Posted in 2016, Uncategorized

Cough, Sneeze, Bloooow!

20160122_095044The smell of Eucalyptus and Peppermint is filling my room as I’m sitting here, the diffuser kicking it out in a nice, fine mist.  I’ve been dealing with sniffles for a few days, then yesterday woke up with no voice to speak of and my head pulling over time as a snot factory.  Denial is not going to change this situation, I’m sick and have to accept that fact.

Good Intentions

This whole year so far has been hectic around the Diva Den, and we’re only 22 days into it! Our Christmas tree is still standing, decorated in the living room because we all got into serious wedding mode once the holidays were past us.  My niece, a former member of the household, got married on 1/16 and everyone was more concerned with getting the final prep done, clothes chosen etc, than with packing up our holiday decor.  I also was still pulling 5 or 6 days a week, 12.5 hour shifts at work, so the very last thing on my mind was getting the storage containers ordered to use for the 3 sections of the very large tree.  It arrived compacted in to a very small box by comparison to the size once out and fluffed and nothing short of an act of God is going to get it back in there without damaging the branches.  Those containers arrived Tuesday, and the intent was to pack it up yesterday.

Yesterday arrived with me sick, my sister recovering from sinus surgery, my other niece sleeping because she works nights now, and mom getting a chemo treatment.  The tree continues to grace the room.  Maybe over the weekend we can get to that if my sister and I are feeling up to it, though at this point I would not bet money on the activity taking place.

Snowpocalypse

Today, while nursing this dreadful, creeping crud in my body, I’m waiting for the snow to begin falling.  Yesterday I had to stop at the store to get logs for our fire place, and more tissues because we were getting dangerously low on those disposable snot rags.  Wrong day to need anything with a huge snow storm in the forecast but thankfully I was there early, before all of the bread-milk-eggs brigade could descend on the aisles and stock up like we will be snowed in for a decade rather than a few hours.  And now, the last time I saw a report we’d gone from 8+ to around 1-2 inches of expected snowfall.  The original did well for the grocery store sales as always.  Still cannot for the life of me figure out why everyone stocks those items for a blizzard.  If I am going to be hunkered down for several days I want wine, steak, and plenty of good snacks, not french toast!

I’m honestly bummed that we aren’t supposed to get more snow, I was looking forward to the bigger amount!  Yes, I do detest being cold, but if there are no leaves on the trees, the sky is gray and the grass brown, then let it snow and make the world outside beautiful.

Smelling The Roses

As much as I would like to be living in Sarasota, I’ve come to realize I would miss the change of seasons.  I’ve learned to live IN the moment, as the reality that it is all we are promised has sunk in, and each season brings special times and memories to be made. Stopping to really smell the roses of life, to focus, has helped me really appreciate every detail including winter weather.  My job has been such an eye opener to enjoying and embracing each moment of every day, and the circumstances surrounding it.  I suppose that could be called maturing?  Or just really appreciating what God has for me in every part of my life, right here, right now.

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Posted in Wine & Cheese

Wine & Cheese ~ 44th Serving

Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 44th serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

😦  It would be really special if I could just BREATHE out of both nostrils.  We’ve had a really nasty cold/flu bug move through the house.  It came in with the little ones I watch and has spread like it’s paid to take us out.   For a week and a half now I’ve been so stuffed up and blowing my nose that it is raw.  Finally feeling about 75% human again but really tired of this and it can  pack up and move on!  I’m tired  of being sick!

😦  The weather around these parts is not doing a lot to help with the misery.  It is cold and rainy.  You know that misty kind of rain!  It is so dismal outside that I’d far rather it was snow (I know, I cannot believe I just said that) so it looked nice.

😦  Did  I mention I’ve had it with being sick? Okay just checking.

😦   Spam!  As in emails.  I must have about 200 hundred long lost relatives in third world countries that have left millions to me if I just allow some stranger in a bank somewhere to have all my information they’ll transfer those funds to my account.  Need Viagra at really cheap prices from Canada?  How about imitation Rolex watches?  Yep I got ya covered….NOT! Drives me insane.  OH and let us not forget that the hottest, single babes in my area have been revealed to me, for a small fee.  Dunno, guess it’s head hunters for hotties running that one?

CHEESE

🙂  As of the start of this post, the misty rain has changed over to snow!  Just gentle little flakes but certainly better than rain any day when it comes to my mood!

🙂  I have new jammies!!!  If you know anything about me over the past nearly 2 years it is that I LOVE  pajamas.  I have 2 new pair, much needed for the winter and so very comfy.

🙂  I’ve been able to enjoy the therapy of crochet this past week!  I love working with my hooks and yarn, and have a project going that I am very pleased with, and it is such a relaxing feeling as the stress of life disappears one stitch at a time.

🙂  Sitting in the quiet of the morning, both trees are lit, baby is sleeping, I’m showered, face painted, wearing comfy jammies,writing and sipping a cup of hot coffee, watching it snow.  My life is very good!  🙂

DESSERT

Dogs and men always look guilty of something. This explains the friendship. – FunnyOneLiners Twitter feed

Posted in Wine & Cheese

Wine & Cheese ~ 42nd Serving

Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 42nd serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

😦  It is absolutely dreary outside today!  Rainy, overcast, gray, trees are bare, it just isn’t much to look at!  I don’t mind rain, I get that we need it, but this is the 3rd day of this yucky-ness, I’m over it, where is the sunshine?

😦  I’m really disappointed in the stores that are opting to open on Thanksgiving.  I remember growing up that nothing was open on Sunday or holidays.  You had to plan  ahead.  In the name of profits more and more places are remaining open on Sundays and now holidays.  Shame on those stores that are making employees come to work to open a store at 9pm or 11pm or even midnight!  Open Black Friday at a DECENT hour, people  will still come and shop.  Let the employees enjoy their day with their families.

😦  The  baby I watch has the sniffles bad today.  Poor thing, I have to keep wiping her nose which is less than thrilling to her.  Makes drinking her bottle a real chore for her too.  I feel so bad for her.

CHEESE

The little butterball I babysit

🙂  Despite her little  cold/sniffles issue, she is a happy baby!  She is just adorable and makes me smile.  I love watching her, she gets that ‘baby fix’ filled for me until my kids start having children of their own.

🙂  I had a wonderful day Sunday with my honey, Steve.  I usually hate shopping, but with him it is fun.  Throughout the day  little touches, kisses, and him holding my hand let me know that I am special to him. I never need to seek reassurance of his feelings, I am told, every day multiple times a day.  One of my favorite quotes from The Single Woman: “Sometimes life sends us people  who don’t love us enough, to remind us of what we are worthy of”.  I’ve been loved in the past, but not nearly enough, and not nearly as much as I loved in return.  To finally be loved as I am worthy, well that is reason to smile!

🙂  Pancakes on a chilly, rainy day!  Nothing says cheer up and smile like a hot breakfast!

CHOCOLATE

The only way that raising children could be any harder is if they decided to unionize. ~ FunnyOneLiners Twitter feed

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Wine & Cheese – 26th Serving

Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 26th serving of some wine and cheese!

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WHINE

😦 I have to get this out of my system this morning…I AM SO SICK OF WINTER!!!!!  Sick of cold, sick of ice, sick of the @#$%^&*! SNOW!!!  Enough said, everyone is likely in agreement and what more can be said about Snowpocolypes or Snowmageden, whatever you want to call this winter storm nonsense!

😦  I am also tired of whatever this cold bug, sinus infection is, it is time for it to go bye-bye!  Finally was able to sleep last night without the aid of my Nyquil induced coma.   Now if I could just quit blowing my nose and feeling so tired I’d be happy.

😦  Brace yourselves, we’re going to talk about poop.  Cat poop to be exact.  One of these 3 felines has something very wrong in their digestive track and the smell is worse than anything I’ve experienced in a baby diaper.   Best diet program I’ve encountered, cleaning up a litter box used by a cat with a questionable issue in their bowels.  (See, one doesn’t have to be a mommy blogger to talk about poop!)

CHEESE

🙂  ANTIBIOTICS!!!  The  single greatest discovery in medical history, at least in my opinion this week as it seems to be the only reason I finally started feeling better.  Can I get an AMEN?

🙂  COFFEE!!!  I gotta say that right now nothing beats a fresh, hot cup of coffee in the morning.  All the better if served up in one of my favorite coffee cups!  Yep, makes your breath smell like butt, however what would the morning be without it?  It would be a sad morning without the hot cup of  java!

🙂  SPARKPEOPLE!!!  I’ve neglected to use my SparkPeople account as being sick the last thing I even remotely cared about was what was being fed to my tummy.  But today we are back on the Spark, watching every little morsel that will enter through my mouth.  BRAVO ME!!!!  It is AWESOME and FREE and you will love it if you want to get fit, healthy, lose weight etc.  There is a link on the side bar over  yonder on the right –>

DESSERT

🙂  🙂  🙂  Never do anything that you wouldn’t want to explain to the paramedics.  ~Author Unknown 🙂  🙂  🙂

Posted in My Crazy Life

Yawn, Hurl, Yuck…

I am EXHAUSTED.  And sick.  Some how I managed to contract the cold or whatever from hell and lose my voice.  My head is stuffed up, I am lucky to get out enough voice to even be heard, and last night had the pukey stuff to go with it.  This so is NOT what I wanted to be doing.  I wore out completely what little voice I did have by the time I finished work yesterday.  Just after crawling in bed and drifting off to sleep last night I was suddenly wide awake and very very sick.  Without much  detail it is suffice to say that  I never made it out of my room, and owe my sister big time.  I was completely unable to sleep all night between the sour stomach, mega night sweats and not being able to breathe.  I stayed home from work today and slept as much as possible.

The cats seemed to pick up on the fact that I was not well, as they all came and checked on me several times.  Noel was in bright and early this morning and groomed my hair line on my forehead.  That is a big hairy deal as she is anti-social.  Guess they were worried that the food wench (I am the one that typically feeds them both times in the day) might be on her death bed.

Ditzy napping with me

My cat slept at my feet quite often.  Then later, during an afternoon snooze,  little Ditzy kitten came and  napped with me.  She is such a doll.  While the other two will check on you, Ditzy is a cuddler and she wanted to snuggle in for her sick watch over me.  She purred for close to 20 minutes, even as she drifted to sleep, which was flat out adorable.

Posted in Wine & Cheese

Wine & Cheese – 21st Serving

Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.

I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings.

Sit back and join me now for the 21th serving of some wine and cheese!

Just a SMALL serving this week!

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WINE

DIVAS DOWN!!!!   OMG WTF!!! We have Divas that are down with a nasty bug.  Just WTF is up with that? We just had a nasty cold/flu virus make its way through the Princess Palace a month or so back and now something is going around again!  Diva Sarah came down with it a few days ago, this morning Diva Boo had her stilettos knocked out from under her, and tonight Diva Jeanne’s tiara slipped off her head too.  As if that isn’t bad enough, now my damn nose is running and I’m sneezing like I’ve been snorting kittens all day.  I DID forget my allergy meds for two days again (fucking brilliant, I know) but I have a bad feeling about this.  Enough  with the virus bugs already, get out of the Den and go infect someone else.  At this rate we’ll be wise to buy stock in Kleenex or Puffs because Lord knows we’re going through a box a day around here, YUCK FOO!  Late Fall viruses, yeah I am whining about you, BE GONE!

CHEESE

PURRRRRR….yes that wonderful sound of a cat purring close by.  That affectionate little fur ball curled up against my head purring in contentment this morning when the alarm went off. She just makes my day!!!

Finding forgotten rolls of Smarties in my desk drawer from last week, yippie!!!

DESSERT

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect It’s successful outcome.”
  ~William James

Posted in Wine & Cheese

Wine & Cheese – 20th Serving

Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal.

Sit back and join me now for the 20th serving of some wine and cheese!

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WINE

OMG WTF is up with gas prices???? $2.98 a gallon when I stopped on the way home tonight.  Last time I filled up it was $2.75 or so.  Okay so it has been a week or so but really that is one hell of a jump in price!  And what is the wonderful excuse this time?  Thankfully the commute to work is only 6.5 miles now rather than 25 one way, so I will save a ton of money on travel but DAMN already enough with the major hikes!

THIS WEATHER IS INSANE!  Last week it was cold, this week we are playing Indian summer again with temps in the 70s.  How are my sinuses supposed to ever settle into a routine if the temps keep jumping all over like this in such extremes?  It isn’t bad enough I’m fighting with hot flashes in my body without the added joy of trying to determine what to wear to work every day, if I need the electric blanket on or off at night, windows open or closed for the day….MAKE IT STOP!  Cold, warm, I really don’t care but damn it Mother Nature pick one and stick to it PLEASE!

San Francisco has determined that the city is far better at parenting than parents.  Seriously, you douche bags banned toys in Happy Meals that are not healthy???? ARE YOU FU*KING KIDDING ME???  Why is it the business of any city to determine what a parent sees fit for their child? What’s  next, licensing to procreate?  Since the parent pays for the child, raises the child, gets up with the sick child at night, changes the diapers, etc etc etc, don’t you shit for brains on the west coast think the parent has the right to determine what their kids eat?  All parents ought to deliver their kids to the steps of city hall and let those morons have them to raise  since the powers  that be think it is is theirs to determine what can and cannot be offered in a child’s meal.  To hell with parental responsibility.  Oh and if mom and dad chose to let their kids scarf fat filled foods and have the toy, that is THEIR business.  What a crock! WAKE UP PEOPLE big brother is slowly taking away all  of our rights and this is just one ridiculous example of how far it can and will go! Kinda reminds  me of the Burgermeister Meisterburger in Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.  San Francisco, home of the toy Nazis!!!

CHEESE

My new job – it rocks.  SO much to learn and get procedures  down, but I love it so far and when I like getting up for work it makes working SO much better!

Our newest Diva, little Ditzy Kitten.  She is 2 months old as of Saturday and just adorable!  5 women, 3 female cats, gotta love it.

CHRISTMAS EVE!!! Okay not only are we Divas hosting the family Christmas Eve party for mom’s siblings and their off spring and their off spring (there are 3 generations for this shindig) but my baby girl is spending the night with us so I get to wake up with her on Christmas morning!  This makes my whole holiday with the exception that my son won’t be here.  THAT would be the perfect holiday for certain.  I miss my baby girl, we had bonded rather tightly before the divorce and I miss being a bigger presence in her every day life and envy Grumpy Dwarf for living with her.  I am SO excited and so are the Divas!

DESSERT

Bimbo: a person with a body by Nautilus and a brain by Mattel. ~ Seen on @daffynitions Twitter feed.

Pictures of the newest Diva, Ditzy Kitten:

Ditzy - the newest Diva
Posted in A Day In The Life

A Walking Germ Party

I’m sick.  REALLY sick.  Sadly I fear it may be the flu, but I’m holding out hope it will just be one kick ass cold.  Every part of my body hurts, my head is full of nasty shit and I’m rolling through a box of tissues a day.  I had SO thought for sure this was a bad allergy attack the past few days.  Heck I even felt GOOD yesterday.  But no, today it is fever, sore throat, aches, pains, sniffles, snot,  and sleeping.

Being sick in the Diva Den, if one has to be sick, rocks.  Women being nurturers immediately start taking care of you.  Diva Mom insists that I need to see the doctor tomorrow but I’m fighting that. Told her I wasn’t going too, she said yes I was, I said you cannot make me, and Diva Jeanne pipes in and says “I’ve got $50 on Grandma”.  The little traitor!  Diva Boo made me a snot-rag bag for putting used tissues in so I could just sit still and not have to keep getting up to go to the trash can.  Diva Mom brought home some Alka Seltzer Plus, which I swear is the best stuff around for getting one back up and moving.   I also took Mucinex DM, which has helped control the flow of crap out of my head and the resulting cough.

I have slept all day, relocating once to the floor of the family room before going back to bed.  I had hoped to watch the Browns kick the Steelers ass but that game wasn’t on here, so was watching Baltimore and New England, which I found surprising that Baltimore was doing such a great job.  I usually cheer for anyone playing the Browns, Ravens or Steelers as they are division rivals.  So watching the Ravens holding there own against the Patriots was interesting. I gave up and went to bed, just feeling way too crappy to stay awake.  Diva Mom drugged me up and I crashed.  Don’t ya love when a fever breaks? Sweating like I’ve been laying in the hot sun all day without a beer in sight, and the nightmare that always seems to accompany the fever breaking.  Sucks but I DO feel a bit better.

While under the influence of the meds I figured it was wise to finally eat something so while I’m inhaling this sandwich I figured  I’d blog a bit.  But I’m not long for this world, going to be curling back up in my bed with my teddy bear here very soon.  I really wish I had a TV in my room, I hate missing the games.  Not that I’d have seen much, I’ve slept so much, but still would be nice.  Okay, time to take my germ party back to my bed and get some more rest. OH the joy of being ill, BLAH.