I’ve never been good about keeping a journal. It all boils down to consistency. There are days when I skip making an entry. Life can crowd out the time I need to write down my thoughts about a day’s events. I’ve also been reluctant to pose as an expert on the writing process. If I knew anything of value about writing, my work would already be in print. I went out on a skinny limb of a tall in 2022 when I shared my 365 days of thankfulness. The exercise forced me to put myself out there with my soft belly exposed. Thank you for joining me on my journey in the written word. Therefore, I plan to keep a journal in 2023 to document my progress. I will call Entry 57: Frustration in the Big Pink.
Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.
My morning writing before I started Entry 57: Frustration in the Big Pink
Am I the only person in the world that hates computer updates? I used to have to deal with them at work all the time. These updates always happened at the worst possible times and messed up something I had to work hours to fix. Well, I had one of these waiting for me this morning. To make a long story short, I accomplished nothing except waiting.
I am starting to become a skeptic about everything. My frustration level once climbed so high I grouchily asked one of the IT people I had to call to make something right so I could do my stinking job; why were all the updates necessary? He said it was to guard against a virus. I asked him what the purpose of all the firewalls and antivirus software was and if the updates covered the viruses. The guy couldn’t answer that question. I believe they come up with the updates to protect their phony-baloney jobs. Thank you for listening to my update rant. Rooster says thank you because he didn’t have to hear it all again.
The book I am currently reading right now and Entry 57: Frustration in the Big Pink
I am still reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Levin’s brother came to visit him in the country, and is in very bad health. Levin is sure he will die soon. Anna is also certain she will die in childbirth. Vronsky is in charge of entertaining a Prince, and the man’s behavior is like looking into a mirror and seeing himself. Halso is less infatuated with Anna. Karenina is contemplating filing for divorce. After political upheaval, he travels to Moscow, where he runs into Dolly and Oblonsky. They invite him to dinner, but he doesn’t want to go.
What I’m listening to right now and Entry 57: Frustration in the Big Pink
I put Jimi Hendrix’s Best of CD on my stereo, and it is one of those albums with all his most popular songs. Rooster and I have several of these by different musical artists in our collection. When you get old, the music you like will come and go. Their songs won’t get played on the radio, so you have their greatest hits to look forward to for your listening pleasure. That doesn’t change the fact that Hendrix could jam.
The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.
My daughter and her husband asked Rooster and me to come over tonight for Gumbo. I can’t wait to taste what they come up with when they make this dish. Gumbo isn’t on our list of family cooking specialties. I am always thankful to try something new.
This old lady says
Variety is the spice of life. The secret of staying away from getting into a rut is to try new things. Life should be lived as one long adventure. You never know when you’ll come across the next good thing. The Gumbo was fantastic. We had a great evening.
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