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Where Has the Time Gone?

I am surprised that the month has come and gone. Actually, it has been fairly uneventful.

There have been wedding preparations. This is exciting, like getting our marriage license, deciding on a cake and a bridal shower. Michael and I have done lots of talking about what this wedding means to us, we’ve giggled, talked to our families and taken our wedding rings out a couple of times just to look at them. It was January 8th I began to count down the days which on this date was day 39. Now it is 16 days until the wedding – oh my!

Besides spending the day with my betrothed, I went and had my tootsies painted a great shade of pink. It is amazing at how good it feels to have someone massage your feet and have your toe nails painted. Although I could have someone massage my feet every day.

We did do some banking, paid the rent; Michael met the florist and finished up with grocery shopping. The last day of the month is as uneventful as the first day of January.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.”

Woman’s Home Companion, December 1935

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Currently Reading:

A Bill Damen Mystery – In a Family Way” by James Calder

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses” by Al-Anon Family Groups

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Let’s Get Things Done

I’m feeling a little better today, at least enough to get a few things done.

I took care of the cats which happen whether I feel good or not.

A load of wash started.

The kitchen was cleaned except for washing the floor.

I made several phone calls such as:

· The Chrysler car dealership to request my name be removed from their mailing list – they did not call back today.

· My talk therapist to reschedule for next week.

· My advisor regarding one of my 1099s for the 401K I had rolled over into one of my existing IRAs. Whew, I don’t have to declare this money on the returns. I also talked about the status of my funds – we shall make changes and we talked about retirement monies.

After all that activity I slowed down, Michael got up, we had lunch and I took a nap. The only other things accomplished were to post wedding entries in my date book for when things need to be done.

One thing done, I finally talked to the florist (we kept missing each other – actually she misplaced my telephone number and the number that she thought was mine was someone else’s) and confirmed my original order and added two corsages and six carnations. The boys will be able to pay for that when they pick the flowers up on the 15th. It’s fun to see the items crossed off my list as the days go by.

I hope that everyone has had a great day.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror.”

— Antonio Porchia

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Currently Reading:

A Bill Damen Mystery – In a Family Way” by James Calder

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses” by Al-Anon Family Groups

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Sunshine

Hey, I woke up to sunshine!

It is cool outside but everything has that clean smell that comes after a rain.

It is a slow day for both of us. I haven’t been feeling that well for the last couple of days. Today feels like I’m beginning to improve. Yea!

The afternoon was spent with Michael in a meeting and afterwards we went to dinner at one of favorite eating places. The neat thing about that was I asked the owner what he knew about champagne. He allowed us to try two of the labels he had. One was really tasty and we told him so. Now he will check on the pricing and get us a case for our wedding reception. There one more item crossed off the list.

Michael is napping at the moment and Bailey wants to get into my lap.

Night everyone.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

— Matthew 6:21

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Currently Reading:

A Bill Damen Mystery – In a Family Way” by James Calder

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses” by Al-Anon Family Groups

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Going to the Chapel . . .

Nineteen days from now, Michael and I will be going to the chapel and we are going to get married.

In the beginning neither one of us were interested in tying the knot. As the years passed by one day at a time, the talk of marriage would come up. We would shake our heads and table the discussion. We both have been married before and the marriages were not the happily ever after kind.

The days turned into years, it is amazing when you focus on one day at a time. Then last October the 17th, the conversation of marriage came up once more. I asked Michael why we didn’t just do it. We weren’t getting any younger and with our 15th anniversary coming up we’ve shown each other that we can stand beside each other when life hands us lemons and not fall apart.

So, I asked Michael to marry me and he said yes.

As it happens, our day, February 15 was the day when we found one another and will mark our 15th anniversary. Luck was with us because the 15th is on a Friday and on that day at noon and in front of our best friends and family we will say our “I do’s.”

I’m going to the chapel and I’m going to get married!

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study. If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish.”

— Jessamyn West

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Currently Reading:

A Bill Damen Mystery – In a Family Way” by James Calder

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses” by Al-Anon Family Groups

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Weather Report

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.

Another day of rain and now the power is out. Actually, it went out last night at 9:36 p.m.

I never thought much about the power because it is never out that long. This storm took out some power lines and has done a number on the county.

I hate an all-electric house. Hot meals are not available. We thank our dear friend Dave – Hi Dave – for providing us with a few military rations and Michael prepared us a couple of meals. The meals (me-meatloaf and gravy; Michael had chicken chow mein) weren’t too bad and did fill us up. The refrigerator is off limits as well as the freezer. I believe we opened the fridge a couple of times but that was it. We have no heat, so Michael started a small fire and we covered up with blankets. Me, I had a blanket and the cats.

Luckily we do have a regular old phone for times as such as these and we could call out if we needed to. I also have a small radio that can run on batteries and so we listened to the various radio stations. Of course, not once did we tune in a station when it was giving the weather report. Michael did call the electric company and a recording told him that the power would be back on (hopefully) between 8 and 11 p.m.

Michael does some cleaning in his office; I clean off my side table by my chair. Then I went to reading my book “In a Family Way” and knocked off about a hundred pages. I think all four of us took naps.

With no power I cannot even check my e-mail. Thank heavens my laptop has a battery and I can type this entry.

Michael keeps asking if whether or not we need to get the boat out. If it keeps raining we may need it!

mz. em
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P.S. The power came on about 5:30 p.m. Hooray!

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Quote of the Day:

“I will write myself into well-being.”
— Nancy Mair

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Currently Reading:

A Bill Damen Mystery – In a Family Way” by James Calder

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses” by Al-Anon Family Groups

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I have exciting news that began last year.

Since last year, Michael and I have talked about getting another fur child. Michael’s thinking was to have a playmate for Max. I wasn’t too sure about it since I didn’t want Max to feel he was being replaced. So, we tabled the idea. However, the topic kept coming up for discussion.

On Sunday, October 16, 2007 we had the conversation again. This time I went to the Maine Coon Adoption site to see what cats they had for adoption. Perusing the site, there was a paragraph near the bottom where it was suggested to check with Animal Services in our county. So, I did and on Animal Services site they said they had a Maine Coon mix.

First thing Monday morning, October 17, I called Animal Services to inquire about adopting a Maine Coon. To my dismay I received a recording and asked to leave a message. Ugh. Do you know how aggravating that is when you’re in the mood to do something right now?

Finally I got a call back around noon time from one of the volunteers and she thought they might have a Maine Coon but she wasn’t sure. We told her we would be right over since she was preparing to leave for lunch. Hanging up the phone, we hopped in the truck and went right over and yes, they had a Maine Coon mix.

The volunteer wasn’t sure if the four-month-old kitten was a male or female. The poor thing was all disheveled and dirty. He had been a street urchin up until the time he was captured by Animal Service. I did a quick check of the privates and knew the little guy was a male. Dirty though he was, I was hooked as soon as I saw him and he looked just like Spike when he was a tyke.

Michael and I both held him and though and all the while he was purring. On top of it all he had a great personality. That was all it took for me and I had him named before Michael could blink his eyes.

Our newest fur child is named Bailey. Bailey had to be neutered before we could bring him home. The volunteer made an appointment with our vet and surgery would be done on Wednesday. Michael and I could hardly wait. All the while we are wondering if we are doing the right thing.

Late Wednesday, October 19, the vet’s office called and said that Bailey was ready to come home.

Now, let me tell you, the only one who was not happy was Max. Talk about being able to glare, he certainly glared at us. To Bailey he hissed and batted at him and generally let Bailey know he was not welcomed at all.

This behavior went on for about three days. After that some playing begun between the two and Max found it was fun to chase this little runt around. But then, the tables would turn and Bailey would chase Max around. As the days went by there was less hissing and batting and more patter of small and large feet hitting the floor in a race by the two.

Of course, I’m mom and they vie for who will be in my lap and who will be on the top of the chair. Some days both of them wiggle into place on my lap and I’m glad my lap is big enough for both of them.

The worst of having this new addition is that Bailey had mites which had been misdiagnosed. Poor thing, his ears became all crusty and he was scratching to the point he was raising blood. Initially at the vet’s we were told he didn’t have mites; he had a food allergy and the vet prescribed New Cainen (?) rabbit and pea blend at $29 for an eight pound bag. Holey-moley!

As time went by Max began to show bald spots on his ears and scratching a lot. This time we took both of the cats to the vet. We were able to see the vet we like the best and she took some scrapings from Bailey’s ears and found something that looked like mite larvae. She prescribed Revolution which is like Advantage except Revolution takes care of mites too.

We have given two treatments to each cat and the ears are looking much healthier and the scratching has stopped. Now everyone is feeling better.

The two cats are a hoot. Michael or I have put the television on pause so we can watch them play. Definitely the cats are more fun to watch. Max who is two-years-old now is very regal and aloof when he wants to be. Bailey on the other hand is curious about everything and everything is a toy. It is amazing at what I will find on the floor when I come down in the morning.

Oh yeah, Bailey likes to wake me up around 5:30 a.m. for some loving. This consists of scritching, tummy rubs and full body petting. Then it is Bailey’s turn. His lovin’ consists of licking either my forehead or nose. Mind you his little tongue may look cute but it is coarse grade sandpaper. I do not have to worry about derma-brasion! After the licking, he walks around my head purring, which he may or may not lie down beside me. I have to say that though I’m not crazy about waking up that early, the love shown is appreciated.

At some point during the night I might wake up and I will find Max propped up on my feet or leg sleeping and Bailey is beside me or over on the corner of the bed on Michael’s side.

After three months, Michael and I both feel we made a good choice in our fur children.

 

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Take the gentle path.”

— George Herbert

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Currently Reading:

A Bill Damen Mystery – In a Family Way” by James Calder

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy”  by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses” by Al-Anon Family Groups

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Feast One Hundred & Seventy Seven

Appetizer: How many times per day do you usually laugh?
Oooh, that’s a hard one since I laugh many times during the day. I never thought about counting or what made me laugh. I shall have to pay attention to this for a day and find out what is making me laugh. Plus, laughter is such good medicine.

Soup: What do your sunglasses look like?
They look like my regular glasses since I have the type of lenses that darken the brighter it is outside.

Salad: You win a free trip to anywhere on your continent, but you have to travel by train. Where do you go?
I would travel from the West Coast to the East Coast and stopping along the way to sightsee.

Main Course: Name one thing you consider a great quality about living in your town/city.
The ocean.

Dessert: If the sky could be another color, what color do you think would look best?
I feel the sky would be great in the color of green or purple.

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Weather Report:

Well, the rain began on Monday and it hasn’t stopped. Today we had wind gusts with the rain. The meteorologists are telling us that this inclement weather should be running out of steam over the weekend.

I certainly hope so. I can stand some rain and we certainly need it, but after awhile, I’m ready for some sunshine. Besides, I had to cancel my manicure this morning because of the rain.

I get anxious enough in regular weather when driving but add rain in the mix and my anxiety level climbs the scale. Anyway, I rescheduled my appointment for next week. May the weather goddesses smile one me.

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Although I had written earlier I would write about the new addition to our family today, I will share that with you tomorrow.

mz. em

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Quote for the Day: “It is by spending oneself that we become rich.”
— Sarah Bernhardt

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Currently Reading: “A Bill Damen Mystery – In a Family Way” by James Calder

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses” by Al-Anon Family Groups

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