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Almost closing time

This has been a whirlwind week, with cleaning and purging and donating and updating and just plain throwing out, I get totally sidetracked and forget about other projects that I care about and have time invested in, like this writing. 

But these distractions in life are temporary and life returns to its new normal, whatever that is at the moment. 

I’ll tell you what, all this cleaning and purging and donating has been so awesome  for me. I’ve learned what I need and what I don’t, what I can live with and without, how to do with less, and how to say goodbye to those things that no longer serve me, even if there is a sentimental attachment

There are many, many things I will miss about Orlando; seeing a momma swan and her ducklings every spring will be one of them, and there really is so much more to Orlando than the theme parks.

It’s been a wild ride, and an interesting one, and one I will never forget. 

Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.

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Rescue mission

So it’s 347a here and I’m out on the back porch having some tea, puppies lying at my feet, listening to the sound of the rain. It’s cool out, most comfortable and serene.

The reason I am awake is because I just completed a rescue mission of removing a rat I found running around my bathroom. I don’t know if the cats brought it in and forgot about it, or if it found its own way in, but every night for the past 4 nights, right around this time, I’ve heard it wandering about. A couple times Anna had it cornered, but it got away.

Once I saw it and knew where it was, I closed the bathroom door and got to figuring out how to remove it from my house without any bloodshed.

I’m not good with stuff like that, yuck, it makes me nauseous.

I got Wolfie in the bathroom with me to help out. You know, being a cat and all you’d think she’d had some mad rat catching skillz. NO. She stood by the closed door and watched the thing run around the room.

It ran right in front of her you know. At one point, it even tried to hide between her and the door.

FER CRYIN OUT LOUD! Cat! DO something!

*grumble grumble* doesn’t even earn her food around here, acting like that


FINALLY After 10 minutes, Wolfie decides to “spring” into action by grabbing the rat by her mouth when it runs right in front of her.

After that, of course, the thing is terrified and tired and decides to “hide” by hanging from the water line behind the toilet.

I very cautiously and gently take the pillow case I have been chasing it around the room with, and with my hand – and part of my arm – covered, I grab it by its tail and put it in the pillow case.

With it secured in the case, I put on a long sleeve shirt, some shoes, and release it out in the front yard. After a second of wondering where it now is, the little critter wanders off.

“Charlene”, you say, “you are crazy to attempt to catch it, why don’t you just kill it?”

Yoga teaches of ahimsa, which is the act of non-violence. The rat did nothing to harm me, and it just wants to live peacefully, like we all do.

Now, I will try to go back to sleep. Happy dreams to you all.

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The way you make me feel


I’ve had this debate with someone for quite awhile now. He insists that his gruff, blunt, and sometimes downright rude behavior is just part of his genetic makeup and he doesn’t give a damn what other people think about him. 

I said, it’s not what other people think about you, it’s how you make them feel. 

How many of us have come across someone who speaks in a condescending tone, or gives a snarky comeback to a question, or just has an attitude no matter what they say? 

Yeah, not good is it? And it makes me never want to talk to that person again. If I was dying of thirst and that person was the only one left on the planet who had water, if I was lost in the woods and being chased by rabid wolves, if the apocalypse came and I thought I was the last person on the planet and happened to come across someone else…I still wouldn’t talk to them. 

And just because you don’t like someone still doesn’t mean you have to treat them like an asshole. People are deserving of respect and love, because they are another living being on this planet. Doesn’t mean you have to like them, just don’t be an asshole. 


Unfortunately, this person still doesn’t get it. I kinda feel sorry for him. 

Try not to be an asshole today.  


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For us make-it/fix-it girls


Fo sho.

Say it with me, “can I get an amen?!”

Now, back to fixing it.

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Why the interwebs is good for introverts

You know I’ve talked about being an introvert before and after doing some more soul searching and observation and self-awareness I’ve become acutely aware of how I have always been such an introvert, even as a small child. It’s amazing how, looking back, I did the same things that I do now, but was just totally misunderstood and often made fun of. I embrace my introvertedness now and am actually quite happy with how I’ve turned out.

On that note, I decided to make a little meme for us introverts, regarding the interwebs. Some people may think that those who spend a lot of time on the internet are anti-social or just weird, but the interwebs is a great place for introverts to hang out, and here’s why:

why the interwebs is good for introverts - ggs