Day 893: Mood Changes

I wonder if this post will change your mood, or mine?

Here’s something that changed my mood yesterday, at Tufts Medical Center.

It was not that sign that changed  my mood. What changed my mood was Bob —

the great guy who has been checking my pacemakers for many years — and Dr. Mark Estes (not pictured), telling me that everything is good with my new Implantable Cardiac Device.

Here is some dialog, from yesterday, that changed my mood:

Dr. Estes: Ann, you look better than you have in years.
Me: Maybe that’s because of this (gesturing to my new blue hair extension).

Last night, at the Coping and Healing therapy group I facilitated, the group members chose “Mood Changes” as the the topic. Here’s something I created, at that group session:

Here are some other mood changers, from yesterday:




Here are some potential mood changers, in my near future:

  1. Today, before noon, I will find out whether I’ve been called back for the Concord Massachusetts Players production of the Sondheim musical “Follies.”
  2. Tomorrow, I’ll be meeting fellow WordPresser Mark Bialczak and his lovely wife Karen.
  3. In August, my 17-year-old son Aaron and I (and, perhaps, my excellente ex-sister-in-law Deborah) will be attending the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  4. In September, I’ll be going to my 45th high school reunion.

What mood changers are in your life, today?

Here‘s a mood-changing tune:

“Mood Indigo” by Duke Ellington is changing moods on YouTube, right now.

Thanks to all things that change my mood, including the people, creatures, places, and apparel in this post. And thanks to you — of course! — no matter what mood you’re in, today.

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49 thoughts on “Day 893: Mood Changes

  1. My first mood changer was Facebook or Fakebook- something I have thought about when people tell me “love your pics you are always so happy” Well sure I am on FB- did you think I would post pics of me being grumpy before coffee or crying when I’m sad? Okay, enough sarcasm-the next mood changer this morning was seeing that t shirt that said I did not mean to offend you- I literally laughed out loud, which was a good way to start my 2nd cup of coffee this morning. That is so exciting you are meeting Mark & his lovely wife Karen! Enjoy!

  2. Rose Red

    This made me smile this morning. And Duke Ellington on top of it all. ^_^

  3. It’s the hottest and most humid day of the year. My mood is sluggish. A great track of the Duke’s didn’t change it. And it is going to rain. I, too smiled at the T-shirt, so that was something. And I’m very pleased about your condition.

  4. Facebook vs. Fakebook. You just upped my mood. Wish I had thought of that one !! ☺ ☺ ☺ Van

    • I thought of that yesterday, Van, but many other people must have beaten me to that one. Even if they have, I’m still in a good mood. Many thanks to you.

  5. Love the slippers!

  6. What changed my mood as the very first photo. Floating hospital? I immediately imagined a very tiny hospital atop a little boat, bobbing along on the ocean.

    • It always improves my mood to see you, Emilie. And, the first version of the Floating Hospital for Children was ACTUALLY A BOAT, in Boston Harbor.

  7. Summer and Fridays definitely affect my mood positively, as do you my dear Ann! I’m thrilled that you will be meeting Mark and Karen tomorrow, say hi for me would ya? ❤
    Diana xo

  8. My mood was good, then I read about your experiences and looked at your pictures and my mood got even better. And considering the color blue a new mood was introduced: intrigued. I think moods are like your pictures: they can be multilayered. When we feel blue it’s a bad thing, or at least a sad thing, but blue in other contexts is a happy color. Your blue hair extension, I think, makes you happy. And it makes me happy to hear someone singing about blue skies smiling at me. The painter on the sidewalk reminded me of a woman in my town who paints historic buildings when they’re scheduled for demolition. Seeing her paint makes me happy, but it also makes me blue because her presence means something old and familiar is about to be lost. It’s the way things go, though, and I’m happy we’re all spinning along on this blue sphere in space.

    • Thank you for this colorfully multi-layered comment, Christopher. It improves my mood, too, that we’re all spinning on this green-and-blue sphere together.

  9. Good morning, Ann! My mood soared hearing that the cardiac implant is doing its job so well! My mood is less up though that 11 days after the epidurals for my sciatica I am still having pain when sitting. As a therapist, I sit a lot. The 2-1/2 hr drive to the country yesterday about did me in, but meditating flat on my back when we got here got my mood good again!

  10. Mood changers in my life today are a media conference for an exciting new program for homeless LGBTQ2S youth!

    A retirement party for a co-worker who is ‘moving to the lake’.

    Dinner with my eldest daughter who is here for the weekend!

    And…. getting ready for our visit tomorrow to our soon to be new puppy dog! 🙂

  11. yeoldefoole

    Reading about Sir Christopher Lee changed my mood this morning. Did you know he created two heavy metal albums?

  12. I have had three major mood changes in the last month. First, I fell and cracked my ribs. Then, my parked car was hit and totaled by a stranger who never left a note. Finally, my arm was operated on and developed a huge red and blue bruise half the arm’s length. Even though I have tried to deal with each “event” with patience and optimism, they have definitely affected my mood that is fast deteriorating into despair and a “what’s going to happen next?” attitude.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about all those difficult, mood-altering things happening to you. It helps my mood, very much, that you took the time and care to comment in the midst of all this. I’m sending all my best wishes and hopes your way.

  13. yeseventhistoowillpass

    That meower of yours would make me smile… Nice kitten… You have a good life and even the doctor says you look marvelous!

  14. Have fun with Mark and his Dear Wife Karen! 🙂

  15. Tomorrow, Ann! My mood is already elevated thinking of your arrival. 🙂

  16. Oh I see that stuffed tiger which is really stuffed with Ann roaring power! Mood changes can change a meow to a roar! Roar on Ann!

  17. I like Bob’S smile and he is a great person to represent mood changers and the quality of “stick-to-it-ivism!” The other part of this I enjoyed is how you write about your medical history in a matter if fact tone. You are an inspiration and definitely not a “whiner,” Ann.
    Wise words: “Man plans. God laughs.” 🙂

  18. I don’t know if SHE’s going to like that!


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  20. Oh those Red Sox, how they make me grumble these days but Fenway always makes me smile!

    • It changed my mood for the better to see you here today! If you want another smile, the post I just published has shots of Fenway, too.

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