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Ugh…I feel awful.  Tired and bloated and just…ugh.  And its all my mother-in-law’s fault.  Well, not really.  You see, my MIL came into town for a long weekend to visit, and we ate at restaurants for every meal but breakfast for 3 days.  Normally, as a family, we maybe go out to eat, maybe, twice in a month.  Add to that our mostly vegetarian and minimally processed foods normal eating habits, and well…you might be able to imagine how I feel right now.  Plus, after 3 years on Implanon, I’m having my first real time of month in, well… almost 4 years.  I’ve managed to gain 6 lbs in 6 days (I only know this because I went to the doctor last week and then yesterday to deal with my breathing issues, and was weighed there).  I wonder how long it will take me to feel “normal” again.

Which brings me to good news!  I’m on my third day of using Advair, and I haven’t needed my abuterol inhaler yet!  This is seriously a miracle of modern medicine.  Since January, I’ve used my inhaler at least 4-6 times a day (which is the max I’m supposed to use it)…and still ended up in the ER 3 times.   What’s even worse, is that this last round of prednisone didn’t even lessen my need for the inhaler.  We still aren’t sure what exactly is causing this (I have lots of lab tests pending), but at least I can breathe!

The Read Aloud Project: One of the bloggers I enjoy and I follow has this *way too cool* idea for a read aloud list, which The Hubby and I hope to emulate with Sharkbait and Chickadee.  We’ve already read Little House on the Prairie, and are currently reading Stewart Little while we wait for Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy to arrive in the mail (we bought them in hardcover, used from Amazon for a penny, plus shipping…which comes out to four dollars!).  We  are still working on a list, but I know I also want to include The Egypt Game, Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time,  and the first Harry Potter book for this year.

Loving where I live: Virginia is a place of history…from Jamestown to the Civil War to today.  One of the groups that really bring history in this part of Virginia alive is the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association, a group that portrays “sailor’s lives in the Age of Sail, by presenting nautical history and general seamanship knowledge to the public” through ” living history demonstrations, battle reenactments, school programs, parades and memorial dedication activities”. I had the pleasure of meeting these guys at a living history event, and I think The Hubby and I have decided that we (the family) are going to reenact with them in addition to our Civil War reenacting.

Picture of the Day: Ensign at Half-mast aboard the USS Wisconsin BB 64

Quote of the Week: And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. (Roald Dahl)

Herb of the Week: Yarrow is great for skin, soreness and wounds in a wash, bath or salve.  Magically it can be used for protection and purification.  It grows wild for forage, or can be cultivated.  And most importantly, its one of my favorite herbs!

Deity of the Week: Satet is the deification of the Nile flooding, whose name means “she who shoots forth”.  She was a goddess of war, hunting and fertility, among other things.  Her originated in the city now known as Aswan, and was also worshiped at Elephantine (an island of the Nile) as one of the consorts of Khnum.

Tarot Card of the Week:  The Five of Swords

When this card appears it usually means that you are defeated – cheated out of victory by a vily and cunning opponent. But sometimes you are that victor, the one who has defeated your opponents through the use of your mind. Whether the victory was an ethical one remains to be seen.

But let us return to the theme of defeat, which is the primary meaning of the Five of Swords. This is perhaps why the card is so unwelcome in readings; it shows that, despite your best efforts, you are likely to be beaten. But the Five of Swords is not only about being defeated and disappointed because of that defeat. If you allow yourself to become disillusioned after such a loss then you are on the path to greater ruin. Take defeat, learn from it, and then try again to succeed. It has been said that a good man will be beaten, and accept losing – but a great man will be beaten, then go back and win.

When the Five of Swords appears and you feel that you are on the winning side this time, there is still a warning to heed. Arrogance and pride often come hand in hand with a difficult victory such as this, and you must be careful not to think you are invincible. You have overcome a challenge, and you have the right to feel proud, but know that there will be other foes to face and that some of them will eventually defeat you. Declaring your invincibility is an invitation for someone to prove you wrong. If your victory was won through cheating or unethical conduct, beware of an attempt at vengeance.

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Random Recipe Links:  So, I was somehow volunteered to be in charge of the 2nd annual Luau at our church (we belong to a Unitarian Universalist Congregation)…our theme this year is to have a pirate invasion, some Tahitian dancers, a costume contest and a reverse raffle to raise “ransom money” for the pirate invasion.  But, of course, the most important part of a luau is THE FOOD!  So, we’ve been checking out some recipes.  Our tentative menu includes a choice of Kalua Pig, Chicken and Pineapple Satay or Tofu Kebabs with (maybe) Pineapple Coleslaw, some random rice dish, and an array of appetizers, with either shave ice or pineapple cake for dessert.

Food Idea: Try adding veggies to your breakfast tomorrow...  I love zucchini!  Even for breakfast! This morning, for breakfast, I shredded half a zucchini and sauteed it with some onion, garlic and tomato.  Then I cracked an egg over the top and scrambled it all together with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and some basil.  Just sprinkle a tad bit of mozzarella over the top, and maybe crumble some bacon over as well…and delish!

And don’t forget the last drink for the night.

Final Thought: We got a new hamster the other day.  He’s a Siberian Dwarf, and Sharkbait named him “Gray” (he’s gray).  He’s really calm, and the kids are super-excited for tomorrow, when we can take him out of the cage to play with him (we were giving him a few days to get used to the transition).  Pictures will follow shortly!

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