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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

IKEA Hackers: Old ads on dresser

IKEA Hackers: Old ads on dresser: Materials: old ads, Ikea dresser Description: I glued old ads from a mag onto an Ikea dresser. See more of the dresser . ~ Man...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Alone Together

Alone Together

Anxiety in the house

I tried ... I really, really did  try!

But the anxiety was already roiling in my stomach as I drove up Rt. 33.

There would be no way! I could sit in a dental chair today for a procedure ;-  Hey, at least I was actually able to walk in, explain my problem, and even offer to pay for a missed session!

Here's the thing I want to say about anxiety:

IT DOESN'T SWITCH ITSELF OFF AUTOMATICALLY JUST BECAUSE I'VE REMOVED MYSELF FROM THE SITUATION THAT'S MAKING ME ANXIOUS

And I knew that (but I didn't know if YOU my readers, knew that) ... anyway, I took myself for something good & filling to eat (because sometimes it's not having enough food in my stomach that can make it spiral even more out of control - not that I'd been able to eat much beforehand - yeahhh, too anxious!)

The food was very good, and filling! but it didn't quell the anxiety --

-- which followed me all the way back home (wheee, wheee, wheee, cried the little anxiety pig!)

I tried to lay down.

I had to get up and take some anti-anxiety meds.  Because it hasn't stopped - its still whirring and shaking away on the inside.  And I bet you --

-- yeahhh: when the meds kick in, I'll be laying back down zzzz

But you know what???

I will more than likely wake up anxiety-free :)

And that is a very, very good thing !!!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Please pray for this family + Look into her caring bridges site, too

Flectamus genua: Kneeling Before My God: J.M.J. When I first created this blog last month, I had no idea what to call it.  I wanted it to be about my personal journey towards Our...

Elle Adore Style: Marilyn & vintage bag

Elle Adore Style: Marilyn & vintage bag: My grandmother gave me this beautiful vintage bag today. Do you like it? The look is really basic and simple, but tt's so hot over here that...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CathoFeminism: A Plea for Compassion

CathoFeminism: A Plea for Compassion: I have not yet been at this blog project for a year, but I have already discovered how overwhelming it can be to want your voice to be hea...

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Braided Bandit: Kilauea Lighthouse

The Braided Bandit: Kilauea Lighthouse: Aloha & Happy Friday!     Yesterday, we took an inter-island flight to Oahu and then drove to the North Shore to the house we are renti...

Dandelion Daydreams: Boofing through the snow!

Dandelion Daydreams: Boofing through the snow!: Bufford LOVES the snow! I think its his favorite time of the year. He hates the heat(bulldogs are prone to overheating and have breathing pr...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Just the facts, m'am

Women who've had an abortion have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who've given birth, according to a 2011 article in the British Journal of Psychiatry that analyzed 22 major studies on women's mental health following abortion. Together, the studies involved over 800,000 women.

Four out of ten men whose partners had an abortion experienced chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, occurring on average 15 years after the abortion. Among these men, 88% had feelings of grief and sadness, 82% had guilt, 77% felt anger, 64% anxiety and 68% isolation.

When an unborn baby girl is at just 19 weeks' gestation in her mother's womb, her tiny ovaries already contain all the eggs she will have in her lifetime, to one day have babies of her own.  

Single women have 83% of abortions. Currently 41% of births in the U.S. are to single moms, up from 17% three decades ago. Cohabiting and single-parent families are 3 times more likely to be poor and face higher risks (compared to married families) of physical and mental abuse, dissatisfaction with life and depression.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

 Planned Parenthood personnel have aborted over 5,300,000 children since 1970. That's equal to the entire population of Colorado. In its last reported fiscal year (2008-2009), PPFA clinics aborted 332,278 children, a number equal to the entire population of Cincinnati. In 2009, 97.6 percent of Planned Parenthood's "services" for pregnant women involved killing their children, and only 2.4 percent involved prenatal care or adoption referral.   A study published earlier this year found that a 63 percent increase in the use of contraceptives in Spain over a ten-year period was accompanied by a 108 percent increase in the rate of elective abortions.  The correlation between contraceptive use and recourse to abortion was noted in a 1932 article in the British Medical Journal, by a PPFA doctor in 1936, in a study done by the Margaret Sanger Clinical Research Bureau in 1940 (finding 41 percent of pregnancies of contracepting women terminated in illegal abortion, while only 3.5 percent of the pregnancies of non-contracepting women did), and by Malcolm Potts, MD, then medical director of International Planned Parenthood Federation in 1981.  In 2005, Consumer Reports ranked dead last (among 23 brands) two of the condom brands that PPFA affiliates offer free to customers, due to their rating of "poor" in strength and reliability.

(Claim: Without funding for PPFA, women will lack access to mammograms :

In truth, Planned Parenthood clinics provide no mammograms. They offer only referrals to health centers, doctors, hospitals and labs for mammograms. PPFA breast exams are done by manual palpation, similar to a breast self-exam. But as a National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus fact sheet states: "There is no evidence that doing breast self exams saves lives from breast cancer." For that, mammography is needed.)
 

A blogger’s conversion to altar rails and kneeling for Communion

A blogger’s conversion to altar rails and kneeling for Communion (POLL) | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Silver anniversary - but not as I imagined ...

I recently realized that I'm celebrating my silver anniversary this year - yes, that's right, that's right!

It is 25 years since fibromyalgia///chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, became my 'other half' ...

I was never an athlete, but I was someone who had been too dangerously close to crisis for many years; in fact, in my very early 20s, I distinctly remember taking one of those tests where you get points for stress situations in your life ... if you were approaching a 300 score, you were considered having a too-high level, and if you didn't divorce yourself from that type of lifestyle, you were in danger of getting very sick... the big ones of course being heart disease and high blood pressure - adrenal fatigue wasn't even talked about then, nor was yeast overgrowth - anyway -- 

Mine was just over 500.

I remember staring at that paper and breaking out in a cold sweat ... at that time, I wasn't ready to stop drinking ... but, beyond that - how DID I stop all the OTHER crisis situations in my life?!  For example:  my ex-husband had custody of our daughter - how in blazes was I supposed to stop THAT?!!

And then, at age 25, I had a car wreck that I walked away from - which was incredible to the responding officers as well as the flatbed driver, who had pick up my car engine from the other side of the road - but was never, ever to be physically over ....

It's my silver anniversary, and I'd sure like it to be one where some doctor somewhere found a cure!  I often say that I've spent so much of my adult life sick and disabled, I wouldn't know any other way to live - but you know what???

I'd like to find out how!!!!!


dee dee's vintage retro delights: Our 1950's themed wedding day

dee dee's vintage retro delights: Our 1950's themed wedding day: Hi Everyone, well a week tomorrow we have been married for 1 week. I can't believe where the time has flown its been non stop since l...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

U.S. researchers find new disease carried by deer ticks

U.S. researchers find new disease carried by deer ticks

The open land - a problem for old paws ...

My dear, sweet CoCo is 16 ... and while she's still eating, peppy, goes outside, its her back legs that are getting weaker and weaker - some days, more than others ...

I happened to turn around in time today to catch what her problem is when she goes through the kitchen - the only part of this apartment that doesn't have carpet - its linoleum, and because she can't get a good grip on the floor, she was sliding, in danger of wiping out! EXCEPT I had tossed a throw rug kind of in the middle of the room and so she was doing this weird stretched-out gasp-I-can-make-it! to the throw rug, just to get through the kitchen!  the poor thing!!!

So I went into the kitchen and put the two throw rugs I had end-to-end -- which only took care of half the kitchen!  "She'll get in the exact middle and be stranded - there's still enough lino that she'll wind-up flat on her belly, looking at me with an embarrassed smile, hopefully not hurt!!!"  No, that wouldn't do!!!

I know I have more scatter///throw rugs -- but they're in storage *somewhere* *to be found eventually when I go on my next archeological dig go Jean!* -- so that didn't answer the problem of what to do NOW --

So I created a "faux throw rug" - something you can do when you live alone, say, and its just you and the doggy, and you have little foot traffic otherwise --

Yep.  I tossed a blanket over that part of the floor!!!

Its worked so well that now SHE DELIBERATELY STRUTS BACK & FORTH THROUGH THE KITCHEN :)


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thx to Ginger @ "Dwelling in House" for this meme!

Convinced--it's really not a nice enough day to sit outside, no matter what Miss CoCo believes!
Listening--to silence ... traffic outside my window
Fighting--a cold ... still?!
Anticipating--hmmmmmm....
Reading--many things, as always :)  Picked back up "The Wisdom of Menopause" & its even more relevant than the last time - which is like saying - 'the Pope just became a more dedicated Catholic!' ;)
Needing--more coffee & a foot rub
Longing for: a relationship where I don't get sucked into trying to fix the unfixable!
Studying-Medjugorje
Avoiding--those headache-inducing necessary phone calls ...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It's the thought that counts?!

Yesterday my neighbor gave me a small bag of potatoes that she had gotten at a food distribution center & didn't want - I was very grateful! because I'm quite sick w/ this %$#@#^ cold again & didn't know what I was going to eat!

Down the street from me is a thrift store ... and how often I see them load up their pickup truck w/ absolute old broken-down can't save it JUNK that people drop off at their doors.  "Well, it's the thought that counts, right???  They were trying to make a charitable donation!"  Bosh!  What thought is that, when you simply hand the junk off to someone else to get rid of?!

Same thought for the donator to a food distribution center for poor people w/ these potatoes ...

I cooked them and cooked them and let me tell you!  THOSE POTATOES WOULD HAVE MADE GOOD WEAPONS - EACH ONE OF THEM, SMALLER THAN THE SIZE OF THE PALM OF MY HAND, COULD HAVE EASILY TAKEN OUT A WINDOW WITH A VERY EASY TOSS!

And speaking of toss ... yeahhhh ...

Listen - when you have thoughts of donating to help the poor --

PLEASE MAKE SURE IT ISN'T GOING TO MAKE THERE LIVES MORE DIFFICULT OR WORSE!!!


Monday, January 7, 2013

PURPLE DRESS! & how-to thrift

Strawberry Freckleface: ⚡⚡ HOW TO THRIFT, CASEY STYLE ⚡⚡:   entire outfit from goodwill minus the jewelry As you may have noticed, I score a good number, okay...the ma...

A beautiful love story (we all should be so blessed!)

Observations of an Oblivious Woman: 32nd Anniversary: In September 1979, a Texan serving an LDS Mission walked into the Echo LDS Chapel in Fresno, California and saw this gorgeous brunette. She ...

Sunday, January 6, 2013