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180923 Morning Scare
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Several times last night, I woke feeling a little nauseous, so wondered if I added the wrong spice or had too much activity yesterday or made too much change in my meds. Just now, I took my BG, and at first glance, it read 56 mg/dl!

Anything below 70 is cause for concern. I felt remarkably clear-headed for such a reading.

Well, maybe I was not as clear-headed as I needed to be. I had the meter upside down.
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180920 Survey
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How big is your current place of residence?
I live in 180 square feet, and I love it. There is so little to clean, that I can do it in a few minutes. I utilize the outdoors whenever possible, but the recent weeks of rain have turned my concrete slab into a mud pit. It averaged about an inch. Today, I borrowed a shovel to move the mud from the slab to my compost heap. I wasn't able to get under the camper, so my ladder is still surrounded by a couple of inches of mud. No, I don't live in the Carolinas! Central Texas has been dealing with torrential rains for the last three weeks! I had a standard sized bucket outside. It overflowed with water, so I dumped it. Two days later, it filled again. I dumped it today. Someday, this rain will move on!

Do you prefer towel drying, blow drying, or natural drying your hair?
Natural drying works best for me.

Do you decorate the outside of your house for the fall?
Sometimes, we do the opposite of what our parents demanded. I never decorate. I do like to participate in the festival of lights because I'm partial to shiny things. My children just roll their eyes, because I was born again a long time ago. Hey, some traditions are simply fun!

180915 Short Survey
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Did either of your parents have any sayings they liked (aside from "Keep doing that and your face will freeze like that!" or "I'm not just talking to hear myself speak!")?
"All you girls do is read! Why don't you go outside and play!"

Seriously, my mom said that...

What calms your soul like nothing else?


Right now this song has a powerful impact on me, because Mark Hall wrote it right after he was diagnosed with cancer. Also, various passages of the Word help, such as 3 John 2 and Psalm 7.

Describe your perfect evening!
A quiet time with a friend or two, or a good book would be ideal. Usually, I avoid eating after 3 pm. A really good time includes a visit to the symphony. Symphony season is starting.

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180913 Still Raining
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NOAA says it will keep raining, and raining here. It is raining now. There is a tropical disturbance in the gulf, but I don't think it is really doing much this far north. This has to be a separate system.

My children are in the projected path of what will remain of Florence as it marches into the continent. This morning, projection maps said as much, but I can't find one now. No biggie. My girls are more concerned by what their neighbors might do rather than what the weather is doing. They did, after all, grow up with much closer brushes with hurricanes, including a Category 5 that most people forget, because of the political brouhaha surrounding the smaller one that hit New Orleans a month earlier. Danger faced is much less scary with repetition.

I'm not afraid of dying, but I pale at the thought of living in pain. This pain has to go. Frankincense helps.

180912 Rain
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It has been raining for two weeks, and NOAA expects rain to continue through the 18th, which is as far as the weather grid posts its predictions. I live in a mud pit, and I am going to commit Texan sacrilege:

I wish it would STOP raining!
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180830 Sometimes...
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Some days, I just freakin' hurt! Today, I cycled to the office for doughnut day, but I did not feel like buying any doughnuts for the group. Instead, I brought some leftover sugar-free candies, and I ate none of them. It is not unusual to hurt more after exercising, but today the pain has gone on and on. For you women, it is like the worst of cramps. For men, I suppose it is like being hit in the gut beyond tolerance.

Yesterday, I saw my doctor. He was pleased with my progress and reduced one of my medicines. He approved of the oils I am taking. I need to buy more. I really don't feel like eating, but I haven't lost any more weight. Today's You Tube video by Dr. Berg said that people don't lose weight on weight-loss diets. Instead, they lose weight when they get healthy. My doctor sounds a lot like Dr. Berg. Maybe that's vice versa. I'm not sure which one came first for me.

180816 Chris Beat Cancer
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I am taking a video course by a man who refused traditional cancer treatments more than ten years ago. His mission has become teaching others how to do it, too. So far, he makes good sense. My only quibble is the one-sided diet advise. He fell into the trap of following limited studies that bypass entire populations and that ignore the effect politics have had on popular science. Not everyone is genetically predisposed to eat the same diet. On the other hand, I whole-heartedly agree that diet, exercise, environment, and stress have more to do with causing and curing cancer than genetics and expensive drugs. Sugar, and only sugar, feeds cancer. Cancer cannot live off of anything else. Get rid of all the sugar, and cancer dies. Almost everything has sugar, or what can be turned into sugar, in it.

What can I eat instead? Grass-fed, free-range, organic, wild-caught, home-grown anything that has no sugar in it, that's what. I grow my own greens. The monster in my gut has been growing for awhile, so I'll have to stay grain-free and sugar-free for a long, long time. My clothes are getting bigger. Some are way too big to wear, and I'll need to get new ones soon. Alterations work only so far. I've gone down two to four sizes depending on what body part I am covering.

180813 Still Raining
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It's still raining off and on. There is mud everywhere! Most of my plants are loving this, but the cacti may explode. NWS says that the rain will stop today.

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This is why I drink imported, mold-free coffee. It's expensive, but somehow coffee turns down the fungal volume and allows me to stick with the diet. This has been a brief summery of the massive amount of reading and viewing I have done on this subject!

180812 Woo Hoo!
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After some forty days of NO rain, we got about six inches overnight. Yep, that's how we do it here. It's nice to see green again.
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180808 What I Can't Stand to Hear...
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“'We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.'”

"That admission came recently from Councilman Jesse Dominguez during a meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council regarding the criminalization of the use of plastic straws.

"While no one wants old plastic straws cluttering up streets, waste dumps or oceans, Dominguez moved far beyond the usual solutions, advocating for criminal penalties.

“'Unfortunately, common sense is just not common,' he said. 'We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.'

Translation: ‘We’ are smarter than you are, and we know what’s best for you better than you do.


If common sense is so uncommon, then teach it! Education works much better than enforcement does. Indoctrination is not education, because the backlash to indoctrination manifests itself as revolution. Experience and discovery provide the best education.