Happy Freaking Friday 9/30/2011

I hate Fridays!!!  Mainly because it is followed by Saturday, which is my longest day.  On Saturday usually work 10 hours, sometimes more.  On top of that, by tonight I will probably have a few assignments in my email box that need to be taken care of on the weekend.  Oh...and on top of THAT, today is the end of the month, so I'll have to stay at Miller's until the last car for the day is sold.  Lets hope that all the customers will be nice and come in early to buy. :)  Can't wait until Monday....my favorite day :)

Looks like it's time to pull the heater out of the shed.  It's going to get down into the low 40's tonight.  Since I my room is on the ground floor, it always stays chilly when it gets colder while everybody else upstairs is burning up.  For the past week I've been sleeping with my door wide open, but I think I'll keep it closed tonight.

I just called my dental insurance  AGAIN.  I had 19 teeth pulled over a month ago and was waiting on my reimbursement check.  When I called them two weeks ago, I found out that they had sent it to an old address that I had three years ago, at The UPS Store in Warrenton.  When you leave The UPS Store, they refuse to forward any of your mail.   So I had to wait until today to call them to re-issue the check.  It will take 10 to 14 days for them to do so.  Sucks big time...Rat Bastards.  I'm waiting for that money to come back to me so that I can call a doctor in Pennsylvania for a telephone consultation to enable me to get a prescription for LDN.  It will probably cost me around 200 bucks, but it's way cheaper than going to a local holistic doctor that doesn't take insurance.

My low fuel gauge has been blinking for three days.  Last night I put up sticky notes by my desk to remind myself to get fuel before I went home.   Wouldn't you know it, I forgot again.   Maybe if I would have pasted it to my forehead, then I might have seen it in the rear view mirror and I might have remembered.    I sure hope I remember it today.  Sure would hate to have to call someone because I'm out of fuel.

Not much else going on.  Washed clothes, ironed, and pampered myself for a change.  Time to eat some lunch, then the gas station, then work.  In that order...I hope!

Title? Can't think of one 9.28.2011

I took this photo looking outside at work last night.

 I thought for sure it was going to storm, but it didn't.  I think it was around 4 this morning when I woke up from a thunderstorm.  Didn't help that I slept with the door open last night.

LOL...then this morning I found this on InsideNova ...   Manassas woman wakes up to stranger in her bedroom   I swear it wasn't me!!

I was going to title it "My Pussy is featured on Wordless Wednesday"  ...but then I thought of Donna who's blog Just Me , I've been following for a while.  The title would have shown up in her blogroll and I was afraid that she and her hubby Cliff would have jumped on that awesome Gold Wing and drove over here to slap me around a bit.  Just kidding Donna....I always think of you before I come up with a title. :)

Got my a from Swansons yesterday.  Of course my crazy pussy had to fit her tiny butt in there.  By the way, Silly's famous today.  Look to the sidebar Curlz and Swirlz, Life with Cornish Rex cats...  Thanks Teri :)

I'm always looking for treats for my pussy that are not pure carbs.  Everything I have found so far, she sticks her picky nose up in the air and walks off.  So I ordered these Liv-a-Littles from Swansons.  To my surprise she loves them.  Finally something she likes. :)

Good news...as of this morning, nothing else has broken down around here.

Wow, it's almost Christmas 9.27.2011

Can you believe it?  We're approaching October. Time is flying, isn't it?  If I celebrated Christmas, I'd want to one gift, to find a place to live, just like this at
Framboise Manor .  Well...someday. :)  Dear Kymber was lucky enough to find it for a steal and it is awesome!!!  I hope that I will have that kind of luck when I'm ready.  Check out her and her hubby's blog and catch up on all the stuff that's going on there....LOL....besides them being able to go swimming buck naked.

Nothing much going on here.  I finished the last of my reports and uploaded the last photos a couple of hours ago.  Installed the new smoke/fire alarm.  Filled up the Berkeys.  One more pot of coffee.  Now I'm going to wash a load of clothes, eat lunch and then it's time to go to work.

T-Jay upped his dose of LDN to 3 ml.  I'm hoping that everything goes well and he will get some more relief.  This morning the pain is in his left foot....new pain territory.

While I'm on here, I'm going to see about getting a list of compounding pharmacies in my area that have had doctors prescribe LDN.  I really want to find a local doctor that accepts insurance and prescribes it.  Then I could quit having to order from overseas.

Now, for today's little funny. Here's a photo that my friend Kathy sent me last night.

By the way, Kathy has RA.  Here is her LDN story:

    • By Kathy Boeger, her good news!! 

      Wednesday Morning Aug 17th 2011... my first Dr. appt with the rheumy that bravely prescribed LDN for me. 

      He was AMAZED at the difference in me. In checking me over he could find no knuckle, bone degeneration..... and did not see any inflammation that related to RA. Of course I am retaining fluids today (ugh, wanted to be at my best for him!) but he could see beyond that. He is extremely pleased, stating the... receptor that are in common and this seems to be my choice of drug, and it works! 

      I told him all I had been doing (little did I know his nurse had seen me in public and had told him how well I was moving) and he said "No WAY you'd be able to do all of that with ACTIVE RA!!!! 

      I'm good to go and said he would see me in ONE YEAR! 

      I can hardly believe it. I did tell him if I run into trouble I will be knocking at his door. 

      He said I may be one of the few lucky ones to have had my RA considered "burn out". Hopefully! He said generally by the time he has seen burn out happen there has been so much damage done that people can no longer be productive! 

      Now I don't have false hopes that I won't have a flare and I told him that.... his response was "well, maybe not!" so I think he is very hopeful and definitely impressed!!!!!

Fix It Monday 9.26.2011

....and I thought this place was finished with stuff breaking down, but noooo!
So the shower hose upstairs looked like it was pregnant.  I removed it and tried to ream a straightened coat hanger through it, but that didn't work.  I ended up going to Lowe's to get another hose.

Meanwhile I soaked the shower head in vinegar and water.  No that's not stuff coming out of it to make the liquid brown.  It's Bragg's vinegar which is the only thing I had on hand.  Sure hated to use it for this.

Woohoo....success!  There is still a little leak even though I used plumber's tape, but it's very small.  At least the water is coming out freely.

The fire/smoke alarm went out up stairs last week.  So I had to replace that too.

While all this was going on, I defrosted a couple of cornish hens over night.  Put them in a pot with a ton of seasoning and de-boned them.  I weight the meat in 100 gram batches and ended up with eight meals.

I put the chicken stock in ice trays.  This way I don't have to defrost the whole batch and can just use a few cubes at a time.

I have some good news.  T-Jay started on LDN at 1.5 ml on September 13th.  He is now up to 2 ml a day.  It has been a really rough two weeks with much pain. Saturday morning he woke up for the first time without pain since he came back from Atlanta in December of last year.  It only lasted a few hours, but it's a good start especially since he is on such a low dose right now.  It was amazing to see the change in his face and his body for those few hours.  He will be off of work tomorrow, so he will up the dose to 3 ml to see how he does.  If he can end up being able to tolerate 4.5 ml, I can switch him to capsules, which I already have on hand.  I really do hope that LDN will work for him....nothing else has!

Raining again 9/23/11

It's raining again.  Just enough to make driving a headache.  I have an assignment to inspect a shopping center on the sly, but decided to take care of it on Sunday, when it is hopefully not raining.  I don't want to get stuck in traffic coming back from Fairfax.

This entire morning I spent trying to find a sketch program compatible with Ubuntu.  After trying out three different programs, I downloaded one.  Had to learn how to use it and spent an hour trying to configure it to print correctly.  Then I had to take of photo of the sketch.  What a pain in the butt.  I sure hope that I remember how to do this next time I need to.  This sketch was of the houses that I had to measure for a job a couple of days ago.

Since I was running low on prepared LDN, I made up a fresh batch.  I believe that T-Jay has issues with the filler that they use to keep the table together, so I used a coffee filter to get as much of the filler out as possible.  I didn't get it all, but it is almost clear.

See all the white crap in the filter?

My pussy has been really playful this morning.  Maybe she wants something, but I can't figure out what.

She had her annual physical, heartworm antibody test, rabies and distemper and cold virus vaccinations. The heartworm antibody test came back negative.  Now I have to collect her poop to be tested for parasites, which is no easy task, since my room mates hugerthanmycat, Patches, insists on putting his big butt in the tiny litterbox to poop also.  

When I got to work last night, we had our first Release Series 7.0 parked in front of the door.  She's a real beauty!!  This is one of 2,200 made.

Time to speed-cook before I go to work. :)  Then off to work.

Mystery of the Hanging Balls 9.22.2011

I took this sitting on Rt 1 in Fredericksburg yesterday morning.  I ended up parked next to the driver at a red light.  Of course, me not being able to keep my mouth shut, I rolled down my window, waved at the driver and yelled at him "Nice balls!".  He got this big grin on his face and yelled back "Thanks!"

So, what is it about the hanging balls in this country?  I've seen them in red, blue and now chrome.  I remember the first time I saw hanging red balls behind a pickup truck on I-66.  I saw them swinging down the road and just had to get closer to see what it was.  Almost drove on the shoulder.

So, somebody please tell me the mystery behind them!

In other news....I had eight assignments yesterday.  Five car chases and three house inspections.  The house inspections took the longest since it involved drawing a sketch of the house and taking measurements with a measuring wheel. One of the houses looked like every time the owner had some extra money, he/she added another addition, 10 x 10 foot at a time.

I went to Fredericksburg, Alexandria, Arlington, McLean, Falls Church, and then Herndon.  Travelled 178 miles and was two hours late for work.  Last night I was up until midnight uploading reports and photos.  I still have three left to do today.

If I had a guaranty that I would get this many assignments every day, I would gladly do this full time.

Patches of Abnormal Skin 9.20.2011

About a year and a half ago, I had a patch of abnormal skin removed from my fore head.

The doctor couldn't tell me what the abnormal skin was and asked me if I had any other abnormal areas.  WTF??  How do I know?  He's the doctor!  I was reading Graces Blog and am now wondering, why I wasn't scanned for skin cancer.  The doctor didn't even mention such a thing.

At the beginning of this year I noticed a bump on my nose that wouldn't go away.  and another spot on the side of my face.  I did some reading up on remedies and found that a lot of people have been having success painting these abnormal patches with iodine and oregano oil.  I've been doing that for the past week.  What I've noticed is that the abnormal patches have raised up and every morning another layer of skin peels off.  Another thing is that none of the normal skin in the area seems to be affected.

I just took these photos...lol..took some time trying to figure out how to take them by myself.

Notice the pink and brown spots on the top right?  That was all pink.  The brown stuff will flake off before tonight.

More brown crusty stuff that appeared since last night.

I'm going to keep at it for another week to see if there is normal skin under all that brown crusty stuff.  One thing.....iodine and oregano oil burn like crazy, but if it make this stuff go away without cutting it out, I'm more than happy to put up with the pain.

LDN--One of the RARE Drugs that Actually Helps Your Body to Heal Itself. An article posted today by Dr. Mercola...9.19.2011

By Dr. Mercola
It is not often that I advocate the use of prescription drugs, but low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is one of those rare exceptions that may hold the promise of helping millions of people with cancer and autoimmune disease.
As a pharmacologically active opioid antagonist, LDN works by blocking opioid receptors, which in turn helps activate your body's immune system.

How LDN Harnesses Your Own Body's Chemistry to Fight Disease

The latest research in Experimental Biology and Medicine just confirmed that LDN does in fact target the opioid growth factor (OGF)/opioid growth factor receptor (OGFr) pathway to inhibit cell proliferation. Previous research by professor Ian S. Zagon of The Pennsylvania State University, who also conducted the Experimental Biology and Medicine study, found that OGF regulates the growth of cancer cells, and all cancer cells use the OGF-OGFr pathway in growth regulation.
It is through this mechanism that LDN is thought to exert its profound inhibitory effect on cancer growth.
Further, LDN also works with your body's immune system through its interactions with your body's endorphins. Though most commonly referenced in relation to you mood, endorphins also play a role in pain relief, immune system regulation, growth of cells and angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor).
Typically, LDN is taken at bedtime, which blocks your opioid receptors, as well as the reception of endorphins, for a few hours in the middle of the night. This is believed to up-regulate vital elements of your immune system by increasing your body's production of metenkephalin and endorphins (your natural opioids), hence improving your immune function.
In addition to cancer, LDN has shown promise for the treatment of the following diseases:
Hepatitis CDiabetic neuropathies
LupusDermatomyositis (an inflammatory muscle disease)
Ulcerative colitisMultiple sclerosis
AutismCrohn's disease
Chronic fatigue syndromeAlzheimer's disease
HIV/AIDSHasimoto's thyroiditis
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)Parkinson's disease

How can one substance impact so many different diseases? As written on the non-profit Web siteLowDoseNaltrexone.org, which is an excellent resource for more information:
"The disorders listed above all share a particular feature: in all of them, the immune system plays a central role. Low blood levels of endorphins are generally present, contributing to the disease-associated immune deficiencies."

Impressive Results in Cancer Treatment

In 1985, Dr. Bernard Bihari discovered LDN enhanced patients' response to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Years later he found that his patients with cancer and autoimmune disease also benefited from LDN.
Dr. Bihari has reportedly treated more than 450 cancer patients with LDN with promising results, including cancers of the bladder, breast, liver, lung, lymph nodes, colon, and rectum. According to Dr. Bihari, nearly a quarter of his patients had at least a 75 percent reduction in tumor size, and nearly 60 percent of his patients demonstrated disease stability. He believes LDN's anti-cancer mechanism is likely due to an increase in the:
  • Number and density of opiate receptors on the tumor cell membranes, making them more responsive to the growth-inhibiting effects of the already present levels of endorphins, which in turn induces apoptosis (cell death) in the cancer cells
  • Absolute numbers of circulating cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells, as well as killer cell activity
An impressive study released earlier this year exemplifies LDN's potential anti-cancer effects, in this case to treat ovarian cancer.
The study found:
  • LDN administered for six hours every two days reduced DNA synthesis and cell replication in tissue culture
  • Exposure to LDN in combination with cancer drugs had enhanced anti-cancer action
  • Mice with established ovarian tumors treated with LDN had repressed tumor progression by reducing DNA synthesis and angiogenesis -- but not altering cell survival, indicating it is non-toxic
  • LDN combined with a chemotherapy drug, cisplatin, alleaviated the toxicity associated with cisplatin
  • LDN treatment upregulated the expression of the opioid growth factor, which is the only opioid peptide that tends to inhibit cell growth of ovarian cancer cells
Says Dr. Burton M. Berkson, MD, who has attested to achieving phenomenal results with low-dose naltrexone in both cancer patients and those with autoimmune diseases:
"It is difficult for many to believe that one drug can accomplish so many tasks. But LDN does not treat symptoms as most drugs do. It actually works way "upstream" to modulate the basic mechanisms that result in the disease state."

Your Doctor Probably Doesn't Know About Low-Dose Naltrexone

LDN has been an FDA-approved drug for over two decades, conventionally used to treat drug- and alcohol addiction at doses of 50mg to 300mg. Much lower doses (3 to 4.5 mg) are used for LDN's immunomodulating properties as discussed above, but it has not yet been submitted for FDA approval at this low dose. None of the pharmaceutical giants back it, as at an average price of $15 to $40 for a month's supply, the income potential isn't very promising.
This means there are no friendly sales reps visiting your doctor talking about the potential benefits of this drug in very low doses, and as a result very few physicians are aware of LDN. So, if your physician is not familiar with LDN, you will need to bring it up to him or her, or, alternatively, seek a health care provider who is already knowledgeable at using LDN as a form of treatment. There are a number of pharmacies and compounding pharmacies in the United States and Canada that are reliable sources of the compound in low-dose form.

CAUTION: Important LDN Points to Consider if You Use It

  • Avoid slow-release (SR) or timed-release naltrexone. You want to be sure the LDN you receive is in unaltered form that allows you to receive the full dose quickly. Slow-release formulas may not give you the full therapeutic effects.
  • Be aware of inactive fillers. Part of the LDN capsule will contain a "neutral" filler material, however there is some evidence to suggest that calcium carbonate as a filler could interfere with the absorption of LDN. So to be on the safe side, avoid LDN capsules that contain calcium carbonate fillers.
Ideally, if you are interested in using LDN as a potential treatment consult with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who can guide your therapy and also help you find a reliable compounding pharmacy.

LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone)...People Powered Medicine 9.18.2011

About LDN: FDA-approved naltrexone, in a low dose, can boost the immune system — helping those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and central nervous system disorders.

In May 2006, clinical trial researchers at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine reported: "LDN therapy offers an alternative safe, effective, and economic means of treating subjects with active Crohn's disease."

Other physicians and researchers have described beneficial effects of LDN on a variety of diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Pancreatic Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behcet's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Parkinson's Disease, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus (SLE), and Wegener's Granulomatosis.

LDN for disease prevention and quality of life

I wanted to do my part in raising awareness for LDN (Low  Dose Naltrexone), so last week I ordered personalized license plates for the xD, they came in the mail yesterday.  Hopefully someone will be curious enough to ask me what LDN is.

I have now been taking  4.5 ml of LDN for seven months.  Originally I started taking it to keep pre-cancerous cells that had been removed twice from coming back.  Hopefully it's working to do that. It's costing me $18.90 a month without insurance.

Taking LDN all these months has given me some really nice side effects.  I have not had a cold since,  no more migraines, I have more  energy, get the best sleep, and the pain in my elbows due to bone spurs is completely gone.  There is one more side effect that I realized two Friday's ago.

Back in March I had bought a re-bounder, you know, the indoor trampoline.  I set it up in my room and started to jump on it.  After jumping a few times I urinated all over myself.  I couldn't help it, I had no control.  It was the most awful feeling I ever had and I felt absolutely helpless.  It's a horrible, horrible feeling to not have control over your own body.   I put the re-bounder away.

I had issues with urinating just a little bit when sneezing, coughing, or laughing for the last 5 or 6 years and my doctor had told me before that there is surgery for that, or drugs that can help, but  I didn't want the drugs or them cutting on me anymore.

Friday before last, I got the re-bounder back inside and set it back up in my room.  I jumped on it, first very gently, then for 20 minutes without any accident.  What ever it was, it seems to have healed.  I've been using the re-bounder every morning ever since. :)

Five of us share my home. In the last couple of months everyone living in my household has started taking LDN and everyone has gotten amazing benefits from it's use.   As of four days ago my son is taking it again.  He's starting out slowly at 1 ml a day working up to 4.5 ml. He lost patience the first time, back in March and was in so much pain that he decided to try the pain medicine instead. Also, I was just learning about this drug myself.  Some people feel immidiate relief of symptoms with LDN and with some it takes weeks to months. There are very few side effects, which are temporary, like having vivid dreams, not being able to sleep well and some people have nausea.  This usually passes in a week or so.  Each person is different, I had no side effects at all when I first started taking it.

If you are sick, or sick and tired of being sick and tired and the doctors are not helping you get better, research LDN.  If your quality of life has been reduced to crap, research LDN. It is inexpensive and will not hurt you and what have you got to lose?

I belong to a great group of almost 500 people on a Facebook page called "Got Endorphins?  LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone)"  All of us are taking LDN and all of us have different issues, from cancer, MS, Fibro, Crohn's, to allergies and sinus problems.   If anyone has questions  we are more than happy to help.

I know I sound like a commercial, but isn't it worth a try?  It's an old drug, it's off patent, it has almost no side effects.  Big Pharma is not interested in dumping millions of dollars into trials for this drug, since it won't make them a profit.  Most important, it will do no harm!

Here is one of many websites that has an extensive list of diseases that LDN can help:

To learn more, Google LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone)

Here are some Videos

LDN Aware Advocates Part 1 Oct. 2010

Low Dose Naltrexone LDN Aware Advocates Part 2 Nov. 2010

LDN Advocates Video Part 3

LDN Advocates Video Part 4

LDN Advocates Video Part 5

ITVs Dr. Chris Steele Urges UK Citizens to sign the petition to 10 Downing !

Google LDN! Part One

Google LDN! Part Two

Lose Dose Naltrexone -- How it works

Birmingham LDN Aware Conference 2010

1st Irish LDN Conference 17th Sept. 2011 ...yesterday in Dublin Ireland

More videos of yesterday's LDN Conference in Dublin, Ireland by Brendan Quinn. He will upload more today.  Subscribe to it!!

Most Important Links:

LDN Research Trust
LDN Aware
Low Dose Naltrexone Website


The Promise Of Low Dose Naltrexone Therapy: Potential Benefits in Cancer, Autoimmune, Neurological and Infectious Disorders by Elaine A. Moore, Dr. Yash P. Agrawal and Samantha Wilkinson (Dec 1, 2008)

Google LDN ! by Joseph Wouk and Bernard Bihari (Mar 3, 2009)

Up the Creek with a Paddle Beat MS and All Autoimmune Disorders with Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) by Mary Boyle Bradley (Feb 20, 2009)

Any questions, contact me.

The Rat Bastards Can Kiss It .....09.17.2011

....because now the flood light is up.  It's pretty sensitive and pops on so fast it scares you.  I'll still have to adjust it  and try to raise it facing up more, so that it will sense movement beyond the sidewalk.  The tiny little adjustment screw is a pain in the butt and the reviews for this light did say it was a pain to adjust.  I'll work on it tomorrow night when I get home before dark.

I just got in from work.  I'm beat, so I'll throw some food in my stomach and then get ready to do some chases in the morning before going back in to Miller's at noon.  Long day ahead!

I hope that everyone is having a great weekend!!

Rat Bastards!!!! Part 3....9.16.2011

When I got home last night my package from Amazon with the plug in motion sensor flood light had come in.  I had forgotten that Amazon always gives itself a couple of extra days when they guesstymate time of delivery. :)

After I tore apart the house looking for a tiny flat-head screwdriver small enough to adjust the settings, I took the light outside to see if I could screw it to the dead tree stump out front.   Of course that didn't work, since the stump isn't big enough, so I found three zip ties, put them together, and attached the light to the stump.  Funneled the cord through the screen window and she was all set to go.

See that blue thing on the top of the stump?  That's the tiny screwdriver to adjust the settings later?  No way am I tearing apart the house to look for it again!!  I will see how bright it is tonight.  If it's not enough, I got another light that I can rig up.

I cut most of the low hanging branches the other day, but I might have to cut further up.  Depends on if they interfere with the motion sensor.

Oh look...after all that rain, the squash is trying to do something.

I wonder if there is enough time before the frost kicks in for them to produce anything.

I was going to wait until Sunday night to give my pussy a bath and trim her toenails, but last night while she was waiting on me giving her some raw coffee grinds to snack on, she got impatient and started to climb up on the back of my nightgown.  Her claws get sharp and pointed like needles.  She ended up getting one of her claws stuck right in my ass cheek.  Poor thing, she was just hanging there.  LOL....I thought I was going to have to ask one of my room mates to help me get my pussy unstuck.   Needless to say, I cut her nails this morning.

It was 43 degrees when I got up this morning.  Woohoo!  I am such a happy woman.  Slept like a log with the window wide open.  I do hope summer is finally over with.  It would be full of awesomeness to get a light weight electric bill!!

Rat Bastards!!!! ....continued 9.15.2011

I spent a couple of hours the other morning trying to find a plugin motion sensor flood light for the front yard.  Weird, I had bought one before about 4 years ago, but now they are nowhere to be found.

I ended up going on line and ordering two of them.  They should be here in a few days.

Meanwhile, I trimmed the cherry tree, removed all the low hanging branches that I could reach, so that it won't block the lights.  I could kick myself for being nice and giving my now ex-husband ALL of his tools out of his truck.  He had this long handled pruning thingamagig that sure would have come in handy.  Oh well.

I would hard wire it into the porch light, but the all knowing, all pervasive HOA would have a fit and spank me with a fine.  It wouldn't work too well anyway since the light is so high up were all it would do is light up the cherry tree and nothing behind it.

The flood light that I had rigged up before used to scare the piss out of me when I got home...they were just that bright. :)

Sure would be awesome if my neighbors put on their porch lights at night.  I seem to be the only one to do so on this entire block.  WTF?

Below is a sunset from two weeks ago.  Wish I could see them from my home, that would be full of awesomeness!!! :)

Drive-By 09.14.2011

Monday night I was hired by one of the companies that I work for to take a photo of a house and a mailbox off of Sudley Rd between Rt 15 and Rt 29.  A drive-by is when I don't contact the home owner, but sneak into their front yard and take a photo of their house and the mailbox to prove that I've been there.  Then I fill out a report of things that I observed in the neighborhood like, over head power lines, flood damage, construction, houses for sale etc.  When I get home, I upload the report and photos.

So I'm way off of Sudley Rd, out in the boonies on this dead-end road and find the house.  I sneak into the front yard to take my photos and I'm about to get back in my car when out of the corner of my eye I see something red on the asphalt driveway.  I moved a little closer an saw that there was a man in his early 20's laying stretched out, face down on the pavement.  So I yell at him...are you alright?  Hey!!!  You okay??

No answer.  I walked closer and I thought he was dead.  He was laying there in his boxer underwear, red t-shirt and socks.  In one hand he had a cell phone and in the other hand he had a wad of 20 dollar bills.

I moved closer and squatted down to see if he was breathing, and much to my relief, he was.  So I shook him repeatedly with no response.  I poked him in the side and yelled at him some more.

Finally he opened his eye and said: "yeah, I'm just tired"

Then he got up and quickly walked into his house.

Must have kinda freaked him out to wake up and see some strange woman with a gun standing over him.

This was the most bizarre day I've had in a long time.  When I got home, my room mate Shaun cracked me up saying something like: "The man is in his house, thinking he's tired and decides to lay out on the driveway and crash out".  Nothing strange about that, right?

Last night....Patches and Silly keeping an eye on the backyard:

Rat Bastards!!!! 9.13.2011

I ran into my neighbor across the street yesterday afternoon.  She told me that for the past couple of nights some men have been walking down our court looking into our cars.  She said her husband saw one of the men was taking pictures with his phone.  Rat Bastards are up to no good, I'm sure.

Really, I can't believe that her husband didn't say anything.  If it had been me seeing them out there, I would have asked them "WTF?, do you live here? What are you doing? etc etc.  But then I have problems keeping my big mouth shut.  Shit just keeps falling out automatically without me thinking.

Do people not take responsibility for ANYTHING anymore?  I guess everyone is waiting for something to happen and then hopefully the police will do something about it.  By then it will be too late and the damage will have been done. Meanwhile there is a great deal of bitching going on!

After chasing a mortgage in Gainesville this morning, I will stop by Lowe's to see if they have a motion sensor activated flood light that I can plug in through the kitchen window.  It looks something like this:

I had one of these years ago when we had this problem and it worked very well.  It even chased away a guy who had a protective order against him from bothering a woman across the street.

Meanwhile we removed our GPS' from our windshields last night and I had T-Jay move the xB in front of the door since his alarm doesn't work anymore.  We would have a fit if his 5K sound system was ripped out of that xB.  My xD is still  pretty much stock except for the security system and automatic start, so I parked it across the street.

Stuff NOT growing...9.12.11

It's been months since I've been on here and it's hard to get started writing again...so much has happened since then.  I guess I should take my own advise and just post one thing at a time?

I tried to grow my little garden, but we had so little rain.  Even though I watered the plants in the beginning, they didn't seem to like my county water.  No wonder, I can smell the chlorine when I walk past the sink.  I don't drink it or cook with it.  At that time I didn't have the extra funds to buy a rain barrel, but I'm hoping to get one for next year.

Talking about water, my BerkeyLight water filter crapped out on me a couple of days ago.  The top tank was full, but the water wouldn't filter through.  This morning I took it apart and contacted Jeff whom I had bought it from.  The two black filters had come apart.

Jeff told me to contact Berkey, that the filters are under warranty.  I emailed the company and receive a reply a few minutes later saying that they would replace the filters free of charge.  Awesome customer service!  I'm glad that I have my smaller Berkey
for backup.

Today's funny is a sign that's now hanging in the dining room at work:

It seems to be helping since not many dishes are left in the sink lately. :)

Time to throw some food in my stomach.  Spinach, Miracle Noodles, Spices and Shrimp...yummy :)

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