Posts Tagged With: the South Shore of Boston

Day 3559: When you’re feeling down

When you’re feeling down, know that you’re not alone.

When you’re feeling down, remember that you’ve felt down before and made it through.

When you’re feeling down, resist the temptation to get down on yourself and beat yourself up.

When I’m feeling down, I share my heart with people I trust, observe what’s around me, set an achievable goal, access good memories, and get in touch with humor.

When you’re feeling down, get down with the Daily Bitch (and maybe eat a creative ice cream flavor or a ginger snap).

When you’re feeling down, listen to music that brings you up.

When you’re feeling down, get in touch with gratitude. Thanks to all who help me get up every day and create these blog posts, including YOU!

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Day 3558: Flexpectations

Last week in a therapy group, somebody used the word “flexpectations” to describe an effective coping strategy. Rather than getting stuck in and disappointed by expectations and assumptions, this person tried flexibly adapting their expectations as situations developed and changed.

Since then, I’ve worked on flexpectations while planning trips for September and May and — despite my old habit of expecting disappointment — good things are happening when I least expect them!

Let’s practice flexpectations as we make our way through the rest of this blog post.


Here and now, I have flexpectations about meteors, social media, Bomb Pops, and handshakes.

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for “flexpectations.”

I have flexpectations about what comments I’ll get about this post and I have gratitude for all who helped me create it, including YOU!

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Day 3557: Want

I want to share photos with you every day, including this one from our local supermarket:

People want to buy many things at a supermarket, don’t they? I want to choose foods from the healthy sections of a market (usually located along the outer edges) but sometimes I want items in the middle.

I want to share a definition of “want.”

I want to point out that “want” means desire, should, AND deficiency. I want to make a brilliant point about that, but my mind is in want of brilliance right now.

Here are some brilliant minds writing about “want.”


I want to share more images with you, which I hope you want to see.


Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “want.”

Now I want to share Weird Al’s parody of “I Want it That Way.”

I want people to express whatever they want about this post in the comments section below.

Finally, I want to express my gratitude to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 3555: What’s trending

I don’t look for what’s trending, but that list automatically popped up when I was googling the National Days for June 2022, the currently trending month.

The only thing on that list that’s trending where I am is the coronavirus. Also trending here are:

  • the recent Supreme Court decisions on guns and women’s rights,
  • injustices,
  • climate change,
  • denial,
  • the mid-term elections,
  • inflation,
  • George Carlin’s American Dream,
  • group therapy,
  • home repair, and
  • every image I recently captured on my iPhone.

PTSD is definitely trending, which I’m very aware of as a psychotherapist.

Here’s what I find when I search for “what’s trending George Carlin.”

What’s trending where you are?

What’s always trending here — no matter what day it is — is gratitude, so thanks to all who help me create these blog posts, including YOU.

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Day 3552: You never know

You never know exactly what the day will bring, but you know the Daily Bitch will have something to say about it.


You never know what images I’m going to share in these posts and I hope you enjoy these (with or without a stick of butter).

You never know. I thought I knew that there would never be a National Take Your CAT to Work Day. However …

I’ll never know why that didn’t show up in the list of National Days on Monday.

You never know what you’re going to find on YouTube.

You never know how I’ll express my thanks to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 3551: Signs

I know I’ve blogged about signs many times before, but it’s a sign of how busy I am these days that I’m not linking to those previous posts here.

I see signs everywhere, but I’m not always sure what they signify. What signs do you see in my images for today?

Perhaps it’s a sign of National Hydration Day that I just put a sign in our bathroom to remind Michael to close the seat to prevent Joan’s hydration from the toilet.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “signs.”

I’ll be looking for signs of comments later today.

There are always signs of gratitude at the end of my posts, so thanks to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 3550: Two wrongs don’t make a right

“Two wrongs don’t make a right” was one of my late mother’s favorite sayings. Another favorite saying of my mother’s was “there’s a place for everything and everything in its place” so I think this is the place for today’s Daily Bitch Calendar.

It sure as hell would make me feel better right now to share a photo of my mother. It’s right that I coincidentally captured an image of my mother with my son Aaron yesterday when I took a picture of our cat, Joan (on the right).

Two humans — my husband Michael and I — were wrong in worrying that our old and fretful shelter cat Harley would never accept shelter cat Joan. Those two together definitely make a right.

There’s a place for everything and this is the place I’ll share a story about my mother and me and “two wrongs don’t make a right.” I was born with a heart that was wrong, which resulted in many hospitalizations and my needing pacemakers from a very young age. We didn’t know what kind of heart condition I had until my very right and still current cardiologist, Dr. Deeb Salem, figured out in the 1980’s that I had the very rare heart condition of congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA). When Dr. Salem rightly described how my heart was very wrong in two different ways — (1) the aorta and the pulmonary arteries are switched and (2) the ventricles are also switched — and

  1. that means all the blood ends up in the right place and
  2. having just one of those wrongs would have killed me when I was born in 1953 because of what kinds of heart surgeries were available then,

I turned to my mother and said “You know how you always say ‘two wrongs don’t make a right?’ I guess not!”

There’s a place for everything and this is the place for me to say that I miss my mother and my father every day.

It’s right that many of my images for today have twos in them.

It seems wrong to me that onion rings and kissing — both very right in their own way — are celebrated on the same day.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

I also find this very right rendition of “Two Wrongs” by Wyclef Jean with Claudette Ortiz:

It’s right for me to end each post with thanks to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 3548: Unreal

So many things seem unreal to me these days, including:

  • how facts don’t seem to matter,
  • the level of denial about climate change,
  • the resistance to enacting common sense gun laws in the USA,
  • the power of greed,
  • some people’s priorities,
  • the daily news,
  • the passage of time,
  • reality shows, and
  • my many blessings.

Let’s see if there’s anything unreal in my images for today.

It’s unreal how many excuses people have for being late. I can’t be late today because I’m on call at the hospital starting at 9 AM, but I have time to search YouTube for “unreal.”

It’s unreal how before today I had never heard of Roxette and the late Marie Fredrikkson.

It’s unreal how grateful I am to all those who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.

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Day 3546: Better than expected

Yesterday was a day that turned out much better than expected.

Let’s see if my photos are better than expected.

That cookie might be better than expected and that slogan was better than expected.
Capturing two bunnies in a photo was better than expected. Also, the weather during our evening walk was better than expected because it had been humid earlier in the day.
This photo of a big orange cat in a window was better than expected.
If this sweet lost kitty is ever found, that would be better than expected.
This typical still life in our neighborhood is better than expected.
What my husband Michael said about this combination of restaurants was better than expected. He said it was Mex-Ken. His reaction to his own pun was better than expected because he hates puns unless he makes them. Then they’re not puns, they’re “shmuns.”
Harley’s reactions to Joan are much better than expected.
We thought we would never get over the loss of our beloved cat Oscar, but Joan has made everything much better than expected.
If these three photos of Harley and Joan are better than expected, that’s because Michael took them, not me.
I’m curious about things that are better than expected, in case you haven’t noticed.
Michael’s homemade dinners are better than donuts, which might be better than expected for some.
These National Days are better than expected so I think I’ll splurge and get away today by visiting my ex-sister-in-law, Deborah, whose dog Casey’s recovery from heartworms was better than expected.

Brian Regan (a comedian I found out about thanks to my Twitter followers) was better than expected.

When I searched for information about Brian Regan just now, I found out that he’s appearing at a great venue near me next week, which was better than expected. I just splurged on National Splurge Day and got two better-than-expected tickets for that show.

If Michael agrees to go with me, that will be better than expected.

What’s been better than expected for you?

Thanks to all who are reading this better-than-expected blog post, including YOU!

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Day 3545: Wear BLUE Day

Today is Wear BLUE Day.

I will wear blue, because I support the men in my life to lead a healthy lifestyle, and I care about their well-being.

For example, I tell my husband Michael that I wish he would stop vaping, although I recognize that nicotine is very addictive.

Michael, who does all the cleaning and the cooking here, gets blue when he finds the shells of unsalted sunflower seeds (my chosen snack to lead a healthy lifestyle) around the house, so I’ve told him I will give up my beloved sunflower seeds forever if he stops vaping. I hope he takes me up on my offer, because I want Michael to live a long, long time.

Last night, over a delicious and healthy lifestyle dinner that Michael cooked …

… we talked about hiccups. Michael, who gets them when he eats bread, stated his opinion that everybody hates getting hiccups except for me. I thought of something that Michael often says to me: “Hate’s a strong word.” I told Michael that while I don’t love getting the hiccups, I find them a mild annoyance and assumed I was not alone. (I assume everyone is not alone about anything, which might be why I love being a group therapist.)

I realized that because I have so many followers on Twitter I could test my assumption about hiccups by asking this question:

And sure enough, many people hated having the hiccups but several found them only a mild annoyance. Michael laughed when I told him that somebody on Twitter got mad at me for asking what he thought was such a stupid question. (Being on Twitter has helped me get over my fear of people getting mad at me, which is good for my healthy lifestyle.)

I sometimes get blue when I think about how my wonderful late parents never got to meet true-blue Michael. I like to imagine all of us sitting around the dinner table — my father and Michael both being hilarious and my mother and Michael bonding about so many things, including cats and keeping a clean house.

Here are more images I want to share on Wear BLUE Day.


On Wear BLUE Day, I choose to share “12 String Blues” by Jimi Hendrix (who many people wish had lived a much longer life).

Thanks to you for reading this Wear BLUE Day blog and to all the men whose well-being I care about, including this one:

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