Echo to Fritter: Taming Our Moods


By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | June 29, 2012

For the last month I have been slowly moving documents, photos and programs from ‘Echo’ to ‘Fritter.’ (Yes, I have named all my computers over the years: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo and now Fritter, a sweet dessert.) The 2010 Windows 7, Microsoft Office programs and Dell have thrown me for a loop. Imagine this, a stranger goes into your closet and takes all your clothes off the hangers and out of the drawers, then throws everything in a heap on the floor! That’s what happened to all my documents and photos when dropped into my new ‘Library’.

Well, you know I’m not a great housekeeper but my computer is kept immaculate; every document and folder neatly placed and labeled. Even my folders have folders! But this time all the folders were empty or missing altogether. Then my husband asked me why I numbered some of my documents the way I did… and my blood started to boil. This brings me to my topic for the week, letting outside pressures dictate how you treat your family and friends.

We are all affected by those around us—including me. My husband occasionally listens to talk radio on his way home from work. How do we know? The look on his face, his posture and the angry expletives about various businesses or politicians give us a few clues. I have given my husband a rule, “No talk of politics or business between the hours of____ and ___.” I realize he needs to vent his frustration and anger but we need to limit his ranting. I encourage him to write his legislators and make a point to vote.

Likewise I try to limit depressing or violent television shows that affect me. Instead I stay busy with positive activities like learning a new program, reading, exercising and writing to name a few. I also play a few games, make word searches and cryptograms and collect information for the Reminder. Being positive helps keep stress and depression at bay.

Tip: Be aware of your moods!

Copyright © 2014 Jackie Saulmon Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

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About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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