Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity. Today I talk about a variety of things going on in a sort of stream of consciousness article. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
It’s been pretty crazy here lately at A & J PEI Treasures. At the end of December, I wanted to get a lot of my work caught up so I could start the year fresh. I was varying degrees successful. Of course that took up a lot of my time. Always seems that the New Year, New You thing kicks in and I try to get a lot of last minute stuff done. Then New Year hits and the reality is that I did get a lot done, but I still have lots to do. Mostly now working on new projects. I wonder if lots of us lose our sanity at least once a year at the end of one and beginning of another. I’m still not sure what made up my mind to update all my works. I had to change the beginning and end matter. Not really much changed otherwise. But, I had changed some of my pages and it wasn’t doing me any good having the old information up. So, now that’s all done.
Things haven’t really changed a whole lot between last year and this year. We’re still in COVID, we’re still mostly staying locked up. I try not to add to the pandemonium out there. If I don’t have to be out, I don’t go out in public. Though sometimes that is a bit wearing. However, that seems to be a general consensus and there is nothing to be gained from following that avenue. I think it’s been done and redone. So, better that I not add to that conversation. The most I can say about this is hang on folks, it’s a bumpy ride and it’s not over yet.
I have found that in winter, I focus a little less on the photography and more on writing. However, I’m less motivated this year, so far. I do want to get back to it. I have some projects that were longer term that I need to continue on. I also have some craft projects I enjoy working on. I’ve always been a person who hates sitting with nothing to do. So, to have many projects is not unusual. I will go back and forth between different projects over different time frames. So, it’s pretty much one of those things where you’re never sure what you will find coming out of A & J PEI Treasures. I do try to stick with certain standard things. I do the weekly blog post and podcast. I’m active on Twitter. I have Pinterest and LinkedIn in which I also maintain a presence. These are things that I do to keep in practice.
I often find myself wondering about things. Things like, where has common sense gone? Why does it take multiple appointments to get one thing done? Where has the day gone? Those and other things seem to make the day fly by. The other thing that we have that ensures good healthy exercise is Sam the Wonder Dog. He usually gets 3 walks a day which breaks up our days. It also breaks up Sam’s days. He’s very happy with the arrangement. He also has a sense of humour about things. He’s the only dog I know that will pretend to have no interest in a walk, when you know by the actions that he is happy to be going out. He likes to be begged to do stuff. He looks like he is laughing while you stand in frustration trying to encourage him to come over to have his harness put on. Yet, he is quick to go to the door and understands the words walk walk. He also understands the word no…not that it does much good. We love our pets.
Ramses on the other hand is laid back and likes to nap all day. Then he gets in the mood to cuddle in the middle of the night. Sam thinks he owns Ramses. If I tell Ramses to get down off something, Sam is right there nudging him off. There are joys to having pets. Of course there was also the clean up the day Sam decided to get sick. It’s more unusual for Sam. More usual for Ramses to cough up a hair ball from time to time. So, I’d recommend if you are going to get a pet, understand that there will be quirks and clean-up is a distinct possibility. If you can’t handle clean-up, then I would suggest to think twice and maybe get a nice robo pet. Ramses thinks he owns the place. Sam allows that one to go. If Ramses is on the couch at bed time, Sam lies on the floor. They share sometimes, but it seems not always. They do like to settle down for nightly routine. I’ve determined that most pets like to have a bedtime routine. It apparently also works for children or so I’ve heard. Sam begins to look for bed time routine at about the same time every night. He also has a morning routine that he follows every morning. I didn’t realize how important it was to him until I accidentally forgot to bring in one of his treats and I went out to the mud room just to retrieve some. His reaction was one of shock and a surprised yelp. So, he doesn’t like even the slightest change to his routine. Ramses is also a routine lover and expects cat grass either delivered as he lounges or when he wakes up and comes out. So, I highly recommend a good routine for the pets when possible…also for kids. Apparently they work on similar types of schedules.
As Stephen Sondheim said, “The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper. If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness, you’ll do yourself a service.” I am never sure when I do these stream of consciousness type articles if it is doing anyone a service. I never know if it is because I have so much going on in my head, that I can’t just stick to one topic or if I just want to see what will come out. It gives me a chance to clear out the cobwebs of the mind. To put out some tidbits of information of how things are going here at A & J PEI Treasures and to gain some idea of where things will go. I try to give some organization to the world around me and hopefully let people know that it’s OK to think about things. It’s OK to not know and it’s OK to have to work toward a goal without having a huge five year plan. I think sometimes it is good to take it day by day and sometimes to plan far ahead. It depends on the circumstance and upon the people.
Right now, with the current situation, it is not really all that possible for us to plan ahead. It seems the situation changes and things get closed. The situation changes and things open. There seems to be nothing reliable at this point. So, my goals are short and I sometimes have to organize what I am doing in order to continue moving forward. Of course, during winter here, there can be bad weather that makes it necessary to do some preparation in case of outages and such. This is something that also exists in fall. Some things seem cyclical and some things feel straight line. I think it is the same for anyone. Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!
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