I woke up at 7:45 this morning. Hope was excited to get out of bed. I ate a brownie and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast.
I checked email and wrote some replies. I am enjoying my participation in the JournalWriting group. I am hoping to meet some of group face to face in November.
Hope behaved well this morning. I only tied her as we left for Mom’s appointment. We went to Mom’s dermatologist and he froze some precancerous cells on her hands. I have a sun blister on my lip from being out Thursday. I asked the dermatologist if he could recommend anything for it. He said he could prescribe a cream if I was a patient. I asked if they could work me in and they said yes. I filled out paperwork and was taken back very quickly. He looked at my lip and examined my moles. He gave me a tube of cream and said use it twice a day.
We went by the bank for Mom to deposit the check from Alex. We filled up the Explorer and the five gallon can with gasoline at Texaco. Gas was only $2.50 a gallon, which was much better than the price had been in months. The library was our next stop. I turned in my books and checked them out again. I also added a few new arrivals. We went to Hudsons for a barbeque lunch. I did not get sauce on my clothes for once.
We went to Borders and shopped. I found five books I wanted. I was very happy I had $50.00 in gift cards. I bought Write is a Verb by Bill O’Hanlon, Living Artfully by Sandra Magsamen, By Cunning & Craft by Peter Selgin, Creativity for Life by Eric Maisel, and Coming To Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I am looking forward to reading these books.
When we arrived home, I let Hope loose. My pile of clothes had fallen over so I had to stack them up again. I took some of the jeans to Alex’s closet so the stack would not be so high and likely to tumble over. Mom cleaned up the Explorer for us to drive James to the hospital tomorrow. The Explorer was not dirty. I checked email and read some in Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark.
Hope and I walked to the mailbox and collected the day’s mail. The neighbor’s dogs came out and ran around Hope, but she did not bark at them. Hope is a very quiet dog, she barks very little.
Alex called to tell me he is being considered for top-secret clearance again. He was very happy about this development. I was surprised he called again. He must not have meant to be rude when he told me to leave him alone. He says he had a bad week.
I ate a bologna and cheese sandwich for supper. Mom did not eat all her roasted potatoes with broccoli and cheese sauce. She gave half of it to me and I ate it.
I wrote the following poem using these words: pause, reflect, unfolding, years.
Sometimes in the daily rush
From one thing to another
I pause to reflect on
The significance of the moments
Unfolding into fast passing years.
When I pause it seems only
Days ago I was unfolding clothes
For my infant son whose face
Reflects much of my own,
But it has been nineteen years.
As days unfold I pause
In quiet reflection
To hope and pray
That God will protect my son
Through his Marine Corps years.
Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
© October 16, 2007
Mom started searching for her sweaters and I went to her room to help her. We did not find many. I think she may have sent a tote with sweaters in it to the storage building. She does not think so.
I checked email and wrote this entry. I hope all of you are well and having a good week.