Thursday, December 06, 2018

Thursday 13

1. I have been having a discussion with a friend about dogs. I grew up with dogs and had a dog for 17 years, but I don't think dogs that aren't trained service dogs should be in Lowes or in the grocery store. I've seen them in both places. Dogs have become the new cigarette for people. I know people who will jump all over me for saying this because they think their dog should go everywhere with them, but (a) most dogs aren't trained to be around strangers and (b) like I said and will repeat, I don't have a problem with service dogs.

2.  I spent my life avoiding most places because I'm allergic to cigarettes and now that people don't smoke as much I have to avoid places because I'm allergic to dogs. When do I get my chance to simply go out to the store and be able to breathe?

3. Cat people at least do keep their cats home, or in the car, I guess. I've yet to see a cat on a leash wandering around Home Depot. Now that I've written that, I will probably see one in Walmart soon.

4. Speaking of Walmart, what is with all of the cameras in the personal products section? The cameras at my local Walmart make a noise every time you walk close to them as it takes your picture. "Wah doop," it says. I stand there and wave at my reflection sometimes. Maybe I should make funny faces.

5. Sometimes you make a decision too late and then you wonder why you waited. Waiting was a decision, too. Always remember you have made a decision even if you think you haven't. The act of not deciding is a decision. We always have choices even if we don't think we do.

6. Once when I was in the E.R. being checked for heart stuff because I was having chest pain (this was before they diagnosed my asthma, finally), I practiced making the heart monitor change by holding my breath as long as I could, or by breathing in and out as slowly as I possibly could. I could see the changes on the monitor.

7. Doing breathing exercises and something like Tai Chi can bring my blood pressure down by 10 points. I try to remember to control my breathing when I am on the way to the doctor.

8. My blog post on Monday did not go over well. I wrote about the difference between literal and figurative. I thought it was a good post myself. It was about writing, sort of, and I've sometimes written about writing in this blog. I am a writer, so of course I write about writing.

9. I need boxes. Right now I need them for Christmas, but I think a box is something one always should have. Because sometimes things simply need to go somewhere, and a box is as good a place as any.

10. A worry box would serve me well, probably. I'm one of those people who worry about everything and everyone. Some of the stuff that flies through my head would make for good science fiction. Or maybe it's fantasy.

11. My Christmas music books have been misplaced and I cannot find them. I thought I knew where they were, but they aren't there. Of course, the house has been in disarray since August, when the dishwasher went kaput and the hardwood flooring was destroyed and then the worst tile work in the history of tile work went down on my kitchen floor. I still haven't put things back in my curio cabinets in the kitchen because we have yet to put the quarter round back along the baseboards.

12. My hairdresser of 30 years retired. She is a little younger than I am. Now I have to find a new hair dresser. In the meantime, I guess I shall have longer, shaggier hair.

13. I do not have any resolutions yet for the new year. I didn't make any last year. Did you? Did you keep them if you did? What if instead of resolutions you made a life statement about what your life's purpose is. Do you know your purpose in life?

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 581st time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.


  1. Well, I had to chuckle at the idea of cats walking around in Walmart, leashed or not. I went back and read your post on the difference between literal and figurative, and, as one who writes, I was more paying attention to your writing, which was entertaining. It was your writing and not the subject that held my attention.

  2. I like your thoughts on waiting and deciding. Good thoughts.

  3. my hairdresser for some time did a number on me last time- I am not in the least vain good thing i look like a wild turkey at all times

  4. You should come see me for a haircut . I am almost across from Hollins University. I would love to have you as a client and I won’t bring my dog to work. Ha ha! !

  5. I've shaved my hair completely a couple of times because I didn't want to deal with finding a hairdresser who might give me a decent cut. I figure someone new couldn't go wrong with giving me a total buzz cut. Ha ha, wrong. The next time I let the Husband cut off my locks.
    I tend to hoard small boxes and boxes in unique shapes, because you never know when they'll come in handy. Recently, I decided to throw them away when I come across them.

  6. I didn't make resolutions, either. I won't this year again. I can set a goal any time, not just at the new year. I hated when my previous hair dresser moved. It took forever to find one I liked. And I, for one, enjoyed your post of literal and figurative language.


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