#WednesdayWisdom: Huddling with our fellow penguins

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It’s another sunny January day, and another very cold one. It’s 0 degrees, and that’s F, not C.

Definitely chilly.

My phone is full of spam calls today, must be something in the air, and my focus isn’t exactly focused.

Could be the retirement announcement from Supreme Court Justice Breyer.

Yikes.

The battles just keep coming.

So I guess what we have to do, like the penguins huddling against the Antarctic winds and snow, is take turns on the outside and find our opportunities to get a little break in the center warmth. We can’t always handle the howling gales by ourselves.

This doesn’t work for everything of course, especially our current personal challenges, and we all seem to have them right now. But still, we should find our opportunities to huddle with our fellow penguins where we can.

And that’s it for today, have a great Wednesday.


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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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#TuesdayThoughts: Self-Care

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First things first. Since it’s Tuesday, here is my Mom Update, if you’re interested. If not, that’s also fine, there’s no obligation.

Today I’ve decided to go for some serious self-care. Well, maybe “decided” isn’t entirely accurate, it started accidentally with an extra-long workout, even before today’s yoga. And then that morphed into a leisurely shower.

A good breakfast.

And so on, until here I am with you, feeling about as good as I’m going to feel these days.

So it works.

And that’s my challenge to you today: do one thing, just one, that is purely self-care. And if you want to do more of them, do them, really do them. Make the time yours.

It’s OK.

You deserve it.

And with that, I’m off to do something else nice for myself. Because why not? 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: No more one thing than another.

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To everyone who wordled in vain today, my heart goes out to you. The wordle X comes for all of us, someday.

I admit I spent some time on it this morning, working and reworking the letters I had left. Is it a good use of time?

I have no idea.

It’s not a bad one. Any time using your brain is good.

Isn’t it?

It’s a snowy, gray January day, as January days tend to be, and I am no more one thing than another. Not keyed up; not super mellow. I just am.

Not a bad way to start a Monday, I suppose.

And speaking of Mondays, I’m off to do mine. I hope yours is as lovely as a Monday can be.


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.

#FridayThoughts: The days are adrift…

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Here we are, back at Friday, and today was Day 20 of the yoga challenge. I’m still really enjoying it, I’d like to keep daily yoga or nearly-daily yoga as a habit.

So I’ll be figuring out how I want to do that. There are a few subscription options I’m going to weigh. I might go back to Gaia, or I might try Adriene’s Find What Feels Good.

We’ll see at the end of January.

Besides that, there isn’t much to report. I finished my crochet basket, and I’m very happy with it, though not sure yet exactly how I’ll use it. Probably yarn.

The days are adrift lately, most of the time taken by trying to get updates about my mom or arrange video visits, with the rest of it trying to not think about updates about my mom or arranging video visits.

And that’s it for me for the week. Have a great Friday and a wonderful 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 and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Up

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Photo by Julian Jagtenberg on Pexels.com

It’s THURSDAY! That means ten word stories with our #ThursdayTen!

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

EXACTLY ten words.

No problem, right?

Right??

Ready? Here’s mine:

The hardest part of Flying for Beginners? The first takeoff.

#WednesdayWisdom: The wordle of it all

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Yes, I too have fallen prey to those intriguing little box patterns all over our social media. I didn’t and I didn’t and I didn’t and then I did.

And it’s a blast.

A small one, sure.

A frustrating one, often.

But a great time, nonetheless.

I’m not really the type to do what everyone else is doing, I’ve never managed, really, my whole life. But this is one of the “everyone’s doing it,” that appeals to me. I mean it’s word game.

So.

And that’s what I have for you this Wednesday: don’t let what “everyone is doing” or “everyone is not doing” color whether you want to try something. You don’t always have to swim upstream.

Sometimes things are popular for a reason.

Conversely, just because your feeds are filled with undecipherable squares doesn’t mean you have to figure out how to decipher them if it’s not your thing. Whichever way you go, it’s fine.

Now I’m off to do today’s Wordle. Wish me luck 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: are not my favorite.

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It’s Tuesday, which this week means an actual Mom Update. See, I remembered.

It looked like snow earlier, with bright sun glazing the clouds, but the sunshine seems to have won. There’s a benefit to getting to the blog late, I guess.

And it is late, I had a grocery delivery today, my first since at least the summer. While the virus is still burning hot and we wait to be able to visit my mom in person, caution, caution, caution is the way for me.

Dangerous times mixed with stupidity are not my favorite.

Anyway, the groceries are put away, my update is done, and now I have some annoying tasks to knock out, one at a time, before we video visit with my mom.

Exciting day.

And that’s it for me on this Tuesday (now) afternoon. Have a wonderful rest of your 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: A good day to ask ourselves

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We’ve gotten a dusting of snow, only enough to turn patches white with browny-green grass around the edges. The sky is threatening though, it looks like more snow to come.

Today I feel like I have a chain of tasks, the next thing only to be done after the previous one, a tightrope that can only be walked in a particular direction.

No side diversions today.

So that’s fun.

Besides that, it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the US, and a good time to think about how much people tried to undo over the previous several years. How much hatred they fanned; how much division they continue to try to sow.

Already diverting but have you noticed if you use the homonym, “sew” it actually fixes the problem? So instead of sowing division you sew division?

English is weird.

Anyway, today is a good day to ask ourselves whether we are doing our best to ensure equality, dignity, fairness and justice for all. If we aren’t, how can we do better and serve the legacy of the Rev. Dr. King?

And with that, I’m off to put one task in front of the other. 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: What’s on hand.

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I’ve started to crochet again. I started a basket, my first, and it uses three strands at once. Originally the plan was to use it to store my yoga mats.

But then I realized I had a very sturdy cardboard box. I covered it with leftover paper from my side table project, and voila, free yoga mat holder with very little effort.

I could switch to the basket when it’s finished, but I may use that for yarn or something.

There’s a specific pleasure in taking materials you already have on hand and making something else with them. Transforming an object you would throw away, or making something from nearly nothing.

Right now I find I’m surrounding myself with color, letting items bring in the brightness while things still feel so dark. Whimsical, humorous, bright. Insistent patterns, little bits of kitsch.

Cozy fabrics.

One of my throw cushion covers has a bird with a serene, calm smile upon her beak. I look at her and her expression is contagious. I could be that bird, I think, among enormous poppies and mushrooms.

None of it is expensive. All of it can be changed when the winds or my tastes change.

But right now I need the cheer. Have a great Friday and a perfect 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 and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Doorway

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Photo by Philip Warp on Pexels.com

It’s that time! #ThursdayTen time! Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

We all know you can do it, so why not do it?

Ready?

Here’s mine:

He stepped into the yellow light and the world changed.