October 24, 2020 – Hey, Ma! Where’d you go?

It’s such an odd thing when you’re speaking with your mother, when out of the blue she asks, “How’s your mom and dad?” Huh? Did I miss something? “Ummm. They’re doing well, I guess?” you respond. Have you had this experience before? It is a mind-blower. One day your parent is totally coherent and capable, and then the next thing you know, they no longer make sense and stop doing nearly everything they did in the past. This has been the main focus of my year thus far, dealing with a parent that seems to have ‘lost their mind’ in a relatively short amount of time.

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October 23, 2020 – Breathe through your mouth.

There are times in your life when it’s necessary to breathe through your mouth (BTYM). You folks with babies can probably relate to this. If you are a new parent and you haven’t yet mastered the technique, I’ll bet you’ll catch on soon! Maybe you’ve been able to tolerate the (multiple) daily diaper changes because your delightful little infant is still exclusively drinking milk and the odor’s not so terrible, but your tune will change once he or she starts eating actual food. It’s just takes that one ‘load’, that one ‘load’ that results in you retching and coughing and holding your nose. But changing a diaper doesn’t have to be so dramatic. Oh my goodness, look! You’ve startled the baby! It can be a much more Zen experience if you simply learn the technique of breathing through your mouth. With a bit of practice, before you know it, it’ll soon feel as natural and normal as breathing through your nose and mouth, but will spare you from a great deal of gagging.

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October 22, 2020 – Meat doesn’t mix with cleaning solution.

I have a confession to make. I am one of ‘those’ people. A bit vague? Sorry about that. Let me clarify (I’ll use an example that many people are familiar with). Back in the 80s, there was a very popular film called “When Harry Met Sally”. It starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Meg Ryan played a bit of a quirky character that liked her food ‘just so’. Well, that’s me. I’m one of ‘those’ people. Oftentimes, when I go to a restaurant and I’m asked what I’d like to drink, I usually request two glasses of water. Give me a minute, I have a very valid explanation. I order two because inevitably, once the waiter or waitress brings me my entrée, I may not see them for another 30-40 minutes. In that period of time, one glass of water just isn’t going to cut it, especially when you enjoy super salty food. Sometimes, you get a great waiter or waitress that continually fills your glass but you just don’t know, so I’d just rather be prepared in case I get one of them that only shows up to take your order, bring your entrée and then hand over the bill at the end of the meal.

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October 21, 2020 – How come nobody warned me about ‘Blog Brain’?

Help me! I think I’ve developed ‘blog brain’. I can hardly eat or sleep. All I think about is what I should write about next. I cannot turn off my thoughts. “What should I write about today, or tomorrow, or next week?” I often ask myself. “Will people enjoy what I have to say or be inspired, or worse…will they judge me? What if I offend someone, will a troll come after me?” Believe me, there’s a very good reason why I’ve chosen to remain anonymous. I’m a very sensitive person and don’t take criticism well. I find myself constantly checking the confounded website to see if anyone ‘liked’ what I had to say or ‘followed’ me and when nobody does, it truly makes me question why I’m doing a blog in the first place.

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October 20, 2020 – Book recommendations from a non-fiction enthusiast (Part Two).

Well, I hope you’ve had a chance to peruse the list I provided earlier of some of my favorite non-fiction books. I used to exclusively read fiction but once I got my mitts on a non-fiction book, I was hooked! It’s so fascinating to see how other people live, or have lived. Everyone has a story, and the people that have been dealt the worst of odds and survive and triumph, well, those particular books really inspire me! Not only that, but it’s mind-boggling to read about what people are really capable of (good and bad). Anyway, here’s the second half of my list. Again, if you do happen to check out any of the books I’ve recommended, I truly hope that you enjoy them!

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October 19, 2020 – Book recommendations from a non-fiction enthusiast (Part One).

I decided today to write about something a bit different than what I normally would. As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy nothing more than a good (non-fiction) book and I thought it might be nice to share a few of the books I’ve read that I’ve particularly enjoyed just in case you’re a non-fiction enthusiast, too. They aren’t in any particular order, but they do consist mostly of biographies and autobiographies. Some are funny, some are sad, some are inspirational and some will simply break your heart. Anyway, I’m going to provide you with a few titles to check out and I hope you find them worth your while.

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October 18, 2020 – Take it from me, don’t forget to do your homework when hiring a contractor!

Let this serve as a warning for those of you that could use some help in the ‘home improvement’ department from time to time, but don’t do your homework. Remember back in the day when your teacher told you that in order to pass the class, completing the homework was essential? Well, in this case, if you want to ensure that your home is done right by capable people and you don’t want to get taken advantage of, do your homework!

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October 17, 2020 – Arachnophobia

Would you like to hear a scream that will put everyone on high alert? Just dangle a spider in front of my face. I do hope that you’ve remembered to put in your ear plugs because if you haven’t, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up with shattered ear drums or hearing loss or both.

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October 16, 2020 – Have you ever met my brother ‘Turtle’?

If you’ve ever met my brother, you would remember. I assure you. I’m going to call him ‘Turtle’ because that’s probably the most accurate way to describe him. He walks slow, he talks slow, he eats slow, he drives slow. If he ever did anything fast, I might mistake him for somebody else. And not only does my brother do most things unnervingly slow, he also loves the water, much like a turtle. He loves to swim and be near the water as often as possible. He even lives on the water (on a small sailboat). So in this case, I believe Turtle is the most fitting thing to call him.

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October 15, 2020 – Love is never wasted.

Have you ever written something profound to someone and never heard back? That’s what I’m wrestling with today. Saw my ‘shrink’ this afternoon and shared with her how I had recently written something really intense, soul-baring and powerful to someone I love dearly. I wanted them to recognize how much they mean to me and how much I appreciate them and love them. And what did they say or do once they read the letter? I am assuming they’ve read the letter by now. I stuck it on their computer monitor and also sent them a text as a reminder. Anyway, I’ve heard NOTHING. Radio silence. Crickets. Damn, that hurts! So the ol’ brain starts getting worked up. Did they even read the letter? Did they read it and throw it into the garbage? Will they ever respond? Do they feel about me the way I feel about them?

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