Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day! Thank You Veterans Past and Present

Thank you to all veterans ...thank you for your sacrifices for our country and for helping other countries around the world. God bless you and your families.

I am so very grateful for the freedoms that we have as Americans. I am grateful to be living in this great country. So many things... as I grew up knowing them ...seem to be breaking down, but I believe in the resilience of the American spirit and that something really good will come from all the turmoil we seem to be experiencing now. Sometimes we have to go through the fire test our metal , get rid of the impurities and come out much stronger because of the purification process, i.e., the challenge.

How does it go? "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."

God Bless America and thank you for those blessings.

Thank you veterans.

Happy Memorial Day!
We are in the process of opening pool now. I can't figure out how leaves got on the bottom because I KNOW it was vacuumed just prior to closing it. ?? Anyway ..that is where I am headed now vacuum the leaves out on waste and refill and then I think we will be very close to opening ...because at least the water is clear. YAY! :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Three Letters and a Question Mark :)

I first saw this on a poster that said, "The Teacher's Dream Tool"

Ha ha!


I can think of a few other uses for a stamp like this.

How about you?

And I actually think it could help alleviate stress. Yes ...because each time you stamp ...particularly if you stamp with GUSTO would relieve some of that frustration and tension building up.

Just imagine where you could use it ... on payments to utility companies ...around rude and/or stupid people ......doctors to insurance companies (bet they think that a lot) public on letters to POLITICIANS. Oh heck save time ...if you think it's gonna be one of those days ...stamp it on your forehead.

I'm just sayin. ;)

Who knew ...that three letters and a question mark could be so satisfying?


PS - I just couldn't resist posting this. Admittedly, the goody two shoes in me (who rarely swears) feels a bit guilty over the WTF?

Of course probably really are saying "WTF?" ;)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Overview Of the Celebrity Apprentice - 2012 (mostly the finale) & My Choice

This video CRACKS me up! If you watched the Celebrity Apprentice, you will certainly appreciate this. But, even if you did not is still very funny. Penn has worked through all kinds of adversity during his life ...and yet was Clay and the happenings on the Celebrity Apprentice that was getting under his skin. His coworkers just laugh at him as he tries to explain all he endured on the show. No sympathy empathy from his staff/coworkers. :)
I was happy that Arsenio Hall won the Celebrity Apprentice and I would've been just as happy if Clay Aiken had won. I tell you who I would've chosen to be the new Celebrity Apprentice at the end.

Since the amount of money raised for the final project didn't matter, I don't know what criteria Trump used to make his decision. It seemed to me that it was just a coin toss in his mind. It did seem to be a tough decision for him. I know he thought both were excellent players. I do feel you never know if he has ulterior motives for who goes and who stays. During the season. Is his choice based on which person brings in ratings for the show, personal bias or perhaps future relationship ...or what the person can bring to him (or NBC) down the road? And regarding the model (Dayana Mendosa - former Miss Universe, exquisitely beautiful),who was continually brought into the boardroom ...I think she should've been voted off a lot earlier ...but, she is just so
beautiful ..I really think he liked keeping her around because she was eye candy for the viewers ...and it is no secret that he has an eye for exceptionally beautiful women. She did have some good ideas, but others were just so off the wall. (Lisa was HORRIBLE to her though) Trump is a master at working out deals ...and is known for his calculating decisions to achieve his goals. Obviously, I don't have access to Trump's or the management at NBC's thought processes/agenda. I am just saying that the judgement for which celebrity is fired is subjective, unless there is blatant evidence they should be fired. I don't think there are carved in stone rules. And with Trump ...some Celebrities shoot themselves in the foot when they were not in the hot seat, but then demonstrate apathy. He will fire an uncommitted person in a heartbeat!

I don't understand why raising over $301,500.00 vs $167,000.00 dollars wasn't a key factor in his decision making process. But, when Joan Rivers won, she also raised less money it's not the first time. It just seems to me if raising the most money every episode is the criterion that determines the winning team ...thus they will avoid the board room ...then that should also weigh into the final decision for the winner of Celebrity Apprentice.

Final Interview: Arsenio gave a better answer to Trump for why he should be the next Celebrity Apprentice. He said something else, but ...all I remember Clay saying is that he didn't want to come in second in another competition. Aresenio blew that out of the water by stating he had come in second many times (he explained) in his life and went on with other reasons.

Past and present criteria used (Other than which team raised the most money):

Best leader:
Both Clay and Arsenio managed well. Two diverse leadership styles ..Arsenio more laid back and Clay more of a micro-manager ..but not obnoxious about it, that I could tell anyway, after seeing the edited version. (Goes to show you - there is more than one way to reach the same goal) Both had a good rapport with their team and both reigned people in when they needed to and in the end they did have the final say over everything. Whereas, in the competition did not always go so smoothly. Particularly with Aubrey. (Aubrey O'Day is beautiful, intelligent, creative, talented and thinks fast on her feat. She is also the most narcissistic person I can think of. Definitely NOT a team player. Extremely full of herself. It seemed to me that, "I ...I ...I ...I ...I ...I ...I ...I...I...I...I...I...I...I...I...I" or "ME ...ME ...ME ...ME ...ME ...ME ...ME" OR MY ...MY...MY...MY...MY...MY...MY...MY...MY ...MY...MY...MY...MY....MY" is what I heard Aubrey say more than anything else. I couldn't decide if it was amusing or pathetic. Regardless of her talents, I would not choose her to work for me if I was looking for a team player. She has some maturing to do yet. She's 27 and perhaps that will come with more life lessons in the future. Also, all the team members working on behalf of the leaders, put their all into it and so except for a few glitches went pretty smoothly least based on the edited versions that we saw.

Also, I 100% agreed with Clay when he continually had to insist that Debbie Gibson's cousin fax a picture of what kind of mural she planned to paint on the walls. I can appreciate that she knew her cousin's work and the cousin was doing them a huge favor ..but at the end of the day ...the buck stopped with Clay's decisions. They could either make or break him. She should have grasped that. She must be a nice person, but frankly ...I thought she was annoying throughout her time on the show.

Both promotional videos for each of their charities were excellent in my opinion. The promotional events were equally creative. Arsenio and team put on a comedy show and Clay and team performed musically - both were fun and entertaining.

Although ...I did not appreciate the vulgarity of Lisa Lampanelli's act. Her routine is vulgar and and obnoxious ...which seems to be how she defined herself with her behavior throughout the entire season. It was in especially poor taste since there were CHILDREN in the audience that were attending Clay's carnival. (Although, to her defense, she was not aware there would be children there. But, his charity was for children and so it was certainly possible.) She wasn't the only one to swear, but hers was over the top and while I am hardly a prude ...I disliked one comment immensely. She was an intelligent, hard worker that contributed a great deal to each task, talented - funny (when not too gross) and a strong player. Too bad she was such an obnoxious bully.

Lisa generously donated $10,000 to Arsenio's team during the last task. She stated that Arsenio got her through a lot of the difficult times and she wanted to help him. Trump of course saw that as being disloyal, did ask Clay how he felt about it, Clay brushed it off and Trump dropped it. Maybe she knew that Clay had done so well and it wouldn't hurt him or that the money didn't matter in the end. I don't know. It was certainly a most thoughtful and generous gift that will be a blessing for the Magic Johnson Aids Foundation.

Trump likes passion, enthusiasm, talent, dedication, loyalty, intelligence, strength, creativity, honesty, commitment, good character, the ability to bring in the money, etc., and both Arsenio and Clay demonstrated all of the above and more.

History: Trump always considers how many times the celebrity was a team leader and how many wins they had. Aresenio won every time - Clay did not.

Character: Arsenio really lost it with Aubrey in one of the projects and went overboard with expletives. To his credit, he owned up to it and did apologize. And his defense was his response to AUBREY. Clay never did do that with the same intensity.

They were both great guys though and every one gets annoyed with everyone during the competition. It is intensely competitive, they have short deadlines, conflict of personalities, some people don't pull their own weight (highly annoying and frustrating for the ones that do) and they are sleep deprived and stressed.

And the show is edited.

So ...trump picked Arsenio.

I would have picked Clay.

My decision would be based on the fact that Clay did raise almost TWICE the amount of money and because I did not like some of what Lisa said in her comedy routine. I know that is what you get with Lisa, but one comment was particularly offensive and in very poor taste with children there. Clever play on words, but ...that nixed it for me. And since Arsenio had the final say over everything ...I would hold him accountable.

That being said ...I really am happy for Arsenio. I like his cause ...the Magic Johnson Aids foundation and he certainly did bring in a lot of money for the foundation. So ...I suppose you could match that up against Clay's large fundraising for the National Inclusion Project in the final competition.

It was close.

I do hope Arsenio gets the late night TV talk show.

I hope Clay gets in another contest where he doesn't come in second again.

I hope Lisa gets some anger management counseling or a big does of happy hormones or a chill pill. I do feel she has a good heart, but if I were in management ...I would not have her representing my company ..not with that mouth.

I really liked Penn and Dee, as well as some others. Both contributed a lot to the various tasks. Penn Jillette was a class act in my opinion. I thought he came up with brilliant ideas, was a major team player, witty, and a peacemaker. Frankly ...I didn't always agree with Clay's assessment of him. To both men's credit, they did work things out ...although ..I did see a hilarious video that Penn put up in which he tells how his coworkers LAUGHED at him when he tried to tell them how much Clay got to him. Compared to all the challenging conditions that Penn has worked in ..they laughed that the Celebrity Apprentice and Clay got to him. :)

Teresa Giudice, from the Housewives of NJ was also on. She seems like a nice person, although ... I felt she squeaked by too and was surprised she went as far as she did. If my friend Iris was still alive, she would've loved watching Teresa because she was her favorite person on the Housewives show.

I thought it was hilarious when Dee Snyder (Twisted Sister) was singing "Baby Love" with Debbie Gibson. Then they segued into his "I'm Not Gonna Take It." Both Dee and Paul Teutel (American Chopper) were good sports for deviating so far from their in public persona's for the sake of the tasks.

Victoria Gotti scared me. Perhaps not fair, and perhaps I am influenced by the "family" reputation ..but she seemed so serious and a bit scary. I didn't dislike her. She wasn't on long enough for me to have an accurate assessment of her abilities. And boy did she tell it like it was regarding Lisa's rudeness. Good for her!

I would've loved to have seen more of Cheryl Tiegs. She was the first to go and it was obvious this show was too cut throat and intense for her personality ...even tho she is a successful business woman. After all these years ...she is still a beautiful woman. I remember seeing her on the cover of Glamour Magazine all the time when I was a teenager.

I also would've loved to see more of Adam Corolla because I love his dry humor and I think he would've been hilarious to watch.

As one who has been frustrated with bilateral knee pain, I found Lou Ferrigno to be inspiring because of his positive attitude, continually giving "110 %". Also, for his sharing how 6 years ago he couldn't even walk, but after two hip replacements and two knee replacements ...he is so physically fit/active and I appreciated his health message when doing the Walgreens promo. Seeing all he could do with such physical intensity was greatly encouraging as I consider knee replacement surgery. Of course he is Lou Ferrigno (the Incredible Hulk) and I am sure would push through any kind of pain. But ...that being said was apparent he got his life back after having those surgeries.

George Takei (Star Trek) didn't contribute much, but he was such a gentlemen. Also Michael Andretti, Patricia Velasquez and Tia Carrere all seemed to be nice people, but got under my radar and so I don't have any comments about them.

I loved seeing Clay and Arsenio remain good friends, even amidst their fiercely competing to win. And I enjoyed their singing "Lean On Me", at the end of their projects in the finale. They were always respectful toward each other and that says a lot about the two of them.

I think it the Celebrity Apprentice is a terrific show. It's basically a win-win for everyone ...unless they come off looking bad for some reason. The Donald makes money and gets more notoriety. NBC makes money and gets good ratings. The celebrities get public exposure and the longer they remain on the show ...the more their faces are seen by the public and anyone that would consider them for upcoming projects and jobs. Charities. Each celebrity that wins, gets to donate significant amounts of money to their designated charity and that is just so wonderful ...especially when they win repeatedly. Millions of dollars have been donated to the various charities thanks to the hard work of the celebrities on the Celebrity Apprentice, as well as extra money given by Donald Trump and some of the companies represented in the tasks.

I enjoy seeing management skills or lack thereof action. I also enjoy the creative process with ideas flowing and the ways in which they execute each task. One of my favorite things is seeing them in action raising the money once everything is ready to go. I would LOVE to be part of that ...enterprising SeaSpray that I can be. (I do have a knack for getting people to donate money or buy things ...a skill that I have let go dormant for too long. :)

This was certainly an interesting Celebrity Apprentice season (2012) and I can't wait for the show to return.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Celebrity Apprentice Finale & Stuff (Update - How I Would Have Decided)

Mmmmm ...peppers, onions, crushed garlic clove and fresh Greek oregano ...smells so good. We're just having an easy dinner tonight. Sausage, peppers and onions on a delicious roll (you have to use quality bread), and a salad. I should've bought the green peppers too since they were such good price. Pretty colors.

It's been another beautiful, warm, sunny, and breezy ...just perfect day up in these here mountains of NJ. I went to the first service at church this morning - 9 am. I haven't gone since winter and it felt good to go. Plus, I sat with my spiritual mom (always a treat to be with her :) ...a woman I worked with for years at the hospital. I surprised her with a book about healing, that I know she is going to love. I like that my Y schedule is getting my night owl ways turned around to a more reasonable time and I am certainly more productive rising early.

And ...tonight is the season finale to the apprentice! WOO HOO! I LOVE that show and I really do not know who will win because I think they are both good. I can't even say I have a favorite. I like them both, Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken. They definitely played a good game and were the nicer players. I'm always interested to see how the players execute their tasks, how much money they raise so they can be the winning team each week. And I love that every week, significant amounts of money are donated to the winning team leader's charity. I will miss the show.
Survivor is done now. I do believe Kim deserved to win this time. She played the game well. I enjoy that show too ...although I could never play that game because I just could not be mean spirited or betray people like you often have to do. Then there is humidity and I don't like seafood... but for a few things. I'm just sayin. :)

I'm not a big TV watcher, but will miss these and a couple other shows.
Countdown to show time ...1 hour and 7 minutes. :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Reason Behind My Happy Blue Bird Day

I love this song! I do have a peaceful, easy feeling. :) I love today! I love this week!

I was just ironing some shirts to this song ...which always causes me to feel like a free spirit ...even when ironing. Anyway ...I am going out to get some vitamin D in a bit and just enjoy this GORGEOUS day ...doing things outside. This is a PERFECT day! If it doesn't rain Monday, we are going to open our pool which will be a bit earlier than usual. But, if it gets cold ..we can keep the solar cover on it. POOL! Woo hoo! Of course I am still doing prehab at the Y and will continue even on a maintenance program when PT stops. I can swim in lanes there too where as can't really swim with an 18" round above ground. It is still a nice size though and we enjoy it.

Anyway, Thursday was an outstandingly good day.
My knees were still sore when I first woke up from all the walking around the Newark business district the day before... but they were fine by the afternoon after resting a bit more. Thank God for the two Orthovisk injections I had or I never would've been able to do all that walking on concrete and standing and walking and standing and walking. Our younger son had his college graduation down at the Prudential Center on Wednesday and I will write a post about that soon and put up some pictures.

I was just so HAPPY Thursday. I still am. And now I realize why.

Of course it was a fabulous graduation experience and day. Well ...except for one thing, but the good far out shadowed the negative. It happened after the graduation. But, I digress.

Anyway, I had slept a lot too. I wondered ..."Oh wow THIS what I feel like when I actually get sleep?" Those things might be part of it. But ...there is another reason. I will get to that in a bit.

Yesterday was so positive ..every encounter I had ...people were friendly, smiling and helpful. All the traffic lights were in sync. The weather was perfect. I even had the people in the orthopaedic office waiting room laughing with some stories I told. It tied in to why another patient was there and then I was on a roll I guess. I've never been an entertainer in a medical office before ...and it was fun! ;) Well was only 7 people laughing and one older couple just kept reading. Killjoys. ;)

Then I got my final Orthovisk injections and boy did the left one hurt. My voice went up a few octaves, but it didn't stop me from regaling him with the events of graduation day. I showed him a few pictures - all of us standing with our graduate outside the Prudential Center, a better one of son with his nieces and nephew at Easter and the three grandchildren on Mother's day. My orthodoc was so upbeat and congratulated me on our son's achievement ...a few times.

I also told him how the first two sets of injections helped me walk around the city and he knows the area and said the Prudential center is pretty far from the Newark Post Office and understood why I was hurting. No big deal ...I just over did it. Thank God for the injections though.

Anyway, I don't have to go back until I think I have to go back. Of course ...I will never give up on praying for a miraculous cartilage recovery. I'm just sayin. :) I was so happy, that I gave him a big hug and then also hugged the P/A in the hallway and having wished them and reception (such a nice reception staff) a Happy Summer, I breezed out the door.

I wasn't even discouraged by the little bit of knee pain I did have. My mood was so upbeat ...everywhere I went and with everything I did that day. I even ended up getting two maxi dresses that I LOVE, look good on me and were such a great price. Conversations just flowed. People were so nice everywhere. I am usually a positive person and I think most people are nice and respond favorably to smiles and friendliness ...but this day seemed so perfect that I felt like there should've been a blue bird singing on my shoulder and if I could whistle ..I'd whistle along with him, "Zippitty doo da-a-a"... ;) And on the way home I thought, "Gosh ...if I had an interview today ...I KNOW I'd be hired!."

I just felt so in control ...and that anything was possible and life was so good.

I loved the day.

Then later ...I realized that of course I was happy and proud about our son's graduating college and for sharing that experience with him. But, something else came to mind and I realized what it was beyond that.

I realized how much urology has weighed upon me over time. Because as some of you know, I have tried real hard to avoid the reconstructive uro surgery (because of risks). I have had some relapses in the past. And I know that if I were to relapse again ...that surgery would be imminent. I know that my urologist has worked with me, done everything in his power he could do and now the rest is up to God. Urodoc gave me a last opportunity with a very large stent ...and bot did I pay my dues with what I went through with it and I would do it all again if it aided in my finally being permanently healed a heartbeat.

So ...where am I going with all of this?

Well ...quick update. This all happened because of my first and only large kidney stone in 2004 that had damaged my right ureter except the other urologist I had used at the time didn't know this and after a a couple of 2 week stents and a KUB a few months later cleared me with no instruction for follow-up. I am not at all saying that was wrong. I don't know the protocols for that. I will say a KUB at intervals would've revealed a stricture occurring ...possibly. But, it was what it was. Also, that urologist told me that my right ureter was more narrow than most people and why I couldn't even pass the tiny stones at the time. Ha! Before all that happened, I didn't even know we had a ureter and two at that. :) Anyway, 16 1/2 months after that is when I had a completely closed off stricture of my right ureter and the rest is history.

That last big stent came out on March 17, 2011. And even before that, I began turning my head around ...thinking more positively. Yes ...I've always believed in God and healing miracles. I know they do happen. I also know that God most often works through physicians and other people to facilitate healing in us. But ...I really began reading and listening to things about faith and healing. And I do believe that we can overcome sickness and disease with where we put our focus. And if we fixate on the negatives can draw it back to us or keep us in the mix of it.

Let me be clear though. I in no way mean to infer that if some one is sick or dies that they lacked faith. I don't pretend to know the mind of God. It's just that I remembered how Jesus told us to have faith. And he knows not everyone will be healed. But, I think it is that he knew that our best chance is to focus on the positive to effect and maintain positive changes in anything. And for those of you who are not faith minded, studies have shown that people who pray ...or who have a positive mind set or use positive imagery do heal more quickly. There is a mind-body connection.

So for more than a year, I have really been focusing my faith on being 100% healed and having no more relapses and That I will 100% avoid that uro surgery. Yes, my thinking slipped on occasion, but I'd get right back up on that Faith horse and start riding again. Not sure why I used the horse metaphor that way. :) And since I shockingly had a uro relapse at only 7 months the last time ...I admit that knowledge began working on me and I had to try harder to resist fear.

So ...every single month past 7 months is a milestone. The fact that I am now at 14 months post stent removal is major to me. And I will run this by urodoc when I see him for renal scan next month ..or maybe in the consult after the scan, but I want to know what time frame would he consider me 100% out of the woods for a renal stricture reoccurring and if I hit that mark does that mean it will never happen again? I know my thinking seems paradoxical in that on the one hand I claim faith and healing and on the other hand ..I want dates and reassurance's. But, I also think you have to be practical ...but not dwell on the negative. get your information and then BELIEVE for the best!

Admittedly, I have had some occasions in which my flank and side have ached and some renal colic and as you can imagine unnerves me when it has happened. I pray and believe and try not to react. And no ...I never call urodoc about this because I don't want to complain or react to every little thing and then what can he do and I don't want to rock that boat anyway. And when you have hydronephrosis, it is normal to have aches and pains. And even bowels can cause certain sensations. So ...I do not let negative thoughts settle in for long.

But, it turns out that I did somewhat. Not that I was always aware of how much ...until after my happy ...carefree mood on Thursday.

I just had a good report regarding my recent lab work. My pcp wants the A-1c down more, but it's not bad.

But what was especially exciting to me is that my creatinine level/kidney functions are all good - normal. Which means ...that I do NOT have a stricture. I admit, I was wondering about what is going on in my ureter. I was beginning to think of dates of things I can't miss and do not what any uro surprises for. And even though I try hard to remain positive ...I have vacillated between the positive and negative.

So it hit me after my Great Thursday and overall positive sense of well being, Ive been experiencing lately ...that those good labs just lifted a MAJOR LOAD off of me. I was feeling so free spirited ...that knee pain wasn't even getting to me. And here I thought I was pretty much handling it all well ...but, apparently was taking relapse to heart more than I realized. The marker time frames were getting to me. I even wonder if I psychologically caused some of the symptoms to exacerbate? With the strong mind-body connection?

And yes ...I do wonder ...since it was a silent chronic condition, could a stricture still be forming and creatinine levels just don't change until it is closed off? But ..I honest to GOD do feel healed. OH MY GOSH! The day urodoc tells me I am 100% cleared of this is going to be one heck of a jubilant day. I feel freer even now and it is a great feeling not having that weight of immanent relapse on me.

So, I realized that the way I was thinking and acting was the me ...before all this began. Sickness of any kind was just not on my mind and I felt like I could do almost anything. And I think people responded to how upbeat and positive I was. I really do believe I would've aced an interview had I had one on Thursday.

Having been through these things, I have learned more compassion for people with illness or disabilities. I have always been compassionate and kind. But I think after having the patient experiences I have had ...that there is more depth to my understanding and compassion for those suffering with their physical conditions and the emotional, spiritual and physical challenges they go through.

I believe it is so true ...that when you have your health really do have everything. And yes I know if there isn't any pain or illness getting our attention, that it is easy to take health for granted. But, I can tell you that I never will again and am grateful that things weren't worse and that I am getting healthier every day.

I just love and thank God for the Blue Bird days. :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Some Wrenna Comments :)

My d-i-l's mother added the graphics to the right of this picture. I love it!

Comments by Wren and her Mom:

"Wren: we're having skittagetti !

D-i-l: I love you wrenna! Why did it take you sooo long to get here? What were you doing for all those years??
Wren: I was eating snacks."

I would love to know what Wrenna is thinking when she is playing dressing up. And she is so serious about it. You just never know what she will be wearing next. Sometimes something crazy ...regular clothes or nothing at all (Remember ...she streaked though our house filled with company after Thanksgiving dinner? :) just never know. I look forward to her many looks. It would be neat if they were compiled into a book. :)

This picture is just adorable and she's talking on her cell phone. She outgrew that dress a while ago. I love the strawberry hat her other grandmother bought her. Oh ...and she has a little chocolate chip smudge above her lip. :)

Oh and this is funny. When her grandmother was out here recently ...for some reason she began calling her by her last name. Like a coach or Army drill Sergeant when wanting her grandmother's attention ..she'd holler out, "SMITHRIGHT!"

Too funny! Love it and love her and all the children to pieces! :)

The innocence and joy of a child is so precious. Wouldn't it be neat if we could all be as innocent and carefree?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day - 2012

Pictured above - Washtub beans - yummy! Fun with the new wagon. I love that there are little seats that can fold down. No doubt the little ones will help cart vegetables from the garden this summer. :)

We spent Mother's Day at my m-i-l's house yesterday and it was a fun family day for all. Younger son had to work and so we missed him. We had our first cook out for the year and it was a nice family day for sure. And I got the prettiest plants from my family - so sweet. A large hanging basket of pink petunias, a purple Rhododendron bush and a large planter of hanging small white flowers ...but the name is unfamiliar to me and so I forget what it is called. I love them all! And my m-i-l gave me some money which was sweet, but she is always doing nice things for us and I feel like she does not need to give me anything and it is HER special day. Also got some pretty cards. I was especially touched by what was written in one of the cards. Wow. And it meant so much to me.

Of course the best gift of all ...was just being with my family ...having them to love and being loved by them.

I am so very grateful for each and everyone of them.

For any moms that may be reading, I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Uro Patient Too Long :)

After being a urology patient for so long, reading urology blogs and medical articles and writing about my urological experiences ... the word Uro pops out at me like a neon sign. It Gets my attention every time.

The other night, I was on line reading through the ingredients of some skin care products I use. Then I came across a new product that looked interesting ...promising and I thought ..."Wow ...I have to try this!"

So then I checked out the ingredients and to my utter dismay, I was repulsed by what I read. I could not imagine what it was ...or how this reputable company could use such ingredients. I wondered about other products I was already using and had not checked. "EWWW ... and how COULD they?"

So, I googled the ingredients.

After reading what it was ...I busted out laughing! And then concluded ...I really have been a URO patient for too long.

What was the ingredient that disturbed me so much?

Tripleurospermum Maritima.

Anyone know what it is?

And what did I see when I read it ...even after i did a double take?


Whatever the URO SPERMUM Maritima was had THREE times the amount in the product!


I thought there was some kind of urine derivative along with some kind of sperm in this facial product as a main ingredient. I would not even want the tiniest amount in my skin care product be used ANYWHERE on my body ...but, especially not my face.

I thought about how some products use human placenta and I don't recall what else ...but just gross and offensive.

And I thought of whales.

There's nothing wrong with whales. Just that with word association ...Sperm whales came to mind.

Gross and disturbing thoughts were flashing through my brain. And just the thought that I would have this absorbing into the skin on my face? "EWWWWW!"

"HOW could this company I love do this?!"

So ...I Googled.

And what is this Tripleurospermum Maritima.?

A common seaside plant in certain areas, although also known to grow inland. False Mayweed is another name for it.

Like I said ...URO patient ...too long. :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

They REALLY make CHILL Pills?! :)

This gives new meaning to HAPPY Monday ...FUNNY! :)

I saw this on Dr A's (Dr Mike Sevilla) FB. I don't know if you are supposed to credit things in FB like we do in blogging ...but here is his blog link. Thanks Dr A.

Wishy Blower :)

Okay ...I just LOVE this and will be a forever heart memory.

Sweet, two year old little Wrenna walked into our kitchen last night, clasping tightly ...two dandelions that had gone to seed.

She looked up at me smiling and said, "Here Mum-mum, a wishy blower for you."

"Wishy blower?"


Giving her a hug I said, "THANK YOU Wrenna! I'll make a wish right now."

I closed my eyes long enough to make a wish and then I blew on my "wishy blower" ...scattering the seeds around us.

She was beaming with joy. :)

Her Mum-mum loved her present!


How cute is that?

I LOVE it! Definitely keeper words to remember when she is older. And from now on ...they are "wishy blowers" in our yard. :)

Thank you again, sweet Wren. :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

........ For Dessert :)

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I'm thrilled that I joined a food co-op during the winter!

I will talk more about it some other time. I do LOVE the store though.

Anyway ...I recently met someone who has been a member since the early days. Actually, I was a member in the mid 80s and then left a few years later, I thought they closed for two decades and had no idea they just moved to another location. That is because an original founder had told me they were closed ...or so I thought. Perhaps she meant the original location was closed.

I used to bring my then very young first born son along with me. He played with toys on a rug in the back while I did whatever they needed me to do at the time. It was interesting and I appreciated the discount. You get a discount if you become a member and work 2 hours a month.

So, as I said, I recently met this man who was telling me he was a member since the beginning and that he and his wife raised their kids on healthy food choices. His kids never went to school with potato chips in their lunch ...AND ...were happy with broccoli snacks and fruit in their lunches.

He went on to say that his son and d-i-l do the same with their kids and that one day when they were in the store their young son asked his father to buy the fresh broccoli. And, when they were at the check out, his son couldn't wait ..grabbed the broccoli and began eating it raw. The woman behind them couldn't believe it.

And this is amazing. While laughing ...he said that at the dinner table ...his son and d-i-l say things like, "If you eat all of your dinner can have cherry tomatoes for dessert." And the kids get excited because they want their cherry tomato dessert.