#MondayThoughts: Did you hear about Venus?

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Oh Gus from Psych is probably thrilled. They found a gas that is often a signature of life, though it may not be in this case. Still, the possibilities are fun to contemplate, many many miles away from here.

Gray again after a sunny respite yesterday. Now the sky is gray and the clouds are gray, and it’s not unpleasant to look at but it doesn’t look like summer.

I had mediocre sleep but a good workout, and I’ve landed somewhere in the middle, my brain tired despite the coffee, my body awake, mostly. It definitely feels like a Monday in the apocalypse, our slow-motion collapse teetering another of this house of cards.

Ah. Cheerful.

Although maybe being cheerful at times like these is more of a problem than not. This is not the 21st century we envisioned, at least outside of a disaster movie.

Anyway, that’s it for me this 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: Just like that

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Gray and rainy again today, but somehow I don’t mind it. I spilled half a cup of coffee on my carpet, and as much as I blot, more seems to lurk there, coffeeing.

Oh well.

We are at the end of a wild week of news, and most of it is no longer trending, which is strange and not strange all at the same time. But if you needed Bob Woodward to tell you trump is a monster, you haven’t been paying attention.

It seems chilly today, too, like Fall means it now, the wildly hot days of the last weeks as though they never were. It’s funny how the weather can change, just like that.

I hope we can change just like that.

If we can, if we do, what a better world we will have. That’s it for me today, have a great Friday and a 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Now with more Tuesday.

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It stormed early in the morning, lightning, rain clattering against the window, and it’s still gray now, at least down around the horizon, with a band of bright clouds above.

Pretty, and quiet.

What a strange year it’s been, nothing quite real, science fiction movies come to life, but with far worse writing. Worst of all, we are constantly being told not to believe reality, but to believe what we are told about reality.

It has to end. It has to.

Yesterday, I was completely on edge, my heart racing for no particular reason, but today I feel calmer. Maybe it was my workout, it was a doozy, and one of my favorite trainers from the past, alas she is no longer with Daily Burn.

Anyway, there are Tuesday things to do this Tuesday, so I might as well get t them. 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts Ten Word Photo Prompt: Meeting

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Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

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

Exactly, precisely ten words.

Easiest thing you’ll do all week!

Except probably not. Ready?

Here’s mine:

Philomena was late to Council again. Sirelda, basking, didn’t care.

#MondayThoughts: Extremes

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This morning I was set to write about how a Monday workout sets you up and tells the week who’s boss, and then I found myself wondering if it was too early to be sick of people. Highs and lows in under 30 minutes.

Were this a normal world, I’d blame my moods and myself, but this is not a normal world and I am definitely not to blame. We can all agree, it’s the people.

What a strange place this is.

It’s gray and hazy today, we had some rain overnight, melodramatic rain that launched itself against the windows, the thunder brief but loud. It may rain some more today, it’s not easy to tell, but it’s hot.

It should be, it’s August.

Along its track this year has slipped, with us hardly in it, trying to avoid a disease that never should have taken over the world. I am hoping for a better brain week, it did not cooperate before.

Here’s hoping.

Speaking of, I hope you have a fabulous 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: The decline

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Sometimes I wonder if the Romans knew the end of their era had arrived. Who would have thought an orange, racist man who wasn’t very bright would be the end of ours.

Clearly, he has to go. Hopefully we can manage that in November.

I’m not sure if we’ll ever not be wearing masks, if that’s permanently changed as well, if restaurants won’t be a thing anymore. We’re may be on the other side of a one-way exit, with no going back.

That thought is not a pleasant one.

Meanwhile it’s sunny with puffy clouds, like the planet doesn’t have a care in the world, and maybe now it doesn’t, or has less of one. It’s quiet, but not in a way that helps me to focus.

Though that could be me, not it.

And with that, I’m off into the rest of the day. Have a good 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: Brace for impact

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There are conflicts erupting all over the world right now, and we all know who is behind them. He’s been itching for a world war, and it looks like he might get one.

Prepare yourself.

This downward spiral has so much further it can go, and no doubt that is the goal of it all.

Nope, not light and writerly. Not today.

I wish there was more hope right now, but that is the thing about evil, it is relentless, it is unfeeling. It is difficult for us to stop.

I’m not sure how we stop it.

Remain vigilant, and remember that all we see is not all that’s happening. Also remember, trump and his regime are not on our side; they have not been with this pandemic, they will not be in the future.

Not a cheerful post, I grant you. Have a productive, thoughtful 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.

#FridayThoughts: Well, it’s Friday.

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Somehow we got to the end of the week in this surreal landscape that keeps shifting but not getting more solid. We are months away from solid.

Hopefully we will get solid.

I’ve settled into the routine of making pizza from scratch on Friday, or scratchish, I make the crust but use bottled sauce. It’s delicious and it’s so much faster than I expected.

The recipe I use makes two pizzas, so in the morning I make cinnamon rolls. I could, of course, freeze the dough and have it ready for the next week, or make something else.

But I like cinnamon rolls.

So that is me for the week, tired, saddened, but resolute. I hope you have a good Friday and a weekend filled with possibilities. Whatever they are, wear a mask.


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.

#ThursdayThoughts Ten Word Story:

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Photo by CoWomen on Pexels.com

It’s THURSDAY! That means it’s time for a ten word story!

Using the photo above, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words! Easy, right?

Just kidding! It’s super not easy.

Ready?

Here’s mine:

Transporter cloaked as ruby pumps, Xithana could escape.

If necessary.

#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.