Category Archives: MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY

This is where I say whatever I want about anything that crosses my mind…I’m sure it will ramble from one thing to another….just like I think. I will get distracted a lot! Have a laugh or two!

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

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I would like to thank Paula Bianchi, of “This Weird Chick’s Blog”, for nominating me for the “Sunshine Blogger Award”.

Paula has a wonderful and interesting blog, where she delves into all kinds of subjects that really makes you think about the mysteries of what we encounter here on earth … and beyond.

Pay her a visit at the above link – you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

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The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules Are:

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their blog posts.
  5. Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

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  1. What inspired you to write your blog? I don’t know how I even learned there were blogs before I started mine. I just knew I wanted a place to write about my true ghost stories, and also to post my fan fiction story, “Two Souls: Into the Fire”, and hope someone, somewhere would enjoy reading them.
  2. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I would say I’m an introvert in most situations, except with my family.
  3. Do you have any siblings? I have one younger sister.
  4. Which is better, the book or the movie about the book? I almost always like reading the book, and then sometimes I enjoy the movie about it.
  5. Would you rather receive the gift of someone’s time or a material gift? I’d rather have the gift of someone’s time.
  6. What’s your favorite flower? My favorite flower is the Chrysanthemum. I even had these as my wedding bouquet.
  7. Do you have any hobbies? Writing, reading, art, jigsaw puzzles, and of course blogging.
  8. Where do you like to take a date or your spouse? We don’t go anywhere except out to a restaurant sometimes.
  9. What was your favorite subject in school? English, because we got to write themes and such.
  10. Do you exercise? I excercise my fingers when I’m typing or writing with a pen or marker. I excercise my brain by reading and playing games.
  11. What’s your guilty pleasure? I don’t have any guilty pleasures, because if I enjoy doing whatever it is, I’m not going to feel guilty about it.

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I almost never name anyone for nominations, so if you’d like to answer the same questions, go ahead and claim the award. 🙂

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Thanks again, Paula, for the nomination. It was fun answering the questions! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Share Your World X 3

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Share Your World X 3

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I’ve missed answering some recent questions for SYW, so wanted to do them now.  🙂

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/10/07/share-your-world-10-7-19/

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Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat) a good thing, a bad thing or a mixture of both?

I’m thinking social media can be a mixture of both good and bad at times. It’s good for maybe keeping up with friends and family through posts, there are plenty of things to read, see, and listen to, and gives people a chance to share photos and writings. It can be bad when it is abused with derogatory comments and posts, and because of the trolls and spammers.

Are you camera shy or do you pose for the camera with confidence?

I’ve never liked having my picture taken. Don’t ever like how they turn out. So, I’m the one always taking pictures of everyone else. Sometimes I have my picture taken just to prove I was there, haha, but I don’t share them much.

Is there anything you’ve kept from younger years for sentimental reasons alone?

Oh, don’t get me started! I save most everything, like my childhood diary, some knick-knacks, letters, photos, scrapbooks, etc. I even have some of my old homework from elementary school in a scrapbook, and the stuff my mom kept from when I was a baby.

Do you like to decorate for different holidays?

I used to decorate for all the holidays when the kids were little. I don’t really do anything for any holiday any more. I have a teeny tiny dollar store Christmas tree I’ll set up on a shelf. That’s about it.

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/10/14/share-your-world-10-14-19/

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Why do we have such trouble telling our loved ones that we love them?  Do you have that kind of communication issue with your loved ones?

I have never had trouble telling my loved ones how much I love them. Our whole family does this all the time.

Above question inspired by this short, poignant blog post:

https://mitchteemley.com/2019/10/10/love-before-its-too-late-2/ 

Decorations for holidays?   Spirit lifters or pain in the butt?   Or a mix?  

I don’t decorate very much at all any more. I used to, and loved doing it, but now the kids are grown and have families of their own, I just enjoy seeing their decorations.

Are you too superstitious or  have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

No, I’m not really superstitious, but will do the knock on wood thing, just in case. Yes, I’ve in the past used a Ouija board, with some fun results, and also some very spooky results. I’ll never do it again.


 

 

HARVEST GRATITUDE:

This week please share a photo or image of what ‘harvest’ and “Autumn” mean to you!   Thanks! 

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https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/09/30/share-your-world-9-30-19/

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Earlier this week Rory asked a question that I found so interesting, I thought I’d share it.  Another question, similar to this one was asked in August, but this one is unique.

If confronted with a violent crime against a single individual in progress (severe beating, rape, assault) do you try to do something about it (phone authorities or confront the criminal, stop the crime) or do you figure it’s none of your business and walk or drive on by?  Worse (to me) would you record the crime for social media use without doing anything else? 

Long question & my short answer = if it was happening to my immediate family member, then I’d do my best to help. For a stranger, and at a distance, I’d just call the authorities.

Okay now we got the heavy stuff out of the way, let’s get to some less stressful questions.

If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?

I’m not an expert of anything, so couldn’t really teach. I could maybe tell them what worked for me, as to writing, art, or blogging, but that’s about it. Oh, I could give them some favorite recipes that work out good.

First think of a product. Now, what would be the absolute worst brand name for one of those products?

The compression hosiery socks = Ankle Squeezers

What ridiculous and untrue, yet slightly plausible, theories can you come up with for the cause of common ailments like headaches or cavities?

Movies are the cause for both headaches & cavities.

At the theater, movies = too loud sound – too large picture on screen will give you a headache

Movie snacks = soda, popcorn, candy all known cavity causes.

A little bit of fun at the movies = a lot of pain later, so stop watching movies! 🙂


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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Witchy Fun

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Witchy Fun

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This is a poem I wrote for October Poetry Writing Month, way back in 2014.

There are a lot of TV and movie witches that have brought us fun entertainment over the years.

Being it’s getting close to Halloween again, I thought I’d re-post it. Enjoy! 🙂

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WITCHY FUN

From Oz to Salem, to suburban mayhem,

The witches entertained us all.

The witch of the west, was creepy at best,

And Glinda was belle of the ball.

Samantha twitched her nose,

Whenever she chose, and

Sabrina’s cat talks to her, it is true.

Elphaba was wicked,

Endora was vivid…

They all were an interesting crew.

The Sanderson sisters were funny and camp,

The witches of Eastwick were duped…

They all used their craft, and a bit of their vamp,

But Morticia’s my all favorite champ.

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Shows referenced = Bewitched, The Wizard of Oz, The Addams Family, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Hocus Pocus, The Witches of Eastwick, and Wicked (broadway play)

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Rambling -Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Ground

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Rambling – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Ground

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 12/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ground.” Use it as a noun or a verb in any tense (i.e. grind). Have fun!

Today for SOCS, Linda G. Hill, has given us the prompt word – ground. Thanks, Linda!

To join in this weekly challenge, and see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun!

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I’ve been trying to think of something wonderful and interesting to say about ‘ground’. Not much is coming to me … except … song snippets of which I’ve kept being silly and making up new lyrics. Really lame. Here’s a few:

To the tune of the Beach Boys “I Get Around”  = ‘ground, ground, ground, ground I get aground’

And now, wouldn’t you know it, I can’t remember the other ones I was thinking about earlier.

There was a girl I knew many years ago, and I didn’t like the way she said the word ‘ground’. She pronounced it ‘gurr ound’ with two syllables.

Oh, some people say ground beef, or ground round, but we just call it hamburger meat.

I heard there were some actors who got their show business start in a group called the ‘groundlings’. I have no idea what that was, but I think some of them went on to be part of the early Saturday Night Live cast.

And now, I’m just trying to think of something else to add, but I can’t, so I’ll just end it here.

Have a fun weekend!

Quote – Theodore Roosevelt

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

 

 

 

Computer is Fixed – Yay!

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Computer is Fixed – Yay!

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It was a long week waiting for my computer to be fixed. Finally, we got it back home this afternoon.

Thank you everyone who left comments on my posts. Much appreciated!

You might wonder what I did during my unplanned blogging break. haha!

Not much, really.

I did read a lot of blogs I pulled up on my Kindle, which was wonderful that I could do that. I ‘liked’ them all, and hope it showed up. I could have tried to blog from that, but for me it is not easy, so it was hard to just wait.

I read in my books, I painted some things, I cleaned some things, I played games on the Kindle. Mostly I just complained about not having my big computer to work on.

Now, I need to get back into my usual routine of posting things and keeping up with some challenges.

Hope everyone has had a good week and weekend just past, and wishing you a lovely new week now. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Erase/Delete – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ent/ten/net

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Erase/Delete – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ent/ten/net

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 28/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ent” “ten” “net.” Use one, use two or use all three (bonus points for using two, double-bonus points for using all three). As Linda would say, use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!

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Today for SOCS, our usual hostess, Linda G. Hill, is out of town, so we have Dan from No Facilities, taking over hosting duties. Thanks, Dan!

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We have these for our prompt – “ent – ten – net”.

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I’ve probably spent more than ten minutes trying to think of something that includes the prompts. I still don’t have much.

Well, ten is a number, of course, but I don’t like numbers very much. They remind me of math.

Tenent is a word. I read that it is an earlier spelling of tenant, which is someone who rents a space from someone else. We haven’t rented a house or paid rent in many, many years.

Net reminds me of sports, and I don’t like any sports, so net is out.

Ent or Ents were spooky tree-like people in the Lord of the Rings books and movie.

Oh, net … I thought of something else, well two different things.

First we used to have fish bowls and aquariums in our house (when I was a kid). We always had a little fish ‘net’ to catch them with. Another creepy reason I have a fish phobia. Gives me the horrors just remembering how fish lay there in the net with their mouths gaping open and shut.

Erase – delete – erase that memory!!

Okay, now I remember a time when fish net stockings were pretty popular for girls. I used to have some, too. haha 🙂

That’s enough for now.

Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday and weekend. We had thunder, lightning, and rain all night long.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

The Levitating Mirror – A True Ghost Story

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The Levitating Mirror – A True Ghost Story

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Ready for another strange story of mine? I did post this one before, on October 31, 2017. It’s about a mirror that was in the house here, and it really happened.

True Ghost Story for Halloween  

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This is a true ghost story. It happened in the house we live in now.

THE LEVITATING MIRROR

Levitate, levitation, levitating…to rise or float in the air esp. in seeming defiance of gravitation; the act or process of levitating – esp. the rising or lifting of a person or thing by means held to be supernatural.

Our bedroom mirror levitated…by itself!

We’ve lived here in this house for quite a few years, now, and we are only the second family to have lived here. We met the previous owners, and they are not weird, and no horrible thing ever occurred in this house, that we were made aware of. It’s just that the paranormal seems to follow me around, no matter which house I’m in.

The mirror in question, was a used one…one of those kind of tall ones that fit onto a dresser. It wasn’t bolted on, though, just propped up against the wall, and dresser top. The dresser was covered with all kinds of junk that accumulates, such as papers, bills, a glass lazy-susan that held coins, pens, watches, and miscellaneous items. There was a box of papers, a piggy bank, a belt, some cards…well, the whole top was covered in stuff.

I was sitting in the dining room, doing some scrap booking. The bedroom where the mirror was, was one wall away and in front of me. We have four cats, but they were all sleeping in the far back bedroom. It was quiet in the house…no TV on, no music playing. Suddenly, I hear a terrible crash coming from the bedroom. I went to see what it was. I found that the mirror had fallen onto the carpeted floor, and shattered.

What was so strange was that absolutely nothing in the bedroom or on top of the dresser had been disturbed at all! Not one thing had fallen off to the floor. There was no way the mirror could have just fallen frontwards in the first place, because of all the stuff on the top of the dresser. It couldn’t have slipped from the bottom, either, as it would have knocked off the stuff.

All I can believe, is that somehow, the only way…the only way this happened, was that the mirror levitated itself, going up and over the things, silently, then turned itself sideways to the dresser, then crashed down onto the floor. That’s when I heard the crash! I ran in, and saw it laying on the floor, sideways to the dresser, mirror glass side down…on carpet. The sound of breaking glass had been loud, though!

What is also surprising, is that it did not scare me at all. I was just like, well, gotta clean up the glass shards. I’ve gotten so used to objects flying around the houses I’ve been in, that it has become the normal thing. I had a bit of a time, trying to get that mirror up off the floor, as it was pretty heavy. I couldn’t just lift it up and take it out. I had to drag it all the way through the house and out to the garage. It stayed out there for a long, long time; we just recently got rid of it. Nothing else ever happened with it.

That incident was only one of several, here in this house. I’ll tell more in another post, and also things that happened in other houses I’ve lived in.

Hope your household goods stay put, because mine sure don’t!

© 2014 BS

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Happy Halloween! 🙂

Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

Dear Diary – May 1 – 12 , 1961

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Dear Diary – May 1 – 12, 1961

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For those who haven’t seen my Dear Diary posts before, a little explanation. This is my actual diary I wrote in for a full year, when I was 10 years old. I wrote every day, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, sometimes funny, sometimes boring, but it was all recorded. Names of relatives are only first initials with relationship in parentheses. I’ve typed the entries just as I wrote them, misspellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using categories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,

5/1/61 – I went to school. It rained all day. When I came home I painted. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

5/2/61 – I went to school. After school P (sister) walked home with me for the first time. When we got home we played. Then we went to bed.

5/3/61 – I went to school. When I came home J (cousin) came home with me. We played. Then we went to Grandma’s. P (sister) rode the bike. When we went home I played with P. Then I came in. Then I went to bed.

#for some reason the next 3 entries my mom was writing them for me. I don’t know why … it was in her handwriting

5/4/61 – I went to school

5/5/61 – I went to school

5/6/61 – Daddy played golf today I helped mother clean the house. B (aunt) and kids (cousins) came over. We went went to the show tonight. Saw “North to Alaska” and “Edge of Eternity”. Came home, and the house was full of millers (millers were what we called moths – sometimes we called them candle bugs)

5/7/61 – We went to church. It had a sand storm. Daddy plumbed for our washing machine. We went to the grocery store. Then we went to N’s (aunt) and then to B’s (aunt)

5/8/61 – I went to school. I went to see Dr. Jenkins. I have exzema on my head. Went to school this eveing (evening).  Mother had her ears washed out. (what?? haha)

5/9/61 – I went to school. J (cousin) came home with me to play.

5/10/61 – I went to school.

5/11/61 – I went to school. It is D’s (cousin) birthday. He got 4 dollars and a half, a bilfold (billfold), Thongs (flip flops), bicycle. We played outside for a long time.

5/12/61 – I went to school. After school I went to B’s (aunt). D, J, (cousins), and I played baseball all day. Then we ate popcorn. I spent the night.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

International Day of Peace 9/21/19

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Grant Us Peace

International Day of Peace 9/21/19

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“Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth), by George Harrison, was released from his album, “Living In the Material World”, in 1973. It was written by George Harrison, and is on the Apple label.

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“Peace Train”, by Cat Stevens, was released in 1971, and appears on the album, “Teaser and the Firecat”. It was written by Cat Stevens. The label is Island (UK/Europe, and A & M (US and Canada).

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Random What & Why

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Random What & Why

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Before I forget … just some thoughts and observations

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Why didn’t I ever notice this?

Take the first letters of each month, and the ones from July to November spell out the name ‘Jason’.

J – July

A – August

S – September

O – October

N – November

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What?

What is the strangest thing you ever mailed through the post office?

For me it would be an empty peanut butter jar.

My daughter’s dog loved licking the leavings from peanut butter jars, so I mailed one to Mr. Maynard Wayne. She said he loved it. Here’s a picture of him. 🙂

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What might be the silliest thing you ever asked Google search?

Mine is probably this: “Can a chigger bug live in your leg for years, and then come back to life?”

I’m pretty sure the answer is no.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS