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No Rain

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Quote of the Day:

“A sixth source of strength for the Indian is the traditional heroic ideal. The Indians have never accepted human life as ordinary, as something that can be managed in a controlled or painless manner. They realize that life tests the deepest qualities with the human personality, qualities that emerge in heroic combat not merely with others, but also with oneself and with the powers of the universe.”

— Thomas Berry

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I awoke to sunshine. What a joy. I have an appointment today and it will be nice to make it in good weather. Only I received a phone call that the person I was seeing was out sick. Oh well.

The rest of the day, I napped, talked with Michael and the kitties and called friends. The new thing is getting into IMing. It began with finding out the Divine Ms. M was on-line the same time I was. So, we downloaded and began our on-line conversations. This was fun and then I was contacted by a former co-worker who is in Singapore and we’ve been talking.

Max is moving around the house a little more. He still has a limp and still is sleeping in the cardboard house and at this moment he is in the carrier.

Since I’ve waited until the hour is late and I’m tired in spite of my napping. I hope one and all had a good day.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Desperation” by Stephen King

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Nehemiah

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Quote of the Day:

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

— Gustave Flaubert

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Before I get into Tuesday, I want to add a little bit more from Monday. It did rain off and on all day but the worst was in the late afternoon or early evening. The rain came down really hard. I looked out the slider door and on the outdoor carpet were pea-sized hail. Wow! I’m glad I was inside.

Now today, the morning began well. I took a shower so to wash my hair. I’m hoping Michael will feel up to cutting it. I had my hair all combed out for him and had all the parts and pieces he would need to use. He was grumpy but he did trim my hair. I’m hoping in cutting off the split ends my hair will be easier to care for.

The morning goes down hill when I hear one of the cats scratching on a hard surface. I checked their eating area and didn’t see Max. Of the two cats, Max feels the need to hide his food though he has a hard surface of a table. I arose from chair and I see him coming out from under the counter. And there, under the counter, are three blobs of soft  stool. OMG! Even before I saw them I could smell the newest one. So 409 cleaner, rubber gloves, paper towels and me undertook cleaning the floor. One thing I can say is I’m grateful Max made these messes on the linoleum and not the carpet. While cleaning and looking around I found two more spots at the other end of the counter.

While I’m cleaning I see out the corner of my eye the fur kids were wrestling. This was not acceptable behavior. Max is limping less but I don’t want him getting hurt again. Yesterday, he spent the whole day in the cardboard house. He only came out long enough to have a bite to eat and to drink (We put the bowls down by the opening of the house) and then he would return to the house. I do hope he has been using the litter boxes.

The sun is out today and it is beautiful out. I did hear the meteorologist say this morning that later in the day we would have some rain. Since I don’t have to go out in it I don’t care.

My weeds growing in the back yard is greening up just fine and with a lovely shade of green with yellow flowers. I do want to purchase some pansies for some of the small containers I have. I’ve thought about cleaning up the walkway in front. Clean out the weeds and grass and replace them with other flowers. The thing though is we hardly ever go out that way. We only use that door when we have someone coming over. That part of the house only receives sunshine in the afternoon and would be nice to sit outside and relax. I wish we had a screen door so the kitties would stay in. Since they are inside cats, I don’t want to expose them to fleas and other critters out there. Plus, it would be very easy for them to get through the gaps in the fence. A relaxing time would go into hyper drive to return them to the house.

I see the sun has gone behind the clouds. I shall quit here and get some laundry going.

Happy Tuesday.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Desperation” by Stephen King

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Nehemiah

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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And the Rest of the Story

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Quote of the Day:

“Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground – not a flying carpet to set you free from probability.”

— Robertson Davies

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The rest of the love story ended with the two of us staying home. Why, you may ask? My poor beloved has caught the crud going around. The poor dear coughed all day long and was not in good humor for dealing with people. We had hoped as the day went on that Michael would improve but he didn’t. I felt so for him as he would begin a coughing round. It was awful to watch and to know there is nothing I can do for him.

We both took naps during the day but Michael was not improving. Finally, Michael called the restaurant and cancelled our dinner reservations. As much as we wanted to go, we didn’t think it would be good for Michael and we don’t think the other patrons of the restaurant would appreciate us either.

On the Max and Bailey show, we still have not seen them in action except to hear the meowing. We always seem to get to the scene after the fact – aggravating. The point to this is now Max is limping and hiding out in places where Bailey cannot get to him. We don’t know if Bailey is being too rough and hurts Max or Max has a sore spot and in their rough housing this area is being roughed up. Anyway, Max spent the night in the cardboard house. During this time, Max does a lot of sleeping and Bailey will be on guard outside of the box.

I woke up thinking about the day ahead. I’m worried about Michael, Max and getting housework done. Michael is heading up to the store to get the latest cold remedy and a few other items. Max is still in the cardboard house. I spent some time talking to him and he did come out to be brushed and to get some treats. Bailey has gone upstairs to get on the waterbed to be warm. As for housework, the cats’ stuff has been taken care and all that is left is to wash the kitchen floor.

Then I will call it a day. A nap will be in order and reading my books.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Desperation” by Stephen King

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Nehemiah

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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One Year Today

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Quote of the Day:

“Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.”

— James Baldwin

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One year ago today at noon time California Standard time, Michael said “I do” to one another. How can this be? It seems like it was only yesterday. It is amazing all that has happened that we are deeply in love with each other.

Of course, this makes it 15 + 1. Who would know that a year could pass by so quickly? We’ve had many ups and downs in this past year with Michael still laid off. With how many times he has received written letters that this is the end of his unemployed and then a letter would be received stating he has been reinstated and more money would be received.

For me, Medicare begin for me in October and I would receive my medical and prescriptions. The good part of this is that the prescriptions would be cheaper than what I had been paying. Through this year I have seen recognitions of the highs and lows of my emotional disorders. It’s easier to deal with when I know what disguise it would take.

Michael and I have made it through this year taking it one day at a time. Which is what we said when we first moved in together. One Day at a Time. Every morning, I would wake up and glad to see my love sleeping beside me, and no, it wasn’t Spike or Max my two adorable kitties.

Spike left us three years ago and then Max came to join our family and then in September 2007, Bailey joined our family.

On occasion, like now, we would like to give Bailey the heave-ho out the door for his bullying of Max. Although Max is the larger of the two of them, Max is not a fighter and Bailey is. Oh kids, no wonder I have some of the gray hair that I have.

Anyway, a year ago, Lady C and I were preparing to get ready for my wedding. Me, I decide to wear a dress and I don’t wear dresses. Lady C convinced me that it would be a good thing to wear a dress. I was walked down the aisle and given away by my brother, Kansas City Bob. He looked pretty sharp and I felt wonderful on his arm.

Then I saw Michael. Oh be still my beating heart. See, even after 15 years my heart goes pitty pat. It still does the same thing with +1. He is not wearing his wedding gear today nor am I but my heart still skips when I see him.

We are going out to dinner to our favorite dinner place thanks to Kansas City Bob’s holiday present.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Desperation” by Stephen King

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Nehemiah

Alcoholics Anonymous – Fourth Edition” by Alcoholics Anonymous

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Another Hallmark Day

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Quote of the Day:

“[On Anthony Burgess] Not surprisingly, a man who can write five novels when he is supposedly dying has no trouble in working just about anywhere: “I will even compose music in front of a television film that is blasting music of its own. I do not like my work to get in the way of other people’s lives.”

— Michael Dirda

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No rain at the moment, although meteorologists were predicting light rain for today and tomorrow. Come Monday will be another story and one you had better get your boats or kayaks ready.

Since today is a “Hallmark Day” to Michael and I. We met on the day after we don’t acknowledge it by buying the cards or the chocolates. Michael is a good about purchasing me a rose all throughout the year. That means I don’t feel neglected. Actually, he surprises me all through the year with little surprises.

Our big day is February 15 since that is the day we met and has a lot more exciting and many more memories. Tomorrow also marks our first wedding anniversary. So, it will be 15 plus one. Since Michael is not feeling up to par, we are going to grab some dinner at our favorite place thanks to Kansas City Bob and come back home and watch a movie. I do hope it isn’t raining tomorrow.

Not much happening here on the Coast, but happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate the day.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Desperation” by Stephen King

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

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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Quote of the Day:

“I myself believe that the real world, at least as I understand it, is better approached through fiction than nonfiction. If one were to describe the sexual, psychological, political, social reality of the United States at the moment, I think you would be better with a fiction writer than a nonfiction writer.”

— Louis Lapham

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It is raining again. It’s predicted to rain every day into next week. During the early morning, Michael told me that it had also hailed. Now that is cold for our area of the seacoast. I do feel we need to get a boat for just in case.

After the first two tremors on Wednesday, there was another tremor on Thursday. The tremor was smaller than the two on Wednesday. Personally, I’d rather not have small earthquakes but in all the years I have lived on the Central Coast there has only been one “big” one in our area. I was at work at time and our building was rocking and rolling. I was deciding to get under my desk or head for out side. My choice was made by management. The safety crew herded us outside into the parking lot and away from the building. Now that was some excitement. Up north in Paso Robles, two women were killed.

Michael has the cold that is going around. He had visited a friend of ours whose daughter was coughing and sneezing and this is where Michael felt he got the initial dose. Each day he has become worse. Now, I’m coughing and sneezing. I don’t want to catch this little present.

The weather is so strange. It rains, it rains hard and then the sun comes out from hiding behind the clouds and there is no rain for awhile. Maybe an hour or less, then it comes down again and we pray not to be washed away with the over-soak land.

It was a fairly productive day for me in that I washed some clothes, folded and put away clean clothes and washed the downstairs’ bathroom floor. Not to bad for someone who doesn’t feel so good. There is so much more to do but not today.

I hope no one else is swimming in their new “pool” or kayaking on a new stream.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Desperation” by Stephen King

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

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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Head for the Hills, Martha

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Quote of the Day:

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”

— Frank Capra

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Today makes the second day in a row that we have had a minor earthquake. The quakes have been noticeable enough because the windows shook and the house shook a little as well.

Yesterday’s quake was much stronger than today. These earthquakes are enough to catch your attention and you hold your breath waiting for the next one to hit. Luckily, the second one doesn’t come and you exhale.

I’ve been in two quakes that the building was shaking. The furniture was dancing across the floor. Now those are scary events and you are very glad when they are done.

I’m signing off now.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Desperation” by Stephen King

Celtic Devotional” by Caitlin Matthews

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

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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