Saturday, January 24, 2009

MeMe To The 5th

Mary at Mary's Writing Nook, has tagged me for a meme. Here are the rules:
Open a document or photo folder

Choose the fifth folder and then the fifth photo in that folder.

Do a post describing the photo.

Tag five friends to do the Meme.

How many men does it take to unpack and assemble a tool box?

This is Christmas 2008. That is my sweet hubby with the "I wish it was my tool box" look on his face. The one in the middle is my son Chris with "OMG it is MY tool box" on his face and the one on the right is my wonderful brother PE....... He is so excited for Chris and is right there helping to get that thing out of that box. You are looking at my kitchen from the living room....... We had such a day....... it was such a day!

I just could not post this picture without sharing with you this bottom picture. This is my sweet Dennis late in the afternoon after all the gifts were opened and food was eaten and pie and coffee served. He is my gift from God and every day that I wake up I offer up a praise to the Father for this man. I cannot even begin to tell you the joy he has brought to my life........ He is my Christmas every day.......

I tag:

Annette from Just Annette
Donetta from A Life Uncommon
Tracy from Spiritual Brush Strokes
JC from This and That With JC
Joni from Morning Coffee

Friday, January 23, 2009

Glow In The Dark........... Eggs That Is

Radioactive Isotopes

Radioactive isotopes are radioactive atoms of ordinary elements such as carbon, cobalt, sodium, or phosphorus. Some radioisotopes are found in the atomic ash that remains after uranium atoms are split in a nuclear pile. Others are created by exposing normal elements to intense radiation inside a nuclear reactor while fission is taking place.

Radioactive isotopes emit radiation in the form of beta and gamma rays. The intensity of the radiation is proportional to the rate at which the radioactive material decays. Thus the different radioisotopes can be used for special purposes and processes.

Tools of research and industry. Tracers, as radioactive isotopes are sometimes called, have been described as the most useful research tool since the invention of the microscope in the 17th century. Physiologists using tracers, for instance, are learning where and at what speed physical and chemical processes occur in the human body.

Yesterday was so very interesting.......... and there was not cocktail ladies! I had the most expensive breakfast that I will most likely every have.
Before me was place a small bowl of hospital scrambled eggs, one very very dry piece of toast and 1/2 glass of room temperature water............. YUM.......... did I mention that the toast was dry, really dry........ not sure how they got it that dry.. but it was dry........ let me continue.............. all this was placed on some sort of cotton pad that covered the table and a pair of hospital rubber gloves was given to me and I was told to eat..
My instructions were " Eat all of the eggs if you can, for that is where the little RAI's live and part of the toast is fine.. wash this all down with the water and be careful not to drop anything on your clothes, otherwise you will need to take your clothes off........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did not want THAT! so with my blue rubber gloves on and "being careful was the name of the game'' I ate.

"You really cannot taste any difference in the eggs" I was told........... Yeah Right! You cannot put those RAI bad boys into a pan with scrambles eggs and fool anyone............ You just cannot!

Now understand, it is 11:00 in the morning, I have had nothing to eat or drink and when that stuff hit my stomach it was "Katie bar the door" OMG!!!!!!!! Anyway, let me continue... I ate slowly savoring each bite and washing it down with that wonderful warm water as to a feeble attempt at clearing my palate of the eggs.......... no such luck, I think I can still taste it this morning!

It was then up and over to the bed, lying down at a 45 degree angle pillow under my knees two warm blankets over my isotope body and now we are ready............ Over my middle comes the scanner and to my right was a large monitor........ The monitor was turned just so that I could see part of the screen and because of my "got to know" personality I ask the sweet young man doing the test to turn it so I could see the full screen, he complied. All things now in place he switched on the machines and OMG!

There before me was a black screen with this wad of bright shinning substance about the size of your fist staring back at me...........The eggs that I has just swallowed was lying peacefully in the upper part of my stomach.......... What a deal! I found this to be very fascinating and I had two hours to lay there and watch.......... The clock on the wall was hanging right above the monitor so guess what, time went a little too slow for me so I turned my head for a while and went off into na na land and slept almost 45 minutes.

It was almost 12:00 noon when I woke up and I can tell you that the glowing wad of eggs on the screen at 11:00 had changed... I innards was lit up like the Aurora Borealis ............ the gastric juices in my stomach had mixed the RAI....... and that monitor was lit up! Part of the eggs were still high in my stomach but part of them had moved lower and the gastric juices had carried the RAI's into my upper intestines! It was twisting and turning and working and moving and I was plumb fascinated!

At 12:45 there were two very bright spots in the upper part of my stomach that really needed to move down in the next 15 minutes as to give me good results........ I watched every one of the last 15 minutes! They moved.

The results of my test is 90% emptied in 2 hours and that is in the perfect range for the gastric emptying study. Ladies, my digestion is normal not too slow not too fast just right.................

Ok, that is good news and bad news............ I do not have an issue with food in my stomach too long and that is good, but what in the world is causing my distress......... I had not swallowed that RAI egg combination 30 minutes as my stomach was puffed up and I was miserable..........

So, in conclusion.......... This morning starts a food diary. I have tried this before, but now it is a serious matter. I will log everything that goes in my mouth and then rate it as to how it effects my stomach........ I will pray more feverishly and ask the Father to help me figure this out.

I feel like the woman with the issue of blood that had spent all her money on Doctors and still not healed. It took just one touch of HIS robe............ I am seeking the bottom of HIS robe......
but!!!!!!!!! I am thankful this morning that all is well with my stomach, I am thankful for the day that we live in for such tests to be available to us......... and I am thankful that although the dear Dr's cannot figure it out that my Father knows exactly what is going on AND I am thankful for this wonderful cup of coffee sitting in front of me!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Not Your Happy Hour Cocktail.....

Tomorrow is the radio active cocktail....... I have mixed emotions.......... part of me wants to go and the other part of me wants to call and cancel.......... No one can make this decision for me.............. I am reading all about this condition and it is an easy fix with the proper diet........ I can do that.. Do I really want to eat food with just a tad bit of radioactive material in it? Do I really?

I will keep you updated.............


Well, girls I so appreciate your input here and I am headed to Norman tomorrow to follow through with the test........ I have had so many tests in the past three years one more will not hurt... I spoke to the hospital today and the young man was so nice........ One of you asked if it was contained in a capsule........ no..... it is mixed with some food......Very very little is used and the body does not absorbed it..... it passes through the body.... It takes about three hours while the food passes from my stomach into the intestines......... joy joy.......... So, off I go one more time and get this done.............

Otherwise things here are good and all is well ...... Mom is doing good on the pain medicine and that seems to be doing the job........... The shop is so busy and I am out there most of the day and have gotten behind in my blogging but I hope to catch up this weekend..........

Love you gals and here is a hug for each of you.........

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I remember several of these little phrases!!!!

I have used many of them.......... how many do you remember?


'I'll just give this a lick and a promise,' my

mother said as she quickly mopped up a spill on the floor

without moving any of the furniture.

'What is that supposed to mean?' I asked as in my

young mind I envisioned someone licking the floor with his

or her tongue.

'It means that I'm in a hurry and I'm busy

canning tomatoes so I am going to just give it a lick with

the mop and promise to come back and do the job right later.

'A lick and a promise' was just one of the many old

phrases that our mothers, grandmothers, and others used that

they probably heard from the generations before them. With

the passing of time, many old phrases become obsolete or

even disappear. This is unfortunate because some of them are

very appropriate and humorous. Here is a list of some of

those memorable old phrases:

1. A Bone to Pick (someone who wants to discuss a


2. An Axe to Grind (Someone who has a hidden motive. This

phrase is said to have originated from Benjamin Franklin who

told a story about a devious man who asked how a grinding

wheel worked. He ended up walking away with his axe

sharpened free of charge)

3. One bad apple spoils the whole barrel (one corrupt

person can cause all the others to go bad if you don't

remove the bad one)

4. At sea (lost or not understanding something)

5. Bad Egg (Someone who was not a good person)

6. Barking at a knot (meaning that your efforts were as

useless as a dog barking at a knot.)

7. Barking up the wrong tree (talking about something that

was completely the wrong issue with the wrong person)

8. Bee in your bonnet (To have an idea that won't let

loose )

9. Been through the mill (had a rough time of it)

10. Between hay and grass (Not a child or an adult)

11. Blinky (Between sweet and sour as in milk)





12. Calaboose (a jail)

13. Catawampus (Something that sits crooked such as a piece

of furniture sitting at an angle)

14. Dicker (To barter or trade)

15. Feather in Your Cap (to accomplish a goal. This came

from years ago in wartime when warriors might receive a

feather they would put in their cap for defeating an enemy)

16. Hold your horses (Be patient!)

17. Hoosegow ( a jail)

18. I reckon (I suppose)

19. Jawing/Jawboning (Talking or arguing)

20. Kit and caboodle (The whole thing)

21. Madder than an old wet hen (really angry)

22. Needs taken down a notch or two (like notches in a belt

Usually a young person who thinks too highly of himself and

needs a lesson)

23. No Spring Chicken (Not young anymore)

24. Persnickety (overly particular or snobbish)

25. Pert-near (short for pretty near)

26. Pretty is as pretty does (your actions are more

important than your looks)

27. Red up (clean the house)

28. Scalawag (a rascal or unprincipled person)

29. Scarce as hen's teeth (something difficult to


30. Skedaddle (Get out of here quickly)

31. Sparking (courting) NOW I LOVE THAT!

32. Straight From the Horse's Mouth (privileged

information from the one concerned)

33. Stringing around, gallivanting around, or piddling (Not

doing anything of value) My Grandmother used to say "just Piddling, now my Mom says it all the time.

34. Sunday go to meetin' dress (The best dress you had)

35. We wash up real fine (is another goodie)

36. Tie the Knot (to get married)

37. Too many irons in the fire (to be involved in too many


38. Plum tuckered out (tired and all worn out)

39. Under the weather (not feeling well this term came from

going below deck on ships due to sea sickness thus you go

below or under the weather)

40. Wearing your 'best bib and tucker' (Being all

dressed up) NEVER HEARD THAT ONE...

41. You ain't the only duck in the pond (It's not

all about you)

42.....Now I need to add one.

My grandmother was not a cussing woman, never heard her say too many bad words.

Her favorite when things would go wrong was Flidder Dick.

I can still hear her say that today. Where did she get that?

Anyone else ever hear that?

Well, if you hold your horses, I reckon I'll get this

whole kit and caboodle done and sent off to you. Please

don't be too persnickety and get a bee in your bonnet

because I've been pretty tuckered out and at sea lately

because I'm no spring chicken. I haven't been just

stringin' around and I know I'm not the only duck in

the pond, but I do have too many irons in the fire. I might

just be barking at a knot, but I have tried to give this

article more than just

A lick and a promise