Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike and Book Promo

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*Note these are books sent to us by readers/frequenters of this blog.  Our bringing them to your attention does not imply that we’ve read them and/or endorse them, unless we specifically say so.  As with all such purchases, we recommend you download a sample and make sure it’s to your taste.  If you wish to send us books for next week’s promo, please email to bookpimping at outlook dot com. If you feel a need to re-promo the same book do so no more than once every six months (unless you’re me or my relative. Deal.) One book per author per week. Amazon links only. Oh, yeah, by clicking through and buying (anything, actually) through one of the links below, you will at no cost to you be giving a portion of your purchase to support ATH through our associates number. I ALSO WISH TO REMIND OUR READERS THAT IF…

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Heloise and her dog

Had to share this. Cyn

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Yesterday, in a moment of insanity, I stumbled on Cedar’s blog, where she’s got a challenge up for Ninktober (not Inktober, into which you have to buy.) And I decided to do it.

There is a problem, btw, with Adderal. Whatever task or strange idea I first stumble on, I cling to as if it were the most important thing in the world. As a friend says, it’s best to make sure you’re in front of the computer and ready to writer, or you’re as likely as not to get captured by the extreme importance of alphabetizing your tea cups. (No adderal doesn’t make you insane. That’s built in in my case. It just keeps you from rabbiting all over the place.)

Anyway, the result is I spent the morning yesterday looking for my art materials which are currently packed since that area is about to get re-floored. I couldn’t…

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I’ve been gone lately (no sh*t)

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Photo by Leonardo Gonzalez on Pexels.com

It’s hard to explain how I can be here and not be here. For months I have been sitting on my brown recliner, playing digital games, watching youtube, and cuddling with the little black dog, Foxy.

Even after a full night of sleep, my brain feels like I have a three day hangover. I take a nap and drag from bed to chair, turn on the TV, and then I stare sluggishly at the box until my brain decides to go into first gear.

I may have a few moments of the day when I have enough energy to to take the dog for a walk. The last month I walked to the front of the building and then sat on a lounge chair watching the birds and clouds. Maybe I’ll talk to one or two of the residents.

You may wonder why I didn’t think this was unusual. It’s because this last year I’ve been living and walking through a fog where my brain and body didn’t seem to want to move. Once I am in this downward spiral, I don’t even notice. I just drift away.

Yes, there is something physically wrong with me and it is not age. I received a call from my nephrologist’s office about two weeks ago. My kidney function had dropped from 13 percent to 10 percent in less than two weeks. She wanted me to get a PD catheter and start dialysis as soon as possible.

Feeling like I was walking through early spring mud, I managed to get my labs and surgery pre-ops orders done. After the surgery, I dealt with the pain and painkillers. Then I had my first flush last week.

The change was immediate. I was talking faster. I was interested in things other than the idiot box. Food tasted better. I could think.

I don’t know what the next phase of my life is going to be. I hope that I can sit down and write again. I hope That my brain will have enough connections and be filtered enough that I can do more than write a sentence or two.

We’ll see.

Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike and Book Promo

According To Hoyt

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Book Promo

*Note these are books sent to us by readers/frequenters of this blog.  Our bringing them to your attention does not imply that we’ve read them and/or endorse them, unless we specifically say so.  As with all such purchases, we recommend you download a sample and make sure it’s to your taste.  If you wish to send us books for next week’s promo, please email to bookpimping at outlook dot com. If you feel a need to re-promo the same book do so no more than once every six months (unless you’re me or my relative. Deal.) One book per author per week. Amazon links only. Oh, yeah, by clicking through and buying (anything, actually) through one of the links below, you will at no cost to you be giving a portion of your purchase to support ATH through our associates number. I ALSO WISH TO REMIND OUR READERS…

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Earth Needs Women – a blast from the past from November 2010

Earth Needs Women

According To Hoyt

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*Forgive me for running blasts from the past on both blogs today, but for various reasons — okay, mostly cats and doctors. Someday I’ll tell you the story, it’s hilarious — I only slept 3 hours last night, which came on top of spending the afternoon/evening very worried.  Then today (Tuesday, late night) was a round of doctors. I managed to finish ONE grossly overdue short story, which is nothing short of a miracle as exhausted as I am. Tomorrow I finish the LAST overdue short story and can at last return to the novels. So forgive me for this one, but honestly it’s so old you probably don’t remember it. -SAH*

Earth Needs Women – a blast from the past from November 2010

No, this is not the obligatory ecological post. Today, in the car on the way from dinner (not cooking at Thanksgiving is logical when you have…

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