What’s the Best Four Letter Word for this Recession?

What’s the best four letter word for this recession? The “F” word or the “S” word? The “S” word, s-l-o-w, agonizingly so, uggh, dragging on and on, one day we are up the next day we are down. But that “F” word is applicable as well. Fast, which implies how fast one hundred dollars slips through our gritty little paws … a few groceries and a little gas and that C note is gone – gone – gone … never to be seen again and hard to find another one like it. But we will hang on to the other four letter words, hope, love, care, wait and stay (as in staycation). And the four letter word we really need through these difficult times is move as in get moving because that’s what it takes to plow through almost depression-era times. Get moving applies to getting up early to work on something (anything), gettin’ a move on with doing your own mechanics, house cleaning, cooking, etc. just like the old folks did when they had their normal routines. We are spoiled and most of us know it, which makes these times all the harder. And don’t forget another four-letter word, g-r-i-n and the other one b-e-a-r. We’ll be needing them for a little while longer.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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We Need To Lower Our Standards of Housekeeping

We need to lower our standards of housekeeping so we can all relax. I don’t mean to the extent that cockroaches are dancing across the countertops, not filth, just a stylishly Bohemian mix of dust yesterday’s winds blew in and a pile of unwashed dishes from last night’s delicious Pasta Primavera. Muddy boots in the corner also look nice as well as gardening hats complete with muddy fingerprint stains from sticking beet seeds into the ground. And windows? Oh geez, somehow we have got to make dirty windows fashionable. Cobwebs too – keep up with them? No can do. Still working on that one.

We must start the movement or revive it, modeled somewhere between Nirvana Grunge and the 60’s “F*** Housework” poster that jolted me as a teenager. Our children and grandchildren need us to read books to them and have time to walk in the park. I’m going back to relax with a hot cup of cocoa and read. I wouldn’t want someone to come by and find my house clean and tidy. That’s no longer fashionable. Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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Second Helpings May Be OK But Can Thirds Cause Mental Stress?

Sounds crazy but if extra calories stress your body why not your mind? Overload can lead to depression whether it be food or any of the other factors in life that wreck havoc on our well-being. Consult your doctor if you have depression, especially severe, but next time try avoiding eating that extra helping. If you’re full, walk away. If not, why not try having something else, something different? I suspect too much of one food might tax your mind.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

eBook through Barnes & Noble:

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A cookbook for poor people, rich people, students, survivalists, all people …

Our Dog Warmed Our Hearts But Ruined Our House

First my cute, sweet little elderly mother passed after ninety-three wonderful years. That was sad. Then our dog died three weeks later, also elderly. My husband and I needed some cheering up – we needed puppy power. So I found a puppy, half purebred collie and half lab mix and as anyone who has had a puppy knows, they are so cute and fun. She made us laugh instead of cry. We began devoting our lives to seeing that her needs were met (you want some more room on that couch? How ’bout a walk? More food?). But she ripped some of the plaster off the wall and when we bring kindling into the house she thinks they’re HER sticks, all ten of them and proceeds to shred them all over the floor. And my windows look like she wrote Chinese on them with her wet, sticky nose. But she has warmed our hearts at a time when our smiles had turned upside down. I call her our “Forever Puppy” and as I gaze at her spread out in front of the fire, her black fur all sleek and shiny, I have no regrets. Broken heart? Get a dog.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River. Available here:

Gold River: http://www.amazon.com/Gold-River-Suellen-Ocean/dp/1484094042

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https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean

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