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Shoot Me NowWhat’s Up, Buttercup?

What’s Up, Buttercup?
Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by

Imagine we are sitting together for lunch… perhaps at Chipotle.  We haven’t seen each other in a week or so.  We begin to talk about what has been happening in our lives.  What are the things I would tell you?


    • Yesterday my son called to say there was a big water leak in the bunkroom of the beach house.  As he went to turn off the light, he got shocked.  I told him to turn off the breaker, as well as the water to the house.  One huge hole later, a small leak from the icemaker hose was fixed.  Slow leaks can turn in to big water, as proven by the soaking wet dresser below the leak.  Fortunately, my son wasn’t hurt.  For that I am very grateful.


Ice maker hose leak

    • My mother closed the car door on her finger, slicing the skin around the offending appendage.  They had to pull the puckered skin straight and glue it.  There is a hairline fracture in her finger as well.  I told my mother I would call her an hour after she took her pain pill, demanding she say the alphabet backwards.  She told me she even can’t do that on a normal day.  “All the better,” I replied.

      • I attended the funeral of a 20-year-old beautiful young girl last weekend.  If you have children, tell them you love them.  NOW.

        • I’ve been wheat/gluten free for 16 days.  I am shooting for a month to see how I do.  On one of those days, I allowed myself a cheat.  Two donuts.  Warm Krispy Kreme.  I am sure you understand.  Not surprisingly, I was exhausted and sluggish for the entire day, and sick to my stomach with horrible reflux the next.  Very VERY interesting.

          • Monday I have an MRI for the part of my back that has always hurt since the crash.  The part of my back I have told countless people about, to no avail.  I am glad somebody finally listened.  You know who you are.  My last appointment brought me news I refused to digest  “We don’t know what is wrong with you, so we will try Topamax just in case it is small nerve damage.”  I looked up the side effects of Topamax.  Numbness and tingling, fatigue, taste change, memory and concentration difficulties (OH GREAT, that is ALL I need) and even potential permanent eye damage and suicidal tendencies.  Yea… ummmm no thanks.  After some discussion, I was given an order for an MRI on the area of my back that hurts enough to bring me to tears.  It may not show anything, which for me TELLS me something.  It means there are not any disc issues, making the diagnosis of small nerve damage more possible.  No news IS news, don’t you think?  I do not want to take Topamax for something that might not even be a problem.  When will the pain from a year old accident end?!
            • Finally… I have neighbors who put a “Free Kittens” sign in their yard.  I also have a 12-year-old daughter who does not know when to stop.  If I hear the words “Free Kitten” one more time, this amazingly patient mother is gonna BLOW.


            funny cat picture

            The most important part of our lunch conversation is what YOU have to tell ME.  Look back a week or two.  What stands out that you would discuss with me over lunch?

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  • Ron

    Wow…what a week you’ve had, Katherine

    Very interesting what you shared about being gluten-free and then having the reaction you did from cheating, because I’ve heard that from MANY people who had moved over to a gluten-free diet and then experienced the same reaction. Really makes me think about how NOT healthy ‘gluten’ really is.

    Sure hope they figure out what’s going on with your neck. ” No news IS news, don’t you think?” Yes, exactly.

    I’ve had a very busy and sorta hectic week myself, with Father’s Day in retail. I am so looking forward to having the month of July off from work. A lot of changes have been going on there, and NOT for the better. UGH!

    Sending you a BIG cyber hug, my friend…..

    ((((((( You ))))))


    • Ron!!!! What are people buying for father’s day!? What has sold the most?! I am fascinated by that!

  • I, also find the gluten free diets interesting. I have never tried going gluten free but people that don’t necessarily have a sensitivity to gluten say they feel better when not consuming it.

    Sorry to hear about your mom’s finger (ouch) and the roof leak…hope both hare better.

    As for what we would talk about…..I would bore you to sleep. I am opening a new corporation and am bogged down in paperwork, applications and trying to figure out how to get it done. HHMMMM boring stuff.

    • Opening a new corporation??? And I was talking about free kittens!!!! LOL! You ROCK!

  • Mel

    Well, I’m thinking I’d discourage the gluten free UNLESS it was medically necessary. (this as a long time gluten free ‘HAVE TO BE’ person) And I’d let you grumble on about the pain that you finally got someone to pay attention to. I really hope for answers for you. NOTHING makes me feel more crazy than having physical problems and not having solutions/an explanation as to the cause. (insert the story of finally getting diagnosed and put on a gluten free regiment!)
    And I’d commiserate on the plumbing issue that destroys a wall.
    Basement shower was the culprit. *sigh*
    Ah well….. –I get to redecorate!!!

    • I am so interested… why would you discourage gluten free? I am doing it as an experiment having gastroparesis. I CAN eat gluten if I want. Are there dangers in NOT eating gluten?

  • Oy vey –

    1. That leak looks like it did some serious damage.

    2. I hope your mothers finger heals quickly.

    3. I am so sorry to hear about the funeral. I can’t EVEN imagine.

    4. Wheat/Gluten are SOOO bad for you – as I’m sure you know. I also have a weakness for doughnuts.

    5. Good luck with the MRI on Monday! I have nerve damage and am required to take neurontin – but the side effects were so horrible – I stopped.

    6. So are you getting one of those free kittens?

    The biggest thing happening in my life is that I’ve been writing again – every night – five nights a week – averaging about 40-50 hours per week – HUZZAH.

    Also, I’ve only had ONE flair up over the past month. And I am going for an endoscopy on Monday for some additional tests. But otherwise I’ve been feeling MUCH better.

    • I am SO GLAD to hear you are feeling better!!!!! Nope, no free kittens. And my daughter actually said (the world stopped for a minute), “Mom I am actually glad we didn’t get one.” Did an alien take over her body for a moment?! Mom’s finger is much much better! And the antibiotics haven’t done a number on her like she expected.

      So SO glad you are writing again!!!!!!! I have GOT to start… I have I think two chapters. How do you get yourself to just SIT and DO it?!

      • “How do you get yourself to just SIT and DO it?!”

        I just sit down and do it! Really. It’s THAT simple. Of course it’s also frustrating as hell and overwhelming and exhausting- but the only way to write ­ IS TO WRITE!


  • That was quite a week you had, and congratulations on trying a new approach to good health. I have no problem with gluten that I am aware of – thank goodness. I do completely understand the Krispy Kreme thing though. Yum! Sorry you felt bad afterwards. Wish I had a lot to share, but while life is busy it is rather ordinary. We did have dinner with some friends at a new place last Sat. night. Ate outside then walked around a rose garden. Yes, the same one from the how I named my blog post. We also had a huge storm last Thursday (I think you may have gotten the same storm system come through your area). We had many, many sticks to pick up. Til next time…

    • Oh I understand… “til next time”…. that is like the pine straw in our yard! What restaurant did you go to and what did you order?

      • We went to a place called the Silo in an area of town called Reynolda Village. It is sort of an historic area complete with the aforementioned rose garden. We all had sandwiches – and I had a chicken pesto which had, of course, pesto, cheese, bacon, lettuce and hubby had a turkey sandwich which had cheese, lettuce, tomato and some type of dressing (I’m just guessing here). All washed down with several bottles of wine between the 6 of us. We had some seasoned roasted nuts and hummus w/pita as appetizers. It was a lovely evening and we ate outside. Isn’t that always nice?

  • I would tell you that I had the kind of week that kept me from visiting good blog friends and seeing how they’re doing and telling them that I hope they feel better soon and that things stop hurting and breaking and leaking and that they should share their donuts. That’s the kind of week I had. 🙂

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