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Life

Learning

I’ve chosen to fill the past few weeks with learning experiences – webinars, online courses, books, articles, podcasts, discussions. This cuppa, with its dots and connected pattern, makes me think of these experiences.

It’s a luxury, this opportunity to be purposefully curious, this available time to indulge my curiosity.

So often, my desire to learn conflicts with being busy, or tired, or distracted. “Learning” equates to figuring stuff out as quickly and as easily as possible in order to get something done.

But right now, I have time to go beyond the key takeaways and consider the broader implications. I can reflect and evaluate, ask what if? and why not?. I can choose to learn new things just because I want to, just because I am interested.

Here’s to the privilege of being able to learn and the gifts that come from the learning journey.

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Animals Nature

Hibernation

Today’s cuppa is a nod to my current feelings of kinship with the Hibernators.

As we all likely remember from science class, hibernation typically occurs during winter and is a means of conserving energy and resources. The most common example of hibernating animals is bears, who bulk up during the autumn months and then hunker down in their dens to sleep through the cold.

What isn’t as well known is that forms of hibernation can also occur throughout other times of the year and in a wide variety of animal species. Hibernation instincts may be triggered anytime resources are scarce. For example, there are some species of fish that hibernate if their lakes dry up.

When the circumstances improve, and it’s safe and wise to emerge, hibernation ends…until triggered again by the instinctive recognition that hibernating is the best option for self – and species – preservation.

Here’s to the animals that adapt to the environment by chilling out and hunkering down. I’m doing my best to respect the lesson that nature is offering me.



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Family Life

Pokemon

Most days, there’s an intentional choice behind my cuppa selection, actively connected to specific thoughts or feelings.

This is not one of those days.

I woke up this morning with the Pokémon theme song in my head. This cuppa once had a picture of Charmeleon on it. So, here we are.

This cuppa does remind me of when my sons were younger and how much fun they had with all things Pokémon. While those memories weren’t the reason for my cuppa choice this morning, I will enjoy them while I sip. And, I’ll be grateful for health, and happiness, and loved ones.

Here’s hoping you have good memories of your own to enjoy today.

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Family Fun

Viking

Each time I use this cuppa cup (given to me by my sister in honor of our Norwegian heritage), my internal dialogue goes something like this:

Thorvald the Viking!

Lutefisk – ugh.
Reminds me of fish paste. Also ugh.

Who would make Cream of Lutefisk? Is that really a thing? No, of course not. It’s a joke. But maybe not?

I might have had a hard time being a Viking, not liking the dried and salted and preserved fish options. However, I like Lefse. So, I’d be the Viking eating the Lefse while all the other Vikings ate the fish options. That would work.

Except Lefse is best with butter (lots of butter, mmmm butter). As long as I had Lefse and butter, I’d have been an awesome Viking.

Except I wouldn’t call myself Thorvald. I’d be Solveig. Such a pretty name but still fitting for a Viking.

By then, I’ve finished pouring my coffee, and my internal dialogue shifts to something else, such as how much coffee creamer to use and whether to sit at the table or on the couch while I drink my cuppa.

I usually come back to thinking about Lefse, however. Mmmm, butter.

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Life

No Drama Llama

It’s Friday, and No Drama Llama is focused on this week’s good moments.

At the grocery store yesterday, the following items were available for (limited) purchase: toilet paper, paper towels, coffee creamer, eggs, hand soap, allergy meds.

M&Ms has a new flavor – fudge brownie. Tasty, would buy again. Slightly below peanut butter, slightly above regular peanut. Pretzel still the best. You know I’m right.

Mr. Lizard (see Houseguest) has been safely returned to his outside habitat. Youngest son heard me shrieking when Mr. Lizard popped up next to my shoulder on the couch where I was sitting. Youngest son gently coaxed Mr. Lizard into a container and took him to the backyard. No Drama Llama is making allowances for a wee bit of drama for my instinctive freak out reaction.


I hope you’ve had some good moments this week, as well. Stay safe, everybody, and keep washing those hands.

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People

Kind

Thursday cuppa is a simple celebration of the beauty and the bravery of kindness.

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” – Maya Angelou

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Good Pets

Cats

We have 3 cats.

Tom, Catcher of Lizards, belonged to somebody who didn’t want him, so we took him in. He now takes his job as alarm clock very seriously, never missing a day. He also takes great pride in his snuggling skills and purring talents.

Tiger was adopted from a litter of kittens. He’s the Ice Cream Sentinel. He’s a Giver, willing to sacrifice his own health for ours by eating our ice cream, saving our cholesterol counts. (Don’t worry, there’s no kitty saliva in our Rocky Road. He gets his own bowl. And yes, I know ice cream isn’t good for cats. But he’s almost 14 years old, so he gets to have a small scoop now and then.)

Bandit, Seeker of Boxes, was adopted from the local animal shelter. He’s the one peeking out from a box on today’s cuppa cup. He believes in the statement if it fits, I sits. His definition of “fits” is questionable, but he’s quite confident in his body image, no matter his choice of box.

If you love your cats as I do, feel free to share your pictures and stories here. You may also want to check out the Lanai Cat Sanctuary (lanaicatsanctuary.org). A little bit of Heaven on Earth.

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Family Life

Love

Today’s cuppa celebrates love.

My husband and I met in high school. Our first date was on April 21. Several years later, also on an April 21, he proposed.

We don’t have any special celebration plans to mark this anniversary today, but that doesn’t mean the day isn’t special to us. Perhaps that’s also a good way to characterize our relationship.

We’ve had oodles of great moments, lots of happiness and joy.

We’ve also had some heavy, tough, real moments when we’ve not been at our best.

Each day is meaningful and significant to us. Each day has been, and is, and will be a simple tribute to this life together that we continue to choose – intentionally, gladly, gratefully.

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Life People

School

Monday morning cuppa asks: How do we measure the true impact of school this year? How do we make sense of the lessons and learning in this unexpected environment?

For some, like my youngest son, “distance learning” is vital and appreciated. He’s a Digital Native, so online work is an easy shift. But, graduation hangs in the balance. Senior Year, with all its traditional milestones and memories, has disappeared, leaving disappointment and sadness.

For others, like my teacher friends who care so deeply about the young people in their classrooms, the days are restless. They plan and design, looking for the best ways to share knowledge and stability. But they know that even their best efforts can’t answer every question or fill every need.

I do believe that the world will ultimately benefit from what teachers and students are showing us about the power of resilience, creativity, patience, humor, adaptability, and perseverance. They didn’t ask for this challenge, but they’ve accepted it and are doing their best to make things work. I hope they feel the love and support from all of us who want them to succeed and are wowed by their champion spirit.

Here’s a cuppa hug for the teachers and students. The world of education looks a little different right now, but they are showing us that the opportunity for learning continues.

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Pets

Woof

This might be your mood today, either by choice or by circumstance.

If it’s by circumstance, this cuppa sends the best to you and your canine quarantine companion.

If it’s by choice, this cuppa promises not to judge. Everybody’s making things work as best they can.

And if this cuppa doesn’t apply to you, maybe you want to consider adopting or fostering a pup from the local shelter?

Have a good day, folks. Woof.