Brought to you by my voice

This sentence is not written by keyboard but instead by my voice.

I think I just discovered a way to save my arms and neck and back. If I blog with my voice from now on perhaps that pinched nerve in my neck can heal and go away forever.

This is so much fun! Never mind that my dog is giving me the stink eye for disturbing his morning nap by talking into my phone.

I wonder if I can train my phone to make me coffee.

So, I have been sitting here talking instead of typing and will do this again later.

But first, ☕.

Clandestine honesty

Those of you who have read here a while know that I’m a little bit…different.

Let’s go with that. 🙃

Here is something about me though that most of you probably will not dispute: I am nothing if not creative.

As I continue to write my stories, and edit my stories, and proofread my stories, and finish my stories, and begin new stories, I realized something.

I need some personal experience to supplement some of my creativity. And this is the reason why I started a bit of an unusual experiment a couple of weeks ago.

Really unusual.

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How best to hook a reader

You know how they say you need a great first lead-in line to hook your reader? Never have I ever felt more hooked on reading this story thread than with this guy on twitter. I didn’t even need to read the whole sentence, just the first part, and I was in.

The story thread he posted to twitter had me spitting coffee (actually, wine, because I read it last night, but again this morning and the spitting prevailed).

I realize not everyone is like this, in Texas or anywhere else in the deep South. BUT, this sort of scenario was briefly touched on in the Walking Dead, or maybe the spin off…I can’t remember. And then the toilet paper fiasco happened to all of us less than a year ago which wasn’t weather related but did give us an unflattering glimpse into the state of humanity these days… 🙄

Weather has its own narrative, doesn’t it. For places that are not used to snow and cold weather, or who do not have reliable infrastructure (and politicians who run them) to turn to, well, this scenario in the twitter thread is quite telling.

But don’t believe me. Read for yourself. And for those of you who are shivering in Texas right now…hang in there. Someone I know in the Austin area told me warmer weather is right around the corner. ❤

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Reminiscing a little about my hockey kids

When I’m staying with my mom overnight, the very next morning, something special happens.

Wanna know what it is?

Yes, coffee is included, either because I make it or because she makes it. Whoever gets up first pre-warms the cups and makes coffee, then we sit opposite each other on the sofas strategically placed like that, in the morning sunshine, and sip it. I read my phone, she reads the newspaper, we chat a bit. That’s the routine.

However, before we even take our first sip, this special thing I mentioned happened.

Here it is:

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Limp veggies: reduce waste and increase nutrition

We eat a lot of vegetables. Raw, cooked, steamed, in soups, stews, sauces…and, we compost the non-edible parts. Mostly.

But sometimes, I think there’s too much waste going into the compost bin. Right?

Kale, carrots, leeks, broccoli stems. Sometimes, there’s mushrooms, Swiss chard and stems, root veg, soft cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, onions, green onions

Some of you know I spend half my life living away from home, for a variety of reasons. I make the effort to leave a fully stocked fridge for the teens and their dad, but sometimes (often) I come home to find much of it still there. They do prep and eat some of the veg but when it comes to certain items, like chard or kale for instance, they tend to just leave it.

Well I don’t want to chuck that stuff out every time I come home. So I came up with a creative idea of how to make use of those odds and ends. And now, you can too, because I’m going to show you how.

There are 2 methods, and I’ve done both with success: Raw and Cooked.

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