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Sharonbw

@Sharonbw@mastodon.online

Retired educator, mom + grandma to daughters, granddaughters + rescue cats. I'm an introvert and spend lots of time researching family history, reading, gardening and walking.

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purplepadma, to random
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Well, time for , but it’s been kind of a nothing day…

  1. Tuna steak for dinner
  2. My cat has been very affectionate
  3. Spotted a cinnabar moth

Not the most earth-shattering list, but it’s all I’ve got!

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
Your list is #3GoodThings, not 3 Spectacular Things. Some days are just good, which is ok. 😉

purplepadma, to random
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Tom asked me if I want to watch the Sunak/Starmer debate with him. I thought about it, and then I thought about my mental health my tendency towards insomnia, and I decided I am better off sticking to my journaling/reading/meditation late evening routine

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
Good decisions. Why aggravate yourself before bedtime?!

Sharonbw, to random
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Good morning! Spurred by increasing humidity I've gotten my laundry into the dryer + the kitchen straightened. Soon I'll head out for groceries.

I've got to figure out it it's worth it to water the hanging porch plant that is home to our Carolina wren nest. The eggs haven't hatched yet, but if I can catch the momma bird on a break from sitting on them perhaps I can add some water to the opposite side.

A bigger question is whether the screened porch will be too warm for sitting. 🤞

purplepadma, to random
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Coaching was SO good! I feel like she really gets me, and she helped me clarify some major things. She’s given me some homework to do about coping with my mood fluctuations, a journaling task that I think will be really helpful for weathering the storms

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma

I’m so happy this is going well. It looks like your coach is going to be a real resource in helping you sort things out.

Sharonbw, to random
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Good morning! The weekend is almost upon us, and it appears it will be a good one, weather-wise. That's going to break the string of wet weekends we've had. For now it feels more like September than May - cool with no humidity.

M is having his ham radio buddies over tomorrow, so I'll be left to my own devices. No worries, I'll come up with something.

Today will include the usual walking, reading, gardening and a little cleaning. Not bad, not bad at all. 😊

NorcalGma2, to Dogs
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We were all awake early this morning. My husband has to attend his twenty millionth comp and pen appointment for the VA, which requires a three hour drive.
I can assure everyone that the VA takes this process very seriously. So seriously in fact that Veterans with multiple cancers, all considered 100% service related, and the residual medical, and mobility issues related to surgeries and treatments including the removal of major organs, can still be denied permanent disability thereby saving the average tax payer not very much.
For us, this challenge of constant appointments and denials wears us down.
Summer and I are patiently waiting so we can welcome him home, which is what the VA should have been doing since 1969.
Summer in the early morning sun brings us joy and a smile.
Good morning, Mastodon.

Sharonbw,
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@NorcalGma2
My father's experience with the VA was the same. The paperwork, appointments and keeping on top of the status (usually non-activity) of issues is a full-time job. I truly believe it is designed to wear veterans down, when they are at their most vulnerable.

Sharonbw,
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@NorcalGma2 @Amoshias
I would agree as well about the people who are providing face to face care. It's the hoops that have to be jumped through and navigating through the system that is frustrating.

Sharonbw, to random
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Good morning! A day of sun + ideal temperatures here, and I'm grateful for that. I'm also grateful my TX daughter has power. In Tuesday's storms she + her husband lost internet, but the electricity stayed on. Most others were not so lucky.

She works in a private school. The damage and power outages were so widespread that school is cancelled for the rest of the week, effectively ending the school year.

It's only a matter of time before the effects of climate change touch us all.

DoubleTreble, to weirdfolks
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@weirdfolks
Good morning lovely people 💕
Despite rumours about it being Friday, I can confirm today is indeed Thursday 😁
I offer a little culture with my William Morris mug .
I'm due a catch up later today with a dear friend 🥰🥰

Sharonbw,
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Happy Thursday, otherwise known as “Friday Eve”. I’m waking up to a lovely cool morning. It will be a good day for taking a long walk. Maybe today will be the day I remember to bring my binoculars so I can spot the birds I’m hearing.

Enjoy your day!😊

Sharonbw, to random
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Good morning! It's a day that I can keep the windows open a little longer than usual. The humidity is low and there's a nice breeze blowing.

Top of the to-do list is to ice my daughter's birthday cake. As is fitting for a middle child, her birthday is almost overlooked in favor of the Memorial Day activities. But attention must be paid + making a cake is an easy task.

The sun is still low enough that if I head outside now I've got shade and cool temperatures, so that'll be first.

purplepadma, to random
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Just getting ready to make dinner then we’re going to view Springwatch with Alice and Sam. I can’t believe they leave tomorrow, this long weekend has just whizzed by. But Alice will be back in 3 weeks, and she’ll bring my mum 😃

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
Nice! Alice’s return is something to look forward to.

Sharonbw, to random
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Good morning. Granddaughter is marching in the local Memorial Day parade, so we’ll be up and out soon. She’s a member of her middle school marching band. For once I’m hoping the cloud cover holds so the temperature stays tolerable.

The rest of the day will be quiet and (hopefully) uneventful.

Enjoy your day, however you spend it!

purplepadma, to random
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I’ve just booked to see a live broadcast of 42nd Street from the Theatre Royal at a local theatre. I’m going with my bestie. She asked her partner if he wanted to come and he sneered at tap dancing. Well he clearly doesn’t know what’s good. Fool. It’s a matinee, so we are going to go for a lovely brunch first. It will be great girls’ day out

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
I'm jealous. You're going to have a great time.

Sharonbw, to random
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Good to you! It’s too early to tell what kind of weather day we’ll have. One thing is certain- it will be an easy day, ending with a cookout later.

It’s an informal family tradition that we grill out for the summer holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th + Labor Day and whatever family is in the area shows up.

Everyone contributes, even the grandchild. Her job is to take a count of hamburgers, cheeseburgers +/or hot dogs wanted.

Good food and simple fun.

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
Miss C is keeping all her options open. 😂

purplepadma, to random
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I haven’t felt this bad in a couple of weeks. I really hope this is just a one off thing not the start of another period of mood instability

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
I hope this passes quickly. Get some rest and tomorrow will be better. 🤗 💜

purplepadma, to random
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Another amazing book on Kindle for 99p today - Emma O’Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars. I thought about this novel for a long, long time after I finished it

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
Thank you for your book recommendations. The specials on Kindle books are different here in the U.S. - definitely NOT on sale - but I can put them on hold at my library.

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We've got to watch our step. Our little camouflage queen blends in so well on this carpet that she becomes a tripping hazard!

Good morning/afternoon/evening to all you dear folks!

#CatsOfMastodon #Pax #Cats #Tabby #CatsOfFediverse #FediCats #Animals #MastoCats #Catstodon #ILoveCats #AdoptDontShop #Katzen #Katze #Kat #Chat #Gata #Neko #Purr #Pets

Trigger alert: EC with a cat

Sharonbw,
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@GertrudeZane
Good afternoon! I worry about the tripping hazard as I get older. Our Ringo has an obsession about running ahead of us if he senses we're heading into another room. He treats our legs as a slalom course, which can get dicey!

Hope your day goes well, with no mishaps for humans or animals!🤗

Sharonbw, to random
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I've got a grocery run to do before rain comes through. The summer tourist season is about to begin, so it's time to start the habit of doing errands in the middle of the week. Roads and stores around here are too busy on the weekends, including Fridays.

Each year we adjust our use of the beaches + restaurants as we share with the visitors that keep our local economy going. We grin + bear it and breathe a sigh of relief when Labor Day rolls around.

Let the summer games begin.

purplepadma, to random
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Feeling grateful that cicadas don’t live in Wales

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
I'm grateful we live near the shore. Sandy soil is not conducive to their life cycle. We may see one or two casings at the end of the summer, but that's about it. Whew!

purplepadma, to random
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Oops, I fell asleep on the bed for two and a half hours. Came down to find Tom and the cat also asleep. Has somebody cast a spell on the house?

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma

😂 Didn't you say it was rainy? That is always sleep inducing for me.

Sharonbw, to random
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Good Wednesday morning! Waking up to a gorgeous morning. It occurs to me that Memorial Day weekend is coming up + I'll need to pick up some groceries before the tourists descend. Tomorrow is supposed to be cloudy, so I'll put it off until then. That opens up more porch time.

No weeding today. After finding a tick on me last night I'm taking a break! 😬

It's going to be a busy day at the birdbath, with the 80F temperatures, so I'm headed out to clean + fill it up.

DoubleTreble, to weirdfolks
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@weirdfolks
Good morning lovely people from a very wet Lancashire!!
Looks like summers gone 🤣🤣🤣
Will be visiting Mum later this morning,
Hopefully you're all having a great morning 🥰

Sharonbw,
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@weirdfolks @DoubleTreble
Good morning! While you’re having wet weather we’re finally enjoying some sunny days. Today will be pleasantly warm, so there will definitely be time spent reading on the porch.

Hope your day goes well

purplepadma, to random
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Very excited that I am meeting a Mastodon friend IRL tomorrow! Travelling to Swansea for brunch

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma
Have a wonderful time!

purplepadma, to cymru
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I’m outside in a T-shirt and shorts in full sun. I’m going to have to go and put some sunscreen on, I can feel the back of my neck starting to burn. I’m not complaining, this spell of lovely weather will be over by Tuesday

Sharonbw,
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@purplepadma

Having to put on sunscreen is a nice “to do” task. Enjoy soaking up that sun!

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