#TuesdayThoughts: Skim

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Gray again, it seems to be the new normal. Maybe snow, maybe not, but yesterday it was like a snow globe, at least for a while.

My neck and shoulder still hurt, which is clearly annoying, given they are both very useful for typing. Alas.

And as soon as I mentioned the gray, a circle of blue appeared in the sky, the sun bright off the clouds. I guess the weather is contrary, like, it seems, a whole lot of people today.

(Uh oh. I just dropped a pin. Good luck to my feet. Not sure how it vanished so quickly.)

I’m having one of those running in quicksand weeks, as fast as I go, the slower I feel. Maybe it’s all the information coming at us at once; maybe it’s the weather; maybe it’s me.

Maybe I need to learn how to skim across the top. That would be handy.

I’m going to to work on that, and you have a terrific Tuesday.


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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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#MondayThoughts: Working out the kinks

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First of all, a cat doing downward dog. Inherently funny.

You’re welcome.

Yesterday my neck and shoulder were tight, why, I have no idea. And it got progressively worse overnight, making sleep nearly impossible.

I wasn’t sure how my workout would go, but as always, movement won over inaction, because, while the pain isn’t entirely gone, it’s definitely better.

Not a perfect answer. But an answer better than the alternative.

Sometimes that’s the best we can hope for.

Meanwhile, it’s a gray, gray Monday and I don’t know if they said snow but it looks like snow. It’s a day with a lot on my mind, but on the plus side it’s also a day with a lot of physical tasks head, so hopefully those thoughts can sort themselves.

I already tackled one problem today, beyond the soreness, so that has to be a plus, right?

Anyway, once more into the Monday. I hope you have an incredibly wonderful one.


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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: This Valentine's Day thing

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February 14 rolls around every year, and there it lurks, right smack in the middle of February.

Valentine’s Day.

I’ve already seen people complaining online about people complaining online, angry at the bitterness of others who don’t enjoy the visceral, day-long reminder of their loneliness. Empathy isn’t a big thing online in the 21st century.

I don’t particularly care for Valentine’s Day, but I do care for chocolate, so that’s the upside for me. It does seem like a day designed for dashed expectations and the drumbeat of “not enough,” which makes me wonder if there’s some kind of conspiracy among businesses to prime the pump.

I mean, who knows.

I do like the idea of honoring suffragette Anna Howard Shaw, as per Liz Lemon of “30 Rock” though. Give me the right to vote over a droopy, inflated-price bouquet any time.

Anyway, no matter where you fall on the Valentine’s Day spectrum, from paper-heart central to leave me alone, I want you to know I appreciate you, and I appreciate your being here.

Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic 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.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird!
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#ThursdayThoughts Ten Word Photo Prompt: Trade-off

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Photo by Ivandrei Pretorius on Pexels.com

It’s ten word photo prompt time! Using the image above, write a ten word story.

Exactly ten words.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Radiating heat from the levitation, her knees melted her jeans.

#WednesdayWisdom: Rose-colored past

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I started watching 1900 Island, streaming on Acorn, which is a show in the same vein as Manor House or 1900 House or Colonial House. Essentially it’s a very long cosplay where people of the 20th century live as they would in one of the above.

This is one is gorgeous, taking place on a now-uninhabited island off of Wales, with sweeping, windy views of the sea. But the thing that always gets me is how unprepared the people who sign up to do it always are.

They perpetually seem surprised by the food or the lack thereof, by the close quarters, by the clothes. By the chamber pots and toting water. Here the living comes from the sea; there has never been a time in history that that’s an easy way to exist.

It makes me wonder why they signed up in the first place, what they thought they would be heading toward. People have this idealistic view of the past, but the reality is life was hard in so many ways we don’t even think about now.

Usually the retort is that it was simpler, but was it? What’s simpler than a washing machine versus an entire day wringing laundry? What’s simpler than running water? Indoor plumbing?

A chamberpot-less existence?

I think by “simpler” people tend to mean less diverse. I think by “simpler” people tend to mean more closed. And I think by “simpler” people mean they think people didn’t have to think.

But if you weren’t resourceful, it wasn’t going to go well for you.

The past isn’t some shining place where all was well before modernity ruined it. Modernity serves up solutions for the problems of the past. Not always perfectly, of course, but I will never regret flush toilets.

Be grateful for yours on this Wednesday, and have a fantastic one. Day or flush toilet, that’s up to you.


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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Rabbit hole thoughts

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There might sorta kinda be some sunshine lurking, but all it’s doing right now is making the clouds glarey bright. I’m ever-so-slightly less sluggish than yesterday, but that’s not saying much.

Not saying much at all.

Yesterday was packed with errands, some not really for me, and today I ponder the undone like a detached stranger. Someone should do it, but it certainly doesn’t feel like that someone should be me.

If only.

Still waiting on that robot butler, books and movies about same be darned.

At least my brain is curious today, “darned” led me to socks which led me to thinking about a pattern I saw yesterday for socks, which then led me to wondering how commercial socks are manufactured, and I promise you as soon as we’re done here I’ll be looking for videos.

So the 21st century isn’t all duds.

I will venture off, hoping for the productivity well to kick into full production, and I wish you the very best of Tuesdays.

UPDATE: Of course there’s a “How it’s Made” about socks, if you’re interested.


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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Must we?

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Not very inspiring for a Monday, I guess. Maybe because I’m not feeling very inspired. I’m pretty sure I’m the first person in the history of Mondays to feel this way on a Monday.

Just kidding.

See, I can be sluggish and funny. Ish.

The only word I could think of to describe how I feel today was “molasses,” and so I turned to my thesaurus and realized how often you have to think of a synonym to find the synonyms. Ponder that for a while.

Or as long as you want, this is a space for free thought.

And now there is a drill of some sort going, a high-pitched drill competing with sirens outside and it’s pretty clear that whatever this Monday may be, it’s going to be loud. That ought to wake me up.

So as I try to unstick myself and venture off into the Mondayness of Monday, I hope you have a lovely Monday yourself.


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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.