Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Tuesday-8am

The morning before the blizzard was supposed to arrive.
 Saturday morning.  I woke up early--coughing--so I was up before dawn.
I have been coughing here and there for a week, actually.  But since it was only 2-3 times a day I thought maybe it was dry air (even though my electric hair has calmed down now that Dagan closed the air-exchange vents for me).  
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Anyways, the wind sure came roaring in by Saturday afternoon.  We did get the tremendous winds that's for sure... 
...but we got very little snow here in Fargo.  So only half the blizzard conditions--but that's a very good thing.
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  Karma was watching tiny twigs caught in the vortex on the patio. At first she was trying to catch them through the glass and was running back and forth. 
As you can see, I cracked the patio door a tiny bit so we could really listen to the howling of the wind.  Karma seemed amazed. 
Three jackrabbits came bounding past...and the poor grouse!  It was so windy they couldn't fly--no control--they'd almost flip upside-down!  So they were running across the sidewalks and slipping all over on the ice.  The animals seemed to be panicking out there...trying to find a place to hunker down.  I thought they were supposed to sense bad weather coming?  Maybe city grouse aren't as smart that way--LOL!  
The wind was fierce all night and was still gusting (they had predicted 50-60mph) with great force on Sunday.  
But, as you can see, we didn't get much snow at all.  Of course, with that wind whatever we did get could have been blown right on into Minnesota--LOL!  
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You may notice that my metal glider chair... 
...was picked up and moved several feet! 
It was still being whipped back and forth on Sunday and the back feet were being lifted right off the ground.  I was afraid of it being actually blown over and dented or damaging something so I wanted to lay it down on its side. 
My patio screen door was frozen shut (eg: it's 10 degrees right now), so I decided to go around outside since my patio is the closest one next to the sidewalk out there it would be easy.  I bundled up...thought I was being really careful...but fell down hard on my right knee on the icy sidewalk.  Managed to get up, go over to lay the chair down, and limp ever so carefully home.   
So, I spent the last couple days with my feet up babying this lovely, swollen knot on my knee.  I can move it and bend it so it's fine--don't worry.  Jolted my hip bones a bit, too--LOL!  It's already better than it was by today...but...now I woke up this morning unable to breathe because my entire head is both stuffed and leaking--and I'm occasionally coughing, too, for good measure.  I guess I have been fighting a cold after all, ya think?  Come on, immune system!  Let's get back in the game here!  (Don't let that remark fool you into thinking I may have watched football this weekend--don't even know who played--LOL!)
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Tonight there is a pot luck here in the community room.  Our first official meeting.  (I knew I would be in no shape to cook or bake so I had bought some bakery cookies when I was shopping with Leah.)  But now--I am in no shape to go at all.  The limping wouldn't have stopped me, but I don't want to go coughing and snotty and spreading germs around.  So I will call the lady in charge today and let her know that my suggestion would be to set up the library outreach program here.  They wanted people to come and share ideas as to what kind of things we want to do/have here.
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So that is what has been happening since Friday--LOL!  Embarrassing to admit.  First the ice fall.  And then to be sick AGAIN!  Dang it, anyways.  Well, at least I have been writing letters every day.  That and Netflix I can manage.  Karma loves all the extra comfy chair time...so somebody's really happy over my misfortune--ROFL!  It's a good thing you can't spread germs through a keyboard, though.  
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Oh, I forgot to take a picture of what I am drinking for T-Stands For Tuesday!  I've got my cell right next to me...just a minute.
There's my trusty red mug filled with Starbuck's french roast coffee.  :)
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I'm not at the kitchen table where I normally am all morning.  I'm using my laptop table at my chair so I can keep my knee up... 
...which Miss Karma is quite happy about.
(But she wasn't happy about me waking her up for pictures--LOL!) 
Oh no!  I just realized that I never got Elizabeth's Tuesday T-Day post...so I will have to go search for it.  
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Yes, she had one and I linked it.  This means that either my "follow by email" is acting up--once again--or it's google messing with my emails--once again.  I need to go check my spam folder.  *sigh*
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Good thing I am able to laugh at all of this nonsense--LOL!
It is still going to be a good day.
Just ask Karma.  ;)
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"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well."
Julian of Norwich

Friday, February 05, 2016

Friday-12:15pm

Good afternoon!
We had a dusting of snow.
It's sunny and 26 degrees (feels like 16, it says-but I am not venturing forth today). 
I didn't make the grocery trip on Wednesday.  Was hobbly stiff and too sore to do all the walking.  But I woke up feeling better yesterday and off we went to Cashwise after Ian had his nap.  I only remembered to take a couple pictures because of this shocking and puzzling sight!  Those are library books in that vending machine!  I never knew there was such a thing!  Blew my mind! 
I assume you must have to use your library card somehow.  We didn't look closely enough to figure it out--but has anyone else seen library book vending machines?
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Then off we went into the new Cashwise store that is really close to me and where Caroline shops for me, too. 
 It was an adventure--for me, anyways--lol!  This new store has so much in bulk items that it boggled my mind!  Everything from flour and spices to beans and nuts.  Awesome!!  And they had a sale on boxes of pasta--10 for $10--so I stocked up. 
My leg didn't go numb (sciatica) until the last ten minutes, so that was really good.  Ian is such a character.  A wonderful afternoon.  Such good company--and I learned a lot about what is available at the store for future ordering.  Whoohoo!
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When we were checking out I was surprised by an older lady who lived down the hall from me at West Winds!  She asked how Karma was and if I liked the new place.  I must have told her half a dozen times how much I absolutely love it here.  Felt kind of guilty as she told me about the annual lakes of water in the yard and all the soggy dog poop, etc.  I wish I could rescue the few older people that are still in the building.  I am so very blessed and grateful for Dagan and Leah helping me to move away from there!  
I DO NOT MISS IT.
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 Anyways, was such a nice trip out and about.  When we got to my apartments we stopped off at the garage.  I have my big white cart in the garage I use (well, Caroline uses) to haul groceries.  We picked that up and Leah held it out the window as we drove to the parking spot.  We did this last time, too.  I don't know why that cracks me up so much, but it does.  I could walk it over there, but I am quite limpy by the time we are done so ever-thoughtful Leah comes up with practical solutions--LOL!  
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Then the cart gets loaded up, I say goodbye to Ian (who has been not wanting me to leave lately because he thinks he's coming to visit at Gramma's house), give his concerned little protesting face a kiss, and wave as I pull the cart into the apartment.  (I'm so glad Ian likes to come over to Gramma's new place...well, so do Dagan and Leah.) 
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I put away everything (afraid to stop moving) before I collapsed for the evening.  Ate bananas and roasted almonds for dinner--ROFL!  Hobbling but happy today.  (And I will be so glad when Caroline will be back to doing this for me in March--LOL!)
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Let's see...
I also signed up for A Month Of Letters--as you can see on the side of my blog.  Same basic idea as InCoWriMo but they actually have a badge and a sign-up spot (so I might even get letters from strangers--who knows?)  But since I have still been pretty useless for much else and hand writing is something I can usually manage to some degree even when I feel pretty awful because I have a comfy chair and a pillow/lap-desk setup...I figured I'd give it a go.  So far have sent seven letters or cards so I am doing okay.
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This is the usual morning routine.  I check emails, read blog posts, and watch a few videos (mostly crafts, art, and planner videos)...
...while Karma settles in after her special canned treat to snooze in the chair next to me. 
And--I have to tell you that I am both annoyed and delighted that all Karma's refusing to eat and worrying me so much may have been, as a couple of you said, just Karma being Karma.  She has apparently changed her mysterious mind once again.  Several years ago she refused to eat anything but pate canned food.  If it had any lumps whatsoever in it she wouldn't touch it or only lick off a little bit of the gravy.  Apparently she has now decided she is bored with pate.  In fact, with this new chunky Fancy Feast with gravy, she has been asking for an extra helping of the canned food!  Instead of in the morning and around dinnertime she is also begging for a late night snack!  Good Lord!  Do you ever want to wring someone's neck and hug them at the same time?!  
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So.....relieved.
(The vets wanted her to eat more canned food after she had that awful UTI--so that's when we went to twice a day instead of just mornings.)
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Am going to hobble over to my chair now and work on letters...probably all weekend!  I have my faithful communicators, some people I haven't written to for quite a long time, and recently some brand new ones, too.  Nice!  :)  I'm so glad there are people who still enjoy some vintage social media!!
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Am feeling so contented to be right where I am right this very moment.
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Have a great weekend!
Love and hugs!!  :)
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"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet." 
James Oppenheim

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Tuesday-9:15am

Tuesday morning and February has already begun.  We had blue skies one whole day...
...but many days we were lucky if we got a peek of sunlight before it disappeared behind the thickening clouds. 
Karma...asking in the morning for me to open the patio door several inches so she can get a good whiff of the outside world. 
 Karma doesn't care if it's only 20 degrees out there--she wants to smell that cold air.  Just misses her old porch.  And here I thought my days of opening and closing doors to the freezing cold were done when I moved here--LOL!
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Besides the usual--laundry, making a big pot of bean soup, and other necessities--I did get my writing prompt stickers slathered with some color. 
Decided to do two months at once this time. 
Looks so cool when you peel away the backing and just the colorful stickers remain. 
I have kept up with my daily journaling and the writing prompt journal...oh, and my bullet, of course, so far this year.  But January wasn't a very creative month.  I'm hoping February will be better.  :)
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I had everything set up on Sunday for Craft Night but by the time Ian was in bed Leah was too tired to come over and next Sunday is their Super Bowl party.  I left out my paper trimmer and card stock, though, so I can start cutting it into quarters so I can stamp some card fronts to color (for sets of birthday cards) while I watch TV.  I haven't done stamp coloring for years and have been ready to dive in again.  
McFamily and I got together last night for our (very late this year because we usually get together for dinner after New Year's) Christmas.  Everything is off kilter this year.  I am ordering Ian a few things now in February--(but we won't mention Christmas to him because he wouldn't understand).  There was no way I could manage sewing him anything like I planned...well, you know how bad of shape I've been in for many months.  Good thing Ian is too small to notice yet...but my free pass for messing up is over with as of this year, I think--LOL!  ;) 
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McFamily got me a set of metal kitchen utensils!  With red handles!   
No, they don't have a stripe on the end of the handle.  The light just is hitting the angled ends. 
Now I can add all my plastic utensils to the kitchen give-away box in the garage for freecycle this spring.  I no longer have any non-stick pots and pans--only metal and cast iron--tada!
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Karma's still been on and off her food...sleeps a lot...gets up stiff-legged.  For years she wouldn't touch anything but pate canned foods.  Well, one of the cans I got from that Natural Grocers store wasn't pate and she ate it really well.  So I had Leah pick up a case of Fancy Feast (chunks with gravy) at Costco.  Smaller cans, so actually less waste if she goes off her food again.  (And I could always gift them to Sammy and Annie if she refused to eat them at all.)  
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Last night I gave her a big tablespoon (she gets one in the evening, too) and she licked the bowl clean.  Same thing this morning.  But then it is something "new" and tonight she could easily walk away or barely touch it.  Same with her dry foods, too.  Some days she eats them and some days she barely touches them.  Could be just getting older.  She acts about the same otherwise.
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Since we had melty-temps a couple of days there is more brown grass exposed around near me.
You can see the evidence of the wind vortex by my patio, eh?  LOL!  Lots of snow left out there, though. 
And, as it melts away, we are left with all the little rabbit gifts--LOL!  You should see how many gifts they have left around the dumpster!  
The jackrabbits must go around behind--between the dumpster and the fence to get out of the wind.  Smart.  But they leave a tremendous amount of evidence behind--LOL! 
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That's about it from Fargo this morning.  You can see Miss Karma is in her chair...McLap and my faithful red cup.  (Hi everybody over at Elizabeth's for T_Day!)
Karma is gently snoring.  It's a dark day.  Says 27 degrees but feels like 16--so there's some wind, not just breeze today.  Since there's so much exposed grass scattered about now I haven't seen the grouse for two days.  I may have missed them, of course.  Been engrossed in letter writing.  I am actually going to make an attempt to join in on International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) and try to send 29 letters or cards this month!  What the heck.  :)  
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And I need to work on making cards this month, too.  
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Oh, and the plan is for Leah to take me grocery shopping at Cashwise tomorrow.  Caroline is returning to work soon and she'll be coming to clean later in the month.  I can hardly wait to hear all about her little boy Parker and see pictures.  :) 
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 Speaking of which, I totally forgot to take any pictures last night at McFamily's!  I am just terrible about that.  I am so engrossed with the visit that it just flies out of my brain.  I was reading books to Ian last night and we were having a high time!  Then when he went to bed Leah cut my hair for me--and Dagan dropped me back at home to a lonesome cat who demanded lots of extra snuggle time.  The wonderful days just fly by.  :)
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I promise I will try to remember to get some pics of us shopping tomorrow.  ;)
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Did that feel like a long Minnesota goodbye?  LOL!
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Anyways, have a sweet day!!  :):)
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"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray."
Rumi

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday-7:15am

Good Morning!  
A quick post today.  I was actually awake for morning sky pics a couple different days.
Love the contrast between the blue sky & pick clouds and the almost black clouds that were racing across the sky.  I wondered if there had been a fire somewhere--those black clouds were so low and moving so quickly across the horizon.  But they didn't quite look like smoke clouds. 
Karma doesn't have to wait for me to open the blinds. 
She just pokes her head right through. 
It made it up to 40 one day!  Lots of melting going on that day.  Pattering down from balconies and air conditioners and the roof--was new to me from all those years living on the top floor--LOL!  Kind of relaxing.  Sounded like spring.  For a day. 
Of course, it all froze--making walking outside rather treacherous. 
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Well, honey definitely won over vinegar this time!!  CableOne never contacted me and I woke up Wednesday with no internet...but a very nice young man from CableOne came and knocked on my door about 12:30pm to pick up my modem.  (I felt like Hyacinth Bucket telling him to take his boots off before he came in--LOL!)  He tackled the cords and moving stuff to get the modem out of the TV cabinet, told me he left the cable box open for Midco (Midcontinent) and went on his way.  Apparently there was another housebound lady in the adjoining building who needed a modem picked up, too--and he noticed he had forgotten to have the last lady sign her paperwork.  (You think CableOne is losing a few customers? hehe!)
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Midco said 3pm, right?  I got a call at 2:50pm telling me he was on his way!  Right on time!  A very nice older gentleman arrived (who knew to take his boots off without being asked).  The cable box was open and he got the modem installed.  Took a while to get the signal working (now I know what these mysterious plates are for on the inside of the hall closet).  Then he tried to tackle connecting McLap to the WiFi--LOL!  
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He said he bought a Mac once and threw it out.  (I remember wanting to toss mine over the balcony many, many times the first six months I had it.)  I finally called Dagan at work (hope I didn't scare him--never, ever have called him at work) and between them (Dagan hates trying to figure out McLap, too) they found what they were looking for and got it connected.  The nice gentleman volunteered to connect my cell phone and my tablet to the Wifi, too.  Sweet!  And off he went.
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I forgot about also needing to reconnect Chromecast (so I could watch on the TV screen and not the McLap screen).  Leah was trying to talk me through it on the phone, but I kept losing the cell phone connection.  (Remember that is really bad here.)  She was going to call me back after dinner, but she had gotten me far enough that I figured it out and got it working--tada!
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But then I was watching Netflix last night and lost my internet connection.  I unplugged and replugged the modem and restarted McLap and it came back...but then I had to reconnect Chromecast, too.  I finally got it going again (and honestly wasn't sure what I did either time--LOL!)  I hope the losing internet was a fluke.  There's a lot of swtiching over going on around here.  Could have been an accident in the cable room in the building.  That happened to me several times over the years when I lived in West Winds around the end/beginning of the month when people were moving in and out and providers were messing around in the cable room.  I hope it was an aberrance and nothing more, right?  
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Then yesterday--made it to the dentist!  Leah gave me a ride.  No cavities.  Bye-bye.  See you later.  Done.  Whew!  :)
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You know I have been in pretty poor physical shape since the move--well, I had to take a couple minutes to just sink into the pain of being in the chair before she could even start.  And after lying there for over half an hour (excellent, new-to-me, young girl cleaned my teeth who was gentle and thorough)...I had to sit on the side of the chair for a bit before I could even get down.  But I limped happily away to the waiting room and called Leah to tell her I was done.  Leah dropped me off at home and I was so exhausted I was in bed before 9pm.  (When you're in a fibro flare it doesn't take much at all to totally drain you--LOL!)
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So I was up early and thought I'd say hi.  Woke up coughing and coughing (?) but it went away after a short time.  Odd because closing the vents seems to be helping with the dryness in here...and even when I had electric hair I didn't wake up coughing?  I'm still so stiff from the dentist's I can barely get out of this chair, but I keep getting up and walking and stretching...will thaw out a bit over the next few hours--and it will be less painful tomorrow.  Big sigh of relief to have that appointment over and done with.  One down!  Hurray!! 
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Karma's sleeping in the chair next to me, of course.  The wind is rumbling almost constantly against the building this morning.  So loud I thought there was a snow plow in the parking lot across the way--LOL!   But it's warmer again.  Supposed to get up to 36--so should be more melting by this afternoon.  
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I worked on getting my bullet journal set up for February yesterday, so that's all done.  I had to wait until I had internet to print off my bank statement to balance my checkbook, write bills, and budget--so I have that to do today after I thaw out quite a bit more.  Or tomorrow if blogging was enough for these old bones today.  ;)  (Yes, I still do my checkbook the old-fashioned way and balance to the penny every month.)  Leah is planning to come over for Crafts on Sunday.  Looks like an excellent dentist recovery day for me.    
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Have a really great weekend!!  :) :)
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 "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday-9:30am

It's Tuesday already?!
And almost the end of January?!
Good grief!
Well, I actually spent the weekend working on The Postman's Knock January challenge/contest.  [Note: The T-Stands For Tuesday group will recognize the red coffee mug at my side--LOL!]  I drug out the old binder from the adult evening calligraphy class I attended over 20 years ago.
Using Lindsey's frame that I colored, I made up the goal list. 
Nothing worked right...not all weekend.   
I'm sure when you've done anything creative that you have had those days where nothing worked right--whether it was sewing, baking, crafting, painting, whatever.  I am soooo out of practice that my hand just wouldn't work the way I wanted it to and nothing turned out right.  But I kept plugging away--because I know it is exactly because I need to just get back into the swing of things again. 
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I did the illustration--challenge number two.  Lindsey had samples she had done and I chose to try a letter.
Even though nothing was turning out well, I was having a lot of fun.  I'd play a little and needed lots of breaks... 
...but I worked on the hand illustrated card and envelope (parts three and four). 
It was dark on Sunday night by the time I finished...
...so no matter how I arranged these I got shadows from the big kitchen light (that I am so glad is working again--LOL!). 
I am just so glad I finished!!  Whoohoo!!  :)
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Karma was too busy snoozing to care--LOL! 
Anyways, some exciting news! Midcontinent is now available in the building!  They left little info-bags on all the doorknobs.  I called yesterday to switch over my internet service.  CableOne is more evil than I thought.  In the new buildings they are keeping all the keys to the cable boxes!  Usually the management/office at the building has them.  This means that in order to switch companies I have to arrange to get CableOne out here to open the box for Midcontinent.  Apparently they have not been very cooperative about this box opening for other companies, either.  The Midcontinent lady, Tammy, told me that sometimes it can take up to four days to get them out to open a box--and that's even after they have picked a day and time.  They keep changing it or not showing up so the Midcontinent people have to waste time waiting around for them.
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Also, it is illegal for them to tell people (like they told me) that they have a contract with the apartment complex to be the sole provider for Cable and Internet.  It was an outright lie, but they do it all the time, she said.
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So, I called CableOne yesterday to arrange for them to open the box on Wednesday at 3pm--which is when Midcontinent can be here to switch me over.  I not only wanted CableOne to come and open the box for Midcontinent, but I wanted them to come and get the modem I was renting from CableOne, too, as long as they were here (which they usually make you return).  I played up the old, disabled and housebound thing to the hilt, baby.  Hey--I am not lying!  I was sweet as could be and just expecting them to be helpful with all my gratitude for them going out of their way.  Will it work?  Don't know.
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I never got a call back from Cable One yesterday.  Oh, and I asked if they had to come earlier than 3pm could they just leave the box open for Midcontinent when they came later?  Time will tell.  I am hoping to get more flies with honey, as they say.  ;)
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My former good memory pre-fibro is long gone.  I cannot even remember now who suggested I look to see what the grouse and jackrabbits mean as totem animals or spirit animals in native cultures.  But I did it--and took notes from several websites--and, no, I didn't write down where the notes were from, but you can google it.  Or google your own animal.  Was very interesting!
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 Grouse, also known as Prairie Chickens  
If grouse keep showing up in your life: you will be learning lessons that entail understanding and connecting with the Sacred Spiral, one of the oldest symbols of personal growth.  Grouse medicine can be imagined like a whirlpool or a tornado with the spiral taking you to the center.  (I found this fascinating since it is a wind spiral that brings them to me in the first place!)  Going to the center will allow for a personal vision or enlightenment of some kind.  Grouse invites you to dance or walk--get back in balance with the earth--mind, body, and spirit.  But stay grounded, slow down, keep your balance.
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Grouse comes to you when your spirit is too tired and you need to rejuvenate your energy.  (Spot on, eh?!)  You want to be alone.  You want/need power/energy.  You are finding it hard to trust someone. (huh?)  You need to seek higher enlightenment and wisdom for your current difficulties.  Need to connect with spirit.  Need balance.

Jackrabbit
Fertility, creativity, magic, associated with transformation.  Receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages.  Power of listening/hearing/clairaudience.  Quick thinking.  Moving through fear. 
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 Abundance, comfort, creativity/creation, harmony, vulnerability.  Jackrabbit tells you to love, nurture, and then let go.  To examine and utilize the tools we have within ourselves.  Jackrabbit is the teacher of skills in the arts and crafts. (Whoohoo!)
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I was born in the Chinese year of the rabbit.  Luckiest of signs.  Talented, articulate, affectionate, and peaceful.  Rabbit is the eternal optimist.  (Right on, baby!)
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Anyways, I thought you might get a kick out of grouse and jackrabbit as my spirit animals.  I loved it!
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Come February it is International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo).  The challenge is to send something every day of the month--card or letter.  "Vintage social media"--one of my loves--LOL!  You can sign in and track your mail and such, but I will just try to write as many letters as I can on my own.  I usually write 1-3 a week, but 29?  You know me and challenges--LOL!  I'd be glad to send half that.  Of course, if they are not all letters and more cards...hummm....
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McFamily is home from their weekend as of yesterday.  Leah and Ian might stop by for a bit this afternoon.  Sweet!  :)  I have the dentist on Thursday--and maybe be getting new internet service this week.  If all goes well--tomorrow!!  Unlimited amount of usage at half the price, too!!
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We have sunshine today!!  26 degrees F.  I saw the grouse half a dozen times yesterday and they've already been here this morning.  Brought the trash out after dark this weekend and a couple jackrabbits were playing in the parking lot.  And I even finished a challenge!!  Felt so good to have calligraphy pens and paint brushes in hand...like a old friend I have been away from for so long that we are still a bit awkward.  But I know we will get comfortable quickly if we just keep spending time together.  ;)  
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Have a beautiful day!!  :):)
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"May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers." 
Thich Nhat Hanh