Friday, July 15, 2016

A Very Long Week

I can honestly say I've had worse weeks, but this one is one to remember.

For some odd reason, I've started breaking out in hives.  I have no idea why, but they itch like crazy.

Then my legs, ankles and feet started to swell out.

This past week I went to the doctor and today's full day of testing is the result.

Fasting blood work: check.
Shopping to locate fragrance free soa:  check.
Mammograms: check.
Ultra Sounds on legs to check for blood clots: check.
Appt. with financial planner: check.

Got Mammograms Part 2

Some of you may remember a post I wrote a few years ago on mammograms.

Back then I was using a ffragrance free soap bar from Clinique.

I still like those bars, but I thought I would try a new one out.  This time I was looking for a more natural bar.

I stopped off at my local Sprouts market and found this:

I tried it with today's testing and it seemed to work great!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Exciting News For Family History For Primary

Many of my friends know that at one point in time (some years ago), I was blessed to participate with a group of fantastic sisters in my Stake to put together a program geared towards getting Primary age children interested in Family History.  This was done in conjunction with a Family History Fun Fair - which was a walk in "fair" with booths that covered just about everything you could think of relating to Family History and Temple Work.  It was a fantastic experience and produced a booklet/cd called Turn Your Hearts.

If you look at the top of this blog, you will see a second page called Turn Your Hearts - this is now where it resides and has the resources we originally used for the booklet and cd.

Many thanks for your patience while I got everything together (and found after so many years) so I could post it here.


Monday, June 27, 2016


Today has been a weird day, where I've been receiving Promptings in multiple occasions.  A meeting where I was pointing out potential bugs in a computer program, then later at Costco when, while standing in line at the exit, I noticed I was not charged for an item.  

After that, while shopping at Walmart, I was looking at the Odwalla juices and found at least one that was past it's maturity date.  I was able to notify an employee, who was gracious enough to stop what she was doing to go through all of the bottles and pull any that were expired.

These Promptings happen in the most random places, but I'm thankful for them.  For some odd reason, I guess God still loves me.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Load #3

I meant to post this when it happened, but load number three, which actually contained three boxes of stuff, was donated March 31st 2016.

I'm in the process of getting more items from the kitchen and clothing gathered to donate, I'll post details as it happens.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Big Reaction

In the wake of the Orlando night club shooting, people started calling for stiffer gun laws.  There were two lines of thinking:  either regulate which guns are available to the public or regulate who can purchase a weapon.

The stories in the press - and online - were all over the place as far as where people landed on the spectrum of the two arguments being brought forward. One argument to tie gun purchases to the No Fly List is causing uproar with people because it's flawed.  Yet I don't see any rallies or demonstrations from We The People to get the No Fly List fixed.

The interesting thing out of all of this impassioned arguing was that people have had no problems in getting vocal about their views regarding gun rights and the 2nd Ammendment of the U.S. Constitution, but when other issues come up, all you get is the sound of crickets in the distance.

At last word, the latest measure in Congress to allow the FBI & NSA to have permanent powers to use National Security Letters in order to monitor your online activity has stalled.  These National Security Letters also place a gag order on your email provider so they can't tell you that the FBI and NSA is looking at you.  Who knows, they might even see the types of weapons you are looking to purchase next.  And by whom.

This would be the same "Lone Wolf" provision in the Patriot Act that gives the FBI & NSA carte blanche without any warrants that was exposed by Edward Snowden.

So, this begs the question, why are we not raising the roof in protests about this?  Do you enjoy having your private emails shared to the amusement and entertainment of government computer nerds?

Where is your activism  now?

Then there is the matter of Civil Asset Forfeiture, which allows the police, during a routine traffic stop,  to take your money, and now even credit cards and gift cards in some parts of the U.S., with no proof of any improper use of these funding sources, and you have to sue to get it back.  Don't ask what happens if they find a weapon in your vehicle.

So, if the government doesn't get your weapons by stealthy surveillance or via Civil Asset Forfeiture, they could always take your home instead.

Let's say you are living in a house, you've paid your mortgage on time every month, you pay your property taxes and everything else that goes into home ownership.  But your home is now sitting on property that a developer wants to use for, let's say, a baseball stadium.

It's call Eminent Domain, and it allows the government to take your property away from you, all for the sake of profit.

Where is your activism now?

The time is almost too late for America to wake up.  Are you threatened that someone will take your guns?  The government has already found other ways to take those guns - and a lot more from you.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Busy Busy Busy

Some welcome changes have been happening here at La Casa De Bushman.  I'll cover the kitchen area on another post, as I'm still decluttering the area, but even right now, it's looking so much better and functioning so much better for me.

This one is covering my bedroom, which is in a state of complete disarray right now, but that's okay.

Due to some issues with the drapes, I'm having to change them.  There is just one glaring problem, let's see if you can see what it is.

Yep, that's right, there is a bookshelf against the window.  Decker put it there in an effort to block out the light.  The problem is, I need to replace the drapes (HOA is behind this one), so the bookshelf is going to have to move.  I was planning on moving this anyway, this is just expediting the process, so it's all good.  The change is wonderful.

Pictures before:

And pictures of what it looks like right now.  I'm going to have to make the bookshelf positioned better in that corner before I can put the books in.  

The other 2 good things about this:  I needed a new phone system in my home, and I needed to go through the books to see which ones I wanted to keep, and which ones to sell or donate.  This also facilitated both!