Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Listen to the sounds ...

Riley is swirly on Wednesday

It's a rainy Wednesday
Poured all night
Like I was in the tropical jungle
Birds are singing
Coffee is good
Riley is being helpful
Bella is snoozing by my feet

Yesterday was an interesting day
Highs and lows but fun
My life is a bit frustrating
No matter how hard I try
Something happens
I will start again
I will not give up
Even if the world wants me to
Nope, not me

I might be old and worn
I wish I were wise
With all my wrinkles
You'd think I would be

My goals are~
 To not let things get me down
To pick myself up and keep going
Enjoy the little things
Listen to the sounds
Don't ever give up on who I am
Disappointment can last for only a few hours
I can only control what I do

What's your list ?
What's been bothering you ?
When life gets you down what do you do?

~ JC ~


Anya said...

I love your philosophy. Alas, when I get down, I only sink further down. I dwell, I wallow - tend to the pessimistic side. Always have been this way - with some bright spots here and there - usually the simple things, like watching my cats do what they do best: just be. or an afternoon off work (today!) - so I can do some much needed gardening. I wish I were different, but that's who I am. And having really sad things happen, like Chesney's disappearance, only makes me worse. I like your writing.

Remington said...

I heard once that when things don't go the way we want them to it is called Divine Interuption. It is God's way of making us do things differently than what we planned and that things will be even better than what we thought but not on our time table. I try really hard to think of that when things change....just a thought....

Kea said...

Lovely new photo for your header!

I'm sending lots of positive energy for smoother "sailing" in the days ahead.

I've struggled with low/moderate depression for almost my entire life (most of it unknowingly), so while I'm in a good place now, I don't cope well with upheaval and stress. I tend to turn to food (sweets) for comfort, which is a not-good-for-me thing. I also use my picture-taking as my therapy. And the cats, of course. :-)

Anonymous said...

We all have good days and bad days but when we can find peace at the end of the day and can lay our head down and fall asleep we know their is a higher power and their will be another day to wake and smell the coffee and smell the roses and see the beauty in what is ahead to change our path and hope to find enter peace along our way.

Anonymous said...

FURst of all, that picture is HISSterical!!! And aside from car trouble and house in need of repairs and not EVER having enough money, things are ok.

Jacqueline said...

Great way to look at things=being positive and believing in yourself is the best way to start the day!...I try to practice gratitude and being happy in the moment everyday=hard to do sometimes, but always worth the effort!...Life and change are tough; hang in there.

Brian said...

I thought Riley was shaking his head yes...treats!

Furkidsmom said...

Mom snuggles with us when she's feeling down.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Pam said...

What's bugging me is my to-do list. It just keeps growing and growing. I feel like I'm running in place.

Darlene said...

I tend to be alot like you, alot of shitty times some good. What eases my mind and soul are gardening, sitting and looking up at the sky( night or day) being able to hug and pet one of my fur babies, getting a purr and kiss or a lick and a wet nose. Nothing better then that. Right now my main goal is having cataract surgery in my right eye, has had many retinal problems so it is a specialist to do it. That will be on july 14th. Now I need to wait and chill right!!

Felted House said...

I can't cope if any relationships in my life are not going well - recently it has been our relationship with our neighbours that I have found so hard. They are nice people, just very different from us, very, very tidy and not AT ALL cat-people! I've always felt we are never good enough, never tidy enough, never making quite enough effort, even though we do try, and am terrified that Archie, who is all full of kitten curiosity and bounce, will bounce on over into their house and upset them. When I'm down I imagine worst-case-scenarios constantly - how silly it is to dwell on these things that may never happen! But I can't switch off the constant downward spiral of anxiety in my head. I'm trying a herbal calming remedy, and have decided to seek out the neighbours whenever possible for day-to-day conversations - after all, it's ridiculous that after 14 years living next door we don't really know them, and I'd really like to know them more. So I have wallowed in a bit of irrational despair and feelings of mild depression, but am trying now to DO something positive! And I hope in time we will smile much more often at each other over the hedge! So I'm trying now to look forward with a bit more hope, and in the meantime I'm eating rather too many Tunnock's Caramel Wafers - I don't know if you have anything similar over there, I'll regret it tomorrow but they do taste nice now! xx

Lucy the Cat said...

Cute picture of Riley and I love your banner photo!

There's no doubt that life is hard. My faith in the Lord Jesus is what gets me through. I know I have eternal life through Him, but also He says, "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt 11) Anyway, He has always been faithful to me.

JC said...

Thank You to all of you for sharing with me. Today so far has been an ok day. Rainy & cold but I've had a bit of lemon tea so that helped. Birds are still entertaining Riley & Meredith.

Not to say what's going on in my life but let's just say that recovering from a coma isn't easy. You are left looking normal but that brain that was in so much trouble well .. it gets tired sometimes.

Add in any other stress and well you get my life. I want peace. I think clearer that way.

I can't even tell you what my headaches are like. I've had them my whole life but after coma .. well, no one knows but me.

I live each day with what I wake up to. Always trying to go on. Just like I did when I first woke up.

I'm not the same person. I never will be. There are those times though when I am .. if just for a moment .. and I remember who I was. And, then it's gone and I'm back to being who I am.

And add in old age and any health problems that want to visit and well some days or weeks or months are hard for me.

Today though is what I would call an ok day. Tomorrow will be even better. I am determined to continue on. To be the best I can be. I might forget that from time to time but that's what I want ...

So, may you all have a Grand evening. Listen to those birds. They really are a least to me.

Oh, and pet those purr and fur balls and if you are a writer ... which I pretend to be from time to time ... write it out and even if no one reads it but you ... it was marvelous darlings ...

And a big Wow Meow
And off I go to continue my list for the day

Cheyenne -Millie said...

The swirly Riley is very interesting! We hopes that you are coping. We are sorry you have headaches daily.

LeAnn said...

Lovely thoughts JC. I am trying to get out of my head more lately.

My blog is DRIVING ME NUTS!!!!! You zoomed right past me--- how can I make my blog easier to work with. It is such a pain to post pics that I don't even try to write unless I have a lot of time. That one with Malley took me an hour and a half and it didn't even look like what I wanted.
How do you get yours to look so great??? HELP ME CATMAMA!!

JC said...

LeAnn ~ I sent you a long email telling you all about how to do photos and that you ought to redo your design to the new ones. Get back to me when you've tried those ...

JC said...

Kea ~ Thanks ... the photo was taken while I was at the beach place. I'm on the deck looking out at the water by my place. Those are my trees and the green bush like trees need to be cut down cause they are blocking the view.

Laila and Minchie said...

Oh, Riley, can you teach us how to do that?

Sammy and Andy said...

Our mama says prayer is her consent answer.

MOL.....Riley is really jamming!!!!!!!!


Roses and Lilacs said...

Love that photo!!!

Over thinking things is the worst enemy. I don't 'try' to be positive or look on the bright side. I try not to dwell on it at all. If it makes me sad, I don't think about it unless I can change it.

Carolynn said...

When life gets me down, the best thing I can do is list all the things I'm grateful for. It changes my perspective immediately and, I believe, shifts things for the better in the unseen realms.

"Keep on swimmin', Keep on swimmin'" Dora (Finding Nemo)

Thank you for so enthusiastically encouraging & supporting me over at my place today.


Feral Female said...

Great philosophy. I usually write when I`m down.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Riley looks like he is headbanging in that picture!

Well I like your plan of having goals, and the idea of getting up when life gets you down. My goals - get the cats to get along, get the house clean, get a new job - nothing dramatic. And what has me down now - that would also be my job - but I keep reminding myself that at least I have a job. I often wonder how long that reminder will work - I can't picture tricking myself with it for much longer.

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a great attitude! Keep up the good work and I hope things ease up on you.


Purrfect Haven said...

Well there is a lot happening with you JC, I add my support here, along with all the others, whose comments are so interesting and eye opening. I wish EVERYONE well. You mentioned the new header ober at my blog and I made it using the site it is an amazing site... all free... so enjoy! Take care, Love Helen x

There comes a time in your life when you walk away from all of the drama and the people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for those who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.

~ Jose N. Harris

Characters In My Garden

Purr Gang ~ My five cats

Cats ~ Al, Ashton Rosevelt, Jasmine Marie, Riley Andrew & Meredith Ann

Fur Gang ~ Jodie Isabella and Sally Jean
(The Original member, Sweet Bella is in memory only now. Maddy Jean, another original member, past away in August of 2014)

Mr. Boatman ~ my husband who likes boats

DD ~ my daughter who graduated and is now out living in the real world

DS or Dson ~ my son is studying computer science and math

Maddy Jean & Bella

Maddy Jean & Bella
Both gone but never forgotten

Jodie Isabella

Jodie Isabella


I adopted him from our local Humane Society


Adopted from my local horse supply store


I adopted her from Purrfect Pals


I adopted him from the local Humane Society

Meredith Ann

Meredith Ann
I adopted her from Purrfect Pals