Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
My son sent me this link. His company is participating, as are many others as well as entire cities across the globe.
This may be short notice, the hour is set for this Saturday at 8 PM for whichever time zone you are in. ( No need to calculate as in Cheese-Chat)
Check out the official web page and video's that are sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund and the National Geographic at : http://www4.earthhourus.org/ and help to reduce your human footprint...
So, the Bubbie asks you to join me Saturday night. Turn off your lights, TV, computers, light some candles, relax and read, get together with friends, or just your favorite someone for an hour. Just don't be making more babies. Not that Bubbie doesn't love babies, it's just that (if you watch the second video) you'll be multiplying your human footprints. That means countless gallons of milk produced by countless herds of methane belching bovines, trucked endless miles to your supermarket, along with the diapers that came from countless trees, trucked hundreds of miles that eventually add tons to your local landfills and on and on.... That kinda misses the point, at least for this one hour. Have fun, but not THAT much fun.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Along with this thread, I am also reminded that we should treat ourselves as well as we treat our friends. So many times we might find ourselves going out of our way (a good thing) for a friend in need, but often won't do the same for ourselves. My friends offer me patience, time and encouragement. I often don't allow myself the same. Let's say it's time to get over that.
Friday, March 7, 2008
and # of posts in 2008 (as of 3/5)
9 Brand New MS Bloggers joined the blogosphere in 2008!!
New! Carole's MS Blog (Carole) 49
New! Great Mastications (Orla) 37
New! Movin' On with MS (Sammie) 26
New! Me, Myself and MS (Emma) 10
New! Being Ammey 8
New!Blogbuster (Daniel) 6
New! Etsy Crest (Shelby) 6
New! Serina's Blog 5
New! I'm Beating MS (Michael) 2
Most Prolific MS Blogger - so far in 2008!!
Jim's Deep Thoughts (Jim) 231
Top 10 Rather Prolific MS Bloggers - so far in 2008!!
A Stellarlife (Diane) 109
Multiple Synchronicities & Sclerosis (Merelyme) 90
Friday's Child 70
My Journey - Living Well with MS (Diana) 69
Sunshine and Moonlight (Kim) 65
The MonSter Ate My Branes! (Natalie) 65
Queen Mediocretia of Suburbia 60
Brass and Ivory (Lisa) 56
Brain Cheese (Linda) 52
Maybe I'm Just Lazy (Julie)51
28 Moderately Prolific MS Bloggers - so far in 2008!!
Maggsbunny (Maggie) 48
Living with Multiple Sclerosis (TC) 47
MS My Way 43
Bugs, Bikes, Brains (Shauna) 39
Dancing with MS (Lazscott) 37
Trying to Catch My Breath 37
A Florida Journal (SwampAngel) 35
Now We Are Six (Tish) 33
Reality Check (Michael) 32
Access Denied (Herrad) 31
Multiple Sclerosis Blog (Charles of MSBpodcast.com) 30
MS Activist (NMSS) 29
Self-injecting Chinese Hamsters since 2007 27
Shirl's the Girl (Shirley) 27
Disabled Not Dead (Anne) 26
Life with MS (Trevis) 26
Living with MS (Blinders Off) 25
White Lightning Axiom - Redux (mdm) 25
Word Salads (Have Myelin?) 23
Danieldoo (Vivian) 22
Caregivingly Yours (Patrick) 20
Deo Volente (Lisa N) 20
Down the MS Path (Vicki) 19
Do You Have That in My Size? (Denise) 17
Jenn's Nook (Jenn) 17
Fingolimod and Me (Jeri) 16
Human Life Matters (Mark) 16
51 Mildly Prolific MS Bloggers - so far in 2008!!
A Life of Learning with MS 15
Behind Blue Eyes (Zee) 15
Katy and Mike's Adventure (Katy) 15
Living Life as a Snowflake (Sharon) 15
Mandatory Rest Period (Kim) 15
MS Maze (Mandy) 15
My Journey with MS (Christina) 15
The Multiple Sclerosis Companion (Pat) 15
'Tis Herself (Kell) 15
A Short in the Cord (Joan) 14
Blindbeard's MS Blog 14
Bubbie's Blog (Cathy) 14
One Crazy Chick (Chris) 14
Pat's Pond (Pat) 14
Rants and Musings (Cutter) 14
G and K's Mom 13
MS Toolkit 13
Newly Diagnosed with MS (Andrea) 13
One Life (Stephen) 13
MS Not Just a Diary (Doug) 12
Rayne's World (Jayme) 12
Chaos Personified 11
My MS Journal (Jaime) 11
Purely Patsy (14 yr old Patsy) 11
Victoria Plum - Technician! (Victoria)11
26 Less Prolific MS Bloggers - so far in 2008!!
Broken Clay (Katja) 10
Mark Pickup (Mark) 10
My Chain Driven Ride through Life in Alaska (Michelle) 10
Deborah Does Navel-Gazing (Deb) 9
Funky Mango's Musings 9
Inside the Mind of a Squirrel 9
Living Well with MS (Michon) 9
No Time for MS (Courtney) 9
Sorting It All Out (Michael) 9
Travels With Lucy (Virginia) 9
MS Caregivers (Prudence) 8
Can You Hear Me Now? (Donna) 7
Irreverence is Justified 7
Multiple Sclerosis Notes 7
My Tysabri Diary (Lauren) 7
Chris Has MS (Chris) 6
Diary of MS X (7 Divas) 5
Electrical Disturbance (Stephan) 5
Know Multiple Sclerosis 5
MS in the OC (Frank) 5
MS News and Notes (Deb) 5
MS Recovery Diet Blog (Ann) 5
The Endomorph (Ruth) 5
The Jaws of My Life (Jaws) 5
Time to Deal with MS (Homer) 5
YodaMamma MS & More 5
38 Barely Prolific MS Bloggers - so far in 2008!!Some of these folks have multiple blogs or co-blog and are loved none-the-less!! Let's help spread the love and let them know that WE know they are appreciated.
Carolyne's MS Odyssey (Carolyne) 4
Defeating Illness (Chris) 4
Intent, Context, Perception (Chris) 4
Libbi's MS Journey (Libbi) 4
MS Recovery Diet Blog (Judi) 4
My Autoimmune Life 4
The Life & Times of Sancho Knotwise (JM) 4
The Zen Pretzel Trick (Zen Angel) 4
When it's Raining... (Keeley) 4
Kebenaran - The Truth 3
Montana Homecoming (Sister Jane) 3
Ms Quill 3
Reality Chick (Keli) 3
Catch My Disease (Lisle) 2
Clods and Pebbles 2
Georgia MS Advocates 2
Lazy Dog Public House 2
Looking Forward with MS (Pamela) 2
Surviving MS in Alaska (Michelle) 2
These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty (Trrish) 2
Troy's Multiple Sclerosis Experience 2
You Me and MS (Judi) 2
Camille's MSadventures 1
Comment Column (Virginia) 1
Erik's MS & Lyme Blog 1
Hop Bloody Hop (Philip) 1
Jenn's Journey with MS (Jenn) 1
Living with MS (Cyndee) 1
Mismorphic's World of MS 1
MS Musings 1
MS Real Life Stories & Issues (Kristin) 1
Postcards of My Life (Sherry) 1
Rebooting Times 1
Shoester (Doug) 1
The BS of My MS (Heather) 1
The Perseverant Pincushion (Trish) 1
Tysabri Help (Deej) 1
Having too many items from various posters to count:
LJ Users with Multiple Sclerosis
And finally - 26 MS Bloggers who have been silent in 2008!!
Angst on a Shoestring (Gina)
Dandelion Wine (Lynx)
Doug's MS Journal (Doug)
Imagine Bliss Butterfly (Suzy)
It's Not All in My Head (Optimist)
Just Above the Abyss (Heidi)
Life with MS , seeking a cure (Karyl)
Managing MS with Tai Chi (Joel)
Managing Multiple Sclerosis
MS -My Scene (Virginia)
My Complications (Amanda)
My Demyelination (Tina)
My MS ExperienceObject of My Injection (Michelle)
Say It Isn't So (Mouse)
Talk Story with Kimberly
The Great NetXperimentTo Be Continued... (Jaime)
Truth and Beauty (Baraka)
Tryin' to Imagine Bliss (Suzy)
What is MS to Me (Dave)
Willy's MS RantsWind Among the Reeds
Hard to categorize:
I Have MS (Tim)
Huggins' MS Pages (James)
MS - A Personal AccountMS Protocols (Jeff)
MSing AroundMultiple Sclerosis Blog and News
Multiple Sclerosis Sucks
It's a Disability Thing
Squiffy's House of Fun
Thank you for helping to build a stronger MS Community
This is ridiculous. A couple of hours of yard work (see Maven of Mulch entry) on Monday and I'm still paying for it on Friday? No fair! My legs and arms are weak and shaky. When I sit still it appears like my muscles are playing ping pong with each other or else have a funky beat they are dancing to. I wake up in the early morning hours (shank of the day) skrinching funny faces and grimaces of pain as soon as the 225 mgs of Lyrica wear off and the tizanadine lost it's ability to keep me in coma.
Not to worry, I'm not depressed...I'm pissed off! There are things I want to do.
I should give a plug here to Sue since I swiped her work for my blog pic today. A very nice woman I met at the farmers market a few weeks ago.A talented lady who makes these arty collages on t-shirts, pillows, cards and more. Of course I had to own one. She uses many fun quotes and phrases along with vintage looking fabrics. Check out her web site.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Not all of our birds are pink.
The white peacock was just strolling in the shade.This snowy egret posed for me while the great blue heron made a run for it. It was a beautiful day , very relaxing and enjoyable. I'm still hurting from my mulching madness, but now I have plenty of reference to amuse me while I recover.
I've been playing tourist in my home town. Funny how people who have lived their whole lives near a major attraction have never been there. I've known New Yorkers that had never been to the Statue of Liberty, and friends here in my town living within 10 miles of the gulf and haven't been to the beach in years.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
No gardening for me today.
So I went with a friend to take reference pictures for future paintings. We went to the local tourist attraction and took pictures of all sorts of wildlife and tropical scenery. Today I will share the flamingos.
Their image has been plastered on every possible kitschy souvenir item imaginable. I have seen new and vintage ashtrays , jewelry, picture frames, refrigerator magnets all adorned by the not really pink, flamingo. ( Or maybe that's just my disturbed optic nerve talking)
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
That quote is from "Illusions. The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" by Richard Bach.
Maybe I still fall back into denial. After all this time I still have trouble with acceptance. I am willfull. I am stubborn. I am proud, independent and damn it to hell...I have a progressive disease that causes disability.
I don't want to limit myself. I don't want to give up. "Fake it till you make it"rings in my head.
But I do curtail some of my desired actions knowing my "limitations". For instance I stopped going to the farmers market two weeks ago because of the outrageous influx of the snow bird population. I "walked" shoulder to shoulder through the throngs of untanned people wearing socks with their sandals. I found myself stumbling through the marsh of people with my cane in my left hand, my purse strap over my shoulder and my Eco shopping bags in my right hand being tripped by people coming up faster behind me with their right foot between my left and my cane.
Can I go downtown to the market? Sure I can... But, is it a good idea?
We have been having wonderful weather and I love my flowers and my garden. I love playing in the dirt. I love being outdoors on beautiful days. (hell hasn't broken lose yet. The temps are divine) On my way to the grocery store I stopped at the garden center of the local mega hardware store for much needed mulch. (have you already figured the ending of this story?)
Surely this superstore has a stock boy to run these bags out to my trunk. After I was handed my receipt for what I would soon learn to be tons of mulch and a few new posies I couldn't resist, the lady in the orange vest told me no one was available to help me. I was to help myself. OhhhhhhhhKayyyyyy.....
Should I have protested? Gotten angry? Played the wimp card? (lady with sad eyes, pout and cane)
I did neither...I took my shopping cart to the outside area with piles-o-mulch bags, picked them up and loaded them two at a time in my cart, pushed them to my car, loaded them in my trunk, and repeated the process. Precarious as it was, I did not fall or lose my balance.
Proud of myself, I drove home and unloaded the bags to a new pile in my yard.
That should have been the end of my mulch tale, but NO...I had to get back outside and play. I weeded, planted and mulched, and was thoroughly enjoying every moment of it and the sense of accomplishment.
Sure enough, almost three hours later, my zen of gardening alpha state was rudely interrupted by a harsh reality. I was on my knees and could not get up.
" Brain to legs, brain to legs....come in legs. Are you there?"
"Brain? Is that you? You're breaking up. We've lost power!"
"Brain to arms, do you read me? DO-YOU-READ-ME?"
"nahhhh...I don't think so"
I did eventually get up, but not without wondering what I was going to do if I couldn't. I made it inside and to the top of my bed where my hubby found me when he came home. A half dose of tizanadine kept me there, dazed and spasm free till evening. Hubby left for work this morning and I was admonished in the voice of Seinfeld's soup-nazi. "NO GARDENING FOR YOU!"
I felt good, willing and able to perform the task I chose. I enjoyed doing it.
Can I work in the yard? Sure. Should I? Of course I should. Should I limit myself before my body protests?
Will I ever learn? ( I don't think I want to)