End of Week Ramblings

So this post is not the usual upbeat and well thought out post that I generally attempt to publish. I’m just not feeling in that ‘zone’ this week. I can’t put my finger on exactly what the issue is though. I am happy and motivated each morning but the minute I walk through the door after work in the afternoon I just sag. I’ve been laying down (either on the bed or the couch) generally and dozing off for or an hour or so. When I wake up I’m no better. If it wasn’t for my wonderful other half, our little family wouldn’t eat at all most nights. Continue reading

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A Lesson in Gratitude from a Four Legged Diva

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Meet my cat “Smudge”. Smudge is a British Blue shorthair. She also believes that she is descended from the English royal family. If not the royal family, definitely the aristocracy.¬†Smudge goes about everything she does in her own time and hands out affection on her own terms. If we do the wrong thing by her (in her eyes) then she will meow piteously and tear around the house in a hair-brained fashion until she believes we have been punished enough. She lets us know when she is hungry by pulling magnets off the refrigerator and leaving them on the floor. Continue reading

Make Mine a Labrador

Winston Churchill is famous for a lot of things particularly some of the things he said. Perhaps the one thing that he said that resonates most with me are his comments about depression. Like many people in this world (great or otherwise), he was diagnosed with clinical depression. Mr Churchill referred to his diagnosis as the ‘Black Dog’.¬† The fact that he gave his suffering a name would indicate that it was a constant companion. Throughout his life he often referred to the impact that his depression had on his life such as the time he stated that if he stood on a train platform he would like a pole between him and the oncoming train. It wasn’t fear of trains that made him say this. It was his fear of doing something irrational to ease his suffering. Winston Churchill was not the only great man to suffer. Abraham Lincoln also said that at times he was the “most miserable man alive”. Continue reading