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  2. Ted

    Monday June 14th 2021

    Good Evening. . . I'm confused. . . I thought I posted on today's "Daily Diary" thread already. It's a peaceful night. Just took the Puppy out for her 9:00-ish night-time potty. Still have the 11:00-ish PM and 2:00-ish AM potty times to do. Amy is bed, hopefully getting the sleep that she deserves. It was a good day, today, which included going to the Vets. The Vet said that she's a healthy and happy pup! (Always good to hear.) She got more scheduled vaccines, of course. The day also held more training-time and play-time. At one point, while the pup was taking one of her naps, Amy and I scampered out and treated ourselves to an ice cream cone. Yummy! LOL! Tomorrow. . . It's more of the same, of course. I'll doing the bulk of the training-time and play-time during the day while Amy takes some time out. Then, at 6:15 PM, we'll be taking the pup to her 1st pre-kindergarten class. THIS will be interesting! Hope all get a good night's sleep! Ted
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  4. Rose_Queen

    Are You Working In The Field You Always Wanted

    Dad? Is that you?
  5. Tweety

    Monday June 14th 2021

    Good morning! Joe, I hope getting up early does not affect you much. Amo, so glad you got your computer fixed. We were worried about you. Hi Dave! Nice to see you on the blue side. I have some journals I did in the early 80's. My current journals are sporadic with some days just a weight or a blood pressure entered. Funny how different they are in my 60's than to my 20's. LOL J22, I don't have HBOMax to stream it, but do want to see In The Heights. I saw a stage production here and liked it. The music in this version is a bit more modern and hip hop ish which isn't my favorite genre. Ted, sounds like life is all about the puppy, as you predicted. Makes me glad I have grown dogs and a doggie door. Hope you had a good shift. Florida has gone to weekly reporting, rather than daily reporting of covid cases. We had 12,000 las week. Sounds worse when you put it that way. We were rated 4th worst for covid mitigation efforts. Not surprising. My hospital system is down to a low of only 60 hospitalized covid patients. A number we haven't seen in a long time. Wish everyone would just get vaccinated. The governor does not seem to be promoted the vaccine at all. I had a decent weekend at work. The patients I had while 6:1 ratio weren't too busy or demanding but I still got out late both nights. Slept extremely late this morning for me 9:45. I was shocked. I got up to feed the dogs and we went back to sleep for over 3 more hours. I guess I needed it. Processing some stuff I'll keep to myself that has me depressed and anxious, but I'm grown enough to handle and keep in perspective. Hope everyone has a great day.
  6. Joe NightingMale

    Monday June 14th 2021

    Must have been long ago Davey, I can't even remember that Hi NJ22 Glad that you're back Amo Ted the performances and the services can be found on Facebook under All Saints Episcopal Church Western Springs Yesterday was fairly quiet, was up early enough to finish cooking. Had our final bell choir performance at church, as well as a baptism and our first in person coffee hour, held outside Met with the cat sitter and went out for a bike ride, though it was pretty hot. Woke up an hour early, read a bit, went back to bed but didnt' sleep so I got up early. Perhaps it was the bike ride, sometimes bike rides in hot weather get my body so warm I have a hard time sleeping. Though I dont' feel tired this morning Hoping work will continue to not be too bad. Weather will be a bit cooler today, in the lower 80s. Will be in the upper 70s the next 2 days
  7. amoLucia

    What do you INTENSELY DISLIKE?

    This happens to my slippy-anti skid socks that I wear every night. They seem to rub off under my topical blankets on my elec recliner. Drives me knutz!!!
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  9. BCgradnurse

    Saturday June 12, 2021

    Hiya, friends- I worked this morning for 4 hours, then met DD, her SO, and his mother at a cute restaurant in Providence, RI. It was nice to see them all and we had a good time. When I got home DS had made a guest appearance and was mowing my lawn. His GF had a bridal shower in the area, so he drove down with her, had lunch with some friends, and then stopped over the house for a while. It's not often I get to see both my kids in 1 day. I did some weeding and then treated myself to some take out ramen for dinner. Fiance and his DD made a day trip to NJ to see his great aunt, who is 96. They left at 6 this AM and will be back by midnight. That's too much driving for me for one day. Tomorrow I might go to the beach with BFF, if she's feeling up to it. She still has not heard from her PCP, despite leaving several messages, which I think is just horrible. Her CT and MRI results were posted on the patient portal, so her PCP can't say they weren't available. I'm not crazy about results automatically being posted on patient portals. I would rather have the provider review them first and then release them. I think it can cause a whole lot of stress, especially for someone non-medical who may not understand the results. Tweety-glad you got your vacation time approved. As far as your co-worker is concerned, you snooze, you lose. Joe-Glad you slept well. Sorry J wasn't feeling well. Dianah-I hope you have a wonderful time on your vacation! J22-you did a lot today! Ted-I'm glad Sedona's training is coming along. I hope work is good to you. Stars-Glad you're indoors where it's cool. Hey Davey! I'm concerned about Amo, too. I hope she's okay.
  10. GrumpyRN

    Game of Groans

    You are always welcome Davey. Your cartoons and wit are much appreciated. Haste ye back.
  11. dianah

    Saturday June 12, 2021

    Good morning! The cat sitters will come by tomorrow morning instead of today. We will attend Zoom Sabbath School in the morning, then who knows what we'll do after lunch?? (maybe nap, for my part!!) Will probably make a list of must-haves that I forgot to get yesterday (on the fly), and go to the grocery store one more time before we leave. There is a grocery store -- a large one -- about 20 min from the campground, will likely make one run there during the vacation, for things we are running low on. lol, just thinking aloud here! Tweety, good you got your time off request in! I feel *a little* guilty taking this two weeks off, however it was approved back in Feb, and since then two nurses retired at the end of May. Who'd'a thunk??? I will enjoy the time off and hit the duties when I return. Joe, good you slept well! Such a good feeling, to wake up refreshed. Have fun birdwatching! Have a good day, y'all!
  12. Good morning! After spending some time organization a trip. As I was out and about I stopped into work and used the computer to schedule my time off in September. A coworker mentioned she was looking at September to take off herself. Sorry honey but while you were deciding I took September. We're so poorly staffed only one person at a time, especially charge nurses get time off at a time. I suppose I could change my time if she insists but she early bird gets the worm. Usually I schedule my time sometimes a year in advance and I don't take spontaneous vacations usually. She thinks she might also go in August but hasn't made up her mind. My mind is made up and time in and the manager said okay. So there's that. Noticed they had 6:1 ratios yesterday and probably will again today. Working today and tomorrow as it's my weekend. Hope everyone has a great day.
  13. nursej22

    Friday June 11, 2021

    Psst, Stars, you out there? (tee, hee) My sleep/wake schedule is all a fuddle. I woke up at 4 am today, finally just got up, had breakfast, and watched part of a documentary about the opiate crisis. I went for a 3 mile run at 6, then showered and came to work. Ooh, Tweety, that sounds like fun. We camped (lol) at the Grand Canyon one year in September and it was lovely. Time to sit and watch a 2 hour online conference. Snore.
  14. Ted

    Friday June 11, 2021

    Tweety - Wow! That sounds like a great trip that you planned!! Looking forward to seeing all of the pictures that (I hope) you share! πŸ™‚ Just a quick but warm "Hello". . . Recently up from First Sleep. Got up, walked the puppy, ate lunch (burp!), and now typing here. After typing here, gonna do Second Sleep. Work was relatively "Q" last evening. Got home around 12:30 AM, took the dog out, went to bed, woke up around 3:30AM and took the dog out again, then went back to bed and slept a little bit more. At around 5:30 AM, Amy woke up and took care of the dog during that time. I joined Amy and the puppy around 7:00 AM, and together we went for a walk down our road. When we return, puppy went back to sleep and I went up to the studio and did about 1 hour's editing of the dance recital video. By around 8:45 AM, I went back to bed, again, and finally had some solid sleep until 12:15 PM. At that time, I woke up, joined Amy and the Puppy and went for another walk, when back to the house I fed the dog who ate up her lunch while I ate my lunch. And now?!? Here I am. . . typing. πŸ˜› Now I'm going back to bed. Again. Peace. πŸ™‚ Ted
  15. Tweety

    Friday June 11, 2021

    Okay, decision made. Using the same travel agent I've used for all my trips, I booked an all-inclusive in September (but for some meals and transfers) trip starting at Vegas, going to the Grand Canyon and other areas to include...................Sedona!
  16. Good morning! Joe, glad that work continues to be good. Sorry about the heart burn. I get plagued with that from time to time myself. Ted, two extra shifts in a week is a lot. Hope they go well. Stars, I hear you about not having kids. It was a good decision for me as well for a variety of reasons, one of which gay guys didn't have the options 40 years ago that they have now, the other of which I might have passed down abuse and other dysfunction. The only thing will be not having adult children to advocate for me in my extreme old age, but hopefully my niece will be around and I will be comfortable from a financial and physical point. But the chips will fall where they may. J22, we're switching to EPIC soon, which is what our "not so new" owners switched to earlier this year. I'm not looking forward to what will surely be a confusing time, but my generation (boomer/gen X) seems to do well with this kind of stuff since it's been a defining theme of our generation (we started with no cell phones or computers and we invented this stuff) which kind of made me scratch my head when the coworker we just had couldn't quite get it together and blamed the computer system. I had my roof and house cleaned yesterday and they did a good job. I'll leave a good review on Google, since that's important these days and I tipped $100. Easy come, easy go. Work was busy as usual and didn't get out on time but not too bad. Had to do an incident report on a fall which slowed me down. Off today. Nothing much on the agenda. Hope everyone has a good day.
  17. nursej22

    Thursday June 10, 2021

    I think puppy class is a great idea. When eldest ds got their energetic puppy ( German Wirehaired Pointer) , they took her to a doggy daycare where she could run and play safely to get out some of her energy. And ds's fiancΓ© spent a lot of time with a trainer. Just an idea. Tweety, I surely don't think I could keep up on a med/surg floor, and to have to learn a new computer system would be daunting. I guess we may actually start to use EPIC and finally go away from our cumbersome paper charts. I think though, that the crazy one will struggle. Joe, I've been having mixed success with managing heart burn at night. But that sure can wreck sleep. I hope it calms down for you. BC, I hope your BFF gets a diagnosis soon so she can start appropriate treatment. Good day, all
  18. Ted

    Thursday June 10, 2021

    Good Morning - Tweety - Sad to read about your work situation. I've experienced that RN orientee drop out, for whatever reason, and it's both frustrating and disheartening. I hope work is kinder for you today. Joe - Nice to read that work is going well for you. I was having problems signing on to the "Blue Side" of allnurses, yesterday. Don't know the cause. Happily, I was able to sign on and post here today. Interestingly, I'm experiencing problems signing on to the "Yellow Side". Oh well. Such is life on the internet. In the meanwhile, I hope your day is kind to you today. Amy and I are experiencing a certain degree of puppy exhaustion. Lately, it's been tough continuing on with that kind and gentle demeanor to the puppy as it acts like a crazed she-devil. I have a loud voice that projects when needed. Unfortunately, I've said a sharp "No!" in that loud voice a few times. The puppy has picked up on it, and shouts back with a similar intensity when seeking attention. It's both kind of funny and alarming at the same time! LOL! But every puppy book and video says to keep that calm, positive attitude when puppy-training. (Yea, RIGHT!!) We're both in love with our puppy. But she can be very frustrating sometimes. Thank goodness for those puppy-training classes that we're scheduled to take. Today starts the first of four work-days for me. Two of them are extra hours which I volunteered to do as Shift Director. I wish I didn't agree to take up working those extra shifts. Amy's taken some time off from her work, which has been helpful. But she's picking up work hours (she works Per Diem) starting next week. So, working out a puppy-schedule while we both work has become a challenge for us. I realize that as I type that last sentence, we're experiencing what millions of couples experience as they plan their work & parenting schedule. LOL! All I can say is that raising a Puppy, which, in human years, is now considered a "young toddler", is brand new to us. LOL! (Yikes!!) Hope all have a nice day today. Peace! πŸ™‚ Ted
  19. Good morning! BC, best wishes to your good friend. Work was busy. Started 5:1 and got 6:1 and discharged one. Stayed until 8:15. Yet another nurse quit in the middle of orientation because it was just "too much". She's an older nurse and blamed the computer, but I also think she had a lazy streak and didn't want to push herself to work and handle things. She comes from a nursing home. The RN role is more desk work and supervision here in Florida where LPNs and CNA's run the nursing homes. Oh well. Too bad there's a shortage and they can do a better job selecting people. If they have one application for 10 positions, they'll take their chances on that one. Hope everyone has a great day.
  20. BCgradnurse

    Wednesday June 9, 2021

    Afternoon- It's day 5 of 90 degree+ temps. My asthma patients are having a tough time. It should get considerably cooler tonight and through the weekend. My garden veggies are loving the hot days. Everything is growing like crazy. My BFF is still undergoing diagnostic procedures. Her mammogram was clear. She had an MRI this AM. I keep hoping it's some weird manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause the elevated D-dimer and lesions on the spine, but I know it's unlikely. Our Covid numbers have dropped dramatically, with several days of under 100 cases. Our vaccination rates are high. Gee, do you think that might have something to do with it (rolls eyes sarcastically)? Tweety-A Grand Canyon vacation could be fun. I would like the hiking, but I'm not a huge fan of camping. I have always thought that vacation should be nicer than my real life, lol. Joe-Glad the headache has resolved and the sleep is improving. Ted-Puppy school is a good idea. I love to watch the classes when I go to my local Petco. Back to work. Take care, all.
  21. Ted

    Wednesday June 9, 2021

    Good Morning - Tweety - A Grand Canyon vacation seems nice. It would seem that November would be a more cool time of year for that area. In addition to, or in place of, a Grand Canyon vacation, consider the Sedona area in Arizona. (Yes. We named our "she-devil" puppy after that area, and for good reason.) The whole Sedona area holds stunning views, with LOTS of different hiking choices. It's also warmer in that area during November, but not too hot, which you might appreciate. Hope work is kind to you today. Joe - Glad you got a better night's sleep. Seems like you have a nice day planned for yourself today. Recently woke up. Did the nightly "potty-time" for the puppy. I had my "smart watch" alarm set to buzz and wake me up at specific times. It works. It woke me up from a sound sleep both times. (Ugh!) Tonight is my last night off from work, so I'm going to spend it wisely training, and playing with, the puppy, and let Amy have some "me time". She'll be caring for the "she-devil" for most of the time during the next four work days. Actually, Sedona seems to be nipping less, and spending "quieter" times with her chew toys. She still has LOTS of energy, and it's up to us to ensure that she works out all of that energy (during training and play times). Yesterday early evening, Amy and I went to our first puppy-training "Pre-Kindergarten" class. The first class was for "parents" only, without the puppies. It's gonna be a real important investment in time, training, and money. It already taught us how to be good puppy parents. It's an every Tuesday class for seven weeks. After she "graduates", we plan on keeping her in the other courses which are provided. The weather is supposed to be yucky outside. . . more rain with possible thunder storms (again!). The grass needs mowing. Some parts of our lawn, especially the part down our driveway, has grass that is over-grown. It's painful to see, actually. This is the first year, out of the 15+ years that we've lived here, when I let the grass get so tall. But between all of the rain, and the puppy, there was no real opportunity to mow the lawns. Tomorrow, I play the role of Mr. Shift Director. It's only for 8 hours, rather than the usual 12-hour shift that I work. But, it's the Evening Shift, which is often the busiest shift of the day. No guarantees, but I really do hope it's "Q" tomorrow. The next couple of nights, Friday and Saturday, I'm Mr. ICU Nurse. Then Sunday night I play the role of Mr. Shift Director, again, but for the usual 7p-7a shift. Hope all have a pleasant day today! πŸ™‚ Ted
  22. Good morning! The regulations in Florida is that if you take a Benzo you have to be evaluated every three months by your doctor to document it's needed. My doctor will give me three refills to last three months if I take it daily, but will see me every six months since the prescription lasts and I don't take it every day. Plus he likes to monitor my thrombocytopenia. I would like to stay on it because it seems to help sometimes, especially when I travel and on planes. But we've discussed alternate sleep aids, such as melatonin. I'm on 10 mg melatonin a night and that doesn't help me stay asleep most nights. Oh well. Once I retire it won't be a big deal, but not sure he'll keep me on the klonopin that long. Anyway, I had a nice solo day. Very production, mopped, cleaned the bathrooms, cooked a couple of dishes and went to hot yoga. Still spending too much time districted on the internet, especially "Reels" on Instagram. I don't dare get on Tik Tok which is similar to Reels but the program a lot of younger people use and it's funny. Was looking at a good Grand Canyon vacation, but it's a bit off season away from the crowds in November and it's cold then. This Floridian doesn't do cold well. Several of the tours are sold out so it's still a popular time to go I suppose. Working today and tomorrow. When I went in Monday it looked like the Rehab unit was still helping staff us. Hope everyone has a great day.
  23. dianah

    Tuesday June 8, 2020

    Sedona is so adorable!! Good you are starting training NOW. We used to tent-camp. Awake all night once, with high winds flapping the tent around. Could probably do it now with a good pad under the sleeping bag, but we like our RV. We will often camp without any hookups (it's called dry-camping or boondocking). We do have an onboard generator (which is used, sparingly, for microwave use and for the rare times we use the A/C). We also have solar panels on the roof, which keep the "house" batteries charged most of the time (So Cal, yanno: lots of sun!). We replaced most of the energy-sucking bulbs with LEDs, which are much less drain on the battery to use. Anyway, it IS nice to have one's own bed and bathroom and shower on board! We are not as into 'rugged' as we used to be ;) . What we REALLY enjoy having an RV for, is attending festivals. We can stay up late jamming or visiting, and just walk to our familiar and comfortable "digs" and wake up on the grounds of the festival, ready for whatever each day brings, whether cruising the vendor stalls, sitting in on a jam, watching a new band on stage, etc. Home is where we park it! Sad to read some are having sleeping issues. I know these personally, though (knock on wood!) lately I have had pretty good success with sleeping. Dunno why. Wish I knew, then I could modify what needs modifying! I do notice that sleep is difficult just before, say, vacation starts, or before we leave for an outing, --- sometimes just facing the work week raises anxiety to where I have trouble sleeping. Anyway, it happens. Last weekend I enjoyed the 1946 version of Anna and the King of Siam, starring Rex Harrison and Irene Dunn. The 1956 movie version was the one with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. I always have to raise one eyebrow, seeing how mainly Caucasian actors were used, rather than some more appropriate actors for when the movie was placed. Oh well. Hope you all have a good day!
  24. Ted

    Tuesday June 8, 2020

    Good Morning - Tweety - Sleep. What's sleep?? Basically, I sleep whenever my body shuts itself off, which can be almost anytime. The WORST time is when I'm driving. So, I've learned to pull off to the side of the road and nap. I have a few choice spots during my commute home from work. Amy has trouble sleeping too. She has a ritual which includes blackening the room with all kinds of barriers around the windows, and even one barrier around her bedroom door. When all of the cloth barriers are up, the room is nearly pitch-black. She also has a "drug cocktail" as well, which includes Melatonin and Ambien. With her Ambien, she cuts up a 10 MG tab into 8 teeny-tiny pieces, and takes one piece whenever she wakes up during the night. Oh! She also has her own room! LOL! (My snoring is loud enough to wake the dead!) Today. . . Amy and I are going to meet our Dog Trainer. (We've been planning on doing this all along.) I've actually known this young woman since she was a little kid. She used to sing in our church's Youth Choir, years ago. (She went on to study voice, and actually has a degree in operatic singing!! Now?!? She sings when she cans, and runs a Dog Training/kennel service as her main source of income. She's a typical musician!!) Anyways. . . She's gonna teach the dog - actually, she's gonna teach US (!) - to do basic commands, and and to "chill". Both Amy and I have been up since 5:00 AM this morning doing the "Puppy Thing". Of course, we also got up at designated times during the night for "Puppy Potty". We honestly did NOT know that having a puppy would involve so much work. But the work is well worth the effort. We all seem to be bonding quite closely, which is precious! Yesterday, while the puppy was doing her many naps throughout the day, I managed to finish editing the 2nd Dance Recital video, and uploaded it onto my VIMEO account for distribution (to the dance students and their families). Modern Computer and Video Technology!!! Gotta LOVE it!!! I used to "burn" between 40 to 50 DVDs of these dance recitals. (By the way DVDs are standard definition, not the high definition, and certainly not the 4K definition, enjoyed by most TV viewers.) I'm "housing" (storing) these dance recital videos onto my VIMEO account where they can be easily downloaded onto anyone's computer that has the private web-link associated with the video. Gotta admit!! THIS is a very cool feature. As for the dance recitals themselves?!?? It's all cute. Very cute. But rarely is anyone dancing in sync with each other, or dancing to the beat of the music. This includes the adults as well as the pre-schooler dancers! (Wow!!!) My favorite dance routines are the "Contemporary" ones. The choreography is often quite lovely. And because the contemporary dance routines are not necessarily choreographed to the actual beat of the music, it doesn't really seem to matter if mistakes are made. No one will notice. LOL! Still, I really enjoy doing the video-recording/video-editing. I get to use my equipment. It's also a creative outlet for me, doing the video-editing process. As for traveling?!? Amy and I want to rent an RV and sight-see travel our happy U.S. of A. that way. If we like the RV experience, we might buy one for our retirement years (which isn't too far away!!). There's LOTS to see in our country alone! And, we like the "luxury" of comfortable beds, and waking up to fresh-brewed coffee. With regards to camping, we prefer either renting homes, and/or staying in motels. Basically, we consider it "camping" when they don't leave chocolate candy on our freshly made pillows during our stay at motels!! LOL! πŸ˜› Well. . . gotta go! It's almost Puppy Time. Again! Peace! πŸ™‚ Ted Edited to Add: The last time Amy and I went REAL Camping was over 30 years ago!! We went with another couple (the husband used to be a park ranger!) canoe-camping on an island located on a large lake in NY state. It was true tent-camping, through and through! It involved digging our own holes, about 6 inches deep, to do our "#2" potty business. THAT was loads of fun!! NEVER went camping since! πŸ˜‰ LOL! πŸ˜„
  25. Good morning! Ted, you dog is very cute and glad you're having such a good time with her. j22, I grew up camping and seeing national parks out west as well. My preference usually is to not be out in natural all the time. I like the trips I've taken in the past that have combined seeing what natural beauty is in the countries I visit but the big cities as well. I do love a good hike. Stars, sorry about the boredom. Some days are like that. Yesterday was an okay day. The computer teaching lasted about an hour and 20 minutes of which I did clock in. That's too long to do mandatory teaching for free. Treated myself to a vegan sandwich at one of the vegetarian restaurants. Started watching a new indie movie "My Salinger Year" which is okay. Haven't slept well the last couple of nights so took 1/2 a klonopin and it worked well along with fatigue. I'm not sure how long my doctor is going to keep giving me a benzo and I hate it, but insomnia and anxiety sucks and I like having neither. I do have to work on sleep hygiene. Have some cooking and cleaning to do and have a yoga class scheduled. Hope every one has great day.
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  27. nursej22

    Monday June 7th 2021

    Ted, I saw the video of Sedona on Facebook. She is so stinking cute! And looks very energetic! Joe, 80 degree weather with rain sounds very humid and sticky to me. I don't our weather too much except I wish it was in the 60s instead of the 40s. Tweety, I grew up tent camping and growing up I saw much of the Western United States. I love visiting National Parks and being able to just sort of be grubby for a week or so. And it is so much more economical that hotels and restaurants. BC, that sounded like an enjoyable time at the anniversary party. I hear the east coast is going to endure a heat wave, so perhaps the water will warm up. I did my run--hill repeats again. I definitely feel stronger while doing them. My weight just seems to be stuck. I would like to unload just a few more pounds. Today will be housework, blergh. I also plan to go to the used book shop, to trade in some books and look for some summer reads. Regarding baby birds, I think the hummers have a nest in the tree next to our deck. I have been able to spot it, but I can hear their little tick-tick-tick sounds they make.
  28. Ted

    Monday June 7th 2021

    Good Morning - Tweety - Congrats on 30 years of nursing! It's quite the landmark in one's profession. (It's been 29 years for me.) Glad you had a nice outing with your best friend. From what you described, it seemed like a nice and relaxing thing to do on your day off. Joe - Trying to get into a good sleeping pattern can be quite the challenge. Hope the cooler room and melatonin works for you. Yesterday. . . Went to church in the morning, as usual. (I'm the keyboardist and choir director for our church. Have been since 1984.) However! I did something completely new. . . it was a "First Time" event for me. I was asked if I wanted to read Sunday's Bible readings. I said, "Sure!" Admittedly, I was nervous. I hardly ever get nervous in front of a crowd. But I was this time. (Reading ain't one of my favorite things to do.) I guess I did well. I received some nice compliments. I must share to you something, though. One of the readings was from the Book of Genesis. Basically, it had to do with how Adam and Eve fell from grace, with the bulk of the blame going to Eve. I probably should have previewed the Bible Readings before accepting the opportunity to read them in front of the congregation. I do not like that particular passage at all. I even said so to our Pastor after the church service. That particular passage (one of many, of course) has done a LOT of harm to women throughout millennium. (Our Pastor, who is a woman, agreed.) But I read it. It left a sour taste in my mouth. Now. . . to be very honest and clear. . . I am NOT a "Bible Literalist". It's a view towards the Bible taught by my father, actually. He wasn't either. (My father was an Episcopalian Priest, which makes me a "preacher's kid". ) Rather, I view the Bible as "early mankind's" attempt to understand him/her self and the observable universe that surrounds him/her. . . with the limited knowledge of EVERYTHING known or understood back then (biology, psychology, and all of the other sciences). And to be painfully honest and clear, I am not a very religious person. I differentiate religion from spirituality. Gratefully, I belong to a christian denomination that generally holds similar views to my own. It was reassuring to hear that our relatively new Pastor does as well. (She's been our Pastor for a little over 2 years.) Anyway. . . I read this past Sunday's Bible passages. It was new and different. After Church. . . Puppy Time. . . pretty much for the rest of the day. I did manage to squeeze in some video-editing of the dance recital that I recorded a few weeks ago. Today?!? If you guessed "Puppy Time", you guessed correctly! They are a handful! Although she still nips a bit, she's slowly learning that it's a behavior that we do NOT like. She's learning other stuff, too. And, she's also full of playfulness. She LOVES to run after the special rope and ball(s) that we throw her way. I have three more nights off from work. Most of this time will be spent around our precious Sedona. . . who turned 10 weeks old today, by the way! Hope all have a pleasant day today! Peace! πŸ™‚ Ted
  29. Joe NightingMale

    Monday June 7th 2021

    Ted sounds like you have quite a variety of birds Dianah that sounds fun Stars hope you get some rain NJ22 wish it was that cool around here BC that's cool that you could attend the anniversary party Yesterday was fairly quiet. Did cooking in the morning, but things didn't turn out well. So I got some salads from Trader Joe's instead Church was nice but hot. Next week in person coffee hour starts again, outside. Will be interesting. Exercised and worked on embroidery and took it easy Still getting up early, read a bit and went back to bed but didn't quite fall back to sleep. Not sure why this is happening. At least I'm more relaxed about it now. Will try keeping the temperature a bit lower and start with melatonin again. I feel pretty much OK thankfully Will be cooler today, in the 80s, with some rain. Will be in the 80s most of the week, with rain possible most days
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