Update from the trenches March 19, 2021
On a personal note, I finally installed Google on my Jitterbug. I gave up waiting to hear from Google and went ahead and installed it. I downloaded a whole bunch of apps, such as Spotify, WordPress and so on. I bought an Italian horn and a beautiful necklace with a pine tree and moon on. It is $34 marked down to 9.00 because the online boutique is going out of business. Next month I am going to buy some travel books and a crossword dictionary for the activities center library.
On a work note, my site has 2.5k views this week. I have been writing reviews of books on mt Shasta and harbin hot springs, bot.h popular new age attractions in Northern california.
Update from the Trenches March 11 2020
On a personal note, I have been fixing up my room. Putting up pictures. Bought my last two necklaces: a photo of the moon on my birthdate and an Italian horn, a pepper shaped amulet designed to protect against the evil eye. Saw Nicholas and Rose on sunday. I stayed two hours just soaking up the sun in front of Starbucks. Next purchases will be used books of nature photography for the collection at the activity center of the assisted living facility I live at. Trying to watch the movies that I have before starting on any new ones.
On a work note, not doing much. Can’t do any book reviews because I have a problem setting up Google on my new computer. I can’t remember my password and Google is very fussy about issuing a new password. I am just writing my updates. I want to take a break from it all and do something completely away from the computer.
Update from the Trenches March 3 2021
What a crazy week it’s been. This is he first time that I have shared a room with someone not related to me for the first time since I was 23. After a few initial bumps, it has been working out. My roommate wants to sleep with the light on. I had a problem the first night; however, the facility provided me with a screen and I am getting earplugs. We bonded over me helping her get “law and order” on her new complicated TV. She was happy about that. I had to replace some things: my green man sticker, my lava lamp and my floss. I got some additional items, a wristwatch, a tarot card necklace and necklace which is a working kaleidoscope. I spend my early morning in the activity center and watch the spectacular sunrise. I feel comfortable up there. No one bothers me and I am around my books. I have a microwave for my coffee and a bathroom nearby!
On a work note, not much is going on. I haven’t written any articles other than my update. My site stays at roughly 4.5k weekly views. I have been answering about 10 questions a day.
Update from the Trenches February 25, 2021
I have not been doing too much writing lately. I have written some reviews on a book on auras. My Quora space has 3.3k views last week.
On a personal note, I am packing up my room for the move to a shared room. I am distributing my possession. My son is getting books and pictures and some other things. Elma’s getting the bookshelves, table and clothes. I am putting my crystals on debbie’s windowsill. I am going some of my pictures to the facility. It’s a busy week. On Tuesday, I am getting a colonoscopy. Can’t eat anything for two days. Got through the colonoscopy okay. Don’t have to go in for another five years. Moving in on March 1st.
Update from the Trenches February 18 2020
On a personal note, I have received a raw ruby and a Winchester mystery House refrigerator magnet. I am disappointed that my moonstone ring, raven necklace and triple moon bracelet has been delayed due to snow storms. However, I found out on Wednesday that it is coming. My son came over and packed all my books and postcards. I am clearing out stuff in preparation for my move to a shared room. It feels a little like dying. But dying is part of life. I have too much stuff and this will be an exercise in simplicity and Buddhist detachment.
On a work note, my space has been getting 5000 views a week and staying stable at 14.9k followers. I wrote reviews of Father God by Sylvia Browne and God is Nothingness, a Vedanta book
Update from the trenches February 20207
On a work note, my space has 17k views this week. I wrote an article on Harbin hot springs near Calistoga. I also am writing an article on empaths.
On a personal note, I got a refrigerator magnet of the Sutter buttes fruit crate label. On February 7. I got the covid-19 vaccination for the second time. I felt achy and congested on Tuesday but feel better today. It is sure not like the flu vaccine. On Monday, I went for my six,-month checkup to my neurologist. On Wednesday, I went to my four month checkup to my GP.
Update from the Trenches February 4 2020
On a work note, I am going to be writing some articles on Candlemas (imbolc), a Celtic holiday, marking the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring equinox, taking place on February 1, Gurdieff, a Russian mystic, and the history of Harbin Hot springs, a new Age retreat center near Clear Lake that I frequently visited during my younger days. My space is still at 14.9k followers but I am getting 13.5k views a week.
On a personal note, I got bored and bought a bunch of stuff from Amazon and eBay. I bought some raw ruby, emerald, and blue topaz stones. I also got a Sutter buttes, Sedona and Mt Lassen fruit label magnets.
Update from the trenches January 28, 2021
On a personal note, it looks like we got through the first week of the biden administration. I hope that the Republicans don’t diddle around with trying to cut the stimulus package. I want my stimulus check right now because I gave my son some money for his moving expenses and he will not be to pay me until the end of February. I will be seeing his new place February 20. I just let him take his time. I have been trying to spend less money. I am reducing my amazon purchases to $40 a month next month. I bought a gloria Vanderbilt pair of jeans and some bulk crystals. I also got a stretch belt for my jeans.
On a work note, this week my Quora space New Success Models celebrates it’s first anniversary with 14.9k followers. I will write a special thank you for my contributors. I am exploring more topics for space posts. I was writing a book review on a book about gurdieff, a Russian mystic who invented the enneagram, a tool for self discovery. I found I had room in my bookcase because I had a duplicate of Galen Rowan’s Bay area wild which I will give to my son.
Update from the trenches, January 21, 2020
On a personal note, I have not done much writing lately. All I am going to be doing is this update. I need a rest from writing. I have been watching 2-3 movies a day. I did not have the occasion when I was younger to watch many movies so I am catching up on older movies from the 1950-1990 period as well as watching the newest Netflix and Amazon releases. YouTube has recently expanded its repertoire of good full-length movies (with ads) so I am watching those. I have a backlog of about forty movies.
Also, I am going on a money diet. I am cutting down on spending on certain foods from the grocery store which I suspect is aggraving my incontinence and also cutting down on unnnecesary purchases on Amazon. I am not taking any out of town trips until late February when I have gotten both doses of the covid vaccine. As the Velvet Underground said, “The first thing you learn is that you got to wait.”
Sunday. I had the first covid-19 vaccine and will receive the next around February 7. I suffered some muscle soreness which disturbed my sleep on Tuesday but feel fine now. I am glad that Trump is out and we can have someone sane in office. However, I think Trump will still be in the news because that’s what he gets off on.
On a work note, not much is going on. My space is still at 14.9k followers. I wrote an article on Christianity and the New Age and another Trump manifestation. I am going to be writing some reviews of books by Sylvia Porter.