Weekend wrap-up

Weekend Wrap-Up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • Thanks so much to Winter Dragonflies for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog award!
  • Thanks also to Rory of A Guy Called Bloke for gifting me a compliment on my posts Blogging & Relationships and Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?
  • A couple of days someone followed me on Twitter, and I followed them back because it was a mental health account. Then I got a DM from them wanting to set up a time for a phone call so they could tell me their mental health story. Huh?
  • For the last year or so, I’ve been having difficulty with idioms, and it’s something I’ve been noticing more this week. I’ll be working on a blog post and write an idiomatic expression, then I’ll stop and wonder whether or not that’s an actual saying. I’ll then Google it to find out if it is or not. Sometimes I’ve gotten it wrong, but most of the time it’s right. What interests me is how often I’m looking things up. This was never an issue in the past.
  • There’s a family of crows that’s been nesting in my building’s courtyard for the last few years. There are little ones right now, and they make interesting noises. They have a higher pitched caw sound, and then when an adult feeds them, the caw turns into a gobble gobble gobble kind of sound.
  • The weather’s been gloomy most of this week, and when my mood’s low to begin with, the lack of sun is extra-unpleasant.
  • I pay for pretty much everything on my credit card, for the sole reason that it gives me rewards points and my debit card doesn’t. Now that I’m no longer travelling, I decided to switch cards, and I redeemed all the points I’d saved for a good chunk of money in Amazon gift cards. I’m very cheap for the most part, but I ease up on that when I’ve got gift cards. Anyway, the real point of this ramble is that I ordered some L-methylfolate supplements from Amazon. I used to get methylfolate injections from a naturopath to help my brain work better, but I stopped because it was too expensive. The oral supplements are also pricey, but I figure I’ll try it out and see if it helps.

As a guest on my blog this week, I had Karoline of Not broken – My life with PTSD, who did a wounded healer interview.


drawing of an American flag waving

Happy Fourth of July to my American friends. I think these words about freedom, from the “I have a dream” speech, are very fitting for this day.

When we allow freedom to ring—when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, 1963

Sometimes, boys just need to let their boys have some air.

How has your week been?

42 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

      1. Yeah, it’s bad when a citizen of your country (or someone from anywhere in the world really) cannot get equal treatment. That’s all that’s wanted. Treat people with dignity and respect. So sad!

  1. Oh my gosh, my dad and I just walked past a huge murder of crows. Scary birds! So I started quoting Sting from the rock group The Police to him:

    “But our thoughts kept returning
    To something the boy said
    As we turned to go
    He said you’ll never see our faces again
    You’ll be food for a carrion crow!”

    And my dad and I agreed that more original song lyrics have never been written.

    Same here, too, with the credit cards and reward points. Mine gets 10% cash back (I think), so I try to use it as often as possible. My debit card is currently MIA, so… God bless the credit card! I’m glad you bought some good supplements with yours!!

    Idioms are hard!! I tend to mess them up without realizing I did so, unless someone points it out to me. 😮 I hear ya!!

    My week has been dastardly!! Here’s to better weeks ahead!!

    1. Crows are fascinating. In my city, a huge number of crows roost every night in one specific area, and at dawn and dusk each day they travel en masse from their roost to their daytime hangout.

  2. I have moved house this week. Feeling pretty exhausted but pleased to be settled again. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring my guinea pigs when we moved at Christmas because we were in a rental that didn’t allow pets but they’ve been adopted by my lovely neighbours. I really miss them. They are so calming.

  3. Idioms, I have that problem too! In all the languages. 😀 It’s weird. WHen I write posts, I have to look up tons of things all the time too, not only specific words and what they are in English or if something means what I think it does, but also idioms/expressions/phrases if they’re actually a thing. I also often mix idioms from different languages, and the smooshes I can make up sometimes are quite interesting, haha. Even in Polish! 😀 Or perhaps I should say primarily in Polish because in other languages I mostly write so can easily correct myself or think more before writing, while in Polish I mostly talk. Though for me it’s mostly just that I’m not a native in most of the languages I speak, plus my natural more than average tendency to mix languages or phrases/structures/syntax from different languages especially when I’m particularly confused about how to say something or tired or sleepy or something.
    Hope the l-methylfolate will be helpful and worth its price.

  4. You had a very interesting week!
    If I could have a meeting with anyone it would have to be Martin Luther King Jr.
    The “I Have A Dream” speech that every time I hear it I have goose bumps.
    My week has been stressful. Just mobility issues.
    I really love your blog. Is it my understanding you are Canadian? I live in Saskatchewan, been here off and on since 1980. It is now my permanent home. Daughter and grandchildren live close by.

  5. It doesn’t feel like the Fourth of July. There’s just too much weird stuff happening in this country right now. That’s kind of weird about the axioms, but you know what they say, “better safe than fool me twice, sorry, shame on me.”

  6. I’m not celebrating the Fourth at all. I don’t feel particularly happy with the USA generally and I’m not about to mingle with people who don’t take the virus seriously. That negativity aside, things are okay for me. Cute pic!

  7. I love your box with a link to your books. I am going to have a play around and see if I can set up something like that. I think I know how to do it. But it would be totally stealing your idea. It looks great!

    I find it hard to keep mentioning my books. I don’t want anyone to get fed up of me. But if I had a box that anyone who was interested could click on to read more about my books and see links to Amazon, well, it would save me from having to create promo posts.

    1. I created the image on Canva, and I have it saved as a reusable block consisting of the image with a link to the book page on my site. As much as the block editor gets on my nerves, the reusable blocks make life so much easier.

      1. I keep expecting that one day I am going to try to create a post and the blok editor will have taken over…but not yet.
        I thought it was going to be 1st June? But maybe it is a gradual change they are making?

          1. Yeah…I thought we were not going to have any choice about using the new editor. But so far…nothing has happened.
            In all honesty, that is something I am glad about, because I have had to put together lots of posts for the BAKE-OFF and I was terrified I would not be able to figure out how to create posts!

  8. Stranger wants To share his mental health story? Get a blog lol.

    Back injury (chronic) yesterday. It will hurt for a few weeks. Still trying to move around.

    Called for a new trauma therapist. We’re lucky to find one who is taking new clients in-person! We’ll meet in a few weeks. Then we’ll leave T-5.

    Crows are our absolute favorite. They are our spirit animal. Glad you see and hear them. We are in them and they are in us 🐦 💕💕

    1. That’s wonderful! Now I’ll think of all of you when the crow family is doing its thing!

      I’m so glad there’s a T who can see you in person!

  9. The weather here is also bad this week. Loads of storm, wind and rain. Sunshine always makes us feel good. I wish you a beautiful new week ahead ☀️❤️

  10. I hope the oral supplements help!

    I’ve never used a credit card, only debit. So I miss out on the cashback stuff. Hmm. But I do have a card where I earn points when buying groceries which can be used to offset grocery costs!

    My mandarin is terrible so I have to look up idioms whenever I use them.

  11. Got to see a long time friend for the first time in a couple years which was nice. I also learned that fortunately for him, my dog does not lose his mind when the fireworks come out. Let us know about the hopefully positive effects of the supplements.

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