January 26, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2008
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and COOOOLD

. . . .9 degrees Fahrenheit out there today, and we have no heat.

Not acceptable.

Today’s poem on Circadian: “Simplicity” by Ann Smith.

Thanks for the words of encouragement, everybody. Your love and support is greatly appreciated. I sometimes feel that the Fates are trying to test me to see how badly I want this – dangling all sorts of theatre jobs and writing jobs in front of me and making me choose. So I’m choosing, but who the heck can ever tell ahead of time, tarot or no tarot, which choice is right?

Got some work done on the short story “The Man on the Yoga Mat”. Not flowing as well as I’d like – I think I may have to rearrange some of it and come up with a stronger opening. But I had to write my way into the first draft a bit before I figured it out.

Interestingly enough, the new issue of Yoga Journal has an article about men and yoga classes – which is very helpful for the story.

Work was fine yesterday – lots of repairs, but nothing so major I couldn’t do it. But I was glad to get home. The migraine eased up about halfway through the day. Or maybe I’d just popped enough Excedrin by then so I didn’t notice it.

Today is a crazy errand day – I have to be all over the map, and won’t get back until late afternoon or early evening. Which means a truncated writing schedule. And a full contingent of shows this weekend.

And, my mom agreed to look after someone’s dog when they had an emergency – and now the dog is sick. The owner left no instructions, no cash, no vet number – so I’m going to call my vet and see if he can take a look at him this afternoon. Poor thing.

So much working away from home upsets the cats; they don’t seem to understand that part of the reason I’m doing this is to keep them in their preferred organic cat food and cat litter! 😉 Seriously, the cat food I now feed them has 0% ash content (most cat foods use ash in the process; my vet advised me that anything 4% or higher was very bad for them, because the ash builds up in their intestines and causes problems later in life. And yes, it’s ashes as in the stuff from the bottom of your fireplace or a charnel house. Check your food label, it’s listed). And the new litter to which I’ve switched them – not only is it compostable, dust-free, and odor-free, they like it, which is the make-or-break for any litter.

Last night, the wind howled like a thousand lost souls on their way to Purgatory. It was truly eerie. The cats and I were all rolled up in the featherbed, with only our noses peeking out. I felt like something out of a cartoon. You could hear garbage cans and things blowing down the street, and it was the first time I’ve been here where I truly thought the windows might blow out. But they didn’t, and, other than the fact there’s no heat after the coldest night of the year, we’re all fine.

Off to try to get everything done, and file yet another complaint with the State about the scumbag landlord. The pipes are groaning like they’re trying to warm up, but it should never have happened in the first place, and it’s happened too often over the course of the past year for me to cut any slack. I don’t care what the excuse is this time – I want results.


Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 7:51 am  Comments (7)  


  1. I can just picture that – you and the cats all huddled together. hehehehe I love cats; they’re so sweet. Sampson gets “clingy” when I’m not there a lot and all he wants to do is sit in my lap. And of course I have to obey! 🙂

  2. …just got a chance to get over to the new site, and, wow, is it lovely! Can’t wait to catch up!

  3. BRRRRR! And here I am complaining about 12 degrees! Yikes!
    Aren’t feather beds the bomb? (That’s my word of the day) and cats will keep you warm, too.
    That STINKS you have no heat. I get freaked out when the thermostat is below 70. Come on over! I’ll have a fire and some Postum!

  4. My parents are the only people who get to look after my pets and I always, always leave them instructions and the vet’s number – and I always ensure the vet won’t ask them for any money and wait until I get back.

  5. Devon,

    I really enjoy reading your blog…but I am left with one big curiosity…

    Who are you? 🙂

    I mean– do you have a picture posted somewhere, or a short bio I can read about you?

    Have a great day!


    Sylvia C.

  6. Interestingly enough, the new issue of Yoga Journal has an article about men and yoga classes – which is very helpful for the story.

    I love it when synchronicity hits like that. 🙂

    *hugs* on the lack of heat. That thoroughly sucks swamp water.

  7. Too many coincidences aren’t coincidence. I hope your heat returns very soon. I can recommend a mulberry silk filled duvet for warmth! They are hypoallergenic and not at all heavy.
    Glad to hear your migraine went away.
    And yes, I will be looking at the YJ article you told me about! *g*

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