November 3, 2007

Cheshire Cat Smile



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

Usually accomplishment provides me with a mellow warm feeling. Seldom do accomplishments give me a rush. I don’t crave the excitement of winning. Competition is a grim necessity rather than a source of pleasure in my life.

Yesterday an accomplishment had me smiling to myself all day, ear to ear.

Last March my cholesterol ratio was astoundingly high, which is a very bad thing. I had tried the usual wonder drugs and could not tolerate them, as the side effects affected me. My last hope for medication was a drug that has been in use for a long time, and thought to be less effective. It seems I can tolerate that drug, and I have been taking it faithfully.

In August a blood test was done to measure my cholesterol levels and calculate a ratio. Not being able to get in to the doctor’s office for an appointment setup only to tell me the levels and ratio, I have been in the dark about the status of my cholesterol, until yesterday. Yesterday’s appointment served to assess my blood pressure, provide me with a flu shot and gave me an opportunity to talk over my concerns with my doctor. I came away from that appointment with a good feeling.

First things first, my cholesterol ratio was as close to ideal as one could wish in August. The ratio had decreased by half, which was as astounding as the high ratio in March. My doctor felt that although the medication helped, it was my weight loss and daily exercise that brought my cholesterol levels back to a healthy balance.

But that wasn’t all. My blood pressure has decreased to the point where I need to take lower does of my High Blood Pressure medication. Again, the salient factor in this development is my weight loss and daily exercise.

Still more, we discussed my allergy. I will be visiting another allergist in the near future, in hopes of finding someone who can assist me in my quest to live a healthy normal life. My doctor will also provide me with a letter outlining the necessary precautions needed from health care professionals who provide me with care. This could save my life.

My doctor seems very responsive to patient concerns. I will now be able to call in and leave a message requesting test results so that I can track my progress. I am left with the feeling that my doctor and I are partners in keeping me healthy and alive.

Lowered levels of bad cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, and satisfying communication with my doctor are accomplishments that will leave me feeling better for many years to come.

That is what we should all be aiming for: health, wealth and peace of mind.

Intended Meanings:

Health: “The condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain b: the general condition of the body < in poor health> < enjoys good health>“
Source: Merriam Webster

Wealth: “Abundance of valuable material possessions or resources.”
Source: Merriam Webster
[Material possessions and resources adequate to provide freedom from want, that is how I interpret the word abundance.]

Peace of Mind: “calm disposition, composure”
Source: Online Dictionary
[I chose the descriptions of this phrase that most suit my meaning. Note that the way I see Peace of Mind is in one’s reaction to external conditions, whatever those conditions may be.]

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A Loaf of Sourdough Bread
High Rise Sourdough Bread

By the Easy Chair
by Michael Ondaatje

"Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense."
Arnold Bennett(Some of his writing is focused in the area of The Potteries, in Staffordshire, England, where some of my ancestors worked in the industry. Not suprising then that I find his ideas compatible with my own!)

Temp 3.5°C
Press 101.4 kPa / falling
Visibility 15 km
Humidity 89%
Dew Point 1.9°C
Wind Speed WNW 5 km/h

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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