#MondayThoughts: Yep

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Back again to Monday, after a weekend learning the utterly incredible credible news that our alleged “president” rewarded a hostile foreign power for killing our own soldiers.

I’m sure Republicans will be fine with that, they’ve been fine with everything so far. How we got here is difficult to see, but I don’t like it.

And still we go on, like nothing has changed and yet everything has changed. What a surreal experience.

It’s a hazy day, like it’s a hazy world, and though it’s quiet, it’s not restful.

I’ve been slogging away on a project as resilient as this pretzel dough I once made, every time I tried to roll it into a rope it snapped back. Eventually I gave up and made rolls.

I’m trying to make word rolls.

Anyway, I’m off to further caffeinate. Have as good a Monday as the times allow.


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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#MondayThoughts: Already Frustrated

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Sometimes you have to wonder if people are genuinely wanting to solve problems, or if they just want to stir up the mud.

There are far more mud stirrers than you would think. Or at least than I would think. Sometimes I hate this place.

This place being Earth.

It’s a rough way to start out a week, angry and annoyed, but that’s pretty much the base emotion these days, everything piles on top of angry and annoyed.

At least they are emotions that can be channeled for writing.

Speaking of writing, I don’t think I’ve mentioned my writing for Rantt Media on my blog. It’s political, some of it nuts-and-bolts, some of it more toward analysis.

Here are my articles, if you’re interested, and I’ll be adding a link in the sidebar. I suppose I could have done that with more fanfare.

Hmm.

It’s the annoyedness again.

Anyway, I’m off to do…stuff. Have a great, productive Monday in which you manage to channel your frustration.


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.

#MondayThoughts: True spirit of Monday

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It’s brightly sunny today, uninterrupted blue in the sky, cool, though, for June. The baby birds who were nothing more than specks in the sky are growing larger, playing their way through the air, and the Supreme Court released a landmark decision protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ employees.

People cry out for justice, and for once, it seems, justice may be listening.

We’ll see.

I’m feeling chilly, the hazard of high temps about a week ago, but not unpleasantly so, and the sound of traffic has resumed somewhat, even though we’re far from the finish line.

I have a list today, full of tasks I’m not very excited about doing, but they need doing, nonetheless. That is, after all, the true spirit of Monday.

So I’m going to get to crossing things off, at least in my head, and you have a good Monday, and remember that we can affect others’ lives, for the good and the bad.


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.

#MondayThoughts: A different world

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And not the sitcom. No, this different world is demanding a change in our very institutions. It’s more than time, it’s been more than time many many lost lives ago.

So let’s make sure it gets done.

I’m not energized today, not exactly, but I am just the slightest bit hopeful. We’re also opening on a wider scale now in Chicago, we’ll see how that goes, that specter still hovering just beyond in the background.

It has me concerned about normal activities and wondering whether I should visit my parents, it’s so hard to know. The world is acting like the pandemic is gone, but it’s not gone.

Not yet.

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of Monday to Monday. May yours be filled with new horizons.


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.

#MondayThoughts: Skepticism

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Here on this gray Monday, after a week of peaceful protests turned to riots by aggressive, brutal police and organized white supremacists, I can’t help but wonder how this will all turn out.

I hope we’re on the path for change for good. We can see it, all see it, in sharp relief, the truth. So how will we move forward with it?

The people itching for a civil war seem to be getting one, and it’s hard to know how the story will end. These turbulent times were not necessary, they could have been avoided.

We could have made so much more of the 21st century.

Anyway that’s it for me today. Have a reflective Monday, and honor the humanity in all of us.


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.

#MondayThoughts: And onward yet

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Here we are at the far end of May, Memorial Day. When we started this month it felt like it would last forever, yet another stretch of sheltering in place.

But it was gone in a blur, a series of slides of the view from my window, a collection of lounging clothes.

Outside today it is blue and green and dotted with what remains of the flowering trees, my favorite part of spring, missed until next year. Parks are still closed, as they should be, I was walking on Saturday and people crowded the sidewalks, many without masks despite the requirements.

I don’t know when or if this will ever end, not with the packed scenes online, people on boardwalks and in pools, jammed together defiantly.

We’ve entered a realm where reality is not reality, and the masses agree, whatever you think is what it is, until it’s not.

Meanwhile, a moment to honor the men and women who have lost their lives in service to this country, and the many who have lost their lives needlessly at the hands of this regime.

Have a peaceful Memorial 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Can you be running late if you have nowhere to go?

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I did things in a different order this morning and now I feel like I’m late for my blog.

How can a person be late for a blog?

I have absolutely no idea. Still, I feel as though I’m behind. Gotta be Monday.

The weather seems fully committed to fog, like it’s run out of ideas and just wants a little privacy. Who are we to tell the weather what to do, the weather does what the weather does.

I’ve had my coffee but I wouldn’t mind more, though maybe I should just reheat what I have, there’s still a bunch left. There we go.

I baked a lot this weekend, starting Friday night with pizza, and then Saturday morning using the rest of the pizza dough for cinnamon rolls. Then I made bread, but the recipe made two loaves, so instead I did one loaf and eight rolls. They came out great, I’m fully breaded, and I think I’m no longer intimidated by yeast.

So that’s me for this gray, gray Monday. Have a great one, and a fantastic 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Mixed

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The weather is of two minds today, dark clouds now, bright sun earlier, and occasional bits of blue. I felt great after my workout this morning, but like the sunshine, that’s waning.

It’s Monday, or so they tell me, it’s getting very much the same. Routines definitely help, though, like my sticking to the “live” Daily Burn 365 workouts every day.

I think I want to bake something today, I have milk I need to use up, and it goes off so quickly. I think you can freeze it, but I’m not completely sure about how well it will do.

Luckily Google exists.

Anyway, I’m off to Monday Monday, whatever that means today, and I hope you have a lovely one, whatever that means today.


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.

#MondayThoughts: Weeking on

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I can’t say that my attempt to keep it light last week was entirely successful. It’s tiring, this new way of life, and honestly, I’m tired of it. And that’s the entire truth.

If I could be more upbeat, I would, but it’s been a long time of this, and there are so many people trying to make it worse, perhaps hoping to increase the spread. Who knew so many people wish they could kill other people?

So many.

It’s gray again today, though it could get sunny any moment, it’s been doing that, bright and dark, dark and bright. My head doesn’t like it at all.

At some point, people will ask what it was like when nearly 70,000 Americans died in two months and the government tried to make it worse at every turn, seizing equipment and tests, insisting people offer themselves as human sacrifices for the economy.

And the answer is it was ghoulishly normal, one day bleeding into the next, the dishes still getting done, laundry folded and put away, too much time in front of the television and opining on social media.

It is slow and it is fast and it is, above all else, excruciating.

That’s it for me for today, have as great a Monday as you can, and if it’s not a great Monday, that’s OK too.


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.

#MondayThoughts: Nonsense and escape

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I’m devoting this week to utter nonsense. If it’s light, if it’s frothy, if it’s ridiculous, if it’s dream-based, I’ll be talking about it.

If it’s aliens in the clouds, look to my blog. Though that was a bad example, the clouds today are most certainly alien-free. But you get the idea.

I’m starting to see leaves emerge, even from a distance, and the grass is no longer a tentative green. Soon the crab apples will be in bloom, pillowy explosions of flowers.

Spring is very determined.

I’ve been noticing the birds flying closer and buzzing by more often, though none today, they’re off having their own adventures. Or maybe that means the weather will turn.

Though it was raining the other day, and the seagulls (they’re everywhere here, it always amuses me to see them in the supermarket parking lots) just flew on against the gray skies, the rain nothing to them.

It makes me wish, once again, that I could paint.

Anyway, here’s to finding a glimmer of lightheartedness in the every day. Have a great Monday and a wonderful 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.