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Quote of the Day:

“When I was young, I was always amazed that out of such profound rage, one could end by writing quite calmly. One reacts rather strongly, but as a writer, one distills that down. If those responses were not strong, probably one would not be a writer.”

— V.S. Naipaul

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The sky is overcast and gray. The spring flowers are blooming and lawnmowers have been heard around the neighborhood. What’s nice is the wind has quieted down and we still have our roof. The night before, it was a strong wind. I thought we could have lost part of our roof or the sky lights.

The days are slow at the moment since I haven’t been feeling well. I’ve had a sore throat since early Sunday morning. I don’t really know if it is a sore throat or a pill that stuck to the side of my throat and stayed there to dissolve. Anyway, it’s a pain in the neck. Hehehehehe.

Well, here’s me going back to napping.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Quote of the Day:

“Writing songs is as exhilarating as ever. I get a very satisfied feeling that I never get in any other part of my life. But most of the time you’re walking around having little temper tantrums, waiting for it.”

— Paul Simon

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I know when Ostara/Easter is coming because Peeps have appeared in the stores. Mmmmm, I love Peeps. I could overdose on Peeps for I find them so tasty. I attempt to purchase as many as I can because once the season has passed. There shall be no more until the following year.

Yesterday, the wind blew as a battle cry of an advancing army. Our windows shook and I could hear the sand as it burst against the wood of the house. This is why the boards of our house are so smooth. Today the breeze is fresh as a spring wind ought to be.

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Shopping and Birthdays

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Quote of the Day:

“I think we’re going to see in the world in a short amount of years a real transition. We’re entering the creative age. Everybody has creativity. If I were to teach young people I would find in each of them their potential. Creativity is after all the thing that makes us like God. You think of a god as someone who is creative.”

— Francis Ford Coppola

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For birthdays I’m proud to say that Lady C is celebrating today. How lucky she is and no I’m not going to tell which year it is. We have had some good birthday celebrations shared together. There are a lot of good years together between us.

Although she is babysitting her house due to inside flooding. Oh joy! I remember when the last house we lived in flooded due to saturated ground and the toilet not shutting off when it was last flushed. When I arrived home, Michael was not in a good mood.

Of all the holidays that are celebrated, I like birthdays best. That’s the one I like to go all out for gifts, cards and a luncheon. In this day and age, who can afford to spend that much? And, because of the Divine Mz. M I’m learning to make things for the birthday person.

For me, I’ve received plenty of gifts and a card is enough and having lunch with Lady C or other close girlfriend is plenty for me.

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I may have written this before but I am a catalog shopper. Going physically shopping visually overwhelms me. I buy to much, buy nothing, or buy clothes that when I arrive home and get them on – I look in the mirror and wonder what I was thinking. Then they go back to the store.

Sometimes what I do is take the catalogs I receive and cut out the photos I like. I take them to the stores where I shop and show the sales lady what I’m looking for and ask her to find an outfit that matches my photos. Sometimes this works and some times it doesn’t.

When I have purchased clothes from a catalog and I understand their sizing then that is where I shop. It’s a little more expensive because of the shipping and handling. However, now that I know the company, I’m not afraid to purchase clothes. The companies also note where the item clothing can be hand washed, dry cleaned or machine washed. These companies are also good about the need to return if something doesn’t fit or it just doesn’t work for me.

A lot of these catalogs I call my wish books. The catalogs are fun to see the different styles. There are times when I will cut out the photos that intrigue me and place them in my journal. So, even if I don’t buy it, I have it available to me. I save money this way too.

I would be interested in reading how you shop whether by store or catalog.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Write Right

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Quote of the Day:

“When I’m not writing, I can’t make sense out of anything. I feel the need to make some sense and find some order, and writing fiction is the only way I’ve found that seems to begin to do that. Even if the story or the novel ends up saying there is no sense and there is no order, at least I’ve made that much of an attempt.”

— Alice McDermott

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One thing I’ve noticed about being a writer, it spoils reading for me. As I read, I’m critiquing the author’s style of writing. I believe this slows down my reading. However my reading makes me notice the turn of the phrase. The style the author uses.

I know when I began journaling on-line, I would write and when done, I would instantly upload to my site. Now, I do a spell check, then I read what I’ve written, check the spelling (even I know you can’t trust the spell check) and I get a second rewrite in before I upload. That is an improvement from the beginning of writing.

As I’ve written here it does make it hard to read because I am checking out style, words used and the tenses between sentences remain the same. That said I still like to read because I feel it improves my writing. But, you see, this is where Miss Perfection jumps in here! 😎

In the last two weeks I’ve done two watercolor paintings and I don’t like either one. I think this Sunday I shall find a painting to use as a guide. The Divine Ms. M has suggested it helps to copy others to learn technique. So, I may give that a try or I’ll get out my crayons and work with them. I like the fact I am being creative on Sundays and it carries through the week without pressure.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Quote of the Day:

“I was still under a depressed state when I began to write with considerable gusto, and then it came back to me again, this thing that had dogged me all those years. . . a nemesis or something that haunts you. . . It’s a kind of counterdrive not to write.”

— Henry Roth

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and I feel depressed and not wanting to write. I don’t write because I don’t want to bore you all with my troubles. Then I feel that if I share some of my journey with you I will touch one of my readers who might be going through the same thing. I know more than one person has written in thanks for sharing my story.

I dealt with Medicare this morning. I received a notice from them that they were denying claim until after I had presented the bill to my primary insurance carrier. Duh! Back in October I was still covered by my employer’s healthcare plan. That was discontinued the end of October. Medicare was in force October 1 but I used my employer’s insurance until November 1 when the employer’s healthcare plane was discontinued. Then I used Medicare.

The first woman I spoke with was very delightful and easy to talk with. She did what she could but she couldn’t make the changes to my account. She suggested I call this other number, which she gave me, and said they would be able to assist me there.

The second lady was able to change my account but when I attempted to talk about non-bill I received, the niceness stopped. She went into hyper-drive and talked to me as though I was bothering her. I ended up not liking her very much.

What I felt like was a mouse in a maze. Okay, I’ve done all I can do here, now call this number, then call this number and they should help you.

Now I need to talk to my doctor about what has transpired.

It’s a lazy day around here. I did clean up the kitchen and wiped down the counters. The fur kids had been chasing each other around here like hell bent for election. At the moment, all is quiet. Everyone is napping. I napped earlier in the day so I’m ready to be a little busier. I guess this is why I am writing right now.

I haven’t seen the weather report today so I don’t know if rain is in order. It could be just a gray and dreary day.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Staying In the Moment

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Quote of the Day:

“When I’m writing a book, I’m writing out of my own search. . . What I get I get via intuition, feeling. I sit with a blank page. I try to focus my whole being on what it is I’m searching for. Then that becomes the focus of attention in my whole life.”

— Linda Leonard

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It pays to stay in the moment because then you don’t miss those precious moments.

My aaah moment came when I was meditating and Max, my older fur child, curled up in my lap and took a nap. Not long the sun came around and made it too hot for Max. It sure felt good though to have that little body in my lap. I know I had a smile on my face.

Another aaah moment was getting some house work done. To think, I don’t have to think about it again for another week. How easy is that?

Besides Max, the best part I kept to my painting on Sundays. Last week’s piece of art I completed yesterday. I feel disappointed about it because it didn’t come out the way I saw it in my head. Plus, I’m not sure the paint was working right. A little dust I don’t think helped at all and maybe even on my brushes. I may have to discuss this with the Divine Ms. M and read what she has to write about this.

But, I did begin another painting. Ideas are tumbling around in my head. When I look at it face forward, I’m not sure I like it. However, looking at it the mirror I see other ideas. So, who knows what will come out tomorrow?

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Staying In the Moment

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Quote of the Day:

“When I’m writing a book, I’m writing out of my own search. . . What I get I get via intuition, feeling. I sit with a blank page. I try to focus my whole being on what it is I’m searching for. Then that becomes the focus of attention in my whole life.”

— Linda Leonard

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It pays to stay in the moment because then you don’t miss those precious moments.

My aaah moment came when I was meditating and Max, my older fur child, curled up in my lap and took a nap. Not long the sun came around and made it too hot for Max. It sure felt good though to have that little body in my lap. I know I had a smile on my face.

Another aaah moment was getting some house work done. To think, I don’t have to think about it again for another week. How easy is that?

Besides Max, the best part I kept to my painting on Sundays. Last week’s piece of art I completed yesterday. I feel disappointed about it because it didn’t come out the way I saw it in my head. Plus, I’m not sure the paint was working right. A little dust I don’t think helped at all and maybe even on my brushes. I may have to discuss this with the Divine Ms. M and read what she has to write about this.

But, I did begin another painting. Ideas are tumbling around in my head. When I look at it face forward, I’m not sure I like it. However, looking at it the mirror I see other ideas. So, who knows what will come out tomorrow?

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Desperation” by Stephen King

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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