January 14th, 2012

winter branch

Hubbub Update...

I still have a sore throat, but I'll live. (grin)

Henry is like me: He doesn't feel that well, and he knows SLEEPING will make him better. So he spends much of the day doing exactly that. He has a hard time in the winter months. But he's hanging in there. (Me, too...)

I want to learn WordPress. Not just the basics of using it, but how to take a template and totally customize it. We'd like to use it for the festival website, but I need to know a TON more about it... (sigh)

I only got up to take my meds, so back to bed now! The rest of our family (Marilyn and the two cats) is sleeping away -- and I'll soon join them. (smile)

no way lj, lj -- no way

LiveJournal Messed Up?

So, last night around 1:00 a.m., LiveJournal was VERY messed up...

I kept trying (over and over again) to post a short entry -- but it wasn't happening. Then finally I was getting the image of Frank and the message he'd been 'chewing on the wires' -- hahahahaha. I guess so!

Anyway, I went to bed and just forgot about the entry, but did end up posting it just before this one. I knew the time, because I'd emailed the content to myself, so i could do it (yeah, I'm sure you guessed it) from my iPad. And that's what I did! This entry is being typed from my iPad...

The main thing is getting to a decent speed typing with one finger...

NO, I can't type with it using both thumbs, as many people do. It just doesn't work for me. Nor can I use the keyboard normally -- I guess my hands are just too big. But as I frequently see others doing the one-finger thing, I guess it's fairly normal for most...

And though I've never tried timing myself with this method, I have been getting faster and more accurate all the time, which is a good thing!

It's a bit odd for someone used to touch typing for most of my life, but oh well...

Again, I can't get over how convenient the iPad is! It's not like I'm going to drag my laptop to bed with me all the time! But my iPad? Sure! No big deal...

I just got up to do my blood (check the count) and take my meds. DONE. Marilyn's and my goal is to SLEEP IN today, so now I'm happily back in bed.

I'm feeling better today -- which is WHY I need to go to bed with vertigo, like I did yesterday. It's really the only 'treatment' that works for me...

The furnace is grinding away (!!!) as we left it on all night, it's so cold right now.

For those keeping track, there's no sign of snow, yet. Of course, it's not expected locally until tonight, anyway, so... But they rarely get it right here in Portland when predicting snow, so we're all used to it. (grin)

You know, I never would have guessed how much I'd end up liking my iPad. In spite of the drawbacks -- of which there are many -- it's an amazing thing. I really couldn't live without it, now.

I'm currently reading the book "Through A Dark Mist" (by Marsha Canham). It's part of her 'Robin Hood' trilogy. It has some shockingly erotic parts (!!!), but the writing is good and she's done her historical research -- so I'm enjoying it. Anyway, I'm now off to read more...

clap, Jesus clap

Prayer -- Specifically Meditative Prayer

Marilyn asked me to pray for Sue's dad (Sue is our festival board President -- and a good friend). I decided to try some meditative prayer, which is considerably more difficult for me than other forms of prayer...

I struggled for the first 15 minutes, I must admit. Focus can be really tough. I think I have a pretty disciplined mind when it comes to prayer, though I can still find myself losing focus during my daily prayers. I guess there are times when the mind just is so full that it's hard to keep it where it needs to be. I had to break away today and go for a 'tool' to help me get started again on the meditative prayer process.

I found a photo of Sue's dad and emailed it to myself so I could have it on my iPad. Then I cropped out everyone else and just kept looking at him and repeating my prayer intentions, over and over. This worked almost immediately, and I didn't lose focus again at all. Interesting how the visual element helped so much, as I often pray with my eyes closed...

At one point today Marilyn and I were afraid Sue was about to tell us that her father had passed, but happily that wasn't the case. He's doing 'okay' right now, from what she said. So I'll keep praying and hoping for the best. Not that I'm necessarily praying for him to live, mind you. God's will be done -- and he knows what is best for everyone. But I have been including healing prayers, I admit. I have some wonderful healing prayers that I've read over and over again...

I have a great book on meditative prayer that I can't find. It got moved during our flooding last June/July, and now I don't know where it's gone. I do know I still have it somewhere, so I need to locate it. It's very deep and a hard read, but I know it could help me right now as I give this a strong try...

Prayer is such a wonderful thing. And, yes, it can be like exercise sometimes. It requires practice and repetition. I try to pray often. I do pray daily, but sometimes I don't pray as regularly as I'd like. I know the prayer hours, which are literally set three hours apart for every part of the day and night -- so they're probably only practical for people who spend their life in prayer. I'm not likely to ever become a contemplative, but I admire those who are...

Prayer centers me, personally. So I always do better with whatever I'm doing when I'm actively praying. I actually wish I used it more often than I do. I get angry when I shouldn't, I get impatient, I get cranky, I'm unkind or thoughtless. I'm not trying to be perfect, but I'm always trying to be a better me.

Well, Shari phoned at 5:00 a.m. (!!!) this morning. I slept through it, but it was disturbing to Marilyn. I don't mind Shari calling frequently during the day as she's been doing lately, but I wish she wouldn't call us so early... (sigh) I did talk to her twice today, anyway. She seems to be doing okay.