#MondayThoughts: Let it rain

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Today is a day of not being around much, and it’s for the best, a break is always good. It’s a day where everything is gray, even the air, and different weather apps tell me it both is and is not raining.

Sure makes sense for where we are.

But that’s the thing about rain, it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. Or not going to happen whether we like it or not. Either way, it’s not up to us.

And that’s true of so much. There is a lot in life we cannot slow, we cannot prevent, we cannot will into being. So it goes for the chronically not-omnipotent.

All we can do, when the storm passes, is look around and survey the damage, and commit to fixing, to improving, to making whole as soon as we can.

Have a good Monday.


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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: May her memory be a revolution

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The headline is not original, I’d credit it if could but I’ve only seen it as an unattributed meme.

The loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is devastating on so many levels, not the least of which is the rising tide of authoritarianism. There is so much bad news out of the trump regime and so little attention paid, one by one the stories drop off like they never happened at all.

I’m not hopeful, but I’m also not resigned.

There is a roiling wave of anger like this nation has never seen. Democratic candidates brought in record amounts of money in RBG’s memory, and the best thing we can do is fight. Even when we feel like we’re drowning, we find the surface.

Justice Ginsberg never gave up. She fought her body for years just to be here for us, for this nation, for women, for every citizen, for justice. She fought, she fought hard, and now, it’s our turn.

I will be forever grateful to an icon who is eternal in her legacy. So let’s get to it, folks.

Have an empowered Monday.

#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.


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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#MondayThoughts: Greetings from Dystopia

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It’s another sunny day in our nation of dystopia, Labor Day Monday, the end of the summer in feeling if not in calendar. A day set aside to remember the people who brought us a weekend, safety conditions, a minimum wage and a multitude of other workplace requirements we take for granted has never felt more apt.

It was a weekend of cooking and baking, first cinnamon rolls, then a cake, and then I made pizza for my parents, and they greatly enjoyed it. This time, it was done in a pan, the crust thicker and bready.

It was good.

Today would normally be marked by BBQs and parents scrambling through well-picked shelves for last-minute school supplies, but nothing is normal anymore. There were gradual changes and abrupt leaps, and here we are and I don’t like it and I want to go home.

I suspect we all do.

But who’s to say that can exist again. There is only one way to find out, to get rid of this regime come November, to elect Vice President Joe Biden and watch him try to untangle this knotty, knotty mess. Perhaps a Democratic Congress can pass laws to prevent it ever happening again.

Meanwhile, I will treat this day like a holiday, whatever that means here and now, and look forward to my leftover pizza. Have a great Monday, and spare a thought for the people who literally died to make employment safer and more fair.


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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#MondayThoughts: Unraveling reality

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As the so-called “right” LOVES to talk about “false flag” operations, I’m suspecting they planted one of their own in Portland. Does that make me sound unhinged?

At this point does it matter?

People told me for ages that I was “hysterical” over trump, that I was overreacting, that his open and obvious interactions and connections with Russia didn’t exist.

So basically, been there, done that, no t-shirt acquired.

Perhaps it is a brain that constructs stories that so quickly lays obvious plotting bare. Perhaps it’s the eye for the details that make things feel solid or makes them as flimsy as a trump attempt to shift the blame for things happening on his watch to someone who is not in office.

Who knows.

Probably more “politics” than you want, but when the very fabric of what is real can be dismissed with “political” you know you’re in trouble.

Anyway, I’m off into Monday. Have a good 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Unsettled

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It’s a kind of in between day, which fits with my in between mood. It feels like something is going to happen and it’s not going to be good.

Of course that ominous sense is pretty constant now, bad things happen minute to minute and second to second in this twisted timeline in which we find ourselves. It’s relentless and that’s probably the point.

Or maybe it’s just me today.

I probably shouldn’t have more coffee. The caffeine certainly wouldn’t help matters.

Meanwhile, I can’t tell if it’s haze or blue or clouds outside this morning, the sky is a wishy washy color with no clear purpose. Hmm, sounds familiar.

Anyway, I’m going to get a Monday going here. I hope you have a good 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.

#MondayThoughts: We’re here I guess

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So. Yeah. Um. Monday.

Here we are on the kind of gray day that makes sense on a Monday. I had some cold symptoms this weekend, though I’m not sure where I could have picked one up, I hardly go anywhere and I wear a mask when I do.

Except sometimes in my dreams, but I’m pretty sure viruses don’t hang out there. Though who knows.

I think I’m feeling better today, at least I hope I am, because we’re living in a time when the slightest symptom seems dire. Woo. Hoo.

I’m not sure it’s going to rain, it looks like it but I haven’t checked the weather. It’s easy enough to do and yet…

Clearly it’s going to be a long week.

Anyway that’s about it for me on this Monday morning. Have a great 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!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#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.

#MondayThoughts: Different directions

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It’s a gray day today, likely with rain ahead and I’ve decided to focus on projects around home since travel is no longer possible.

I’m very easily distracted, though, today. I’m bouncing around among websites, not quite ready for the day that is Monday. So many things going on in my head, and only one head to do them all with.

So it goes on a Monday.

I’ve essentially come to terms with our weird new insular universe, but the interesting part about it is though we are physically distant, we still can chat with people globally at will. Isolated but not isolated, apart yet not really.

So it goes in the 21st Century.

I’m going to try to get myself centered on one task at a time. I hope you have a productive 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.

#MondayThoughts: So much for that.

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It’s a gray day, but in an impressionist painting kind of way, everything softened in the muting of the sun. The clouds are a study of lights and darks, and maybe, maybe the heat has broken a bit.

This isn’t, by far, the biggest issue to come from this pandemic, or a real issue, or even a problem, but I was set to take an amazing trip this summer, I would have been leaving Friday, and now that is gone. Not gone for now, but gone forever because that kind of trip will never look the same again.

To say it now sounds so strange, it was a cruise, but booked before a cruise became a thing conjuring up confined spaces with endless germs converging. I suppose that was always a risk, but now anything we might not have considered about it is all there in stark relief.

I’ve been on one cruise before, to Alaska, and I meticulously used sanitzer wherever available, determined not to get an infamous stomach bug. But that alone seems futile now.

Beyond that, we aren’t allowed in any of the countries I would have seen, and all the images I had in my head of this incredible experience have converted to people in hospital beds, people being brutalized by nameless military simply for protesting, endless gloom in an endless loop.

That usurper in the White House has stolen so much from us, all as he scooped armfuls of cash straight out of the economy to line his own mattress. People are losing their livelihoods and their homes and their lives.

I know my trip doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things, within the larger picture. But he managed to take that too, and with that, my bright spot, the thing that kept me looking forward.

So that is me for today, sad about something that almost was and can never be. I hope you have a Monday filled with whatever it is you need 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.