September 11, 2007
I know it has been a while since I've posted, sorry all. I haven't been posted because I've been fairly busy and when I'm busy, I get tired very quickly. I guess in the scheme of things, blogging isn't real high on the totem pole.
I want to thank Dina for her wonderful comment about Social Security Disability. I thought she had a lot of great suggestions and I plan to try them out. I wanted to contact Dina to ask for the forms she suggested, but sadly, no email address was left. So, Dina, if you come back, please contact me at Bunny 414 @ gmail. com (for those of you who don't understand why I've put all the spaces in the email address, it's to keep the spammers from getting it. Just squeeze it all together and it will work).
I will try to post a bit more frequently, but I don't want to bore you all with the same old things all the time. Take care and I'll be back soon...Bunny
August 22, 2007
Every dog has his day!
August 21, 2007
I got "the" letter from my social security disability claim, you've got it, REJECTED! I kind of expected to be rejected, but the wording was what got me angry. The decision by the examiners states "We have determined that your condition is not severe enough to keep you from working." and "You are not disabled under our rules".
In my appeal, I'd like to point out to these people that:
1. A turtle walks faster than I do.
2.What employer would want to hire a person who can't keep a smile pasted on their face because of pain?
3. What employer will hired a person who has trouble focusing on a task or is so tired that they fall asleep at their desk?
I could go on and on. I'm going to appeal this intitial decision, and any future rejections until I make them see that Fibromyalgia is a painfully debilitating condition and that it needs to be recognized by the government as just that....Bunny
August 13, 2007
I bought a package of Wal-Mart's Great Value Brand Lemon Wafer Cookies. They are really very good cookies! I was eating a wafer and bit down on something hard. After swollowing a piece of the hard substance(rather uncomfortably), I pull the remaining hard item from my mouth. After I looked it over and broke a piece in half, it looked to me like possibly a piece of plastic. Well, I save what I didn't swallow, on the off chance I got sick, which I didn't.
Being a good samaritan, I contacted Wal-Mart via email and told them what had happened. My intention was to only inform them, incase there was a problem with the batch of cookies and perhaps they needed to do a recall. My purpose for contacting Wal-Mart was honorable and I had no other intention but to give them a heads up to a possible problem.
About a week ago, I receive a letter form another company who represents the maker of the Great Value Brand Lemon Wafer Cookies. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw they were actually talking settlement. They told me to expect a call so that they can gather more information.
Basically, I don't see any sense in suing Wal-Mart, the maker of the cookies, or anyone else. I just wanted to do a good deed. That's not to say if they want to send me a Wal-Mart Gift card for being a decent human being, I wouldn't object....Bunny
August 12, 2007
I had been wondering if I was a jinx to our minor league baseball team, The Potomac Nationals, and apparently I am. Last night, Ted went to a game without me, guess what happened? Yep, you've got it, they won. Not only did they win, the starting pitcher went 9 and 2/3's innings with no runs against him and the PNATS won 2-0. Every game I've been to has put a hashmark in the loss column. Hmmm I wonder if they would pay me to stay away? ...Bunny
August 10, 2007
August 06, 2007
I saw this a long time ago and tripped over it again. Believe me, it's worth another look....Bunny
August 02, 2007
It's August and it's extremely hot. The local weather man is using the words "blistering" and "scorching", I say down right unbearable. It's so hot our air conditioner can't keep up. So, I haven't been doing much of anything except sitting in front of a fan and drinking lemonaide. The really bad thing about this heat, is that we have opera tickets tomorrow night to see Le Boheme at The Ashlawn Opera Company and it's an outdoor theater. I want to go to the show, but with the heat and humid weather, I don't know if I'm going to be able to handle it. This is my daughters Rachael's show and it means a lot to her and to me to see it. That's part of the many bitch factors of Fibromyalgia, you can't handle the heat well at all (I didn't handle it too well before the Fibro) and the heat is exhausting, which in turn makes the chronic fatigue worse. I'm going to do my best to go, but next year, Mookie get a job at an indoor theater!!!...Bunny
July 31, 2007
July 28, 2007
July 27, 2007
I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore and was raised an Oriole fan. I don't much care for how the organization is being run now, (I can't wait for the day when Peter Angelos is no longer the owner!) but I have admired Cal Ripken for years and years. For those of you who don't follow Oriole baseball, you still know Cal Ripken as the Ironman, and that he is a very admired guy. What you may not know, is that he is just one hell of a human being. All of his sponserships go to charity. He is genuinely gracious, polite to a fault and the best role model in all of sports. I just wanted to say thank you to Cal for being such a wonderful inspiration and congratulations for your Hall of Fame induction....Bunnymore...
July 24, 2007
I was very surprised when I was looking at my site statistics that I was getting a lot of hits from search engines because I had linked to Fibro Help. Because of this, I decided to collect up some of the better informational sites and list them here for the benefit of those who are looking for help or infomation about this awful affliction. I've also added the links to my side bar so that they will always be available.
Those are the three great sites that will answer just about any questions that one might have about Fibro. I would however like to warn you that when you use a search engine to look up Fibomyalgia, be aware that there are tons of sites offering a "quick cure" or trying to sell you a membership or some miracle cure. I hope this infomation will lend aid and comfort to those who are suffering from FMS and to educate those who know someone who may need the support of a friend or family member.
If you are a visitor to this site for the first time and have a good link to suggest, please click on the comment link below and share the information with all those seeking help and information. Perhaps we can all band together and create a community or support group that benefits us all...Bunny
This came across my desk and I thought it was pretty interesting. It has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kaye from Georgia. Please, read on....Bunnymore...
July 23, 2007
It's been quite a while since we've seen our Potomac Nationals . Tonight happens to be a respite from the summer heat so we've decided to go to a game. It's doesn't hurt that it's $1.00 general admission and $1.00 hot dog night. Here's hoping we get to see a winning game...Bunny
UPDATE: no such luck, we lost 9-5
July 21, 2007
Ted and I went for a drive today, about 100 miles each way, to see our "baby", Mookie. She's been hard at work making costumes for Ashlawn Opera Company's summer productions of "The Sound of Music" and "La Boheme". Now that both of the productions have started, her 15 hour days have come to an end and she has a little time to relax. We met her for lunch and did a little shopping before we said good-bye, but we are planning to go back in two weeks to spend the whole weekend with her and to see "La Boheme" (I personally would have preferred "The Sound of Music", but I was out voted, oh well). So for all of you wondering how Mookie is doing, she's just great! She's dropped about 15 lbs, looks great and seems to be very happy in what she's doing. She enters her junior year at Mary Baldwin College next month and is already checking out grad schools for her masters in theater/costuming. Can you tell I'm a proud Mom?....Bunny
July 19, 2007
I have mentioned before that I suffer from Fibromyalgia. It's a condition described as widespread chronic pain and tenderness, other symptoms are chronic fatigue, depression and flu like symptoms. I was shocked the other evening when I sat and watched the first commercial I had ever seen concerning fibromyalgia. The commercial, in my opinion, is farely accurate in it's depiction of the "syndrome". They tell you there is hope, they tell you to call an 800 number or go to the website www.FIBROHOPE.org. I'm sure all of the sudden publicity about this is because the FDA just approved the drug Lyrica for treatment of fibromyalgia. I don't care if the pharmacutical company is trumpeting their victory or trying to monopolize on the fact that they have the only drug "approved for treatment", I just care that finally, finally the public is being educated on this terrible ailment....Bunny
July 18, 2007
I saw this and was amazed, maybe you will be too...Bunny
July 17, 2007
July 15, 2007
I love all my children dearly, but today is my youngest daughter's birthday so my focus is on her. Many of you already know Rachael, aka Mookie, and what an incredible person she is. Today she turns 19 and will enter her Junior year of college next month. Rachael is the child that wasn't supposed to be. I had had a very serious infection after my second child and at least eight doctors told me it wasn't possible to have another. Rachael proved them wrong.
Rachael is like no other kid her age. Her work ethic is phenominal, the more there is, the harder she works and the more she amazes people and she thrives doing it. Her goals are set in stone and she follows through with them. She is on the school's Honor's List (which for her college, is higher than the Dean's List), all the while working her work study job and volunteering every other waking minute. To her friends, she's loyal and honest to a fault, to her elders, shes respectful and responsive. I can't imagine how my life would be today if all those doctors had been right, if she had never touched my life, never have been around to champion me and my illness, never was here to be my friend. I love you Rachael and I hope that your birthday is the best one yet. Thank you for being you...Mom
July 13, 2007
Today, my daughter Robyn and I are going up to the Baltimore area to play BINGO. Why travel 70 miles just to play Bingo? Well, in Virginia, the laws governing Bingo are so twisted that it's pretty much a pain in the ass to play.
The state of Virginia thinks it has to protect it's citizens from big gambling so they have these rules for Bingo:
- Bingo can only be played for charity not profit.
- No entity can hold Bingo more than 2 days a week and if it is a double session, that counts as the 2 per week maximum
- No regular Bingo game can pay more than $100.00
- No Jackpot game can exceed a $1000.00 pay out, including a winner take all game.
I don't have a problem with the charity aspect of the laws, but the limits are rediculous in this day and age. Going to a local charity Bingo, cost about $40 just to get in an play a decent amount of cards. Right next door in the state of Maryland, I can spend $25.00-$30.00 for more cards and that includes a computerized Bingo game as well. Oh, did I mention that the pay outs for the game I'm going to tonight range from $500-$1300 for a regular game.
So, tonight we journey to Glen Burnie, Maryland to visit Bingo World to try out hand at bigger prizes for less money. Wish us Good Luck....Bunny
July 12, 2007
I got this from my sister in an email, it's so funny I just have to share...Bunny
AND the unanimous number one slogan:.........
1. Viagra, This is your peepee. This is your peepee on drugs.
July 11, 2007
Today is mine and Ted's 26th wedding anniversary. I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday. Everyone was surprised because I was the calmest person in the wedding party. I was so in love, so confident that Ted was the right man for me, I didn't have anything to fear. I knew the minute I saw him that he would be my everything. We've hit a few bumps in the road, but our devotion to each other has never diminished, not even for a second. We are still madly, passionately in love with each other, more so than any other couple I've ever known, with the possible exception of Ted's parents.
Thank you my love, for the best 26 years of my life!...Bunny
And to think they were taking bets at our wedding as to how long our marriage would last.
July 10, 2007
July 08, 2007
Yesterday, Ted surprised me with a mini road trip. We went about 45 miles south to make our annual visit to Virginia Bazaar. Virginia Bazaar is the states largest indoor/outdoor flea market. It opened I would guess five or so years ago and it grows a little each year. The flea market has yard sale type vendors out side and more permanent vendors inside the air conditioned building. Ted was lucky and found a bag full of horror movies and I found some Avon that I had been needing.
All in all, Virginia Bazaar is an okay Flea Market, but I'm spoiled. Ten years ago, when my parents moved to Florida, they found an incredible Flea Market called Marion Market. This place is mind blowing. It's a series of hall ways, about 10 -16 of them, connected by a main hall. This place has just about anything and everything you can think of, fresh produce, jewelry, antiques, clothes, gadgets, knick knacks, puppies (I got the world's cutest dog there in 2001) and much much more. If you are ever in the Ocala area of Florida on a weekend, this is a must see experience. It's not flashy and new like Virignia Bazaar, it's old, open aired (but under cover) and not heated or air conditioned, but it's the best Flea Market I have ever been to...Bunny
July 06, 2007
Time for an update on the red tape, aka filing for Social Security Disability.
I thought that all my paperwork had been completed and filed, since it was all scanned into the Social Security computer system and returned to me. I figured now, I was just in the seemingly never ending holding period. WRONG! Yesterday, we got 2 pieces of mail from the state of Virginia. One piece of mail was for me, the other one was for Ted . They were questionaires that each of us had to fill out independently from the other. I thought I had answered every question possible, but alas, I was wrong. Ted had a short 8 page form, I had about 12-14 pages (still numb from filling them out). The questions were similar on each form, I guess they wanted reactions from different points of view.
I guess I should be pleased that the process is moving on, but I can't help but wonder if this is the end of the Q & A's or still the beginning. Wish me luck...Bunny
July 04, 2007
So, I went to my Mammogram appointment yesterday and I got my breasts squashed and pinched. It wasn't the worse one I've ever had, but it certainly wasn't pleasant. You know if 1% of the money spent on Viagra or "erectile disfunction" studies and research was spent on a better way to check for breast cancer, maybe this annual exam wouldn't be so unpleasant and women wouldn't hesitant or be neglectful about this important test.
The Sleep Study was an adventure in torture of a different kind. I had to arrive at 8:30 and immediately get ready for bed. I was told I didn't have to try to sleep right away, but he needed to prep me by 9:00. The prep was easy on my part, I had to sit in a chair and let them do the work. The work consisted of attaching over 20 probes, mostly on my head WITH GLUE!!! So, now I'm sitting there with glue all over my head and parts of my body, he then straps these uncomfortable bands above my chest and on my waist and then around my feet. All these wires are hanging down around me and are connected to a juction box, which in turn is attached to a computer style 20+ pin connector. The tech tells me to not touch any of the stuff hanging off of me but to get comfortable and try to get myself drowsy. Every 20 minutes or so, this tech comes back to see if I'm ready to sleep. Even though I wasn't, I said the hell with it and tried anyway. Have you ever tried to get comfortable with 40 yards of wires hanging off of you? Well to end the story, it took me hours to fall asleep, I slept like crap and then I got woke up at 6:00 so he could remove all the junk he attached to me, except of course the GLUE. I washed my hair twice and am still picking it out of my scalp.
Happy 4th of July, I'm going to sleep through it....Bunny
July 03, 2007
Today is that "wonderful" day that every woman looks forward to, my annual Mammogram. It's such a pleasure to be stripped naked from the waist up, have a stranger handle my breasts and squeeze and stretch them between two cold plates. It's such a treat! And if that wasn't enough torture to go through, this evening I get to go spend the night in the hospital for a sleep study. Again, I get to have a stranger handle my body and put sticky probes all over me with wires connectiong to a machine. Have you ever tried to roll over, get comfortable and sleep with a dozen wires hanging off body from head to toe?
What a wonderful day this will be...Bunny
July 01, 2007
As many of you may know from reading Rocket Jones, I love to go on road trips. I often have a deep desire, almost a need to go on these trips, a yen for something new and different, to be out on the road with no responsibilities or worries. When these yens comeover me, there is often no stopping me, except that now, I can't drive, at least not until my next remission comes on, but I have found a way to go on a road trip and bond with my oldest daughter at the same time. In January, after she graduates from college and before she starts working, Tink and I are going on a two week road trip. The tentitive plans are (since it will be the middle of winter) is to go south and west. We are considering going on I-40 west and coming back on I-20 east. We're hoping to go as far as New Mexico or Arizona before we turn around to come back to Virginia.
So, my request to my readers is to give us ideas of where to stop, what to see or do and general travel tips. If you've been along those highways or live along one of them, drop me a comment. Thanks....Bunny
June 29, 2007
As I have mentioned before, my bunny Ozzie loves to be petted. Yesterday, we let him run around the sewing room and he found a way to stay cool, relax and have his head petted at the same time. Check it out....Bunny
As the fan oscillates, it brushes over his head and gently pets him.
June 28, 2007
I thought I would show you my latest craft project. It's an afghan I made for my sister. It's the first time I have tried this particular pattern, but I think it came out nicely. Click More to see the image...Bunnymore...
June 27, 2007
June 23, 2007
Today Ted and I and our oldest daughter and son-in-law are off to Baltimore. It's my niece's graduation party.
I grew up in a town, Dundalk, a southeast suburbs of Baltimore. When I last lived there some 25+ years ago, it was a fairly thriving suburb, now, since the auto plant and the steel mill closed, the town has started to die. I enjoy going back every now and again, but at the same time, it's saddens me. The house I grew up in has deteriorated due to the string of new owners in the last 10 years since my parents flew the coop and moved to Florida. A lot of the old stores and places I used to frequent have fallen on hard times and closed or went way down hill. My childhood wasn't the greatest, but I do have fond memories of growing up there. I guess the old saying rings true, you can't go home again....Bunny
June 21, 2007
Do you have a membership to a warehouse store? Sam's Club, BJ's. Costco? We go to Sam's on a fairly regular basis, usually to checkout the DVD's and to buy meat. Why is it that when there's only Ted and I, that we can't get out of the store without spending $200.00 or more. Last night, it was well over $700 and all we bought was meat, cigarettes and medicine? It makes me wonder, are these stores really a bargain or just an inticing scheme to get you to spend more than if you would do your shopping at a regular store? Has anybody done the math? Is it really a bargain? ...Bunny
June 17, 2007
I found myself comparing the Frederick Stadium to the Pfizner Stadium. Although, the Frederick Stadium was more modern, had nicer seats and more capacity, I found that it just wasn't as inviting an environment as Pfizner Stadium. Don't get me wrong, we had a good time, but the little touches were missing. For example; the PA announcer wasn't nearly as fun as the one at Pfizner Stadium, the Fredrick guy didn't excite the crowd, he didn't play music clips or sound effects that are so very popular at Potomac home games. At Potomac National games, there are mini contests and events between innings and there is ALWAYS a winner. At the Key's game, it's "oh well, sorry you didn't win, better luck next time".
You might say, well I wasn't cheering for the home team last night, so maybe I just didn't get into setting as much as others, that just wasn't so. I didn't feel immediately at home, a welcomed guest, instead, just another face in the crowd. I throughly enjoy and look forward to going to P Nats games, so I think for the most part, I'll enjoy them were I feel more at home.
By the way, I thought I had broken my jinx, the P Nats were tied 5-5 at the end of the ninth and went on to score 3 in the top of the tenth. I was hopeful that they wouldn't loose a game that I attended, but sadly, the Keys had their own rally in the bottom of the 10th and won game. Oh well....Bunny
June 15, 2007
June 14, 2007
As I mentioned a few articles ago, I had gone to Ikea to look for new furniture for my sewing room. I've decided what peices are going to be purchased, so todays tasks was to move the furniture that was staying, to their new locations and get ready for some of the new furniture to be picked up tomorrow. I think today was the worst of it, as we had to find places to put stuff once we unloaded an old bookcase, a table that's being removed and then move a dresser and of course the bunnies to their new spots in the room.
Tomorrows purchase consists of 2 tall bookcases and 1 small bookcase. Clicking the link will take you to either the short or the tall, and there's a drop down window to allow you to see color choices and height choices. I've chosen the birch.
I have to thank my wonderful husband for putting up with me and for all the 'grunt' work that I can't do myself. .... Bunny
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