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!

Just In Case – A Fire – Afire

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Just In Case – A Fire – Afire

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I was looking back at some older posts of mine when I hadn’t been blogging very long, just to see what I’d written. This one was from December 15, 2014.

So, just in case you need something to read today, I’m re-posting it. At the time of the first posting only one person read it, and she is/was my neighbor. Thanks K! 🙂

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A FIRE…AFIRE

Just thinking about fire. You know when you are thinking of something and you say your thoughts are on fire, or when you’re writing something, and it is going really good, you feel like you are on fire with the words pouring from your mind, this is a good thing, right? I guess it is a bit of a cliche, or just a figure of speech, to say or hear the words someone says to you, when you are getting things done at a good pace, “Wow, you’re really on fire, today!”

Everyone knows we are not literally on fire; it’s basically a compliment…I think. But, have you ever really been on fire? I would hope not, and my prayers go out to anyone who has been. However, I have been on fire, sort of…my hair caught fire one time.

It is a funny story, now, but at the time it could have been worse. It was on my birthday, a few years back. My daughter had made me a super cool cake, made from Krispy Kreme doughnuts, covered in chocolate frosting. I leaned over to blow out the candles on top, never noticing my long hair had caught on fire. I heard sizzling and everyone started hollering and hitting me! Well, that’s just great…a great way to wish someone a happy birthday. Then, I heard what they were yelling, that my hair was on fire! Well, it didn’t do too much damage, and we did laugh about it, later. The cake was delicious, too!

Another time I encountered a fire, was when I was doing telemarketing. It was for selling those local coupon booklets. The company promised delivery of an order within minutes of placing one. This day, though, the drivers were all out on calls, and I volunteered to drive the booklet out and collect the money…but, it was to the next little town over. I knew I could do it, though, and I hurried over there. When I got to the house and knocked at the door, no one answered. The main door was open, just a screen there, and I could see the lady. She was asleep on the couch. The only thing was, was something was on fire in her kitchen! Smoke was coming out of there, and I kept hollering for her to wake up. Finally, she did, and ran in there to put it out. She was happy I came by when I did. I collected the money and left.

This next time, me and my husband were traveling down the highway, between towns. It was very seldom we saw a house or farm along this stretch of road. The weather was dry, as usual, in Texas, and the grass was all crispy brown like it gets at times. As we passed along, we saw a small wildfire just getting started, out in these people’s field, coming closer to their house. The lady of the place was frantically trying to smother the fire with a blanket, but needed help. We pulled over, jumped out of the car, and helped her put it out. A couple of more passersby did the same. Glad we were able to help.

Well, another time, I did catch the stove in our government housing afire. I forgot the cinnamon toast in the broiler, and it went up in flames. I called the fire department, who came with sirens and lights. The whole neighborhood came out to watch. Our stove was toast! Kaput! There was a write up in the newspaper about it, later, and was a bit embarrassing that my lack of focus concerning bread in the oven (a bad habit of mine) had caused such a commotion.

Those are the fiery thoughts I had today. Hope you have had better luck with fire!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Dear Diary – February 21 – March 2, 1961

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Dear Diary

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Dear Diary – February 20 – March 2, 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,

2/21/61 – I did not got to school today because it was closed. I played all day. I played in the snow. We made some snow cream (snow ice-cream). The evergreen tree was bent over because the snow was on it. When I came in I played. Then I went to bed.

2/22/61 – I went to school. When I came home I got to walk in the snow. When I got home I played. Then I watched tv and ate supper. Then I watched tv and played. Then I went to bed. Today was George Washington’s birthday.

2/23/61 – I went to school and hade (had) fun. When I came home I played. Then we went outside and played. Then I came in and played. Then I went to bed.

2/24/61 – I went to school. When I came home I played. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

2/25/61 – I did not go to school. We went over to B’s (aunt) house. J (cousin) got to spend the night. We went over to N’s (another aunt) and played. When I got home I played and went to bed. J and I stayed up talking till 1:00 or 2:00 o’clock.

2/26/61 – I did not got to school. J was over. We went over to grand-mas. It was Grand-pas birthday. I played with the dogs. Then I hurt my finger. Then I went home. I played. Then I went to bed. We went over to grannys and I took a nap over there.

2/27/61 – I went to school. At school I painted an ink picture. When I came home I played. Then I went to bed.

2/28/61 – I went to school. When I came home I went to get P (sister) picture. Then we went to a pet shop. We saw fish, birds, sea horses, ginny (Guinea) pigs, alligaters (alligators), and a deer head. When I got home I played. Then I went to bed.

3/1/61 – I went to school. When I came home J (cousin) came over. We played. When she went home I watched tv. Then I played. Then I went to bed.

3/2/61 – I went to school. When I got there we had a pig. We will put candy in it. Then we will break it and candy will fall out.  (must have been a Pinata) When I got home I played a long time. Then I watched tv. Then P (sister) pulled her first tooth. Then I went to bed. Daddy put a muffler on the car.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor

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In remembrance of Pearl Harbor

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In honor of all who perished…

December 7, 1941

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The USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL, in Pearl Harbor. After the ship was sunk, the bodies of 1,102 crew members were left underwater with the wreckage, which is still there today…a war grave. We visited this somber memorial many years ago.

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Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Mangoes -Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ma

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Mangoes -Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ma

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 1/18

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ma.” Use it as a word or find a word with “ma” in it. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!

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Man oh man, what a couple of letters to start a prompt with. ma – ma – ma…Okay, got the bonus points!

Just for a couple of minutes browsing google for how many words have that combination of letters in them…well, seems there are over 12,000! I don’t know who counted them, though. I’m certainly not going to list them.

Words with ma in them keep popping into my head…just random words that lead nowhere. Many, many words I could choose from, but as usual when presented with too many choices, I can’t make a decision.

Many mangy mangoes managed manipulation mandates

And, that makes no sense, but it’s hard to say.

With that, I’m done. Wishing you a wonderful and  manageable weekend!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

What’s in the Box # 6

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What’s in the Box #

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What’s in the Box? #6

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I have a lot of boxes out in the garage, and in my closet that have been there for a long time. I thought it might be interesting to have a look inside, and post what all I find.

Some of these boxes are my stored away things, and some are boxes of saved stuff from my parents and grand-parents. It should be fun to see these long lost treasures.

I’ll be posting a new revelation as often as possible, with a few pictures, up until I either get tired of it, or run out of stuff. There are a lot of things to look through.

Hope you enjoy my ‘show & tell’ series! 🙂

Let’s have a look!

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This is a box of things my granny kept.

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~you can click on the pictures to enlarge~

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First up is this baby garment.

It had a note pinned to it that reads:

NR’s

Made out of Aunt Annies slip – which was about 15 years or more… 1925

NR is my father, and I don’t know who Aunt Annie is.

If the little dress was made from her slip that was at least 15 years old, it makes the slip made about 1910. So this garment is 108 years old. It is in really good shape, with only a little yellowing of the fabric.

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This is a handkerchief, that was embroidered by my Aunt Nina in 1942, according to the note pinned to it. (Nina made this 1942) So, it is 76 years old.

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World War II Ration Book. These were issued in 1942. In reading about them, I found that every American citizen was issued one, and in order to purchase goods like sugar, and other commodities, clothing, and gasoline, you had to have these books with the little stamps to tear off.

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Toys, including little Army men, trucks, a tin soldier with a machine gun, and an airplane. There is something that looks like a real bullet? Definitely not a toy!

 

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Dare to Dream

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Dare to Dream

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And you must dare to do as many things as you dream of… ~ Nastassja Kinski

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This is a dream I had this morning, November 27, 2018.

I was at a library with my daughter and grand-daughter. Not sure where what library it was…never seen it in real life, but it felt familiar.

I’d turned in some books, one of which was called ‘Dare to Dream’ or something like that. There was another name similar, but can’t remember it now. Anyway, it had pink on the cover, and was sort of like those ‘for Dummies’ books, or along those same type of books. Maybe it was ‘Dare to Dream for Dummies’? I’m thinking it was a book on the subject of using your imagination when putting together scrap books. (I’ve actually been trying to get back to my scrap book making, but my imagination has been on the low end lately. I guess the book would help?)

Well, I’d turned it in, but then decided I wasn’t done with the book, and wanted it back to re-check it again. But, I couldn’t find it. I went to the shelf where it was supposed to be usually, but it wasn’t there. I looked all around, but nope, not there anywhere. So, I asked the librarian about it. They said it had already been transferred to their other library across town, and I could probably find it there.

So, we went over there. For some reason we were walking in this downtown area that may or may not have been a real place I’ve seen before. I get the feeling I’ve had dreams about this downtown before. There are tall and old buildings, empty sidewalks, it’s cold and gray, and the wind is blowing. It’s kind of dark and spooky, but still day time. It’s just the buildings, and being in the shade of them that makes it that way.

Well, we finally get to the other library, and go down a cement ramp to get to the door. Just as we get there, a guy comes out pushing a library cart with books on it. He’s actually the guy who does the story time thing for kids at the library (a real person I’ve seen before). I say we were going in just for a minute to find that book I was looking for, but he says they are closing already. Since he was sort of a friend ? he says he’ll let us go on in, but just for one hour. So we do go in, while he busies himself in the office with paperwork.

I look at all the shelves in this library, and finally, finally find the book, and take it from the shelf. Yep, it’s the one…’Dare to Dream’. It’s the same pink cover and everything.

That was all of the dream, but somewhere in there, and I don’t know why, my grand-daughter was sitting in a high-chair.

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I have a lot of recurring dream about libraries (and thrift stores). Do you have many of the same subject dreams? Mine most always have some spooky element to them, too. How about you? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018

Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Cooking Without a Stove

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COOKING…WITHOUT A STOVE

Have you ever not had a stove to cook on? I have…a couple of times. We lived in unfurnished rental houses for awhile, and there were no appliances. We did have our own furniture, and a refrigerator…just no stove.

I had to get a bit creative, to say the least. As a family of four, there comes a time, like daily, that you need to cook something. I did have a microwave…a giant one, compared to today’s models. I’d cook most things in there, and the meals came out pretty good.

A really surprising cooking method I used, was on a “Stir-Crazy” popcorn popper. You remember those, don’t you? It was the electric popcorn popper with the large, yellow dome. I figured that since the surface got really hot, I could use it to cook on…like an electric skillet. There was no temperature setting, though. It worked great for fried eggs, and also, pancakes came out good cooked on there.

Another time, another house, we had the same situation. I still used the microwave and the popcorn popper, but had also acquired a “Snackmaster Sandwich Maker”. We were in the big leagues, now. We got really creative using it. We could make corn dogs, pizza pockets, and even the pancakes came out fun – like puff-cakes!

Quite a while later, we did manage to get a stove, which made things easier to cook, although it is fun to remember how we ‘made do’ with what we had.

Next up, we needed a washing machine, because using that old-fashioned rub board in the sink was getting pretty tiresome.

Well, another story…another day…

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~first posted on Blogger – April 3, 2014

~photo found on Pixabay

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

2 Christmas Books

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2 Christmas Books

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There are 2 books that I just have to read and have re-read every Christmas season. I dig them out of the far corners of my bookshelf, and can’t wait to start reading them again. I mean, it’s been a whole year since I last read them. I haven’t gotten tired of them, even though I know what they are all about.

Here are the 2 books. They are both a lot of fun to read. Both of them are laugh out loud funny, too.

First is, “Skipping Christmas”, by John Grisham.

It has also been made into a very good movie, which I’ve seen, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tim Allen. You may have seen the movie, “Christmas With the Kranks”, which follows the book very well, but as with all books made into movies, there’s extra fun in reading the original books.

 

The next one is, “An Idiot Girl’s Christmas”, by Laurie Notaro. She’s one of my favorite authors, as I’ve read all her books, and this one is just as good. She writes short essays of her true life adventures, and they most all have a humorous take on her life. This one is all about the funny things that happen at Christmas time.

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Anyway, just thought I’d share a couple of fun reads with you, for when you have a little time to settle in with some laughs. 🙂

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Friendly Fill-Ins

https://fourleggedfurballs.blogspot.com/2018/11/friendly-fill-ins-and-flashback.html

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The questions:

1. Black Friday _________________________________.
2. A pet peeve of mine at this time of year is ___________________________.
3. ‘Tis the season for _________.
4. I never jumped on the _________ bandwagon.
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My answers:
  1. Black Friday is a shopping day I don’t participate in. We don’t have the hysteria in our city like I’ve seen in some cities in the news, but I won’t be going shopping except to maybe the grocery store today.
  2. A pet peeve of mine at the time of years is that my favorite oldies music radio station has gone to all Christmas music all the time. A little bit is okay, but not a whole month’s worth, continually. I miss my oldies music.
  3. ‘Tis the season for hoping we don’t get snow. I don’t like cold weather at all, and snow is pretty, but I want none of it.
  4. I never jumped on the ‘must see’ or ‘must read’ movies and books idea. Just because someone says it’s the best, doesn’t mean Ihave to see or read them. I don’t make a decision based on someone else’s opinion of these. If I’m interested, I’ll watch a movie or TV show, or read a certain book, but not because someone recommended it as a ‘must’.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS