Please Don’t Eat the Grapefruit

I have debated with myself for awhile now on whether to blog about this topic or not. Even as I write I’m not sure I will publish this post. If it turns out that I do, pardon my ramblings…..

My newest friend, Mom's cane

My newest friend, Mom’s cane

Last Fall at a craft show I participated in as a vendor, there were some FFA (Future Farmers of America) students selling fruit and other items for a club fundraiser. I usually try to buy ‘something’ when it comes to students. So I bought a fruit basket. So did my mother. Giving back to others is important to most of us at one time or another. Right?

Time went on, got my fruit 1st week of December.

It had 8. Large. Grapefruit. My. Favorite.

I mean you just don’t understand how much I love grapefruit in season. I ate mine, Mom gave me hers that she didn’t want. (she loves me 🙂 )

Meanwhile I have this progressive problem walking. It got so bad that I had to sit just to blow dry my hair in the morning. It has been so bad that I haven’t went to Walmart since early December. Girls, you know it’s bad when you avoid the Mall at Christmas. You may see where this is going. Or not.

I debated MS, viruses, and other possibilities. The list goes on and is really crazy because the only problem I’ve ever had is with knee dislocations. (story for another day). But I was clueless. Until I looked into my current medications. I was taking a cholesterol med that apparently you are not supposed to take with grapefruit juice. It’s called Lovastatin. Well, I surpassed the juice. I was overdosing myself with all this grapefruit consumption.

I spoke to the pharmacist. They informed me that ‘the info is in your packet’.

* But is not on the bottle*

Have you ever sat down and read all the 12 pages of info you are given with your meds? Really?????

Meanwhile, I’ve had an MRI and cortisone shot with my orthopaedic surgeon who has performed 2 of my 3 knee surgeries. I had made the appointment with him before I knew it was drug related. But I kept the appointment realizing he may have information to help me recover. FYI his nick name I christened him with is “Wyatt Earp”. In 2001, I was told I’d never be able to perform the job of Child Care Provider again. He helped me change that. He’s also the surgeon who traveled with the NFL Chiefs for many years. The positive thing I found with this MRI if you can call it that, is that I have thinning of my patella (knee cap) and No cartilage in my knee joint so I will be undergoing lubrication injections periodically for the next few years. So with these injections I can avoid a total knee replacement for a good while. Insurance doesn’t cover these shots though and they are expensive. At this point I could get into debates on Health Care Reform or even lawsuits. Neither of which I am interested in so I won’t.

I will be seeing my doctor again today for one of these shots. I don’t know that it will do a thing for my walking ability related to this damage the drug has caused. It didn’t cause the thinning or the loss of cartilage. I hope to hear something more beneficial related to the damage it caused. Like what can I do besides TONs of exercises???? I have done so many leg lifts, I should be able to bench press a tractor by now.

I am merely trying to inform anyone who is taking a ‘statin’ drug.

Please don’t eat the grapefruit.

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Phone Scammers & A Brag Moment

Answered a call from 616-971-0229 MI, USA. A recorded message informed me that Obamacare is the law of the land and that if I wanted help getting medical insurance, press one. If I wanted to be removed press 2. It occurred to me later that a call from or on behalf of the federal government would not refer to the Affordable Health Care Act as Obamacare.

This is the 2nd time they’ve called and I’ve pressed 2 to be removed. Guess that isn’t really an option they wanted me to choose. Happy President’s Day to you too!

In other news…….


Presenting my youngest daughter (in red) and fellow violinists Hannah and Morgan with Dr. Nix of Columbus State University Schwob School of Music of Columbus, Georgia,  who conducted their orchestra concert. The girls were part of a UMKC Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra festival that was held at the Weston Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend. It was a superb performance….

and I’m such a proud mama!!! She made 1st violin section.

She rocks!!


It was in a meeting room and unfortunately not visually friendly. This is the best shot we could get. Notice the mega pillar to the right. There was another half of the orchestra on the other side of that obvious support beam.

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Here’s the other half of ‘us’

While Waiting on the Laundry…..

It’s Saturday…
The Kids are Away….More on that later.
I blocked and starched this:

So also “waiting for the paint to dry” besides the laundry. That’s a

Bavarian lace-style  block in case ya didn’t know.

So then….. talked on the phone for 45 minutes to my sister. Didn’t mention the work in progress was looking like this….IMG_2156

It’s a sore subject right now. Let’s just say I’ll continue it later.

And changed my Facebook cover photo.

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And the laundry continues.

Happy Saturday everyone!


F is For Friday


Yes those are our instruments. I play banjo (5string/Scruggs style) and my daughters play the rest.

It is finally finished. I present to you the Galaxy Throw in all its glory. It took nearly 7 skeins of yarn. This is one of the first times I’ve planned out an item and actually bought enough the first time. No late night dashes to the yarn section for ‘one more skein’.


Another view.

Now the burning question…….Is it for sale? I haven’t made up my mind yet. It just might be a keeper. Guess I’ll have to

Buy More Yarn!!!! 🙂

Side tracked Sunday

It’s been a Long weekend for lots of us in Central Missouri.
The first pic is an “ugly” one. But its very telling of our circumstances.


That my friends is the Frozen variety of water. We had an ice storm.


It was pretty but not sunny to show the glisten of the ice.


I was almost finished with my “item” that I previewed last post, but alas I came to the fateful words…….

Continued on page 54

But I did promise a look…


So better one next time.


Meanwhile, Mid Missouri still sits in its ice bath. Many are trolling the Internet from boredom. I get a lil Facebook message from my sister.

My response:

Stephanie Randall Finnell Your feet must be cold.

On went the banter and so I told her I’d put it on my “to do” list. So I have officially been sidetracked from my sewing project. But that’s all fine as I guess we’re gonna have a few snow days comin up.

barbie's request

Here’s her request.  It has been ordered.

I will now take prayers as I’ve not made the crocodile stitch before.

But they are so Doggone cute I have to admit.