Amazon and the Grinch?

9 Dec

As you may be aware of or not Amazon is having serious issues lately. I first noticed the problem at 09:00 eastern time yesterday. This is a World wide problem. So use this site to check to see what exactly is going on with Amazon in your area it is also good for other things not just Amazon. I noticed the problem because I was going to access my music account for my workout. I was unable to do it because it asked me to update to the latest version of Firefox, Chrome and something else.

Use the site above to check to see what has been fixed and what still needs to be fixed for your area or you can go pop some popcorn and enjoy the show . I have a bit of sympathy for the computer techs having to work overtime and deal with this problem. However, I hope that Amazon is giving them some amazing overtime pay. This is also affecting as far as I know any and possibly all shipping including Prime. Hopefully everyone’s packages will arrive on time for the holidays and the Grinch can stop trying to ruin peoples holidays and just stick with Whoville. Hope everyone has a peaceful and happy holidays.

10 years and counting

22 Feb

This is my beautiful Miss Noel at our 10 year anniversary which, we celebrated together by having extra treats for her and of course getting a present because what anniversary is not complete without a gift? I realize that she is now a senior bunny but, I really hope we have more years together because I love the bunny snuggles, kisses, crazy time/how she expresses happiness, and pettings. She has helped me so much to get through this year without being too down in the dumps. If anyone wants to have a companion bunny I encourage people to get the Rabbits for dummies book along with the House Rabbit society. Also please adopt if possible.

To quote Deadpool 2020 in review “The yack off shmirnoff year”

29 Dec

2020 Started out as almost any other year full of hopes and dreams. However we never saw the Black lives movement coming nor did we see Cooties 19 heading our way like a bullet train about to crash.

This year I lost my last cat and most beloved companion animal. Not saying that Noel nor my other cats were chopped liver.

We have lost a lot of things going to the movies, hugs from friends, the loss of human touch, the ability to date who you want, the ability to travel, going to stores, shopping at the mall, going to restaurants, seeing family, going to sporting events, going to concerts, going to amusement or theme parks, no more massages either from a professional or a possible lover, going dancing/to clubs, going to bars, etc.

What we have now quarantine, wearing masks in public all the time, “social distancing” , staying at home/working from home, having school at home, lets not forget the latest of the “new’ strains of Cooties 19, and the need to find more toilet paper or just cherish that last roll that you would not trade for even a million dollars and shortages of a lot of goods. FEAR. We have also gained a great need for more alcohol (maybe) and just finding ways to deal with all the changes that decided to hit us HARD. I realize that some of this is somewhat tongue in cheek and I am trying to add a slight bit of fun.

I have tried as a way to cope with the loss of all of these things by trying to laugh more, music has been my friend, dancing, singing (I would be voted off American Idol very quickly), working out, learning new languages, and trying to see and talk to the few friends I can either in person all while maintaining social distance and calling.

I have also lost a lot of family on my dads side and fear that my dads side of the family will go the way of the dinosaurs. I also have a lot of family that have been infected on my dads side with Cooties 19.

This year has also been the year of my mom having more health issues than I can shake a stick at all while in the midst of a pandemic. She has had her back fractured, gall bladder removed, a massive lump/bruise on her leg, and her gums were bleeding all because she was on 2 prescription blood thinners because she had a heart attack and baby aspirin. Who the Hades was my moms doctor to either give her so many blood thinners should be shot drawn, quartered ,dragged through the mud?

Cooties has made a difference in may peoples relationships with the quarantine because you really either end up hating/divorcing that person or you grow closer there seems to be no in between.

Before the Covid 19 virus had everyone stay at home in the US

3 Apr

I realize that most people now are either out of work or working from home now. We are all trying to find a new normal especially if you have kid(s) at home and are now doing their school work online or remotely.

I had to say good bye to my last cat (because I found out I am allergic to cats but, they were already family and loved). She was not grooming herself anymore and was yowling. I thought she was just ill. I took her to the vet where they did a blood test on her to find out that she was in stage 3 of her kidneys shutting down. They could try to “restart” her kidneys with IV and other fluids but, if she did not respond then well…….you get the idea. Plus if she did respond to the treatment it would only at most give her a few days to a few weeks. I made the very tough, very hard, and very heart breaking decision to let her pass peacefully in hopefully a bit less pain than she was in.

She passed away on Monday March 20, 2020. i just want to share a few pictures of her when she was not ill. I also discovered that she was 17 years old I thought she was only 14. Her kidney failure was due to her age. It really is a drag getting old.

This last picture of her is with her favorite toy. She used to “bring” it to me and put it beside the bed. So sweet. I miss her daily. I miss brushing her hair as I brushed mine and helping her work out her anger issues by biting the bristles of my brush. I miss her sleeping beside my pillow at night. I miss petting her. I miss her laying on my lap. I just miss everything about her.

The only companion animal I have left is miss Noel the star of this blog. It is somewhat depressing.

Being kind

15 Mar

I realize that right now at least in the US and other parts of the world there have been a lot closings, delays, and cancellations. We all need to be patient and kind to ourselves and others. It is not X persons fault that it is no longer available or closed, or delayed.

My daughters school has closed and she will be doing her assignments remotely. I do realize that this may be tougher for some people than others. It might not be convenient, be annoying, etc. BE Patient.

Please be kind and patient regardless of race, creed, color, or religion. I recently saw a headline where a few people were viciously attacked just for wearing a mask on the New York subway. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT those that were attacked are infected with COVID 19. They were probably just trying to be a bit more proactive and to protect themselves and to protect themselves possibly from others.

We need to remember our past history with different diseases that have affected our world the Black Plague, Scarlet and Yellow Fever, the Flue epidemics, Polio, and others that I cant remember. I do realize that there is a huge difference between now and then like population density, and travel etc. How people responded and dealt with these diseases is also different.

WE DO NOT NEED any more reasons to be mean or unkind to each other. There is more than enough hate and unkindness in the world with out adding to more excuses or even using this latest world crises as one to spread more hate and violence.

Last thing I encourage people to stop hoarding the Toilet Paper there is enough for everyone to have it.

Please watch or listen to Depeche Modes People are People on youtube.

Been awhile

21 Nov

I am happy to report that I am feeling and doing much better since my fall. My knee has been the slowest to heal up but, it is a lot better. All of my swelling has gone down. A vegan diet has certainly helped in that department. Plus I found some CBD cream to put on my knee at night and that seems to help as well.

Since we skipped fall and went straight into winter. I made a soup using different types of canned beans (yes I was lazy). I used pinto, kidney, garbanzo, black, and white northern beans plus one other. I used a carton of white miso broth, some smoked tofu, and various spices. I also added some green kale as well it was a very tasty and hearty.

What are your plans for the holiday? We are probably going to have take away pizza, make our own or I might make something else. We will have some sweet potatoes, some small oven roasted potatoes, a pumpkin tart, and some green beans. I love being vegan and just deciding to do whatever for the holiday without feeling like we have to do the “traditional” holiday meal.

Enjoy your holiday and remember to think outside of the traditional holiday things if you want to.


30 Aug

Yesterday on Wednesday I was talking with a woman who had fallen either in December of last year or January of this year. She had fallen and broken her femur in two places. I told her about my fall and she saw my knee and told me that “it looks really bad”. It made me just feel that all the little victories that I have gone through to feel better and even be able to tie up my own shoes even just a little bit seem not that important or even just less. I was so discouraged.

I have been trying to get in touch with my daughters doctor regarding a medication she is on. She has been having some rather bad side effects. So every time the doctor calls me back it is always after hours and at a number I cant reach them back at. We have been playing phone tag for almost a week now. That was very annoying for me.

My daughter decided to yell at me because I was trying to make sure she had studied for a test that she has on Friday. We have a rule that homework comes before hanging out with friends. It just made me feel even lower.

I have also been missing my cat who passed away last year. There are just little things I miss like the fact that she would always go after bugs.that were in the house. Plus my other cat was looking at my sweet Noel who is pictured above as something to either attack, play with, or eat. I thought she was about to do what my husband and I called the flying Wevel attack. My cat who passed away was on the top of the cat tower and jumped down on top of my other cat and when she realized it was the wrong cat she started licking his face. It was really sweet and I think an apology for attacking him instead of the cat she really wanted to. I started to laugh and felt like crying again because it was something she used to do.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”-Hippocrates

27 Aug

This was my ankle after a serious fall about 2 weeks ago on Friday. I also sprained or strained my other ankle and skinned up my knee on the right side along with it being just swollen in general. The reason for this post is to wonder what happened to people helping others? I was in another persons yard and there were people across from this yard. I was trying to get someone to help me. I did not want to yell too loud because I was in such pain that I was afraid I would start to scream and cry and not be able to stop. NO ONE helped me instead I had someone ask me what I was doing in so and so’s yard. I did not reply because I was again trying not to scream and cry plus was wanting to assess just how badly I was hurt from one misstep. I also had a large truck drive up the side of the road the same side I was sitting on, trying to flag them down and get help from them. They did not stop of course. I had no choice and no phone but to limp my way home. I was in such pain that I thought long and hard about sitting down on the curb but, was afraid I would not be able to get up. If it was not for a friend arriving back home and seeing the state I was in. She helped me the best way she could to get me home the rest of the way.

If this happens to you I guess in the long run to he** what people will think and go for the screaming and crying just to hopefully get someone to help you. If this happens to someone that you dont know please do all you can to help them. Whether it is calling a friend or just helping them get home. It is worth it.

A few things that have helped me besides something for the pain. I have been eating a lot of turmeric or things with turmeric in them. It is a good anti inflammatory, and antioxidant. I have been using arnica for bruising. I have been wrapping my knee and ankles with red cabbage leaves because it is anti inflammatory and antioxidant. It seems to help with the bruising and helped them heal a lot faster than with just the arnica. There is still swelling in my ankles but, at least now I can walk a bit better without a cane. I can go up stairs without pain. Going down stairs is still a challenge. I can also get up off the floor without the use of a cane as well. I am thankful for each improvement no matter how small and it is the little things we take for granted that I hope to appreciate in the future. I still cant put on a pair of shoes without making sure they are as loose as possible.

Notre Dame

17 Apr

As most people know Notre Dame in Paris caught fire and it is a huge blow to not only a historic landmark but, to Paris, France, and Catholics. I am extremely grateful that my daughter and I were able to see Notre Dame whole and complete with the spire up on top as it should be.

If you would like to help here is a link and it is a 501c3 and all donations will be tax deductible. or just go to Friends of Notre Dame here

Here is another link to give you a very brief history of why this building is so important to Paris, to France, to history and to Catholics.

If these links do not work let me know and I will do my best to fix it.
Please consider donating to help with the restoration of this beautiful building even $5 would help whatever you can afford to give.

Thank you so much.

VMR and my beauty routine

21 Feb

As some of you know my husband has Vaso Motor Rhinitis which to me basically means that he is allergic to everything that smells great to most of the rest of the world. Just a small list of things he is allergic to in no particular order….aloe vera, lavender, hickory, chocolate etc.

So this is my skin care routine and some of the products that I use. Every morning I wash my face with water using a Konjac sponge you can use a facial cleanser as well but, I just use warm water. I then use wheat germ oil on my face it moisturizes and has a natural spf of 15 so to a small point my skin is protected from the sun. I then use a vegan blush and wet and wild shimmer palette. For my eyes I use the two faced chocolate bar 16 shimmer and matte shade pallet. I also use my Aveda brown mascara if it is not snowing or raining. Then I am done. I dont put much on and during the summer I normally skip the eye shadow and will wear my 100 percent pure eyeliner and am done. I will wear either a nice red shade of lip gloss or a pink.

In the evening I wash my face with an unscented soap yes, I did say soap. I will use either almond oil or hemp oil on my face and around my eyes.

Once a month I will use my gua sha facial massager I find that it helps with wrinkles, fine lines, and helps to tone your face up. I do this for about 8 minutes on my face. I will also use Aztec secret Indian Healing clay it will also help to tighten up and tone your face as well and is great for a deep cleans. I leave the clay on until I try to smile and it feels really tight or just hard to do. I will if I have extra add it to my hair for a deep conditioning, neck and upper chest area. I also use left over coffee grounds to gently exfoliate my face. I put the extra coffee grounds that I can never seem to get out of our coffee grinder in a mortar and pestle to make sure they are really extra fine and ground up even more. I then put these in a small bowl with some olive oil and mix the two together I rub it on to my face and neck and leave on for about five minutes before rinsing off normally in the shower and if I have extra I use that next time I shower.

If you have acne prone skin or sensitive skin most I believe will work for sensitive skin but for acne I have no clue.

I use oatmeal soap on my body and dr. bronners castile soap baby unscented to wash my hair. I use it because it is vegan, unscented, has a good lather and seems to work with my hair. Plus I can get it refilled at my local coop. If my skin is particularly dry I use an unscented lotion, body butter, or even olive oil.

If I decide to color my hair or dye it I use light mountain henna of whatever shade is for you or manic panic is vegan as well and I use that for a bit more colorful colors.

Most of these things you can find on amazon, 100 percent pure website, Aveda’s website, Sephora’s website, for the facial massager, and for my lip glosses try they are long lasting so you can eat and drink to your hearts content without needing to reapply. The hair dye manic or a wild oats will have the light mountain henna.

Most of the things I use are vegan or at least cruelty free which is great.

One last recommendation if you are in need of a comfortable shirt/s to wear with leggings that will pass dress codes for school or work. I found these on amazon search for womens shirt dress. They are supper long in the back so it has your butt well covered, and is long enough in the front with a high low style to cover your belly and the other bits all without having to find a Victorian dress to wear and far more comfortable.

Why am I recommending a lot of stuff on line or from amazon well I am not allowed to go into the mall because they have a lot of “stinky” stuff that my husband is allergic to and I cant wear perfume.

Why did I recommend the chocolate bar eye shadow pallet? Yes my husband is allergic to chocolate but, I am not and it is one of the few things that I fought and demanded to have. I gave up everything else so this is one thing I put my foot down on. Plus who can resist the smell of chocolate and this pallet smells Amazing.

For coats I recommend Scotty Vest. They are all vegan and have a ton of pockets plus if you travel or even occasionally travel even better.

For vegan handbags I recommend Gunas, Corkor, Arden Cove, and Angela Roi.

Hope this helps if you are allergic to certain things or have VMR or are living with someone who has VMR.