Things are getting back to normal

I spent a lovely day with my Mom before going to work yesterday.  She fixed us brussel sprouts sautéed in onions and garlic with new potatoes….it was delicious!!  Poor Mom….she spent hours listening to my rants and raves.  I also had a great nights sleep last night!  Today I feel awesome!!

This morning I went to Eden’s Market to pick up some soap.  Then off to fuel up the Tundra while the petro is at 2.47 a gallon.  Hopefully this will be the last time to get it filled up.

I have a love/hate relationship with this truck.  I love to drive it.  The power is amazing….I almost got a speeding ticket the other day.  I hate to fill it up with fuel.  It took almost 50 bucks filled it up this morning…that hurt!  Oh well, it won’t be for much longer.

I’m waiting for a part to fix the tail gate.  Then next week the bumper will be repaired and it will get a good cleaning.  By the end of next week it will be bye, bye Tundra. :(  I wish I could keep it, it sure would help me in the winter if it snows like it did this past one, but she has to go away.

Tomorrow I have to finish a report of a commercial inspection that I took care of on Wednesday.  I’ve cut down the photos to a manageable amount, so that I won’t have to go through a 150 plus photos like I usually do.  This will cut down the amount of time that it takes to finish my report.

I had a craving for some meat and I bought half of a chicken at Buckland Farm Market last week.  .  Three nights ago I went ahead and cooked it.  I was really disappointed…it really wasn’t a big deal. I also didn’t feel all that great afterwards.  It will probably be a long time before I buy any again.  I think I’ll stick to the veggies instead.

Still no signs of the reoccurring boils.  It’s pretty amazing.  The scars are almost gone too. I doubt that they will go away completely but so far I’m really pleased.  I can’t believe that I haven’t eaten any processed food all this time, not even canned food.  I haven’t even been tempted even though stopping at Mc Donald's or Burger King was almost a nightly ritual.  The best thing from all this is, no more boils and I feel awesome!

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

My husband and I have been living separate for almost three years now.  When our company went belly up, I agreed to put the 2007 Tundra Limited in my name and let my husband drive it as long as he kept up the notes and insurance on it. He had stopped drinking after the 3rd DWI, which was dismissed, and was working regularly to support himself and take care  of the truck.    Everything was going as planned….so I thought.  I told him that if he ever started drinking and/or got in trouble for it, I would be finished with him.

Last Thursday night I received a call from a mutual acquaintance.  He said: “I think your husband is in jail”.  All he knew was that it happened in Fairfax County and involved an accident.

By Friday I had found out that the Tundra was not involved…..phew!!!!  I then went to his home and found out that he had gotten drunk, borrowed his friend’s truck and got into an accident.  He was booked for his 3rd DWI.  Luckily no one got hurt.  I had no idea where the Tundra was at that point and was totally freaking out. All I knew was that it was somewhere in Chantilly.  Saturday morning I put a photo of the Tundra on Facebook with a reward for anyone that could tell me where it was parked at.

Saturday night I managed to get the cell phone number of my husbands brother.  He then agreed to take me to where the Tundra was parked at.  It was a relief to see that it was okay.

Earlier I had been talking back and forth to the jail to see if I could get the keys released to me.  Apparently my husband had put someone else down to pick up his property and the deputy refused to let me get them until the paperwork was changed to my name.  He promised me that it would get done, but could not give me a timeline.  My husband had agreed to make the change.

Sunday I called the jail again at 3 PM and was told that the paperwork was not ready yet….to call back at 8 PM.  When I called again, I was told to come and pick the keys up.

T-Jay and I arrived at the jail at about 8:30. After 30 minutes someone came out with the paperwork.  The paper work had not been changed and again I was refused the keys.  By this time, being upset was an under statement!!  I was trying to explain to them that the truck is in my name and not my husband….that I needed to get the truck to safety before something happened to it.  Talking to the deputy was like talking to a brick wall.  Then I was told that my husband had changed his mind.

Finally after giving up, we went to Chantilly to where the truck was parked.  In order to have replacement keys made, the Tundra needed to be at the dealership so that the key could be programmed in order for the Tundra to recognize it.  I called Henry’s towing and 20 minutes later the tow truck arrived.  The driver was afraid to pull the Tundra backwards.  It was parked about 2 feet behind a van.  The Tundra is 4 wheel drive and he did not want to damage it by pulling it backwards in order to get it on his truck.  I gave him permission to break into the truck.  It was 11 PM by this time and of course the alarm was blasting even before he got it unlocked.  Finally the Tundra was loaded on the truck and we were on our way to Miller Toyota Scion. 

When we got to the dealership, the driver told me that their shop had lost it’s power due to an accident and he could not take payment by credit card.  So off I went to the ATM down the street to get cash.  By the time I got back, the driver had asked T-Jay what was going on and he told the man everything I had been going through for the last couple of days.  The driver told me that he really felt bad for me.  He didn’t charge me mileage nor for breaking into the truck.  He reduced the charge to an even 100 bucks and told me that he hoped that the next day would be better for me. :)  Nice man!

Monday morning I was back at the dealership to get the new keys programmed.  I was told that the original keys, if I got a hold of them, would only open the doors, but would not start the Tundra.  GOOD!  Now my husband can stick his keys up his ass if he wants to.

Here is Alex programming the new keys…

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Tuesday I emptied out all my husbands belongings and brought them to his brothers house.    T-Jay then spent all afternoon cleaning the Tundra inside and out. 

Yesterday morning T-Jay and I went to my husbands home and removed the toolbox and its contents and left it there.  Ha….after using the tools to prune the tree in front of the townhouse……AND after getting my Scion out of jail because it had been towed while T-Jay went in the townhouse for something.  He hadn’t put the parking sticker on the mirror.

This morning I went to see Glenn at ColorsOnParade to get an estimate to have the front bumper painted and some scratches taken care of.  Then I went to Sill’s to get an estimate on having the Tundra detailed….carpet and leather cleaned and the body clay barred to take care of the damage made by the elements and to take care of any over spray from the body work.

Tonight I’m taking it into Miller Toyota Scion to have them look at the tail gate….I can’t get it to open.  While it’s there, I’ll also have them take care of a recall that hasn’t been done yet.

If the weather holds up, everything should be taken care of by the end of next week and I’ll go to have it appraised and then get it sold. LOL…..end of rant!  The rat bastard!

I wish I could keep her, but $693 a month plus insurance is way out of my budget.  I sure have had a lot of fun driving her in the last few days.  She has so much power :) ….and she’s such a beauty!

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It’s been a rough week.  I feel much better now!

Keeping my eyes on the Dirt Daubers

Last Sunday I put screens on all the opening outside.

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I found out that the opening above is for the furnace.  I’m glad I removed the nest.  I’m sure it would have caused me problems this winter.

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I know that it’s not fool proof, but it sure won’t be as easy for them to get in.  I’ll just have to keep my eyes on it.

Yesterday I had an appointment at the dentist to check on how I was healing after the extraction and to do an estimate on pulling 5 more teeth, replacing them with a bridge.  It was pretty funny when they checked to see how I was healing up.  The whole office was in my room and everyone was amazed with how fast I had healed up, stitches and all.  They told me that it looked like nothing had ever been done.  I told them it’s because of what I eat. :) The antibiotics are in my refrigerator, I only took them for two days.

Why are dentists so hell bend on trying to talk people out of getting all their teeth pulled?  My father had all his pulled when he was in his 30’s and never had a problem.  I realize that there is a learning curve once you get dentures.  It takes getting used to.  Is it because once you have them pulled, the dentists are losing money?  The estimate to repair/replace my front upper and lower teeth came to about 5 thousand dollars.  My insurance will  cover all but about 2 thousand bucks.  WTF?  It would be cheaper just to have them all yanked out.

It’s raining like crazy right now.  A realtor in Woodbridge hasn’t been paying her credit card bill, so the credit card company has asked me to go to her house to see what’s up.  I think I’ll wait until tomorrow since people around here can’t seem to be able to drive in the rain.  It would probably take me twice as long to get there.

Instead, I’ll go to hug my Mom’s neck.  I haven’t seen her in weeks due to my crazy work schedule.

Challenges of living in a small space

I have roughly 350 sq. ft. of space.  When you take away the non removable items like, the kitchen, bathroom, closets, cabinets, and bed, that doesn’t leave much to play with.  Every time I add something to my home something has got to go away.  It doesn’t help that I’m anal about keeping it clutter free and organized. 

Sunday I picked up the propane heater that I found on Craigslist. 

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It is rather large and I was worried about the heater taking up so much space in the winter time….so my desk went to Kenny and Cyndi’s house.  With a little rearranging, I’ll be able to move the heater into the living room, kitchen area and won’t have to worry about anything getting too close to it.  The efficiency of the furnace in a travel trailer sucks and I try not to use it so that it won’t eat up my propane.  This heater should take care of that problem.  I’m thinking of running the propane hose through the window to a tank on the outside.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find a cheap tank on Craigslist before it gets cold.

This is what it looks like after two days of moving stuff around.

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I just noticed that the shelf unit isn’t as full of stuff as it used to be.  Funny, the longer I live here the less I seem to need.

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So far I’m happy with it, but you know that can change at the drop of a hat. :)

Dirt Daubers

First it was giant black ants and now it’s Dirt Daubers.  Sigh….never a dull moment around here.

I found a nest in one of my exhaust vents outside by the door.

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I think the upper vent is for the stove and the lower is for my refrigerator.  I had asked T-Jay to come over and remove the cover yesterday, but after he removed the first screw, the rat bastards started to swarm.

This morning I decided to duct tape the openings before taking the rest of the screws out.

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Then I sprayed the hell out of the with dishwashing liquid and vinegar.

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After they kicked the bucket I took a knife and pulled the nest out.  It was almost big enough to plug the pipe.

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During lunch at work I stopped by Lowe’s and picked up some screen which I will put behind the cover tomorrow so that the rat bastards won’t be able to get inside any more. :)  I’m thinking that I should figure out a way to get on the roof to see if there are any nests near the A/C unit.

Tomorrow before I go to work,  I’m going to Culpeper to check out a propane vent free heater that a guy has on Craigslist.  Yep….we’re in a heat wave and I’m getting ready for winter.  I’m also going to start looking for another propane tank.

I belong to the Fauquier County Yahoo group.  Last week a lady had a large piece of foam rubber to give away.  Friday morning I went to pick it up.  I have three ceiling vents that I like to cover up when it’s very hot or it’s very cold.  A company makes these cushions that you blow up with air and stick in the vent openings.  They cost 12 bucks a piece and last about a year.  Then the air starts escaping and you have to blow them up a couple of times a day to keep them stuck in the openings.  The ones that I had finally gave out and I threw them away. 

I took the foam rubber and cut out three 14”x14” pieces and then stuck them in the vent openings.  It doesn’t look all that great right now, but I have some light weight white curtain material which I will cover them with.  Wish I would have done this from the get go.

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Another night without the A/C on.  It’s a lovely 74 degrees out.  I have the fan on and the door wide open.  It’s just me, my pussy and the crickets out here. :)

Never leave the coffee pot to go to the bathroom

I allow myself one cup of coffee a day now.  Never leave the coffee pot unattended if your pussy is addicted to raw coffee grinds.

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I got my test results for insulin resistance and the thyroid panel back yesterday.  Everything is normal.  Now back to figuring out why I can’t seem to lose these last 20 pounds.

Four more days of this crazy schedule and Brenda, our daytime receptionist at Millers, will be back.  I haven’t seen my Mom in weeks.  I’m planning to go to and hug her neck next week sometime.

I’m sitting here debating if I should go on this time share “chase” in Woodbridge now or later.  We’ve got a severe thunderstorm watch and it looks pretty gloomy out there.  Looks like the worst is in Maryland. The weather report shows that we have a 30% chance of rain.  Oh well….what do they know.  I’m out of here. 

The day after tooth extraction…

After the tooth extraction yesterday, I went to work.  Everything went fine for a while and I managed to get all my work done.  I could even talk on the phone…..with half a mouth :).  By 6 PM my mouth was wide awake and screaming.  It had slowed down a bit at Millers and I asked to be let go for the day.  I don’t do well with pain and dentists, so not eating for the fear of throwing up at the doctor’s office, and not sleeping well the night before, it was no wonder that I was feeling so bad.  Since I don’t get any days off from work at this time, I had to schedule it for a work day and due to the never ending pain, it just could not wait.  I got home, took a painkiller that I had left for my back the other week, and slept for 10 hours.

This morning I was back to feeling awesome :).  I have two stitches where the tooth used to be, so I put myself on a “blender diet” for a few days to give myself time to heal.  Actually it wasn’t bad.  Beets, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, hemp protein powder, nutritional yeast, and ground flax seed with a hand full of assorted nuts and seeds.  I added some water to make it drinkable.  It was pretty tasty.

Next Tuesday I have another appointment for a check up and also to discuss what to do about the other 4 loose teeth that I have.

I’m really impressed with this dentist’s office.  It’s the Neibauer clinic in Warrenton.  LOL…this was the first dentists office that I have ever been to that had absolutely nothing about teeth to read in the waiting room.

Well, it’s time to put my home on lock-down.  The AC just came on, it’s 10 AM and it’s 86 degrees.  Time to close the door, vents and windows. :(

It started out to be an ordinary day …….

My pussy found something to focus on out by the Evil Twin….

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I had a doctor appointment at 9 AM.  I had time to waste so I stopped at the Walgreen’s to walk around and managed to pick up a hitchhiker in my cart….

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I picked up another one on my windshield on my way out…..

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Then it was time for my appointment at which happens to be the cleanest doctor’s office that I have ever been in.

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LOL….I even get to watch TV if I want to.

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Thirty minutes later, the Rat Bastard that has been giving me grief since Friday of last week, is history.

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Now…..if my mouth wakes up before 1 PM, that would be really awesome.  Right now, working my mouth to make it talk, is no small feat, since half of my lips seem to be missing.

Doctor’s visit

Below is part of the 51 page report that I received from www.diagnose-me.com and Dr. Fisel:

Since you've noticed some improvements with cutting out certain foods, I would recommend having more extensive food allergy testing, from laboratories such as US Biotek (www.usbiotek.com) or Elisa/ACT (www.elisaact.com). This may help to identify underlying culprits that have gone undetected, allowing you to eliminate these foods, and further enhance your immune function, among other benefits.


Other treatments that will help to enhance your immune function, and make you less susceptible to recurring infections (such as boils/abscesses) , include the following: The mineral zinc, at a dosage of 50 mg per day; Vitamin A, at a dosage of 10,000 IU/day; The herbs astragalus, elderberry, olive leaf, and oregon grape, for their anti-microbial properties; The herb baptisia, which is specific for treating recurring boils; ( in all these years….why did not one of the doctors that I went to suggest that I try this????…or anything else besides antibiotics??) Larch arabinogalactan, an herbal extract that supports non-specific immunity; Thymus extract, also specific for this purpose. Try to avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, and additives/preservatives, as they will have a negative impact on your immune function as well.

Increased abdominal fat will often be corrected by addressing insulin resistance. For this, I would recommend the following: The herbs gymnema and bitter melon, which are especially helpful for alleviating carbohydrate cravings; The mineral chromium, at a dosage of 500 mcg per day; A fiber supplement, such as psyllium, which helps to control the absorption of sugars and the release of insulin; A whey protein supplement, preferably taken in the morning, which helps to raise your metabolic set point and diminish carbohydrate cravings.

Hypothyroidism also needs to be considered as a possibility, as this can cause weight gain, among other symptoms. Ideally, you want to have a TSH that is between 1.0-2.0, along with having your free T3 and free T4 levels tested, for the most accurate assessment of thyroid function. As many doctors are not familiar with this concept, you may need to do some more searching in your area to find the appropriate physician. I would recommend searching at www.acamnet.org, www.naturopathic.org, and thyroid.about.com for a potential physician referral in your area.

I just got back from an appointment to get myself tested for insulin resistance and a thyroid function test. 

It was a quick in an out appointment….so I didn’t have time to take pictures of my surroundings. :)

I asked the nurse if my T levels would be included in the thyroid function test.  She replied no, that it was a standard test.  Ha, I’m glad I asked.  I went back up to the front desk to ask them to have this included.

In the meantime, I would recommend some treatments that will help to normalize your thyroid function, which should make a difference in how you feel: Kelp, which is a form of seaweed used specifically for this purpose; The mineral selenium, at a dosage of 200 mcg per day; The amino acid L-tyrosine, in combination with folic acid, which act as precursors for the production of thyroid hormone; Ultimately, you may be in need of a thyroid hormone prescription for the best results, and to get your TSH into the optimal range.

A more regular use of multiple vitamins and minerals would seem appropriate for you. Individual nutrient suggestions are made later in this report.

Besides eating super healthy, so far I have followed almost all of Dr. Fisel’s suggestions.  In his report there were a few herbs that no one around here has heard of, which are used widely in Europe to treat blood pressure issues. 

I have found this report to be a great tool….not to diagnose, but to give me things to think about to bring up at a doctor’s visit that normally I would not have mentioned.  I now realize that in order to get the most out of a doctor’s visit, I have to arm myself with as much information as possible before I get there.  I think that a lot of times we forget that the doctor works for US not the other way around.  Even though they try to get us in and out as fast as possible, we CAN slow them down and force them to look at the WHOLE picture, which WE have to supply to them.

Stocking up on a few groceries.....

...before the start of my very crazy work week.

Our daytime receptionist at Millers is going on vacation on Thursday, so I'm spending the next few days getting ready to work more hours.  I started this morning by taking care of my laundry and the some grocery shopping at the IGA in Marshall.  I like this store because they carry a lot of organic and locally grown food.  I also found the German bread that I like there.  Every time I go there I find something new.  Like ....


and.....Maytag???  Blue cheese???


.....and then, THIS disgusting display of Monsanto's Roundup next to plastic #1 (PET Polyethylene Terephthalate: Common Uses: Soda Bottles, Water Bottles, Cooking Oil Bottles
Concerns: Can leach antimony and phthalates) water bottles...


It seems like no matter what store I go to, I always find something there to piss me off.

Tomorrow I will get my hair cut.  Then on Wednesday I have a commercial inspection in Woodbridge to take care of.  It's going to be a crazy, crazy week.

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I was born in Jever, Germany.  My parents immigrated to the United States in 1968.  I became a United States citizen in 2005.
 
Favorite Quote:  Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.
Justice Hugo Black, 1971.
 
I'm a Supporter of Wikileaks, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, The Freestate Project, LDNaware (Low Dose Naltrexone), Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Project, Millions Against Monsanto, the NRA (National Rifle Association), GOA (Gun Owners of America),Truth in Labeling, Unconventional Medicine and The Freedom of Choice.