Wednesday, April 1, 2020

It IS what it's cracked up to be!

Scene:  My mouth
Dateline: Yesterday

When you hear the word “cracked,” you probably think of something that’s been damaged. However, in some parts of the world, the word “crack” or “craic” can mean things like news, gossip, or fun. Some might also define it as “banter” or “to talk.”

So, sometimes something isn't at all what it's talked up/cracked to be.

In my case, my tooth was definitely what it was cracked up to be: cracked! At least a portion flaked off causing major irritation where my tongue kept rubbing against it.

Called my dentist knowing what I'd find -- taking emergency cases only.  But, they did offer a temporary solution:  Orthodontic Wax.  Just roll up a little, smash it in where the chip came out and no more irritation.  Orthodontic Wax -- It's definitely what it's cracked up to be.  At least temporarily.

When things aren't what they're cracked up to be, seek solutions!

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Just a few Quarantine Photos

I managed to knock out of few more "projects" yesterday, including going to St. Joseph Cemetary to clean headstones, weed eat (that's cutting weeds, not actually eating them), leave some flowers for Grandma Louie. 

We also went to Lake Lynnvile where I reconfigured a rack for the canoe and got out and paddled and fished.  Here are a few images from yesterday's self-quarantine:

 The whitetail and I kept our "social distancing."
 The fish and I did not! I wished it a long life and returned him (that's one HUGE paddle, by the way).

Just a reminder that while many, many businesses are closed -- NATURE IS OPEN!

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Monday, March 30, 2020

Day 7

The thing about list-making — even 100+1 things to do during a quarantine — is that one thing leads to another.  101 turns into 202 which turns into 404 . . .   The magic of compounding.

I’m going to step back and officially call this Day Seven of the mandatory quarantine.  And, as of this morning, I have knocked out 37 items.  That makes me right on track to complete 101 things by Easter.  I have unfortunately discovered that there are a few items that just aren’t going to happen.  For example, number 45:  Lose 2 lbs a week.  Hell, I’ve gained 2 lbs.  WTF?

But, I’ll endeavor to persevere.

I started a new writing, grammar, usage, and style book.  On the first page under “Finding a Word’s Part of Speech,” it says, “To find a word’s part of speech, check your dictionary.”

Wow, I can’t wait to read the other 227 pages.  People say that the Bible is the greatest book ever written.  The dictionary has got to be a close second.  

From the Zen Guitar book:  “Those who train here I regard not as students, but unsui.  In Japanese, unsui means traveling monk or truth-seeker.  Literally, it translates as “cloud and water.”

That's sort of how it feels to be in self-quarantine:  Floating, flowing, at once with and without form.

And from Jack Dee:  I hate people who think it's clever to take drugs . . . like customs officers.

And from Albert Einstein:  Nothing happens until something moves.

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Saturday, March 28, 2020

100. 101. Whatever it takes!

Nefer prove you’re on wurk!

I noticed yesterday that I created a list of 100 things to do during the self-quarantine, but titled it “101 Things To Do” — That’s okay, I’ve added plenty to the list as I’ve gone along.

For example, yesterday I spliced the cord back on my circular saw.  Doing something as stupid as cutting the power cord in half is definitely a “Serenity, Courage, Wisdom” lesson. 
Synchronicity:  The first lesson on COMPASSION (#19) yesterday was Start by Practicing Self-Compassion.

A few other items knocked out yesterday:

Hung pictures back up on the walls that we had painted (#13). 
Cleaned out the kitchen junk drawer (#81 -- Turns out that I had to anyway to find the picture hangers that I threw in there when we took everything down!)
Started the garage cleaning -- yet again (#25)
I started to re-read the book Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo.
With the help of Curt, I started adding cords to This Too Shall Pass Away.

So, not as much I as I could have, but still ahead of the game. 

A few lines I mined from books:

A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but together decide that nothing can be done.  Fred Allen

Birthdays are good for your health.  Studies have shown that people who have more birthdays live the longest. 

If a man wants his dreams to come true, he must wake up! — Anon. (That Anon. guy or gal must have been one smart cookie because I see a lot of quotes from him or her.)

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Friday, March 27, 2020

Day 3

So, yesterday was officially Day 2 of the Great Quarantine of 2020.

I accomplished my quota of items from my “101 Things . . . “ list.  In addition to some that I’ve started and are, hopefully, on-going good habits:

Created a guitar practice schedule (#2)
Finished the first grass cutting of Spring (#11)
Printed a few articles on compassion — versus buying a book — which I’ll start today (#19)
Video Chat with Grandkids and daughter who live 3 hours away (#23)
Hung new hallway light (#15)
Changed out the ceiling lights in kitchen and upstairs (#58)
Windshield wipers on truck (#75) (or maybe I did that the other day?)
Cleaned out —somewhat — the shed (#96)
Finished cutting up an old fence with a circular saw until I just couldn’t cut anymore (#8)

Oh, and I added one:  YouTube how to replace cut power cord on the circular saw! (Long story made shorter).

Today’s joke comes from the great Henny Youngman:  I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need if I die by four o’clock this afternoon.

And, I’ll leave you with this in these uncertain times:

“These are uncertain times, so come buy a new Jeep” (No, wait, that was basically a car dealer commercial I saw last night).

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow” — Swedish proverb

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quarantine Continues

Today’s quote was sent to me from the 17th Century.  Mr. John Dryden (English poet and playwright) writes, “Dear Casey . . .” (oops, wrong program).  John writes, “I’m a little wounded, but I am not slain: I will lay me down to bleed a while. Then I’ll rise and fight again.”

Thank you, John, for the inspirational words. 

So, yesterday was officially Day 1 Quarantine and the start of my “101 Things To Do While Quarantined” list (though I did get ahead of myself and knock out a few things the other day).

Here’s a list of a few things I started.  A couple, believe it or not, I actually finished!

Cleaned my desk
Created a banjo practice schedule
Practiced banjo
Started the banjo book I received the other day
Cleaned out the truck and added a mat (something I bought last year)
Started a new firewood rack
Cut the front, sides, and most of back
Started a song titled “This Too Shall Pass Away”
Took a thirty-minute walk
Listened to “Please Please Me” by the Beatles

I’ll continue today and see how far I get!

From a few joke books:

Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there were a fire?  The one nearest the door, of course.  — George Bernard Shaw

Insult:  He wouldn’t dare to eat his heart out — he’d break his teeth doing it.

I mentioned that the TV Series I choose to catch up on is Columbo.  This from Bill Vaughan:
Perhaps the crime situation would be improved if we could get more cops off the television and onto the streets.

And finally, my brain just logged me out due to inactivity and now I can’t remember my password!

Stay safe out there and Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Day 1 of ?

So, today is the first day of the rest of my quarantined life.  Yesterday, I came up with 101 Things To Do During My Self-Quarantine.  Now, assuming that this thing lasts till Easter when we can all “rise from the dead,” that gives me 18 days to get to 101 — five or six items a day.  Some are physical, one-time actions; some are an on-going life change.  Some are ten-minute projects; others will take a day or two.  But, it’s a list set in digital stone, so I might as well get started.

In no particular order, I’ve already knocked out

46. Write this Blog (on-going)
44. Watch a Steve Martin plays the banjo video
50. Find a worthwhile TV series to watch  (okay, it might not be “worthwhile, but I’ve rediscovered the old Colombo series)

Oh, I did look this up:  TV series are usually Italicized and song titles are in quotation marks (albums would be italicized).  So, that knocks out

37. Learn how to properly punctuate song titles

85. Update my Christmas Gift Savings Can ($1 a day)

93. Currently listening to “Please Please Me” (on-going)

80. An interesting line from a banjo book I started:  “To be blunt, we’re talking about the flotsam and jetsam of the banjo world who have been washed ashore, limp with failure.” — Wayne Erbsen

Yesterday, I knocked out 2/3 of #43.

91.  Items from joke books I'm skimming: 

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” — H. L. Mencken

“An autobiography is a book that reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory.” — Anon

“What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft?  A) A flat minor!”

Insults:  "All his life he’s been a sinner, but he’s taking harp lessons."

You all be safe out there and Carpe diem Life,

David Kuhn