#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.


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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: 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!
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#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.

#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.

#FridayThoughts: Weather. Dude. Come on.

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The weather has really had it in for me the last couple weeks, essentially dancing on my skull. Apparently with glee.

It’s enough already.

The weather migraines are perhaps the most annoying, as there’s nothing that can be done to prevent them, unless I figure out how to control the weather. That seems like a stretch.

Meanwhile we’ve made it through another week of lockdown, but here in Illinois, we’ll have another month to go, as restrictions remain until the end of May.

So…that’s fun. But whatever keeps us safe, it seems the measures are working, and have prevented the kind of system overrun we didn’t want. And here I am, talking about the one thing we’re all so tired of talking about, thinking about and living by now.

You’re probably more interested in my migraines. Imagine that, that’s where we are on a Friday in far-off future year of 2020.

Anyway, I think tonight I’m going to do a movie marathon and try to enjoy the fact that I wouldn’t want to go outside now anyway. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and an even better 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Volatile

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Yesterday the morning was bright and sunny. Then it grew dark and rained, then it was sunny and then it rained and then it was sunny but all in the most dramatic way. When it was sunny it was like rain could never exist; when it was rainy, the sun was a distant memory.

It fit my mood, here in these ongoing weeks of isolation. Up and down, bright and dark, OK, something other than OK.

It’s still weird, even with adjustment, and stranger still that every time I venture out of my own little corner of the world, I should do so wearing a mask.

Still working on that.

I just found a video for making a mask with a filter pocket without a sewing machine. So I know what my weekend project will be.

The question is what to use as the fabric. I ordered some but it’s nowhere to be seen, and I don’t use scarves or bandannas. And a delivery date of June seems…less than helpful.

Hand-sewing it will be!

No time like the present to hone a new skill. Ish.

Anyway, I hope your Friday is wonderful and you have a good 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Drilly

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There’s work going on in my building, which is trying at the best of times, but when there’s a shelter-in-place order and you can’t leave except for essential activities, it’s more than a teensy bit irritating.

Much more.

Such is my lot today. Writing can also prove challenging with the grinding noise, but if I focus enough, I only notice it when it stops. Attention training?

Maybe.

It’s a bit on the gray side today, not majorly, but a bit, and the lakefront is still off limits. Hopefully we’ll start seeing the work pay off soon, there are too many deaths for no good reason,

I think this is three weeks down, I’m starting to lose track. Three weeks down and question mark to go.

Do something nice for yourself this weekend, whatever that looks like. And and have a great Friday.


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 Photo Prompt: Mission Accomplished

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Photo by İbrahim Hakkı Uçman on Pexels.com

Must be Thursday! Because it’s time for a ten word story. Using the image above as a prompt, write a story of exactly ten words.

It’s that easy!

Except it’s hard.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Balloon drifting onward, she floated gently to the getaway car.

#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.