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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Sunday Stealing - Swap Bot

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and
Bud)  Cheers to all of us thieves!

Swap Bot asked people to post questions they would like to answer.  I copied them all and put together this brief selection.

1) What do you enjoy about summer?
That the end of it means the start of fall. Not a fan of heat or sunburn.
2) Do you like snow? Why?
It’s purdee to look at when the trees are covered in it. 

It’s a problem because neither my spouse nor I can shovel it. My son got a lot better at it last year, but my daughter...OMG! It’s argument after argument. Outside less than 5 minutes, “I’m done.” 
3) What do you think about dogs?
Love love love dogs. Miss my Maxwell so much. I got him when I moved into my 2nd apartment in Chicago in 1989. I would LOVE to adopt a dog from a shelter, but we have 3 cats, so adding a dog now would not be the best.
4) Have you ever gotten lost?
It used to be as long as I knew where Lake Michigan was I was fine. When I moved to the burbs thank goodness my Honda had a compass in the rearview mirror, so I knew which direction I was going. Now I have a Nav system and the compass is on the screen. But generally speaking I have a good sense of direction. 
5) What are your favorite type of socks?
Argyle socks! I love love love argyle socks. I got a pair of purple ones for everyone in our wedding party. Lol!
6) What is your favorite style of shoes?
Boat shoes. For years I used to wear Timberlands with the tassels. Like these, but mine were dark navy with brown trim. I wore them for over 10 years. They don’t sell them anymore, unless you search eBay for Vintage Timberland Kiltie Tassel Boat Shoe.

Now I wear Sebago.

And now I have to look for something else cuz these now cost over $100 on Amazon.
7) What would you name your boat if you had one?
The Usual Suspects. 🤣 What movie is that from?
8) What common misconception do you hate to hear repeated as fact?
You have to wait 24 hours to file a missing person report. It’s not true, it depends on the circumstances. I think it has become a popular misconception because the police have better things to do than search for someone only missing a few hours and it turns out they weren’t missing, they just made a stop on the way and ended up being hours late getting home or whatever. I know this because I once had to file 2 missing persons reports for my ex. One in IL, the other CA. (Ex was in CA on business.) You really have to have a good reason for the police to do anything before 24 hours. Like if the person needs medication, or violence was involved.
9) What was the last shop you went into and what did you buy?
Rut ro. Wally World. A gallon of milk and a breakfast sausage roll. I try to not shop there, but I was looking for something in the electronics dept. Couldn’t find it elsewhere, now they no longer sell it.
10) What's your favourite thing to do to pass the time?
Surf the net.
11) What is a way to die that scares you the most?
12) Travel or home body?
I would love to travel, but it’s never been in my budget. I got married 4 years ago October and we haven’t even had a honeymoon. So I’m a homebody.
13) Have you ever gone to a Bingo hall?
I’ve been to Potawatomi bingo in Milwaukee once. Never been to a church hall bingo.
14) What is the longest plane trip you have taken?
I’ve only been on a plane once. Round trip to CA.
15) Do you text more or call more? Why?
I usually text more. If I’m going to call, most of the time I text first to see if its convenient, make sure I’m not disturbing a nap, etc.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Tuesday’s Thoughts

I need to take a Twitter vacation. I literally spent most of Sunday reading Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy theories. I need to get a life.

Very near to where I grew up there was a bomb threat. They evacuated the entire strip mall, the homes behind it, and for some reason the Walmart at least 1/2 mile away. Don’t understand that. There are all kinds of businesses in between. Odd. Anyway, the story is that the Dollar Tree Manager called about a suspicious package and it turned into a bomb threat, evacuations, etc. My smart mouth commented that the Dollar Trees in my area always have unopened boxes down every aisle and at the back wall of the store. They seem to use the aisles as a 2nd stockroom. To my point, how did the manager know which package was suspicious? I did get a chuckle from my childhood neighbor across the street, who added that the Family Dollar stores near her are the same. Not to make light of a scary situation, but inquiring minds want to know.

My daughter’s vacation away from her group home ended early. She had planned to stay clear through to next Sunday because she was here for the weekend and is on vacation from her job Tuesday-Friday. I had no problem with this plan, however, I knew it wasn’t going to last. I did attempt to intervene numerous times in an effort to get her to change her behavior, but in the end, it didn’t help. I was right. Sunday she started with the arguing and disrespectful behavior. Not towards me. No. Never. Towards my spouse. I was upstairs and I could hear them. At one point I called down the stairs, “Come on upstairs and talk to me about this.” My daughter’s reply? “No thank you.” I’m serious! I asked again. “No thank you.” Later we did have a chat and I explained the consequences of her behavior. First, she was going back Monday. I will pick her up Wednesday for her vacation and she better remember her behavior from the beginning of the month’s work vacation where we went to WI and we all got along amazingly well. She proceeded to tell me how her housemates were allegedly coercing her to do their chores and “talking about me behind my back in front of my back.” Silly me, I asked what that meant, I don’t have a clue what she said, even though I asked her several times to slow down and repeat her explanation. It all boils down to “It’s not FAIR.” I told her that life isn’t fair, that’s just how it is. And I made up a new catch phrase which I will be using on the regular. Feel free to use it too. “ADULT UP!” Before using my catch phrase I asked how old she was (I know, I birthed her, I am trying to get her to acknowledge how old she is and that the behavior she is exhibiting is very immature for someone her age.) It was a looong conversation. Monday morning, she got up late, didn’t shower, and refused to re-wash a few dishes from the night before. I got so ill from the stress that I had to have my spouse take her back. I also had to ask my spouse to drive me to do an errand upon return.

Any ideas for something fairly local to do on her vacation? I Googled and it seems anything going on very close to us is next week or the following week. I just can’t think of anything. She did suggest a night at a nearby hotel with a pool. That might be nice, however, I cannot participate in financing that because I need to make it to the end of the month with what little money I have left. Monday I had to cash out gas rewards to get gas for the car. My daughter usually treats for lunch or dinner out a couple of times a month, but my she wants something more special because it’s her vacation. Help! I need ideas. 

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday Stealing

Friday Five

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and
Bud)  Cheers to all of us thieves!

Questions from taken from Friday Five 

1. Have you ever had a great conversation with a complete stranger? Yes. Every now and then, I’m usually in line at the grocery store.

2. Where did you go on the very first vacation of your life? 
My Dad took us on a day trip to Chicago to meet a great great aunt who was 99 years old. My Mom & Dad didn’t really do vacations. They did staycations. Work on the house, etc. 
My first real vacation was when my sister and I drove with my cousin, aunt and grandma to Florida. I was in junior high at the time. We went to Disney World, stayed on the grounds, did the luau, drove through the Keys, went to Key West.

Which girl is me?

3. Open the door of your refrigerator. What is the first thing you see? 
I just went grocery shopping, so it’s chock full of food. Probably a gallon of milk would be the first thing I see.

4. What is your favorite place in your home.
Living room. 

5. If you had wings to fly about the universe, where is the first place you’d land?
Neverland. 😂

6. What is the first thing you do when you get in your car?
Push the #1 seat position.

7. What is special about the town you live in?
We have the biggest forking Santa Claus on display during the holidays.

8. What is the last thing you heard about your first love?
Don’t recall.

9. If you had created the world in seven days yourself, what would you have created on the First Day?

10. How do you beat the summer heat?
Window air conditioners and lots of ice water.

11. Did you enjoy your Senior Year in high school?
I did not enjoy any part of high school, other than Art Class.

12. Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?
My Mom.

13. Post a link to your first blog post.
Are you ready for Christmas   My first blog post October 16, 2008.

14. When was the last time you needed First Aid?

15. Can you explain what a first down is in football?
No. I Googled it. I’m more confused. I throughly enjoy watching the Chicago Bears play, however I have a very basic understanding of the game.
I am more familiar with the nomenclature of baseball. Go Cubbies!

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Random Friday

I would really like to get back to doing the day of the week blog posts. Like Sunday Stealing. But trying to find anything that is still active is very time consuming. I think I have the weekends covered. We’ll see.

Yesterday I got a prescription for a cane. Today I went to the local medical supply company. I was really hoping for a Hurrycane. It folds in 3 places so it’s easy to put in the car or cart at the grocery, and it’s very stable. I was borrowing my father in law’s for longer than I care to admit. Anyway, no dice. I have an old lady cane now. It’s an offset cane, which means it’s like a “C” shape at the top and it has a single foot on the end. I don’t like the “C” shape, I don’t find it comfortable and the bottom scares me. The Hurrycane has a T handle and the foot had 3 points of contact making it infinitely more stable than my new cane which has 1 point of contact. It can also stand on its own. I’m hoping I can scrape together some cash next month to buy a new Hurrycane. I’m liking the purple one. I just hope I don’t have a fall before I can get one. I thought buying from a medical supply place they would properly adjust it and explain its proper use. Nope. They showed me all about my daughter’s new nebulizer last time I was there. They weren’t busy today, so I don’t get it. I definitely used “my daughter’s Mom voice” (code for when I am super personable, polite, and somewhat chatty). The employee was polite and chatty back, but the service part of the transaction was lacking.
UPDATE:  I walked into the house with the new cane yesterday. I walked out of the house with it this morning. My spouse saw how I was walking with it and told me to go back to her Dad’s Hurrycane. I just felt unstable with the new cane and lost my balance a few times. Not a good idea.
I am currently in the process of charging and updating passwords on every darn WiFi enabled device we own. Which reminds me...laptop. If I forget, the next time I use it imma lose my mind because it won’t work. I have the Kindles all charging, why do they take so long to charge?  Ugh! The internet guy came today and apparently was ROTFL his ash off. Our modem is an antique and should have been replaced the last time we complained about horrible service. So we’ve had horrible service for at least a year because the last tech was too lazy to install a new modem. This guy took care of all the tv’s, made sure everything was working properly. My spouse said he was very thorough and chatty. I was out getting my old lady cane and picking up a few groceries while my spouse held down the fort.

Time to get back to “Veronica Mars” on Netflix. I finished up OITNB as soon as the last season came out July 26th. I do enjoy “Veronica Mars”, cuz I love Kristen Bell (She’s awesome in “The Good Place”), but I’m wanting a comedy movie or series and not having any luck finding anything I haven’t seen before or would be interested in. Loved “Schitt’s Creek”, “Kim’s Convenience”, “Ozark”. Maybe I should go back and pick up “Queen of the South”, but it’s impossible to read the subtitles. Oh well. Got any ideas for something new to watch?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Dr Quackers Visit

Where to begin? 

I am incredibly angry still, over 3 hours since I left my appointment with Dr Q. (Obviously not his real name, but after what transpired today I think that nickname is appropriate.) Dr Q was to look at my MRI’s, talk about my headaches, and I was hoping for some type of memory test. The PA did a very simplistic, super short memory test. I scored 28/30. I don’t feel that reflects the issues I have been having. Even though the test was a joke, my spouse turned even whiteR at my wrong answers.

Before the test, the PA was going over my current medications, etc. During this I had a very vivid flash of me having a seizure at home. I’ve never had a seizure before and there was absolutely nothing that we were discussing that would even remotely bring the thought of a seizure to my mind. 

Dr Q comes in, asks about the headaches, insomnia, other issues such as back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain. Then he gets up and starts pressing on my face and head, then pinching my shoulders and neck and moving my neck around. Of course I am vocalizing that I am in pain, that he is hurting me. Apparently that’s how he gets his kicks. Whatever Dr Q did to my neck is still causing me pain. Then he proceeds to tell me he’s sending me for PT for my neck and for a sleep study. 

Dr Q then tells me I need to lose weight for my back pain. Awww Hell no! Tell me he didn’t go THERE! If I had a nickel for every time a doctor told me to lose weight I would have no money worries and would be living the life of the lifestyle’s of the rich and famous. I have back pain because I was in a car accident and had back surgery that didn’t fix my back. Also, I’ve lost 60+ pounds since October 2018. Funny, but my back pain hasn’t improved, nor has my knee pain. Another 50 pounds, 75 pounds isn’t going to improve my back pain, or my knee pain. I was in a car accident. I had back surgery. I also have a very arthritic knee. I have MRI’s and x-rays as my proof.

I am so INCREDIBLY angry about him telling me to lose weight. I am killin it! I am losing weight at an appropriate frequency. When you lose it too quickly it comes right back and then some. Then Dr Q tells me I should ride a bike. He’s a comedian, right? First of all, serious balance issues! Second, I was asked to use a recumbent bike in PT shortly after my car accident. I was on it for mere minutes and pulled something in my butt. I was incapacitated by severe sciatica-butt to ankle pain for at least 2 weeks. PCP ordered me to stop PT and I continued to suffer from sciatica for a couple of months because of that injury.

Dr Q doesn’t think I have Migraines. He thinks the insomnia is causing them. Really? He poo poo’d what my doctor prescribed and then tells me he wants to put me on a particular medication, but he wants me to check with my PCP and another doctor to see if they would ok it. I got home and Googled. Yes, I could have called my pharmacist, but she would have just Googled it too. Guess what one of the possible side effects is? 
🎶🎶Jeopardy🎶🎶 theme song.
One of the side effects is seizures! See paragraph 2! Not going to be taking that medication. Nope. Premonition? I don’t know, but it was very vivid and scared the bjeepers out of me. There was no talk of new medications or side effects or seizures at or before I had the flash of the image of me having a seizure in my living room. 

So it is now over 4 hours since I left that appointment. I am still incredibly angry and my neck really hurts. I failed to mention that the PT place he referred me to employs the person who injured me twice at PT. If that woman calls my name at my first appointment I am hobbling out to my car. My spouse can ask if I could work with someone new. If not, PT is not happening. And yes, I hold a grudge when someone insists I do something in PT that I have no business doing. I suffered needlessly. Each time after I was injured I followed up with my PCP and he asked me why I did whatever it was that caused the injury. Each time I told my PCP that the physical therapist instructed me to do it. My PCP was not happy and told me I shouldn’t have done those things and he said that she had no business telling me to do those things.

I am still freaked out by the premonition and seriously need to calm down.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

More on vacation and other things

Don’t want to jinx it, but the entire family got along famously. And my sister bought us all lunch Friday  and before she left to return to work she hugged me. Yes, you read that correctly. MY SISTER BOUGHT US ALL LUNCH! AND HUGGED ME. She never buys and usually doesn’t hug me. It’s not because I avoid it or try to duck out of it, she just usually doesn’t. My spouse even noticed!

Did I mention everyone got along? It was a true miracle, one I hope continues. Even up until we dropped my daughter off at her group home! My daughter was texting me after I got home. I congratulated her on her appropriate behavior from Wednesday to Monday. A new world record! I told her to remember what she did so next home visit she can model the same behaviors. I also congratulated my son. 

My spouse says she wants to go back to the fair tomorrow! She loved it! Even though we did not get the entire fair experience, she loved it! We got there later than planned and headed to all the weird food places we wanted to try. They were spread out all over, making it time consuming. We missed a couple exhibition halls and the entire Bazaar area which is 10 times larger than the last time I was there. Would be nice to go another day and hit the areas we missed, the pig races too. So glad she enjoyed it. She already wants to start a piggy bank to save for next year. Lol!

My spouse and I are getting close to our normal pain levels. One night on a horrible hotel bed takes a long time to recover. We stayed at a major chain hotel. I’ve  stayed there many, many times over the years and never had a bad experience. The beds were basically taco beds with my spouse and I being the filling as we got into bed and rolled to the ditch in the center. Then we needed help getting out of the bed that sucked us in!  The bed base also had issues, unstable, creaky. There were other issues as well with the room phone and the hotel pool. I completed the survey emailed to me by the travel website I booked through accordingly. I also surfed to find how to give feedback to the hotel chain and notified them of our bad experience. I could swear the reply was from a bot, if not their customer service staff are morons. All my words were repeated back to me along with faux empathy. They gave me 10,000 rewards points on my rewards card. I looked up what 10,000 rewards points can get you. Basically a $20-$30 piece of junk that they claim retails for $30-$50. I’m sorry, did I mention my spouse and I have had our weekend ruined by the pain caused by a bed and mattress that clearly needs to be replaced? I’ve slept  on better beds/mattresses at the cheapest chains. I’ve been more comfortable camping! My spouse was expecting a free night hotel stay. Not so much. They actually had the nerve to email me back to ask if I was pleased how the situation was handled and if I would have the person who offered the 10,000 points handle my customer concerns in the future. That’s 2 big NO’s, and I stated my complaints again in that survey. No reply as yet. No matter how bad the hotel experience, I doubt that they give you a free do over.

Had a doozie of a conversation with our internet provider. I’ll give you a clue, they also do wireless and satellite tv. Got it? Yup. Our internet has been crap. That compounded by the fact that they took since November to finally bundle 2 services, and maybe they will finally get the billing correct next bill. Anyway, I get on the phone with tech support for internet and they tell us to reset the router which we had already done. They ask how many devices are connected to the internet. 5 at the time. He tells me to disconnect all but one. NO. I am not paying $64 a month to connect 1 device to the internet. What kind of nonsense is that? And besides, the speed isn’t going to be any faster with only one device connected when there is only so much juice (for lack of a better word) coming into my house. Right now it’s only going to go so fast, in this case go so slow. After an hour on the phone he finally books for a tech to come out Tuesday. I can’t wait. I can just sit and watch the show! My spouse is already loaded for bear and she is not gonna take any bullshirt. Last time they came out they said it was an issue on the pole. Mmm hmm. They think we are stupid. 

Scratch that ⬆️. Two out of 3 of us have a stomach bug. In trying to reschedule through their convoluted website I saw that we were charged for the the tech visit today so the rescheduled date is free. Ummm, NO. We are not being charged for any visit. At this point I don’t know if it’s a cancellation charge or what, but I’m not paying it. We cancelled an hour ago for the last appointment of the day. I am not going to get aggravated, my spouse will handle this. Oh, and they have us in their records as not having a security system. I guess the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. It’s all one big monopoly and they don’t share records? They sure do when they want to sell you another service. I can hear the tech already ‘well Mam, you have a security system so you need to upgrade and you can’t have 5 devices with that. Ummm, NO. We are not doing anything that will increase our bill. The well is dry. 

I Googled, we have “dog day cicadas” and the noise is maddening when you’re sitting on the sofa in the evening. Windows are behind the sofa. Not the 17 year cicada. We aren’t due for that until 2024.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sunday Stealing - Fewer Than 5,000 Questions

Fewer than 5000 questions

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and
Bud)  Cheers to all of us thieves!
A few questions from "The 5000 questions survey"

Here are this week’s questions from Sunday Stealing.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

1. Have you read anything by C.S. Lewis?


2. What is your favourite movie with Jack Nicholson?

The Shining
The Bucket List (Kopi Luwak Coffee. Lol!)

3. What rhymes with 'orange'?

“Sporange,” an uncommon botanical term for a part of a fern.

4. Have you ever swallowed an object by accident?

I don’t think so.

5. Is your eyesight 20/20?

No way. I need my eyeglasses to find my eyeglasses.

I have worn eyeglasses since kindergarten. My first pair were horn rimmed eyeglasses. 

6. Have you ever had insomnia?

Yes – 
since the car accident 3 years ago.

7. Does it bother you when people touch you?

I used to cringe when people hugged me. By people, I mean relatives outside my immediate family. 

I have reformed after likely ruining an older lady’s day at church. It was the “Peace be with you”, “and also with you” part. I’m used to shaking hands. She came at me arms stretched out. I didn’t know her and I was caught off guard. I’m pretty sure I gave her the stink eye. She probably waits all week for the hugs at church and I ruined her day. Since then I have come to expect the hugs at my church (which is too far away from where I now live. I really miss it.)

8. Is it better to get too much or too little sleep?

I think too much sleep is better. Unless the reason a person sleeps too much is depression. Sometimes a good oversleep can really help when you’ve gone days without getting enough sleep.

9. What gets your adrenaline pumping?

Stress. And hearing yelling.

10. Do you ever talk about yourself in the third person?

I talk about myself in the third person, probably only when I refer to my blog, 
Lola’s Diner.

11. What's your favourite radio station? What kind of music do they play?

My Sirius XM Radio subscription ends this week. I will be so sad to see it go. I have really been enjoying alternating between jamming with my son, and embarrassing the crap out of him. My favorites are the 70’s, 80’, 90’s, Pop2k, The Blend, and a couple other similar stations. I will have to go back to The Drive 97.1 WDRV. 

12. Do you believe there is anyplace still undiscovered in all the world?

If there is, let’s keep it a secret and leave it undisturbed.

13. Ever caught a fish?

Yes. I caught a couple of blue gills in northern Wisconsin. Surprised I caught more than a cold. My sister dumped the boat knocking me under the pier. Soaking wet head to toe and out on the lake when it started to cool off.

14. Were you ever in the first row of a concert?

Yes – quite a few times. Mannheim Steamroller. Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond). Robin Williams at a theater in Milwaukee. Several shows at Ravinia. I’ve had close to 1st row too. Harry Connick, Jr. AC/DC at Alpine Valley, numerous Melissa Ferrick concerts.

15. Do you have any autographs? 
I went to a book signing at Michael’s when Rosie O’Donnell’s Craft book came out. I also have several Cd’s signed by Melissa Ferrick. I don’t know if I still have my autograph book from when I was a tween. I once 
saw Bart Starr and Terry Anne Meeuwsen at Southridge Mall and got their autographs.

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Anne Meeuws

saw Bart Starr and Terry Anne Meeuwsen at Southridge Mall

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