Friday, December 01, 2017

Clean Sheet Day

While Congress is ramming major tax reform through with some self-imposed urgency, yet even while the bill is still somewhat handwritten in part, I am giving up on the news for the more important issue of Clean Sheet Day.
Yes, I can't remember how long it's been since I changed the sheets on the beds.  That's too long!  I have read a bit about the different types of sheets and that thread count isn't necessarily the only indicator of a nice comfortable sheet.
One must also consider the type of cotton (sateen for example is softer but less durable than percale in most cases).  Then there's flannel or cotton jersey or silk? Color or print?  Maybe just plain white, which coincidentally is a popular choice; thus, the namesake for White Sales at stores peddling home goods.
My clean sheets consist of eight-year old solid copper cotton percale, an ivory quilt circa 2008, the green tartan electric blanket and as many different pillow cases as pillows (5 to be exact).
Clearly, my bedding makes about as much sense as what the Senate and House has been doing with  their half-assed organization of legislation that will impact basically every American in some way.  Allegations of bullying, even sexual harassment, against leaders are swirling.  The White House is constantly under suspicion because everyone there is related or have had something to do with Michael Flynn.
At least I have inventoried my sheet collection and I know I have two too many sets of full size sheets and need to order a new set of king size.  Also, as a bonus, I found a brand new set of ivory queen size sheets in the packaging...
Nobody else is affected by the linens on my bed.   My dirty laundry is my own. Therein, the difference.  And now, I've that made my bed so I'll go lie in it....may our elected officials do the same.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Night - Anxiety Revisited

Welp, the holiday anxiety continues.....but first, let me tell you the good news!

This morning my husband prepared a terrific breakfast buffet for us, including a cantaloupe (Kim and Judy-you know this is a big deal)....we ate and enjoyed conversation with the kids.  Then we rushed over to the Ashlock place.  We rush because we are Rushes. And because we were late....for lunch.  🍗Absolutely amazing turkey, homemade rolls, mega desserts 🍰🍮and all kinds of other dishes to enjoy.  Mom invited a friend who had just moved to town and didn't have anyone to share Thanksgiving with.  Rock on Mom!  You're the best.  You always show the spirit of giving and helping others....that kind of example I still need even in my 'golden years'.

My anxiety was escalated by the busy schedule of the day and the fact that I knew my sweet potato casserole wasn't quite as good as in previous years.  The Sweet Tater King who sells produce in town gave us a bum box of spuds.  Hey, I can only work with what I've got.... 🍠  These need a few more weeks to do whatever sweet potatoes do to be less harder than rocks.

Further, we were  absolutely late; I regularly chew people out for that or bitch behind their backs so my husband says.  So, being late made me spastic to the point that I had to apologize profusely to everyone even remotely involved.  It was like eating crow....thankfully, I'd had a light breakfast.

The sun was gorgeous, the company was more nourishing that all the terrific food.  I have stepped on my scale to weigh before bed.  Either it's aware of my volatile state of mind or the battery is dying.  My weight now (after breakfast, mid-morning crow and a nice lunch)  is still  just barely below the limit I keep for my personal BMI rating.  Dang Body Mass Index.  Sends a girl to bed without her supper....

So many years I have lived without knowing this holiday anxiety was nagging at me.  Now that I have discovered it's here, I'm trying to find out why and face it down.  Does anybody know the Grinch personally?  I'd like a consultation from him for suggestions on growing my heart?  Comment here or message me direct on facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Eve of Thanksgiving

Today I hopped up and made coffee☕ to anxiously await the arrival of my granddaughters Annie and Emma.  Since school break began today, and since their parents had to work, I was able to spend the day with two sweet girls.  They are adventurous and fun.  Smart and sassy.  Sarcasm is strong with the young one :)

We shopped a bit and met up for lunch with GranDad after a lengthy discussion about the attributes of sushi. 🍣  And, we stopped by the park and made friends with a chubby dog.  The dog must be a local park pet....she even would climb up the steps to the slide with the girls.
We ate a pineapple🍍, yes all of it.  We baked a rum spice cake and watched a few cartoons while we finished some laundry.  Nothing special but yet again-everything special.

After they went home, it was time to prep for Thanksgiving meal.  I didn't want to do it....I thought of every excuse I could; I even took an hour long nap.  So I had to step back and ask: Why am I not looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow?  Is it because today was so good?  Maybe I'm worried my house isn't clean enough?  Whatever will I wear? 👚👢👖 Did I put too much rum in that cake?

I have Thanksgiving anxiety.....it has nothing to do with being thankful.  I know how to do that.  I'm probably ungrateful at times but overall I know I have a wonderful life.  When things aren't going my way, I can always find something to be thankful for.💓 Every single day.

My daddy says "From the day you're born until you ride in a hearse, nothing's so bad that it couldn't be worse."  He says that a lot more nowadays than he used to.  There's the source of my Thanksgiving anxiety.  It doesn't matter what I wear or what I baked.🍲  I just want to see my family together.  I want to make memories with people I love. 

On Thanksgiving Eve, I am so very thankful for my family.  I feel fortunate that we've had so many holidays all together.  I need to dump this 'anxiety' and stop worrying about the 'hearse'.  Being with family makes me glad to be alive....Annie and Emma especially.  I miss them after we have a day of quality time.⌚

Lucky for me, they'll be back in less than 12 hours!!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

One Size Fits All?

Ever been shopping at a store or online and find those leggings or a tunic you just have to have?
You flip through the display or click online to see if this item is available in your size, only to find that dreaded "One Size Fits All" tag!

Excuse me, but one size does not fit all.  It never has and it never will.  The very idea of that concept implies laziness and narrow-minded thinking.  I've thought about this a lot.  It bugs me.  It bothers me.  It is disturbing to me.  Maybe because I'm not a tiny size two Barbie.  But, those leggings will not reasonably fit someone who needs a larger piece of fabric to cover their butt. 

Maybe the fashion industry is catering to society, where people feel embarrassed to shop for something bigger than Size SMALL.  Some clothing brands actually make items larger than average and put the SMALL tag on them, just to make buyers feel good about themselves.  I do believe it's a marketing gimmick to sell stuff. 

The fact remains, one size does not fit all.  Why would we want to all be the same anyway?  Who cares what the label says....unless it says One Size Fits All.  I don't like that.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Your Favorite Song - Day 30 of 30

Wow, I made it to the end of thirty days of consistent blogging (online journal writing)!

For the last day, the prompt is simple - what is your favorite song?  Seems simple but oh, not for this music lover girl.  I could break this down into eras, genres, songwriter/singers, bands v. solo artists and in many other ways.  But, I suppose that would not be in the spirit of this exercise.

Really, I have hundreds of 'favorite songs'.  My favorites playlist is about as varied as it could possible be.  So, I have to just go back to my roots and pick one of my first memories of music as a child.  My Daddy introduced me to good music from the beginning of life.  I remember loving the melody but not really knowing the significance of the heartfelt lyrics.  And, then I can re-certify that memory with a 2000-ish remembrance of same song being played by a one-man band in a tiny restaurant.  It gave me chills just to recall how easily I related to the words forty years later.   The song I am selecting is also one that my husband likes too which is rare.  We like different music mostly.

This song meets all my major criteria.  It's written and recorded by the same artist.  It evokes emotion because the lyrics are so relate-able.  It's timeless as proven by the fact that people still play it now even though it was recorded in 1958.  And, even re-recorded again with Bob Dylan in 1969 when I was three years old.  Thanks John Cash from Arkansas for many, many musical gems but especially for I Still Miss Someone.  It's a bittersweet love song I never get tired of hearing.  If you aren't familiar with this song, read below.  Look it up online and give a listen.  Your heart will beat in time.
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At my door the leaves are falling
A cold wild wind will come
Sweethearts walk by together
And I still miss someone

I go out on a party
And look for a little fun
But I find a darkened corner
Because I still miss someone

No, I never got over those blue eyes
I see them everywhere
I miss those arms that held me
When all the love was there

I wonder if she's sorry
For leavin' what we'd begun
There's someone for me somewhere
And I still miss someone

Friday, October 27, 2017

Day 29 of 30 Days of Me

Day 29 - In the last month, what have you learned?

I admit to peeking ahead yesterday and despite looking at this prompt a day ago, I have no idea specifically what I have really learned in the last month. 

So, let me just say that I believe in lifelong learning.  I've worked with people who think they already know everything there is to possibly know and those people are not fun for me to be around. 

I am not as diligent as I should be about learning new things but I don't hide from knowledge necessarily. 

Just today, I read about the process of making apple cider vinegar.   I plan to try that next time I peel and core apples for a pie.  Normally, I deliver the apple peels to my horse but with 1/4 cup sugar and a quart of water, I can turn those scraps into vinegar for all sorts of uses.

I learned that the local volunteer fire department can respond to our house in less than 15 minutes (thanks to the other person who lives in our home) and I studied the 2018 Maroon 5 tour schedule to see which location is most feasible for me. 

And, finally today, I read an interview with Jordan Spieth (pro golfer) about his recent golf outing with President Obama and I loved the casual humor there.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Day 28 of 30 - A Picture from This & Last Year: How Have You Changed

Day 28 - Post a picture of you from this year and last year.  How have you changed?

I am one year older and one year wiser.  My heart has another year's layer of hardening and my mind is one year's less present.  But, my brain now lives next door to a new titanium stent that was placed in my right transverse sinus vein by a super-skilled neurosurgeon in April 2017.  Because of that, my balance is improved, my migraines are better and I am pretty sure I'm not going blind as fast as I was before.  Overall, I feel better than I did a year ago....

And, in other news, I've gained ten pounds.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Day 27 of 30 - Why Are You Doing This Challenge?

Great question, why are you doing this challenge Karla?  Do you love a challenge?  Do you feel like you have something to prove?  Do you want to share about yourself on the interweb (as my brother calls it)?  Are you bored?  Are you trying to prove you're not boring?

Do you really think anybody cares?  Do you care yourself?

The best question of all is what really motivates me in life?  I still don't have an answer to that.  I just know that I do what I want whenever possible.  Am I normal?  Not likely.  Am I crazy?  Perhaps at times.  But, why I decided to do this challenge was to revive my blog as a creative outlet for my writing.  I do what I want whenever possible.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Day 26 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 26 - What do you think about your friends?

My friends are strong, kind, honest and loyal.  They are patient and caring.  Truth and love are standards for them and for me.  My friends are not browbeaten by peer pressure, social norms or unethical practices.   They know who they are and we celebrate that together!  There is no room for arrogance or selfishness in our friend circle.  My friends are hugely influential in my life and I am dedicated to making friendship valuable and meaningful.  And most importantly, my friends are beautiful inside and out.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Day 25 - The Things Found In A Bag...

Here we are at day 25 on this Thirty Days of Me journal journey.  Today I am supposed to write all the things you might find in my bag.  Lordy me...this is somewhat revealing and sacred.  Even my husband knows that it's a bad idea to dig around in a lady's purse.  Oh well, I'm 24 days toward thirty and not stopping now.

For the past year, I have been lugging around an enormous leather bag that shows very little sign of wear which means I will likely be lugging it around for another year or so.  I can literally fit two pairs of shoes, my shih tzu,  the Encyclopedia of Country Living and a box of donuts in there along with all the regular things that are always in my handbag. 

In my bag, there will always be lipstick in 2 or 3 shades, Rodan lip balm, germX, sunglasses, reading glasses, two sets of car keys (unless one's in the car ignition), perfume, earbuds, little travel size lotion, gum, emergency medicines, band=aids because I take blood thinner, my iPhone, ten or so random receipts and pieces of paper, numerous ink pens and my wallet.

Now, in my wallet will be my ID, more band=aids, no money, the key to the mailbox and ten or so more random receipts that I need to relocate to the trash bin.

On occasion, I downsize to a lightweight crossbody bag for a concert, to go to Oaklawn Park (see Hot Springs) or other special excursion/occasion.  Then I just strictly carry one lipstick, Rodan lip balm, germX, sunglasses, gum, emergency medicines, band=aids (yeah, because I take blood thinner), my iPhone and my ID.  Never any money....never have any money.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Day 24 - 30 Days of Me

Clocking down toward the thirty days of me journal challenge I am doing on my blog.  Today is #24 and the prompt is : 3 books on your shelf

Lots of books have come onto the bookshelf and gone away.  A few are in storage - old textbooks, my personal copy of EDGAR (grantwriting reference) and a small amount of self-help books that didn't help me. 
But most books (hardback or paper) went to goodwill because my eyes are not what they once were.  This prompt on day 24 might be easy for most but for me, it sort of prompted flashbacks of eye surgeries, not being able to drive, massive migraines, etc.
Anyway, I do read now on occasion with a tablet.  Although I miss the actual process of turning pages, I have to make the font super big so I download books from Amazon.  However, in addition to my large print Bible, I do have a dozen or so real old-fashioned books so here's three I grabbed for purposes of this blog post:
1.  Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl - Amazing story by the author who was entrenched in life at Nazi death camps.  He describes how we can endure suffering if we can balance it with the conviction toward purpose and meaning in life.  It truly changed my way of thinking and has helped with my struggles personally.  Not only does this solidify the unjustness of racism, it also gives inspiration to find out how you can make a difference for the greater good and enjoy the happiness that comes from that instead of material things.  A must read....trust me!
2.  Killer Angels by Michael Shaara - This is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel about Civil War times.  It sort of recreates the Battle of Gettysburg and depicts the key players as regular guys just living in the time they were born in.  I am about 50% finished reading this one.  The print is so tiny I had to put it away and it's on my e-read wish list.  In school, I didn't much enjoy history but at slightly past 50, I really do like learning about American heritage and family history too.
3. Patience With God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion by Frank Schaeffer - This book I purchased used but haven't read at all yet.  I found a recommendation for this one a couple of years ago when I was seeking fresh approaches to 'religion' and honestly I was desperate to dig up some compassion and tolerance for religious idiots.  I still haven't found much.  There's so much difference between having faith in God and propping up on "church" when it's convenient.  I do know enough to know that it's not my place to pass judgment on people....Perhaps I will add this book to my winter vacation reading list. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Thirty Days of Me - Day 23

Day 23 has this prompt:  Something you crave a lot

I crave dark chocolate salted caramels (the kind you can buy at Trader Joe's or its generic brother store Aldi.  I find no significant difference in quality and a large difference in price.)

My first thought was COFFEE but I literally don't crave coffee.  I require it.  ;)

Beyond food, I crave purpose in life, good music and sunshine.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Day 22 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 22 - What Makes You Different From Everyone Else....other than the obvious (my DNA, my relatives, my past, my journey in this life, my fashion style, my driving skills) the thing that makes me different from everyone is that my future is going to be exclusively mine - based on my faith, my perspective and my obligations.  I am not a conformist.  I am not a follower.  So, I know my future will belong to me and no one else.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 21 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 21 - Post a picture of something that makes you happy
I acquired this horse when he was about five years old.  He's never done a wrong thing, the kids have bonded with him; and even though arthritis has plagued him in recent years, he's still a good boy and he loves to swim in the pond.  It makes me happy when he blows water bubbles out his nose. :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 20 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 20 - Someone you see yourself being with in the future

I hope and pray I will be with people I love in my future....my spouse, my family, a few friends and always a dog as long as I am able to care for one.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day 19 - Thirty Days Of Me

Nicknames you have & why do you have them?

1.  Marie - only my Daddy calls me this, usually when I first see him.  It's a special greeting!
2.  Gram - I was so fortunate that my husband has three children and when the grandkids arrived, I became Gram.  One of my fondest memories is when my  oldest granddaughter said to me "You're the best Gram ever!"
3.  Sister - both my amazing brothers call me Sister.  I'm their favorite one (only one, but anyway...) and I call them both Brother.
4.  Old forgotten nickname is discussed on Day Two of this journal challenge (name of your blog).  Check it out if you are just joining in to read my online journal project.


30 Days of Me - Day 18

Plans/Goals/Dreams

My plans, goals and dreams have often been sidelined by my unwillingness to sacrifice my values to accomplish something I thought I wanted.  For example, I have often spent money (on the credit card) that I didn't have, to buy something I thought would impress someone I really didn't want to be around anyway!
Why did I do that?  Peer pressure, temporary insanity...who knows.
Having somewhat of a 'grounded' attitude now after several health issues, my plans are to enjoy every day as much as possible. 
My goals include trying to be a better person tomorrow than I was today and the day before that.  First, by making a positive difference where I can and where I can't to just leave things alone.  And secondly, to be a good family member and friend.
My dreams...well, my dreams are often interrupted by reality.  I don't do that consciously anymore.  Big, crazy dreams might look something like a beach home on the east coast, a Corvette and enough money to take care of every stray dog I see.  A record company, a publishing company and an endless supply of butter pecan ice cream.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Seventeen - Thirty days of Me

The prompt for Day 17 says to name someone I would want to switch places with for a day and why.

This is a tough one.  There's nobody I'd rather be besides myself.  Not that I am better than anyone else; just that I have learned to live in my skin (with all the hidden hurts inside).

So, at the risk of alienating someone, I guess I'd be Donald Trump for a day.  And here's a list of reasons why:
1.  I would undo all the executive orders Trump's written simply because he was so hypocritical when President Obama did a few.  I don't even care what they say - undo them.  It's not the way to do business.  It circumvents the process.
2.  I'd  donate a million dollars to every person I'd sexually harassed during that lifetime, with a legitimate and sincere apology.
3.  My sons and daughters all need a good lesson on service to country - I'd ship them to do volunteer work in Puerto Rico for six months.
4.  Melania wouldn't have to frown all day.  We could shop, although Putin would be curious why I didn't check in.
5.  I'd apologize for calling NFL players sons of bitches on national TV.  And, I'd honor John McCain as a hero of our country even if I didn't want to agree with all his political views.
6.  There might still be time to get our servicemen out of Afghanistan and everyplace else that isn't home before Christmas.
7. Finally, I'd have my mouth sewn shut and my fingers sewn together so as to avoid future tweets and blowhard statements that are not good for my country.  And, I'd get the tailor to size me up for my impending straight=jacket.

Now, the reason that wouldn't work even for a day - no way in Hell I'm leaving my dogs alone with Trump unsupervised for any amount of time.  You can imagine how I feel about him being in charge of America.  Alec Baldwin is much better.  Maybe I'd rather trade that day with him.  #SNLpotus #4aday

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Day 15 - Post Random Songs from your iPod on shuffle

It's Eclectic!!!!

Kris Kristofferson - Sunday Morning Coming Down
GnR-Live and Let Die
Lori McKenna - Sometimes He Does
Bob Marley.Lauryn Hill - Turn Your Lights Down Low
Zac Brown.Chris Cornell - Heavy is the Head
Robert Cray - Phone Booth
Maroon V - Moves Like Jagger
Tom Petty - Break Down
Chris Stapleton - What are you Listening to?
Van Morrison - Gloria
Eric Church - Drink in my Hand
Sting/Police - Fields of Gold
Etta James - Sunday Kind of Love
Bob Segar - Main Street
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture of You
The Band - Get Up Jake
Grace Potter - Joey
Johnny Cash - Mean Eyed Cat
Everclear - Wonderful
Gary Allen - Every Storm
Elvis - That's All Right
And, on and on....



Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 13 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 13 - A Letter to someone who has hurt you recently

Dear Fibromyalgia,

You hurt me everyday but you will never win.  I am too fortunate to know love, too surrounded by people who care and too blessed in a gillion other ways.  I have learned to let myself rest and understand I can still be a useful person.  My doctors know who I am.  They help me manage you as does my loving family and friends.  When you bring all you have, I will be ready. 

Resistantly yours,
Karla

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day 12-30 days of Me

Day 12 - How you found out about Blogs and why you made one...

I found out about blogging from my friend Kim (See yesterday's post for visual effect).  She was excitedly talking about it one day during work break.  It was fun for a bit and then life happened and I lost the connection.  I think three or four of us girls at the office started blogging about the same time, maybe in 2009 or maybe even before.

Since 'journaling' is now a big thing, as is paper day planners (the cycle never ends) and I didn't want to spend any limited cash on an actual journal books or supplies, I decided to revive my blog and do a bit of digital journaling.  So, twelve days in, I can say that I feel like this is part of my evening routine - to think for a minute or so.  To reflect on who I am and why, to study what makes me happy or not.

Stay tuned.  Day 13 should be real cool.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

30 days of me - Day 11

Day 11 instructs to post a picture of 'you and your friends'....I don't have a large number of  actual friends.  I have many acquaintances but anyway....here's a summer photo which will put me in compliance for the day.  This is my friend Kim.  She is a constant source of friendship, in every form and fashion.  And speaking of fashion, we went to lunch today and she was wearing the cutest fall fashions, including a pair of harvest gold skinny jeans that were meant for a tall thin lady like her.  I didn't even bother to dress up because I knew she'd look better than me no matter how much time I primped and tried.  She's just beautiful like that - inside and out.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Day Ten - Songs

Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you're happy, sad, bored, hyped & mad

Happy: I generally listen to 70's music (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, The Band etc.) , select few top 40 like John Mayer, Maroon V, Rob Thomas and Pink.  Sometimes Elvis OR Church
Sad: If I am sad, I do turn to music a lot.  I like songwriters and acoustic stuff like John Denver, Lori McKenna and Guy Clark.  I might listen to blues (Hendrix, Eric Gales, SRV) or lately I have enjoyed Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit sounds and Chris Stapleton.  Kris Kristopherson, Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert OR Church
Bored: Should I be bored, I will not be bored for long if  I start music.  I quickly become absorbed in sounds and lyrics; my thoughts are provoked and I intriguingly work my way out of 'bored'.  Might search and find a new artist or dig into old work of a current standby.  OR listen to Church
Hyped: Gotta be the 80's tunes and Daft PUnk, Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Pink Floyd, Prince, OR Church
Mad:  Heavy rock music, Jazz instrumental, Jim Reeves OR Church

Perhaps in a future challenge, I will do a song of the day.  I could go years with that concept because I appreciate so many different artists and songs. 
Anyone remember Gerry Rafferty?  Baker Street, Right Down the Line?  Maybe Music Trivia in my blogger future.....
Any day is good for Eric Church ....  RIP Tom Petty!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

30 Days of Me - Day 9

Day 9 - Something I am proud of in the past few days....

I am quite proud of the fact that it's Day 9 and I haven't skipped a day yet!  I am also quite proud of the fact that my skincare routine is making me look younger.  Rock on Rodan + Fields.  And, I am proud of the fact that our laundry is caught up at the moment and only the dog needs a bath.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Day 8 - Thirty Days of Me

For Day 8 of thirty, I am supposed to list short term goals for this month.

I have one goal for this month and that is to survive this month with some sense of purpose.  It's the same every month, every week, every day.  When you live with a chronic illness, that's the standard.  And, so far, I'm crushin' it!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Day 7-Thirty Days of Me

Post a picture of someone/something that has made the biggest impact on you!  

Here's my nephew Malcolm and me at a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary tour concert in April.  Epic stuff with a guy I luv.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

30 Days of Me - Day Six

Day Six prompt - Who is your favorite super hero and why? Image result

It's Aquaman!
I always thought Aquaman didn't get the attention he deserved because Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman had no other life outside just fighting bad guys.
Aquaman had Mera.  This made him more than a super hero.   Arthur Curry had a relationship. Clark Kent never could do that in a phone booth.  Spiderman, oh please...he was always bouncing between buildings.  Robin ruined it for Batman....but now Aquaman - he was no martyr.  He was King of the 7 Seas, member of the Justice League and Mera's love.  Quite the well rounded fellow.

I read a blurb about a movie due in 2018 featuring the underwater heir to Atlantis played by Jason Momoa.  Nicole Kidman will be the Queen but I don't know who will play Mera.  I just hope my superhero movie has a happy ending of love and peace.  That's what superheros really are always fighting for.

John Mayer wrote that belief is a beautiful armor that comes with the heaviest sword.....those lyrics are so pointed and true; in today's times, a superhero is someone willing to stand up for what they believe is right.  Someone willing to buck all the powers that be, willing to go the extra mile for the benefit of good. 

Dear Aquaman - please come up out of the sea and help us out awhile here on land.  Could you bring me a pet starfish and a flock of brown pelicans, a few clown fish for my baby niece and a couple lobsters for Fred to cook up on the grill.  Amen

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Thirty Days of Me - Day 5

Today's prompt is to post a photo of a place I've been.  One of my favorite destinations - between home and Durango, Colorado - is the Great Sand Dunes Park.  I visited last fall with my brother and his friend Michael.  It was really beautiful & fascinating.  The day provided wonderful weather for exploring and I was prepared with my hat, sunglasses, walking stick and Rodan + Fields sunscreen.  I have a couple of rocks I picked up there for keepsakes.  This trip was pre-surgery so there's ten extra pounds in those boots now....

 Sand and more sand....
 Ken and Michael are those little black dots, way way up there.  They really hiked a long way!
See you again someday Great Sand Dunes :)

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Day 4 - A Habit You Wish You Didn't Have

This thirty-day challenge is putting me to the test on Day 4.
Admitting a habit I wish I didn't have would involve admitting I'm not perfect...and I'm kidding.

The real challenge is trying to just narrow down to one habit I wish I didn't have.  Lucky for me, I grew up poor and I never could afford the expensive habits like cigarettes or cocaine.....

So, I digress.  And I think I will break this down into two areas of habit.  One being a fun thing and the second being more practical.

One habit I wish I didn't have was to listen to really really loud music since I know it annoys my spouse who in turn gives me dirty looks and says 'What are you listening to now!"  It exasperates him because my eclectic music tastes are no match for his 70's and pop tunes only ears.

The second habit I wish I didn't have was to naturally expect the news to be good.  I watch it almost daily.  And I do my own research too.  Six wealthy interests can be linked to our radio, TV, national papers, etc.....there is major control over what we hear and don't hear.  News is driving me crazy.  It seems like it is designed to agitate and anger people, to cause fear, to create division and pit us against each other.  America is in serious turmoil and I don't anticipate anything earth-shattering to happen to turn the big ship around between 24 hour news cycles; but yet I watch and read with hope.  Having said that, my patriotism is solid.  I just don't like our leadership and our moral value standards as much as I once did.  But here's the deal - the glass is neither half empty or half full.  The proverbial glass is refillable and we can make a difference by helping one person, one animal, one cause.  Peace out America!

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