Don’t take your body freedom for granted – Take Two

Remembering when I posted this a few weeks back, I knew never to take things for granted again.  Boy I sure wish I could go back in time……truly worse than I imagined.  But it is what it is…..

Body freedom. What do I mean by that?

In less than two weeks, I will again be hooked up to machines, IV’s, walkers, canes etc. This time for the long haul. This will be a six month process, start to finish.

I remember last year, when I was FINALLY able to walk without my walker after about 4 months. I could get up and go to the bathroom! I could carry coffee without spilling! I felt so free!

Then when my leg wounds finally healed after months of months of surgeries, and bleed outs and changing bandages constantly, wrapping leg in waterproof plastic/bandages too take a shower. I felt so free!

Then my PICC line finally went, and no more 3x daily infusions with all the Vanco balls and flushing lines and blood tests and wrapping the arm in waterproof plastic/bandages that still managed to get wet because how do you bandage your own upper arm properly? Finally. I felt so free!

I have been grateful EVERY DAY since then for those small freedoms. It may not sound like much, but when you are tethered like that for months and months, it is so wonderful. Simply wonderful.

Now, I have another six months of this same stuff ahead of me. Only worse.

Only worse. God help me. I may lose my mind this time, along with my body.

I can’t wait to truly be body free!

What do YOU use your candle holder for?


This is my bedside candle. It is a large tropical fish candle holder, with everything but a candle inside. I don’t burn this particular candle, so I thought, what better place to store all my beside junk so it looks more tidy? Let’s take a look at what I keep in my candle….



Starting from the left, first there is the TV remote.  Then the Roku remote.  Then the tower fan remote.  Then the air conditioner remote.  Then the nasal spray in case you get a little stuffy.  Behind that the pain killers in case you need it.  And last but not least, a pad of paper and a pen so you write down those dreams or ideas before they disappear in the daylight.

I used to keep all this stuff in a kitty bed on top of my bed, but now I have moved all kitty beds to the other side of my bed on the nightstand.  So the cats sleep in the kitty condo on the nightstand next to me.  It’s there because otherwise I was always kicking it off the bed, lol.

Do you have a special use for your containers?  Where do you keep all your bedtime junk?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Top Ten Things I Can’t Live Without


Or as I like to call it, Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs.  Let’s assume I already have the basics, and can move along to the good stuff.

The reason this all came up is because I lost my Kindle this afternoon for about 10 minutes, and the sense of panic I felt was overwhelming.  I am so used to “ebooks” now that a paper book just won’t do.  Plus I’ve read all my paper books.

I feel naked without all my electronics.  Those of you who know me well know I always keep my cell phone close to my heart in my bra.  My tablet with my Kindle loaded on it doesn’t fit in my purse, so I have a slip-on leather case WITH a soft touch keyboard for it, so I am always connected.  Because my laptop is too big to carry around.  I went for large screen as opposed to portability.

So I guess electronics would rate high on my list.  So here goes:

1.   My pets

2.   Cell phone

3.   Tablet

4.   Laptop

5.   TV/cable (Walking Dead, Games of Thrones….come on!)

6.   Bidet  (Because I’m high class that way)

7.   King Size Air Bed  (Because I’m spoiled that way.  Actually because of my bad hip)

8.   4 wheel drive SUV  (Because I live in the Midwest, duh!)

9.   4 wheel drive ATV  (Because I live on a LAKE in the Midwest, duh!)

10.  Toothbrush.  (Because I can’t stand dirty teeth!)

So.  What are YOUR top ten?  Tell me, inquiring minds want to know!


My take on the Oscars


Ok. let’s start at the beginning.  Jennifer Lawrence ( J Law) tripped AGAIN.  But she did it early in the day, getting out of her limo, so she started things off right.

The red carpet was its usual glam fest, asking people who are they wearing.  There were definitely some hits and misses, but I am not a fashion queen.  I think everybody looked wonderful.  I thought Kate Hudson looked stunning, and also Lupita Nyong’o (more on them later).

So, just a few comments on what stood out to me.

Ellen, you did a good job, as we knew you would.  Couple of jokes in the intro fell flat (“Sir” Liza Minelli), but for the most part they were well received.  Your interaction with the audience was stellar.  You brought down Twitter with your celebrity picture, so kudos to you!  Most retweeted photo ever!

On to the awards.  Not sure why they start out with one important one, and then fill the majority of time with awards that are not of interest to most of us, leaving the best awards for the end when the show has run out of time and most people want to go to bed.  But all the awards are important I guess.

Best Supporting Actor is the first award, which goes to…..Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club!  He gave a wonderful speech and in my opinion, well, look for yourself…


One step closer to Jesus!

Kim Novak, wth, why do people insist on plastic surgery?  You are a beautiful woman, age gracefully!  Not with the tell tale marionette lines!












John Travolta, wtf?  Horrible hair piece, and please, learn the name of the person you are introducing.  One name, that’s all you needed to know.

Kate Hudson looked so awesome when she came out to present.  I wish she would give Goldie some tips on how to do her hair and makeup.  She looked like an aging prom queen.  But then again, don’t we all?  Sigh.

So many great actors, so many great movies this year.  Truthfully, I was torn on who should win.  I would have been happy with any of them.

In the beginning it looked like Gravity was cleaning up.  But towards the end the tide turned, and other movies started winning the important Oscars.

Cate Blanchet’s speech was great, but I’m sure everybody noticed the lack of clapping when she mentioned Woody Allen’s name.  That’s all I’m going to say about that.

I loved Matthew McConaughey’s win.  When I saw him in Dallas Buyers Club, he really freaked me out, he and Jared were like skeletons.  So not only was his acting great, he really had to suffer to lose that weight beforehand.  40 pounds for someone who is not overweight to begin with is very difficult to lose!  I loved his speech, and was happy he threw in his trademark “alright alright alright!”.  However, I guess people in the LBGT community were upset he said nothing about AIDS.

And the grand prize Best Picture goes to……12 Years a Slave!!!!!!!


All the movies were so great (well most of them) and I saw most of them and loved them all.

None of the big winners were any shock to me, in fact they were predicted fairly well.  I am happy for all the winners, and the nominees.  Even if you don’t win, you will always be introduced as “Oscar nominated” or “Academy Award nominated” actor or actress.  So it’s a win/win situation.

Congratulations to everyone!