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Weekly Smile/ Check-In

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your day.

We are having some cooler weather, which is great news for me. Last week the temperatures were a little warm, I am going to enjoy the cooler days now because I know hotter days are just around the corner.

I have my windows open and I am letting the fresh breeze flow through my apartment. It feels really nice, but, now maybe its just because I am old, but have you noticed that more and more cars are getting louder? I mean really loud.

They are loud by the owners choice. People are now taking their cars into a shop to have some kind of work done to make it loud. Very very loud. Does anyone own one that wouldn’t mind explaining to me what the big hoopla is about owning these loud cars? What am I missing? Back in my day we had “hot rods” or “muscle cars” that were a little loud but they sounded good. When you revved the engine it made a cool “ruumbbbummmbumm” sound. Kind of hard to spell out a sound but you can kinda get an idea of what I’m describing. Haha. And also back in my day, if a car was too loud, you would get pulled over, it was illegal to drive it that loud. So have things changed since my day? Can someone explain this to me?

Besides listening to the cars go by I also took some time to tinker with my outdoor plants. There’s just something about tinkering with my plants that I find so relaxing.

Speaking of plants, I was visiting my mom a few days ago and she showed me some flowers that she bought last year. You know the kind you buy that are in a package of 6 or maybe it’s 8? Well only about 4 took off and bloomed that year, the other two did nothing. According to Google, the ones that originally bloomed are called “Hollyhawks”.

This is the flower that bloomed. Google says these are “Hollyhawks”


The flowers that didn’t bloom decided to bloom this year. However, it is not the same flower. Now remember they all came from the same container/packaging. The ones this year look and smell just like carnations. They started off looking like the other flowers, but when they bloomed, they were not the same. Look at the following pictures.

These recently bloomed. Google also says these are called Hollyhawks.

Have you ever seen carnations grow straight up about 7 ft like the picture above? According to Google, these are also called “Hollyhawks”, but I still say its carnations. Anyway, whatever they are, they look and smell beautiful.

My week finished off with my grandson’s 6th birthday party. I almost didn’t go, almost let my anxiety keep me home and keep me from enjoying a day with my family. Almost

But I went, and I had a great time. All my boys were there. All my boys, meaning my adult sons and adult nephews. It’s not very often they are all together at the same time.

My son rented a huge “bouncy house” water slide for the kids to play on. They all had such a fun time. I couldn’t help but keep a smile on my face as I watched the kiddos playing.

My smile turned into laughter when the adult kids decided to play on the bouncy house. I couldn’t stop laughing, it was hilarious watching them act like children, laughing and competing with eachother.

I can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard. It brought back wonderful memories of when they were children, acting the same way. They were very close growing up and are even closer as adults. Its nice to see them grow up and become best friends. I have a huge proud smile even as I write this.

I have so many days when my anxiety acts up and keeps me scared and unable to leave my home. So many days when my ocd keeps me busy, tired, and stressed, unable to go out and do anything. But I also have my good days. Good days when I am able to fight, stand strong, and power through. I know I still have a long way to go, but at least I am heading in the right direction.

So there it is, my Weekly Smile How was your week? Anything make you smile or laugh?


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Just learning how to enjoy life with ocd. My mental health has been interfering with my daily activities for far to long and now that Im 50 its about time I start enjoying life and taking chances.

16 thoughts on “Weekly Smile/ Check-In

  1. PlantNet app for identification!! Take a photo and boom :D.

    Totally totally agree on the loud cars thing. It’s not because you’re old. They’re just wankers and there’re more of them. The question is why are there more of them? Less penalty for being a nobhead since communities aren’t local so word doesn’t get around. Bad role models. Brain drain of social mediaβ€” including amongst parents = bad parenting. But yeah these cars sound like bombs or gunfire it’s ridiculous. A major reason why I have to wear ear plugs constantly now, I cannot stand the sound of passing cars.

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    1. Also the obsessive fanaticism around all kinds of mediaβ€” film, music and the ‘role models’ they bring, cannot be a good thing. I mean, it’s good to have these things and enjoy them, but the level to which they’re revered and seen as indispensable in society is unhealthy. A coping strategy for the unwell. Materialism has gone too far.


      1. Yeah unfortunately 😏, the UK society is high in insularity and not thinking about communities. I’ve seen some crazy things here latelyβ€” at my nearby supermarket last year there was a weekly meeting of around a hundred of these cars in the car park…I arrived at the supermarket once and it was closing early. I asked why and they said because of the hooligans…I’ve since seen it multiple times and the supermarket has to close and the police seem to turn up, do a lap around the car park and leave. I’ve never seen that in my life before. This sort of thing wouldn’t have happened up in Scotland. But the further South you go here, the worse things get on that aspect.

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      2. I had my windows open last night because we finally had a nice breeze coming in. Had to shut them 30 minutes later because those dang cars. πŸ™„


  2. I think we are now getting β€œolder” so that we can’t stand the loud cars but I agree. There used to be a good sounding loud and now… it’s like these people with so much bass in their cars you hear the screws flying out πŸ™‚


    1. Its not really the music, I’m talking about the car itself is loud. Almost like a backfire type sound. I noticed its more the younger generation. They have something modified to make it that loud.


  3. That’s great to hear. When I turned 45 many years ago, my oldest niece rented a bouncy house for me lol. As old as we were and no kids around we had a blast. I even got my older sister to go in it. Give yourself a pat on the back because you did great!

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  4. It made me smile when I read about your laughing. You did well by going to the party.
    The tall flowers in the first picture are Hollyhocks. My parents had them. I don’t know if the second one is a different variety or not.

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  5. Like your car problem, my town is a destination for Harley owners. From May through October, they drive around town loudly revving their engines. It’s really common for my phone conversations (inside my office) to be interrupted by the racket. During bike week (30,000 of them show up) it’s just absurd. It all comes across as selfish, attention grabbing insecurity.

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