Donut and Coffee

Thought I would write something different today – so I am going to share a “Drabble” with you entitled: Apple Fritter!

What is it about the day when we wake and know not what it is we hope to accomplish? Is it boredom? Pure laziness? Is this what retirement is all about? Shouldn’t there be something more? How do we overcome these slumps? I know – coffee and a donut! But then there is always the weight issue to be concerned about. But truly one donut and a cup of coffee shouldn’t make all that difference. Besides, my colonoscopy prep is tomorrow. How long will that donut be in me? Perhaps, I should go with an apple fritter instead. Yummy – can’t wait!

coffee and donut
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Cooling Thoughts

One Day at a Time!

I have been reading selected readings from the Wit and Wisdom of Laura Ingalls Wilder and thought to myself that the knowledge imparted upon us in these short witticisms would also serve us well into our retirement years.  

“We would be much cooler and less tired if, instead of thinking of the weather and our weariness, we would try to remember the birds’ songs we heard in the early morning or notice the view of the woods and hills or of the valley and stream.”

I know that many of us like to think that we would not want to go back to the days of yesteryear, but after reading a passage like the above and then picturing in our minds the likes of which we see, hear, and read about today, one begins to wonder if the days of old with all the troubles they endured were as bad as some make them out to be.

Has the temperature changed over the years? Probably so. Do we get tired more quickly today than our forefathers might have? Again, probably so. But were we aware of all the problems of the world both here at home and abroad on a 24-hours a day/7days a week/52 weeks of the year basis? I think not. Chances are, that depending on where you were living, by the time you received the news of some disaster or calamity, it had been over and done with and people were getting on with their lives.

So, in reviewing the above writing, I contend that we would be wise to heed the words spoken in this passage by thinking more about the good things in life (birds singing early in the morning) and take notice of all the good things that surround  us (view of the woods and hills or the valley and stream). Chances are that we would no longer feel the unbearable heat from the sun nor notice how tired our bodies are from the work we do. Bottom line is that we would in all probability be thankful that we are alive and able to move about freely taking life one day at a time and enjoying the fact that while we woke up this morning, quite a few people were not as fortunate.

Until next time.

Humor

Be Funny!

“The great virtue of humor is that it is philosophizing in action, a bright silver thread in the great duvet of existence. And one can easily engage in it for an hour or two every day.” –Simon Critchley, On Humour

Someone once said: “You have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.”

I have learned over the years that it is much easier for me to think of something funny when things do not go exactly as I have planned otherwise I tend to get moody, even disagreeable and all that does is upset others that may be with me.

Think about it – humor can take you away from whatever is bothering you, even if only for an instance, making whatever is bothering us easier to bear. It is like taking a “time out” or a “breather.” What we do during that minibreak from reality is regain our strength enabling us to gather our resources ready to move forward.

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road. – Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman

If we look at life that we are here to have a good time, then we should be doing exactly that – looking for whatever opportunity we can find to enjoy ourselves, and in the process, instead of becoming angry or upset with others in our company, look upon them as playmates versus the enemy.

This thought process holds true in many a situation. For instance, instead of becoming upset because traffic is held up ahead of you, think of something funny to occupy your time while waiting for traffic to clear. Becoming upset and angry over things out of your control does nobody any good. As a matter of fact, think of how bad you would really feel, if the next morning while having your coffee, you read about the accident that held up traffic on the road you were on yesterday and learned that several people died.

Sort of puts why we shouldn’t be so quick to get upset over things that are out of our control in perspective, doesn’t it?

Let me conclude this piece with the following:

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Aldous Huxley

Comfort Zone

I am going to go out on a limb with regards this post and change the way I write. They say you are to write what you know about but to be truthful – my career was in the insurance field when I was working but I have been retired too many years now to write about that so instead of doing something comical (My usual form) for this post – I will add a human touch to my writings.

Recently I had to go to the ER to get checked out for some unknown symptoms that were bothering me. This post is not about me or the results of that visit. To put everyone’s mind at ease, nothing serious was found and I was sent on my way with some simple instructions to follow that they thought might correct the situation. Enough said about that.

Even though I was supposed to be home resting, there happened to be a “Fair” in town and seeing that I was not in any pain or unable to do anything, we decided to attend the fair. A few hours of sunshine walking around the fairgrounds taking in the different vendors and such might take my mind off the matter. I am a ‘people watcher’ as I could sit in an airport or somewhere that there are people coming and going and be quite content for hours on end. Same holds true when visiting and walking through the fairgrounds. The people one sees is amazing!

For instance, I seen an adult male in a wheelchair, noticeably created just for this individual as it was motorized, had a speech synthesizer, and well, let’s just say it was custom made so that this individual could function despite whatever disabilities put him in the chair to begin with. The gentleman was surrounded by family and/or friends and despite his situation, he was smiling and apparently quite happy and content while engrossed in a discussion with all of them.

Later I passed several individuals that were very over-weight. One thought that crossed my mind was the amount of energy they must possess to do the things most of us take for granted day in and day out. Most people would look at an overweight person and say to themselves – why did they allow themselves to get that way. I look at them and wonder what type of glandular problem they might have and how hard it must be for them to do the things we do day in and day out naturally without thought.

In walking we also passed a mother feeding her child who was in a wheelchair. There were also elderly people strolling down the midway, and I use the term – elderly – loosely because I myself am on the upside of hitting age 79, individuals walking with canes, walkers, and so forth enjoying a nice day at the fair. I might add, that in each of the instances described above, everyone had smiles on their faces and were truly enjoying themselves.

Now, let me back up for a minute. In view of my recent trip to the ER and the fact that they could not diagnose exactly what my problem was, I got to thinking: “Hmmm, does this mean I will have to contend with this queasy stomach feeling forever?” Which in turn caused me to remember something I read recently from the “Wit and Wisdom” of Laura Ingalls Wilder and I quote:

“The man who had said the shield was white found the side he was now looking at to be black, while the one who had declared the shield was black found himself facing the white side, so each got the other’s point of view and felt very foolish that they had fought over so simple a thing. It makes a difference when you’re in the other fellow’s place.”

While the above quote apparently dealt with two individuals arguing about one thing or another, and it was only when they put themselves in the other’s shoes did they see the light, so to speak, point is, when we are thinking to ourselves, “Woe is me, I have it so bad,” we should stop for one moment and put ourselves in another’s shoes. I would venture to say that none of us would think our problems are true problems in light of what others must go through each and every day.

By my observations at the fair, my little bellyache, is child’s play in the overall scheme of things. With that I will enjoy my bland diet and get on with my day.

Until next time!

Black Moon

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” ― Carrie Fisher

The above is a quote I came across while trying to figure out what I wanted to rant and rave about during this week’s post. I have been coming up empty regarding ideas to write about as I usually have a boatload of comical items to write about. But, with the negative news we continually read about and all the crap our country is going through, it is hard to get, let alone stay, in a comical mood. Enter the above quote which got me to thinking – something I am constantly doing – “hey, go through the wild and crazy news articles you read about each morning and find something wild and crazy to write about and just go for it.” As Carrie Fisher says above: “Stay afraid, but do it anyway.”

With that thought in mind, I decided to look at some of the news articles being discussed today and lo and behold, I came across an article on Black Moon.  

Black Moon – Use your imagination!

With that I decided to venture into another world and write a different type of post. Here goes:

One of the top news stories today is the fact that today, July 31, 2019 we will experience what is known as a Black Moon. So what is a Black Moon? Well we have heard of blood moon, full moon, quarter moon, maybe even a blue moon but how many of us have heard about a black moon?

According to what I have read, this phenomenon known as a “Black Moon” will be occurring again this evening in North America. The last time anyone recalled a “Black Moon” was in 2016. Now this phenomenon will only be seen in North America this evening. Sorry other parts of the world, you will have to wait until August 30 to catch your glimpse of a Black Moon.

But, here’s the thing, what does this even mean to us lowly humans. Is it important? First thing we need to learn is – “what in the world is a black moon?”

Supposedly a black moon is – are you ready for this – the second new moon of the month – yes, I said second new moon of the month, a rarity in and of itself. Let me provide a few more details but believe me when I say, I am definitely not an expert in this field. A black moon is similar to a Leap Year. As we know, a lunar cycle takes about 29 days to complete. Easy – right? Not true! Our months as we know are slightly longer with some being 30 days and others being 31. How does that old saying go when we wanted to remember which ones had 30 days and which had 31 days:

30 days has September, April, June, and November

All the rest have 31 except February which has 28

 So, using the theory mentioned above, sometimes, about every 32 months, we experience two full moons or as they have been referred to: New Moons. Taking it one step further, the second full moon in a month is called a blue moon while the second new moon is called a black moon.

Now remember my little diddy about remembering which months had 30 days versus those that had 31 days. Well,  guess which month has no new moons? If you guessed February, you would be correct because there are no new moons in February because of its few days (remember there are only 28 days in February except for the Leap Year which has 29 days). Supposedly this is less common than the other type of black moon and only occurs about once a decade.

Now before you set your alarm clock to go out tonight and see the black moon, let me burst your bubble ahead of time. Chances are that you will not see anything because, well, a black moon is nothing other than a new moon. So, what’s the big fuss about – well it is the second new moon of the month. This new moon will probably blend in with the sky so well, you may not even see the moon. And that is a shame too because it is also supposed to be a supermoon which means that the moon will appear bigger than usual. Why, because it is closer to the Earth but again I mention, seeing that it’s a new moon, you still won’t be able to really see it. 

And therein lies your science lesson for today or consider it a lesson in Selenology (in Greek, our moon is named “Selene,” as is the moon goddess of ancient Greek mythology. The English word “selenology,” or the study of the moon’s geology, derives from it). Hopefully I will be able to come up with something more comical to write about next week.

But, at least it wasn’t all bad news. Not comical, but not tragic either.

Until next time!