Category Archives: Misc

A2Z Reflections and Scavenger Hunt Results

Blue sunrise reflection water

My first reflection is a “pre-flection” ~ that is I’m writing it on Day 1. Yet again, the sign-up sheet didn’t work for me and I am not on the master list. I guess this means I won’t get scads of new visitors reading my 007 posts. Boo! This has happened for a few years of A-Z now and others report the same problem. We sign up, our name appears, and then it vanishes. When we realize this and go to do it again, the process is goofed up (a wrong website appears for our name that can’t be changed), and we have to abandon it. I’m still going to peruse the master list however and visit some new blogs randomly as I have time.

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As I visit blogs from the links on the master list, I have some thoughts. First, it’s fun to see how bloggers use their imagination to come up with such a wide variety of topics. Second, I’m annoyed to see broken links, private sites, and bloggers who aren’t even doing the challenge but have put their names on just to get clicks. Why is this allowed? It’s especially irksome because for some reason my name is missing, as I said. I still don’t understand why. Third, a really weird thing happened when I clicked a name in the middle of the list ~ it redirected to my blog, but it wasn’t my name! This happened at least twice more with other people’s names.

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I’m really pleased I chose Bond as my topic, since it’s so much fun to look up stuff and write the posts, and people seem to be enjoying them. I contrast this to previous years when I didn’t really enjoy my own topic, or at least writing about it every day. Games, romcoms, etc. Next year, I’m thinking to do cats. I love them, both large and small, and am constantly reading about them anyway. My favorite post on my own blog for 2021 A-Z is about Roger Moore.

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I’m nearing the end ~ just wrote my “Y” post and will do “Z” tonight probably (it’s only April 20). I really want to see the Bond films I’ve missed now and also rewatch the others. This was super fun! Thanks to John Holton and Co. for keeping April A2Z going every year.

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The Scavenger Hunt was a fab idea…

A for Apple found at The Bag Lady.

B for Bear found at Less Beaten Paths.

C for Cobweb found at Galeria Redelius.

D for Dragon found at C.E. Flores.

E for Evil found at Salted Caramel.

F for Flowers found at Poolside Musings.

G for Game found at A to Z.

H for Hat found at Words on a Page.

I for Island found at Martha Reynolds.

J for Jewelry found at Galleria Redelius.

K for Key found at Seaside Simplicity.

L for Leaves found at J Lenni Dorner.

M for Men found at Lynnette Forest.

N for Nuts found at Frilly Freudian Slip (close match with nutmeg).

O for Orange found at Astrid’s Multitude of Musings.

P for Pen found at Olga Godim (pentagram).

Q for Questions found at Teleporting Weena.

R for Rainbow found at J Lenni Dorner.

S for Scissors not found.

T for Tiger found at Story Crossroads.

U for Uniform found at Fiction Can Be Fun.

V for Velvet found at Tracking Down the Family.

W for Whale found at… does Wales count? LOL

X for X-ray found at Life After 50 (Sadje).

Y for Yellow found at Fandango’s.

Z for Zipper found at Weekends in Maine.

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Image source unknown (possibly Sue Vincent).

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TMP6: “Glitches”

TMP the monday peeve

Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

Today my peeve is “glitches” that aren’t. What do I mean? I’m talking about annoying design bugs that make things inconvenient for the user but keep us on a site longer, so we (presumably) will view more ads. On Facebook, it’s the auto-refresh. You follow a link from a post to read an referenced article, and when you return… poof! Your feed has refreshed itself and you can’t find the original post. It’s maddening. Here on WP, there are several “features” that make our experience less user-friendly, as my fellow bloggers have documented repeatedly. One is the idiotic pop-up menu of likes on a post. I dgaf who else has liked a post when I want to like it! But this insidious feature has a purpose imo, and that is to create inadvertent clicks to other sites. So many times lately I have ended up on another site when I go to leave a like, all due to that stupid pop-up menu. I believe that is intentional, as it gives more sites more views (and the ads too), and basically keeps us here a few more seconds as we navigate back to where we were. It has zero benefit to any user.

GRRRRRR!

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Image is mine, altered from the original on Pixabay.

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Maybe It’s Maybelline

Eyes in the sky

One of the things I’ve stopped doing in the past few years is wearing makeup. Not that I ever wore a ton of it… only foundation, eye liner, mascara, and lip gloss. I still have it all, but my Maybelline mascara is so old I should probably throw it away. The last time I wore eye makeup was Halloween 2019 and it really bothered me. I find that the longer I go not putting gunk on my eyes, the worse it feels when I try again ~ my eyes tear up and get so itchy. I realized then that there was no reason I needed to wear it. None. My face is my face and I’m okay with that. Even if I’m wearing a costume…

I’m not condemning anyone who enjoys makeup! It was fun back in the day to try different colors of eye shadow and lipstick. And I still like to use nail polish. I may even end up coloring my hair again… who knows?! Nope, I’m just specifically saying that eye makeup irritates my eyes now, and I am not inclined to spend a bunch of money finding fancy kinds that don’t because… who cares? I’d rather spend money on acrylic paint and create more masterpieces.

In fact, I may paint again this weekend. You have been warned!

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Image from Lovethispic.

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April 29th [repost]

red velvet cake

[Written in 2011, posted in 2012, reposting again to confuse everyone.]

Last day in my 40’s. Ate red velvet cake for breakfast and read The Black Swan. It’s taking me a while to get through this book, but it’s worth it. Really thinky parts, good for writing and life in general. Expect the unexpected. I don’t like change or surprises and am always trying to anticipate bad things, but what usually happens is a different bad thing occurs from the ones I imagine. Almost all of the time I’ve spent worrying has been an enormous waste… I should have worried about other things. So either worry better, or not at all.

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Image is mine.

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My Wild and Crazy NorCal Adventure!

Paula and Diane

Last weekend I drove up to Alameda to spend a few days with my daughter Diane and her hubby Sam, plus their critters Rory and Zizi. I stopped frequently to stretch my legs so my back would not freeze up. Took me more than 8 hours (supposed to be about 6.5), but I was okay with that.

Friday night we ordered a strange pizza with ricotta cheese blobs… Diane and I loved it! Sam, not so much.

Pizza

To get even for the pizza, Sam kicked our butts at Scrabble. Next, we decided to watch a movie and chose Out of Africa. None of us liked it much, and Rory woofed at the doggie on screen. I fell asleep and we didn’t finish the film. Got a good night’s rest without being awakened by Gatsby’s howls.

On Saturday, we went to a mall in Walnut Creek to mosey around (everyone masked). Then we headed to lunch at Kabab Burgers in Lafayette. Everything was crowded, so we took our lunches to Sam’s parents’ house in Orinda.

Mediterranean sampler

Omg so delicious! The food was excellent and it was a beautiful day to dine al fresco. Then, the real adventure began. The lovely Orinda house is secluded in a gorgeous woodsy area, and I asked Sam where this path led I saw from the porch. He said there was a tiny old wooden schoolhouse back in the forest from like 100 years ago. Of course, Diane and I wanted to go see it. Sam led the way…

Sam in forest

Turned out there wasn’t much of a path and we had to hack our way through the wilderness like explorers in the Amazon. There were birds and bugs and probably salamanders, toads, and snakes. Bobcats and bears too! Finally, after an arduous 7 minutes or so of intense hiking, we found the schoolhouse.

But two things happened simultaneously. One, we saw that the building had collapsed into a pile of rotting wood. You couldn’t even tell what kind of structure it had been. Sad. Two, I lost my phone somewhere in the jungle. Oh no! Sam said we’d find it and not to worry. He took a pic of Dee and me with his phone.

Diane and Paula

We began to trace our steps back and search for my phone. Nothing. I looked around and realized what a vast woods it was, teeming with life. An eagle could have already swooped in and taken my phone, or a rattlesnake might have eaten it, or it could have sunk in a pile of quicksand. I was starting to panic in a major way. How would I get home sans GPS? What about my Scrabble games in progress? I’d miss out on all the Messenger chats! But then Dee called my number and it rang. Sam spotted my phone going off in a patch of leaves and handed it to me. Whew! What a relief!

We headed home and proceeded to play board games: Carcassonne, the Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Ticket to Ride. I lost all of them. I wasn’t too hungry that night because of the big lunch, but I managed to try my pre-birthday cake and pie selections.

Birthday cake and pie

There was carrot cake and red velvet cake, both with scrumptious cream cheese frosting, and there was my favorite pie… key lime in a graham cracker crust. So yummy! No movies that night; we all read books on Kindle. Sunday morning I slept in even later and had cookies for breakfast. Lunch was a variety of dim sum (delivered) and later we took a walk with Rory.

Alameda geese

We saw lots of ducks and geese on the other side of the island, but it was windy and freezing, so we stayed out only a short time. Warmed up at home with some wine and baked brie, plus two rounds of Catan and two rounds of Lanterns (lost all, keeping my streak going). Doggo was happy to be back in her cozy bed.

Rory golden retriever dog
Zizi orange tabby cat

Kitty is older and not feeling well, so she mostly stays snuggled in a soft blanket. Poor sweetie. Sunday night came around so quickly… and then Monday morning when I headed back down south. Easy-peasy trip home with little traffic and a bit of drizzle in the middle of the journey. Visits with family are always too short! Already planning to return for Turkey Day. Hopefully I will get a chance to redeem myself at board games… will practice on friends in the meantime.

This trip is definitely my smile for the week.

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Images are mine.

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Second Draft [repost]

sunset moon tree

The moon is golden full;
My heart is empty null.
All that wasted space–
Unrecycled.
Yet I know I did the right thing;
The moon man nods so slightly.
He saw it all unravel:
He watched lust turn to gravel.
The stars wink in agreement.
Planets are unanimous–
There is no one left to ask.
God said I should leave him;
Satan handed me a cleaver.
The angels fluttered nervous–
No worries it was mercy,
No blood no wounds
To horrify the moon.
Stay golden–
I revel in your fullness.
I grab a slice of light
And I am ready for the rewrite.

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Image from Pexels.

Free verse poetry from Depth Perception.

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TMP3: Junk Calls

TMP the monday peeve

Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.

Yeah, yeah, old news, I know, but even so I would like to peeve about junk calls today. There are the flat-out scams, of course, which are horrible (Trent posted about his recent experience). Then there are the endless surveys, which waste time even to hang up on them. Go away! Around election time (and when isn’t it anymore?), you get the volunteers bugging you about candidates and issues. Go away! At work, I answer endless calls from people needing to “update their information” on us, ugh. Mostly garbage. And yes, my cell phone provider does a pretty good job of marking the worst calls as spam or telemarketing, but some slip through. It’s just so irritating to spend any time on this and block their numbers. Sometimes you’re expecting a call, but you don’t have the person’s number in your contacts, so you can’t screen and must pick up. It feels so much more invasive than the junk mail in my mailbox, especially when a real person is jabbering on the line at me so fast I can barely get in a “no thanks” before I disconnect. They must go to some rapid-fire speech training class. And what is the point? I guess it’s worth it if one in ten thousand buys some dumb thing. The rest of us just get annoyed with the company/candidate/whatever.

GRRRRRR! Okay, that’s all. Your turn.

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Image is mine, altered from the original on Pixabay.

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Ch-ch-changes…

Eye behind camera lens chess

What’s the difference between my social media presence now and how it was before Covid, the election of 2020, etc.? Welp, several things have changed. First, I’m mellower now, and I prefer lightness and kindness to intense conversations online. That may seem strange, given that so many others seem harsher, less forgiving, and more argumentative. But I’ve never been one to follow the crowd, and I see nothing beneficial in fighting with trolls or even interacting with angry, stubborn, opinionated “friends” who would never consider another POV.

My two-year Facebook break put a lot of things in perspective. While I focused on blogging and tweeting, I realized that not only do I enjoy nice things, but it is within my power to create them. Instead of moaning about all the T* in my feed, for example, I began hiding and blocking the accounts who focused on him 24/7. Suddenly, my reading selections were much more fun. I even muted accounts I agreed with, if they were solely posting negative stuff.

Then I turned the lens on myself. I deleted posts and tweets that were full of nasty sarcasm and toxic words, or agreeing with same. I dumped my “dating stories” because even though some were funny, most were just a big fat bitchfest. When I returned to Facebook, I was surprised at how much worse it had become in two years. People were constantly seeking confrontation! Reluctantly, I began to hide/block the worst offenders, which sadly included a few long-time friends. We do have the tools to curate our own experience, which to me is preferable to continuing to complain about other people’s speech. I take responsibility for what I allow into my life.

Here’s another example. I have managed to rid my feeds of most celeb stories in the past month or so by religiously blocking all garbage media at the source (aka tabloids) and hiding celeb articles from sources I like otherwise. Now, I’m not so frustrated when I go to read real news. It really makes a difference to use the tools we have at our disposal.

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Written for Linda’s SOCS.

Image from Pixabay.

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The Eleventh Plague [Repost]

cupcake wine

O Elijah…
Your chair is bare.
No call, no text;
I wash hands next.
Time for a prayer.

O Elijah…
The herbs are bitter,
But the wine is sweet;
I try not to look
At your empty seat.

O my…
I have lost count
Of cups of wine—
Is this the third?
From Elijah, no word.

O matzo…
Why are you so dry?
Can I dunk you in wine?
Much better, no butter;
Oops, need new glass.

Alas, Elijah…
Seems I have drunk your wine;
Blackberry, mmm, so fine.
Don’t be sad, my friend:
Next year, in Jerusalem!

Ugh, migraine…
It’s your fault Elijah.
Turn off the light.
Is this a new plague?
Mine go up to eleven.

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Poetry form: free verse.

Image is mine.

Happy Passover!

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