03.21.16 – End of Day Notes

What I did today: started the day fuming at the repairman working on our lines. Finally got up and running around 12:30 pm and had so many posts to schedule, emails to read and people to catch up with. It has felt like a frenzy all day.

What I learned today: April’s A2Z is going to be amazing! I read so many wonderful theme reveals today.

What I am most proud of today:  I didn’t go off on the repairman and I have actually managed to get a lot of work done today

What did you do today, dear readers? Learn any lessons? Have a reason to be proud? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!

Share Your World – 2016 Week 12


for Cee’s Share Your World

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink? Pepsi Max! (Yes, those of you who read me regularly know this already!)

What made you feel good this past week? A better question would be what made me feel miserable this past week because I was plagued with the miserables (allergies, no phone, no internet, and no cable), but I guess the one thing that really perked me up was getting to chat with my BFF, Annette on the phone.

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot? I am a socks or barefoot kinda gal. If it’s cold, socks… If it’s warm, barefoot.

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold? Bleah! Neither! I prefer cool or warm weather, but if given no other alternatives but cold or hot, I would go with cold. I can eventually put on enough layers to get warm, but I cannot take off my skin to get cool.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week? that the tree that fell on our Lumos line (cable, phone, internet) did not fall on anyone or anything other than that line and the neighbor’s fence (it was his tree too!)

and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? More writing on my story, The Stacked Deck, finishing up my posts for this blog for the A2Z next month, maybe getting to visit with a friend, and finding a few breathing moments before the frenzy of April begins.

Self-Discovery Sunday – Passion

for Self-Discovery Sunday – What are you passionate about?

I haven’t always had passion in life. In fact, I went through five very dark years of depression where passion had completely fizzled out in my life. During those five years, I quit doing everything that I once loved. I hid myself away in a darkened bedroom, rarely went out of my house, and attempted suicide more times than I care to admit. I blamed most of it on my husband during those years, but if truth were to be known, I was just as guilty. Sure, it was difficult living with a narcissist, but I was also the problem. I hated living in Oklahoma far away from my mountains of Virginia. I made no effort to meet new people. And I rarely left the house. I allowed myself to sink into that horrible depressive state. But when you are Bipolar, you don’t always have a choice as to when depression or mania will hit you. It just happens. Without notice and at the most inconvenient of moments. It was only with the help of a cocktail of drugs, a great therapist and Mindfulness training that I overcame my depression. I do still on occasion have a depressive moment, but nothing like before. I have my passionate life back again!

Here is my list of 5 things I am passionate about:

  1. Meditation and Mindfulness – these are both essential to my life if I want to remain depression-free. I do a 20 min meditation each morning and I practice Mindfulness throughout the day. You should see me mindfully brush my teeth *laughs*
  2. Writing – this is without a doubt my #1 passion, even though I am listing here it here as #2, for obvious reasons listed above *winks*. Writing fiction and poetry is in my blood. It is my reason for blogging, my reason for getting up each day, and for living. Without it, I am nothing, a soulless being.
  3. Cultivating friendships – I don’t have many friends, but the few that I do have, I want to keep. So it is very important that I maintain and strengthen those friendships.
  4. Reading – I am an avid reader. Nothing thrills me quite like a good mystery or science fiction story. I love getting lost in others’ lives.
  5. Family – I haven’t always been close to my family, but I am working very hard these days to keep that connection.


Self-Discovery Sunday is a weekly Journal Writing experience for those who’ve dealt with and are recovering from depression and/or addiction. I hope you will join me each Sunday over at Annette’s Place as we learn to discover who we truly are and how we wish to live our lives now, free of depression and addiction.

10 Daily Currents – 03.21.16

It is Monday at 6:25 pm and I am currently…

1. listening: to the hum of my heater.. otherwise, it silent in the house as both dad and my brother are napping

2. eating: I haven’t really been hungry today. This allergy nonsense is kicking me in the arse, so all I’ve had today is a few slices of ham and some pepperjack cheese.

3. drinking: Pepsi Max… seems like I am almost always drinking this when I post my 10 Dailies. Honestly, I do drink other things… coffee, tea, water…

4. wearing: black sweats, a black t-shirt, black socks …I am matching today, shock shock!

5. feeling: stuffy and cold

6. weather: 51 degrees, windy and the sun is shinning brightly in my window.

7. wanting: these cold days and nights to be over with! (Don’t worry, soon you will get to hear me complain about the heat) …bring on Spring weather already!

8. needing: allergy meds, but they make me sleepy and I have far too much to catch up on for that

9. thinking: I am so glad the repair men got my internet back up and running today. 3 days without service and I nearly went mad! Mad mad mad, I tell ya!

10. enjoying: reading everyone’s A2Z Theme Reveals. There will be some awesomeness going around the blogosphere come April!

#atozchallenge: Theme Reveal Blogfest Day


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*As you enter As the Fates Will Have It, you are greeted by a hostess who leads you into the great hall. There are tables set up, a wine and spirits bar, a coffee and tea bar, a large buffet with delightful eats, and an entire section for desserts. At the back of the room is a stage and a jazz band. You are invited to indulge as you await the big announcement*


*The band plays as everyone mingles, eats and drinks. Suddenly the music stops and Lori takes the stage*

Hello friends! Today I am celebrating the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

*She turns and looks at the drummer*

Drum roll, please….

*long drum procession*

My theme is….. a personal one: People Who Inspire Me!

This theme will allow me to explore some of the people who have inspired me – spiritually, emotionally, and with my writing.

I hope you will all join me! And now, back to the Jazz, eats and drinks! Have a great time!

*There is still time to sign up! You can do so here.*