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!

Share Your World

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Here are the new questions for SYW for last week and this week. Thanks so much, Melanie!

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On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents?

I would say a 5

What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?

I have all day to do whatever I want to do. I don’t consider it wasted, even if I’m just sitting & thinking.

Do They Bury People With Their Braces* On?   (* “braces” in this scenario are those metal bits they put on people to straighten their teeth.   I realize “braces” are also some item of clothing that I believe men wear to keep their socks up or something.  I’m talking about the teeth option).

What a weird question! I would suppose the surviving family would determine if the teeth braces should stay on or come off. Since most don’t really like having them on, I’d say take them off.

Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?

It’s easier to stack the boxes on the shelves? Or maybe it’s easier to make a square box than a round one?

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Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? 

I like each of these equally, but we don’t have them very often.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

Not really. You are what you are, and act how you act, whatever your name is. I’ve heard there have been studies that show some people with so called ‘good’ names get better jobs? Don’t know if that’s true. It’s interesting to think people’s last name may have began from what occupation they had, such as a baker becoming Baker, and so on.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

It would be better if we heard more good news.

Is math something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?

It was probably discovered that certain amounts of items added to some more items, made a larger number? I really don’t know and can barely even do basic math.

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© 2020 BS

What I’ve Been Reading

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What I’ve Been Reading

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Now, I don’t like living in a time when there is a pandemic viral disaster, but I sure like reading about fictional ones.

I’ve read this first series of books several times.

“Quarantine” (the Loners), by Lex Thomas, is so good. This is the first book in a series of YA novels, which are set in a high school. Some catastrophic event causes a horrible virus to spread, so the whole school is quarantined. Unless help from the outside comes along to eradicate the virus, the teens are stuck until they reach, I believe, age 18, and then they graduate by being able to leave. The contamination is over for them. Meanwhile, they gravitate toward groups of like-minded students to form gangs. The first we read about are the ‘Loners’. Each gang is out for themselves, and they have battles for survival against the others.

In the next few books, another gang is featured in each one, but they all interact. You want to keep getting these books to find out how it all turns out.

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This two book series is good, too. I’ve read the first one twice, and am about half way through with the second one. I don’t know if there will be more.

The setting is in England, present time. Something causes a virus to be unleashed into all water, especially the rain, which contaminates every other water source. If even a drop of bad water touches you, you die a horrible death.

Some people have so far survived, and the book is told through the voice of one high school girl as she manages her life now, alone.

It is eerie how this book is so much like what we have going on right now in the real world, except the virus comes through the rain, though it is contagious person to person. How the people are told to shelter in place – stay home, how the people that are left begin raiding stores, and hoarding, how the government is looking for a cure, but not really helping, and more similarities.

These were written by Virginia Bergin in 2014 & 2015.

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So, that’s what I’ve been reading. How about you? 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Welcome

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Welcome

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 21/2020

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “welcome.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

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Well, welcome is the prompt word for the day. Thanks, Linda!

To join in, and also see other entries just click the above link. 🙂

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The only thing that is stuck in my mind for this ‘welcome’ topic, is the song from the TV show, “Welcome Back Kotter”. I used to watch that all the time, and thought it was really funny.

I suppose we all welcomed Spring – it finally arrived! But today, at least here, it’s cold and gray and cloudy, and more like winter today. Never mind, the rest of the week it will be near 80 degrees.

Here’s a photo of a blue jay I took just a few minutes ago out in the front yard. There are some mockingbirds around, too. I love hearing their voices, as they mock all the other birds sounds one after the other. These two were both out there, but the photo wasn’t even as good as this one. (which is blurry – I was taking it through the garage door window and tried to zoom it bigger – meh)

 

In other news, I’ve been going through my bookshelves trying to straighten, cull, and organize a little. So many books! And I’ve read most of them more than once, so will either pass them along to my aunt, or trade in at a used book store, or put in the library donation box for their sales.

I guess you could say I welcome the extra emptiness on the shelf, and I will for a time, but know it will fill up again soon. I do have some books on my Kindle too, that need the same done to them.

Hope you’re having a nice weekend! Take care and keep safe. ❤

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020 ☘️

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020

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St Patrick'S Day, Saint Patricks Day

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  • small green plastic beer mug, and a green plastic whistle pipe sitting on white scarf with clovers printed on
  • green beads around a green pipe cleaner shaped like a clover leaf
  • calendar pages for the day

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2020 – Theme Reveal

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A to Z Blog challenge 2020 – Theme Reveal

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

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It’s time again for the A to Z Blog Challenge 2020.

This is one of the largest challenges to happen in the blogging world, and every year on April 1st, it begins.

What do we do? We blog every day (except Sunday), about whatever we want to blog about … but … the challenge is to have every post correspond to the letter of the day. April 1st will be letter A, and each day to follow will be the next letter of the alphabet.

I’ve done the challenge quite a few times, and it’s always fun. There is still time for you to sign up too! (click the above link for details)

Some years I don’t have a specific topic or theme for the whole month, and other times I do.

🙂 For this year my theme will be my coloring pages, and quotes that start with the letter of the day.  🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

 

Book Woes # 1

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I was just thinking about weird things that happen with my books over the years. (that I remember)

One of the first odd things was:

I think I was in 4th or 5th grade when this happened. I always rode my bike to and from school, and it had a basket on the front where I’d place my books. One day I was on my way, when I did something to make me crash the bike out in front of our house. I fell off, the bike skidded away, but not before gouging a hole in my knee, and all my books and such fell out of the basket.

I was bleeding, and my books were now run over by the bike, leaving them torn and dirty. What a start to the day!

One of those books was from the school library. The title was “Strawberry Roan”, about a horse. I loved reading books about horses and dogs. Anyway, that book was damaged pretty bad. That was my biggest worry – not my bleeding knee.

I picked myself up, gathered up all the books, and pedaled on to school. When I arrived, I’d come up with a plan.

A plan for getting the ripped up library book back into the library  … without anyone noticing, or knowing it was me that did the damage.

Yeah …

So, I sneaked into the school library somehow, before it was even open for business. No one was in there but me. I put the book on the shelf, hiding it as much as I could, and took the take out card from the library files, and scratched out my name in very dark scribbled #2 pencil marks.

Then, I went on my way. As far as I know my crime was never found out, and no one ever said anything about a damaged book.

Still, that episode has remained in my memory for all these years.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Share Your World

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This week’s questions from Melanie! Join in and also see other entries – click the above link.

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Are you a sweet, sour, tangy or other type of person?  Take that as you will! 😉

Probably sweet

Does the whole coronavirus phenomenon worry you?  Or are you more a “meh – it’s just another severe flu scare” type of person?

It worries me some, so we take a few more precautions of what we always do anyway. We’ve always avoided people who were sick, and used hand sanitizers, and masks, just because of some family members that we don’t want to spread germs to. So not really much different than usual. I’m sure I’m in the group that it would be bad to catch it, and seeing I just spent quite a few days in the hospital recently for regular flu, I can’t afford to catch something else.

When was the last time you were snooping, and found something you wish you hadn’t?

Sorry, not sorry – I love to snoop anywhere. Never found anything I wished I hadn’t though, just interesting stuff.

What’s the most pleasant sounding accent in your personal opinion?   Everyone has a pleasing accent to someone! 

I like hearing all kinds of accents. British always sounds nice. Funny how everyone has a different accent from wherever they are from, yet we can’t really hear our own. I know mine is an awful drawling Texas accent, but sounds normal to me.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Figurines

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Figurines  

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 7/2020

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Thanks for the prompt today, Linda!

To join in, and also see other entries, just click the above link.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “figure.” Use the word “figure” any way you’d like. Have fun!

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Figurines

These are some of the figurines I have. There is a little guy playing an accordion, an old fashioned lady with fancy dress, and an old fashioned troubadour with musical instruments.

I used to collect all kinds, and most are all packed away right now out in our backyard shed. I want to get them out again someday.

I think these came from yard sales around the neighborhood fairly recently, well within the last 5 or 10 years.

When I was a kid, I’d go to the dime store, and first thing I did was get a new figurine. Most of these were animal ones, and I still do have some of them.

Then I got into collecting salt & pepper shakers, which are like novelty figurines, too. I have these in the house in a glass fronted china cabinet.

These two are my recent ones, of two tiger salt & pepper shakers. I got them at an antique store.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

 

Fibbing Friday – Show Me the Money

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Fibbing Friday – Show Me the Money

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://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/03/06/fibbing-friday-march-6th-2020/

 

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Below are 10 questions, the answers to which are entirely up to you.
The idea though is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly or even outrageous in your response as long as you evade the truth (or maybe bend it a little).

 

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  1. Who’s face is on the front of the US two-dollar bill?

I think it is the cartoon Porky Pig.

  1. What scene is depicted on the back of all US two-dollar bills minted in or after 1976?

  1. Why does the back of the US quarter keep changing?

It keeps changing because the value of the coin quarter keeps changing. It’s not worth twenty five cents any more.

  1. Why does the US write dates with the month first, followed by the day, while the rest of the world seems to put the day, then the month?

Because that’s how we speak of the date … Month/Day/Year. It just makes sense.

  1. Why do computer geeks write the date with the year first, followed by the month, then the day?

They want to be non-conformists, by conforming to …well, I don’t know. They are geeks!

  1. Who are the only 3 real people who were never President of the United states to grace the front of any legal US currency?

Ronald McDonald, Orville Redenbacher , and Colonel Sanders of KFC

  1. What US coin earned the nickname, The Carter Quarter?

This is probably a trick question – a quarter you’d say, but probably a plug nickle (fake coin)

  1. How many US quarters are there in a standard roll of quarters?

There are 20 minus two, because those paper rolls don’t actually hold 20 – it’s a tight squeeze.

  1. What was so special about the pennies minted in 1943?

They weren’t made of copper, they used lightweight tin, because all copper went to the war effort.

  1. What was on the back of the penny from 1909 to 1958?

On the back of most pennies you’ll find sticky, lint fuzzy gunk. They are usually found in the bottom of my purse.

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© 2020 BS