Thursday morning coffee thoughts

Good morning world. It’s 8:00 am as I sit down with my first cup of coffee for the day. The sun is shining – brightly – the sky is clear and it is shaping up to be a beautiful day. I have a piece of pumpkin loaf and oatmeal for my breakfast, a hot cup of instant coffee and I’m listening to acoustic music as I write this out.

I’m trying this new thing where I get out of bed the moment I wake up. Usually I have to get up once in the morning to pee around 5 or 6 am. This morning I slept in until 7:30 am which felt great. I decided to get up and start my day. I hope to get outside later on. I have my vaccine scheduled tomorrow so I’m worried about side effects.

I plan on doing some batch cooking later on – stocked up on groceries yesterday, so this way I don’t have to cook over the weekend if I get sick. Reactions are different from person to person. With my clotting disorder, it’s a concern.

I’m waiting on news about my dad. Surgery went OK. Apparently the nurse said he did great in the OR. Post-surgery was a different story. They found a room for my dad and he was very “out of it” according to my sister. The dementia is so bad now that he didn’t even realize he had surgery. Maybe that’s okay. We hoped he slept through the night without incident. My sister was able to go home and get a few hours of sleep. We should have an update soon.

I fear they will want to keep my dad in the hospital because of the hallucinations. He kept looking up at the ceiling shouting, “I’m okay” or “I’ll be okay”. He sees my dead mother quite often so she may have been looking in on him. I really don’t know what to think about that. Though I know the research and folklore behind it. It is said that our loved ones come to visit us when we are closer to the veil.

Comfort baking

The other morning I whipped up two batches of loaves. One was just a plain oatmeal loaf. The one I’m eating currently was made using a can of pumpkin pie filling and oats. Oh man. This is definitely the best thing I’ve made in a while. I’ll be making this again. And I will share the recipe soon. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but it was moist and has held up for a few days already. All you have to do is reheat a piece of up in the microwave or toaster oven, add a bit of butter – and you have a pretty healthy breakfast.

I’m trying to add more fibre to my diet. Ergo, baking again with rolled or steel oats. This really helps to um, keep you regular. I also decided to bake as my fridge was pretty empty. The loaves provide enough breakfast food for a good week. You can also freeze them to make them last longer. There’s just something comforting about a freshly baked loaf.


Music news

I’m growing bored of music again. This happens every once in a while. I sat at the keyboard last night trying to work on music for the relaxation channel. And nothing. I had fun learning to work with some modulators and sound effects but I can’t keep focus long enough. My main youtube channel is dying a slow death. I have one regular commentor and I wonder why I even bother putting out music. Spotify is hit and miss. It will never be enough streams to pay the rent. So it’s time to think of other avenues to bring in some money.

Art news

I’ve wanted to get into watercolor painting for a long time. I think I’m going to order a set of brushes from Amazon and give it a try. I got out my inks the other night but I have decided that between the alcohol smells and not being able to control the ink, it’s not my favorite. I’ll finish up this batch of supplies and that’s it. I’m going to also start uploading more of my art to sell on Etsy. The store outright died on me. It was doing well in February – March. Then dead. So, I either have to put out new product or bite the bullet and “sell out”. That means following the trends which everyone does.

TikTok

I signed up for TikTok but I think they are blocking my videos. The last three nature videos I uploaded had zero views. I went from 400-500 views daily to nothing. I verified my account again and re-edited a video to see if I’m doing something wrong. Can anyone offer advice on this? Have you had this happen? Do I need to create a new account? I mostly want to use it to drive more traffic and readers to this blog. Help. I also hate TikTok I’ve decided.

Entertainment Weekly

I’m toying with the idea of starting a third youtube channel, though the platform has been killing indie news channels. I’m kind of an entertainment news junkie. I follow a lot of smaller channels on youtube and have discovered some great content. Hollywood is falling apart- ever since they started up with the whole cancel culture. Now it’s come to bite them in the ass and it’s kind of hilarious to watch. So, I still might create a podcast channel or a weekly news segment to cover all the gossip and stuff. We’ll see. I’m just mulling over ideas.

Well, I think that’s it for today. I have a lot of thoughts in this busy mind of mine. Now that I’m focusing on losing weight and the migraines, I’m thinking I might be able to drop therapy for a while. I’m in a healthier place than when I started this blog in ’19. It’s been over a year of therapy and I think we’ve worked on all we can work on at this point. Maybe I’ll pick it up again when I return to “work” – whatever that will look like.

I have a few choices. I’m applying for long-term disability but that’s hard to get. You have to prove that you can’t work 60% of the time. My issue is that I can’t work in an office. And my employer won’t provide this as a permanent accommodation or on a full time basis. So, I’m left with either long term illness, or find a new type of employment that I can do from home. That’s something I can worry about next month though. I still have time. The migraines at least have been better this week. I can only hope for relief.

I think I’m going to take my coffee and music out to my balcony.

Happy Thursday! What are your plans for the day?

Morning music mood: Acoustic Covers

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