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2012-08-23 02:05 pm


  A good friend died yesterday.  Master Henry MacQueen is no longer with us.
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2012-08-01 01:31 am

Why, DW?

 Why will you not crosspost to my LJ?  You used to do it.  it was great.  But no more, to my sorrow.  Why don't you like me?  I've ticked all the proper boxes.  Honest. :-(
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2012-07-31 05:45 pm


This has been a productive day.

Woke up, had my shower. Put the ground beef on to brown. Removed it, browned the garlic onions and mushrooms and added the beef and taco seasonings (low salt). Let it cook for a while. Now it's in the fridge for dinner tonight. Also boiled up all 6 ears of corn I got at the Market yesterday. Had two for brunch. :-) Separated the package of pastrami I got a Mayrands and I now have about 9 packages ready for the freezer. :-) Also did three days worth of dishes. Spoke to some chosen family.

I was going to go out at about 6pm until I checked the weather. heat and High Humidity warning..again. I am fighting to keep the A/C below 80. I don't want to shut the bedroom door because I won't be able to breathe in the rest of the apt. if I do. :-(
So...if it rains early enough and everything eases up, I may still head out. But

I'm thinking that perhaps the energy is from the lowering of the Lyrica. Of course, my pain levels are starting to increase as well. It's been a week since I cut back to the one pill. I've got another 2 weeks before I stop the other pill as well. My Neuro want's to try me on Celebrex instead of the Lyrica. I may just try dealing with the pain.

One of my *kids* made a copy of a picture of me from many years ago and has dubbed it Flat Freya and has set up a fb page called Flat Freya Goes A-Viking. She is taking pictures of me at Pennsic. *grin* It is fabulous and makes me giggle each time she adds something. *grin*

In the meantime, a storm is moving in right now so...I may get to go to the corner afterall. :-)
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2012-07-26 11:41 pm


 I am always amazed by the fact that people so much more talented and brighter than I consider me worthwhile to have around. *grin* 
Thank you, all. :-)
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2012-07-04 07:23 pm


I was expecting UPS between the 16th and the 25th.  Guess what is now sitting on my bookshelf charging..... Go on... guess. *grin*

Thank you, Son. :-) 
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2012-06-30 03:30 pm

And then

I am one very lucky lady. My boy, Brian Bertrand called me about an hour ago and we were talking about this and that and got over to me borrowing a book from one of the men working in the bldg, Danny. He's an awesome young man.

Anyhow, I borrowed Baghavad-Gita, As It Is, from him and I was worried because it is a prized possession. Anyhoo, Brian suggested Skype and we switched and..he found an on-line talking version for me... in English.  :-) So I can give Danny back his book. :-)

And then i was saying that I was saving up for stuff, one of which is a new e-book reader. So.... my birthday present is on it's way from Amazon... a Kindle. :-) And he's synched it with his so.....

I am a very fortunate lady to have such wonderful kids and friends and chosen family. :-)

My day is suddenly a whole lot better. :-)
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2012-06-30 12:50 pm


That's pretty much how I'm feeling today..and yesterday and the day before.  I think it's directly related to the fact that there are major events happening this weekend and for the rest of the summer and I can't go.  To any of them.  Not even to GNEW. :-(  I am not happy.  But there's nothing I can do to change it so I'm now working on accepting the reality and getting on with my day.  I've not been out for a couple of days, but the weather and my sudden nightshade eating binge are to blame.  And honestly, since I can't control the weather (yet) I guess I've got to blame me. *grin*

I had a wonderful time last weekend in Ealdormere at Summer Siege.  Took myself a new protege...check out my fb page for a picture of us. :-)
they are an amazing group.  Can't wait for their next event. :-)

I've pretty much stopped my Thursday nags because my life is so damned boring that I was having to work really hard to come up with stuff to keep it interesting.  Perhaps once a month will be feasible.  We'll see.

I guess I just have to keep looking for interesting things in my day to day.
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2012-06-07 04:09 pm


Just got a call from David P.  Nabilone has been released and I shall have it either tomorrow or Saturday eve. :-)  See?  That's why I wasn't going to start actively worrying until I had to. :-)
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2012-06-06 12:55 am

Hope springs eternal

I posted about this on fb but figured I'd do it here as well.

First the good news.... no rent increase this year.  He did this two years ago as well.  With any luck, it will become a tradition. *grin*

Now the bad ....I called the pharmacy to renew my pain meds for the month as I started my last bottle today.  It last 5 days. The govt. is no longer covering my of this week.  That's $2300/mo., of which they will now pay only 700$/mo.  I live on approx. 1500/mo.  My rent is almost half of that.  So...not so much.

Now.. there is a generic form coming out, officially, on the 11th.  That's in 6 days.  you do the math.  David Pharmacist tried to get me a bottle through his sales rep, but, no luck.  He thinks the generic might be available sooner, way to be sure.  he will do whatever he can to help me out.  David P. is awesome.

Now, there "are" a few good things here...

1.  I have a one month *oh shit* supply thanks to one of my *kids*. Many blessings on her head.
2.  I CAN miss one dose without a problem.  I think I can miss a second.  After that, all bets are off.

I left a message at the Neuro's office this afternoon.

I am going to believe that the generic will be covered and that I will only have to dip into my emergency supply for a couple of doses.  Feel free to believe along with me. :-)

And with the possiblility of some humour... if the govt. doesn't subsidize the generic then I shall plant myself outside their offices and ... scream.  I figure that since I'll already be screaming from the pain and inability to do a proper withdrawal, I might as well put it to good use.  The students will have NOTHING on me. *grin*

I won't start worrying yet.  Check back in about 4 days.

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2012-04-28 04:56 pm


I had the joy of my DIL last night.  She was in from TO on business and came over after she was done yesterday afternoon.  We had a lovely time, went around the corner for delicious Chinese food (I has leftovers for dinner).

After dinner we watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  We were both fairly bored with it and had I been alone, I might not have finished it.  The overall impression is.... meh.  Very disappointed.  But we did have a good time.  It's been ages since I've had any time alone with her.  It was wonderful.

She left this morning and if I'm very lucky, I may get to see her before she leaves for home. 

Slept well.  Still avoiding putting the laundry away.  I know. I know.  But... I have to lift it and empty it out onto the bed.  Yesterday my stove was replaced and I am displeased.  It's 8" narrower and at least that much shorter. :-(  Also, the oven door doesn't completely close on one side and one of the rims on the front large burner is damaged and is as sharp as a razor.  That needs to be replaced and not by me.

Other than that ... it's much better than the old one. :-)
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2012-04-26 05:41 pm

Don't usually do this

But our Canadian version of the Republicans, Harper, is on his way to removing the rights of women.  Just like in so many US States.  We have to stop him.
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2012-04-18 12:06 am

It's been waaay too long

But my life she is fairly boring now.  So... not really worth posting much.  I'm afraid I use fb because I have nothing really important to share.  And that really bothers me.  But there isn't really anything I can do about it at this point in time.  I am still reading, so don't forget me. :-)

I am relatively healthy.  Trying (not too successfully) to lose weight.  Trying to walk every day for at least 30 minutes.  Pain levels vary with weather and activity.

I am learning my new laptop.  Much better than the old but they've added new keys and I'm getting a bit frustrated dealing with those.  Got rid of the complementary Norton and installed AVG.  Thinking of adding an adblock.  Any good freebies out there?

I tried remembering what Northbard told me about using the iTunes and the synch with the iPhone and everything but it is gone from my head.  Unfortunately, I can't write stuff down as he explains.  That's my failure, not his.  He's doing something he hates to help me out.  His patience amazes me sometimes.

Hoping to get some of my games that were set up on the old one onto this one.  I miss them.  One of them is too old and won't work.  Hoyle's card games.  Karen gave me a cd of it years ago.

I'm getting more and more aggravated with Babe's constant screeching.  I enjoy the singing.  Even some of the squawking.  But he has taken up screeching lately and it gets to the point that I can't even hear the TV so..he's spending most of the time I'm in there covered.  I keep reminding him that his life span is coming to a close and if he's not careful it's gonna end sooon.

My next event will be Border Spat in Cornwall.  And I should be able to get to TSivia's double 5 on Mother's Day Sunday. :-)  Makes me happy.  I haven't had a weekend away for a long while.  I'll be bringing my trim with me. :-)

I guess that's it.  Told you my life is a bore.

have a great week all.
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2012-03-28 11:40 pm


Will be fun. :-)  Kat is picking me up at 9:30 and off to Cavendish Mall for a haircut. 

Then it's off to the Metro on Queen Mary to do my Passover shopping. 

Then I'm treating her to sushi for lunch at the new sushi restaurant around the corner. :-)

We will be between 4-7 people next Friday night for dinner. :-)  Not enough people, room, nor stamina to do a seder, so it's just gonna be the food. :-0

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2012-03-21 12:40 am

As of Sunday

Friends and enemies, lend me you eyes. Mine suck so I figure someone else's would be better.

Anyhow...As of Sunday, I will no longer be using fb. I've tried to avoid getting caught up in current atrocities, which is why I stopped reading newspapers or watching/listening to the news. I have high blood pressure, but not the ability to stop from getting angry and frustrated at what is going on in... my world. And the knowledge that I'm pretty much unable to change any of it just makes it worse. those of you who know me know I'm a reactionary git.

My soul can no longer deal with the insanity that is the US and the Harper Govts. I can't handle it. I just get madder and madder and I want to go out and start beating up on people.

fb has brought it all right back where I left off 5 years ago and I am done. I'm getting the nosebleeds and the stress back pain and nausea and depression (worse than usual) so..... as much as it pains me to admit to my weakness, I have to be honest with myself.

So...As of Sunday at Midnight, I'm off the air.

I hope folks will find me on LJ or DW or email.
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2012-03-13 12:24 am

a lovely day

I walked 5km today...approx. Decided to head out on Sherbrooke and see how far I could get. Got to Esposito, did a bit of shopping and headed home. I was out for just over 2 hours. Took my time. The walk was made more pleasant by a gentleman who lives on Sherbrooke who decided to join me. goes much easier with company.
I don't feel to badly, all things considered.
I had taken out one of the packages of meat I bought for BIA but didn't use.  I added some toasted pine nuts, pepper, parsley, coriander and garlic, mixed it all up and made 5 burgers.  Was going to put it on a big pita as it's supposed to be, but decided that would be more starch than I wanted so switched to the burgers.

Had some black rice left over, so, sauteed onions, mushrooms and garlic and threw the rice in when it was ready.  Loverly and I have leftovers for tomorrow night.  though I will need something to go with it. :-)
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2012-03-01 11:15 pm


busy busy day today.  Cynthia picked me up at 1pm and we went to Akhavan where I did what must have been the fastest shopping run e.v.a.h.
Then off to Loblaws and home.

I scanned in the purchases (Nielsen) and then laid down for a bit.  After that I put stuff where it belonged, did the dishes and ate lunch.  Then.... ah...then it began.

The Tabouleh, except for the slicking and chopping of veggies is done.  Veggies happen tomorrow.
The Mujadara is made, ziplocked and in the fridge...with the tabouleh, though in different ziplocks.
The hummus is done and will get ziplocked when I have another pair of hands to help...tomorrow.
The Baklavah is bought and in the fridge.
Roasted red peppers and pickles and pickled turnips are acquired.  Also wonderful pitted olives in garlic, oli and black and white sesame seeds.  Can't wait to taste those. *grin*.

Tomorrow besides the veggies, is the ground beef with spices, onions and pine nuts on pita.
Tomorrow is also the day of the ersatz musakahn.  It's a Jordanian dish normally broiled and finished on pita.  No oven available on site for me, so, I'm using chicken breasts and...adjusting as I go. *grin*

Busy Freya is bushed and self satisfied. *grin*
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2012-02-25 11:29 pm

Weekend Food

It's our Baronial Investiture Anniversary here in Dragon Dormant this coming weekend.  It's a Middle Eastern themed event and so is the feast.  Unfortunately, I am unable to eat a sizable portion of it so...I'm doing my own ME feast for 4. :-)

Hummous (with)b'tehina accompanied by pita, pickles, pickled beets and olives.
Kibbe (or my version of it) b'tehina.  I may add pinenuts.  I may make muhadara, a lentil, rice and onion dish to go with it.
Moussekahn (or my version of it).  It's a Jordanian chicken dish made with onions, pine nuts, and sumac.  Normally it would be finished off on pita under the grill, but, since I won't have access to that, I'm going to adjust it to be eaten off the pita. :-)

Proper finish to a ME meal is, of course, baklavah.  And no, I am NOT making my own.  We have a lovely ME shop near me and theirs is delicious.  And I don't have to make it. :-)

Thursday and Friday are going to be strenuous, to say the least.  But I hope the result is worth it. :-)
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2012-02-15 11:43 pm


So..Utsi and I are going for Dim sum on Sunday at Sky dragon restaurant in the dragon city mall at 10 am.  If you'd like to join us, let one of us know, please and thank you. 

And don't try to surprise me, because if nobody responds, we may just go to a different place further north. *grin* 

I haven't had Dim sum in years and I am very much looking forward to it.  Remember, the more people the more fun. :-)
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2012-02-15 12:40 am

On meds and stuff

Sigh.  So last night I increased my Nabilone by 1mg.  i'm back up to 5am and 6pm.  I had to do it.  I couldn't handle the pain level I created by walking two km last Thursday.  I think it was more that I couldn't take the time to rest while I was walking as I wanted to be somewhere by a certain hour. 

Friday, I could barely move from the lower back down.  Sat. was a bit better but still involved some loud vocalization.  Sunday, improvement as well, but, knowing that I've got a 5 hour train ride this Thursday, I had to bite the bullet.  Hopefully, I won't have to increase again.

I figure that I'll give myself a full week to recover from this trip before I try to go back down to the 5 & 5/day. 

Still trying to lose the weight.  I'm being better about not snacking in the evening. 
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2012-02-04 12:16 am


My train travel is booked and paid for.  My hotel is reserved.  I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow afternoon. 

I'm already starting to panic. *grin* 

The great thing is that I've got this Ativan sitting with the rest of the meds.  I've had them since October, I think.  Not sure.  They are for when I can't control a panic attack.  What's great about having them is that I'm just stubborn enough that having them is enough.  I don't need to take one..I just need to know that I can.

Isn't it marvellous what our brains can do?  Even when you know you're fooling it. *grin*

I'm excited for the trip.  I don't remember the last time I travelled by train and it's been years since I was alone in a hotel room.  Can you say Scadian???? *grin*

So..who's wants to get together while I'm in TO?