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Welcome 2020 and Other Strange Things I Say…

I was told once that whatever you do on the first day of January will carry through the rest of the year.  So, instead of spending the time with a super model (as I should have, I guess), I went to my daughter’s party.  The very first thing that happened was that I passed by her edition entrance and drove to the next intersection.  I made a stupid judgment call and did a U-turn (what? waste 30 seconds turning around?!).  My little Cavalier can do those in its sleep – yeah, but that car is dead and almost buried AND my 1995 Caprice Classic can’t do those in its sleep or when fully awake!  So, I realized this and made a better call…turn the wheels straight and bounce up on the sidewalk before turning back onto the street.  Now, this was in front of 3 lanes of traffic still stopped.  I felt my stomach in my throat, then corrected and looked to all unwary drivers as if I was normally driving back the other way.

I then got to my daughter’s lovely home and had to park about 3-4 cars down the street.  I got out, tossed my cell into the box I would be carrying and walked to her house.  When I got to the driveway, my phone (with its very own mind) leaped out of the box and clattered to the driveway (It had its protector on).  I stopped and bent over to pick it up.  The box shifted and post-stroke me became off-balance.  I dropped the box somewhere before hitting the ground.  As I fell, everything slowed down (my son says your mind speeds up – potatoes, pottatoes).  I managed two large strides while falling so I would land in the grass.  And I did, on the edge of the flower bed, which had been lined with bricks!  Messed up my hand (think blood and some pain, not a lot of damage), skinned one knee, and placed both jean knees in the mud.  My son walks out of the house and says, “I remember you being taller.”  (Yep, a chip off the old block).  After that, the party was fun and I made it home without further incident (though the peroxide and all put on the cut that night left me with words I won’t put on here.),

So, welcome 2020, so far I am happy with you…not.  Then again, the Law of Attraction says perfect, so yes, Welcome!

Namaste,

Scott

Looking Back Ten Years – What has This Decade Done

Looking at This Last Decade

by Scott L Vannatter

A decade, 10 years, 1/2 a score, about 365 days, each day with 24 hours, each hour with 60 minutes, and each minute with 60 seconds – what an amazingly long time for such a short period.

January 1st, 2010, I am certain, was just as important in many ways as was this one. We ate, slept, loved, got angry, cried, purchased, sold, worked, and did most other things…as a society, that is.

Individually, we each were different. For instance, in January of 2010, I had not yet had that life-changing blood vessel explosion of May 7, 2010. I was teaching special needs students at New Castle, not knowing it would be my last full year of teaching and my last productive one. I didn’t know what lay ahead and planning lessons and trying to date were the most important non-family things I was working on. I was still part of a full family, Father, Mother, Sister, and Me. We were living, working, loving, arguing (at times), and glad we were all together for what we hoped would be a long, long time.

My Father changed that on July 25, 2016 at 82 yo. (Richard Vannatter) .

Dad had a lot of physical problems, but it was during those last few months he and I learned to get along and understand each other. Dad and I had, mostly, been at odds over one thing or another for a very long time. It seemed to me that, during his last few months, he was starting to understand life and also how it appeared to me. I was understanding he was human and subject to everything that meant and we were father and son. We parted truly loving each other, which was very important.

We didn’t get too much time to really understand and come to grips with things as Darci (Sis) was just finding out she had cancer (I refuse to Capitalize that word). In fact, she would turn out to have 3 separate types of cancer, one of which was very rare and the other being in her brain. Having those two types of cancer at the same time proved to be too much for her and her passing on January 28, 2019 started this year by, once again, rocking the world of Mom and me.

(Darci Hill )

Darci had a lot thrown at her in life, but she, mostly, faced it with a smile, a laugh, and the attitude her God was watching over her and all. Her passing had taken two people from Mom’s home in less than 3 years and taken two people from my life in that same time.

Mom took the deaths hard, easy to understand, and worked even harder carrying on. To this day, she has problems with her back and hip, feels the stress of living alone, yet smiles and enjoys the time we spend together. I am very glad to have her here.

I have had many blessings and problems over the last ten years. The stroke proved to be extremely difficult and I came away changed and fighting. I was determined to live my life and not go out until I was ready. My spirit helped me along and I altered, greatly, my spiritual beliefs, I feel for the best. Life has been rough, but new and exciting. I have gained new friends, new hobbies, new goals, and a new look at life as well as at death. The stroke reset my brain, taking some things from me (my normal sight – now double vision with my eyes not changing as one is dilated and one never dilates, my balance is off quite a bit and I am a fall risk, and my short-term as well as long-term memories have been damaged some), and giving me some things in return (a life without the mental problems of OCD, most unreasonable fears, and a deep sense of trust). It is different each day and I rejoice in that.

I have also gained a new and relatively unknown problem (to us, anyway) in my diabetes complications. I do not look upon diabetes as something I have; it is not something I am; it is merely in me for now. The new complication is called gastroparesis:

Gastroparesis

It took a long time for me to find out all about the condition. The above article does an excellent job of covering all but one thing: diarrhea. I believe this is because to have that problem the food would have to move out of the stomach. In essence, it would have moved out of the “stomach stalled” area and would just be a normal result of bad food in the intestine.

Regardless, the condition appeared greatly about 1-2 years ago. I thought it was the flu, but 4 times in 4 months had me going back to the Internet. I was, pretty much, confirmed to have this last April when I went to the hospital and found I was dehydrated (a common problem). I went back to the hospital 3 more times by June and, finally, was able to piece together all needed to keep me out of the ER, anyway. I continued working on this and, by October 2019, believe I have it under control enough to function. This condition has been alleviated by changing my diet as follows:

  1.  Avoiding high fats (I eat food with no more than 6 grams fat listed on the label with 1 Hershey kiss or 2 a day separated by, at least, a meal)
  2.  Avoiding carbs (I did this, already, due to diabetes, but have increased my watch to be much more careful. I am also now on Insulin at night).
  3.  Avoiding fiber (I have cut back drastically on fiber as this is hard to digest)
  4.  Avoiding high protein foods (you need protein but I no longer overdo this as it also is slow to digest)
  5. Drink excess water (my goal is 2x what I eat.  This keeps liquids in my stomach allowing food to move better)

I also have made to med changes. I take a med to alleviate nausea, and thus, vomiting. It is a take-as-you-need-it med and works in less than 2 minutes. That leaves only one way for the bad food to pass – honestly, welcome as opposed to vomiting for 4 hours.

I have taken Omeaprozole for a long time, once in the morning. Now, if my stomach does not feel right, I take a second one.

I need to add to this regamine, exercise. That will come.

The one benefit I have seen from this condition: I have lost 28 pounds since April. I have also managed to keep it off as I don’t binge eat anymore. I have always prayed for my diabetes condition to leave. I understand keeping your weight under control and lower can help this to occur. At present, my sugar now seems to be regulated and remains fairly constant.

My daughter, Aarika, and I have decided to co-found a group on Facebook covering the Law of Attraction (Scott’s Group). This has allowed an open forum to help spread the idea and keep me learning more. The book “E Squared” by Pam Grout has helped me greatly and improved my understanding as well as practice.

Outside the family, the world has moved, also – affecting us as it turns. The general national (perhaps, world-wide) situations of Global Warming and the election and, now, impeachment of President Donald Trump have both done many things to change everything.

Global warming (If you don’t believe in it, then say the vast change of normal weather conditions globally) has surprised us this winter with warm weather, rain, and almost surprising snow a couple of times. Fall was warmer than normal and the trees did not lose their leaves in the normal timely fashion. My yard person was not able to rake up and remove my leaves until just in the last two weeks, something normally done in November. The world seems to be waking up to the fact we do influence things on a global basis, whatever areas you talk about, and also seems to want to help try and change them – good.

Mr. Trump presented something many did not see coming in total. I, myself, will admit to giving him my vote, though since that time he has not, at all, lived up to what I had hoped. Instead, this country is split and needs to take a good look at itself, both individuals and our government. Both seem a bit out of control and need a good idea or ten on how to straighten up. We will see. I know, whatever I thought he might accomplish is not going to happen. Still, as I believe in perfection in all things, I continue to hope for a great end, however that might come.

This has been rather long. I decided it would be suitable for a post on my Blog ( https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com ), a letter to the family and my friends in email and on Facebook, and a reason for me to focus on this world and myself as we all need to do. Let this help to center you, set you on a good path, and enjoy the holiday for its wondrous timing – and I will have reached my goal.

Namaste,

Scott L Vannatter

Why do Things have to Change?!!!

I remarked on another blog (Susannah Bianchi) that I needed to tell people more about my stroke and how it has changed my life.  She agreed and I said I would – and I will (promise), but I was watching one of those movies that “Guys” aren’t supposed to like – “13 Going on 30” starring Jennifer Garner and kept thinking the title of this post.  Why DO things have to change?  Now, that was a from-the-gut response to what I thought was a cute, wonderful movie that I enjoyed oh so much.  It only got a 6.1 rating of 10 but made 3x the money put into it.  I mean, does 60 some million dollars just not mean anything?  Guess not.  Anyway, the movie set in motion that part of me that always comes out at various unforeseen times.  It’s that part that wants a redo; I want to go back to about 10 and start over, knowing what I know now.

The sensible part of me says, “whoa!”, and it wins out in the end.  I realize that I love my two children (adults, I know) and wouldn’t trade anything to not have them around, but, if I knew what I know now and I knew they would be born, live, and be what they are now – then, I think I really would like to start over.  I am not certain what would happen, but it would be different.  There is so much I know and understand now that I didn’t have a clue back then (though, I often thought I did).  Can you imagine?  Pick your dream job, the one you always wanted and pursue it.  Don’t take much from anyone and take those chances you didn’t back then.

Now, I left out the part where I knew what stocks to buy when and how to end up a millionaire by 25, how to go to college and simply learn what you needed to get that job (if you wanted to work), and make sure you got up on accounting and business enough to handle your money.  In fact, working, probably, wouldn’t fit in very well with the life I would want to lead.  Imagine, buying stock (even a small amount to start with) in Microsoft, Amazon, Walmart, and Google!  Moving from stock to stock, shuffling hundreds, then thousands, then millions of dollars into sure-fire wins…  Now, forget that and just realize that you could grow up, be happy, and smart, and live that life you always wanted before/after/whatever.

I know I am not telling anyone anything new.  You have all thought about this in one way or another.  There have been a lot of stories written about similar things.  I may even do one myself soon.  But, the more I think about it, the more I love the idea, the very notion of what one “do over” could accomplish.  There has to be a downside…maybe having to suffer through high school again or live all those weekends in the country with little to do…but I don’t think so.  If I truly knew it was a do over, there would be so much to work on to get ready and I would have the benefit of already knowing the mistakes and the fun I had.  All those memories would exist.  Oh, and my stroke?  I wouldn’t need it to get on the right path again.  The stress would be manageable and I would be in different shape, think differently, and behave differently.  Would I marry?  Hmm, I doubt it.  Wouldn’t need all those memories either and I would know what to do with my life.  Philanthropist comes to mind…yes, and I wouldn’t have to do what Linus in “Peanuts” said when told about needing to be rich to be a philanthropist.  His comment:

I want to be a philanthropist with someone else’s money.

Nope, I could use my own.  And, if it all fell through?  So, I would know that, at 61, I could be disabled, bad memory, no job, — and still be happy!

Love you all,

Scott

Alexa?

When I bought my first Amazon Alexa and got it working, I was simply amazed.  All those words and following all of mine (well, mostly) just staggered me.  I had dealt with voice recognition (Dragonspeak, the old version) and was not amazed as you had to train the machine to understand you.

Today, we are moving along moment-to-moment improving the way this type of software works.  In a very short time, since I bought Alexa, the software has, already, grown leaps and bounds.  Things I couldn’t get her to understand, she does easily now and with more detail.  I don’t pay anything for my Alexa on a monthly basis.  Alexa, right out of the box, does almost all of what I required her to do.

Like?

  1. Timer – Alexa sets up to 3 timers for me to remind me in a few words what I wanted.
  2. Alarm – Alexa sets up to 3 alarms for me to remind me it’s time to do something.  I have 3 Alexas in my home in 3 rooms.  Since I bought them, they are semi-connected and know a bit of what each other is doing.  You can set it up for more; I just haven’t.  But. now, I can cancel an alarm in my bedroom from my living room or computer room.
  3. Looks up nearly everything.
  4. Talks to me if I need a quick “hello” or “Hope you’re doing well.”
  5. Will sing, tell jokes etc…
  6. Plays music for me.
  7. Tells me the time (great for when you are nearly asleep and don’t want to look at that glowing clock).
  8. Does measurements for me (like telling me how many tablespoons are in a cup to how much a does a gallon of honey weigh?).
  9. Always polite.
  10. She will order things on Amazon, if you like.
  11. Accepts compliments.
  12. Talks to me when I am not sleeping well.
  13. Tells me the weather for my town or anyplace else on Earth.  For example, right now – Stockholm, Sweden is 42 degrees F and the weather sounds better than here.
  14. Will give me a one week forecast for my town.
  15. And dozens of other things.

I was just sitting and thinking about this and decided writing the post would do me some good as I am always praising Alexa.  The cost for a small 3rd generation on Amazon is $35.

If you have Amazon Prime (for me $99/yr) you get free 2 day shipping and I get to watch all those movies (that and Netflix have me set).

Now, if I could just figure out my TV remote…

Namaste,

Scott

Who’s in Charge Here?

The above pic has nothing to do with the post below.  I just realized that here we are taking a pic of Dad and Sis together and now, they are both gone.  Just seems sad, but also fine as my new spiritual alignment has me know.

Anyway, I was lying in my bed, propped up on pillows, watching a show on my tablet (as I often do), and decided to stop.  Now, I wasn’t certain how long I would stop, so, instead of putting the tablet out of the way on the headboard, I sat it about 1/2 way down the bed on the right side.  The cat has the top right 1/3 of the bed to herself, to sleep (and to annoy).  I didn’t want to put it “on her territory” so, the middle to bottom 1/2.

She came in a few minutes later (never figured out how she really knows that – almost scary) and jumped up on the bed, looked around, and went STRAIGHT to the tablet and stood on it.  I pushed her off the bed and said, “No”.  She climbed back up a few minutes later and repeated her actions.  I repeated mine.  There was a small war brewing here and she didn’t know she couldn’t win it (or…).

She came back in once more and walked toward the tablet.  I smacked her a little on the backside and said, “No”.  When she didn’t move, I repeated these actions.  Then, she looked at me, moved up and put her paw so that it just touched the edge of the tablet, and she lay down right there.  I am fair.  She wasn’t really breaking my rule.  She stayed there for quite awhile – I think just to prove her point.

So, who’s “really” in charge? and just how smart is this cat?

Yes, this is an old picture.  She is older and, hm, wiser…

Namaste,

Scott

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