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Imagine… [SOCS]

Beach sand waves water peaceful

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

It’s hard to improve upon the John Lennon verse when I want to combine above and below. He wrote this in 1971, which was 40 years ago. Forty years! Yet the lyrics still sound fresh to me ~ fresh as a garden, green after the rain, bursting with promise. Whether you believe in something “else” or not, we still have to live here for a while, and it would be good to take care of each other and keep our earthly house as clean and shining as we can. 💖✨

PS: Cyranny correctly points out it has been FIFTY YEARS!!! 😳😳😳

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Monday Windows

gatsby window catcat in windowKitty in window
Gatsby is watching…

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For Ludwig Keck’s Challenge.

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Home Share

Share Your World

Melanie starts the week with a new set of Q’s…

If the government offered to suspend all laws, and law enforcement for 24 hours, letting you (and everybody else) do whatever you wish… Would you be in favor of it, or not? 

I’m not in favor of this! Why would a law-abiding citizen ever desire this scenario when criminals are brazen enough as it is? I want MORE law enforcement, not less.

What would be the creepiest thing you could say while passing a stranger on the street? (We’re suspending the whole social distancing and Covid involvement in this scenario)

“They have us surrounded.”

As a child, what did you think would be great about being an adult, but isn’t as great as you thought it would be?

Romantic love.

heartbreak

What, in your opinion, has been blown way out of proportion?

Romantic love. I’m better off giving up any hope of it, since it never works out (for some of us). That said, I still enjoy good romcoms and romance novels.

Gratitude Section (Optional as always)

Where is your ‘happy’ place?  

Home sweet home!

home comfort

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The Monday Peeve 73

monday peeve kitty cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

WTF is going on with recipes? I vaguely remembered a delicious red cabbage & apple side dish I made back as a Mad Housewife, and since we have a red cabbage here that needs to be used, I tried to find the recipe. Must have tossed that cookbook. So I googled for red cabbage+apple+onion+raisins (the main ingredients) and got a zillion hits. Most recipes go like this: “In the beginning, there was nothing. Then God sprinkled some sea salt and it was good. [87 paragraphs later] My grandma walked 5 miles in the snow with a bag of apples… [342 paragraphs later] Here are the ingredients you will need for the braised cabbage…”

Eff me sideways, amirite? Why do we need to start back at the Big Bang to make a danged veggie dish? I hate to think what would happen if I googled chicken & dumplings, which in fact I had a dream about last night (writing this on Saturday afternoon). I don’t want to read about how the cabbage is good with snausages either! JUST.TELL.ME.HOW.TO.MAKE.THE.FOOD!!!!!

Beyond that, the recipes are all so foofy, when I finally get to them. Kosher salt, star anise, caraway seeds, gah! That’s not how I remember the simple cabbage dish I made 20 years ago. In any case, I found a reasonable recipe on Serious Eats, though I am not putting garlic in my braised cabbage tonight. Love garlic, when appropriate, but this is a sweet & sour side dish, not a freaking lasagna.

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Acrylic Smile

Octopus garden painting
Octopus Garden

My smile for this week is about painting. I’m loving my hobby and did two new pictures over the holidays. The above was supposed to be wildflowers, but I did my purples too low and the whole thing looks like half of an octopus. The turquoise I mixed is so pretty though, isn’t it? No more spatter-paintings! That stuff gets everywhere. 🥴

Next, here’s a meadow under fluffy clouds, except I blended my sponges too much and my clouds don’t look distinctive. Sad. This one didn’t use brushes… sponges and Qtips! I’m happy with the field of flowers. 🌼🌸🌺

Fluffy fields painting
Fluffy Fields

More artsies soon. 😍

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Cornered [SOCS]

Bitmoji corner

Standing in the corner used to be a punishment in the old days. Sometimes Mom would make you go stand in the corner and stare at the wall. I guess we were supposed to think about the bad thing we allegedly did and feel remorse. OH NO NOT THE CORNER! The blank white wall had no distractions to keep us from knowing we were bad. BAD! Not like the flawless wall. And that 90 degree angle was always so judgmental. Look how perfect I am, preened the corner. All day, every day, I do my job and keep these two walls in line so the ceiling can stay on and voila here’s a room, which connects to other rooms to make a house. A house where you’re safe from rain and snow and tigers and dinos and monsters from the deep. Do I quit my job when I get bored? Nope. I just stay right here, as I should. But what do you do when you’re bored? Fling your toys all over, smack your sister, feed noodles to the dog… Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? You should be. Go apologize to Mom and help her clean up. That’s a good kid. I’ll be here next time. And forever. Unless, you know, there’s a bomb or an earthquake or something.

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Merry Christmas #PoiMo

pointless meanderings

What a weird year. I can’t complain too much because my work hasn’t suffered, plus most importantly no one in my immediate family/friends circle has caught the thing. And though I miss my daughters a lot, I did get to see them (and my SILs and grands). My last visit with the grands in Los Angeles left a lot to be desired ~ brief, masked, outdoors. But still, I did get to see them, which is more than some can say. I feel for you peeps! I hope you are managing to find some joy in the season despite all the restrictions. 🎄

Tomorrow, which is today, since I’m writing this on Christmas Eve and will schedule it for the morning, my roomie and I will cook/bake some yummies and also do a painting. If mine turns out well, I’ll post it. If it sucks, we’ll forget I ever mentioned it. Gonna be hard to beat my rainbow tree! I’m really looking forward to all that and just having a chill day. Normally, I’d be seeing a movie (or three) in the theater this time of year, but instead I’ll search for something on Prime or whatever. Yesterday I watched Dear Viola, a romcom, and it was pretty cute and not too clichéd. If you like romcoms, I recommend it.

Santa keyboard bitmoji

So, let’s talk about writing. Unlike some, my WordPress experience this year has been relatively GRRRR-free (so far). A few glitches have occurred, but none of the constant annoyances other bloggers have mentioned. (I hope WP straightens that stuff out for you ASAP.) I’m happy with my blog, the app, and the writing community I’m part of here. As I said the other day, my posts have changed a little this year, in that I’m trying to avoid being repetitive (so I’m saying it again) and want to present higher-quality fiction and poetry. I plan to continue my two prompts: Tuesday Story and Thursday Inspo. Posts for both have been scheduled through the end of February because I am the Empress of Efficiency and Organization. I hope you will participate in one or both, and if you have been participating ~ thank you! 😍

I have zero plans to begin writing a new novel or poetry collection or to finish up any of my romance novels in progress. Bleh. So out of that mood lately. I do have another novel (actually a collection of longish short stories) that I may work on again at some point. The whole thing is interconnected and complex, so it takes a lot of focus. It is within the realm of possibility that I can gather up the scraps of my wandering attention long enough to concentrate on editing what I have and adding to the collection. We shall see.

As mentioned, I’ve been writing on Medium. It’s an interesting experience. There is a lot of cool stuff there ~ I recently read articles about ants and prime numbers and election integrity, along with a great Christmas short story and a whole bunch of awesome poetry. It’s all so inspiring! Tons of the articles are meta ~ writing about writing, how to make money writing, tips on increasing your page views and follower counts, yada. I’m not too excited about most of that, although a few have been helpful. Mostly, I want to read and write fiction and poetry, as always. I do offer the occasional humorous essay, or at least I believe I’m slightly funny anyway. 😛

Alrighty then. Hope everyone has a good or at least tolerable day.

Bitmoji cat Christmas

Six Quickies = A Longie

Roadrunner meep

Via Rory…

1. Why do they say “It’s not rocket science?’
Because they’re being mean and snarky.
2. Do you feel that everyone has an artist in them?
Everyone has a spark of creativity ~ it could reveal itself in art or writing or decorating or cooking or even modes of thinking.
3. Do you prefer writing during the day or the evening?
If I could, I’d write all day, though probably not super late at night usually.
4. Do you hoard clutter or constantly de-clutter?
De-clutter. I hate mess and the accumulation of junk.
5. Are you a confident person?
It depends on the situation. I’m confident in things I’m good at, such as writing, editing, playing board games, making friends with little kids and doggies and kitties, etc. I’m not confident at dating or anything athletic, since I’ve constantly failed at those things.
6. What is a hobby you wish you had more time to enjoy?
Painting!
Rainbow tree painting

The Monday Peeve 65

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the TMP tag, link back to me (or not), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen. I have feelings!

And here we are again in a world gone mad. I find it helps to focus on the little things, like soap. Actually, maybe soap is not so trivial when we’re washing our hands 857 times a day. Right? So, I’m all for helping out small biz and non-name brands, but wtf is it with hand soap dispensers that the minute you stray from the meganormous corporations, you get crappy dispensers that don’t work? It drives me nuts! Softsoap (owned by Colgate-Palmolive), Dove (Unilever), and Dial have no issues. You buy the bottles, you twist open the cap whatsit, and they’re good to go until the last sud ~ hey, why can’t I have one sud? Why is it always suds? Annoy! Anyway. When I try off-brands like Meyer’s or Trader Joe’s or whatever, the cap whatsit either fails immediately or soon after opening. Right now, in my bathroom, I have an almost full bottle of Meyer’s with the cap mechanism lying off to the side because it quit working. Now, I’ll end up wasting soap because I pour a blob into my hand, which is always too much. Also, Trader Joe’s shampoos are annoying in similar ways ~ the bottles are made of some material that’s hard to squeeze and the conditioner is too thick to get out of the container without massive pounding. This all hurts my poor hands.

Done with them. Done!

Christmas Challenge 5

Christmas Challenge

Via Sandmanjazz.

I know people in actual cold places aren’t going to believe anyone could be cold in the following climate…

Weather

Well, I’m freezing. It was 48 at 8am when I went to Target and it’s 63 right now in my apartment. I don’t put the central heat on because it makes my skin so dry and my eyes so itchy. I use a space heater though, which doesn’t dry out the whole place. At work, the office building heat doesn’t seem to affect me like house heat. Idk why. Also, I don’t remember house heat in NY/NJ/IL being so drying and awful, but I was a lot younger then.

Anyway, 64 is the outside temp right now.

Bitmoji Christmas chimney

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