Four Minute Musings

Lorraine frightened of blender and bear trapSome minute musings about what wanted attention this past week:


Stuck at first thought

Our group of fearless friends ventured into another escape room last Saturday. Being the first room at a new-for-us location, I eagerly anticipated some new twists on familiar puzzles and locks. The theme had our group split into two rooms. That meant co-operating given some clues and answers were in the other room.

The great flurry of puzzle solving continued until both rooms got stuck, even after hints. A blender on a table and the last lock we sprung freed up the blender’s top. My fellow escapees noticed a red button at the bottom of a blender. I kept looking for clues.

Next thing I know my fellow escapee plunged her hand into the blender. There was a loud whir, air blew, my eyeballs popped out of my head and my body was flooded with the most visceral slicing experience ever. The door to the room popped open. We were free! (Sort of.) Shortly afterwards, the door to the second room opened after a hand plunged into the middle of a spiked-tooth bear trap. THIS. IS. NOT. RIGHT. Goes against EVERYTHING your parents warned you about. Steer well clear of sharp objects, whirring blades and traps.

Still in disbelief over having to plunge one’s hand into a blender, I asked the gamemaster about the puzzle. He smiled and laughed. Of course it would have to be perfectly safe – think of the lawsuits otherwise. In order to get out of being stuck and trapped, a fundamental belief had to be blown apart. B.A.M.! More bewildering, the belief keeping me trapped was adopted from someone else, who to their credit, was trying to keep me safe. But I never stopped to question if that belief was mine, still held true, or applied in every single situation. A finer level of discernment was needed for who I am now and the situation at hand. Double B.A.M.!

If you’ve been feeling stuck and can’t find a way out, what belief might there be that needs a second look?


Roll not control

[TMI Warning] The New Guy had a crappy week – both figuratively and literally. Started with things coming out both ends, then just his back end. It was bad. Oral meds weren’t working so he spent 3 days at the vet attached to his new BFF, IV Pole. He’s finally pointed in the right direction, but there’s nothing firm that can be passed along.

For us, the days are filled with hovering keeping a watchful eye, cleaning up and laundry. Someone asked if we were frustrated. Tired, yes. Frustrated, no. There’s nothing to do but wait. We’ve been to this rodeo before.

Hard as you try and as much as you like, sometimes you can’t make crap go away faster and you can’t get around it. The only way forward is straight through and dealing with the crap you’re dealt.

Is there any crap in your life right now that needs to run its course?


1 + 1 = 0

Cats have a weird sense of association. Hugh, for example, thinks chewing on cardboard boxes makes food appear. Because when breakfast or supper isn’t coming fast enough, he chews on a box. Then food appears. BAM! Chewing on cardboard = eating. New Guy thinks looking at him and talking at the same time means he’s going to the vet and he bolts under the couch.

Watching Hugh chew on cardboard for the gazillionth time had me wondering where I create meaning or associations where there aren’t any. How about every time I quadruple-guess or stop myself from doing things because it feels extroverted, I’m an introvert and introverts don’t do extroverted things.

Do you have associations where the math doesn’t add up?


Watch where you go

Giant size inflatable Halloween decorations have appeared on the front lawn of a house a few blocks away. I have to drive by them to go most places in town. (Including the vet.) Saturday running errands there was no other traffic as I passed the house. Figured I could slow down and sneak a longer look. They were pretty cool. Best to get eyes back on the road.

Yikes! I’m driving into the other (empty) lane! With a quick correction, the adrenaline stopped pumping. I chuckled when the driver’s ed tip popped to mind – “Where you look, you drive.  Eyes forward.” Yup.

Funnily enough, the same holds true for the shiny objects, what if’s, other people’s visions, negative tapes, and fears to think of a few ways I’ve veered off course over the years.

Where has your attention been and what direction is that taking you?


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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.


  1. Pearl R Meaker on October 26, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Hi my dear Lorraine,

    Okay . . . you quite lost me on that first one. Was this a dream? What’s an “escape room” and you’ve been in others before this one? OH! Wait a minute . . . “gamemaster”. This is a role-playing game situation? Interesting. Ah, I think I disagree with blowing apart those particular fundamental beliefs. ? Blowing those away only works in fantasy. ?However, looking for FALSE beliefs that block us in is a valid thing to do.

    So sorry to hear about poor Mr. Pukey-Crappy Cat. (he’s lovely – I’ve always wanted an all grey cat) That’s not fun for anyone involved. ??I hope he starts doing better soon.

    I probably have dozens of Cardboard Associations that don’t add, subtract, multiply or divide up. ??Never thought to look into that.

    Oh yeah! I’ve done that! Especially when I’m looking for or at birds while driving. Some of my attention has been on trying to live my faith and that is taking me in a good direction. Too much of my attention has been on *THE GREAT REBRANDING BOOKS DEBACLE* That is taking me down the road to early onset dementia. (Book #4 is still crouching in the darkness and refusing to come out to play – and the rebrands are STILL not ready to release!)


    In other news, I can’t remember if I told you (because we’ve told almost no one) that we found out in mid September that Flaming Chi To’s squamous cell carcinoma cancer has come back. This time in a smallish tumor in the upper eyelid of the same eye. We can’t afford to treat it and really don’t want his remaining time with us to be spent sick from chemo or radiation anyway, so we’re taking good basic loving care of him, keeping an eye on his behavior to tell when he’s starting to hurt. Then we’ll do moderate (won’t knock him senseless) pain med until that doesn’t help and then we’ll send him on his way. ? It is all very sad, but we know he’ll be super loved till the very end. So far, he’s still being his usual fun self – just with a swollen eyelid. I’m taking comfort from a scripture verse in Psalms. I like the wording best from the New Living Translation:
    Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your justice like the ocean depths.
    You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.

    Love ya, m’dear, and hope you’re doing well.

    • Lorraine on October 26, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Hey Pearl, great to hear from you. I’m bummed to hear the cancer has returned in Chi To’s eyelid. I know your time together will be treasured and he’ll feel how deeply he is loved every day as he always has. Hugh and the crew send their love and whisker kisses.

      Love hearing your reflections. I’m glad the musings sparked musings of your own. Thank you for sharing them! An escape room is sometimes known as a locked room. It’s a themed room with a story where you’re typically given an hour to solve a variety of puzzles in order to get out of the room.

      Beliefs definitely offer up a lot for exploration as to how they and change. This week saw more deep dives into a belief I’ve held since childhood and came out with a significant shift in perspective. Keep on having eyes on your faith. You’re navigating metamorphosis on a few levels and that takes time. I have an inkling book #4 will make a surprise appearance when you least expect it. Keep being you full out. That’s a very good thing. xoxox

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