Sunday, September 1, 2013

Time Enough

While Hubby is off visiting family in Florida this weekend, I thought I would spend time reading. I love to read: novels, magazines, newspapers, anything in print. When I was growing up, it was one of my escapes from the horrors of living at home. The habit stayed with me. My husband is blessed with being able to read with noise and distractions. He said they don't bother him, lucky guy. I wish I had that gift. I have to have absolute peace and quiet. So, I thought, I would spend most of the weekend enjoying my second favorite hobby. Right now I'm engrossed in another publication about the Tudor family (late 1400's-early 1500's England) titled "Henry: Virtuous Prince" by David Starkey. Henry the VIII was a fascinating character. He went from idyllic Prince, King and husband to a tyrant. History is a wonderful thing. I've learned lots of the human psychology of what it takes to be a world leader. To have the adulation of millions and to hold control over so many lives must be intoxicating. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," is a very true statement. A person can lose their very soul over it. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" [Mark 8:36] God is so much wiser than the 'wisest' of mankind.

But back to my present-day human condition. I was going to entertain myself with reading this weekend. Ahh, peace and quiet. I would turn off the distractions then start a chapter. Part way in, current events begin to invade my thoughts. "I really need to take care of ... it'll only take a minute ... " And off I go. Work. Bathe this, wash that, tidy this ... blah, blah, blah.

Finally, I've given up. Now I'm watching old Alfred Hitchcock films and blogging. [ha ha]

And for those of you in The Know, Maxie (miniature schnauzer) is still holding on.

Maxie has always been my little girl. I call her "puppy" but next month she will be 15 years old. She was aging gracefully but then suddenly, about a year ago, she was having strange symptoms. So I took her to the Vet and she was diagnosed with Cushings Disease. Now she's not aging well at all thanks to the Cushings compounded by age related cataracts, deafness, and frequent infections. Poor kid has experienced a lot of painful epileptic type episodes that's why I keep her close. She'll still try to cuddle with me but I can tell it's too painful (skin becomes very sensitive). Maxie is the reason I haven't been able to travel for the past several months because boarding her is simply out of the question. It would be down-right cruel to do so. That's OK, I don't mind staying behind. I'll just bear it until she is no longer with us. I'm gonna miss that little dog when she's gone.

Anyway, that's my holiday weekend. I'm still having a good time. At least I've gotten a lot of work done!

But, truth be told, I'd rather be riding or enjoying the cook-out down in Florida. [smile]

Hope y'all have had a nice weekend too. Now back to the movie ...

~Ride Safe~


Simply Linda said...

Aww..I am so sorry about Maxie. UMM..You know..she is 100 yrs old! WOW! (I was just thinking, sorry about that)--I know you love her very much and it would just break my heart if something happened to our Coffee Cup (the 100 lb German Shepherd who thinks he is a puppy). Enjoy your peace and quiet. LOVE YA MY FRIEND.

Blackberry Lane said...

Sweet little Maxie. She is precious. My brother loves the old AH movies, too. Some days, I can't concentrate enough to read, so I stay bush cleaning. Hope you have a good night and give Maxie my love.

linda eller said...

I am a reader too, and can read with the tv blaring or in a waiting room at the doctors office. I have my Kindle with me at all times. I am so sorry about your sweet Maxie, so sad, but you are a good puppy mama. Enjoy the quiet doing anything you want to or nothing!