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Trash Day
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"The future enters into us in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens." - Rainer Maria Rilke

Monday's are trash days around our immediate place in the burgh. All the blue, gray, and green canisters are out at the street line.

Trash collecting has been streamlined so the driver doesn't have to get out of the truck. He has these nifty forks that come out and come up beside the dumpster and lifts it up and over the truck so the trash falls into the truck's "cargo area." Then the driver lowers the forks and the dumpster and places it back on the street. Now there is no need to have one to two extra guys to heft the cans and dump them in the back of the truck.

The colors of the dumpsters go like this: Blue is for recycling, gray is for general trash, and the green is for those who have yards and have refuse from mowing or trimmings from trees or bushes.

Walking Again

This morning when my alarm went off, I took my thyroid medication. Then I began stretching like Bailey does when he wakes up from a nap. The more I stretched, the more I woke up. Cats may have the right idea about stretching because when I was done; I was ready to get up. It was only a few minutes after 7 a.m. I was ready to go walking. I whispered to Michael about getting up and what I heard was some grumbling before he rolled over.

This did not deter me and I prepared for my walk. No sunshine and the marine layer is still here. Today, I brought along my transistor radio and listened to some country western tunes.

I only stopped a couple of times to look at stuff people put out for free pick up:

+ A large print of a guy surfing a really huge wave. At the bottom of the picture there was an inspirational verse. The frame was good as well as the glass pane. I could have picked it up for just the frame but I chose not too. There was also a small entertainment center which looked to be in pretty good shape but not something we could use.

+Then I found another photo op but it is in someone's yard. I will need to go back to ask permission to take the photo. And no, I'm not going to say what it is because I want it to be a surprise.

The rest of the time I practiced my striding and in doing so, I completed the loop in 27 minutes.

With walking regularly, I am finding people waving to me as they go by if they are in their car. On Saturday when I stopped at a garage sale, the lady of the sale said, "I know you. I see you out walking." I said yes, that is me. Since I wear a large brimmed hat and I have my walking stick, Sir Thomas, I do make an impression.

The other good thing about this walking is that I have lost another pound. Granted I don't obsess on this benefit of walking but I do feel it is helping along with watching what I eat and portion control.

Would You Believe

One day last week there was a knock on the door. Michael opened the door and he found on our door step the post lady with a small box for me.

I couldn't imagine who had sent me anything. Instead I found the box came from Swanson's Health Products. They had sent me the vitamins I had ordered previously.

Hmm, I wondered if somehow if I was signed up for automatic shipping of the items I had ordered. This was not good and must be stopped.

I called the company to let them know of the shipment. I talked with a very nice lady who checked my account. She advised me that somehow they had inadvertently typed my zip code incorrectly and resending my order.

I inquired about returning said vitamins and I was told to keep them. At that my jaw dropped. The operator said it wasn't worth it to return the vitamins. Well thank you very much Swansons. I like this little miracle.

Stumble Upon

Michael is big on Stumble Upon. I, myself, haven't used it since we left the Henrietta House. However, Michael is always finding cool things on this site. This morning I put the icon on my tool bar and this was the first thing I stumbled upon:

33 Three Ways to Stay Creative

These are all very good suggestions. I realized I am doing some of these ideas.

The fun thing about Stumble Upon is you never know what is going to come up. You can go in and set your interests to aid the site to find your interests you. You can "thumbs up" if you like the page or "thumbs down" if you don't. This seems to be just as fun as Pinterest.

More on Pinterest

Speaking of Pinterest, after reading Bex's blog, Thoughts From Crow Cottage regarding their rules and regulations. I am following her example and I have deleted all my boards and deactivated my account. I still don't know whether they will keep my information for themselves though.

I did have a sense of "oh gee" as each board came up. I liked what I put up and it brought me happiness to see these things in one place.

Oh well, I may miss Pinterest at first but like Face Book, I know I will be just as happy now that I am off of these sites and I have more time for the things I really want to do.

What about Breakfast

I came into the kitchen this morning to prepare breakfast for myself. Only I began to clean up the kitchen, by washing up the dishes that are not dishwasher safe, I cleaned the counters; I cleaned the inside of the microwave and its removable glass dish, and cleaned off the stove.

And, I still haven't had breakfast. Since is it 12:32 p.m. Pacific time, I guess now I will have brunch.

mz. em


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-- "The Writer's Idea Workshop: How to make your good ideas great" - Jack Heffron

-- "Possessed" - Kate Cann


"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." - William Penn, English entrepreneur and philosopher

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