Friday, July 28, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. I have a coworker that says he hates The Beatles music, yet he whistles The Beatles tunes often. Maybe he doesn't know that Joe Cocker's greatest hit was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

    Do you have a favorite Beatle? I used to like John because he brought so much creativity to the band, and different sounds to their music. Then I found out that John basically abandoned his son Julian when The Beatles started, and Yoko Ono came into the picture. My interest moved on to Paul. Paul visited Julian often (I have a soft spot when it comes to kids), when his own father didn't visit him. I kind of feel like Paul is pretty cocky. My interest moved to the quiet George. I do like Octopus's Garden and Yellow Submarine, which Ringo was the lead vocal on those songs, he was never a main player in the band, so certainly not my top pick as a favorite. 

  2. My Octopus' Garden

  3. I feel for Travis this week and next. His 2 bosses and 1 co-worker are in Mexico. They are all related and there's a family wedding there. Anyhow he's supposed to be the main guy in charge. Ekkk! On top of it all my parents said they were going on a trip last week, but last week turned into this week. They were like, "I think we'll be gone about a week." They didn't seem for certain. They usually help watch the boys a few days a week. This week and next are when his co-workers will be gone. I will have had my Aspirin Desensitization Wed, Thurs, and Fri. I'm pre writing this on Tues. We were hoping my parents could help take and/or pick up Isaak from Basketball Camp Wed, Thurs, and Fri. Thankfully my older sister has offered to help. Travis' plate is overflowing with manning a lab, finishing his art residency, and being a chauffeur for Isaak. I hate that I'm not able to help. 

  4. I have no idea what to expect with this Aspirin Desensitization. Will my lungs freak out? Will I be a snotty, blubbery mess? Maybe it will be dripped so slowly into me that nothing much will happen. We shall see. 

  5. Because I'll be at the Allergy and Asthma Clinic for 3 days I've gotten 3 email reminders and 3 phone call reminders. I talked to the ENT office because I double booked appointments for Fri. I told them that I may not need to be at the Allergy and Asthma Clinic on Fri. They said the Aspirin Desensitization will take 2 to 3 days. I asked if I should reschedule my ENT appt? They said, "No." Well now I've gotten a phone call and an email asking to confirm my ENT appt. that I don't know if I can be at. 

  6.  I've been trying oh so hard to get rid of a cyst on my forehead. I now had a big red dot from the Apple Cider Vinegar. It seems to be rising to the surface more. I just hate the big red dot. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WW: Kinetic Exhibition {Linky}

We went to the KANEKO to see John Buck's work, awhile back. It was so interesting!

He had some prints up that were pretty unique. Of course the kinetic sculpture is what was so different, and drew people in.

Do you ever go to art shows, or art museums?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Canning and Preserving

Travis grew a ton of cucumbers, but no dill weed. This weekend I went to Ace Hardware to pick up more canning jars, and then to 3 grocery stores to buy dill weed.

Travis did the canning, but I helped with the prep work, meals and clan up.

Travis ran out of the pickle brine, so he decided to ferment the rest. He has a big fermentor crock I got him. 

Next we're going to have a ton of tomatoes. They're a little slow to turn red this year, but are well on their way. Last year I peels, and took the seeds out of the tomatoes, chopped them up and froze them. Then we canned in the fall a few times when it was cold outside. 

Do you do any canning, or do you grow your own food? I'd be lost without Travis. Especially this year I just couldn't be outside with my allergies. About the only thing I do is pick mulberries for 10 minutes each day when I'm at work. I get a small bowl full each day, but there is starting to be less and less of them. I just wash them, cut their stems off and add them to smoothies.

Anti-Dusk Face Mouth Mask Review

Everyone that's been reading my blog for awhile knows I have allergies and asthma. Travis does most of the yard work. I do however suck up leaves when it's fall time. He grew up in the country where the leaves just broke down naturally. Here in the city the leaves get into gutters, or kill the grass if they aren't taken care of.

I have to admit that I wear a respirator when I suck up the leaves. It's tight against my face, and protects my lungs.

When I dust things inside that haven't been dusted in awhile I wear a dust mask.

I recently was sent an Anti-Dusk Face Mouth Mask Ear Loop Washable Dust Mask to review.

You can get this mask here:

At first I kept thinking that the name in their mask "Anti-Dusk" was a typo, but it's on all their promotional items. I thought it was supposed to be, "Anti-Dust".


Material: Cotton and Polyester

Ear Loops: They have 4 elastic bands that come off the mask. They need to be tied to form a loop to fit around the ears.

The Size: 7.5"x4.5"

Unisex: They have masks that are for guys and girls. It's even funny when a guy wears a girl mask and a girl wears a guy mask.

Cost: $12.99


Anti-Dust, Anti-Smoke, Anti-Fog, Keeping Warm, Germs, Allergies, Smoke, Pollution, Ash, Pollen, Crafts, Gardening, and Travel.

I'm not sure how functional it really is. The mask isn't tight over the face. If you really want dust and other germs to be gone I don't know that it's really going to be super protective if particles can get through the top, and sides of the mask. The whole reason why I wear a respirator to suck up leaves in the fall is so I'll have something super tight against my face. Other masks have a metal clip on the nose part, so it fits snug against the face. This one does not.

I do think it's functional in the fact that it will help keep me warm in the winter. Cold air is a trigger for asthma. If I go out walking, jogging, or cycling in the winter this mask may be worn. Ha! I'd have to see how well it keeps smoke out. Right now because I had deviated septum and polyp surgery I just have been staying away from smoke. I didn't even go outside during the 4th of July. Smores were made in the oven under broil. I will try it out for smoke though. I could see it helping. I just wish again that the nose part would be more snug.


The mask is well made. I like the material. It's durable, and can be washed over and over again! The fact that it can be washed puts it over disposable masks.

I'm not a big fan of the ear bands. I had to tie them together. I was thinking that they'd have velcro, or just be one piece per ear band.


I think more than anything the masks they make are just funny! My boys were laughing so hard when we tried it on! I could see wearing it for Halloween. I'd just have to think of what to be that would go with the mask.


Have you ever worn a face mask to protect your breathing nasty things in?

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. We think Isaak is going through a growth spurt; paired up with growing pains. He ate a ton of food on Wednesday, fell asleep at 7 last night because he was so tired, and woke up 2 or 3 times scared of noises and lights that couldn't be explained. Under his knees hurt really bad.

    After the second or third time of him waking up Travis put him on the couch in the living room. Travis has never wanted the boys to cuddle with us in our bed. I'm more the type that wouldn't care in a situation like last night. It is what it is.

  2. I've been hit with a few freelance duties. I made a business card for a past co-worker that now lives in Atlanta. Whenever I make things for friends even though they know they are paying me I hate sending over that final bill. The thought goes through my mind: Maybe they are thinking I'm charging them too much, or what if they expected me to charge them more. It's so silly I do that. You'd think I'd be past that already, but I always think that people just don't understand how long design work takes. I have to mention that I don't ever feel this way when it comes to people that are not friends or family.

    Here's how the card turned out. I changed all the information to protect her identity. She wanted a 1 sided business card, with purple as her accent color. That's really all she gave me for what to do. She ended up being super happy with the cards, so that's good. It's a screen shot, so if the type seems hazy, it's not on the card.

  3. My sister has been wanting things done for SOFT, which is a nonprofit that helps with research for people like Emerson, and any other chromosome deficiencies. So far I've just been doing things out of the kindness of my heart. The work is challenging. Up until now they didn't have a logo, but used a rainbow and balloons for the colors of the chromosome problems. Logos should be only a few colors and shouldn't change with each thing that's done. Considering that their look changes all the time, they don't know what they want - it's difficult.

  4. I've been wanting a non-cancerous cyst on my forehead gone for months now. Of course my mind was on bigger things - an upcycled nose. Travis kept saying, "Leave it alone!" Well I can't leave it alone. I don't want it cut out by a dermatologist. They'll squeeze! When I just had surgery I don't need anyone squeezing me. Apple Cider Vinegar it is. Yes my skin will burn from it. I need want it out. Goodness my skin is a mess from that surgery. Dry in some spots, small pimples in others. I can't scrub it because it's all so sensitive. 

  5. I go in for an Aspirin Drip at the Allergy and Asthma Clinic next week for 2 to 3 days. I'm so nervous! I'm allergic to it, that's why they are dripping it into me to build up a resistance. Asthma/Allergy sufferers should take Ibuprofen when they have flair ups to help with inflammation. Well I can't because it shuts down my lungs and makes me sneeze a ton. They are expecting a reaction. Fun times!

    I accidentally scheduled my ENT follow-up on the last 3rd day of this Aspirin Drip. I don't know if I can go to it, or not. The Aspirin Drip may take only 2 days. I called to see if I should reschedule. They don't know if I should, or not. I'll get an automated call to confirm my appointment that I don't know if I can keep, or not.

    At least I get to stare at my cute Asthma/Allergy doctor for a few days. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

WW: Bullfrog and Butterfly {Linky}

We went to Lauritzen Gardens this past weekend. We had plans to go to Lauritzen Gardens and Durham Western Heritage Museum, but by the time we got done with Lauitzen Gardens I was feeling done in. Isaak was crabby, it was hot, and I still don't have my energy all the way back from my surgery on the 23rd. It will take some time.

I do love walking through the gardens!

There's Isaak with his sun hat on:

Mica kept saying, "Isaak stand up for Mom!" Isaak was like, "No I don't want to stand up." A fight nearly broke out between these two boys.


And Butterfly:

I was pretty obsessed with taking photos of sunflowers, while the rest of my family rested on benches.

A Spider! Do you see it?

Asian Garden Area:

Do you like walking through botanical gardens?


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