Survivor

 

 

Completely forgot about the Reflections part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge.  Now that April is over the writing on a daily basis doesn’t seem as important as it was while keeping up with the challenge.  I wish we could do it all year. Or maybe do a monthly check in. I’d like to say thank you to all of my readers who followed my daily posts for the April blogging challenge.  It was nice to have the support and encouragement and I appreciate every one of you.  For me it was nice to check off another year √!  This makes six for me. 

 

I was quite surprised to see that there were only 510 bloggers who signed up.  WOW … I kept thinking there was something wrong with my excel sheet every time I opened it to jump over to visit someone’s blog.  It’s a shame there was not more of a turn out.  Maybe next year. Maybe we should plug the challenge all year long?  

 

I know I’m going to try to blog more and keep visiting more of the people from the list.  I’m also going to try to recruit people from my own blog to come next year.  We should all try to do same. It is hard to promote someone else, especially when we want the attention ourselves. It’s a great big world out there and blogging on a personal level has become lost in the commercialization and advertisement and propaganda.

 

If you need some fancy artwork for your web or anything check out  Jeremy Hawkins.  He did all the artwork for the challenge and he has a  Neat Shop — Very Cool Stuff

 

Stay real folks and stay safe. 

Social Blogging


Now that April is over the writing on a daily basis fell on the wayside. Not that I don’t have anything to say, I do. I have been trying to get caught up on all the other things I let slide. So many projects and activities I want to do. Cooking and playing in the garden and planting flowers, and building rock walls… and then of course there is work. Doesn’t my boss know how much my job interferes with my hobbies? (I’m just kidding) – I’m grateful to have my “work-at-home” job, especially in this day and age.

First of all, I’d like to say thank you to all of my readers who followed my daily posts for the blogging challenge. It was nice to have the support and encouragement and I appreciate each and every one of you. For me, it was nice to check off another year (this makes six to date if anyone is counting). I’m really going to try to post more often throughout the year, be it here or on Joe & Ella’s Journey or in Crackerberries Kitchen. As long as I’m writing something, I’m happy. How about you?

So my rant for the day is all the freaking idiots out there who can’t follow simple instructions. People blame the politicians for the things that are going on. Okay fine, but you know what, we live in a free country. It was our right to vote, and democracy put those politicians in office so if you don’t like it, next time you should get out there and vote. And if you did vote and still don’t like it maybe it’s time to get yourself involved. 

We may not like the way things are being handled but it is our responsibility to abide by the laws and the rules that are being put in place. This shit ain’t never gonna go away if we don’t follow instructions. I don’t like it any more than the next person. But we do have to follow the guidelines set in place if we are going to get through this and maybe have some kind of new normal put in place.

We went to Walmart over the weekend. They now have the aisles set up with tape on the floor going in certain directions similar to the painted lines in the parking lot. They have tape barriers where lines form for the people who don’t know the difference between two feet and six feet. People still can’t follow the instructions. They can’t go down the right aisles in the parking lot whatever gave people the idea they would do it right in the store?  It was crazy, people were looking at each other, who were looking at the arrows, like it was something they had never seen before.  They were like a swarm of flies buzzing around a pile of shit not knowing which way to go.

What pisses me off to no end is when I wait my turn and someone waltzes right in front of me like I didn’t exist.  I was at the yogurt cooler waiting to get my Oikos …there was an elderly couple arguing about something. They finally agreed to disagree and each one picked different yogurts and put them in the cart (ingenious), then sauntered on their way. Before I could take a step up to the cooler, some idiot with ear-pods and his hat half-way backwards on his head stepped right in front of me. He was wearing a mask over his mouth but not over his nose. He also needed to pull up his damn pants.  He decides to take five minutes to text his girlfriend about what yogurts were available in the cooler. If I could have hit him without getting in trouble, trust me.  I would have laid his ass out flat. I fantasied about knocking the hat off his damn head giving him a wedgie with those boxer shorts up around his scrawny little neck. Just because they are wearing a mask they feel that they are invulnerable and can do whatever they want. So annoying! Especially when they aren’t even wearing the mask right. Hey dumbass, the cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

I’m tired of seeing stupid posts on social media platforms about how smart everyone thinks they are. OMG really? Instead of just sharing what someone else is sharing, try researching a little. Ever hear of snopes.com? They have been around longer than any social media platform. People are crazy out there. They will take any tidbit of information, twist it and turn it around until it’s something that makes them look smarter or makes someone else look bad. It’s a terrible world we live in full of crazed killers, drug addicts, as well as unscrupulous companies out to make a buck at any cost, and a government that doesn’t give a damn. I stole that from Snopes… but am I right? Maybe only half the world is made up of those types of people. The other half is made up of gullible imbeciles who believe the rest of the world. Oh Chicken Little, the sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Anyways, that’s my rant. I think the virus has turned people crazy. Unfortunately I fear it’s only going to get worse. If I had a solution believe me I would share it. I think our leaders, as misguided as they may be, are doing the best they can with the people they have helping support them. We have to do our part and abide by the rules and regulations being put in place. If not for ourselves, for those less fortunate: (i.e. the elderly, people in nursing homes, people who are at a higher risk due to being HIV positive, having Asthma, just a weaker immune system, etc).  Have some compassion for others.

Until next time,
Cheers,

Yesteryear

The year is 2011. The morning is young.

2:18 AM Chow Maine thinks she is in combat and starts doing laps around the perimeter of the bed.  Four laps around and then pouncing from one pillow across the headboard over to the other pillow, and then leaping to the floor with a loud plop.  One would think she weighed 40 pounds.

2:37 AM    Tall Cool ☺ne has had enough. He gets out of the bed.  She runs out of the bedroom; he closes the door saying something about a stupid cat.

3:01 AM I can’t take her scratching and clawing at the door any more — it sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard.  I get up with the flash light, open the door and she peaks around the corner as if to say, “Want to play?”  I go out to the kitchen over to her dish. “Come here!” She thinks she is going to be fed.  I scoop her up, carry her back to the bed.  Chow Maine does a little kneading with her claws and settles in under the covers, purring.  I am just about to the land of “La-La” when she is out from under the covers, across the bed with a loud thump on the floor.

3:32 AM Grrrrrr, she is driving me crazy!  I get up and she immediately runs out of the bedroom.  I throw a sweatshirt toward the door at her hoping to dissuade her from coming back.  Tall Cool ☺ne snickers and says, “She is just going to keep doing it”.  I get settled back under the covers and start that deep breathing that comes just before sleep and …

3:55 AM Bow Wow, Wow, Wow; it is Foxtrot.  He has a deep southern drawl type bark that almost makes me think that he is saying, “I really don’t want to put too much effort into this barking thing but I feel like I should bark.”  He has the Sam Elliot of dog barks.

4:09 AM I lay there thinking, he won’t bark that long, he’s not real loud.  He will quiet down in a minute. He does. I’m back in that mode of falling asleep. Suddenly his brother, Charlie starts:  Ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff, and ruff!  He has that high pitched beagle in a big dog bark that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.  He has the Pee Wee Herman of dog barks.

4:28 AM I drag myself out of the bed and open the window and yell for the two meatheads to be quiet, not in such a nice tone either.  Charlie, the daring one, tests me and barks a couple more times.  This time I yell just at him. Minutes later I am back under the covers and I am wondering why bother because it’s almost time for the alarm.  But sleep seems to come easy and just as I am sauntering off, plunk right in the center of my stomach.  Chow Maine is back… How the heck?

Sleep is one of those things that the value cannot be truly appreciated unless it is interrupted.  Years later, the dogs have found their place over the rainbow.  Chow Maine is still making her rounds reminding us how precious sleep is. Once we are up, she finds a resting place for the day, usually on the couch where she can bask in the sunshine.

Sleep is something I do not take for granted. As I think about this  I am convicted by how many things that I cannot place a value on because I have not been without them.  Food, water, shelter, clothing; all things I take for granted every day;  simple things like toilet paper. There are so many people that don’t have simple things. The things  that I take for granted every day. Things like being able to take a shower and wash my hair, a washer and dryer so that I can clean my clothes.  Maybe my deprivation from sleep was a wake up call.   Are there things I can do without?  I don’t think toilet paper is one of them and I know that sleep definitely is not.  Chow Maine reminds me of this each morning.     But …. I wonder……

Welcome to the A-Z Blogging Challenge.  This year I think it will bring a lot more people together with this crazy pandemic. Being quarantined means people will flock to the web looking for things to do. This is a great way to meet new friends/contacts.  Maybe you will read something new, find a new hobby, or just be entertained by some random musings.  Whatever the case may be, stay safe, drink plenty of liquids and enjoy the trip.