Archive for October, 2007

Whimsical Wednesday

 

Alex called yesterday. He wanted to talk about the warning ticket he received on base for not stopping at a stop sign. He felt it was very unfair. It was after 11:00 and there was nobody around so he felt he should not have gotten a ticket. Marines should not persecute Marines. I told him a warning only meant he should be more careful next time. He is enjoying playing Guild Wars. He bought all three expansion packs for the game at the MX. I think it is good that he does not have to pay for membership every month like he had to with World of Warcraft.

 

I did not go to bed until 11:30 last night. I had forgotten to take my Risperdal until 10:00 so I was not sleepy. Hope woke me this morning at 8:20. She was more anxious to leave the bed than I was. I ate a bowl of Lucky Charms and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast. Mom did not get up for several minutes.

 

I checked my email and made some replies. I am still enjoying being in the JournalWriting group. I am not participating much, but I am reading all the emails. I do not feel I have much to say. Of course, I feel that way about this blog sometimes too. However, I see the blog as my journal and record of my days so I can find something about which to write. I am not so self-conscious of what I write here. I am happy if others read this blog, but I do it for myself as well.

 

Mom’s friend, June, called and asked her to go out. They left about 11:20. That left me with the house to myself so I turned on my music. I turned it up loud. It was raining and I left the door to the screened in front porch open so the fresh air would circulate. It was cool outside and felt very good.

 

I drank six cups of coffee with vanilla syrup before noon. I do not drink coffee after noon because the caffeine will keep me awake at night.

 

I finished reading Become a Better You by Joel Osteen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I find the principles explained are very applicable to life. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Even people who do not consider themselves religious will find this book valuable.

 

I ate a bologna, cheese, and homegrown tomato sandwich for lunch. I particularly enjoyed the tomato.

 

I began reading Coming To Our Senses by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This book focuses on how mindfulness can positively enhance our lives.

 

Hope stayed loose most of the day. I picked her up and carried her several times. She loves being carried while I walk or stand. When I sit down she wants to leave me, but she is content while I am up.

 

Mom came home with new curtains for the living room. I really do not like them, but it is Mom’s house so she can do what she likes.

 

June’s ten-year-old grandson, Nathan, was with her. He went all over the living room being nosy and picking at things. I was surprised he behaved that way. He should be more disciplined. Alex was never like that. He knew when he was at other people’s houses that he was to behave. He looked around, but he did not touch everything. He respected other people. I asked Mom after they left if June approved of Nathan acting that way. She said no, but June is not able to make Nathan behave. He does not listen to her. I am sorry such a nice person, as June, has to put up with so much disrespect.

 

I ate chicken flavor ramen noodles for supper. I had not had it in a while and it was very good.

 

Alex was not online this afternoon and he did not call today. I know he is fine. I enjoy talking to him often, but realize he has other things to do with his life.

 

Deal or No Deal is not on television tonight so there is nothing that Mom likes to watch. She went to bed early. I hope she can sleep through the night.

 

I got a late start on writing this so I am posting late. I hope everyone is having a good week. I am enjoying it so far and expecting the rest to be good.

 

Always,

Jo Ann Wink

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Tuesday’s Trips to Town

 

I woke up at 8:15. Hope was anxious to leave the bed. I carried her to her leash in the laundry room/kitchen. I ate Lucky Charms and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast. I let Hope loose and she ran around excited.

 

I checked email. I did not read all the messages I had received, but checked to see if there was anything that demanded my attention.

 

I drank three cups of coffee with vanilla syrup.

 

Mom was talking about working out in the yard despite the rain. I asked her if she would like to go to town. She said yes. I dressed and packed my library books. I drank another cup of coffee with vanilla syrup. I packed a cooler so I would have drinks while we were in town. Mom brought the Explorer to the back door so that I did not have to carry the books a long way. We left about 10:00. We stopped and Mom put the thank you card I had written for her to the pastor in the mailbox.

 

Our first stop was the dry cleaners to drop off a pair of pants Mom needed hemmed. We went to the feed store where Mom purchased lime and fertilizer. We stopped at the library where I checked in the art books and checked them out again. I also checked out some other new arrivals. We drove to dollar tree where I purchased some licorice, dog toys, and stickers. Mom bought some things as well. Next, we went to Wal-Mart. I found a military outfit for Hope. I went to the craft section and picked up some closures and line for beading. I found some needle nose pliers and cutting pliers to use with beading. I loaded some groceries into my cart. When I checked out my purchases totaled $96.02. I did not need to spend so much money, but that is what I get for going to Wal-Mart. Mom’s bill was not so high. We headed for home from town, but I stopped at Dollar General for just a couple of minutes to pick up some strawberry filled candies.

 

When we arrived home I let Hope loose. Every time I went out to the Explorer to bring something in Hope came outside and picked up a leaf to carry inside with her. I had to take each leaf away from her so it slowed down the process of bringing stuff inside. It had stopped raining so we were able to get our purchases in without getting wet.

 

Mom cooked canned collard greens and cornbread for lunch and we ate around 3:00. It was a good lunch. I was glad we did not eat in town because I am running out of money.

 

I put Hope’s new outfit on her and she looked so cute. She now has three outfits. I need to take some pictures of her dressed and post them here.

 

I checked email. There was a Freecycle message about some silk scarves. Mom had been looking for scarves in the stores lately. I asked her if she would like me to try to get the scarves. She said yes so I called the lady about them. She said we could have them and gave me directions to her house. It was raining again so we decided against taking the dogs with us. We drove into town and I got the scarves. Mom looked through the bag and was pleased. There were thirteen scarves and they were very pretty. We stopped at Dollar General on the way home because we had ice cream that would melt and did not take time to look at the 90% off sale items the first time we were there. I bought two housedresses and a shirt. Mom bought a few articles of clothing too.

 

Mom washed her scarves and they looked even better after they were clean. I figure the scarves are worth at least $100.00. She will enjoy them.

 

I ate a leftover piece of pizza for supper and had a little chocolate ice cream afterward.

 

I read in Become a Better You by Joel Osteen. I am very pleased I was able to check this book out of the library on the day it was released. I think Mom will purchase it, but reading the library copy saves me some money. This is a wonderful book.

 

I hope it will continue raining. We need the rain in Georgia so badly. Everything here is dry and the water crisis is becoming very serious. We could use several weeks of rain. Even though we need the rain very much I have heard people complaining about the weather. I do not understand how anyone could complain about rain here now. I am happy to see it. I definitely do not mind getting a little wet. It is refreshing.

 

Always,

Jo Ann Wink

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Monday’s Musings

 

Mom called me at 7:30. Hope and I got up. I ate two pieces of toast and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast. I drank one cup of coffee before we left.

 

We arrived at the Ford dealership at 8:30 for a 9:00 appointment. The Explorer was taken into the service bay quickly. I started reading Become a Better You by Joel Osteen in the waiting room. Two other people came in and started talking. We talked about the water shortage and the fact it was raining. One of the women commented on the book I was reading. I told her it was very good.

 

The Explorer was serviced and returned to us by 10:00. I drove home and Mom directed me. I thought she had given me wrong directions, but it turned out right.

 

I let Hope loose when we came inside the house. She was very happy to see us and jumped around excitedly. I had to tie her back up because she was gnawing on Penny’s ear.

 

Mom tried to put bottles in my toilet so that it would not use as much water, but the bottles would not allow the toilet to function correctly. I took them out.

 

Mom cooked pork chops, cornbread, and Margaret Holmes seasoned turnip greens for lunch. She put hot peppers in the cornbread and I could not eat it. The rest of the meal was very good.

 

I read some more in Become a Better You. I checked email and wrote some replies.

 

I took my shower so that I would be free to watch my television shows tonight.

 

I wrote the following poem using these words: nature, sacred, heal, create.

 

Blessed Features

 

I think of nature

As a sacred gift

With the power

To create peace inside

And let me heal.

 

The nature of my illness

Makes me aware of the sacred

In daily moments and I heal

As I create art and poetry

Out of my experience.

 

The sacred qualities

In my nature work

To create healing

In the world outside

And inside of me.

 

I create and heal

Because I am entrusted

With the sacred endowment

That nature bestows

On every one of us.

 

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

© October 22, 2007

 

I ate a pork chop for supper. It was very good even though I ate it cold.

 

Always,

Jo Ann Wink

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Easy Sunday…

 

I woke up at 7:00. Hope and I began our day. I had forgotten to bring Hope’s leash to the bedroom last night so I carried her to her leash. I ate Lucky Charms and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast. I did not set up my medicine for the week last night so I had to take my Nexium and Wellbutrin directly out of the bottles.

 

Mom did not leave for church until 8:30 so we had some time to talk. I asked her if it would be okay to skip vacuuming because the house looked good. She said yes, but I might have to do it later in the week. I thought that would be okay.

 

I checked my email and for comments on the blog. I try to answer all comments on the blog, because I think the interaction is important. I have written in the blog every day, but one, for a month. I am glad I have committed to writing every day. Even though my entries are sometimes mundane, it means I am recording my thoughts and experiences. That helps me through the days.

 

I turned on the iPod in the Bose SoundDock. I was listening when "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash came on. This song blew me away. It has always been one of my favorites. The rhythms and message are great and I played the song a second time. I listened closely and thought how I wish my writing were as good.

 

I called Richard and we talked about twenty minutes. He was going to his mother’s today to spend some time with family. I told him Alex was doing well. I wanted him to pass along the information.

 

I finished reading Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. This was an excellent book with many great tools for writers. It focused on tools to use instead of rules to follow. That was refreshing.

 

I began reading Become a Better You by Joel Osteen. This is a very encouraging book. It focuses on the positive and makes you think of good things. I read Your Best Life Now when it came out a few years ago and it helped me through some problems. I think this new book is going to help continue the positive momentum I am building in my life. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to exceed where they are now.

 

Mom came home from church with a Goody’s bag. I had given her a coupon for $25.00 off an $100.00 purchase. She bought a beautiful outfit and I was glad I had helped her. I did not have the money to spend $100.00 so I could not have used the coupon.

 

Hope has been off and on the leash today because she has tormented Penny quite a bit. I wish I could convey to her that if she leaves Penny alone she can be loose, but unfortunately, we do not speak the same language. I know she understands some of what I say, but consequences are not clear to her. She lives strictly in the moment and does not understand reactions to her action.

 

I did not chat with Alex today. He had to go to work so he probably slept in and missed getting online. I hope his day goes well. He is such a wonderful young man. I am fortunate to have such a good son. I think he will go far in his life. I am so proud of him. He has already accomplished a great deal.

 

I set up Mom’s medications for the next two weeks. I had to leave out the Aggrenox, which is a blood thinner, so that she can get a cortisone shot in her shoulder. I have to order seven medicines next week when I call in her prescriptions. I know she must get tired of taking so many medications. I am glad I only have three. I set those up for the week too.

 

I asked Mom to wake me at 7:30 in the morning so we can get to our appointment at the Ford dealership on time.

 

Always,

Jo Ann Wink

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Slow Saturday…

 

I woke at 8:00 this morning. Hope was very glad to get out of bed. I was not so much because I went to bed at about 12:00 last night. I ate a slice of pound cake and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast. Mom was not up when I finished eating and I felt sleepy so I went back to bed. It is after all Saturday and okay to sleep a little extra. I slept until 10:15.

 

Mom bathed Hope and I blew her dry. After she bathed Penny, she dressed her in a baby outfit. I dressed Hope in the dress I bought her a few weeks ago. The dogs look so cute.

 

Mom went up to James’ and I got dressed. I wore shorts again today even though the day was a bit cooler. I love cooler weather. Even deep winter chills do not bother me. I can bundle up for the cold, but it is harder to stay cool in hot weather. I am one who loves to be comfortable.

 

Mom came home with bags full of aluminum cans. She crushed them and I helped her put them in one large trash bag. We will take all the cans we have accumulated to the recycling trailer and get money for them. Mom usually gives the money she gets from the cans to Alex for Christmas.

 

We ate leftover pepperoni pizza for lunch.

 

Hope has been terrorizing Penny today so she has been tied a lot. I wish there were some other way to stop her from bothering Penny, but nothing else seems to work.

 

I did some blog surfing, read, and replied to my email. I was glad to see some of my blog buddies had made recent posts. I read a few chapters in Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. I hope to finish this book soon.

 

Hope and I rode to the mailbox. I have not felt like walking the last few days. I seem to be suffering from my chronic fatigue syndrome right now. I am exhausted all the time.

 

We had Margaret Holmes Seasoned Turnip Greens and homemade cornbread for supper. These are excellent canned turnips. They are as good as you get when you eat at most restaurants. They are not quite as good as fresh ones out of the garden though.

 

I have been giving Mom copies of the poems I write. She wanted a notebook to put them in, but I did not have an empty one. She went into Alex’s room and I followed. I found a notebook she can use. It is one Alex had used in high school. He will not need it anymore, so Mom may as well use it.

 

Alex came online so I said, "Hi". He answered me and we chatted. La Tes is not with him, which surprised me. I thought they would be inseparable this weekend. I was glad he was alone, but surprised. He is trying to find something to fill the gap left by his quitting World of Warcraft. He is watching television, which is something he never does. We have neither one ever been much for television. Actually he is watching a movie. We like movies. I am really surprised that I am watching television shows this season. It has been a long time since I found a show I liked, much less three.

 

Mom is going to church tomorrow so I will have the house to myself for a few hours. I will vacuum and just hang out some. I hope to read some.

 

Monday is Alex’s dad, Richard’s birthday. I have already sent him a card, but will probably call him to wish him a happy day. I think I will do it tomorrow since he is usually very busy on Monday. I also have to take the Explorer to have the transmission serviced at 9:00 Monday morning. I wish my brother had not made such an early appointment. I will have to get up at 7:00 to make it. I like sleeping later than that when I can.

 

Hope is lying on my bed. I am glad she is being good. I love her to be loose.

 

I am very concerned that Georgia may have a real water crisis because of the drought. I do not understand why our water has to be used to keep mussels and sturgeons alive when we need it to keep people alive. We are fortunate our water comes from a well, but other people are dependent on our reservoirs. I think the government should be more thoughtful of the people it serves. Water is something people must have and in this severe situation, it should not be wasted. I try to conserve here by taking shorter showers and not washing the car very often. We have not ever watered the lawn so that is not an issue.

 

I hope your weekend is going well.

 

Always,

Jo Ann Wink

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Friday Findings

 

The phone rang at 8:00 and woke me this morning. Hope and I were out of bed in a hurry. I ate a piece of pound cake and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast.

 

I checked email and blog surfed to my blog buddies.

 

I washed a load of various colored clothes.

 

Alex called to tell me he was on his way to pick up his girlfriend at the Greyhound Station in Raleigh. He talked to me about an hour as he drove. He did quit World of Warcraft. He is playing CounterStrike again. He is working on a couple of stories. I am encouraging him to participate in National Novel Writing Month, but I do not know if he will do it. He says he will very likely come home for Thanksgiving. I am so glad he is talking to me.

 

Mom cooked a pepperoni pizza for lunch. We are using up all the prepared food in the freezer so we can buy fresh.

 

I stayed in my pajamas until Mom asked me to come outside and go through some stuff in the barn. She was cleaning out the homemade closet out there. Many of my old things were stored in it and she wanted me to sort those things I wanted to save from the trash. I was shocked when one box revealed my Dungeons & Dragons manuals, Dragon magazines, and Twilight Zone magazines. I thought the manuals were lost years ago. I called Alex and told him I had found the books and he was pleased. He plays Dungeons & Dragons. He will be happy to get the manuals. They are first editions and in good shape. He thinks they might be worth something as collector’s items, but I did not see much indication of that on eBay. I put the books and magazines in the storage building. I also found an old Barbie doll, but she has mildew on her arms and legs and I do not know if she would be worth anything. I received her as a Christmas present in the 1960’s. I am soaking her in a sink with Tide with Bleach. I hope that will help remove some of the mildew.

 

Mom picked collards from the garden and cooked them for supper. She also cooked cornbread. A country supper was very good. I did not think I liked collard greens, but I do.

 

I read in Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark. This book focuses on prose writing. There is little about poetry in it. It has some very helpful tools in it.

 

Sam’s Mom called and said she liked the card I sent with the poem in it. She thanked me for writing the poem.

 

Mom read the poem I wrote about her to her best friend, June, and she said that there was money in writing poems like that. I do not know about money, but there is a great satisfaction in writing poems that touch people.

 

I am thankful:

 

  1. For libraries.
  2. For the five new books I bought this week.
  3. For finding my Dungeons & Dragons manuals.
  4. Alex called me five times this week.
  5. For writing poems.
  6. Hope did not get sick after scattering Mom’s medicine from two bottles on the floor.
  7. For blank books.
  8. For telephones.
  9. For fresh collard greens from Mom’s garden.
  10. For HP Learning Center free lessons.

 

Always,

Jo Ann Wink

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Crafty Thursday

 

I woke up at 6:15. I took Hope to the laundry room/kitchen and tied her up. I ate a brownie and drank a Caffeine Free Diet Sam’s Cola for breakfast. I was sleepy and went back to bed leaving Hope tied up. I woke up again at 8:30.

 

I checked my email and wrote replies. I did three HP Learning Center lessons on Outlook 2003. I learned about calendar, tasks, notes, and journal. I do not use these features, but now I can if I want to do so.

 

I unpacked the bead set I bought at Sam’s. It was wrapped very securely. I wanted to use the set but could not find any instructions on tying the clasps to the string.

 

I ate a bologna, cheese, and tomato sandwich. The tomato was out of the garden. There are few tomatoes now.

 

Mom wanted to cook a pound cake. I helped her read the recipe. When she began to put sugar in she found the container had ants in it. We had to go to the convenience store and buy a five pound bag of sugar. Before she put the cake in the oven the recipe said to tap it on the counter five times. This eliminates air bubbles. The cake did not fall as most of Mom’s pound cakes do. I think the tapping is the reason it did not fall.

 

Hope and I rode up to the mailbox and retrieved yesterday and today’s mail.

 

I tried to string some beads on some of the line contained in the set. It unraveled. I tried some line I had purchased at another time. It unraveled. I finally strung the beads on fishing line. It worked well. I made a necklace for Mom. She wanted one to go with a new shirt she bought last week. It was a hassle working with the beads. I rather write. I have many beads with which to make projects so I should work with them more. I want to make some bookmarks with beads. Necklaces are harder to make and I do not like them. Mom said she would pay me for making more necklaces for her if I enjoyed doing it. I told her I did not like it. I may do it anyway to make some money.

 

I do not understand how anyone can be cruel to a puppy. The news showed a story about drug dealers using puppies to smuggle drugs. They cut the puppies open, insert the drugs, sew them up, and then open them up at the drug destination. I think these people should be jailed for a long time. Hope is so dear to me. It makes me sick to think of anyone doing anything so heinous to her.

 

I wrote the following poem using these words: sleep, friend, visible, night.

 

Sleep

 

My friends are visible

Until night comes down

Allowing me to sleep.

 

I love the night

Like a visible friend

Who leads me into sleep.

 

In the safety of my bed

Invisible to my friends

I sleep in the night.

 

Sleep is a good friend

That lets me leave the visible

And slip into the night.

 

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

© October 18, 2007

 

I chatted with Alex a few moments. I did not want to bug him so I just asked how he was doing and told him I love him. He said he was good and told me he loves me too. I wish he would come home for Thanksgiving, but I do not think he will come until Christmas.

 

Always,

Jo Ann Wink

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