Friday’s Fragments

September 7, 2012


I’m on the go today, after taking the early part of the week off. I have GOT to finish my built-in bookcase project before winter so we can reinstall the heater before winter. This month is craziest of them all because not only do I have those two large projects, I’m also working full time this month and I’ve got two trips crammed in. I don’t know why I do this to myself, but it wasn’t on purpose!


I lost a few days earlier this week, lounging around. I fell ill from a mysterious and sudden illness. It started with the worst headache I’ve ever had, chills, sweats, fatigue, chest pain, and heart palpitations. For a little while, I thought I was having a heart attack! Turns out it was MSG Food Syndrome. MSG! I was stunned! I’d had Chinese food from a new joint and then made tacos (with seasoning mix) for dinner. I guess it was enough to bump me over the tolerance level.

Ibuprofen wouldn’t touch the pain but you know what helped? Peppermint oil. I put a few drops in tea and inhaled it. It was so good that I clung to the little oil bottle and breathed in the vapors for a time. No side effects, except relief. The headache finally went away after day three.

So now I need to avoid MSG like the plague that it is. It’s in so many processed foods!

Summer is loath to release it’s evil grasp on Upstate NY. It’s forecast to be 87 and humid today. i’m rooting for autumn’s vengeance, coming soon.

My husband is reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s pre-Civil War classic “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” He spent some time relaying the story to me. It’s truly an incredible book. I wonder why no one has ever made a movie from it?! My husband says he thinks it’s because the book is too overtly Christian. Hollywood couldn’t really tell the story without chopping it up in an attempt to excise the Christian elements… That had never stopped them before, however. :-p


I think that a lot of the most basic societal problems could be solved by teaching history in schools and on TV. Not Social Studies — history. A conceited culture is shameful to a nation.


Ever wonder why they don’t play more wholesome, educational stuff on TV? I mean — what an exceptional tool for educating the people! It’s merely another social engineering weapon, alack. Why is is so hard just to present candid facts before the people?

The husband got me lobster for my birthday a few weeks ago. I’m almost half a century old and I’ve never had lobster. It was OK. Hard to get to. My conclusion? Hunger is the best sauce.



Yes, I am usually very thoughtful very early in the morning.


The sun has risen and now I must get to work… The pressure is on!!!!

Have a good weekend, folks. šŸ™‚


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3 Responses to “Friday’s Fragments”

  1. Karen and Gerard Says:

    My only exposure to UNCLE TOM’S CABIN was the portrayal of it in one of my favorite musicals–“The King and I.” I never had lobster but really don’t think I’d like it. I feel sorry for the poor things when I see them swimming in the tank at Giant Eagle, oblivious to their fate.

  2. lin Says:

    LOVE lobster. Worth the effort, I say. Sometimes we order fresh tails from Lobster Gram–much easier to enjoy.

    I think there is a lot of educational and wholesome stuff on TV—but you have to pay for Cable or Satellite. There is “Inspiration” TV, which you might like. It is really wholesome TV for the entire family–they even have re-runs of The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie–which I’m addicted to.

    Then there is the History Channel and the Family Channel. This is why I pay for cable–I won’t watch what is on the basic channels.Even the commercials are offensive to my eyeballs. I don’t want to see all the CSI garbage and dead bodies. Yikes.

  3. Susi Says:

    I only eat lobster when it is chopped up in my hubby’s seafood sauce… so delicious. Sounds like you are a busy bee as usual. I feel a little stressed right now because I can’t seem to get myself together and get much done. At least in my mind! I’ve had to deal with a sick husband, sick kids, myself under the weather, back to school, new after school activities and all the other myriad things that fall upon a mom… Good luck with your bookshelf project, hope to see pics!!!