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"A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end all discussion of animal rights." -Lance Morrow

I really liked this quote. I actually had to laugh but to me, any snake in the living room would have me up in a chair. I used a quote from Morrow on this day.

I was not ready to get up this morning when my alarm went off. I was still in that warm and fuzzy state. Plus I was in a dream that had full control. I don't remember what it was about now but it had my full attention.

I dressed, got our rolling cart and headed off to the community center to secure my place in line.

The sky was clear and I could see a few stars. The sun is not up but there is light coming above the hills to the east. I guess this would be what is called dawn, the in between time. It is cool out and I am glad I have my hoodie on.

When I arrive at the community center I find that four people have all ready put down recyclable bags for their spot in line. These folks must get up way before I do. For now, I refuse to get up before 6 a.m. Of course, the people of the community center do not want us showing prior to 6 a.m. Oh well, number five in line is not a bad thing.

I depart for home and have completed my first round of my walk. It takes me 10 minutes to make the loop. I now have two more times to go.

At home, I take care of Bailey. The little scamp wants his breakfast as soon as I enter the door. You'd think he was starving or something the way he acts.

Once I have him settled, I meditate followed by my daily readers. I really like my reading nook. It is very peaceful here surrounded by my books and I have a small radio set up for when I would like some background music.

By now it is time to head back over to the community center to retrieve my number. There are more people present than at my earlier visit. I get to visit with those I know and say hi to those I don't. My favorite friend, M, brought me a couple of containers of Activia. I see this as a breakfast item upon my return to home.

Home once again; I take my shower and redress. I take care of the dishes in the dishwasher.

My downfall was to begin my surfing adventure on the 'Net. Before I was done, I had nine windows open all doing various things. Plus, I had Windows and Excel windows and a game window open. Oh, and lets not forget I was listening to a CD. My poor little L-top was having a melt down.

During all of this Michael was in the mood for music. That is MUSIC! I have attempted to reason with him before about the decibel level and it has only ended in hurt feelings on both sides.

Well, this time I just put in my ear plugs. I could still hear the music but it wasn't driving me nuts. Granted I liked all the music he chose and those songs that got the body moving I went out and danced in the living room with Michael. I also, found setting in my reading nook with the door closed helped my nerves as well.

I also perused my "to do" list and dusted everything that could be dusted in the bedroom and changed the sheets. I have to say that in some ways I miss having the waterbed when it comes to making the bed. The weight of the body helped hold the sheets in place better than a regular bed. I'm not complaining here since our bed was relatively new when we received it; I'm just noticing differences.

Then onto the bathroom, I have had this down for what seemed like forever. I say this because I can see where the dust has collected. The mirrors were washed, the lamps over the sink were dusted and the floor mopped. Thank you Bex for the contribution of wet Swiffers.

After all of this activity, I decided to call enough for being physical. Actually, I felt sleepy. This is partly because I had taken a dose of my anxiety medication to aid my dealing with the loud music. I got comfy in my chair, Bailey is in my lap and off to nap time we go. I don't wake up until Michael rouses me at 5:27 p.m. just in time for the national news.

Whew! I feel much better but still tired. I have a feeling it is going to be an early night tonight.

Today, I began my Weight Watchers program. I still have all the books and point counters so I can do this at home. I did like going to the meetings but because of the medications I take, I don't have a lot of control over my weight and I'm not going to pay the weekly fee. That said I can still watch portion control. I can still write down what I am eating. I need to be more cognizant of what I am putting into my mouth. So for today, I did pretty well today because I only went over my points by a half of point.

Yesterday was a two card day. I received an Easter card from my friend S and then I received a card from Lady C. I am a very special person.

After giving you the word of the day on Sunday about unbolted flour and meals, I went on a reconnaissance of my local stores. Nary to say, I did not find one bag of unbolted flour. I did find countless varieties of flour such as:

Red Mill brand:

1. Whole grain oat flour
2. Stone ground white rice
3. Vital wheat gluten free flour
4. Soy flour
5. Whole grain corn flour
6. Almond meal flour
7. Semolina flour
8. Brown rice flour
9. Whole Wheat Pastry flour
10. Unbleached white flour

Gold Medal band:

1. Whole wheat
2. Self rising
3. Unbleached
4. All purpose

King Arthur brand:

1. Unbleached white whole wheat flour
2. Whole wheat flour
3. All purpose flour

Now I have to say with all the times of typing out flour, I actually came out with flower. Is that a Freudian slip?

I did not take the time to read what the flour was used for because I was looking for unbolted.

Other than the obvious ones, most I have no idea what I would use them in. Plus, I have been reading and seeing on labels the "gluten free." Does anyone know what this means? As you can tell, I have not Googled this or I would know the answer to my question.

Good baking to everyone!

mz. em

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-- "The Chalice of Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland" - Peter Tremayne
-- "The Daily Book of Art: 365 readings that teach, inspire & entertain" - day 160

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