“I wake up every day and I think, ‘I’m breathing! It’s a good day.”

The sun is toying with us. Yesterday it came back in the afternoon, and it was hot. I was delighted to see the sun after three or four days of clouds. Today, however, is sweatshirt cold. I had to close the windows. Bleak is the word which comes to mind.

The morning was leisurely. I woke up early but took my time as it doesn’t feel like a day for haste. I do have chores, always a list. I emptied the litter boxes and put them in the trunk for the dump run later in the week. I have yet to change my bed, do laundry and shower though laundry is a maybe. A nap is not a maybe.

The only occupant of this house not on some sort of medicine is Maddie. She is supposed to have some for her thyroid but she has proved far too elusive. Whatever hiding places she finds are perfect as I can’t find her. If I do happen to grab her, she runs away from me for a few days afterwards. Gracie is the easiest. I just drop a half pill in her food. Fern isn’t happy with her oral medicine, but I give it to her just before we go to bed. I figure she’ll get over it by morning. The ear medicine is just rubbed into the folds of her ear. She doesn’t mind that.

I want to come back as a cat. They are waited on hand and foot though it is really paw and paw. They have great fur to keep them warm, some of it in neat colors. They let you know how content the world is by purring. They sleep a lot in comfy places. They have varied diets of different kinds of canned meat and fish. What they don’t like is never served again. Mine, besides that can food, have dry food and treats. I think the only draw back to being a cat is self-cleaning. All that licking leads to fur balls.

Usually I have something to complain or whine about but I don’t today. I’m liking the day. Despite its bleakness, its coming rain storm and cold, it just feels right somehow.




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17 Comments on ““I wake up every day and I think, ‘I’m breathing! It’s a good day.””

  1. Richard Says:

    ‘Toying” … not so here – sun’s out in full force. I hate when that happens. Send me your huddled cloudlets yearning to be free and I’ll get the sun to head your way. ‘Bleak’ is good.

    Since I couldn’t sleep any longer, I, too, woke early – or, at least earlier than usual. That’s okay, ’cos I got to listen to the entire Cheezmuzik broadcast rather than the truncated 2-hr version I hear when I sleep in.

    I’m the only occupant of my residence who’s on medicine. I keep waiting for signs I’m getting too feeble to remember when I have and when I haven’t taken it. So far, none have appeared. So far, none have appeared.

    I learned in my late teens that my Dad liked cats. I didn’t learn it from him, tho’. I was talking with Mom one day and she told me Dad told her he liked cats before they got married. Let’s just say we never had a cat except for one very brief period. He was ‘accidentally’ left behind after a day of fishing at Bayou Gauche. ‘Accidentally’ … unh-huh.

    In place of the usual Musical Offering, we have instead some Humorous Thoughts and Quotes from varied and sundry ‘notables’ … and now, to begin:

    “Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.” ― Arthur Rimbaud

    “He who does not answer the questions has passed the test.” — Franz Kafka

    “Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.” ― Ayn Rand

    A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!”
    “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.”
    ― Stephen Crane, War Is Kind and Other Poems

    And finally, one of my own:

    In the Kingdom of the Blind, the elephant can be many things.

    • katry Says:

      I have many to share with you and still have cloudlets left. Now a breeze has been added to the dark day. North of Boston and north into New Hampshire had rain most of the day.

      OI woke up at 9 which I thought strange as I went to bed early for me. As my mother would have said, “You must have needed it.”

      I have a bag full of pills for this and that. Three or four are for my APhib while the rest are for a variety of maladies. I keep them in a zippered canvas pill bag. After I take one, I leave it out of the bag until all have been taken-that’s how I keep track.

      From the time I was in high school we had cats. My father said he hate them, but that wasn’t true. He just thought it was more manly to like dogs. He’d tell people the two cats were my mother’s. All of us have cats and 2 of us also have dogs.

      The elephant can do many things but is seldom quiet in doing them.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Really nice weather here today, just enough warm, sunshine all day and a breeze to cool us down if the sun burns a bit too much. I even went to the super market this morninh without getting annoyed because of the nice weather.

    Nova is at the moment the only one on medication, her right ear is bad again but she takes it with a sad looking face, as if she’ll die any second 🙂

    My cats eats just one brand of catfood and only one variety 🙂 They don’t even look at anything else and shoutd loudly until I get the right kind 🙂 They rather die than eat soft food and fish 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I am amazed at the wonderful weather you’ve been having. By now we should be getting warm days, but they have become rare. WE get clouds, lots and lot of clouds.

      Fern hates the oral stuff. I have to pry open her mouth. She doesn’t even wake up for the rub on the ear medicine. Cats make it difficult.

      My cats like everything except fish. Their can food includes shrimp but not fish. Mostly it is meat, their favorite. I suspect they’d eat whatever I give them. I just figured they’d be happy with a variety, the human way to look at food.

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    Everyday I wake up on this side of the grass it’s a good day. 🙂 Today the sun is shinning and the temperature is already in the low 80s. The summer heat has replaced the spring rains. All this coming week is forecast to be sunny with highs in the low 90s.

    I never liked cats because they have an agenda of their own. Dogs on the other hand will do anything to please use while cats might give us a portion of their day. I want to be reincarnated as a poodle in a Jewish household. When I was a teenager in NYC my aunt and uncle had a dog named Sandy. He was a Heinz 57 variety dog. Every morning my aunt would make the dog breakfast of scrambled eggs and bread. The rest of the day his bowl was filled with dog food which he rarely ate because while she was cooking dinner or her lunch she always tossed the dog some of the left over ingredients or let him lick out the mixing bowl. When my cousin and I got up we had to make our own breakfast and coffee.

    My grandmother always chided us to finish everything on our plates because children in Europe were starving. This kind of thinking has lead to the problem of obesity and diabetes in this country among the baby boomers. When I went to Europe the first time I was surprised at how many rotund people lived in Europe. My mother used the same line except she liked starving Chinese children better. The Chinese I met in Zhuhai were well fed and driving very nice American and European cars.

    I can always find something to complain about but it doesn’t do me any good. I’ve learned that the company I work for is not going to change regardless how much I complain as long as they are making profits everything else plays second or third fiddle. I just go with the flow. I do like to complain about the Federal Aviation Administration because they don’t change unless there are several major fatal accidents resulting in congressional outrage. They are basically a tombstone agency.

    I saw an article on the internet last week that a chartered Delta Airlines B767 was enroute between Germany and Kuwait a couple of hours after the Egypt Air Airbus crashed in the Mediterranean. The Greek controller couldn’t raise the Delta crew on the radio and had the Greek Air Force scramble F-16 fighters to intercept the B767. When the fighters pulled up to the airliner in formation they could see both pilots appeared to be passed out. Passengers alerted the flight attendants who couldn’t raise the crew on the telephone and they had to bang on the cockpit door to wake them up. There are pictures on the internet of the F-16 fighters off the wing of the Delta airliner taken by the passengers. This is after the FAA has increased the rest requirements for US airline pilots in response to claims of fatigue from the pilot’s union. 🙂

    On long international flights they carry three pilots and they rotate times in the sleeping area to prevent fatigue. Germany to Kuwait is not that long a flight.

    • Richard Says:

      FBBob, my Mom used to give us the same story about ‘Children in China are starving!’ … I always wanted to say ‘Yeah? Name two!’ but I knew what the consequences for that would be.

      As for the story about the pilots of the DA B-767 being (ahem) ‘asleep at the wheel,’ that’s just one of the things I’ll be worrying about when my daughter and her family fly to Rome next month. You know the other things that there are to worry about …

      • flyboybob Says:

        You don’t have to worry. On a flight from North America to Europe they carry three pilots and they each get a few hours sleep in the bunk area.

    • katry Says:

      I would not like weather in the 90’s. I don’t like them in the 80’s either. August is our hot month and we wait the 90’s maybe once.

      My cats love to be petted and stroked. They are usually with me in whatever room I happen to be in. The dog is funny about it. She’ll be out for a while, come inside, find me then go out again. She just wants to make sure I’m around.

      I think it was part of the class all mothers must have taken. China was always where the poor starving kids lived.

      Most companies see their employees as minions who don’t need to have a say in the workings of that company. Working in a school was different as opinions counted if what was offered was a good change. Teachers knew they had a voice which was heard.

      I read that same information. The Greek pilots took a little time to realize the crew was sleeping. The article mentioned it used to be commonplace for long haul pilots to sleep part of the flight. I think that’s scary. They didn’t get the pilots to answer the call so I wonder how much noise was actually needed to wake them up.

      When I was a volunteer in Ghana, the US carrier to Africa was PanAm. The flight started in East Africa with a couple of stops then flew to West Africa for more stops. Some passengers were on the plane close to 24 hours, but what was good is the exit off the plane was always down steps to the runway so at most stops we could get out and stretch our legs. This was, of course, before needing to check the passengers and their luggage for bombs.

      • flyboybob Says:

        A friend of mine was the FAA inspector in charge of putting the B-777 on American Airlines operating certificate in the late 90s. He was in the room when American was specifying which options they wanted to buy. Boeing offers an alarm clock option for $5000 per aircraft. Each aircraft is over $50 million dollars. The alarm will sound in the cockpit if the crew doesn’t do something after a period of time. If they don’t respond it sounds an alarm that could wake up the first class passengers. My friend suggested that they should get that option. The chief pilot told my friend that American’s pilots would never fall asleep at the controls.

        When putting a new aircraft type on an air carrier certificate the FAA requires 100 hours of proving runs to assure them that the airline and the crews can operate the new type safely. They flew a B-777 non stop from Dallas to Osaka Japan and returned with three pilots and my friend with no passengers and no flight attendants. After the normal rest period in Japan they departed for Dallas. On the return trip one pilot was sleeping in the bunk area and the other two along with my friend were in the cockpit. They rotate rest periods in the bunk on long flights. There is no radio chatter over oceanic airspace and communication to air traffic is through a kind of text messaging system called CPDLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communication). After a couple of hours over the Pacific ocean in the quiet darkness one pilot fell asleep followed shortly by the other one while the airplane was on autopilot. My friend thought how useful that $5000 alarm clock option would have been. He then awoke both pilots.

        Other countries allow a two pilot crew controlled naps after a certain time period. Each pilot gets 30 minutes sleep in their seat. The FAA has not come into the 21st century in knowledge of circadian rhythms or sleep theory. In their minds Orville and Wilber didn’t need any controlled naps. 🙂

    • Birgit Says:

      Bob, I’ve never heard of starving Chinese children back then, here we had to eat because starving African children would have been glad to have such a meal. (Grand-)mother conspiracy.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Children in ______ are starving! Fill in the blank.

      • katry Says:

        I was supposed to eat all my vegetables too because of the starving children in China. Maybe China was an American thing while Africa was European.

      • katry Says:

        That was amazingly interested: the FAA rules for long flights. I knew they slept in the cockpit but figured there was always at least 1 awake or even two. Offering an alarm clock option is a bit scary.

      • Bob Says:

        Only one is supposed to go to sleep at a time. They have a rest area with a bunk. The alarm clock option is in case the other two at the controls doze off to sleep.

      • katry Says:

        Not all that comforting, Bob

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