Friday, January 18, 2019


I’ll get to sleep in a little bit today. Not much, but I can sleep until 8 or 8:30. That’s an hour later than usual. Yesterday I was up at 5 am. Yuck! Anyway, my coworker and I have some errands to run in the morning. The set-up for the exhibit will be this afternoon. The truck with the exhibit will arrive around 2:30 and the set-up will begin around 3. I have no idea how long it will take to set up the exhibit. I’m guessing a few hours to get everything uncrated and set up. Tomorrow before the big gala, we will install the artifacts that we brought down. That should be a relatively easy process. I have no idea what we will do during the day tomorrow before the gala.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Today, I am flying down to the sunny beaches of south Florida. It’s a work trip, so not that exciting. The weather is predicted to be beautiful and sunny with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. It will be a huge contrast from the frigidity of Vermont. Here in Vermont, they are expecting huge amounts of snow over the weekend. I won’t be here for most of it, but if the heavy snow goes through Sunday night, I’m not sure our flight will make it out of JFK to get us back to Burlington. The weather up north is going to make our trip home rather iffy. If all goes as planned, we won’t get into Burlington until midnight. If that’s the case, I will probably stay in Burlington for the night and go home the next day. Maybe the snow storm won’t be as bad as they are predicting and travel plans will go smoothly.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Last night and tonight, I will be packing for a trip to Florida. I leave early Thursday morning and return late Sunday night. A colleague and I are flying to Florida for a traveling exhibition that the museum is putting on. Eventually we will stage this show ten different times, and at five major galas. To me, this whole thing is kind of silly and a waste of money. The exhibit will be up for only a matter of hours in each place. Some places it will be up longer than at others, but for the galas, cocktail hour, which is set up so people can see the exhibition and mingle, is just for...wait for it...yep, you guessed it, an hour. Yep, thousand of dollars for the exhibit to be seen by 150 to 200 people over the course of an hour before they are all herded into dinner. After dinner, the whole thing will be taken down and readied for the next stop.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo
Song by Shelly West

Well it's Sunday Mornin'
And the sun in shinin'
In my eye that is open
And my head is spinnin'
Was the life of the party
I can't stop grinnin'
I had to much Tequila last night
Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine
I like to drink you with a little salt and lime
Did I kiss all the cowboys?
Did I shoot out the lights?
Did I dance on the bar?
Did I start a fight?
Now wait a minute
Things don't look to familiar
Who is this cowboy
Who's sleepin' beside me?
He's awful cute, but how'd I
Get his shirt on?
I had to much Tequila last night
Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine
I like to drink you with a little salt and lime
Did I kiss all the cowboys?
Did I shoot out the lights?
Did I dance on the bar?
Did I start a fight?
All those little shooters
How I love to drink 'em down
Come on bartender
Let's have another round [Modulates]
Well the music is playing
And my spirits are high
Tomorrow might be painful
But tonight we're gonna fly
Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine
I like to drink you with a little salt and lime
Every time we get together
I sure have a good time
You're my friend
You're the best
Mi amigo
Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine
I like to drink you with a little salt and lime
Did I kiss all the cowboys?
Did I shoot out the lights?
Did I dance on the bar?
Did I start a fight?
Jose Cuervo you are a friend of mine
Songwriters: Cindy Jordan

Monday, January 14, 2019

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It’s supposed to be -2° (actually it was -7) when I head to work this morning. It’s going to be a cold week. It has been a very cold weekend. I have tried to stay in as much as possible though I did have a few errands I had to run Saturday and Sunday.

Today will probably be a busy day. We are getting ready for our traveling exhibit to go to Florida at the end of the week. It’s a lot of packing and preparing. I hope everything goes smoothly because there’s major worry that things will not. We are basically working with the development office which knows nothing about museum exhibition. They have gotten so many things wrong over the course of planning this exhibition that we can only hope and pray that things will go smoothly. I have every faith in my colleagues at the museum that we will get through this with a minimum of problems.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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New Strength

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV) ( Isaiah 40:31 ) 

Come one, come all, everyone who is tired. If you are exhausted and feel heavy like you've been hit by a truck, there is hope. You will once again soar. It is time to look to the Lord and trust Him to rejuvenate you. Give rest to your body and He will give you the endurance you need to continue. 

When I was sick this past month, I often felt like I’d been hit by a truck. I knew though that there was hope. With the right medicine and rest, I was able to come though my illness. Faith in the Great Physician can help heal all wounds.

Friday, January 11, 2019

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Health Update

I still have a wheezing cough, mostly when I laugh. I also get out of breath easily when I do strenuous activities, emphasis on the strenuous. The main residual pain seems to be my neck and shoulders where is strained muscles while coughing so much in the last few weeks. A coworker of mine gave me some mentholated CBD ointment to try. It seems to be working quite well. The muscle relaxer the doctor gave me helped tremendously but it made me drowsy most of yesterday. I had a hard time staying awake at work yesterday morning. I have a meeting this morning between 10 and 11, which I don’t need to fall asleep in, so I’m hoping the CBD ointment does the trick.

I need to be well because next week this time, I will be in Naples, Florida for our museums traveling exhibition. It will be a nice reprieve from cold, snowy Vermont. Instead, we will be at a beach resort in South Florida.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Another Day

For about the last week I have either talked about being sick or talked about work. I’ve really kind of run out of things to say today. I’ll just leave it at that. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Like I said Monday, I returned to work. It hasn’t been easy. I’m not sure it would be easy for anyone coming back after being gone nearly a month, but it’s especially not easy when you’re still sick. While I’m not coughing as much, I still have occasional coughing fits. In addition to that, I am very easily out of breath and need to rest. I also haven’t been sleeping well due to some stiffness in my neck and shoulders (they’ve ruled out meningitis so no need to go there), but the pain is severe enough that it wakes me up and all I can do is sit up, let the pain subside a little, and find a new sleeping position. Then it’s a little bit of sleep before the whole thing wakes me up again. Needless to say, I am tired. I’m surprised I haven’t bitten somebody’s head off at this point.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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 by Helen Hunt Jackson

O Winter! frozen pulse and heart of fire,

What loss is theirs who from thy kingdom turn

Dismayed, and think thy snow a sculptured urn

Of death! Far sooner in midsummer tire

The streams than under ice. June could not hire

Her roses to forego the strength they learn

In sleeping on thy breast. No fires can burn

The bridges thou dost lay where men desire

In vain to build.

                                O Heart, when Love’s sun goes

To northward, and the sounds of singing cease,

Keep warm by inner fires, and rest in peace.

Sleep on content, as sleeps the patient rose.

Walk boldly on the white untrodden snows,

The winter is the winter’s own release.

Monday, January 7, 2019

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Back to Work

I’ve been out of work for nearly a month if you count the vacation time the school give us over the holiday. First I was out sick with an upper respiratory infection, which progressed to atypical (walking) pneumonia. I went back to work feeling some better, but only stayed half a day each on the two days before I flew home. I got the all clear to go home, hoping I’d continue to feel better. I only felt worse. So I called my doctor and saw him on Friday. He now says I have bronchitis and gave me steroids to reduce the selling, he said that with the steroid, I should see significant improvements by the end of the day Monday. If I did not see significant improvement then I’d have to go to the hospital for further tests and another chest x-ray. Since I do feel better, I’m not sure about significantly, I will be going to work today.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Being Quietness

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. (KJV) ( Isaiah 32:17 ) 

There will be a day when the Lord will bring everlasting peace. Though that time hasn't come, yet, we can still have temporary peace. Call on the Holy Spirit to bring quietness to your soul. Take time to meditate on an uplifting scripture. Get some fresh air to ease your body. Be at rest with the Lord. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

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Off to See the Doctor

First of all, it was nice to sleep in my bed again. Having my bed and pillows, not to mention Isabella by my side, helped a lot. Yesterday, I was feeling a lot better. I’m still coughing and wheezing, but I’m feeling better. I’m still going to keep my doctor’s appointment this morning. I think I need a check-up to see how I’m healing and if any pneumonia still persists. Hopefully, I am finally on my way to recovery.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

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On My Way

I'm on my way back home today. This has been a rough trip with as sick as I have been. I do have an appointment to see my doctor tomorrow. Hopefully, he can do something. I just don't want to end up in the hospital. I just want to be home.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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Day Two

It’s day two of the New Year and for the last month I’ve had a upper respiratory infection and pneumonia. I’d hoped to be over it by now, but I’m just not. I was so exhausted writing this post that I nearly fell asleep. I don’t go back to Vermont until tomorrow, but I’m calling my doctor today to see if I can get an appointment for Friday when I’m back.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Happy New Year!

New Year’s Morning

New Year’s Morning

by Helen Hunt Jackson

 Only a night from old to new!

Only a night, and so much wrought!

The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,

But said: “The New Year rest has brought.”

The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,

As in a grave; but, trusting, said:

“The blossoms of the New Year’s crown

Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”

The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;

With selfishness it longed and ached,

And cried: “I have not half I need.

My thirst is bitter and unslaked.

But to the New Year’s generous hand

All gifts in plenty shall return;

True love it shall understand;

By all my failures it shall learn.

I have been reckless; it shall be

Quiet and calm and pure of life.

I was a slave; it shall go free,

And find sweet peace where I leave strife.”

Only a night from old to new!

Never a night such changes brought.

The Old Year had its work to do;

No New Year miracles are wrought.

Always a night from old to new!

Night and the healing balm of sleep!

Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,

Morn of a festival to keep.

All nights are sacred nights to make

Confession and resolve and prayer;

All days are sacred days to wake

New gladness in the sunny air.

Only a night from old to new;

Only a sleep from night to morn.

The new is but the old come true;

Each sunrise sees a new year born.