#FridayThoughts: Sometimes you just know.

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You’ll be shocked to learn it’s another gray day, the sky a flat dome of clouds. My head’s OK though.

So far.

Tomorrow will mark four months of daily yoga, and this morning while doing the practice on the Yoga with Adriene monthly calendar, I realized that my time with Adriene for yoga, at least for now, is complete.

Right in middle of the practice.

I silently thanked her, offered a namaste and walked off the mat.

I’m going to try something different next month. Perhaps even tomorrow, I will decide when tomorrow comes. This journey has been wonderful as its own exploration but the time has come to change things a little.

It was such a full, clear realization too. No hemming or hawing. No agonizing. Just the knowledge that I’d gotten what I was there for and it was time to try something new.

Sometimes you just know.

So thank you, Adriene, there in your corner of the internet, for offering such a generous gift to all of us, for free, and providing the opportunity to take what we need.

That’s it for me, on this last blogging day of April. I hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.


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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Mysteries

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It’s THURSDAY! And that means it’s time for a ten word story, also known as our #ThursdayTen! Using the above image as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

So easy, right?

Some days more than others.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Life/death; death/life.

No shirt?

No one explained that.

#WednesdayWisdom: Nothing in particular.

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Gray again? Check. Headache? Remains to be seen.

It’s another Wednesday on this large rock we call home, and I’m trying to get my head in the game, as they say.

What game?

You tell me.

April’s almost over, and Russia appears to be disintegrating before our eyes, a balloon popping in slow motion, the latex about to shrink back where it’s no longer whole. It’s not clear who is propping up the Russian economy right now, but as it looks like a favor that won’t be returned, who knows how long that will last.

Stay strong, Ukraine. Stay strong.

My yoga today is a bedtime practice, so this morning I did an extra-long cardio session. It felt great, honestly, and got the blood flowing. Next month we’ll see what I do about the yoga. I still think I’d like to do daily, but I may change it up a little.

I like freedom in my workouts.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you today, and nothing in particular felt like wisdom. But maybe something feels wise, or at least right to you.

Have a terrific 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: A random memory

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It’s Tuesday, so here is my Mom Update, “Endless Teeter Totter,” if you’re interested. And on with the post.

I used to have a friend, you know the kind you meet through the virtual universe. And I started signing off my blog posts the way I do now, wishing you the best for your day.

And what sticks in my mind is the way he told me I was repeating myself too frequently in the way I did it, choosing the wrong words, wrong because they became familiar.

Here I am, years later, struck by the audacity of it, his feeling that censoring this space that is all mine, completely mine, was within his realm. His boldness to make me feel awkward, to make me feel bad about something that is strictly between me and you.

The thing is I stopped doing it.

But then it came back, a daily rhythm that found itself in tune with the weekly one. And here we are.

We later fell out because he said something incredibly offensive, and I had the nerve to be offended by it. He was angry at me.

It’s happened that way more than once, I’m sure you’ve experienced it too, where the crime isn’t the offense but the noting of the offense, the refusing to ignore the offense.

And off they go. Gone, mostly forgotten, and honestly, not missed.

A random memory, to be sure.

Anyway, have a fantastic 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: Slow moving disasters.

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Among which I count myself today. Some of it could be the weather, once again messing with me.

Mother Nature isn’t pleased.

She has her reasons.

Still, it’s been a rough spring with my migraines. All I can do is keep doing, and however much that is while I contend with the uncontrollable, there it is.

I’m almost through four months of daily yoga, and as I approach the end of this month, I may make a change.

I’ve enjoyed the Yoga with Adriene calendars so far, but sometimes the longer practices interfere with other exercise, mainly my cardio. I think I may want a little more freedom to choose next month.

Whether I continue with the practice daily, we’ll see. I can’t judge right now whether my itchiness about it stems from all the stuff yoga unpacks or whether this particular approach isn’t working for me right now.

But I can change it up. There’s no law against that.

For now.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a great Monday and a wonderful start to your week.

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: Storms and democracy.

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It’s a soggy, rainy Friday. We may get thunderstorms. My head and I believe it.

I’m currently watching the hearing about whether Marjorie Taylor Greene–Republican currently banned from twitter and purveyor of “stolen election” lies–will be prohibited from running for Congress again due to her alleged involvement in the January 6 insurrection.

In a normal, sane world, this wouldn’t be a big question. In fact, she probably would have resigned already.

But we are not in a normal, sane world, we’re in a world where you can advocate for overturning a constitutional process, like counting the Electoral College votes, and perhaps have been more deeply involved and still have it be a question whether you should go back to Congress.

Instead, there she is, pretending she has the memory of a woman on a soap opera who has been gone for six years under mysterious circumstances. She remembers, she avers under oath, basically nothing.

Anyway, that’s where I’ll be.

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: Light

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It’s Thursday! That means it’s time for our #ThursdayTen!

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

EXACTLY ten words!

Easy, write? I mean RIGHT?

Ready? Here’s mine:

Hang the moon in the sky. It all starts anew.

#WednesdayWisdom: Don’t fight the tide.

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It’s gloomy today, I think it may be raining but I’m not quite sure. If it is, it’s not terribly enthusiastic about it.

The weather and I have an ongoing battle lately, as it dictates how my headaches go. Hopefully I’ll be OK today, I feel like the deep fog is finally lifting.

But we’ll see.

If I’ve learned anything from these headaches, it’s that you have to figure out how to manage the rise and fall. Don’t fight the tide.

Every time I try to push through or ignore them, they get worse and last longer. Which isn’t a great outcome.

Most of life is like that, really, when you think about it. The harder you try to fight some things, the harder it gets to handle them.

There are some fights we should never abandon, like those for equality and justice. That’s a given.

But sometimes, the best way to handle our personal struggles is to acknowledge them and let them be so they don’t drag us out to deep water.

The tide will come in again. It always does.

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.

#TuesdayThoughts: The intention of writing

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It’s Tuesday, so please feel free to read my #MomUpdate, “Hope feels dangerous.” And now on to Tuesday.

I think my migraine is retreating, at least I hope it is. Sometimes it’s like viewing the world through a mud curtain. Not the best choice of materials.

It’s a mix of cloudy and not cloudy today, and still pretty chilly for mid-April. Yesterday had a brief bout of snow on the ground.

No wonder my head rebelled.

I’m hoping to get myself back to some broader writing now, but you all know how that goes. The intention of writing and the work of writing are two very different things.

Anyway, that’s it for me this Tuesday. 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: That’s a start.

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I’ve had a migraine for the last several days, no doubt egged on by the weather. My brain is like molasses; my thoughts are slow and ungainly.

I wonder if I’ll ever get my agile mind back. I miss it. Instead, right now, I’m lumbering from thought to thought, a glacial, unhelpful plod.

When it started on Saturday I should have taken my usual precautions but instead I wanted to see my mom in person. Now the weather is acting up again, and the my head just building on what was before.

Such a pain.

In all senses.

Anyway, it’s Monday again, it does that frequently. I’d say roughly once every seven days.

I can’t say I’m off to the fastest start of a week I’ve ever had, but I’m here and I’m blogging so that’s a start.

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.