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Monday Again

And that means it's time to . . . 


(And after my break, I feel all the more ready to get things revving again this week.)

As usual, on Mondays I share a bit of this and a little of that and things I discovered over the weekend. And I always start things off with my quote-for-the-week.

So. Let's get to it!


"No mud, no lotus."
            -- Thich Nhat Hanh


(No lotus here. Just lake plants. Looking down. Right off our dock!)



Back in the Before Times (like, y'know . . .  February) I was planning an outing with some friends to go see a major Frida Kahlo exhibit that was coming to Chicago this summer. We were so excited about it . . . planning for a lovely July day in Chicago (right about now, actually). But, of course, that was canceled and rescheduled.

Maybe we'll try again.  
Maybe we won't.
Who knows?

But we can still enjoy some Frida Kahlo . . . right from home.
(Yeah. Not the same at all. But the best we've got for now.)



Is this happening for any of you?

Do you look in your closet . . . at all those clothes hanging in there . . . and just wonder WTF?

As in . . . WTF did I think I needed all THAT for????

I don't have an over-stuffed closet by any means. I've already figured out "my style" and culled my wardrobe to Things I Actually Wear. Which is, of course, an entirely bizarre concept at the moment. Because all I wear now is some combination of workout clothes, denim shorts, and t-shirts.

Every. Single. Day.

Now, maybe someday I'll GO somewhere again. And maybe someday (although I'm not altogether certain about this) I'll actually want to get . . . dressed up again. But, for the most part, I've decided I really LIKE wearing t-shirts every day. And who cares if I'm still in my workout clothes at dinnertime? I'm not worrying about it. At all.

(My earring game is still strong. So there is that.)

Anyway. I've not missed shopping for new clothes at all. And I'm kinda thinking . . . I may never need to go clothes shopping again! (Or at least . . . not for a really long time.)

Is this happening for anyone else? In case you're leaning in this direction, too . . . well, here's an article from The Guardian with 20 Ways to Stop Buying New Clothes Forever.


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I know a lot of you aren't Instagram people. And I get that. (Personally, I'm not a Facebook person, but I really do enjoy following along with all kinds of people on Instagram.)


I thought I'd share some of my favorite Instagram accounts with you once in a while. This week? @DavidZinn

David Zinn is an Ann Arbor, Michigan based street artist. He creates absolutely delightful chalk art on (mostly) urban streets and buildings. His whimsical drawings are sure to bring a smile. Check it out!



The election is less than 100 days away, my friends. Not long at all, really. (Although, as we know, a lot can happen in 100 days.)


It's always important to vote -- and this year? Super important! We also need to keep up with all the voting news -- because, well . . . you know why. During the next few weeks, I'll share some voting information links, and maybe you can share them with your friends, and they can share them with their friends. Because VOTING MATTERS.

I'll begin with Vote.Org. This site includes the nitty-gritty basics all voters need to git-r-dun. You can register to vote, of course, and you can also do other helpful vote-y things like check your registration, set up voting reminders for yourself, and identify your polling station. There are links to each individual state election center, too, so you can hop right to your own state for more information. 

Click here for Vote.Org's Election Protection Guide, which outlines the specific steps to take should you be denied the right to vote when you arrive at your polling station, including a hotline number to call and report your situation.

Click here for Vote.Org's Voting & COVID-19 Guide, which includes state-by-state information for voting during the pandemic.

Stay informed.
Make a plan.


And that's it for me this week.

I hope your week is off to a great start.
Keep smiling.
We'll get through this.



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Thank you for the voting links! I just completed a poll worker survey from my state. It made me happy to know my state is thinking about what might need to change for the election! (and welcome back!!)


VOTING, it cannot happen soon enough for me! Colorado has had mail in voting for years, this year we will fill out our ballots and hand deliver our ballots into the ballot bin at the court house. I do not trust Trump and the GOP to put my ballot in the mail, he, they, will cheat and I fear for USPS, (my favorite federal department).
My big clothing decision everyday is, should I get out of my PJ's and dressed in shorts and a tee shirt, (no bra, no where to go). Big decisions these days, ha!


We have mail in voting here and there is a drop box outside the library which makes it even easier. As to clothing, I have put away my work clothes and now have a pretty empty closet. My workout clothes are in sad repair so I am thinking of replacing a few things. Almost ordered a stitch fix recently but I need to do a bit more thinking about what I really need. Nice to have you back.


My application for a mail-in ballot is all filled out and ready to drop in the mailbox today! I have a summer uniform and a winter uniform and I don't imagine that changing for quite a while. (I rarely got dressed up even before the virus!)


Nope, don't miss shopping for clothes at all! Which kind of surprises me. But it's a good thing. I guess I could use another paiar of shorts, but I'm not desperate. I may even already have a dress I can use for Colin & Mailing's wedding (bought a year ago and never worn!!). David Zinn's chalk art is definitely fun! And, thanks for all the voting links.


VOTE! It's so important every time but SO EXTRA important this time! I hate clothes shopping but I do love Stitch Fix. I have to be careful with it, though, and ask myself, would I even try this on if I saw it in a store? Because sometimes I have kept things and never worn them.

Margene Smith

We have had vote by mail for years and now you can't vote (because of the virus) any other way. Plus, there are ballot boxes all over the valley in case you don't trust the mail. When I retired I gave up clothes shopping and I have lived in jeans and a tee ever since. Recently I found I can no longer buy tall jeans! (FU, Eddie Bauer) My visible mending game is bound to become strong in the coming years.


I always vote in every election, but it feels extra important this year. I've already signed up for my mail-in ballot and plan to return it the day after I get it (because it looks like some people in the current administration are bound and determined to do everything they can to interfere with voting by mail!).

I haven't had quite the same response looking at my closet, but I have looked in mine and seen all the dressier clothes I usually wear to work and wondered if I'll ever wear them again. As comfortable as I am in my daily jeans-and-t-shirt uniform, I kind of miss wearing my cute summer dresses! (Yes, I could wear them at home, but what would be the point if no one sees them?)


Though I'm a pretty casual dresser for work all of the meetings, Women's Giving, etc. gone! And the business casual...gone with it! I'm completely unmotivated to wear anything but shorts and a tee as well. And now that I'm off on Mondays...workout clothes all. damm. day. for the win! The voting...we can't decide...there's something about going out to vote in your community. The cards to decide are sitting on the counter. Looking at the way things are going who knows if we'll be able to go to the polls!

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