Ducks & Mustaches & Grocery Store Visit


Is this how ducks sleep? Because I saw quite a few ducks doing this when I took photos that day at Swan Lake.

Yesterday morning I got up and went to get groceries. I had to abort my last trip Monday in Walmart. So instead I went to my local grocer where I normally go, which isn't crowded and they provide help to your car if you need it.

I did pretty well until I got to the check out. Toward the end of that process I started getting hot and sweaty (I wasn't wearing a sweater or anything) which is usually a precursor that I'm not going to last much longer. 


Standing in line I was flapping my hands in front of my face (like that does a lot of good) because I needed some air. 

I told her I was a little under the weather and was getting a bit weak. I then proceeded to blather, which I sometimes do when I'm feeling self-conscious.

I told her that things had kind of been downhill since I'd had shingles six months ago after going to the dentist. 

She then told me that her friend had had shingles and died. 

Isn't it funny how when you relate a story like this that whoever is listening will then proceed to tell you the worst story they are aware of? Guess it's just human nature.

I felt better once I got outside. I drove home with my shirt sleeves rolled up and the windows down. I'm sure people in other cars thought I was crazy because it was in the forties!

When I got home I rushed to get the groceries in and then stripped down to nothing to cool off. Which took about an hour. 

Do you do this when you're feeling faint? 


After I rested up a bit, I felt great. Maybe the D-Mannose you guys told me about and I immediately ordered kicked in.

Of course I'm lying in bed most of the day. But I'll take feeling good in bed over the past week of feeling bad in bed. I even went out on the patio and took a few pics when the pupsters went out.

Leslie, who sent me the face vase of the male with the mustache, sent me a photo. She told me that she was relating to her husband what she'd sent me, and she showed him a photo.

She said he then looked over to the big bottle of water he'd just brought in.

For some inexplicable reason, there was a mustache on the water. Isn't that odd? Why would someone put a mustache on water? 

Maybe it was a private joke for someone. But it ended up in a home that was not privy to the joke.


Here's another photo I've been meaning to show you. If you live in an apartment or condo and want to have or already have a dog, check this out on someone's balcony. Can't recall where I found it.


Looks like Franklin has a pretty nice outdoor space to me!

Hope you're having a great weekend. 



41 comments

  1. Sorry you had an issue while you were shopping, Brenda, but glad you got home okay and felt better after you were home a bit. Any chance that you are having hot flashes as a result of the meds you are on? I take an anti-inflammatory that makes me face feel "hot" even though it feels cool...strangest feeling.

    That looks like a great idea for a pet on the patio! Hope you have a great weekend. xoDiana

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    1. That place on the patio is really clever I think!

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  2. Could it be a bit of hypoglycemia,especially if your appetite is off?
    Never diagnosed but Ive had that my whole life,I try to some candy in my purse...or peri menopause?
    I heard of someone dying from shingles before,its usually due to an already compromised immune issue.
    You are a genius with a camera,Im a lost cause:)
    Feel better,rest.
    The mustachioed water bottle is fun!

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    1. I've been taking photos for close to 20 years. It's one of my very favorite things to do.

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  3. Culligan always has the logo "culligan man" , so maybe the mustache is short for man. Getting groceries when not feeling well is strenuous. Blood sugar can fall, and it happens to me and my mother in law at checkout. I keep glucose tablets in my purse. Buy a candy bar at checkout if this happens and eat it. Not safe to drive at this point, so wait a few minutes after eating.

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  4. I'm so sorry that you are still feeling so unwell, Brenda. I hope that your doctor can get to the bottom of this. Please rest and take care of yourself. xo Laura

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    1. I will surely get tired of resting soon!

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  5. About a year ago I started feeling hot much of the time. It is not hot flashes, which I suffered with for many years, but just hot. Most of the time I don't mind it since most of my life I have been cold, but sometimes it is just too much. I occasionally use my A/C even now in November.

    I think yours is somehow related to your health problems you are presently experiencing. I keep thinking about you off and on all day long and I feel so badly for you. I hope you find out what is going on soon.

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    1. I've always run toward hot rather than cold. But this isn't hot flashes either. Lasts longer.

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  6. I too have episodes when I feel faint. I have never reported it to a doctor. Like Pat I keep some nuts in my purse if I am out and if I am in I usually eat a cookie with a glass of milk. It always seems to happen just before I am ready for a meal. I have had these fainting episodes for years but it doesn't happened very often.
    Love the outdoor space especially for Franklin, that tells me he is really loved!

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  7. Brenda, The mustache is a fad and has been for a while. My grandkids put mustaches on everything and they are in their twenties. LOL They even bought duct tape with mustaches on it to decorate things in their rooms. At my daughter's wedding there were mustaches on sticks that people could hold up to their faces for funny picutres. Someone at Culligans has a sense of humor.

    I have sweaty episodes from time to time also. My doctor said it is low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. I test my blood sugar when it happens and it is always low. I drink a glass of milk or OJ and eat a tiny amount of candy. Don't like sweets much. My son has type 1 diabetes and eats peanut M & Ms when he is having a low BS. The doc said it is a good mix of simple and complex carbs in moderation for emergencies.

    I hope you feel much better and have an amazing weekend with the little fur babies. Take care. Sandra

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    1. My fur babies are right here sleeping next to me.

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  8. Sounds like panic attacks to me. Even the overheated feeling.

    and have you heard the slogan - "Hey, Culligan Man!"...maybe that's where the 'stash comes from.

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    1. I don't recall it. But a reader left a comment and figured it out.

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    2. OUT OF THE FOUR 5 GAL. JUGS OF WATER BOUGHT, ONLY ONE HAD THE MUSTACHE ON IT. NOT A DECAL, BUT A SEPARATE PIECE ATTACHED WITH DOUBLE SIDED TAPE, CERTAINLY A FLUKE !

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  9. I really like the waterfall photo. Don't know if anyone else my age does this, but I still perspire when I'm busy doing housework even when the house is cool. My blood sugar has been very high, so I got put on meds. Maybe you do have low blood sugar as others suggested. I'd ask the doctor to check it out. Stay well and have a nice weekend!

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    1. I do too. Doesn't matter what the temps outside are.

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  10. I get that awful hot feeling and I break out in a clammy sweat. I say my thermostat is broken! I just try to cool off as fast as I can and not pass out. Happy to got your shopping done and you are back home resting! Hugs!

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    1. That's what it feels like; like your thermostat is broken.

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  11. Hope you are feeling better. You have certainly had a rough time with your health lately. Rest well.

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  12. Who needs a doc when you've got us?!! Haha Honestly, I agree with Clean Living Gal. You are just not well yet Brenda and there's more going on than a UTI. I've been concerned that you may have pyelonephritis, but I'm sure your doc will get to the bottom of the problem soon. You are in my thoughts so often, you wouldn't even believe it. Please get well soon. Mindy

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  13. Haha! I know what the mustache represents. For the month of November, their is a foundation that promotes mens'health. It started at least over 5 years ago and for the month of November, it is renamed Mo-vember (no hype, I added that to indicate how to pronounce it, like 'mow'vember). A lot of major companies put mustaches on their products to remind men to look after their health, since men due on average 6 years before women. Some men also grow a mustache or full beard just for the month of Movember as part of a fundraising event. The money then goes to a men's charity. You will see kids wearing little fake stick-on mustaches after the month is over. All the packages of them are put on clearance and end up in dollar stores where the kids pick them up since they come in different 'styles'. This whole Movember thing is big with younger adults in the 20 to 40 year age range. My kids are all in their 30s and all their companies get behind the fundraising in a big way. The guys think it's a lot of fun trying out different 'staches and seeing who can grow the wildest one. It's all about promoting men to begin looking after their health.

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  14. Hi. I'm sorry you had the hot flash episode because it made you miserable. This probably isn't your problem, but I'll tell you what can give me a feeling like a hot flash -- wearing synthetic fibers. If I wear polyester or acrylic, at some point I will begin to feel very overheated, as if my skin is saying "I can't breathe!" So I wear only all natural fibers, such as wool and cotton. I know some people can't tolerate wool, but it isn't an issue for me. I also only use all cotton sheets. I don't think I am allergic to synthetic fibers, I think the problem is that the synthetic fibers don't allow air to circulate through the fabric as well, and my body heat must build up under the fabric or something and doesn't escape quickly, causing me to feel too hot. I love the look of the polyester fleece, or polar fleece, jackets that are so popular now, but I find that they give me that overheated feeling so I don't wear them. I do have a jacket that is a mix of polyester, cotton and nylon that I can handle. So, the fabric of your clothes is something to consider, but probably isn't the issue if you haven't had the problem happen before now.

    As for how ducks sleep, I once had some Khaki Campbell ducks, and they slept on the ground with their bills tucked in their feathers as shown in your photos. But, I did find some photos online of different types of ducks including the Khaki Campbells appearing to sleep while standing on one foot. Horses apparently sleep with a foot lifted, to give it some rest while standing on the other three. So maybe ducks do too!

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    1. I've always run a bit hot, so I wear only cotton.

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  15. OH this reminded me of all the menopausal hot stuff, Brenda. Been there and on the other side of it now thankfully :)

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    1. Yes, I'm thankfully on the "other side" too!

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  16. Gosh, I'm glad you got home alright from the grocery store. When I've had one of those kind of weak spells I've felt sweaty-hot and shivery-cold at the same time and like I'm going to faint, which I've never done in my life. It's an awful feeling. It happened once after I had just given birth to my second baby and it turned out that my blood pressure had dropped drastically. It' happened a couple of other times but can't remember the circumstances. It sounds like your pain is better, though, or you wouldn't have been able to go to the store. You sure have had a bout with this illness. I'm hoping the next post I read from you there will be major, major improvement. Being sick is no fun at all.

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  18. Your spells are scary. I am so happy that you made it out to the car and home. Take care of yourself. Maybe you can just have your groceries delivered. I am sure there must be somewhere in your area that delivers. I do not think you should tax yourself.

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  19. Hi Brenda. This is an interesting topic. I can relate to your situation, as others who have commented can. Our bodies are amazing, yet often confusing and especially as we age. Has your doctor offered any insight as to the cause of your distress?

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    1. No, he had no insight. Maybe (hope, hope) it will just all go away.

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  20. Brenda, I wonder if the symptoms were due to a side effect of antibiotics and/or other meds. I use a free interaction checker online. Sometimes food can cause reactions with certain medications. Also, are you taking a probiotic? They are a good idea when on antibiotics. Just a thought. The old RN comes out every now and then. LOL The city play area for Franklin is adorable.

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    1. Maybe it was a side effect. Yes, I take probiotics ever since the shingles.

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  21. Franklin looks like he's even more spoiled than OUR babies!!! :)

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