Tuesday Things

Why do we keep doing this daylight savings thing? It’s pretty disruptive to our lives, internal clocks, our workdays, our sleep patterns, and our dogs feeding schedules. There are debates every year why we do it, why we keep doing it, and especially why we should or should not keep doing it.

I remember the first year of high school we were not on daylight savings time. There was a lot of discussion about what time we needed to assemble at school to take a bus to a Friday night football game in an adjoining state. It was maddening. Our high school did not have air conditioning and had early dismissal some afternoons at 1 p.m. The heat was unbearable, and we wore wool uniforms.

It seems as if the entire world is air-conditioned now. No more worries of if being too hot in a school during the day. No more heat while shopping, enjoying a movie, or going to church. Anyone watch an old movie lately where there is an afternoon baseball game (remember, there were no lights in stadiums for night games) and all the men in the crowd wore suits and hats? It is how people dressed in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Even as kids, the Babe and I didn’t wear jeans. They were not acceptable at schools or dances. The boys and men wore trousers. Everyone wore leather shoes. It’s all we had.

There have been many times in my life when all I’ve had is hope. Hope someone will recover from a serious accident or illness, hope the money will get to the bank before a check that covers a bill will cash, hope the unfamiliar noise in the car isn’t an expensive repair. There are times I recall tougher times like these and the resulting gratitude is overwhelming.

They seem like such basic things. It’s such a vivid memory because it occurred a lot. You never gave up, though. As soon as you blinked while looking life square in the eye, you wavered. You lost hope. Maybe you gave up. If you backed down, it would be very difficult to regain your foothold for progress. It could stall your forward momentum. All you wanted is a rest. Rest. And get back to it. C’mon! You’re so close to your goal! You can do it!

As we all go about the day on this hopeful Tuesday, let’s not count the things we do; let’s do the things that count! Zig Ziglar really knew what he was talking about. Help make the world a better place. We all can. Let’s meet again tomorrow. Be safe out there.

Sometimes You Just Have to . . .

Have a large bowl of popcorn on a Saturday night and watch reruns of Yellowstone. I like the story, but not all the violence. the story could be true to life in some places. We have traveled a little near Yellowstone National Park, in Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. Beautiful country. I could live there in a big old ranch house, like the Duttons have. Does Kevin Costner come with that home? Asking for a friend, the Babe is my love interest, now and forever.

I felt great today despite being very stiff and sore. Mentally, music helped me out, and I did some clean-up and clean-out. Clean closet and prepping a bag of too-big-clothes to give away helps a girl feel special and good. Like life is going in the right direction. It may take awhile to get everything I want in the right places, and many things will be donated in the meantime. Freeing up time, space, and the mind. Make room for new ideas and ways of thinking.

Back to the story of Yellowstone. Enemies changing affiliations, many people in the mix who all are out for their own agendas, and lots of loose ends. These long stories/serials/seasons are sometimes hard to keep track of. It’s fun to try though. The homes would be great to stay in over a week or maybe a month. Then back home, with the Babe and the pups. Life is so good, I am grateful for friends, family, and the experiences we have, there isn’t much I would change to make it better. Whatever there is that’s better is something so far from my imagination at this point in life, I can’t comprehend. The more I learn, the more I love, the more I reach out into the world.

Today will be another nice day in area. We ended Daylight Savings Time and now have Central Standard Time in Nebraska. I wish it could stay this way forever. In Nebraska, we didn’t change the clocks until I was a senior in high school, April of 1970. At this point in life, we are early risers, and probably go to bed very early by most people’s standards; 9 pm to watch TV for awhile. It just feels so good to just lie down, let my spine relax and decompress, and talk with the Babe about anything we forgot to talk about during the day. It’s a special time of day, just as getting up is. Greeting that significant other person and asking how they are, and talking about what we each have planned for the day.

I am officially behind in NaNoWriMo. I will get caught up today and tomorrow, and hopefully blog later today for tomorrow. It helps to have that task completed. I believe when I finish the next three chapters, I’ll have to get my plotting the story papers out again. Even though I’m behind, it’s great to already be at the end of what was outlined so far, and know I get to develop the characters more. Katie has a lot of demons to fight before the end of this part of her story. Depending on how this novel goes, I’m thinking of a series about different parts of her life; it will include interaction with her friends and family, where she has a lot of life experiences. This is what this work of fiction examines, the things in a woman’s life that help her find her way.

Stay tuned, folks, we’ll have more updates on the NaNoWriMo process and progress. I appreciate your support by reading and liking the blogs, Facebook posts, and eventually, buying my books. It’s a process. Thanks for your patience, too. See you tomorrow.