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  • Alarm goes off at 7 a.m. Pray. Down the stairs, open the back door for Olivia, start the coffee, visit the restroom, set skillet on the stove, bring out three eggs, some shredded cheese, about a quarter of an onion, put small cutting board on counter, halve and slice onion thin, turn on burner, spray a little cooking spray in pan, Olivia is scratching, let her in, go to front door, pick up Sunday paper, remove from bag, sit on table next to Bible, journal and poetry book, return to kitchen, crack three eggs, whisk them until blended, pour from bowl to pan, sprinkle cheese all around, sprinkle onion all around, reach in bag and put two slices of rye bread in to toast. Turn the omelet in the pan, fold one side then the other then turn, set the plate from cabinet on counter, cut a small end off the omelet for Olivia, slide the omelet on to plate, grind a little pepper, shake a little salt, retrieve toast from toaster, spread with a very small amount of butter, pour small glass of cranberry juice, take pills with juice, pour coffee, take fork from drawer and put on plate, put bowl on top of coffee cup, carry cup, bowl and plate to dining room table, move bowl to floor next to me for Olivia, open newspaper, scan the front page, scan the local page, Heart of Illinois Fair started yesterday, couple of accidents, couple of arrests, nothing earth shattering. Start the Sunday crossword while finishing omelet. Carry plate and cup into kitchen, wash dishes under hot water and a little soap, place in rack, pick up Bible, journal, poetry book, cigars, lighter, coffee cup. Olivia decides to follow me outside to the glider. Thistle seed feeder needs seed, seams on either side are apart, go in the house to grab some clear packing tape for a temporary repair, fill thistle feeder with seed, place small seed cake in feeder, large cake is doing fine. Notice six grape tomatoes are ripe, pick them, take them inside, wash them off, place in small bag in the veggie bin of fridge, back outside to the glider, sip coffee, light a cigar, open the Bible and begin to read. Olivia is laying under me in the shade.

    Psalm Nine

    I will praise you, Oh God, with my entire being.
    I will tell everyone of your glorious works.
    I will rejoice and be glad in you.
    I will praise your name.

    My enemies are afraid because of you, Oh Lord,
    they tremble and fall before you,
    for you have found us righteous, Lord.
    You have destroyed the worshipers of false gods,
    you have made them ashamed,
    you have erased them from the earth.

    But You, Oh Lord, will reign forever.
    You are prepared for the day of judgement,
    you will have mercy on your chosen people,
    you will judge us with mercy,
    you will protect the just.

    We know you are a righteous and merciful God.
    You are a refuge for the weak and the oppressed,
    you will not forsake them in their hour of need.

    Sing praises to our God, all you people,
    for you are the children of God's promise.
    Declare his faithfulness and all he has done.
    When you deliver your sacrifice of blood to God,
    he honors your obedience, he forgives your sins.

    Hear me, Oh God, you have delivered me from my enemies,
    so that I may praise your name
    so that I may bear you witness
    so that I may declare your name to the chosen people.

    Evil men fall into their own traps, Oh Lord,
    they fall prey to their own devices.
    Evil men will be judged by you, Oh Lord,
    the wicked and hateful will be sent to hell,
    cast out of your presence.

    The poor and the needy will not be neglected,
    for you will find them righteous,
    you will declare them worthy,
    you will deliver them.

    Judge our enemies, Oh, Lord.
    turn them away from us for fear
    they will anger you.
    Protect us, Oh Lord,
    from evil men.

    We all lead pretty busy lives, it seems. All that above took place in about an hour's time, and I've accomplished much more since then. And will accomplish more in the hours to come. And will get up tomorrow and do it all again.

    I often look back at my life and think: Did I really do all that?

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