#TuesdayThoughts: If nothing else

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It’s Tuesday so time for #ChatTuesday! This week: “The Weird Holiday Wagon.”

And now Tuesday. I still haven’t come up with a new Tuesday theme, I’m sure something will arise organically. Or not.

I got my COVID booster yesterday, finally, apparently cases are on the rise again I’m pretty much fine, my arm hurts a bit. I’m sure it will be better soon, it’s just the way it goes with these things.

It’s sunny today and not terribly cold, as though the weather is trying to pretend last week never happened. Or lull us into a false sense of security before it starts snowing for real.

It’s tough to tell.

Went shopping yesterday for Thanksgiving, my dad and I decided I’d make a meal at his place. In past years we went out to this packed little family-owned steak restaurant that sadly no longer exists.

This year we looked for takeout, but the menus seemed so overworked, like they were trying too hard. One restaurant had the perfect menu, but it was dine-in only. And honestly I didn’t have the heart for that this year.

But I know what I’m making and how I’m making it, my dad will do most of the knifework and a lot of the prep and we’ll see how it goes.

Last year we had the most incredibly depressing meal in a hospital cafeteria, the only real seasoning aside from salt the worry and uncertainty. So if nothing else, this year will be different from that.

Anyway, that’s it for me today, and if you’re in a similar boat (or wagon, as I put it) do check out my Chat Tuesday. I hope it can help, at least a little. 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Breathe

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Just breathe. Just for a moment.

As we go into the holidays, as the news comes barreling in, barraging us with information, none of it good, as people get testy and old wounds start to tingle, just breathe.

Just sit. Listen to what’s around you. Stare at something you’ve never really examined. Exist in the moment and know each moment does, eventually, pass.

This time of year brings us joy, often, and stress, often. For some people, there is no joy at all, only a long, bleak season pitted with landmines.

Be kind to others, be patient with others, because you have no idea what emotional tightrope they’re on.

Be kind to yourself, be patient with yourself, because you know exactly what kind of emotional tightrope you’re on.

And for now, just breathe.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and if you celebrate, a great Thanksgiving.


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.

Only sort of Monday

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Given it’s Christmas Eve day (weird collection of words we’re used to) it’s not much of a Monday. People are busy and hurrying and readying and cooking, or, if outside the thrum of it, observing the scurry.

It’s not even close to a white Christmas here in Chicago this year. Lots of brown grass and empty trees, but at night the lights are lovely.

It’s far from night now, though, with a broad, clear sky, not even the memory of clouds. It doesn’t look cold, which is no guide here in the winter.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you joy and peace, health and stability.

I hope you enjoy all of the holidays, whatever form they take.


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