Thursday, February 05, 2009

The business...

This sleeping business that I am doing at night, and that used to be such a problem, is turning into something I'm becoming very good at, even if I have a nap on the sofa in the evening before I go to bed. I wake up around 8:30 AM and frankly, I could sleep some more, but I get up for the animals. I could easily pick up my book and read and fall asleep again for another hour or so, but I know that the critters must be fed and taken care of. Besides, sleeping too much isn't a good thing either, as it puts you on the wrong schedule and messes with your waking hours.

I drank horrible strong black coffee and my stomach does not agree with it. It protests loudly in the form of burps, but I must drink it, because I need the caffeine. I would have been happy with a cold cola too. As long as it takes care of the craving. It takes two mugs to get me at running speed and then I'm ready to take my medicines and get dressed and take the Überhund out.

This morning it wasn't cold for a change, the weather was almost pleasant and balmy. Right now it is 6 degrees Celsius as a matter of fact, and there is no wind and only a little bit of rain now and then. That means the Überhund and I can go farther afield and stay out a little longer and not freeze our buns off. He takes the short way home all the time, he's just as eager to get home as I am. I'll take him for a longer walk this afternoon and let him sniff all over the place again at the places where he hasn't been for a while.

I went grocery shopping and had so many groceries in my shopping bag and my bike bags, that I was afraid to get on my bike for the first tricky part in the parking lot and out the exit and onto the road where there was much traffic. I was sure that I was going to wobble and fall over and cause an accident. I didn't get on my bike until I got to a straight stretch of the road where there was little traffic and even then I thought my handlebar would give out.

While packing my groceries into my bike bags, I was approached by a very neat looking homeless person who was selling a street magazine. I bought one and he thanked me many times with his hand on his heart and I thought, "Really, this is nothing, this is just a tiny little deed, it is not even going to get me into heaven." I watched the other people walk by him with slightly disapproving and disgusted faces and I felt sorry for him. Is it so much effort to be kind and part with a little bit of your money and help someone out? Apparently it is, but it does make me feel that I should do more.

When I got home, I had to make several trips to get all the groceries inside and then, after I put them away, I very gratefully made myself a cup of coffee with milk in it. Boy, did that taste good. Life can be so full of these little pleasures. Milk or no milk, it makes so much difference. I realize how lucky I am that I can make choices like this. That I have the freedom and the opportunity to make them. I am always at that place in my life where I am very aware of those less fortunate than myself and how narrow the gap is that separates us.

The Überhund watches me put away the groceries with much interest. If he sees things come by that are especially noteworthy to him, he starts to make noise. Like, "Hey, I want some of that." Toby is also always right in the middle of things and he prefers to climb into the shopping bag before I can even empty it. It's fun to be the focus of so much attention and to be so appreciated for bringing good things home. At least I know my efforts are not for naught. The Überhund always gets a treat, something small to reward his interest. There's no reward for Toby, he just has to eat his kibbles.

Today I'm wearing a cardigan that I had sort of forgotten about, so I am much pleased. The bedroom is kind of dark, even with the lights on and it is sometimes hard to see what is in my closet, packed as it is. Quite by accident I run into things that I have not seen for awhile. You might say that my closet is one of surprises.

Well, I'm off to read some blogs. I may be running a little behind.

Have a good day, everyone.



VioletSky said...

You have brought a little joy to so many - the homeless man, Uberhund, and even Toby for giving him something new to be curious about. And also curious us, for giving us another insight into your day.

I have a dresser of surprises because if I put something away into a dark space, it becomes hidden and thus forgotten about!

Babaloo said...

I went off all caffeine over a week ago and I'm feeling fantastic. Got lots more energy. The first 2 days were a bit rough but it's so worth it!

Your wardrobe sounds great! Unfortunately, I know only too well what's in mine. Nothing exciting, I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

I could often go back to bed and sleep the morning away once Amy's gone to school.

CJ xx

Maggie May said...

I saw a little light that was ideal for a wardrobe (closet). It is run by batteries and sticks on the door. You just push it to turn it on and push it again to turn off. Makes quite a difference in a dark corner.

Be careful on your bike! Sounds like you are overloaded!
Hope you sleep well Irene at the proper times. X

Milo said...

Uberhund is one smart little fellow alight... taking the shortest way home, LOL!

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about having to have that morning coffee or cola. Lately, I have been craving diet coke in the am. It just tastes so good and gets the fuzzies out of my head.

I love when you talk about the walks with you and the Uberhound. You two really go on some adventures. My dogs and cat do the same thing when I come it with bags of groceries. It is like having little kids, waiting for their treats. The cat is usually out of luck.

I'm glad to hear that you are trying to stay on a good sleep schedule. You are so right about not sleeping too much. Sleep has been know to be my major escape, so I have to be careful.

Have a good night, my friend. As always, thanks for the warm and supportive comment.

John said...

I love your headers - they are all unique, bold, lively - so great, Irene.

Wisewebwoman said...

It sounds like you need a little trailer for your bike, Irene.
I finally got your lovely card today, forwarded by my wonderful postmaster in NL.
Thank you it is so pretty and cheers up my office space here in Toronto.
I'm travelling lighter these days, dropped off 5 bags of clothes to Goodwill on the weekend.

Maureen said...

Ha! A closet of surprises!!! Daughter and I went to a warehouse store last weekend. I treated myself for five tops! I couldn't resist two that were only $ 5 each.... bright red cotton shirts; which I love. It is such a treat to indeed take pleasure the small things; you are so right about the thin line that separates us all, economics-wise.