Why is this driving me crazy??????

Well, I’m still alive.  I know some of you thought I just fell off the face of the earth, but alas, no.  I’ve just been busy…


My daughters patient that I wrote about a while back (I think I removed those blogs actually) unfortunately passed away of Renal Cancer this past Saturday. If you didn’t read those blogs, in a nutshell, my daughter knew something was wrong looking at her blood work. She suspected cancer so referred her out to a local cancer doctor.  He did not even perform the test my daughter requested and said the patient was just tired because she was just a young mother of two little girls (under 6) .  So my daughter tried to get her admitted to their local hospital and the  Physicians Assistant gave her a hard time because she is a Certified Family Nurse Practioner (which actually is qualified to be the same as a general practice doctor.  Anyway, finally got her admitted, after putting up with the verbal harassment from the PA. The hospital kept her over night, but again…. Did no tests and said it was just fatigue. By this point, my daughter was ready to pull her hair out because no one was listening to her because she looks young and they figured she didn’t really know anything. Okay, on to Atlanta…. She called an Oncologist up there and the first appointment was 9 months off.  My poor child called the doctor back and talked to her personally, through her tears of frustration and worry, and the doctor finally agreed to see her the next week. (It was about a 2 hour drive away) … Finally, a prognosis…. Stage 4 cancer with 99% fatality rate.  My daughter was devastated, her patient was only 3 years older than her.  Anyway, my daughter really began questioning if she wanted to stay in her field of Medicine because of this experience.  Eight years at least, of school, and a 4.0 average.  It was really sad….

On a good note, my sister drove 8 hours down to spend a day and a half with my mom. She naturally stayed with me and we even kidnapped mom and had a cook out by the pool. Yea Sis!!!!!!

It’s really different trying to post using my iPad mini. My angel of a daughter gave it to me for Christmas, which was so sweet and wonderful, since my laptop is close to death. But…. I don’t think she remembered mom (me) is getting older and I don’t do “tiny” very well… Haha

I must be too blond to figure out how to get all my pictures from my iPhone and Mac lapt onto my iPad. UGH……  If anyone knows how, please let me know. Lol

I was bitten in two places on my foot (going barefoot of course) by either a fire ant or a spider. YUCK….. Anyway, they both itched like crazy and then blew up into blister looking things. Well, you know you aren’t suppose to try to pop them or stick them with a needle, so what did I do?  I stuck them with a needle to drain out the fluid. They felt better and I thought they were gone, until about a week later, when I noticed they had blown up again, but this time they were like hard balls, no fluid.  Yes, I tried to pop them again. Long story short, I put an antibiotic cream on them and they eventually went away….. After leaving holes in their place.  I’m still limping around, but learned to cover even my feet with bug spray before going outside during bug hours.

Enough about me, I’ll try to make a gallery oh some of my latest pictures, mostly flowers or my pets… Lol


Okay, maybe I can’t do a gallery on here…..crumb…. sorry, hope the pictures don’t turn out to be huge. 

Life in the South

Ya’ll Yankees gotta learn this way of livin.  (Just kiddin’)
Now Shughah, This is Southern!!!



Southerners know their summer weather report:
Humidity, Humidity, or Humidity

Southerners know their vacation spots:
The beach, The rivuh, or The crick

Southerners know everybody’s first name:
Honey, Darlin’, Shugah

Southerners know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind

Southerners know their religions:
Bapdist, Methdiss or Football

Southerners know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Foat Wuth

Southerners know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler

Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon

Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food

Only a Southerner knows the difference between a
Hissie fit and a Conniption fit, and that you don’t “HAVE” them,
you “PITCH” them. and have even been known to Hissie fit or
a Conniption fit and then “Fall in it”.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens,
turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a mess.”
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general
direction of “Yonder.”
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is, as in:
“Going to town, be back directly.”
Even Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not
a request for the white, granular, sweet substance that sits in a
pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is.
They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture
of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried
chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor’s trouble
is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right
near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road”
can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a Southerner both knows and understands the difference
between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the
flashin’ turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A Southerner knows that “fixin” can be used as a noun, a
verb, or an adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, and when
we’re “in line,”… we talk to everybody!
Put 100 Southerners in a room & half of them will discover
they’re related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, “y’all” is singular; “all y’all” is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows that tomatoes with eggs, bacon,
grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy
is also a breakfast food; that scrambled eggs just ain’t right without
Tabasco, and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin’,” you know
you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” & “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates
the need for sugar & lots of it — we do not like our tea unsweetened.
“Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.
And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at
little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just
say, “Bless her sweet little heart”… and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your
Southernness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage
gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your little heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time
understanding all this Southern stuff….bless your hearts, I hear
they’re fixin’ to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are
fah-evah! There ain’t no magazine named “Northern Living” for a good
reason. There ain’t nobody interested in livin’ up north, nobody
would buy the magazine! Now Shugah, send this to someone who
was raised in the South, or wish they had a’been! If you’re a Northern
transplant, bless your little heart, fake it. We know you got here as fast
as you could.


Well, they’re finally here, the lazy days of Summer…. At least on the days I’m at home I just want to sit outside by the pool and read, tend to my plants, try to take pictures that aren’t too stupid…. anything but work. Yuck….. LOL

Some of these pictures are of one of my cats stalking the 50 million squirrels in my backyard. No, she never catches them since she doesn’t have claws. She occasionally catches one long enough to bop it with one of her paws. She loves the pool and is often found just hangin’ out, over the edge actually, drinking from the pool.  It’s salt water, not chemicals, but I can’t seem to stop her.  She thinks it’s one big water bowl. The squirrels come up and drink from it too as they hang over the edge. It’s really funny to watch…

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Introductions: Alan Wright


Beautiful photography from my beautiful and talented Australian friend & some other of her friends. :D

Originally posted on Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY:

Today I would like to introduce you to Alan Wright.  He is another Melbourne based photographer and I know one day I will get to meet him.  He goes to some amazing places to take photos and I want to go to some of them to.  I have got to know him more because of Facebook and that is where you will find him, Alan Wright Photography.


There are places that he has taken photos of that I have been to as well.  It is always very interesting to see how other photographers interpret places, it helps give you inspiration and ideas.

I asked Alan where he was and how long he had been doing photography for.

I live in Werribee Victoria and I love being here because I am very close to The Great Ocean Road and Point Lonsdale. I have been shooting for around 3 years and…

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Earth Day…. Our world is so varied… Physically, temperature wise, and location..


Who knew???? Plants, photography, poetry

As most of you regulars know, I moved to my “dream house” and live in the woods, complete with all sorts of bugs, ticks, mosquitos, chiggers, wasps, bumble bees… and the list goes on & on…. I am covered in creature bites, currently one happens to be infected, probably a spider bite, not sure, on my foot of course so wearing shoes hasn’t helped any.  Oh yea .. lol.

I am trying to catch up on reading some of my friends blogs and know I’m slow. If you want me to try to stop by your blog, just let me know in my comments section so I can find you. I’ll do my best, just don’t hold your breath….

Here are a few more pictures of my flowers, trees, etc.  Spring is a wonderful thing.  It’s amazing actually to watch all the new growth and life around us every day.


This is a very interesting (weird) plant that I have never seen before moving here.   I don’t know the name of it, but I found out that it’s a “protected” plant here in Georgia. One of my neighbors was telling me that he went to a plant show (I didn’t even know they had those) and they were selling small ones for $15 to $25 per plant.  I have at least a hundred on the part of my land I’ve trudged through thus far, but anyway…. Apparently, the American Indians that lived in this area years and years ago, used these to make a form of red paint.  Cool huh?


Just some of my latest random shots and an old poem I wrote about 5 years ago.


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Is Mother Nature confused???

I’ve been so busy as of late with my new house and responsibilities here, but also, I can’t even count the times I’ve had to take mom to the hospital for Emergency Treatment.  I think she’s just trying to keep me on my toes, or the place she lives just delights in waking me up in the middle of the night scaring me to death….

Just thought I’d post a few pictures (all raw unfortunately) and then moan and groan about the weather here.  It has been beautiful and warm lately, the trees are starting to bud and my flowers are starting to come up and get new growth, but this weekend, it’s suppose to get cold again all of a sudden… either I drag all my potted plants back into my garage for the 3 colder days, pray they just make them through the cold that’s forecast, or hope with both fingers crossed that the weather man is wrong.  I think the main problem is that I’m just ready for warm weather, hence the fact that I don’t live up north.  I think I’d have frozen to death if I lived some where,  where it snowed more than 3″ a year…LOL

I hope everyone is doing well, I’ve tried to keep up, but for some reason, the whole setup on my mini-ipad is just a pain in the neck.  Everytime I read a post or comment on it, it shoots me back to a spot where I have to go to my page, choose “The blogs I follow” and start all over again.  Maybe WordPress has changed things, or perhaps it’s just my setting are screwed up. I don’t get notices in the mail anymore on my phone of friends blogs so I can just pop over and at least visit one or two a day.  Guess I’ll have to check into that.  Had to drag out my old laptop to do this post, and it’s still driving me nuts.

I hate to say I’m woefully behind on politics and world happenings lately.  I’ve just not turned on the television very often since I only get overcome with irritation at the leaders and politician (and some just regular people) who appear to be blatant idiots.  I logically know they aren’t all devoid of brain cells, but I do honestly wonder at their motives and ulterior agendas…

Enough of that…. I’ll just put some photos up and hope you enjoy. Sorry I still have yet to get a laptop modern enough to hold all the cool photography programs, but maybe one day….

Well, I think I have substantially screwed this up, but oh well, gotta get back to work…

Is there anyone else that just wonders what happens to all the hot, young guys with cool tatoos when they get old?  Do they sag or what?

Why do people not use their car blinkers to let other drivers know if they are turning or not, and in which direction?

I hear my hawks crying… we have 5 large hawks, several turkey vultures, bats and a pair of bald eagles… LOL.  I just won’t even go into all the squirrels, lizards, spiders, moles and more… Ahhh such fun living in the country!  : D

I’m not in a hole….. still got my head above water

Well, as most of you know I haven’t posted in a while, but for good reasons…. mostly. lol

I’m very concerned for my friend Ray who has the brain HUGE Brain tumor.  He is an amazing spray paint artist and I’ve bought some of his works before (also have bought some from my friend Benjamin who is another amazing artist who is struggling with the early onset of Parkinson’s Disease… check out his blog too)

Lately, I finally found my dream house and amazingly enough convinced my husband to buy it even thought it was about $50,000 more than the budget, but I just love it!  Of course on MOVING DAY, I was in a pretty bad wreck about 9:00 am so I pretty much missed the move due to my anxiety attack and shock.  It’s sorta scary to just let guys do all the moving… lol, but most of it managed to get here without too much trouble.   OH, the refrigerator wouldn’t fit in it’s designated spot cuz the cabinets weren’t level and one side was about 1/4″ lower than the other stopping us from hooking it up and sliding it back.  THEN, my washer and dryer refused to leave my old house, (the couldn’t get them undone.  I guess they fused to the house thinking they belonged there) SO, I ended up having to go buy a new washer and dryer set.  (That wasn’t in my budget either : ( but oh well)

It took almost 3 weeks to get my car out of the shop cuz there was so much damage! It’s truly a miracle that no one was seriously hurt. (A little girl who just turned 16 about 4 months before, ran a stop sign turning left and I was going straight..ugh.  I will admit, I felt sorry for her cuz that corner does have a blind spot where she wouldn’t have been able to see me coming)

Three days after the wreck, my mother had another small stroke, and then another the next day and 3 the day after that. My little sister who is a cardiac nurse from North Carolina kindly came down and helped keep me sane.

Anyway… enough of my boring life… I just thought I’d reblog for Ray so that maybe they would get some more donations or sales, and also that I would post some of my latest pictures.  Remember they are just raw cuz my computer is too old for me to buy the programs I wanted to play around with. Oh well… guess we just can’t have everything.

Oh, did find out that you may remember last year that my insurance premium more than doubled… it still is this year plua I still have co-pays and I still have to pay $250 per visit to my cancer doctor.  That’s annoying cuz I didn’t have to pay anything at all 2 years ago. (Obamacare is killing me… I hope it’s helping some of you, cuz it’s really killing me.  My medications do not go toward my deductible or my Out of Pocket, it’s just rediculous, that money doesn’t fall from the trees to pay all that. No, it comes OUT OF MY POCKET, but it’s still not as far as they’re concerned.  Okay, enough complaining about that.  There is nothing I can do about it, but hope and pray the cancer doesn’t come back. I asked my DR. if I could only come once a year, but he said no, it hasn’t been 5 years yet. : (

Okay… not the pictures… Oh Benjamin, if you read this, that beautiful original I bought from you is ubove my mantle and looks great.  I think I have a picture of that somewhere too.

Blessilngs to all and I’ll try to get around and read your blogs just as soon as I can!  I promise…

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