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This train photo is not cribbed from anywhere. It's a Genuine Leonardo. 

8/1/2022

Hello and how are you? I am writing less and less as Len and I meander around to doctors, specialists, dentists, and that way-too-early appointment at the endodontist. (So far, we are fine.) The irony being that most of what we are attending to are the side effects of medications prescribed for stuff that didn’t hurt and we didn’t even know we had.

More fun is spending time with our kids and grandkids. The one who is fearless in water. The one who is fearless everywhere. The one who wept because he doesn’t have enough train pictures (we send them most weeks, cribbed from Google Images). He has at least fifty pages of train photos but there are never enough. He peruses them at night in his crib and then sleeps with them. The kid who starts kindergarten this month and right now is the Empress of Everything.

I read a wonderful tweet this morning: We’re done being overachievers around here. Please tell me the extremely boring and adequate things you’ve been doing lately.

People responded with gems such as:

  • “I got gas for my car.”
  • “I fed my kids sugary cereal.”
  • “I ate a Twix bar while driving home.”
  • “I’m still riding high on rehanging a mirror that’s been propped on the floor for four years.”
  • “I selected a perfectly ripe avocado.”

When way too much is going on, it’s stress-relieving to consider, list, and celebrate the extraordinarily ordinary stuff we are doing.

So that’s where I am today.

  • I washed the rug the cat barfed on this morning.
  • I ate an apple.
  • I looked up the lovely healthy volunteer plants in my garden and figured out they were poke plants which are very poisonous. I dug them out and threw them away.
  • When I was walking and heard a train coming, I stopped and turned around to watch the engines (You see where that grandkid gets it, right?)

Stressed? Kerfuffled? Anxious or depressed?

What ordinary things did you do yesterday and today?

 

 

 

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Yesterday, I read all afternoon Today - grocery shopped Picked up stones from the parking lot for next weeks crafts Found my first monarch larvae of the season. Just sat down for a nap and reading.

Dead headed some lilies; “Snacked” the chickens; harvested yellow squash; spent a lot of time watching you-tube vids on Russia and scrapping and dumpster diving

Today I: Got a mammogram Made cat food (yeah - I do it, too) Looked up what a Poke plant looks like

Finished my book Zorrie by Laird Hunt… A beautiful story about an ordinary woman’s life in rural Indiana ….It was a slow story that I almost put down numerous times! In the end, I felt it was quite a remarkable tale and reminded me that the ordinary things I get to do each day are actually quite satisfying and enjoyable. I’m also getting the house ready as my daughter, son in law and two grandkids are arriving tonight for a visit! Hooray!

I dropped my husband off at a trailhead on the Appalachian Trail. He will be out walking for about a month, barring any injuries or illness. I swore off meat for the month as I am not crazy about it and never have been. I love animals and the planet Earth but this is simply because the taste is not something I would ever crave. On the drive home alone I stopped at a McDonald's to use their bathroom. The smell of the grease overcame me and I ordered a slathered-with-mayo chicken sandwich. It wasn't bad.

How fun to just enjoy..
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I LOVE all these so far!

Dropped my kid sister at O'hare so she could fly to England and have an adventure, drove to Forest Park instead of home because the drive was shorter, stayed the night, work up at ten, crawed out of bed at eleven and showerd, went for a breakfast of eggs and catfish, and have accomplished nothing... There's always tomorrow...

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Over the past few days Len and I have been emailing with two cousins regarding this interesting topic.

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