Fancy Coffee Friday: Community Building

The Amusing Muse : Community Building blog title post image of house constructionWe’re over halfway through 2020 The Year of the Pandemic, and I’m more than halfway through my goal of reading 80 books by the end of the year. Many of these books, no matter the genre, mention the importance of community, of belonging, when it comes to being a healthy human. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Miscellany

The Amusing Muse : Challenged blog title post image of miscellaneous emoticonsIt’s not 5 AM on a Friday when this post is hitting your inbox.

I realized today, after sending Mr. Muse yet another email with the subject of “Miscellany”, that I often feel like the Queen of Catch All. The Miscellany Drawer in the house – always the kitchen. The stack of miscellaneous towels in the bathroom, acquired over the last few decades. The bucket of nails and screws that might come in handy one day (and they DO!).

I think that’s a way of saying: DAMN there has been a helluva lot going on, hasn’t there?

I’ve pondered all the things I don’t know and all the things I’ve learned often these last several weeks. There is so much in both sectors of that Venn Diagram. I have friends and relatives in the military and police. I have friends and family who are people of color.

I have been laid-off due to Covid. Mr. Muse has taken a pay cut and is facing potential lay-offs in the coming months.

This could be my way of saying “I’m just like you,” but really this is just an outline of my admission that I have no idea what the future will bring but… we’ll make it through. One way or another.

Maybe it’s been a good thing that I’ve been reading about The Stoics: Plato, Socrates, etc., in that much of what is happening is completely out of my control and so I just do what I can.

What can I do? I’ve been walking. I’ve been rescuing reptiles and amphibians from the roadways, spotting Bobcats, and spending a lot of time in the garden. I’ve been researching insects, rusts, and other pests on the fruits. I’ve been spending time reading and working on embroidery.  I’ve a To Do List that is a mile long and for every item crossed off, another takes its place.

I’ve been earning Google product certificates for work, doing freelance writing and website maintenance, picking up refuse on the roadsides, and reading. So much reading.

I’ve been playing music and singing along and remembering just how much I have missed singing.

And, to refrain from starting yet another paragraph with the letter “I”, a snippet from the book I’ve finished “Driftless Reader”:

“To me it’s all about relationships. If you keep those old stories coming down, then you understand how we are related, not only to each other but to God, to the earth, to all that we know about. You know we have to be related. That’s what’s missing today, everywhere. We’ve forgotten how we’re connected.” ~Pete Fee from “Oneota Flow: The Upper Iowa River and Its People”

Cherish your relationships: friendly, familial, romantic.

The future is unknown.

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The Amusing Muse livings in Southern Wisconsin, is not a fan of hot and humid weather, but still makes herself go out for a walk on her days away from the office. Sarah is a student, observer of life, and aspiring phenologist. Avid reader and awesome at trivia games, please don’t ask her about sports or pop-culture post 1999.

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Challenged

The Amusing Muse : Challenged blog title post image of a man jumping a hurdleBeing challenged is a good thing. If everything is easy and requires no real effort on our part, we aren’t challenged and we aren’t really learning anything and that means we aren’t growing. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Breathing Creatively

The Amusing Muse : Breathing Creatively blog title post image of a face mask wearing humanThe other week there was a new comic published by The Oatmeal that discussed creativity. I love the way Matthew Inman illustrates and explains various concepts, from philosophic to red velvet mites, and his thoughts on creativity were like a cool breeze on a hot, sticky day: refreshing. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Strange Days

The Amusing Muse : Strange Days blog title post image woman meditatingStrange days, these.

We are fine here, and thus far none of our household has shown any signs of infection from Covid-19. However, we are all resigned that at some point, we will likely be infected. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Practice

“Have you been practicing?” I dreaded that question. Much like confession when I was in grade school where I didn’t have anything to confess, I knew full well that responding, “No,” was not the correct answer. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: What Serves You?

he Amusing Muse : What Serves You blog title post image questioning smiley face emoticonAs the hours passed on New Year’s Eve, I contemplated what I should post here for the first words of 2020. Resolutions haven’t really been my cup-of-tea. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Thanks, Yoga.

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I was on my mat, squatted down in Mālāsana, when the instructor invited everyone to attempt Crow pose, or Bakasana, if we felt up to it. I’d been feeling stronger in recent weeks when it came to yoga class so I thought I’d go for the challenge.

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And now for something completely different…

After years of being friends with Matt Sandbrook online (and in person – we’ve explored castles, had fish ‘n chips, and pints together!) we’ve worked on a project!

Please enjoy: All In My Head #1


Happy Halloween!!

The Amusing Muse is a writer, gardener, cook, and apparently comic script writer, living in Southern Wisconsin. This comic is based on a story from her childhood. She doesn’t leave socks on the floor and stores too many items under her bed for a monster to also be there. She also like fish ‘n chips and pints… as long as they are gluten free.

Matt Sandbrook is cop who’s done playing by the rules! Cuff ’em, ‘n stuff ’em! He is eager to find the Viking Hoard! Except that he’s gotta keep drawing comics to make the rent.

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Reset

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: Reset

The computer which I use at work is an older model and has been having trouble of late. It’s slow. Slow as molasses in January as the saying goes. It is cluttered and doesn’t have enough RAM to run the programs we need it to run at the speed which we need it to run them. There has been a lot of frustration at work with this computer and it’s not unusual for us to clear history and cookies, and then do a reboot. But, rebooting only does so much good. Sometimes Life begins to feel like a sluggish computer and we need to hit “Reset”. Continue reading

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