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Journal 03-03-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day it is for you. Today is Tuesday March 3, 2015. The temperature is 52.1°F and the humidity is 78% at 7:45 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained wind at 1.4 with gusts of 4.5 mph. It’s clear and cool with no rain overnight. Our weather station shows a total of .67 inches since January 1 and .39 inches in March. It seems like about half of that hit my windshield as I as driving down to my friend’s yesterday. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 67 today.

I spent most of the day down at my friend Dora’s (not her real name) learning how and helping her and her stepsister care give her stepfather who is dying. They’ve taken him off all his medications except pain medications. My friend’s stepsister and another old friend were there also. Today, it will be just me and Dora. I won’t go into the details of caregiving as there are some things that should remain private—even anonymously—but I’m just fearful of hurting or doing damage to an old man in pain. And dignity? There’s no dignity in what’s going on. Only comfort. Just trying to make his last days pass by with as little suffering as possible.

Dora is also my maid of honor in our wedding set for March 21st. I told her that if things were too stressful, I have a 14-year-old niece who can walk down the aisle ahead of me (no one will care what she’s wearing) and my sister-in-law can sign as a witness. Or conversely, if her stepfather dies quickly and she’d rather not worry about her mother who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, bring her mother. Her choice. I’d love to have her, but I didn’t want to stress her out. Her family comes first. I will be forever grateful for all the things she has already done.

With just the two of us, and Dora’s mom, I can probably get a little more writing done.

Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy. Hope the day brings you good things.

Writing schedule:

1. Finish Examiner review of Poems, Protest and a Dream .

2. Start another Examiner review.

4. Continue reading Teresa of Avila



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alexdg1 wrote on March 3, 2015, 11:12 AM

What are you planning to review for Examiner? If my brain were up to the task, I'd be reviewing "Star Wars: The Clone Wars - The Lost Missions." Or something.

msiduri wrote on March 3, 2015, 11:26 AM

"Teresa of Avila" by Cathleen Medwick, "Poems, Protest, and a Dream" about the works of Sor Juana de la Cruz, a 17th Mexican nun (a "criolla") who is often looked upon as leaving one of the earliest "feminist" pieces of writings around. And then maybe reworking a review from Epinions on a journal of a German solider who took part in Operation Barbarossa (the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union) . Maybe.

alexdg1 wrote on March 3, 2015, 11:31 AM

At least YOU have a concrete game plan. I have nebulous aspirations to write a review.

msiduri wrote on March 3, 2015, 11:36 AM

Well, I have concrete aspirations, anyway. emoticon :smile:

alexdg1 wrote on March 3, 2015, 11:52 AM

I hope you don't hope to become a pillar of concrete or something along those lines.

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snerfu wrote on March 3, 2015, 11:52 AM

Looks all things have been planned out. Keep posting.

Harmony wrote on March 3, 2015, 12:18 PM

Looks like you had funny busy day with your friend.

msiduri wrote on March 3, 2015, 3:03 PM

Oh, dear, I hope not. I live in earthquake country. That mean someone would come along an reinforce me with rebar.

msiduri wrote on March 3, 2015, 3:05 PM

I'm helping to care give for a friend's stepfather who is dying. That's not at all funny. It's heartbreaking and frightening.

msiduri wrote on March 3, 2015, 3:06 PM

I hope to accomplish some of them, too.

alexdg1 wrote on March 3, 2015, 3:19 PM

That would greatly reduce your mobility, upward and otherwise.

CalmGemini wrote on March 6, 2015, 5:21 AM

I had to smile at your exchanges with alexdg1."..pillars of concrete..!" You need a great deal of time and concentration for the tasks you have undertaken.Best wishes.

msiduri wrote on March 6, 2015, 6:36 AM

And make typing a drag to boot.

msiduri wrote on March 6, 2015, 6:40 AM

Thank you for the well-wishes. I need time and a bit of sleep, too. I've been banging away at one review for days now and it's just not coming. That irks me. I know how to write a blasted book review. alexdg1 is a friend going back two writing sites now.