Mindful ~ Yeah Me đŸ˜Š


Today thou weight loss journey fresh start
Old program now revamped chose embark

Difficult decision refresher course over responsibilities
Selfish not, importance health issues concentrate free

Aware totally what around me recent weeks happening
What exactly do ’bout situation feelings sad floundering

Fully clothed mid-morning stepped on scale, signal weigh-in
Followed synced the phone app Connect with updated program

Fifteen minutes travelled winding path, a newly offered roadmap
Questions asked ‘n answered, info gained pleasurable both pitstops

Following lunch search for aerobic/anaerobic exercise regimen
Dance inclusive and geared to me, a reward for the senior citizen

My three whys get healthier penned on pretty paper new fridge post
Recipes begin free point foods then add ingredients, idea be foremost

And if you haven’t already guessed place found ton smart suggestions
Out of nowhere incentive rejoined the online Weightwatchers’ program

Crossword-a-Day ~ Beneficial

Recently I joined a group for people who’ve found themselves in
the same predicament as I.
The group consists of mostly women and ‘yes’ there are a few
men, although in the minority at present.
One of the ladies, a retired registered nurse, has shared a few
excellent articles.
I enjoyed the read about the benefits of doing a crossword
puzzle per day versus utilizing those brain games on the PCs
or cellphones.
For fun and to see if what the article stated about when we
are unable to find the correct word from the clues, it’s possible
due to the subconscious working in the background while we’re
busy throughout the day, that upon return a few hours later or
next day the answers will come rather easy to us.
I chose a medium level book and this morn with breakfast I
started my first puzzle. Sad to admit I was unable to finish it.
Now usually I’d check the answer pages and place a few words
within to finish solving it; however, this morn I placed the
book down and intend to return tomorrow to see if time away
allows me to remember.
One more area of interest in regard to this 120-day process
is my beginning with puzzle #1 determined to follow thru
solving puzzles in consecutive numerical order.
I’m not allowing myself to partake in past pick and choose
behavior.
Self-discipline and organization both are on the agenda with
good reason.
Exercises to help improve one’s memory sounds 100 percent
beneficial to me.

Overcoming an Avoidance Pattern

The Sunflower (genus Helianthus) a flower found in the
backyard vegetable garden triggered a panic attack for me.

While browsing racks of women’s tops in one of the mall’s
popular clothing stores I came across a navy-blue tunic
adorned with sunflowers.

Suddenly I was overcome with fear and sudden desire to
flee the store leaving behind the shopping cart.

I pondered the sequence of events and soon made a near
unbelievable discovery.

The blouse on the clothing rack bore a strong resemblance
to the one I found hanging on my adult child’s bedroom
door (unworn with tags on) when I was cleaning out her
apartment following her departure to Heaven.

Thus began an avoidance of any and all sunflower items.

Time heals and this year I chose to participate with other
players in the seasonal summer quest on the Fairyland app
I created 12 years plus 10 months ago in memory of my
beautiful daughter a.k.a. Tuffi McGuffi.



Tooting My Own Horn Today đŸ˜Š

Tis a bit out of character for me to boast about anything until I considered ‘why
not’ ~ people do it every day on social media via uploading photos and videos of
their ‘happiest’ moments.

Few people know much about me. There are personal reasons I keep my life
private. The penned poetry I post is done in a manner for the reader to think,
guess and form ‘their’ own opinion.

On a whim toward the end of April (Poetry month) I placed an entry into a
Poetry contest held at my local library.

The first surprise for me was seeing my poem linked in on various websites.
A few weeks later I received a beautiful card with the monetary gift certificate
and words of congratulations.

I consider this a turning point (an honor) within the writing -poetry community.
It fueled my desire to go forth in hopes to attain the last goal I’d set for myself.

With the assistance of an already published author I met during my tenure on
WP I now have knowledge of what it takes to get a book published.

1. It sometimes pays to take a chance; you’ll never win if you fail to try.
2. It’s okay to ask for help rather than try to DIY. Some individuals are
wonderful humans = NICE.










Virtual Friends 😞

Throughout the day while doing my chores and errands
I thought about this morning’s discovery on my WP app.

Previous to the discovery I was replying to comments from
my notification section.

I accessed a post written and published yesterday via a
different path and found the text one huge square void
of paragraphs, sentence following sentence.

This of course was a bit disturbing to me, so I checked
other pathways to the post and how it appeared when
transferred elsewhere.

Fine in the Reader, a little different on actual site but
not too bothersome so I continued with the seek ‘n find
search leaving the app on the cell phone for last.

All was fine there, and I could breathe a sigh of relief. 😊

I don’t use the phone that much to read posts, etc. and
today I decided to peer around and familiarize myself
more with the app.

I came across a section ‘a followers list’ with each person
who follows me listed and the date in number of days,
months ending with the year they hopped onboard this
gal’s blogging followers’ ship.

I failed to see a friend’s name on this list, a blogger
whose prompts I’ve participated in on a frequent basis.
I double-checked and ‘no’ the name was nowhere to be
found.

What a disappointment for me. I don’t know what to think
or if I should question said individual.

To hide behind a masque is something I expect on social
media apps, not on a blogging site.

As I end this post, I shall leave you with a quote I heard
from an Instagram reel:

“Unfortunately, some people will learn to appreciate you
by losing you. Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.

If people treat you like an option, leave them like a choice.
You are worth being loved and valued.”

I made the decision to refrain from prompt challenges in
the future and concentrate on my own project(s).

There were numerous bloggers on the list whom I don’t
follow at this time and I shall make time to check out
those blogs to see what we may have in common.

I have no idea if this is some crazy error or a reality
check on here for me.

Blogging Insights ~ NF ~ #43

https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2022/06/27/blogging-insights-new-format-43-hard-work/

Prompt quote: “The desire to work well cannot be fulfilled without hard work.”

~ Dean Koontz

This is a quote I agree with wholeheartedly.

Little in life can be achieved without prior planning, sacrifices of one’s time and
a check and balance attitude.

The only way to be successful in any commitment you undertake is to do your
homework, a task learned way back in school.

Students who received the good grades and high honors were those who put
in the time, ‘did the assignment well’.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Concerned about the impairment of my short sightedness a.k.a. myopia,
I opted to do a bit of research this morn.

May 2022, I visited my optometrist, and he removed my license restriction.
Testing showed I can see quite fine long distance.

Although he didn’t find any reason to increase the prescription for my reading
glasses I’ve taken note of the effects experienced with usage of the computer,
cell phones and Kindle on my tablet.

At times I’ve found it necessary to utilize a magnifying glass to view the words,
especially if they are grayed out or in fine print.

The results of my findings (after bringing up several sites) spoke of continued
direct exposure to the blue light emitted from LED devices and the damage
it can cause to one’s eyes. Ouch!

Although thankful my eyes aren’t suffering from the list of symptoms stated
in that article, I shall take all info read into account and begin to limit time
spent in Blogosphere.

It’s likely, too I shall delete several apps on my phone and replace usage
via Kindle with paid out-of-pocket paperbacks, a preference of mine which
allows me to highlight and ear-mark pages for future reference.

Although technology has proven quite beneficial, eventually we consumers
discover the somewhat tyrannical portions of constant upgrades, updates,
blinking ads, change of formats, complete change of programs, and issues
we didn’t create followed by a request for payment to repair.

I don’t intend to disappear 100% after auto-renewed for another
year. I’ll pop in from time to time to check on those I consider special
virtual friends, the ones with whom I’ve interacted with the past
several years.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer!!

News Article of Concern Read Earlier This Morn

Prior to breakfast a news article from a reputable source peaked my interest.

I was shocked!!

This article was the first one I’d read on the topic of the Covid-19 vaccines

failure to produce antibodies to those taking immunosuppressive medications.

Following are a few notes ‘not verbatim’ rather hits or miss jots of information.

To me they are a major concern since I’ve been under treatment for two

of the top 10 out of 100 on the list – one for near a decade.

I’d no prior information on the topic read; however, I did note studies have

been in progress for average time period of three months.

Written was how “Millions of Americans might not have adequate response

to the vaccine.”

Unbelievable!

A few actual case histories were discussed in length.

Imagine a person taking the two-dose Pfizer’s vaccine plus one dose J & J and

results of their lab blood work showed ‘no detectable’ antibodies.

The reports were from major sources and top hospitals so undoubtedly this read

wasn’t one of fake news nature.

The last few months I stopped allowing my good morning mood soon turn into a

bad one after accessing and trying to make sense of all the negative news

found on social media..

Perhaps I’d miss prior info. I’ll never know.

A statement of interest was how now
since the above discovery the major

agencies are advising people against checking for antibodies while a

minimal amount of people ‘so fearful’ entered into unchartered territory and

opted to get an extra supplement.

In my locale masks are no longer required in most places and as hideous as it

sounds it appears we’re operating on an ‘honor’ system.

New Year’s Resolution 2021

As each year begins people everywhere make countless well-intentioned

resolutions.

Some are the same old ones and others brand new.

A member of the women’s club to which I belong had a new suggestion – one

ne’er seen, heard of nor thought about before.

She came up with a brand-new idea – ‘What to NEVER’ do again.

Creation of an “ANTI-BUCKET LIST’.

Thus rather than create a list of resolutions (most which doubtful most continue

for a lengthy period of time) let’s create a list of not-to-dos.

We ladies thought our friend’s idea (although different) was both interesting and

doable.

Now tis time to think of Top 10s.

Hoping my list will create lots of chuckles.

I can’t wait for we ladies to share our thoughts.

Laughing out loud as I type this – already idea good for the soul.