I Need Some Time Time Away

I need to take some time away from this blog. Yesterday I just finished another 5 day week at the humane society. I will learn how to say no. I switched jobs because the one I had wasn’t keeping me busy enough more about that next time. Every day I came home from those 6 hour shifts I was so tired I fell asleep in the recliner around 8 pm, my sleep schedule is a mess. The apartment above me had its water heater blow out the back which caused a major leak in my place. It came in the bathroom, hall closet and main closets ceilings. I had to clear out all of that stuff and dry it out, wash all of my clothes that were hanging up and I guess I was lucky the only thing that was ruined were my leather funeral shoes. I still have all of that stuff stacked all over my living room with a path leading in and out. I found 6 different to do list the other day I am so far behind in my real life it is pathetic. When my real life butts up against my virtual life this badly I have to take care of my real life first. Then add on the fact that my passions are changing. I still don’t have any urge to unpack my camera and I will start my new blog before I post on this one again. I have only been away a couple of days and looked at my email this morning and am staring at about 100 different post. I wont even try to catch up with all of those. The best I can do is pick one from each person I follow and catch up with it. Once I start back up again I will commit myself to posting once a week on this site because I don’t want to lose track of all of you or your post. I looked the other day and some how I have ended up following 50 blogs, that is part of the reason I have fallen so far behind. I have already gotten rid of 5 and some of the new ones are only following me here because of my new site. I still will have to get rid of some more though. I was going to take two or three weeks off but then that would put me to close to Christmas when I would take off again so I will probably be off of this site the rest of the year. My new blog will be about my struggles of trying to go from a vegetarian to a vegan. I will offer a link to it the next time I post other than that I wont talk about it in this blog. I do ask that you don’t follow me on my new blog just because its me, because it wont be anything like this blog. It will be full of recipes reblogs and guest speakers. I have to come up with a new pin name so my new post don’t show up on your readers to keep you all from getting confused. Then I will have to sign in and out every time I switch blogs so I will be confused. I am probably taking on too much but I have to give it a try.
I have a blog I follow that I refer as a hidden gem, this girl writes a lot like me she just blurts out what ever comes into Her head. She only has two or three followers. I am not asking you to follow Her blog, I would never do that. If you have the time you might want to take a peek at it, the choice is yours 🙂

http://selahvita.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/friend-or-foe/

Change Is In The Air

My life is undergoing a lot of major changes now, all of them positive some long overdue. I used to be able to say I have more time on my hands than money. Now a lot of free time is something I don’t have.

Last week I started Physical Therapy backup for my back. I am now using the decompression machine again. This device just straps in your lower and upper body and gently pulls on them reliving the compression on my affected disk. I had four treatments last week and have already quit using my muscle relaxants and pain pills. I am not drowsy all the time anymore and have quickly reverted back to my normal four hours of sleep a night with only one nap during the day to give me a total of six hours a day that’s all I need. This week I start going in twice a day five days a week. The first session they have me practicing on a portable version of this device that they ordered for me to use at home. The second session is even more advanced exercises to strengthen my back and core muscles. This should last about a month before they turn me loose.

My home program will then go from two 30 minute sessions to three one hour sessions seven days a week. I have to commit myself to this because if I don’t and continue to put this off I could mess around and end up with a rod in my back that holds the four disk in place. I wouldn’t even be able to bend over if that happened.

This whole dish mess I had going on may have been a good thing looking back. Yea it cost me some money but I was already recording a bunch of shows and wasting five or six hours a day watching them. Now with my antenna hooked back up I can still watch most of the football games I want plus two or three hours in the evening watching some shows I really enjoy. I still hate watching live TV but down the road I can pick up a DVR for 100 bucks and record the shows to watch the next day.

I also need to finish my apartment set up and prep and paint the old seventies ugly wooden kitchen cupboards white. I like the look and made a deal with the devil or the property manager to let me paint these, they even provide the paint. It is a water based paint which is a pain to cover wood with but with time I can do it.

I have given a lot of thought lately on two main things. The first is if I want to take on the responsibility of owning a dog again or not. This is a serious commitment for me and I am still working on that, There are positive and negative aspects to this I need to dwell on. The other is, I wont be able to go back to work part-time until next spring when my back should be strong enough. I have decided in the mean time to give some time back into the community by volunteering about 20 hours a week. There are many worthwhile ways to do this, I am just about convinced to do it at the Humane Society. I have always had a love for dogs and have gotten all of my past pets from there. I find the whole idea of buying dogs from breeders that all to frequently use puppy mills for their dogs, a bit repulsive when there are so many surplus already at the Humane Society that will be put to sleep if someone doesn’t take them.

I could go on but in short I need to break this prognostication cycle I have been stuck in. This time I have been talking about, for the next couple of months has to come from this site. I will only post twice a week, once the wordless Wednesday which is a very easy post until I run out of good old photos, then if time permits post once during the weekend. Even with all of this going on I still think I can keep up with all of my friends, I may not be able to comment as much as I like only time will tell. I will not post if I am not caught up or close to being caught up.

Now I am off for my morning cappuccino before I catch up with everyone.

 

Update and Some Help Needed

I want to thank all of my friends who either liked and or commented on my last post. I still have a few holdouts and time will tell what happens with them. I was surprised that nobody took the chance to slam me for my stance like they did the last time I made a post similar to this. Some of the your comments suggested I was trying to get rid of people, that wasn’t my intent at all. I was just stating my expectations mainly to all of my new friends. I enjoy reading each and every one of your blogs or I wouldn’t be following them. Moving on.

I know I have mentioned this before but now that I am back on my regular schedule, I take Wednesdays and Thursday off or away from this site to keep from getting burned out. When I return on Fridays anyone that has posted and has not yet caught up with my last post I will simply ignore you like you have me. Is this childish and petty, probably so but to borrow a phrase from a younger generation that is just how I roll 🙂

The movers come next Thursday and like every time I move I am starting to get excited. I have resolved all of the logistical parts of it. Now all I have to do is get off my backside and start packing, some things that I use daily have to wait until the last possible moment. There are few things in this world that I can claim to be very good at and moving is one of them. I did manage yesterday to take down all of the stuff I had hanging on the walls that I just finished putting up a couple of months ago. I sold my leather recliner that I haven’t used in a couple of years because it sets to high for my short legs. I don’t need two recliners anyway and am tired of moving two of them. I also gave away all of the wall hangings I had in here, time for a change in my decor, don’t have a clue what I will be but after I move I will visit one of my favorite stores called Hobby Lobby and figure something out.

Now I have a question for the experienced WordPress users. When I set up the links to other sites that shows up under your post I somehow ended up selecting them all. I used to have my blog linked to a couple of them but have since quit all of them because I cam barely keep up with one site. I do want to keep Pinerest even though the few times I have been on there it is fairly addicting and can eat a lot of time up. Does anyone know how I can get rid of all of those links I have, they serve no purpose to me. I have gone into settings, tools and all I can think of. I guess I am looking for an easy answer before I have to search through all of those WordPress forums.

I am in an extremely good mood today, so I wish all of you have a grand and glorious day doing what ever you do.

All of My Followers Please Read Final Part

I wrote a post similar to this awhile back and it took some heavy criticism from some of my followers. I still am ready to defend my position on the topic. This post is mainly for all the new friends I have gained since then and the old ones who ignored the last one, but they are for the most part gone. I am sure some of you will get upset about this post but I also believe each and every one of you has your own guidelines on all of your followers.

This is what I choose to do to every one of my friends post. I like every single one of them. For the most part if I didn’t like the work they were doing I wouldn’t be following their blogs. Sometimes I will run into a post that I highly disagree with and use the comments section to deal with that. I try to comment on as many post as I can, some don’t need a comment and some my lack of knowledge on the subject prevents me from commenting.

I normally take of from positing on Wednesdays and Thursdays to keep from getting burnt out on this site. I found it was getting to be too much like a job and not a hobby or a pleasure if I didn’t. I used to leave a message on my Wednesday post that said I will catch up with everyone who has caught up with me, that still applies. If I am gone for two days and you have ignored my last post I will ignore yours. I always have caught up with all of your post when I return from my days off. I just lost track of the days this week and forgot to take off.

I have friends who keep up with my post even when they may not post for a week or more I do appreciate you taking the time to do this.

OK here comes the part you all get a chance to take a shot at me. I don’t expect all of my friends to do all that I do. I have a lot more time than most of you. I normally only post 3 or 4 times a week so I am not a hard person to follow.

All I need is for my friends to simply acknowledge the fact that I exist. You don’t have to like my post or comment on them, If you want just type in one letter in the comment box that way I can see your name and know you are aware that I am here. I don’t think that is an unreasonable request at all. I know a couple of you are going to say you are too busy to do this even though you found the time to post yourself. I was with flicker for a couple of years and we used to call this fishing. Think about what you are doing to all of your friends you just slap up a post go back to your busy life and ignore most of your friends.

I have rambled on enough about this, you can either argue with my simple request or just unfollow me either way works for me.

All of My Followers Please Read Part 1

First I don’t like to use the word followers to me a follower has to have a leader. I don’t have one do you ? I prefer to use the word friends because in my world I think that is what we are becoming over time. For the purpose of this post though I will use the term followers. I was at a friends site yesterday and she lost all of Her followers for the majority of the day a lot of Her friends did as well but it was resolved by the end of the day.

For some reason the gremlins at WordPress take away about three of my followers every week. I now keep track of the number of blogs I follow and as of this morning that was 53. That may sound like a lot but I have followers who only post once a week all the way to a couple who post six or more times a day. That is a reasonable number for me to follow and catch up with every 24 hours. I do need help from you all. Every time I post I always without a doubt catch up with everyone within 24 hours. If you see I am not doing this let me know. You can just comment hey Bob you forgot about me or what ever you like in my comments box. Without that help it may be a week or more before I figure out who I am missing.

This part is just a FYI. Today I sign for my new apartment and with some help from my friend Hilary who works in the office my 18 day or so count down to complete my move starts. I have everything in place, My last obstacle was the painting of this place and Her husband is a contractor who hates to paint like most, but is doing me a favor and painting my old apartment. I have no idea if I can keep up or not during this time, if I can’t I wont post anything.

I decided to break this post into two separate ones. My next post in this area will be my highly conversational expectations of my followers. I have posted about this in the past but have also mellowed out a bit.

Update I just lost 15 more followers !!!!

Update

I think this is going to be an update to my new friends but I never know when I start one of these where I will end up.

I thought about my priority and goals after the post I made yesterday. I came to the conclusion that I was getting greedy for lack of a better word and had gotten away from my original intent of why I blog. I spent a lot of time last night looking through my contacts. I discovered I was following ten people who just post too much or their post are way to long. I enjoyed their post but when I putting that number of blogs I follow at 65 yesterday I surprised myself. I had to unfollow ten people simply to manage my time on here. I wrote them all a message and explained why I was doing it and they all understood. I can no longer spend eight hours a day on here and get anything else done.

This is old hat for people who have been with me for a while and meant mainly for my new friends. I take every Wednesday and Thursday off or away from WordPress completely. It may take me all day but when I return I always catch up with everyone. Just keep in mind I am not ignoring you for those two days I am just unplugged from WordPress.

I was bragging a while back how I had kicked the TV habit and was going with Netflix. I had watched all the movies on there I wanted to and Collage football was coming up, the only sport I follow and watch. I broke down and had Dish Network installed a couple of days ago so I could record these games. I watched three games yesterday and one this morning already. It only cost 20 bucks more than the Netflix I canceled and I really enjoy the sport so I went for it.

Sorry that’s all I can squeeze out of the old brain this morning my mind is elsewhere, don’t know where just not here.

Blogging Days Off 1

I takes me about an hour to get from my place to where I used to live in the country. The first two-thirds of the drive are boring because you use what they call the fly over here. It is basically a freeway above the city from east to west where you can drive 60. The last third is filled with stop lights so I get off and take the back road in. Much more to see and not too much traffic. Everywhere I looked the countryside was green and lush from all the rain we have received. I pulled over and snapped a shot with my phone because my camera was buried in the back.

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The first day there I did nothing but read all day up until I went to bed. I read one book on my kindle and started another. This alone by itself was relaxing because I thought of nothing but the book I was reading. I totally immersed myself in the book not letting my mind wander. That night when I went to bed the only sounds were the air conditioner cycling on and off and the sound of crickets. No cars on the road, music playing or the sounds of people coming and going. Just almost total silence. For the first time in quite a while I slept a solid six hours straight through.

I woke up the next day feeling better already. Drank my normal pot of coffee then started with my back exercises, something I have been neglecting lately then did about an hour of good solid meditation. I tuned on the radio for the first time since I had been there then read a little more. Later in the day I walked around my sisters yard to take some photos. I really wasn’t that in to it so all I ended up with I would describe as snapshots. My Sister takes a lot of pride in Her yard and always has flowers blooming  the yard is filled with lawn ornaments a well watered lawn lots of flowers and flowering bushes. It also has a gold-fish pond and its Her own little oasis where she escapes from the world.

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This plain looking turtle is solar powered  probably 5 years old and still works.

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She also collects lighthouses that are solar powered, this is one of Her newest additions.

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This one I like to call when pigs fly, is also new.

I was walking back across the yard looking at the LCD on my camera reviewing the shots I had taken when I heard Mr. squirrel making a racket. We have a history, He is usually quicker than me and over the years I have managed just a few shots of Him. I quickly put my camera back in the shooting mode zoomed in to find Him and was lucky to get off one shot before He went into hiding.

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The rest of the day I stayed inside because the humidity was in the 90’s and it was just to sticky to go outside. So I just goofed off the remainder of the day, woke up the next morning and headed home feeling better and more importantly relaxed and rejuvenated.