Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday musings!

True happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment,which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness, and greed. ~Dalai Lama

This is a picture of a kitten named Cassy who lived with us for a short time until we found her a loving home. She is a beautiful cat with soft, fluffy fur and a crazy personality. She loved to play and had the energy of ten cats! But when she got tired she would suddenly pass out wherever she was, her little head would nod a few times and then "wumpf"! hit the bed and she was out.

We like to spend Saturday morning working on the Sunday NY Times crossword, watching taped episodes of First 48 or a movie from Netflix and spending time with the kitties, if life permits! Today, so far, I learned that Scotland is known as "The land of cakes" because of the Scots love of oatcakes, money in Iceland is called "krona" and my cat, Daisy, likes a little pancakes with syrup for breakfast!

I really appreciate the kind comments regarding my last blog about the disability I have. I was a little hesitant to say much at first. The physical maifestation of the disease results in numerous stares when I go out and, although I am used to it after all thesae years, it doesn't mean I like it. When I started blogging, I didn't initially realize there was nothing about it in my profile, it's not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of my life despite that fact that I had to stop working because of my disability. That doesn't sound like it makes sense but it does. In my life, most days, being disabled is just part of me so it doesn't stand out for me. But after I thought about it for a while, it felt a little disingenuous not to talk about it. I'm not embarassed about it and I know it's shaped the person I am. I also know some people will like me less because of it, some will like me more but most people it won't matter too. Thank you!

Jane gave me some wonderful book recommendations! Thank you! I love recommendations! Has anybody heard of, or better yet, read A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell, a novel sequence of twelve-volumes. Yep, 12! I never heard about it until hubbie read about the books in God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens. The books sound interesting but 12 seems like a lot. If anybody has read some or all of them or knows anything about them, I'd love ot know!

I have some reviews to write and Saturday things to do! I hope you have a lovely Saturday!



  1. Thanks for sharing Amy! I like you just the same, if not a little better! Have a great Saturday. I was lucky and there was no one home. I know one day I will not like that, but I sure like the empty house now. Just me and the two dogs and peace and quiet!

  2. Amy: thank you for your honesty. You write beautifully.

  3. My husband and I do the same thing on Sunday recorded episodes of The First 48...we love that show! Also, it is a time to spend with our furry children, playing and loving on them. We are so lucky to have them in our lives, aren't we? :)
    Have a great day.

  4. I was sorry to read about your disability and how difficult things have been for you. You are a wonderful person who does wonderful thing and deserves the best from life.

    Glad you found Cassey a home. She looks like a sweetie.

    Have a great week ahead. :)

  5. Hi Amy - I haven't read it but about 10 years ago the BBC made an amazing miniseries adaptation of a Dance to the Music of Time - it is an epic story covering a range of mainly upperclass and intellegentsia style people between WW1 and the 1970s in London mainly but also in Cairo and various other places. Some unforgettable characters including the odious Widmerpool who we first see as an ungainly dork who then becomes a powerful politician. YOu have inspired me to read it...!!

  6. It sounds like a wonderful Saturday morning tradition. I'm a crossword puzzle fan, myself.

    I think you have a wonderful attitude about your disability. Shame on anyone who would like you less because of it.

    Cassy is adorable! I'm sure she is a joy to the family that adopted her.

  7. Cassy is beautiful! Great of you to find her a good home.
    I love to do crossword puzzles, too, but the one in USA Today is enough of a challenge for me. Don't tell me you do the NYTimes one in ink!!!!
    I think you're brave for writing about your disability. I'd like to know more about it.
    Just finished yet another Harlan Coben book -- Hold Tight. It was quite good. I'm about to read Hiaasen's Stormy Weather.

  8. I like you just the same Amy. Disabilities do not make a person. Those who base their opinions of people on stuff like that aren't worth having as friends. Your cats are all so beautiful. I couldn't live without my furkid. He's the best!