Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Good & the Not So Good

Are you having a good day today?

I really never know how to answer that question. It’s rather like when my mother ask me What’s wrong? Usually I have to then as myself Is there anything wrong? Most of the time I have discovered that there is nothing wrong.


Are you having a good day today? is like that. Most often as I reflect upon the events of my day—I do that every evening—I find some (usually most) of the happenings to have been good and some have been not so good.


For example, below are a few of the things that I have encountered in the past 24 hours:

This is good: over 500 cats and no cages (Cat House on the Kings

The link to the video below was emailed to me by a friend in Arizona. The hyperlink above takes one to the website of the Cat House on the Kings.

This is not so good: Russia announces rearmament 

Mother Russia Statue

The BBC reported Tuesday that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced that Russia will initiate “a comprehensive military rearmament from 2011.” The rearmament will begin “all our strategic nuclear forces."

 Is the arms race back—or is this an attempt by Russia to check NATO on the great chess game called “diplomacy?” Medvedev gave the reason for Russian rearmament as concern regarding “NATO expansion near Russia's borders and regional conflicts.” Hmmmm. Me thinks the answer is that it’s a grand chess move. After all, the Russians are the best chess players in the world.

This is good:
the natty muscle in my right thigh is 90% healed.

The doc from MD2U come to my house early this morning. After doing bit of testing of my right leg (that I injured) back in January, we concluded that my leg is at least 90% healed and it is safe for me to drive. That good because I have two VA medical appointments on Friday at two different locations.

This is not so good: While the doc was here, she found that my blood pressure is elevated. I have never before had elevated blood pressure! Usually I have had low blood pressure.

This is not so good: I have created a Cookie Monster-like furball.

I snapped the photograph below on the third time in less than half-an-hour that Alex invited (read: clawed) me to go to his feeding station on top of our his kitchen table. If you will note his two-sided dish, you can tell that both sides are fairly well covered by food. That’s the way it looked the first, second, and third times that Alex invited (read: clawed) me to go to his feeding.

Alex does not want cat food. Alex wants Kitty Kat Treats! He jumps up on the table and sits looking at his dish until I open his jar of treats and place a few into his bowl. This has been going on for several weeks and Alex has already eaten a complete jar of treats and has gotten well into a second.

The treats are supposedly good for cats and, among other things, freshens kitty kat breath. However, they are damned expensive!

This is good:  and very, very, very like Alex!

This is good: coming out of the darkness.

This is very good: Earth Day, April 22nd


  1. I'm glad your leg is healing. That's good that you can now drive again.

  2. Good news about your leg and the fact you can drive again Nick. Watch that blood pressure m'dear.

  3. Hold on to the good Nick... hold on to the good.

  4. Good to hear 'bout your leg Nick. Now relax and get that pressure down, dammit. Cheers!!

  5. I have a theory about your blood pressure spike: was this doctor an attractive woman? ;)

  6. You know Americans tend to "ask" "How are you?" as a greeting, not really listening for an answer... Europeans generally give one, which always makes for an awkward moment when I see it (quite frequently) usually on TV...

  7. I'm glad that you leg is healing,I really enjoyed the videos.thanks for sharing them.

  8. That's a mixed bag of a day, Nick. Clearly, you see yourself as connected to the rest of the world. What's good for the world is good for you. And what's good for you is good for the world. I only wish the world was 90% healed, like your leg. The world, however, is suffering from high blood pressure these days. Or would be, if that were always a symptom of just plain old pressure.

    My blood pressure tends to run somewhat on the high side. It has since I was in my 20s. I seem to have the gene from my dad's side of the family. I'm a believer in trying to alleviate it without medication. If possible that is.

  9. That your blood pressure is up for the first time is not a good sign, Rev Saint. Please take care.

  10. I'm so pleased to hear your leg is coming right, Nick. At least you're mobile again. I too, used to have low blood pressure. Not any more...I've been on antihypertensives for a couple of years now.

    Love Simon's Cat...I have two like that...can you imagine it? I get no peace.

  11. Hey Nick, I loved this post today because it had such a variety of interesting things in it.

    Great news about your leg. I am sad that your trip to the VA was not handicap accessible. That would have made my blood pressure rise. UGH!!!

    Simon the cat and the Cathouse of the Kings was amazing. Simon is like my cats. I see Alex is up to his usual antics. Loved the note about his sunning.

  12. I enjoyed both of the movies.

    Alex is such a card! I love the way you describe is actions.

  13. I very much enjoyed this post, sir!