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Rested, reclined, relieved, recovering, refreshing right?

This A to Z Challenge, obviously ‘R’, is a version of Linda G. Hill’s One-liner Wednesday.

Yes, we are getting better since the shot. We’ll be right as rain tomorrow.

A to Z Challenge, Q


Quit thinking the quiet is peaceful. Two of the four of us are enduring. The other two are crashing in their rooms.

No sooner had written the above that I needed a nap. Since I woke I’ve quickly become more and more achy.

Thank goodness my husband is doing well. But as for me. I quit. (For today). I’m sure to feel better tomorrow. Guess the shot is working!


A to Z Challenge, P


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The point of the poke is to keep those who partake from getting so ill as to be hospitalized. Putting it kindly means wearing masks as uncomfortable as that is. Probably if those who refused to wear them wore them, we could do a lot better by now. Pretending you are invincible is adolescent. And even still, you might just be. But you might be a carrier. What will you feel when a loved one dies because of your pretense? When my grandparents and parents got to the point of lower immunity, I refused to take my children or myself near them if we had the slightest sore throat or cough. Even if I knew it was allergies, I didn’t want to think that my carelessness would cause them pneumonia or other health problems. That was 40 years ago; no plague or pandemic. So that’s my story about that, and I’m sticking to it. And, by the way, if masks didn’t work, why has the flu spread far less this year. I know that isn’t COVID19, but we are all healthier from the flu by covering our mouths, just like when you sneeze or cough. Please, let’s be polite!

The shot was a minor prick of the skin. My bubble and I can claim our second and feel we are safer from the pretenders. Still, we will wear our masks for the rest of you as we try to find a healthier world and work our way back to wealth with more finding work, and playtime will come soon.

I will go edit Pandamapocalypse. I will post tomorrow a word count. I know that this second shot can cause the yuckies for a bit, so I wanted to blog pre-midnight. So far, though, nothing affecting any of us. No headache or upset stomach or anything.

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Intermittent Fasting For Women Over 50: The Ultimate Guide For Senior Women To Promote Longevity While Losing Weight & Increase Energy Through Metabolic AutophagyIntermittent Fasting For Women Over 50: The Ultimate Guide For Senior Women To Promote Longevity While Losing Weight & Increase Energy Through Metabolic Autophagy by Asuka Young
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After reading Doctor Jason Fung’s books on Intermittent Fasting this one felt like just a lot of words with very little science or proof of research. So… The only reason I gave it two stars is because I got a good night’s sleep a couple of nights in a row. Not the book I’d recommend if this is something you are interested in. Oh, it does say the words ‘after 50’ on occasion but that just wasn’t enough information for what most are looking for.

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The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes NaturallyThe Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally by Jason Fung
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually finished this one a few days ago. It was a library Kindle book. As usual, I used text-to-speech to get through it.

I read the Obesity Code first. So this is the follow-up book. The information is similar in that it is about Intermittent Fasting and how it can help both conditions, obesity, and diabetes. I found both books quite interesting and inspirational. Though this one seems to have redundancies and often repeated itself. I figure that was to keep the medical eyes reading. There were a lot of charts to help prove Doctor Jason Fung’s theory.

If you are interested in IF, please give this and his other books a look. I think I need to get the hard copy as a reference.

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The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar CountyThe Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an adorable tale! The little girl, Baby, as Big Mama calls her, sees it as her mission to catch every chicken. But one eludes her.

Shelley Jackson makes the story come alive with illustrations that seem real yet whimsical with a bit of collage throughout the book.

My children and I would have loved this when they were 5-8ish years old. It might have helped as educational moments as we had chickens back then. Learning that you must chase down a chicken every now and thing to medicate or isolate certain ones. But chasing, as fun as it could be, frighten the chickens and can be bad for them. My kids never found that a goal. Instead, they learned to gather eggs and mostly leave the chickens to live their own lives. They saw hens clutch and babies hatch and follow mothers around.

This fits in the Black Lives Matter category as the child, and her mom are black. It is incidental. This could have been any race living in rural areas. I like that. I can’t wait until things like this book become commonplace. Books and the arts should reflect our lives. All kinds of people live on this earth. Why not enjoy the variety?

Now that I am finished reading this book, I will donate it to the local library as I think it might be a good addition.

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Per Linda G. Hill:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “mash.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Okay, so how will I mash together the two prompts? Hehe. Done. Out the door! No, just kidding. This blog is for me to keep track of me and our lives here in the Oregon Outback. Hey, that was a double do I get extra points? That’s not an option? Well, bear with me as I find my way in this ocean of creative fun. Meanwhile, enjoy this YouTube of the outstanding observations, an overview, of course, of home. I don’t know this person.

Once there was an ogre named Oscar who grabbed an otter named Oliver and an opossum named Owen. He thought they were so cute that he tried to feed them the offal of a dead owl. His new friends wouldn’t have any. There was an odor emitting from the mash. They all decided it was a bad omen to even try it. So to oblige one and all, he buried the owl and gave it the best oration ever. Two baby owlets hopped down from the nearby oak. Their huge oval eyes were full of tears. Oscar, Oliver, and Owen brought them into an openly loving hug. And off they all went to enjoy the forest.

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On the CampNaNo part 2 front, I managed to ogle 7,704 words in editing offenses in Office, Word.

Okay, money isn’t falling around me, but I feel open to the offer!

A to Z Challenge, N


Now for my favorite ‘N‘ word: NaNoWriMo. It started with the book No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty. I heard about it and read a library copy in 2001, I think. Later I bought my own copy. I even bought the kit that I have added my own prompts to since. By the way, click on the links above and go to the NaNo site or the site of my review on Goodreads accordingly. So for 21 years I have been enjoying the challenge of creating my own books to dive into. Each Novel brought me more friends to care for and listen to. Not just the characters that appeared but writers clubs that have real people I remain friends with so many years later.

Not only did I make a novel nearly every year in that 21 years, I got the T-shirts. Most years I bought either the participant or winner’s shirt. Now I have a drawer full of them. I rarely wear any other shirt. I wear them for inspiration to write, for a sense of pride that I did it before and can do it again. And lately there are CampNaNo shirts in the mix as the April, May, June helps my chops stay in writing form.

Since it is nearly midnight I thought I should catch up with my latest edited word count: 3,721. I finished 25K by the 15th so I can do another 25K before the thirtieth.

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Making a goal of editing is tough. It seems especially difficult with our current situation. When I started CampNaNo and decided to edit through 25K words I thought that was a lot. But last night I surpassed my goal and yet have another 25K to go through. So I am making another goal on the CampNaNo website. Still it was miraculous for ME to finish my goal at the half month stage. I had hoped to get some writing done this month but that rewrite and finish to the story will have to be put off until May. The thing is, meandering through the Pandamapocalypse document looking for grammar and spelling issues I am seeing bits that mean to be rewritten, eliminated, or simply moved to different parts of the story. Best of all, maneuvering around within the plot and overall manuscript makes me happy. I still like the idea of the book and how it is going. I sure hope someday to let others enjoy the fun I have had with all of my Haven series including this latest issue.

The magic of Hulu has kept me sane lately. If you want a background show that is funny or ignorable, watch Staged with David Tenet and Michael Sheen. Warning this may have strong language. As I said, this plays excellent in the background and doesn’t demand my attention like music.

I just finished watching all of Staged and left Hulu on and it put on Miranda. I have watched that series before and I loved it so much! This second watch is mirth incarnate!

For my fellow Grey’s Anatomy friends: Does Ellen Pompeo have the best job ever? Meredith Grey gets to sleep or be on the beach with old friends. And being paid for it! I want to be her when I grow up!

I am so happy with the way Shonda Rhimes is handling the COVID19 crises and how the emergency medical teams are dealing with all that is happening these days.

Okay that is all I can find swirling around in my mind to meander.

Merry

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Languid lizards leap lions lazily. Licked. Lunch.

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But let me take a moment to do a memorial. My son, Logan, just lost his best friend, Vader. For quite a while Kali and her mommy (Laura) lived with Vader and Logan. And these, my grandpuppies, played together. Kali thought she was the one in charge. Vader was just a lovable, laid-back, lapdog. Well, far too big for a lap. But he was Mutt (the big one) to Kali’s Jeff (the little one) It is breaking my heart as I love that big brute so much. I know my son must be a mess, Here are pictures of Vader when he was younger and recently.

RIP Vader
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