Personal Stuff To Interrupt Publications

This past Saturday morning it took more than two hours as well as four (menthol) cigarettes and some coffee to come to a point where breathing was close to normal.  While it is not that rare for it to take a while, that morning was different.  It’s the first time the inhalator contraption was deemed essential.  That is a little gizmo that gets a capsule with some kind of stuff in it that is breathed in to relax the air passages and it does work, but of course it only lasts a while.  The patient has been told “once a day” although in the hospital it was two or three times a day, so probably more than once would be okay. 

The point there is that it was “deemed essential.”  Until then it was considered prescribed and “helpful” but not a necessity as it wasn’t used daily although that’s what it says on the directions.  New concerns (like those bedbugs mentioned a couple of weeks ago) have surfaced.  Such can be very upsetting and make things worse.  In addition, in the past week the office equipment at hand has shown some signs that it is likely to fall apart in the near future.  Repair’s reportedly not cheap; replacement isn’t, either. And, there have been changes in services that haven’t had all of the kinks ironed out. 

The long and short of all this is that there may problems with getting a weekly message posted, especially if there is more deterioration in the medical area.  Therefore, it seemed reasonable to post the fact that there may be some simply “off sick” comments.  One possibility also is just posting on one of the blogs at times.  There are actually five weblogs, but only two, this and Old Peasant’s (see a link in the right column), are kept active.  There may be a time when they will be alternated, i.e., one week it is one and the next week it is the other that is done.  They are different, but they have been “united” in the past. 

They say nothing in life is static.Storm cloud

 

Northern Winter Solstice 2011–A

The day, of course, is a time in a year when the earth shifts on its axis and the daylight increases fractionally more and more each day.  At present it is happening in northern hemisphere areas. Humans and quite possibly other animals surely noticed it in very ancient times.  Humans may have started keeping track in their earliest activities. And, if aware of the importance of light in life, all the creatures were no doubt happy about it happening.  Quite properly it would be a time for celebration, a time for a festival of the light, festival for the return of the light or maybe just a festival in honor of the light. Cold may be a part of the picture, but that would be true even with no increase in light. 

There are many, many “festival of light” celebrations, some most ancient, some brand new.  The names may vary slightly.  The light or lights celebrated are different.  They’re at different times and in different places. Although it seems there’s no real connection to the Winter Solstice, possibly the Jewish “Festival of the Lights” is more scattered in different places around the globe at the right time of the year to be coincident. Maybe a Jewish high priest in the mists of time thought the time is both noteworthy in itself and a time to celebrate a purely Jewish commemoration.  And, maybe later Christian high priests did think along the same lines creating another extension of the idea. 

The Winter Solstice is the basis of much celebration all over the earth, and too often it is among people who have never been made aware of that foundation. There can’t be a discrepancy between faith and existence (reality, accurate reasoning, etc.); so, there is no reason to not incorporate that “solstice stuff” in teachings about Christmas. It’s a part of the picture.  Commentary here isn’t going to change much, but at least it’s here for whatever good it does.  Part of the earth for two weeks or so is in the beginnings of a new year by the sun, the calendar and faith. The title here carries an “A” as there is a more personal entry in …Old Peasant’s Blog (that’s “B”). 

May there be a brighter future for all. 

Christmas Message: Get To Work!

There is no question yours truly has been a little more “under the weather,” as they say, so that not even one entry herein was written for some days.  It’s not that Christmas has taken so much extra time or the like.  A few greetings were sent, period.  Someone was sent to the bank – even that took less time than it might have taken. The equipment was out for a while, but not a really long time. Trips to the outside world weren’t a thing like fifteen minutes of cigarette time.  They were more like two minutes at the most to get a good idea of exactly how cold it was out there.  It is just a case of not feeling well. 

If one looks for “signs” in life, there was (?) a message today. There is a carrier for the newspaper that brings papers for building residents at about 6:00 a.m.  Today extra copies were left.  Well, carriers can ask for extras or the circulation people can make mistakes so carriers have extras. One good use for extras is street corner sales; but, it’s a bit cold outside so they became “complimentary” copies left on the counter – three still there at noon yet, and offered to people around by a neighbor.  There was no interest; that the paper was suggested at all can only be a “message.” 

So, what’s the message? Christmas Day edition or not, daily papers are a daily log of current events for an area, town-sized versions of a diary.  And, the lady encouraged the taking of one; they’re a good thing to have (she thinks).  One either turns it down or politely takes one.  There are likely several  “messages” in the business, but the most obvious, with a newspaper on the lap, is “There is this daily diary for consideration.”  It doesn’t take much to change that to “there is a diary to be considered.”  Even if one is more under the weather than usual, one can give it a try, with an appreciative eye to those that read it. 

Holidays end. 

Dear People….

Yes, dear friends, acquaintances and passers-by, no commentary was posted yesterday, December 1, 2010, for today, December 2, 2010, on either weblog.  It is definitely not due to lack of intent, interest or material (there’s bound to be something around for a few words).  Probably due partly to the holiday, the usual state of emergency intensified enough on Monday and Tuesday and was added to yesterday (Wednesday) so that by evening yesterday – something like 8:00 p.m. – yours truly couldn’t function any longer.  There was about ten hours of sleep that was a bodily demand.   

Today (Thursday in the evening – since most people looking in will be picking it up Friday or later, all these days have to be listed) it has been better in that there was breathing space.  The big deal is in regard to bed bugs.  Since they are prevalent in the Cincinnati area and since things are different in different states, there has been an attempt to gather pertinent information in one good, community place for any who might need it.  There is/was a place for any local messages that had space where it could be put.  It seemed ideal as people all around could look there. 

Well, said place is going into a “subscribers only” mode, which can’t be done by anyone in the apartment underfoot.  The material and other stuff had to be pulled out and put somewhere (temporarily). That, of course, was just a part of the situation.  Indeed, several weeks of commentary was never properly edited  – sixteen entries were checked over for any needed corrections today. If there was something that sounded funny, well, maybe at least this past week now sounds a little better.  And, there’s more than that left to do.  Where to put the bed bug stuff is a real problem. 

Persistence can pay off.    

Time Frames

Time and date are a recurring concern with these humble entries.  One cannot do an accurate relating of current life and times unless it’s done after an event.  A day’s message should be done in the late evening – timed for somewhere near 11:00 p.m.  Editorializing or musings can be done anytime.  “Studies” need to be done fairly close to a happening, but time-wise they do not have to be exact.  Day to day events, however, have little value if they aren’t current.  The undated needs a day.  In some cases what day something happened can be a forgotten thing even a week after the fact. 

Something published at 11:00 p.m. most likely won’t be read until the next day by most people, some late souls to the west excepted (if there are any).  Given a date on an entry (under the title herein), references like “yesterday” shouldn’t be a problem.  Unfortunately, yours truly is not so technically minded that how to do a lot of bits of tinkering with the works is understood.  (Using a cell phone is not well understood, either.)  Then things happen that don’t make a lot of sense to anyone going by just what is there; the wording gets confused over yesterday, today and tomorrow.  .   

Yesterday (Labor Day, Monday) was not too good of a day from the beginning.  The messages were done early. Thinking to try one more time to grab some rest late in the evening, there was a case of sound asleep until midnight.  Since then the entries could not be published until after midnight, the wording was changed a little to jive with today’s date.  There had been some messing and the date that went up was yesterday’s, so words were off.  It’s fixed now.  It’s hoped people understand anyway.  Sometimes it may take a little figuring out, but most of the time it’s okay. 

Sometimes nothing works. 

What Might Have Been….

The title above is a new category.  One does not have to have lived very long to have run into situations where one can pause and look at things saying “What if….’ in one way or another. While details can be elusive and wrongly judged, one can still project some notion of life had a different action been taken, had some other path been followed or had circumstances gone another way.  Most people do what seems to be best or what they feel they can handle whenever it comes to choices, but rarely is it a certainty.  Choices are made on different bases, such as estimates and just hopes. 

Most often the pivotal point is very small and sometimes it is quite ancient, as in, what if great-grandfather had not gone to pay what he owed on a mortgage right when he did?  Had he gone an hour earlier, he would not have seen his cousin getting the worst part of a fight.  He would not have gotten into the fight and gotten mortally injured.  Would yours truly be here at all?  Maybe it’s yes, if things are fated.  At times it seems that at least some things are fated.  It could also be no.  Indeed, if things aren’t fated, it would quite likely be no if maternal family history has any truth in it at all.  

Both of the current weblogs have been given the category, a point mentioned so there’s no confusion.  The content of the weblogs are meant to be different (one has more text space in it), and several times there has been indecision about which one to use as the post could fit either place in different ways.  It’s been decided in a few cases essentially the same thing (with a few additional words in the weblog with more space) might be posted both places. This is one. The note is for those who read both blogs.  There’s “coding” in the categories (Version One and Version Two) to show duplicating.  

Folks who stop by are always appreciated.