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!

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

 

 

 

Just Jot It January # 14 – Publish

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Just Jot it January # 14 – Publish

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 14th, 2020

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Today’s prompt was donated to us by Ritu. Thanks, Ritu!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 14th, 2020, is “publish.” Use the word “publish” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

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Peace Lily (large white flower with broad green leaves)

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

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P = Peace

U = Universal

B = Believe

L = Love

I = Inspirational

S = Serenity

H = Hope

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Good Grief! – Just Jot It January # 2 – Recent Photo

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Good Grief! – Just Jot It January # 2 – Recent Photo

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 2nd, 2020

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Your prompt for JusJoJan January 2nd, 2020, is “a picture you’ve taken in the last week.” If you don’t want to share the photo itself, talk about it. If you haven’t taken any photos, talk about a moment you wish you had. Have fun!

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The photo above is of a bunch of Happy New Year balloons. They are large squares, some black and some white, and they all have the words written in gold.

I didn’t buy any, but we were shopping at the grocery store on Dec. 31st. I take a lot of photos in the grocery store, mostly of flowers. But, I use the flower photos for another daily challenge.

Hope everyone had a fun time celebrating the New Year 2020. We didn’t do anything special, and were asleep way before midnight.

I heard from my daughter, though, that where she lives (in another state) that there were people shooting off guns to make noise on new year’s eve night. That is so dangerous!!!

They stayed inside during it all, but my SIL was interviewed on their local TV about it, the next day. My daughter sent me the video of him, my grandson and their dogs out on their porch, saying how loud and numerous the gunshots were. It was fun to see them on the TV news, but not for that reason. Good grief – that is no way to celebrate!!!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2020 BS

Happy New Year 2020

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Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year!

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May joy and peace surround you

Contentment latch your door

And happiness be with you now

And bless you evermore

~ an Irish Blessing

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May your troubles be less

And your blessings be more

And nothing but happiness

Come through your door

~ author unknown

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The New Year 2020, Happy New Year

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~photos = my drawing of Happy New Year with butterflies & Peace sign … a small square of Happy New Year, party hats, confetti from Free Clip Art … large photo Happy New Year 2020 on dark blue & black background with a Christmas ornament ball from Pixabay~

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Scenes of Favorite Days – # 3 –

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I don’t know why this is a favorite day, but the whole thing was unusual and I just enjoyed it, I guess.

Another super windy day with sand blowing. Middle of the afternoon – power is out – furnace is out – it’s winter time again.

I’d been sewing Barbie clothes for the girl’s dolls, and also I had been watching my favorite soap opera. It was my mom’s favorite, too, and when it ended I called her to talk about it, as it was a very suspenseful episode. Then the power went out.

I was sitting on top of the kitchen table, the house was getting cold, and I didn’t know how to re-light the furnace (it was a gas pilot light and the wind had blown it out), but it was okay – we didn’t blow up.

One other thing though, was I’d been reading some kind of spooky stories about ghosts and such. It said the spirits loved the windy dark days, too, as the static electricity in the air was conductive to their appearing. I still always think of this on these kinds of days.

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~note~ I have no pictures of any of this today – no sand, no Barbie doll, no furnace, no table, no soap opera 🙂 – little pictures (doll, TV, & ghost) are from Free Clip Art~

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Calendar Daze

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Calendar Daze

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CALENDAR CRAZE (calendar days)

Here’s a re-post of one of my ‘Loco Letters’. I still go through this every year…maybe you do, too? 🙂

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LOCO LETTERS

It’s that time of year, again. The coming end of a year, when all the calendar companies come out with their new designs. I see them displayed in all the stores, from bookstores, discount stores, grocery stores, and even kiosks in the mall. Hundreds of calendars emblazoned with the numbers of the new year ahead. Here’s my loco letter to them…

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Dear Calendar Companies,

I love your calendars. Every one of them are bright, colorful, and oh, so helpful. I mean, how else would I know what the months and days are, if not for you.

The thing is, I have a problem. You may not think it is a big problem, and for you it isn’t. You can only benefit from my dilemma. You see, I like so many of your calendars, I have a really hard time choosing one to buy. I want them all.

I only need one, yet I wind up buying quite a few. It’s because the pictures of kitty cats, puppies, horses, and scenery are so pretty. Then, as I’m trying to choose, I see the trivia ones, then the joke-a-day ones, then the cartoon ones, then the ones based on all the television shows.

All of these come in different styles, too. The regular, hang on the wall types, in all sizes, the ones you put on a desk, and the small planner ones you can carry around. There is a calendar depicting every subject, and taste the buyer might want.

How are we supposed to choose? I stand there at the display, weighing one against another. Which one has the ‘prettiest flowers’, the ‘cutest cats’, the ‘funniest’ cartoons? It is impossible, I tell you.

Remember, I only need one, but in the end, I buy several. Then, at home, I try to find places to put them all…the kitchen, the bedroom, the office, the garage, the bathroom? (because, who doesn’t need to know when the next full moon occurs, while you’re -ahem- busy in there?)

All this calendar buying, I’ll admit, is good for your company, and I do enjoy looking/reading them. I suppose one way we can have an enjoyable experience in buying lots of them, is to give them as gifts to friends and family.

Then, what do you know…we can sit back and wait to receive more calendars…the ones they bought as a gift for us!

Sincerely,

In a Daze

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Here’s a calendar I got as a gift for Christmas. It is a calendar of cats that you fill in with sticker pieces like a paint by number, but with the little stickers, “Paint by Sticker Cats”. This will keep me busy all year. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting ! Peace ☮️

re-post © 2016 & 2019 BS

Scenes of Favorite Days – # 2

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Scenes of Favorite Days – # 2

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Midnight on a very snowy New Year’s Eve.

We’re walking home (basically across the street) from our neighbor’s house. We’d been over there for food and games of dominoes. We live right by a playa lake, where the Canada geese come to stay for the winter. As we walked home, crunching through the snow and ice, a big flock of geese flew over for a landing in the lake.

They were honking as they always do, but in the silence of the snowy night, it was a wonderful sound. Houses around the neighborhood still had Christmas lights up on their houses.

It was beautiful, and I’ll always remember how peaceful it felt.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Scenes of Favorite Days # 1

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Sand stormy day (brown sky, part of a house and fence)

Scenes of Favorite Days # 1

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Do you have memories of favorite kinds of days? Mine usually involve some type of weather, for some reason.

Here’s the first one:

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Chilly, super windy day with the sand blowing, turning the sky brown. Usually happens in winter time or early spring time.

I have a pile of new books from the library around me on the bed. I’m covered up with a snuggly home-made quilt.

I have a Charms candy sucker – usually lemon-lime flavor

The bedroom window is open a crack, because I feel claustrophobic if the room is totally enclosed.

The wind is knocking things around outside, and as it whooshes through the open window it makes a mournful whistling sound.

I have my old fashioned, gold-toned goose neck lamp up on the bed’s headboard. It’s turned on, as it is a gloomy kind of day.

Everyone else in the house is quiet, also probably reading.

My choice of book this day is a science fiction novel (I can’t remember the name of it, but it was engrossing)

I am maybe in my early teens.

I still have that lamp as you can see from this photo.

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Thankss for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Share Your World – Holiday Q & A

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Share Your World – Holiday Q & A 

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/12/23/share-your-world-12-23-19/

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It’s time again for SYW questions from Melanie, and answers from me!

Join in, and also see other entries by clicking the above link. It’s fun! 🙂

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The questions:

Do dogs ‘talk’ (communicate) with their own species?

Sure they do. I know when listening to the dogs in the neighborhood, one will start ‘barking/saying’ something, and others will chime in with their own thoughts about what’s happening. They communicate with us, too. Be still and quiet, open your mind to whatever message you get when you are with your dog (or cat). It’s strange, but true.


Have you ever had to work on Christmas Day?

No, I never had to work on Christmas Day, except here at home.

If someone gifts you something that you immediately loathe, do you pretend to really like it anyway or are you brutally honest about your opinion?

I thank the person for the gift. Why would you want to hurt someone’s feelings by disparaging a gift given with good intentions.

Which popular drink, found during the Christmas season most often, is called “milk punch?”

I’d say it is eggnog because it’s made with milk. I’ve read some others that say there is a difference, though.

How many ghosts show up during “A Christmas Carol?” 

I always thought there were three – past/present/future, but some say there were four. I never read that book, but I might have seen the movie long ago.

Are you all about the holly and jolly or more about remembering the alleged ‘true’ meaning of Christmas?    

I’d say I’m a little of both. I do like the fun and the decorations and gifts, but also remember why we are celebrating according to some religious traditions.

Please share a memory or thought about the holiday season if you’d like, whatever kind of celebration you may observe. 

Since I’ve already wrote quite a few Christmas Memory posts, which you can find elsewhere on here, and since it is past Christmas, I hope your holiday season was and is a good one.

Happy New Year! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

New Year – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Year

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New Year – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Year

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

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

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Today for SOCS we have the prompt word ‘year’. Thanks, Linda!

To join in this fun weekly challenge, and to see other entries, just click the above link.

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So, we’re supposed to say something about – year. Well, another one is just about gone by. Now we have to remember to write 2020 on everything, which will take me awhile to do. I like the looks of that – 2020 – nice and even.

We don’t usually do anything special for greeting the new year. Most times we’re already asleep by the time midnight rolls around. In past years we’ve done this and that. For a long time we’d get together with good friends to play either cards or dominoes, have some goodies to eat, watch the ball drop on the TV show, then head for home.

One of the most interesting year end New Year’s Eve celebrations I’ve seen was when we were in Germany. They were tons of fireworks going off all over the city. So pretty and so loud. I imagine a few neighbors around here will pop a few fireworks, too, but not nearly as many as 4th of July.

Nothing big planned for this year – or even any time during the year that we know of.

I’ll wish y’all a Happy New Year!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS