I hope those of you who are having a three-day weekend are enjoying it. I’ve enjoyed the luxury of having an extra day to get ready for the work week, and I’m glad it will be a short one.
I wanted to apologize to any of you who get email notifications of my blog posts. I put one up on Sunday, then thought better of it and took it down by putting it in the trash. I knew it wasn’t deleted, so when I went to look at it again today and took it out of the trash, it automatically posted and so I trashed it again. Evidently there is no half- way point for a post that has already been published, so I can’t even look it over without publishing it. It might go up again later when I have more time to consider the situation. I was perhaps being overly cautious, but I didn’t have any way of reviewing it after I’d taken it down. Self-censorship is the pits, but that’s what was going on, and I’m sorry for any confusion for email subscribers who might have seen it in the email and not seen it here. It had a lot of cute pictures of Shiva in it, so I’ll post those again. Shiva won’t be censored.
Someone asked, either here or on Facebook, why I prepare all my food on Sundays. It’s because I’m gone too much during the week to have time to cook. I have to bring my lunch every day to my day job, and I only have an hour break (which I use to change my clothes, eat, and do physical therapy) between jobs, so Sundays usually find me making a large amount of something that can be divided up for meals for the next five days. I also chop up anything that will go into the salads I always bring for lunch so they don’t take too long to fix in the mornings. Sometimes I’ll make a big omelette and reheat pieces of that for my breakfasts. Doing the arm exercises every morning, midafternoon, and night requires a lot of planning ahead.
The prognosis on my healing is very good. The doctor said the bones look strong and healthy. However, I don’t have the movement back in my wrist because of the buildup of scar tissue. So I’m still exercising it, and looking into alternative treatments for that. I also have 1 and 2 pound weights to help with the exercising and some bright green therapy putty for strengthening. It’s not obvious that any of this is helping, but different treatment might be called for from now on.
I had my granddaughter over to play yesterday, another Sunday event. She’s five now.We start by talking about things that we are thankful for, and I write them down in a big book. We’ve been doing this for a while, and she knows now that this is what comes before story and play time. I can tell that she’s becoming more thoughtful about it, and sometimes I’ll send her a postcard during the week with something written that will help her remember to think about it during the week when I don’t see her. Then we read stories and played a lot with Play Doh.
My hope, of course, is that this will help her keep a positive attitude about things that change in her life, or in spite of changes that happen in her life. She lives a complicated life for a 5 year old, days with her dad, mornings and some nights with her mom, some nights at her other grandparents’. So far, she seems to be rolling with it fairly well.
I also got a lot of free stuff at the auction when I went Saturday evening to go through the discards. I was quite tickled to pick up a lot of unused postage stamps, several dollars worth. I have a lot of pen pals, and we usually do some kind of decorations on our envelopes, including using older postage stamps that make it necessary to almost fill the surface with stamps. There is a guy in California that sells unused commemorative stamps in all kinds of different subjects and denominations, and combining the different amounts to get the correct total really spices up the appearance of the envelope. Mail art has been around for a long time, and even though I don’t spend lots of time on it, it makes me feel like I’ve done something creative when the time isn’t there for other things.
Here’s another one of my California trip surprise photos, this one taken in Albuquerque. This time, I was attracted to the great “street art” on the building, and noticed when I got home that there was a person lying on the ground in front of it. I hope you enjoy looking at it!