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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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Diversions

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Quote of the Day:

“Romance and work are great diversions to keep you from dealing with yourself.”

— Cher

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My diversions began when I was a small child. Although at that age, I didn’t have romance or work. I had books thanks to my Aunt Lish. I also played outside as much as possible during all four seasons while living in Maine and Florida.

Reading and my imagination were the diversions of dealing with alcoholic arents. Those of you who have grown up under these conditions know of what I type here. When I was reading or imagining I didn’t have to deal with the confusion of changing rules, situations and feeling like I wasn’t good enough no matter what I did.

When I became older, I added to my tools house cleaning. Overall this was a good thing but when it came to cleaning my room I would pull everything out from the wall. I would sweep, dust and wash windows. Next came putting the furniture back and I would rearrange room until the next week. This act would drive my mother crazy. I don’t know why since my room was clean.

Other diversions were high school and after school activities. Romance also entered the picture and I must say my choices weren’t very good. The idea in my head was all of this kept me from the home chaos.

Although my grades were mostly “A’s” and “B’s” with some “C’s” none of this registered with mother. Her attitude was I could have done better. In time, I just stopped trying and did what I did and whatever I got was good enough for me.

After fighting with mother enough times, I moved in with my Dad and Step-Mother. They did the best they could but I was a scarred child and whether in my head or physically acting out I didn’t make life easy for them or what they could do for me.

I ended up pregnant by the boyfriend of the time. I wasn’t even 18 yet. I moved in with him and as soon as I turned 18 we were married. We were married before a Justice of the Peace. Our mothers were there but not my Dad. One more time I had disappointed him and that hurt.

My life was a hit or miss of good choices and me adding to my closets in my head. The bad choices I would put in a back closet and kept the door locked. Those choices would find a way out and curdled my soul to even acknowledge them. I didn’t understand them and I didn’t know how to get rid of them except to lock them back in their closets.

So I had come to the point of work, bad choices of boyfriends and dancing most every night. I would stay up most of the night with a stop off for breakfast, a couple of hours of sleep and then back to work. Only to do it over again, by the third night I had to give it a rest and stay in and I would sleep like a brick.

Sometimes. Sometimes my sleep would be inhabited by dreams about my parents or actions I had taken and the outcome which was not what I had expected. I hated to sleep because of the dreams. I believe this is why I worked and played hard so I could keep the boogie man away.

Luckily I found Al-Anon. This program gave me the tools to face my demons and to finally put them to rest. Since I didn’t have good role models, I found better ones in the program. I reset my brain, I let go of the scary stuff in my head and I learned to act and not react to situations. This didn’t happen overnight but step by step and one day at a time. Today I am living with my disorders as peacefully as I can, happily married to the man of my dreams and my two fur children.

Gee, all of this from a simple quote. Thank you Cher.

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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Laundry Day Highlights

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Quote of the Day:

“I’m as pure as the driven slush.”

— Tallulah Bankhead

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I wrote in an earlier entry about shared living space.

In sharing space this includes the washer and dryer. In the Henrietta house, I used to separate out the towels, the sheets, the whites, the jeans, T-shirts and delicates. Some times the wash would sit in the washer for more than a couple of hours and the other side of the coin is the load of wash sitting in the dryer for a day.

Well, when you share space with others, this method of washing doesn’t work. Tempers can easily flare if a load of wash isn’t attended to in a timely fashion.

Since moving in the Royal Oak Way house, I need to do the laundry in a timely fashion. The only sorting I do now is between the regular clothes and my delicates. To make a full load of clothes, I put all the regular clothes in one load. A raised eyebrow here, the saving grace is that all our clothes have been washed enough so there is no bleeding of colors onto the whites.

The only problem I have is that with washing clothes all together is that with the different types of cloth, some things dry much sooner than others. I need to keep watch to be able to pull out those clothes that dry quick and pull them out and fold them while the other clothes continue drying.

With sharing space I’ve had to learn to go with the flow and be considerate of others.

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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