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Confused and Twisted

Apparently the people who designed the ankle brace I’m currently wearing thought the wearer would be able to see behind, under, and to the side of the ankle simultaneously. Now I have Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobility, which means I can dang near do that, and still I almost couldn’t get it off last night. It’s my own fault too, I bought the thing because of the way it wraps around my ankle.

Okay, maybe a stubborn brace is the least of my worries, but I’d rather think about the light stuff, the funny stuff, the odd and crazy of the world. Maybe it’s because I’m a little odd myself. Hey, I’m a writer, being odd and crazy is in the job description.

Anyway, I’m trying to get my ducks in a row but having a bit of trouble.

 

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Do you have your ducks in a row? How the heck did you do that?! Do you use funny/silly to feel better? What are some of the things you like?

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And the Treat Goes To…

It is my pleasure to announce the winner of an ebook copy of The Secrets of Ugly Creek goes to:

Sheryl Hays.

I used a random generator to make sure of fairness. I’ll be in contact with Sheryl. Hope all of you had a spooky Halloween and enjoyed our blog hop. See you next year!

Cheryel

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Treats Without Tricks

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Last year at this time, my husband and II were in Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. It’s a gorgeous time of year there. Blankets of yellow, brown, green, and orange cover the mountainsides. Crisp fall air caresses.Pumpkins are everywhere. It’s a great place to be.

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Photo via WANA courtesy of L.E. Carmichel

This year we’re living near Jacksonville, Florida. There are no mountains (or hills, even). The trees are pretty much the same as they were months ago. The temperature is cooler for here, which means it’s almost cool enough to want a jacket first thing in the morning.

Do I miss the the colors? Yes. The weather? Some. Knowing it will be very cold soon? No! I love the sun, the warmth, I may write about vampires, but I’m pretty much the opposite.

How’s the weather where you are? Do you like lots of sunlight, or do you hide from it? What’s your favorite season?

Enter  the givaway! (Comment on my blog for an extra entry, as well as a chance to win a free PDF of The Secrets of Ugly Creek!)
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Go visit the other blogs. There’s lots of fun and prizes!

You can find them here:

http://melissasnark.blogspot.com/p/the-last-week-in-october-authors-will.html

Granny Updated

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Yep, I finally did it. Don’t faint, OK? I bought a new computer.

 

That’s all? You say. For me, this is a big deal. First, I don’t have money to spare. To pull this little update off, I had to push my single credit account into the atmosphere. I almost fainted! But I had to. It was time. OK, fine. It was way past time. I kind of use my computer almost every single day.

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My old computer was a little Acer 10 inch that I could slip into my purse. I had everything set up the way I wanted it. I had my favorite, most useful programs all ready. It’s taken days to set up the new one Sad smile It was necessary, though. My computer was about 7 years old. (Yes, 7, stop laughing). It worked pretty well, it still looked nice, and did I mention it was small and cute? But it was slow and getting slower. The cursor was jumping all over the place. The keyboard was looking rough (no idea why…) It was time.

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So I put my cute little baby aside and bought an inexpensive Asus laptop. It’s also black, an 11 plus inch screen. And the dreaded Windows 8.1. I was sure I wouldn’t like 8, but at least it was 8.1, so maybe they’d ironed out a few wrinkles. The weird thing: I really like 8.1. The bigger screen is great too. Easier to see what I’m doing. The keyboard is a bit stiff, but either I’ll get used to it, or it’ll loosen up—or both.

Bottom line, I wish I’d given in earlier. So Granny’s updated.

Wanna brag about a computer you love, or grumble about one you hate? Have you held on to things longer than you should? Traded “up” and wish you hadn’t?

Have a great week!

Cheryel

 

www.cheryelhutton.com

 

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Nearsighted Science

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I love science. To me scientists are rock stars. Still, there are some times when I don’t understand the circular logic mainstream science uses to “prove” the mainstream view of things. Like the logic of this article. The vector (link) that moves Lyme disease from animal to human is a certain stage in the life cycle of a certain type of tick, this tick doesn’t bite humans in the South during that particular stage of its life cycle, therefore there is no Lyme disease in the Southern United States.

I see several things wrong with this statement, for instance:

1.There have been cases of Lyme, or something with the same symptoms.

2. Ticks tend to bite no matter the stage or where they are.

3. There can be more than one vector.

4. There can be more than one type of bacteria that causes Lyme.

5. Not all cases of Lyme will present in the same way. Everybody is different.

Any other ideas, opinions?

This scientific debate, or lack thereof, is more to me than just academic. My daughter has a friend who has severe symptoms and blood test documented Lyme Disease, but because she lives in the Southern U.S., and has been repeatedly told her symptoms can’t be Lyme—there is no Lyme in the south. OK, she has Lyme, but there is no Lyme in the South, so she can’t have it. Circular logic.

Wake up, physicians and scientists, you are supposed to let the evidence guide you, not ignore evidence that doesn’t fit in your little world. Get the hell over it.

Anybody out there have Lyme or symptoms that could be Lyme related? Had trouble getting diagnosed with an unusual illness?

Hope your Monday is going well.

Cheryel

 

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