Focusing is Challenging These Days

Sorry, I have to use this image again today, it seems appropriate

The talk is all over my news feed, and it’s true. I’m not alone. These days it seems to be a real challenge to maintain focus on whatever task I should be doing. I find myself standing in the kitchen sometimes, wondering what I was about to do. Do you feel this way?

I swear, I cannot take any more death. I cried all night last night upon learning that another friend had passed away. I have no idea whether it was from the virus, old age, or something else. I don’t know why it hit me so hard, I think it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The news made me mourn everyone we’ve lost for the past two months, I finally cracked. I had been wondering why I had not cried over the loss of closer friends and acquaintances, I think it’s because the quantity of loss was staggering, I could not wrap my mind around it. It’s no wonder we can’t focus. Our minds are shot.

Most of my writings about all this are in my journals and on Medium, but I thought I’d share why I’ve been feeling so scattered these days, so that you might understand yourself why you all might be feeling the same way. I think it’s getting close to time for a break. I’m so glad we are still going on our girl’s trip. I for one feel like I need it.

Can you relate? Let me know how you are feeling in the comments. Also, there is a place to put your thoughts if you are a writer looking for a caring community. It’s called Her Stories Writers-you can find them on Facebook. It is a place for Gen-X women to come together and share their stories, especially now. Of course, Medium has lots of publications for you to join as well. Find a tribe, people. It helps. 🙂


Word of the Day Challenge


Rising to the Challenge-30 Days Writing Challenge Thanks to Toots!

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Hey there, calling all bloggers!

I know you may not be all about another writing challenge and truthfully, I am strapped for time myself, however…

I was introduced to another new blogger when she so graciously decided to follow me, and I checked out her blog-which is what you’re supposed to do, right?!

So I saw she has started a new 30-day writing challenge to stimulate her creative juices, I thought her questions were intriguing and if you do to and want to play along, check out her post with the challenge questions here.

Maybe I can figure a way to incorporate two challenges into one or something, plus, I’m late in the game to start, I’ll just start my 30 days from this day forward. Go check out her blog and see what else you can learn about Toots, she seems like a nice, young gal.

Ok. The first question in the challenge is this:

Day one: Something you are looking forward to this year.

That one is easy, I actually have a few things I am looking forward to this year! Two have to do with music. I have a birthday concert coming up which I have already mentioned once a while back. That one is with my good friend Michelle. Then, my oldest son bought us tickets to go see Korn and Faith No More for our combined birthdays so we could attend a concert together, something we have not done in a long time!

The other thing I’m looking forward to is a girl trip with my friend Stephanie and her caregiver, Cristina. We are going to my favorite place, Port Aransas at the end of May. We are going to parasail, something I have never done! I am so excited about that…and maybe a bit nervous too. I’m sure it will be thrilling for this old lady, a new view on my beloved island. I hope I can take my phone so once we are airborne I can have proof I did it! Us ladies are going to have so much fun together, three days won’t be nearly enough yet I’m grateful they asked me to go, I have been missing the beach for a long time now.

I’m also looking forward to the possibility of a vacation with my husband, yet we are not sure when or if this will be a reality this year. We have not been on one for two years and he needs a getaway desperately. In fact, I feel guilty that I get to go somewhere and he doesn’t, so I’m really hoping he makes time for himself to relax. With all of my medical issues last year and family commitments as well, work being so time consuming and problematic, he just needs a break. I’m praying he gets one.

What are YOU looking forward to this year? C’mon and play along! I can’t wait to see your answers! #toots30daychallenge




WOD Challenge 2-24-20 Waffles for Lunch

Waffles for Lunch

So today I decided to try the latest keto craze…Chaffles! I did a post over on my other blog, Alternative Lifestyle. These are waffles made with cheese!!! Can you believe eggs and cheese and a tiny spoonful of almond flour make something so delicious and nutritious??? Well, you need to go check it out!



Word of the Day Challenge


WOD Challenge 2-23-20 I Need You to Knead Me!

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I Need You to Knead Me!


My muscles need kneading, oh mash me please do

My knots are resilient, hard as sinew

Aching, burning and stabbing they are

Massage is the answer, with oils from a jar

Coconut, olive, or almond is fine

Later, I’ll relax with a nice glass of wine

Please work my knots out, relieve me of pain

So I can be joy-filled and happy again!

If you do it first, I’ll certainly return the favor

Maybe rub your feet, after a hard day of labor

Come with me darling, bring the oils to our bed

Let’s rub each other down, then we’ll sleep like the dead.



Word of the Day Challenge


WOD Challenge 2-6-20 Foreigner-Urgent

Today’s Word of the Day Challenge prompt is Foreigner-So I thought I would share one of my favs from this awesome band I grew up with.


Many of you guys may have never heard of this band, I encourage you to take a peek at some of their other chart toppers.

Songs like “Hot Blooded,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Waiting for a Girl Like You” were still popular when I graduated and joined the Army, I remember hearing their songs even after I was stationed in Korea.

According to Wikipedia, they are one of the “world’s best-selling bands of all time” with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million records in the US.


Word of the Day Challenge