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I had put my Hummingbird feeders out a couple of weeks ago. My sister-in-law saw some in her yard already. On Saturday I noticed that quite a lot of the Hummingbird solution was gone from one feeder. I looked at the concrete under the feeder and saw that it was sticky and wet. The only culprit to make that kind of mess is an Oriole.

I let my dog out a little while ago and sat under the canopy on our patio to soak up some sun on my RA hands. As I sat there with my eyes closed I heard a bird talking to me. I opened my eyes and there was an Oriole about five feet from me. He was giving me what for! He either didn’t want me out there or I was too close to “his feeder.” They are too big for the Hummingbird feeders and tilt it too far, that is why so much solution is missing.

He is welcome though. I love watching the pretty birds!!




“Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either”
― Golda Meir

This past Sunday when I woke up my left knee was swollen so large I couldn’t bend my leg or straighten it out all the way. I felt really run down the rest of the week. Thursday night I finally felt better and had some energy, but my right ankle was killing me. Today it is both knees. I cried quite a bit this week.

I need to laugh. I need a belly wrenching, tear jerking laugh. I can do that kind of laugh with only a couple of people. The kind of laugh when tears come from your eyes until you can’t see and you laugh so hard you can hardly breathe. Laughter really is good for the soul.



I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in February of 2012. My great aunt had it and my dad’s cousin has it. My mom tells me that they told my great aunt to take aspirin and move to a warmer climate. She became all crippled up.

I knew what you could look like with RA, but I had no idea what you could feel like. I have been looking on Pinterest for sayings about RA and pain. I am sorry that there are so many people who have it, but I am also glad that they share their feelings. I am glad to know that there are other people thinking and feeling the same things I am.

I also have chronic back pain. I have had surgery once and will probably need another one here soon. I want to stay upbeat and happy as much as I can during all of this. I hope I can encourage someone else.