Sole Mio

‘O sole mio!’ is Neapolitan for ‘my sunshine, or ‘my sun.’ You probably have heard the well-known song. I feel silly because I always thought it meant ‘lonely me’ or ‘by myself.’  You know solo, alone. ‘O sole mio!’ is a prettier song than ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ but looks like they mean the same thing.

I don’t mind solitude but hated losing our wifi the other day. No streaming video, no internet, yikes! So guess what ? I read a 455 page book in 2 days. I thought I did not have the patience to read books any more and I am glad to find out that I do. It was ‘The Legacy’ by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, an Icelandic author. I read one of her books a few years ago, ‘Ashes to Dust,’ and I really liked it. This latest was another page turner. Now I am starting another by the same author titled, ‘I Remember You.’ This one is spooky, scary, about ghosts creaping around and I think they kill people. Have just started so I will have to let you know. Not good to read it before you are going to sleep. I kept the night-light on for a while last night. And good that I wasn’t sleeping solo.

First Edition cover of ‘O Sole Mio!’ via David Wilson on

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is ‘soul/sole.’ Video of The Three Tenors, Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carrera via tiziano po on You Tube.





Cream of Celery Soup

When I was growing up we ate Campbell’s Soup. My father said my younger brother and I looked like the Campbell’s Soup Kids.

Vintage Campbell’s Soup image via Miami University Libraries (Flickr)

One of their soups I liked was Cream of Celery. There are recipes online for making fresh Cream of Celery Soup and other cream of,  (some type of vegetable), soups. They look and sound good, especially for cold winter days. Do you have a favorite?

Here’s another one:

My daughter bought the ingredients to make cream of fennel soup. I’m getting hungry.

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


Areas Of Critical Environmental Concern

ACEC is a designation given by The US Bureau of Land Management to provide protection to “important resource values. These values vary…and can include things like rock art, endangered plants, wildlife habitat or even spectacular scenery.” (Bureau of Land Use Management)

There is a photo album on Flickr with some great photos of some of the places that are areas deemed worth protection and the public can make recommendations for places to be included. I was thinking about a place not too far from where I live that was damaged by vandals during the recent government shutdown because the Park Rangers were laid off. It is sad that some people are so destructive of our public lands. They must be sick in their souls. If these beautiful places are allowed to be destroyed they will be forever lost to us all.

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘critic(al).’


I have been having some allergy symptoms recently, swollen eyelids and watery itchy eyes. Happily the swelling subsided after taking Benadryl for a day, but the trouble with taking an antihistamine is that my head gets foggy and I get sleepy. Not great for my creative processes and the ability to come up with a memorable blog post. So all I can say is ‘yawn.’

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is yawn. ‘Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post.’

Featured image is ‘Two Women Ironing’ by Edgar Degas via

Writing Nuttily

Accommodatingly for my post there are absolutely a lot of adverbs that end with -ly, thousands according to an account I recently read. (But just because a word may end with a -ly does not mean it is always an adverb.) I looked at a list by and found a few fabulously farfetched examples like adumbratively and acropetally. It could be ascertained that I have an affinity for ‘a’ words but I decided to start and stay at the beginning of a bewilderingly long list. You may wonder where I am going with this stream which is attempting adumbratively to tell you I don’t have the vaguest clue.  And I may not have used adumbratively appropriately either, but it is fun using alliteration abundantly.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill.  The prompt for today is ‘words that end in -ly.’

Featured image from ‘Botany of a living plant’ (1919) pg 240 ( example of acropetally, you have to look it up) via Internet Archive on

Life Affirming

Creativity, self-expression, art, voice, vision, nature, wonder.

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

Binge Watching

The trouble for me with all the streaming TV services is that they allow me to watch several episodes of a series in one sitting. I am drawn to mysteries and will end up watching the whole series of something at once, kind of like staying up into the wee hours reading a page turner. I want to know how it ends. The episodes are written with cliff hanger endings to keep you engaged. But if I binge watch all the episodes I run out of mysteries to watch too quickly.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday,#SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is ‘television.’ Featured image of ‘Netflix at home’ by MoneyBlogNewz on Flickr.