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Vacuum

Linda’s prompt for today is ” a word you have to look up.” There is more than one word I have to look up but this one came up again today when I was doing one of my recent favorite activities, the “Jumble, That Scrambled Word Game” by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek at the LA Times. I find that when I am trying to unscramble the letters and make words that I do have to check my spelling now and again. I know I have had to check the spelling of ‘vacuum’ before. I am thinking of the vacuum cleaner because I have been preparing to clear out my house and cleaning out all kinds of stuff. The other definition of vacuum is an empty space. I have not accomplished that yet in my house. I did clear a big space in my garage. As I sort through the contents of drawers and boxes I find a collection of saved memories like the guest list for my wedding and wedding invitation responses, the receipt for my wedding gown and vale, assorted greeting cards from my wedding, baby showers, Mother’s Day, and wedding anniversaries. I even have my wedding gown, vale, and petticoat vacuum sealed in a box by a cleaners in LA. I was told the process would preserve my gown for 100 years. I don’t know if any of my descendants will ever want to wear it. My favorites are the home made cards from my son and daughter. I have samples of my kids art work, school work, and a few of their report cards. I saved some of their baby clothes and a lot of their toys and books. I am thinking it is good that I am sorting through it all and not leaving it for my kids when I am gone. Knowing myself it seems like they will still have stuff of mine to sort out even with my good intentions.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today 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. 

Featured image ‘ Vintage Cleaning’ via PublicDomainPictures.net

If You Could Read My Mind

Have you ever thought you have psychic abilities? I definitely have ESP with my family, thinking the same thing at the same time or thinking of them just before they call on the phone. It can’t be attributed to coincidence because it happens too often in my life. When it happens I say we are on the same wave length. Not in the sense that we are of similar opinions, but are tuned into this invisible channel that transmits our thoughts to each other. A medium claims to pick up transmissions from the dead. I am a bit skeptical about that, but when we are very close to someone maybe we can still be on the same frequency even after we’re gone. 


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘medium.’

Featured image ‘Psychic’ by Eden, Janine and Jim on Flickr.com 

Gordon Lightfoot ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ via fab70smusic on YouTube

In Need Of Good News

‘Everything old is new again.’ Like the new format for WordPress. I am typing on it now. A bit weird, like being in an alternate universe. I feel like I have been in a strange land since the start of the pandemic. Too much bad happening for me to process it all. Just when I thought I had become accustomed to the new normal more required me to adapt. Lots of bad news. Hoping for good news for us all soon. 


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today 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.

Featured image of ‘parchment paper with leaves’ via Pixabay.com 

A Safe Harbor

The LA County Public Library system has closed its doors to patrons during the pandemic but still provide so many services to support the community. People can still borrow books, physical and digital. It’s just that the process has changed. Patrons must pick up their reserved books outside the library, masks are worn by the staff and public, the books are even quarantined between release to the next borrower. Through it all the library continues to provide online book groups, classes for adults and children, from cooking to Storytime to literacy for new immigrants. Nita Lelyveld from the LA Times took a virtual tour of the county’s libraries and shared what she found in her article, ‘Libraries remain vital despite pandemic—and because of it.’


We Are The World Blogfest, #WATWB, is a monthly blog group created to share positive stories in dark times. To learn more about it and how to join in click here.  This month’s hosts are Eric LahtiRoshan Radhakrishnan , Shilpa GargPeter Nena and Sylvia Stein.

Containers Of Worlds

A part of my coping with the stress of the world these days is reading books. This is mostly physical paper books. Some from the library, others purchased, and most are fiction. Books are magical things that introduce me to new people, places, and cultures.  As I read, I come to feel like the characters in the stories are real people. I like or dislike them, and care about their actions. Books are containers of whole worlds.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is  “container.” Use the word “container” any way you’d like. Or think about a container of some kind and write about it. 

Featured image ‘ Young woman reading a book’ by Renoir via wikimedia.org

Blocked

Not feeling an eruption of creative energy. How are people able to be creative with all the negative stuff happening? We are fortunate that the wild fires have not touched us here yet. But as I sat here tonight at the computer I felt an earthquake. Not a bad one, but don’t we have enough right now? Nature just sending a reminder that things could be worse I guess.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is  “-tion.” Find a word that ends with “tion.” Bonus points if you start your post with it.

Featured Image: “The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (Hi-RISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this avalanche plunging down a 1,640-foot-tall (500-meter-tall) cliff on May 29, 2019. The image also reveals layers at Mars’ north pole during spring. As temperatures increase and vaporize ice, the destabilized ice blocks break loose and kick up dust.” (JPL California Institute of Technology)

Angel’s Collar

Been doing some ‘Spring cleaning’ in the summer and came across the pet collar of our deceased cat. I don’t have the heart to discard it as yet. It has her name on one side with our old phone number and my daughter’s name and our address on the other. Angel never liked wearing the collar. She was feisty but my daughter and I had a close bond with her. It was hard when she died. I have not wanted another cat since.

Angel ❤


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today  is “collar.” Use it as a verb, a noun, or metaphorically. Bonus points for using it in all three ways! 

 

Pretty Sharp

These are some of my favorite ‘sharp’ things. I like having sharpened pencils to write with unless I am using a pen.  I have been working on these word scramble puzzles in the LA Times and I like to use a pencil to fill in the answers in case I need to erase.  The letters in words are scrambled and you need to determine the correct word and then solve a riddle, using some of letters from the words, the answer which is a play on the words. It’s fun to figure out the words and then figure out the answer, which is not always easy. Doing these word puzzles keeps your brain sharp. If I were to work on a math problem by hand instead of using a calculator, I prefer to use a pencil. It’s good to have sharpened knives to slice vegetables and meats. It is nice to look sharp in your clothes. Not nice to have a sharp tongue.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “sharp.” Use it in any or all of its definitions. 

Featured image of Eagle Pencil Co. trade card via Boston Public Library on Flickr.com

 

More Than A Hundred Books

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.”
― Doris Lessing

Even though I have donated about 100 books to the library in recent years we still have a large collection in our house. My husband collects Easton Books, mostly of classics. We have law books, history books, cook books, and mystery books. I have given away many of my books, especially paperbacks, because they deteriorate quickly, take up space, and collect dust. I have held onto some hardcover favorites like David Copperfield, Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden, to name a few. I do have several paperbacks of various subjects and genres here right now but will most likely donate many of them eventually. My favorite history books are by David McCullough,’ John Adams’, ‘Truman’, and ‘1776.’ I love books, real paper and hardcover books, not so much the digital ones. 


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “more than a hundred.” Write your post inspired by something you have more than a hundred of in your home right now. 

Image of books on shelves by Larsgustav on Pixabay.com

Quote about books and reading via Goodreads.

One-Liner Wednesday–Public Libraries

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

I have been ordering books from my local public library online. They send me an email when my books are ready for pick up. There is a whole procedure to borrowing books now. You can’t go into the library. You have to call the library when you are ready to pick up the books so they can get them ready for you. Then you park outside and call to notify them you are waiting. One of the staff brings the books out to a table. Then you put on a mask and go to get your package off the table. The staff was thoughtful to include a bookmark and some extra reading material with my order today.


One Liner Wednesday, #1linerWeds, is hosted by Linda G Hill.