Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ramble Time....

Lets see I have so much going through my mind, so much I want to write about but as my buddy says.....JUST SIT DOWN!!

If you've seen my last two post, you have an idea of what I have been struggling with for the last 2 months. Today oh today! My brain and body are feeling a bit better but no marathons, hauling or rebuilding the engine in the future. Still very stiff and sore, only time will tell if this will clear up and was/is results of the medication below or if they are effects of my PSA. That antidepressant has screwed up my mind so much, I have a hard time figuring out what is what on my body :)

Well today, ended up interesting. Give it to the universe, the first day I am not spinning in circles; to want me to go do some pay it back lol. So I went to take my buddy to work and have a dead battery, this is irritating as the battery is from November 2013. I clearly clearly remember that January. My silver gurl decided she wanted some major parts, so I ended up replace the starter, the cables, the glow plugs, oil, valve adjustment, some blood, some hair pulling out and I am sure a firm kick.

 I was UGH I hate these cheap o'reilly super start batteries. I automatically condoned the battery as my battery light had done nothing odd to indicate charging troubles. I sort of know deep down the alternator is as old as the car, but it was still as good as day one. After I called for a jump, I ran and got the volt meter, I checked and the battery was at 11.3v. So after the jump she popped right off, vom again and reading 13.1v a little low for charging but I took that up to the bad battery.

So off to the auto parts store to work on getting a warranty replacement, yes the battery was already a warranty replacement from the 2012 and yes I had a lovely experience with that return also. Turned out they no longer carried that battery and the replacement was say 70$ more they refused to give me the replacement with out paying the difference. After I pulled out the soap box, 15 minutes of screaming and creating a scene I finally got  a battery. I went into the store and all was going fine, I was amazed this time I didn't have to have the battery tested first. Then when it came time to give me the replacement the store manager was called over. He looks at it and says, this is the third one? I attempted to explain to the ass that I own two of these cars and yes I bought one in 2011 and another 2012 I even had receipts to prove it. 

I have to add a little freedom of speech and just mention some of my feelings of this town. Me and soon I found out other too feel that Navajo's are running this town. The feeling is that they get everything they want. Anyone whom is pigmented white is automatically crucified by them. They don't think that many of our ancestors including mine, never came from these parts or had anything to do with that time in history. Actually the native people to this region, the Hopi have a lot of the same feelings we do towards Navajo's.

Back to the battery story, he begins to tell me that my car is destroying the batteries, that it is my fault. He never ever ever ever opted to bring a VOM out to test my charging system. I have even stated I had one in the car. He also never asked to have me bring the battery in for a charge and test as the did with the previous one.. He stood by his words and repeated that it was my fault that either there is a short or to many accessories running. Since the battery is a warrant replacement, he stated he cannot replace it again regardless if the battery is only a year old. He wouldn't even show me proof on the warranty that stated this was the case. I asked about the other manager he stated that she is an assistant manager and cannot help me. I was thining in my head, well at least she know what she is talking about! 

Anyways I put my soap box back and prepared to leave but I had to say just one more thing. I said if I was Navajo, you would have went in the back and got me a replacement with no questions asked! I've had dealings for years with o'reilly and all the other big box guys as I lived in California. I have never ever been treated like this, I handed him my stack of o'reilly receipts and I told him I will never come back here again. He shrugged and said what ever. WOW Great costumer service from the manager and remember customers are always right well unless your not Navajo. 

My thoughts are that they are people just like you and I, and I would like the same respect. They need to understand that they cannot judge me for what someone of my color did to their ancestor. Trust me if I had any racist bones in my body, I would not be consider restoring one of the first African American Churches. I am also sooooo proud that I may soon be the caretaker of that property, if all goes accordingly. Thought he did tell me I can get a replacement, but it would only cost me 109$. Oh damn and I am all out of good coins but I did offer to draw a few zero's on the ones I had in my pocket :)

After all that I came back home and Manged to get enough charge in the battery to get the good ol brown guy going. He popped right off and I grabbed my VOM, I know the charging system is practically new in him. I also installed a digital vom on the dash to keep track of my voltage. Now I'm all hook up and get the 12.6v reading while charging. I decided to go take him on a freeway drive to attempt to up the voltage. I finally got the voltage while charging to 14.1 and the battery reading at 12.6v. I am still concerned that tomorrow the battery will be dead again but I am holding out hope that maybe the almost 1 volt of charging difference between the cars may be the issue with the battery. Though it would have been nice if the ass could have done his job and checked the battery.

I have one more fun story from all this, I drove the car to the freeway to get the battery charging. As I started down the freeway, I see pulled off to the right on a dirt road a SUV. It was pulled off on the road, right next to the freeway so it was a bit hard to not look. I then see a huge navajo guy on the passenger side, with the door open. He was standing there with his hands on his side, it seemed kind of odd. I then noticed his sweet pants pulled down then I see it. OMG its all just hanging out and he is just letting it spray where it may. I have to admit, I have seen my share of little boys doing the same thing on the side of the freeway during a long trip. But never have I seen a grown man doing this, when I see men on the side of the road relieving themselves and we all do. They are clearly behind a bush or the car. Little kids we can look, smile and giggle; then chuck it up as adorable. A grown man doing this is just incredible wrong on so many levels and I care to never see this again.

Well that has been the biggest adventure today. There are some pluses though, I did manage to count the tent poles and they are all there!! Can't wait for sunny day to assemble, clean and photo it for everyone! 

I also out of the blue decided to Google more about St Luke's(see urban farm). I am going to see if I can find an affordable place to get a title search done and I also contacted the assessors office. I am getting closer to that date, when I find out if I will be able to adopt this project. So I want to get as much information as I can, I hate to relocate to the property, get the tent set up just to be told the property is red tagged or cannot be zoned residential. My feelings are that since it is a small farm community, someways from a metropolitan city that all of this legal crud will not be needed. But I have known way to many people who have struggle with the red tape when trying to restore a home in California. I still hope and pray this will work out and I do hope y'all send me positive energy!

I do keep finding paint scrappers for 2$, the LARGE ones and also finding really expensive miss tinted paint in gorgeous colors for 7$ a gal. I really really wish the universe would not make me wait for the court date. I told my buddy whom is coming along that I want you to be prepared. If I get awarded I may very very well pass out, scream loudly or strip off my clothes and run down the courthouse naked screaming I am approved; though I may very likely trip and break something. If I am not, I will probably just slowly melt in the chair, and he will have to grab a wheel barrow. Though of course I have to drive now, as the silver gurl is down and the brown guy is a stick! Damn my possessions with personalities!!

Oh something else I must must mention. First remember this! Never ever ever ever live, move too, think of, or anything else to that degree of moving to Page, Arizona. First I must mention, there is nothing here for children or young adults, our community pool is closed, no teen center, no where to hang aka coffee shop, parks are full of drunks. This place only caters to Navajo's and Tourist!

So now that you have this, we start with my buddy getting off work and us going to bug our friend at the thrift store. We go in and first thing I notice was a young boy say 9 running around the store and helping. I assumed he was part of her family or something like that so I gave it no thought. She then mention how her community service workers are getting younger and younger. I assumed she was joking, as we started talking I seen she wasn't and my jaw dropped!! 

It turns out the young boy whom just recently moved her with his family was at school, him and a friend were tossing rocks as boys do and there isn't any shortages here. Well he tossed one at his friend, it hit his face and he got his first battle scar..stitches!! What boy doesn't love stitches and scare to show off to friends. Well this happened on school property.

The crossing guard, called the police. They automatically responded and took the boy away. Never calling his parents and told they what accord. The school, not the parents of the other child whom knows the boys family is pressing charges against the boy. The court has ordered him to do 15 hours of community service for tossing a rock!!!!!

This poor boy 9 years old, no idea of what is happening and is also a tad autistic is now confused, and upset about what is happening. I literally wanted to go and scream at someone. You could tell he was crying pretty bad at one point, and so our friend being the kind person she is. Has him cleaning windows and other fun things that kid would like and nothing labor intensive.

I tend to get this way, as I may be a man but I have that mothering side, I just would like to be part of these kids life that could use the support of a bigger brother. Children in my mind are very intelligent and should be treated as adults. They are our future, if we don't take the time to talk with them and teach them we end up with a future like this. It makes me cry inside when I see some many young boys, grow into young men and end up in trouble with law. It only takes one person to change the life of a child, and I just wish society would allow more big brother figures and get their minds out of the gutter. People there are no sexual motivations with a man wanting to be a big brother to a younger man. 

I am really hoping my dream of this farm comes true, I can't wait to invite local schools and the 4-H clubs to come over and help on the property. I can teach them a lot, they can learn a lot and they can also have a role model/big bother that they can look up too.

I remember doing a landscaping job in San Francisco, the couple whom we were doing the work for had two small kids a boy and a girl. The boy wanted to get dirty, so I had him out there leveling out the dirt and getting it ready for sod. He was doing the typical job that you would expect for a kid but I was always giving him reinsurance and showing him how to do it. Later I would sneak over and fix the mistakes. Oh and that little girl, she was so adorable. She was just carrying on this amazing in depth conversation with me, I had no idea what she was saying but some how I was able to carry on the conversation with her.

These are things I really miss!! I love being a bigger brother, children really need a role model in life. It is so hard out there in the real world, and most parents don't have the time for them or they are in a broken home. With that property, I will have so much space I can help out so many people of varying ages, the basement of the church could hold many many beds. The grounds will be the teaching tool to teach these skills to them and to also help with stress and depression that would come along with helping out troubled youth.

Only the future will tell, what may happen but I always like to keep the ideas flowing out into the universe and see what she brings me!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Antidepressant Part II

Well here I am going to start another post about this! I am just so so irate about what is happening to me and the general consistence of the postings/articles I read that tell you just start taking them again and why did you stop? 

I am sorry but I am sick of these "doctors" trying to play god. The more I read about this stuff the more angry I get, just wondering how many of the suicides you hear about are contributed to this? How many children get effected by this? How many people are diagnosed with some odd mental illness because their "happy drug" is causing their brain to rewire itself!

I wish we could all get together and create some sort of huge lawsuit, to bring attention to this and have these "patients" re evaluated. It reminds me of all the asylums that were oh so poplar in the early age of America where you could ship homosexuals, women whom claiming rape, molested children etc because some "doctor" made the decision that this person was mental ill!

I personally have lots examples of this, most due to my good friend that I lost, which in turn caused my PTSD. He was brain washed into thinking he had some odd mental challenge when he did not. After that incident our neighbor became our spokes person and with out me even being aware. I was diagnosed by every media outlet that I had schizophrenia when my own mother and father had no idea that I even had this. 

Doing more reading, as all I seem to be able to do is curl up and read articles on the laptop. I see I may have Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, Yes I know I need to stop self diagnosing myself but I know with hard evidence that the drug citalopram is causing all this and I refused to go back on this drug because some "doctor" has diagnosed me SMI (server mental illness) when all I have is PTSD.

These "doctors" I feel should NOT be able to prescribe drugs that literally rewire your brain with out any knowledge by the user. With out first doing some testing on the patients brain/nervous system. As it is stated over and over and over again, that no one knows who needs what percentage of serotonin a person needs. 

Doing as I do and using my intelligence, I have to think the reason behind all of this confusion. Is that our "doctors" and previous doctors all had to go to some sort of schooling for that certificate to post on the wall. All these school teach from the same books, the same thing over and over and over again to ever individual interested in becoming a doctor. These people whom hope these institutes teach them correct cannot use common sense that they are only being taught what they want to teach them. Most of these "doctors" have never just took their own time or had this as a hobby and was able to just sit and research all the articles, books, publishing, findings etc. That have been written long ago and look at the whole picture of the disease that they attempting to treat.

It is really sad when you think about this, and I literally want to go off on someone about this. But I know because of what is in my record, I would be locked up in a padded room and drugged half to death. This is the truth people!!!! This has happened to me before, I was literally vomiting blood from the introduction of lithium into my cocktail!

I believe the reasons why I am suffering this, is because I do have a family history of mental disease. These are proven conditions and not ones just grabbed out of the sky; such as epilepsy and thyroid disease. This are right in the "do NOT take" column of almost all the articles I have read. As citalopram is known to mess with your hormones and mental awareness. I was then taking over the counter cold medications for what I thought I had, the flu. I then read that these should not be taken with citalopram.

I read this today.

Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome occurs in approximately 20 percent of patients after abrupt discontinuation of an antidepressant medication that was taken for at least six weeks. Typical symptoms of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome include flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, imbalance, sensory disturbances, and hyperarousal. These symptoms usually are mild, last one to two weeks, and are rapidly extinguished with reinstitution of antidepressant medication. Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome is more likely with a longer duration of treatment and a shorter half-life of the treatment drug. A high index of suspicion should be maintained for the emergence of discontinuation symptoms, which should prompt close questioning regarding accidental or purposeful self-discontinuation of medication. Before antidepressants are prescribed, patient education should include warnings about the potential problems associated with abrupt discontinuation. Education about this common and likely underrecognized clinical phenomenon will help prevent future episodes and minimize the risk of misdiagnosis.  

WOWOWOWOWOWOOWOWOWOWOW

"A high index of suspicion should be maintained for the emergence of discontinuation symptoms"

Really another one of those, guilty until proven innocent ordeals!

This one is really good!

"These symptoms usually are mild, last one to two weeks, and are rapidly extinguished with reinstitution of antidepressant medication"

DUH!!! I know it will stop with the re-administration of the drug. My feeling are, if this is doing all this crap to me just by deciding to stop it, what in gods name can the long term side effects be!!!

I am not crazy! The medications these doctors, are forcing down our throats without the proper research is making us crazy!!

Just reading one publishing last night, stated that 104 people died in 2004 from serotonin syndrome, and 93 in 2000. What the hell are the figures now after 10 years. But they are covering their backs, as they say these were do to people using other illicit drugs with the antidepressants....really does that count cold medication???

Today's article can be read here

Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome 

Soap box stashed away now :)

Update with me, today I am feeling alot better. The spinning sensation is going away, but seems to increase at night. Still freezing and smother. Pain pain and more pain. Then now I have been sneezing all day. Still losing hair....


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Beware Antidepressants!!!

This is something I just must post, it isn't in my normal behavior to post things like this but I have just discovered why I am sick!!!

After the incident where I lost my good friend, I have been diagnosed SMI with severe depressed better known as PTSD. Well my psychologist I got here wanted to put me on a antidepressant. I was very reluctant because I hate medications and this is something I didn't want to mask with drugs. I want to deal with the PTSD and find a way to coupe with the condition. He told me Citalopram is a safe drug, that only increases serotonin levels in the brain. I figured it would help as the depression was pretty server at that time. Fast forward to now, close to 2 years I have been taking 40mg of this drug.

My primary care doctor here was always stressing medical marijuana to me. I must admit, I did do it in California and it did help a ton with the pain but I feared I was relying on it to much. So when I moved out here I stopped it, but with his advice I decided to try it again. It took along time to save the money for the necessary license and well to afford it. I must admit, that this helps me so much in the morning when I first wake up and I am extremely sore. As I said, I hate taking pills and take as few pain pills as I can live with. The medical marijuana is helping me to not become dependent on pain pills. This is why I opted to stop the sleeping pills and antidepressants as the medical marijuana is helping with all the symptoms of PTSD as well. I have also started being closer to people who have the same condition for support.

So around November, I started to cut my intake of Citalopram and this month I opted to just stop it all together. I assumed, that with the enbrel I just picked up some cold that just won't go away. Tonight I am soooo sick of my head spinning and my eyes crossing that I was curious about the symptoms I was feeling, not wanting to go see the doctor. I just goggled to try to figure out what damn cold I have! Then I find the stuff that others have posted, when they too feel like it is time to stop antidepressants.

I then googled the name of the drug...and this is what I find...

Common citalopram side effects may include:
  • drowsiness, dizziness, weakness;
  • anxiety, feeling shaky, sleep problems (insomnia);
  • vision changes;
  • nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation;
  • dry mouth, yawning;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough;
  • increased sweating;
  • changes in weight
     
Holly crap, this is everything I am experience that I chalked up to a cold or the flu!! Now I am googling to see if there is anything I can take to combat the side effects and how long this may take for it to go away!! I cannot believe this!! Now I know why a lot of people do not trust western medicine.

I just had to post this, and encourage anyone on any antidepressants to stop! and find a more natural way to combat the problem.This is insane! I feel as though I am detoxing from meth or some other horrible mind altering drug!!

Here is a great thread I am reading.

Coming off citalopram

The cure I hope! Research shows very positive results for st johns wort. I am not planning on taking this on a daily basis as this experience tells me that increasing serintonin isn't a good thing. I feel a difference already after one tablet, plus I must re insure myself this is a natural remedy not something cooked up in a lab so my faith in an herb is lot more then a man made chemical drug!


St John's Wort

A little update, its the next day and I am feeling even worse. Started to read about Serotonin Syndrome, it states to see a doctor asap as it could be fatal. I can see why! So I call, I cannot see my doctor or any other doctor probably till sometime next month. She states there are only two doctors that work there. Wow so you guy poison me with a medication, then I suppose to sit here and just die? I am not going to the ER as I don't need to be flown 300 miles from my home. It is not something serious enough to warrant around the state travel as this hospital likes to do. So can anyone forward me the drug to help reduce serotonin? The nurse tells me the internet always makes things worse then they are, really? That is why there are thousands of post from people experiencing this same problem!!! I even told her I was experiencing seizures!!

My Life, My Future.....Your Future??

Okay okay, I was going to originally do just a short post about my life and the change I am hoping to happen on February third. Also how I am hoping, praying and praying that I will be able to play it forward to others! Well it turned into this...oh damn you universe for listening to me :P 

I hope hope hope people will read it! It is very general and I am NOT getting in deep with my life, or expressing anything Negative that is not me! And no I didn't go and find God....I found mother earth, a women I knew since I was a wee lad growing gigantic tomato plants in my front yard! Something to do with the red hair I am sure :P You guys are great! I am happy to have my own site again, where I can just post to the universe and not get back any negativity like I would get in forums!

I thought I would post something on an event that will take place on Feb 3rd. I am as nervous as can be, I just have huge doubts but then I have really positive energy about it. I know people think, how can this young man be so happy to be found disabled by the government? I have been fighting myself these last two years of waiting, thinking I am not really disabled. This waiting period, and soon after I was diagnosed was a huge roller coaster for me. It gave me time to see what I had, and yes that I am! 

Here is just some random stuff floating around my mind that I just wanted to type up.
I have mentioned on here that I have psoriatic arthritis (PSA). I was diagnosed about 4 years ago I then discovered it is something I have lived with my whole life. PSA starts off as psoriasis and then 3% of those patient’s develop a rare disease called psoriatic arthritis, I am in that three percent. This condition is still very much unknown, when Enbrel came on the market the research seem to start again. It was discovered out of pure accident that Enbrel would help to fight PSA. People have linked PSA to that of rheumatoid arthritis, but I personally think it is much worse. It doesn’t just give the arthritic conditions that rheumatoid does it affects everything. The disease has affected everything on me from muscles to bones. The main problem with PSA is that the body sends white blood cells to areas it thinks is damaged when in fact they aren’t. Enbrel helps to stop the progression of PSA but not without its consequences. With the PSA the immune system is way over active, same goes with having psoriasis. Enbrel suppresses the immune system thus making the people whom take it like those of HIV patients with literally no immune system. This opens up a whole lot of windows for colds/flus/infections to float in.
 
I also suffer from PTSD from an incident where I lost a good friend. This I have been able to control but like anyone who knows, it can rear up anywhere! This is why a lot of PTSD sufferers simply hide, go into the woods or just disappear. It is better to be away from people, so these sufferers won’t hurt anyone in periods of high stress. It is a side effect of living through something so traumatic that it just scares a person’s brain. As well as open a whole host of emotions that others won’t understand.
Over the two years of waiting for this hearing I started to see that I am disabled. I can see now that I shouldn’t be working any longer, that the more stress I put on my body the worse I become. I know people who suffer from PSA who are twice my age that don’t have the issues that I am having. I need to slow down and take it easy in the future. I suppose if I must say it, I am a mental and physical wreck lol

When I am mental and physical wreck, I need to move my mind to something different. So I start to focus on my love and passions of horticulture and history. So I turn to horticulture and antiques to move my mind onto something different. I must not forget, that I have a great sensor of humor which helps me deal with society :)
 
On the third of February is my disability hearing so I am just a wreck because of this. I just know that my age is a huge factor on the ruling because people’s understanding is that anyone of my age cannot have a crippling disease. PSA is something that will only get worse as I get older; this is something that was hard for me to understand. Knowing that as I get older PSA will just increase as arthritis naturally sets in with age. On that day I am hoping that I am simply just approved. I do not want to be put on trial where I will be tortured over some genetic defect that I had no choice in. I do believe I have a good attorney, who was able to provide a ton of proof of my condition and how it has not gotten better but worse.

I have a feeling my future is laid out in the stars; I do see positive things in my future. Though I do have an ill feeling of doubt, but I am talking this as a normal feeling. I am just focusing in on the positive, what I will be able to accomplish if I am awarded.

My feelings are, and what I have read is that I will get a settlement on approval. What amount this is I have no idea, who may attempt to take this from me I have no idea. I just keep positive and think that if I get a settlement I will be able to use this to seed my future. With money comes opportunity, I am hoping that opportunity is for me to purchase the property in Salisbury Missouri that I seem so obsessed with. The money will allow me to hopefully gather enough cash to make an offer to buy the property from the bank. Then I will be able to start a project called “St. Luke’s Garden”

The project will take many moons to complete I am sure of but with the project I am hoping for great community support. Then with that I hope to find many volunteers to slowly build up the garden and restore the property. With the gardens will also bring the history of the church back into the view of the world! From the bit of research I did tells me it was African American church one of the few in the community. Searching also shows there may be a grave yard under the home this will add a great deal in both needed research and preservation of the graves if it turns out accurate. Hopefully with the research and history of the property this will allow me to create many informational plaques to place around the gardens. When all is complete, we can then focus on preserving the property for future generations but placing it on the proper preservation lists.

I am happy to report, that I have also found a few people whom are more than willing to join on board with us! This is great for me, because I need as much help as I can. Having PSA I have more bad days then good, it will be great to have people staying on the property who are able to help with the physical activities I cannot. I also know, I will be plenty busy researching history, material, ordering and documenting the progress!


PSS. Does anyone want to exchange a Toshiba Laptop for a macbook pro? I am sick of PC's I miss my mac :( This one I am using, was a Arron's rental that someone didn't pay for, it got locked, then they smashed the screen and dumped it. I grabbed it, removed the locks and add a new screen....well I swear windows is the cruse of this thing! :P

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Selling my Cameo :(



Well I am reluctantly selling my latest fine that I am really attached to. An Victorian Cameo, more then likely over 100 years old! You can just feel the age and energy! Being a man it is a bit hard to wear, but I did sport it twice :) Though now I am afraid I may drop it and something that has lasted over hundred years may be gone in just a moment. So I am putting it up for sale, I put a starting price of 100$ on it as I feel that I would be happy to let it go for that, if others deem it not worth of what others I have seen go for. Time will tell, plus it will pay the eBay fees I oh, ugh I hate eBay :p Here are photos. It is marked 10k L.P.C, all I could come across is a mention of Lady Portrait Cameo? It is also large, and of course on a cheap chain but a nice leather case is included....oh if it could just talk! Link in my eBay tab above ^^^




New Listings!

Late last night, I got all the miscellaneous things I have found listed, below are some photos of some of my fav's.

Eel Bag

Victorian style shoes
carpet bag
papermache Clown

Kathy Van Zeeland














 I am still sick, but took my enbrel yesterday. Not really the right thing to do having a cold but I was starting to swell and sick of taking so many pain pills. So today I feel better, less sore, hair stopped failing out(yes there is a lot unknown about psoriatic arthritis, doctors tend to watch the golf commercial and believe that). So today my tongue is swallow, so sick of being sick! A lot of people here say, that the coal burning power plant is what is making so many people sick that and the now toxic lake powell. Lord I thought this would be a nice slice of small town America, not Springfield from the Simpsons! Oh and I heard the coal plant won't be going to natural gas for another 30 years, even though it is falling apart. Something to do with the Navajo's I am sure, only people whom are allowed to work there and wages under 80$ an hour don't exist. No wonder our electric bill is 150$++ a month on a 3bd duplex with central air/heat/all electric my 2 bedroom HOUSE in California only seen bills up to 150$ and that was a combo of gas/electric. Besides that when did Navajo's became Native Americans? Sheesh they are grosser then Americans, and I never thought I would see that! Let alone the way they treat this place, went to Lone Rock yesterday...all down the lake was cans, bottles, shirts, clothing, plastic crap....its like that everywhere here. I feel like I am the Native American Shedding the tear on the hillside. I do have a right to talk like this, because my partner is polish and native American :) even though my friends consider me the evil ginger :)


Simpson Native-----Me




I need to list some higher end items on eBay. My fees of 89$ will soon be do, ugh I just can't afford to list on eBay anymore. I have just been on there for so long and have such nice feedback that I just don't want to leave but I fear I will be going to etsy or someplace less expensive and less gung ho and making me a commercial business even though I just sell second hand junk. And isn't it double jeopardy to charge tax on the same item over and over and over again? I swear we need an upraise of the government. I use to have the declaration of independence on 78rpm record. I would play this on my Victor Talking Machine for friends, in the declaration of independence it states that we the people have the right to over throw our government if we the people decide they are taking way way to much advantage of the position we put them in....Boy do I wish the drones of the word would learn America's history and the rights we have if we can manage to stand together! And I am not saying start a facebook page..

Okay enough of my rambling and stuff. I better get coffee before I start yelling at kids out my window :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Treasures Treasures and More Goodies!!

Well here are group photos of all the finds from the Phoenix Trip and the the other day I went to my local thrift to say hi to my friend and came back with more!! Everything is photographed that I plan to list, so just keep an eye out, they should be up soon!!


 


 These are from the other day!
 
 





I have to do some research on a few things, but I am wanting to keep these items. The 1980's grey leather jacked, 12k gold cameo and some Aldo shoes! 





Saturday, January 24, 2015

Books Books and MORE BOOKSSSSS...

Well I sorta of made the big mistake of putting it out into the universe that I was wanting to start a garden library. I figure if we get the urban farm property I will have enough space to set up a nice library of everything horitculture from all years and well the other few books that also wondering in.

My thought would be this would be a great area for people who want to visit the property or live in helpers can come to research any questions they may have. Google and the internet are great resources and makes shopping so simple but we must face the fact we spend way to much time on these gadgets. Books are becoming long lost things found, as I find them in the bins of rejected items from goodwill. Though since I find them there it gives me a great chance to stock up on these books for the future library. I will not pay more then a 1$ a book as books are something that aren't wanted anymore and hints we find them in the recycling container. I will never get the pricing sceams at these places that are meant to recycle these products that get donated and not to make the toppest top dollar. Well I won't get into that :)

So if you ask you shall receive, lord I should stop that :) I have gathered 51 garden books and 13 misc books. I write down all the titles, so I will get them all added sooner or later as well as treasures in the books! I have a million things to get listed, all these handbags makes me feel like I am starting a boutique :) though I do love them, maybe its my feminine side :P I even found one made of eel!! Plus I got more today, ugh I am still sick and going back to bed soon...though I just go out to say hi and I hear the money noises on my phone and then its like go go go forth and rescue lol




Friday, January 23, 2015

First Find!!



Well here is one set of finds, that I couldn't figure who made. Very odd china, I seen there was a mark under the Superior mark but couldn't make it out. I was thinking that they must have been blanks and were sent to china or somewhere to be gilded. Searching eBay brings up very few results which tells me they are either cheap mass produced over seas junk or something with a little more interesting history. So I did more searching, finally I found a completed listing on some site that referenced this name to Syracuse China. Wooo hooo a lead, so google'ing this lead to so much information about the company!

I was then able to focus my eyes onto the label and seen the Syracuse name, I then found a site with date stamps. So I looked over them all for one I can make out, I found an 1-I mark this tells me that this blank was made in 1928!

So just a bit of reading I did, I read that the company made hotel and restaurant ware, fine china and everything in between. I was wow the Tupperware of the Victorian era!

This then told me why the gilding was a bit messy here n there, why Bavaria is miss spelt. It also tells me that these were meant for either lower class customers or for a fancy hotel wanting fancier ware then they were able to afford. I have 6 plates, now I am wanting the entire set! I find this pattern and style very gorgeous, history very colorful and amazing quality for cheaper ware. eBay yields very little for sale, so I saved the search. Other auction houses had similar plates that sold for the low three figures, if that is market value I may not be able to afford to add to the set.

It is sad to read the loss of another huge American manufacturer for over 130 years to overseas manufacturing. Here are some links for more info, I may try to decipher the date stamps more as some plates look to have a date pre 1900 that would be amazing! I suppose their history will remain a mystery unless some odd thing happens and I stumble upon a photo or a catalog/restaurant with this style dinnerware. 

 
I can also dream of them coming from a huge luxury liner like the Titanic but I can only dream that. Though I will tell you now, that they are not worthy of my dining room table if they show up from such a famous place. Lets hope that I can add two zeros onto the original asking price of 9.99$ each :) Of course I found them at the goodwill outlet in a bin covered with crappy glassware for like 60 cents a pound. After reading about how durable they are, a high selling point of the time. I can see why they survived and appeared like cheap overseas china.




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mark Downs Mark Downs!!

Just have to let everyone know, I have marked down my eBay items from 25-50% off!!!

I am back from our phoenix trip and the iffy feeling I was going to catch something came true. Now my brain feels like it is on the spin cycle of the washing machine! I managed to get my sold items sent off today, go to the cancer thrift and have a chat. While I went back to the post office to pick up a package my buddy got, I looked down and seen I had two different shoes on!!! I was OMG how long have I been wearing these, I thank all the higher powers they were both black! Then when I was talking to my friend she said that I was going cross eyed. So this told me it was time to come home, sleep, rehydrate in a hot bath and eat the oranges I got in Phoenix. I am feeling a bit better, but don't count on any physical actives to resume to next week:)

I am going to be keeping my activities to the recliner these next few days but the good thing is I have a bunch of interesting things on my mind I want write things about. Like how I spent all my money during our trip, the over 60 Garden books I found! The Betta rescue and more!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Phoenix, AZ Trip...

Well we went back down to Phoenix today to visit our friend who is in the hospital, he originated at the hospital here in town and has gotten further and further away....It is quite the journey down to Phoenix, its so stressful! I grew up in the bay area, learned to drive there and have driven commercial vehicles there. Boy I must tell you phoenix traffic is some scary $*$%@. When I had to get my Arizona drivers license after moving here, I think I figured out why. Your license won''t expire until your over 65. 

My buddy is in the works of getting his license, but they seem more concerned on how to parallel park then how you can drive in traffic. Let me just say, we are in the desert google earth Page Arizona. You find a spot where I will need to parallel park. Here I am noticing the lanes on the road mean nothing, you're are free to drive in as many lanes as you fill fit, during carpool hours the speed limit of the car in front of you is that of the stopped cars in the slow lane and finally the fast and slow lanes don't apply here. On this one journey, I seen many people on phones, one guy driving with his dog on his lap, 5th wheel rvs/tow truck/simi's in the carpool lane. I also see more accidents in one trip then I would see in a month of Hwy 80 driving. I am telling you if I could find a dirt road through the desert to travel my life would be so stress free.

So we get into phoenix and see all these orange groves, trees after trees after trees. We pulled over assuming we could just fill our trunk up, I seen us having fresh orange juice everyday! To be greeted with numerous no trespassing signs, but yet there were for sale signs all over the place. The trees were so neglected, just horrible neglected. The more we drove the more orange trees we saw, I was just so jaw dropped to see all this fruit just going to waste. It really really saddens me, in fear of being sent to some sort of governmental terrorist prison for picking the fruit, we decided to leave. There were multiple gated communities by them, I just could see them turning their heads wonder what we were doing. I so just wanted to drive in, fill the car and grab my shovel and save some trees.

As our journey of orange trees continued we found a fruit stop...hmmm... It was called B&B Farms I was hoping I could pay a few dollars and grab some boxes of rejected oranges. We went in and it was very nice, I loved the smell. Lots of nice fruit, and tree starts. I seen the boxes of oranges and just couldn't do the price at the moment, it wasn't bad for the gorgeous fruit that you got but for me a corky oblong orange tastes just as good. We talked to the a worker there for awhile, it was very nice. They had confirmed my suspension that 75% of the groves have been leaved for McMansions.

We were talking about all the trees that have been clean cut to build these housing developments. It was sad to see all these trees clear cut for homes and then what trees got left are simply just forgotten. It was interesting to think about all the fruit going to waste and all the producing trees cut and then we import our fruit from Mexico. It is sad that America The Beautiful has lost almost all of its farming to over seas growers. If I have time on a return trip, I sure will ask about doing some hard labor for my oranges :)


I always get sadden when I see this stuff, but on a good note I have started the BYOP business. Its a bring your own plant....to your motel....business :) You know me I cannot help but buy plants along the way and since the driving is to much for one day plus wanting to have fun. I always bring them into the motel. Speaking of motels, we are in the L motel in Flagstaff. Boy do I love this place.

Most customers with think this place it horrible and ran down because of old fixtures and cracked tiles. Well I hate to tell folks but this place is probably approaching 80 years old! I am in love with this place, huge flat screen, old wall heater with a thermostat, an old timey tub that yes an over 6 footer can enjoy and OMG the hot water. The last place we stayed at, didn't have hot water nor a heater. I think I stayed in the tub an hour hints late post :) Oh and you must must say hi to the huge ol blue spruce in this place, it is magnificent. I hope it stays another 50 years!



More photos of the journey





Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mercedes Bling

Well I have finally tackled the pile in the dining room. This mean I have new items listed on eBay!

I worked my fingers to the bone and polished all the bling I had laying around. Man everything is harder when you have arthritis in your hands. An hour of cleaning and polishing feels like muscle cramps in my hands. But I have to look at the positive, they are so SHINY :) Here is photos and check my eBay tab my auction links.



Working on adding a new SD Card to my camera, this one is large for its time but so old photos are taking to long to record.

Here are some more daily photos. Includes photos of a phalaenopsis orchid hybird that just had to come home with me.