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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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Plans

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Quote of the Day:

“Have I really pushed the envelope as much as I want to? Not yet. Maybe that’s why I’m still hungry.”

— Steven Spielberg

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Okay, it’s been a couple of days since my last entry, life happens. Thursday was a quiet day for us. Michael’s back is still bothering him and I was still in a blue mood. However, Friday the mood changed for both of us and we did our errands; manicure for me, pick up mail, pick up a prescription, lunch and a stop at the bank.

To take care of my prescriptions I’m slowly moving them to Wally World. What a place! People walk around there like their brains are on pause. Some don’t care how much room they take up in an aisle. I hope this isn’t how they drive their car.

Today, I had planned to be industrious. Ha! We slept in, later I listened to Toby Keith’s newest CD, took care of the cats and watched the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 100 greatest fights. My favorite, Chuck “the Iceman” Liddell, is a local boy. He was shown in many clips mostly winning but a few losses too. Yes, I’m a warrior at heart but I wouldn’t want to do it personally.

mz. em

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“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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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:

“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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