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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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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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Quote of the Day:

“Envy is a con man, a tugger at your sleeve, a knocker at your door. Let me in for just a moment, it says, for just one moment of your time. . .  The antidote to envy is one’s own work. Not the thinking about it. Not the assessing of it. But the doing of it. The answers you want can come only from the work itself. It drives the spooks away.”

— Bonita Freedman

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Here it is, Saturday, again. Boy I don’t know where the week goes. I suppose this week has been spent on house cleaning.

I have a list of each room and what needs to be done. Every part of that room gets touched. I can at least say the room is entirely touched once a year. Of course, this is where some of my anxiety comes from in attempting to get everything done although not in one day. I set out two or three items to do every day or every couple of days.

Now the hard part comes with inserting some relaxing time in the hustle and bustle of cleaning. I either watch television, write or read. Oh, let’s add painting in there.

No, I don’t get everything done that I have on my list. I have to talk to myself assertively that “it is okay not to get it done.” This is where I make my gratitude list to show myself that yes, I did get some housework done, I had leisure time as well and I did enjoy.

Aaaah, I just give myself a headache trying to do it all.

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:

“One must avoid ambition in order to write. Otherwise something else is the goal: some kind of power beyond the power of language. And the power of language, it seems to me, is the only kind of power a writer is entitled too.”

— Cynthia Ozick

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Where are those words? I started my computer this morning and then I found everything else to do in the house instead of writing. Michael was good enough to assist me in the moving stuff around. By the time I finished my chores I was tired.

My gripe today is about the U.S. Postal Service:

–          First gripe is that service at the actual place of business is slow.

–          The cost of postage keeps going up and yet the service doesn’t get any better.

–          Since I have a post box, I occasionally get mail for other people. Normally I don’t think too much about it. But, the one that is my gripe currently is this one company which has the same box number that I have. I’ve talked to the postal clerks about. Their suggesting was to push it back through my box so the envelope falls to the floor. The next day I go in, the envelope is back in my box. My next step is I take the envelope home and circle the box number and write that it is the correct box. Then I circle the city (San Bernardino or San Diego) and the zip code and write that it is the wrong city and zip code. Now I pray the clerks get it.

–          Either everything is too computerized or folks just aren’t paying attention.

The thing is I do like communicating with my computer. The computer is quick, easy and fast. On the other side I do like writing letters by hand. My friends whom I send letters to are happy to get something in the mail. So what is up with the postal service?

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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