The Side Effects of Rushing Somewhere

This post is going to be about folks who are in too big of a hurry to get somewhere.  Of course, I am going to spout off my opinion on that too.  After all, it is my blog.

Recently there seems to have been a rash of crashes involving school buses.  I don’t get the mental faculties that cause an individual to take risks driving around school buses.  They carry our children and there are laws in place to protect them from wayward drivers.

But evidently there are some folks who don’t care about those laws or the lives of the children they endanger with their reckless behavior.

About a week ago, in Albany, New York, a guy in a BMW rear ended a school bus and ended up dangling from a concrete barrier.  He got out of his car and didn’t even bother to see if anyone was injured on the school bus.

Then just a few days ago, in Kentucky, a Cadillac Escalade tried to pass a school bus on the RIGHT and hit 3 kids, seriously injuring them.  He also wrapped his car around a tree, injuring himself in the process.

What was so important that either of them had to get to that they would risk the lives of others to reach their destination?  Did they think that laws don’t apply to them?  Do they feel that they are entitled to only obey those laws that are convenient at the time?

Okay here goes my opinions on this.

  1.  You are not above the law.
  2.   If you are going to be late to your destination, call and inform them so.
  3.   Habitually late?  Get your effing ass out of bed earlier and leave for work earlier.
  4.   In the habit of texting and driving?  STOP NOW!!!  There is Nothing, I repeat Nothing on that phone that cannot wait until you have reached your destination.

Now for my opinion on these infractions:

Not stopping for a school bus or trying to pass on the right are misdemeanors in most states that carry a monetary fine and maybe a few weeks in jail.   Maybe they should be TOUGHER.  Maybe there should automatically be prison terms of 6 months or greater  and loss of license for passing a stopped school bus.  Hitting a kid while doing so should automatically be a 20 year sentence and if the child dies as a result of your negligence, it should be an automatic manslaughter charge and possibly a death penalty.

I am so tired of seeing drivers out there who think the driving laws do not apply to them.  Karma’s a Bitch, folks.  Your day is coming.  I hope I am there to see you get your just desserts.



Essentials to a Good Pantry

Everyone has certain items they keep in their pantry/refrigerator to prepare meals for their families.  I am no exception.

These are the items you consider necessary to prepare any and all meals, to make those meals special.

Here’s my list:

Fresh Vegetables:

1. Potatoes – a versatile vegetable used in many recipes and as a side dish. Can be prepared numerous ways.

2.  Carrots – another versatile vegetable

3.  Celery – again, versatile in its uses

4.  Onion – used in almost everything I prepare

5.  Parsley (fresh) – 1/4 cup  curly leafed parsley (leaves only)  can make a dish pop with flavor

Canned items:

1.  Diced tomatoes – great in stews, soups, chili, marinara sauce

2.  Tomato paste/sauce – a must have for Italian and Mexican dishes

3.  Salsa – not just for Mexican dishes

4.  Creamed soups – cream of celery, chicken, mushroom, etc., make delectable gravies

5.  and of course, all canned veggies

Packaged items:

1. Rice

2. Quinoa

3.  beans/peas

4. pastas

Spices (used most frequently:

1.  Garlic powder

2. Chili powder

3. Cayenne powder

4. Onion powder

5. Paprika

6. Salt and Pepper

7. Hamburger seasoning (recipe can be found on

8.  Bay leaves

These are just some of the items I make sure I have stocked well in order to create enticing dishes for my family.

What are some of your must have pantry items?






What Has Happened to People in America?

Have you noticed the change in folks in America?    I am what you would call the “older” generation.  And I have noticed quite a bit of change in people.

There are too many folks who don’t want to take the time to learn something. They want it spoon fed to them or implanted in their brains.

There are too many folks out there crying, whining and boohooing, using their motos “I can’t” and  “I don’t know how”.

There are too many folks thinking they shouldn’t have to work for something they want.  They believe it should be handed to them on a silver platter.

There are too many folks taught from a young age by their parents, teachers, schools, little league, etc. that they don’t have to put forth any effort to win at something.  Why? because everyone will get a trophy just for showing up.

Folks who don’t let their children learn that things aren’t always fair;  that if someone wins, someone has to lose; that life is full of hard knocks, get up and try again; are doomed to have adult children that will feel they are entitled to whatever they want without putting forth any effort to obtain it.

Life is hard, people. Teach your children this.  You will be preparing them for a future they can handle and succeed in.

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The Cost of Medicine in America

First I am only relating what is/has happened to me.

I have high cholesterol.  I have tried diet to control it, but really didn’t put a lot of effort into it.  I exercise but knee problems prevent me from becoming the world’s next champion body builder, LOL!

Anyway, my doc has had me on several Statins to control my cholesterol and I relied heavily on them.  It required very little effort on my part, other than to swallow a pill.

But each time I am on a Statin, I end up with severe muscle pain.  So this recent visit resulted in a discussion about which would be better for me.  He decided to use Livalo, not as potent as the others, but far less side effects.

So I get to the pharmacy to pick up my meds.  First , they tell me they don’t carry it, but they  do check its cost for me.

$210.00 every friggin’ month as my co-pay!!!!!!!!

That is totally ABSURD!

Of course, I tell the pharmacist I cannot afford that…who can?.  Then I call my doc’s office and tell them the same thing.  I don’t know what he will order, but I know one thing……I’m sure going to change my ways….I plan to put forth more effort into losing weight and eating right.

I just might get lucky and not have to be on a Statin to lower my cholesterol.  I sure hope so.


Politics….Heaven Help Us!

I am not going to say who I am voting for.  I’m not even going to say who I think should be the next president or why or whatever other reason there may be.

I am going to say that I am so tired of all the BS that BOTH candidates are spewing out of their mouths.  It would serve them right if they BOTH LOST the election and some unknown became our next President.

Let’s face it, Lies are Lies.  And no matter how many times it is repeated, it will never be the truth.

Maybe we should all be praying hard for this country to survive this mess….doesn’t matter what religion you are or even if you have no religion, just think positive thoughts.  We need all the help we can get.

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Walking Thru The Pain

About 9 months ago, I had a fall while I was out walking.  I managed to screw up the tendons and ligaments in both knees.  For several months I could barely get around.  I had to use a brace for awhile on my left knee for any extended walking/standing that I had to do.

I also had exercises I had to do to maintain some mobility in both knees.

Walking was painful, standing was painful.  But I kept at it.  I persevered.  I ploughed thru all the pain.  Applied hot and cold compresses as necessary.

I would love to say that everything is back to the way it was, but that is not the case.  Yes, I can walk for longer periods of time and for longer distances.  But the pain is still there ….at least in one knee and sometimes in both.  It is not as severe.  I have found the more I walk, the less  pain I have  during the day.

Cold affects the knee joints.  Sometimes you will see me in sweatpants in the middle of the summer.  They provide warmth to my knees while the AC is cooling the house.

Rain affects the knee joints.  Both knees tend to ache continuously while there is rain in our area.

Sitting for too long at a time causes the knee joints to get stiff and requires stretching  before getting up.

I have found that I can’t totally straighten my left knee or bend it completely causing me to walk with a slight limp.

But don’t feel sorry for me.  I am 65 years old and I am NOT in a wheel chair.  I am moving under my own steam, albeit, slowly.  It takes me longer to walk around the block, but I make it all the way around the block.  It takes me longer to do more now than it used to, but I still get it done.  I find I have to rest sometimes in between, but that’s ok.

If I move too slowly for you, then go around.  I promise I won’t be offended.  I may envy your mobility and your youth, your speed and your endurance.

So if you see me out walking, as you zip past me, give me a thumbs up.  Make an old lady feel good about her efforts to keep moving regardless of the pain.

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Momma Kitty Died Today

Let me tell you a little bit about Momma Kitty.   Nineteen years ago, I was in the market for a kitten.  I wanted a shelter or pound kitty, not any specific breed or color.

On one of my frequent trips to the pound, I met a man going in as I was going out.  I asked him what he had there.  He told me he had a kitten.  It was part of a feral litter that lived in the woods behind his house.  She was the runt, which probably saved her life.  You see, the mother and other kittens were killed by another animal.  She alone survived.  Of course, I took her home with me.

My then teenage sons fell in love with her.  She was a feisty little thing, quick and energetic.  She loved attention and was vocal in her opinions on everything else.

Before she was a year old, she got pregnant.  She had 5 kittens, one was stillborn.  Needless to say she was spayed after her pregnancy. Of those 4 we found homes for 2 and ended up keeping 2.

She was the smallest of all the cats we had, but she was the toughest.  She took no silliness from the other cats and they gave her a wide berth.

Time went by.  As karma would have it, she outlived her two sons.  She was arthritic and had cataracts.  She couldn’t see well enough to get to a litter box, so we provided “puppy” pads for her.  She sort of hobbled when she walked, but it didn’t slow her down much.

She loved being outside in the sun.  I think the heat felt good on her old, arthritic joints.

I noticed a few days ago a strange balance problem and a behavior indicative of confusion.  These episodes lasted less than a minute.  Intuitively I knew the end was near.  We made her last days as comfortable as possible. When the end was near, we made sure we were close and talked soothingly to her.  Death is a trip we all make alone, but it needn’t be without love and support.

Momma Kitty you will be missed.