Tuesday, August 24: It's 8:30AM and dark as can be. I got up at my usual time for my walk, but it has since turned very dark and begun to rain heavily. As you know, we need the rain and have gotten a good bit over the last week, which will certainly help the greenery. So, I'm sitting here leisurely enjoying my coffee and contemplating my day…….without the usual rush to get out before the heat sets in.
This is the week for my mother's appointments. She saw her eye doctor yesterday (went well) and will have other appointments on Wednesday and Friday. Her blood sugar level has come down since taking the medication, but it is still high and she hasn't changed her eating habits…….so I'd be surprised if it's in a good range. We'll know on Friday.
Other than that, it's been a quiet week. Sharon and I went out to lunch on Saturday……we always have a good time. On Sunday, Mama and I went out for a little shopping and yesterday we perused Sam's to stock up on essentials……first time I'd been there in ages, but I was out of everything so it was a good excuse to go.
There was some excitement one night this week A storm was passing through, with lots of rain, wind and lightening. Something happened, probably a power serge as all electrical circuits seemed to be okay, and the security system started to beep…loudly! Since it isn't activated, I had no idea how to shut it off. I tried everything and finally called the company. It was then necessary to find the control box, remove the battery and unplug it…..involving ladders, screw drivers, etc. Try getting to sleep after all that!!
Friday, August 27: The week has been busy and gone quickly. On Wednesday I went to an enjoyable seminar based on the Eat, Pray, Love novel and movie. I'd hoped we could see the movie beforehand because it had been some time since I read the book, my mother likes Julia Roberts, and I was eager to see Italy and India again (and probably Bali, also)! However, we didn't make it, but I still enjoyed the seminar and signed up for a one day meditation class in September. The guy who did the class is also doing other related classes, which I'd like to attend but think I'll be able to make some and not others…..but they're on the calendar.
My mother's appointments went as well as could be expected, with the final doctor (today) increasing her diabetic medication. Numbers were down but not enough so, hopefully, the increase in meds should do the trick. With that done, we're now packed and ready to take her back tomorrow. I'd put it off until early in the week except I have company coming on Friday and need a little "transition" time.
I hadn't heard from Eileen in a while and had become concerned when an email arrived saying that she'd just spent 10 days in the hospital. She had a serious infection, which was bad enough, but then had negative reactions to some of the meds given in the hospital. It sounded like quite an ordeal and I was glad to hear that she's home and doing much better. I'm sending good wishes and thoughts her way.
Rant: Finally, I'm dismayed and disgusted at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally tomorrow at the Lincoln Memorial, on the 47th anniversary and in the location of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. I think these people (Beck and those like him) are vile, poisonous, and divisive, doing grave damage to our country, pandering to be lowest human elements – fear, prejudices, greed, lying/misinformation, and such. I don't even know what else to say!! To be honest, I've only learned about it over the last few days as I NEVER watch Fox News, and I guess that's just as well…….not enough time to get too worked up over it.
As my own one person protest, I'm including three items:
- I Have a Dream speech (click here) , for those of us who prefer to be united and uplifted. It's only 5 minutes long and well worth it….. it's nice to hear Dr.King's perfect enunciation and lilting Southern accent (at least to me).
- A Huffington Post article, MLK Was a Social Justice Christian (click here) , which would surely irk the "real" Christians – the Glenn Beck-types – those people who "know" what is right for everyone and have determined that the rest of us, in some way, dishonor our country by not marching in lockstep with them.
- Finally, What Do I Think of Glenn Beck (click here) , which sums him up better than I can. I'm glad I'll be on the road tomorrow and not able to see any of it. I'll watch it on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert!!
Ahhhhh……I feel much better!!