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Paya

Good Morning Lovelies! I completely forgot about blogging yesterday (my mistake), because my every thought has been consumed by a four-legged senior "queen" cat task master! Finally I have a reason to get up early and to stay on task throughout the day, which let me tell you has been particularly difficult during Quarantine, and the prevailing attitude seems to be a devastated "nothing matters anymore." With the arrival of Papaya everything feels a little bit more important, and I simply cannot sleep late or spend as many idle hours on my computer anymore. My little alarm clock snaps me out of it with her meow! And she LOVES to meow. The moment we met in person for the first time, when the shelter owners brought her to me, Papaya would not STOP meowing! I've gotten mostly used to it though, as one does with everything. We've all gotten used to life under this interminable Quarantine against our will after all. I know I certainly didn't want to &…

Mid-Day Musings

Hello Lovelies! Feeling a little down on myself for not adding to my blog as much as I should have lately. To make up for it, today I present you two, yes TWO articles for your enjoyment:) The fist is an enlightening look at our "dual pandemic" and how they both affect the Disabled community through a two-person interview on YouTube, belatedly also celebrating the anniversary of the ADA. The next is a print article bringing the issues addressed in the first article to a finer point with just one story. They're both interesting and informative, though the second is of course a little sad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub-5Kup6JW4&fbclid=IwAR3_FltZFT_s8rYnyn7H8f7FR6EUBL_5aWnslPJ7QQ_ElKY9IVTZp1Hmh24 The written article struck ME, first of all, because of how much "normalcy" is in the primary photo. A couple in love. It honestly doesn't look to me like there is one thing missing from this man's life. Certainly not enough to claim his quadrapl…

Too Anxious

Good Morning, Lovelies! Feeling very anxious today:( Just personal insecurities and worries about the future--amorphous, baseless, and with nowhere to rest:( I can't make myself "put it down." Anxiety rates around the country are extremely high, after all. And it makes me feel a little better to know I'm not alone. Indeed, with Quarantine/Lockdown forcing us all to distance ourselves and avoid each other and BE alone--any connection at all is a comfort. Adding fuel to my anxious fire this morning is that I found out I can't proceed with a pet adoption I'd been committed to since last week. So much for reducing my anxiety with a little fur ball:) I'll have to find some other way. I haven't entirely given up. As a result though, of course, my energy is drained. All my optimism has fizzled right out, and I'm just about ready to crawl back into bed. But of course I can't do that; there are still things I've been planning to do today. S…

Heart Breaker

I've avoided watching this video, which has been in my newsfeed for some time on Facebook. Today I finally made myself, and found it overwhelmingly satisfying from my perspective. We've all got things we're dealing with and many of us by this point have lost loved ones to Covid-19. This guy has taken steps in his own life to cultivate BOTH his physical and his mental health. When i lost my dad several years ago, of those in my household I was the only one who went to grief counseling, and I will never forget the lesson that taught me. We can't just "swallow" a loss, especially not of a family member. Otherwise it is very hard to move on. At the time I also buried myself in anything I could get my hands on about grief or grieving or overcoming loss. I particularly recommend C.S. Lewis' "A Grief Observed", if you are suffering at this time and need some one else to help you take a step back and look at your trauma from the outside. It helps enorm…

The Quality of a Life

Hello Lovelies! Today I'm sharing an article I debated sharing. It seems to cast this blog in a very "I'm a victim, you're a victim--we're all victims" light, and I hate that. However, this is something the Disabled face, and unlike other minorities and marginalized groups, there is no conversation around how to make people with disabilities feel more included in our society, let alone disabled minorities, and to say nothing of the concerns around the Pandemic. Myself, I have been isolating to the best of my ability for four months. Aside from receiving grocery deliveries (praise GOD) or the occasional UPS delivery--I have had to stay inside because I worry about how many people do not have symptoms of Covid-19 yet could still transmit it, and are not wearing a mask. They're everywhere:( Read the article below. It poses a heartbreaking question that until this moment in history, I don't think anyone has asked out loud. But it has always been real to …

Save the Date!

July 26th, Lovelies! That's the anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities act, and aren't WE excited?! We might still have a ways to go, but look how far we've come! That's what celebrating that day will be all about, and I for one could use all the celebrations I can possibly get in July. A group called Disability Unite, centered in New York, is having an online festival that day on Facebook, from 2pm-6 EDT. If you just go on Facebook and search "Disability Unite Festival",it'll take you right there! I can't wait; hope you love it!

Adaptation in the Mountains

I love every inch of Montana. Having visited and spent time there only sporadically, it has nevertheless touched my soul. The amazing mountains covered with a light dusting of snow the first time I'd come there were green and lush with Autumn the second time. I've gotten to know some of the amazing people who live there, although the second time I couldn't (as I had) ride into the same town I'd been to first. Train routes only go so far during the colder months, which is something I, as a city mouse from the urban Midwest, would never have thought of:) Sadly, I learned last week that Montanans are suffering through a spike in Covid cases, though their growth is mainly under control. Here's the link to my source: https://covidactnow.org/us/mt?s=54069 Given the dire prediction that they might be dealing with this virus' effects for YEARS to come, some of my intrepid Western-state's ingenuity has come to the fore in Missoula. I've never been to that city…