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Polypharmia or Overmedicated Seniors
Posted:Nov 12, 2017 5:21 pm
Last Updated:Nov 14, 2017 2:04 am
Earlier this year, I went to the doctor for a hip problem and she sent me to ER where I ended up in ICU for atrial fibrillation. An echocardiogram revealed that the heart is fine, it's electronics that are problematic. So earlier this, the cardiologist prescribed two more medications. I asked him if I should be eliminating the one that was prescribed to me when I left the hospital. He says No!

FiretrUCK that! I understand that the danger of tachycardia is stroke and I certainly don't want one of those but shouldn't the 81 milligram of aspirin do the trick. It is ironic that we go to doctors for help but I am not entirely sure that I trust that they know what they are doing.

I remember Grumpy used to take a handful of medications and he died anyway. He also had drawers filled with meds that he never took. I remember filling a reusable shopping bag full of his medications and taking them to the courthouse which has a drug take back box. The sheriff deputy opened up the box and I placed the entire shopping bag in the box. He saw so many different doctors and they all prescribed different medications, It was a mess.

This is not the scenerio that I want for the rest of my life.

Medications can be used to prolong life, it can also be used to prolong death. I haven't picked up the new medications yet but I am definitely going to research before agreeing to take them.

18th Century Recipes & Liberal Chickens for FOSSIL!!!
Posted:Nov 5, 2017 11:31 pm
Last Updated:Nov 7, 2017 8:25 am
Sunday was a productive day. I went to the Greenbrier Valley Religious Society of Friends for our First Day commune with a Divine Power. Last Sunday, we had our monthly Pot Luck. My plan was to make stuffed pumpkin but the night before I went to Food Lion. Alas - no pumpkins. I brought spaghetti squash instead. Quakers have the BEST potluck.

So this Friday, we are having a John Adams Marathon Celebration. I have been watching You Tube looking up 18th Century Recipes. I drove to Wal-Mart after the meeting and much to my delight - I FOUND pie pumpkins for only ONE DOLLAR!!!!
I also found an 18 Century Recipe for Stuff Pumpkins and Pears!!! Yee Haw!!! You Tube demonstrates them being cooked on an open campfire. I don't think I will cook them like that but the pumpkins that didn't get served at the Quaker Potluck will get served at the John Adams Marathon Celebration. It's all good.

After leaving Wal-Mart, I drove to my step-son's place of employment and purchased some eggs from him. He and his wife purchased several chicken who are suddenly producing lots of eggs.


I REALLY have issues with store bought eggs and the cruelty of hens with the mass egg laying production. I used to buy cage free eggs at a higher price until a gentleman from our Quaker Meeting started selling the eggs from his farm. Now that my step-son is selling local eggs, I can buy them from him. He talked about how they were in crates when he bought them but now they are happy with a runway. He does have to keep them cooped for their own safety.

I can't fix everything about the crazy unkindness of the world but I CAN fix a few things even if it's just supporting local ventures and businesses. Maybe it will snowball and blow a few sunflower seeds for growing in Fossil's yard. It's all good.

footnote: I am following ET's lead.
Echocardiograms, the DAR, and taking the Knee!!!
Posted:Oct 20, 2017 2:18 am
Last Updated:Oct 21, 2017 1:43 am
Last summer, I was talking to one of my DAR sisters - she was talking about her tachycardia which I also have issues with. She mentioned getting an echocardiogram which consisted of a needle being plunged into the heart. I should have REALLY gOOglesearched it when the doctor scheduled me for one.

I went to the appointment this morning, a tad bit concerned. That sounds REALLY painful but I am not one to whine and complain. I was delighted to find out there no needles involved. I got out of the appointment in time to drive to the monthly DAR Meeting.

The DAR is a patriotic organization but stays out of politics. A few of the sisters including the one with the tachycardia issue asked me "Where were you last month?" I was in Washington D.C. being an activist. Most of the sisters lean to the right but not all of them. Our opening included the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the Star Spangle Banner. "Soooooooooooooooo, I asked the women sitting next to me, do you think I should kneel when we sing the National Anthem?"

"Don't start that!" she admonished me. The problem is that at my age, it's very difficult to get on my knees and even more difficult to get back up. It is not the right place to make a political statement. If I were on my knees, it would be to Thank God that echocardiogram didn't include needles.

Later we were discussing the policy change of allowing new members to automatically join if they qualify versus voting them in. There was discussion about a mother joining a chapter and wanting her daughter to also join the chapter. HOWEVER the daughter was on parole with three felony conviction.

Dang! It's a good thing I didn't tell "ya all" about my 1987 "Disturbing the Peace" conviction before you voted me in. I had to do community service. They concluded that it had to be from a protest. There are some detail - I don't need to divulge.

Posted:Oct 14, 2017 2:06 am
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2017 6:24 pm
Lucky in Love has not been my forte!!! Perhaps it's because of A Venus/Mars Conjunction in Virgo or perhaps because of bad choices - I made in my youth.

Life is full of surprises but I am currently not looking for love. I am at a point in my life where that ship may have already sailed.

Life on Life's Terms

I came back to West Virginia in 2011 because my ex-husband were not well and needed someone to take care of him. I can guarantee the ditz that he was keeping company with was more interested in his pharmacuticals than she was him.

Most of the time, my disastrous relationships have ended because of other women. Ironically, the caliber of the women who replaced me was sad. They don't end up with a happily ever after at all.


Poor Mr. Gemini Rising. He drove to Maryland and rescued a woman out of crack house. Apparently the man that she was co-habituating with threw her out. He brought her home and I was not happy. She eventually went back to her boyfriend but I wasn't going to stay. Why contend with 'The Bimbo of the Month." Before leaving, I planted Sunflower Seeds ALL OVER Gemini Rising's front and back yards. I planted them all around his house and all around his swimming pool and hot tub. I planted sunflower seeds in the pots for his houseplants.

The Bimbo eventually came back and they were married. She would send me nasty texts and emails. I stopped by the old abode and noted all those tall plants growing everywhere.

I remember talking to the Bimbo's old boyfriend. I told him - when Love gives you BS - use it as fertilizer to grow flowers. His reply "Flowers don't grow in Vodka!" Apparently the Bimbo had a major league alcohol problem and now she was Gemini Rising's problem. She died two years later from cirrhosis of the liver. This is usually caused by large consumptions of alcohol.

Flowers may not grow in Vodka but there were sure a bunch of sunflowers growing in Gemini Rising's yard.

Adventures at the Book Exchange Table - The Color of Water
Posted:Oct 10, 2017 3:05 pm
Last Updated:Oct 12, 2017 3:02 am
"I thought it was because she wanted to be black like everyone else in church because maybe God liked black people better and one afternoon on the way from church, I asked her if God was black or white. A deep sigh, Oh boy.....God's not black, he's not white, He's a spirit. Does he like black or white people better? He's a spirit, he loves all people. What's a Spirit? A spirit is a spirit. What color is God's spirit? It doesn't have a color, she said. God is the color of water. Water doesn't have a color." quoted by James McBride - The Color of Water - A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

Last week, I was at the Annual West Virginia Quaker Gathering. We always have a table for book exchanges. The John Grisham book immediately decided to call my name and go home with me. The Color of Water by James McBride was telling me to take it home but I wavered between "maybe yes, maybe no, I'm not sure" but it eventually made it's way to my luggage for the journey back to Greenbrier County.

Later that evening, my good friend and roomie were discussing our fantastic finds at the book exchange table. She revealed that she had the same conversation as I did with The Color of Water but regretted that she opted not to take it.

Voila!!!! She will be able to take it to her house at our next Book Club meeting. The book is about a black man's tribute to his White Jewish mother. She converted to Christianity Her husband became a minister, founded the New Brown Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York.

They wanted to rent a building for a Church but the owner refused upon seeing the husband. The wife met the owner and signed the contract. He was a tad bit surprised when he saw who the Pastor and Congregation were.

The woman was disowned by her family and they even held Siva for her. (Seven day ritual for the dead) It appears that she had a higher purpose in the Black Community.

[I]"I felt frustrated to live in a world that considers the color of your face an immediate political statement. It took years before I began to accept the fact that the nebulous "white man's world" wasn't as free as it looked; that class, luck, religion all factored in as well." quoted by James McBride - The Color of Water.

NFL Rookie shows true Patriotism
Posted:Sep 28, 2017 12:11 am
Last Updated:Oct 22, 2017 2:47 am
This is a 22 Year Old who gets it right

.John McClain‏
Very classy of @deshaunwatson to give his first game check to 3 women who work in the team cafeteria and lost everything in the flood. per Twitter

Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson didn’t keep his first NFL game check for himself. He used it to help a few NRG Stadium cafeteria employees who have been helpful to the team and were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Watson brought them envelopes and told them that he wanted to help them get back on their feet since he appreciates them so much. The employees immediately became emotional and wiped away tears as they thanked him. They also exchanged hugs in the incredibly touching moment
per gOOgle Research
Thoughts about White Privilege and Racial Justice (For BrightSmile)
Posted:Sep 26, 2017 8:45 pm
Last Updated:Sep 27, 2017 11:48 pm

Hello Starwomyn.........After reading this I wish that you would write a blog about it I mean the part.........white privilege is something that white people take for granted and don't even have to think about it

Bright Smile asked me to do a blog on White Privilege so here it is. It is something that we take for granted and may not even realize that we have it. Being a part of the majority has advantages.

Mrs. Joe talked about common folks of all colors getting together and simply talking to each other.

This is exactly what is happening at our yearly Quaker gatherings. The last three years have been devoted to the topic of white privilege and racism.

We protested about this in the 60's and between Obama, Trump and cell phone videos, it is evident that we still have a ways to go.

When I see the video of a black woman who is stopped for a traffic violation, publically stripped by Texas police and her v*gina probed by the cops for marijuana, I have to conclude that marijuana is the lessor evil. The cop says he smells marijuana all the way from the inside of her v*gina , using it as an excuse to violate her and calls it normal behavior.

White Privilege means, it is not my concern because it won't happen to me. My world has expanded since the 60's. People of color have been my neighbors, co-workers, church mates, fellow 12 steppers and are now even family members. These are people that I care about even as fellow human beings. I want them to be safe, happy and prosperous too.

The 2010 census places whites as 68 percent and blacks as 16 percent of the population. This means that we are in the majority to can lead the way to stand up for racial economic, educational, and environmental equality and justice.

This is one of the reasons why I will stand up for Colin Kaepernick and the other Athletes who are using their unique position to take a stand. The NFL and the Fans should support them. Just my not so humble prospective.

The Joy of Menage A Trois and Teetotalism
Posted:Sep 26, 2017 12:11 am
Last Updated:Sep 26, 2017 5:42 pm
There are folks who think I walk on the Wild Side but I am actually Pure as New Driven Snow. Long Time 12 Stepping Teetotalers are used to examination, acknowledging shortcomings, taking responsibility and fixing it. Whereas the alleged "Normies" can stay the same and keep doing the same old same old.

I had to laugh when a when a woman asked me if I could help her pick out a good wine for her boss. She didn't drink and didn't have a clue what a good wine would be.

I wished I would have drank something better before I made the decision to become a teetotaler. I quit alcohol long before I had a chance to be a wine con·nois·seur. I drank some nasty stuff. What I remembered is not something I would recommend to as a gift for a boss

Nevertheless, I recommended that she get "Menage A Trois" Wine for her boss. It's a pretty bottle with an interesting name. I have no clue about the taste but it should make the boss smile. Maybe!

Menage A Trois????? Now that's something that not on my Don't Do List. Still, it's not an event that I could sell to WallyWorld Customers.

Rock Hound Adventures in Washington DC
Posted:Sep 23, 2017 8:54 pm
Last Updated:Sep 25, 2017 8:10 am
Found in Washington DC.
I found Ladybug Rock from Anne Arundel County, Maryland in Washington DC and she decided has made her way to West Virginia. She is currently keeping company with Greenbrier County, West Virginia's "I <3 Grumpy Rock.

It will be interesting to see if they manage to stay together for the rest of the journey or where they will land.

The Joy of Sleeping on Church Floors in DC
Posted:Sep 21, 2017 10:01 pm
Last Updated:Sep 23, 2017 11:13 am
Deni and I met at Trinity Lutheran Church which has a no frills hostel for activist groups. We had the church hall, kitchen, and shower facilities. There were also mats and it's not so bad when you put two of together.

We spent that evening planning, making signs, and fellowship. The next day consisted of walking to the metro, commuting to the FERC Building, holding protest signs going through the check point to attend the FERC meeting and getting escorted out of the building.

Next, we hiked over to the Senate building. Deni and I had appointments with our Senators both on opposite sides of the two buildings. It was an exhausting day.

We hike to the Metro to St. Stephens & the Incarnation Episcopal church. we were welcome to use the very thin mats on the pews on the HARD marble floors in the sanc·tu·ar·y. I might have considered it a great adventure in an earlier decade but my 60 plus year old body was screaming "No FiretrUCKING Way!"

I am so glad that my 60 plus year old girlfriend was in agreement when I suggested that we Uber it over to International Guest House for tea with the Mennonites. There was a nice comfortable bed with nice clean sheet along with a European style breakfast in the morning.

I would have woken up thinking I was haunting my own wake if by great miracle I managed to actually fall asleep in that Sanctuary.


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