Maggie’s Mindless Meanderings

Don’t expect anything more than rambling thoughts.

We had a lot of medicines and substances at home when I was a kid that are now controlled. The one that comes to mind immediately is paregoric, which is an opium/morphine (now controlled) substance. It was rubbed on our gums for a toothache. I remember the taste so well. I do not remember any side effects from using it.

How did kids go from hating any kind of medicines – all my generation did – to willingly taking mood altering drugs?

I got curious and went through my Amazon history to find the first thing I ever purchased from Amazon. My first order was in March 2010. I bought 4 DVDs. I believe I have purchased more DVDs than anything else over the years. They used to be the ‘go-to’ gift for birthdays and Christmas and now most people do not watch them much. I have given away many, but we still have a LOT.

My eye doctor recommended I start taking ocular vitamins. These recommended ocular vitamins are very expensive. The good news is he says I do not need to worry about cataract surgery for another 8-10 years. Yay – getting old!

Speaking of eye doctor. I hate picking out frames because I cannot see with my glasses off. And now, Covid era, handling all the frames and trying them on with a mask makes it worse! Now, the frames go in a box after you touch them to be sanitized and put back on display. I might try one of those virtual apps.

“I couldn’t ____________ if my life depended on it!” This statement was usually made in reference to things people were once able to do but could no longer do. How would you fill in the blank?

A friend shared a NY Times article with me. It was interesting and floated the idea that after Covid, the prominent emotion we are feeling is languishing. The American Oxford dictionary defines languishing as “failing to make progress or to be successful”. How would you define languishing? Do you think it is a good way to describe this Covid Era?

It has been chilly here and very dry. We had freeze warnings the last two nights and now we have an increased chance of fire. Luckily tomorrow they are forecasting 1-2 inches of rain. Now what do do with those Cornish game hens hubby was going to grill?

Off to find a recipe for roasting the hens.

29 thoughts on “Maggie’s Mindless Meanderings”

  1. To think of this pandemic experience as ‘languishing’ seems unnecessarily negative to me. We are ‘paused’ but I don’t feel like I’m failing at anything. In fact I feel rather empowered by this last year. I haven’t gotten to do anything I’d planned [other than to stay alive] but I’ve re-discovered that I’m resilient and creative and able to make the best of things. And this comment is from someone who is decidedly not a Pollyanna.

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    1. Ally, I understand what you are saying. I do think I languished a good bit in the height of the pandemic. Having the vaccine makes life seem a little more normal and I feel more motivated. I admire your ability to be productive during all this. I had moments, like Inktober and NaNoWriMo, then the holidays even though we were isolated we still had a lovely Christmas. I was really curious what others thought about the word languishing. It was a different description from what I had read others say.

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  2. You could walk into Rexall and get paregoric, cough syrup with codeine, real iodine, Neo-Synephrine with ephedrine, weight-loss tablets that were loaded with amphetamines, saccharine, Sterno… you could buy two for the price of one plus a penny during their 1 cent sales! It was great: all kinds of dangerous stuff over the counter. Nixon put an end to that when he declared war on drugs…

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  3. I have around 500 DVD films, and I am still buying them. I had one delivered yesterday in fact. I prefer them to one-off streaming. You can watch them again, lend them to people, even give them away as ‘used’ gifts. Can’t do that with a ‘Stream’. 🙂
    I haven’t languished during the pandemic. My life stayed much the same, and if anything I have written much more than before.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I don’t know how many DVDs we have, but the number is in the hundreds for sure. I have written a lot – not near what you have. I have taken a number of online courses, and accomplished some things, but I definitely languished some.

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  4. I thought the languishing piece was interesting; I was definitely in that category a month or so ago, but seem to have a new perspective now. as things are opening up. We’re even going on our first trip on Sunday for two weeks. I can hardly believe it. It will be a lovely change of scene returning to a place we knew well long ago.

    I’m glad you won’t need cataract surgery for a while! I have a cataract that quickly became problematic ~ 4 months ago and can’t wait for surgery next month — I’ll be happy to have my vision back in that eye, corrected to 20/20 (it was near-sighted before, but allowed me to read up close without glasses until quite recently, that is, until the cataract made that eye remarkably blurry. Thank goodness it’s something correctable. It had been misdiagnosed as a vitreous detachment previously.

    We are really hoping for some good drenching rains. Our HomeExchange folks are gardeners, but we’re hopeful it’ll be rainy enough while we’re away (they’re working remotely and have a 2 yr-old), so we won’t need to have them worry about that.

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    1. Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about your eyesight problems. I am relieved you have surgery scheduled to help regain your vision. You must be excited at the prospect of traveling. It has certainly been a long time, hasn’t it? I am afraid I have languished more than I should have, but I do think the vaccine has provided some much needed change in how we view our lives post-covid. (Hopefully we will see post-covid!) I miss being able to spend time with family and friends. Hopefully we will see that slowly start to improve.

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  5. Oh yes, Maggie, my early Amazon purchases were also DVD’s. I couldn’t RUN even if my life depended on it.
    Oh, I remember the first 2 steps in a recipe for roasting :
    1st Steal a chicken
    2nd Take the feathers off said bird

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    1. Don, I love your recipe steps. Luckily, we didn’t need to steal one! 😂 i was able to stuff them with some lemon and celery and bake them in the oven they were quite tasty. Running, I am afraid, is in my history, too.


  6. When I was a child I had to have my teeth straightened and that involved having some teeth removed; either with gas or a local aanesthetic – which was called having Cocaine – the only time I’ve taken Cocaine!

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  7. Completely concur about the whole “languishing” thing. Right now my other half is having a “meh” morning – not quite bringing herself to start on anything. I seem to be a bit better at forcing myself to put one foot in front of the other, and faking optimism. Love your blog btw – just discovered it this morning.

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    1. Hello, Jonathan! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I enjoyed my initial look over your blog as well and will spend a little more time there as I enjoy this rainy day. I think my husband has done better at moving forward than I have as well. We have both been much less active and involved in the outside world than is normal for us during the pandemic. Hopefully, there maybe light at the end of the tunnel.


    1. Willow, I am reading this post-hen dinner. I did a simple roast, but I have heard of beer bottle chicken before. I like the idea of languishing in the bath with a glass of wine although I am not much of a bath person. Back dlips! Could I EVER do that?


  8. We had paregoric too and took it when we got salmonella poisoning from bad ice cream.(The health department identified the source.) It did work! Didn’t notice any pleasant side effects I must say. I couldn’t stay up on New Year’s Eve any more if my life depended on it.

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    1. It is still prescribed for intestinal issues, but you need a prescription now. I tend to be a night owl in retirement so midnight is not an unusual time for me to be awake.

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