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Halloween is Upon Us

Halloween decorations, candies and costumes have been showing up in the stores since the last weeks of September. I really hate that. Why can’t stores wait until October?

Just last week I pulled out my meager Halloween decorations and placed them about the house. It is fun to light the candles at night. All within sight in case a flame decides to be rebellious.

As we don’t have many children in our immediate area, we keep our gate locked and only buy a few quantities of candy to leave as tokens to the fire spirits. I will also leave a small bowl of milk on the back steps for the wee folk or those who walk the night to come and refresh themselves before moving on.

When I had my manicure and pedicure this past week, I was blessed with a pumpkin on my left ring finger and my right ring finger has a black cat. Both of my big toes have ghosts with red eyes. They look pretty cool. Other than this I will do a small ritual in celebration of Halloween.

Michael is still in recovery from his kidney stone blasting. He sees bits of sand when he goes to the bathroom. The doctor said that this would be normal. The doctor will see him on Wednesday for Michael’s post-op. I hope the doctor can explain the discomfort that Michael is experiencing and can put a stop to it. I want my baby to be healthy again. Plus, this puts a damper on his actions for job hunting. It’s hard to believe he has been off of work for a year.

The kitties are doing well. I’m getting better at giving Bailey his pills. He still doesn’t like to take them but the pill popper makes the job easier. Bailey is much calmer and though he still plays with Max, he is not as aggressive. Max is friskier and I notice that he is purring more than he has in a long time. Max is spending more time with me and I like that. Of course, Bailey is around more too and that is perfect.

I was going to talk about politics but I can see that the subject is too deep to do so. My query is this, are the Vice Presidents on both sides going to be “yes” people because of the position they are in; or, will they have the ovaries/balls to be the devil’s advocate when necessary?

The warm sunny weather has left our shores. Today is overcast and cool. Fall has definitely arrived. I do hope the rain holds off till Saturday so the trick-or-treaters have a fun night.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out.”

Robert Frost

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Currently Reading:

The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

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

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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This and That

Since I’ve been away these are the events that have happened:

  1. Michael had the last of his kidney stone blasting done and is now recuperating.
  2. His computer is not working well so he has had the direct connection and I have not had the energy to ask for it from day to day to read mail and post to Words of Mine.
  3. Max and Bailey have had their annual check ups and are both healthy.
  4. Bailey had his booster shots and we talked to the vet about our little “cat from hell” and what were our options except to give him away. Would you believe, the vets can prescribe kitty downers? Bailey is now on 10 mg of amitriptyline. Other than the fun of administering the medication we have a calm cat now. That said the whole house is at peace.
  5. It has been a year now since Michael was laid off from his employ. It is hard to believe the job market sucks. It is one day at a time which is keeping us sane.
  6. We have been having good weather so the doors and windows can be open. The fresh air is heavenly.

Just a summary but I’m still here.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression.”

Karen Horney

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Currently Reading:

The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

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

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Working on Habits

I have read and been told that if one can do an action for 21 days a habit has a good grounding. One has accomplished a new behavior. After that they will do their habit regardless. I can’t say I’ve had such luck but I’m working on it.

Because of my disabilities, I need to have routine and order in my life. If I do not have these two, I can be depressed, cranky and just plain out of sorts. I can start and for several days hold steady with the routine and then something interrupts what I’m doing and I have chaos in my life.

What I am working on to keep my life less stressful is to brush my teeth morning and night and to meditate every day.

I read this article about living stress free and it makes a lot of sense to me. I feel I need to consider this in my life too. “10 Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life” on the blog site Zenhabits. It’s an insightful blog and as they say in 12-step groups, “Take what you like and leave the rest.

I have meditated in the morning for six days now. This morning, I woke up feeling out of sorts. I didn’t care about doing any of my usual stuff and to place myself in my chair and sit out the day.

However, the second part of my daily order is to care for my teeth. I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing all that I need to do for my teeth. I don’t care to have to have dentures if I can avoid them. My routine is to massage my gums, floss my teeth, brush my teeth and rinse with Act fluoride mouth wash. I have soft teeth – just like my finger nails.

Back to being out of sorts, I took care of my teeth five times this week, morning and night. Done with my teeth, I did feel like meditating after all. Yes, this is a sign the habit is beginning to take shape.

The best part, Max came in with me and meditated as well. I am finding out he likes Celtic music. I’m sitting on my pillow; Max is stretched along the edge of the drapes. Breathing together, I know my body began to relax and I believe Max’s did to.

Max has not gotten to the point to lying in my lap like Spike did but I am comforted by having him in the room with me.

For good cheer, eight months ago Michael and I got married. I can’t believe it’s been eight months. It does and doesn’t feel any different then it did prior to the wedding. I do have to say I like addressing myself as Mrs. F. I figure it took me long enough to earn that right and I’m going to use it. Plus, I’m pretty proud of it to.

Within the last week, I’ve been able to give Bailey a couple of Reiki sessions and he sort of seems calmer. It doesn’t seem to have much of a staying power. Both cats go in for their annual checkup and booster shots on Thursday. We will also be talking to the vet about Bailey’s new behavior and what our options are. One of the rescue organizations we talked with suggested getting Bailey, a xanax-like medication. I don’t know if vets do that for animals but we are willing to give it a try.

Okay, I’m off to putter around the house.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.”

Samuel Johnson

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Currently Reading:

Where Cats Meditate” by David Baird

The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

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

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Columbus Day

If I hadn’t been listening to the radio this morning, I’d have gone through the day ignorant of this special day. But, is it really a special day. What I know is it’s a big day for stores and their Columbus Day sale specials. All governmental workers get the day off. Some businesses allow their staff to have the day off.

But do people really grasp the significance of why they are off work?

Columbus discovered America, of course, he and his crew brought along a few strains of diseases to share with the Natives. Thanks Chris.

I prefer not to celebrate this holiday so it’s life as usual: Meditate, take care of Michael and the cats, time of for my afternoon nap and a little housework done. Then I’m done for the day. Time to relax with Michael which is watch some telly and do my reading of the books listed below.

Oh well, today’s the day, I hate it when they move actual holidays around to suit the working folks. I like my holidays for when they were originally set for and that’s all I’m going to say about it.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Charles Dickens

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Currently Reading:

Where Cats Meditate” by David Baird

The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

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

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Mamma Mia

Last night Michael and I watched the movie “ABBA: The Movie.” The story line was cute but the music was delightful. I thought the comments from the fans were delightful in the fact they pretty much said that the group “looked tidy,” “they have a clean look” and “I like their costumes.” I liked the music regardless of the storyline.

As you can tell it wasn’t a Saturday stoopid movie night. However, we are watching some Sci Fi movies today. The best movie has been Stephen King’s “Needful Things.”

The excitement for today has been trimming the cats’ claws. Bailey hates the procedure altogether even with me given him a Reiki session. He was much calmer but not by much. Even Max was skittish but he’s much better in this procedure than Bailey.

This past week has been a stressful week for me. Michael has not been feeling well and with a temperature that has been going up and down. Thankfully, Michael is seeing his doctor on Monday.

My calm times have been when I’ve meditated and this was my week for a manicure and a pedicure. I have been stressed and having a hard time keeping up with my routine. I had one night of scary dreams; the ones where you can’t move, let alone cry out. I hate those kinds of dreams.

We have a new appliance in our house. Our landlord placed a new gas stove in our residence. He has been steadfast for electric saying that electric was cleaner than gas. Michael has had several discussions with him that gas would be cheaper than electric. So, after two electric stoves, we now have a gas stove, yea! We have a problem with the electric part that ignites the gas burner. The issue may be resolved by tomorrow.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“It’s always something.”

Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner)

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Currently Reading:

““The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

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

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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Well, it’s Monday. I didn’t write yesterday. I figured I don’t have to write everyday if I don’t want to. I do know, if I don’t write regularly, it is real easy to not write at all. I’m not even writing in my hardcover journal.

So today I’ve done a load of dishes, a load of wash, made the bed and put away clean clothes. All important things to get done but I’m not writing.

I’m also worrying about the interactions of the cats. Last night Bailey spent the night in the garage. He had a bed, water, food and a litter box. Max spent the night inside. The big difference was I didn’t have Bailey waking me up around 8 a.m. When I let Bailey in this morning they were playing well. However, this afternoon Bailey began playing roughly and chasing Max around the house.

I went to put Bailey out in the garage but Max beat me to the opened door. Okay, if he wants to be out there I can deal with that. Bailey stays in. I go check on Max and he wants to come in; now it’s Bailey’s turn to spend some time in the garage.

Now both cats are in. Michael and I keep having discussions on what are we seeing. At times Max will begin the rough housing and then it’s Bailey. Are we jumping to conclusions? We haven’t seen any blood on either of them only Max ends up limping on the right hind leg. Could it be that Max is playing too forcibly and he hurts himself?

I have attempted to keep away from writing about religion, politics or sex. This once I must say something about this governmental bailout of the mortgage companies. When one shows they can’t handle their money and lose it – why would you give them more money? How long before these companies lose this money?

No one bails us out when by chance a job is cut and you are out of work, do they come to our aid? Noooo. A death in the family whose income supports the family, does the government come to our aid? Noooo.

I don’t know if our government is going to be any better after the elections but I think it sucks now and probably will then. And, that is all I’m going to say about it.

Amazingly, I didn’t think I had anything to write about and according to Word’s word count, I have two pages worth of writing.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”

Willa Cather

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Currently Reading:

““The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

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

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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What Else Can I Do?

Awakening this morning I had planned to write up an entry here so it would be done and I could tackle other projects. Ha!

I’ve taken care of my kitties (there is a whole other story as far as they go), washed a load of clothes, kissed on Michael whenever I got close enough, went through all of my e-mail addresses and read e-mail and responded and went through my list of blogs I read. The most I did for my writing was create my page for WoM. But, did I write anything? Naaaah.

As to the fur kids, Bailey has become a bully when it comes to Max – and me and Michael when Michael needs to trim his claws – by chasing Max around the house and jumping on him. The worst of it is Bailey is biting Max in his hindquarters whenever he can. This is the second time that we have noticed Max limping. Whenever we try to feel his right leg, he pulls back from us.

Our first thought was to give Bailey away as we don’t want him to keep beating up on Max. We also thought about a squirt bottle and squirting him when he was doing unacceptable behavior. This however, would also freak Max out. Anything with noise to interrupt Bailey’s attention would freak Max again. Max is all ready freaky enough as it is. We are also considering a muzzle for when we trim his claws.

Michael checked into an electronic collar. This we found was cost prohibitive including finding a collar to fit him.

Right now, we have the two separated: Max is in the garage where he likes to be and he has food, water, the litter box and a bed to sleep on. He also likes the stoop. The stoop is made of wood covered with carpe

Bailey hasn’t learn the difference between a nip to let you know enough is enough and a bite which says you’re not paying attention to him and that he’s had enough.

That said, Bailey does know about nipping because when I’m using the toilet he will come along side of me and give me a lick on my thigh and then nip me. That doesn’t help with the bodily functions attempting to be performed.

We really like Bailey and don’t want to give him up but if he keeps up with this behavior, we will need to find a good home for him.

Michael’s first day of recovery

Michael is doing better today and is in better spirits. However, performing his bodily functions is uncomfortable. I’m hoping that as the days go by he will get to feeling better. Monday he needs to call the urologist for an appointment to discuss the surgery of Friday and how to proceed from here. I hope by the time Michael does see the doc, they will know what these stones are made of and we can make a change in his diet or whatever. Maybe he just needs more water.

Making plans

I had plans this week. I considered on handling some housework jobs that I hardly get to. I had my week planned out but then, Michael’s health was placed at the top of the list and my intentions went to the bottom.

What is the saying? God gets a good laugh whenever we make plans. Well, it’s something like that

Weather

As predicted, it did rain this morning; a nice gentle rain that brings wonderful fragrances to the nose. The rest of the day was gray and so we stayed inside.

Stoopid movie Saturday

I am just amazed that the movies were sooooo stoopid that we’re watching “Wild Wild West.” Actually, I felt the movies were only stoopid. One was about a tornado in New York City and the second movie was about a volcano. Michael has watched many of my weather movies and he is weathered out.

mz. em

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Quote of the Day:

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”

Anne Lamott

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Currently Reading:

““The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene

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

“New American Standard Bible”

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition by Alcoholics Anonymous

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