Monday, May 30, 2011
Snake Magnets and DNR Regs For Each State
I've often talked about my irritability at news stories that dump upon us crime reports, disasters and mayhem. Does knowing about an Atlanta apartment building fire increase my knowledge of current events? Best to just skim the items on the Internet, not have to watch the bystander's ignorant reaction shots, and read what I wanna read.
This 74 year old weightlifter, this beautiful 74 year old woman had me gaping in admiration and amazement. I feel like such a slacker in comparison.
Or how about Six Ways to Help Solve Poverty? Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar always has a meaty personal finance post from which I learn, Mondays always bring real life minimalist stories, today it was about a minimalist teenager.
I wanna be inspired, not beaten in the head about today's ugliness. I certainly don't want CNN blaring in my background, if I'm gonna listen to problems, then give me some solutions. I'll admit to listening to Dr. Joy Browne podcasts, on the AM radio I like Dr. Laura or Clark Howard. Teach me something y'all. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I will never know, there's just not enough time.
After being acclimated to my church's AC, walking out into the bright sunshine at noon, the heat hit me upside my head yet I soldiered on, soaking wet with sweat, guzzling our sweet well water. Working all afternoon, nearly giving myself a heat stroke in the process, I did get a lot done, crawling inside exhausted, thinking if I did have an exercise regime, I'd get stronger, and at almost 57 years old, shouldn't that be my goal? Yeah I think so.
Best hunt me up some motivation.
We came back from the beach flat broke, no money coming in until the first of the month. "Charge it," Allen suggested, when I told him we needed to wait until the first to buy groceries.
"Nope, we have food in the pantry and in the freezers," I responded.
"But it's not what I like best," he wailed.
However Grandma went to Wal-Mart for her prescription, picking up gallons of milk and blocks of cheese, so technically we didn't scrounge as I'd hoped.
Our huge drama of last week has quieted down immensely, not without a ton of phone calls for a resolution, my daughter's health issue continues to improve each day, I listened in Sunday School to prayer requests, and all that the other women are working through, knowing I don't have any more pressing family issues than others do, if anything I feel blessed with good health and a decent month of May.
More than decent, I had one of my best months in a very long time.
Sarah'd passed on two books to me. One of grief, The Year of Magical Thinking, that also has helped me understand what grandma's enduring right now after losing her mate of nearly 60 years. The other book is Barbara Kingsolver's Small Wonder essays.
Why do I post what I read? Folks email me for book titles for one thing, the other thing is that what I read has greatly influenced who I am today. I love to see books mentioned on other blogs. For Pete's Sake, I was a media specialist for 25 years, books are truly a great love of mine.
Are we snake magnets? At the beach, in the tropical vegetation, Sabrina'd reached down to pick up a necklace she thought she'd found discarded in the sea oats, only to watch in shock as it quickly moved away from her.
If I can only teach them anything, might I not want it to be DNR regulations?