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Happiness

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Quote of the Day:

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

— Anne Frank

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What a topic to write about today.

Why, you may ask?

I’m not feeling happy. I know I ought to since I have my darling husband sleeping beside me and snoring quietly. Both Max and Bailey are sleeping either on the bed or under it.

I have a scented candle burning and I do not feel relaxed. I know a part of this is due to my disorders, impatience and feeling like I’m tied to the bed. I made out a list of things to be done and that is overwhelming. Here I kick myself in the bum.

In my list making I know that I can prioritize what is most important. I’m going to take a look at that list and I will be back.

Okay, I’m back now. I find the cats have switched places and Michael is still napping as well.

What I did was to work on one of my landlady’s plants. I trimmed up the long strands of leaves with spaces and leaves only on the ends. Then I sprayed them with plant cleaner which cleans up the dust and gives sheen to the leaves and places nutrients on the plant.

My next task was to water the plants in the front of the house. While watering plants I found that the mint plant was covered with white flies. Yeech, I finished watering and I got the bug killer for plants and sprayed away. I will need to remember to tell G, if she uses any of the mint to wash it thoroughly.

I’m going to take care of the cats and that will put me in a good mood. All three of us will feel good when I’m done.

Yes, we do feel better; the cats are sleeping again.

Well, this may have not been a very happy entry but I did get some things done and my cats are happy.

Have a grand evening.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

“The NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

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 have at last come to a momentous decision. I am going to give up my press-clipping agency. I find that even a favorable notice makes me feel sick nowadays, while an unfavorable one, even from a small provincial paper, puts me off my work for days.”

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Good afternoon. I thought I would have been writing before now but I overslept.

I have not made a momentous decision other than to attempt to write at least five days during the week. I did pretty well.

I don’t have a press-clipping agency but I do have the comments my readers leave when an entry resonates with them. I suppose I could stop reading the comments. Only it is fun to check in with my friends, to know how they and their families are doing. So far I’ve not had a nasty comment. I believe I had one once over on D-land and I left it. I felt everyone is entitled to their opinion and who am I to deny that?

Okay, I’m back now. I needed to take out our trash since tomorrow is trash day. The cats came next: clean litter boxes, area around the boxes, food and water bowls cleaned and added to, brush the kitties, Bailey has his medication and Max has his chin washed. I’m not sure what I washing off but I have a feeling it was ice cream with his licking out the remnants from our bowl.

My other aha with the kitties was the hairball treatment in a tube. Bailey liked it immediately but Max put up a fight. This week I put a dab in the palm of my hand and Bailey licked away. The surprise was Max, normally I would have to chase him through the house and when caught, rub the remedy onto his paw. He would have to lick it off and he ran around the house. Well, I put another dollop in my palm and he began licking it just like he takes his treats. I hope it is always this easy.

Okay, back to what keeps me from writing:

  1. I don’t have a topic
  2. I don’t feel I have anything interesting to write about
  3. My inner critic telling me I have nothing to give my readers
  4. I wait too late in the day and then I’m tired with no energy
  5. Not making time to write; this includes my hard cover journal too

I fine what brings me back to writing is when I read other’s blogs and I’m inspired to jot down a few words and then the rest of the words seem to fall in line.

So to you who have kept up with me through thick and thin of words. I thank you for keeping in touch with me.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

“The NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Psalms

Hope for Today” by A-Anon

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Fascinating

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Quote of the Day:

“Even if my marriage is falling apart and my children are unhappy, there is still a part of me that says, “God! This is fascinating.”

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Hi gang, happy Monday!

I did finish one book and a small leaflet. I’m almost caught up on my Bible reading and Al-Anon inspirational book. Other than that I spent time with my fur children.

I know every parent feels that their children are the best and I’m one of those parents. The difference is that my children are cats, Max is three and Bailey is two and I do find them fascinating.

This is actually Spike but this is what Bailey looks like

This is actually Spike but this is what Bailey looks like

Bailey is a cat that likes to watch me clean out their litter boxes and the area surrounding the boxes. I’m not sure what he finds fascinating other than he may feel he is supervising me. Max could care less until the job is done and he can use the boxes.

maxMax, however, is “Mr. Clean.” He cleans up around the food bowl and when it comes to the litter boxes, man, he paws and paws and even runs his paw down the sheet that covers the bathroom area. Yet, since both Max and Bailey are a Maine Coon-mix their back paws holds onto that litter and I find it every where.

Bailey has found he likes sleeping on the bed, the empty ice cooler, on top of the drawer beside the TV and under the bed.

I’ve also noticed that Max likes to stir up the water in his water dish, then he licks his paw and then he will drink from the bowl.

Max’s favorite places to sleep are on the carpet under the desk in a little cubby I made by stacking boxes and bags of our things at the front of the desk. Max has a box with the top that has about a 12-inch hole in it. Unless you knew about it you would never find him. There is also a stack of blankets beside the chest of drawers that Max finds very comfortable.

Both cats like sleeping next to me or Michael. Usually they begin the evening with me (I think because I don’t move as much as Michael) and then move over to Michael. Both like to sleep propped up against my legs or feet or they curl up in the crooks of my body depending  whether I’m on my side or between my legs if I’m on my back. Neither of them cares to be under the covers unless I am making the bed. Go figure.

These two cats can drive us crazy but we love them very much.

mz. em

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Currently Reading:

“The NEW diary” by Tristine Rainer

Walking on Alligators” by Susan Shaughnessy

New American Standard Bible” – The Book of Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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A Bunch to Do

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Quote of the Day:

“The ark was built by amateurs, and the Titanic by the experts. Don’t wait for the experts.”

— Murray Cohen

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Today was a busy day. The morning was relaxing but as the hands of the clock moved past the noontime hour, I had to get a move on. We have plenty of things to do this afternoon. To begin with, it began with a short jaunt to Los Osos:

  1. A stop at the veterinarian to make a payment on the bill;
  2. A visit to the post office. Neither Michael or I received what we were wishing for;
  3. An appointment at the pharmacy to receive our annual flu shots. We were told that the swine flu shots wouldn’t be ready until the end of October. We will be in Colorado by then.
  4. Last stop at Wally World for a refill of one of my prescriptions. We stopped into McDonald’s to get one of their new frozen drinks – they didn’t have it – instead we ordered up some French fries. No fast food joint makes French fries like Mickey D’s does.

Now we are off for home. I am so glad because I’m sure feeling tired. I also feel I’m having a light reaction from the flu injection.

We arrived home in time for me to take a short nap before dinner. I needed it and by the time dinner was ready, I was prepared to be up and about. Dinner consisted of baked chicken, rice and Brussels sprouts followed by a cup of vanilla ice cream. Ah yes, I was comfortably full. I was ready to go up and take care of my fur babies.

Dinner over we headed upstairs to be with the cats and settle in for the evening.

Good night all.

mz. em

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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 Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Sharing Space

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Quote of the Day:

“If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library?”

— Lily Tomlin

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In a previous entry Back From a Walk About I wrote about the four of us are sharing a bedroom.

The sharing in this room is that the cats share their litter from the litter box. Both cats are Maine Coons and they have tuffs of hair between the pads of their paws. The carpet, of course, has the bits and pieces of litter. The top blanket on the bed is black and the litter is obvious. The worst, remember the story of the “Princess and the Pea?” Yes, the litter finds itself into our bed. Eeuuu. That’s probably the worst of sharing in our little room. I don’t think the cats have any complaints about us other than not letting them out of the room.

Sharing a house with others is an experience as well. I need to make sure about laundry day that it doesn’t conflict with the other folks. There is the respect of food in the refrigerator. No eating or drinking of marked containers. Luckily, we don’t have to share a bathroom and this is nice.

One of the pleasant times is when everyone comes home for the day and we meet on the patio to share a libation of our choice and talk about the day. Let’s not forget about the watching of the flora and fauna of the area. Then there’s dinner, the only meal we share. I love the fact that one is the cook who creates meals on most night but when she has other plans for the evening she makes sure there are frozen meals and there are always leftovers to be reheated. There is also the sharing of the computer room. This room holds the owners own computer; then Michael and I need to share between us as we have our own computers. I tend to work during the day and Michael uses his computer in the wee hours of the morning.

All in all, we have good roommates and it is a pleasure sharing space with the people who live here too.

mz. em

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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 Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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Back From a Walk About

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Quote of the Day:

“It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.”

— Mark Twain

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Hello everyone!

Since I last wrote in April, wow, can it be that long?

My family and I were evicted out of the house we were renting since we didn’t have enough money coming in to pay for everything.

First there was the packing up of the house. Oh what a job. I tried really hard to let go of things which no longer served me. I threw out some out, gave away some and gifted some to others. I still didn’t get rid of enough. Oh well, maybe I can let go of more when we get to Colorado.

Moving day is next on the agenda. What chaos and I was on my medication. We gave away to friends our washer, dryer and refrigerator. This left more boxes and three motorcycles to move as well. Our fingers were crossed that all our stuff will fit in the storage space we rented.

Finally, it is time to transition to our friend’s house. This means that the four of us (two humans and two felines) are sharing one room. It is a large room and this helped with where to put two litter boxes on one side of the room and food and water dishes on the other. What space is left is for me and Michael. Can you believe it is working out okay?

No one has been killed. The cats are playing together. I make little cubbies for Max as he likes to sneak away from Bailey. I believe Bailey knows where Max is but gives Max his space. Between Michael and me, we are talking more and even after 16 years I believe we are closer now than ever.

Now we are searching for a camper shell so we can proceed to Colorado.

mz. em

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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 Psalms

Hope for Today” by Al-Anon

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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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