Friday, July 24

It Never Rains but what it Pours

I was running very smoothly the last few months. Am getting my Vitamin B12 back where it should be and have had energy again. Taking a supplement of 2500 once a week or so. That seems to be doing the trick. Then, last weekend, I put my back out and was in such severe pain that I phoned a chiropractor on Monday. I could barely walk. The treatment brought me great relief and I made another appt for Wed.

Wed I was okay but after the treatment, I felt even better. Still feeling okay but my neck and back muscles are still tight. I am going again on Monday and then probably not until Friday. After a couple of weeks, I will only do it monthly for maintenance. Chiropractors aren't included in our paid medical coverage, so it's costing some money, but also saving because Senior's get a $25 discount per visit. Only good thing I have found being a senior is that you do get discounts.

Well, it is late and need to rest my back. Thanks to all my previous blogging buddies for dropping by in my earlier post to say hi. Miss you all.

Saturday, June 20

Wishing all my male friends with kids, A Happy Father's Day.

Dad passed in 1981 and when the holidays come around, such as Christmas, Easter and Father's Day, I wish he had been with us a little longer.

Dad was strict and stern if you didn't do as you were told. He was known for giving us a spanking if we defied him. I don't regret anything he did. He was the disciplinarian in our family and we knew if Mom told him that we had done wrong, we were going to be punished for it. We usually toed the line fairy well.

Dad was a hard worker, sometimes leaving for work before dawn and not getting home until hours after dark When he became disabled from a fall while working, he was devastated. He needed something that would make him feel useful, as most people do.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. Wish you were here.

Sunday, May 31

Can This Be True?

Some of you may remember Brandon as a little boy. Well, he has grown into a fine young man. He graduated in June 2013 and then took a Victory Lap year in Horticulture. 

Last summer, he got a job at a local grocery garden center. He got laid off in August, but they told him to reapply in March. Between times, he worked for Toys R Us for Christmas and got laid off December 29th.

This year he started at the garden center in April and is enjoying it. On May 27th, last Wednesday, he turned 20. We are having a BBQ for him this afternoon.

Can this be true! It seems like yesterday I was standing in the delivery room and for the next 3 months, walking the floor with a baby that had a bad case of Colic. Now he is 20. Seems impossible. 

Thursday, May 21

Watching the Birds

All winter, we had many birds come to the feeders. We had a large, platform feeder and two small suet feeders. One suet feeder is specifically for woodpeckers and we had a variety of those visit, including hairy, red headed, nuthatches and downy. I love to watch them. One of the males was so used to my husband that he would just keep eating when he went into the yard. If I stepped out the door, he would fly into the tree and when I backed the car out of the driveway, he would return to his meal.

Other species that visited the feeders were male and female northern cardinals, red polls, black eyed juncos, sparrows, chickadees and a few species that I had to look up. The only one I detested was European starlings. They are dirty, loud, aggressive and they chase the other birds away. 

One kind of bird I would love to see in my yard is the Eastern bluebird, shown above. I've never hit the right formula to lure them, but I keep trying. One day maybe I will find out exactly how to get them to come. I'd like a bluebird nesting box. We had other birds coming for the combed out dog fur that Dakota sheds in the spring. It makes excellent nesting material. 

I want to get a niger feeder. They bring orioles and gold finches. I get a lot of pleasure watching the birds and since I don't go out much in winter or when it's really humid, it is a type of entertainment that can't be beat. 

Not much news here. I have been down and out with allergies this week. Since everything is blooming at once and coming to life, this year is worse than any recent year. I've never had them this bad before in my life and wish they would just go away. 

Got a hair cut today for summer and cut off my nearly shoulder length hair. First hair cut since just before Christmas. Feels better, for sure. 

We have a mama coon living in our attic and have to figure out how to lure her and the babies out so we can fix the vents. She's broken both roof vents in order to set up residence. In case you don't know coon feces can be deadly, so she needs to go. I phoned the landlord and he wants me to trap them. Huh? It's his house, not mine, so we are not agreeing on this at all. He says that I live here, not him and I say it's your house, not mine. However, I don't plan to share my living space with raccoons,