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SoCS – Mmmmmmmm

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you every week by Linda Hill. Check out her blog for the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week’s prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with ‘m’.” Use any word that begins with the letter “m” as the subject or theme for your post. Enjoy!


Today’s post is brought to you by the letter M. (Thank you Sesame Street.)

The M word that popped into my mind is midnight.

When I was a little girl I had a cat named Midnight. She was beautiful, sleek and dark black as midnight – thus her name. She was predominately an outside cat. Very few people at the time ever kept animals as pets inside.

When we moved from the Valley to a nearby city, Midnight was left at my grandmother’s house. (Sad story ahead…) I will never forget the day my grandmother called me and told me she had to put my cat to sleep. The neighbor had a collie dog and he had sicced the dog on my cat and she was hurt and suffering. It was the first time I would ever know just how mean some people could be and the first time I knew there was a way to humanely kill an animal to end its suffering. My grandmother wept and so did I. At only seven years old, I lost a little faith in humanity that day.

Midnight is of course the witching hour. I have been thinking about what I want to write for a Halloween post. I like to write a fiction piece and I think I will also write about our Halloween celebration in the Valley. We never went trick-or-treating. I never knew there was such a thing until we moved away years later.

Nothing good ever happens after midnight.
~My Mom

I learned as I grew up, she was mostly right about that. Unless you are talking about Wolfman Jack and The Midnight Special that aired on Friday nights. Or maybe a little CCR.

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SoCS – Where’s the Dictionary?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you every week by Linda Hill. Check out her blog for the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week’s prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a word you have to look up.” We all have words we can never spell. Use one of yours in your post and let that word drive your stream of consciousness where ever it goes. Have fun!


You know that old adage “use it or lose it”? Well, folks grammar and spelling falls into that category. When I was working my skills were a lot sharper – and perhaps my mind was, too. I find I misspell a lot more words now than I once did.

When I started as a ghost blogger, I worked writing for many different industries. A dress designer, an attorney, a short sale company, a private chef, a body builder, an adoption agency, a mental health professional, and several artists. The first rule I had to ‘unlearn’ was typing two spaces at the end of a sentence. It throws spacing and alignment on the website off. The second thing I had to learn was to also allow for some grammatical errors and some misspellings. “Think about how people type their questions into Google. Those weird and cumbersome phrases should appear in some of your work.” Yikes.

Small issues to some, but to me they were huge which brings me back to the actual question Linda posed. What word do I tend to misspell? MINUSCULE. It does not look spelled correctly to me. Maybe I am mispronouncing it. Wait – I will be right back.Nope. i pronounce it correctly according to Webster.

You see, the word comes from the Latin (sudden memories of my Latin teacher Mr. Boyland banging his head against the chalkboard) word minus which means ‘less”. Maybe that will help me remember how to spell it – it starts with the word minus!

I just want to plead my case a little more. Texting languages and predictive texting and auto-correct are destroying our society (Googling is, too, but that has  more to do with research than spelling but researching spelling can be done with Google so YES – the destruction of society as we know it.

I wonder if it is true we use a very minuscule part of our bein power? I wonder if I might have been a rocket scientist if I could have harnessed that power. I suppose we will never know.

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SoCS – Medium

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you every week by Linda Hill. Check out her blog for the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week’s prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “medium.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!


What is medium-sized? The best answer is that it is something between a large and a small (which are also subject to someone’s opinion). The last time I remember trying to buy something medium-sized, it was suggested that I could ‘supersize’ to a large for only 45 cents more. How do I know how much more I am getting?

I have never been to see a Medium (is that supposed to be capitalized – I think not) but my Dad always told the story of going to see a fortune teller which I think might be the same thing sort of. Or does a Medium just speak to the beyond? Anyway, it scared my Dad. Whatever she told him spooked him for life. He was adamant about not going to see a fortune teller of any time.

I do not wear medium-sized clothing. Honestly, I don’t think medium-sized people wear medium-sized clothing. I am tall, long-waisted, and broad-shouldered. And now that I have ‘supersized’ myself during this quarantine, I am most likely extra-large. Do you know that the American clothing sizing history is pretty bizarre? It is no wonder women always stress about their weight, their size, their look. It’s a pretty interesting read. Here is an interesting post on Medium if you want to delve into it. It is actually very revealing.

I bought some non-stick ceramic frying pans. I love the look of them and they worked marvelously at first. Now they stick a little. The directions say you should never use them on a temperature higher than medium. They don’t work well anymore. They have started to allow things to stick. Now I’m wondering how well regulated my medium heat is on my stove. Maybe they received too much heat over the last couple of years. They still look pretty, though! I just bought a new set of these two gold looking nonstick skillets at Costco so I will read the directions and see what they recommend.

That’s all for me, folks. I hope you have a great Saturday! We get rain from Delta!

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SoCS – Old Noodle

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you every week by Linda Hill. Check out her blog for the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week’s prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “new/old.” Use either or both of the words “new and old” any way you’d like. Bonus points for starting and ending with either one. Have fun!


Children are the best. They pick up on everything. When our granddaughter was just starting to crawl and walk she was like every other child. She was drawn to the tiniest little speck of anything on the floor and it went directly in her mouth.

One day, she found a dried up piece of macaroni that had fallen on the floor and her mom dashed to her and grabbed it before it made it to her mouth.

”That’s not good. It’s an old noodle”.

From that day forward, anything found on the floor was deemed an old noodle, not fit for consumption. Of course that left the door open for lots of new things to find their way into her mouth, toys, shoes, cat toys, you name it!

Sometimes I feel like an old noodle myself. 😂


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I want to give a special shoutout to Linda today for the copy of her novella “The Magician’s Sire” that magically appeared in my inbox this morning! I am so excited to snuggle up and read it. You can get a free download of the novella here by simply subscribing to her newsletter. THANK YOU, LINDA!
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SoCS – The Home Edit

 

Rainbow colors
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Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you every week by Linda Hill. Check out her blog for the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week’s prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “container.” Use the word “container” any way you’d like. Or think about a container of some kind and write about it. Enjoy!


This is not the subject I intended to write about today, but stuff happens. So I am shifting the proverbial gears and moving on down the highway. Maybe in a container truck.

Boredom took over a few nights ago and I started to watch a show called “The Home Edit” on Netflix the other night. It is a home organization show and I love those although I rarely follow their advice. I did discover that Marie Kondo’s method of folding shirts did not bring me joy, so I am back to folding them the fast way. But I digress.

The show is about two women from Nashville who organize people’s chaos – both of the stars and the more common (but probably still rich) people. First just let me say there could never be a job I could hate much worse than that one, well, dirty toilet cleaning maybe. But I decided to watch anyway.

There are four steps – something like organize, purge, contain and maintain or something like that. And somewhere in there there’s labeling, too. They have their own line of merchandise which is conveniently sold at The Container Store. The biggest takeaway I had was that the world is better organized in rainbow colors – especially children’s book.

This is stream of consciousness, so we are taking a sharp right turn. Remember “I Dream of Jeannie”? She lived in a bottle, aka a container. She was always into some sort of well intentioned mischief. I guess you could say she just couldn’t “ContainerSelf”! 😂😂😂 See what I did there?