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SoCS – Terra Firma

It’s time for another edition of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Our generous host, Linda Hill, has given us this prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ground.” Use it as a noun or a verb in any tense (i.e. grind). Have fun!


Today is all about the terra firma –  ground.

It’s Saturday morning and the first thing I am going to do is grind some good ole’ Kona coffee beans – decaf of course! It’s a nice way to start the day or else I would never be able to hit the ground running.

Last night I was FaceTiming with my almost-10-year-old granddaughter. She sent me a text of 20 ground-breaking videos she made with some video app she has on her phone. Well, she thinks they are ground-breaking at least! As her grandmother, I think they are cute.

Switching gears here – did you ever get grounded as a kid? I hear most children say on restriction these days, but I am not sure it means the same thing. It only happened to me once and I blame it fully on my sister. I was with some friends in the neighborhood and my good friend Cindy and I went to see a make-shift cabin two of the neighborhood boys built in the treed lot beside one of their houses. It was nearing dusk and we decided it was time to high tail it home. A car turned the corner and my friend said, “Is that your mom’s car?” I laughed and said, “No, her car doesn’t have sidelights.” Ha. I was wrong. My parents never gave me a curfew and I never abused it. This night my sister got my mom worked up and kept asking her “what would the neighbors think?” about me being out after dark with boys. It’s funny to think about it now. It was all perfectly innocent. That was my one and only experience with being grounded.

I like being retired. I do not have a daily grind any more — except for that coffee I talked about earlier. I do not miss it. I think grind implies the work might be tedious or boring. My profession was never boring. But I still don’t miss getting up and going to work every day.

I think I should stop here before I run this blog post into the ground. My mind is running wild and not well-grounded in thought. More coffee please.


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SoCS – Did You Say Ice Cream?

Welcome back, Linda. Dan managed to keep us in line during your absence.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-tast-.” Find a word that contains “tast” and use it in your post. Enjoy!


The first thing that came to mind was Tastee-Freez. You know, that soft-serve ice cream place.

Where I grew up we had a soft serve ice cream place, but it was a Dairy King. Yes, King. I am not sure if it was part of a southern chain or a standalone place that just chose the same name.

For us, it was a hangout place but only if we could get into town.

You know there is a big question about who really invented soft-serve ice cream. I read a little about it and honestly, it makes me never want to eat it again.

I would not miss soft serve if I never had it again, but I could not do without real ice cream. That would be a catastrophe.


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SoCS – Barely Made it Today

Surprisingly, today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to us by Dan Antion, giving Linda a break while she attends a Writer’s Festival.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ent” “ten” “net.” Use one, use two or use all three (bonus points for using two, double-bonus points for using all three). As Linda would say, use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!


Tomorrow I fly back to North Carolina. I will leave my daughter’s house around ten in the morning to head to the airport. It may just be the two of us since my granddaughter has come down with a cold and cough today.

Today we went to breakfast at McDonald’s (I had pancakes), then we ventured on to Target to play with the toys. Unfortunately while we were there I started to feel a little woozy which is not good the day before I fly. I took some Dramamine at the store and laid down a bit when we got home. I think it must have been brought on by a sudden change in the pressure due to a storm brewing overhead. I felt better in the afternoon after it rained for a while.

I may need to break down and call an ENT doctor when I get back home. Living in fear of vertigo when I travel is no fun. I will take more Dramamine tonight before I go to bed and more before I board the airplane tomorrow.

This trip has been difficult in some ways, and so rewarding and fulfilling in others. The net result from my daughter’s surgery has been so positive which makes it easier to go back home knowing she is back on the road to recovery.

I will miss them all so much, and I know tomorrow will be difficult. That’s what love is.


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SoCS – Time Flies

Day 364

Today is Stream of Consciousness Saturday brought to us again by Linda Hill. The prompt Linda has given us this week is:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wrap/rap.” Use one, use both (for bonus points), use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!


I am about to wrap up a year of blogging every day. Tomorrow will be my 365th day. Perhaps I will write something profound tomorrow to celebrate this momentous occasion. If Iwere more talented, I would dazzle you with a rap I composed just to commemorate my accomplishment.

I hope you don’t get your hopes up for that, however. I have almost no musical talent. But I do feel accomplished. Perhaps I could don a wrap — emblazoned with my Gravatar — a cape of sorts. But maybe that might not be a good idea. Word of that kind of nonsense might have the police rapping at my door.

In any event, I will be here tomorrow to share a little about this past year. But for now, that’s a wrap.


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SoCS – Cookie Monster

Day 357

Today is Stream of Consciousness Saturday brought to us again by Linda Hill. The prompt Linda has given us this week is:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “blue.” Talk about the first blue object you see when you sit down to write your post. Have fun!


Cookie Monster stares at me across the room with his bright blue face and wide white eyes. He has that look in his eye like he is on the hunt for cookies — any kind I would imagine — as that appears to be his mainstay.

This particular version is carefully painted on the back of my granddaughter’s chair. He sits across from his friend Elmo and is also painted in bright blue on the surface of the table. It is as if he is giving us fair warning that any cookies in close proximity are certainly at risk. He looks innocent enough with that constant grin on his face, but honestly, those are the kind you need to look out for.

There is also a stuffed version of him lurking somewhere in the toy box. He is warm and cuddly and fluffy enough, but I would not trust those innocent looking eyes.

Consider yourself warned.


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SoCS – Happy Anniversary

Day 349

Today is Stream of Consciousness Saturday brought to us again by Linda Hill. The prompt Linda has given us this week is:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “weigh/way/whey.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you do that last thing. Enjoy!

I cannot help but remember 23 years ago we dodged another hurricane. We had planned our wedding at my soon to be sister-in-law’s house in Charleston, SC when Fran turned and headed straight toward us.

The city offices were closing so we had to rush to get our license. We could not get fresh flowers. The bakery could not make our cake because they had to focus on bread. The minister could not meet with us as planned. Our guests that had to fly in started to cancel and we were fortunate our caterer let us adjust our headcount at the last minute. It was not the way we had thought it would go.

On Friday the storm turned. The whey-like clouds parted and it was a beautiful evening for our rehearsal dinner. On Saturday, it was beautiful and everything went off without a hitch. We had less than fresh flowers but the FRESHEST cake ever! It was perfect.

If I weigh the stress of that week to the happiness we have shared over these 23 years, there is no comparison. Happiness wins out hands down.

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