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Saturday, October 31, 2009
I know I haven't blogged for a while. I got some kind of bug again...we don't know if it was the infamous H1N1 or "just a bug." But it did make me very, very tired and very, very achy with a very low-grade fever. I had to increase my steroids which then screwed up my coumadin levels, yada, yada, yada!

But, mostly I haven't posted because I really would like to revamp this blog. I think it's very boring. I feel bad for when someone comes by to read something of interest and it's just the same old, same old. I have some ideas and will hopefully get some brain cells back in working order.

And, if you're wondering if I got the "regular" flu shot? The answer is yes, several weeks ago. Also, if you're wondering if I got the "H1N1 shot?" No, there haven't been any available. But, I"m on the list so I'm sure I'll be getting one soon. If you have an opportunity to get both flu shots, you need to do it. I'm hearing some very, scary and sad stories of "regular" people who are getting the tough strain of this bug.

OK, I'm really boring and Rod bought a TON of Halloween candy and we might (if we're lucky) get 2-3 kids stop by. So, I've got some munching to do!

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Fall in Nebraska!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I think that fall is the best time of the year to live in Nebraska. It's not too hot, it's not too cold. We call it the "Goldilocks Season" because it's just right! One of the first signs of fall in Nebraska is the when over 80,000 red adorned creatures migrate to the capitol city of Lincoln on Saturdays to watch our beloved Nebraska college football team, the Cornhuskers play (and hopefully win) football games! The state of Nebraska is a little crazy about their "Big Red Football!" I must admit that I'm not a football nut, but, it is quite a feeling being in the football stadium on Saturdays in the fall, with over 85,000 other fans, singing the National Anthem, followed by the Air National Guard flying jets over the crowd. Nebraska recently broke a college record of 300 consecutive sellouts! That record began in 1962!

Can you see the fighter jets?

They were flying so fast I couldn't get a very close shot!


Usually the temperatures average in the low 70's or high 60's during the fall months. But, the weather in Nebraska never feels like it needs to be "average" or follow the "rules." This last weekend we were surprised when our lovely fall colors turned white!! Depending on which part of town you live in we received 3-5 inches of the crap! I mean, "we received 3-5 inches of the beautiful, much needed precipitation!"

The older I get the more I appreciate snow, from the inside, sitting next to a fire, with a cup of hot chocolate...

But, not to worry! Since it's October in Nebraska, this is what I saw out of my window yesterday morning...

Now THIS is why I love living in Nebraska!

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Swine Flu, Regular Flu or just a COLD???

Monday, October 12, 2009
My poor, dear sweet husband is battling his second round of a "bug attack!" This one has left him exhausted. But, he is on the uphill climb for this round at least. Over the last couple of weeks he has repeatedly said, "I hope you don't get this." I reminded him that between 27 years of teaching the princes and princesses of contagious bugs and all of the meds that I'm on, I usually don't get these seasonal problems. Plus, I got a flu shot a few weeks ago. I evidently didn't "knock on wood" enough, or got too cocky or didn't wash my hands enough, or just got unlucky because I now have "the bug." This lovely gift comes with a headache, stuffy nose, muscle aches, low-grade fever and extreme tiredness. I don't know what it is, but it has certainly hit the Markin household. Besides Rod and now me, Nick has had it, Kara now has it and even Chris in Chicago has it! Rod and I spent the weekend sleeping. In fact, Asa and Haver also slept an unusual amount of time this weekend. I suppose it's possible for dogs to get the flu. I actually saw a piece on the news where owners were trying to get flu shots for their pets! So, who knows? I can say that I'm feeling much better than I did this weekend. At least I can concentrate enough to post a little bit on this exciting blog! So, keep your fingers crossed that all of us will kick this bug to the curb a.s.a.p.!

Don't you just love Maxine?

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cough, sniffle, cough...

ps. I forgot the cutest thing...a couple of weeks ago at my Wednesday morning ladies bible study, this "young lady" in her 90's said she wasn't going to get "that hiny flu shot." I said to her, "Wanda, it's H1N1," She said, "I know, but doesn't it look like it's says, 'hiny?' Plus, it's a lot more fun to say "hiny' than "H1N1!"
Let's pray that we all stay "Hiny Flu" free!

Another long break from blogging...no excuses...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hello to anyone who is still reading this "off again, on again" blog. I wish I had something brilliant to talk about or some funny dog story. But, unfortunately I've got nothing exciting to share. I know it's been a while since I've blogged and you're thinking, "Surely she's got something to write about." I hate to disappoint you, but, I don't. I've been battling some pretty serious "tiredness" for the last week or so. I don't think it's a bug, I don't think it's PH, I don't think it's the Addison's disease and I can't even blame it on my knee because that is also healing. It might just be "lazy old woman" syndrome. Rod's banking on my tiredness as a potential bug (he's fighting his second cold in the last couple of weeks) and that the bug is making me tired since I have PH, Addison's and am a lazy old woman. (I added the last part. He's too smart to make that comment...at least within arm's length.)

So, I guess I came here just to tell you hello and that, except for the tiredness, I'm just fine.

By the way, if you have any ideas of what you'd like to read about on this blog, I'd greatly appreciate some suggestions. Maybe when I'm dragging my derriere, some outside suggestions might help motivate me to do something besides staring at the television.

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