There are many moments these days when I feel very misunderstood.  I have always been a little quirky and not exactly a social butterfly, who excels in human interaction.  Perhaps that is why I chose to stick with governmental accounting for my career.  There are no interpretations necessary when it comes to data. Things are almost always black and white.  Dealing with the social aspects of working with people however, is another issue entirely. Continue reading

FurBall Friday : Turpentine Creek

For today’s FurBall Friday, I would like to feature a wonderful non-profit animal rescue organization, not far from home, called Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. While I do not support zoos or marine/aquatic facilities who aim to profit on the captivity of wild animals, I do support facilities such as Turpentine Creek that provide care and a safe, loving home for animals that have no viable option for life in the wild.

Turpentine Creek is located near beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. If you haven’t been to Eureka Springs, this quaint, eccentric little town is worth a visit all on its own. The fact that Turpentine Creek is nearby is definitely an added bonus.

Turpentine Creek’s mission statement is this:

To provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars.

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Pain In The Neck

I had planned on posting about another topic this week; something useful that I have discovered to help make the work day a little easier, but something happened that has left me basically incapacitated today so I have been in too much pain to spend much time at the keyboard or concentrate long enough to finish the post. This one will probably be short and sweet.  Hopefully I can finish my originally scheduled post sometime later in the week.

When I was getting ready for bed last night I was caught completely off guard by this terrible neck pain that radiated into my shoulder, back, and all the way down my left arm. It was a sharp piercing pain unlike anything I’ve experienced before.  It is similar to the pain that you get with a “crick” in your neck, when you can’t move it a certain direction.  I actually have that too and can’t turn my neck to the left.  I have experienced that part many times before, but the radiating pain into other areas is something completely new to me.  When I woke up today, not only was it still there but it is now affecting my right arm too but the radiating pain in my right arm doesn’t go down as far as it does on the left side.  Continue reading