I’m Slacking or Crack-a-lackin

Ha! Shrek reference via Donkey. In other words I better get going. I’ve got nothing though. I still didn’t want to end my streak so I’m tossing it out like a well known blogger does. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I’m already at 40 hours of my work week. I snuck out for an appointment to sell back books. And here I sit in my car waiting and rambling.

Tomorrow I have a doctor’s appointment with a new doctor. I just learned hot off the press that it’s by telemedicine. I’ve got so much going on I wanted a face to face despite the risk. Oh well 😔. She’ll order labs I’m sure and I’ll get refills. Maybe the labs will throw up a flag that can definitively diagnose me. One can hope. Though sometimes I think this pain is mental made physical. Let’s face it I’m a nut.

Sometimes you feel like a nuts, sometimes you don’t. Ha. That makes me smile. Hope you smile too.

As always more to come. #gratefulforthesunshine

#1linerWeds. 8/12/20

I have a million of these things yet still I might repeat myself accidentally.  Here is one that I hope is new … for me anyway. I also hope you enjoy 🙂

 I was addicted to the hokey pokey, but then I turned myself around.


Written for #1linerWeds. – Rules and Ping Back.

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 8/10/20 or 8/11/20

I had connectivity issues today.  Work was FUN which is code for not fun.  For that reason, I did not get to even get to check out #SYW until after 10 pm.  Spectrum was here and left.  The issue is not fixed but band-aided until tomorrow (or today) when they will replace something or other outside the house.

I have never read a Harry Potter book and I have only seen parts of the movies.  We did see “Potted Potter” off Broadway in NYC.  A very quick jovial jaunt that was to explain the entire series by acting out the highlights if you will.  I could only hazard a guess which is why I am going traditional this time.  I might get up my mettle for next week.  Thanks Melanie for hosting.  This challenge is a highlight of the week 🙂

Would You Rather Live 120 Years That Are Comfortable But Boring, Or Live Half As Long, But Have An Exciting Adventure Packed Life?

Hmmm, since “Steel Magnolias” is one of my all time favorite movies then I have to say as Shelby did …

“I’d rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”

The thought of dying scares me.  I am not as devout as my parents or it’s my guilt talking and I fear my just reward is down not up.  Since I’m not a movie character, I’d rather be bored and live 120 comfortable years.  Besides, I am never bored.  I always have something to occupy me.  I’m also a bit risk adverse making an adventure packed life the opposite of what this introvert traditionally enjoys;

What’s Something That Overwhelms You?

Life and everything in it.  Just when one thinks they’ve had enough, something gives and things change but in the time leading up to the reprieve, I’d say that is a frenzied I can’t take this anymore existence full of worry that is soul crushing.  I’m forever waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I over-analyze everything and that’s exhausting in addition to being overwhelming.  I make stuff up so my woes are self inflicted.

What Do or DID You Take For Granted?

DID – my ability to get a good night’s sleep.  I have used many techniques over the years and now I am in a good spot for the most part.  I will never ever take for granted a good night’s sleep again.

I am grateful that despite my connectivity issues, I have all I ever wanted and everything I’ll ever need.

Sunday Reflections ~ 8/9/20

Feels like a life time was lived in a minute last week.  Time is doing the trippy thing again.  Stop, start, continue.  Slow, fast, fleeting.  Let’s get right down to it.

Sunday I was stumped by some big words Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure.  I went with Get as in Acquire.  Finding something with an exact prompt word was too much of a challenge.  If it’s not fun, I don’t wanna.  This is what I put up for your listening pleasure #SLS for 8/2/20

Monday we had Haiku where the kid-let told me I was not really writing Haiku.  Sure enough I read the instructions closer and I missed some key elements.  I tried to do better with this one.  Also, since no one called me on it after all this time, I will keep tossing it out there.  I enjoy immensely taking the prompt to find 5/7/5 even if not hitting all elements.  Monday also brought us #SYW  good times I tell ya.

Tuesday was  Story Time 8/4/20.  This category isn’t developing like I thought it might.  Life threw a curve ball and other more important stuff came up.

Wednesday is always #1linerWeds. 8/5/20.  I was not around much for blogging.  Wednesday night I attended the celebration of life for my co-worker.  Everything was virtual through a live link.  His family and close friends were in the room all masked up and distanced as we watched.  They had his Chicago cohort present videos.  Very heartfelt and moving <3.   When one of his friends spoke his words gave solace “Today we are sad at the passing of our dear friend but tomorrow we will wake up and laugh.  It’s what he would have wanted”.    Sorry this had to happen for me to realize life is short and re-prioritization is in order.  I took off both Monday and Friday this past week, something I would not have done otherwise.  Several of us are embracing a renewed quest for work life balance.

Thursday I took a comment from FB and turned it into this post Beautiful in Any Language .  I also signed up for duolingo to learn Spanish.  Only 10 minutes a day for brain training.  Yes my brain needs training … desperately.

Friday was YAY and Day Drinking.  What a combo 🙂

Saturday capstone is and will forever be #SoCS.  Afterwards, Saturday was the day to celebrate our Lulu.  Class of 2020.  Her virtual commencement is not until 8/15 but she wanted to have a small gathering on the day she would have walked the stage had Rona not reared its’ ugly head.  She is now looking for work in times where pickings are slim.  B keeps telling her it will happen when it happens.  If she wants to work, there is a job out there with her name on it.  Fingers crossed and all that jazz.

Peace y’all.   Until next time. Stay safe.

As always more to come.

#SLS for 8/9/20

Today Jim prompts us with songs that have a harmonica.  Cool beans!  I immediately thought of “Takin Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) but turns out that song does not have a harmonica in it.  I thought it did because my brother’s friend David learned to play the song with his harmonica.  I have a very cool memory standing in our front yard while he wailed away.

Take two took me to Google where I found so many awesome harmonica laden songs that I had a hard time choosing.  I wanted to avoid a duplicate but following my post then read philosophy, I was going to have to jump in there.  Decisions, decisions. Ha!

I finally landed on this 1979 classic “Train, Train” by Blackfoot.  Amazing how these musicians can make the harmonica sound exactly like a locomotive, chuga-chuga-choo-choo.   Awesome!! 

Oh, here it comes

Well, train, train, take me on out of this town
Train, train, Lord, take me on out of this town
Well, that woman I’m in love with, Lord, she’s Memphis bound

Well, leavin’ here, I’m just a raggedy hobo
Lord, I’m leaving here, I’m just a raggedy hobo
Well, that woman I’m in love with, Lord, she’s got to go

Well, goodbye pretty mama, get yourself a money man
Goodbye, pretty mama, Lord, get yourself a money man
You take that midnight train to Memphis
Lord, leave if you can
Oh, take that midnight train to Memphis
Lord, leave if you can
Oh, take that train, baby

Writer(s): Shorty Medlocke


I almost picked “Run Around” by the Blues Travelers.  Instead I am throwing in this John Popper tutorial for good measure. Sage advice … he says watch your favorite sax or guitar player too.  Be like Jimi and don’t box yourself in – he made the guitar do things no one else could.  Now that’s genius.

As always, more to come.

#SoCS for 8/8/20

Good morning y’all.  Here we go here we go now.  Linda writes and I rewrite “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “spot.” Write whatever image the word “spot” invokes. Have fun!”

Hmm, spot.  Think, think, and think.  OUT, DAMNED SPOT!  all Lady Macbeth.  That’s the first image my mind conjures up when I think of spot.  Loves me some Willie Shakes.

Of course there is also our baby boy puppy dog Spot.  We named him Spot because he has a perfect red circle on his right side as shown in the photo below.  He and Buddy (dogs are man’s best friend namesake) give us much joy.  They are more effective than blood pressure medicine or any other medicine one might take for stress.  Unconditional love and companionship.  ❤

Alright then, time to get crack-a-lackin as Donkey from Shrek might say.  Until next time, I bid you ado.  Parting is such sweet sorrow …

To participate in the high jinx that are #SoCS, here are the Rules and Ping Back

Day Drinking Rona Style

Lulu (as she takes a sip of chocolate cherry Baileys) “Dang it’s only 9 o’clock”

And that’d be AM not PM  LOL

A little nip here and there never hurt anyone …. or

I stopped purchasing wine because not having a glass during my lunch hour had become too challenging.  I never partook during my work day yet.  And to make sure I stayed on the straight and narrow, I stopped buying.  After all avoidance is the best risk mitigation technique. Am I right fellow CPCU’ers?

There is a certain lunch I have on Saturday afternoons that came into the weekday rotation now that I am home bound.  This particular meal goes very well with my wine.  I could still enjoy this every now and again.  I think ….  Not sure I want to find out though considering.

Most days I do okay.  I’d be lying if I said things are always good.  Extreme roller coaster of emotions yet I realize I am one of the fortunate.  Avoidance works wonders for many things.  Work is my distraction of choice.  Plus I love my job which makes work fun.  Laughter is a daily, many times hourly occurrence.   Might be why I am out of sorts on this day off.  Too much time to think.

Another perk for work is the healthy points mediation series and other assorted videos or challenges which are specifically geared to dealing with the pandemic.  I have been moved to tears, happy ones and almost always feel better joining in.  The walking meeting is a fave.  Gets you up outta your space.  There have been days I stayed in one place for 10 hours straight.  That’s not good for anyone.

Things I never stopped doing:

  • Showering nightly and general hygiene … this does not mean make-up
  • Making my bed every morning
  • Dressing in “street” clothes
  • Walking every morning (might have skipped a day or two but never consecutive) Plus the goal was five days a week anyway
  • Listening to music  … some times obsessively
  • Blogging
  • For a time I could not read because of nerves and not being able to hold a thought in my head.  But I am back having just completed “Ask Again, Yes” by Mary Beth Keane with “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones in the hopper aka Kindle.  #gratefulforsaplonlineservices

On that note, the book is calling my name.  I have done what I set out to do which is clean house and make the cookie cake for Lulu’s partay.  Rona style, less than 10, six feet apart, social distance feast.  Ha!  Time to veg out and finish my book.

As always, more to come.


Friday Yay!

Lulu finished her last class and B took the day off.  Not wanting to be left out, I am taking off too.  I have 345 hours of vacation time to burn.  Pre-COVID, I would have taken at least a week by now if not two.  Trippy man, trippy.  #Free48 plus 24 :).  Wishing all who stumble across this page a most wonderful day.

As always, more to come.

Beautiful in Any Language

No hay palabras que les pueda decir solo los pongo en las manos del Todopoderoso, y Señor de la Misericordia, un fuerte abrazo para mi prima Linda, hiciste un buen trabajo como madre y amiga, no hay respuestas a esta tragedia, solo seguir con nuestra fe!!

The above words seem to glide gracefully and provide a power.  If words hurt, they can are also heal. Love poured out to the page for a grieving mother is beautiful in any language.  The translations follows:

There are no words I can tell you just put them in the hands of the Almighty, and Lord of Mercy, a big hug for my cousin Linda, you did a good job as a mother and friend, there are no answers to this tragedy, just continue with our Faith!!

YOU DID A GOOD JOB!   Yes she did!

There are no answers.  Just as there is no blame.

These words compelled me to share.  I couldn’t have said it better.

As always, more to come.