#TuesdayThoughts: Desperate attempts to change the subject

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It’s Tuesday, so here’s my #MomUpdate, “Only footsteps ahead and behind.” And now on with Tuesday.

It’s a gray day, thunderstorms ahead. Very fitting.

I’ve noticed a ramping up of topics intended to change the subject from gun reform on twitter, to take the heat off of Republicans. Right now my mentions are flooded with student loan people.

Interesting.

It feels coordinated but what do I know I’m just a writer typing away on her little blog in her little corner of the internet. Silly me.

I wrenched my back a bit working out on Saturday, and I’ve been doing only yoga in an attempt to let it get better. It’s improved a lot but I want my cardio.

I need my cardio.

It’s gone from chilly to stifling in the span of a week. I love my city but seriously, weather, pick a mood.

Just one.

And that’s it for me today on this humid Tuesday. Have a great day and don’t let the trolls steer the conversation.

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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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#MondayThoughts: Memorial Day and other Monday things.

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Today is Memorial Day in the US, a day when we stop and remember the soldiers who have given their lives for this country and for freedom. And on that last note, I’d like to acknowledge the soldiers in Ukraine, fighting for this same fragile light.

It’s a public holiday today, marked by some closed offices and a lot of sales. If there’s one thing certain in America, anything marked by a “Day” will have sales.

So it goes.

It’s gray, I think but not serious about it. I’m not sure if they’ve predicted rain. Just checked, none until tomorrow night.

I wonder if anyone has told those clouds.

Anyway, I don’t really have much else for you today; things are quiet, inside and out right now.

Not a terrible thing I guess.

So have a good Monday, spare a thought for those we’ve lost, and I hope if today is a day you can relax, that you do.

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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#FridayThoughts: One nice thing

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It’s cold and clammy and rainy and I’m feeling that way on the inside too. This morning I skipped cardio entirely and did a longer yoga practice.

It helped, somewhat.

As more details emerge about Uvalde, especially the law enforcement “response,” they become too much to absorb. Trust me friends in far-flung places. We’re reeling over it too.

Honestly I don’t really have much more to add today, I’m pretty worn out from the week, which has overwhelming.

I’m going to try to do one nice thing for myself today. I hope you also try to do one nice thing for yourself today.

And with that I wish you a happy Friday and a great 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts: too many for a ten word story.

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A photo prompt really feels inappropriate this week. As more information unfolds about the Uvalde child/teacher murders and the alleged law enforcement response, frivolity feels inappropriate.

In addition, my mom is back in the hospital with pneumonia, so it’s a lot today.

Sorry for the skip if you were anticipating the prompt, but once again the world has interevened.

Have as nice as Thursday as is possible for you.

#WednesdayWisdom: Vote out EVERY Republican so children can be safe in schools.

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It’s foggy or rainy, I can’t be sure which, and dark enough out to need the lights on today. The gloom feels very appropriate given the horrendous, preventable murder of at least 19 children and their teacher in Uvalde, Texas.

For those of you in other parts of the world, you’re probably floored that this happens time and time again in this nation. Let me be clear about how it happens: Republicans.

This is the result of Republican policies pushing back on any type of gun control. This is the result of Republican policies making weapons of war available to everyone.

This is the result of Republicans valuing putting guns in the hands of child murderers over the children they murder.

This isn’t me being “partisan.” It’s factual. You can look it up. Check out the voting history of Republicans in the US Congress on guns.

They’ve taken millions upon millions from the NRA, who, it turned out was funneling money to them from Russia, which is illegal.

You may see people claiming that Democrats “control the House, the Senate, and the White House.” Be assured that that information is completely false.

While Democrats do have the White House with Pres. Biden and control of the House, Democrats DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OF THE SENATE. The Senate is DIVIDED. A bill must pass both houses of Congress (the legislative branch) to become a law.

Any gun legislation would require 60 votes in the Senate; Democrats, at most, with Vice Pres. Harris breaking a tie, have 51 votes.

That’s simple math.

Of course 10 Republicans could join to save the lives of children. But they won’t.

They never do.

The only solution is to vote every single Republican out of office. To get that majority. And that could help us fix the now-fascist Supreme Court.

But otherwise this will just keep happening. Because Republicans legislated it that way.

Have a Tuesday full of reflection.

Author’s note: This is my personal space for my personal opinions. Any pro-gun rhetoric or other propaganda will not be tolerated.

#TuesdayThoughts: Those Greek gods are at it again.

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First things first, which is a bit rich this late in the day, but here is my #MomUpdate, “Drumbeat so omnipresent.”

And on to Tuesday, or what’s left of it.

Today has already proven a mess, one that makes me wonder if the planets are engaged in the kind of war that originated the Greek myths. Those Greek gods are at it again.

Not one thing has gone smoothly yet today, as you can probably tell given how tardy I am to this little space where we usually have a morning chat. It’s definitely not morning now.

I had a grocery delivery and the delivery person, like a trapped ghost, wanted me to help her move on, but from the delivery, which the app didn’t allow her to do. It took ages, and I had to wonder about my frozen foods.

I didn’t know what the problem was, but eventually she was released into whatever comes next.

And then I found that one of my cases of La Croix water was opened, the cans repacked into it. So I had to try to figure out how to deal with that, which ended up being an electronic chat. With a computer.

It did not pass the Turing Test.

Anyway, I suspect you are having issues of your own today, so I will bid you good luck and smooth going from here on out. Have a great Tuesday.

It’s still Tuesday, right?

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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#MondayThoughts: Celebrate the victory.

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It’s sunny today, if you can believe it. Brightly, fully sunny.

Imagine that.

It still feels chilly to me, though I don’t know if it really is or that’s just me. Me or the weather, it’s tough to tell.

It’s a draggy Monday, but who doesn’t drag on a Monday? Who starts out the week all chipper and ready to go?

Oh. Right. Some weeks, me.

That’s how it goes sometimes.

But even if you’re dragging, you’re moving forward. Marginally, maybe, but moving forward.

Celebrate the victory, I think.

We have to give ourselves the credit when everything seems hard, because inertia is so much easier than doing anything at all.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, have as great a Monday as Monday will allow.

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: Are spam calls seasonal?

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It’s been a long week, and I’m tired. I know I’m not alone in this feeling.

The sky is gloomy, and we were promised rain, perhaps even thunderstorms. Feels appropriate.

Can’t tell if it’s my mood or the weather, the weather or my mood. And the spam calls are driving me to distraction.

Must be that time of year. Or, I guess, it’s always that time of year.

For the spam calls. And also the thunderstorms, come to think of it.

Are spam calls seasonal?

I feel like someone somewhere can answer that question with evidence to back it up.

And just like that I’ve amused myself enough to jar some of the cobwebs loose. Perhaps, I hope, I’ve done the same for you.

Have an excellent Friday and a magical 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Encounters

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Photo by Nandi Gustian on Pexels.com

It’s time for a ten word story, aka our #ThursdayTen! Using the image above as a prompt, write a story of exactly ten words.

EXACTLY.

I cropped the image a little for ease of viewing, I hope it doesn’t crop your imagination!

Ready?

Here’s mine:

The journey through time always started with the wide sky.

#WednesdayWisdom: don’t fight with yourself.

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I’m cold today, the sudden drop in temperature has me chilly, even though normally these would be welcome temperatures after a long winter. It’s all relative.

Today I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sit down and chat with you without another cup of coffee. First, because it’s nice and hot, something I can use right now. And second, even at half-caff, it will help me shake some of this sluggishness.

I hope.

I decided I wanted it with sugar and cinnamon. I have this little milk frother I got on a deal at Amazon, it heads and foams the milk. Any kind of milk; I like vanilla almond milk.

So I spooned in some sugar, and sprinkled some cinnamon but it was a whole lot more cinnamon than I intended. I’ve had a sip and it seems OK. I guess we’ll see.

But the point is I acknowledged what I needed to get going on what I should do and I didn’t fight with myself over it. I didn’t agonize, I didn’t argue.

I just did it.

It’s OK to be kind to yourself. It’s OK to listen to your body and give it what it wants sometimes. Most of the time.

Unless what it wants will ultimately harm you.

A cup of half-caff is not that. The massive amount of cinnamon on the other hand…

Though it did seem to blend in. So far, so good.

We spend so much time telling ourselves no. Once today, tell yourself yes.

And that’s it for me today. This hardly hurt at all.

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.