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Friday, December 31, 2021

Sunday Stealing-The End of The Year

Hi! Our host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!

I don't remember where 
I found these questions 


1. Something that made you cry this year? The health scare I had this year. Not cancer, a weird kidney disease (that’s treatable) that only 10% of adults are diagnosed with. (Lucky me, right?)

2. Something you want to do again next year? Have breakfast out with our older couple friends on a regular basis. (Providing it doesn’t become unsafe. Oh bonus with the disease? My immune system is compromised during treatment.) We met up with them about once every other month. Twice a month or weekly would be better. We have so much fun hearing their stories. Today’s topic…their trips to Mexico. Lots of laughs and very much needed.

3. Talk about a new friend you made this year? I don’t have any new friends. With all my medical stuff I missed a coffee talk group I’ve been wanting to check out after our library opened after the lockdown. Hopefully I will be able to attend one soon.

4. How was your birthday this year? Awesome! My wife and our couple friends threw me a surprise party at my father-in-law’s house. I was so surprised to see our friends there, since they live near us, and my father-in-law’s house is a 45 minute drive from us.

5. Favorite book you read this year? ☺️ I couldn’t really say. But I could hint. Like lesbian “50 Shades of Gray”.

6. What’s a bad habit you picked up this year? Reading those books. Lol!

7. Post a picture from the beginning of the year.

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8. Post a picture from the end of the year

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9. A memorable meal this year?

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Hospital vegetarian meal. The vegetarian quesadilla was 

10. What are you excited about for next year? Finishing my treatment for MCD.

11. What’s something you learned this year? Decorating my daughter’s first apartment was fun.

12. What’s something new about your place of residence (room, home, or general location) now vs the start of the year? The new microwave oven to replace the not that old one that blew up and burned up the front of the old microwave oven.

13. Favorite place you visited this year? I don’t have one. I really didn’t venture out from my usual places.

14. Did you keep any New Year’s Resolutions? No need. I don’t make them.

15. Will you make New Year's Resolutions for 2022? Nope. I don’t make them. 

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Sunday Stealing-Holiday Questions


Hi! Our host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!

from IsLCollective

1. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with my family.

2.  What’s the most annoying thing about this time of year? Trying to figure out what to get my wife for Christmas. Usually I’ve culled a lot of ideas just by paying attention and putting a note in my phone. I guess last year I checked everything off the list.

3.  Who do you celebrate the holidays with? My immediate family. We’ll do a meal with my in-laws one day before the 2nd of January.

4. Do you travel during the holidays? No. I never have.

5. Do you prefer giving or receiving gifts? I’m good with both.

6. Who is the hardest person to buy a gift for? My wife. (See #2 above.)

7. What is your traditional holiday meal? It’s usually ham. Last year we had a rib roast. I will be eating sides and salmon. (I guess you could say I’m a pescatarian instead of a vegetarian, but I only have salmon a couple times a month.) The family will have ham. 

8. Does your town get decorated for the holidays? Yup. They spent a fortune on a huge Santa.


9. Do you have a Christmas tree? Yes. It’s a small silver tree.

10. If you have a tree, what is on top of it? Nothing. I don’t think it could handle the weight of a tree topper.

11. Do you decorate the outside of your house with lights? No. I have a huge spruce tree (I think that’s what it is.) When I first moved here I put lights on it. Then a year or two later I ran over the cord with the mower. Didn’t take down the lights because the tree is huge and it was difficult enough putting lights up that high.

12. What is your favorite holiday memory as a child? I can’t think of one.

13. What is your favorite holiday dessert? My Mom’s cheesecake. Shoot! I should have made it Christmas Eve, but instead I actually wrapped gifts this year. I’ll have to get over to my daughter’s early to make it so it can set in the fridge.

14. Do you have a favorite holiday movie? Not just one. The original 1938 B&W “A Christmas Carol”, The original B&W: “Miracle on 34th Street”, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Christmas in Connecticut”; “A Christmas Story”, “Jingle All The Way”, The Santa Claus movies.

15. What is your favorite holiday tradition? It’s always been making sfincione, but this year we didn’t have the ingredients. All we had was flat bread so we made vegetable pizza with no sauce because we didn’t have any. Lol!

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Sunday Stealing-League of Extraordinary Penpals


Hi! Our host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!


Stolen from League of Extraordinary Penpals


1. What are your plans for December? Fun medical stuff. Took the wife to the ER Wednesday because her tongue was swollen and she had trouble talking. She was discharged Thursday after IV antibiotics. Went home with 10 days of antibiotics. She has an odd infection. Today was my annual brain MRI, tomorrow Covid test, then quarantine until Tuesday when I will have a biopsy and spend the night at the hospital. Then specialist appointments to get the results. The rest of the month I just want to chill. I don’t need this kind of excitement.

2. How do you celebrate your wins/success? 
Usually starts with “Woot! Woot!”. Then whatever seems appropriate and affordable.

3. Are holiday movies only for the holiday season? 
I prefer to watch them during the holiday season, however I started watching them in October. Usually I don’t start until Thanksgiving. I’m already complaining about how often The Hallmark Channel is repeating the same movie several times a week.

4. What would you consider a waste of money? 
The amount DirecTv and AT&T charge monthly for tv and internet. This month it went up $8. Why? I didn’t get more tv or internet.

5. What do you like to eat for breakfast? Every now and then grits with either cheese and hot sauce or butter and hot sauce. Denver omelette, but no more because I’m vegetarian. So, Spinach and Feta omelette.

6. How do you feel about poetry? 
It’s ok. I can’t write any myself.

7. Are you shy? 
Used to be.

8. Do you take time to reflect on your goals? 

9. Something you are curious to know more about? 

10. Something that makes you feel fancy? 
Dressing up.

11. How you’re still handling the pandemic? 
Not well. The new strain has me very concerned and I’ve been to the hospital 3 times this week, will be there Saturday and Tuesday, Wednesday. I was in the ER Wednesday for over 12 hours with my wife. Her tongue was so swollen she couldn’t talk. They had people staying in the hallways waiting for rooms. A nurse told my wife they had 25 people waiting 2 days for rooms. Supposedly Covid isn’t bad here, but what are all these people in the ER for?

12. A close friend you’ve never met in person. 
One of the first women who I chatted with on AOL or MSN chat after I came out to myself. We had once started to make plans to meet, but something came up. She lives in NY and lived for awhile lived in Berlin.

13. Do you get in on trends early or later? 
I don’t do trends. I buy what I like that I can afford.

14. What is something you do on a regular basis? 
Grocery shopping.

15. Do you enjoy spending time with family? 
That depends on what family members we’re talking about. The ones I don’t enjoy spending time with:  The relative who wrote a book. It was to be a memoir that included loss and being “saved” by “her” God. (Only “her” God is the right God.) She also left out half her family in her book, as if they didn’t exist. She also talks in this “I’m better than you tone.” My brother-in-law that treats my sister badly. My step-mother-in-law who treats my father-in-law badly. Once she refused to call for an ambulance when he had very low blood sugar. All she kept saying in her fake southern drawl was “well I don’t know what to do”. My wife was on the phone telling her to dial 911 and she refused. She also ruined every one of our wedding photos that she was in. She’s got a nasty resting b***h face. I very much enjoy spending time with my immediate family and the friends that have become family.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Why did no one notify my wife

My wife has been helping her Mother’s 80 year old friend, Cathy. She picks up her mail from her post office box, shops for her groceries, delivers them, and puts them away. She has a key to her apartment and had to sign for the key with the apartment manager.

My wife heard from her a couple of times a month when she needed groceries. She hadn’t heard from her in a month and had been calling her cell phone, never reaching her. Not unusual, because Cathy would often forget to charge her cell phone, or it was out of reach. Before the last shopping trip she hadn’t heard from her and drove over to see if she was ok. She had fallen, couldn’t get up, and couldn’t reach her phone. My wife came home, got my son, and asked another tenant to help get her off the floor. I know what you’re thinking, she should be in a nursing home, retirement community, or living with someone. Cathy was stubborn and wanted to live in her own apartment, alone. Whenever she did get sent to a nursing home for Rehabilitation, she would get kicked out because she wanted to do what she wanted to do. She’d been kicked out of 3 nursing homes…that I know of.

My wife shopped for her about a month ago and hadn’t heard from her, couldn’t reach her since. Today I drove my wife over there to do a wellness check on our way to the store. Cathy’s car was parked where it had been. My wife knocked on the door, no answer, so she used her key. She opened the door to find Cathy’s belongings gone, and another tenant’s there. She immediately locked the door and we went to the rental office. It was closed, but she reached someone by phone who would not tell her anything. My wife has no contact information for any relatives. She had met Cathy’s sister when Cathy moved from a condo to this apartment, but didn’t think to exchange contact information.

What do you do in this situation? Thinking the worst, I started Googling. For future reference, if you want to find out if someone has passed away, go to It didn’t take long to find the obituary. Since her name was kind of common I used the listing of those who passed away before her, looking for her husband’s name. I did find the correct obituary. She passed away a month ago on October 9, 2021. The funeral home service was October 15th. Why couldn’t the rental office call my wife??? Or the nursing home that she apparently was at? The obituary listed her as having lived in a NW suburb, but her apartment was in a SW suburb, so she must have been in a nursing home. My wife still has a key to that apartment.

My brother-in-law has insisted for years that Cathy said she was leaving him some property in her will. I’m sure Cathy did say that, but that doesn’t mean it was true. She owned a lot of properties in the SW suburbs and at least one property we know of in Michigan. For years my wife took my son to one of the properties after every snowfall to shovel and salt the sidewalk. I’m sure if Cathy bequeathed any property or money to my brother-in-law or my wife her attorney would be required to find them and notify them.

It’s just really sad and frustrating. Had we known that she was in a nursing home we would have at least called her and asked about visitation rules and to ask if she needed anything. We had done that when she had been at other nursing homes. Cathy was in a nursing home during the early part of the pandemic, and had gotten kicked out and moved to a different one. Each time Cathy moved my wife regularly contacted her.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Sunday Stealing-Family

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. Cheers to all of us thieves!



Stolen from Print/Discuss 

1. How big is your immediate family? Who are the members? Four. Myself, my wife, and my 2 adult children.

2. Who are you closest to in your family? What kind of relationship do you have with that person? Is it like friendship? I would say all the members of my immediate family. That would be because I don’t speak to any members from my Mom’s side of the family and I have no idea where my Dad’s side of the family is. We used to see them infrequently when I was a kid, but after my Dad passed away and we sold the house we grew up in, no one had stayed in touch. 

3. Which day of the year are you most likely to spend with your family? Since my daughter got her apartment we have been doing Sunday dinners there. My son wants Game Night this Sunday too.

4. As a child, did you go on family trips? What do you remember about those vacations? I only went on 1 family trip with my family. My Dad took us to meet a 99 year old woman who I don’t know who she was to my Dad. I did go on vacation to Florida with 2 aunts, a cousin, my sister, and my step grandmother. While Disney World was fun, I felt terribly uncomfortable because my Mom gave us explicit instructions not to ask for any souvenirs, or expensive food. Of course those people who took us insisted on buying us souvenirs. My Mom was a very proud woman and really didn’t want us going on the trip because it wasn’t something she could afford to pay for. I have no idea how the trip came to happen, nor do I know if my Mom contributed money for the trip. It was fun since we’d never gone there, but it felt really uncomfortable the entire trip because we really didn’t know those people other than seeing then at holidays.

5. Is there a black sheep in your family? What is different about them? Probably me. Because I’m a lesbian, and because I moved from a suburb of Milwaukee to the North side of Chicago. To my extended family on my Mom’s side Chicago was gangsters, Al Capone, etc. When I was growing up no one really stuck out to me as a black sheep…unless you count the aunt who had a child out of wedlock. Back then it was scandalous.

6. Do you know your extended family? How many of them have you met? I did up until the family reunion in 2015 that was the month before my gay wedding (which none of them attended even though all were invited). On my Mom’s side I met most of her step family. Grandma, aunts, uncles, 1st cousins, and maybe just a few 2nd cousins.

7. Have you ever been to a family reunion? How was it? I went to Anastasia’s family reunion and helped plan it. At least her family was friendly. The reunion on my Mom’s side was very uncomfortable. I took my wife and both of my adult children. We were gawked at the entire time. It was another scene of ‘watch the lesbians out of their element at a family reunion as the rest of the relatives ignore them.’ (Imagine a man’s voice from “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom”) We felt like caged animals at a zoo. Even my wife brought it up, so it wasn’t just me that felt it. Funny thing is, the only relatives who talked to my wife was the mother of the reunion planner who had dementia and only spoke Italian, and an aunt of mine who also had dementia. My wife only speaks and understands English.

8. Who are you most proud of among your relatives? Who do you look up to? I’m very proud of my daughter. She moved into a group home 7 years ago Monday, and moved into an apartment in an independent living community in July of this year. She lives alone, but they have community rooms with tv’s, pool tables, and a patio where everyone gets together. She know almost all the residents. A few of them keep to themselves. Her ex boyfriend lives there and has tried to get back with her, but she stands up for herself, says no, and has reported him to staff. All on her own. I found out after the fact. I looked up to my parents and miss them very much. The things my Mom did during hard times taught me what to do when I ran into hard times. I had more episodes than she did, but I learned from her how to get through them.

9 What characteristics have you inherited from your parents? Do you look like them? Do you behave like they do? Characteristics I inherited from my parents:  How to get through hard times, how to talk to anyone (my Mom always chatted up people at the store or bus stop. Never thought I’d ever do that, but I’ve been doing it for years now). How to be generous (I was never the Mom of the block, and never passed out treats and hugs to neighbor kids-not a safe thing in Chicago, but when my daughter lived in the group home I did all kinds of things…inexpensive Christmas gifts, I did a ball of gifts wrapped in cling wrap where you draw cards and pass it along unwrapping goodies until you lose your turn and pass it on, craft supplies, baking supplies, pizzas for parties.) I would say I look more like my Dad…facial features, so does my son. My Mom had olive skin, my sister and I were white as ghosts just like my Dad. 

10. Does your family have any heirlooms? Will you inherit anything that has been in the family a long time? My parents passed away in 1984 and 1990. I took whatever I wanted to keep (my sister had already taken things without my knowledge, so after my attorney told me to change the locks to stop her, I took what I wanted. I didn’t even get the jewelry my Mom left to me in her will). I did get some great things, more sentimental value, which my sister wouldn’t have wanted anyway.

11. What happens to old people in your family? Do they live with younger family members or move to a retirement home? How would you prefer to spend your old age? Both of my parents passed away when I was in my 20’s. My Mom died suddenly, my Dad had cancer and went in to hospice care until he wanted to come home and live his last days at home with us. I have 1 aunt who went to a very nice retirement home that had dementia care. I would like to think I could spend it in my home, however, since I have a 2 story house I may need to sell and move to a 1 story house.

12. If you are married, how well do you get along with your in-laws? I get along with those that count. My father-in-law (whose 2nd wife is not a nice person, so I avoid her). I get along well with my brother-in-law. My wife’s step sister, who lives less than 2 miles from us has nothing to do with us. She fancies herself better than family and most other people. Her friend card was full when I tried to make friends with her. She thinks she’s better than everyone else. If you watched any of her videos on Facebook you would agree. My wife’s younger sister is on the outs with the rest of the family and I don’t have contact with her fianc矇e, who was my BFF until she didn’t plan my birthday party one year where she promised to arrange the entire thing, which my wife relied upon, and we ended up at home, just my wife and me, no party. You don’t tell someone’s spouse that you will take care of everything for a birthday party and then not do anything. She also made plans with me and ghosted me a lot. She played the I’m gonna see what else I could do, pick the best thing and not even bother to let me know she was canceling. She would basically hang out with me when she had nothing better to do. That’s not respectful and I don’t deserve to be treated like that. 

13. What do people mean when they say, “you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family”? You are born into your family, you don’t choose them. Friends come along and you mutually decide to be friends (unless your friend card is full. Bitter much? Yes, with reason. I’ve had 2 people actually use those words. One, my sister-in-law, the other a co-worker. It’s not like I expect to be joined at the hip, but hanging out once in awhile would be nice. It would also be respectful.) I don’t have any of my own friends. Out of all of my wife’s friends, there is an older couple that I am friends with. We had breakfast with them Friday and were invited for dinner and hanging out around the fire pit Saturday.

14. If you live far away from some members of your family, how do you keep in touch? How often do you communicate? 不不不 My sister still lives in Wisconsin. Apparently the road does not go from her house to mine, but it works fine my house to a restaurant near hers. I’ve never been in this house because…well…I think her husband is afraid of me. (I know he doesn’t like me because I showed up at their apartment about 30 years ago to get my sister because he wouldn’t let her leave. I stuck my foot in the door, pushed my way in, nearly knocking over his drunk ash and I got in his face. I ended up calling the police instead of getting my baseball bat out of my car. He seldom talks to me when I see him and he always leans back, like he’s afraid I’m gonna punch his face in. It’s really quite funny.) My sister sends me a message on Messenger once in awhile, but it’s not to chat, she’s either got information for me, or is checking up on a health concern of mine. She talks to my kids all the time, sometimes daily. I almost sent her a message after my doctor appointment Tuesday to tell her how it went and when I get the results of my 3rd round of blood work, but I stopped myself because if she doesn’t immediately hear from me after an appointment, she calls, texts, sends messages on Messenger, all multiple times. My wife has had to call her and tell her to stop it because twice I had surgery and I wasn’t even coherent and she was blowing up my phone. She is really obnoxious. My life is stressful enough without her pestering me. By the way, I feel completely justified in what I do because she didn’t even tell me last month that she was having surgery until 2 days before. No doubt because she didn’t want me pestering her. I don’t do that. If I don’t hear back in a reasonable amount of time, I attempt contact once.

15. Are you so close to any of your friends that you consider them to be like family? The only family I talk to on my side is my sister. I stopped speaking with my Mom’s side of the family after that offensive reunion, and none of them attended my wedding or reception. I’d say I’m pretty close to my wife’s side of the family (except for the nasty step mother-in-law, but my wife feels the same way about her).

(I guess I got kind of wordy because I haven’t participated in awhile.)

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Sunday Stealing-Mosher’s Blog


Hi! Our host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!


Stolen from Mosher’s Unimaginatively Edited Blog


1. First thing you wash in the shower? TMI.

2. What colour is your favourite hoodie? 
Green. The inside is lined with Sherpa fabric which makes it warm and toasty.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? 
Absolutely! It was my wife.

4. Do you plan outfits? 
Sort of. In the warmer months it’s tshirts and cargo shorts, so I just have to coordinate colors. In the winter months I plan for warm days, typical days, and cold days. In the morning I pick the outfit accordingly.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? 
Not fabulous. Wednesday I failed to look behind me to insure the chair was behind me. It was not, so I went down on my right hip/butt. It still hurts and makes it painful to sit in certain chairs. 

6. What’s the closest thing to you that's red? 
A Sterlite tub filled with clothes.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? 
I haven’t been dreaming lately. I only remember one in the last month where I woke up scared. I don’t remember the circumstances, just that I woke up scared.

8. Did you meet anybody new today? 
Unless you count the waitress at the restaurant where we had breakfast, then no.

9. What are you craving right now? 
I don’t really have a food craving now. 

10. Do you floss? 

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? 
Skinny soup. It’s that soup recipe that was all over Facebook last year. Every vegetable you have on hand, plus a can of diced tomatoes. Of course that includes cabbage. I can’t wait to make it. 

12. Are you emotional? 
I can be. Depends on what’s going on or what the situation is.

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? 
I’m sure I have. I count sheep or bottles of beer on the wall when I can’t sleep. Sometimes it’s more than 1,000.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? 
Why would I bite into ice cream? Unless it’s an ice cream novelty like ice cream sandwiches, ice cream bars…why?

15. Do you like your hair? 
Yes. I’m in need of a haircut now. I will probably cut it at home.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Random stuff

I took my daughter to a funeral yesterday. A woman from their Day Program passed away. They had a small service outside at a park district Pavillion. Today while I was out grocery shopping with the kids my daughter got a call from the guy that runs programs and activities for her apartment complex. He told her to stop by the office, he needed to see her. When we got back to her place she went to see him right away. More bad news. An older gentleman on her floor passed away. We think from Covid because he stopped hanging out on the first floor right about the time flyers were put on all the tenants doors that 1 person in the building had Covid. Such a nice guy. I always made sure I greeted him when I came and went from the building. He would hang out in the sitting area by the entrance most of the day. I think he was lonely. Other tenants hung out with him, sometimes they played cards.

I need to stop consulting Dr Google. It’s just making me freak out. I’m having symptoms of kidney function issues. Tomorrow I go for more labs and see my PCP Monday, and a Nephrologist on Wednesday. This is the reason I became a vegetarian 2 months ago next Wednesday. Plant protein is supposed to be easier on your kidneys. (Not a speck of meat has passed these lips.) I’ve also been analyzing food labels and looking up nutrition information on produce. I literally spent 4 hours at the grocery store today and didn’t buy much. I’m looking for foods that are low in all of the following:
I also continue to look at carbs and fiber. I probably spent over 20 minutes analyzing labels for tortillas. It’s insane how much sodium some of them had. I went with corn street taco size tortillas and made quesadillas with queso cheese. I had 2 street taco sized quesadillas and a cup of red seedless grapes for dinner. Not joking. The only other things I had today were 1 blueberry muffin and a Matcha Green Tea drink at Starbucks. The medium size, whatever that’s called.
So labs tomorrow and they will send me home with a jug to collect…you know. After my labs we are meeting 1/2 of the older couple we are friends with at a Mexican joint. We have the same PCP, and he also has kidney issues, but he’s been told his diagnosis. I haven’t. I think he is further along with tests, nephrologist, and nutritionist appointments. I have to call the nutritionist Friday. I’ve just been going by what I’ve read, and really need to have the nutritionist educate me.

I got notification yesterday that  my driver’s license was reinstated. First thing I did after I opened the mail was grab my shoes and the Buick keys and left the house solo! Now that I can drive the Buick, the Blazer has a flat tire that can’t be repaired. Gah! Supposedly my brother-in-law is coming on Sunday to put the spare on so I can buy a pair of tires Monday. Neither my wife, nor I can change it because of back and knee issues. If I could remember how to use a scissors jack, I would instruct my son to do it. If I see my neighbor tomorrow I’ll ask if I can borrow his hydrologic jack. He’ll probably change it for me, and I will happily pay him. 

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Sunday Stealing-Facebook questions

Hi! Our host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!

Stolen from Facebook


 1. Do you like bleu cheese? Love it! Never had it growing up.

2. Coke or Pepsi? Either, but it must be Diet.

3. Do you own a gun? Squirt gun.

4. Hot dogs or cheeseburgers? Cheeseburger (Vegetarian. Boca Burger. Beyond Meat has to be completely thawed and cooked or it’s gross. White Castle’s Impossible Sliders are da bomb! BK, Impossible Whopper tastes like it’s microwaved.)

5. Favorite type of food? Indian.

6. What do you drink in the morning? Coffee.

7. Can you do a 100 pushups? Probably not in my lifetime. 

8. Tattoos? Zero.

9. Do you wear glasses? Yes.

10. Phobia?  Claustrophobia, but only when it comes to things like MRI machines. Brain MRI’s and radiation therapy while in an MRI-like machine where your head is put in a cage and fastened to the table will do that to a person. That being said, I welcome my annual checkups. Ativan is my friend.

11. Piercings? Closed. I had my ears pierced twice, but had issues both times.

12. Can you whistle? Just a regular whistle, not the fingers in your mouth kind.

13. Surgeries? 4.

14. Like gambling? Yes, but my system is made fun of. Winnings go in one pocket and stay there. Betting money in a different pocket and the amount is equal to what an affordable, fun night out costs. (So if I lose it I won’t lose more than I can afford.) I guess that would be “budget gambling”. 

15. Do you like to dance? I love it. At my wedding 6 years ago I danced with my son all night. When he was little (4 years old and up) I’d take him on the dance floor at weddings. Little dude was a chick magnet! All the hotties would cut in to dance with him.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Bun toting librarian

Hi! Our host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!


Stolen from Bun Toting Librarian 

1.      When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? Damn I’m old. How is it my hair has gotten so gray?

2.      What shirt are you wearing? Sponge Bob Square Pants t-shirt.

3.      Do you label yourself? Yes. I’m a lesbian. 

4.      What does your watch look like? I have a Men’s Citizen, silver with a blue face. I prefer Men’s watches because my hands are kinda large. I have a ladies Bulova I that’s teeny tiny and looks silly on my wrist.

5.      What were you doing at midnight last night? Reading.

6.      Last furry thing you touched? One of my cats, Maddux. He loves to do figure eights around your legs while you are in the powder room. Does anyone call it that anymore? I haven’t heard it in ages.

7.      Favourite age you have been so far? Forty. That’s when I came out and actually felt comfortable in my own skin. And I had the time of my life dating. 

8.      What is your current desktop picture? I’m retired, so the only desk I have is in a computer armoire. No space for any pictures.

9.      If you had to choose between $1,000,000 or to be able to fly what would it be? I could use the money much more than the ability to fly.

10.  The last song you listened to? “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty.

11.  What do you do when vending machines steal your money? If the item didn’t fall down and I have more money I just buy another and usually they both fall down.

12.  Would you move for the person you loved? Absolutely. And I did once. But it’s ok because I love where I moved to.

13.  Name three things that you have on you at all times? Usually car keys, cell phone, and wallet. Car keys not so much for awhile. (See previous post.)

14.  What’s your favourite town/city? Chicago. I loved it so much I moved there not knowing anyone.

15.  Does anything hurt on your body right now? I have an awful headache, and the usual, back, shoulders. Right now the headache is winning. Not sure if it’s what left of the pneumonia, my allergies, or both.

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Not being allowed to drive is like prison

The moral of this story is:
Take the eye exam at the DMV. 

NEVER bring a Vision Report to the department of motor vehicles (DMV) when you are due for an eye exam. If they don’t like it, not filled out properly, exam not current enough you are screwed. I got a letter in July, went to the DMV for a state ID card and to take the exam. The clerk didn’t say anything about it, did my ID and sent me on my way. I didn’t think much of it and thought all was ok.

NOPE! Wednesday I got a letter saying my driver’s license was canceled and I needed to mail it to Springfield. It was very vague and gave some statute numbers which I looked up that were equally as vague. Thursday morning at 8am I called Springfield and was told the Vision Report was too old (hello, pandemic, I thought it would be ok) and I needed to get an eye exam, have the form filled out by the eye doctor and send it in. The woman was not nice when I asked questions and told me I must immediately mail my driver’s license to Springfield and I CANNOT drive until they get my Vision Report, deem it acceptable, process it, and mail me a letter stating my driver’s license has been reinstated, and I receive that letter. Apparently the woman hadn’t had her coffee yet. I was mildly hysterical, took a few minutes to calm down and called back and got a very pleasant woman. She didn’t have any better news, but she was more helpful. She told me since I was immediately going for an eye exam that I shouldn’t mail my driver’s license to Springfield. She also told me that I couldn’t just go to the local DMV and do the eye exam there, that I could only pay for an eye exam, have them fill out the report, mail it in and wait. Thank goodness she told me, otherwise I would have had my chauffeur drive me to the local DMV, wait in line, and be told I can’t do the eye exam there.

I killed some time calling my insurance to find out if an exam was covered. It was, but the Optomotrists were not near me. I looked up my optometrist, found they opened at 9am. I called at 9am, asked how much an exam was, $133 and begged for an appointment that day. The staff knew I went there regularly and got me an appointment at 11am. I had my chauffeur (my wife) drive me, had the exam (no change in my vision, no new eyeglasses needed), then had my chauffeur drive me to the post office.

I figure the time it takes my Vision Report to get to Springfield, approved, letter prepared, letter mailed, letter received, I will not be able to drive for at least 2 weeks. Considering they are all probably still working from home due to the pandemic, it could be longer. My Buick is supposed to go in the shop Tuesday. Normally my wife follows me, I drop it off, then she takes me to pick it up and I drive home. Noooo. I can’t drive! I am not getting a ticket for potentially $1,000 plus court costs. (I looked that up too. Thank you Google!) My luck is not very good right now what with my driver’s license being canceled and paying for an eye exam that I didn’t need, other than for the Vision Report, so I’m not going to tempt fate.

Where I live there is zero public transportation and I can’t afford an Uber. I will have to rely on my wife to take me where I want/need to go. She doesn’t leave the house much and sleeps very late. That is soooo not me. I get up fairly early, depending on my plans. Did I also mention that I can’t tolerate when she drives? She’s not a bad driver, she just has more than a bit of road rage. Yelling about the car behind us that really isn’t that close, or the car that may or may not dart into our path out of a parking lot, or the car that can’t tolerate following a car doing the actual posted speed limit and passes us. I can’t take this added stress. I’m afraid I’ll be incoherent and drooling in a day or so. 

All I can think of is the things I can’t do and the places I can’t go on the spur of the moment. Some are:

Making/going to a couple medical related appointments.
Visiting my daughter’s at her apartment.
Going to the grocery store any time I want.
Going to garage sales on the weekend.
Sneaking drive-Thru lunch when I have my son help me grocery shop. (Yes, it’s always a vegetarian lunch for me.)
Embarrassing the heck out of my son by singing along to the radio and seat dancing while on the way to grocery shopping. (Hey, it’s the only kicks I get these days.)

There’s more I’m sure. But the point is that I have to rely on my wife to drive me. When I lived in Chicago I could walk out of my house, walk 1/4 of a block to a bus stop, catch a bus where I wanted to go, or catch a bus that went directly to an El train stop that would take me downtown. I went for over a year without a car and it didn’t bother me much. I worked downtown at the time so the bus to the El train stop was very convenient. This 2 weeks + is going to make me lose my mind!
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Oh my word!

We’ve got major drama going on, just because my ex friend, Liane, who is my sister-in-law’s fianc矇, got caught in a lie and then continued to lie. I called her out on it.

Liane said, and I quote “Pneumonia is Covid-19”. She said this to my wife and posted it on Facebook with an article attached, which she obviously didn’t read, that actually proved she was wrong! I called her out on Facebook, attaching an article from Harvard that stated that there is a Covid-19 acquired Pneumonia. NOT that pneumonia is Covid-19. This is the article I posted.

Liane was over Friday or Saturday to drop some things off for my wife. On her way walking off the porch she said “Pneumonia is Covid-19”. She said this because my daughter and I both have pneumonia. My daughter’s is much worse because she has uncontrolled asthma. In any event she later posted on Facebook that “Pneumonia is Covid-19”. 

Since my daughter and I both have pneumonia I was not going to just let that messed up falsehood stand unchallenged. Liane got all bent out of shape because I called her out on her lie. I didn’t say she lied, I simply stated facts. So Liane calls my wife, basically telling my wife to get control of me, her wife, and take down what I posted. I edited it to remove her name, but the post is still on Facebook.

So for days my wife has been taking calls from Liane, and her sister. Liane told my sister-in-law that I must reply to her message on Messenger, take down my post, and apologize to her. No I don’t, and none of that is going to happen. I have known Liane since 2010, longer than my wife and her sister. I know from past dealings with Liane that when she insists she’s right about something (and the facts prove her wrong) that I just shouldn’t bother to engage her. I told my wife that Liane can go pound sand. (I love that phrase. My Dad used it.). I will not discuss it, nor will I apologize. So yesterday I found that Liane unfriended me on Facebook. This is at least the 5th time she’s done it, because I refuse to allow her to control me, my mouth, or my Facebook posts. Sometime Monday Liane unfriended my wife because my wife couldn’t get control of me. Seriously!

So, all day Monday my wife was fielding calls and texts from Liane and my sister-in-law. The last call ended with my wife telling her sister that she has nothing further to say to her because she won’t acknowledge Liane’s lie, and won’t even discuss it with Liane. My wife isn’t all that happy cutting off her sister, but it won’t be forever. They’ve had words before that ended with ‘I’m done talking to you’ and they end up speaking sometime after.

I really have to give my wife credit for defending me throughout this nonsense. My wife was angry about Liane’s lie, but she didn’t know how to handle it. I do. And I did. I’m not afraid of Liane and have gone through long periods of no contact because of the way she’s treated me in the past. Liane hasn’t been my friend for years because of the way she treated me. She would make plans, get a better offer, then ghost me. She would never call or text me to let me know our plans were off, that she couldn’t make it. I’d rather have no friends (and I currently have none) than allow myself to continually be treated like that. It’s rude, disrespectful, and cruel. Too many nights I waited for plans that were never canceled, yet the plans didn’t happen.
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Friday, September 10, 2021

Sunday Stealing-Not quite 5,000 questions

Hi! Our host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves! 

Stolen from 5000 questions


1. Who do you take for granted? Probably my wife.

2. Short, knee, or ankle skirts? (if a man, have you ever worn kilts?) I like just below my knee, for myself. As for others? Short is good.

3. Do you wear a hat? I do wear hats. The type is dependent on the weather. Majority of the time it’s a baseball cap. 

4. Who's your favorite cartoon character? Wile E. Coyote. From the Road Runner cartoons. Just always hoping wouldn’t get clocked by an anvil or something. Why couldn’t Wile, just once in a great while, just step out of the way in time to miss the anvil, rock, or locomotive coming at him…It could even be just once. Just once.

5. Does break dancing impress you? Yes. It always does. 

6. Are you a miracle? A miracle baby? I guess you could say I am. My parents tried for 11 years to have a child, then I showed up. That was 1961. So without all the hormone shots and all the rest that goes with trying to have a baby after so many years today.

7. Have you ever eaten tofu? Yes. I’m newly vegetarian, so I will be having tofu. I have some in  my house right now.

8. Does the moon have an effect on your mood? I don’t keep track of that stuff so I wouldn’t know.

9. Many people will say that the Harry Potter books are pure fluff with no literary value. Do you agree? I have no interest in reading them, so this isn’t on my radar. I also don’t care for the author’s remarks about transgender people. She’s a writer. Stick to writing.

10. What are you doing next Wednesday? I think I have some medical appointment.

11. Why do so many people think Elvis is still alive? Because wouldn’t it be cool if Elvis was alive and if Jim Morrison were alive they could do an album. Tour even. 

12. Are your hands cold? Sometimes. Right now, not cold.
13. Have you ever given blood? Yes.

14. What SCI-fi books do you read? The only one I know of is “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. 

15. Have you ever belonged to a sorority or a fraternity? No. I don’t think they have those at community college.

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Sunday Stealing-Not quite 100 questions

Hi! Out host is 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. Cheers to all of us thieves!

Bev stole this a long time ago from "100 Questions" but don't have the link.

1.What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night? I don’t really watch tv at night. I stream a movie or series from HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu. That would be my order of preference for streaming services.

2.Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why? 2000’s. Early 2000’s because that’s when I came out. As Oprah says…I started living my authentic life. I finally felt comfortable in my own skin. I also had the time of my life dating like a 20 year old, even though I was 40.

3.What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song? There are too many to choose from. If I had to pick one, it would be Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

4.What Disney villain are you the most like and why? The Magic Brooms in “Fantasia”. It sounded cool. Yes, I consulted Google for a list of Disney villains.

5.Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout? Girl Scout…very briefly. It seemed to be more expensive to join and participate. We joined 4H instead. My Mom was one of the leaders. She did cooking classes. She also took us to Mayfair Mall for the fair, and to WI State Fair for the art, livestock, and baking competitions. I had a drawing entered and hung with all the other art in the Gallery below the Grandstand. I won a ribbon for it. I also entered a cheese bread.

6.If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat? Probably fly, since it’s faster than a boat.

7. What are three of your favorite dog names of all time? Maxwell (my first pet, and the only dog I had as a pet), Harley, Rufus.

8. How do you feel when you see a rainbow? Lucky.  

9. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home? I guess that would depend on if the Land of Oz were exactly as depicted in “The Wizard of Oz”, or would it be updated to the 21st century? What is meant by “home”? Where I grew up? Where I live now?

10. What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:
Meat: Vegetarian. 
Different: Same.
Pink: Girlie.
Deserve: Earn.
White: Blank.
Elvis: Rock-N-Roll.
Magic: Fantasy.
Clash: Disagree.
Pulp: Lumpy.

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