Went out for drinks and appetizers with my good, artsy friend. My son describes her as a "Stepford Wife." I really like her, however. She's neurotic, just like me, and makes more messes while cleaning her house, which means it's actually better when she doesn't clean it!
Anyway, we went to Iovino's and sat at a window seat near the bar. I had my favorite Bavarian Hefeweizen and she had a "foo-foo" drink. We chatted, laughed, and told secrets. I had noticed an odd bruise on her neck, as well as a big, swollen-looking lumpy thing, but didn't say anything.
We'd been talking for about an hour when she said, "Yeah, well, I had to have a biopsy done on a tumor on my neck."
For me, the laughter stopped. She said, "Don't worry, it's probably nothing."
NOTHING! There's a huge lump on her throat with 6-7 holes in it from being poked and jabbed!
She said, "The doctor told me it is an "active" cancerous tumor, but no details at this time. He's going to call me next week with results." She sipped from her foo-foo drink and batted her eyes.
I said, "Did the biopsy hurt?"
Her response: "Good God! They told me, 'Nothing to worry about. This won't hurt.' Those LIARS! When he poked the damn needle in me, my friend Jenny was with me. She was holding my hand. I just about broke hers as I screamed, 'F-n, s**t, you d*mn lying F***er!' at the technician with the needle." I mean, I really belted out some foul language, literally in his face!Jenny told me that everyone in the waiting room was staring at us as we exited the examining room."
My friend said she didn't notice, as she was flipping out from the pain. She said the needle was 4 inches long and she thinks it actually pierced her trachea!
I have nothing to complain about this evening.
Probably nothing tomorrow, as well.
Except that my Beautiful Daughter will be returning from Europe. Now MY vacation is over...
Huge mophead Hydrangeas. These babies are fed nothing but garden compost, mint compost, and good, clean Oregon well water!
This shrub is creating multiple colors of flowers. It's in a partial shade garden that gets only 1 hour of direct sunlight each day. I believe the light affects the plant.
Giant Classic Mophead from my backyard! This borders a fence between us and our neighbors. The shrubs have now grown over the fence, in only 7 years!
Full view of the mopheads mentioned above
Pretty pastels here!
One last hydrangea. I remember buying this at Dancing Oaks Nursery, near Airlie, Oregon. It is one of the most expensive nurseries in the state, but produces the most sure-fire, beautiful, healthy plants I've ever owned...
Porcelain Hydrangea- rare and wonderful!
Little hiding mophead
More of the oakleaf
Bluebird Lacecap Hydrangea
Little baby I planted 2 years ago. It peeks out from all of its older peers, but its color gives it strength amongst the giants!
Sisters from a foreign land- both were created in England back in the 1600s.
Along a backyard path
Nice little mix under the oak tree
Another porcelain hydrangea
I believe this was called a "Hanging Bells" hydrangea, but I've lost track.
I "created" this one. It's a long story. Someday, I'll explain...
Black-stem Hydrangea- one of my favorites!
Little bluebird lacecap I got at the Farmer's Market about 6 years ago.
Better idea alert! To State Representative Andy Olsen: PAY THE STUDENTS to do better on standardized assessments. I'm not in this job for the money...obviously. It's the SERVICE that does it for me. But, good grief. I pretty much work as hard as anyone can work...reading, thinking, planning, engaging, sharing, inspiring, laughing, recording, dancing, pleasing, assessing, asking, begging, reasoning, crying, getting up each morning to do it all over again. Don't think that I'll work any harder for additional monies. I WORK MY ASS OFF for my students, district, parents, and employers! I would rather earn my current pay but have more support in recognizing my students for their work.
For just a second, consider this: With the extreme wide-range of needs and attitudes of my students, why not set up a system that directly benefits and molds their personal achievement an motivation. I sing, dance, buy trinkets, represent, extend my time for, give to, and deliver the most efficient lessons and units imagineable...but, if you think about it, it means absolutely NOTHING if students do not care to try.
Money to the kids! Yeah, that's right. Keep the pay system for educators in Oregon as-is, based on individual district agreements. Take that money and shove it into kids' pockets.
Here's one corner of the formal living room area. It's tough to imagine how much furniture was in here just a short time ago. Everything is out and the work continues.
THIS is why we have to put in new carpeting! Uncle Theo, the Wonder Basset, had a very bad habit of stressing out when we first brought him home from the rescue place in Boise. For him, releasing stress came in the form of urine. Yes, folks, that dog pee-peed all over our carpet! I'll admit, however, that it's a blessing and a curse for me, as I HATED that carpet on the day we moved in. The previous owners had put in new carpet in order to sell the house. Now, imagine one of our older state representatives, in her 70's, having carpet put in. You got it, folks...peachy-pink, thickly soft, uuuggglllyyy carpet. Because of Theo the Wonder Basset, there is a clear and distinct reason for removal! Hooray! OK, so now I would guess that our dogs have cost us more than $20,000 over the years, not including food. Vet bills, surgeries, fencing, carpet, and chewed up furniture.
The geocache was AWESOME! One of the toughest and most creative yet! Hubby and I took only about 4 minutes to make the find, while my mother paced back-and-forth, thinking this was really dumb. When I picked it up, however, and showed Hubby and Mom, her eyes actually did light up. "How odd," she said. I guess, from my perspective, since we've driven a total of 14 hours in 2 weekends to catch a damn sturgeon, and have come home empty-handed again, at least I caught a few caches!
It was odd! Very, very odd. Would've never thought of it, myself. However, I plan to make use of the idea soon for a Corvallis-area cache! TNLNSL
Poison Ivy,Oak,or Sumac - Topic Overview
What are poison ivy, oak, and sumac?
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are plants that can cause a skin rash called allergic contact dermatitis when they touch your skin. The red, uncomfortable, and itchy rash often shows up in lines or streaks and is marked by fluid-filled bumps (blisters) or large raised areas (hives). It is the most common skin problem caused by contact with plants (plant dermatitis).
See a picture of poison ivy, oak, and sumac leaves.
What causes a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
The rash is caused by contact with an oil (urushiol) found in poison ivy, oak, or sumac. The oil is present in all parts of the plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries, and roots. Urushiol is an allergen, so the rash is actually an allergic reaction to the oil in these plants. Indirect contact with urushiol can also cause the rash. This may happen when you touch clothing, pet fur, sporting gear, gardening tools, or other objects that have come in contact with one of these plants. But urushiol does not cause a rash on everyone who gets it on his or her skin.
What are the symptoms of the rash?
The usual symptoms of the rash are:
Itchy skin where the plant touched your skin.
Red streaks or general redness where the plant brushed against the skin.
Small bumps or larger raised areas (hives).
Blisters filled with fluid that may leak out.
The rash usually appears 8 to 48 hours after your contact with the urushiol. But it can occur from 5 hours to 15 days after touching the plant.1 The rash usually takes more than a week to show up the first time you get urushiol on your skin. But the rash develops much more quickly (within 1 to 2 days) after later contacts. The rash will continue to develop in new areas over several days but only on the parts of your skin that had contact with the urushiol or those parts where the urushiol was spread by touching.
The rash is not contagious. You cannot catch or spread a rash after it appears, even if you touch it or the blister fluid, because the urushiol will already be absorbed or washed off the skin. The rash may seem to be spreading, but either it is still developing from earlier contact or you have touched something that still has urushiol on it.
The more urushiol you come in contact with, the more severe your skin reaction. Severe reactions to smaller amounts of urushiol also may develop in people who are highly sensitive to urushiol. Serious symptoms may include:
Swelling of the face, mouth, neck, genitals, or eyelids (which may prevent the eyes from opening).
Widespread, large blisters that ooze large amounts of fluid.Without treatment, the rash usually lasts about 10 days to 3 weeks. But in people who are very sensitive to urushiol, the rash may take up to 6 weeks to heal.
How is the rash diagnosed?
The rash usually is diagnosed during a physical examination. Your health professional will examine the rash and ask questions to find out when you were exposed to the plant and how long it took the rash to develop. If you are not sure whether you were exposed to a plant, he or she will ask about your outdoor activities, work, and hobbies.
How is the rash treated?
Most poison ivy, oak, or sumac rashes can be treated successfully at home. Initial treatment consists of washing the area with water immediately after contact with the plants. To relieve symptoms, use wet compresses and take cool baths. Nonprescription antihistamines and calamine lotion also may help relieve symptoms. Moderate or severe cases of the rash may require treatment by a doctor, who may prescribe corticosteroid pills, creams, ointments, or shots (injections).
How can I prevent the rash from poison ivy, oak, and sumac?
The best way to prevent the rash is to learn to identify and avoid the plants. When you cannot avoid contact with the plants, heavy clothing (long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and vinyl gloves) and barrier creams or lotions may help protect you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ahhhh....I See the Light! (picture me on a mountaintop with my arms spread wide before the rising sun!)
This is Dood. He's the twin brother of Jim Dandy. Dood and Jim Dandy turned 7 this year.
Jim Dandy is the alpha-male. He runs the show and has everything figured out.
Dood, on the other hand, is the submissive boy, who most folks think is a girl. He falls onto his back when we approach him, quite often, displaying his complete submission to our desires. Dood is very special in our hearts and home.
Today, I took Dood to the vet. I found a rather large lump on his neck and it had this horrid, fatty-looking gunk coming out of it! The trip was uneventful. The vet said, "Hmmm...Looks like a lump with fatty-looking gunk coming out of it. We'll schedule surgery for, oh, can you do this coming Thursday?" So, there you go. Dood usually gets the short end of the stick when it comes to good health. He's had 2 surgeries already in his sort life, has gotten salmon poisoning, ...the list goes on and on. He's cautious, won't swim, and would rather stay right by our sides than venture out to capture small mammals in the field by our house, unlike his brother and our BIG, FAT Basset Hound (Theo).
I guess there are "Doods" all over the world who live their lives, doing all they can to please others, who end up getting the short end of the stick. I love Dood to pieces, but can guiltally admit that if I could keep only 1 of our dogs, it would be alpha-male, Wild Dog of the Pacific Northwest, Jim Dandy. Theo smells and is fat, so he's out. Dood, well, he's sweet, but not much goin' on upstairs.
The vet visit ran me $59.00 so that I could hear the vet repeat my words precisely.
I truly love living in Oregon and I am so lucky to have such an amazing husband and good friends! MCS and CH...thanks for being our friends! :)
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–noun, plural (especially collectively) -geon, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) -geons.
any of various large fishes of the family Acipenseridae, inhabiting fresh and salt North Temperate waters, valued for their flesh and as a source of caviar and isinglass: A. brevirostrum, of the Atlantic coast, is endangered.
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