#FridayThoughts to #FridayReads: Hang out with Aunty Ida

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We’ve somehow gotten to the end of the week, and Aunty Ida wants to hang out with you this weekend. OK, not quite hang out. Rearrange your brain-parts.

Same thing.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Office-al

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Get it? Office? Official? Office-al?

Yes? No? WHO CARES, let’s go!

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

EXACTLY ten words!

Super duper easy, right??

Of course it is.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Ana feigned surprise. She’d bought the supply of birthday gifts.

#WednesdayWisdom: Borrowed wisdom.

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It’s summer now, no matter what the calendar says, that thin haze of a hot day toning down the green. Grass is already yellow, having barely had time to be green, it got so hot so quickly. Though today it’s about 81. Medium hot.

The construction noise is muffled, livable.

I watched this incredible singer–who calls herself Nightbirde–on twitter. She appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” a show I don’t watch. But she is utterly amazing.

Watch for yourself:

And today’s wisdom comes directly from her. Not only from her song, which is beautiful and I can’t believe isn’t already in my music, but from what she said afterward: “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”

It’s profound, and it has that weight of universal truth about it. Unless you’re one of the incredibly lucky ones, life will always have challenges. Some, like Nightbirde’s, are harder than most.

But it’s OK to stop and just be happy, even in the midst of it, even when you don’t know how things will turn out.

And that’s it for me, 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.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Middle of the night thoughts

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At some point in the middle of the night, I had this post all planned out. It was brilliant.

Probably.

But now it’s gone. That’s the thing about those middle of the night thoughts. One minute they’re there, vivid and clear and feeling indelible, and the next, poof!

They’ve vanished.

So whatever insight I planned to share, it’s now floating in the ether. Perhaps you’ll find it there.

There’s construction again today, careless loud thunks, disembodied voices, occasional drilling. It’s become a kind of insistent background now. Gotta adapt, I guess.

That’s kind of how it goes. Like one big boxing match. Sometimes you land the punch. Sometimes the punch lands on you. And sometimes, like Floyd Mayweather, you just float out of the way.

And 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: Almost rainy

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It’s hot. And probably going to rain. I don’t know if the second thing is going to affect the first.

Summer is here. Even if it’s not official.

Wait, I take it back, it’s allegedly cooler outside than in. Time to open a window, but keep an eye on it bc of that threatening rain.

Window open. Not sure the weather wasn’t lying to me. Oh well.

We’re on Monday again, in a year that gets blurrier by the day, and Chicago’s return to “normalcy” gets closer by the second. What happens when we pretend the pandemic never was? We will soon find out.

I’m low on inspiration today, maybe because of the weather, maybe because it was a weekend with a lot of goings on, many of them not great. But it’s one of those single-thought-every-ten-minutes kinds of days.

Maybe I needed more sleep.

Though…don’t we always?

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Monday. Have a great 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Dregs of the week

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Is it sunny? Is it cloudy? Don’t ask me, I have no idea. I think sunny, but that could change.

It often does.

I’ve had a hectic morning, got groceries delivered, took some I’d gotten for my parents to them, broke a jar of salsa on the floor, it’s been a great time. My coffee has been like a blur, and a second cup sounds like a good idea.

Haven’t made it yet, but it sounds like one.

We’ve floated into Friday here in June, with restrictions about to be lifted in Chicago, and I’m glad and very, very worried. We don’t want to go back, and the variants are streaming around the globe, the very predictable progression of a pandemic that wasn’t handled correctly in the first place.

No wait, that was deliberately flamed from the outset. Doing the opposite of established pandemic protocols was a deliberate choice by trump and Republicans, and the cost is still being exacted on the world.

Well I’m upbeat today.

I’d like things to be normal as much as everyone else. But I don’t know if they ever will be.

And that’s the truth.

Anyway, that’s it for me, have a great Friday in spite of my gloom and 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: Sneaky

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It’s Thursday! I think. Yes, I’m pretty sure. Thursday. Which means it’s time for the #ThursdayTen!

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

The catch? It has to be EXACTLY ten words.

Let’s not pretend this is the first time! You know what you’re doing But if it is your first time, welcome.

OK ready?

Here’s mine:

Victor would die by midnight.

He didn’t know.

Lila did.

#WednesdayWisdom: Whatever you’re doing, you’re still doing better than donald trump’s blog.

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So apparently, given it’s low, low readership, donald trump’s blog is no more. One month of shouting into the void–though more likely one of his minions was doing the shouting in a trump mask–and it is gone.

And yet millions of us whisper into the void for years and years, undeterred. Sometimes it’s the void you want to talk to.

And sometimes an audience of a few means more than an audience of thousands.

But that’s not something anyone would expect trump to understand. No, he believed he was adored by millions, believed millions clamored to hear every “pearl” from his lips. But bots don’t read blogs.

They could visit, though. I guess he got downgraded in his follower package. He’s not as useful as he used to be.

And here’s my own little pearl, for which you are no doubt raptly waiting: no matter where you are in your project, whatever it may be, you have still made more progress than trump made with his blog. You have shown more patience; you have demonstrated more perseverance.

So go you. 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
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Quick blurt

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I think it’s sunny today and warming up. At least in theory, I’m still chilly. I wasn’t behind when I started writing this, but then stuff happened and here we are.

Here we are.

I really want another cup of coffee, but I’m pushing it, given the time. Normally when I do the second cup, it’s earlier, because later and it interferes with sleep. And I seem to be doing fine with interfering with my sleep on my own.

Thus the need for another cup of coffee.

It’s quite a cycle.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, apparently I don’t have much interesting to add to the ether, at least right now. 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, Memorial Day Edition

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Today in the US we honor our fallen soldiers. The holiday may or may not have originated with freed enslaved people, depending upon who is telling the story, but nonetheless it is a day to recognize and acknowledge the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families.

In the US, because it’s the US, it’s also a day of sales. Because every holiday is a day of sales.

I’m probably buying shoes. Probably. My cart is full and I’m ready to check out, I just want the total to be less. Alas.

Meanwhile, professional shrill Meghan McCain shook a very chastising finger at Vice President Kamala Harris for tweeting “enjoy the long weekend” on a weekend so traditionally known to be enjoyed, try googling “Memorial Day Barbeque recipes” and see if you can get through the pages before the 4th of July.

And it so happens McCain did that chastising from a casino, where she was enjoying herself so much she posted she was the “happiest woman in all the land,” because she was gambling with her husband.

Though many pointed out Meghan’s dizzying hypocrisy, I offer you the retort of veteran Charlotte Clymer:

To answer the always lingering question from my friends around the world: why yes, America really is as weird as it looks from the outside.

Thank you to everyone who served and their loved ones on this day, and 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.