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OMG, I painted my steps yesterday, and I feel like a virgin who just had sex with some fairy tale creature.

In terms of cheap therapy, it's up there with VACUUMING even, which is the gold standard.


Pictures soon.

Aug. 15th, 2019

Look at this pudge butt.

FYI, what he's laying on is a "litter enclosure" that's made out of pressed wood and covered with carpet. I sprayed the inside with FlexSeal---which was absolutely useless----and put one of those litter catcher mats in there, which DOES work. And then, of course, a litter box.

The dilemma is that first thing in the morning I scoop all the litter boxes, but also, the sun is irresistable as well, and so here we are. Time to have my tea.

I've started drinking tea agsin and I've noticed the stomach aches have backed off considerably. See? TEA SOLVES EVERYTHING.

On this foundation I shall build my church: tea, books, cats, REAL window seats for many hours of reading, and yeah, adopt don't shop.

Plus the first person who figures out a way to digitize ALL THE BOOKS will be a saint in thos church, complete with statues.*

*Okay, said"statue" might resemble old Barbie dolls, Beanie Babies, and action figures, but the thought is sincere.



So Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself after an attempt a couple of weeks ago. He'd asked to be allowed to serve out his pre-trial detention in his zillion-dollar Manhattan penthouse, which.....shyeah.

He was never going to be a free man again.

Of course, lots of very powerful men were implicated in his rape spree.

Cui bono?

In a lot of suicides, the answer is no one, though the suicidal person themself might believe otherwise. Here is the suicide prevention hitline number. I still call them because the shadows still gather now and then, and you CAN prevent them from turning into a deluge. 1-800-273-8255. If you need to, call them.

Repub morons are already trying to make Clintonbodycount happen. To which I say:

Monica Lewinsky, you twits.

Paula Jones

Hell, Anthony Weiner still wanders around.

But....but....Seth Rich, you say! Yeah, before you get to say that poor kid's name, Seth Rich, where was Barack Obama born? Answer anything but "Hawaii" and you can bugger right off.

Seth Rich died weeks before that rapist Assange got those emails from Russian operatives. Abd he lied about that.

Meanwhile, Jamal Khashoggi was disciplined by the Saudis weeks before they murdered him.....for criticizing Trump. Trump, who is so thin-skinned and vicious that he wants to murder the press. Trump, who calls the press "the enemy of the people" or "fake news" when they quote him verbatim or otherwise expose him as the whining lying tittybaby he really is.

A few weeks later, Khashoggi was lured into an embassy, tortured, murdered, and dismembered.

Cui bono?

Trump and his fans and enablers lie hatefully, viciously, and constantly. Worse yet, they lie because of their own failings. That makes them vicious---and dangerous.

Trump has paid bribes to women to prevent discussion of.....whatever.

You figure it out.
Christ fuck these commentators for mealymouthing Trump's racism. He STARTED his cam------you know what? Fuck this shit, I ain't repeating all the bullshit.

What I want to know is why Trumpies don't iddntify themselves as Trunts right up front.

Oh, yeah, because THEN you'd know that they voted for this lying, hateful, petty, spiteful, weak, fraudulent, dictator-worshipping, malicious, spineless, Constitution-hating, reality-impaired scumbag BECAUSE he promised to "hurt the right people"----in the words of one of his more disgusting groupies-----AND because he bragged about sexually assaulting women. Yeah, make no mistake. His male fans voted FOR him BECAUSE he's a serial rapist and that's what they fantasize about.

Fellow liberals, we need to talk.

First off, you CANNOT educate these assholes. They are not mistaken or economically insecure or voting in spite of something.

They do not believe abortion is murder, otherwise they would punish men, too. One man can casually impregnate a hundred women.

They do not believe fetuses are babies. Well, let me put it this way: they're so fucking dishonest, who gives a shit WHAT they say they believe.

What are the results of their actions? Are those results consistant over the years? Then fuck their lying asses. Stop wasting your time. They will not listen or learn or "be best." There is no best with these assholes.

The Reich has a long history of deceit, starting with calling themselves capital-P "Patriots" (often while flying the Confederate flag) and capital-C "Christians", even though Jesus.....DO I NEED TO POINT THIS SHIT OUT? BEFORE MY TEA?

There's the original Breitbart, who so edited a video of Shirley Sherrod that she appeared to be saying exactly the opposite of what she actually said, resulting in her successfully suing that lying slimebag. Breitbart gave a start to serial diarrhea-on-legs James O'Keefe, who edited a video of ACORN workers till they appeared to be giving sex trafficking advice to a pimple-faced douchebag wearing a Seventies-style blaxploitstion pimp outfit. In reality, he had his vile little anti choice friend Lilah Rose film him in that get up, then he went behind the camera, implying he wore the outfit during filming.

O'Keefe later dressed up in phone repairman-drag to invade Dem Congresswoman Mary Landrieu's office to try and place bugs. He took a plea.

Later on, he tried to lure a CNN reporter onto a "rape boat" to film God knows what, but was exposed by one of his compatriots, who got worried as to what O'Queef was really going to do.

Just this past year, he hired somebody even dumber than he is to approach the WaPo with a story about how she got impregnated as a teen by Roy Moore, who then forced her to have an abortion. Seriously, look this story up. I can't do it justice.

Then there's David "baby parts" Daleidon, who whittled TBs of video of Planned Parenthood workers discussing organ donation into something that sounded like an advertisement for cannibalism.

THEN there's Jacob Wahl or Wohl or what-the-fuck-ever his name is. He's the dipshit who was banned gor life ny the SEC for crooked trading as a teen. He claimed he knew a woman who'd accused Robert Mueller of rape. Among many problems with the story---oh, wait!, I have SO MUCH to tell you!-----was the fact that Mueller was on jury duty several hundred miles away.

Jacob Wohl claimed that he'd been given this information by an intelligence group. The photos of this company's employees included actor Christopher Waltz and a filtered photo of Wohl himself, under a different name.

The "intelligence group's" phone number.....went to Wohl's Mom's phone.

Rightwingers lie to you and themselves because they will argue against gravity if they think it helps their cause. They stick to websites that promote their Bizarro World theories, where Trump is a Christian, but Obama is not; where Trump is a crusading hero and Robert Mueller is a craven creeping dishonest schemer; where Hillary molests children but Roy Moore does not; where Sandy Hook isn't real but Qanon is. I could go on and on and on. They are afraid. Fear plus hatred makes for vicious, angry people. Fear us what the GOP sells. That's all they have.

Gotta say, a few years back, I jad some Repub friends who called me a crazy bitch and said I was too hard on Repubs. That's because anybody with a brain could see where the GOP was heading. And can you knock it off with the "John McCain defended Obama," thing? The lady said "Obama is an...an...Ayrab," and McCain said, "No he's not, he's a decent person and a citizen who I just hqppen to disagree with on a few things." This implies that "Ayrabs" are none of the things McCain said Obama was. Also, has everybody gorgotten the Keating Five scandal? And how McCain "saved" the ACA purely to get back at MoscowMitch for gutting a piece of McCain's legislation? (And another thing, why can't we view people as humans, instead of outsized charactures, both good and bad?)

And can we stop with the whole, "Well, I would never have an abortion MYSELF----?" bullshit? It's just another way of embracing misogyny and directing it at other women. Yes, honey, you ARE like other girls.

So dispense with the pretense. If you voted for Trump you are scum and not worth my time. If you are a WOMAN and voted for Trump, you are obviously hoping to throw other women to the predators in the hopes they get assaulted instead of you. Reichwing women always look like they'd enjoy holding other women down for FGM. Plus I think they hate liberal women for not being stuck with the good girl shit Reichwing women chose.

Being a liberal is simple. You give a shit about other people. Except for those Berniac and Stein assholes who either didn't vote, voted for Trump, and/or spread Trumpian lies about Hillary. Fuck you.

And how sad is it that giving a shit about people is called "virtue signaling" by Reichwingers, the supposed "Christians" because they can't imagine being NICE?

Abortion is good. Gun control is good. So is birth control and gay rights and science and facts and REALITY and welcoming immigrants to the US and gay marriage and transfolk embracing their true selves and school lunches and libraries and womens' rights and the Fairness Doctrine and treating EVERYBODY equally and getting black folks some justice and getting Trump's tax returns and voting and fighting global warming and and and and and and making America what we hope it can be. Stop apologizing or accepting their framing. Start FIGHTING. You want to fight fire, you have to know how to use fire to stop fire.

Start lighting matches.
Well, I was taking out the garbage and a wave of that dizziness hit me. I'm lucky I didn't break my neck. I landed on my knees, my bad shoulder, and my chin. I got my hands under me at the last second. Now that the ER has diagnosed my dizziness as "unknown" the VA is using thatas an excuse to brush it off.

That's my knee.

That's my shoulder.

In better news, I noticed that one of the ferals at the old house was limping on a badly-swollen paw, so somehow I went zipping down to borrow a trap. I also ordered tuna and cat nip from Amazon, which then managed to screw the pooch, because I put DO NOT FORWARD in the delivery instructions. This confused the driver so much that while he managed to walk from the truck to my door to slap a notice on my door, he could not deliver that $$#÷^*!! package. Instead, I was advised I could "pick up" my packages any time. About ten miles away. If I wanted to goddamned pick up the fucking things WHY DID I ORDER THEM TO BE DELIVERED?? UPS was impossibly shitty about the whole thing, blaming it on me for putting DO NOT FORWARD in the delivery instructions, because that confused the evolutionary cul-de-sac on legs they had driving that day.

This was a pain in the ass because I had ONE DAY to get a lot done and Ubering ten miles and back was not in either my time or financial budget.

Miracle of miracles, the kitty walked right into the trap. He is now neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and the abcesses in his paw were drained and cleaned. I kept him on my side porch for several days till the paw closed up enough, but finally let him go because he looked so miserable.

He only looked slightly more thrilled AFTER the vet's visit, which I could joke about but won't, because it breaks my heart to see that liitle face.

And to put a capper on everything, my tenants---who signed an 18-month lease----gave notice a month ago but my property manager "forgot" to tell me, so they spent weeks lying to my face and sneaking out late at night with their shit.

You know what? Once I get the old house sold, I might just wait out the lease of whoever the tenant is at the time, fix up this one to my heart's content, knock out a door or two, and live in the whole place. Airbnb a bedroom or two a few times a month. Insulate the hell out of the whole house and rewire it. That might be fun. It's not like I'm not paying the fucking heat bill anyway.

Help kitties near Atlanta!

Can anybody FOSTER ONLY a couple sweet kitties near Atlanta?

Food, expenses covered.

Please help!
I haven't been posting much, because I have just felt absolutely shitty. As usual

Then I called the VA for issues with my prescriptions. I stumbled over one of the genuinely nice, decent people who works there, and we chatted.

She said she kept wanting to quit her job because the people who worked there were so horrible to veterans. They bragged about "fucking with them"---cancelling appointments, or tests, denying claims "because fuck that guy, what a dick,"-----denying benefits. And of course these staffers also cruelly mocked and insulted veterans behind their backs.

I'm sure they think they hide it well. They don't.

So that started the week off well.

Then the girl I pay to feed the ferals noticed Yard Kitty Number Two was limping VERY badly And had an enormously swollen paw. Can't get in a car a lot of days, but when I saw him limping----holding up his bloody paw ----I got on a bus, then a shuttle, and then a Lyft----to the house, where I borrowed a trap and set it.

I figured it would take the whole day to trap him, so the day before I came to trap him, I ordered tuna and a can opener to be sent to that address, and because it was so important, UPS fucked it up.

After a debacle in January, where I tried to get an animal trap delivered to the old house, and it got forwarded instead, I changed my name for that address on Amazon to Ms.No Don't Forward.

For MONTHS this has worked just fine.

Then some UPS asshole decided thos was confising, and instead of KNOCKING, he slapped a slip on the door-----I was THERE----and took off.

Then the little fuckers claimed they "attempted delivery."

Finally, I recieved notification I could "pick up" the package-----ten miles away, in another city. IF I FUCKING WANTED TO GO MYSELF WHY DID I FUCKING BUY NEXT DAY DELIVERY.



Anyway, I made a grocery order JUST so I could get tuna.....and the kitty walked right in, only hours later. OMG. There was much rejoicing.

A friend suggested that "Bailey" would make a good name. (Cats like that "eeee" sound at the ends of names.)

He had two huge abcesses on that foot. The vet lanced and drained those, neutered him, tipped his ear, gave him anti biotics and pain meds, and he"s currently recuperating in my old side porch.

Oh, yeah, when the garage got broken into a few months ago, the cops locked the bad door lock, the one I can't open, so I had to get a locksmith out, but he was a GREAT guy, small business owner, (his daughter is his receptionist!), did a great job, did it cheaper than he estimated, AND I got to visit my ladder and tell it I still loved it. I couldn't talked the guy into picking any of those raspberries, though.

Jeffrey Epstein

Reportedly, Jeffrey Epstein has been found injured in his jail cell.

I believe I have established that I do not find prison jokes funny.

He's a rich white pedo in an wnvironment where so very many people of color are innocent. So many of them are preyed upon by scumbags like Epstein. And Trump.

I'm sorry, I just can't give a shit.

Jul. 21st, 2019

I'm sorry, I'm so dizzy all the time I'm kind of....not having a good time. The VA couldn't give less of a shit. I keep having to sit down on the dtairs to avoid passing out.

Now, I've ALWAYS had fainting spells, but they've always been in conjunction with something else. Flu, fever, exhaustion....something.

Later, after Iraq, they were the reliable precursor of the new headaches that took away my vision.

Now, it's 24/7. I can't make it down the hallway without greying out and holding onto the wall. Sometimes I suddenly wind up sittong on the floor, puzzled. I've learned to sit down on the stairs.

This pisses me off, frankly. I'M COOKING NOW. I took a WALK! I rode my BIKE! FIX THIS SHIT!

The nightmares have returned, ofcourse. It"s REALLY humid----90---100%---but that wouldn't be an isdue, I don't think, if I weren't so dizzy.


I cannot describe how glorious normality fears after years of being imprisoned by PTSD.


I can't even right now.

Here, have a Morgie.

But the Nazis were socialist!

Yeah, if any Repubs try THAT argument just remind them that yesterday a Republican governor proclained it Nathan Bedford Forrest day. Forrest massacred hundreds of union soldiers---most of them black----and also started the KKK.

KKK? Nazis? One's local genocide, the other's international. What do they want? What would they do if there was no brake on their actions?

And, strangely, they love Repubs.

Signficantly, Trumpies have to go back 160+ years, before the parties switched places. And they deny that that happened. They also bring up Robert Byrd who renounced the Klan and was eulogized by the NAACP.

Then they disappear, because they know they're lying.

Trump came up with "fake news", which is the ultimate sign of defeat. Imagine what a snowflake you have to be to invent these complex fantasy worlds to prop yourself up. (I saw one gamergator create EIGHT disqus accounts named "ginmar" so he could do ....whatever it is you do when you lie because you can't cope with reality.)

They know EXACTLY what they are doing. Don't let them get away with it.


Jul. 14th, 2019

If it turns out Bill Clinton molested or raped (NOT had sex with) any little girls, NOT "young women", Dems will reject him.

If it turns out Donald Trump molested and raped (not had sex with )little girls, his fans will reject the facts, not him.
God, the awful stomach aches are back again.

The VA told me to go to the ER.

So I did.

Then they declared it wasn't "emergent."

They're actively trying to kill veterans now.

They'd just diagnose me with "arthritis of the stomach" or something.


Dear Assholes Who Keep Repeating That Bullshit About Kamala Harris:


Fuck off with this shit. If you repeat this, this is your notification that you are knowingly, deliberately, repeating Reichwing bullshit promoted by shitsmears like Donald Trump, Jr., who is---in addition to being a fecal escapee from Senior's diaper----is also a sentient semen stain that was left out in the sun too long, resulting in a breakdown of the genes that give people actual chins.

It's like if you say "URANIUM ONE!" or "BENGHAZI!" or "PIZZAGATE!" I know who your sources are. I know where you go. If you consult those sources, you are rejecting facts and reality itself for the hatreds that you need to survive. I know, if fact, that you believe not the truth, do not verify facts, but soothe yourself with lies that you probably justify because you think it should be true.

Or maybe you want to believe you're important enough to be the subject of a conpiracy.

Spoiler: you're not.

Conspiracies are comfortable, they offer the solace that somewhere someone is in charge, and they prove your seventh grade teacher was wrong when she caught you beating up that fourth grader and she gave you that bewildering, almost pitying look as she grabbed you by the ear and took you to the guidance office.

The reality is far worse. What if huge numbers of people who grow up soaking and steeping in a culture get the same ideas because...they watch the same shows, read the same books, see the same TV programs, live in the same towns and they're not brought up to see that they're being conditioned?

And isn't it touching how misogyny always brings all sorts of disparate groups together to kumbaya about how evil women are? (If you can't tell this is sarcasm, get the fuck out.)

"Racism!" is the cry that certain politicians use to prove how woke they are. "Sexism!" gets lip service but it really makes everybody uncomfortable, because why pander to women, when everybody knows women don't deserve equality? Fighting racism usually centers on men, because men get killed more often than women by racists while women are subjected to various tortures that usually don't kill. This is all very rough estimation based entirely on the US. It's almost like some men like the idea that they inflicted invisible wounds on women that hurt forever and leave scars, which is why they let more of them live. So the suffering is prolonged.

That's why hatred of women burns so bright among all groups of men. You can hate other groups of people, keep them isolated and at a distance, but you need to keep a certain number of women alive. (This is why MRAs, incels, MGTOWS, and other professional misogynists fantasize about "artificial wombs"----so they can go all Screwfly Solution on women. Finally. Think I'm exaggerating? They call women "foid" and "roastie" and brag about and/or plan sexual assaults.)

What it all boils down to is that this shit has a history.

This will be your only warning, numbnuts.
If the VA hated me, it woukd be better than this indifferent shit.

Still dizzy all the time. The VA throws up its hands and goes, "oh gee, doing nothing hasn't helped, so let's just pretend it's all over."

The VA strikes again part OMG

Yes, the VA refuses to pay for my emergency room visit because it wasn't "emergent." How DOES that work? You have to get authorization. I guess the nurses pushing you to go get checked out IN THE ER doesn't count.Plus, the VA irself says you can go to the ER without authorization.But if you live, I guess that means it's not "emergent."

I tore my meniscus, went to the ER, and the VA sent me home with an ace bandage and crutches and told me it wasn't "emergent."I guess if you don't look for something you won't find it. It took those fuckers six months to do a fucking MRI and find out I'd torn my meniscus-----and a whole bunch of other things they never told me about.

And what if your emergency room visit requires follow up? Too bad. The "authorization" number doesn't have a REAL LIVE PERSON, JUST A MESSAGE. These assholes just want you to die, basically. Nobody's going to argue me out of that. Fuck them. I'm fighting it and I'll win. They're trying to make it as hard as possible to get care, to get better, because helping vets is no more their goal than working for the people od the Unoted States of America is Trump's.

Trump put his buddies at the VA. None of them have been closer to the military than TV.

For three months now, I've been so dizzy I wind up with ringing in the ears, sudden visits to the floor, and the inability to walk straight down the wall without leaning against something.

And the VA cares only about their paperwork.

Fuck them. I'm sitting down now and my head feels like it's floating.

Insurgents are more honest than the VA.
I don't understand where all the birdseed goes ....

Jun. 20th, 2019

Sorry for the spottiness. I just can't seem to shake this cough or the nausea or the dizziness. I have housework to do, dammit. I just hit a point after a few chores where everything aches.

Like now. Doctor Monday. Keep your fingers crossed.
God, I STILL feel like shit.


Shorter VA

Shorter VA:

If you don't have a car or are willing to spend dozens of hours or hundreds of dollars on cab fare, just die, k thx.

So much for "community care."

The VA strikes again

Male veterans have wives that do this shit for them. They remember the doctor's appointmenrs and names, keep the prescriptions filled, call the state reps.

Two phone calls: one on hold for FIFTY TWO MINUTES, the other TWENTY SEVEN.

The VA won't pay for me to see a non-VA doctor without first authorizing it. THAT phone number just hands out two OTHER phone numbers, one of which was the 27-minute hold. So HOW do you get that mythical "authorization"

You don't.

I've been sick for a month. I can't go see a doctor without authorization. There's nobody "in network" here. Too bad for you!

Trump put his buddies at the head of the VA. I wonder is there's a contract for burying all the vets who kill themselves because they don't live in network. The nurse I talked to shrugged it off when I pointed out one VA clinic was seventy miles away, another thirty. I don't drive or have a car. "You could make an appointment with..." (your old doctor. It's only four hundred miles round trip and TWELVE HOURS for a half hour consult.

"What do you expect me to do?" said the nurse.

Fuck you if you voted for him. I hope you get treated the way he really treats people, not the way his sniveling fans believe he treats people---i.e.;

Or this one;


There's Sarah Fuckabee Sanders, manning an oar, while John Bolton looks in the wrong direction, and Trump has apparently switched places with Bizzarro World Trump.

Here's Cadet Bone Spurs standing on a box and getting handsy with Bob Meuller, who could snap him like a twig.

And here's Trump, doing.....something. Notice how when Melania appears, she's a supportive spouse who doesn't slap his hand away.

Remember what happened to Isadora Duncan, Donald? No, she didn't dance at the center pole at the Kittycat Lounge on Wednesdays.

No, seriously, this is what these assholes believe of their orange Cheetolini and by extension themselves. They have to lock themselves away from all but a few paranoid websites and one "news" network lest reality intrude, but that's fine with them. They'll take pretty lies over the ugly truth. How do you fight that?
Still struggling with the flu. I spent 52 minutes on hold with the VA and gave up. Tomorrow I start again.


I just HATE the flu. Part of it is just not having air. It's been a month. I want to breathe. It's like having a hangover but no party beforehand.

A month of coughing is frickin' exhausting.
I'm trying to avoid coverage of Der Donald, frankly, because who needs an ulcer? Except for the protests in London. Good for the Brits.

I'm waiting for the shoe to drop. What's the next step? Trump and Barr refuse to cooperate, how do you make them? Can Barr be arrested? Jailed?

Trump thinks the entire US is his to ruin, plunder, and loot. He thinks Barr is his employee and the DOJ exists to protect him. Oh, yeah, and he wants to erase everything Obama did, because he's a weenie whinyass babyman.

He thinks refugees are job applicants who won't accept that he doesn't want to hire them. That TV show really fed his appetite for attention.

I wrestle with whether he's conscious of it. His lies are so blatant and so vicious that their effect can't be accidental. Of course his lies are at the level of a second grader. "No puppet! No puppet! You're the puppet! I didn't say "nasty." Hillary started it. I have people in Hawaii now, it's stunning what they're finding."

And his followers HAVE to know they're lies.If they were true believers, they wouldn't be trolling, like he is. It's pure malice and evil. It's right there every time these delicate souls scream with outrage that there is a black man and a woman in Star Wars, or that Bree Larson dared to point out that the press corps was all male. They want everything to be all white male. That's the point. They want men to have all the admiration and the power, while they force everyone else to obey them for scraps-----but make sure you grin when you do it, because these tyrants see their inadequacies reflected in any effort or sweat or pain their hostages let slip. Ever wonder about the "Cool Girl" who brags she gobbles five cheeseburgers every day and never works out and effortlessly maintains her size 0? Yeah, she's lying. Ever wonder about those guys who just HATE hearing about women working out, starving themselves, and all that so they maintain the skeltal thinnness these bros demand? Notice the "skinny mommy EASILY loses baby weight in weeks" trope? Yeah, that's the same thing. Men demand perfection from women. They don't want to see the effort it takes, so they demand women pretend it's effortless. That way they don't have to deal with what selfish assholes they are. That's why they demand women smile and fake orgasms. It's just that women don't count as human to these guys, so when women speak up, it's like a chair acting silly and demanding men not sit on them. They're offended.

It's even worse for black women. White men think black women are carpets under their feet. That means white women become complicit, not to take the metaphor too far. Black women get it from EVERYBOODY, and it's so all-encompassing, brutal, total, and yet often spiteful that it requires its own discussion, because there's nothing like it. Metaphor is too cheap for that. Only brutal details can convey the breadth of that horror----including the betrayal of black women by white women.

So this is what the Trumpers want. Are you ready to fight?

This was miving furniture, by the way.

Jun. 5th, 2019

Frankie does not like me right now. Let's hope getting re-acquainted with his mom, uncle, and brother makes him feel slightly more forgiving.
Dear LJ: WHY do you fucking keep asking me if I want to "restore from saved draft" after I've already said no? Yeah, that. Three times. You remind me of some guys I've dated, who either really believe that "women say no but mean yes" bullshit or who don't respect the word "no" coming from a woman. Either way, if I say "no", and you make it say it again, your ass is in sincere danger of getting kicked six ways to Sunday.

Christ, I hate the fuckin' flu. STILL have a cough and a sore throat, but it's now spring, and I feel like the flu is the disease equivalent of Donald Trump. Nausea, sore throat, ear ache, light headedness, profound pain in the ass. How do you measure the flu? I managed to stagger out with the recycling several years ago, but recycling is every two weeks, and I think I missed recycling day. Gotta recycle, man, I like doing that. Yeah, I'm a cheap date.

Everything is flowering. It's not fair.

Plus, when I open the porch and kitchen windows, the scent of lilacs sweeps through the house. There's lilies-of-the-valley everywhere. My favorite thing is putting lilacs and lilies-of-the-valley together in a bouquet. If I could make a drug that felt like that smelled, I'd be a zillionaire.

I'm half-listening to the TV right now and it's very disconcerting to hear President Snow from The Hunger Games extol orange juice. Is it poisoned or something? It's just bizarre, he uses the same avuncular tone of voice.

People talk about gaslighting, but do you know what is? In it's simplest form, it's this.

Person A says something. You hear it; they know you heard it.

Person A denies it. Sometimes they attack you. They know what they said. It's deliberate and calculating.

Like this:

This is a screen shit I did myself ten seconds ago. That audio was posted by the very account that denies Trump said it. Watch the excuses fly!

And then watch the stenographers try and normalize it by saying crap like that, "But there's a dispute....a mistake....misinterpretion....what-the-fuck-ever."

IT'S LYING. The end.

Don't forget, don't back down. They're trying to redraw YOUR boundaries. Don't let them.

The Brits are flying giant Trump baby balloons.That's what gets under his skin.


There's bothing like shaving a cat's ass before caffeine AND getting squirted because her anal glands are like Captain Marvel's fists to realize that you are, indeed, living out the height of glamor.

Two of my kitties are big girls. By which I mean they are both ottomans, and I mean the empire and not the furniture. This means there are certain....delicate....areas they cannot manage on their own. Yeah, I buy surgical gloves by the boxload these days. Glamor, I tell you.

And can we talk about how the DOD is missing a HUGE opportunity to defend the homeland here? Jesus Christ, I thought cat farts were lethal. If you could cross decomposing musk oxen with Republican diarrhea after watching "The Vagina Monologues" and give ut a spritz of crotch rot and Taco Bell toots, you'd have an idea of what a truly inhumane WAD a cat fart can be.

But anal gland effluvia is a whole other level in aromas that break the laws of God and Man and possibly science. Add all of the above, plus the kind of sour sweat that an incel accumulates on his danglies after he watches a bunch of women having fun who do not give a shit about his opinion of their looks, size, hair color, or glasses; add to that that back sweat of an angry Puritan like Mike Pence who has just realized that women still have vibrators, and finally mix in the distilled essence of Trump's tighty whities ater he's worked himself into a frothing rage at the dim realization that he is a horrible person and nobody believes his lies because he keeps not paying his yes men. Add to that a huge helping of pus from a boil on Mike Huckabee's ass from he got bit by a dog who hated him on sight because who doesn't, and finally mix with the rotting ooze from an oil spill that Repubs like to brush off as no big deal. Mix well. Try not to pass out. Aim toward Moscow. You knpw theittle buggers won't cooperate if you actually want then to unleash the, er, Krakken, so you're on your own there.

I need to go check to see if I still have eyebrows. Like Paris in the 20s around here, I swear

Get your flu shot, people

So I have had the genuine flu for two weeks at this point. I say "genuine" because Miss Havisham claimed she'd had the flu as an excuse not to feed the cats, and now I know she was so full of shit her eyes turned brown.

As always, this is just a statement of fact. No need for "sorry you've been sick." Over it. Pissed off, really, because I have shit to do and when I changed the litter boxes, I kept greying out so I had to sit down. Pain in the ass. I HATE being sick. Can't read, can't watch TV, can't do shit.

The flu is awful, and I don't even think I got a really bad case of it. Dizzy, coughing, chills, nausea, stuffed-up head, constant headache, horrible cough, wheezing for breath, unsteady on your feet to the point of stumbling, and so light-headed as to gray out? Yeah, she had none of that. The cats get fed. The end.

Last time I had the flu was in 2004, when it went through the barracks in Texas and hit everybody. Texas was cold, wet, and there was a Bible-thumper two bunks over. Just shoot me now. "Is that a good book?" She asked me once, maniacally grinning.

"Yeah, it's great, it's by----"

"I have a great book, too!" She bulldozed in. "It's called THE BIBLE."

Beware the man who has read only one book," goes the phrase. Is your faith so delicate that any contradiction would shatter it?

Whoops, no caffeine yet. Why can't they add caffeine to flu shots? To desserts? To everything?


Seriously, the flu is awful. I'm still not over it, but hppefully I'm on the upswing. I still can't hear out of one ear, and I walk like I'd fail a sobriety test, but I've gotten my flu shots every year but this one. If you can, remember herd immunity, and you can avoid looking like an extra from The Walking Dead.



God, get your frickin' flu shot. It's been two weeks, and it's only the last few days I can go for a whole hour without coughing.

Today, I reeled out on the front steps to get the recycling bins, after setting them out last Monday.That's how weak I've been. They pick up every two weeks and I recycle everything I can. I usually wind up recycling shit tons of cardboard, because OMG, thank Gawd for Chewie's prices on cat litter. It's just SO much easier to get it delivered.

Still really dizzy, still getting blazing hot and freezing cold by turns. I dumped out two litter boxes, cleaned them, got the bags of dirty litter as far as the back porch, then had to sit down abruptly while little white stars danced around me.

Still stuffed up and coughing, but it feels "softer." I found I had twenty five bucks in cash, so I called the free bus service here and treated myself to water and grapes and potatoes. The bus service here is amazing. It's free for veterans and the disabled, plus they pick you up at your doorstep. Did I mention the "free" thing? Like, FREE?? TOTALLY FREE? And the bus drivers are pushing for longer hours, more routes, more stops, because that would be so much more convenient for the people who use the bus. Plus, it can't hurt for them to get more work, you know?

I got home and collapsed on the daybed in my sunny, silent dining room, only to wake up with piles 'o cats on me.

Then I discovered that it is, in fact, possible to eat TOO MANY grapes. But, still, it's a good sign. They're addictive.

Aaaaannnnd, God, I need a nap. Again.


I want happy Drogon and Ghost fanfic right now, dammit.

Also, I want Drogon to do that thing where certain speicies change genders. You know what I mean.

I'm just fucking ignoring just about everything else.

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