#SLS ~ Oink Oink

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. Casa Cuckoo news will be after the music this week, so you can skip to what you want to read or skip what you don’t want to read… whatever๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

The prompt words for this week – Death, Destruction, Pestilence, Famine

I went with the first song that popped into my head, knowing that many of you would probably choose this song too. It’s a great song!

War Pigs is from Black Sabbath’s second album, Paranoid, released in 1970. According to Wiki, the original title of the song was Walpurgis, which is actually a festival based in pagan beliefs that was adopted and changed by the Catholic church to honor some Saint who got rid of pests, rabies and whooping cough.

Walpurgis Night is April 30. Bonfires are lit to chase away witches and evil spirits before the May Day celebration on May first. There’s a lot more to it, but you can read about at the links if you’re interested.

The entire band gets writing credit for the song. They originally wanted to use War Pigs as the title for the album, but the suits said no way, so they used the title of another song on the album, Paranoid.

There are a couple of live videos that are pretty good, but Ozzy messes up the lyrics, so I’m being lazy and using a Lyric video.

Black Sabbath- War Pigs

Now I’ll add all the Casa Cuckoo news, so if you want to skip down to the comments and let me know what you think of Sabbath or this song, what song popped into your head, or anything else… go for it. If you wanna wade through the chaos that is my life, read on…

Let’s start with my health updates. The amlodipine at 2.5mg daily is not helping the numb fingers caused by the Raynaud’s. I’ll be asking the doctor to increase it. I can’t even grab cheese from the fridge without my fingers turning blue and going numb. It’s uncomfortable and extremely annoying. The weather hasn’t been helping either. I know I’m spoiled by SoCal weather, but frost on the windshield and temperatures in the low 30s is cold.

Next is the Wonky blood test that pointed to pancreatic cancer and the CT Scan. I was able to get an appointment for February 25th at 7am. I was surprised they got me in so soon, but the scheduling gal said no one likes the early appointments. I do! I’m up early anyway cuz the GLYSB arrives at 6:45am during the week, and Daughter works most weekends so we have to leave at 7:10am to pick her up.

Anyway, Daughter didn’t work the night of the 24th because it was my birthday. Yes, I had the 54th trip around the Sun the day before I got to drink a liter of dye, then wait for forty-five minutes, then get an IV set for more dye, so I could get zapped. I’m really glad the tech told me about the side effects of the IV dye beforehand… weird taste in my mouth – check, feeling a warmth in my crotch like I wet myselfcheck. I had a laugh when the machine started talking to me, complete with light-up emojis. It said “Breathe” then “Hold breath” then “Breathe” again.

They only took three scans. I guess that was enough. When the tech came to remove the IV he asked me again why I was having the scan. I could tell by his tone, it was like “why are you here?”, that everything was “normal”. I asked if I could see the images and he said “Sure!” That reinforced my belief that everything was clear, fine, a-okay. Which was officially confirmed by my doctor’s office that afternoon. We will be repeating the blood test periodically until it’s normal or we figure out why it’s not.

Daughter had been sick or had allergies or something and it settled in her lungs. She had a cough that wouldn’t go away, and shortness of breath. She did a home test, not the Kootie. She called out of all three shifts the previous week, so she needed a note to return for her shift Tuesday. She doesn’t have a Primary so Urgent Care was where she had to go.

Because the wait times were always like two hours, she delayed going until Tuesday. Ben was home Monday cuz Presidents Day, so we scheduled his 3rd Pfizer for that morning since they only do morning appointments. Back to Daughter… we got there right after they opened, and they took her back within ten minutes. I told her I’d wait since it seemed to be moving right along. After almost two hours, a chest x-ray, a strep rapid test, and a Kootie brain scrape via nostrils, she was sent home with a prescription for an inhaler... bronchitis.

She got to skip work Tuesday night, but went back for a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday stretch (this weekend). Then she’s off for a week? She said she meant to take the week of my birthday off, but screwed up the days. Okay… whatever.

Ben is still having the sleeping issues and we still are getting very little communication from the school. He’s been having some anger issues too. Very destructive. He kicked my closet door mirror and shattered it. Luckily none of the pieces fell out. He brought his fists down on a plastic container and shattered that too. He’s man sized and strong. He has very little understanding of cause and effect, disciple is almost non-existent. It’s been rough. We get through each day as best as we can.

Younger is doing well. Busy busy busy. She’s working her new job and doing Postmates before or after. She had a three week period with no pay between leaving her old job and getting her first pay at the new one. During that time, her best friend got married up in Santa Barbara where she lives now. Younger was one of the Bridesmaids.

I’m sure there’s stuff I’m forgetting but you get the gist. The Casa is Cuckoo. My life is very busy and my brain is often fried by the time it’s quiet. I’m still lurking, reading and occasionally commenting. I’m still the eternal optimist that hopes things will settle down and I’ll have more uninterrupted, drama-free time. It’s always about time. Ugh! Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see ya in comments… mine or yours. My email is on my contact page too, if you wanna chat. I DO check my email every day.



29 thoughts on “#SLS ~ Oink Oink

  1. A very Happy Birthday dear friend , Angie. Lots of love and hugs.
    Iโ€™m glad that everything is fine regarding the scan. It must be worrying for you, Benโ€™s anger tantrums. I hope you can find a way to calm him down.

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    1. Thanks Sadje!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ
      I do worry that Ben will hurt one of us someday. Not understanding his own strength, poor impulse control… it’s just sad, and worrisome. He seemed shocked at the damage he’d done both times. โ˜น

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  2. I’m so relieved you don’t have pancreatic. That, I think, is the worst one. Happy birthday. It’s a bit of a bummer when they just get mixed into the minutia of life. Mine seem to do that more and more as I age. Although I’m not sure what a celebration would look like anymore… carryout and club soda. Other than a couple of the bigger hits (crazy train, iron man, etc) I never really got into Sabbath. MY pick? Maybe Baba O’Riley. In college, we had a ‘battle of the airbands’ contest. I guy got up in a Devo-like coverall and played air guitar to the song, all by himself for five minutes. It became really surreal.

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    1. 5 minutes of solo air guitar would be an odd thing to watch. That’s a great Who song. The Who kinda relates to this Sabbath album which was recorded in quad instead of stereo. I’m not a huge fan, but that entire album is awesome.

      I wasn’t worried about actually having cancer, I read about the blood test, and it’s not a reliable screening test. Pancreatic would suck! The treatment/survival rate isn’t great.

      I generally try to ignore my birthday. It’s usually a BAD day. My Best Friend slept with my boyfriend on my 16th, my entire family forgot my 40th, and my ex used to pick a fight with me every year. This year Daughter got mad at me, yelled at me and stormed to her room cuz I wasn’t cooperating with her trying to make it nice๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ whatever that meant๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. Happy Trip Around the Sun! โœจโ˜€๏ธ I like this Black Sabbath song. Had no idea what all was behind it. Iโ€™ve never heard of Saint Walpurga before today. The more you know! โœจ๐Ÿ˜„. Happy to see your post. โœ๏ธ๐ŸŽถ. Hugs and have a great week! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–


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    1. I didn’t know all the stuff about the Saint either, so I learned too. I just knew it was a good song. The whole album is great.๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ
      Thanks for the birthday wishes! I hope your week is fantastic too!๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ

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  4. Happy Birthday be happy and blessed, so glad the scan was good news.
    Snap I picked War Pigs as on of my songs too.
    In these terrible times I am pleased for your news.

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    1. Thank you!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ
      I figured I wouldn’t be the only one to choose War Pigs, especially after what Putin has done. It is a great song, it’s just too bad it’s STILL relevant… 52 years later๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ We humans can be very very dumb!


  5. Happy Belated Birthday! Pleased the scan went well. Sorry you’re having a tough time with Ben and that school are not communicating well. Big hugs ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thank you!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ
      We knew there would be issues with puberty. I have daughter, but my nephews lived with me for a while so I had some idea of the anger and physical stuff that testosterone brings. The challenge with Ben is that he just doesn’t seem to understand some pretty basic things, like cause & effect. Autism, at his level, presents some challenges and requires patience and creative thinking๐Ÿคช I’m afraid he’ll hurt one of us one day, not meaning to or even understanding.
      We’ll just keep working with him and try to give him alternative ways of expressing frustration and anger.

      I hope you and yours are healthy and happy!๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ’Œ

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      1. Puberty hormones play havoc with teenagers at the best of times, but it’s so much harder for young people with Autism, who don’t fully understand what’s going on and have difficulties expressing feelings and emotions. The physicality and strength as they get bigger is frightening and a real danger too – I really feel for you and other families dealing with this on a daily basis. There’s simply not enough help and support for families whose children have special needs. My son became very depressed during puberty and has had issues with low mood and anxiety on and off ever since. He’s had a hard time starting university during Covid and lockdowns but we’re working through it and supporting him and he seems to be feeling better lately.

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        1. I’m glad he’s doing better! It would be nice if we all had more of a “village” to help us raise our children. They’re the future members of society after all… sigh!
          Meanwhile, we just keep doing the best we can and keep our fingers crossed ๐Ÿคž

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  6. Excellent news that your scan went well, that is at least one tick off the list of bad shit in the world today.

    Ps – check your email please Old Bird ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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    1. Thank you!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ I watch sunset most nights, and I talk to birds that stop by my yard. I grab moments when I can๐Ÿž๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒœ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

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  7. Happy Birthday! I agree they do get mixed up with everything else anymore and they hardly feel special. Sounds like yours was special but in a different way. Yay for the good results! I hope your hands feel better soon. That sounds frustrating! I hope things work out with Ben. I am so worried about puberty with Big D. Catelyn has been a HUGE handful. Angry, hostile, rude…. I can’t imagine what D is going to be like!

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    1. Girls are their own special torture! Daughters… ai yi yi!๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ When they get to be about 17 they start getting reasonably human again. Hang in there.
      Bob and Bobby can take over D while you’re dealing with Miss Sass๐Ÿ˜‚
      Think that will work? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Me neither… worth a shot though.

      My birthday evening ended with Daughter storming off to her room and Ben being Mr Bootyhead… so yeah, just another day at the Casa๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      Luckily there are some funny moments, pretty sunsets, blog buddies and friends to help me through rough days.

      Email me if ya wanna vent about teen girl drama. I’ve seen it all… and let them live๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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