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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 35,111

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

New Weather Alert Ratings:

Watch: Conditions exist for a developing situation

Warning: Conditions exist for a weather event

Jim Cantore come to your town to broadcast the weather: you're in real trouble!

Public Service announcement: "This drug may impair the ability to drive or operate machinery. "

This isn't only about that warning, but about driving while you are tired. For most people, that means after a late night the day before. For me, that means trying to get too much at once despite my autoimmune fatigue.

About a year ago, i was running around doing last minute Christmas preparations. I was bone tired, it was the end of the day, but I drove out to a local nursery to get my poinsettias. I thought I was alert - I wasn't yawning or blinking my eyes. I finished my shopping and headed home, making a left turn at an intersection I've used for 30 years.

I know there was a school bus where it didn't belong. I will never know exactly what I did, because I was unconscious for at least 15 minutes after my car was totaled by a machine twice its size. I think what happened is that the driver who hit me was reacting to the school bus and never saw me until he swung into my lane and hit me. What I know is that if I'd been fully alert, I would never have entered the intersection; and wouldn't have been there to hit.

So - the public service announcement - you may think you're awake enough to drive or operate that snow blower or whatever, and you'll be OK as long as nothing out of the ordinary happens. But you can't guarantee that nothing unusual will happen, that someone won't back out of a driveway in front of you, that that food processor doesn't jam, that someone's Christmas tree doesn't come flying off their car roof straight at you. If you are at all tired, your reactions and ability to think through what you should do next may be impaired enough to put you in a world of hurt.

Arrrrggggg! So, I have an autoimmune disease, as do three of my daughters.

I have secondary mild fibromyalgia, and one daughter has more severe primary fibromyalgia. I can really understand that she has days where she really hurts, and that her energy is limited. I've seen this kid really work to overcome her obstacles, to get on a workable medical regimen and to build up her strength. Yet I still have to deal with family members, including one with medical training, who seem to believe that she is making all of this up and really needs to be given some tough love so she will stop being lazy.

I've been coming out of a flare the last week or so, and was feeling kind of punk and dragged out. I looked really pale, and considered for a minute whether I should use some blusher. Then it occurred to me; this is about the only time I've looked as washed out as I felt. I left the make-up off, letting my body signal to others that all is not well with me.

Our older cat has already started prepping for Christmas -

she just knocked my teapot off the shelf to smash on the floor!

Seriously - how safe and/or effective would it be for white people to stop and record

incidents in which people of color are stopped by the police? When I ask "How safe?", my concern is to avoid escalating a situation and getting people hurt.

On edit: the notion that simply having a white witness could help stop harassment of others is disgusting to me, but if it gets the point across to officers who think people of color are fair game.....

So, I start reading this article about how sitting too much will

make it harder to get around after age 60, when I realize that the article is aimed at people still under 60, which doesn't include me. I guess I've reached the age where I will reap what I've sown!

Toasting almonds (or walnuts, pecans, hazel nuts):

If I have whole nuts, and plan on grinding them into chunks before adding them, do I toast the whole nuts, or the chunks?

I need some help with some Bach - the very small church choir is singing

"Jesu, Joy of Man's desiring" for Christmas in unison, in the soprano range. Does anyone know of a recording of this done an octave lower?
One alto and two basses will be forever in your debt. (with 3 sopranos, 1 alto, 1 falsetto tenor/true bass and 1 true bass, we don't do parts. ).

Fashion advice needed:Help me, I'm being swamped with mail order catalogs!

Sequins on a blouse/tunic - only a Christmas? Never? only if I want to look my age (59+)?

Sequins on a sweat shirt - only at Christmas? Never? only if I want to look my age (59+)?

Cats, puppies, butterflies etc on a sweat shirt, with or without sequins - Never?

It's not always your autoimmune disease acting up -

I thought the pain in my shoulder blade was from my Sjogren's, until last night when I discovered that when my husband snuggles up while we're asleep, he inadvertently pokes my back with his elbow.

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