Mermaid Medicine

Made by Ann-Grethe Laird of Purple Crow Designs
Made by Ann-Grethe Laird of Purple Crow Designs

It's a new day and my eyes are feeling slightly better. Just in time for an eye appointment tomorrow! Isn't that the way it goes, sometimes? Anyway, they're still not good and I'm wearing my goggles more than my head likes already today, so we'll see how it goes.

I felt compelled to order a mermaid necklace from Shimmy Mob (it does not explicitly say that the proceeds benefit the NFP but it spoke to me specifically because it was on the website). I wouldn't say that I'm super fanatic about mermaids, but I do have a novel I started writing many years ago where mermaids were important characters. I love the ocean. I love seals and sea lions, dolphins, manatees--and I have a fascination with mermaid lore. Mostly though, I got it to remind myself that I am resilient (I'm very drawn to the moon, water and the tide right now...I'm ready to renew my spirit on the beach!!) and also to make the transition from midwestern semi-rural life to beach life go more smoothly. It's a constant reminder that we plan to move by the end of the year, and motivates me to keep purging, simplifying, donating, etc. My necklace came without a pearl, but it is beautiful and I haven't taken it off since I got it.

I've reached a decision to get rid of a LOT of my stuff. The jewelry will be fairly simple to go through. If I don't love it, it gets donated. I hope to donate the jewelry to Center for Prevention of Abuse. I no longer have work clothes to donate, but I do have jewelry...they have a program to help women who have been victims of domestic violence to become independent so they train them on computers and have a clothing & jewelry program too. They used to anyway--COVID has changed a thing or two.

The thing I will have trouble with is my art supplies. Meep. I know one thing I can do immediately that will help me feel less overwhelmed, but outside of that, I think the art supplies will be the hardest things for me to let go of.

I started going through the Braille book. It's an interesting read, actually, but I'm struggling mightily with feeling the dots properly. I remember when I was a little girl watching my grandma type--I felt certain that I would never, ever be able to type even half as fast as she did. By the time I was in high school, I was typing just as fast, and by college I was typing over 100 wpm, even faster than Grandma. I think it will be the same for Braille so long as I stick with it. Given the issues I've had with my eyes lately, I have extra motivation to stick with it right now, but even when my eyes feel better, I hope to stick with it for the future.


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