hey! Happy Monday!! blech. . i'm not entirely genuine when i wish you a Happy Monday, cuz Mondays. . .ugh. I remember a song in the 80s, i think Geldoff's "Boomtown Rats" penned it! "I Don't Like Mondays" . . i'm not THAT averse to them that i'd want to shoot anyone or anything. . they're just so icky. Have you ever heard that you shouldn't buy a vehicle made on a Monday or a Friday?. . Mondays everyone's not wanting to end their w/e, and Fridays they can't wait to start their w/e!!! But this is a "Monday post" so, let's stick with the first day of the week. I'm in favour of having a "double weekend", Anyone else? My friend Bruce used to get philosophical and say that his life was just nothing but "5 and 2, Kathy, 5 and 2 -- what's it all about?" *5 days of work - 2 days of unpaid work!* Ever feel like your weekend is a 'marathon' to cram all the stuff you need to do all week but can't get to cuz you have to work?!!! And if you're a church-going person, you only have a 1 day weekend. . so you have half the time in which to do ALL THOSE THINGS! and its super crammed full of 'stuff' and usually UNFUN stuff. . . cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, errands. Bruce is right, life can sure feel like 5 and 2!!!
But you know, i'm looking out of my sliding glass door into my back yard as i write this. . . the sky is this beautiful pastel blue. . i can see the evidence of a couple of jets' recent journeys there and i'm wishin' i was on one!!! (back to counting the blessings here. . focus! ) i see my grandkids' toys scattered around the lawn and think of their visit yesterday!! CUTIES! i had some great home made spaghetti and meatballs for supper, my dog got a haircut Saturday and she looks like a million doggie bucks!! *pretty Maggie!* its almost canoe season *yes, i'm looking at my canoe out here!! * Plus, an old friend dropped me an email today, Everybody Loves Raymond was very funny just now - i have a fresh case of Diet Coke with Lime in the fridge!!! and yeah, its Monday and yet all these good things?!! Hey! maybe i should make it a Monday habit to 'count my blessings'. . sounds hokey but seems to do the trick!!! Actually, i may seem irreverent, but counting blessings is something that i am sometimes challenged to do by others, or i will just make it a point to do it at other times; either way its always a great help with perspective and makes me a lot less whiny and a lot more grateful to God for all of life . . . even Mondays!!!
Now for something completely different. . . . Read this! (selection of the new Pope)
I know very little about Catholic ways, so if i seem stunned, its cuz i am!!! So, all these cardinals (interesting that their robes are red like cardinal birds!) BAH! they're in their conclave. . .is that kind of like an enclave?? and they're going through the election process and the debate is: (pardon the oversimplistic summarizing) Do we stay traditional or do we get with the times? don't get me started on THAT one!!!! oh boy. . . (that's another post to do with my former denomination) So, when the day is done and the vote results are in they send smoke signals to those on the outside, to let them know the outcome!!!!??? I've never heard that. . i've only been alive for over 4 decades, yet i had no clue. It kinda struck me funny, I don't know why!!! in this day of technology overload, the Vatican sends out smoke signals?!!! ha ha!!! Not only is the smoke signal thing unsual, but the COLOUR of the smoke means certain things. . . Today it was "dark smoke". . . which means back to the drawing board!!! Did anyone know about this 'pope picking process'? oooh, i can certainly alliterate, fancy shmantzy!!! heh heh. . (actually i hate when people overuse literary devices!!!)
oh boy. . anyway, i'll close for now. I feel like my mind is jumping all over the place today! even moreso than usual. i'll blame it on the diet coke and the brownie!