Category Archives: My Life

Ring Bell

‘Ring the bell, and leave it at the door.’ That was my online instruction for the pizza delivery. It is called contactless delivery. We receive most deliveries that way now. No contact. When I do open the door, brief thank yous and well wishes are exchanged through our masks. 


 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘ring.’ Featured image of Door Bell by cocoparisienne on Pixabay.com

Hope Du Jour

I am not up to writing too much because I am tired, pooped. Want to keep calm. I have been watching so much CNN. In the middle of a pandemic we’re having our Presidential election. It is great that so many people voted. Now we just need to hang on until the winner is declared. It would help if some people did not act crazy, including our current President.

I have been reading a book before I go to sleep every night. Sometimes I get too tired to read very much. It’s ‘Hope Dies Last, Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times,’ by Studs Terkel. In in he talks with people from all over the country, some famous others not, and tells their inspirational stories. This book was published in 2003. Terkel died in 2008. I had forgotten I had the book and discovered it in a box tucked away in the garage. The title called to me because we are going through difficult times now. I helps to read about other humans who have met challenges with courage. It helps me believe that we will get through this.


 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘jour.’ Featured image ‘Sunrays’ by Richard Banton on Flickr.com

No Trick Or Treat

We are not expecting Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween because LA County has told us all that it is probably not safe due to COVID. We will keep our porch light off and I feel a bit like a Halloween Scrooge. We did not put up any decorations either. It does not feel like a holiday this year. One good thing is that we won’t have those bags of left over candy in the house to tempt us.

Halloween image by Nancy Sticke via Pixabay.com

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

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.

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

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! 

 

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.