#MondayThoughts: Creaky

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It’s gray and rainy today, with a constant fine drizzle. I didn’t sleep well last night, but sometimes that happens.

I’m tired today.

Yesterday had some drama over a package that still hasn’t been delivered, so Monday is off to a creaky start. Plus, it’s Monday.

So.

Monday.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “how is the coffee helping?” And my answer to that is a very halting…eh.

I had to take some Benadryl and I’ve got to say it’s not helping with the alertness. Proof to that: I originally left out the “not” in the previous sentence, which would have been wonderfully ironic if I didnt’ catch it.

That plus weather makes me think sleeping the day away wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Not going to do it.

But I’m tempted.

Anyway, that’s it for me on this slow-moving Monday. Have a lovely day.

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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#FridayThoughts: Fold-up boat.

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My second iced coffee is right there, already made. I wasn’t taking any risks or pulling any caffeine punches today.

I can’t even say this morning because it’s already noon.

Someone is a tardy blogger. I won’t name any names.

It’s a brightly sunny day, not too hot, the kind of day that makes summer summer. The kind of day that makes me wish I had a boat.

Don’t know what I’d do with it the other many many many days that I am not wishing I had a boat, but today it seems like a leisurely trip out on Lake Michigan would be perfect. Breeze and sun and the water.

Ahhh.

I’ll have to settle for my iced coffee.

Maybe someday. But probably not, the thing with boats is you have to have somewhere to put them.

I don’t think they fold up for storage. And if they did, I’m not sure I’d want that boat.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. Have a great Friday and a perfect summer (or winter!) weekend.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Smash

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It’s THURSDAY! And that means it’s time for a #ThursdayTen! Even though yesterday turned into a Wednesday ten sorta because no one saw last week’s post.

Until yesterday.

Thus the Wednesday…never mind, you get it.

ANYWAY, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

Ready?

Here’s mine:

Those trapped characters were coming out, one way or another.

#WednesdayWisdom: Break a rule.

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I may get my thunderstorms today, but I’ll probably have to wait until later. That’s fine, I can wait.

I can wait.

The heaviness of the air makes me think I may not have to wait as long as promised, but we’ll see.

I’m inventorying my wisdom right now. So many bits gathered over the years, like plan ahead and break up large tasks into smaller ones and don’t sit on the remote.

That last one is mine.

Don’t sit on the remote.

It’s advice I never seem able to take myself. I once returned my TV to factory settings somehow by sitting on the remote. I still don’t know how I managed that.

But it does bring me to today: at some point, break a rule. Now, I’m not talking anything illegal or unethical or that will get you fired. Not society’s rules, aka laws, or your employer’s rules or boundaries that someone else has set.

Break one of your rules.

We all have them, these codes that we live by that make sense to only us, that don’t necessarily impact much aside from keeping us in the same pattern.

So today, break one.

If you want, let me know how it goes. And have a great Wednesday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#TuesdayThoughts: Counterintuitive to the mission

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Since it’s Tuesday, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Ping pong ball in time.” And now let’s do Tuesday.

You know, I think it’s kind of funny that WordPress went to calling each section of a post a “block.” Because, well…they’re writers’ blocks.

Feels a little counterintuitive to the mission if you ask me. Which you kind of did because you’re here reading this.

Watch out, hypothetical reader, I’m weird today. I guess if we’re being honest, I’m weird every day but again, you kind of know that because you’re here reading this.

I can’t tell if it’s sunny or cloudy today, which feels in many ways apt, and pretty on point for August. I’ve checked, no rain today, but maybe tomorrow.

I’d love a good, crashing thunderstorm. As long as I don’t have to be out in it.

Which is pretty much the key to everything, isn’t it?

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Tuesday. I hope your day is magnificent.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: You know who they are.

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In order to have thoughts, I guess my brain would have to be thinking. That feels like a tall, tall order this Monday morning.

We’ve landed in August once again, the days like calendar pages flipping in an old movie.

Now that’s meta.

Last week, Republicans blocked a bill to aid veterans purely out of spite. They were open about it too; joyful after they successfully stopped its passage.

And then suddenly it was like they realized everyone could hear and see them.

Including the veterans they claim they support.

If you’ve never accepted the raw cruelty of Republicans, think about that. Think about the people they sent to war and then abandoned.

Just to get at Democrats.

If the kiddie concentration camps didn’t get you, if the alleged forced sterilizations of detained women from the “pro-life” (read: anti-life) party didn’t get you, if the deliberate refusal to try to contain COVID by making masks and vaccines a political issue didn’t get you…

Maybe this will get you.

Now, of course, that reality tapped back in, they’re making up all kinds of excuses for flipping their votes.

But we know who they are. You know who they are.

Have a great Monday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: A day and a week and a month.

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Somehow it’s Friday and nearly the end of July and like the end of most months lately, I find myself wondering how. It was June five minutes ago.

Wasn’t it June five minutes ago?

I slept weirdly last night, and not well, waking up from dreams within dreams. Actually waking up was disorienting, as though it took a little while to be sure that this too was not a dream.

Though if this is a dream, at least it has coffee.

It’s as drifting as a dream, though, I’ve started and flittered away from this post countless times during the writing, short as it is.

So perhaps I should take my own hint.

I shall call it a day and a week and a month.

See you in August. Which, shockingly is Monday. Have a lovely Friday and a great weekend in the meanwhile.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Path

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It’s THURSDAY! Time for a #ThursdayTen!

Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

This week the image is a little different from the usual, so I hope you find it extra inspiring!

Ready?

Here’s mine:

Ahead, the end of the long wood. Finally. A door.

#WednesdayWisdom: The Unknowable

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Well I guess we know how it’s going because I just spent five minutes making sure I was spelling “Wednesday” right because it looks so weird.

It looks so weird.

It’s sunny today and I feel hot even though I don’t think it is. Just checked. Nope, it’s pretty mild, with rain to come later. Which makes me wonder what happened to our rain overnight.

Maybe it did rain, maybe it didn’t, I don’t really know at this point.

Which brings me to today. There is much in the world that we don’t know. Often that we can’t know.

How to spell “Wednesday” shouldn’t be one of those things, but I digress.

We need to get comfortable with the not knowing. We need to understand that just because we don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

The only information we have is that we don’t see it.

This doesn’t mean buy into ridiculous theories or unsupported nonsense, of course. But your tiny scoop of the world isn’t the whole world. It doesn’t contain all the facts of the world.

And when you think about it, that’s a comforting thought.

Have a great Wednesday.

(BOOM! Spelled it.)

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: WD-40 for the mind.

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Since it’s Tuesday, here’s my #MomUpdate, “Burning through bandwidth.” And off we go.

It’s sunny today, and much, much cooler. I don’t think it’s supposed to even reach 80, which feels wonderful after such heat. I think we may get rain later.

Promises, promises.

I wish I had a reliable way to get my brain going on mornings like this. Mornings…it’s almost noon. How did that happen?

Instead, the cogs are slowly, slowly churning. Maybe they make WD-40 for the mind.

Now THAT’S a billion dollar idea.

Somewhere along the way, all the hinges up there got creaky. At least today, maybe tomorrow I’ll be back to fully mentally flexible.

You never know.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, as scintillating as this post is. Have a great Tuesday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.