#FridayThoughts: One nice thing

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It’s cold and clammy and rainy and I’m feeling that way on the inside too. This morning I skipped cardio entirely and did a longer yoga practice.

It helped, somewhat.

As more details emerge about Uvalde, especially the law enforcement “response,” they become too much to absorb. Trust me friends in far-flung places. We’re reeling over it too.

Honestly I don’t really have much more to add today, I’m pretty worn out from the week, which has overwhelming.

I’m going to try to do one nice thing for myself today. I hope you also try to do one nice thing for yourself today.

And with that I wish you a happy Friday and a great 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.
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#ThursdayThoughts: too many for a ten word story.

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A photo prompt really feels inappropriate this week. As more information unfolds about the Uvalde child/teacher murders and the alleged law enforcement response, frivolity feels inappropriate.

In addition, my mom is back in the hospital with pneumonia, so it’s a lot today.

Sorry for the skip if you were anticipating the prompt, but once again the world has interevened.

Have as nice as Thursday as is possible for you.

#WednesdayWisdom: Vote out EVERY Republican so children can be safe in schools.

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It’s foggy or rainy, I can’t be sure which, and dark enough out to need the lights on today. The gloom feels very appropriate given the horrendous, preventable murder of at least 19 children and their teacher in Uvalde, Texas.

For those of you in other parts of the world, you’re probably floored that this happens time and time again in this nation. Let me be clear about how it happens: Republicans.

This is the result of Republican policies pushing back on any type of gun control. This is the result of Republican policies making weapons of war available to everyone.

This is the result of Republicans valuing putting guns in the hands of child murderers over the children they murder.

This isn’t me being “partisan.” It’s factual. You can look it up. Check out the voting history of Republicans in the US Congress on guns.

They’ve taken millions upon millions from the NRA, who, it turned out was funneling money to them from Russia, which is illegal.

You may see people claiming that Democrats “control the House, the Senate, and the White House.” Be assured that that information is completely false.

While Democrats do have the White House with Pres. Biden and control of the House, Democrats DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OF THE SENATE. The Senate is DIVIDED. A bill must pass both houses of Congress (the legislative branch) to become a law.

Any gun legislation would require 60 votes in the Senate; Democrats, at most, with Vice Pres. Harris breaking a tie, have 51 votes.

That’s simple math.

Of course 10 Republicans could join to save the lives of children. But they won’t.

They never do.

The only solution is to vote every single Republican out of office. To get that majority. And that could help us fix the now-fascist Supreme Court.

But otherwise this will just keep happening. Because Republicans legislated it that way.

Have a Tuesday full of reflection.

Author’s note: This is my personal space for my personal opinions. Any pro-gun rhetoric or other propaganda will not be tolerated.

#TuesdayThoughts: Those Greek gods are at it again.

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First things first, which is a bit rich this late in the day, but here is my #MomUpdate, “Drumbeat so omnipresent.”

And on to Tuesday, or what’s left of it.

Today has already proven a mess, one that makes me wonder if the planets are engaged in the kind of war that originated the Greek myths. Those Greek gods are at it again.

Not one thing has gone smoothly yet today, as you can probably tell given how tardy I am to this little space where we usually have a morning chat. It’s definitely not morning now.

I had a grocery delivery and the delivery person, like a trapped ghost, wanted me to help her move on, but from the delivery, which the app didn’t allow her to do. It took ages, and I had to wonder about my frozen foods.

I didn’t know what the problem was, but eventually she was released into whatever comes next.

And then I found that one of my cases of La Croix water was opened, the cans repacked into it. So I had to try to figure out how to deal with that, which ended up being an electronic chat. With a computer.

It did not pass the Turing Test.

Anyway, I suspect you are having issues of your own today, so I will bid you good luck and smooth going from here on out. Have a great Tuesday.

It’s still Tuesday, right?

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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#FridayThoughts: Are spam calls seasonal?

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It’s been a long week, and I’m tired. I know I’m not alone in this feeling.

The sky is gloomy, and we were promised rain, perhaps even thunderstorms. Feels appropriate.

Can’t tell if it’s my mood or the weather, the weather or my mood. And the spam calls are driving me to distraction.

Must be that time of year. Or, I guess, it’s always that time of year.

For the spam calls. And also the thunderstorms, come to think of it.

Are spam calls seasonal?

I feel like someone somewhere can answer that question with evidence to back it up.

And just like that I’ve amused myself enough to jar some of the cobwebs loose. Perhaps, I hope, I’ve done the same for you.

Have an excellent Friday and a magical 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 and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Encounters

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Photo by Nandi Gustian on Pexels.com

It’s time for a ten word story, aka our #ThursdayTen! Using the image above as a prompt, write a story of exactly ten words.

EXACTLY.

I cropped the image a little for ease of viewing, I hope it doesn’t crop your imagination!

Ready?

Here’s mine:

The journey through time always started with the wide sky.

#WednesdayWisdom: don’t fight with yourself.

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I’m cold today, the sudden drop in temperature has me chilly, even though normally these would be welcome temperatures after a long winter. It’s all relative.

Today I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sit down and chat with you without another cup of coffee. First, because it’s nice and hot, something I can use right now. And second, even at half-caff, it will help me shake some of this sluggishness.

I hope.

I decided I wanted it with sugar and cinnamon. I have this little milk frother I got on a deal at Amazon, it heads and foams the milk. Any kind of milk; I like vanilla almond milk.

So I spooned in some sugar, and sprinkled some cinnamon but it was a whole lot more cinnamon than I intended. I’ve had a sip and it seems OK. I guess we’ll see.

But the point is I acknowledged what I needed to get going on what I should do and I didn’t fight with myself over it. I didn’t agonize, I didn’t argue.

I just did it.

It’s OK to be kind to yourself. It’s OK to listen to your body and give it what it wants sometimes. Most of the time.

Unless what it wants will ultimately harm you.

A cup of half-caff is not that. The massive amount of cinnamon on the other hand…

Though it did seem to blend in. So far, so good.

We spend so much time telling ourselves no. Once today, tell yourself yes.

And that’s it for me today. This hardly hurt at all.

Have a great Wednesday.

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.

#TuesdayThoughts: Sweatshirt weather.

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First things first, here is my Tuesday #MomUpdate, “An enlightened little ant.” And on with Tuesday.

It’s sunny now, sunny like it wasn’t gray for weeks on end; sunny like the sky doesn’t know the meaning of rain.

Hmm.

After wildly high temperatures, even hitting the 90s this early in the year, we’re back to more sensible numbers in the high 50s. In a normal spring, that would feel warm but after the sweltering high, everything feels a bit chilly.

It’s all relative.

Oh well you’ve got to love a temperature that lets you wear a sweatshirt.

When you think about it, there’s something to enjoy about every season. No matter what, it means change.

Not always the change you want, but still, change.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a terrific 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: An “accent” is a sign of knowledge.

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I’ve been watching a bunch of Korean shows lately. They’re a fabulous escape, and so very, very engrossing.

And sometimes I look at the words in Korean that show up in various places and marvel that people read both that alphabet and the English one. They’re so incredibly different, and the language structure also seems different, though I don’t know for sure.

I could find out, there are enough programs to learn new languages. Talk about a challenge.

But it makes me think about how poorly multilingual people are treated in the US if their first language isn’t English.

Think about this, that because someone speaks English with an “accent,” others of certain stripes–you know the ones–look down on them. Despite the reality.

In a quote attributed to both Sidney Sheldon and Lorenzo Lamas, give or take a few words: “Just remember, when someone has an accent, it means that he knows one more language than you do.”

I’m not sure who said it first, but the point remains; an accent is a sign of knowledge, not ignorance.

Sometimes I think, living here, knowledge itself is the enemy.

Anyway, that’s enough randomness for one 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: Look out the window with all its sunlight and be OK.

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Photo by Leo Caldas on Pexels.com.

I’m going to try to credit the feature image when I can, it’s not always easy and it’s not done automatically, though it should be. So that’s all about that.

On with the post. It’s sunny and breezy and the flowering trees are blooming. The sky is clear and it’s the kind of weather that reminds you why you live in Chicago.

This is a beautiful city.

It hasn’t been an entirely smooth week for me, my head did its thing and it was not great. Bad enough to have to cancel plans with friends, in fact, which is never ideal.

But it’s better enough that I can look out the window with all the sunlight and be OK.

This was a fast week for me somehow, the whole thing largely a blur, probably because of the migraine. I got some things done, and a whole bunch of others did not get done, but that is life sometimes, especially when you’re not feeling your best.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week. I hope you have a wonderful Friday, and if the weather is beautiful where you are, I hope you have the chance to enjoy it.

Have a great 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 and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.