When in Doubt, Sleep


Maybe I should try writing that Country song I promised Urban Thought if I ever fell down a staircase — you know, a hurtin’ song. My favourite uncle died while the Christmas card for him was still sitting here on the table. A stranger attacked my blog and said terrible things about me. Cai has a stomach bug, and Fergus a cold, so treat-driven walkies training has been curtailed again. When I dragged myself out of the house this morning for a change of scenery, I found out I wasn’t able to pay for the two career books I had picked up. On the way home from that humiliation, I was addressed by a street person who, when I didn’t respond, thumped a large branch on his park bench. Stunning. Simply stunning.

But never mind. I think I’ll join Cai in a moment, maybe with one of those career books. 

You see, I called E.g., and she said to meet me at the coffee shop near the bookstore. She bought me a bagel sandwich, and then we went over and I showed her the books and she bought them for me.

And I did get the dishes done between the bookstore humiliation and going back out again. And there’s leftovers in the fridge for supper tonight. And I sent my wonderful son a cheque as a graduation gift: he has finished an eighteen-month intensive program to become a surveyor. He’s already working for a large organization, currently building a new highway. And he likes his job. And I’m so proud of him. And I’m so glad he’s at least 21 years ahead of me in knowing what he wants to do for a living.

Whoa! Where’d that sunbeam come from?

17 Responses to When in Doubt, Sleep

  1. Alyson says:

    I’m thinking of you Lavnederbay (instead of mopping and doing the dishes, changing linen and folding clothes) and arm in arm we say “Shuzzbutt!”

  2. lavenderbay says:

    That is just so lovely, Alyson! How can anyone link arms with another and shout “Shuzzbutt!” and not smile? I defy anyone to try. Thanks.

  3. themarvelousinnature says:

    I have days like that now and again, where a few negative events all conspire to make your day miserable and it just seems difficult to keep an upbeat attitude. Hope you’re feeling better – I’m glad to see you can still find some glimmers of sunshine among all the heavy gray clouds.

    I love those chairs, they’re the most comfy things to read in. Evidently Cai also finds them quite comfortable. 🙂

  4. lavenderbay says:

    It was pretty much by writing this out that I could come around to those heartening conclusions, Themarvelousinnature. Funny how that works. I still find blogging is good for me.

    The papasan makes a terrific dog bed. Cai thinks it’s his, but he occasionally shares it with me, and once in a while with Fergus.
    Thanks for coming by!

  5. goodbear says:

    woah. i’m going to start thumping branches on benches when i’m irritated.

    you’ll find your place turtle. it may take you longer on your journey…because…well…being a turtle and all.

    so the journey goes slower? it’s still a nice journey. (‘cept the book part. but actually…if you could buy your own books all the time, you might forget there is someone who loves you that will buy them for you, along with a bagelwich!)

  6. lavenderbay says:

    And just imagine, Goodbear, if the sushi ads outside restaurants started firing rotten leftovers at me when I walk by without reading them!

    Thank you for your kind words. And yes, E.g. is very supportive, and likes to ensure adequate bagelwiches for her Turtle. She has also been encouraging me to write a little about my owies, because she knows that my fellow bloggers make me feel better… as long as I don’t whinge too much.

  7. almostgotit says:

    Courage, and “Shuzzbutt” from me also, which may have connotations I do not know but I’m willing to live with that. Unknown connotations should be the name of a rock band, with “Shuzzbutt” their first hit single.

  8. hello lavenderbay its dennis the vizsla dog hay hoo attakd yore blog??? i wil send trixie to bite him and troubles loyers to soo him!!! ennyway wen in dowt sleep sownds like a gud filosofee i think i wil go try it owt ok bye

  9. lavenderbay says:

    “Shuzzbutt” by the Unknown Connotations? I love it! I have no idea what shuzzbutt means either — it’s either an Australian word or an Alysonism — or not — but it’s a wonderfully unfrownable word.

    Hello Dennis, good boy! I’m picturing Trixie chasing that meanie down the block right now, and I have no doubt Trouble’s lawyers would represent me splendidly. Thanks!

  10. Gina says:

    Well you could do like Americans…when we want something and can’t afford it, we drag out the credit card. 😦
    I had a blogger once say something ugly on my blog (attacking me) and I still feel the hurt like it was today and it was 5-6 months ago.
    Sorry about your bad day…but sleeping with a dog is one of the best things on earth!!

  11. lavenderbay says:

    Hi, Gina! E.g. has a credit card, but I’ve never had one.
    I’m sorry you know how I felt yesterday, Gina, and I believe you when you say it still hurts. I’ll send Trixie and Trouble after that so-and-so as soon as I’ve paid them for their services!
    And yes, curling up with the furchildren is very therapeutic! 🙂

  12. livingisdetail says:

    Oh, I definitely shout “shuzzbutt” too and I am glad you are feeling better. I hearby send a flock of angry seagulls to flurry around their head, steal their biggest, juiciest hot chips and leave special birdy messages on their person. Hugs to you turtle !! That meanie must flee. Or maybe I could send a pack of annoyed koala bears. So many possibilities….

  13. lavenderbay says:

    ROFL, Livingisdetail! Now that’s a horror film I could watch: “Dawn of the Annoyed Koala Bears.” Thanks for a great, lung-expanding start to my day!

  14. So sorry that someone attacked you on your blog. Outrageous. Absolutely outrageous!

    Great news about your son, though. A “sonbeam,” as it were.

    Hope you’re feeling more chipper now.


  15. livingisdetail says:

    You’re welcome. 🙂 Can’t wait to see that in cinemas. The koalas say hi!

  16. livingisdetail says:

    You’re welcome. 🙂 Love the movie title – can’t wait to see it at the cinema. Oh and the koalas say hi!

  17. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks, Bobbie! The worst is that if he’d taken any time to get to know my blog, he wouldn’t have written as he did.
    And yeah, knowing my son has got a real education and a real job is a big load of anxiety (not to mention guilt) off my mind. I am feeling much better now.

    Hi, Livingisdetail! My blog is so bland that my spam bucket receives only a few insurance and casino ads, and not even any of those lately, so it decided to eat your comments instead. Consider yourself rescued in duplicate. 🙂 🙂

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