Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Morning This and That

 Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. 

Anatole France

Good morning.  Monday has arrived, and it is time go back to our weekday affairs.  For some of you it is work.  For those of us who are retired, the week is filled with a hodgepodge of daily events.  I've given up on Qigong, for now.  It wasn't for me.  It partially due to my inability to concentrate on my breath, but I just didn't feel comfortable in the place.  There wasn't a good aura there.  The people were not really welcoming, and I was so far behind everyone else.  Perhaps in the future I will try again.

My goodness, here we are in the last week of July.  How quickly it went! Lughnasadh will soon be here. Time to celebrate the first harvest of the season.  Time for me to dig out my harvest recipe books "Serving up the Harvest" and "Favorite Farmer's Market Recipes".  This year they will be put to even more use since the price of meats has gone sky high.  $9.15 for four cube steaks, one of the cheaper cuts of beef.  Hubby's aware that meatless meals will soon be appearing on the table.

It's also time that I begin seriously planning about how I will keep up with my intake of fruits as the luscious summer fruits begin to disappear and the winter fruits take their place.  Try as I might, I just don't like winter fruits. They just don't appeal to me.  I absolutely adore fresh melons and berries, but apples, pears, and oranges don't do a thing for me.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

I didn't do much of anything this weekend.  Friday was the best day of the weekend, and I had planned to head over to Coney, but by the time I got back from food shopping, there wasn't a part of my body that didn't hurt. On Saturday they predicted showers, and alas, it didn't start to come down until late afternoon.  Blew that one.

Saturday's dinner was not exactly a healthy one--hot wings, steak fries, corn bread.  Cucumbers with sour cream on the side.  I can't justify going off my healthy diet in any way.  I just wanted it.  Wanted it so badly it was all I could think about all day.  A true food addict. 

For the past few years I've spent many hours watching the hummingbirds and eagles on Livestream.  The people who had the hummingbird cam have moved away, and the eagles have already left the nest. There was an awful gnat infestation this year, and sadly, the three eaglets were forced to leave the nest before they were ready.  One landed on an electrical wire and was killed, another has a broken wing and is currently being nursed back to health at SOAR, and one is doing well now.  Now I have discovered kitties.  

I can spend hours visiting Tiny Kittens and Cute Foster Kittens on Livestream. I also follow them on Facebook along with  several other sites linked to them.  This weekend they had a cat and kitten roundup.  People were encouraged to bring or call about unwanted felines and they managed to roundup 34 cats and kittens who were not wanted or living on the street. Needless to say, I was glued to the computer. What I love is that one doesn't have to say good-bye when the babes are adopted.  Facebook accounts are set up for them so we can follow their progress.  Watching these little miracles has made me seriously think about signing up as a volunteer.  These little toss  need so much love.

Well, it's time to get ready to mosey on down the road.  I'm headed off to the Center today.  Talk to you all later.


  1. Oh, my goodness - the price of meat is ridiculous! I'm sorry to hear that you had to deal with unwelcoming people. I find more and more of that (sadly.) I just see this as another manifestation of fear. The state of the world has turned us into fearful suspicious greedy people.

    Thanks for reminding me that I have to give some thought to my harvest celebration!

  2. If you are like me, you won't want to part with them.
    Also, the vegetarians just might have had the right idea. Then again, the prices of food items is horrendous. Glad I'm not feeding more than 2 now.

  3. Have a good day, Mary! and a good week too, what the hell.

  4. Your meal sounds delicious Mary! Especially the wings and the cornbread! Yummy. And very comforting. I'm like you in that I often crave things I know I shouldn't have, but it doesn't stop me from indulging!

    What a lovely photo of Miss Minga you've posted. I wish I could give her a hug!

  5. Your cat is such a cute calico. I have a calico too. And a bombay one(all black).
    You know i saw the picture of yumminess and i have bad thoughts!