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Quote of the Day:

“As a child, I was haunted, above all things, by the schoolroom atlas. I thought of it as sort of one’s back door.”

— Bruce Chatwin

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I can’t believe this much time has passed since my last entry. I know it is very easy to get out of habit once I stop. On top of that there have been things to do.

The weather here has been going from cold, colder and then to warm. I never know how much clothing to put on. As the day goes by the house warms up then I shed my layers. I’ve enjoyed have the clear skies during the day and especially at night. It is fairly dark out my back door and the night sky is beautiful. I saw the moon tonight and it has grown just a bit past a sliver.

I’ve been off today. I forgot to take my bedtime pills last night and I’ve been jittery, sleepy and a fuzzy head. I’m back on schedule now (8:10 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time) but I still feel tired and worn out. Shoot, the most I have done today is get the dirty dishes into the washer and turn it on.

My sister called me this afternoon. The Divine Ms. M was beginning to worry about me when she hadn’t seen any posting at Words of Mine. We had a great conversation about creativity, cooking, weather, the yappy-annoying dog of my next door neighbor and all things in general; both of us chuckling over life.

So, tonight Michael and I are watching Aliens III and listening to the dishes being washed.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Ezra

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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A New Journal Begins

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Quote of the Day:

“Writers write about what obsesses them. You draw those cards. I lost my mother when I was 14. My daughter died at the age of 6. I lost my faith as a Catholic. When I’m writing, the darkness is always there. I go where the pain is.”

— Anne Rice

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What a day! I slept in for a change. I didn’t feel guilty about it at all. Bailey attempted to wake me up but I covered up with the blanket and he went else where on the bed.

It is another gray day, some sprinkles and the house is chilly. To take the chill from me I heated some water and added it to a tablespoon of honey and apple-cider vinegar.

Neither cat came into meditate with me this morning. Very strange but I’m okay with it. Tomorrow is the last day of this lunar cycle. So, I have been giving thought as to what I want to let go of this cycle.

I’m not feeling well this day. My stomach is queasy and I have diarrhea which is not fun at all and another reason for napping and taking it easy.

Looking at my arm today I have a small red spot where the needle was inserted in the vein in the soft side of my elbow. The tech that did the insertion was very good. I hate needles so I’m always on the look out for the one who do it straight and with little pain.

Today is a big day for me, I began I new journal with lined paper. It is always exciting to start a new journal and a real joy for when I finish the journal. Today I’m using my new pen I received from United Blood Services for my donation of blood. It’s a small thing for giving blood but I cannot turn down a new pen.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Community Service

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Quote of the Day:

“Today is a dawdly day. They do seem to alternate do a whole of a day’s work and then the next day, flushed with triumph, I dawdle. . . . The crazy thing is that I get about the same number of words down either way.”

— John Steinbeck

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I am in awe of the people who do community service in more than one type of service. With my disorders I am limited with what I can do.

My service for me is donating blood. I am O- which I understand is a universal blood  because the O type can be matched with most any other type of blood if a hospital does not have the exact type of blood needed.

I have never given whole blood; I have always done the pheresis donation. I began with the R1 donation and then switched to R2. These two methods separate the blood in this manner:

“Red Blood Cells: anemia
Platelets: leukemia, cancer
Plasma: blood clotting disorders
Cryoprecipitate: hemophilia.”

I am glad that I am able to do this. While giving blood, I can use their Internet connection but I always bring a book to read. I enjoy pure straight reading time. After giving blood I hang out in their cafeteria area and have some juice and treats. I stay there for 15 minutes and then I head home.

I feel good about this procedure and the use my blood is put to.

What do you do for community service?

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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A Day For Chores

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Quote of the Day:

“The only certainty about writing and trying to be a writer is that it hast to be done, not dreamed of or planned and never written, or talked about (the ego eventually falls apart like a soaked sponge), but simply written; it’s a dreadful, awful fact that writing is like any other work.”

— Janet Frame

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As the quote states, writing can be work. Writing is at times dreaded like a sore tooth. I still come to these blank pages and wonder what I will write about today. This is part of my commitment that I made at the beginning of the year to show up every day, so far so good.

Yesterday, I took a day off. I didn’t do any of my normal stuff. I napped with my kitties, did a little reading and some television watching. Later in the evening, I was filled with the energy to tackle the kitchen. When you have two people who aren’t feeling very well, some things go by the wayside.

I took care of the clean dishes and refilled the dishwasher. This brought about some feel good feelings. Now we can find what we are looking for in the kitchen.

Today’s chore was to take care of the laundry. I had three baskets of clean clothes upstairs that needed folding and putting away. Then there was a load of clothes to be washed in the laundry room. So, I have some more good feelings with this accomplishment.

I had the fun of watching Max and Bailey snuggle on the bed while I am taking care of the clothes. Bailey is in front of Max. Max leans over and licks the back of Bailey’s head and ears. Neither cat moves until I head back downstairs.

Oh, this morning Bailey came in and meditated with me. Bailey could be a reincarnation of Spike. Spike always meditated with me though he would get in my lap and stay until I concluded my time. Bailey walks circles around me, head butting my hands and then he lies down on my prayer rug. He is such a cutie.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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It’s Rain Today

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Quote of the Day:

“When stuff in life gets really rough, I would just die if I was not writing a novel. Once you think it up, it’s like a whole other city with a little door and every time you sit down to write you just open the door and there you are – a wonderful vacation for two hours.”

— Lee Smith

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I woke up this morning with Bailey attempting to give me my daily derma-abrasion. I was not up for that so I got up. When I was up, Bailey jumped down off the bed. It is between 8 and 8:30 a.m. I feel sleepy and sort of blah.

I don’t feel like doing any of my regular morning stuff and I don’t. I did brush Bailey; Max was still up on the bed with Michael. I took my position on my chair and snoozed the rest of the morning away.

I woke up and heard rain drops on the skylights. I can tell it is a gray day out. The house is chilly. Max has been in my lap twice for a nap. The weather is mimicking my mood.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

A Woman’s Book of Zen” by Anonymous

The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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“When Matisse was working hard he used the most appalling language. “What a goddamn way to earn a living!” he would say over and over, and you can believe me that that was the least of it.”

Rosamond Bernier

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With Max not feeling top notch the last couple of days, I have been meditating by myself. This is okay with me and it reminds me of the times when Spike would come and lie in my lap. I sure miss that cat.

Yesterday, he circled me as I meditated and would rub up against my hands. The surprise this morning is that Bailey came in. He circled me a couple of times and then he settled down near my right leg and snoozed out until I completed my quiet time. Maybe Bailey is an incarnation of Spike.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

A Woman’s Book of Zen” by Anonymous

The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Quote of the Day:

“Serenity comes not alone by removing the outward causes and occasions of fear, but by the discovery of inward reservoirs to draw upon.”

Rufus M. Jones

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I started out this morning with a marvelous idea to write about. The only problem, I didn’t write it down.

Now that I’m here to write and I can’t think of my idea.

Today has been off. I woke up from a nightmare. The time is 7:15 a.m. and the sky is that early morning gray. Morning twilight I guess I would call it. By the time I completed my meditation the sun was coming out. I was surprised that I didn’t fall asleep while meditating. Bailey helped by circling me and rubbed my hands and then at the end, he walked up my front to look at me. He is such a cutie.

Later in the morning I took a nap and woke up around one o’clock. I did some reading and writing in my journal. Then I decided to head up town to get some provisions for the Candlemas ritual I want to perform on Feb 2. Plus, there are books I want to buy. The bookstore did not have the book I wanted but they have ordered it for me and it will be in next Tuesday.

The evening is moving along and I cannot think of anything else to write. This will teach me to write down my ideas so as not to forget them.

Have a good evening one and all.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

A Woman’s Book of Zen” by Anonymous

The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

The Oath” by John Lescroart” by John Lescroart

New American Standard Bible

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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