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One Liner Wednesday-Nature In My Neighborhood

“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!” – Ingrid Bergman

 

Mountain Lion (Puma) Yearling via NPS Joshua Tree National Park

There was a mountain lion in a tree a couple of blocks from my house on Saturday. We were unaware until we heard and saw a helicopter hovering high over our house for a long time. I called my son to tell him about the helicopter and he told me there was a mountain lion in a tree near where a boyhood friend of his used to live. He sent us the link to the news story about it. I was worried the lion would be hurt by authorities trying to remove it. Then I read the wildlife authorities said to leave the lion alone and it would return to the Santa Monica mountains when night fell.


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

A-musing

I am going through assorted stuff in my house in preparation for a big move. My intention is to get rid of as much as possible so we do not carry so much on to the next place. I have more than one box of my kids’ art work and school papers, mostly from elementary school. I went through a large box yesterday thinking I would be able to throw out some of it. I ended up keeping most of it. Their drawings and notes are just so precious to me. I did have some laughs reading a few of their notes. One from my daughter said ‘I was the meanest Mom she ever met.’ Most of her notes are very loving but I must have fell out of her graces at that point. My son would write more formal letters addressed to Mom and Dad, and when he was really serious, to Mr. and Mrs. Drucker. I just can’t throw this stuff out. Someday, when they go through our stuff, I think they will find it funny and sweet as well.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is “use any word that begins with the letter “m” as the subject or theme for your post.” ( I used the ‘m’ loosely in this post)

Featured image of ‘Sun’ via Joduma on Pixabay.com

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