Reviews, talk, and fun

Well it hasn’t been too long yet, but I am experiencing a much quieter day without the drivel from the continued political world.  I have fine tuned my Twitter account so that I no long receive daily updates from the candidates and thankfully I am sleeping better too.   Writing in my journal about lovely weather or visits with friends has become a daily thing once again.

I don’t know how the change is going to go overall.  Oh and yes, I quickly touch base with FB only for “messages.”  I do a quick in and out and that means friends who want to catch up with me can.

What have I done lately?  Cleaned more closets; Spent time watching professors from Yale on iTunes U on the middle ages (really!); Started to knit again to music(!); and writing.  I knew who I was going to vote for after the first six months so all of the run-up to the election serves only to make me and many people around me more belligerent, so I have asked for a politics-free zone when I am with friends and that has worked as well.

I am also doing Tai Chi with much fewer tight muscles.  I have to admit that a day free of listening to those on television or on FB screaming and arguing is quite a thrill for me.  I have never been much of a political hound with my nose to the ground or in my case to the TV or radio.  I am becoming a calmer person and that is a really good thing.

When did we start this presidential political system?  It has been almost 2 years.  This is how the rich beat us down.  I simply cannot take the hate and rhetoric any longer and have closed or left much social media totally.  It’s scary, but I can honestly say that it doesn’t scare me as much as it hurts.  This is how they beat us down.

I am reading a book I have read at least three times and I have to say it explains a great deal to me.  My first thought comes from the author, Chaim Potok.  “Capitalism and Compassion are incompatible.”  My second thought is from me: How can so much HATE be Christian?  For me these are such sad thoughts that are playing themselves out in our country today.

God help us.

We’ve had a cool June and they say July will be hot, but at least for today I still have the windows open.  I’m sitting at the computer with all my windows open and the sound of the birds filtering through a beginning warmth of the day.  It’s funny because my Bella is sitting at the open window talking quietly to the crows and other feathered friends.

Bella is one of the most interesting I have ever known.   You might ask why since she does most of the ordinary cat thing like chasing balls and her laser light but she certainly has her little idiosyncrasies.  One of her little oddities is she never sleeps in the same spot more than 3 or 4 times. On top of the rocking chair which is not very stable unless someone is sitting in the chair has been her latest place, but she has decided she like to be in the bedroom with me at night after her hauBellanting through our apartment late every night.

Her favorite spot right now is my dirty clothes hamper.  She adjusts whatever is on the top to suit her sleeping position and settles in for the night.  She stays there all night usually too and I usually scratch her on my way to get my coffee in the morning.

Everyone I’ve talked to tells me that all cats have a strangeness about them.  But I just tell them my Bella is really extra different – and wonderfully special!

 

 

A year with a Crazy Cat

thumb_IMG_0283_1024It has been over a year with Bella my lovely white cat.  She had stomach issues when I got her and thankfully she is super healthy now and into everything!  I have discovered that she is a, “bushwacker!”  That simply is a cat that loves creeping through the low places of my apartment and catching me as I walk past.  I’ve made the apartment as a jungle gym for her.  In the heat of today she’s in her bed by the window looking at the green world outside her window.

We started the day with her waking me me and meowing strongly for her pumpkin for breakfast.  THAT has made a huge difference in her stomach health!  Then it is time to chase the little red laser light which she loves!  She spends about an hour as my lap cat enjoying the knitting I do then.  I love that she talks with me much of the morning.

Life is cat-good!

I cannot get in very easily but I seem to be able to post at least!  I think I’m going to try DASH for remembering passwords and such.

I am changing my apartment colors for spring by changing my wall quilt.  As spring has arrived (though only by the calendar date, NOT by the weather.) I have changed to my spring/ summer quilt.  And I love it!

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Time For a Change

I have a bland apartment painted with the quietest most uninviting color.  So I find ways with pictures and anything that I can discover to make this place colorful and my own.  One of the newest way is in 3 quilt wallhangings that have crossed my path over the last few years.

The first is one my mother was almost finished with when she died.  It consisted of various shades of brown quilt fabrics in a beautiful form.  I did not finish it because it is beautiful in itself.  For me the colors stand for the earth before plants and green, and colorful flowers. It would be good for spring, but I find it the perfect symbol for fall.

Fall is not an ending but rather a pruning and a warm brown beginning no matter where it leads.

My other favorite one was quilted by a dear girlfriend.  It has the bright greens, reds, and brilliant whites of the Christmas and winter season.  It’s built from snowmen, snow, red and white candy canes, and a mountain of hope.

I am getting ready at this first day of March for the beginnings that come with this season, but I also hold on to those other colors, feelings and joys of that of the previous seasons of my life.  I am in my 66th season and I am hopeful for the future and so thankful for my past quilts of life.

 

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