Day: January 7, 2018

365 Challenge: Day 301 – Blanket (LIST: Objects I adore)

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Blanket: an object I treasure that has always been important to me (I’m basically Linus)

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Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I chose objects I adore or that have some huge importance to me. We’re in our first week and I’ve gone with Blanket because it may be my most favorite possession. Before I jump into it, let’s start with a story we are all familiar with.

When I was born, my mother received a baby blanket that her mother had crocheted for me. It was red, white and blue, about 2 by 4 feet, and quite soft. As a newborn, I arrived home in the quintessential blue hospital baby blanket, but once I was a few months old, my grandmother’s gift was what I slept under each night. Like my father, and Linus from Peanuts, I was known for always carrying my blanket around with me. (No, I did not also suck my thumb!). I didn’t just carry it with me around the house. I took it with me everywhere. I was obsessed. By the time I was 5 or 6 years old, I’d outgrown it. It wouldn’t cover me up at night, and so, sadly, I needed a new one. I still have this blanket, safely stored in a box in my closet. I take it out from time to time to reminisce, but I couldn’t get to it today to photograph, so no… that’s not the blanket in the photo.

My mom did not inherit her mother’s ability to crochet, however, her good friend, Millie, offered to build a new one. I vividly recall being asked what colors I wanted it to be. I asked for blue. A few week’s later, for a birthday, I received a wonderful gift. It was made for a full-size bed, had white trim and two different shades of blue, and was also quite soft. I traded in my baby blanket, probably crying just a little bit, and used the new one… I carried it everywhere with me for years, including on vacation to the Catskill mountains each summer. When I was 12, we were heading home from the trip after breakfast. I’d eaten something that had ultimately given me food poisoning. In the rush to leave and get home, somehow… I left the blanket in the hotel room. We didn’t realize it until that night when we got home and I had no blanket. Unfortunately, the hotel never found it, so I lost my treasure. I remember crying a few times, struggling to sleep for a few nights. No, that’s not the blanket in the above picture. I don’t have one of it, but my mom does in her photo albums. I used a different blanket for the subsequent months, but then something wonderful happened.

After we returned home, I started dating a girl, Lisa, in middle-school that year (yes, it’s true!). A few weeks later, our families met for dinner to get to know one another. My mom told the story of my blanket having gone missing that summer. Lisa’s grandmother, a big knitter and crocheter, was present. I grew close to her family that summer and fall, and when I went to their place for Hanukkah (they were Jewish), her grandmother surprised me with a new blanket. It was perhaps one of my top 5 favorite gifts ever — that is the blanket in the post’s featured image. I’ve carried that blanket with me wherever I go… college, vacations, weekend trips… all the time. I’ve even wrapped myself up in it to go down and get the mail from the mail room in my apartment building, not caring what anyone thought of me! It’s now about 27 years old and starting to show its age. The small holes are growing larger and weaker. The ends are beginning to untangle just a little. I’ve probably got a few more years out of it, but at some point, I will need to get a new one. Until then…

I treasure my blankets. I curl up on them in the couch. I share them with Ryder. I sleep with it every night. It makes me feel warm and cozy. It has memories of the past. If I were ever forced to leave in a rush and only take a couple of items with me (other than people and pets), this blanket would be on the top of the list. Sometimes there’s a connection we share with inanimate objects that cannot be explained. For me, it’s my blanket… whether it was the one my grandmother made, Millie created or Lisa’s grandmother gifted me, I will always cherish and adore them. Thank you for these special memories and presents throughout my life!

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion
  • Week 33 – 37: Favorite Book Genres
  • Week 38 – 42: Holidays
  • Week 43 – 47: Objects I adore
  • Week 48 – 52: TBD

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

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‘Food in Books’ Re-Blog: Watching Glass Shatter – A Quiche made by the amazing Vanessa!

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I’ve been blessed with some amazing book reviews, interviews and blog posts from so many amazing bloggers. It’s always humbling when I stumble into one that I had no idea was being prepared, nor could have expected the approach the blogger had taken. Today, Vanessa @ Food in Books surprised me by showcasing ‘Watching Glass Shatter’ on her blog, where she baked a mouthwatering quiche to accompany her review on the book. For those that haven’t read the novel yet, this has a very strong connection to a critical scene that helps readers truly understand what’s going through a primary character’s mind. You can read the original post via Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney — I HIGHLY encourage you to drop by to see the pictures, recipe and connections she made to a scene in which Olivia and Diane discuss life after Ben’s death. Vanessa’s insight on the kitchen and nook setting, reflecting who Olivia is, astounded me!

And after you read this wonderful post she wrote on me, and crave the quiche in the pictures, you must search her site for all the other books and meals she’s recreated. I make quiche a few times a month, but now I need to try this new recipe. What a unique concept from a talented lady!

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Note:  The featured image in my post (also above) is from Vanessa @ Food in Books. I borrowed her photo and must give her full credit for it: I wanted to connect our two posts together thru the picture.

BrizzleLass Books: The Authors Bookshelf – James J. Cudney as Guest

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Check out this wonderful post via The Authors Bookshelf – James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 by the amazing Claire @ BrizzleLass Books – I was a guest on her blog this week! Below is the picture I shared with her of my bookshelf… I’ve had it for about ten years, originally purchased in San Francisco in 2017 prior to my move back to New York City.

If you are unfamiliar with Claire or her website, please find the time to stop by… even if you’re tired of hearing about me! She’s had several other bloggers and authors as guests on her intriguing site (recently re-designed), plus she reviews books nearly every day. She’s primarily a fantasy and romance reader / reviewer, but branches out to other genres when she connects with new authors. Claire’s the real deal! She works in the industry, is connected, and knows exactly how to share ideas on success. Truly one of the more prolific bloggers and social media gurus I’ve met! A must-stop-by please. 🙂

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