Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review ~ 4/18/21

The three baby cardinal eggs have all hatched.

The mom flies in to check on them regularly. We’ve been watching her taking care of them. Very special to witness nature in action. One day soon she’ll boot them from the nest. Something I am struggling to do. My chickadees went away for a while but they’re baaack. Actually part of me couldn’t be happier. The other part feels like a failure. Okay that’s too dramatic. And today will be a good day. Self-fulfilling prophecy!!!

So many things happened this past week making time feel slow and sludge like. The weather didn’t help either with rainy drizzle and cooler than normal temps. A year in a week, just like the feature image says. I took two days off work and that didn’t help either. Made the days even longer. Work is my much needed distraction. Ugh!

Blogging was the bright spot though. Always! Now let’s get on with the roll call shall we?

The Usual Suspects …

#AtoZChallenge

Whew! I had lots of Tidbits this week. I might need to make that it’s own category. Since I am not active on FB any longer, those brief little snippets have been posted here instead. Better out than in as Shrek always says.

Welp, that covers the week. Off for some swingtime; the new part of my self-care therapy. Aaahhh now that’s the sweet stuff.

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

As always, more to come.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review ~ 4/11/21

Trying to take a page from my friend’s playbook, I don’t want to whine. I want to be happy. I have glimmers of happy but invariably something causes the apple cart to be upset. My emotions tumble losing one or two honeycrisps. Are you picking up with I am putting down?

This week was hellacious. Only in hindsight do I realize I caused the problems. My reactions to situations are fully in my control yet I let myself be bothered. Making matters worse. Then at the end of the work week, my dearest Mapu reached out and asked me if I heard the news. I hadn’t. He didn’t know details but then a friend of a friend learned and word got back to me.

Quite frankly that news slapped me right back into the reality of life’s fragility. I dropped my anger over work “stuff” immediately, like I was burned. Work doesn’t matter. Not really. Not in the big scheme of what’s truly important. Family, friends, the human connection outside the cells we create for ourselves. The preconceived notions of what we are supposed to do and to be. Hugs your loved ones if you can, as soon as you can. Appears vaccinations are available for any and all who want them. At least in my neck of the woods.

Of course this post would not be complete without Mister un-shaven sheep/llama/alpaca. He is the grand star for over a year now. Bringing levity to any situation.

Laughter helps y’all!! In much the same way music does. At least for me. Now with the slightest smiles, I present the roll call.

First up, the usual suspects …

  • Sunday April 4 – #SLS Chica-Cherry-Cola 🙂
  • Monday April 5 – Haiku Allergic Fido.
  • Tuesday April 6 – Share Your World A safe space Melanie creates.
  • Wednesday April 7 – #1linerWeds. Why wait?
  • Thursday April 8 – Thursday Thoughts Birthday pups!! Yay. Meeting overload. Boo 😦
  • Friday April 9 – Book Club Light and breezy read. Time filler/distraction.
  • Saturday April 10 – #SoCS ❤ Time to make a difference.

Now we have, #AtoZChallenge

What an action packed week with another one on the horizon. Can’t wait!!

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

As always, more to come.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review ~ 4/4/21

Whew! I’m out of breath but I made it. The week was awesome she said dripping with sarcasm. Or not. Only the Shadow knows her true intent. I put pretty flowers in the feature image today for Easter. My favorite day of the year. Many wonderful memories of days past and hope for a brighter future. Feels fantastic doesn’t it?? Of course Mister Llama or Alpaca or unshaved Sheep has to be here too. He’s the star after all.

Jason Bennion thanks for the laughter! Over a years’ worth so far 🙂

#AtoZChallenge started this week and I will group those entries together. I may or may not have to drop some of my usual fodder if time gets away from me. But I prepped for this month. I think I can get by pre-scheduling things. Ah the wonder of technology. Okay let’s get going on the roll call.

Sunday March 28 – “Hold On Forever” keeping you warm like a sweater.

Monday March 29 – Haiku

Tuesday March 30 – Share Your World

Wednesday March 31 – #1linerWeds. and Tidbits

Thursday April 1 – SEE BELOW 🙂

Friday April 2 – Tidbits

Saturday April 3 – #SoCS

#AtoZChallenge – I have a theme after all … with random stream mixed in.

Rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat – (drumroll puhleese)

Idioms and songs with idiom lyrics. I am throwing my posts out to twitter and doing the things to get the bonus points which really isn’t a thing … the bonus points. All in good fun! But I am a carrot and stick kind of gal who makes things up. I have already met some nice new people. Truth! Not imaginary. This annual event has begun with a BANG!!

Without further ado, the A, B, and C entries:

Whew! See I told ya! LOL

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

As always, more to come.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review

I still smile when I see my llama or alpaca or whatever the animal is in my feature image. Yep over a year has passed since I found that meme. Fitting now as it was then. For eternity! Time has always been fickle that way.

I think I’ll do a quick roll call and leave my reflections for another day. I have things to do outside bloglandia. Plus A2Z is gearing up. I need to get ready to rumble. Without further ado …

  1. #SLS
  2. Haiku
  3. Share Your World
  4. #1linerWeds.
  5. Thursday Thoughts
  6. #WATWB
  7. #SoCS

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

As always, more to come.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review

This week has been a bear. I may even post my reflections twice today or save some fodder for my Thursday Thoughts. Decisions, decisions. First off, a quick roll call.

Sunday 3/14/21 #SLS and Looking for Love aka AtoZ theme ideas.

Monday 3/15/21 Haiku – Crisp & Soft

Tuesday 3/16/21 – Share Your World

Wednesday 3/17/21 #1liner and #FPQ #113

Thursday 3/18/21 Thoughts

Friday 3/19/21 Book Club

Saturday 3/20/21 #SoCS

Whew! Twice last week I double posted. And as mentioned above I might be starting off this week the same way. So many swirling dervish thoughts ramble through my addled brain. I need to release the hounds or run the risk of exploding. I have always felt this place … my blog to be a safe haven. The community here is kind very unlike faux book. I wanted to blast some things there but Lulu begged me not to. I;d only make things worse for her. While over here no one knows me in real life = IRL as the kiddos say. Maybe that makes it easier for me to scream!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHH.

Lordy that was nice. As a side bar, I found the feature image about a year ago to the day. Hard to believe we’ve been living in this alternate universe for an entire year already. Oy vey@!

And with that, I’m done for the moment.

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

As always, more to come.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review ~ 3/7/21

I’m a bit late writing my roll call for last week. I’m tired y’all from unprecedented events. I won’t go into all the gory details except to say the things we do for our kids. Oy Vey! I need an intervention from controller university. I want to graduate to let the chips fall where they may-ville. Yesterday was a one year anniversary of our personal start to the pandemic. I didn’t write additional posts here as I had already reflected during my Thursday Thoughts earlier in the week. Instead I wrote the following excerpt on FB:

Yeah I said beginning. Not the end. If I have learned anything in this one year that felt like a fucking decade, it’s that “life finds a way”. Parroting Jeff Goldblum. Before the pandemic, we were in a State of Denial walking around in a World of Hurt. Too afraid to say anything for fear of upsetting the apple cart. Faux happiness, air kisses one and all!! Muah!! Hamsters on a wheel doing what was expected not necessarily what we wanted. Nothing like having fear, worry, and major changes from the Rona daze thrust upon you to bring about an epiphany.

Have I learned nothing? Well actually yes. I learned a lot. Now I just need to put theory into practice. I recognize that the events of last week would’ve been even worse without my new coping skills. Which admittedly still need some work. Because that’s life. It keeps on giving. No wonder my gut hurts. Stress kills!! Ohm Monty Python! Bring the laughter.

Okay, finally the real reason we’re here. This is A Week in Review – February 28, 2021 to March 6, 2021:

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

As always, more to come.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review

The feature image has never been more fitting I tell ya what!!!! The crazy started on Valentines Day 2021 or Valentines night. I stayed up late because I had the next day off. Pony walked in and tells me to look outside, it is snowing. I said eff this shit and went to bed. We woke up to 4 inches of snow, blanketing our almost 5 acres, setting the most picturesque winter wonderland. Pony had to work, virtual since March 2020 and covering for co-workers with ice skating rink living rooms and other assorted issues. B and Lulu took out the Polaris and had a day playing in the snow. I took a few pictures from indoors but mainly I read my book. What a nice way to spend my day!!

The weatherman was not exactly right. There was no immediate warm up. Sunday night/Monday snow stayed around as we hit single digit temps and stayed in the 20s before warming up some on Wednesday. Then again on Thursday, it snowed almost the entire day. Less coverage than that first snow, the grass continued to peek through. Friday with the exception of the north side right up on the porch everything was melted. Saturday got up to 64 degrees. Yay buddy!!

We didn’t experience the rolling blackouts that roamed the city and we had water that first day. By Tuesday, the water was out. Calling San Antonio Water System (SAWS) trying to get answers and being told “It’s a homeowners issue to have frozen pipes” (our pipes never froze) and/or being hung up on. Eventually learning through neighborhood sneakernet that the pump station servicing our area was offline.

SAWS pointed fingers at City Public Service (CPS) who pointed at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). But I won’t get into the political nature of how what happened could happen. Two sides to every story (or three+ sides to every story). Or maybe I will … a tad bit. Give my two cents … now that the worst is over and I can be somewhat rational.

I don’t blame anyone. If pushed to name someone, then I blame Mother Nature. Who as an inanimate cannot truly be blamed. Back to no one. CPS for us anyway was a hero. Not once did we lose power. Not even a blip. I am sad and do not make light for all who did. Heartbreaking devastation!!! But damn those CPS workers soldiered on working to get everyone back to full power. Spectrum our ISP also never failed us. Such a shock considering all our issues pre-storm. AT&T kept the cell phones going. ERCOT who I had never even heard of before this storm are greedy fucking bastards in my opinion. Yet I have to ask what big businesses aren’t? We are a capitalist society. America, she has been very very good to me. Am I part of the problem? Now that’s a story for another day.

Not investing in infrastructure for an uncertain 1 in 100 year storm is somewhat understandable. Dare I say prudent? Nope? Too far. Yep! Too far. “They” whoever “they” are saying we’d be paying more for those infrastructure improvements over the 99 years of no need passing cost down to future generations. Supposedly in the long run the cost of this event is less than the improvements would have been. Why shell out all that cash for a one time use? If you can “believe” them.

Bottom line is they gambled and WE lost while some greedy mo-fos (two) who are not even residents of this great state made out like bandits. Now the shit hit the fan and at least 47 people are dead. We may not know the total death toll for a while as bodies are eventually found. That is horrific and unimaginable to me.

Through this all I am grateful. I will never take flushing a toilet or taking a shower for granted ever again. We were spared from the worst. Yes we didn’t have running water for 3 1/2 days but we had melted snow bucket water, gifted hose water, and bottled water. We continued to have our dinner time meal. We had heat (thanks to our freshly filled propane tank, they came to fill last Sunday afternoon) which we kept at 62 degrees, layering up in solidarity for those faring much much worse. B was in constant survival mode making sure we (and his parents) had everything we needed.

Now after all my blustering, here is the roll call.

#SLS ~ 2/14/21

Haiku – Bird & Blow 2/15/21

Share Your World 🌎 ~ 2/16/21

Go Stand In The Corner ~ 2/17/21

#1linerWeds. 2/17/21

Thursday Thoughts ~ 2/18/21

Meanwhile Somewhere in Texas ~ 2/18/21

Friday Book Club: J Dub’s Review of “Not One of Us” by Debbie Herbert ~ 2/19/21

#SoCS ~ 2/20/21

And end scene!

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

As always, more to come.

Sunday Reflection: A Week in Review

#SLS ~ 2/7/21 and #SLS ~ 2/7/21 Part Two From Grateful Dead to Pearl Jam – music sweet music!!!

Haiku – Bite & Teeth ~ 2/8/21 – I was inspired to write about Little Red Riding Hood.  Pony tells me “mom it’s not a haiku without a juxtaposition”  Hmmm.  I have the 5/7/5 down but need to up my game and start adding some more contrast.  

Share Your World ~ 2/9/21 – Sharing is caring 🙂 ❤

#1linerWeds. 2/10/21 – Back to quoting TV shows for a bit but those memes sure keep dropping in my lap thanks to my friend G.  

Thursday Thoughts ~ 2/11/21 – Grieving the loss of our friend.  Praying for his family.  Though his death wasn’t caused by Covid, his services are delayed until later this month because of the pandemic. Even then all virtual online with immediate family only graveside.

I was hoping folks would talk more about their Rona experiences.  I get why that might be less than helpful though.  Even more now when purely by coincidence my co-worker shared her family’s experience with us the day after I posted.  Her husband brought the Rona home from work.  He was sick for about three weeks before Christmas but was able to return to work in January, feeling back to normal and testing negative.  The entire fam was tested when he was first diagnosed.  Their daughter had it and was asymptomatic.  Her antibodies are pure gold to the researchers.  My co-worker has tested negative three times now.  They have no idea how she escaped catching it.  Can’t really say asymptomatic with negative tests and no trace of antibodies.  As she tells us “I don’t wear a mask inside my house.  I was definitely exposed”.  Makes me realize my worrying is for nothing.   The damn virus is complicated as hell.  We will get our 2nd shots on 3/1 but even that isn’t a guarantee.  All we can do is be careful out there.  

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of “Hadley and Grace” by Suzanne Redfern ~ 2/12/21 – Enjoying escapism at its’ finest.  

#SoCS ~ 2/13/21 – above/below and the frigid blast brrr iciscles still cold out there.  Come on March!!  

And that’s all she wrote.

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

As always, more to come.