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Max the cat went on an adventure the other night and panicked Michael half to death; as well as irritated him at the same time.

To begin, Michael had arrived home from work and found the house to be stuffy. He opened the back slider and opened the garage door to about three fingers to create an air flow.

Then he went about preparing himself some dinner. Time passed and Michael realized he hadn’t seen Max in awhile. Taking up the treat bag he took it to each room and shook the bag – no Max.

Something told Michael to check outside and he did. He went down our street and then up around the corner all the while shaking the bag and calling Max’s name. No cat. Heading back to our house Michael spies Max underneath the neighbors’ car with their cat, Lil Bit.

Michael called to Max but Max was not ready to come in and eluded Michael every time Michael would get close to him. Max had Michael chasing him all through the neighbors’ yard, under bushes, along the rock wall separating our properties and even into our driveway.

Finally, Michael opened the garage door and chased the little escape artist into the garage. At one point, Max acted as though he was going to go around Michael and make another escape but Michael stomped his foot on the floor and that made Max run farther into the garage. Max turned around looking at the opened door and Michael stomped his foot again and Max turned tail and ran into the house. Michael shut the garage door and then said a few choice words to Max. Said words shall not be repeated here but you can probably guess what they were.

All this time, I was upstairs sleeping and didn’t hear a thing. Michael wasn’t sure how he was going to tell me that Max got out. It was just the other day we were discussing the fact that at some point Max would probably get our and we needed to know how we would handle it. Little did we know that day was ever so close.

Now the fun part, Max has to have a flea treatment. I am not going to take any chances with having fleas on him or in the house. We’re also considering a micro-chip in addition to his name tag and also a gps chip so we would have an easier time in finding him.

We are still not sure how Max got underneath the garage door and Max is not telling. Oooh the little scamp!

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So, does everyone have their copy of the new Harry Potter book? I did not make it to any midnight parties that were held throughout the county but my copy is waiting at the post office and I get to pick it up tomorrow.

Today I purchased Stephen King’s book “Lisey’s Story.” I read a review on it earlier today and it sounds good. Now I just need to find time to read all these books. At least with “Lasher,” I’m near the end of chapter 35 and four more chapters to go.

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Alrighty then, I think I will call it a night.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
— Florence Scovel Shinn

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I’m upstairs in my bedroom. It would be hot up here but for the opened screened windows. With cross ventilation, the curtains gently flutter as the breeze comes in and moves about my room.

Though I am upstairs, I hear my sister tickling the ivories of the baby grand piano in the living room. At this moment she is playing a classical piece. The composition is soothing to my soul.

I sit in the Adirondack rocking chair and I feel I am hearing the melody in stereo. This means she has the French doors to the patio open. This is heaven to be lost in her music. I wonder if she feels the way I do. She must or she wouldn’t be playing. Her classical piece concluded, she goes onto play some folk music followed by country western tunes. I know she did this for me since she knows I like folk and country western music.

Sitting in my chair, rocking gently, the peacefulness flows through me as the breeze flows around me. The air is fragrant from the blooming jasmine. All my senses have been caressed in this time of no demands. Ah, life is grand.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
— Walter Cronkite

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Friday’s Feast

Feast One Hundred & Fifty Two

Appetizer
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how much do enjoy watching sports on television?

8.5. I do like to watch basketball, football, baseball and boxing on television.

Soup
If you could completely memorize any one work of fiction, which one would you pick?

The Gettysburg Address. Yeah, I know this isn’t fiction but I can’t think of anything at the moment.

Salad
What is your favorite breakfast food?

Fried egg with cheese sandwich.

Main Course
Name something fun you can do for less than $10.00.

Go to the movies.

Dessert
How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?

Within a half hour unless I’m really tired and it happens much sooner.

 

mz. em

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Quote of the Day

Our elections are free. It’s in the results where eventually we pay.

— Bill Stern

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I began the day reading “Lasher” by Anne Rice. I’m at page 488 and the last page is 578. I’m at the point that Lasher has come to tell his story and to see the comatose Rowan. Her husband Michael wants to kill Lasher as well as to hear him out. Michael is in quite a quandary.

Writer’s Digest July 2000: Reading the Literary Tales of William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi. Quite interesting and makes me want to take a visit there.

 Local newspaper: “The Great Senate Sleepover of 2007.” “It was just a photo op.” What I find puzzling are the absentee senators. The first quorum call at 8:30 p.m. nine senators were not there; at midnight 22 senators were absent; and at 5:15 a.m. 40 of the 100 senators were “AWOL, including 13 Democrats.” Did these senators not feel this was an important enough gig to at least be present for this event? Makes me wonder where their loyalties lie and it doesn’t appear to uphold the lawmaking process. At least the California Democratic Senator, Barbara Box, appeared in her black muumuu.

 mz. em

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 Quote of the Day

 Some things we think are bad may be good.
— Harry Bartholomew

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I arose a half hour earlier than usual but here it is going on 9 p.m.

  • Part of my morning was spent washing our two vehicles.
  • Meditation
  • Inspirational reading
  • A load of wash
  • Cleaning the upstairs bathroom
  • Reading some of my e-mail
  • Attempting to come up with something witty to write here but didn’t
  • Talked to my sister in Kansas for 15 minutes or more
  • Took a nap since I had a severe headache
  • Brushed Max

 So that is my day in a nutshell.

  mz. em

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 Quote of the Day

 A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.

— Charles Gordy

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I decided to write more on meditation since I received several e-mails from readers asking the following questions: 

  1. What about posture?
  2. What about equipment?
  3. How long do I need to meditate as 30 minutes seems like a long time?

 Question One: There is more than one answer to this question. Primarily, a person would sit upright on a pillow in the Padmasana (Lotus Pose). For those who are limber will have no problem sitting in this pose. However, I am not limber and I sit in a faux lotus pose. I sit with my legs folded in front of me on the floor instead of trying to fold them into my lap. If sitting on the floor is not possible you may sit in a straight backed chair or on a meditation bench. If sitting is not comfortable there is always the prone position. You must be careful since it is very easy to fall asleep in this position. The best posture is to sit upright and over your sit bones. At first you may find that your back may complain about this but once you build up those muscles you can sit very comfortably. Your eyes can be closed or open. In the Zen Buddhism tradition, the eyes are open and focused about six inches in front of you. I find that with my eyes open I tend to look all over the place so I close mine.

 Question Two: It all depends on how much money you want to spend. I sit on a large folded-over pillow which is placed on a circular prayer rug. I light a candle and some incense. At times I’ve used the incense to measure the time; in other words, when I can no longer smell the incense I conclude my sitting. Now I use a timer which is placed in a drawer to muffle the ticking. I have also used meditation tapes of chanting, whale song or flute music. If you want to purchase a cushion which is called a Zafus go to this link and it will show you all that you can buy if you so choose.

 Question Three: If you are just beginning a meditation practice, starting at five, ten or 15 minutes is suggested. I began this way until I worked up to 30 minutes. I find that 15 minutes is good for a quickie but I find for myself that within the first 15 minutes I’m working through quieting my mind, getting my body comfortable and my breath in a full breathing pattern then I can sit the next 15 minutes relatively quiet. When done, I feel relaxed, my shoulders are down where shoulders are supposed to be instead of up under my ears attempting to be earrings. The rest of my body feels relaxed; I can focus on what I need to do for the day without interference of mindless thoughts. In other words I have reached the state of mindfulness.

 I hope this helps and if you have other questions, feel free to e-mail me at: waywardwords@yahoo.com.

  mz. em

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 Quote of the Day

Shut up, brain, or I’ll stab you with a Q-tip!

— Homer Simpson

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Daily Meditation

I’ve been meditating for over 20 years. With all that time, one would think I have it down pat for centering and focusing myself to be still and mindful.

 Well, guess again my friends. On a daily basis I still have problems with an over-active mind and physical aches and pains. I constantly have to bring my mind back to the present, acknowledge my aches and pains and concentrate on my breathing.

 What surprises me in all of this is that 30 minutes can go by so quickly.

 When I was in the hospital I attempted to keep up with my daily program. I initially had the room to myself and I would wake up early enough, before the staff began to move around, to sit in my bed and meditate before my day began. Once I acquired a roommate, the energy of the room changed.

 From then on I meditated by lying down and before the staff changed shifts. Lying down to meditate feels different than sitting up but it worked for the time being. I kick myself now when I think about it because if I had been thinking, I could have gone down to the patio and mediated outdoors in the fresh air and not be overly bothered by anyone. Duh!

 However, the reason I write about meditation today is because of the great benefit it gives me in keeping myself focused and calm throughout the day. In the Al-Anon program it talks about have a conscious contact with our Higher Power as we understood him/her/they/it. This is my way of making that contact and the practice is to quiet myself so that I may hear the guidance of what my HP is asking of me this day.

 I recommend anyone to try to meditate and to stick with it long enough so that you can begin to feel some changes that occur when you do. If anyone has any questions or want a reference on books don’t hesitate to e-mail me at: waywardwords@yahoo.com.

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 This has been a busy week for me. I’ve done a lot of housework, laundry and even going grocery shopping for the household. I still have problems with leaving the house – agoraphobia – and social anxiety. Then on top of being busy, my dryer is still giving me fits and now the washer is leaking. These two things will be the only to do’s on our weekend schedule. There are other things that need to be done but for me this is the priority items.

 I hope everyone had a lovely Friday the 13th, I did; and, tonight will be the end of this lunar cycle and a new one begins tomorrow.

  mz. em

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 Quote of the Day

 I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure — try to please everybody.
— Herbert Bayard Swope

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