Friday, December 27, 2013

Flasher Fiction Friday Delicious Welcome to 2014

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, this Friday I return to my first recurring blog contribution, the Friday Flash Fiction. A group of writers will write exactly 100 words, no more no less, to a picture prompt. After you read my contribution, please read what the other writers have to say, the links follow. Happy Friday!

The leather is supple against my skin and I’m not sure what’s happening next, but, it doesn’t matter. My mind is whirling with a thousand naughty images, each one just as delicious as the other.

I’m waiting impatiently for her to remove the gloves and rake her sharpened nails against my tingling skin, hoping desperately her tongue follows. My erect nipples, hard as pegs, will be knobs in her warm mouth. 

Yet it’s still just a fantasy in my excited mind.

Thankfully now, as I wait for her to rise, her tongue is sliding across my slickened femininity.

Welcome 2014.



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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Blog Hop Win After Christmas! Books for the New Year

Already opened your gifts? Read all your new books? Here is a chance to win new for 2014. It's our Tuesday Tales Main Page December blog hop. Comment here with your email address for a chance to win your choice of my books-
You can choose from erotic romance,sweet romance, or a thriller. Make a comment and let me know what your favorite thing is about the holidays and if you have a wish for 2014. Make sure to leave your email address. and, visit our main page for more chances to win - Tuesday Tales Blog Hop

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Sippers - Wow, it's almost 2014

Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
This is the last weekend before Christmas. This year went entirely too quickly, and I always get a little sentimental. I hope you and yours have a beautiful and safe holiday.   
SUPREME EGG NOG!
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce pomegranate grenadine
  • 4 blackberries
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • Club soda
  • Strawberry for garnish
Muddle blackberries, cinnamon stick, and grenadine. Add lemon juice and gin. Shake with two ice cubes and strain into glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with strawberry.




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fibromyalgia is Very Real and I’m Living Proof

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. My rheumatologist intially diagnosed me with SLE in June 2013, however, this may have been a misdiagnosis. So, the search for the truth continues, but, I may be close now. :) 
Thank you for listening, each week I will have a new installment chronicling my journey. Please, please feel free to comment, write, share. I hope to use this forum as a help to all of us, no matter what pain you are experiencing. You may also send stories to me via finlessbook at gmail dot com. I will respect your privacy and maintain your anonymity, if you so desire.
Hugs for today …
Day Seven of Lyrica
So, my neurologist considered the notion that my auto-immune reactions could be fibromyalgia. I can deal with that, but, first I need to admit a shameful notion: I used to believe fibromyalgia was a made-up disease. For that, I apologize for everyone who suffers with this disease. It attacked my muscles head to toe and my Central Nervous System. The neuropathy is the worst and the brain fog and the muscle swelling, the mind bending headaches and the fatigue…I could go on and on. Yes, fibromyalgia is very real and I’m living proof.
So, let’s stop the Gabapentin (Neurontin), I already stopped the Plaquenil (more on that later), and now added Lyrica. A mysterious medication that could cost a fortune and carries a laundry list of possible side effects. Such as a feeling of euphoria or being “high”.
High?

Lyrica by Pfizer

Did someone say euphoric? I am NOT euphoric, I’m the predictable skeptical sourpuss of the bunch. Come to me when you want brutal truth. The only thing that makes me cry are singing the national anthem at sporting events, the movies A League of Their Own, Radio, and The Blind Side- (notice the sports theme), and seeing my children in the spotlight.
But, daily living, nah, I stay away from warm fuzzies. BUT **
Wow, I started Lyrica and immediately felt this high sensation, but, it morphed into a gentle happiness. Yes, a gentle happiness…a satisfaction, while not euphoric, mentally better than I’ve felt in months- possibly years. And, the physical pain? Dissipated.
I’ve read the side effects, but, it was worth the risk. I’ve not experienced the weight gain or swelling- my body already did those things. Now, I feel less swollen, when before it felt like my muscles were in a big wad. Now, I feel more flexible, less pain, and more energy. I did two miles on the treadmill yesterday in a brisk walk and even jogged at the end! YAY ME!
I will honestly say it’s a relief my neurologist is considering fibromyalgia instead of lupus. Yes, I will always have an auto-immune disorder, my Sjogrens markers prove all the dryness is not my imagination. But, it’s not fatal, as lupus can be. And for that I’m truly blessed and thankful.
Let’s hope this diagnosis is correct and I’m truly on the road to better health and managing these CNS and muscle pain. So, officially making the change on my blog from SLE to fibromyalgia. But, still hope to provide information helpful to anyone fighting an auto-immune or other chronic illness.
Hugs for today!

put some spark in your holiday with the novella to melt the snow
a little naughty goes a long way...


Monday, December 16, 2013

Tuesday Tales with Bells On!!

Finding Love and Bigfoot Book 2 of the Critter Getters
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers and welcome to Tuesday Tales. This week our talented group of writers has the word prompt "bells", apropos for the Christmas season, wouldn't you say? I take you now to the 3rd book in writing progress from Allee Mae's new series, The Critter Getters. The title of this one is, Finding Love in a Black Lagoon.

Let's peek in on Owen and Pearls' private conversation...

“So, what were Christmases like at your house?” Pearl kept her gaze locked on the twinkling stars above.

Owen shifted, stretched, and in one motion was lying close enough to graze her arm with his. Neither moved from their place on the blanket, but instead kept their focus on the velvety nighttime sky. “Some years good, some bad, I s’pose like anyone else.”

“Do you really believe everyone has an occasional bad holiday? You gotta be joking.”

“Things happen in life, Pearl. What if someone in the family dies, the first Christmas without them is tough, I can vouch for that. Maybe someone gets very sick, or someone loses their job. There are plenty of reasons a holiday isn’t always a good time for folks.”

“Well, I never had a decent Christmas, ever, even before my mother flaked out and died.”

Owen reached over and tentatively took Pearl’s hand in his own. He rubbed her smooth skin with his thumb. “Most of the time people don’t choose when they die, Pearl.”

“Yea, well, she could have prevented it. But, you know what? She didn’t. She went in guns blazing.”
“Guns blazing? I hope you don’t mean literally.” He squeezed her hand tightly.

“That’s exactly what I meant.” Pearl choked the last word out. “I’m sorry. It’s springtime,  I don’t know why the heck I brought up Christmas.”

“Maybe because we’ve talked about almost everything else under the sun, Pearl.  I don’t think we’ve been tongue tied since that first day we really spent time together. It’s been real nice talking with you.” Owen turned and faced Pearl, yet, she still stared straight up. Owen gently turned her face to his. “You can talk to me about anything, Pearl. I mean anything. Together, we will open boxes we duct taped shut a long time ago. But, sometimes, the only way to get past something is to cut the tape.”


I hope Owen breaks through whatever is holding Pearl back. But now, please visit our main site for other fantastic takes on the word prompt, "bells",  Tuesday Tales Blog . Happy Tuesday!  I hope you have your shopping done. If not, maybe you want to give a spicy holiday read? Or, use it to relieve that heavy holiday stress?
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday Sippers in The Locker - Week 2 of December!

Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
This is the weekend we put up our live Christmas tree. The kids add the decorations, we sing songs, and generally share much laughter. Hopefully, we will make it to Six Flags over Texas for Holiday in the Park- nothing like roller coasters to add zing to the holidays.  
SUPREME EGG NOG!
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce vanilla chai tea
  • ¼ ounce honey water (equal parts honey and water)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 ½ ounces spiced rum
  • Dark chocolate shavings for garnish
Combine egg and all liquid ingredients. Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with dark chocolate shavings.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Just Out of My Grasp - How Much is Too Much?

12/05/2013
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. I found out on June 19, 2013 the reason for many of my ongoing health problems is because I have systemic lupus, also known as SLE.
BRAKE HERE- I visited the University of Colorado, Denver November 13, 2013 for a second opinion. The incredible Dr. Susan Boackle University of Colorado Rheumatology agreed to see me as a new patient. She evaluated all my medical records to date and worked me into her schedule. She took a 2 hour comprehensive history with me, ordered urine tests, x-rays, and also blood tests. The phlebotomist drew 19 vials of blood for all the tests. I had juice and cookies before they let me stand up, they took almost as much blood as a donation for blood drive.
I waited almost impatiently for the week to be up and my results. I wanted to know if the medication I was taking was appropriate for what was going on with me- I mean, surely someone can find something better for me and help me feel more like my “old” self.
Dr. Boackle called me on a Wednesday night, just as I was checking out at Toys R Us. I remember because the call was just that important. She greeted me and jumped right in, “I have good news and bad news…”
Gulp
“All your tests are in, including the labs and your blood work is pristine.”
Did she really say pristine? As in, no lupus?
She pulled a telepathy jedi mind trick. “I really don’t think you have lupus.”
WTF?
“I believe something is going on with you, but, I really don’t believe it’s lupus. I just don’t know what it is.”
My mind keeps racing - But, wait, my ANA tests were elevated, what about all my symptoms, what is wrong with me?
She finished the conversation very politely and said she would report her findings to my doctor. She did suggest I stop taking the Plaquenil right away. I had been on double the amount needed for my body weight anyway, so, she suspected medication toxicity could be occurring.
So, now, I’m back to square one, feeling not any better than I have in two years and apparently, no closer to an answer. I will follow up with my neurologist and rheumatologist for rounds three and four. HOWEVER, thankfully, my organ systems are working well and it is a huge sigh of relief that it may not be lupus causing my problems. But, something is attacking my immune system, central nervous system, and creating fatigue, muscle aches/pains, headache, stiffness, sores on my scalp, peripheral neuropathy, and an unreasonable morphine itch when I come in contact with water.
Give me strength.
Thank you for listening, each week I will have a new installment chronicling my journey. Please, please feel free to comment, write, share. I hope to use this forum as a help to all of us, no matter what pain you are experiencing. You may also send stories to me via finlessbook at gmail dot com. I will respect your privacy and maintain your anonymity, if you so desire.
Hugs for today …

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday Sippers December Begins!

Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
It’s now December, in the middle of my favorite time of the year. It reminds me of old school Coca-Cola Commercials…”I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony…”, circling our Christmas wish list in the J.C. Penney catalog, and fires in the fireplace. Now, that’s the holidays I hold onto.
WINTER SNAP!
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce ginger syrup
  • 1 ounce Curacao
  • 1 ounce spiced syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • Grated nutmeg or cinnamon for garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.
*ginger syrup – mix equal parts pureed ginger juice and sugar
**spiced syrup – mix equal parts water and sugar. Add clove and cinnamon

Friday, December 6, 2013

Flasher Fiction Friday

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, this Friday I return to my first recurring blog contribution, the Friday Flash Fiction. A group of writers will write exactly 100 words, no more no less, to a picture prompt. After you read my contribution, please read what the other writers have to say, the links follow. Happy Friday!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Tuesday Tales, It's Getting Crazy Wavy Up In Here

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! This week's Tuesday Tales prompt is the word "wavy". Please see how I use "wavy" in my new WIP YA paranormal romance, Finding Love in a Black Lagoon- Book 3 in the Critter Getter series


Me and Sasquatch! From Central City, Colorado


A violent shudder rustled the water and the weeds, splashing up from the surface. Fat droplets sprayed outward, hitting Caleb in the face. More determined than ever, Caleb plunged the stick further into the center. “Get out of there and show yourself!” He gritted his teeth and stood his ground.

Suddenly, the water reeds parted and another heron flew out from the center, its wings flapped and it swished the tall, wavy weeds around. Caleb reflexively jumped and dropped the stick. Owen remained still, but, his head jerked slightly backward and cocked to one side. The girls shrieked almost in unison. 

“It was a dang bird nest in there!” Kalista breathed a sigh of relief, and almost collapsed into laughter.

Caleb dropped his head backward. “I can’t stinking believe it, a darn bird.”

“I didn’t think we’d have it that easy, that some water creature would show up and crawl to us in surrender.” Owen looked across the lake and watched the angry bird fly away. “I say we hike around and see what else we can find. This mud might be a good clue, especially if we don’t see it anywhere else.”

They walked for a few hours, investigating the many inlets, twists, and turns of the lake shore. They saw wood ducks, frogs, and turtles. However, the heavily treed, mossy surroundings made it difficult to really get a good view of the lake itself. “That’s why it’s called the invisible lake,” Caleb offered during one short rest break. “From the research I’ve done, we really need to get in a boat out there for a proper view.”


“Yea, but, these bald cypress trees are something else.” Owen admired a tall tree draped with hit and miss mantles of Spanish moss. “Really adds the Scooby Doo to this whole investigation.”

"Now that you've read my contribution to TT, please visit my creative friends over at our main blog, Tuesday Tales for their take on our word prompt "wavy". 



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Saturday, November 30, 2013

New YA Release by Allee Mae - Finding Love and Bigfoot





Outside in a tent in the middle of Bigfoot territory has Kalista and Leandra more than a little frightened. Determined to demonstrate bravery, the best friends rely on Caleb and Owen, self-renowned adventurers, to protect them. 
Hiking the secluded ridges, the girls meet fellow expedition partners that hire the Critter Getters, Caleb and Owen, during guided Bigfoot excursions. Exploring day and night, they eventually come face to face with one of their deepest fears. 
This tightknit group tentatively treads the scary world of the mythical, all the while learning more about each other, forging deepened friendships. Caleb and Kalista feel the twinges of first love, while Owen shares a surprising, devastating loss with everyone. Leandra remains the comic relief with unexpected quips in times of stress. During their journeys and talks, the quartet becomes closer and realizes their realities may actually be scarier than any Sasquatch could ever be.




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Excerpt:
Quiet once again encompassed his secluded world. Several minutes went by, convincing Bigfoot the juvenile, nor the hassling female Bigfoot, would come searching for him. At least not yet.
Curling onto the leaves, he cuddled unfamiliarity—what he did not know was a glove. He fell asleep under the hazy autumn sun—his human’s face floating in and out of his consciousness.
* * * *
The girls arrived on a Friday afternoon, a day earlier than the scheduled group of all men campers for the Saturday night excursion. Pulling into their customary parking spot next to Caleb and Owen’s day to day vehicles, Kalista hesitated before turning off the car engine. She turned up the heater, pointed the vent toward her face and explained to Leandra, “Just trying to get one last burst of heat before I step out into this outdoor refrigerator.” The deceptively sunny day held a strong chill in the air.
“It’s going to be downright frosty in the camp tent tonight, that’s for sure. But, I’m not going to cuddle too closely to you that would be too weird.” Leandra raised an eyebrow in Kalista’s direction.
“You’re so mean, so-called best friend. You wouldn’t keep me warm?” Kalista turned off the ignition, pleasant sarcasm dripping from her words.
“Sorry, Kal, we are tough Okies now. Better learn to suck it up.” Leandra opened her car door and almost bounced from the car.
Standing next to the car, Leandra called toward the guys, zipping her coat shut and adjusting her fleece hat. “Brr, who ordered this air conditioning in November?”
“It was not me, although this is perfect deer hunting weather,” Owen called from behind the hay trailer.
“I think I’ll leave the shotguns to you guys.”
“I’ve got my thermals, two pair in fact. Don’t ya’ll Okies call these long johns?” Kalista held up two packages containing light, thin base clothing to wear under her jeans and turtleneck shirt.
“I suppose we do, but then, it makes me think of donuts and I get hungry.” Caleb sheepishly grinned, laughing at his own joke.
“Long Johns are donuts, Kal. Now, I want one.” Leandra finished getting her bag out of the backseat of the car, licking her lips in the process. “Mmm, good stuff.”
“I’ll make you some cowboy donuts when we get up to the campsite. Those are almost as good. Sprinkle on some powdered sugar and they are good eatin’.” Owen chivalrously took Leandra’s bag and loaded into the back of the truck.
“I’ll take your word for it, Owen. After all this time, you haven’t steered us wrong yet.” Kalista handed her bag to his outstretched hand before giving him a tight hug. “It’s good to be here again.”
“It’s great to see you too.” Caleb stepped forward for his own hug from Kalista, although they lingered slightly longer than her embrace with Owen.
Reluctantly pulling away from Caleb, Kalista wrinkled her forehead and briefly pursed her lips. “Hey, by the way, I lost one of my ski gloves the last time we came up here. I guess it fell out of my pack. Did either of you find one?”
“No, can’t say we did, but we can take the same trails, maybe we will locate it. Haven’t had much rain or wind storms since your last trip, so unless some animal took off with it, we might have some luck.” Owen rubbed his chin thoughtfully.
“Maybe it was Bigfoot? He just took off with my glove as a human souvenir.” Kalista laughed, shaking her head.
“Would you blame him? He probably needed it. It’s been getting mighty cold at night.” Caleb impulsively reached out to take Kalista’s hand. “Besides, who wouldn’t want a token souvenir from a pretty girl?”
“Young love…isn’t that the sweetest thing, Owen?” Leandra fluttered her eyelashes toward the hesitant couple.

Owen tilted his head looking at Caleb and Kalista still holding hands. “Yes, as a matter of fact, it is. But, that’s enough of this mushy stuff. It’s time to get to the campsite.”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Tales - Don't Confuse the Lube with Ointment!

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! This week's Tuesday Tales prompt is the word "long". Please see how I use "long" in my new WIP erotic romance, Sexy Bea Spelling. Our heroine, Bea, uses a week to lose her inhibitions, but, did she lose her heart as well?




“We had the lights off because the toddlers fell asleep on our bed. I wanted my Tammy time before I moved them.” Craig’s face turned bright red. “I don’t think I can finish this story, my buzz wore off.”
Tammy shook her head. “Craig told me something didn’t seem right, but, I said the lube was fine, just squirt out a handful and let’s go. At that point, the babies were getting restless, we didn’t have much time.” Tammy shook her head. “This sounds like some kind of Mission Impossible thing.”
Craig temporarily forgot his embarrassment. “With kids, intimacy is a Mission Impossible thing, Bea, trust us.”
“Craig put a large dollop in the center of my girl parts and proceeded to, you know, enter me.” Tammy put both hands across her face and muffled through her palms. “It was like some sticky turbo gunk suctioned him into me, literally stuck in me, Bea. But, he kept going…”
“I didn’t notice at first, I was too excited.” Craig shrugged his shoulders.
“I grabbed the baby’s diaper rash ointment, Bea, it was not the KY jelly.  It was horrible! There was not enough Massengill in the bathroom to correct the situation in my nether regions.” Tammy shook her head.
“It was the husband, in the bedroom, with the Desitin.” Craig pronounced in an exaggerated British accent, as if announcing the winner in a game of Clue.
Bea choked on a Cheerio laughing. “Oh my God, you two are damn funny! This is going to be so hard not to bring this up in the future, you realize this, right?”
Tammy threw a few Cheerios in Bea’s direction. “Hey, hey, I thought you were my friend? You brat. Well, just remember, I have some dirt on you too, missy.”
“I know, only teasing Tammy. I love you guys too much to throw you under the bus. But, I gotta know, how long did it take to clear all that ointment out of your stuff?”
Tammy’s lips pursed and her eyes focused, deep in thought. “I guess it didn’t really take that long, but, I’ll never forget it. Never again will I keep the diaper supplies in our room.” Tammy held up three fingers in the gesture of a solemn promise.
 “Craig, you two should take a stand-up routine on the road. People would pay good money to hear your adventures.”
“Oh, yea, Bea, our life is reality show worthy, not.”
“You never know, Craig, you just never know.” Bea ticked her tongue and nodded her head before looking toward Tammy. “All this excitement tonight is making me hungry, Tammy, how’s supper coming? I’m starving.”

“Sometimes, with you and Craig, it’s like having two husbands.” Tammy giggled before finishing the preparations on the evening meal. “Forks up, cause it’s finally ready.”

"Now that you've read my contribution to TT, please visit my creative friends over at our main blog, Tuesday Tales for their take on our word prompt "long". 

BLUE INK- THE SKIN STALKER available now! Recent review "...i am a little over half way thru the book! its super good...and freaky! i have to admit when i got up around 2am to go to the bathroom i wasn’t about to look in the mirrors and my closet was open and i wasn’t going near it."
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Sippers Getting Ready for Thanksgiving!


Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
It’s almost Thanksgiving, my favorite day of the year. Nothing beats my Grandma Helen’s dressing, celery casserole, and of course the turkey. But, most of all, it’s spending time with my friends and family beside a bonfire sharing laughs and love. The kiddos get hot chocolate, but, the adults can have:
HOT CHOCOLATE MARTINI!
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces hot cocoa
  • 1 ounce dark Crème de Cacao
  • Splash Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1 ounce chocolate vodka
Combine all ingredients in a shaker, pour into a martini glass and serve.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Flasher Fiction Friday - What Evil is Behind These Eyes?

Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, this Friday I return to my first recurring blog contribution, the Friday Flash Fiction. A group of writers will write exactly 100 words, no more no less, to a picture prompt. After you read my contribution, please read what the other writers have to say, the links follow. Happy Friday!



Pearl envisioned the group of bullies getting closer before she heard their hideous voices yelling threats of torment and maniacal laughter. The Lord of the Flies mentality permeated the group of reckless kids and today, their intensity scared her. Pearl thought how their eyes seemed evil, almost inhuman, especially the leader- the iris wasn’t even a normal color.  She focused on the sticky mud at the bottom of the river and imagined her rescuer. Pearl deepened her breathing, almost to a yogic state and forced almost every ounce of breath from her lungs, and her well timed nervous system calmed her. 

For more on this unique photo prompt, please visit these other writers for their contributions. Some blogs may contain adult material, visit at your delightful discretion. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Just Out of My Grasp - Facet Injections and Disc Problems

nah, this isn't surgery, it's just my lower back tattoo of a snowflake, my first tat!
11/21/2013
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. I found out on June 19, 2013 the reason for many of my ongoing health problems is because I have systemic lupus, also known as SLE.
Thank you for listening, each week I will have a new installment chronicling my journey. Please, please feel free to comment, write, share. I hope to use this forum as a help to all of us, no matter what pain you are experiencing. You may also send stories to me via finlessbook at gmail dot com. I will respect your privacy and maintain your anonymity, if you so desire.
Hugs for today …
Degenerative Disc Disease
I’ve had chronic back pain and problems for several years. In fact, former orthopedic doctors and even my physical therapists said my chronic shin splints and foot problems could be related to my back issues.
However, I also have osteopenia, which is the beginning stage of osteoporosis. I also have arthritis. Both osteoporosis and arthritis run heavily through my family line. I suppose it could be a combination of things, but, when all considered together with the lupus, it creates a more aggressive health situation.
My rheumatologist referred me to a pain doctor, and he recommended facet injections. I’ve not had back injections before, although I had two cortisone injections in my knee. (scary looking but worked like a charm). Unsure about someone sticking a needle in my spine, I sought a second opinion from a spine surgeon.
Good news is he recommended the injections and knew who this pain doctor was and highly recommended him for treatment. Bad news is the specialist is not that hopeful the injections will help. It could be too far gone and the next step is surgery.
Have any of you experienced degeneration in areas of your body possibly secondary to the base chronic illness? What type of treatment did you seek and did it work?
It’s tiring going from doctor to doctor, but, if it means I’ll feel good and put more miles on this body, then, I’m willing to do it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday Sippers and Happy Birthday Baby Brother Samuel!

Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I’ll post a new, sometimes, skinny cocktail recipe for you to try. Many thinks to my Cali Bestie, Rhonda, for providing me with the deck of cards recipe book. J
Today November 16 is my baby brother’s birthday. He really is 29, egad, that makes me old. Last year I gave him a girlfriend that won't talk back, this year, he is special guest in my blog. (both are probably about the same excitement. LOL) In honor of Samuel Wylder, I present to you a renamed drink:
The Hot Sammy!
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Honey to taste
Begin with a steaming mug of hot water. Add all ingredients. Drink a few and it’s guaranteed to cure your sore throat or whatever else ails you.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Just Out of My Grasp- RAWR – BDSM and Chronic Illness…Really? Yea, Really

10/31/2013
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers, I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. I found out on June 19, 2013 the reason for many of my ongoing health problems is because I have systemic lupus, also known as SLE.
Thank you for listening, each week I will have a new installment chronicling my journey. Please, please feel free to comment, write, share. I hope to use this forum as a help to all of us, no matter what pain you are experiencing. You may also send stories to me via finlessbook at gmail dot com. I will respect your privacy and maintain your anonymity, if you so desire.
Hugs for today …
RAWR – BDSM and Chronic Illness…Really? Yea, Really

There comes a time in most everyone’s life they evaluate their level of excitement, rating their existence on a scale from benign to buck-wild. For myself, I have several good stories that could make me blush, but, I’m proud to own them. Most of the good stuff happened after I turned 30, so, it wasn’t youthful reckless abandon. It was all out I’m an adult woman and I want to live, really LIVE.
I discovered a masochistic side to my nature, it was almost alarming at first, but, I quickly settled into its’ comfort like my favorite flip-flops. I spent a few years investigating my limits, both pushing them and learning from them. Then, just as quickly as I explored this lifestyle, I let it go, re-living the most enjoyable times only in daydreams.
I took up running, eventually biking, then triathlons- as many of you already know. It was a love hate relationship. It was then something occurred to me that I cherished the pain of athletics, it gave me the same sub-space high of a productive s/M session. When I had injuries – the chronic shin splints and lower back problems, I began the joy of physical therapy. Joy of Physical Therapy? Oh, yea, I dug it, the harder the better, sometimes I even had the lovely bruises to show for it and I wore them like a trophy. I had not stopped being a masochist, I simply changed the way I experienced the pain.
When I started getting sick, I fought desperately for answers as to why my body kept failing me. I cried when I thought of crossing a triathlon finish line and wondered if I’ll ever do that again. My sister consoled me by reminding me that I did do it, I finished a few of them…I already owned it. But, even then, I never performed quite as good as I’d hoped, thinking I had much more time to train and get better.
However, now, the socially acceptable way I achieved the euphoria of sub-space was stolen from me and I grieved.
Another revelation hit me like a cat o nine tails, could sufferers of chronic illness derive relief from s/M? It’s quite plausible, in as much as Vicodin doesn’t really take away the pain, it just makes the patient happier to tolerate it. Could a good lashing numb the headache, neuropathy, brain fog, or joint pain? I’m not sure, but, I fully believe more research is in order. Just how to go about it, I’m not sure, but, I’ll figure something out.
Stay tuned…

Lupus Foundation of America

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Saturday Sippers and Tommyknockers Brewery

Photo taken by me last summer
Saturday Sippers in The Locker
Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. Each week I highlight a new beverage, but, this week, I pay tribute to my favorite microbrewery in Idaho Springs, CO, Tommyknockers . With almost 20 signature beers, and seasonal specialty brews, this premium brewpub boasts some of the best tasting beer in the country, and they have the awards to prove it.
One of my favorites is a new addition, the Pine Bough Ale, as quoted from the Tommyknockers site:



“Session-able pale ale with a hint of mountain pine. Copper in color, medium in body and malty sweetness with a high drinkability factor. The flavors and aroma sway between fruity and citrus with up front American hops and a hint of herbal mountain pine.
Spruce pine needles handpicked from the Loveland Ski Area.
This special beer is inspired by and made to commemorate Loveland Ski Areas 75th Anniversary.
Only available on draft at Loveland Ski Area and Tommyknocker’s Pub.”

But, my favorite winter brew is the Cocoa Porter Seasonal Ale:



Not only do they have amazing beer, but, they have sodas for the under 21 crowd and those who prefer something non-alcoholic. Root Beer, Almond Cream, Strawberry Cream, and Orange Cream are some of my kids’ favorites.
The food is amazing, the views inspiring, the atmosphere jovial, and the beer is primo. Wow, this really has me thinking, it’s time for a visit. Good thing I happen to fly in today from Texas. I think it’s Tommyknockers for lunch. J
Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub P.O. Box 3188
1401 Miner Street Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Phone: (303) 567-4419