#MondayThoughts: No more one thing than another.

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To everyone who wordled in vain today, my heart goes out to you. The wordle X comes for all of us, someday.

I admit I spent some time on it this morning, working and reworking the letters I had left. Is it a good use of time?

I have no idea.

It’s not a bad one. Any time using your brain is good.

Isn’t it?

It’s a snowy, gray January day, as January days tend to be, and I am no more one thing than another. Not keyed up; not super mellow. I just am.

Not a bad way to start a Monday, I suppose.

And speaking of Mondays, I’m off to do mine. I hope yours is as lovely as a Monday can be.


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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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#MondayThoughts: A good day to ask ourselves

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We’ve gotten a dusting of snow, only enough to turn patches white with browny-green grass around the edges. The sky is threatening though, it looks like more snow to come.

Today I feel like I have a chain of tasks, the next thing only to be done after the previous one, a tightrope that can only be walked in a particular direction.

No side diversions today.

So that’s fun.

Besides that, it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the US, and a good time to think about how much people tried to undo over the previous several years. How much hatred they fanned; how much division they continue to try to sow.

Already diverting but have you noticed if you use the homonym, “sew” it actually fixes the problem? So instead of sowing division you sew division?

English is weird.

Anyway, today is a good day to ask ourselves whether we are doing our best to ensure equality, dignity, fairness and justice for all. If we aren’t, how can we do better and serve the legacy of the Rev. Dr. King?

And with that, I’m off to put one task in front of the other. 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!
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#MondayThoughts: Cold cold

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Well, it’s cold. Cold cold.

Cold.

And January sunny.

I’m moving into the week slowly, now that we’re out of that holiday shadow and it’s plain winter. No more pretty lights, no more holiday recipes everywhere, just head down moving forward.

Against a frigid, piercing wind.

Take that as literally or metaphorically as you will.

I’ve been having really weird dreams lately, it seems like it’s something in the air. I remember only bits and pieces, but none that make much sense. It makes me wonder about all those hours spent asleep.

Such a strange thing that we do.

Anyway, that’s it for me on this Monday. 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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Why not?

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Well here we are, 2022. What a strange place to be.

I’ve decided I want more yoga in my life, and after years of trying to figure out how to fit it in, I’ve changed my approach to exercise so I can have as much as I want. Maybe I’ll spend more time on fitness than I did before, but why not?

Why not?

I’m doing Yoga With Adriene’s 30 Day MOVE series. Day 2 done and I’m absolutely loving it.

So this is my offering to you, hypothetical reader: take that thing in the back of your mind this year, that thing you want more of but cannot seem to figure out how to make it work into your schedule.

And make it first.

Do that one thing for yourself, and prioritize it as important and not as an add-in if only you could find the time. Let’s take this wildly in the future year and take care of ourselves.

Let our feelings about things matter. Let what appeals to us matter.

There’s no better time than today. It’s January, the world is changing and so can we.


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.

#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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Closing in

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It’s sunny today and chilly, though not too chilly. It’s still pretty mild.

So far.

We’re closing in on the end of the year and it’s difficult to believe. It’s also depressing knowing that COVID is going nowhere, as people continue to help it flourish for reasons I will never understand.

It hasn’t been my favorite year.

That’s for sure.

But there’s an Agatha Raisin Christmas special so that’s nice, if you’re looking for a silver lining. Well, it may not be your silver lining but I’m enjoying it.

Anyway, that’s it for me this Monday. I hope your day is great and the start to an amazingly wonderful 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.

#MondayThoughts: Forward

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It’s a sunny blue day, chilly but not too cold. It’s two weeks post-booster and I’m fully vaccinated.

So that’s good.

I’ve been edgy lately, probably the ongoing stress from the situation with my mom, and everything seems more difficult than usual. I suppose that’s to be expected.

Meditation has helped but it can’t change what’s happening, so you’ve got to do the best you can with what there is, I guess. Up and down.

So it goes.

And that’s all I have today. I hope you have a lovely Monday and perfect 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.

#MondayThoughts: Anything joyful is welcome.

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Well it’s Monday. You probably knew that already. If you didn’t, sorry to be the one to break it to you.

It’s one of those days with swathes of blue among heavy clouds tinged with gray, and I’m not sure what the weather has in mind. Then again, I rarely do.

I’ve gotten some new throw cushion covers and a new throw blanket for my sofa and I can’t tell you the difference it makes. Neither the set of covers nor the blanket were expensive, either.

I find myself attracted to bright patterns lately, mixing them at random and at will. It started a while ago with my comforter and sheets, the paisley of the sheets seemingly unrelated to the medallions of the bedcover, and I enjoy it so much, I’ve added more pattern.

Maybe it’s all a visual cacophony to everyone else, but to me, there is an intricate harmony bits of color and shape weaving together into something bright and joyful. After all that’s happened these last two years, anything joyful is welcome.

Anyway, that’s it for me. Have a wonderful Monday and 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.

#MondayThoughts: Grumpish

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I’m in the midst of choosing a new health plan for next year. It’s later than I normally do it, but you may have noticed I have a lot going on.

A lot.

A LOT.

And this year, there are far more choices than over the last four. Far more.

So it’s going to take a while.

It’s a gray, gray day, and tasks I will not enjoy are looming. You know that kind of a Monday.

But you gotta do what you gotta do.

And what I gotta do can’t be done over a nice chat on the blog, sadly. But that it could.

So I’ll go do my things, and you go do your things with as much grump as you like, especially if you’ve just landed from a long weekend. 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.

#MondayThoughts: It gets dark early around here.

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It’s Thanksgiving this week, which hardly seems possible. It was just August.

Well, you know about my loop.

It’s sunny today, and I don’t think it’s that cold, so it’s not exactly what you’d think of as Thanksgiving weather, all chilly and cozy. Everywhere the lights are going up, traditions of the day after Thanksgiving succumbing to people needing a little extra sparkle and twinkle.

It gets dark early around here.

So it’s Monday, but for a lot of people it’s not a real Monday, and if you are one of those people I hope you’re having a great, relaxing time. And if you’re not, I hope you have a chance to have a great, relaxing time this week.

And that is that for today. Have a spectacular Monday, exactly where you are.


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.