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Franklin’s 13 Virtues

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Quote of the Day:

“I love to work, although sometimes I can spend whole days doing nothing more than picking the lint off the carpet and talking to my mother on the phone.”

— Beth Henley

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After cruising many of the pages on Benjamin Franklin, I found this one where he attempts to keep track of being a good person every day. It’s interesting in that Franklin wasn’t any more perfect than the rest of us in the 21st century.

“Virtues

We have divided Franklin’s thirteen virtues into personal and social character traits.

Personal

The eight personal virtues relate to your attitudes toward activities and their challenges. Good personal character traits will better your chances of success in achieving your goals.

Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Social

These five social virtues that Franklin stated concern your attitudes toward people with whom you have dealings. Good social character traits result in other people wanting to do business with you or to have relationships with you.

Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”

From:  “Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues

I find it interesting after seeing the show about Franklin and the birth of the “Declaration of Independence” the personal lives of the men who brought or tried to bring order to our country.

My feelings are if we attempt to follow these virtues or say the 12 Steps of AA or Al-Anon, our life would be more orderly.

I do know that spring has arrived. No more guessing. Why I say this? I say this is that Bailey’s hair is all over the place. The hair that comes off the bush when I’ve finished grooming him and.  .  . my clothes are covered in hair balls. As much as I like to wear black, gaaaah, the color black show cat hair like no one’s business.

Today, the psychiatrist that I saw prior to Medicare, called me upon my PCP recommendation and Michael and I talked about what is going on with me. Dr. P feels it could be an interaction between the medication I’m taking and the recently increased dosage of another one. I was instructed to back off by 100 mg and to see how I do.

Today’s Fun Kitty Story:  I was sitting in my chair watching television this morning. Max is sleeping with his head on my ankles which are on the ottoman. When I woke up later Bailey was sleeping in my lap stretched out between my legs and both cats were head-to-head. They slowly began to move around and change positions until finally they woke themselves up and headed to the litter box. Of the two cats, Max has the shorter hair but does he put out the heat. I like this since I run on cold. Bailey on the other hand doesn’t have the heat that Max  does but at some point, I feel toasty.

It is getting late and I’m tired, till tomorrow.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Lisey’s Story” by Stephen King

“the NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Just Another Day

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Quote of the Day:

“We need a new way of thinking, a new vocabulary. We have nineteenth-century thinking, but technology is so fast. We have to change our brains. That is why I’m so for art, because art will give us a new kind of thinking.”

— Andrei Voznesensky

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The week and weekend has been a rollercoaster in weather. The beginning of the week it was hot and breezy. All windows and slider doors were open. The cats loved it for the fresh air and listening to the birds. It’s fun to listen to each cat chirp at the birds and sit up in attention with big eyes wishing to be outside. When the cats are lying still, the sun shows off the shine of their fur. It does pay off to groom them daily. Their fur is very shiny. We also had breezes which at times were disconcerting.

The worst of the week was someone in the neighborhood conducting a type of construction on their home and this was very aggravating.

Later in the week the temperature dropped and the meteorologists were predicting rain all the rest of the week. However, I never saw a drop of rain. There were overcast days, cool days and windy days. These days did not urge me to open the windows and sliders.

Today being Sunday has been sunny with some breezes. I do believe spring has arrived.

It was a visit to the doctor this week. With the medications I take, my PCP likes to see me every couple of months to make sure everything is cohabiting well. Although, I’m wondering: Dr. L increased one of my meds. I take it at night before I go to bed. So, last night I took my pills, watched a little TV and then got up and bent over to kiss Michael goodnight and the next thing I know, I’m wobbly in the legs and I’m heading for the floor, maybe the coffee table or Michael’s lap. Michael’s lap would have been the softest landing. Instead, the coffee table was the furniture that caught me. OUCH! Michael attempted to lift me up but no luck. I had to hold something and work with Michael to get me off the floor. My legs felt like spaghetti.

The funny part was I woke up later in the night/morning, I find I still had my eye glasses on.

I wake up this morning aching all over. The only area that shows bruising, is my left elbow. I still have sore areas and Michael says it may be a couple of days before the bruising will show. All I can tell you, at any age and especially if you are over 50, don’t fall down.

Tomorrow begins a new week. My expectations are reading more of my books not that five books is too many. I try to do some work in the house and then take one of my books and read pages and then find other things to do in the house. I have no appointments for the week and this pleases me to know ends.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

Lisey’s Story” by Stephen Kin

“the NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Quote of the Day:

“I woke up the other morning with a complete story in my mind – a story I’d never even dreamt of writing, never even thought of before. That can happen to anybody. You have to give yourself material, though. You’ve got to treat the human mind constantly with ideas. The human mind, itself, will make the comparisons, the connections, and the adjustments.”

— Louis L’Amour

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Around noon to 1-ush o’clock, we thought we heard a knocking on our gate. I didn’t hear it but Michael came down and said he heard something. He went out and looked at the gate. There were no notes, or church newsletters or a shut-off notice from one of our utilities. Although Michael said that he thought the man he saw returning to his small black car seemed to look like my brother KC Bob. It couldn’t be because he would have called us.

We went back to what we were doing and life settled down around the Fricia household. Later on we heard a very strong knocking on our gate. Michael we out and ask who was there. Much to my surprise, Michael called out to the door and sure enough it was KC Bob. What a surprise! Yakking began and a call went out for pizza, a salad for me, an order of spicy chicken legs and the best garlic bread.

I don’t believe the talking ever stopped. It has been a year since our wedding when Bob was out here last. My only problem was I was having neck pains from the arthritis I have there. This made me a whole lot of fun.

I certainly slept well last night and stayed in bed longer than usually. I even cleaned the stove and part of the counter. There’s more to be done but unless I get more motivation, I will finish the kitchen up tomorrow.

The fur kids are upstairs sleeping on opposite bed corners.

I hope your day went well. We have had sunny skies and breezes for the day. I’m glad we didn’t get the rain.

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Currently Reading:

“the NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

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:

“The way a long work is completed is by daily tapping the first imaginative impulse. That’s got to be so strong that it never dies in the course of the whole performance.”

— Paul Horgan

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Okay, I have been seen about without the covers here and there. Only I end up being overwhelmed and head back to the bed and my covers.

I assume us Californian’s aren’t the only ones hit hard by this economic crunch. Because of my disability I receive coverage once a month from Social Security. Generally, I pay my bills and then the majority of the rent. This leaves Michael to handle everything else with his two small checks from unemployment which is about to run out soon.

So my chore today is to find either on-line or via telephone who I can talk to about Section 8 housing. So far we’ve been three months behind in payment but getting the landlord a month’s rent. At this point, I don’t know how much longer he’s going to tolerate this. We don’t even know if he would work with us on this Section 8 thing.

Yesterday and today so far have been good days, meaning no rain. However, rain is predicted for later today. With that prediction may explain my aches and pains; or, it could be the stress about everything.

I’ve been attempting to write in the morning. Only I have two cats who demand to be groomed and with treats before I do much more. By then my mind is off to other things than writing.

Another tangent about my cats, I groom them every day and quite a lot of hair ends up in the brush. My question is: Does anyone make their own yarn? Because I feel all this hair could make some good yarn and could be used for knitting or crocheting.

I’m going to close now but I feel good about writing to you today.

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Currently Reading:

“the NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Loving an Alcoholic” by Jack Mumey

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Job

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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