Four months later …

Hi! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I started this blog as a fun project, and it got to the point where forcing myself to post every day wasn’t fun. I was struggling to come up with anything to write about. So, I’m changing things up a bit, and I’ll post when I have something to post about.

In June, I was depressed and just really beaten down by the pandemic and life in general. My sweet kitty Leo died, my job was going to be eliminated, I was having health issues and all I was doing was eating, sleeping and working because I was self-isolating due to being very high risk for COVID-19.

So, I decided to try to do something about it. I bought a computer so I could start to try to find a remote job and to get into writing, not just this blog but a book as well. I started dieting and exercising. I started trying to find things I could do online to socialize with people. I tried new things.

And, I found a lot of success. This blog (and a friend’s recommendation) led to me being a columnist writing about my condition. (Those get posted here.) I got a new job, which I start tomorrow. I’m really excited about it.

The dieting and exercising led to me losing 35 pounds. I have been stuck on a plateau FOREVER, but I have developed good habits from it all. I no longer get winded going up the stairs. I no longer have blood pressure spikes. My knees don’t hurt as much. My mom bought me a bicycle for my birthday, and I enjoy riding it.

I started streaming on Twitch. It was something new and different, and it may not be for me, though. I don’t think I’ll have the time to stream online for hours at a time. But, it was something to try, and I did. However, I do enjoy watching other people stream, and I talk to folks that way. I also have participated in online games with other folks and have met many people that way. I’ve playing Among Us a bunch with those folks (I absolutely love murder tag), and I’ve also played PUBG and Marbles with folks.

So, all in all, I am feeling and doing so much better. Because of this, I no longer need to write a blog post every day. I think it was a therapy of sorts for me, and it really, really helped. All of the feedback I received from folks who read my blog and enjoy was just so wonderful. Those comments really helped dig me out of the hole I was in. And because of everything I’m now doing — not just eating, sleeping and working — I actually don’t have time to write a blog post every day. And that’s so awesome to me!

I’ve also noticed that I’m not as angry anymore. I’m more upbeat. I laugh more. It’s easier to relax. I don’t feel like I want to just crawl into bed and not do anything ever again. I remember that’s how I felt in June. I felt the lowest I had felt in years. And now, I’m happy again. And it’s so freeing.

Something else fun: My mom and I went to a drive-in theater to see a play. The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, is putting on plays at a drive-in that had been closed and was for sale. We saw “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It was really good, and we had a fun time! It was so amazing that I could go out and do something. They have it set up to where attendees have absolutely no contact with anyone else. I bought the ticket online and printed it. When I bought the ticket, I picked which parking spot I wanted. When we went, I held the ticket in the window so the parking lot attendees could see I have a ticket and point in the direction of my spot.

We parked, and there is a white line spray-painted around each spot, and the rule is no one can leave that border unless it’s to go to the bathroom. Of course, I ended up having to go to the bathroom, and it was port-o-potties. But I’ll tell you what, that was the cleanest dang port-o-potty in the history of the universe. There was a bathroom attendant who cleaned out each one after it was used. And when I walked in, I expected it to smell like death, but all I smelled was cleaning products. That’s a lot of info about that, but I was impressed with the COVID-19 safety precautions here.

And the play itself was fun. There was a stage set up in the front, but they also had it projected on the screen. So, even if you were far away, you could see the show. They are going to show “A Christmas Carol,” and we’re thinking about going to see that.

I am now going to share with you the ghost story that I had saved up, just in case I can’t get to writing a post before Halloween as I get used to the new job and new sleep schedule (the shift is a bit later than the one at my old job).

I lived in a house in Johnson City, Tenn., that was on haunted land. The house itself had one room that was, well, unpleasant to be in. Overall, though, the house was fine. It was the backyard that was freaky. I would go outside some nights and take photos for funsies, to see if I could capture anything on camera. And, I would get photos of orbs and little light anomalies and such, but nothing that would turn heads. Then one very clear night, I got the best ghost photo I’ve ever taken. I really want to emphasize that it was a clear night. There was no fog. There was no one smoking. There was nothing in the air. Here you go:

I don’t know about you, but I see a skull. I’ve had people tell me that they see a few faces in there. I remember when I took the photo, I saw it on the camera, and I noped right outta there. It’s such a cool and horrifying photo.

Until next time!

The Less Frazzled Daisy

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