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July 6, 2019

Four Years After Obergefell: Has the Sky Fallen?

July 4, 2019

The 12:30 AM phone call

Filed under: Family, Health, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like — Scottie @ 05:37

My husband went to work last night as normal.  He left at 6 PM and texted me when he got to the hospital.   I went to bed early as I normally do.   Then I was awakened at 12:30 AM by my phone ringing with the ring tone I have set for my husband.  As it is not normal for him to call me in the middle of the night I answered very concerned.   “Scottie, this is Jeanette ( the night time supervisor for the ICU’s ) Ron has fallen, he passed out and fell hard”.  “We think it is his blood sugar and he is awake now but very confused and he is saying his hip and back is hurting really bad”.  “We are taking him to the ER now to have him checked out”.   

What do you say?  I was confused, startled, trying to process that Ron had fallen due to his blood sugar going to low and was hurt.   All I could think of was to thank her and ask her to have him call me when “…he was better”.   Ron said he was still on the floor listening to her talk to me on his phone and when she chuckled and told him my response was to have him call when he was better Ron said he just rolled his eyes.   

The gave him an X-Ray and a C.A.T. scan, did blood work.  In the ICU they gave him some glucose type syrup to bring his sugar up.   So he was in terrible pain so they sent him home.   He had been texting me on and off during all the testing from the ER as there was no way I could go back to sleep.   I offered to come get him in the van but he felt he could drive.   They offered him a very mild pain reliever or Morphine.  He can not take morphine so he just took some Tylenol.   

When he got home I brought in his stuff from the car and helped him into the house.   I got him something to eat and helped him into bed.  His left hip is really sore and he is limping, but the scans showed no break.  His back is twisted and hurts bad and I can understand that.  He is in bed now and I am sitting here with a few hours of sleep thankful it was not worse.  When he wakes up he is going to really hurt.   It is a holiday so he can not call his doctor.  I maybe able to take him to a convenient care if he needs it.  

Be well everyone.  Have a grand holiday.  Be safe.   Hugs

July 3, 2019

These men treated this deer better than the US treats migrants at the southern border

Filed under: Animals, Health, Love, News, Reason, Things I like — Scottie @ 06:20

June 23, 2019

They took over redo

Filed under: Animals, Funny Stuff, Love, News — Scottie @ 08:05
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June 22, 2019

Milo on my sweatshirt

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Pictures, Things I like — Scottie @ 15:07

I have extremely sensitive skin so even air blowing on my skin causes me pain.  I wear long sleeve shirts and long pants no matter the temperature.  I keep a sweatshirt in my office in case the A/c or over head fan starts to cause me pain even through a long shirt.  I had was wearing this one and when I took it off I threw it on to a box next to my desk.   Milo jumped off my desk and on to the box and got comfortable.  Hugs

Milo on my sweatshirt

We need to change the laws to give people dignity in their end of life. Hugs

Filed under: Harm, Love, News, Questions, Reason, Sad — Scottie @ 14:58

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/by-request-a-husband-shoots-his-terminally-ill-wife-hes-charged-with-manslaughter/

 

June 2, 2019

Click ,power, then shutdown

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, Ron — Scottie @ 18:54

Good evening everyone.  I have not been on much the last few days, and hardly at all today.  This morning I went to turn on the old TV in my office to ready it for watching the Sunday morning news shows.   Sitting here at my desk with both computers running for once, I was feeling rather smug.  Fate did not like that.  I turned on the TV, it displayed the lights and welcome screen and promptly shut down.  I tired again.  Same result.  Apparently not quick on the learning curve I tried again.  Then I got my self a good disappointed funk going.  When Ron got up I told him of the problem.   He came out to check the TV even though he is mechanically gifted, not in any way electronically savvy.   His learning curve is even worse than mine as he did the turn on and try again trick five times.  Then he told me that during the week he had been in the office and heard a loud pop from the TV.  Strange he waited to tell me until I needed to use the beast.  

So while I went to shower, shave , and scrape the funk off my teeth to be in a fit state to be seen by the public Ron moved our standby bedroom TV that we rarely use, a little 32 inch flat screen smart TV into my office and put it on a shelf.   I was rather depressed.   This was going to be the first month we did not start out with a large bill and would have extra money to “spurge”.  I know I should feel fortunate that we have enough money to pay our bills and have food security, but I really would like to be financially secure enough to be able to once and while “frivolously” spend instead of price checking things and worrying if we are not saving back enough for a later bill or need.  I have been saving for three months for an expensive gift for Ron’s birthday, and I refuse to tap into that money even if needed for other stuff.   Ron works hard and long hours at a job that causes him pain.  He has wanted this item for years and seen others with it, but never would buy one as it is expensive and we always had other needs.  He is 64 years old and struggled all his life.  He simply deserves one really nice gift.   

So when I returned to the office looking some what better and my hair combed for once, Ron asked me what I thought we needed for an office TV and to look at Amazon and the local stores online to price them.  I told him it was OK I could do with out.  He was not going to hear it, mentioning I have my game machines hooked to the TV and that he felt I need a bit of time in play.  He had worked a couple days OT and felt we could use that money to get a new TV.  So what do I need for a TV.  My old one was our first large flat TV we got way back about 2008 / 2009.  It was 46 inch and was expensive for us back then.  I need a large screen to be able to see it well.  So I was thinking the same size but the only similar ones were 50 inch.  OK I could deal with that.  I was looking at bottom tier sale TVs and Ron said no way.  He wanted a TV that would last and be worth the money and it needed the current features and be able to be clear for me to see.   So I redid my searching. 

I found a really good buy on Amazon for a 50 inch 4K smart TV with Bluetooth for what we could afford with out hurting us too much.   It would take all the disposable money for the month and Ron said he could get a few OT days.  The Bluetooth was the hard part.  We need that because Ron is going to move his desk into my office.  He doesn’t use it much but my news shows would drive him nuts so I will need to wear head phones.   Also he wouldn’t be able to think when I was playing my games.  

I did a search on the TV and it had great reviews and specs.  It also was available locally at Best Buy for only 4 dollars more.  Now I had not been in our local best buy in years, at least a decade, because every time we went they had the store music so loud I couldn’t think and couldn’t stand it.  Plus the sales people were hugely pushy on selling you things you did not want.   However Ron wanted to go look at it, so we went to see.  I was very pleasantly surprised as I expected the worst, the place had been redesigned and was much more usable, it was quiet, and the sales people not aggressive.   We really enjoyed shopping there.  One sales person asked us if they could helps u, we gave him the information on the TV we were there to look at, he called another guy and that guy was the TV expert who walked us through the TV we selected.  I asked if there was something he would recommend other than that one for what we wanted and he said no.  We decided to take it, the guy got it and rang us up, never pushing anything on us we did not want.  He took it out to the car and loaded it for us.  I was well happy.

But no project can ever be completed in our home with out one or more trips to the hardware store.  When we went to attach the bracket needed to hang the TV on the swivel rolling cart we have, the screws we had did not fit. The TV did not come with screws.  So Ron figured out the needed size and length and went off to Home Depot to get the right ones.  He figured correctly and they did work.  So the TV was on the stand, working, and yet another problem reared its ugly head.  The small locking thumb size brackets that go in the groves so the TV can not come forward and off the bracket, one of the screws was stripped while the other was OK.  So Tomorrow Ron will head out to the specialty hardware store to get the correct screw.   

So everything has gone well except on thing.  Well several.  In moving the two TVs and setting everything up, I hurt my back.  Again!  So I took a bunch of meds and stuck in my desk chair.   Plus here it is almost 7 PM and we did not make plans for supper.  Ron is making a quickly supper while I rest my back.  We will figure out what to do with that really heavy old TV tomorrow.   So how did you spend your Sunday?   Hugs

June 1, 2019

The true power in my house

Filed under: Animals, Cartoons, Family, Love, Magic, Memes, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 06:09

May 31, 2019

Holy dog snot

Filed under: Family, Health, Love, My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 15:35

I am finally home and get to sit in my chair and rest my back.  I am broken.  I such  swollen muscles in my back I was nearly bent double and even to breathe hurts.   My own fault really, I was trying to be a considerate spouse.  

Ron has worked a lot of shifts in a row.  He worked 3 days, had a day off, worked another two days, had a day off, worked three days.   So he really need to rest yesterday.  This morning when he got up he said he had to go grocery shopping.   He said he would like me to go if I felt up to it.  So I went.  The first store we went to was the new Aldi.  Great prices but small, narrow, packed stores.   At the end as he was waiting to check out Ron suggested I go out to the car.   I gratefully did.

We finished up at Publix.  I love that store even though it costs more. Well lighted, clean wide isles, helpful people who will do anything just about to be helpful.  They even offer to take your groceries out to the car for you.  The only problem is shopping with Ron.  Ron worries about every cent. He comparison shops and goes back and forth over items.   He will walk three isle back to check to see if he got the right item at the right price.  He worries if we already have an item in the pantry so he won’t buy it until it is gone.    I go in, get the item I want / need and and pay and go home.  So when I go with Ron I take extra medications and get my mind around a long hard time.  Today I don’t know if I was already hurting or it just took two or three centuries to complete but I was in serious trouble by the end.   When we got home I couldn’t even carry anything in.  So I made us drinks and sank into my office chair and will now start replying to comments and reading other blogs.  I doubt I will post much other than this today.  Maybe later the cartoons.  Hugs

May 28, 2019

Let’s not have anymore war dead

Filed under: Cartoons, Family, Harm, Health, Love, Memes, My Life and Rants, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:23

Hello everyone.  How was your Memorial day holiday?   Here is what we did yesterday.  I got up at my normal 5 AM, started the coffee, fed the cats their treaties, turned on the kitchen sink tap for Milo ( Milo likes to drink from taps and will howl until he gets the one he is at running ) opened the windows for them, and started my computers.  Ron had worked the night and so got home at about 8:30 AM because he stopped and got hamburger, brots, 2 kinds of potato salad, baked beans.   I prefer to make my own beans and salad but ron wanted a stress free day with no cleans mess.  He went to bed with plans to get up about noon.  I got a call about 11 AM from a lady down the street who was having trouble with a medical site and she had already paid them money.  I told her I would be over about 1 PM.  Ron got up just before I left.  The neighbor lady is down a different street in the same “phase” of the park I live in so I was able to walk over.  Long story short, she got on to a site that preys on, confuses, and scams the elderly.  She is 75 and her husband 80 and neither is good at using the computer.   They did not ever use them until recently and it confuses them.  She needed a medical alert bracelet as she had a seizure and it looked like she could have more, maybe.   She had found an advert for this company in a magazine and she called them.  They talked her into buying a “plan” that would make her safer.  Plus they sold her a bracelet.   The lady doesn’t have much money they are very low income.  The company told her she has to go to their web site and become a member.  Remember she was on the phone with them and had already paid them money for a plan that would make her safe from the company as well as the bracelet.  Well she got into a mess on the site.  I checked it out and it was designed to confuse.  The sign up was split into little information groups so you had to keep changing pages, and every time you did another page or two would come up that looked like the company that you were dealing with but was another company.  Similar names and same look to the web page.  It asks for the information you just entered and people not reading carefully would fill it in again.   So you end up giving your information to a bunch more companies and signing up for them.   So I made sure we stayed on the correct companies web site.  There was no way to sign up without buying something and also buying a plan.  They lied and misled her.    I advised her to call them again, cancel the stuff she bought and demand a refund.  Then as she was to see her primary care Wednesday she should ask them what she should do about the medical alert bracelet.  This is Florida and doctors here are very good dealing with the elderly as we have most of them in this state!  😃😺.  Back home I went, she wanted to take me home but again I wanted to walk.  Ron was hungry so we had our holiday meal of the above mentioned food at about 3 PM.   At about four my back was really hurting an mutinied , I couldn’t even tolerate sitting in my nice office chair.  I told Ron I was going to go lay on the bed and he decided taking a nap was a good idea.  We slept until 7 PM.  My back felt ok on the bed, but when I went to stand up my spine again reminded me of all the damage to it in a very insistent and painful way.  So we both got up but I went back to bed after a half hour and Ron followed shortly after.  So the exciting part of our three day holiday was eating burgers and brots cooked on the grill, store made potato salad and baked beans and sleeping the rest of the day.  Seems a pretty grand day to me.  I hope your day was grand also.   Hugs

May 24, 2019

New photo directed by hubby

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, Pictures — Scottie @ 09:43

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May 14, 2019

Don’t believe the cat, I loves you.

Filed under: Animals, Children, Funny Stuff, Funny videos, Love, Magic — Scottie @ 12:27

May 12, 2019

Happy Ron’s morning

Filed under: Animals, Homosexual, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like — Scottie @ 11:31

We do not celebrate mother’s day here.   However I woke up feeling OK this morning and Ron was not too tired from working all night.  So we agreed to a morning plan.  He would stop at the store on the way home and get some eggs, bread, a ham steak, and some hash browns.  I started bacon and sausage.   When Ron got home I cooked us breakfast.   We have not had a breakfast together in months and have not had bacon in about five months.  I have not been interested in eggs so Ron would just make himself a small breakfast.   He was so happy.  He called it his mothers day gift.   I told him I would clean up later as the Sunday news shows were coming on, and I love the news.  But he went ahead and picked it all up and did the dishes and ran the dishwasher.   I love the glass top stove but it is a bitch to keep clean and streak free.  At some point one of us used the scrub pad on it ( unthinking ) and left little scratches in the glass.  All in all a grand breakfast of all the major food groups with a dessert of news.  Ron has gone off to bed as he works tonight.   I am in my office watching the news with both cats snoozing after they had a hand full of treaties each.   All is well in our home.   Hugs

May 5, 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Filed under: Gender, Homosexual, LGBTQ, Love, My Life and Rants, Political, Sex — Scottie @ 17:35

While this man is not my first choice for President, I can totally support him.  I know as a preteen realizing the attractions I had for boys made me a target and “bad” ( at age five my 10 year old sister informed that because guys used me for sex I was queer, something I had no choice about but she told me how bad it was, and so I was bad ) seeing him on TV doing what he is doing would have changed my own opinion of myself.  Back then I had no good role models and was constantly told of all the evils and horrors queers were.   In fact years later as an adult after two tours in the US military I told my adoptive father I was gay.  He recoiled and said I will have to take care of you for the rest of your life because no one will hire you.  This was 1987.  He then went out and bought a grave plot in a local cemetery for me.  He wouldn’t talk to or look at any male friend I might have in his presence.  Of course he still called black people niggers all his life.  Sad hugs

April 30, 2019

A Trio of Bald Eagles, Included Two Dads, Is Successfully Raising Three Eaglets

Filed under: Animals, Children, Family, Love, News — Scottie @ 11:01

A Trio of Bald Eagles, Included Two Dads, Is Successfully Raising Three Eaglets

 

How many times have conservative Christians complained about a child being raised by same-sex couples? How many times have they freaked out about the possibility of adoption by more than two parents? It’s unnatural! It’s bad for the child! WHAT WOULD JESUS THINK?!

Well, they’re going to hate this story about baby eaglets at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois being taken care of by three parents… and then, after the mother (Hope) died, by two male bald eagles (Valor I and Valor II) who appear to be parenting together for the sake of the kids.

What’s weird is that bald eagles usually move on to a new mate when they lose their current one, so the expectation would’ve been for these two male eagles to find new partners immediately. And yet they stayed together to take care of their eaglets. Having that “extra” parent has been a boost for them.

Now there’s a new female eagle in the sanctuary and all three are bonding well.

It’s the Christian Right’s worst nightmare.

April 14, 2019

The way Milo looks at me when he wants the space where my keyboard is

Filed under: Animals, Family, Funny Stuff, Love — Scottie @ 06:16

April 13, 2019

Thank you Randy for a wonderful cat story. The human is not half bad either

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Magic, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 16:00

April 1, 2019

Young hero caregiver

Filed under: Children, Family, Health, Love — Scottie @ 05:53

March 29, 2019

Music soothes the savage beast

Filed under: Children, Funny Stuff, Love, Music and Videos, Music Video, Things I like — Scottie @ 20:49

March 28, 2019

Offline for awhile

Filed under: Family, Food, Love, My Life and Rants, Things I like — Scottie @ 14:47

I am off to make a tomato red sauce for my hubby.  He has worked a lot of 12 hour shifts lately and he has not complained but I know it is hard for him.   On my way home from my shots I stopped at the Publix grocery store ( great people ) and picked up all I needed to make hubby a grand meal when he wakes up.  

I make my sauce with a base of Dei Fratelli tomato sauce as I find them the most tasty.  Then I add cut mild sausage ( I get the long links and slice them into small sections as Ron likes the taste to bite into them ) and we went back to very lean beef ( was trying to not use beef but can not find anything we like as much ) and then add minced garlic, oregano , sweet basil, rubbed sage, thyme, peppers ( I use a mix of green , yellow, and red ) diced celery, and a small bit of chopped onion ( I don’t really like the taste of onion but in a sauce it adds a good flavor ) and after the sauce is hot and simmering I add some organic meat balls Ron likes.   People have different takes on meatballs , some think they should be baked and then added , I feel they should be put in the sauce to take on the flavor.  I also got two kinds of “toasted bread” for the supper, one garlic and one three cheese.  I may have forgotten a few things I add or do but you get the idea.  Sauce shouldn’t ever come out the same if you make it often.  I feel it should be adaptable and change with your feelings / mood.  To me my cooking is an extension of myself and reflects how I am feeling at that time.  Lucky for me Ron loves my cooking.  ( also my extension of my self ?  )  Hugs

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