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Subject:Love!
Time:04:48 pm
L'amour is the order of the day. If you have no sweetie, curl up with someone (or some furry one) that you love, and appreciate what you have.

I love my husband who gave me a beautiful Valentine's day card, which basically says, "Hey babe, after 23 years as mi amore, I still love you as much as I did." Well, coolness. But as nice as the Hallmark poem was, what touches me is the Armadillo he drew on the back, because we have this armadillo that is a love story...

Years ago, I painted a ceramic stuff armadillo (like the kind you might see in a children's nursery, only ceramic) for a friend of ours. This friend is an old college friend, and we buy him the most bizarre gifts we can. So I painted this armadillo purple and lavendar with white spots and fell in love with its cuteness. However, to Doc it must go for Christmas, so I sucked it up, and wrapped him. On the appointed night of gift giving, the armadillo went off with Doc.

Imagine my surprise Christmas morning when I woke up and unwrapped my armadillo. Bryon had recruited his mother to paint another armadillo, and they'd given that one to Doc by slipping it into my previously wrapped package. Good trick!

The armadillo became a symbol of how much we loved each other. He sits under the Christmas tree every Christmas, and he started making cards for us several Valentine's days back. Even if we buy a card, we put a 'dillo on the back, and a fitting epitaph, like "Dillo Cards--Because Dillos Care!"

I hope that you are feeling good, warm thoughts on Valentine's Day, and if you are alone, think about all the people you love and respect. Everyone has friends that they love.

Catherine
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Subject:Wishes
Time:01:28 pm
Make a wish. It might come true. It'd be nice, wouldn't it? So come on, make a wish.

Winged Tiger
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Subject:For Now
Time:09:12 am
Current Mood:thoughtfulthoughtful

In the very funny musical, Avenue Q, there's a song near the end called 'For Now.'  I have fallen in love with this song because of its message and it never fails to lift my spirits.  I've uploaded the song for you here and you can find the complete lyrics here.

What I love about this song is the dual spin they put on the impermanence of both happiness and unhappiness.  Everyone knows that good old phrase, "This, too, shall pass."  It's important to remember, when times are bad, that they won't stay that way forever.   This song adds the reminder that when times are good, they won't stay that way forever either...so you need to enjoy them while you can.  I see a lot of people who, when things are going well, waste all that valuable time fretting over the next bad thing that's headed their way.  And that's tragic.

  • "For now, we're healthy.  For now, we're employed.
  • For now, we're happy, if not overjoyed.
  • And we'll accept the things we cannot avoid
  • For now....but only for now."

I love that.  Look around and appreciate the good things in your life when you have them.  Realizing that these things are temporary helps you not take them for granted.  Then turn that same logic on the unavoidable bad things that come your way.  Bear them with the knowledge that they, too, are just fleeting parts of your life. 

Hope your day today has lots to enjoy!

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Subject:Weekend calling!
Time:04:10 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
On weekdays there are times when I wake up before my alarm goes off, so I lie around trying to spend more time doing nothing before it's time to get up and start the day. But on weekends, when there are no alarms, I get right up. I don't have to, of course, and I relish that fact, but for me the weekend is for doing things I don't get to do during the rest of the week and I want to get to do as many of them as possible.

On weekdays, it's work that gets me up in the mornings. On weekends, it's the chance to do something fun. Once I become conscious and realize that I am at home in my own bed on a Saturday morning, I start thinking about all the fun stuff there is to do out there and I find it hard to stay abed doing nothing.

The Internet beckons!
Reading beckons!
TV beckons!
Going out with friends beckons!
Having breakfast beckons!
The 550-piece jigsaw puzzle my family started last night beckons!

When life calls, I can't help but answer. In fact, I'm happy to answer, even though it means giving up an extra hour or so of sleep. (Later on, a nap might beckon, and I can always answer that call too ^_^)

Happy weekend!
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Subject:Healthy
Time:09:35 am
Celebrate your health today! I am! I'm finally feeling better after a nasty inner ear infection! Yeah, being well!

Catherine
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Subject:somethign I should be more appreciative of
Time:04:01 pm
Just ashort post because I realised something today which reminded me of the thread where we were invited to post somethign we took too much .
There's one thing I start to see far too much as 'normal' and sometimes even forget to thank people for. I've been blind since birth so wherever I go there will mostly be someone to help me find my way or describe things to me and so forth. I notice it during choir rehearsals and during our first performance, it happens where I work (in a factory type hall where I can't possibly find my way around on my own withotu stumbling over something or other). and there's my parents, and the guides/assistance on the block where I live, and my neighbour. And then there's anyone on lj whom I've asked to describe a funny pic or icon to me. I feel I'm not half thankful enough for that, because mostly I'm merel sede to someone handing me things or helping me out. So I'll resovle to sya thank you more often. :) This feels good already. *leans back i nchari enjoyign the last bits of sunrays for today*
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Subject:A quote to inspire us!
Time:08:50 am
Current Mood:busybusy
Just thought I'd leave this marvellous thought for us all today:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Subject:Kewel Rupert Sheldrake story for your perusal
Time:10:45 am
Current Mood:complacentcomplacent
http://www.alternet.org/story/31009/

Rupert Sheldrake is a maverick scientist who speaks out in favor of spirituality, alternative medicine and other topics neglected in mainstream science. I have a couple of his books - "A New Science of Life," "Natural Grace" and "The Physics of Angels" the latter two are dialogues with equally maverick theologian Matthew Fox.

Interesting article I think you all might like to read!
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Subject:Words of Wisdom from the Singing Astrologer
Time:01:42 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Rob Breszny, author of the "Free Will Astrology" column, also known as the Singing Astrologer, has these words of wisdom I thought I'd share:

Evil is boring. Cynicism is idiotic. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. The number-one trait of happy people is a serious determination to be happy.

I enjoyed the article I found this in so much I want to go through it and post some more of Breszny's advice. It was very uplifting to read.
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Subject:For Granted...
Time:11:18 am
Take a moment and think about something small, something you take for granted. And now, openly appreciate it.

In my case, I have an ear infection, and my ability to balance is affected in minor, aggravated ways. When I change levels or try to focus, I get dizzy. I REALLY appreciate the ability to balance and move around with grace. I'm surprised at how much I never think about it. Now, I think about it all the time. :)

What about you? Something that's there, and you don't usually think about?

Catherine
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