I think Discovery is my favourite TV channel. Last night we sat glued to a two hour program that aired about our Solar system and the Universe. With the lights off and sitting back in our seats we toured galaxies and deep space, watched stars implode, saw stars that burned out thousands of years ago and visited the planets in our Solar system. From there we went to Andromeda and other inhospitable places and enjoyed every moment. There are probably as many stars, each with their own solar system, as there are grains of sand on Earth. If that doesn't boggle your mind nothing will! The number of planets that potentially could support life in the galaxy runs into the hundreds of thousands. Okay, first I boggle your mind and now I make you feel insignificant. Our Sun will burn for a few billion more years and then it will go out. It will take eight minutes for us to find out and then it will be too late! There have been occasions this winter when I have wondered if it had already happened. All this brings home to me that today is all that matters, today is all we have. Why waste it worrying about what might happen, just LIVE! Enjoy each moment, each blue sky, each sunrise and each flower and bird song. Many years ago I purchased the book above, in 1965 in fact. It is a book of Pittman's Shorthand. I sat through evening classes trying to grasp the dots, dashes and squiggles which would help me find a better job. I never did master it and no one uses shorthand now anyway. I kept it and brought it with me across the ocean, perhaps to remind me that not all books are fun or educational. I discovered that some are just books..!
On Friday Portuguese husband went into hospital to have his op. It was to be an exploratory to see if all the cancer was gone. A suspicious area was discovered on the back wall of his bladder, so once more it was re-sectioned, cutting deeper this time. He is home and must do nothing strenuous for three weeks. In two weeks we will see the doctor again for results. With luck it will prove to be scar tissue, without luck something more serious.
Today the sun is shining, PH is painting my portrait and on Wednesday our 5Th Grand baby is due. Life goes on.