Prompt for the Day: “Circus”



The ring masters from the Daily Post division of Word Press selected the prompt for today of “Circus“.

In the Centre Ring

My health (or lack there of).  Keeps me venturing to one doctor’s appointment after another.  At least it keeps me one my toes!

On the Secondary Stage

The demon / devil of an animal we adopted from the humane society back in Hastings, MN.  Think he is the feline version of Stephen King’s “Cujo“.  Has developed a taste for our blood!  Nary a day passes he doesn’t either draw blood using his claws or teeth.  Literally have scars on my legs and arms from that creature from hades.

Finally, the Third Attention Grabber

My mother-in-law.  Used to be able to get along with her until my husband had a surgical procedure preformed to remove the risk of him impregnating me.  There is too much of  a chance of having a female child who would end up cursed with the disease that runs in the female side of my mother’s family.  Refuse to force an innocent human to endure the incurable genetic mutation of our immune systems, commonly known as multiple sclerosis.  If we are ever desperate enough to desire a progeny, there are too many little kids in need of adoption!

Please Help Fight Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes



Prompt for the Day: “Orderly”

The people with haphazard minds at the Daily Press division of Word Press want to get our personal creations of art based on the word “Orderly” today.

My Life is Far From Orderly

With my body revolting against me on a daily basis, never know what to expect from second to second.  One day it may be fully functioning just to confuse me, the next might have problems just trying to literally catch my breath due to a sneak allergy attack.  You never can plan on my body behaving like a normal human’s body.

The closest I ever came to knowing what my allergy status would be like was when we lived in the higher elevations found up in Colorado.  Pretty well knew once my body had adjusted to the altitude, my breathing was pretty well stable for the first time in my life.  Upon leaving that state, have been gradually having more trouble with each breath I try to take.

Am fortunate enough to not be allergic to poison ivy or medical grade latex products.  Basically everything else in existence my body exerts some degree of allergic reaction to it being near me!  If I get stung by a yellow jacket wasp, go into anaphylaxis shock may end up going unconscious if an epi pen is not used on me!  Carry one with me where ever I go to be safe.

That is how I try to establish an orderly existence in my life, epi pens, emergency asthma inhalers, an all the other things I use to stay alive from millisecond to millisecond.

Please Help Fight Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Epitome”

The picky people from the Daily Press group of Word Press only want us to create works of art that display the best of the group’s work by choosing the word “Epitome” for today’s prompt.

Best of Show?

Have won too many awards in my time for being more than the epitome of my class.  Won grand championship with my dairy cow in 4-H.  Got the showmanship award for helping my little brother make his cow stand during the challenge.  Went home that day with a trophy and a ribbon both!

In school, spent my days at the top student in all my classes except physical education.  Only way to get good grades in that class was be on one of the school’s sports teams.  Competed in many science fairs.  Even went to state twice to participate in that competition for my projects.  Was on the scholar bowl team (we always lost) but it was fun anyway.  Competed with our school’s J.E.T.S. team.  Received a few awards there, as well.

Played in the school’s bands most of my school career until I left for college.  Got an award for my instrumental ability upon graduation from High School.  Made National Honor Society my Sophomore year.  Was a wasted award, but looked good on college applications!

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Grain”

The apparent out casts of society want us to try to educate them on going with the Grain by choosing the word for the prompt of today.

Been Going Against the Grain

My whole life.  My head refused to drop down for my mother to give birth to me.  Caused her to be forced to deliver by caesarean section.  In those days, once you have a child in this manner, all following kids have to be removed in this way.  So my two little brothers had to be cut out too.

You would think I would straighten up and fly right after such a dramatic birth, but no I didn’t.  Hated being a female.  There were too many restrictions on what females could and could not do.  Girls were forced to urinate sitting down, I taught myself to be able to urinate standing up with pin-point accuracy.  My mother was not impressed especially when I taught the little girl from church how to do it too!  Why not share the knowledge?  Her mom was not impressed with either that or the fact the two of us decided to color on the walls of my bedroom.  All this before entering kindergarten!

Learned to read before I ever attended school.  Reading the funny papers at my grandparents was how I learned the truth about Santa Claus.  Had to promise not to tell my classmates the truth when I started school.  Used to help our bus driver clean the trash off the floor once he had dropped off most of the other kids on our route each day.

The dog my parents had gotten to protect us was my faithful companion watching me walk down the lane to the highway where the bus stopped to pick me up and drop me off each day.  The animal learned how to recognize cars of people who came to pick me up to leave our property.  If she didn’t know them she refused to allow the vehicle to leave unless my mom told her it was all right.  She was as stubborn as I was!

Hated being forced to wear dresses when I was little.  Truth be told, still do!  Prefer to wear pants.  Even in high school, wore a thin pair of shorts under my dresses when I wore them!  Yes, I had a pair of shorts on under my prom dresses (Junior and Senior prom both)!

Been fighting the system since I was born.  Have no plans on stopping!  My husband is too used to my hard-headedness.  Stopping would confuse both me and too many others.

Please Help Fight Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Phase”

The people who are either interested in patterns of the moon in our night sky or are way to into werewolf stories chose the word “Phase” to inspire our daily works of art.

Glancing through Telescopes”

May have used to fascinate me.  Tried to catch a glimpse of “Halley’s Comet” while in grade school, turned out to be a flop due to weather conditions.  Got to watch many meteor showers at night that way though!

Got way too hooked on reading books.  Have several books featuring werewolves now.  When the moon is full one of those creatures is generally on the prowl for a fresh human blood donor.  Since I know there is NO such creatures as a werewolf or a vampire, I do not put too much stock into my knowledge of the creature’s habits.  When Halloween roles around, I used to dress up as a vampire for the evening.  No vampire costume is complete with out a fake blood dripping from your fake fangs!  Grossed one of my high school teachers out that way.

The teacher apparently had a weak stomach to go along with her lack of teaching abilities.  Don’t worry, got along fine with the rest of the math and science teachers.  They actually understood their respective subjects.  I could have taught the class more effectively than she did.

Got in a loud discussion with her about how she had misgraded one of my geometry proofs.  The noise drew the attention of the next class over’s instructor.  He came to see what was happening.  He looked at the paper and let her know that I was absolutely correct.  Having been my calculus teacher he knew I was very thorough in my proving of math theories.  He also was never sickened by my favourite Halloween costumes, either!

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Dream”

The grand dreamers at the Daily Post group of Word Press pulled the word “Dream” out of an old ragged hat to be the focus of our various daily creations.

Music First And Foremost

The Everly Brothers preformed the song: “All I Have to Do is Dream“.  Then there is the song by the Mamas & the Papas entitled: “Dream a Little Dream of Me“.  Then there was Gary Wright’s “DreamWeaver“.

I Used to Dream

Wanted to be an astronaut when I was little.  Got a local politician in congress to give me a recommendation to the United States Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs.  The only problem was I wasn’t old enough to enter the military without a parent’s signature.  They hit the roof when I asked them to sign for me.

So had to win a scholarship to be able to attend college as far away from them as possible.  While in my first semester of college I uncovered the physical requirements for an astronaut.  I was too short to ever become one.  Crestfallen, I focused on my other interests of computers.  My new dream became to manage huge computer systems.  Did an internship in which I was able to put further constraints on my dreams.  Programming bored me silly!  What turned me on was directing network traffic.

Ended up becoming a successful network engineer.  Lived that dream for many years in several states of the country.  That dream ended back in 2004 when we left Colorado where we had lived for over seven years.  The relocation just about cost us everything.  Putting our dreams on stand still.

We moved many more times until we finally relocated to our current house.  Am now wheelchair bound, but have access to a service that picks me up from our house and delivers me and my wheelchair at our chosen destinations.  Our neighbors are great, not as good as the ones we had back in CO, but nice.

Please Help Fight Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Pensive”

The prompt suggested a few days ago by the deep thinkers at the Daily Post division of Word Press was “Pensive“.

Deep Thinking Frightens Me

These days, I try to avoid getting stuck in my memories of days long past and severely missed!  Wish we still lived in Colorado with the two cats we had adopted in IL.  Unfortunately, neither them or me took well to being relocated to the evil state of WI.  They missed the ability to safely sun themselves each day, and I missed the friends I had made in CO.

In WI, I was unable to find decent employment.  What I did find, with the wicked retail establishment drove me to literally prepare to commit suicide!  The only thing that stopped me was a police officer pounding on the front door.  He placed me into a mental hospital in Duluth, MN.  At least he got me out of the state I was living in!  My husband was not too happy, to say the least.  Took years to repair the damage between us I had caused.  We lived in that dreadful state for about 8 months, total.  Too long, for my health, in my opinion!

We packed back up and retreated with our tails between our legs to southern IL to live in my dead grandparent’s house.  The house was infested with fleas by my aunt who had been living there.  Our cats ended up having to be covered with a flea killing powder to get rid of the infestation.  Took the cats with me to my parent’s home so my husband could set off a flea bomb in the house to kill the pests.  We stayed at my mom’s for the rest of the day, even though she is allergic to cats!  My husband was able to find a job in an evil retail company in a neighboring town.  With the little income he was pulling in, we started to get back on our feet.

So we relocated to the state in which we had originally met.  MO this time around let me reconnect with my friend my first real networking job.  I loved being there, but the villainous place my husband had transferred into drove him nuts.  Basically, without any real warning we packed up and moved to the nightmare of a city in MN.

Hastings, MN is not a friendly place.  Too many people there doing hideous things to feel safe.  Pretty sure there were drug deals happening in the apartment complex we were forced to reside in.  It was supposedly handicap accessible.  Having lived in a real handicap accessible place back in MO, I could tell anyone I could find to listen that it WAS NOT!  Only one elevator in the entire building.  Going up and down stairs in a wheelchair is a terrifying endeavour!  Had an electric wheelchair provided by my social security disability back in MO, but it would not actually fit in the apartment in that evil city.  My manual chair that I had purchased back in the late 1990’s was all I had to move around in now.

After living there for a few years, got a new manual  wheelchair placed on order.  The only problem was getting it small enough to fit through the doors of our apartment.  For some unknown reason, I desired the ability to go in and out of the bathroom!  I must have been spoiled as a child, to expect to be able to get in to use the toilet or take a shower.  We ended up residing in that complex for around eight long lonely years.  We started looking for a home to purchase.

After visiting several locations with a realtor’s agent, we found one that in my mind’s eye held definite possibilities!  We closed on the deal and moved in five days later.  (Had truly never unpacked since leaving CO!)  There was no way to get my wheelchair in and out of the home.  My husband purchased two metal pieces to help get me in and out.  Not a safe option, but it was all we had at the time.

Started doing some research on what it took to get an actual ramp for me to be able to get both in and out of the house safely.  There are A.D.A. building diagrams on how to build safe ramps for wheelchairs.  Stumbled across a agency that is devoted to helping the disabled gain accessibility.  Contacted them.  They looked over our past tax returns for the last two years and decided the ramp would not cost us a dime!  Their employees where all respectful and were amazed that I let them use our downstairs bathroom (had a real door on it, the upstairs only has a curtain over the doorway).  Only took them little over a week after construction actually started to complete it (would have been sooner if the weather had cooperated)!

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

 

Prompt for the Day: “Sing”

The music enthusiasts from the Daily Post group of Word Press chose the word “Sing” for our creations of various types of art to be based on.

Love most Music

Tried to find the name of a song from back when I was in chorus in high school, but had absolutely no luck!  The words went something like this:  “I sing when I’m happy, I sing when I’m sad.  Singing can help me when I’m feeling bad.  In trouble or pleasure, at work or in leisure,whatever I do I just sing!”

Used to play the piano in grade school.  Was in both grade school and hight school band.  Started out on my mom’s clarinet.  In junior high, I took up the bass drum and xylophone due to loss of use of one of my left hand’s fingers.  (Kept breaking my one finger either climbing trees or trying to catch a tennis ball in self defense during P.E. classes.  Face it was never a tennis player, you are NOT supposed to catch them bare handed!)

In high school, took up the tenor saxophone, due to lack of a decent sax player in the band.  (Face it some songs require a decent saxophone player!)  Taught myself how to play the tuba to help my baby brother get the hang of it.   Back in the day, I basically could teach myself how to play anything except the trombone.  Arms were to short for the school’s instrument.

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Brick”

The brick like people from the Daily Post group of Word Press want us to use the word “Brick” in our artistic endeavours for today.

Music First

Made me think of a classic by the Commodores back in 1977 entitled “Brick House“.

Modern Times

Nowadays, aged electronic equipment regardless of whether or not it is still functional may be regarded as a  brick.  Due to the older maybe more reliable device weighs a little more.  Get over it being a little heavier or bulkier, IT STILL works doesn’t it?  The world is throwing away perfectly good equipment all over the place!

Can’t they donate the used stuff to charities or something?  When I was little, the schools I attended survived on old equipment.  The lithograph machines and typewriters were from my mothers generation.  They still worked and helped us be able to learn each day.  Granted the mess the devices made was annoying to clean up after, but that was all a part of getting your education!

So we got a little ink on our clothing from time to time, who wears unwashable pants and shirts to school anyway?  Made us learn how to get the stains out of our apparel if nothing else!  Was a sort of a badge of honour to be seen coming out of the secretaries room with ink on your clothes!

Please Help Fight Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Flourish”

Are the people at the Daily Post division of Word Press insinuating that I embellish my writing?  They chose the word “Flourish” for our daily works of art to be based on.

Yeah, I Tend to use Big Words

How else can I hope to improve my vocabulary if I don’t put the words to use in daily life?  It is not like you have to actually own a dictionary these days.  You can just look the words up on the internet.  Gave up on actually reading the dictionary back in grade school.  The book had no plot (technically, the word plot was included in the book).  My husband pointed this out to me the last time I made that statement.

Hope the two tomato plants we planted thrive over the summer.  Planning on devouring the big juicy delicious vegetables when they ripen.  A salt shaker near by would be a wonderful accompaniment! Hope the plant’s flowers multiply, since the flowers grow into the actual tomato vegetables.

Next year, if the planting turns out successfully, will purchase another planter to grow peppers and herbs in it.  Who knows what the future of my gardening exploits we lead us?

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes