From Goatheads to Tonsil Stones

The never-ending battle has begun. The weather warmed up and instantly my mighty enemy, Goatheat Plant, has once again attacked!

Huge patches of these appeared almost overnight. They filled the irrigation ditch and have spread in large clumps into the front yard. They surround one of my driveways. Thankfully, I don’t park in that one, but if someone comes over they must navigate the mine field or their shoes will be covered in goathead thorns. I have been spending some time every day digging them up and have filled three garbage cans so far. They will come back but I will not give up this fight! It is slow going as using a shovel or hoe is hard on my lower back and shoulders. Still, I will fight on!

We try to check our shoes before going inside, but some still find their way in. When stepped on one instantly howls like a coyote and screams out every profane word one knows. I do not like them.

I developed a sore throat about a week ago that lasted a couple of days. No biggie as I get them from allergies sometimes. The sore throat came back, so I peeked at my throat to see if it looked okay. I found a small white dot on my tonsil. I was able to touch it and it feels like a small pebble. I am sure it’s a tonsil stone. It looks like this, but not as big.

I was reading that gargling with salt water can help with the sore throat and can actually dislodge a tonsil stone. It’s not a bad sore throat. Just enough to notice at this point. If it doesn’t help within a short time, I will need to see the doctor. I have been trying hard to not see a doctor until Medicare kicks in, but that isn’t until October. My old lady body is betraying me! It is falling apart!

That is all of the excitement I’ve had lately. Otherwise, I just stay home most of the time and just do everyday life things. I hope you all continue to have good health and are happy.

No Particular Topic

It’s been a while since I posted. I really did intend to post more often, but time somehow just keeps flying by and I get nothing important done and have very little to say. I thought I would just ramble on about things I’ve been doing.

I have had a lot of lower back pain and it’s making me cranky. Full disclosure: I was already a cranky old lady, but this gives me an excuse! It’s so annoying when your body ages and you start losing the ability to do things that used to be so easy to do. It feels like I’m being erased slowly, one thing at a time. I guess that’s life.

I have been attempting to write poetry again. I used to write a lot of it, but life got so busy with, well, life and I didn’t have time. I am fond of short poetry forms, so I’m writing a bit again.

I’ve also been listening to a lot of music. I was fascinated with Jackie Evancho’s early singing career. Such a lovely voice. I haven’t really heard anything about her lately, though. I also like Matt and Savanna Shaw, a father-daughter duo. Such lovely voices. Mostly, though I have been listening to Kpop. My daughter has been a huge Army (fan) of BTS for a couple of years. I recently saw a video pop up on Youtube and decided to watch it. I loved it! I started researching them and found I am a fan. I am now listening to other Kpop music as well. I’m not a fan like I would have been as a teen, but I have an appreciation for the talent and hard work that goes into being an Idol. The songs are really pretty great and have messages that I can relate to.

I have been reading. I am currently on book 6 of a cozy mystery series by K. E. O’Connor. It’s the Holly Holmes cozy culinary mystery series. I have really enjoyed cozy mysteries.

Well, those are the main things keeping me busy lately. I hope you all are happy and well.