The photos I am showing today I took of the container plants on the patio yesterday. Can't believe I still have daisies, etc.

Sweet lavender petunias too.

This morning I have an appointment with the gynecologist. That seems to be the next step. 

I had about two good weeks. Now I'm back to feeling nauseous and faint. Hormones?

My glasses came in, thank goodness. So I went to get them yesterday. And not a minute too soon.

Then I stopped at Hobby Lobby on the way home because they had a few things half off that I'd been wanting. While in there, I felt faint a number of times.

I've never fainted, so I don't know what that's like. But I get very hot and kind of dizzy and light-headed. 

And feel an almost desperate need to get outside into moving air. My mouth gets very dry and I want a drink of water and thank goodness I have some in my car.

I got home and turned on the news in time to hear the president speaking to a Native American group. And he called Senator Elizabeth Warren (from Oklahoma) "Pocahontas." 

I couldn't believe it. 

Clearly, clearly, that was not the appropriate thing to say. For the love of all things holy, how could someone not know that???

I don't think I've ever shaken my head in consternation at things I hear coming out of Washington D.C. as much as I have this past year. From the press secretary on up. 

I must say that I am continually shocked.

Well, it is highly entertaining I guess I can accurately say. But also a bit disturbing.

I do think 2018 is going to be the year of the woman. Onward to 2020. Women are winning key elections all over the nation. And it's about time.


  1. Hi Brenda,
    You may want to research and consider taking Magnesium. I had dizzy spells for years and not one doctor could figure out what caused them. A deficiency can also lead to heart rythmn problems and the list goes on. If you do supplement do not go with magnesium oxide. It does not absorb. I made that mistake. I use a liquid magnesium. It is pricey but it's giving me my life and energy back.
    I'm glad you got your glasses!

  2. Consternation! Trump does cause that, doesn't he? (Lest anyone one get upset, I'm a Canadian, married to an American so I do indeed follow your politics.

    Yes, Brenda. I think another trip to the doctor is in order. The symptoms you describe are exactly what happened to me as a child when I would faint. Now when I feel those symptoms, I do need fresh or 'moving' air, a drink of water and a sit down to recover. If I get overheated this sometimes happens (like When Christmas shopping in a crowded mall, wearing my winter coat). It never happens in the summer when I shop because I'm not wearing a warm winter coat and tge malls are packed sardine-like with people.

    You do need to get it checked out because as I've learned at 61, our bodies start getting cantankerous at this age!

  3. Thank you, Brenda, for brightening the day for so many folks!
    I admire your courage sharing what needs to be said about the current administration. Limiting my exposure to the daily news buffers the negativity that can bring us down emotionally.

    For my family and friends a call to pray for all persons serving in elected offices: local, state, and national is our responsibility. As a people we need to use discernment in our voting habits rather than being led by one piece of a party's platform. Focus needs to return on the separation of church and state - morality cannot be legislated.

    Prayers for your health concerns! Pat the darling pets for me!

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    1. This was my immediate thought, panic attacks. When going through menopause I had started having panic attacks and a high level of anxiety only I didn’t know that is what it was. I had headaches, stomachaches.....all kinds of physical symptoms that debilitated me. I couldn’t eat and lost 30 pounds in eight weeks. I was a wreck! Finally correctly diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Medication and talk therapy finally got me back to living again.

    2. That was my first thought, too.

  5. I fainted two weeks ago in the bathroom and as a result I broke my left hip and tore ligaments in my right leg. Do not take this lightly - do what your dr. says and as long as you are having these light headed episodes, stick close to home if you can. Trump is a real head-shaker, isn't he?

  6. I was thinking the same thing as Karie, that they sound like panic attacks. I get them too! No fun either...

  7. So sorry you are feeling ill again Brenda. I sometimes feel faint and shaky and I sweat a lot when this happens, if at home I have a glass of milk or/and eat a cookie or some nuts and then it goes away, I think at these times I must have low blood sugar, it doesn't happen often so I don't mention it to my doctor. I also carry some nuts at all times in my purse in case it happens when I am out. After eating I soon feel okay again.
    I am a Canadian and follow your news so don't like to comment on your politics too much although what happens in the US affects us here in Canada too.

  8. It could be panic attacks, but I personally can attest to the magnesium helping with breathlessness and light headedness, as well as irregular heart beat. I take 100 mg of magnesium citrate a day and it made all the difference.

    But this is a bit alarming to me along with your other symptoms. Be sure to make notes so you don't forget to discuss this with the Doctor. Hopefully he will be able to help you without referring you to another specialist for these new issues.

  9. Brenda, I'm thinking take notes, too, of everything to discuss with your doctor. Nothing is too trivial to mention because it all may add up to something big that your doctor can help you with, in prescribing meds or taking meds off. And be honest - tell it like it is to your doctor, in how you are really feeling and your concerns, if you have any. Good luck with your appointment!

  10. Oh, dear me! Just when it seemed you were doing so well these new symptoms pop up. I am so sorry you are having to deal with feeling yukky again.

    I've never actually fainted in my life. What I experience that is annoying and disabling is what I call "weak spells" where I am just so "tired" I have to go and lie down. I think it is low blood pressure, but have never talked to doctor about it. Usually, if I lie down for a half hour to an hour I will feel better and can get up and go on with whatever I was doing. I don't have any other symptoms with those spells and I always drink a glass of water, too, when they happen. I have no experience with panic attacks, either, so I don't know if that is what you are having. After all is said and done the most important thing is to see your doctor, for sure.

    There are those black petunias again! Mmm, so luscious.

    In regard to our president's constant inappropriate remarks, he's just behaving like what he is: a narcissist.
    I believe that this man who holds the highest, most responsible position in our government is basically only interested in himself and making sure he gets his way in all quarters. It' just hard to believe that we elected such a person. He is lacking in both morals and the education and experience needed to be a decent president. It will be very interesting to see what he messes up during the coming new year. The thing that scares me is that he's such a loose cannon that, in a fit of petulance, he could do something extremely dangerous to our country and the world. I think he should be impeached and removed from office.

  11. I agree with Naomi. Does anyone else hear echoes of Hitler? Quite a few psychiatrists have said Trump is mentally unbalanced. I hope your doctor can help with some solutions for you. As I've gotten older, I seem to faint quite easily. Ask the doctor about the vagas nerve.

  12. Hitler? can't he just be a dope? Not Hitler? Does he ever check before he speaks or tweets?s A real shame. Brenda, hope your Dr. speaks to a possible anxiety drive issue; which could well be (as others pointed out) associated to magnesium or sodium. Wishing you feel better real SOON.

  13. I would agree with others,it could be anxiety or a low blood sugar episode.
    Either way,definitely mention it to the doctor.

  14. Another blog getting political......just want to enjoy and not getting into the jargon. So many unhappy, looking at all negativity. Let's face it, we all love our country and wish do what we each can do to make it a better place without name calling and putting others down. Get better....

  15. Brenda, as one other reader mentioned, it could possibly be low blood pressure. Everyone has given you a lot to think about. Hopefully the doctors get it figured out soon. Glad your getting your new glasses. That's something I've been putting off. I'm still buying drug store readers!

    For the most part, I try not to comment on politics on blogs. I typically come to blogs to escape the harshness of politics when I need a little beauty, inspiration and feeling of camaraderie. Trump said "They call her Pocahontas". I don't know that he meant it as an insult. It's my understanding she (Pocahontas) saved the life of an English man, Captain John Smith by placing her head upon his to keep her father from killing him. If true, no doubt she was a hero to Captain John Smith. Some historians have questioned whether that happened or not. Anyway, Disney sure has made a fortune off of Pocahontas movies, games, etc. So I certainly hope the character is not bad. I have never seen the Disney movie.

    It's nice that you have been able to enjoy your flowers for so long. Over the long weekend, I cleared my flower beds for the winter.

    Hope you get to feeling better soon so you can get back to doing all the things you love. I do not comment very often, but every morning I look forward to reading your post and seeing what you've been up to. I've been reading your blog since you were married and living in East Texas. Yours and Daisy Cottage was the first blogs I ever read when I first discovered the world of blogging! Of course, Kim is blogging under a different name now than Daisy Cottage.

    Take care and be well soon!

  16. Brenda I hope the doc sorts out what you need ( food/ vitamin etc. wise )

    As to the latest in Trump World, having this posed before Andrew Jacksons' portrait ( THE TRAIL OF TEARS ) and condescendingly telling these heroes that they were 'Special" while admitting that he had NO CLUE of the history prior to asking Kelly about it is so typical. We have an ignoramous in the WH :(

  17. Glad you got your new glasses. I do hope the gynecoggist can sort out your problems. Take care.

  18. Panic attacks sound exactly what you're having. Better check them out!
    I happen to like Trump. Yes, he's brash but one of the smartest men I've seen up there. How else can he be a successful businessman and he was what exactly our country needed at this time. It was a God moment when he got elected.

    1. Omg you surely must be kidding

    2. Try not to attack someone for having a difference of opinion.

      Please Brenda, keep your blog political free since people tend to say ugly things to each other when they get political. I would guess that your readers are most likely half pro Trump and probably half dislike Trump. You do have a few who are more verbal than others. I hope your blog continues to be one where we women can come together over a cup of coffee or tea to enjoy your daily post and comments.

      Let's just all get along and enjoy visiting Brenda's blog.

  19. I hope you feel better really soon! AS to politics, I've been shaking my head for at least 16 years. We had a doozie before Trump as well. :)

  20. I agree with Bobbie Fey above. I read this blog,because I enjoy Brenda's stories of decorating, and flowers on her patio, and of course stories of Brenda's life and her pups. I dislike comments against our president, for the man I voted for, and I just wish we could skip all the back stabbing, and maybe get on the same page for love of America!

  21. Brenda,
    I'm not trying to scare you, but please call your doctor about this feeling of faintness. It could be something major with your heart or blood pressure. Please don't downplay your symptoms when you call the doctor's office, and try to have them get you in as soon as possible.

    In the past I had a sudden feeling of weakness, needing fresh air, and almost like I was going to faint. I had never felt like that before. My friend took me to the ER. I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. My heart beat was very irregular. I was treated for it and am now pretty much ok.

    I don't want to scare you, I care about you and hope that it was nothing major at all.

    Take care.

  22. I follow a blog usually because I enjoy all the creative ideas of the blogger..I like to 'escape' and unwind from all that's stressful on the news..and would Not expect Political Statements made.
    Just like Football..I watch to enjoy the Game, not be subjected to Political Messages there as well. Unfortunately, I as well as many others have stopped watching.
    As far as your symptoms ..I agree with someone else who mentioned..Have Your Blood Sugar checked..

  23. When it comes to the current political atmosphere, I will say nothing; but I do have something to say about respecting and honoring The Navajo Code Talkers. The most important point of the ceremony honoring the Navajo Code Talkers was to (or should have been to) demonstrate our national respect and appreciation for their military service. Without those brave men and the Navajo language, who knows how many more American lives would have been lost during World War II. I would like for the news to put those brave men and their contributions in the spotlight so that the distraction would completely fade into the background.


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