Monthly Archives: January 2020

Bits & Pieces – Stream of Consciousness Saturday & Just Jot It January # 18

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Bits & Pieces – Stream of Consciousness Saturday & Just Jot It January # 18

 

The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2020 Daily Prompt – Jan. 18th

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Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “movie title.” Take the title of the last movie you watched (just the title, not the premise of the movie), and base your post on that title. Have fun!

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Join in the fun – SOCS & Just Jot It January is brought to you by Linda G. Hill, and the prompts are always interesting. See more entries, and the details of how to join in at the above link. 🙂

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Bits and pieces – That’s all I get.

We’re supposed to use the title of the last movie we watched for our prompt today. However, we don’t watch movies on TV very much, and don’t go to the theater to see them, either.

What I do get, is … bits and pieces of movies, as the mister is flipping channels on the remote control. It never stays on one thing or another for more than a minute or two, possibly a little longer, but not long enough to see a whole movie. I don’t care, though, because I’m not really interested in watching anyway, as I’m happier just sitting here reading & writing my blogs.

This photo is from one of my scrap books. I have many of them, and they all consist of bits and pieces of things I’ve saved to put on the pages. It’s fun to do. 🙂

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“Bits & Pieces”, by The Dave Clark Five.

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That’s my post for today – bits and pieces of this and that.

Have a great weekend! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

January Squares # 18 – Crossfire Candle Light

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January Squares # 18 -Crossfire Candle Light

It is time for a show!

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This month long challenge is hosted by Becky of “The Life of B”. Thanks, Becky!

This month’s theme is “_____ light”.

We try to find & photograph anything with a word ending in light.

The most important rule of this challenge is that your photo Must be Square!

To join in, find out the details, and see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun! 🙂

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This is a black, carved cross, and a burning candle & flame that is on top of our entertainment center shelves.

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“Burn” – a cover of a song by Ellie Goulding.

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This is done in a Vintage 60s girl group fashion, featuring Robyn Adele Anderson. Their music can be found on Mud Hut Digital and Concord Records.

Note the flaming saxophone! Cool!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Two Souls: Into the Fire # 254

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 254

Warning … adult content

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TWO SOULS: INTO THE FIRE

# 254

warning…adult content

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Steve grabbed his things from their motel room, and went to help Linda and the kids with their packing up. Ghost got his backpack and jacket, and paused a minute, looking around the room. He knew he’d gotten everything, but it felt like he was forgetting something important.

“You ready,” Steve asked, when he got back. He was ready to lock up the door and turn in the key.

“I think so,” Ghost said, “but something feels weird. I can’t remember what it is.”

“Well, maybe you’ll think of it later…let’s get going,” Steve said, as he locked the door. “I’ll be back in a minute…need to turn in the key.”

Ghost got up in the U-Haul, and was flipping through his journal, when Steve got back.

“It’s here somewhere…I know I wrote it down,” Ghost said. “Or, maybe I didn’t, but it was part of the cowboy story.”

“Whatever…no need to get all worked up about it,” Steve said. He started the truck up. “You’ll either think of it or not.”

Ghost sighed, and stopped flipping the pages of his book, and stared out the window. Steve concentrated on his driving, getting them out onto the highway. Soon, they were at cruising speed, and there wasn’t much traffic. When he relaxed a bit, he saw that Ghost was still staring out the window…or maybe sleeping…maybe both…his eyes were half shut.

“You awake?” he asked.

“Um-hmm, but it won’t happen like I said,” Ghost said.

“What won’t?”

Ghost looked over at Steve. “The cowboys…they won’t. We can’t stop at all in Texas, so just keep going, okay?”

“Huh?” Steve asked. “I’ll try, but we probably will need to stop, you know, to get gas, go to the bathroom, get snacks. Anyway, why can’t we stop?”

“‘Cause I remembered,” Ghost said. “The story I told the kids was fun, and they got to see the horses, but if we stop and go in the diner, it won’t be fun. They’ll be mean, and it will scare Stevie and Mandy.”

“The horses?”

“No, the cowboys. They will be mean to us, and call us names, and hit us with a bat, and cut us, Steve.” Ghost was getting really upset, now. “Don’t let them…I’m scared.” He was breathing hard, and he reached over, clenching his hand on Steve’s arm.

“Ghost, snap out of it…nothing’s gonna happen,” Steve said. He could tell that somehow, Ghost was somewhere else in his head, and was reliving the past. He was getting alarmed, now, himself. “Wake up, Ghost. You’re getting mixed up. That all happened in the past…a long time ago. It’s not happening now. I will pull over, if you don’t wake up…I swear I will,” Steve shouted.

Ghost kept staring at Steve, but Steve could tell he wasn’t seeing him, yet. He needed to think of something fast, to bring Ghost back to the present. He started singing one of their oldest songs, one they both knew by heart, but purposely left out some of the words…to see if Ghost would pay attention. It had worked before, when Ghost was lost in his head. Sure enough, it worked this time. Ghost shook his head, reminding Steve of the right words.

“Huh? I was singing it wrong,” Steve asked. “So, how does it go, then?”

Ghost sang it to him the right way. “Why you not remember, Steve? We sing it all the time.” He started laughing. So did Steve…seeing Ghost was acting normal again.

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A half hour later, they passed a big sign saying ‘Entering Texas – Welcome to the Lone Star State’.

“Well, it don’t look any different,” Ghost said.

“We’re still on the same road…what did you expect?”

“I don’t know…like in the movies or something…”

“Oh, you mean like cattle drives, and shoot-outs at saloons?” Steve asked.

“Well, something like that…” Ghost said. He kept looking at the passing scenery…dried grass in the fields, mesquite trees, a cactus or two…then a sign, saying the next town was twenty miles farther on.

“You know I have to stop up there for gas, don’t you?” Steve asked.

“Yeah, I know.”

“I’m hungry too. I’d like to find a place to eat, and take a break from driving,” Steve mentioned casually.

“Why are you telling me this?” Ghost asked. “We already planned on it, this morning.”

“Oh, right…I forgot,” Steve said, but really, he felt like he was in the twilight zone, or something, after their conversation a little while ago. “You okay with it?”

Looking at Steve, a bit confused, Ghost asked, “Why wouldn’t I be? I’m hungry too, and I think Linda and the kids are, too. Just find somewhere we can eat.”

Steve shrugged. “No problem…I will.”

The city they were entering was a big one…Amarillo. It was easy to find a place to stop for food and gas. While Steve and Linda filled the gas tanks, they discussed where to eat. Steve told her of what Ghost had said.

“Oh, I get it…the kids were going on about seeing horses and cowboys, because Ghost said they would,” Linda said, looking around. “I don’t see any, though, do you?”

“Nope, at least not right here. Maybe I could ask inside, see where they hang out,” Steve said.

“Yes, you go do that,” Linda said.

When he got back from inside the little convenience store, he said, “They said there’s a truck stop about a mile east, with good food, and he said there’s usually a cowboy or two hauling cows or horses, who have stopped there.”

“Good, let’s go there, then,” Linda said.

“I hope they’re not mean, like Ghost said,” Steve said.

“Me too, but we’re hungry, so we have to stop somewhere,” Linda said. They got back in the van and U-Haul, and arrived soon, at the truck stop.

“Come on, let’s go in and eat,” Steve said.

“I’m gonna stay out here,” Ghost said. “Just bring me something.”

“Uh-uh…you’re getting out, too. Let’s go,” Steve said.

Reluctantly, Ghost got out, and they all went inside the truck stop.

Steve did feel eyes staring at them, as they walked around, looking for an empty booth. The place was pretty crowded. Steve led the way, with Ghost close behind, his head down, and his long hair obscuring his face. Linda was herding the kids, behind Ghost. Steve had immediately felt out of place here. He had on his usual black outfit, and looked more like a biker, than anything else. The other people there were mostly long-haul trucker types, and must have been regulars on this I-40 route, because the waitresses were joking and calling them by name. Steve did hear a few rude comments, as they passed by the tables, but he didn’t acknowledge them. …hey, studly…who’s your sissy boy?…come over here…aw, he ain’t no stud…they both a couple’a queers…hahaha…ain’t ‘cha? … Pretty mama, we got some real men who’ll show ya around… There were a few wolf whistles, too.

After sitting down at their table, the waitress came over with the menu. “Don’t pay no attention to those jerks…they holler at everybody that comes in here. They’re a bunch of assholes,” she said loud, looking the truckers’ way. “Y’all look over the menu…I’ll be back.”

Ghost had still not looked up. Stevie and Mandy were cutting up, punching each other’s arms, and giggling. Steve had a frown on his face. Linda took a menu, and decided what she and the kids would order. “Here, Steve…find something…let’s just eat and then get out of here.”

Steve took the menu, but didn’t look at it. “Let’s go somewhere else. I don’t like this place.”

“Steve, we’re here, we’re hungry. It’s a public place. I’m staying and will not let rude people upset me…now, hurry up,” Linda said.

“We wanna see horses…we wanna see cowboys,” the kids were saying over and over.

“Hush, you two, behave yourselves. We’re eating politely, and then leaving,” she scolded them.

“Fine…I’ll just get a hamburger. Ghost…what do you want?” Steve asked, sliding the menu across the table.

“Nothing…”

Steve sighed. “Listen, Ghost, you have to eat. We’re here…now pick something.”

Ghost shook his head. “These people are mean. I feel sick.” He put his head down on his arms, on the table.

The waitress came back, bringing water for everyone. “Y’all ready to order?” she asked.

Steve looked at Linda. “Let’s get it to go, ok?” he asked.

She nodded, and told the waitress what she and the kids would have, and Steve ordered two burgers, fries, and cokes for him and Ghost. “Make it all to go,” he said.

“Sure, no problem…it won’t be long,” she said, and was gone again.

Linda had brought out coloring books for the kids to keep busy with. “Ghost, you going to be okay? Drink some water, honey.” Ghost just moaned. She looked at Steve, shrugging. “I’ll tell ya later,” Steve mouthed back to her.

Their order was ready, and put into bags, so they all filed out of the truck stop, amid more heckling.

“Look, horses,” Stevie hollered, and ran toward a truck, with a horse trailer, that was parked over to the side of the parking lot.

“Stevie, come back here…leave them alone,” Linda yelled, as she hurried after him.

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative liscense is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, muscians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblence.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairings, religious themes, and fantasy horror.

Just Jot It January # 17 – Jade

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Just Jot It January # 17 – Jade

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 17th, 2020

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Jade is the prompt word brought to us by MB. Thank you so much, MB!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 17th, 2020, is “jade.” Use the word “jade” any way you’d like. Have fun!

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jad·ed
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adjective
  1. tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something.
    “meals to tempt the most jaded appetites”

I don’t really like this word, but I suppose we are jaded when it comes to thinking up something to buy at the grocery store, or what to fix for meals. It’s always the same old things, and we are tired of it all.

I know there are recipes everywhere you look, but we don’t even like to read them. We don’t want to buy a bunch of ingredients that we’d probably only use once, on the off chance the food wouldn’t be any good, anyway.

So, we stick to making whatever is easy and that we know is good – it’s just we are tired of eating it.

We are jaded.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

©2020 BS

 

Fibbing Friday – Dog Daze

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Fibbing Friday – Dog Daze

 

These are fun questions we’re supposed to answer in any kind of silly, wrong, or outrageous ways. Just for fun!

Find out more at the following link

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/01/17/fibbing-friday-17th-january-2020/

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In honor of Di’s puppy dog, Maggie, who is celebrating her 15th birthday today, we have questions about dogs!

Happy Birthday, Maggie! 🙂

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1. What’s the difference between a hair and a whisker?

Hair belongs on your head, and whiskers don’t belong anywhere.

2. How many spots were there in 101 Dalmations?

Probably too many to count, as none of the dogs were house broken.

3. What is the Flying Dog?

The Flying Dog is the name of a fast food joint that sells hot dogs. It’s a cousin to the Flying Burrito.

4. Why do we say ‘sick as a dog?’

Because it is a jump rope rhyme/chant. ‘Hot dog on a stick – makes you sick – how many hot dogs did you eat?’

5. What is meant by ‘going to the dogs’?

It means to get all dressed up for a fancy night out, similar to ‘putting on the dog’.

6. Who or what is ‘Goofy?’

Goofy is … what I become right before and after anesthesia.

7. Where is the Dog Star?

The Dog Star is on Hollywood sidewalk of stars – it’s for all the dog actors.

8. Where will you find puppies on a roll?

Puppies go rolling around in a beautiful green meadow. They chase butterflies & have a grand old time.

9. What are hush puppies?

Hush puppies are dogs that have been muzzled, to stop their barking or biting.

10. What is the hair of the dog?

Hair of the dog is what you find in the grooming brush.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

 

January Squares # 17 – Aura Lights

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January Squares # 17 – Aura Lights

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This month long challenge is hosted by Becky of “The Life of B”. Thanks, Becky!

This month’s theme is “_____ light”.

We try to find & photograph anything with a word ending in light.

The most important rule of this challenge is that your photo Must be Square!

To join in, find out the details, and see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun! 🙂

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This might be stretching the challenge guidelines for ‘___light’, but it makes a pretty colorful photo of lights.

Some say the Aura is a radiant energy that surrounds every living thing. I like that thought, though others debunk the whole idea.

Quite a few years ago I had my photo taken showing my Aura. Not sure what it all means, but it turned into a pretty picture. I’m in the middle with colorful lights of blue, green, yellow, pink, and red all around me.

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Some general meanings of the light colors (found in a Wiki article) are:

  • Red: well-grounded, energetic, strong-willed
  • Orange: adventurous, thoughtful, considerate
  • Yellow: creative, relaxed, friendly
  • Green: social, communicator, nurturing
  • Blue: intuitive, spiritual, freethinker
  • Indigo: curious, spiritually connected, gentle
  • Violet: wise, intellectual, independent

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“Lights”, by Ellie Goulding.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

January Squares # 16 – Salt Lamp Light

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January Squares # 16 – Salt Lamp Light

Cupolas are Skylights

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This month long challenge is hosted by Becky of “The Life of B”. Thanks, Becky!

This month’s theme is “_____ light”.

We try to find & photograph anything with a word ending in light.

The most important rule of this challenge is that your photo Must be Square!

To join in, find out the details, and see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun! 🙂

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These are two of my salt lamps. When they are lit up they glow a pretty light & dark orange.

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“You Light Up My Life”, by LeeAnn Rimes.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

10 Year Tag

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10 Year Tag

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/ten-years-2010-to-2020/

I was happy to have been tagged to do this 10 Year Challenge by Di, at Pensitivity 101. She can be found blogging at the above link. Thanks so much, Di. 🙂

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Here are some guidelines:

Please share a link to the creator of the tag

Share some highlights for you over the past decade and if you want, a few low points

 Tag whoever you wish to.

Ask them some questions

Use any picture appropriate for such a tag.

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These are the questions she has asked:

Is there any year in the past decade that stands out as the best?

The years my grand-kids were born.

Has your taste in music changed in the past ten years or do you think music in general has changed?

My taste in music has not changed, but the music we hear now certainly has. I still like rock ‘n roll, and music from the 60s, but you don’t hear cool music that now.

Are you heavier or lighter than you were ten years ago?

Up and down from one time to another.

How many cars have you owned in the past decade?

One – a  blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck.

 

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Ten years is a long time to think back on, especially when I can barely remember last week, but I’ll try. My memory is fuzzy on some of the actual dates, though.

A couple of wonderful highlights of the past decade, plus one year before that (2009), was the birth of my two grandchildren. They are delightful, and I love them very much. One is now 10 years old, and the other is six years old.

Celebrating Christmas & Thanksgiving with my daughters and their families.

Taking trips to see my daughter in another state, visiting and also seeing the sights.

Going to yard sales and book sales with my other daughter and my grand-daughter here in town.

Continuing to enjoy blogging.

Having two of my poems published in two magazines.

And I guess this last one could be both bad and good … being in the hospital several times for either illness or surgery. I survived!

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The lowest points of the past 10 years was all four of our cats crossing the Rainbow Bridge. Gretchen, Weena, Paolo, and Cricket, and our dogs Bud and Weasel. (not sure about the dates)  I miss them all so much.

Having our air conditioning unit go out one summer, and in Texas you sure don’t want that to happen. We got it fixed, but for a few days there we were melting.

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I’ve had fun answering the questions, and I tag anyone who’d also like to take a look back at the past 10 years. 🙂

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“Hazy Shade of Winter”, by the Bangles.

‘… Time, time, time – see what’s become of me …’

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS