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Life with a PMA

A million years ago (when I was in high school), I was told that with a Positive Mental Attitude anything was possible. I did a miserable job of really learning that lesson. As an adult, however, I have made a concerted effort to keep a PMA.Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not perfect (in this way or any other), but I do try. I try to remember that I have a LOT to be thankful for, and that my life could be a LOT worse.

Some days, though, I really wonder if the Universe takes exception to my attempts to be positive. Last night, I made (what was supposed to be) a quick trip to the grocery store. I came out to find that the PT Cruiser’s battery, that has been giving us fits, was dead (again). I then realized that my mobile phone was not in my purse where I thought it was. but instead it was in the basket on my night stand charging. So, instead of being able to call for help, I got to walk home, get the van, go back to the grocery store, jump the car, and then finally go home.

My wonderful DH then hooked up the battery charger, so that the battery could (hopefully) get over its attitude problem. The Cruiser started nicely in the morning, but by the time it sat in the cold all day it refused to start when it was time to leave. So, I skipped the board of directors’ meeting that I was supposed to go tonight. I was NOT in the mood to get stuck with a dead battery 35 miles from home! I didn’t remember until 8:30pm that I was supposed to stop at Menard’s to get some stuff from the Contractor’s Desk for one of the guys at work. So, now I get to come in on my day off Wednesday afternoon so that I can get the delivery.

B has his post-op appointment Wednesday morning. I am hopeful that the Cruiser will decide to work, but we’ll see. He’s been doing very well during the days, but has been waking at night again since we started backing off the pain meds. He’s been using some acetaminophen and ibuprofen, because he’s still complaining of some pain. I’m not looking forward to the doctor removing the dressing! An adhesive bandage and steri-strips that has been on for two weeks is not my idea of something that will be enjoyable to have removed.

Anyway, I’m going to stop complaining now and try to get some sleep.

Cub Scout camp

Guy and I returned from Cub Scout camp seven hours ago, and I am exhausted! We have attended multiple camporees, but this was the first camp for each of us. We had a blast! I love watching the boys have so much fun and learn so many things.

In Nature Conservation the boys learned about animals native to Iowa and how to recognise their tracks. Then they made track casts to take home. They also learned about poison ivy, oak and sumac, and how to treat they resulting rashes.

At Shooting Sports they shot bb guns and bows – always favourites!

During Wood Crafts they built stands for their Pinewood Derby cars, and earned their Whittling Chips by carving a bar of soap with a plastic knife.

They swam – is it really camp without swimming?

To fill the time between “big” activities the staff taught “little” things … like what items should be included in a 10-Piece Kit, basic first aid, and the history of Camp Mitigwa.

The staff was wonderful, especially our Den Chief. I am still getting used to being around so many Boy Scouts all the time. It amazes me how *not* used to contentiousness and courtesy I have become. It makes me very sad to think on it. It shouldn’t be so unusual to find “common” decency outside my own home that I am taken aback by the simple acts of kindness executed by Boy Scouts. Alright, so moving away from the decline of society …

The only real problem that we had (okay, the only one I’m willing to share) was that Guy started to get sick last night. This happens every time we go to camporee, too. By the end of the second day he’s starting to get sick. I’m not sure if he’s just reaching the end of his endurance or if he’s dehydrating or what …

I feel like we (the Cub Master, Ass’t Master and I) are really good about trying to push fluids, but I’m at a loss of how to get him to drink more (I honestly don’t think he drank enough). Any ideas?


***Updated to indicated which books (underlined) that I have added to my iPad Kindle app, thereby putting them on my Active @Books list. These were all free editions of the book!***

I’m feeling really inadequate looking at this list, even though I’m doing more than five times better than the “average” person.

Instead of putting an (x) next to the ones I’ve read, I made them blue. The ones I have on my “Potential @Books” list are in yellow green.

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Copy into a new note Put an (X) next to the ones you’ve read (I made them blue & bold ). Include the number you have read in the headline and tag your friends!

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (currently reading)
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  6. The Bible
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. 1984 – George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  34. Emma – Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  42. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  43. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  44. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  45. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  46. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  47. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  48. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  49. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  50. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  51. Dune – Frank Herbert
  52. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  53. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  54. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  55. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  56. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  57. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  59. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  60. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  61. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  62. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  63. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  64. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  65. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  66. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  67. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  68. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  69. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  70. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  71. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  72. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  73. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  74. Ulysses – James Joyce
  75. The Inferno – Dante
  76. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  77. Germinal – Emile Zola
  78. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  79. Possession – AS Byatt
  80. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  81. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  82. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  84. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  85. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  86. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  89. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  90. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  91. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  92. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  93. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  94. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  95. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  96. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  97. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  99. Les Miserables

Knitting Patterns are just “guidelines” …

I finally finished another soaker for Braeden. It fits, but it’s got long legs, so it won’t by the time it’s cold enough for him to wear it! I’ve got a couple of old sweaters ready to be turned into recycled bum sweaters.

Currently on the needles is a Piggle hat to match the one I made Anna Maureen last winter.

I will update this post with pictures and links tomorrow.

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