Dreamer’s World January 1 2017 – Daily Prompt – Year

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I suppose that “Year” is the most appropriate daily prompt to start 2017 with. In the cosmic sense of things, a year is only  the way that we have chosen to measure time. It is an abstract concept that has been molded to meet our needs and has become widely accepted.

To me personally, a year doesn’t evolve much beyond that point. It signifies a way in which I am judged to be older than I was yesterday, especially since my birthday is later this month. A year gives us a sense of time within our own lives. I know that 2017 means that at some point I will become 53 years old, that my relationship with Hal (person) will enter its 17th year. Hal The Cat will be in his 2nd year with us, Stevie Nicks will be in her 6th year, and Spartacus will begin his 15th year with us.

I will be in my 11th year on the job that I still love doing. I will be looking forward to another March Madness. There will be another Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. There will be trials and tribulations, good times and bad, old friends fading away and new ones to take their places. In reality nothing really changes on a personal level. The combined effects of the time that we have already spent will become more apparent with each passing day regardless of what year it is.

People who use the excuse of this day as some type of new beginning are fooling themselves because today is nothing more than, as Oingo Boingo put it, just another day. Use today as a measuring point for your life, don’t let it define or limit you. Make the most of today and let everyone else fret over the year thing.

Dreamer’s World January 01 2017 – My Personal Manifesto for 2017

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And so this year begins, with all of the negativity from 2016 still seeping into this year as we face the prospect of Nazis coming to power in America. This is something that our parents and grandparents would have screamed at the top of their lungs to prevent. Sadly, this generation of Americans has failed them after having been trusted with the country that we all care so much about.

Fear has replaced optimism in this country. Fear is necessary for tyrants to come to power because it overwhelms the more rational parts of our brain with its incessant nagging and seditious whispering that we are all at risk from “the others” who remarkably never seem to appear in plain sight to be easily identified. Rather, “the others” are always lurking just out of our sight, at the edges of our vision in the area where irrational fears always thrive.

Our future is at stake. We have never faced a clearer choice about the direction of this country, whether to move forwards and away from fear, or to retreat and surrender to that fear. I choose to go forward. The alternative is simply unacceptable. When those who are slaves to fear criticize me, I will draw strength in my convictions, because they are willingly surrendering their own freedom and I can use their strength that they give up as well as my own in the coming struggle.

I have fought for this country. I didn’t fight to preserve it to see it given away by a bunch of sheep who do not deserve to be called Americans. I will honor those who fought and died to protect this country, not those who are too afraid to protect it against the enemy that dwells within.

Our history is filled with those who have tried to wreck this country from within. Each time, We The People have responded by defeating these lunatics. Too often it has taken far longer than we would have liked. The struggle for Equality for all Americans is never-ending, but we have never willingly chosen to move backwards before. I refuse to do so now.

This is my personal manifesto for 2017.

Dreamer’s World December 31 2016 Daily Prompt – Hopeful

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I suppose that a word like “Hopeful” is a great choice for the last day of what has been a dreadful year. It is far too easy to look back in despair instead of looking forward to a better tomorrow at a time like this, but I will try.

The new year will mark the 17th anniversary for Hal (person) and myself being together. It doesn’t seem like it has been that long to be honest. My hope is that this will simply be the first of many more anniversaries that we will share with each other.

2017 will also mark the year that the Nazis finally came to power in America. I am hopeful that the vast majority of the American people will awaken to this danger and that this will lead to a new spirit of action and participation in our democracy, one which will replace the complacency that has brought us to this ruinous point.

I am hopeful that people will come together and realize that our similarities far outweigh our differences, and that only by working together can we move past this difficult time. I am hopeful that we will work to protect one another from the extremists that threaten us all, and that we will reject the mantra of hatred and mistrust that we now face.

We cannot turn back time. As tempting as it would be to not enter 2017 because of the threats that we face as mentioned above, but that isn’t possible. Besides, everyone is in agreement that 2016 has been a terrible year, and why would we want to remain stuck in this. The only hopeful thing to do is to prepare ourselves for the struggle and to emerge victorious.

Dreamer’s World December 30 2016

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Today was officially an early day at work. I am done for the day, the week, the month, and the year at work. Now I am putting together my plan for the rest of today and this evening. Sadly, there is nothing terribly exciting to report. The most exciting thing I have to do so far is go to the grocery store. Rather than feel sad about the lack of excitement, I prefer to look at things from the perspective of not being worried about anything this afternoon and of being fortunate enough to not have to worry about things.

Hal (person) is resting as his medication finally begins to take effect. I have honestly thought about a nap myself, but I think it can wait until after my trip to the grocery store. We are staying here at home tonight as well as tomorrow evening. The last thing that I need is to be out on the road tomorrow night surrounded by a bunch of idiots, several of whom will undoubtedly have had too much to drink and present a clear danger to themselves and others. Add to that the fact that every place around now wants to screw people out of their money by hosting some “special” New Year’s Eve event, and the reasons for staying at home are set.

We will be perfectly happy here at home with The Stooges. We are very fortunate to be safe and warm, and able to provide a home to The Stooges. This is no small accomplishment, and we are proud of what we have done here over our many years together. In fact, we will soon be celebrating our 17th anniversary together. It doesn’t seem possible at times that we have been together for so long, but there are still plenty of times when it feels like we just met as well. I think that happiness and variety are the keys to a successful relationship. Never taking each other for granted nor allowing ourselves to become bored means that we are always finding new ways to communicate and make sure that the love stays alive. Add The Stooges to that equation, and things will always work out.

I made my trip to the store and actually saw and felt snow falling from a mostly sunny sky. There was a dark cloud that caused the offending snowflakes and the surprised look shared by myself and others. This area is notorious for over-reacting to the mere mention of the word “snow” so I was surprised that there were not multiple accidents in the grocery store parking lot as a result of the snowflakes.

After returning home I began to do laundry. With some luck, I will be able to finish all of it by bedtime this evening, at least that is my plan right now. It feels good to be here at home and to know that there is nowhere else that I really need to go to.

Dreamer’s World December 29 2016 – Good News For A Change

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Yesterday was a busy day for me. In addition to my ongoing recovery from the flu and an upper respiratory infection, I traveled to the client’s office in the morning. Thankfully, most of the people were out of the office and I didn’t have to worry as much about what might happen if I was around someone else who might be sick. The informal meeting went very well, there was plenty of concern expressed about how I was doing and well wishes for the recovery.

In the afternoon, right after work, I went to the doctor for the follow-up visit regarding all the troubles I have been experiencing as well as to get the results of the blood work that was drawn during my appointment last week. The blood draw was a part of my regular diabetic care routine, and I was afraid that the numbers would be all screwed up as a result of how I felt that particular day. To my astonishment, my numbers were in excellent condition! I was completely stunned by that news, I had fully expected to request another round of blood work after I completed my recovery.

In addition to that good news, my recovery is in full swing now. I feel so much better than I did at this time last week and now my focus is on Hal (person) who has continued to struggle with the same flu and upper respiratory infection that laid me out so severely. His doctor did NOT prescribe any medication and I find that criminally negligible, to be honest. This afternoon I am taking Hal to see that doctor once again. I will not enter his office both to protect myself and to prevent me from really unloading on Hal’s doctor about his decisions involving Hal’s care.

My doctor told me yesterday, upon hearing about the trouble that Hal is having, that he would gladly accept Hal as a new patient provided that his insurance is accepted with his office. When I told Hal about this, he seemed interested in making the switch to my doctor. I hope that he follows through on this. I am still worried about him, although he is slightly better over the past 2 days, there is NO REASON he should ever have been allowed to go through this in the first place!

Having said all that, I have to remain focused on the good news and that is I am recovering and my overall health is good. I cannot describe the relief that I felt yesterday when I got that news. My goal now is to maintain the practices and habits that have brought me to this point in order to maintain things and hopefully improve them as time goes on. One thing that is easy to improve upon is to drink more water each day. I can manage that without too much trouble.

The middle of the day has arrived. I have conducted my weekly meeting via conference call and now the rest of the afternoon will be quiet until I take Hal to his doctor appointment.

After I took Hal to his appointment, we had to go to multiple CVS locations until we found one that had the antibiotics he needed (finally) available. Even with that, filling his prescription took several hours and it wasn’t completed until nearly 1900 in the evening. I hope that he will get better quickly like I did.

Dreamer’s World December 27 2016

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This is the morning when I am returning to work after my illness. I am still weak but I feel much better overall. I go for my follow-up visit with the doctor tomorrow afternoon and I won’t be surprised if my blood work was all messed up last week because I was so sick.

At least there will be no tedious meetings this week to drain the energy that I have. I am already going through all of the emails that piled up while I was out, and that will take most of the morning. I will have to work with the company to correct my timesheet for last pay period as well in order to get paid on time, but I think that won’t be a problem given the circumstances.

I hope that Hal (person) feels better today. It things work out we are going to get out of the apartment this afternoon to get some fresh air and try to recharge our inner batteries after the last week of pure shit. I don’t think that I was ever as sick as I was last week, I am still somewhat surprised that I was not put in the hospital to be honest, but the main thing is that I feel better now and can work on getting my strength back.

I wish that I had been more consistent with my blog, but I simply could not find the energy to write. I am still in a funk as far as something to write about, perhaps that will sort itself out now that I am feeling better. I did start my walking this morning, and I will get in as much as I can today and try to get back to normal as soon as possible.

Dreamer’s World December 24 2016 – Peace And Love

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I am looking out of the window on this rainy Xmas Eve morning and noticing the extra traffic. I wonder how many of those vehicles are filled with people stressing out over this last day to shop before tomorrow. There is a mall less than a mile away and it has been extremely busy this season, at least judging from the parking lot. I personally don’t do the holiday shopping thing, nor do I care to watch other people act like rats in a controlled experiment as they run from store to store in search of some stimuli.

Since both Hal (person) and I are recovering from respiratory infections, we have spent the last week here at home. We have had no need to be out shopping. We have what we need here. We have enough, we don’t need more. The Stooges are happy and know that they are loved. Gifts are a thing of the past because I feel that time is the greatest gift that we can give to each other, not things.

Fortunately, I am feeling much better today than I have in over a week. Hal’s recovery is a few days behind mine, so I am keeping an eye on him. He believes that I am smothering him, after nearly 17 years I wonder why that surprises him still. If I didn’t love him, I wouldn’t be with him at all, let alone caring for him when he is under the weather.

At any rate, I am still watching the traffic navigate through the rain and thinking how thankful I am to be here, warm and safe at this time of year. We should never take things for granted, we should cherish each moment, the good and the bad. The good moments will always sustain us, and the bad moments will always remind us of how far we have come.

I am looking out of the window on this rainy Xmas Eve morning and noticing the extra traffic. I wonder how many of those vehicles are filled with people stressing out over this last day to shop before tomorrow. There is a mall less than a mile away and it has been extremely busy this season, at least judging from the parking lot. I personally don’t do the holiday shopping thing, nor do I care to watch other people act like rats in a controlled experiment as they run from store to store in search of some stimuli.

Since both Hal (person) and I are recovering from respiratory infections, we have spent the last week here at home. We have had no need to be out shopping. We have what we need here. We have enough, we don’t need more. The Stooges are happy and know that they are loved. Gifts are a thing of the past because I feel that time is the greatest gift that we can give to each other, not things.

Fortunately, I am feeling much better today than I have in over a week. Hal’s recovery is a few days behind mine, so I am keeping an eye on him. He believes that I am smothering him, after nearly 17 years I wonder why that surprises him still. If I didn’t love him, I wouldn’t be with him at all, let alone caring for him when he is under the weather.

At any rate, I am still watching the traffic navigate through the rain and thinking how thankful I am to be here, warm and safe at this time of year. We should never take things for granted, we should cherish each moment, the good and the bad. The good moments will always sustain us, and the bad moments will always remind us of how far we have come.