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Comment by Ian Mason on January 4, 2015 at 6:21am

Yes indeed, Patricia. There are smiles and chuckles here. Thank you.

The horse in the living room! Glad to hear that one, Felaine.

The sun is out, I've been for a short run. Next comes shave, shower and something nice to eat. Home you all have a really good day.

Oh yes, I love the Muppets.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 4, 2015 at 3:55am

Tom, sometimes I get so far into my shell that I can actually tell people, "I WON'T!"  It works.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 4, 2015 at 1:19am

Ian, responding to your post about fours hours ago.

Several years in the "hot kitchen" of politics persuaded me to kick "I should" and "I ought" from my lexicon.

They are idealists' words and the world treats idealists badly. I say "I want to" or "I will".

I also stopped using second and third person pronouns with "should" and "ought".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2015 at 12:00am

Love the comics, Patricia.  Thanks for cheering all of us up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 12:00am

Patricia, these cartoons make me laugh! Especially "Buy-polar-disorder". 

Ian, an unusual perception of depression. Mindy's report of her daughter's struggles with it reveals how difficult it can be.

Felaine, your coping strategies seem to give you some comfort. At least, I hope so. Your horse story hit my funny bone. 

The author wrote, "Depression is an asshole, and it can become your master, but you can slip out from under it occasionally."

I feel for each of you as you report a terrible stretch and I hope each of you feel supported by me and us.  

Ian, I like your shoulda, oughtta, gotta reference. And the frog. 

Steph, that sign has such a pretty luster and greeting. 

I used to have terrible depressions and now I have very short ones very rarely that pop up when I do not expect them. It is like crawling out of hell. Thankfully, I have you friends for support

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 10:20pm

Thanks, Patricia...I giggled, LOL'd, and snorted.

The horse on the sofa reminded me of the one time Mom and I went to visit her sister and two brothers who were sort of starting over in Winslow, AZ.  (I think I was 7 or 8 at the time,)

One night Uncle Dennis knocked on the door and hollered that he had a friend with him, and could he bring him in.  Aunt Phyllis said, "Sure!"  So Uncle D. walked his big black stallion into the living room. 

I wish someone had had a camera....  Shock, dismay, and hilarity.  I don't remember how they got Blackjack turned around and back outside, but it was a hoot!

Comment by Steph S. on January 3, 2015 at 9:05pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 8:54pm

Ian, thanks for the pep talk.  I know that "should" and "ought" but don' wanna are symptoms of my own mind...I've inherited clinical depression and procrastination from both parents, and I should talk to my doctor about it.  IF she ever has the time. 

Love the frog...he looks kinda like little Kermit. (Or have you ever seen "Sesame Street," or "The Muppet Show"?)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:44pm

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:43pm

Felaine, that "should" and its friend "ought" are two nasty pieces of work. Kick them in the balls every time they turn up. The only thing I force myself to do is phyisical exercise because I know it helps, at least for a while. You obviously have your way of soothing your darker moods. I presume you also care for your cats and enjoy their company, so things do get done. Good luck with the book-hunting and book-sorting projects.


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