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Random 5 for October – 665, pies and Free Fallin’

It’s Tuesday! It’s Random! It’s time for 5 Randoms in my world.  Ready?  Set?  Go ->

1 )  665 – that’s 665 days without 1 sick day.  I was last sick (bronchial infection/the flu) in December of 2015; I started the 10 day Grain Detox on Jan 4 2016 and lost weight, the fluff & puff, and regained my health.   Cutting out grains cut the inflammation that feeds illness ~ no more seasonal allergies, colds, flu, sinusitis or bronchitis.   It’s not that hard to do and while I was super strict the first 8 months my life shifted with even more travel and I relaxed and leaned into it.  I still (largely) follow the guidelines and – to my amazement – am never sick.  Amazing!   10 days became a lifestyle.

2 )  Death ~ we had a death in the family last week, Hubbs’ Dad.  He had been estranged from the family for many years, and lived far away from all of us, by choice.   Still, it’s never easy to lose a parent, regardless the circumstances.   Someone asked me what he was like and my answer was, “He was a hard man to know.”   And there it is.   But – to clarify – when I write here about time spent with my FIL, I’m writing about Hubbs’ Step-Dad, who lives nearby.   Fathers come in many forms.

3 ) Seasons ~ it’s October and feels like June, with higher than normal temps, skies like September and heat like summer.   Birds and squirrels are as confused as we are!

2 doors down & Taken on my cell phone. An Emjayandthem(C) Photo.

4 ) Travel ~ I have gobs of travel this month – day trips, overnights, and out-of-towns.  Current events make for nervous travelers, watching the crowd, staying alert.    You know what keeps me going?   Too much vacation has to be used again so I’ve booked a week off at Thanksgiving ~  I’ll be reading, pie-making, relaxing and shutting out the world.      It’s good to have goals 🙂

My sister-in-law’s homemade Saskatoon berry pie.

5 )  Tom Petty.  RIP.   So many great songs, all sing-along-able.  This was and is a favorite.   “She’s a good girl, loves her Mama, loves Jesus, and America, too.”   ~ Sigh

And how was your week?

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8 thoughts on “Random 5 for October – 665, pies and Free Fallin’

  1. Diane Helminiak

    I have missed your last couple of blogs, Marilyn because I think I have let life distract me. I just love to bits of your past and your clear thinking about everything. Thank you for shedding light on things.

    • Aww thanks my friend. I have missed you, too. Life gets busy, sometimes too much so. I don’t know how clear I am these days ~ it feels like I’m on a tilt-a-whirl at warp speed most days. I long to have things slow down but am sure I’d get bored 🙂 hope you’re well, MJ

  2. Lots of thoughts in this post, MJ, and as usual, well written. You should take one of those vacations, grab your brown-eyed handsome man and head to the Outer Banks with us!!

    • Thanks so much! We have SO much going on that as much as I’d love to do just that we really need to stop and take a breath before we plan anything else. But your idea is tucked away .. you just never know, plus you remember my Mom’s cousin (that I’ve never met!) lives near you. Who knew? Thanks sweet friend, xo MJ

  3. Families are complicated. My eldest brother estranged himself from the rest of us (even his kids). I haven’t seen him in 30 years and he lives a 20 minute ride away. I often wonder what makes someone so angry that they block out the ones who love them. On the other hand, after he “left” the family lost all toxicity and stress. None of us wanted to go back to reconnect because of that. He’s 89 now, frail and mostly alone with his equally bizarre wife.

    • I’m so sorry yet I understand. I have a sister who hasn’t spoken to me since Mom’s funeral. Her choice, but painful. I hold out hope but yet know it’s unlikely. She doesn’t like me and doesn’t seem to want the connection. Still .. it is not anything I would wish on anyone and I know you understand. 😦

      thank you for weighing in, Kate! MJ

  4. Petty , pie and sick free. ❤️

    • “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

      P.S. surprised ole Tom never wrote a song about pie! 😉 MJ

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