#WednesdayWisdom: Go with the flow

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My morning didn’t start out the way I expected. Normally, I talk to my dad at some point. This morning, I couldn’t reach him. I knew he had an appointment, I knew he’d be getting ready to leave, so he should have answered.

Usually he’ll call or text within a few minutes, but nothing. The panic, a whisp in my stomach grew and spread as the worry became a beast all its own.

I headed over.

Still on the way he didn’t answer. Finally I knocked at his door.

And he opened it, bewildered.

We discovered that somehow he’d managed to turn his phone on to Do Not Disturb. It was effective.

Even though he is tech savvy. Even though he knows how his phone works. He just didn’t notice.

But once I was there, I figured…why not go with the flow? I offered him a ride to his appointment, and I grabbed a coffee while I waited for him. I started this post but he was faster than I was.

We went to the grocery store, both picking up odds and ends. In what felt like a reward from the universe, they had fresh figs.

Fresh figs! One of my favorites.

This isn’t how I thought my day would look. My blog is late, everything is all turned around. But I went with it.

And it was good.

Anyway, that’s it for me for what’s left of this Wednesday. 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!
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#FridayThoughts: Freezing

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First, our #TVWatch, “Redemption in the Big Easy.” And now Friday.

It’s really, really really cold today, bone-chillingly cold, and though I’m cozied away inside I can still feel it radiating through the windows.

It’s that cold.

I suppose living in Chicago it shouldn’t shock me that much but it’s not only here. States that aren’t supposed to see subzero temps are seeing them today. I’m telling you the planet is mad at us.

Very.

Instead of promptly starting this post, I found myself in a Youtube tunnel of dough. One video offered different things you can do with bread dough, and that was pretty interesting; the other promised pastries that people thought had come from a bakery.

Those were less interesting. More work than I think the eventual flavor would yield.

But then again, I like things that don’t require too many steps.

Baking does seem like the right kind of thing to do on a day like today, with the wind howling and the skies a monochromatic gray. There’s a good chance I’ll be making something at some point.

Anyway that’s it for me this week. Have a WARM Friday, a wonderful weekend and happy holidays whatever you may or may not be celebrating.

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
See what I’m writing on Medium.

#MondayThoughts: If the fate of humanity rests on humanity…

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All that’s left ahead for the year is New Year’s Eve. Can you believe that?

And here we are, exactly back where we were, numbers up with an extremely contagious variant of the virus. Once again, a situation that was entirely avoidable.

If a bunch of people had done anything to avoid it.

But they couldn’t inconvenience themselves enough to bother to pull a mask over their noses, or wear one at all, or to keep their distance or to refrain from going out when they know they’re positive or suspect they’re sick so we’re here and people can’t visit people in the hospital anymore.

Again.

If the fate of humanity rests on humanity, clearly we won’t make it.

And on that cheery note, I’m off. I hope you 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
See what I’m writing on Medium.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Powerful

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Pexels.com

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

EXACTLY ten words.

We’re old pros at this by now, right? SO EASY.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Three centuries later, Isolde escaped the lamp, intent on revenge.

#FridayThoughts: Not much to say so read what I’ve already said

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In my books.

Here, start with Aunty Ida!

Or any of the others!

#TuesdayThoughts: Technical difficulties plus also the opposite of that.

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Nothing is working right today. I don’t know if it’s me or it.

Probably me.

So I am behind in my posting, with a little bit of a scramble to get it done. Mmm. Scramble. Must be lunch time.

And yet a pair of headphones that I’d completely written off and left to die an electricityless death suddenly sprang back to life with a new charge.

Feels like a metaphor.

Let’s take it as a metaphor.

It’s sunny and coolish, I think, and it feels far more Wednesday than Tuesday, but it’s not the first time that’s happened. With everything working correctly at the moment, I’ll call it a day and a post.

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
See what I’m writing on Medium.

#TuesdayThoughts: Almost bright

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The sun is shining today in a pale blue sky, clouds flattened and evenly spread over the horizon like soft gray paint. It should be warm today, it’s probably warm today, and I just checked the weather.

It is warm today.

Yesterday was filled with unexpected errands, back and forth and back and forth, and I can see the glimmers of real life returning. For some people, I think it never left, they plowed through like nothing was happening.

Driving past a grassy area in Lincoln Park, masks were the exception, not the rule, with everyone looking doggedly defiant and smug. As they passed one another, a knowing look.

They are too important for the pandemic.

Their lives are more important than other people’s lives.

If other people get sick because of them, it’s their problem.

All that in a glance, fully observable from the outside. We are important, they affirm to one another. We are special. We matter more than other people.

I saw one man in his mask, head down, striding forward, perhaps trying to keep his thoughts to himself as he passed them.

It’s perhaps one of the greatest lessons of this horrible time that has taken more than half a million lives in this country alone: people are pathologically selfish. And, perhaps, sadistic.

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Tuesday, it was kind of a long ramble. 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
See what I’m writing on Medium.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Good News

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Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

It’s time! Using the above photo as a prompt, write a story of EXACTLY ten words. That’s why we call it the #ThursdayTen!

It’s fun!

Sometimes.

It’s easy!

Practically never.

But try it anyway!

Ready?

Here’s mine:

Done. Max’s nemesis destroyed. Jay just didn’t know it yet.

#WednesdayWisdom: Read one of my books!

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They’ll make you smarter! Well, they probably won’t, but they’re fun.

And weird.

What more could you want?!? Fine maybe a lot of things but the books are good too.





And I’m even FREE!!!!

#WednesdayWisdom into #ThursdayThoughts: Enjoy an unexpected moment

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NOTE: Or an unexpected post. Somehow this didn’t publish yesterday, so today you will get this post AND a ten word photo prompt! Woo-hoo?!

It’s sunny again, and pretty warm, I think, or warm enough for Chicago in February. We’re hunkered here on a Wednesday, one where the end of winter is in sight, and maybe, just maybe this pandemic won’t last forever.

There was supposed to be more construction noise today, but so far it’s been quiet. So I decided to notice that, notice the absence of clanging and buzzing and drilling, of disembodied voices drifting.

It can happen anywhere: an unexpected tableau through a train window; a glimpse of a bird at a stoplight. Take that moment and observe it, absorb it, welcome it.

Every break, no matter how quick or how small, is a break. Take the most from it.

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
See what I’m writing on Medium.