#TuesdayThoughts: Take a break

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My mind is filled with non-bloggy things, so today I suggest you read my books. Start with Aunty Ida, she’d know how to get us out of this place.

After getting us into it first.

#TuesdayThoughts: There might be a sun somewhere

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It’s rainy again today, and misty enough the world itself may have dissolved. I can’t be sure that it hasn’t, weird things abound these days.

I’m midway through my coffee, which is rapidly cooling, and I am both tired and awake, which is a strange state of being. So it goes on a Tuesday.

Sunday I spent a window of time untangling a pair of headphones, the wired kind, and every time I look over at them, they’re at it again, working themselves into knots. Why?

I mean I know there’s a whole physics to it, but it’s like it’s broader than that, like they have their very own agenda. I don’t get it.

Anyhow, off I go with my thoughts like headphone wires, bound to get tangled, sooner or later. 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!
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#TuesdayThoughts: Evolution

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It’s unabashedly sunny today, a few streaky clouds but nothing serious. My workout was good, my orange this morning particularly good, my coffee is cold but there’s nothing new about that.

The trees are starting to green up, and it’s a bit like fall in reverse, with some of them full of reddish-brown buds. I wonder if the crab apples are out yet.

I love the crab apples.

Today would be the day to meander along the lakefront, if only we were allowed to do so. Maybe soon.

That would be nice.

Though I can’t imagine feeling comfortable close to other people yet. It feels like our world is forever changed. In evolution, some change happens gradually, over millennia. Other change suddenly because of a catastrophic event.

We’re living our catastrophic event.

It doesn’t mean things will be worse forever, but they may be different. Sometimes species thrive because of the cataclysmic event. We’re here for precisely that reason; the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs made room for mammals to flourish.

It wasn’t so great for the dinosaurs, though.

Anyway, that’s it for Tuesday. Have a really lovely 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Why not?

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It’s gray and drizzly, at least I think it is, I can’t tell if it’s actually raining, and it’s definitely a baking day today. Why not?

We’re here in Quarantine Land and my coffee is chilly. Right now I’m missing the Chicago Botanic Garden, though I guess I wouldn’t be there now. I stood up and can confirm actual rain, the sidewalks and roads are wet.

I’ve decided to be less morose than yesterday, as much as a person can decide such things, though maybe the weather helps with the mentality of staying in. It will be up and down, I guess, onward from here.

I’m going to attempt marble cupcakes from this recipe. I’m not going to do marble frosting though, because I don’t have the big tip and also I just want plain chocolate.

I’ve always enjoyed marbled cakes, I realized.

Given the lockdown situation, I’m probably going to eat a lot of them, but that’s totally valid, right? If you can’t eat an entire batch of cupcakes during quarantine, when can you?

OK, I promise, some will go in the freezer. I just won’t specify how many.

Anyway, have a lovely Tuesday and may yours also be filled with cupcakes.


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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Come on, us!

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It’s cloudy-sunny or sunny-cloudy I don’t really know and it doesn’t seem to either. As you may or may not know from yesterday, I’m trying to keep things light around here this week.

We’ll see how that goes.

Funny inspiration is a little thin on the ground at the moment. Kind of like the sort of fog that’s happening out there. Or haze. Eh, we’re all in one these days.

Especially me right now. I’m definitely trying too hard.

Such a weird thing, trying too hard. You think if you give it a minute, the inspiration will arrive, fully-packed cases in hand, stuffed with clever funny instant mood changers.

Instead, you find yourself running after it, pathetically calling as it ignores you, that magical glitter of ideas sprinkling in the air behind them but hitting you only squarely in the eye.

Or maybe that’s just me.

What I’m saying is inspiration is a tricky, fickle…traveling salesperson?

Is that what I’m saying?

Who can really tell at this point? Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so have a terrific 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: One positive thing

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I want to reheat my coffee but the handle of the cup I’m using today gets hot in the microwave. Really, really, really hot. Like ridiculously hot.

But I like embracing my inner unicorn.

(That’s what the mug tells me to do.)

So either I don’t drink the rest of my coffee, which seems like a bad life choice, or I drink it cold. I suppose “pot holder” is a third option, but…hmm. No but.

Let’s go with that.

Anyway, still sipping it lukewarm and it’s Tuesday, or so the oracles tell me. It’s starting to look like spring out there from what I can tell, but it’s not like that matters right now.

No wait. I promised you something positive today.

Something positive.

Something…

Positive.

Got it.

Right now, sweatpants are practically formal attire. That’s pretty sweet, right? I mean who doesn’t love sweatpants? Who doesn’t love being comfortable?

So there we go, a silver lining. Can’t swear I’ll be able to do that daily right now, but at least for this once.

Anyway, have a terrific Tuesday, and stay as healthy as you can.


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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Not saved by the bell

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It’s one of those days when I just don’t have a lot to say. Rare, I know. You’d think wordy was my middle name.

Not today.

Today bright skies gave way to clouds, and it seems the drilling I thought would dominate my day has given way to them too. It’s quiet again, but that’s no surprise, given the circumstances.

I made chocolate chip cookies on Sunday and I’ve been eating them nearly constantly, it feels, and I’m not sure when the last time was I ate a vegetable whose name wasn’t “potato.”

Well, I did have tomatoes, canned, but tomatoes, and those are a fruit so I guess that statement still stands. I’ve got to get my eating together.

I’m doing that today. Although it’s already too late on the cookies, but seriously it’s the apocalypse.

Anyway, I’m going to launch myself into Tuesday. I hope you have a lovely one, whatever that means for you now.


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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Adjusting

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It’s interesting how we adjust to this new way of existing, of this no longer doing everything we want exactly when we want it, or finding everything we need when we need it.

How we adjust to staying home.

The noises have changed too, and it’s only just now I’ve noticed that they’re not doing the work they’ve been doing the last few days. The traffic is quiet, nearly not there at all. I know that all around me, neighbors are home, but they too are quiet.

I like the quiet,

It’s sunny today, bright and warm, and the grass is starting to shine a bright, new green. But I cannot smell it, though if I think about it hard enough I can, I cannot get near it, the parks are still closed. Soon we’ll be missing the crab apple blooms.

I wonder if the birds who fly through in the spring are here.

I’m not stir-crazy, it’s not that exactly, but I miss breathing in nature.

Well, anyway, I hope your Tuesday is peaceful and productive.


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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Not this time

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Normally in April, for the past several years, I’ve done the A to Z Blogging Challenge, where you blog the alphabet, A to Z, six days a week and visit other blogs in the process. It’s fun and I’ve met a ton of really great people (hi really great people!) but I’ve decided I’m just not in the mood this year.

It could be a good distraction, sure. On the other hand, it requires an effort I just don’t have right now. My energy is so consumed by what is happening in the world, and I think that’s OK.

We don’t have to do everything. Even if, in theory we have the time to do everything.

So give yourself a break as you figure out how to adjust to everything that’s going on. This is a lot, and I swear it’s using up half my energy, even when I’m not thinking about it.

If you decide to participate, enjoy it! There are fantastic blogs and really fabulous people. And if you don’t, enjoy that too. It’s really fine. Whatever that thing is you decide you don’t want to do.

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

#TuesdayThoughts: Bring in the new

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Still working on the positivity thing. First of all, spellcheck does not recognize positivity, so I think that says, well, it says a lot.

Secondly, it’s tough to be positive when Republicans have called upon people to sacrifice themselves to the money gods to appease Wall Street, and none of that is hyperbole or metaphor.

Not hyperbole. Not metaphor.

But taking a step back from the Hunger Games, Senior Edition, yesterday we thought about the routines we’re going to try to stick to with all this going on. Today, let’s think about what we can try that’s new.

Now see, I had this idea for the post, and I still don’t know what I want to try doing. Maybe I’ll report back tomorrow.

The world is our oyster, only the world is, for most of us, limited to our clam shells. I think that’s a mixed metaphor, but only a little.

So I’ll think on that, a new habit I’d like to try while we’re in this strange limbo. And if you know yours, feel free to share it.

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