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Thursday, October 6, 2022

It Rains In The Desert

So it does really rain in the desert.

This post might have taken another direction, like "it hurts so much, what do I do NOW?"

Today I can't explain how to cope with the pain cancer brings, except to delight in God's blessings, great and small.

The blessings that He rains down on us.

Maybe that's why the symbol of His promise is a rainbow.

So, Chihuahuas.

Chihuahuas in the morning,
Chihuahuas through the night,
Chihuahuas that are learning
the world is theirs by right.
Chihuahuas roar at teatime
and thunder in the dawn,
Chihuahuas always in the prime
of a five-pound brawn.
Chihuahuas at the table
(they shoulder Pits aside)
for they are not able
to tolerate, abide
that anyone, however fine
might usurp their place in line.

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is BECOME.

I am each day what I become,
and become what I must be
to earn the right to walk among
all the people that I see.
Too many fevers left their mark;
there's much now I don't comprehend,
but wandering though the mind's own dark
must become means to an end,
and I must see in diff'rent light
what others eas'ly ken by day,
and thereby try with all my might
to show it's not grimmest futility,
this fight against a disability.

Four minutes, and while I hate to admit it, it's true. Remember the commercial where a dude held up an egg, said, "This is your brain."?

Then he cracked the egg and dropped the yolk into a frying pan. "This is your brain on drugs."

Have enough very high fevers, it has the same effect. I can mask it in writing, but in person, no way.

Music from Wall of Voodoo, with the politically incorrect Mexican Radio.

Sylvia prefers ice cream to barbecued iguana (did you watch the video?).

She also prefers ice cream to fried eggs. If you ever watched a Pittie trying to eat sunny-side-up, you'll know why.



  1. We don't always have to "earn" the right to be with others; sometimes, we are who we are - and find complete acceptance; that is true friendship. And really, it is God's accepting love of us.

    1. Lisa, you're right...in human society that kind of friendship is so rare, but having found it in God, it's changed my life.

    2. I agree, Andrew, true friendship is such a rare gift here on earth. I'm thankful there is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother!

  2. I loved this Andrew! I love dogs too. I am sorry you are suffering with fevers. I will ask God for his physical and mental healing touch. Your friend, Terri #8 FMF

    1. Terri, thank you for this, and please pardon my delayed response. Kind of a bad week.

      Thank you so much for speaking to God on my behalf!

  3. Andrew, I am so sorry for the pain you are in. I love that your dogs bring insight and humor to life. So very grateful that at the table, there is room for us all :)

    1. Joanne, thank you... sometimes it's the dogs, channeling God's love and humour, that keep me going.

  4. Hey Andrew, I should show my kids that egg video. It may enlighten them or make them crack up lol

    I agree that we are becoming ourselves everyday. It's a journey. Once I learned to accept that, things started to shift for me. I enjoy reading your writing. Thanks for sharing

    1. Sorry forgot to include my name lol.
      From: Valerie

    2. Valerie, do show them the video!

      We do indeed take life's journey to our true selves, with God Himself as the map.

  5. I pray that the fevers lessen in their frequency and intensity. I love your poem about Chihuahuas. It reminded of the chihuahua that used to be in Taco Bell commercials. I am praying for you and Barb. -Jolene

    1. Jolene, thank you so much for your prayers, and for reminding me of the Taco Bell Chihuahua!

  6. I never could write anything in 5 min. That is why I quit 5 min Friday.. I felt I was cheating. My disabilities are different than yours. I never understood chihuahuas. They are so darn cute, fitting in a teacup or your back pocket, but oh, the noise they can make! God bless you Andrew. You are such an inspiration to me and I'm sure many many more. And give Sylvia all the ice cream she wants.
    Prayers continue
    Mary Hood

    1. Mary, first and foremost, Sylvia thanks you for the ice cream directive!

      Do come back to FMF. Five minutes is a goal, but you have something very valuable to contribute, and if it takes more time... just admit it and post!

  7. I'm with Sylvia. I'll take ice cream over fried eggs any day of the week!

  8. I'm with Sylvia. I'll take ice cream over barbecued iguana any day, haha.
    You have such an amazingly broad range of video links. It never ceases to impress me.
    Love the poem of the chihuahuas. Don't know how you manage to keep your great sense of humor despite the pain and fevers. You are such an inspiration.

    1. Grams, thank you so much, and when you drop by there will be loads of ice cream waiting, and NO barbequed iguana.

  9. Andrew, feeling for you. Chronic high fevers are so debilitating. Thank you for sharing in the midst of all this pain. I love your poem about chihuahuas - we have chihuahua/foxy and she's a delight but definitely has an entitlement problem.

    1. Kath, yes, the fevers are really draining. They make my very skin hurt.

      Our Chihuahuas don't have an entitlement problem. They ARE entitled, period, full stop.

      Any problem lies with us.

  10. Andrew, I can't say as I know what you are going through, but no that prayers are there helping. FMF23

    1. Annette, I do feel and appreciate the prayers.

  11. I'm so sorry about the fevers and pain taking their toll. I'm praying for you! Like Sylvia, I've always preferred ice cream to eggs. Oh - and I've always loved that Mexican Radio song! FMF22

  12. Kym, I am DELIGHTED that you enjoy Mexican Radio!

    I can't really do ice cream any more, but sorbet still works. Better than eggs, and almost as good as an iguana BBQ.