“You Can’t HANDLE the Truth!”

Hey! Thought I’d play the “Friday 5” game today! Try it, you’ll like it!

1. How well do you handle the sight of blood?
I’m pretty good about it, or at least with smaller injuries.

2. How well do you handle bumpy plane rides?
I get a little nervous, but most of the time I know what’s causing the turbulence.

3. How well do you handle spicy food?
I love spicy food!

4. How well do you handle (or think you could handle) yourself in fisticuffs?
Well, if I ever get into a rumble, I’d say I’ve got a 50/50 chance.

5. How well do you handle a chef’s knife?
Those are easy for me to handle. I don’t use them very often, though.

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B’lated Saturday Scavenger Shots!

Yikes, I’m so late posting Saturday Scavenger Shots. The weekend kept me hopping for the most part, but usually I like to post a photo or two on time for the game. Well I’m here now, so without further adewww…

MHW from “The Northern Sky Chronicles” picked the word “animal” for last Saturday’s word. My first idea was to load this post with oodles of cat photos, but then I found this one from years ago:

I don’t know where we were in this shot, but I never get tired of feeding the animals. Especially when they’re adorable like that sheep and goat.

Stay tuned for next week’s word, “egg”, chosen by Ms. Laura! Let’s get crackin’!

Swimming in Coffee

Well last week was kind of stressful for the Wilcoxon household. My mom had to go through a few medical tests and then have her gall bladder surgery. The medical tests went well and the surgery went super fast and successful! My mom has joined the many who have said “buh bye” to their gall bladders.

She had her surgery last Thursday on the Ides of March. At first she was scheduled for 12:30pm, then they moved it further into the afternoon due to an emergency her surgeon had to take care of first, and then at 1:30 they called her and said that he’s ready for her to come in.

As much as I dislike having to go to any hospital, the one we have nearby is very nice. They fixed up the Surgery Pavilion on the second floor so that now there’s a free coffee station with all the fixins and free coffee, and there are now consultation rooms so that the surgeons can update family members in private. They also have a few patient tracking screens in the waiting area, so that family members can see when the patient is in pre-op, in surgery or in the recovery area. Then the family members can be paged because now we get one of those square thingies that beeps and lights up like they give you at TGI Fridays or Red Lobster (at least I think they still do it that way).

Anyway, I was paged and informed that my mom was getting prepped for surgery, so I was able to go see her for a bit. The main thing that made both of us nervous was when the anesthesiologist made his entrance and asked the nurse why my mom had chicken broth that morning. The nurse told him that her time kept getting pushed back. Then he turned to my mom and asked her the same thing. All we thought was, “Please don’t postpone the surgery for another day. PLEASE!” Well he didn’t. They gave my mom some kind of liquid to drink to resolve the situation.

Then the same anesthesiologist teased my mom about the day she was first sent to the E.R. because she thought she had food poisoning. He noticed that she had eaten White Castle cheeseburgers from the store and said that red wine is much healthier. Actually, my mom is taking meds for her heart issues, so I’m guessing that the wine and the pills will clash. I know he was just trying to lighten the mood, and he kind of succeeded. Anyone who can exasperate my mom like her kids can is not totally bad.

During her surgery, I read some interesting articles in magazines and took advantage of the free coffee. I drank more than usual, but it was very good coffee. While reading the articles, mostly in Oprah Magazine, I was able to jot down some books I’d like to order, and also learned this from the article called “4 Small Changes From Oprah That Can Make You Healthier” :

1.) Brush Your Teeth With Your Other Hand. If you use your non-dominant hand, it stimulates the production of a protein called BDNF that can improve your long-term memory, and even put you in a better mood.

According to Professor Moses Chao from the New York University School of Medicine, quote, “When you’re depressed or under stress, your brain’s production of BDNF plummets.”

One of the things antidepressants do is raise your BDNF level. Obviously, using your opposite hand to brush your teeth won’t raise it that much, but it can help. 

Anyway, about an hour and a half later, I was told that my mom’s surgery was over and that the surgeon would speak with me in the consultation room. At first I thought something was wrong, because this was the first time I was called into a room to discuss my mom. But no, the surgeon came in with a huge smile on his face and said that the surgery went well and that he didn’t find any problems. He wanted to keep her overnight but said that I could pick her up in the morning if everything went well!

Sure enough, I was able to pick her up the next day. Since she bought that guest bed a few weeks ago, I was able to sleep in her guest room. The bed was so comfy. We ate some food and watched movies I brought over. Then I was able to go home on Saturday night.

“I’m _____ for tryin’ and ______ for cryin’…”

Well, I’m late for the game, but I’m ready now! Silly Rabbit chose the word “crazy” for this week’s edition of Saturday Scavenger Shots! Thanks Silly Rabbit!

This is the Taramobile. It’s the first car I have ever had that has a built-in CD player. As soon as I signed that lease, I began making mixed CDs to play in the car. The Patsy Cline song, “Crazy” is on two of those CDs, and I love to sing that song on the way to work, home or anywhere in between.

Joshua goes crazy over a game of “hunt the shoelace”. Anyone who tries to grab it from him had better have antiseptic and bandaids nearby. He has been known to swipe too aggressively with his claws.

This is Joshua when he was a kitten. He had crazy, googly eyes back then.

Stay tuned for next Saturday when our word will be “animal”, chosen by our favorite Canadian, Mrs. Hairy Woman from “Northern Sky Chronicles”! Great word, MHW!

Saturday Scavenger Shots: Spring

Welcome, friends, to another edition of Saturday Scavenger Shots! Mrs. Hairy Woman over at “Northern Sky Chronicles” chose “spring” to be our magic word. I’m up for it, are you?

Here are some beautiful Spring flowers that were given to my mom from my oldest brother on her birthday. The vase is cheerful, too.

I took this photo today to show you how Springy it looks outside and also that the watch I’m wearing will have to be changed tomorrow due to the start of Daylight Savings Time. We change our time by “springing” ahead one hour.

Finally, I saw this photo today on LolCats and thought it was perfect for this week’s word. I love the peaceful look on that fox’s face, don’t you?

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Well who’s up at bat now? It’s Silly Rabbit! Which word shall we work on for next week, Silly Rabbit?

One Little Bed

Yesterday went by so well. I love those days. My mom stayed overnight at my place on Sunday since she had to go in for an endoscopy test very early on Monday. We ate popcorn and my mom was able to catch up on a few episodes of “Justified”. Before we settled in, though, we went grocery shopping and then went back to her place to drop off the groceries. Then we had a coffee break and then headed to Kmart because they had a sale on guest beds.

My mom has been meaning to buy a small one for the times when someone stays overnight. Usually that person is me, and finally I can sleep in the guest room rather than on the couch. Yay! I’m not a diva or anything; her couch is comfy, but she’s a morning person and likes to sit on the couch and watch TV at 5:30 in the morn. Now I can sleep in and she can relax on the couch with her coffee when I stay over.

Anyway, we didn’t even have to look for the bed at Kmart. My mom asked the lady at the customer service desk if they had any left. She had a coworker bring one up. They held onto it for us while we bought a few more items and then they helped us put the bed in my car. The box it was in was a little too big to fit neatly into my trunk, so we put it in the backseat. It took lots of shoving and adjusting to get it in there, but the Kmart associate finally succeeded. Yay!

Well when it came time to get the bed out of my car, it would not budge. Oops. We resolved to cut up the box later the next day and then just slide the bed out of the box.

My mom’s procedure at the hospital went really well and the doctor was pleased with everything. My brother was able to take my mom home and she called me later to let me know she was home safely. I thought she’d sound hoarse since she had the scope down her throat, but she sounded great and felt much better! She’s also going to switch back to the meds that didn’t cause her so much pain. Let’s hope that sets her on the right track for recovery! Thank you for all of the happy health wishes for her!

Back to the bed issue….My mom invited me over for dinner yesterday. I gathered up everything I had of hers during my lunch hour and then once I reached her place after work, I thought I’d get the bed out of the car too. I had a box cutter in my purse, so I started to use it. My hands were freezing, but I didn’t want to put on gloves until I was sure I could get the bed out. I toiled until finally I could slide the bed out of the box and out of the car. Whew! Then I got the rest of the box out and headed to the trash can. The box was too big for the trash, so I had to break it up. I glanced down at my right hand and noticed I was bleeding. Oops. Somehow…either with the blade or the cardboard, I sliced a knuckle. It didn’t hurt, but it was a nuissance. As Jesse Ventura says in “Predator”, “I ain’t got time to bleed.”

After all of that, I’m happy to say that the bed looks awesome. I tested it out once we unfolded it and it’s super comfy. That’s important!