Tell the truth as you see it, but consider your audience in the manner of your telling.
It has been some time since I posted here. For one thing, an ice storm took out our power for five days last week – three of them we stayed at home in sub-freezing weather, and then we and our three cats gave up and went to a hotel for 2 days.
During this time I also learned that I will need surgery again on my right hand, as part of an effort to recover from a condition that’s been going on for about 18 months.
My advice-giving has been restricted to my own concerns, then, for a little while, and though I’ve always tried to post something every day, I think it will be more sporadic for a few weeks. But I’ll start to make up for it here with some things I’ve learned in the last week:
1. Cats do not like to leave home and explaining to them that it’s a necessity will not help.
2. If several hundred thousand customers lose electric power all at once, it’s not likely your service will be the first one turned back on, so patience is in order.
3. That wool blanket that advertised itself as perfect for camping did not expect you would be camping in your house, but it will still do a great job in those circumstances.
4. It does no good to envy others their electric power when yours is still off. Try hard not to take it personally.
5. Do this now to prepare for a loss of power to your freezer – take a shallow plastic container, fill it with water, and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, set a penny on top of the ice. If the power is out for an extended time, you can see if your food is still frozen by how the penny behaves. If the water in the container thaws and the penny drops, well, you must throw out your food.
Thank you, everyone, and Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow.
You cannot lose patience with Mother Nature. It doesn’t get you anywhere.
Sometimes you just have to smile and give in.
New snow no longer looks beautiful. It just makes you want to shriek. So next time, when that kid comes to the door asking to shovel your snow, maybe you should let him, and pay him whatever he asks.
Looking for a better night’s sleep? A new pillow always brings the promise of pleasant dreams and restful nights. New pajamas are like dressing up for sleeping. And a new warm blanket – a guarantee of a safe, comfortable atmosphere for the night. Try one of these and see what happens.
Family heirlooms without happy memories attached are just a pile of junk. They prompt indifference at best and sadness at the worst. Sell them or throw them out, but don’t keep them around.
Good news can be as much of a shock as bad news.
Enjoy your junk mail. You’d be surprised what a mood lifter it can be…It’s colorful and full of hyperbole. Lots of energy! Pushy! New ideas! Strangely energizing. Not to mention great collage material. Cut it up and rearrange it. See? You feel better already, don’t you?
Thinking of moving? Consider listening to the traffic reports for your preferred area. If you’re going to be living in the middle of a traffic jam every morning, you might as well be warned, right?