never enough time

It seems that the older I become the faster time goes. Honestly, it is enough to drive a person a little bit batty!

Just last week was April…well that’s how it feels. I was planting my garden, wishing for fresh veg that I didnt have to buy. Now, the tomatoes are about finished producing; I have canned salsa, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and Marinara.

I have canned tomato relish, pickles, and so many jams I no longer have space for them on a shelf. And it is almost October.

It’s almost time to tear out old stalks and till the ground again…time to add mulch to the garden beds and cover them for the winter. I dred having to put away my shorts and get out leggings and jeans.

This weekend I will put up the last of the tomatoes. In my world, it is officially Autumn.

Once more

It seems I have had a bazillion blogs..and here I am making yet another.

This time, I just want to have fun with it. I will TRY to stay away from politics, religion, etc but am making no promises. I’d LIKE to have just plain old FUN stuff…sharing what is happening in my life with my friends.

But, I won’t promise not to rant about the morons and idiots…after all I have been ranting in various ways for over 50 years.

SYW, January 24, 2022

Mel has given us the last SYW for January, and this time she has compiled questions from other incredible bloggers. Check out each site!

stolen from Mel

Questions From Fabulous Bloggers

12-17-2021  Cyranny  “What’s the worst day of the week for you?”  Why?

1-3-2022   Mrs. A (Jazzocracy)   Mrs A proposes a question for a future SYW. “Would you ever consider posing naked or semi-naked for the camera or a live audience (acting in a play)?”

1-10-2022  Di    With the recent energy crisis here in the UK, would you prefer electric, gas, oil or some other means of heating your home?

1-10-2022  Marilyn  When this pops up later tonight, I MIGHT have thought of a few questions. Like: In your household, who takes care of the bills, taxes, and other financial stuff? Is one person responsible or is it a shared chore? And this has made me notice that my phone is missing. Oops.

1-10-2022  Yinglan  Not sure if this question was asked before. It’s a bit of a silly one: If you can have any one job (real or fiction) in the galaxy (yes, the galaxy, I’m widening the search radius, imagining relocation to other planets possible), what is that job?

My responses:

  1. Pretty sure the worst day of my week is the one in which I wake up in pain. It tends to change depending up[on the weather and my medications ability to actually work correctly. Today is the “worst” (so far this week) as my knee is swollen to three times its normal size and radiates sharp pains whenever I attempt to put any pressure upon it…..like, walking. or standing up. So, this week, my worst day is Monday.
  2. Yep. So long as I could pose with a very large pastry in front of whatever needs to be covered a la “Calendar Girls”.

3. I’d really like underfloor water heating powered by solar. Unfortunately, we don’t have 50K in which to make the purchase. We have a floor furnace which is ridiculous, but manages to heat the place without a LOT of carbon footprinting.

4. Like many (MANY) other military families, I alone take care of bills, taxes, etc. My hubs and I decided when he was about to posted overseas (many millions of years ago) that I would do it all rather than rely on the Army finance office to deal with it. It’s worked out okay, BUT I really wish I could get George to just THINK about helping me now. Knowing his inability to deal with anything that could produce frustration, a headache or the desire to curse though, I have provided my best friend with all of our account information, and given her a copy of all company user names and passwords for us, as well as notified all companies that she is authorized to deal with them for us.

5. wow…any job in the universe? Well then, I want to be queen of the universe with the absolute right to make all the rules. My first task would be to get rid of idiots in every political party on this planet…why, after all, should I limit myself to just one American political party. I would ban nukes and nuclear power throughout the world, and forbid its use in any other world. I’d ban weapons. I’d ban tanks, aircraft carriers and every other kind of military equipment. All those military people would be retrained in sustainable energy fields, solar, wind water power only. Gas production would be banned. all transportation would run on sustainable energy and everyone’s car, trucks etc. would be replaced free of charge by their countries governments. OHHHHH, this is fun. Except I can see I am already being corrupted by the very power I am imagining, so maybe I’d just be a gardener instead.

did you ever

have a day where you just sort of meandered from room to room, never settling anywhere and never really knowing why you were so busy meandering around?

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Yea, me too. Today has been an exercise in futility.

It’s beyond cold, and getting worse. I’m not sure quite when Oklahoma moved into the Arctic Circle, but here we are. Officially colder than Anchorage. They are at 25 degrees F…while we are at 11 degrees F and dropping.

I just wish it were cold enough to freeze my idiot republican senators and congressmen….it seems that will be the only way to get rid of them. Not a single one of them actually gives a damn about the people they supposedly represent…and no amount of phone calls, faxes or emails will sway them back into the land of good governance.

I have come to realize that my country has given up on Democracy. Oh, there are still a few of us ranting about the autocracy our legislators are attempting to establish, and there are a few who still attempt to change the minds of our neighbors and friends.

But I no longer have any real faith in my fellow Oklahomans…they seem content to allow all their freedoms that my generation fought so diligently for. The right to vote. The right of a woman to control her body. The right to choose one’s own religion or to choose NO religion.

Voting is off the table for many of us in Oklahoma. If the state senate approves it, next year it will illegal to drive someone to a polling place unless they are a blood relative. I may easily go to prison for driving my home-bound neighbor to the polls so she can vote.

The right to an abortion is damned near gone. We almost have a state religion now with my own town having purchased with CITY FUNDS what they proudly call the “Christ tree”.

What’s next? I’m almost afraid to be asking, but like those passing a horrific traffic accident, here I am craning my neck wondering what else is to be taken in the name of republicanism.

nothing much is going on

at least, not in my little world.

I no longer watch any news, nor listen to radio except for a weather report and “wait, wait don’t tell me” on NPR.

I have discovered youtube though, so am happily wasting days just watching old BBC comedy and game shows.

Yes, I KNEW Youtube has been around for twenty years, and have even uploaded some ridiculous how-to videos on “my channel”…I just never chain watched anything else till very recently.

I’ve been stuck in the house for over a week now with a case of flu.

NOT covid…just a garden variety “wish-i-was-dead-already” flu.

So, all this past week I binge-watched Countdown and Would I Lie To You…..if you haven’t seen either of them, they are both ridiculous, hilarious and potty-mouthed comediennes “playing games”…Countdown is a combo word (spelling) game and maths. The other is a bunch of comediennes lying to each other then trying to figure out of anyone is actually telling the truth.

I did notice that they are funnier when my fever goes down……WARNING Extremely bad language.

Share Your World, January 17, 2022

Mel hosts the SYW challenge. Check it out…then link back to her when you have to just join in because…….

Mel’s Questions

Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide?  What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say?
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Have you ever broken anything? What about rules?
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Are you  also  afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders?  (if you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead).
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Do you think time goes faster as you get older?
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GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

Please share something that really inspired you from this last week or month.

OK, my responses:

  1. If I were really completely honest, I would say that …I have zero compassion for people that believe anything that covid deniers, anti-vaxxers, or Republicans say or promote. I’d just as soon they all just either left the country or died. I don’t care which would occur either. Our country would be better off without them. Actually, I’d rather they just died out. I can’t think of a country on the face of the planet that deserves these jackasses.
  2. I’ve broken a leg, and elbow, my heart and about ten bazillion stupid rules.
  3. adding on the number 2, I’m pretty sure I broke the sound barrier when a spider fell on my face one night. I hate and fear them to the point of mindless panic.
  4. time does whatever it feels like doing and my age has zero effect upon it. If I am enjoying something times speeds up, and if I hate something it slows way down.
  5. what inspired me this week? Not a danged thing. What am I grateful for? the fact my flu is beginning to go away…I hope. At least my fever is lower than it has been for five days.

Sunday Poser, Jan 16, 2022

Sadje, over at LifeAfter50forWomen, hosts this weekly question challenge. I generally don’t do a danged thing on Sundays anymore except sleep late, so this is a first for me.

This makes me sound like a complete idiot,…..BUT…I forget to take my medications on time.

It is actually pretty darned important that I take them the same time and the same way every single day.

The diabetes meds MUST be taken with food.

The cardiac meds MUST be taken at the same time every single day. During the time changes for the stupid “daylight savings time”, I have to add or subtract and hour then stick with that time until the changes occur again.

The pain meds must be on time AND with food.

As a result of all the nonsense, I have a four-part weekly medication box with different colored lids for different times of day. Once a week, I have to go through all fifty-seven bazillion pills and sort them correctly. You’d think I’d remember to take the blasted things after all of that.

But, inevitably I will get to the last pills to take and discover I am a day “off” somehow.

I wish I could get the hubster to sort them, and SERVE THEM TO ME IN A TINY CUP, he IS a nurse ya know, but he refuses. What he actually said was “there’s not enough money on the planet to make me take that job Suze”.

I get it…I just don’t like it.

sharing my world, Jan 10, 2022

At least I’ve got the year right in the title…all day yesterday I was writing the incorrect year. Why can’t they all just stay the same?

Mel has another syw, of course I did LAST week’s yesterday so it feels like I am not caught up yet. Join in by going off to Mel’s page, SparksFromACombustibleMind, and follow the instructions. It isn’t hard. Heck, if I can do it, ya’ll KNOW you can!

I LIKE this one…

Mel’s questions:

Who do you think is an example of a successful person?

Why are you doing what you’re currently doing?

What is your personal theme song?

What do you think about tofu?

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

Where did you find bliss this past week?

My responses:

A successful person is one who is happy or content with their life. It isn’t a bunch of money or a high-falooten job…it isn’t being married to a sport’s star or media personality…it isn’t even being a president or VP…IT IS BEING CONTENT.

UM…..right now I am sitting in front of a keyboard freezing my buns off cause the pilot light won’t start on my floor furnace. WHY? Cause the plumber isn’t coming till tomorrow. I KNOW that wasn’t what the question meant. I am retired so I do anything I danged well want to on a daily basis. And isn’t THAT a boring response?

personal theme song? Can I have 47 or more instead of one? okay…favorite songs will do, right? (sigh, I tried!) Okay….my theme…has to be something that shows my personality. (CRAP! I HATE THIS QUESTION!)

Tofu???? Isn’t that some sort of tasteless, squishy off-white bean curd cake that snotty vegans insist “tastes good” and yet “you won’t taste it”? Snark aside, tofu has its place. Just not on a plate of anything I want to eat. And YES, have tried it. Seven different ways to be exact during the WORST holiday meal I have ever endured. It was actually the best thing about that meal…the people hosting it were the worst…pretentious assholes that let everyone who eats milk or meat products know they are bound straight to hell.

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my BLISS huh? under my newly completed quilt last night. I slept like a baby…it was pretty, and I was proud of finishing it, and best of all? IT WAS WARM! (no heat….remember?)

sharing my world

Okay, this is later than usual…I was busy finishing a quilt and surviving sub-zero temps all week. For others wishing to play, go to Melanie’s site and answer the questions she (and others) raise each Monday.

Evil Squirrel posits the questions this week. I don’t normally answer these, but figured I should attempt understanding the nonsense at least once….so here goes:

QUESTIONS  (NEWEST AND FINAL  E.S. BATCH FROM DECEMBER 2021)

Ricky “The Pious” Raccoon asks a two parter:    (12-2-2021)

What frivolous, but annoying thing that people do be considered a sin (crime)?  
And how should violators be made to repent (be punished) for it?   

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Mary “The Poster Lamb For Cute” (12-9-2021) asks

Imagination IN and impracticality and logic aside, if you could pick one animal to have as an exotic pet based solely on how cute and adorable it is, what would it be?

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The Sponkies (the result of an unusual pairing of a donkey and a sparkle pony)  12-16-2021

Do you have any siblings?  If so, where do you rank in birth order?  And do you think either of these facts contributed to the person you became?

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12-23-2021   ZAC (short for Prozac because his somewhat maniacal grinning face is rather creepy)…

We all have things that make us happy, but what makes you deliriously, giddily, tail wagging-ly happy?

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 Evil Squirrel (and the final question from E.S. “Nest” o’ fun!)   12-30-2021 

If you had an alter ego, who or what would it be?  Describe some fun or interesting things about them!

GRATITUDE SECTION  (ALWAYS OPTIONAL)

What are some hopes or accomplishments you’d like to see happen in 2022?

My responses…such as they are:

  1. I don’t believe in sin. I believe in laws. And since I refuse to ever again be part of a governing body that decides these things, I have nothing to say about punishments deserved.
  2. A Sehlat: A large, bear-like animal native to Vulcansehlats typically possess six-inch fangs. Although sehlats can be ferocious in the wild, Vulcan families frequently domesticate them as pets. Spock had a pet sehlat, which died during his childhood (in 2237, or 8877 on the Vulcan calendar) after sustaining mortal injuries from the poisonous bite of a mountain lion-like desert predator known as a le-matya.
  3. I am number two….and since I no longer claim the others, I’m only counting ONE of my siblings. Yes, of course my birth order contributed to who I am. I was the second child, but the first female. My parents enforced their own ideas of what “girls” were “allowed to do”…this included how I was supposed to think about things and any goals I may have. I (of course) rebelled completely.
  4. Not much actually. The only thing I can think of that would bring about such glee is the indictment, arrest and conviction of Trump and ALL his allies in the Insurrection of 2021.
  5. alter ego? Not only no, but HELL NO. I LIKE myself exactly as I am. The only purpose I can see to having an “alter” would be to make something better about myself. Not happening.

Gratitude:

I am thankful that I have lived long enough and learned enough to shove my own ego into the metaphorical “back seat” so that I can feel gratitude for what I have and what I am.

finished!

Isn’t it amazing what a person can accomplish once they shut off the news (and forget about blogging for a bit)?

I’ve been working on a quilt for the past 1 1/2 years! Yes, I said years. I started it with high hopes I could finish in a month. Then I was hit with one unavoidable slap to the system after another.

Illnesses, followed by surgery, then another illness…then helping a friend gain custody of a runaway teen..it seemed never-ending.

Finally, after a week of solid work I have a new to me quilt!

one end of it…..
Top end of the quilt!

Yes, I went crazy with prints. I collect fabric. I had a LOT of end pieces that I cut into strips, then laid out on a large bed to find a pattern I could live with.

I had an old twin sheet….a batik from India that I bought at a yard sale several years ago (I never know when a fabric will scream “USE ME!”, so I save them). I used the sheet as the backing, folded over the ends and made borders for the quilt top.

I’m uber-proud of it and have begun a second quilt top like the first. Hopefully this one won’t take another 1 1/2 years to create.

And, yes, eventually we will have enough saved to finish the floors. In the meantime, they are just awful and I hate them, but until I win a lotto (or actually save some money) I can accept them. It’s only one room after all.

ok, that’s enough.

Winter officially arrived, everyone has frozen pipes (except me) and there is snow and ice all over the ground.

My cats refuse to go outside more than necessary for health reasons (yes, I AM allergic to cat hair), my poor dog Gunnar whines as he exits and enters the dog door.

All the heaters, floor furnace and small space heaters have been running non-stop for two days and visions of higher than mountain range electric and gas bills have begun haunting my sleep.

I’ve had enough of winter thanks and someone make it stop!

Get ready because the whinging has just gone off into OH-MY-GOD-SUZE-IS-COMPLAINING-LIKE-AN-OLD-FART-ON-STEROIDS!

One of the things I hated about listening to my elders was the constant complaints of aches and pains. Now, I am doing the same. I have a LOT of arthritis…and it’s concentrated in my fingers, knees and hips. AND I HURT! It gets exponentially worse in cold weather.

It’s bad enough during the rest of the year as it is difficult to walk or use my hands at the best of times. During cold, it is excruciating. And there’s not a hell of a lot I can do about it. Sitting huddled under blankets only makes it worse. So, I’ve decided that I have had enough. Someone needs to fix the weather, and do it NOW.

My doctor said that exercise helps…by strengthening the muscles I MIGHT have less arthritic pain….MIGHT??? Every attempt to walk results in tears rolling down my face and sobs issuing forth willy-nilly…trying to type or hold a pen I find myself holding my breathe through the pain of curving my fingers….yea, somehow I don’t see exercise as the correct answer.

She offered steroids….I said no. As a diabetic, the LAST thing I need is a drug guaranteed to increase my A1C and blood sugar levels.

Hip and knee replacements are out as we have covid in all our hospitals and non-emergency surgeries are all cancelled in the meantime. Besides, I can’t afford the copays, nor do I wish to be stuck in a bed for six weeks.

So, whoever is in charge of winter? Get off your lazy ass and make it spring already!