I had written a lengthy response to what I thought would be one of the prompts fo this week, and unfortunately, it turned out not to be. I’ve saved that for sometime in the future while I respond to the prompt “List seven things that bring you comfort.”
- Mary This goes without saying, so I had to say it first. Being handicapped, I’m kind of limited in what I can do, so she’s taken on a lot of responsibility that used to be mine. And she doesn’t complain, and does it cheerfully for the most part. (I mean, everyone has bad days.)
- The cats As the number of cats we have has dwindled, I’m finding that knowing they’re still around is a great comfort. I have a couple that will be making a trip to the Rainbow Bridge sooner rather than later, and all of them are in their teens, and it makes me wonder, who will be the omega, the last cat standing? I try not to think about it and to just enjoy that they’re still with us and still love us, even if it is because we feed them…
- Food There are a couple of foods that bring me comfort: pizza, macaroni & cheese, pie, Klondike bars, coffee. I have to watch how much I eat, something I didn’t do a really good job of earlier in life (and I’m paying for it now), so when I do have one of these, I enjoy it greatly.
- Vintage TV Both on TV and especially on YouTube. I’ve written previously on the shows we watch over-the-air, and realized I was spending a lot of time repeating myself here, so I’ll look up those posts eventually, or maybe write a whole post on those shows later. YouTube carries episodes of a bunch of old shows, but one of my favorite things to watch are some of the posts by MicroJow, who had a bunch of old videotapes that were entire evenings’ worth of programs. He edited out the actual programs and left the commercials, interstitials, bumpers, station breaks, and newscasts. For some reason, they’re very relaxing to watch. Most of them are 30 years old or more.
- Music I do a lot of music here on the blog, because I love music. I have somewhat eclectic tastes (you might have noticed) and love finding out about the artists and the recordings and sharing what I learn.
- Hoodies Our living room gets drafty during the winter, especially when the wind is blowing out of the north, and being wrapped up in a hoodie is a very comforting feeling.
- Sleep By about 10 PM, I’m starting to think it’s time to go to bed. I might not actually get to bed that early, but I’m thinking about it, and starting to wonder what sort of dreams I’ll be having that night. Since the stroke, my dreams seem especially vivid, and while I can’t remember much about them, I can remember some of the images that my brain conjures up while it’s doing its nightly maintenance. It’s a comfort knowing that my dream world will open up while I’m unconscious.
What brings you comfort?