Now that our snow is gone the birds are back. There is one little bird that has been here all day just waiting for her spouse to show up. Now you ask me....how do you know is it a "she". Well let me tell you... she sits one place and then flies to another and sits there. From there she flies to the bird bath and sits there, sometimes lands on the grass and sits there. She will maybe fly away for a few seconds and then is back again. Just waiting and waiting.
Now you know if this were a male bird, he would wait maybe 10 minutes at the most and then fly to the nearest watering hole and stay there thinking, "the hell with it".
One day while in Bismarck, Jerry, my mother and myself went to this fine dining restaurant a few minutes before noon.
Jerry and MB (my mother) ordered the salad, soup and bread sticks. The young lady who was our waitress told Jerry that this was her first day then asked each, "What kind of salad dressing do you want?" MB said she would like thousand island. Jerry ordered his choice. In this process she also asked what kind of soup do you want. Both wanted the Broccoli soup. She came back, "We don't have the broccoli soup ready. What other kind do you want? (Their choice was now down to two. ) Both said Tomato Basil. She left then came back, " We don't have the Tomato Basil, all we have is the Chicken Noodle soup." They both agreed to this although neither one wanted the CN soup. Now we were starting to chuckle about this but it gets worse.
Some time later the waitress came back, "Sorry, we don't have any Thousand Island dressing. What other kind would you like?" A new one was chosen. After several minutes the waitress brought the salads and said, "We are waiting on the bread sticks." After they were almost done with the salad the bread sticks arrived. Now I ask you, "Why would they not have Thousand Island dressing and the bread sticks ready for the noon crowd?"
She was again at our table several minutes later saying," the Broccoli soup was ready and if they wanted that they could change their order and get that". Both Jerry and MB agreed. Now this is getting rather ridiculous but better later then never. After some time she brings "ONE" bowl of soup and sets it down in front of MB.. Her next statement about sent us into bursts of laughter. "We don't have any more bowls". After another few minutes she is back and tells us, "We are still waiting for the bowl, it is in the dish". We have never in all our years of eating out had this kind of experience. Jerry waited patiently for his soup and it did arrive after several more minutes. Jerry's bowl was still hot from the "dish". :-)
Now we all agreed that the food was good, we were entertained although rather disturbed about the service. This was just before noon in Bismarck at a very busy restaurant and they should of been better prepared. We were there before the noon crowd, before the food should of all been gone and the food should of been fresh and just out of the oven/stove. They should of had the food ready, soup made, bread sticks baking, etc. They also overcharged us. We did not complain as it was just too funny.
Who knows maybe the chef was having a bad day or else someone was yanking this waitresses chain since it was her first day. She did not get flustered and was very friendly. As were we. We did not hassle her nor rant and rave. We should get an "A" for patience and tact. If anyone else had the same experience I hope they gave her respect and another tip as she deserved one. We had our laugh of the day.
I do not believe we will be in this particular restaurant for some time to come. We will take our chances somewhere else.
After 8 weeks, yes 8 weeks, I am done with the Shingles. I sometimes have a slight pain in my back but nothing like the 8 weeks of pain that was sometimes almost unbearable. Of course in the whole scope of things I became very tired and weak so I am still trying to recover from that. I hope the pharmacist is enjoying his tropical island that I helped pay for. He paid off his home and burned his mortgage before leaving for his vacation. All this thanks to the many medications that I took during this 8 weeks of hell. He probably deserves this has he had to deal with me. Thanks to all of you for all your concern and many phone calls. I appreciate everything.
Since my last ramblings I have pain yet in my back. The rash is gone but the pain lingers.
The new prescription of Prednisone did nothing for me. Okay, now what do I do!! I went to the health food store and explained my problem. Now they were most helpful. Either they thought 1- she is old and needs our help 2-she is in a lot of pain and needs our help 3-here is a sucker we can load down with saleable items and maybe she will get some help 4-all of the above
I did buy some "Oil of Oregano and some Professional Strength Homeopathic Spray. Now I have a new essence to me. They said I would smell like Pizza, I do not!! I smell like Oregano. It is not bad but I doubt if it would catch on the new scent of the season. This oil is rubbed into the painful area on my back. The spray is is tasteless. Yes, you spray it in your mouth. What ever, I am willing to try it. The next day after trying this my pain wasn't as acute. I had also ran out of Vitamin B Complex and that was also started at the time too. Whatever of these 3 items is helping I am thankful for it. Now I did wonder about the Homeopathic spray but I figured, "I didn't buy this from some dude selling it on a street corner so maybe it will work" and therefore felt safe buying it. The actual name for it is RHUS Toxicodendron. I am thinking, "If this works, I am so happy and will gladly pay the bill". And to be fair, the people at the health food store were very nice and very helpful.