2020 MISSED CONNECTION MONDAY – Wild Hair

❤ “Missed Connection Monday” is brought to you by your local Craigslist. These are real “love notes” that strangers leave for other strangers in the ‘Personals’ section of Craigslist. Or as I like to call it –
“Your local serial killer hunting ground.”

YOUR NEW HOUSE
Was doing sone work on your new house and we made eye contact and you smiled. You seem lonely and I think there may have been something there. You were a beautiful blonde bombshell. If you think this is you tell me where you were building
***The only thing I have to say about this is…
Next on ID, Nightmare In Suburbia.

Seriously, this one gave me the creeps for real. The guy knows what this woman looks like, where she lives AND the layout of her home. Bonus. He’s already making up some psycho imaginary scenario about her seemingly lonely life.

This would be my response…
 MATURE FEMALE AT FRED MEYERS
you were at fred meyers today,your ecclectic fashion sence and wild hair drove me crazy,if you read this and want to chat or something please reply.
***Awwww…
Dear Random Guy at FM,
It’s very sweet of you to notice. I did just get my hair cut but I’m really not into the whole “serial killer hunting grounds of Craigslist.” Thanks anyway.
Sincerely, Mimi.
PS – I drive a lot of people crazy.

Happy Monday, everybody! How was your weekend?
Mine was unplugged for the most part. I did have to check on kids back east and Miranda up on the mountain.

The photo below is at Miranda’s ranch yesterday.
We got about 3″ of snow here in the valley and they’re calling for a week of snow. It’s still not cold enough to keep it around for very long which is fine by me. I love the snow but January is usually such a frigid, gray month that seems to drag on forever.

Totally missed posting on Friday because I started decrapifying my bedroom closet. Why is that everything seems to grow tenfold once it comes out of a closet??? Seriously, cleaning closets make the biggest cleaning messes! I’m surprised at how much crap a person can get into a closet!

Anyway, so the decrapifying continued on and consumed my whole weekend because I may or may not be a hoarder of dresses, socks and crafting/sewing shit. I’m well over 100 on my decrapifying challenge.

❤ Aaaand, speaking of decrapifying… Seems we need to decrapify our beloved Luci. The vet did a complete head to toe exam… again… plus blood work, x-rays, and an ultrasound.
$184 later…
Our dog is full of shit.

With age (she’s 14) her spine has curved and that curvature combined with her just not being nearly as active as she once was, plus, a recent round of anti-biotics, it appears that Luci’s “plumbing” has gotten clogged. She’s taking a 1/4 tsp of Miralax twice a day. It’s a slow go but at least it’s a go!

❤ How are all of you surviving the crazy weather?? My kids in Michigan all got different weather. The one up north got dumped with snow (of course) and the other two down state, one got ice and rain, the other got nothing. Go figure.

Okay. I need another cup of java joe and then I’m heading to all of your blogs to catch up!

MIMI’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY –

SATURDAY STUFF

Exciting start to my day. Took my pup out to go pee this morning and she didn’t even notice the big, fat cat in the yard chewing on something dead.
Finally got over whatever creeping crud invaded my body. Of course, I blame the hospital and the cancer center. Both places FILLED with sick people!
PS – I call bullshit on all those hand sanitizers and those surgical masks!

Thank the big belly of Buddha, I didn’t have strep!
I’ve been going thru some personal stuff so I’ve been self-medicating with some reading and crafting.
I’m reading two books at the moment.
Does anybody else do this?

Okay, the first book is…
WARRIOR GODDESS TRAINING 
by Heatherash Amara
I bought this book because people were talking about it on Instagram. Seriously.
It sounded interesting and it is! I’m not done with it but it’s already got a 5-star review from me.

The second book, also a 5-star pick for me.
THE LIGHTWORKER’S SOURCE
by Sahvanna Arienta
Apparently, I’m trying to tap into some hidden Goddess power.
Hopefully not this Goddess but we are having the weather from hell
so, meh, could be.
Depends on the day and what who I sit on.
Seriously. In a big way.
A few of my WIP’s.
(Works in progress)
Wow. And with that I will end this post. It’s almost midnight and I promised myself to post today!

HAPPY SATURDAY MY FRIENDS!!!

I hope you’re all having an amazing weekend.
What are you reading??
Is anybody crafting??
What’s your weekend looking like??
I know. I’m a nosey bitch.
Share, share, share in the comments!
MIMI’S QUOTE FOR THE DAY –

#28 – SATURDAY 9 – Angel

Joining in with Sam over at ‘Saturday 9.’
9 questions.
9 answers.
This week’s theme comes from the song “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan.
If you haven’t heard the song, here’s the video.
On to the questions!
1) Sarah McLachlan wrote this song about someone she barely knew. She read the obit of Jonathan Melvoin, keyboard player for the Smashing Pumpkins, who died of a heroin overdose.
What’s the most recent news story that touched you deeply?
***Our current weather forecast. It made me cry!
2) Ms. McLachlan performed this in tribute to Linda McCartney at the 1999 Concert for Linda. She was expressing her hope that, in death, Linda found relief and peace after a long and painful battle with cancer.
What do you think happens to us when we die?
3) Daytime dramas General Hospital and As the World Turns used this song on-air after a major character died.
Do you follow any “soap operas?”
4) In 2007, Sarah donated her recording of this song to the ASPCA.
Do you have a pet? If yes, how did you get it (shelter, pet store, etc.)?
***Lit’l Miss Luci. We got her because the “breeder” didn’t want her because she wasn’t a purebred Shitzu. Apparently, the neighbor dog, a Lhasa Apso came by for a visit..
It’s the losers in life that make us the winners.
5) She admits she can’t watch those ASPCA commercials, where her recording of “Angel” plays over sad photos of animals.
Is there a TV commercial that really gets to you (in either a good or a bad way)?
***Um, yeah… This one.
6) In 1994, Sarah was stalked by an obsessed fan.
Tell us about a time you were really frightened. In retrospect, was your fear commensurate with the threat?
***The first time I ever saw these people on my t.v. I was really frightened and my fear was that I would lose my sight!
Pass the eye bleach, please..
7) Sarah was adopted by Jack and Dorice McLachlan. Though she has a friendly relationship with her birth mother, she always considered Dorice her mother and sees herself behaving with her son the way Dorice did with her.
Is there anyone in your family that you feel you resemble, either physically or by behavior?
***Yes, by behavior.
8) McLachlan is one of the founders of Lilith Fair, a summer concert series designed to showcase talented female performers.
Do/did your summer plans include an outdoor concert?
***Close enough.

9) Random question:
Which of these men would you most like to be seated with at dinner — Clint Eastwood, Prince William or Jimmy Fallon?
***Seriously?? What girl doesn’t want to have dinner with a real life Prince Charming???
And just as my own personal bonus to the ‘Saturday 9’ random question.
Look at this beautiful mother and son.
It’s infuriating and beyond unfair that people like O.J. Simpson and Charles Manson are alive and breathing the free air and Princess Diana is gone.
Makes no sense to me at all.
That’s the ‘Saturday 9‘ folks. If you’d like to join in just click on the link and have some fun!
Happy Saturday!
Mimi’s quote for the day –

TOUGH TITTY TUESDAY – CALM DOWN BABS

TOUGH TITTY TUESAYbar dotsbar dotsYa’ know. Some people would bitch if they were hung with a new rope.
Apparently, Barbra Streisand decided that there wasn’t enough important shit going on in the world. She had to pick a fight with Siri.
Siri? A computerized assistant? Yep. That’s the one.
For those of you who aren’t up on who Siri is and what she does, you can read about it here.
Siri is an Apple app that talks to you, much like your GPS in your vehicle.
So ‘ol Babs doesn’t like the way Siri says her name.
(Anybody have a tissue?)
Seriously. Not even kidding. A computerized, robotic assistant on your phone or iPad and Barbra Streisand is bitching about her.
                     (Picture stolen from CNN.money.com)bar dotsLong story short. – And you can read the full story over at CNN Money. – Barbra Streisand does what any one of us would do when we don’t like the way Siri says our name. She calls the head of Apple and bitches to him about it and pussy that he is, he tells her he’ll get right on it and make sure that Siri – not a real human being folks – pronounces Barbra’s name correctly by the end of Sept.
Are you fucking kidding me?
If only she’d used her “star power” to call the governor of Louisianna to find out how big of a check she should tell Siri to write out to help the flood victims!
But no. Clearly, it’s more important that some computerized assistant pronounce her name correctly.
bar dotsIf I were the head of Apple and ‘ol Babs called me to bitch about something so incredibly trivial. Guess what I’d be telling her???
That’s right – TOUGH TITTY BABS!
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Apparently, you do Babs otherwise, you wouldn’t be bitching about Siri.
bar dotsTOUGH TITTY TUESDAY “TO DO’s” –
**Sew
**Sew
And…
**Sew!

We’re getting a break from the triple-digit heat. Only in the 80’s all week and that’s a huge relief. If it’s not too smoky I’ll take lit’l Miss Luci up to the trails tomorrow morning. She got groomed today and it wiped her out.
bar dotsHappy ‘Tough Titty Tuesday’ folks!
If you could call up the head of any company and bitch, who would it be and why?
I’d call McDonald’s because ya’ know what? I think they’ve been in business long enough that they could have figured out how to make a lid for their flippin’ cups that doesn’t cause the entire drink to pour down the front of your shirt every time you try to take a sip!
bar dotsMimi’s quote for the day –
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FAMILY PETS SHOULD COME WITH WARNING LABELS – Part 2 – Pursestrings

In yesterday’s post, I spoke of writing a pamphlet warning potential pet owners of what lies ahead for them in regards to their heartstrings.
Today’s post, the back side of my pamphlet, will cover their purse strings.
Pets, like children, are expensive. I’m sure you’ve heard it said, “Don’t have ’em if you can’t afford ’em.” I’ve yet to see this utterance make a bit of difference either way. The fact is, if we all waited to have children until we could afford them, the population would be lacking millions of people. In truth, it’s all relative. What is seemingly unaffordable to some, is perfectly affordable to others. Of course, until it isn’t. Until they – children and pets – aren’t.
All through our lit’l Luci’s illness I was wishing we had pet insurance. In fact, I thought about pet insurance a lot. I even looked it up online thinking surely there has to be an affordable way for us to care for our pets. What was I thinking?? We, us, human beings, can barely find affordable health insurance for ourselves, let alone our pets! Still, I checked into it.
Is pet insurance available? Yes. Affordable for the average pet owner? No.
Sadly, unless you have the resources available to you, many pet owners are forced into the “we’re going to have to put her down” option. Whether immediate or prolonged because the fact is, even if your pet has an illness that is treatable, that treatment can run into the thousands of dollars very quickly. And even if you have the thousands to pay for your pet’s treatment, it may come at a time when those thousands are “dog-eared” for other personal expenses. Perhaps your own impending medical expenses. And there’s always the possibility that treated or not, your furry friend just isn’t going to make it and it won’t matter whether you have the money or not. Much like humans, it’s a roll of the dice and the one thing you cannot buy in this lifetime is in fact, time.
Our Luci got sick when the $1.5+ billion dollar lottery was happening. I sent a lot of prayers up to God on that one let me tell you, but you know what else was happening at that same time? Celebrities were dying. One after another after another. It was very sad and very unexpected. Just as Luci getting sick was and I remember thinking, “Wow. All of those people had millions of dollars in their bank accounts and not a one of them could save their own lives..” It would be the same for Luci. What good would all of that money do? It couldn’t save her life. But I can tell you this. When those vets said our Luci had only a week to live and told us that we should put her down – THAT service they would do for free, by the way! – I would’ve traded every penny of that $1.5+ billion just to have her healthy again.
We were fortunate. After the first vet handed us a bill for $677.00 for a basic check up – no overnight stays, no meds. – The kids went to the Humane Society and were able to apply for, and receive a grant that paid for 90% of Luci’s “in house” treatment specific to that particular visit. It was such a strange thing. The kids had no idea such a grant existed until one of the attendants handed them the form and told them to fill it out immediately because the woman in charge of approving the grant was in the building!  – She shouldn’t have been. She’s only there once a month. It wasn’t a scheduled visit for her. – The kids were approved on the spot and Luci was admitted immediately.
Talk about a blessing…
The bill from the Humane Society, which included a 3-night/4 day vet stay and all tests except for the ultrasound, was $909.00  Our cost was only $69.00. – Sixty-nine dollars. –
The ultrasound that was needed was not covered by the grant because it was considered an “outsourced” test. Outsource testing/procedures is any tests or procedures that have to be done outside of the Humane Society facility. Fortunately, our Humane Society uses a mobile ultrasound tech who brought her equipment/machines to the Humane Society so there was no need to transport our sick pup all over town. The ultrasound was $250 and that was 100% out of pocket for us.
Once we were able to bring Luci home, the grant and all of its wonderful benefits were done. Any and all treatment and medication would now be 100% out of pocket. Currently, she is on antibiotics at $56 per prescription. Seems a bit pricey and yet not because we’d spend every penny we had. I personally, would beg, borrow and prostitute myself to get our lit’l Luci well.
It’s what we do as pet owners, isn’t it?
Because of the kindness and generosity, and truly, the life-saving grant and treatment Luci received, we, of course, feel compelled to pay it forward.
We must.
So, just a heads up. I’ll be getting back into my sewing and crafting and you may see things for sale here or on Facebook and I’m toying with the idea of online raffles. Nothing set in stone. Aside from our own personal monetary donations, I’m going to do an 80/20 split on any proceeds I make from the sale of my craftiness. 80% will go to the Humane Society and into the grant that saved Luci’s life, and 20% will go towards replenishing my stash of fabric and other crafty items.
This isn’t a sales pitch or pressure of any kind. I’m simply letting all of you know what I’ll be up to – am up to. – I’m currently putting together a quilt to be auctioned off at a Humane Society summer party and I’m super excited to be doing that!
Thanks for reading and listening guys. I know this post and yesterday’s post were a bit lengthy but it’s just been such an emotional time and I know I’m not alone. I think it’s important to note that second opinions are always a good idea and if you have a good Humane Society in your area, they’re worth checking into. Ours not only saved our pup’s life, it also afforded us her treatment.

TOMORROW’S POST – “JANUARY – At A Glance”

 

FAMILY PETS SHOULD COME WITH WARNING LABELS – Part 1 – Heartstrings

I’m seriously considering writing a pamphlet and placing them around Humane Societies, Veterinarian Clinics, pet stores and every bulletin board in every store I come across that has cute little posters like this.

WARNING – (Front of pamphlet)
For all of the snuggles.
For all of the smiles and laughter.
For the comfort and companionship.
For the quiet walks and long talks.
For being the keeper of secrets and catchers of tears.
For the truly unconditional, never-ending love.
For all of that…
WARNING!
In 7, 9, 10, 12, 15 years from the moment you bring your snuggly, warm, fuzzy bundle of barking joy home.
They will die.
And unless they get hit by a car or pass on in their sleep, chances are they will get sick first. Either way, be prepared for the one of the most emotionally, heart-wrenching roller coaster rides you will ever endure in your lifetime.
You may hear words similar to, “she’s only got a week at the most. We’ll have to put her down.” And those words.. The very possibility of those words coming to fruition will rip through your body from the tips of your toes to the ends of your hair. You will feel like every piece of muscle tissue, every nerve, every part of any part of you that can feel pain, will feel pain. It will ripple through you over and over and over again. And you will cry. You will cry until you think you cannot possibly shed another tear. And a part of you will feel like you’re going insane because you feel so helpless and there’s nothing you can do.
Because there is nothing you can do.
And if you’re like me. You’ll pray.
I prayed the Rosary over our pup. For those of you who are not my friends on Facebook, our lit’l pup Luci, recently and very suddenly became ill. Fortunately, she is receiving treatment and should be back to her old self within the month. That being said, she was in doggy sickness limbo for over a week due to misdiagnosis by two vets.
Vet #1 said it was a mass and wanted to “put her down.”
Vet #2 said it was a mass, and/or lymphoma, and/or irritable bowel syndrome. She only has a week, at most. You should “put her down.”
Enter vet #3. He said, “I’m the optimist.” We call him “the blessing.” He ran all of the appropriate tests and determined that Luci, in fact, had/has a UTI, a kidney stone and a kidney infection (due to the stone.) A month of antibiotics and our lit’l Luci should be good as new.
I have to tell you. During this whole heart-wrenching experience, I kept repeating over and over, “I’ll never have another dog. I will never have another one. Never, ever, ever.”
And I won’t.
I-will-not.
Ever.
I know people do. Their beloved dog or cat dies and in time, they find another furry friend to bring home. I don’t know how they can but I understand why they do.
I could not. I will not.
The pain I experienced at the very thought of losing Luci.. The idea of experiencing that ever again??
No. Not fucking it.
I know it’s selfish. I know there are hundreds of furr friends out there that need homes. But they won’t be getting one from me. I won’t put myself through it and if that makes me a wuss, so be it. I would rather an entire NFL team beat me and leave me in a body cast from head to toe than feel that pain again.
I can’t. I won’t.
One of the things I found most frustrating during this time of Luci’s illness was the realization that dogs and cats – I speak of them because they are our most common home companions – don’t live nearly long enough! I danced on a double edged sword. At the same time I was praying to God to heal Miss Luci, I was so angry with Him for giving her and her other furry brothers and sisters such a short life span.
Again, selfish I know but honestly, I just don’t get it.
Of course the lesson here is, as it is with all of our family members, whether on two legs or four, is to cherish your time together. This is not to say that our love for our animals surpasses that of our love for our parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles or grandparents. Surely it does not. – At least for me.
But the lesson still rings true..
Be loving.
Be kind.
Be mindful.
We, you and I, and our families, including our furry family members, are gifts.
We should probably remember to treat each other as such…
When I prayed this over Miss Luci I changed the, “pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen,” to “pray for Miss Luci, now and forever more. Amen.
It worked.
(Had to give credit where credit is due.)
Happy Saturday folks!

TOMORROW’S POST“FAMILY PETS SHOULD COME WITH WARNING LABELS – Part 2 – Pursestrings”