What I’m Listening To

I love listening to podcasts. So every now and then I will post what I am listening to right now.

Mental illness is one of the most misunderstood illnesses.[1] There is so much stigma around mental illness we need mainstream programming that addresses it. I have been listening to a 5-part series on mental illness called ‘Taking Crazy Back.’ Tod Maffin, who has been open about his struggles with mental health and addictions, has put together this series. I encourage you to give it a listen.

[1] I think obesity is also extremely misunderstood.

Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘water has a mind of its own’ edition

  • First off, my apologies for being MIA for the past 10 days or so. I have not been feeling my ‘daisy-fresh best’ and as a result the blog suffered. I have been struggling a lot with the usual health issues. It is like I constantly have fog in my head that I have to fight through. The other main reason for the break is that I have re-discovered crocheting. I am madly trying to make stuff for Christmas presents this year!
  • I am going to try to complete NaBloPoMo like I have in previous years.
  • We have had some serious plumbing woes. We are on a septic system. Apparently septic fields die after a certain amount of time. The tank holds all the waste in an anaerobic environment where it breaks down to a certain degree. Water is supposed to flow through the tank to the septic field. What ends up happening is that bits of ‘material’[1] flows through and eventually stop the septic from being able to absorb any more water. The options are to replace the field or connect to the city sewer. While connecting to the sewer is expensive, replacing the septic field is completely out of reach. The plumbing contractors we have, Mr. Swirl, have been absolutely fantastic. I have never seen a company be so incredibly responsive and professional. They committed to keeping our septic tank pumped out while this work has been going on. They have had to come pretty much every other day to meet this commitment. Hopefully in another couple of days we won’t have to worry about the septic tank anymore! The other great advantage will be no more smell!
No more deck!
The new holding tank going in.
You can see the old, concrete tank
Another view of the old tank
  • In other related news, Sienna, the pit bull, got under the house and managed to impale herself on a nail. She then, so it appears, rotated her self and managed to separate her skin from her fatty layer a further 3 inches below the 2-inch gash we found on Friday night. She now has a 5-inch gash on her chest with a drain tube coming out. It seems that if there is anything to hurt herself on she will find it!


[1] Euphemistically referred to as ‘sludge’ by the plumbers.