Gratitude Sunday: To Town And Back

Gratitude * Sunday

Quote of the Week – “Hell is other people.” Jean-Paul Sartre

Sunday Haiku
Cold sun shines without
warmth, chilling autumn into
crisp early winter.

Sunday Musings
The wind blew a winter chill into the Pacific Northwest this week. The sun is shining but it is merely a tease with little heat. After several years of summer-like weather well into October, I wonder if this indicates a hard winter after the mild summer we’ve just had.

Returning from a week visiting a friend who lives two hours away on the other side of the metro area, I bring home an upper respiratory infection. I forget how isolated I am. I live with two people, only one of whom works outside the house. I have only a few places I go, and then as rarely as I have to. The only place I go with regularity is the swimming pool and there is so much chlorine there I doubt few viruses survive. I try to shop as little as possible stocking up when I go out, same at the library. I religiously wash my hands and face after going out.

During this visit with a childhood friend (we’ve know each other 54 years!), we were out and about every day. Of course, because of the nature of living in a society, there were people everywhere we went. We went shopping in stores all over town, we were in pharmacies, restaurants, a dental office, grocery stores, clothing stores, junk stores, stuff stores, a bank, a candy store, a library, a car rental office, the bottle return store, Goodwill, and church. We had a visit from the cable guy who fixed several issues for her as well. I spent some time alone at the local farmers market and at the town’s museum which was the town’s original Carnegie library. I love my friend dearly; we had a lovely visit and we got many things done.

Unfortunately several issues weren’t addressed for her and remain for the next visit to resolve. I’m not the best traveler, and perhaps not the best guest; I get cranky and nervous easily when out of my routine. I’m also trying a new medicine which was sending me to the bathroom randomly. It’s no wonder I came home with a cold. I am experiencing eating issues as I age and since food is my medicine I’ve been thankful for salsa, garlic, horseradish, ginger, Chinese hot mustard, chicken soup, judicious medicinal applications of caffeine and Coca-cola, and water, water, water, water. I fail to believe the efficacy of all the “cold medicines” available on the commercial market; they have never worked for me and often make me feel worse.

So, short post today; I’m going back to bed. I’m fairly good at sleeping, napping, and just lying there to rest when the sleep won’t come while I’m sick, which is exactly what the body is telling one when one is sick: get some rest; repair yourself. The take away? Help other people when you can. And take care of yourself too.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Pretty pink in the mallow family. Green strawberry runners reaching out for next year’s berries. A neighbor’s personal pumpkin patch. Blue periwinkle, maybe, and lovely against its green leaves. The myriad subtle color changes of autumn, pinks, soft yellows, pale oranges on a green base, so lovely.

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019, not rated) from a Shirley Jackson story, two young women remain in the family home after a tragedy, and when a cousin arrives the dark family secret is revealed. Psychological thriller with minimal violence. * Binged Unbelievable (2019, rated TV-MA), a Netflix limited series. **Trigger warning – intense series about rape ** I realize have a high threshold for watching a certain amount of violence on TV from the comfort of my own home; I suspect it comes from surviving my own ordeals of violence out there in the real world. Toni Collette stars in this cop mystery about a teenage woman who is attacked in her own home and few people believe her. The victim is vindicated in the end because of the diligence of the female police detectives who find she was attacked by a serial rapist. * The Misfits (1961, not rated), a black and white classic starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Clift, stars many young people know nothing about these days. An unusual love story about people who don’t fit standard societal expectations with some difficult rodeo scenes and wild Mustang capture scenes that looks like animal abuse. The sound quality on the DVD I checked out was iffy, and no subtitles available.

Currently ReadingWhite is for Witching (2017, fiction) by Helen Oyeyemi. Once in a while I come across an author who writes something truly unique and remarkable. This novel came to me highly recommended and is a haunting experience: beautiful prose, a bit of the supernatural that seems to cross over into mental health issues, innovative paragraph and story construction that lends itself to a novel one only wants more of, and a house that becomes aware of itself and is part of the narration and pivotal to the story. A breath-taking ride, which may need to be re-read for full appreciation. * Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (2017, sleep science) by Matthew P. Walker. I have a feeling this may be a revelatory work. Walker began his scientific career studying dementia and went on to neuroscience. I’m only a couple chapters in, but when he revealed certain brain scans can tell what kind of dementia one has (there is a spectrum of dementias – who knew? Now I do), I was hooked. Then to learn melatonin does not help you sleep, it is merely a trigger to the system that says it is time to sleep, but does not activate the mechanisms of sleep so it is worthless as a sleep aid. Very excited to learn this information and looking forward to learning the effects of sleep on mental and physical health.

This week I have been grateful for:

  • Spending a week with my heart sister. Being able to help with a few issues while I was there.
  • Getting to try homemade pozole for the first time. So good!
  • Coming home to my own bed.
  • Knowing how to treat myself to get well quickly.
  • Having some editing work to come home to.
  • My sister receiving some easing news about a distressing diagnosis she’s had.
  • My sister providing me with a couple of rides when I needed them.
  • The son getting back to work. He feels so much better about himself when he’s working.
  • Lovely early autumn days.
  • The light, oh, the light of the four o’clock hour, golden through the slats of the blinds, marking time on my walls.
  • The exquisite feelings of physical pain which I experience, that let me know I am alive.
  • Not experiencing the profound mental pain of loneliness I see in others.
  • The vast array of fruits and veggies offered at my local farmers market, not all farmers markets being created equal. Some markets are heavy on the vendors who sell goods rather than fresh produce.
  • A box of fat sweet vanilla tasting figs.
  • Getting the last two boxes of Oregon Albion strawberries at my local farmers market this week.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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1 Response to Gratitude Sunday: To Town And Back

  1. piratesorka says:

    I am so sorry you had to leave with a crummy cold.That is never nice. I loved having you here even when you got bossy but you also saw how I could handle that too.. Charlie has me thinking about an alarm system that is inexpensive but good according to him. I might just look into it. That way I could also be at ease more about safety… we shall see. Ah well, I am off to work tomorrow. If I didn’t like extra cash I probably hang it up but it is good to be busy….so far!


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