Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My New Days!

Did you ever have one of those decisions in life that just came to you and you knew it was right? That has happened.

My husband
and I have made the decision for me to postpone my schooling for now. My assuming degree at the moment would only be pandering, and there are more pressing matters. I am stopping and Loki, our St. Bernard that we are training to be my handicap assist dog are going to school. We also will be putting Ming Fou, our little chow chow in puppy preschool, and she will be trained to be a therapy dog.

Our Writer's Group
is coming up in November, too. This will allow me more time to work on the conference, my charity groups, hobbies and spoil my new husband and the 10 furries. See, it did not take any time at all to fill up that school time?

It feels right - I will be letting you know how it goes. But for now, school is still in session until August 24th.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Hours

My husband and I just watched the movie The Hours. It was incredible. I have watched more movies in the time since I met my husband, than the whole of my life, and really good ones. This was superb. I already have signed up for one of Virginia Woof's books in, curious after the movie.

After my post yesterday, today is quite an interesting study. And the movie seems to follow my present path of thinking with it. My day started quite ordinary. We were up early, since my husband has decided to start running again. I had fed and cleaned up after the furries and scallies and all of a sudden Loki, our St. Bernard, got a very tummy sick. My husband took care of the mess and I tried to comfort the little 145 pd guy. He seems so small to me when he is sick.

My husband went to work and I decided to spend the day at home with our sick boy. I had planned on going in town and getting my name changed today and my hair cut. Quite indulging girly things, it seems now. All of a sudden none of that mattered. We are married and me and my husband, and our friends and family, know that I am Mrs. It can wait. Our baby can not.

As I watched him sleep today I tried to calm my fears by doing housework. After the "babies" I attacked the kitchen and the laundry, made puppy stew and tried to push the fear from my mind of how I would ever be able to get him to the vet if something really bad would happen.

All of a sudden my "assist dog" would be depending on me. He is not a cat, no matter how often he responds to "kitty, kitty". I could not lift him. There are no animal ambulances. My only salvation in emergency is that he faithfully follows me when I ask, and most other times. Especially if he thinks I am upset. I would be upset.

I moved on to my school work. Becoming frustrated at times, but finishing at least the work for today. I have not showered, too scared to be in a vulnerable position if something went wrong. Finally I asked my husband when he could come home. He came.He is worried too, and womehow all of us together, made it feel more safe.

By then Loki was starting to eat a little, drink and relieve himself. His little chow sister, Ming Fou is trying to irritate him back to life. She is at least winning at one of these. He has finally eaten a full bowl of food as my husband went off to his volunteer time. As I look at my reflection in the computer screen I look like a mother who has had a sick child and desperetly needs to shower and change clothes. I shall do that now.

These have been my hours today. They have been full, hard and fulfilling.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Housewife Politics

As I do my daily chores and activities I am amazed at how easy it is to forget that we will be making a decision in November that will effect every aspect of our lives. Caught in daily tasks it is easy to think that no matter what happens, life will just go on as usual. And even if it does, is that good? What am I doing to help make changes? Is my daily life worthwhile politically?

In my younger days I was involved with many special interest groups. I marched and boycotted and signed petitions. I worked in the fields the the UFW, worked in soup kitchens and gave up meals in the hopes that others could eat.

Today I get up early with my new husband. We start the morning with taking immediate care of our 8 cats and 2 dogs and an aquarium. (We have been involved with fostering before, so yes we are parents of 10.) I spend a good amount of time in their care, since I cook most of the canine food. I also feed the birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and have places for them all to nest. Preserving wildlife is important to me.

I keep a small garden. (I am a newlywed!) We try to find ways to recycle, give to charity. We volunteer at organizations - but what can this do for the elections? I go to school online, for my own benefit and to be an example to women in our community. Is my education being of benefit to the country?

As I do needlecraft for charities and spend time with Alzheimer's groups I wonder what will happen to these people if we do not effect the election. More and more is needed each year, and less and less seems to be there and there are no easy answers. As I quilt with the ladies and hold office at ladies aid I wonder who will lose their homes, paying their or their loved one's hospital bills. And what can one person do? Not much, unless the one person are lawmakers and presidents. And they do not do it alone. They need us to vote them in.

Each day I spend time reading various political essay blogs. To keep abreast at what is going on and to have intelligent conversation with my husband. We join politcal organizations, but at the end of the day, it looks like not much as been accomplished on the elective front.

This is not a very informative blog. It has many questions. And I do not know the answers to them. Any ideas to make a fulfilled life of more use?