Saturday, March 26, 2011

Notes to myself

Abra Cadabra is Aramaic for 'I create by what I say'.

We are all pickles in the brine of our thoughts.  What kind of pickle do you want to be?

It is very important that, in the center of ecstasy, there is a core of sobriety.

Perhaps Aaron's sons were not killed because the strange fire was bad; maybe they were ecstatically offering all of themselves.  Maybe that's why G-d told people not to grieve.

Imagination is the ground for prophecy.

The sacrificial system of worship was the technology of prayer during the era of the temples.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A month later

I have survived the mother of all sinus infections--moved into my ears and throat.  Wow!  Had me down for the count.

I'm pleased t say that I a making some progress in certain areas.  One thing I have wanted to do for a long time is to set up online banking access with automatic payment.  I have gotten the first half done and it is so quick and easy!  Next is to learn how to make the ongoing things automatic, so I don't have to worry about remembering them for month at a time.

I have been talking with one of my brothers about how things are going in general, and in particular, financially.  He is going to see if he can help me get my electricity turned back on, first by seeing if he can negotiate a lower past due amount and then seeing what still needs to be paid and if i can handle the payment plan.  He has also said that, if I can do the online banking, and am willing to share the logon information, if I had another time when I just was having a hard time doing more than going to work and coming home, he would be willing to send off checks for me.  So, I think all of this means that I am making definite moves toward more financial responsibility and stability.  I'm actually looking forward to this!

Additionally, I am starting to try to sell things on craigslist.  I may find out I could get more money on e-bay, but I don't know if I'm ready to take on packing and mailing things out.  With Craigslist, I can arrange a time with the buyer to have the things picked up.  I have been discussing doing this with a friend from the synagogue and with a friend at work.  I could use this money for things like synagogue dues, an occasional vacation, charitable donations, things of that nature.  Part of what I hope to do is sell things I already have, but I also have a really good eye for vintage/antiques and have  developed a sense of value/price over the years.

Until I can get at the stuff in storage, I have a few things, but nothing much.  However, I recently found 114 pieces of Pope Gosser's Rose Point at a Salvation Army for $75.  This is hugely great price; a coffee cup and saucer can sell for $12 on e-bay.  So I bought it, will keep a few pieces, and am in the process of listing it on craigslist.  Just trying to upload a photo as I write this.  I probably have to many pixels/inch to load, and may have to re-do the pictures.  But it's a start.   This pattern is very rare, even hard to find on china replacement services, so if I do not have luck here, I can probably go to a service like that to unload it.

I also hadn't felt like swiming much over the winter with my sinuses messed up and also needed a new suit. 
got the new suit several weeks ago and am getting back into the routine again.  Only doing 22 laps right now and will have to build up again.  But, again, it's a start.

Hopefully will also feel up to starting to attend synagogue again.

Don't know why that switched to italics for a while and can't undo it.  Sigh.