A Couple Of Notes

A lot of special or important stuff is going on these days such as the March For Our Lives, Earth Hour and various religious holidays, as well as somewhat more ordinary stuff like unexpected weather, ancient but important bridges that need repair, rather shocking criminal activity and political stuff at the highest of world levels.  It seems like the things that should get special attention are the likes of Earth Hour and outer space.

This is no place to be discussing what things are the most important things in life as to a great extent that’s an individual matter.  If a specific generalized topic were to be picked, it would likely be Earth Hour as if there’s no Earth there’s not really anything else known that’s related to human life.  “Saving” the Earth is a top priority at least until some (far) distant time if/when there’s human colonization of other planets or the like.

It’s been noted that a number of new followers have picked up these little messages and the other bunch as well.  It’s of course hoped that anyone even passing by gets something out of what is said at any time, but the thought came that perhaps some of the stuff buried in long past commentary, especially on these pages, might be worth some repeating for the benefit of newcomers who don’t have time to read very far back.

What all might be included in a hunt for what might be useful information hasn’t been thought out.  The moving hints of early last year is what came to mind, but there is also Aviation Trail stuff that might be worthwhile even though ATI does have a category.  It may not happen at all, depending on current life and times, but it seemed polite to mention things seemingly of special value might be re-hashed a little for newcomers.

Some things never get old.  🙂

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Winter Goes, Spring Begins

The “season” of Spring officially starts tomorrow in the northern hemisphere, which is often called “the northlands” in these pages.  In a sense “northlands” is a good word for certain things, for example, snow.  One can certainly be in the northern hemisphere and be somewhere there’s no snow.  The word “northlands” tends to convey a notion of areas closer to the north pole.

So, it’s officially Spring in the northlands tomorrow.  In the area underfoot there have already been warm days followed later by freezing temperatures and some snow.  There are little bitsy sprouty types of things all over the tree limbs and so forth.  The insect world is surely disturbed already.  And, presently many people have adjusted somewhat to the “spring time change.”

One fact of life in this time of “greeting spring” is that some people actually like winter.  They do not necessarily want it forever or deadly for that matter.  And, of course, there needs to be a warm place to be much of the time, especially after enjoying some play in the snow or on ice.  There’s no way to deny a layer of snow on dirty anything at least for a time makes it look better.

Spring is comfortable, hopeful, enlivening and so forth, but after it there comes summer.  Indeed, three-fourths of the year isn’t hopeful, enlivening and so forth or even necessarily comfortable.  If people are to be realistic, it’s not good to be too carried away with the arrival of Spring, even if it means no further need of lugging firewood into the house for at least the next six months or so.

Perspective can change things.  🙂

Just Some Musing

It’s Daylight Saving Time again!  It’s still Lent, but getting closer to that very serious time called Holy Week.  It’s the week for the Ides of March and St. Patrick.  It may rain or snow a bit farther north.  There may also be a few early flowers around.  People may be disorganized, maybe for the entire week.  Baseball is on the minds of fans.  And, it’s birthday week at the spot underfoot.

It may be nearly three more weeks of Lent, but the Happy Easter bunny, artistic eggs, etc., are already displayed around the old folks’ home underfoot.  So much for the mood of Holy Week.  It may be birthday upcoming at the desk at hand, but the community party for all in March was more than a week ago instead of mid-March — all of three or four people and no cake was delivered.

Daylight Saving Time is now in play, which is a different inconvenience for anyone who didn’t do the switch to Standard Time personally.  With Standard Time in the outside world, if one doesn’t switch, people who are ordinarily late for everything are at least on time if not early.  Being late is not good for one’s reputation.  It’s also a way to miss a lot of goodies grabbed by the early folks.

The Ides of March is Thursday, and there’s no way to know at this time what the bad thing that might happen might be.  St. Patrick’s day, however, is Saturday, and since it’s all right to have a big party on Sundays, the only thing people need to do is piddle around until midnight.  As for a few early flowers, well, they’re pretty new life and very enlivening but they also encourage bugs.

Soon enough days and years pass.  🙂

Upcoming: St. Patrick’s Day

The commercial event of the month is St. Patrick’s day. There has to be at least one commercial event every month (two is better).  How the commercial event of March was established as St. Patrick’s day has got to be a minor mystery of the times.  There are a lot of Irish in the United States, but it’s hardly near a majority.  Not even the total Roman Catholic population is enough to make a saint’s day important.

While it’s true the Irish carry considerable reputation in general, can be at least partly identified by things like surnames and make much of being Irish, it’s a little inappropriate to put said day nearly in the same class as Thanksgiving (which is a shade ethnic).  It’s also true the Spanish, Italians and Germans have a handicap in the fact that at some time in American history their “mother” nations were enemies.

Some may debate the truths about St. Patrick.  To perhaps the same extent some might argue the validity of the March warning of the “Ides of March,” which is sometimes noted by people on an individual basis.  However, there’s hardly the same amount of to-do about the Ides of March as there is about St. Patrick.  One might think a time to be wary of things should be of greater concern than a “party time.”

With all due respect to a noble patron saint (every nation probably has one, including the United States, where it isn’t St. Patrick), that piece of Irish business should really be left to Ireland and family and/or appropriate organizations.  It’s reasonable to wonder why those of Irish descent (as in the U.S.) do not actively protest the crass commercialism.  It may be Lent with need for relief, but use something else.

Thoughts can be thought-provoking.  🙂

Move In, Move Out — Old Folks’ Home

Moving at the old folks’ home is likely a different matter than in the rest of the world out there.  To begin with, a first move in is likely to mean a reduced level of possessions, which is on the assumption that it’s from a house to a “senior retirement community” apartment building.  Only the contents of a house that will fit into the apartment are saved and moved.  Five, six or maybe eight rooms down to two if lucky amounts to a lot of reduction.

Once in, things may not work out as planned or hoped.  That leads to finding a new place and another move, but there is probably not as much of a problem with quantity as the first time.  A move from one apartment to another may very well come down to finding someone with a pick-up truck or some equivalent and a couple of people able to carry a mattress or a fairly large table.  Things like refrigerators are usually management supplied.

Move in can be anytime, but move out is often near the beginning of a month.  In a place of many apartments there may be a steady stream of activity Saturdays and Sundays about when the calendar page changes that’s a matter of hauling furniture to some vehicle, and it’s not usually a moving van, although at rare times even those are seen especially if it’s a move in case.  People who live there must wait for stuff to be hauled out of the way.

Both the move in and the move out can be for a number of reasons that are sometimes announced in some way although they really have no bearing on anyone else.  And, the thing is the whole business can disrupt other people’s coming and going.  The pick up truck out front is going to take up the space for a couple of hours while it’s loaded or unloaded, often by inexperienced hands.  Elevators don’t have space if there’s furniture being hauled.

Everyday life is different amid the elderly.  🙂

‘Tis Lent In The Christian World

The Christian world still exists, but not quite with the impact of not that long ago.  Today the food industry inland can be expected to have more fish and maybe less candy.  Some people may not be around as much if they plan to go to religious services designed for the religious period.  That may or may not be said as a way to explain an absence from something.  And, at least some time the weather will suitably provide for the gloomy spirit of the time.

Apparently there is “outside of religion” evidence (for lack of better wording) that there was “a man in time” (as has been said) called, at least in English in modern times, Jesus of Nazareth.  Calendar years are somewhat confused, a few years off, but it seems there was some kind of unrest noted in historic records at the time and place of the origin of the belief system.  If there was “unrest,” it had to be a group of people, not just one man carrying on.

Setting aside the debates about whether or not there was a Jesus, is a God and was Jesus God or the Son of God, the moral system of Christianity isn’t too bad despite the variations.  While the societies created as a result of it are far from perfect, they did generate and allow space and opportunity for ideas and inventions that have greatly enhanced human and other life, which is not saying non-Christians haven’t also come up with things.

Much of the basis of modern Christianity is the analysis done by a (St.) Thomas Aquinas, who explored other systems for understanding.  It’s not out of the question to look at other belief systems for ideas.  Much of the world this past week was into activities for the “Chinese New Year.”  So, it is now “The Year of the Dog.”  Dogs are wolves, so perhaps by extension it’s also the year of the wolf.  How it pans out, of course, is yet to be seen by all people.

Belated Happy Chinese New Year!  🙂

Old Folks’ Home Medical Matters

Trip and skin a knee or touch a hot pan wrong and, after a moment of painful shock, it’s usually realized things can be back to normal soon, especially given some medicating to help healing.  There may be a scar left, but soon enough life goes on as before.  Pick up a “bug” somewhere, figure out there is or must be one and maybe head for a doctor’s office for a prescription to help overwhelm it.  Such things are usually medically easily surmountable.

Young and old alike can also meet only partly surmountable medical situations, such as being seriously injured in an automobile accident.  And, of course, there are such things as birth defects.  For such, everyday living may have to be adjusted to approximate the norm — even using false teeth or eye glasses are only a try at approximating the norm.  Approximations can help life go on, but they aren’t likely to make living anywhere near the norm.

Lastly there are “conditions” that are rather exclusive, like the old age deterioration of a being, human and other.  Things and people wear out.  Some patching can often be done, but what’s worn out is never going to be new again and it’s only a matter of time before it’s all gone.  That’s the people in the old folks’ home, and the unique medical concerns that go with it.  People expect to die, if not there exactly, in hospitals, nursing homes, etc.

Medical “events,” such as blood pressure checks and lectures about helpful equipment for sale, are common in “elderly” places.  Death does happen; the people are more likely to die there than under ordinary circumstances.  It’s not as common as some places, but it is a part of life at such places more so than in the world beyond them. Medical conditions that will end in death are more likely to be a part of the everyday living and needs.

Tomorrow doesn’t come for everyone.  😦