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?






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.


Newfie Gloves

I really enjoy making Newfie Mittens.  But recently I was wondering if there was a corresponding glove pattern.

I searched several different places but was unable to find one. So I had to come up with one on my own.

I am posting here what I did to accomplish this project so that you can also make them if you wish.

Newfie gloves



Newfie Gloves
Please if you have never knit gloves before, try a simpler pattern before doing this one.  This pattern assumes that you have experience knitting gloves.
Fingering yarn in 2 different colors, i.e. verigated and solid, contrasting each other
US 2 (2.75mm) double pointed needles
k = knit
s = slip
p = purl
Increase stitches:
kfb = knit into the front and then the back of the designated stitch
m1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle.  Knit through the back of this new stitch
p1 inc = lift bar between 2 stitches, from the back and place on left hand needle. Purl through the front of this new stitch
Pattern 1: *k4, s2*,  repeat to end of row
Pattern 2: k1, s2, *k4, s2*, repeat to last 3 stitches, k3
With varigated yarn, cast on 64 stitches.  Join and k2 p2 until cuff measures 3 inches, increasing 2 stitches in last round (66 stitches).
Attach solid color yarn and work 5 rounds of Pattern 1.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
With solid color yarn work 5 rounds of Pattern 2.
Purl 2 rounds with varigated yarn.
Thumb gusset (worked on round 1 of pattern 1 in example below):
Now comes a tricky part. With solid color yarn, m1 inc, k1, m1 inc. Place marker at this point.  (3 thumb gusset stitches before marker)
kfb into next stitch so that you will have the same number of stitches you had before beginning the thumb gusset (66 stiches not counting any of the thumb gusset stitches)
Alternate Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 (5 rounds each) and at the same time increase the thumb gusset every third round until you have 17 stitches before the marker.
Pattern 1
round 1  increase thumb gusset as described above (3 stitches)
round 2
round 3
round 4 increase thumb gusset m1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker (5 stitches)
round 5
Purl one round with varigated yarn, including gusset stitches
p1 inc at beginning of gusset and again before marker, with varigated.  Continue purling to end of round.
Just remember that if you have to increase the gusset on a knit round (solid color yarn) you will  m1 inc and if it is on a purl round, you will p1 inc.
Once you have 17 stitches before the marker, work 2 round, then slip them to waste yarn or ribbon.
Continue  in pattern until you have completed a total of 10 patterns or desired length to fingers.
Break verigated yarn leaving a long tail to weave in later.
Beginning with index finger pick up 16 stitches and cast on 2.  Divide on three needles and knit until yarn is just one round above fingertip.
Decrease in this manner:  K1, K2tog around.
K2tog around.  Cut yarn and thread through loops and secure.
Continue in this manner:
Middle finger: 18 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (20), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from index finger.
Ring finger: 16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches (18), remembering to pick up at least one stitch from Middle finger.
Pinky:  16 stitches + pick up 2 stitches from Ring finger.
Knit all fingers as you did for index finger.
Thumb: 17 stitches + 3 stitches at hand part of glove.  Knit as for index finger and finsh off accordingly.
Repeat for 2nd glove.
Newfie gloves 3


Internet Trolls

We have all seen their handiwork, their negative responses to every post made on any kind of social media, be it Facebook or any blog site or community forum.

It must be a disease afflicting lonely, self absorbed people who can find no other way to draw attention to themselves than to belittle others in a weak and vain attempt to sound so much more important than they are.

How pathetic and empty their lives must be.  They deserve pity, but nothing more.

They should not be responded to, nor should their posts be allowed to remain.

I decided a long time ago that negative responses to my posts on my Facebook page or blog would not be tolerated.  They will be deleted/blocked ASAP.  Meaning as soon as I see it, it is gone AND reported as SPAM, etc.

My advice:  Don’t let some Internet Troll control you or what you write.  Eliminate their posts and don’t respond to them.  They can’t stand the “non-attention”.

internet troll

WOW! What A Weekend…Not Good!

Wednesday was a normal day for us as a retired couple.  Ran our errands, did our grocery shopping, etc.  Thursday was a different story.

Hubby is a diabetic.  He woke up Thursday not feeling good. This is normal for him. He has good days and not so good days.  This day he was feeling sick.  Well that was ok because he had an appointment out at the VA clinic with his diabetic doctor.  As the morning progressed, he felt worse. He had nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  He said he was not going to his appointment because he felt bad.  I, being a retired nurse, told him he needed to go.  Him, being a man and stubbornness being ingrained in his DNA, refused.  He canceled his appointment.

I was angry to say the least and let him know.  Not a good idea.  That just increased his stubbornness.

By the end of the day I was telling him he needed to go to the hospital.  He flat out refused.

He wasn’t eating but was drinking water.  I offered all kinds of stomach soothing foods, but he would have none of it.

Friday arrives and there is no improvement.  I keep insisting that he needs to go to the hospital to no avail.  By Friday evening I’m desperate!  I know something is terribly wrong. But he is more and more adamant about not going.

I ended up calling my oldest who is a 911 dispatcher/supervisor at work.  He left work and came immediately to the house.  Hubby gave him no argument about getting in his car and going to the ER.

He was taken back almost immediately, thanks to paramedics my son knows.

They did lab work and started IV’s (2).  Doc came in and assessed him  Blood sugar, according to a finger stick was high, same as what we got at home.

Blood sugar per lab values was 722. Doc told him he was in diabetic ketoacidosis, a life threatening condition, that causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and confusion/personality changes.  They started an insulin drip and gave him 3 liters of IV normal saline to help flush some of that sugar  from his system.

Finally he was transferred to ICU on the insulin drip.  He remained in ICU all of Saturday and most of Sunday.  By evening, he had been transferred to a floor.

He doesn’t remember much of what happened Friday.  He knows he went to the hospital, but that’s about it.  He should be discharged today (Monday) or tomorrow.

The purpose of this post is for all of you out there dealing with a loved one who is a diabetic.  Call for help if you know something is not right, regardless of what the diabetic is telling you.  Call a family member or the police or paramedics.  Better safe than sorry.

ETA:  He came home yesterday evening. Still not 100%. Working on that.

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Surviving a Tumble

First, a little background.  I walk my dog, Bella, every morning, early.  She is not a friendly dog so I try to get going just as the light is peaking on the horizon.  We usually walk 2-3 miles, depending on what is going on during the week that needs to be taken care of.

Last weekend, Sunday to be exact, We were working on a 4 mile walk.  I was pumped about being able to do that especially since I am not an athletic person nor am I a spring chicken.

Right at the 3 mile mark, Bella and I ran into a neighbor who also walks for her health.  We stopped and chatted for a bit.  (Bella likes her)

Anyway when we parted ways, I continued on down the road and then progressed to the sidewalk to get out of the way of traffic.  I had not gone very far when it happened.  As I said I was pumped about reaching 4 miles. So I was checking my phone to see how far I had gone (got an app for that) when I tripped on some uneven pavement.  Both hands were full. One held my phone and the other held the leash and doggy treats.

I could not react fast enough to catch myself and did a full face plant on the concrete.  I kissed the sidewalk rather aggressively.  Bella looked at me like I had lost my mind. She could not understand why I was face down on the walkway.

I got up as quickly as these old bones would allow and gingerly tested my ability to move.  I was still about a mile from my house.  My mouth was hurting, my knees were hurting, my arms and back were hurting.

I could have chickened out and called my hubby to come get me.  But I knew if I did not move I would be in more pain later than I was right then.  So I finished the walk.

Of course I set the phone camera on “selfie” mode so I could see how much I was bleeding and how badly my face was injured.  There wasn’t as much blood as I thought there would be probably due to the instant swelling of the lip.  My teeth did make a nice little gash on the inside of my mouth, though.  So I held a Kleenex to my face and continued on.

Once I got home, I started drinking ice water and applying ice to my face.  I should have just dumped ice in the bath tub and soaked for a few hours, LOL!

I’m still sore 4 days later, but it is getting better.  I’m still walking each morning, just not as fast or a far…just yet.  But I’ll get back up there soon.


No, not going to show a pic of my bloody face.  You really don’t want to see that.  Have a great day.