Subject: A Rest Day
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, April 5, 2002
Issue #81


1. Welcome Notes
3. Celebrating Out Loud!
4. Humor: The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

1. Welcome Notes

Greetings to all our new subscribers. And welcome to the
Celebrating the Journey family. I’m delighted you’re with
us. This issue of CTJ is a bit different. The planned issue is
about 3/4 complete. Not quite in the shape to be published.
You will see it next week.

As you know I had some surgery on Tuesday. It went great,
very successful, and I am doing great, given that I had major
surgery less than 3 days ago. Today seems to be the day of
exhaustion, however, and I am following the wisdom of last
week’s CTJ and listening to my body. Hence the very short

Enjoy this abbreviated issue. We’ll be back in full force next

I want to deeply thank all who sent me good wishes,
prayers, great thoughts and general good luck emails. The
numbers were amazing. I so appreciate them, and each of
you will hear from me. I will answer as many of you as I
can, and even if you don’t hear from me, please know I am
very grateful. Your healing energy is a big part of why I’m
doing so well.


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it,
change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

When we are no longer able to change a situation … we are
challenged to change ourselves.
Victor Frankl

Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
Vince Lombardi

In these days of tension, human beings can learn a great deal
about relaxation from watching a cat who doesn’t just lie
down when it is time to rest, but pours his body on the floor
and rests in every nerve and muscle.
Murray Robinson

3. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

Kathy Wolf celebrates her new house: a celebration of the
healing, repairing, and rebuilding she’s done after a difficult
divorce. Celebrate with Kathy at

Patty Scott shares several celebrations with us: She
celebrated 18 years of sobriety on January 15th, turned 40
on March 15th, and her beautiful daughter Dana turned 7
March 29th. You can send email confetti to Patty at

Debra celebrates finding the job she’s wanted her whole life,;
one which allows her to eat and train in a way that is healthy
and healing.

Know someone who’s celebrating a great occasion? Or a
small one? What better gift than to forward them a copy
of Celebrating the Journey with a celebratory wish in it.
Let’s spread the joy!

4. Humor: The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

This came from Lory Hathaway and seemed perfect for this
issue: it’s a bit long and the issue is short. Enjoy!

How to give a Cat a Pill

1) Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if
holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on
either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to
cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth
pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2) Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle
cat in left arm and repeat process.

3) Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4) Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding
rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push
pill to back of mouth with right fore-finger. Hold mouth
shut for a count of ten.

5) Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of
wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6) Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees,
hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat.
Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing
wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s
throat vigorously.

7) Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil
wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains.
Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth
and set to one side for gluing later.

8) Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with
head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of
drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow
down drinking straw.

9) Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans,
drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse’s
forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and

10) Retrieve cat from neighbor’s shed. Get another pill. Open
another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck
to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert
spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11) Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door
back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot,
drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for
date of last tetanus jab. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to
disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw tee-shirt away and
fetch new one from bedroom.

12) Ring fire brigade to retrieve the f—— cat from tree
across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into
fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-

13) Tie the little bastard’s front paws to rear paws with
garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find
heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth
followed by large piece of fillet steak. Be rough about it.
Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat
to wash pill down.

14) Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you
to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches
fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right
eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15) Arrange for ASPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and
ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How To Give A Dog A Pill:

1) Wrap it in bacon.

Give yourself the gift of rest this week.

Namaste, Margo

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Come to the edge, life said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, life said.
They came.
It pushed them…
And they flew.
Gulliaume Apollinaire

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