There is no path to peace, peace is the path
- Mahatma Gandhi
It seems I am not here very often. Not taking as many photos, well just of grandkids. I still hit the market from time to time, but people there really don’t want to see cameras even though everyone and their grandmother have a cell phone that can take a photo. I thought I read someplace that it is illegal to photograph people in CA without their permission. That can’t be true; maybe I’ll check it out, not that I have any imminent plans to go to CA.
I’ve tried to retire from politics, but it is not working out too well; politics are a black hole that sucks anyone in that gets too close. I won’t rant here, that takes too much energy which is in short supply these days.
It is leaf raking time. What needs to be done around here is not raking it is….not sure what to call it, but raking sounds way too tame for the process of removing leaves from the lawn. I dislike lawns too. My neighbors hire people; the one group blew a lot of leaves onto my lawn. I wasn’t upset because they were already in a pile ready to truck (with my back) to the street, plus, they are leaves from my trees. A 12x12 tarp of leaves is not an easy lift and my body is complaining. I sure hope the township composts these leaves.
A new grandbaby has joined the fold. Brigid at 6 weeks is doing very well and is a pretty good baby as babies go. I did not get to see her born because I was in charge of the other two. Wild Thing caught an intestinal virus the night before Jess went in to deliver so I had her sleeping in with me. At least this time she did not turn her head away from the bucket when vomiting.
My hematologist told me that there is a genetic marker for my cancer so that if it becomes aggressive, they can test for it, and target it, but for now, other than some peripheral issues, the treatment would be worse than the symptoms. I did finally get a flu shot with a prefilled syringe since the other kind have a preservative, mercury, which is not the best thing to have shot into you since it tends to suppress the immune system a bit. I always said I got sick after a shot, but not this time, so maybe I’ll stick with this regime from now on.
My niece is getting married next week and I am sharing elderly aunt duty with one of my brothers. She is having knee problems, or a knee problem. They told her something is floating around. Huh? Anyway, her son will be in for the Tday holiday and has arranged an mri. Hope he sticks around for the surgery if one is needed. Something tells me he will take himself back to CA and leave his mother to the kindness of strangers….and me.
Have been dog sitting Ian’s dog from time to time. That dog needs something to calm him down. He hates outside. At his home, he does his business in their bigish, fenced back yard, but here, I have to walk him and he is afraid of everything to the point where he pooped on the carpet rather than let me know, and I didn’t anticipate. I asked my daughter in law how to tell when he needs to go out, and she said “he looks at me”. Well, this dog spent all of his days looking at me, or the cat. It is a little bizarre to watch this 60lb boxer leap into the air like a demented gazelle when he is startled….which he is a lot. I think the dog has ibs. I wouldn’t mind having a dog, but himself says “NO!! DOG”, of course he said that about the cats. I’d get one anyway if I really wanted, but without back up, it would be difficult at times.
Ted has moved back but not making any headway in working toward a permanent career. Something tells me he will be living with us for a long time. I asked him the other day if this is how he wants to spend the rest of his life; and of course he doesn’t, but still, he is not motivated to do anything about it. *sigh*.
I can’t figure out the storage here on DA. I thought I was taking some photos out of storage, but they seem to be gone. Not in my gallery, not in storage. If you un-store them does that mean they are deleted? I guess I will have to contact the admins for that. I am annoyed because I lost the originals in a crash (ah, the digital age) and they were no other place than DA storage.
We’ve been watching Dexter during “family bonding time”. At first we started with “Breaking Bad”, but somehow, I found that more depressing than a show about a serial killer. I don’t know what it says about me that I enjoy the show. Ted, and himself, watch AHS, a show I just cannot find any enthusiasm for, but it makes them happy. As long as I don’t have to watch it too, I am happy.
For my birthday, I was supposed to get tickets for a live performance of Beethoven 9, but himself forgot to buy them, so instead, I have subscribed to the Berlin Phil’s digital concert hall. I am having issues though. I don’t know if it is them or me, but a lot of buffering goes on. Their little logo comes up and twirls around, so I am suspecting it is them. If things don’t improve, I may have to cancel the sub because there is nothing more annoying than the equipment buffering at the climax of a piece or during an important solo.
A lot of stores are going to be open Thanksgiving day. I don’t plan to shop, but then I never shop in a brick and mortar store anymore. I let my fingers do the walking and buying and look for “free” shipping. You’d have to pay me to shop in a mall this time of year, and frankly, I can’t see any reason for anyone to pay me.
Happy Thanksgiving to all in case I am not back in time. Ya never know….I never know.
"You are a warrior when you have the bravery to face who you are, without fear, embarrassment, or denial."
Raise the Chi
******************************************** May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.
-Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama)
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