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Adventures with Nosey...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

LADYROSE 'dug' this up somewhere and posted it previously. It's funny even if it's not true for everyone. It's extra funny to me because IT smacks of TRUTH!!!

My nosey neighbor is south of me - sometimes when I'm hauling dirt into the yard with my wheelbarrow, Nosey is so curious, Nosey goes and does nice things for the neighbor to the east. (Nosey is in this life strictly for Nosey - doesn't do nice things for anyone unless there is something in it for Nosey.) On the way, Nosey cranks their neck so hard trying to get a look in my yard that I'm truly amazed it isn't broken.

Was out in the yard this morning working. The fence on the north side of my yard has been having some troubles and yesterday, I found a big rat's nest outside that part of the yard - he's been sneaking into the yard and doing bad things. My feral cat crew has apparently made friends because he's done his thing unchallenged for a while now.

I flooded his nest til he ran off, then I dug it up, filled it with clay soil that will pack hard and put big 20+lb rocks all over that. Just to obliterate his scent trails, I washed it all down with ammonia.

Well, my comings & goings through that gate on the north side of my fence were just too much for Nosey. Nosey got up on their roof to see what I was doing. Seriously.

I came through the gate with my toothy shovel in hand and saw Nosey. I started laughing almost uncontrollably. Nosey freaked out and FELL OFF the ROOF!

Nosey landed on something hard enough I heard that crash and sorry, but I laughed a little harder. I stopped when Nosey screamed for help. Waited for a minute til I heard someone come out to help.

Apparently, Nosey landed in a big Prickly Pear cactus.

They grow naturally around here and some folks, Nosey included, choose to keep them in their back yard as well as the front yard. We got rid of the cacti and have a more family-friendly back yard.

At any rate, no broken bones, but they'll be picking stickers out of Nosey for weeks to come.

Couldn't have happened to a nicer Nosey.

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_JULEE_ 5/27/2012 3:06PM

    There's an UPSIDE to that, WindsweptAcres! If they all think I'm no good, no one just "drops by" when I'm making something delish that everyone is able to smell!

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    Seems every neighborhood has one, usually someone who doesn't have much going on in their own lives, so they turn the whole world into their private soap opera.

Unfortunately, the more they know -- or speculate -- about your life, the more they have to pass on to other neighbors, friends, relatives, usually erroneously.

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-LINDA_S 5/24/2012 9:45PM

    Thanks! You made my night. And here I thought I'd be reading about a pet or something. We have a cat named Nosey, but he's much better behaved!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/24/2012 8:51PM

    Seriously!!!???!!! Fell off her roof "spying" on you !!! Does she have relatives in WI? I think I might know her sister!

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CALLIKIA 5/24/2012 4:29PM

    OMG that is priceless! LOL!

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TREP13 5/24/2012 4:19PM

    Oh my goodness, I love this blog so much!!! You made my day with that story.

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HEIDISHOPE 5/24/2012 3:39PM

    I thought for just a second you were talking about me and my sinus issues and how you've helped me. LOL LOL LOL

Loved this blog!

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EBEAMS 5/24/2012 3:07PM

    LOL ... curiosity ... it inspires people to do odd things!

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_RAMONA 5/24/2012 2:38PM

    OMGosh!!!!! ROFLMBO!!!!!

My first belly laugh of of the week... much needed! Thank you.... though I am sorry about your 'nosey' troubles... I can't believe nosey'd get up on the roof! My DD asked this week what does 'curiosity killed the cat' mean... I can't wait to tell her this story!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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CHIEF_GEEK 5/24/2012 1:11PM

    LOL - Good one!!

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MAGTASTIC103 5/24/2012 1:11PM

    LMAO! I have some Noseys in my life as well. Sometimes I wish I had an 'MYOB' sign I could just hold up when I don't want to dignify their question with a response.


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For Mother's Day... :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

emoticonFortunately, men give us plenty of opportunity for practice.

Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/12/2012 1:28PM


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1CRAZYDOG 5/10/2012 8:21PM

    I have to share my DH's response to that:

"Huh? I don't get it?"

Well of COURSE you don't! LOLOL

Happy Mothers Day to you.

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KTBSLIMMING 5/10/2012 2:32PM

    LOL! Thanks for the best chuckle I've had all day long! emoticon

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Fearless Friday

Friday, March 30, 2012

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/31/2012 11:55PM

    Very true and thanks for the support. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/30/2012 8:43PM

    Oh my, it's like you have ESP. I REALLY needed that msg. today. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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_RAMONA 3/30/2012 12:20PM


Another Spark gifted me with the following a few months ago... it's getting me through these last couple of months... I hope it inspires you:

"Do it afraid and watch fear be annihilated!"

...and I came across this one yesterday... I find it comforting and fortifying beyond my anxieties and concerns:

"You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it!"

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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The Power of Positive Thought w/Good Nutrition

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Three years ago, my mother had cataract surgery. Immediately after the surgery, she noticed that things didn't look right. Since she was an avid reader, her best description of how things looked to her included the page of a book. Take the page, cut it in half lengthwise, then move the right side of the page up about half an inch. THATS how things looked to her. Her doc tried and tried to correct this, but couldn't. She got tired and quit pressing. I had my reservations, but I learned long ago how far forcing my mother to do anything got me. Nowhere, maybe even back a few steps...

Last year, she developed clouding in her vision and it turned out that she needed to have her implanted lenses 'lasered off' - I don't remember the technical name for this procedure right now, but that's basically what they do. It clears the proteins and other organic substances that build up on the lenses.

Immediately after this procedure, she remarked how her vision was markedly different. Not good. Her doc sent her to a specialist and the diagnosis of Macular Degeneration took my breath away.

My mother is a go bug. She is independent. She's stubborn as an old horse and anyone who has tried to physically pull a horse anywhere they really didn't want to go knows how tiring that is! She smokes (gah! I've preached, begged, cajoled, all to no avail... at least she's using the extra filters now...)
This diagnosis hit her like a ton of bricks. She was down and sinking.

Started doing some reading and research. Learned a lot about macular degeneration. Thank God it was the dry one.

Discovered some really interesting things about supplementing for Macular Degeneration. Like many ailments, there are claims that folks have reversed it with nutrition and supplementation. I took those claims with a grain and decided that while I would certainly hope for improvement, my aim was to put my size 11 foot right in the middle of the degeneration and stop that in it's tracks!

My mom is a pretty healthy eater, she just smokes. Smoking depletes some vitamins/minerals. She gets the little filters she puts on the ends of her cigs that prevent her from getting ALL of the garbage from those dang things. I'm just grateful for every tiny bit of trying she does in that aspect because I truly think she just likes to do it.

I made some minor suggestions for her diet and then I bought her a load of vitamins, minerals. Specifically, melatonin, zinc, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin b2, lutein, glutathione and Magnesium. She takes others, but these are specifically for her eyes.

Also talked to her about the power of positive thought - she's not really a negative person, but this got her down. I reminded her about the time she tore her meniscus and the doctor was going to schedule surgery, but she delayed him. By the time she went back to visit him again, it was well. She said she 'thought it well' because she didn't want that surgery. I implored her to employ that again for her eyes..

Last May, her vision was in the 20/200 territory and she'd miss letters right in the middle of each line she was reading. Yesterday, she got 20/50 and, while she did miss the occasional middle letter, she didn't miss all the middle letters.

The word 'phenomenal' was used over and over by the specialist!


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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/31/2012 11:52PM

    I am a big believer in doing whatever you can to avoid surgery...Im just a wuss I guess but I will work harder and push through to avoid it. Hope you mom gets good things from all you have done. Keep it up!

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MIZCATHI 1/27/2012 4:42PM

    Truly amazing. Unfortunately my own mother was "wet" macular in both eyes and she has adapted somewhat I suppose and tries not to complain. She did stop smoking when she learned she has COPD. It's hard to watch our mothers going through so much.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 1/27/2012 3:59PM

    That is amazing! And wonderful.
She is very lucky to have you for a daughter.
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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/26/2012 3:03PM

    That's wonderful. Hope that it comtinues.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/26/2012 2:24PM

    Wow! That's wonderful!!! So glad that your Mom's vision has improved so much. May it continue!

Your and my Mom must be from the same cloth! Seems as if any suggestion is an invitation to do the exact opposite! But glad at least she's taking some of your suggestions.

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_RAMONA 1/25/2012 10:13PM

    Julee! This is amazing and wonderful! I've had some very interesting results with supplementation myself (I'll blog about it soon).

About your mom's smoking... it is widely known by everyone who knows up that I beyond affected by cigarette smoke, and where smoking is, I am NOT... and under no circumstances will smoking be allowed in our home/yard. In light of this, I was a bit nervous about Miss O's birthday party this summer, as I knew 2 parents smoked, and I didn't want to have to ask them to butt out. As it turned out, I didn't have to... I noticed that the one mom had what looked like a cigarette in her mouth... but it wasn't! As we live in a city that is smoke free in all public buildings, 50 feet from the entrances of all public buildings, on all government/school/hospital grounds, and in cars carrying children, she began looking for solutions for a habit she new was no longer socially acceptible, and she found an item similar to those below, and she can't say enough about them! She finds them as satisfying as smoking! Maybe your mom wants to check them out:



Julee, you are such an inspiriation on so many levels... your positive attitude and 'never say die' chutzpa ALWAYS inspire me to try just a little harder! I'm not sure I'd still be chasing solutions to my hormone issues if not for you... I'm seeing a specialist in bioidentical hormones in two weeks, and I very hopeful. She's helped a few people I know.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}}

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MD4PETS 1/25/2012 5:25PM

    Wonderful news Julee! My dad was also recently diagnosed with macular degeneration. His aunt had it. Scares me that I might get it.

In order for us to have the best chances in life, we have to be positive.


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Interesting Read about Soil Depletion, Vitamins and Minerals

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


You need Adobe Acrobat Reader - it opened rotated for me, so you can change that by clicking on VIEW within Reader.

If the Government knew about our soil depletion problem in 1936..........

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/15/2012 9:39PM


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    The FDA can be our worst enemy when it comes to good nutrition!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 11/16/2011 10:01PM

    Ive been away but wanted to check in with you and find out how you were doing. Hope you are well and looking forward to the holidays. Catch me up when you get a chance!

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