#FridayThoughts: Random and bland

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It’s partly sunny in a lazy spring kind of way, most of the trees suddenly green with new leaves, flowers on the flowering ones. Pretty.

It probably looks warmer than it is, that’s Chicago for you, the spring can be a slow, reluctant walk away from winter. But it is away from winter.

I’m waiting for groceries. Though I’m fully vaccinated, the ease of online ordering hooked me, I’m not sure if I’m ever fully going back.

I’ll be making lunch on Sunday for Mother’s Day, I needed some things to bake, the rest I’ll be cooking at my parents’ in their kitchen, which is always a little weird. You never know where anything is.

My mother has a sorting system known only to her, so it usually takes three drawers to find things. Oh well.

I’ll have to remember to bring some of my own tools. We work better with our own tools, don’t we?

Anyway, we’re through the first week of May already, which is tough to believe, and that’s pretty much it for me. Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.


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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 World Photo Prompt: Decisions

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Oh wait, it’s Thursday! That means it’s time for a ten word story, otherwise known as our #ThursdayTen!

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

It’s as easy as remembering today is Thursday!

OK, ready?

Here’s mine:

Daton paused. The scratches paused.

Echo demon.

Again.

Some vacation.

#WednesdayWisdom: Broaden

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The world feels a little different now that I’m fully vaccinated, and it doesn’t seem life threatening to do even small things I wouldn’t have done months ago. For example.

I ran into a friend who lives in my building yesterday. She’s just redone her bathroom, and I went with her to see it.

Small thing, really, just popping in to look at her lovely new bathroom. But this time last year, it could have proven deadly.

I don’t buy into the people who are saying if you’re vaccinated it’s like the pandemic doesn’t exist. Not only are they not qualified to make that call, it’s facially not true. There’s a lot they don’t know about the efficacy of vaccination, especially with the variants which were fueled by these exact same people.

But I do think we can broaden our horizons a little. Spend time with others we wouldn’t have. I’m not ready for restaurants, but take out feels OK to me.

See what feels OK with you.

I’ll continue to mask up, though, I’m not sure when I’ll feel comfortable not doing it.

And with that, I’m moving on to Wednesday. Have a great day.


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: Maybe more coffee will fix it.

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It’s very gray today, gray and rainy, and I’m glad I ran up to get my prescription yesterday. The walk today may have been much more unpleasant.

And soggier.

I don’t mind the weather when I can stay inside, though. There’s a coziness that just can’t be duplicated.

It was a full night of busy dreams, dreams with much to do, dreams fraught with something just beyond the edge of my memory. It seems I’m not alone, though, a lot of people are having vivid dreams these days.

Maybe it’s our minds sorting through the last four years.

Regardless I’m kind of tired and probably irritable. The irritable hasn’t been tested yet, though, so that’s only a theory.

And that’s it for me today. 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.

#MondayThoughts: Some light is getting through.

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Well somehow it’s May. It’s also gray and rainy today, though not gloomy somehow. So that’s interesting.

Maybe interesting is too strong a word.

As of today, I am fully vaccinated. I may go more places but overall, it’s not going to change my habits that much, I’m still going to mask up. And there are reports that due to people who buy in to Republican lies–Republicans who, themselves, I’m sure, did not hesitate to vaccinate, I might add–the US may never achieve herd immunity.

What a mess.

I will never escape the thought that this was done by trump and Republicans deliberately, given that trump did the opposite of very pandemic containment protocol from the very beginning, and admitted he knew it was deadly, also from the beginning. And now we’ve had 577,000 deaths.

So depressing.

The number does seem to have slowed, finally, with President Biden in charge, now there to clean up the incredible, devastating messes of the past four years.

Wow, the weather may not be gloomy but I’m certainly making up for it. Oh well, Monday thoughts are Monday thoughts, and they’re not always fun ones.

Anyway that’s it for me today. 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: Not entirely shameless plug

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It’s Friday and I figure it’s as good a day as any to tell you to read my books!

Try Aunty Ida.

You’ll enjoy adventuring with her.

She insists.

Or click my name when you get to Amazon and pick another! This collection of short stories below is FREE!

Have a great weekend!

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Open

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That’s right, my friendly storytellers, this week you get TWO prompts! The fake Tuesday #ThursdayTen and today’s Thursday Ten, now with more Thursday!

OK fine, it’s the same amount of Thursday as usual, but more Thursday than Tuesday had.

Why yes my coffee DID kick in, thanks for noticing.

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

Exactly ten words.

Ready? Here’s mine:

The door appeared.

Later, the ladder.

Josh volunteered.

Then vanished.

#WednesdayWisdom: If it’s safe to do so, go.

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Yesterday I had some reservations about seeing some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. We sat outside; two of us were fully vaccinated, I have an official half-week to go, and the forth has had one shot. We were careful.

And we had fun.

Today I feel good in a way that is entirely new. I was unsure about picking up old threads, about venturing fully back into a world that has become, seemingly overnight, so dangerous. And yet I did.

And that’s the thing.

Sometimes if you don’t face it, if you don’t take it on, if you don’t try it, it looms larger and larger and larger until you can no longer see beyond it, you can no longer even contemplate doing it. With this pandemic, we absolutely run that risk.

So.

If it’s safe, and ONLY if it’s safe, do it. If it’s safe, and ONLY if it’s safe, dip a toe in the outside world again.

It just may be a kind of relief you didn’t even know you needed.

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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#NationalTellAStory Day SPECIAL EDITION Ten Word Photo Prompt: Crowd

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By special request from my friend Bonnie for National Tell a Story Day, we’re have a very special TUESDAY ten! It’s like #ThursdayTen but on a Tuesday.

In case you didn’t get it.

I figured you did but, you know, I’ve got to be sure.

ANYWAY, just like on a Thursday, using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

Ready? Here’s mine:

They chatted nervously. The spaceship hovered, first contact looming overhead.

#TuesdayThoughts: Out in the world

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I’m going to see friends I haven’t seen in a long, long time, not since the pandemic was lying in wait, ready to emerge, still not yet a global tragedy. And it feels weird.

The idea of sitting around with people to whom I am not related.

Very weird.

I may not be mentally ready for this, but then the question is whether I will ever be. If not now, will it feel less strange months from now?

A year from now?

Ever?

In the better part of a year in solitude, I adjusted to being by myself because I had to. It was what it was.

And now I’m used to it. Not, necessarily that I like it.

But I’m used to it.

Better not to get too used to it.

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.