Friday, September 2, 2016

The Weekend

And so it returns. This thing called 'the weekend'. How many of them have I enjoyed in my life? I'm 51, so if you do the math, the answer will be 'oh, so many'. But that's okay because it means I'm still here in this amazing world of ours. "It's plagued with problems", you say? Well sure it is, but despite what the media may have you thinking, there's a lot more good in the world than bad. With all this technology, the average person has more access to worldwide news and information...instantaneously. And what sells? The bad stuff. That's what we're bombarded with, smothered by, really. Don't let yourself get caught up in that. Step away from that negativity and search for some good stuff. It's all around us.


Any plans this weekend? It's Labour Day on Monday, so it's a long one here. Is it for you, as well? And how has your week gone? Has it been good to you? I sure hope so. And if things have been rough, I hope it all gets better. Here's something to make you smile:


Do you enjoy reading? I've been doing a lot of that lately. Right now I'm zipping through the novel "The Girl on the Train", which has also been made into a movie. So far it's quite interesting, although I do find the main character really flippin' a little annoying. Before this I read "Cell" by Stephen King. It's an apocalyptic horror novel about a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network that turns the majority of humans into mindless, vicious animals...or zombies. If such a thing ever happened, just about everyone I know would be affected. My mother would be spared and so would the most amazing man in the world. Both of them don't have cell phones. I might get away with it since I never talk on my phone. Just do a little texting. But if texting was an issue then I'd be one of the doomed. Anyhow, a movie was made of this book, too. And it's horrible. Not only is it a sucky film but it's much different from the book, making it double sucky. Don't watch it. It's a waste of time.

Well, that's enough rambling. I'll end this post with a song that I've been enjoying these days. I play it while I run walk on the treadmill, which I'm getting ready to do. It's quite an empowering tune. I hope you enjoy it. And I also hope you all have a wonderful weekend, long or not long!


32 comments:

  1. I've experienced way more weekends than you have, 16 more years worth in fact :) Now we are retired we tend to forget it is the weekend, especially a long weekend. Every weekend is a long weekend for us. I'm an avid reader, finished a few lately and I'm not adding some to my reader for when we are away in BC this month. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. That's the thing with retirement. It's one long weekend. I hope it's been a lovely one for you. The service has been terrific so far. And a month in BC! That is wonderful. I'm sure you will have a terrific time.

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  2. Happy weekend Martha, you write so well!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! I hope you've been enjoying the weekend. And I hope your weather has been as terrific as ours!

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  3. And I do believe the world is a good place, despite the ups and downs.

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  4. ... and Yes, there is good stuff out there!

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Happy weekend to you, Jan! I hope it's been great so far.

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  5. Another wonderful blog...I am so happy that you have two great places for me to visit and to follow, Martha!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend~

    Jan

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    1. Hi, Jan! What a sweet comment. Thank you for this and for visiting. And welcome! I will now click on your profile and see if you've got a blog...

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  6. What a great song, Martha! I hadn't heard it before -- thanks for posting it! Enjoy your long weekend!

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    1. It is pretty terrific! I play it all the time. Hope your weekend has been terrific so far!

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  7. Totally agree about what the media chooses to broadcast. There are lots of good things out there and lots of good people doing good things :)

    That book Cell sounds weird. Might have to read it down the line. I'm rarely on my phone, just use it for emergencies and keeping in touch with family. I had a salesman come to the door yesterday and he was looking down at his cell phone the majority of the time he was trying to talk with me about what he wanted to sell. Talk about annoying :)

    Enjoy your weekend!

    betty

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    1. Some people are glued to their phones, Betty, and it's difficult to carry on a conversation with them.

      I thought the book was interesting and was curious to see the movie. What a disappointment it was! So the book might be worth a try but the film is a real waste of time.

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  8. You know, I used to LOVE Stephen King. I would stay up late into the night reading his scary ones that were early on in his career: The Stand, Cujo, Firestarter, Carrie, The Shining... Now I couldn't do it. However, I will say that the movie they made out of The Green Mile was very good! -Jenn

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    1. I used to be a fan of Stephen King and have read all the books you've listed here. But I discovered so many other authors along the way and sort of left him behind. I still enjoy a book of his from time to time. And I agree...the move 'The Green Mile' was great!

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  9. That's one of my favorite songs, Lone Ranger by her is also good

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  10. I reserved The Girl on the Train at the library and rushed home to read it. I don't often say this about books but I hated it with a passion. Terrible writing and a weak plot. It is quite possible that I am the only one who hated it but I also hated 50 Shades... So there ya go.

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    1. I just finished it yesterday, Birdie, and I can't for the life of me understand what the fuss is all about. Or how this even became a movie. Furthermore, there isn't a single character I liked in the book. They all got on my nerves. So there you go with me. You are no longer alone in this. Now there are two people in this world who are not fans! I've never read 50 shades, though, so I can't comment on it.

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  11. there are a couple of points of view when it comes to the state of our world. The old days were without all the razzle dazzle hyperactive activity. However they lived a tough life. It was simple but challenging. So I guess it's what you prefer...long ago or go go!

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    1. In a way it's all about perspective. Each generation has its good and bad. I keep up with the news, so I see how the heavy weight of the negativity. But I still keep a positive feeling going. The world is not as bad as we're told it is. I like to live my life with that thought!

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  12. ah yes, great quote.
    i re-"read" A Man Without a Country earlier this month in audiobook format and it was as entertaining and wise as i remember it the first time. i just finished Orphan Train and it is very touching, turbulent and sweet story of two similar souls.
    have a great weekend martha=]

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    1. There are so many great books. I have whole bunch waiting to be read. But I'm still going to look up the ones you mentioned! LOL...

      I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Cell sounds interesting/scary. I think I would be spared though. I don't have a cell phone--though I carry another family member's phone with me when I travel just to keep in touch with my family and in case of emergency.

    Yesterday we ran another 5k race. I didn't set any records, but it was fun. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Well, as long as you don't answer that borrowed phone when it rings, you'll be okay :)

      That is wonderful about the 5k race! I am always in awe of people that run distances like that. I could never do it, although I could walk for hours and cycle for miles on end, so there's that to be proud of.

      I hope your weekend has been terrific so far!

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  14. Yes, Martha, this world is a pretty darn good place to live in!! The heck with the bad stuff....it will always be there.
    This weekend I work at the shop on Sunday and Monday.....really looking after 4 shops. Sounds difficult but not really. I have a spectacular view, as you know, of the Atlantic Ocean and meet the greatest people from all over North America and sometimes Europe/UK.
    Hope your weekend is just what you wanted or made it to be.

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    1. The shop work does sounds amazing, Jim. Who wouldn't enjoy a great view and interesting people to talk with? I hope it's a great day for you today!

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  15. Hi Martha,

    What a nice, thoughtful, positive post. There is indeed plenty of good things happening out there. Of course, the media has a tendency to sensationalise and report more about the bad stuff, because, somewhat cynically, they reckon that bad news sells.

    Like you, I embrace the positive aspects of life. The internet can be a most powerful, positive tool. For we get to learn from each other, share with each other in the great diversity. All different, all equal.

    Have a wonderful Labour Day, eh!

    Gary :)

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    1. Hey Gary, I'm glad you embrace the positive side of life. There are so many great things in this world and so many great people doing great things. We must remember that!

      Have a great day, my friend!

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  16. By the time I got around to reading blogs, the weekend has come and gone. It was a nice one though and now it's time to get back into the routine of getting things done.

    I haven't read "The Girl on the Train" yet but I plan to. I have heard others say it is a good story but several also said the main character is annoying.

    I have decided any book dealing with Armageddon, the Apocalypse, zombies, etc. is off my list of reading material. I want stories that I can either relate to or better yet, that I find uplifting.

    The cat picture is hilarious. I think I need to draw some funny eyes and do that with my cat.

    I don't understand people that are 100 percent negative all the time. Even in the darkest times, there is always something wonderful to focus on. I do think the current trend of the media to sensationalize everything in such a negative way is doing our culture harm. It's turning people into angry cynics. Currently the atmosphere in the US is very negatively charged on a lot of issues and this contentious campaign isn't helping.



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    1. I think my expectations were too high with the story, so I was a little disappointed with "The Girl on the Train". As for the main character, I try soooo hard to like her...in some way...and failed. I found that she got on my nerves. In fact, all the characters were somewhat annoying. Still. It was a fast and easy read, and I'll watch the movie to see how that is.

      Like you, I like stories that do something for me but once in awhile I drift off to something else because some stories leave me a little emotionally unbalanced...lol... Yes, I'm the type of reader that becomes involved in the story and if it's well written, the characters become kind of real. Right now I'm reading the book "The Light Between Oceans" and so far (I'm about 1/3 through) it's a great story! It will be one of those books I can relate to.

      I also can't understand someone being 100% negative all the time. I think that is so exhausting. Life is so much easier when you find something happy in it!

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