Friday the 13th! (of April)

Friday, April 13, 2007
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I adore Friday the 13th, and find that I usually experience wonderful days. I feel pity and contempt for the ignorant who fear it. It’s all about creating your own reality. If you decide it’s going to be a day of bad luck, that’s what it’ll be. If you’re so weak-minded that you believe some repressed religious fanatic who calls the day evil – you get the reality you create. A DAY is not evil. What individuals chose to DO in that day is good or bad, depending upon choices and consequences.

ME Ellis over on Nutter’s Gang praised me so beautifully in yesterday’s entry that it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, and please know that you are an inspiration!

The latest issues of The Scruffy Dog Review is out and my topic in “The Literary Athlete” column is “The Importance of Distance.” You can read the article here:

Felt better yesterday by late morning. Met a friend for lunch in Old Greenwich, in spite of the bad weather, and then stopped at Greenwich Library on the way home to stock up on Large Print mysteries from the sale shelves to take up to my grandmother. And, of course, I found a few books that I was interested in as well. They’re only 50 cents for hardcovers and 25 cents for paperbacks, so one can make out pretty well there.

Puttered too much in the afternoon – did some research for Good Names, did some research on a couple of markets to which I’m considering pitching.

Someone’s been swiping my Elle magazines. Now, if someone can’t afford a subscription, I’m happy to pass the mag on – when I’m done. But I’m tired of not getting every other issue because someone’s swiped it, never to be returned, the company “can’t” replace it, and merely extends my subscription. First of all, stealing mail – even a magazine – is a federal offense. Second – I shouldn’t have to go out and purchase every other issue when I’ve paid for a subscription. Third – believe it or not, subscriptions to fashion magazines are part of my business, and I need them to be able to do my work. The thief better hope I don’t find out his or her identity. End of min-rant.

Did I work on my taxes? Surely, you jest!

Sad news: My neighbor called me in tears this morning to tell me her cat died during the night. She is inconsolable, understandably so. He was a dear, sweet cat, and I hope they find out what happened. RIP Marley. I hugged my girls a little tighter today.

I’d started to work on Good Names, but my neighbor’s phone call put an end to that. It was more important to try to comfort her in her loss.

Off to the theatre this afternoon.

The meteorologists are saying we’ll be hit with the worst flooding in years in this area. I’m moving the car. Again. And hoping no tree or telephone pole falls on it.


Published in: on April 13, 2007 at 8:12 am  Comments (9)  


  1. Oh, gosh, I hope it wasn’t tainted pet food! I read that there’s still a bunch of it out there! I feel bad for your neighbor. The loss of a pet is never easy.
    You know what? I didn’t even realize it was Friday the 13th until just now. I don’t believe in that hokey “unlucky” mumbo jumbo.

    HOWEVER, I am having a crappy day. Coincidence, right?


  2. I totally agree about Friday 13th. I’ve never put much stock in it. Actually, my father was born on a Friday 13th, which of course gives us an opportunity to make a lot of jokes, especially when his birthday falls on a Friday again. An older woman asked me one time if he was evil, having been born on that day. I hope she was joking, but for some reason I felt like she wasn’t. Of course he’s not evil… he’s a kind and gentle man, one of the nicest I know. That just goes to show you that superstition can really color people’s perceptions of others. Oh, and the woman? She also decided not to buy a house because the number was 666.

    I hope everything is okay and that the flooding doesn’t happen. Living in hurricane country, I know how awful flooding can be.

  3. At least it looks as though you’re getting adequate warning this time. It hasn’t rained here for several days. they’ll be calling it a drought soon … Glad you’re feeling better. Hope you find your Elle-thief/magazines.

  4. I love Friday the 13th too! It’s like living on the edge with a devil may care attitude for at least one day! (Althought I tend to do that more often than I care to admit!).

    Jeez, can’t believe the weather….for crying out loud, its April! I’m ready for warmer weather.

    Take care,

  5. I’m a big fan of Friday the 13th too (though not the movie series by the same name *g*).

    *hugs* to your neighbor.

    And this crazy weather HAS. GOT. TO. STOP. Sheesh.

  6. Goodness, your poor neighbor. So sorry to hear her cat passed on, it’s never easy for a pet owner.
    Your weather sounds as strange as what we’re experiencing here. Where is Spring? I hope your new car survives, as well as your home.
    Friday the 13th doesn’t bother me, it’s just another day, and I like today because it was payday and time to pay the bills!
    Better get cracking on those taxes! Good luck!

  7. Sorry to hear about the kitty-cat.

    It’s a never-to-be-forgotten moment.

    I can still remember the losses of all of my pets.
    I’m sure it helped to have a good neigher, though!

    Oh, and as the old children’s chant goes…
    “Rain, rain go away, leave Devon’s new car alone..”


    Sylvia C.

  8. Friday the 13th. Always somewhat of a powerday for this Imp. I mean, freaky things happen to Me all the time, so I have no need to set aside a special day to celebrate them. Today was no different than any other day except for being more amusing than most. I’m thrilled that I was amused!

    I’m chanting for the rain to evade you and your town. Missing you!

  9. I didn’t even realize it was Friday the 13th. I’m just too busy doing too much stuff to notice the calendar. hehe

    Losing a kitty is never easy. I hope it wasn’t from the tainted pet food, either. It makes me scared to go buy cat food – even the dry stuff!

    I’m thinking of you. I hope everything is okay this weekend.

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