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Guided by prompts from WDC blogging challenges... and of course, life
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It's All Just Stuff
         It's November 1, 2021 and day 1 of the November "30-Day Blogging Challenge. November is also national Epilepsy awareness month here in the USA. Why should you care about that? You don't have to, but I do. I live with Epilepsy every day. For those of you who don't know me yet, I'm Jenn. I'm a mom, a wife, a survivor, and a warrior. Former science instructor, full-time nerd, and critter lover. I write poetry and have found a new love in blogging.

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Our first prompt for the November 30DBC is "We all have possessions of some type. Tell us five possessions you can’t live without, and why they are on this list." You'd think this would be an easy one, but while I have lots of stuff, I could most likely live without a lot of it. But, I'm gonna give this the old college try anyway. Who knows, maybe I'll learn something about myself in the process.

Top Five Possessions I Cannot (or Won't) Live Without and Why (in no particular order)

1. My medications - There are a lot of the darned things, but some of them are the only things - short of God, food, and water - that are keeping me alive and/or from being in so much pain, so yeah they're on the list.

2. My computer - Computers are so multipurpose in this day and age! Mine keeps me engaged, keeps me connected to family, is what I listen to music on, updates me on the news and weather, stores my photographs and writing, connects me to WDC, connects me with all of my health care team... and the list could go on and on so I'm cutting it short right here. I could live without it but I'd become bored and a bit lonely.

3. My vacuum cleaner - With a 100+ pound longhaired German Shepherd for a fur-son, I have clouds of fur floating across my floors and piles of dirt that have to be vacuumed daily. The cats also shed everywhere and break things constantly, so even if we got rid of the dog (which we wouldn't ever do) we would still have to clean up after the cats. I'm sure I could make do without a vacuum and just use a broom, but why would I? I like the convenience of the thing.

4. My pillow - I have tried to sleep on other pillows and I never get the quality of sleep on those that I do when it is my own pillow. When we travel, I now bring my pillow with us so I won't wake the following day being angry at everything. There's a lot to be said for a good night's rest, after all.

5. My house - Why? Because it's mine. Because owning a house means not having to move around a lot or deal with shiesty landlords. It is something I can leave to my kids when I pass. I'm close to the hospital, there's plenty of room for my brat-dog to run around in the yard, and my neighbors are great. Oh! And I can have whatever darned kinds of pets I want - no landlord to tell me this kind of pet or that kind is prohibited on the premises. If I want snakes, I can have snakes; if I want goats or other livestock, I can have those (granted I wouldn't put a cow or horse on the lot as I think there needs to be plenty of room for larger animals to roam and graze). Owning your own home does have it's boons.

Possessions are only temporary things though and while all of these things make it easier for me to live, more bearable even in some instances, I know that none of them are permanent and I sure as heck can't take them with me when I die. Of all of them, I think my meds would be what I couldn't live without the most - even though they're also what I want the least to have to live with.

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