Apparently, one is not supposed to have the cankles.

(If you don’t know what cankles are, please do yourself a favor: when you Google it, DON’T LOOK AT THE PICTURES.)

Anywho, if you remember from my last post, I came back from Balloon Manor with swollen, painful legs. Edema of the legs (the medical term for swelling is edema). It was so bad, and the fallout was so scary, I finally got myself a primary care physician and followed up and did everything one is supposed to do when they have what might be a life threatening illness. Blah blah blah.

(Note: It’s OK.)

What it could’ve been: congestive heart failure, diabetes, lipedema, a thyroid issue.

What it is: Superficial Venous Reflux Disease.

My Great Saphenous Vein is not so Great!

What that means: The Great Saphenous veins are SUPPOSED to bring the blood from my legs back toward my heart. But MY Great Saphenous veins are punking out, instead pooling the blood at the bottom of my legs. Gross, huh? This can (and has) caused ulcers to form. Very icky.

What have I done for the last 2 months? Wrapped my legs, wore sexay compression stockings, took lasix, elevated my legs, and took it easy. I’d have to come home from work and put my feet up. Which was easy because I’ve been exhausted.

But here is the best thing about this: It can be fixed.

And that’s what I am doing tomorrow: taking care of my Great Saphenous Veins (GSVs). Taking them OUT! Well, one of them.

The Fix: I am going to have an Ablation! A thin catheter is going to be inserted into my GSV and it will cauterize the vein. Woo!

It’s an in-office procedure. Done in an hour. And the rumor is, once it’s done, no more cankle! (Oh, God, I hope so.)

I have to wait until the end of the month to get the other cankle abluated.

Now, I have had cankles off and on for a while. It will be weird without them, but I can certainly get used to it.

TLDR: I have cankles. I shouldn’t. And the fix looks to be easy (and hopefully permanent).

Full Disclosure

Been so busy. Last week I was at Balloon Manor in Rochester,  NY, (helping build a 5-story balloon sculpture) working full time, everything has been a whirlwind.

I’ve been having problems with swollen,  painful legs, and last night I started gurgling/wheezing when I exhaled. It was so bad, I decided to sleep in my barcalounger. Our bedroom is downstairs, living room upstairs. After walking up the stairs last night,  it took me 5-10 minutes to catch my breath.

Needless to say, we went to the hopspital to get things checked out. After a blood test, ekg, heart monitor,  chest x-ray, and leg ultrasound,  I can tell you I am ok. So that’s good.

One of the questions they ask at the hospital is about smoking. My answer is no, I don’t smoke. I could say I never smoked,  which would be true if we were talking about a habit, I have never regularly smoked. But, in truth, I have had some cigarettes.  Maybe 10 in my lifetime? I may have had more, but don’t remember because of the drinking. But I always feel like I need to give full disclosure: “No, I don’t smoke. Well, I may have had 5 cigarettes in my lifetime.” Like they care. Like it matters. But seriously,  I spend way too much time angsting about it.

(Notice I also reduce the number by half. That’s because I am sure I had at least 5 cigarettes. And I want them to think I’m a good person.)

I was doing so well…

Posting every day and then I stop. Just because. Pretty much stopped everything for the past few weeks. Except Supernatural. And advanced hanging out with the hubster. And I went to a conference. (My pal Melissa came over a couple of times, but since we were watching Supernatural, the visits are in the Supernatural category.)

And now it’s over a month since my last post.

Things are going on. Good things.

First of all, I am writing this on my new Kindle Fire complete with blue tooth keyboard. Woo! Both my Fire and my laptop were ailing, I decided to relplace the Fire first, and then we’ll see. The keyboard is tiny and slightly annoying, but better than typing on the screen, methinks.

Unfortunately I hate the case I bought, it has no strap for one-hand holding, and it stands up strangely. So I will have to get a new one. Boo!

Another good thing: going to Balloon Manor again this year! It’s out in Rochester New York! We’re going to build a 5-story undersea adventure! Very excited! Woo!

Hey, maybe I’ll try that blag-post-a-day thing again. What do you think of that?

Another House Guest!

Tomorrow my BFF Trisha is driving down to visit. Woo!

This will be her first time at our new digs.

Did you know that Supernatural has 10 seasons? 9 of which are on Netflix.  I am not sure I ever want to get hooked on a another show that has that may seasons. It’s an overwhelming commitment.

I didn’t spend the whole night watching Supernatural, that would be so very silly.

I still don’t remember the names of the lead guys. However, I know they both start with the letter J. So I have that much going for me.

What do you do when you got nothin’?

Sooo. Posting every day and I got nothin’.

Sure. I watched Supernatural.  Duh. And I did about nothing else.

Having already done a post about that (yesterday), I have nothing original to say.

I guess I’m feeling better. So that’s good. That said, I’ve eaten close to 50 cough drops in the last 24 hours.


I don’t even know how to close this post.

The end?

Another crap post tomorrow? 

(Hey, at least you’ll have something to look forward to…)


I have a cold.

Insert sad face here.

Because of this, had a lazy day.

Full disclosure, I might have had a lazy day anyway.

Watched Supernatural (duh) and went out for Brazilian food for dinnah with Ed and his Mom.

Then we watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Now for more Doctor who.

That is all.

Supernatural Obsesssion

Supernatural Obsesssion

20141226_211706I may have mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: there is a reason I try not to get hooked on shows. Because I get a bit obsessed!

I say this as I watch a Supernatural marathon on my new smart TV.

I set up the TV tonight. The first thing I did was set up Netflix and started watching Supernatural first thing. I haven’t set up anything else. It’s been a supernatural evening.

Supernatural. Supernatural. Supernatural!

I should go to sleep.

Dogs and Cats, living together

Dogs and Cats, living together

For our Merry Christmas, we’ve had house guests, the usual subjects: Ed’s Mom, my Mom and my brother and his dog, Waldo.

Because of the dog, we keep the cats in the basement,  well, we keep the dog out of the basement, the cats can come upstairs if they want to. Lenny declined.  But Squiggy, the brave one, has been more than happy to join us; in fact, Waldo was the wary one.


Right before Squiggy rolled around exposing his belly.


Waldo had too much!


So close!

Here is the neighbor’s nativity scene:


Much better in person.

Mom approved of this gift:


I wish everyone a Merry Christmas,  Happy Holiday, Joyous Kwanzaa, happy Hanukkah, or Terrific or terrific Thursday. I wish for you a great time with your loved ones, chosen and family and hope your coming year is fantabulous.

That is all.



Hey! I’m awake.

I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I got up and arranged my office so I can set up Mom’s bed.


Notice I didn’t say CLEAN my office. (I really should’ve picked up that glove – no worries, my Mom will make short work of that.)

Regardless, I have things to do.

Now I’m doing a load of laundry so Mom will have fresh sheets. Here is where the luxury comes in: I am doing said laundry in my own home.


For those of you lucky enough to live most of your life with an in-home washer and dryer, you might not understand, but it feels decadent to be lying in bed,  in my jammies, listening to the washer do its work.

Laundry before washer ownership required foresight and planning. We’d have to carve out some time, gather the clothes, and go to laundromat. We’d have to be totally on the ball, even if we decided to have the laundromat do the laundry for us.

I forgot to ask Ed to throw in the load yesterday. No problem,  I can wash them today: IN THE COMFORT OF MY OWN HOME. Amazing.

Almost ready for Christmas Holiday. In charge of the french dip and flan. Ed’s cooking the dinner tomorrow. 

Grateful to be able to host both Moms, my brother Bill, and his life partner/canine friend Waldo. It’s a good thing.

Tomorrow’s dinner will be ham, roasted potatoes, creamed spinach, and my Mom’s fruit salad.

As my Dad always said: it don’t get no better.

Supernaturally Behind

Supernaturally Behind

More guests coming tomorrow and I’m a bit behind.  Since our guests are all family it’s not a big deal, but still.

My plans to make flan tonight were thwarted.  By me feeling sick, really. I can do it tomorrow.

What I did do was wrap presents. So go me! Woo! I need to do a load of laundry, cook some french dip and cook some flan. And make some ornaments.  But that’ll be tomorrow.

Confession: I’ve been watching more Supernatural, my current obsession.  Season 3. I should probably learn the names of the lead actors. I love them so.


Lenny sez pet me, human, and other stuff

Lenny sez pet me, human, and other stuff


Lenny followed me to bed, asking for loving – aka Lenny time!

I baked a pumpkin pie tonight. Tomorrow I’ll do a flan, and share the recipe. I also put a load of dishes in, and watched Supernatural on my Kindle Fire – so glad I downloaded the Netflix app.

Pumpkin pie recipe: use One Pie pie filling, follow instructions. Woo!

I am getting a cold. That is not cool. My nose is stuffed AND running at the same time! How does that happen?

Can we talk about Supernatural for a bit?  It’s my first time watching it, and it’s a great show. Fun characters and whatnot.

Ed’s Mom arrived today, so the holiday has begun. I have to work tomorrow, but excited to have Wednesday/Thursday off to spend with family.

That is all.

Lazy but busy day

Lazy but busy day

Slept in. Bathed. Thought about doing laundry. Watched a couple episodes of Supernatural. Put in a load. Watched more Supernatural.

Do you see where this is going?

At around 4 I realized I really should get my butt in gear. I drove to  Target to check on my prescription (denied) then Big-Y for Borax, coffee and garbage bags (party at my house!). Next I jumped on 8 so I could get a Shower curtain at  Bed Bath and beyond (got a super cute one.) Then Stop and Shop for kitty litter.

When I got home, although I wanted yo watch more Supernatural, I helped Edmund wrap presents. And made Kale Salad.

Falling asleep. So here are some pictures.








Ed and I visited the Pez factory in Orange CT today. We bought some stuff, looked at displays,  and watched how the candy is made (hint: 3,000 pounds of pressure,  baby.)

This was just one of the things we did today. Also included were eggs sausage and cheese, Christmas Tree Shop, Joann’s and A.C. Moore, popcorn and Return of the Jedi.

And then for me, it was several hours vegging out to Supernatural. 



I wish I had combed my hair.

Ed got some fun stuff for the cats.


Like YODA!

That is all.

I am trying to be reasonable here

I am trying to be reasonable here

I forgot to post Thursday because of an office party. Tonight (Friday-ish) I was gaming with friends and forgot about posting til now.

I have decided to only back-date one post, this one,  to appear as if it were actually written on Friday. My reasonableness relates to the fact that I’m gonna let go of not posting on Thursday.  Really, I tell myself,  it’s gonna be ok.

Game night was awesome. We ate great food and laughed and talked. We ate some flan I made too. It came out very well.



My gaming compatriots,  rocking some Dominion. (Notice that those girls got Moxie! )

Regarding the flan: as I cooked it I realized I may have inherited Mom’s baking gene. I don’t bake often, but when I do, it usually comes out well.

Ok. I’m falling asleep. Peace out!

Making Flan

I made flan and some ornaments. As you do. In so doing, I forgot to write a post.

So here it is. My post. More tomorrow.