#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.


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Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#FridayThoughts: What’s on hand.

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I’ve started to crochet again. I started a basket, my first, and it uses three strands at once. Originally the plan was to use it to store my yoga mats.

But then I realized I had a very sturdy cardboard box. I covered it with leftover paper from my side table project, and voila, free yoga mat holder with very little effort.

I could switch to the basket when it’s finished, but I may use that for yarn or something.

There’s a specific pleasure in taking materials you already have on hand and making something else with them. Transforming an object you would throw away, or making something from nearly nothing.

Right now I find I’m surrounding myself with color, letting items bring in the brightness while things still feel so dark. Whimsical, humorous, bright. Insistent patterns, little bits of kitsch.

Cozy fabrics.

One of my throw cushion covers has a bird with a serene, calm smile upon her beak. I look at her and her expression is contagious. I could be that bird, I think, among enormous poppies and mushrooms.

None of it is expensive. All of it can be changed when the winds or my tastes change.

But right now I need the cheer. Have a great Friday and a perfect 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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#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Doorway

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Photo by Philip Warp on Pexels.com

It’s that time! #ThursdayTen time! Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story.

EXACTLY ten words.

We all know you can do it, so why not do it?

Ready?

Here’s mine:

He stepped into the yellow light and the world changed.

#WednesdayWisdom: Shrug and move on

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You may have noticed I didn’t do a Mom Update yesterday. Here it is, and it inspired today’s blog post.

Talk about your bang for your proverbial buck, proverbial as it’s not like I’m charging admission here.

I simply forgot to do it yesterday. Completely forgot.

And in calmer times I might have agonized. I might have dropped everything else to get it up and published in a rush.

But I didn’t. I figured I could just do it today. There are no rules requiring it to go up on Tuesday. No laws. No deadlines beyond the self-imposed.

Sometimes you’re going to drop a ball. Sometimes you may drop an entire gym locker of them. But as long as no one gets hurt, most of the time, you can find that ball where it rolled under the couch and get right back to it.

Shrug and move on. The world probably will.

And with that, I’ll call it a post. 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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#TuesdayThoughts: Um oops.

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As I paged through hundreds and hundreds of yoga mats, one after another, I suddenly realized…

I forgot to blog. Forgot. To. Blog.

Honestly I have no idea what’s going on with me. I think all the stress of the last several months has found me, and manifested itself in a yoga mat obesession.

I got one when I started the Yoga With Adriene Move challenge, which I am loving entirely. The challenge.

Not the mat.

Unfortunately the mat has a smell I think is contributing to my headaches. That’s not great.

So it was back to sifting, sifting sifting for a mat that will work well and not smell.

Good luck to me.

Would I prefer it if it didn’t ruin the planet too?

Yes, that would be nice. All that to say somehow it’s now mid-afternoon and I never completed my morning ritual. Which may well now be our morning ritual.

So I’ll go look through more mats, and you have a fabulous rest of your 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.

#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.

#FridayThoughts: All kinds of off

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Today I am all kinds of off schedule. Nothing I’ve done was at the normal time or the normal order, and as far as I can tell, the world is still spinning.

For now.

It’s brutally sunny and I say that because it’s the kind of cold that attacks you the moment you step outside. So I’m avoiding stepping outside.

That’s a problem solved.

And yet the sun twinkles merrily above, providing absolutely no warmth.

Trickster.

We’ve gotten to Friday in this first week of 2022, somehow. Survived the anniversary of January 6. Somehow.

I don’t like to think too closely about what that day felt like. The terror was genuine. The not knowing how it would end also genuine.

And that’s it for me this week, a little later than normal, but who’s counting. Have a wonderful 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.
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.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: New

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Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com

It’s Thursday! That means it’s time for a ten word story, also known as #ThursdayTen!

Using the image above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

You can do that, right?

I believe in you!

Ready? Here’s mine:

Their move to Earth was bold, but they were ready.

#WednesdayWisdom: It’s OK to trust yourself

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Howling winds have given way to an almost sunny sky, the blue above the clouds, like it’s waiting.

And after I wrote that, the blue vanished and the clouds took over. Between one glance and the next.

We’re likely in for snow.

I thought so yesterday, I could feel it, the air weighing on me. That happens sometimes, and no matter what the weather says, I’m usually right.

And that’s what I have for you today: listen to yourself. Go with your gut.

Sure, maybe you’re wrong sometimes, but you’d be surprised how often you’re right when you really, really hear what your inner voice says. It’s OK to trust yourself.

We spend so much time double guessing, questioning. Maybe, just once today, go with your instinct.

And I shall go with mine. 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: I’ll never know

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As it’s Tuesday, here’s my Mom Update. Not visiting makes it harder.

I think it’s gray today, though my weather app claims not a cloud in the sky so I’m not sure who to believe.

Nope, wait, it’s changed its tune, as they’re apt to do.

APPt to do?

You know we’re in trouble if I’m punning already.

We’re in a weird quasi-state which isn’t locked down but not everything is open, either. It makes me think of this time last year, before we had the vaccine, and that year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s surges.

How people still don’t have the hang of this, I’ll never know.

I particularly enjoy the complaints about measures from people who have never actually undertaken them. That feels very authentic.

Anyway, here we are, cruising through the first week in January, another new year carrying the burden of last year’s problems. It’s a lot of responsibility for a baby of a new year.

And with that, I’m off. 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!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.