One Liner Wednesday – Finding Our Way

Standing in front of a closed door for too long can make you feel like there’s something wrong with you — when truth is, it’s just not your door.

Nakeia Homer

I have certainly been there before – waiting for a path that would never lead to my intended destination. I couldn’t see how easy it was to take a few steps beyond that closed door to find exactly what I was looking for.

One Liner Wednesday is brought to us each week by Linda Hill. Pop over to her place to get the rules and read the contribution of others.


My Bivalent Booster

Yesterday I had my Covid bivalent booster. I chose Moderna which I have all along. A couple of hours later, the jab left my arm so sore I could hardly move it. I felt lethargic all afternoon and tried to nap. I had a very low grade fever and around 8:00 pm started having chills. I finally gave up and went to bed around 10:00. Around 2:00 am I woke to sore joints and a headache – uncomfortable enough for me to get up and take ibuprofen. I didn’t sleep much until about 6:00 am but then I fell hard asleep.

I am now enjoying a late cup of morning coffee, fever-free, chill-free, ache-free and free from a sore arm. No one else I know had a reaction to the new booster so I was quite surprised.

I am glad to have had the booster in advance of my trip to Florida. It was well worth the temporary discomfort. Now I can kick back and enjoy the day. It is beautifully sunny and delightfully cool. A lovely October day.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L. M. Montgomery


It Has Been A Week!

The last week has been a blur and a mix of really delightful things and really stressful things. I am thankful for the joyful things and at the same time thankful the stressful things are behind me.

Last weekend I was on the phone with my son when we both heard a gun shot. It was from the apartment below him. His children were there with him, so, terrified, we hung up so he could tend to making sure his children were safe. The police arrived in numbers. I will not go into all the details, but we both agreed he should pack up the children and head to our house for the weekend. After three stressful hours, they arrived at our house.

This is the reality of life in America and it is frightening. Fortunately, no one was hurt or killed, but shots had been fired. You never really get to know the outcome of things like this. Even if people were arrested, how long until they were back on the street and absorbed into the extremely overcrowded system of justice – if that. Thankfully, my family is okay.

We had a good weekend after they arrived. I was so thankful my grandchildren were here and out of such a stressful situation.

Tuesday, we had tickets to go to the Baltimore to see the da Vinci exhibit. It was interesting and lovely. It is a way to expose the masses to the art of the masters, but it is nothing like seeing the original paintings. Still, enjoyable and well documented as to da Vinci’s life and his work. Afterward, we had lunch at a pub on the grounds where I enjoyed fish and chips and hubby enjoyed a pork burger, followed by an ice cream sundae at the Biltmore Creamery.

Wednesday, stress was back as Hurricane Ian was approaching landfall on the coast of Florida. Knowing you have loved ones in the path of such a tremendous and powerful storm leaves you with a feeling helplessness. We have all read and seen the devastating effects of the storm which makes me doubly thankful all my friends and family are safe. There were so many who were not so fortunate.

Friday, the remnants of Ian were scheduled to arrive in our area. I had plans to meet my friend for lunch so we forged ahead. It was so nice to enjoy a meal together and just chat. We both agreed to make an effort to get together more often.

By Friday afternoon, Hurricane Ian had turned headed north of Charleston where we have more family. Some only experienced heavy rain, but some had flooding in their yard and a major roof leak from the intense rain. Thankfully, no one was injured, but there will be lasting ramifications.

It will take years to recover from the property damage Ian left in its wake. In some areas, I am not sure how things could possibly ever return to ‘normal’. After hurricane Charley hit our community in 2004, people lived with blue tarps on their roofs for years. Materials will be scarce and expensive. Add that to our already stressed supply chain and the picture is a bit grim.

In two weeks, I am flying to Florida to visit my family. The last time I visited, we all got sick, so this is our “do over”.  I will go get my Covid bivalent booster before I fly. Thankfully it is a short one-hour flight and I will, as always, wear a mask regardless of what others do.

I hesitate to say I will be back to a normal blogging schedule again, but I will definitely catch up and respond to all the outstanding comments.



No Throwback Thursday This Week

Hello everyone. This week is my week to write but I am just not mentally in a place to do so. I have family and friends all over the state of Florida where Hurricane Ian is wreaking havoc and I am not in a place where I can write, monitor and respond to posts until I know everyone is no longer under a threat. Lauren has a lot on her plate, too, so we are going to take a much needed week off.

We will be back next week hopefully refreshed and reporting that everyone is safe and sound from the storm.

Thanks for your understanding.

✍️🏼 Maggie and Lauren ✍️🏼