Mistakes and Some Miscellaneous

Hi everyone,

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.

IMG_0411I 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.

IMG_0413Someone 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 ofย  that for my breakfasts. Doing the arm exercises every morning, midafternoon, and night requires a lot of planning ahead.

IMG_0418The 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.
IMG_0414I 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.
IMG_0421My 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’.ย  So far, she seems to be rolling with it fairly well.

IMG_0423I 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!


16 responses to “Mistakes and Some Miscellaneous

  1. Too bad your wrist isn’t cooperating.
    That street art blow my away. It’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it, especially in black and white. Usually, I see this kind of art in colour.

  2. Frankly, I thought the original post was fantastic. But this one’s dandy, too, and I understand the urge to edit oneself for any number of reasons. Cheers!

    • Thanks, Kathryn. I thought there was a strong possibility that I might be seeing some of the people at a party last night, so I went with my *feels uncomfortable* vibes!

  3. At first glance, your Shiva looked like our Patches! I’m seriously impressed with your culinary organization, it’s certainly a good way to eat well for the week rather than arriving home tired and eating something junkish!

  4. I admire your ability to plan ahead and do all that meal stuff ahead. I’d be screwed because I don’t particularly like eating leftovers and I really don’t like planning meals ahead like that – though it would make life easier. Congrats that you’ve found a way to make it work. Your gratitude efforts with your granddaughter sound like an excellent habit to encourage. She’s a lucky little girl.

  5. I read your other post as well and found it thought provoking – I liked the technique of having your cat having an opposing/rational voice. I think you did a great job of recognizing where you might have been a bit judgmental yourself, but still disagreeing with the small mindedness of other commenters. Social media can be a double edged sword – allowing us all to share our thoughts and opinions and experiences with others around the world AND sharing every thought with others around the world. I swear I think some people use social media only to spout negativity and hate while I think the better use would be to spread tolerance and caring. Let’s spread positivity! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you for your comments, Terrie. The cat conversation is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while because Old Jules (on the So Far From Heaven blog), who played a big part in Shiva’s life, occasionally has conversations with his three remaining cats. It works better with more than one cat, though ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yeah, there’s too much negativity on the social media sites. Lately, I’ve been trying to turn that around a bit on my personal page, but it’s hard when you want to warn people about bad stuff, too!

  6. No, I don’t suppose Shiva ever self-censors, except perhaps when she buries her poop.

  7. Well, since I can’t comment on the immunizations one now, on the immunizations entry, I will here. I had all sorts of childhood diseases, measles, chicken pox, cleptocookia, etc. I’m still alive. I was going to say fine, but that would imply normal, and well, those who know me, ahem. All the baggage with conservative and liberal is confusing and ridiculous, so I prefer to just make fun of the words. contwerpative, libullral, consyrupative, liburial, consuckative, lyeebral, conciergeative, librassierel, consliberative. I feel much better now. Chakra cleansing, isn’t it? Let’s hear it for libertarians!

  8. Moan a chuck too. You know stick has one. And if dandy toothpick spake out of climate, darn its ham dangle-tangle, who would have filed THAT under Methuselah? Certainly not with a toilet brush anyway. Mind you, where did all that shrubbery snooty-toot-toot hegemony grope for its dinner? Right here with tornadic fever, baby. Now don’t gurgle that WE didn’t toast your flexible snapdragons. Never mind that you spoon your bell curve every token you get. Oh NOOoooOOOO!! Just flag the toadstool with a bellicose intestinal cramp iron. See if WE blanket. Yeah, right. Go ahead. I dare you.

    • Roger, did you mix your meds with the dog’s? If you did, it worked. You should try to comment on Sundays, though, when the blog is fresh and still has (a few) readers. By Saturday night this is a dead site. Who knows, maybe you will attract new readers!You’re far more interesting than I am!

  9. I bet the rest of you bloggers are jealous that you don’t get spam like mine ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Oh, I see. You post on Sundays. Not particularly on a schedule these days, you see. See? Please permutate now. Not so hard if you try.

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