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Stylish Blogger Award

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I'm honored to recieve my first blogger award! Thank you Valerie @ Living Out Of The Box for passing this stylish blogger award onto me.

To recieve this award the rules are simple:

A)  Thank the presenter (Valerie) –
Thanks everso much Valerie

B)  Disclose 7 things about yourself (do my readers really want to know?)

C)  Share the love by passing the award on to other deserving bloggers.

Seven things about Debra:

1. I won't swim in sea water.
2. I've always wanted to live in the 19th century.
3. I love turnip greens.
4. I love liver and onions.
5. I won't eat veal.
6. I was adopted.
7. I love gardinia's.

Now passing on to these deserving bloggers:

Elizabeth @ The Garden Gate
Romina @ Martyr-hood
Nanny Anna @ I AmNanny Anna!

Rock The Red Pump: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today I am participating in Rock the Red Pump. I don't have HIV or AIDS, but my youngest daughter has HIV. I am affected by the disease, so today I have choosen to be serious and post this blog.

Rock the Red Pump  represents the strength and courage of women fighting HIV/AIDS or affected by the disease both directly and indirectly.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health crisis for women and girls around the world.

In 2007, more than a quarter of diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States were among women and girls aged 13 years and older. The numbers are unsettling: More than 278,000 women and adolescent girls in this country are living with HIV; and almost 94,000 American women and girls with AIDS have died since the epidemic began. Women and girls of color—especially black women and girls—bear a disproportionately heavy burden of HIV/AIDS. In 2007, for female adults and adolescents, the rate of HIV/AIDS diagnoses for black females was nearly 20 times as high as the rate for white females and nearly 4 times as high as the rate for Hispanic/Latino females. Relatively few cases were diagnosed among Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander females, although the rates for these groups were higher than the rate for white females.

CDC estimates that 1 in five people living with HIV infection in the United States do not know they are infected. Getting tested for HIV is the first step to protecting yourself and others. Knowing your own HIV status and that of your male sexual partners is critical because 80% of new HIV infections in American women and girls result from sex with an infected male partner. Early diagnosis of HIV allows for counseling and prompt treatment. HIV treatment prolongs life and reduces the risk of further HIV transmission. If you are a pregnant woman, it is especially important that you get tested early to help ensure, that if you are HIV-positive, you do not transmit the virus to your unborn child.  Information from CDC website.

My youngest daughter contracted HIV by having unprotected sex. HIV is not a disease to take lying down. When one person is infected then 1000 people are affected. Today wherever you go, be aware, take care and don't share...

I'm Cleaning Out My Closet

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Today I am participating in a new series I found on FTLOB
Cleaning out the Closet is a time for you to vent, to release any tension you may have been feeling. It can be about anything. Your posts can also be about something exciting that you experienced in life, something you've never shared before, an embarrassing moment, anything and everything. It can also be about Cleaning your Closet Literally. Clothes you are getting rid of or to show us if your closet is messy, clean or a remodeling.

Since this blog is a humorous look at menopause, I am going to blog about "cleaning out my closet".

I'm 50! I'm menopausal! I can't have anymore babies nor do I want to. My closet is empty.

I started working on cleaning my closet out almost 26 years ago. I got snipped. No shame in it and after 4 difficult birthings I didn't want anymore. Too bad humans can't eat their young...

Fast forward 24 years. Yes, it took me that long to sort out my closet.
Menopause entered into my life and helped me right along. My closet is now spotless. Not one thing out of place.I don't have to worry about anything. No more visits every month, no more unexpected messes to clean up in my closet.

So today I declare my closet to be completely empty and no longer a storage space for junk!

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses...

Monday, March 7, 2011

I''m 50, I'm menopausal and I have no SEX drive....all I have is a hand full of never-ending excuses.

My memory is shot, my hearing kaput and SEX drive is none existent. Hubby wants it, I DON'T!

My three favorite excuses are as follows:
"I've got a headache".... to which he responds "take an asprin". What is he? A doctor.
"Don't even think about it" which he responds "why not"? What is he? A miracle worker.
"Don't forget to take the trash out" which he responds "you've got to be kidding"? What is he? Superman.

Sorry dear, but for the next let's say 5 years I'm closed for business and yes, I'm full of excuses, excuses, excuses.... and when I run out I'll think of more. Somewhere in this foggy head of mine has to be at least a hundred more.