I think as long as people, (women), have been washing dishes, there have been ads for dishwashing soap to make their lives easier and the task more enjoyable, all while guaranteeing softer hands. I confess I have tried various dishwashing liquid soaps and like to buy these cheerful sponges too.

Ocelo Sponge

Yet, it doesn’t make me feel any better when my sink keeps filling up with dirty dishes. Well, at least I don’t have to wash my dishes in a barrel while wearing a bonnet and pointy-toed little shoes.

The Scullery Maid c 1738 by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt words for today are ‘clean/dirty’. Featured image of Swan soap ad from the Ladies’ Home Journal c 1889 via the Internet Archive on Image of Ocelo sponge via me. Image of ‘The Scullery Maid’ c 1738 painting by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin from the National Gallery of Art on





Ancestors On The Edges

I continue to be engrossed in genealogy research, looking for the clues that weave my ancestors together into a sturdy cloth. But lately I find myself assembling only the edges of the puzzle. I have more of the frame or boarder than the parts that fill in the center sections. So I just want to appreciate what I am learning about the history of the people who lived in those long ago times. I bet in those olden days many women did more practical weaving like cloth for their families clothes.

‘Tatua Partonun weaving Simalungun traditional woven cloth (Hiou), in her home at Purba Tongah’ by Arokh Thio Gunadi Purba on

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt word is ‘frame.’

Sail Away Alma

It’s nice to think about keeping cool with heat waves in many parts of the world. We are lucky so far here in Southern California. The temperatures have been climbing a bit but we still have a cool breeze. I expect the heat to get serious as the summer wears on. Good to be able to go to a lake or ocean beach when it is so hot and be sure to drink (non-alcoholic) liquids.  Make sure elderly family members and neighbors have access to enough water and a place to cool down. Nice to take my mind off of hot weather and look at an image of a sailboat on a bay with a cool breeze filling its sails, and flags fluttering. I love the photo of ‘Alma’, a historic 1891 scow schooner that sailed around San Francisco Bay delivering cargo in the old days. She now resides at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park after being restored and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1988. I think she has fore-and-aft rigging, which is when the sails run parallel to the keel and not perpendicular. All I know is, she is a beauty from bow to stern.

Scow schooner Alma on San Francisco Bay by NPS

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt words for today are,  “for/fore/four.” Use one, use ’em all, use ’em any way you want. Bonus points for using all three.

Featured image ‘Bow-on shot of 1891 scow schooner Alma sailing on San Francisco Bay with Alcatraz Island in the background,’ San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, photo by NPS (National Park Service)

You Takes It Or Leaves It

What did the caterpillar say to the butterfly?  “I’m turning over a new leaf.”

I would like to leave off a few things around here, like household chores. It would be nice to give up dish washing ,cleaning bathrooms, laundry and folding clothes. I do have a dishwasher (machine) but I wash off the dishes before loading them in, and it seems like there are always more dirty dishes piling up in the sink. I did do a new chore this past week, sweeping up some dead leaves in my yard and trimming the leaves and branches off some of the bushes. It was more satisfying that the household chores I mentioned, being outside on a not too hot sunny day with a cool breeze blowing. Wish it would stay like this all summer.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word is ‘leaves.’ Use it as a noun or a verb.

Featured image of ‘Monarch caterpillar eating ‘ by Bradly Potter of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region on




We are social beings of varying degrees. Some of us like less socializing, and can prefer to observe from the perimeter, others like to be right in the middle of things. I like the scene in the above painting, ‘Cliff Dwellers’ by George Wesley Bellows (1913). A peaceful social gathering on a busy city street with a few people watching from their balconies or window sills, while others carry on with their daily routines, and children playing outside. The clothes lines stretched between buildings. Two women sitting together at the side of the stairs, one with her face turned up to the sun, the other keeps watch on the children. In my early childhood years, we lived in San Francisco. I remember we had a clothes line suspended up high like that from the back of our flat. The neighborhood kids often played on the sidewalks in front of their buildings.

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

Featured image ‘Cliff Dwellers’ by George Wesley Bellows from LA County Museum of Art via

A Way With Words

The prompt for today is to open a book to a random page, put your finger on it, and use that sentence to inspire your writing. I read this book a few years ago, ‘Ordinary Grace’ by William Kent Krueger and loved his writing. There are many wonderful sentences in this book. One I picked at random: ‘When my mother sang I almost believed in heaven.’

I have felt like that listening to a great opera singer like Pavaratti or Renee Fleming. or a classic rock song. When I hear them sing I am in heaven.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, # SOCS,  is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt: “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “open book, point, write.” Pick up the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. Close your eyes, open the book, and place your finger on the page. Whatever word or phrase your finger lands on, write about it.”

Video of Renee Fleming performing ‘Song to the moon’ by Dvorak via MartialVidz on You Tube.


I do enjoy quiet times to myself, but even then my mind is usually not silent. It is often mulling over assorted details of my existence, seeking interesting information off the web or streaming from the flat screen. I can get quiet inside and out if I am looking at beautiful nature.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “silent/silence.” Use one or both in your post.

Featured image ‘Enjoy the silence…’byThomas Leuthard on