#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Encounters

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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.

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Her Cousin Much Removed
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#TuesdayThoughts: Sweatshirt weather.

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First things first, here is my Tuesday #MomUpdate, “An enlightened little ant.” And on with Tuesday.

It’s sunny now, sunny like it wasn’t gray for weeks on end; sunny like the sky doesn’t know the meaning of rain.

Hmm.

After wildly high temperatures, even hitting the 90s this early in the year, we’re back to more sensible numbers in the high 50s. In a normal spring, that would feel warm but after the sweltering high, everything feels a bit chilly.

It’s all relative.

Oh well you’ve got to love a temperature that lets you wear a sweatshirt.

When you think about it, there’s something to enjoy about every season. No matter what, it means change.

Not always the change you want, but still, change.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a terrific Tuesday.

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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: An “accent” is a sign of knowledge.

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I’ve been watching a bunch of Korean shows lately. They’re a fabulous escape, and so very, very engrossing.

And sometimes I look at the words in Korean that show up in various places and marvel that people read both that alphabet and the English one. They’re so incredibly different, and the language structure also seems different, though I don’t know for sure.

I could find out, there are enough programs to learn new languages. Talk about a challenge.

But it makes me think about how poorly multilingual people are treated in the US if their first language isn’t English.

Think about this, that because someone speaks English with an “accent,” others of certain stripes–you know the ones–look down on them. Despite the reality.

In a quote attributed to both Sidney Sheldon and Lorenzo Lamas, give or take a few words: “Just remember, when someone has an accent, it means that he knows one more language than you do.”

I’m not sure who said it first, but the point remains; an accent is a sign of knowledge, not ignorance.

Sometimes I think, living here, knowledge itself is the enemy.

Anyway, that’s enough randomness for one Monday. Have a great day.

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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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#FridayThoughts: Look out the window with all its sunlight and be OK.

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Photo by Leo Caldas on Pexels.com.

I’m going to try to credit the feature image when I can, it’s not always easy and it’s not done automatically, though it should be. So that’s all about that.

On with the post. It’s sunny and breezy and the flowering trees are blooming. The sky is clear and it’s the kind of weather that reminds you why you live in Chicago.

This is a beautiful city.

It hasn’t been an entirely smooth week for me, my head did its thing and it was not great. Bad enough to have to cancel plans with friends, in fact, which is never ideal.

But it’s better enough that I can look out the window with all the sunlight and be OK.

This was a fast week for me somehow, the whole thing largely a blur, probably because of the migraine. I got some things done, and a whole bunch of others did not get done, but that is life sometimes, especially when you’re not feeling your best.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. I hope you have a wonderful Friday, and if the weather is beautiful where you are, I hope you have the chance to enjoy it.

Have 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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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Now

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It’s THURSDAY!! And that means it’s time for our #ThursdayTen!

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

EXACTLY ten words.

After last week’s break you should be fresh and ready to go!

On that note, so should I.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Dusk. She summoned the birds. It was time to fly.

Here’s the tweet if you’re looking for that:

#WednesdayWisdom: The circle of boats

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It’s a hazy, foggy kind of day, the sun glaring off of the white. Cooler than yesterday I think.

I had trouble falling asleep and then didn’t sleep long, so I’m tired today in that streaky, floaty kind of way. The coffee has yet to help.

Might need more.

I can’t rule it out.

A friend over on twitter posted this tweet, and I replied:

The circle of boats. Here in Chicago, they’re starting to return like flocks of seabirds, nesting into their docks. There, in the crystal blue sea, their time to bask in the tropical sun has ended for now.

Everything has an ebb and flow. Everything has a time and a season.

Our seasons don’t always align.

Sometimes our seasons flow around one another, you to us, us to you, and again and again.

But wherever they are, docked in water or stored on dry land, the boats still exist.

They’re still there.

Unless they belong to Russian oligarchs and then they’ve probably been seized.

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: Aren’t they all.

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It’s Tuesday, so here’s the link to my #MomUpdate, “All the silent clubs.” And now on with Tuesday.

It’s been a mixed-up kind of morning. I worked out longer than I intended and it threw me off, but I needed it for sure.

I’ll call this week an endurance week.

And yes, I agree with you, aren’t they all.

It’s very warm today, like summer warm, and it’s another Chicago year in which I wonder what happened, exactly, to spring. It basically appears for a day or two, shows off its outfit and says “I’m out.”

At least it’s not freezing.

I feel like “endurance,” given everything going on right now, is an appropriate theme.

Anyway, that’s it for me for 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: Can you dance on an elliptical?

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It’s sunny today. I know. It surprised me too.

I had an amazing workout this morning, long and intense. Giving myself back complete control of my workouts has proven very freeing.

Can you dance on an elliptical?

Just ask Depeche Mode and me. The answer is yes.

It was the kind of weekend I wasn’t sorry to see go, with Mother’s Day a gray unknown.

It was OK, it wasn’t great, but it’s over and that’s a relief, really. Though if you had a lovely one, I’m glad to hear it, you deserved it, your mom deserved it, everyone deserves a special day.

Anyway, my rage continues to burn, the idea that christofascism controls the US Supreme Court is, frankly, nauseating.

But we are not finished yet. We survived trump and we will undo his squalid aftermath.

That’s it for me this morning. 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: As that great philosopher once said…

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I know it will shock you to hear this, but it’s raining again today.

I’m starting to feel like I’m in that Ray Bradbury story, “All Summer in a Day.

Now that’s a sad story.

But as that great philosopher once said, “The sun’ll come out.”

Tomorrow?

Maybe not.

But maybe.

It’s been a long week for obvious reasons. I haven’t had enough sleep, and this weather is kind of the definition of nap weather.

So far today, though, my head is holding.

Fingers crossed.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you this week. I hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend, and stand strong against those people who would rip your rights from 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 and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.