baskets for the top shelf in my closet to take all my purses and give them a neater home. They had plastic woven like wicker ones in a pastel teal and so I took four to fill, at about eight bucks a piece they were a better deal than the wicker ones and if later I want to use them in my bathroom the teal is more like a sea-mist and will go well with the accessories in that Victorian pedestal white sink and as well as other white fixtures in that cottage style bathroom.

Meanwhile, they will be just right for my closet shelf.
They did have a darker teal, but had only two left.

That's all for tonight, sleep well all and breathe easier with one less thing to worry about... and now we know it does work to contact our representatives!

Next time please be here or be square, ya hear!



 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

People are heard! More thoughts...

The vote for the Mr. T healthcare plan was put on hold, and so I will be holding onto my yay until it is taken off of the agenda in total!
I called the number AARP had for my representative, and Tom Rooney's mailbox was full, so I couldn't leave a message, asking him to vote "NO", boy am I happy that those were all the ones they needed to hold the votes up!

So...

When you have something to say good or bad be it known that when it comes to Facebook someone is always listening!
WHAT?????
Not news to me, news to you?
Any-who, I find it refreshing being validated that on some small level that in life people do listen and respond, occasionally.
I hear, not really, but I read you FB friends and when I do I will occasionally/sometimes/ when I feel I have something pertinent to say/ or if not too busy... what am I crazy everyone knows that I am rarely busy, ha; I'll let you know!
How about you too?
Ya know, you really do.
Not saying anything is also an answer.
Hurtful as that might be or considerate.
But we know you are too busy to say what you really think on everyone's posts... and that is why I frequently will post non-personal ones, just thrown into the mix to see what ya think!
And it has been an interesting enlightening experience.
Do you want to know my non-scientific conclusions?
I can't hear you!
No really I can't, but neither can you hear me, that is the way these things work, unless hooked up to a video or sound system, ya know? Of course you do bud dump bum...
Like earlier today, I was surprised on here to be asked if I wanted to leave a voice message?
Well, not here per se, but on a site I was on.
The one with the test for all those actors pictures, in their twenties from way back when, and I only got one wrong due to me never seeing or hearing about him, I had thought anyway... odd that out of over fifty-five plus all that I had gotten those all correct, but not this guy, Christopher Lee. And because of him my score was 98%, instead of 100%!
Ya wanna bet I will remember him now and forever?
Sadly, or happily I am kinda like that person, you know the one who wants to know everything...so I found out more, and you can too, if you believe in this site as having good Intel...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Lee

Why is it that so many put down Wikipedia, many think the info is made up I think, and some insist it is inaccurate, but how would we know either way, us laymen I mean.
I have heard actors put it down, due to mistakes, but if it is about you they allow for you to correct it!
Personally, I enjoy their tall stories of all that I do not know, or truths of what I want to know, or half-truths that may tilt my feelings/conclusions one way or another, so there!  (I am sticking my adult tongue out at you!)

Tonight was not about one questionable information site, why we know there are many.
I get info from the many CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc... The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The LA Times, The Seattle Times, you name it! And I have heard on occasion where some of those have been disparaged for not getting it all right.
I am a sponge for media information hotlines and wealth of informs.
I love it all, even getting those Twitter tweets!
So when the same thing gets on the web or TV and you hear it echoed over and over I perk up my ears/eyes and listen/read in triplicate if need be!
And sometimes, as in TV programming they cut in to the most interesting programs story-lines and tell you all about it even if you know sometimes a short blurb will do.
But you get mesmerized.
And cannot change the channel, cause even if you do it won't change a thing, see they simulcast everything, even not earth shattering news these days!

Please dear media be more intuitive of your audiences need to know.
Tweeting stupid not earth shattering commentary is not worth breaking into my/our GH, General Hospital programing!
Terrorist attacks anywhere in this world that we all love is a very good reason to, that is even if not yet proven to be, acts of war, yes to too, natural disasters threatening people or their dwellings are also on that necessary list.
Deaths of people that are well known to us all, whether natural or not, should be on that concerned need to know list too!

That is just a few, sadly there are so many more that do qualify to need to inform the public, but never ever interrupt for the ridiculous!

  Inclosing folks, "I am as mad as hell and I am NOT going to take it anymore!"
Network circa 1976:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_(film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGIY5Vyj4YM
More than apropos for these times we live in...!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

So I got off my arse and Hubby and I ...

...Got the hell out of Dodge today!
Although, our transport was our Dodge, Caravan that is.
And no, it was not for work or creativity or even volunteerism it was that six month long interval that was up and it was time to visit my current neuro!
Yup.
I say current, since even though I see him that infrequently, we both, Hubby and I have reconsidered me trying once again to see a local woman neuro and she does have Multiple sclerosis high on her list in her arsenal of current treatment specialties.
I had seen this one when I was hospitalized back in 2009, first time on IV steroids then, and I never had an issue with her, only her billing department, a shame and a misunderstanding really.
Any-who, that was eight years ago and we will see... perhaps we can mend that fence, her office is less than two miles away, while today's doc's is one hundred round trip to Sarasota and back.
Meanwhile he gave me a prescription for the trifecta of MRI's, *w/wo brain, *w/wo cervical spine and *w/wo thoracic spine, he thought it hadn't been done since 2014, but I think it was a year later, either way I am due.
* with and without contrast
I just found out the one neuro before this last one, has died, he was older than us, and I had asked him why hadn't he retired and he had said that he couldn't. I never asked why, too nosey as it was...anyway he passed away only a month ago. His wife was wonderful and an OBGYN that I used to go to too.
We made a late afternoon/early evening of our escapism, with eating out dinner at the Olde World restaurant in North Port Florida: http://owrl.com/ on the way home, it is just north of our Port Charlotte home. Hubby had their pot roast and minestrone soup with mashed potatoes and extra gravy, I had the broiled Basa and baked potato and minestrone soup. I gave Hubby most of my innards from my potato and the pasta from the minestrone, but I did finish the fish, ice water with lemons and limes on the side. Lately I have been asking for both and they all deliver.

It was a trip that varies in time constraints, according to traffic/ accidents or both or none, we took I75 up to exit 207 and arrived fifteen minutes before my appointment for three thirty, but we had left at two. We took the scenic route home, the Tamiami Trail/route 41 and that is why we arrived after leaving the doc's at four nearly getting there at five thirty to the restaurant, not home, eleven miles and twenty-two minutes from home.

All in all it was nice to get out again, it seemed like ages, but in reality it was just three days, ha!

On that note, sorry I am pooped...Mr. T/ Pres. DJ/ Orange Frothy Haired Guy, all the same thing, is constantly acting as per what we sadly have been known to call him, trumpism, and am I the only one who knows why he really chose Pence as a running mate? My theory is that he didn't give a trump-pence for us, get it?
Not funny.
But I am tired... so I will bid you all a better night and day tomorrow, and for me too!
Happy good night all!

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Busy work causing me to not constantly look at my laptop and phone most of the day!

I am a bum, or in other words a non-productive retiree.
Many of my peers are still working or creating or volunteering or doing much more than myself.
When I realized I had not been on the computer for five whole hours and that I have been home all those hours it dumbfounded me.
The only reason that I noticed is when I finally looked at the many, many people who had posted on this techno machinery of mine while I had been distracted, not watching TV really, but doing other things... and I had a time stamp from/on the one person who insists on poking me many times daily, probably to see if I am still alert or alive, okay today I wasn't, alert and the jury is still out on that alive thingy, any-who... and five hours had passed, where was I?
I was/am here, still are/am I?
No urges to look at either my celly or computee that is unless someone called, but those were on the landline today, only the landline and not personal, sales and robos calling only... oh, one to make sure I was coming in for my doctor's appointment, guess that qualifies as pseudo personal.
Hubby was here, but he did his thing and I must have done something relevant too, if I could only remember..., oh yes, I changed the towels in the two bathrooms and I did a white load of wash with the soiled ones, but I just asked Hubby if they were put into the dryer and no they hadn't been, oops, where was I?
Here, I know that I was here, but what did I really accomplish?
I have to think hard... today was nearly a lost day, like that Lost Weekend movie with Ray Milland :circa 1945, great flick, must have seen it on TV as a child, that was an odd choice for a child, but that was/is me, and since it was released in 1945, and it was five years before I was born: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_Weekend_(film), but I don't drink alcohol these days...than what, why can't I recall what I did today. Uh oh, I am getting scared!
Oh wait, Hubby used the electric trimmer on the miniscule growth of uneven grasses around the yard. Yep, still in a BIG DROUGHT here, fires are still burning sporadically south of here. Hubby thought he smelled the smoke, but that's impossible, it's way too far from here.
And I did respond at sometime to a post of one of my FB friends, in a verbose commentary as per my usual, but what had I said?
Got me.
Doesn't matter, must of have had to do with our "temp" administration, if ONLY!
I think I said something to the effect that I only mention DJ occasionally, because anything more bores me; HUH?
Well, not boring at all, but too constant harping on his inability to get anything right exasperates me as all my past peers from elementary through high school cohorts up in the northern land of my childhood, and rightfully so.
Daily they all bombard the FB pages with this or that of  this misfit's of G-d only knows what has done or said or is trying to do from copying and pasting I might add from very reliable sources that we all have the ability to access and do too and when I asked my question with childlike innocence of these well informed people, "what can we do to change the situation?", no one has a, 'new' idea, the same old ones do not work, since we have all tried them many times, really!
Call your representatives and let them know how you feel, sign petitions etc. etc. is the same ole same ole lament!
I guess I am just frustrated as anyone else with a half of a brain is, and today I am thinking maybe that's all that is left, literally left, half of my brain?
I am not actually numb, but wondering why it appears all these highly intelligent people I lovingly call my Facebook friends have not gotten a tried and true idea on how to legitimately oust the guy, really?
Tell me puleese!
I want answers, not a daily litany of his imbecilic tweets, actual comments or actions of irrationalities!
I want to know how to get rid of him legally!
Today, in passing I thought I had read that one of the many did post an article on the possibility that the Russian fiasco could be his Watergate/Waterloo, and WOW was I excited with that prospect, but he doesn't have the sense of even Tricky Dickie to quit when he is caught!
So my joy was lost and very short lived with that possibility.
But still... it is better than nothing!
The other alternative is left unspoken, but then there is Pence to deal with, and then Ryan...so we are screwed!
These could be the longest scariest four years ever!
I sure hope not... we must find a solution, barring those violent thoughts, to some it could make him a martyr, so put it out of your mind, all of us people of desperation!
Too many out there still...
THINK FOLKS THINK!
Please. 
I am exhausted once again...and time has been misplaced once more...!

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Warming up the bedroom...

 
Get your minds out of the gutter! Although, we all should!(Whatever comes to mind.) But... this warm up is with fleecy throws, 50" X 70", in a dark teal, both very reasonable from Target online, in actuality cheaper than the similar fabric would have been if purchased from Jo-Anne's that I had made my other four out of, at the time very cost effective, but they were, well, made is a bit too much, I had them cut the other ones to size. The new fleecy teal ones, one was placed over our micro suede off white DIY headboard and the other one was placed at the foot end for use when/if needed, as the picture shows succinctly here! 
 Golden bling is added to the small previously all white picture frame on the dresser below, texture in the gold created by an up/down motion tapping with the brush and wooden tray was straight brushing over the previous white colored edges, inside the tray is a purple grape motif painted when before purchased at a thrift shop years ago, most all of the frames hanging had been made golden years ago over their original golden oak, to blend with the décor.
The puff funny face sculptured basket holds make-up and hair items, the desk like wooden letter holder/file matching colored piece also has odds and ends held within it, and I have not decided what color to paint them or if at all. Gold is a possibility... , but of course!
Golden seashells for sponge stamped motif on the white wooden framed window trim,(The blinds are faux white wood from JC Penney's, purchased years ago for both bedrooms, also done years ago, 2004.) to coordinate with the comforter and pillow shams, easily painted over if so desired or we get sick of the design.
Two off white throw pillows designs were painted by making stencils online from clip art and card stock. Originally on the white sleep sofa in the sunroom.
Ideas are for pure fun from many other sites or originating from my own concepts.

More ideas for craft ideas that are fun and keep me out of trouble most days.

Moving on...

Did not go to independent exercise today and won't be for an extended period due to shoulder pain and numbness getting worse.

Who knows when I will be feeling well enough to start once more...oh well, I have been losing weight as long as we don't eat out. Even though I ate little it was not conducive to weight loss.
Busy with doctor's appointments anyway three in this week alone!

That's all for tonight, so allow me to wish you all a very happy good night, and ask you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

So much going on locally today it was difficlt to decide where to go...

...So we chose to take our furry son, Gus, our Havanese mixed rescue dog out for a change.
The first in a very long time for the dog/bog since on his meds, Prozac i.e.
We went very close to home, less than two miles to Bayshore Live Oak Park.
And again I took out my trusty camera phone and snapped away!
When we parked in the lot much to our pleasant surprise Bette Midler was already there parked right next to us! Okay, it wasn't the famous talented amazing musician actress Bette Midler, but a professional look-a-like from way back when, a woman, a doppelganger for the Devine Miss M and portrayed her at specific occasions while a resident of the greater New York, area years ago! She was from Long Island NY, but a Port Charlotte resident these days. When I worked back in the early 1990's in promotion in Daytona Beach Florida we also had look-a-likes that were in demand for special occasions, and I seem to recall a woman who looked like Joan Rivers, and a Marilyn Monroe, and of course the obligatory Elvis and others that have slipped my memory as of these days...sorry!


My photograph does not do the woman justice, she was definitely a ringer for Bette Midler!

I found more murals this time on benches donated back in 2011 by different artists and sponsoring companies. Back in 2005 when we first visited the Florida panhandle we stayed by a lovely true Florida styled artsy village called Seaside. With pastel  colored homes and tin roofs, just a lovely place, but when we returned in 2015 it had become quite built up, a bit bitter sweet, but that is how it goes... any-who, in 2005 they had had a competition of painting Adirondack chairs with personality, a great idea and interesting medium, and when I think about it a fine way to fund raise for any non-profit, including the arts themselves! They were amazing and individually creative with running the gamut from clever to sublime and everything in between! After the competition was completed and the people received ribbons and monetary rewards, I think, many of their art pieces were auctioned off and that is why I think it would be a great fund raiser!


Hubby and Gus down on the beach front that borders our Charlotte Harbor.

There are a few pavilions and facilities for you to use while there, as well as three fishing piers. Dogs are allowed on leashes in the park, but not on the piers.






Hubby's wanting a PIC of this, so of course I took it...we were parked to its left, see our cashmere caravan to the right of the frame?





Nice wide foot bridges, all ADA accessible, thank you!










This pavilion also has in that brick structure a three tier barbecue pit!

Discrepancy, as you can see this bench claims Charlotte Harbor to be in existence since 1862, while the last PIC claims since 1872 is when Charlotte Harbor has existed? Must research it and get back to you! 







Hubby giving Gus a drink from his water carrier.


 
 
 
On this note of a very nice weekend, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly count  your blessings and share your overages and we will too!
 
 
And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!
 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Arcadia/antique perusing Florida!


 
 
 
(1)The train station is a refurbished train station circa 1911, and is now used for offices. (2) Looking down Oak Street at many of its main street antique shops and restaurants, a quaint little town it is. (3) is the entrance to the Oak Park Inn a small hotel with a throw back in time shown by its turn of the 20th century décor. (4) Lobby of hotel. (5) Stairway to rooms.


(6) Park adjacent to hotel.
(7) Where we ate, at the Oak Street Deli, but there are fine dining restaurants there too. Hubby had a Reuben and potato salad and I had their very tasty chicken vegetable soup with a small Caesar salad, but I still took most of both items home again, and ice waters were our beverages of choice!

(8) Marker wall at deli, leave your mark, tee, hee!  (9) Is the sampling of antiques from the delis history, and  honey for you to purchase there.


The reason for going to Arcadia again, was to pick up Gus's medication, now a two month supply of his Prozac at his vet's, at the Animal Ark animal hospital there, where we had adopted him from, the Canine Castaways on 12-27-14.
Anyway, it is just 30 miles east of here or forty-four minutes according to the GPS, so not far at all.

So I hope you enjoyed this pictorial of another Florida town nearby, and allow me to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Stress took a strange turn...

...toothaches are not supposed to be psychosomatic, are they?
And no I did not get to see a dentist who told me all was well.
But I did take three doses, since yesterday of extra strength Tylenol for the pain, since we all know it is NOT an anti-inflammatory that it is for pain!
And I still have a dull ache there where my booboo tooth is.
But the local dentist office's fellow at the desk was so very rude and said they could not fit me in, and Hubby mentioned his conversation with the last evening supervisor saying we could wait as walk ins.
He said no.
But he did ask and came back with an alright and started to take my info, while telling me that this first free visit with x-rays included was going to cost $116!
You see, the only insurance that I do not have is dental, and most anyway that I investigated take six months to kick in whether you have a toothache or not, and they are within our budget, but as luck would have it...
Pain before coverage is not a good thing, although I do have a safety net of Care Credit which allows you to use it for thousands of dollars worth with no interest for a certain time frame, usually three years, and that is what we had done for Hubby's extensive work, and we were prepared to do that too once we knew what was my needs. It is a win, win for the dentist because they get paid upfront and we have a no interest loan. And with Hubby I paid it off early due to paying double each month and his was several thousand!
So shame on them not following through with their "free" offer!
So we left and got gas at Sam's Club, BTW 2.15.9 a gallon there, four cents cheaper than all the other guys.
It was still early and my extra strength Tylenol was doing a fine job of keeping the pain at bay, and so I asked Hubby if he thought we had enough time to go over to the Sports Rehab, and so we did.
I got a half hour in.
And then we had lunch at home, after bringing it in from the cooler in the car.
I had suggested to take it with us, since we thought we might be there at the dentist office for hours to do that, so Hubby could eat and I was hoping I might feel well enough to too.
It was his other half of his roast beef sub and my three quarters of my wrap.
We both ate fine, but for me only the other quarter.
I found that if I eat on my right side of my mouth it works without much pain at all!

After we both chilled, me watching GH, General Hospital from 2-3 on ABC, and Hubby napping I decided that since I was feeling better and we forgot to pick up a corned beef while at Publix yesterday that I would see if we had the fixings for beef stew and we did!
Also a festive St. Paddy's day meal, truly served more often in Ireland, since corned beef is an Irish American concept.
Hubby heard this morning on the TV, and we all know that whatever we hear there is true, not, well maybe, mostly, sometimes, needs further investigation for verification...any-who, that the reason the Irish Americans switched to corned beef was due to their arrival in NYC and moving into Jewish American neighborhoods. In Ireland they would have bacon, but that was not Kosher and so that is why they switched to corned beef and cabbage to share with their new neighbors! Sounds like a nice anecdote whether if it's true or not. And yes, corned beef is very popular with many of my relatives, who are many Jews and some Irishmen too I bet, who knows, who cares! For every March 17th we are all Irish!

On that note of joy and celebration, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

PS My tooth has calmed down considerably and with the weekend who knows what each day may bring, but if it is too too bad I will feel sorry that I did not have the dentist check it... meanwhile I will continue to stay off of it, ha! And for back up pain meds I do have my additional Gabapentin. Oh I had forgotten to tell you all I never weaned myself off that higher twelve hundred milligram dose I instead just stopped cold turkey, within days of that last dose, months ago! I have been only on 300 mg. for these last several months once again, one, for at bedtime. So now I know how to use it carefully when need be.

PSS I have found a few days ago another binge worthy Netflix show, called Murdoch Mysteries that is so G rated compared to all those other ones I was watching even compared to Sherlock!
And BTW, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, makes several appearances in this latest faire of my viewing pleasure!
It is set in the late 1890's in Toronto Canada, and everything is just being used and invented in forensics, it's fascinating, truly! Also non-crime fighting inventions come into play. The show was given four stars and has seven seasons. I am well into season one and enjoying every minute.

PSSS I suppose I should take another couple of extra strength Tylenol my last ones were at 10:15 this morning and I am starting to feel a twinge of pain just beginning, see ya!


  
 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

3D X-ray of Tatas, toothache, and tally of caring follow-up day!

Today I had my yearly mam-mogram and I realized that I have been going for thirty-two years before they determined an arbitrary number/age for beginning to check for this insidious disease that we all know has no idea if its victim is fifteen or fifty!
Dumb!
As we all know of people even men who have gotten breast cancer much younger than the abstract age determination by the medical professionals and mostly insurance companies, for the start of examining people, to make sure they are okay!
Any-who, I went again and this year I was not in the cone of uncertainty, for me that is in ten year increments. Truly it is!
1992 left one surgical biopsy lumpectomy, hyperplasia ductal, but benign?
2002 bilateral surgical biopsies lumpectomies, both benign!
2012 right one stereotactic biopsy, benign!
And so by simple deduction of logic I am good for five more years! And this 3D X-ray is supposed to be more helpful in preventing false positives, thus ending unnecessary biopsies!
My Mom had breast cancer, but at age sixty-eight.
Supposedly when you get it that late in life it is not as hereditary as if she had it younger... but then why do they say testing should start at forty?
It is much more dangerous if not caught earlier?
Confusing, why we have to listen to the insurance companies as if they were our parents, doctors, clergy or teachers, and we all know what happened when we blindly followed that rationale of believing them to be G-d-like or as in allowing them to hold all the decision making cards for our very existence?
Many were not worthy of that irrational belief that they could do no wrong, when so many proved otherwise.
Too much power!
That is when we learned to think for ourselves.
Oh I am not saying to be disrespectful, but to be knowledgeable, get schooled.
Know where to draw the line on just what they can control, and what is appropriate behavior.
Yes, too many were not proper in their behavior.
While insurance companies are not pedophiles, nor abusers, not physically anyway, they keep ahold of our purse strings and they definitely feel that they can.
They set the obscure rulings on when we are entitled to do many things that concern our health as long as it is profitable to them.
Quantity in this case as well as quality might be the answer!
That is to lower our premiums for our youngins, covering many more.
A win, win situation, the kids get covered and the insurance companies get paid.
And in the long run isn't that what we all want?
To prevent diseases that in the eventual will be much more expensive to treat!
But those ideas of when testing for diseases by ridiculous ageism is just that, CRAZY, anyone can get sick at any age, sadly! Early intervention is the answer!

Moving on...

We came home after our adventures that is after the x-rays and picking up a few odds and ends from Publix, our grocery, we came home and had lunch that we bought there.
Hubby had one of their fine roast beef subs and I had a turkey wrap with the wrap being of the sun-dried tomato type. I had asked for the spinach, but they were out. Basically, mine was a veggie one with a smidge of turkey and a sliver of provolone cheese, enormous! But mine like Hubby's had been cut in half, but even half of the half was too big, and will be eaten over the next day or so...if... my toothache gets treated! I flossed again and again, used additional baking soda and peroxide and more mouth wash then the Oragel and two extra strength Tylenol for the pain, since we all know it is NOT an anti-inflammatory!
We called Hubby's dentist that did his extensive work, and even in pain they could only fit me in next WEDNESDAY!
Oddly enough the line we called went to upstate New York, although, calling the local office number here in Port Charlotte Florida. Apparently, you had to hit the #2 for it to go directly to the local office, but the recording gave too many other options prior to that most important info!
Anyway, we made the appointment for next Thursday, but within minutes cancelled it, oh I know I said Wednesday, but I have my six month neuro appointment then, fifty-miles away!
  Now writing this it all is sounding so ridiculous being in pain and not accepting the offer of WEDNESDAY and changing it to THURSDAY!
But we did one better, we called back and cancelled. Oh I already told you that... well the reason being that Hubby did use the #2 extension and that rang the local office and found they still take walk ins, but it could be hours of waiting, although still better than a week away... so we opted for that choice!
You see, all any of us want in life is our logical choices!

Moving on some more...

While out, our fine voice mail on our landline accepted a message from my doctor's office billing department, Leslie, asking for me to contact her when we get this message, and so I did sorta, but in my own time frame, but of course!
I am quite able to decide when to call back a call that I initiated yesterday and had asked for her to please call back yesterday, but she chose today, got it?
I had mentioned I would be out today for my reasoning.
See how well that goes when you ask them, hmm?
Anyhow, we did stop this not for profit phone tag and did speak to one another.
She and I came to the meeting of the minds by realizing that Labcorp was the fly in the ointment, glitch in the smooth sailing of Medicare coverage of my pre-op testing by not following through but insisting that they had!
Agreement was bilateral, funny that word has a vast usage ability... so in the end, Leslie said if I need anything do not hesitate to call!
Wow, and she even sounded as if she meant it...nice!

In closing, aside from my sore tooth, and more than likely missing independent exercise tomorrow, and no dinner tonight due to the OW-factor, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

CRAZY!


  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tests

It would stand to reason, in my mind that if you are having surgery certain tests are appropriate prior to that surgery, correct?
I am talking at this intersection of my pre-op blood tests...
that had been done along with my heart and psychological testing, sleep apnea test, etc. for prior to my bariatric sleeve surgery.
I met all the necessary criteria for the surgery, because that was paid for in its entirety months ago by Medicare.
Then why would Medicare not see or realize that the blood work that been done prior to that surgery that they paid for, that is the surgery, in its entirety, would not include all pre-op necessities?
I have received for the "second" time a bill that was Medicare denied, so my AARP supplemental F plan cannot pay for it either. ( I also called them.)
So today instead of going to independent exercise I was on the phone with this issue that I thought had been taken care of months ago. When I had called my doctor's office who felt it was "just" a coding mistake and had said it would be taken care of, and I was told to toss that first bill and so I did.
I called the doctor's office yesterday after calling Labcorp when I received this newest bill, they had done all of the pre-op blood work and said they felt I needed to speak with my doctor's office thus the phone call.
Apparently, a revised code had been sent in on January 6, 2017, and Labcorp had a so-called claim number from it going to Medicare and so I called Medicare who earlier had stated they hadn't received any other submissions to clear up this matter, that since the original one, last year, on the first of November, thirteen days after my surgery and that claim number I was given I was informed that it was incorrect as a twelve digit number, no such thing, since theirs are only four digits and start with 0 and this one started with a 7!
My head was spinning at this point and so I called back Medicare one more time and spoke with their supervisor who boldly asked me what I though he should do, i.e. this Mr. Tracy Alan. I asked him why this is so screwy that no one has any answers and if they do they are not coordinated with one another, and their computer had nothing showing a reboot of my submission with correct coding, but my doctor's billing department, Leslie, said she had, and the Labcorp billing said they had too!
January sixth was the date of contention supposedly with the proper coding, but Medicare insisted they never received anything and recommended an appeal!
I said what?
The medical necessity wasn't proven, yep they kept saying they could not find the medical necessity, and I said, but you PAID FOR THE SURGERY!
Good grief, I felt as if I was in an Abbot and Costello skit : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RatKhtboq2E, but not a funny one at all, just a not getting it one, ya know? Maybe George Burns speaking to Gracie Allen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDCjhLOaNZI  would be a more apropos analogy?
Anyway, after speaking to Sharon the supervisor at Labcorp who said she would file the new codes once again that she received yesterday after I called my doctor's office. And I said then I will not be paying my bill until I know what's what, okay? And she said yes and almost sounded as if she meant it.

Moving on...

An end of an era, our Montreal neighbors from across the canal did sell their home furnished in record time, at a few thousand dollars price cut, to a family from Michigan! Actually, a husband and wife, almost retired from there, she hasn't come down yet, but is expected next week.
Hubby already has made friends and is sharing our floating molded polymer dock with Dave the newcomer across the canal so he can get onto his canoe, loaning it that is, since Hubby hasn't used it lately, but does find it handy for working on the rest of the dock and painting and such.

Meanwhile, we had a cold front come through last night that brought our ridiculous too hot temps down to around fifty this morning and seventy, just barely for the day. Tonight it might go into the thirties, WHOA! Yep, this is crazy! Almost as if living up north again! Sorry to all of you in that blizzard area! I suppose we are still much better off, but this is southwest Florida, in the middle of March, what gives? Wild ride!

That said I went into northern food mode and made my homemade chili today and we had it for dinner, mmm, mmm good!
Over the years I had made it with chopped turkey, but went back to ground beef years ago.
Mine is rather simple, with a can of pork and beans your favorite or vegan one is fine too, stewed tomatoes, one can of that too, a sprinkle of cumin and chili powder to taste, brown sugar about a teaspoon full or more to taste, a dash of Tabasco, and a splash of lemon juice, one and half medium sized onions caramelized, with several cloves of garlic in olive oil and Kosher salt. Brown meat in a dash of olive oil and then add in the caramelized onions and garlic, as well as some water to scrape those brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add in the beans, and either smash the tomatoes with a potato masher or put the can of stewed tomatoes into the Cuisinart to chop, a bit chunky is fine, add them in too, and a wee bit of your favorite tomato sauce too, leave on the stove to simmer and to permeate the indoor atmosphere with its lush aroma for as many hours as you care to, but taste periodically and make sure the bottom of the pan is not burning, if so turn it off and put it on a warming part of the stove, yep my new stove has that fifth burner for that, and check every once and a while to make sure it is kept at a desirable temperature, and then by dinner it is already to consume with crackers, or cheddar cheese or Greek yogurt or sour cream, or jalapeños, or whatever topping you so desire and enjoy it or naked with nothing at all, au naturale! Great for all cold weather days or even what we perceive as such!
 
On this note allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Where is Google out of?

Well, the best that I was able to Google is that Google is in many places, but the main location for the US is in Mountain View CA. here are other locations in the US of A: https://www.google.com/about/locations/?region=north-america&office=mountain-view

The only reason I was wondering is because of Daylight Saving Time every year in the almost Spring I get a reprieve of an hour to write this blog and every Fall I get it taken away!
So now as of Sunday evening I am back on an eight o'clock  deadline, nice.
Oh in reality I do not have any.
Since no one is watching me...oh maybe dear sweet Barack or the CIA or some other entity that all I would say to them is a great BIG THANKS!
And keep reading folks, ha!

Moving on...

Last night we had some excitement not far from here in parts of Punta Gorda and Manasota Key both in Charlotte County Florida as well as Broward across on the east cost of our fine state all had tornadoes! The devastation was severe, but thankfully no one was injured.

Here we finally had a decent rain fall that had been predicted and Hubby went out and spread the weed and feed on the lawn before it came.

I have an app on my phone that notifies us with dangerous weather in our area.
So whenever there would be a tornado warning or watch we would be informed as soon as possible.
Warnings and watches always confuse me, and so I will check again and write it here: http://www.weather.gov/lwx/WarningsDefined
Thanks to our weather.gov! A PSA for everyone!


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Winter Storm Watch
A Winter Storm Watch is issued when there is the potential for significant and hazardous winter weather within 48 hours. It does not mean that significant and hazardous winter weather will occur...it only means it is possible.
Significant and hazardous winter weather is defined as a combination of:
1)  5 inches or more of snow/sleet within a 12-hour period or 7 inches or more of snow/sleet within a 24-hour period
AND/OR
2)  Enough ice accumulation to cause damage to trees or powerlines.
AND/OR
3)  a life threatening or damaging combination of snow and/or ice accumulation with wind.
The snow/sleet criteria for a Winter Storm Watch for the five westernmost counties (Allegany, Mineral, Grant, Pendleton, and Highland) is higher (6 inches or more within a 12-hour period; 8 inches or more within a 24-hour period).

Blizzard Warning
A Blizzard Warning means that the following conditions are occurring or expected within the next 12 to 18 hours.
1) Snow and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for 3 hours or longer
AND
2)  Sustained winds of 35 mph or greater or frequent gusts to 35 mph or greater.
There is no temperature requirement that must be met to achieve blizzard conditions.

Winter Storm Warning
A Winter Storm Warning is issued when a significant combination of hazardous winter weather is occurring or imminent.
Significant and hazardous winter weather is defined as a combination of:
1)  5 inches or more of snow/sleet within a 12-hour period or 7 inches or more of snow/sleet within a 24-hour period
AND/OR
2)  Enough ice accumulation to cause damage to trees or powerlines.
AND/OR
3)  a life threatening or damaging combination of snow and/or ice accumulation with wind.
The snow/sleet criteria for a Winter Storm Warning for the five westernmost counties (Allegany, Mineral, Grant, Pendleton, and Highland) is higher (6 inches or more within a 12-hour period; 8 inches or more within a 24-hour period).

Ice Storm Warning
¼ inch or more of ice accumulation.

Freezing Rain Advisory
Ice accumulations of less than 1/4 inch.

Winter Weather Advisory
A Winter Weather Advisory will be issued when 2 to 4 inches of snow, alone or in combination with sleet and freezing rain, is expected to cause a significant inconvenience, but not serious enough to warrant a warning.
If the event is expected to impact the Baltimore/Washington metro areas during rush hours (4-9 am or 2-7 pm on weekdays) forecasted snow totals of one inch will necessitate the issuance of a winter weather advisory. The snow/sleet criteria for a Winter Weather Advisory for the five westernmost counties (Allegany, Mineral, Grant, Pendleton, and Highland) is higher (3-5 inches).
 
Freeze Watch
A Freeze Watch is issued when there is a potential for significant, widespread freezing temperatures within the next 24-36 hours.
A Freeze Watch is issued in the autumn until the end of the growing season (marked by the occurrence of first widespread freeze). The normal end of the growing season is mid to late October west of the Blue Ridge and early November east of the Blue Ridge. However, during anomalously warm autumns, the growing season may be extended past the normal end of the growing season.
A Freeze Watch is issued in the spring at the start of the growing season (when it is late enough to cause damage to new plants and crops).
Freeze Warning
A Freeze Warning is issued when significant, widespread freezing temperatures are expected.
A Freeze Warning is issued in the autumn until the end of the growing season (marked by the occurrence of first widespread freeze). The normal end of the growing season is mid to late October west of the Blue Ridge and early November east of the Blue Ridge. However, during anomalously warm autumns, the growing season may be extended past the normal end of the growing season.
A Freeze Warning is issued in the spring at the start of the growing season (when it is late enough to cause damage to new plants and crops).
Frost Advisory
A Frost Advisory is issued when the minimum temperature is forecast to be 33 to 36 degrees on clear and calm nights during the growing season.
A Frost Advisory is issued in the autumn until the end of the growing season (marked by the occurrence of first widespread freeze). The normal end of the growing season is mid to late October west of the Blue Ridge and early November east of the Blue Ridge. However, during anomalously warm autumns, the growing season may be extended past the normal end of the growing season.
A Frost Advisory is issued in the spring at the start of the growing season (when it is late enough to cause damage to new plants and crops).
Wind Chill Advisory
A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when wind chills of -5F to -19F are expected east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and when wind chills of -10 to -24F are expected along and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in Frederick and Carroll Counties in Maryland.
Wind Chill Warning
A Wind Chill Warning is issued when wind chills of -20F or lower are expected east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and when wind chills of -25F or lower are expected along and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in Frederick and Carroll Counties in Maryland.
Dense Fog Advisory
A Dense Fog Advisory is issued when widespread fog is expected to reduce visibilities to 1/4 mile or less over a large area for an extended period of time (2 or more hours).
High Wind Watch
A High Wind Watch is issued when the following conditions are possible:
1) sustained winds of 40 mph or higher for one hour or more
OR
2) wind gusts of 58 mph or higher for any duration.
High Wind Warning
A High Wind Warning is issued when the following conditions are expected:
1) sustained winds of 40 mph or higher for one hour or more
OR
2) wind gusts of 58 mph or higher for any duration.
Hurricane Watch
A Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 64 kt (74 mph) or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding.
The watch does not mean that hurricane conditions will occur. It only means that these conditions are possible.
Hurricane Warning
A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 64 kt (74 mph) or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
Wind Advisory
A Wind Advisory is issued when the following conditions are expected:
1) sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph for an hour or more.
AND/OR
2) wind gusts of 46 to 57 mph for any duration.
Extreme Wind Warning
An Extreme Wind Warning is issued for surface winds of 100 knots (115 MPH) or greater associated with non-convective, downslope, derecho (NOT associated with a tornado), or sustained hurricane winds are expected to occur within one hour.
Small Craft Advisory
Small Craft Advisories are issued for the Tidal Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay when one or both of the following conditions is expected to begin within 36 hours:
1) sustained winds of 18 knots to 33 knots
OR
2) frequent gusts (duration of two or more hours) between 18 knots and 33 knots.
OR
3) waves of 4 feet or higher
Gale Warning
Gale Warnings are issued for the Tidal Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay when one or both of the following conditions is expected to begin within 36 hours and not directly associated with a tropical cyclone:
1)  sustained winds of 34 knots to 47 knots
OR
2) frequent gusts (duration of two or more hours) between 34 knots and 47 knots.
Storm Warning
Storm Warnings are issued for the Tidal Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay when one or both of the following conditions is expected to begin within 36 hours and not directly associated with a tropical cyclone:
1)  sustained winds of 48 knots to 63 knots
OR
2) frequent gusts (duration of two or more hours) of 48 knots to 63 knots
Hurricane Force Wind Warning
Hurricane Force Wind Warnings are issued for the Tidal Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay when one or both of the following conditions is expected to begin within 36 hours and not directly associated with a tropical cyclone:
1)  sustained winds of 64 knots or greater
OR
2) frequent gusts (duration of two or more hours) of 64 knots or greater
Special Marine Warning
A warning of potentially hazardous weather conditions of short duration (up to 2 hours) affecting areas included in a CWF that are not adequately covered by existing marine warnings and producing one or more of the following:
1) Sustained marine convective winds (showers/thunderstorms) or associated gusts of 34 knots or greater
AND/OR
2) Hail three quarters of an inch or more in diameter
AND/OR
3) Waterspouts
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued when severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible.
Severe thunderstorms are defined as follows:
1) Winds of 58 mph or higher
AND/OR
2) Hail 1 inch in diameter or larger.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.
Severe thunderstorms are defined as follows:
1) Winds of 58 mph or higher
AND/OR
2) Hail 1 inch in diameter or larger.
Tornado Watch
A Tornado Watch is issued when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. It does not mean that they will occur. It only means they are possible.
Severe thunderstorms are defined as follows:
1) Winds of 58 mph or higher
AND/OR
2) Hail 1 inch in diameter or larger.
Tornado Warning
A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado is imminent. When a tornado warning is issued, seek safe shelter immediately.
Tropical Storm Watch
A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 34 to 63 kt (39 to 73 mph) or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding.
The watch does not mean that tropical storm conditions will occur. It only means that these conditions are possible.
Tropical Storm Warning
A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 34 to 63 kt (39 to 73 mph) or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding.
Coastal Flood Watch
A Coastal Flood Watch is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is possible. Such flooding would potentially pose a serious risk to life and property.
Coastal Flood Watches are issued for coastal areas along the Tidal Potomac River and coastal areas along the Chesapeake Bay.
Coastal Flood Warning
A Coastal Flood Warning is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is occurring or imminent. This flooding will pose a serious risk to life and property.
Coastal Flood Warnings are issued for coastal areas along the Tidal Potomac River and areas along the Chesapeake Bay.
Coastal Flood Advisory
A Coastal Flood Advisory is issued when minor or nuisance coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.
Coastal Flood Advisories are issued for coastal areas along the Tidal Potomac River and areas along the Chesapeake Bay.
Flash Flood Watch
A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.
Flash Flood Warning
A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.
Flood Watch
A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
Flood Warning
A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
River Flood Watch
A River Flood Watch is issued when river flooding is possible at one or more forecast points along a river.
River Flood Warning
A River Flood Warning is issued when river flooding is occurring or imminent at one or more forecast points along a river.
Excessive Heat Watch
An Excessive Heat Watch is issued when there is a potential for the heat index value to reach or exceed 110 degrees within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Excessive Heat Warning
An Excessive Heat Warning is issued when the heat index value is expected to reach or exceed 110 degrees within the next 12 to 24 hours. An Excessive Heat Warning may be issued for lower criteria if it is early in the season or during a multi-day heat wave.