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SoCS – This Week’s Prompt is Spot On

It has been cooler here,  but the humidity is still unbearable. Glad to see Linda had some cooler weather when she decided about the prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “spot.” Write whatever image the word “spot” invokes. Have fun!

When my brother and I were young, we saw a movie that involved some British people. From that point on, we tried our best to be British — something about the accent. I can still see him saying “Care for a spot of tea, mate?” We had no idea what we were saying. I do not think I ever heard a British person say those words.

Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot, and Puff. Remember them? “Run, Spot, run!” Yes, those books were my early readers. I never had a dog named Spot. As a matter of fact, I do not know anyone who ever had a dog named Spot.

When I started my web design business, my mentor urged me to buy a radio spot. All I could have ever afforded would have run about 7:00 am on a Saturday. I did not see that as a worthwhile investment. Who is up at 7:00 am on Saturday morning looking for a web designer? I passed.

I live in the country. We have red clay and lots of dust. Recently, hubby cut a lot of our overgrown bushes and I mean a LOT. What I am trying to tell you is that my house is not spotless. My friend recently said you could eat off her floors. Please do not eat off my floors. I would fear for your life.

Several people in my life are in a tough spot concerning their relationships. I think this time of quarantine has been rough on some people — especially if there was already a little wobble in the relationship.

When I was a kid I was fascinated with buried treasure. Perhaps it was reading all the Nancy Drew books, but I always wanted to find a treasure map. I was so desperate I drew one of my own with a big X marks the spot right in the middle. I could not garner any interest in finding my non-existent treasure. I discovered it was probably more fun to be the discoverer of hidden treasure than the person who hid it.

That brings up another memory. Remember Mad magazine? The back cover was always a foldable page that revealed a different picture or phrase. They were called “fold-ins”. I seem to remember more than one of them being a map of some sort.

That’s the last bit for me.

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SoCS – But Wait, There’s More

Linda has given us an interesting word to consider for  Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more.” Start your post with the word “more.” Enjoy!

More than the greatest love the world has known
This is the love I’ll give to you alone

Do you know this song? I remember it as sung by Andy Williams. It from the film score for the movie “Mondo Cane” which I never saw and maybe am glad I did not. The film’s intention was to shock the world. I choose to remember it only because of this song. Here’s the clip with Andy Williams singing in a very cool sweater I might add. What more could you ask for?

That is more or less all I know about that. Now I do need to ask what the heck does ‘more or less’ actually mean? Because the word or separates the two words do we get to choose whether it is more or less? Does it mean the same thing as sort of?

Here’s a guessing game for you. One of our fellow bloggers often ends her blogs with the words “As always more to come.” Do you know who it is? Extra points from me if you do!

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amoré. Another song. It has the letters m o r e in it, but it is about love, not more. Now, see, you can speak Italian now, more or less. (See what I did there?)

Social norms can be referred to as social mores. Again, the same letters, but a different word and meaning altogether. Our world is crazy. I think social norms were thrown out the window.

What more can I tell you? Oh yes, today is my granddaughter’s 3rd birthday! Since they cannot really celebrate by having a party or any family, I think everyone sent her more presents than they normally would have. She will be celebrating all weekend.

If you want to delve into the endless possible discussions concerning the word more, click on the link above to read more!

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SoCS – Check This Out

Linda has given us an interesting word to consider for  Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “check/cheque/Czech.” Use one, use ’em all, use ’em any way you’d like. Have fun!

‘Check it out, guys!’ That was the first thing that came into mind. I can check that one off of Linda’s list.

When I lived in Florida, our house was very close to the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden. It was the home and studio of Czech sculptor, Albin Polasek. It is a beautiful home with lovely gardens. We were very involved with them and attended many fund raisers on the grounds. One of the events they wanted to do was hold something that saluted his heritage. A beer festival came up!

I love a good beer and have only had Czech beer once. I was looking forward to that event, but alas, it never really got off the ground.

When we took our trip to Switzerland and Venice, we brought along traveler’s checks. Of course, in Switzerland, it would be a traveler’s cheque. Isn’t it funny how some words are easily translatable between languages.

I have really been checked out this week and it shows in the few blogs I have read or written. I am glad the movie challenge is coming to a close. It is a lot to write about the same sort of subject every day. I am glad I did it, I will see it through, but I will be really glad when it is over.

It is after midnight and I am already thinking about my morning coffee and breakfast. Hey! Maybe I can get extra, extra bonus points because I eat Wheat Chex for breakfast. Is Chex plural? Is one morsel a check, a cheque, or a Czech or simply a single Chex?

Check, please! I am out of here.

Don’t forget to check in on people during this pandemic. Especially on people who live alone.


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SoCS – A Link to my Past

Linda has given us an interesting word to consider for  Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “link.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Right away I might be breaking the rules because I am not using a noun or a verb, or am I? I suppose a name is a noun, but I digress (which I have been doing a lot lately.)

Link, link, link. I write a lot of nostalgic posts — all link me to my past. This post is no different. The first think that came up for me was ‘Kommondant Klink’ from the television show “Hogan’s Heroes”. This was a comedy television series about a German prion of war camp. Kommandant  Klink was a bit of a bumbler trying unsuccessfully to move up in the ranks.

Then my mind went to Art Linkletter and his shows “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and “House Party”. I am not sure how to classify the genre of this show, but we watched it faithfully when it was on. Here is a little lesson on the story of creation.

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SoCS – Photographic Memories

Toss your troubles to the wind, folks. Linda is back with  Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “song.” First, find a picture–the closest one to you. Your prompt is the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture. Have fun!

“Keep Holding On” was the theme song from the movie “Eragon”. When I looked at the mantelpiece this morning and saw our oldest grandson’s senior photo in a suit and tie, it brought me back to the early years when he came to spend a week with us in the summer. He was only 4 years old on his first trip.

To say we were overjoyed when he visited would be an understatement. It was a week of non-stop joy. We were in and out of the pool all day, taking a break to eat lunch in soggy swimsuits. Eventually, as he got older, he started to bring his favorite movies with him so we could watch them together. He always brought his box set of Andy Griffith DVDs but he was never interested in watching any of the seasons filmed in color.

One summer, he brought the movie “Eragon” with him. It is a movie about a boy who finds a “stone” that ultimately hatches into a dragon. I remember him singing along with the song “Keep Holding On”. He was embarrassed when he realized I saw him singing.

Later that night after he was fast asleep, I made him a CD of all his favorite songs. Some from movies, some from Andy Griffith, some songs we played on the jukebox at Johnny Rocket’s, and this song by Avril Levigne. I had printable CDs and I printed the track list and a photo of the LEGO dragon we had seen and Disney Village. I gave him the CD the next morning and told him he should always sing anytime he wanted to.

It is hard to believe he is now 18, ending his high school career in the midst of a Pandemic. He has been accepted to Clemson in the fall which will be upon us soon. He really wants to go to college so bad I hope it is safe for him to do so. I want so much for him and strangely, the words “Keep Holding On” have taken on a whole new meaning.