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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Share Your World

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/10/11/share-your-world-10-11-2021/

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Here are this week’s questions from Melanie, and answers from me! Thanks, Melanie! 🙂

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(Two ‘seasonal’ and two plain today)

What is the scariest game (board or on-line) you ever may have played?  … The only game that might be considered scary was the Ouija board. I thought it was fun … until one time my kids were playing with it and contacted a known spirit named Seth. That was scary and they never played it again. I wrote about that in  this post  … and this is the wiki information about Seth in  this post

What’s just ‘over the rainbow” for you? … Over, under, sideways, down … it’s all sky.

 

Do you have to watch something upbeat after watching a suspense or horror movie so you can go to sleep? … I love horror movies, and no I don’t have to read or watch something upbeat afterwards to get to sleep. There was one book that was so scary I couldn’t have it in the house. That was ‘The Demonologist’, by Ed and Lorraine Warren.

 

Is there intent behind every action? … Nope I don’t think so, not every single action. Sometimes you do something without even thinking anything about it, automatically. Big things we do think ahead to what we are doing, visualizing the outcome. But little actions such as maybe doodling on a piece of paper while talking on the phone, or drumming your fingers on the desk – well, those just happen with no special intent.
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2021 BS

 

Throwback Thursday – Gifts

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Throwback Thursday – Gifts

https://lssattitudeofgratitude.wordpress.com/2021/09/30/throwback-thursday-6-gift-giving-receiving/

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This week Lauren gives us the topic of gifts we’ve received or given. Thanks, Lauren! 🙂

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It’s hard to say much about gifts. I like giving them and I like getting them.

Except now that most of us are all older, we don’t any of us really need any more stuff!

We still give the grand-kids some things, especially the youngest. The older one is always happy with money to buy whatever he wants. We do give their parents (our daughters and sons in law)  money, too.

For ourselves, me and the Mr. we don’t do gifts any more. Like I said, we don’t need any more stuff, if we do need something or want something we just go get it.

Used to we’d give gifts to all the family members, which were quite a few. I guess they liked what we picked out for them. Who knows? Now the big family get togethers don’t happen, as most all have passed on.

I remember one time early on that the Mr. didn’t get his paycheck until after work on Christmas Eve. At that point I could go shopping for everyone’s gift. I had a hundred dollars to spend before the stores closed, and they closed early that day. Also I had to get home to wrap them all, and we had a get together with a friend’s family that evening. I did manage it, though. I think my spending limit on each person was only five dollars.

Another Christmas a few years later on, our dogs got into the presents under the tree and tore a lot of them up. So then we made a fence around the tree made of chicken wire to keep them out. It worked!

For a lot of gifts to people I’d make something, like embroidered dish towels, cute plaster of Paris items that I’d paint, and pomegranate plants I started from seed. They make a real cute plant. I always liked doing the wrapping of the gifts, too.

Well, lots of years, lots of gifts, and lots of memories!

Here’s a picture of the tree with the chicken wire fence.  Click to enlarge 🙂

 

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Share Your World

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Share Your World

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/09/27/share-your-world-9-26-2021/

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Here are the questions for the week on SYW. Thanks, Melanie, for hosting this fun challenge. 🙂

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1. What’s your favorite way to exercise?  (if you do or don’t.  Exercising one’s mind is a valid answer IMHO, because that’s my favorite). … I walk from the bedroom, to the kitchen, to the living room, to the garage, and mustn’t forget the bathroom! I exercise my fingers by typing on the keyboard! 🙂

2. What’s more important to you – family or friends? ,,, This would be family. My family members are my friends.

3.  (a segue of sorts from last week’s SYW)..Have you ever voted for someone (in whatever venue – politics, contests, school elections) based solely on how they looked? … No I’d never do that.

4.  (silly one)  How could carousels be spiced up so they are more exciting? … It’s been many years since I’ve been on a carousel. I like them fine how they are. I always wanted, I mean really wanted one or more of those horses to take home. I’d still like to have one. They are so pretty! 🙂
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© 2021 BS

Near-ly Died – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Near/Far

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Near-ly Died – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Near/Far

https://lindaghill.com/2021/09/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-25-2021/

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “near/far.” Use “near,” use “far,” use them both if you’d like. In fact, if you start your post with one and end with the other, you get bonus points! Enjoy!

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Thanks for the prompts every week, Linda!

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

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Near-ly died! Almost died! Could-a died! Like-ta died! All of those I know I’ve said many times when something is so horrible or scary to me.

Or, I say them when something is so funny I cry tears and my stomach muscles are hurting from laughing so hard.

I had reason to use the first example the other day. Nothing was fun or funny about it.

Not much freaks me out, but this … this …

What it was, was this:

I’d been trying to grow a potato in a jar of water. I used to do this a lot and they make pretty leaf vines. I also had an avocado pit I was trying to grow in water, too. It had put out some roots, but nothing was happening up top. They were on my kitchen window sill.

The potato hadn’t really started sprouting, or maybe just a tiny bit. I was looking close at it to see, but what I saw really freaked me out! OMG!!!! Worms or some kind of creepy creature was swimming around in the water. Well they weren’t really swimming, they were tiny white skinny things just spurting spurting spurting!! EEEE (me screaming)

I ran screaming out of the kitchen to get my husband. Thank goodness he was here to help, otherwise I’d have packed my bags and left home right that minute.

I told him to get rid of it all. First he had to look at them. UGH! He said there were four or five of them in the water. I couldn’t look. I was still shuddering and shivering and going UGH over and over.

He did get rid of all of it, everything that was on the window sill. But, I still can’t get the horribleness out of my mind’s eye. I keep seeing them. Maybe someday I’ll forget.

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© 2021 BS

Autumn Greetings

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Autumn Greetings

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Hope you’re enjoying the first day of Autumn/Fall. We have a wonderful break in the temperature, from the high 90s to this morning low of 49 degrees and a nice breeze.

I took this picture of Sonny the cat this morning as he was contemplating the first day of autumn. I did a little filter magic with the photo, but I liked how the original showed the tall dried grasses caught the sunlight and also kind of outlined his fur in gold. They are kind of the same, except the first one has the upper part of the background is reddish.

First photo with filter – second photo original

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

 

Share Your World – Q & A

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Share Your World – Q & A 

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/09/20/share-your-world-squirrelly-style-9-20-2021/

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Happy Monday! Thanks, Melanie, for bringing us the SYW questions each week! To join in and see other entries, just click the above link.

These fun questions today was suggested by a fellow blogger. His blog is called Evil Squirrel’s Nest, and there are lots of great photos of squirrels, great music, and fun, outrageous posts! You should go see for yourself by clicking Evil Squirrel.

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Now here are the questions:

If you were to be cast as part of a comedy double act, which part would you play…. the straight man or the funny one, and why?

I’d probably be the funny one. That’s because I most times don’t understand jokes, and am confused about a lot of things people are talking about, so I answer with statements that reflect that, which comes out being weird and funny, I blurt out things and get my words tangled up – but not on purpose. Oh, here’s who’d I’d compare myself to with well known personalities (not in the way I look, obviously!) … Gracie Allen (wife of George Burns), Chrissy (Three’s Company), and Dory (the fish from the movie “Finding Dory”) hahaha

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If you were to be reincarnated on Earth as any non-living/inanimate object of your choosing, what would you come back as and why?

Oooh  I think I’d be a computer! I’d know everything there is to know, I could help people find information, entertain them, and when I get sick with a virus or a breakdown of some kind, people are frantic taking me to the computer doctor to get me fixed as soon as possible, because they can’t do without me! 🙂

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We all know how dogs mark their territory.  How do you mark your territory?

I mark my territory anywhere I go with paper … books, notebooks, post-it notes, scraps of paper I’ve wrote on, decorative paper for scrap books, and napkins … I’m messy so need lots and lots of napkins! 🙂

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If you were on a trivia show and had to correctly answer ten questions in one subject to win a million dollars (or whatever currency is used in your locale), what would you hope the category would be?

The paranormal! I’d like to give my answers about ghosts, UFOs, aliens, ESP, and anything strange and unusual.

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In democratic societies, do you believe that the right to vote is merely a privilege or a duty for all citizens?  This should not be thought of as an “Americans only” question.  ANY ONE is welcome to answer.

I’d say it’s a privilege to be able to vote on anything. A person shouldn’t be forced to vote, or vote a certain way. You should have the choice to vote if you want to, and if you don’t want to, then so be it. That said, I mostly think voting is a farce. Maybe in the little local city elections a voter has some say in a matter, but in national elections, one vote by one person counts as nothing. It’s just to pacify the population. Whatever outcome happens, it’s already been decided by the ruling elite. (this is all just my opinion!)

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© 2021 BS

Share Your World

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Share Your World

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/09/13/share-your-world-9-13-2021/

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Thanks for the questions each week, Melanie!

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When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? … Probably not, as I normally don’t talk much. I write way more than I ever talk (except to myself). Then again, I don’t actually do much either. Maybe it’s about even.

What does the world need less of? … The world needs less hatred of many things, except wars. Everyone I think should hate wars and try to get along with others and put an end to wars.

Do you feel older or younger than your age? … Much younger

What is a cause you’ll always passionately support? … I don’t go around beating a drum about whatever cause comes along, or pledging money or time to anything. I’m not a joiner or a leader.
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© 2021 BS

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Where

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Where

https://lindaghill.com/2021/09/10/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-11-2021/

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

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Where was I on 9/11 twenty years ago?

I was at home just eating breakfast at the kitchen table and reading. I can’t remember what I was reading, either a book or the morning newspaper.

The TV news was on and I heard the breaking news announcement and looked up to see the horror that would continue about the horrific news that would be on all that day. I hurried up and put in a VHS tape, and let it run. I still have it.

Honestly, I’m not all that familiar with New York landmarks or buildings or anything, except the Statue of Liberty. I’ve seen that. So, I’d never even heard of the World Trade Center twin towers before.

My daughter had just left for her college classes, and my husband was at work. We didn’t have a cell phone, so no texting for us, but we did have phone calls to make to each other, and to my other daughter in another state. It was so scary to hear all of what was happening. We didn’t know anyone who was close to the devastation that day.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years ago. May peace be to all those who perished, and those who continue to suffer from the continuing memories and health concerns to this day. ❤

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© 2021 BS

Share Your World

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Share Your World

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/09/06/share-your-world-9-6-2021/

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Do you believe in soul-mates?  (my definition of ‘soul mate’ is the IDEAL partner romantically).  … There are probably some couples that are wonderfully in tune and in every way are right for each other. Many more have found that special someone at some time in their lives. As for a true ‘soul-mate’ that has been chosen for you from the great beyond by whomever, to be united as a destined pair and that both realize it at first glance, and they are cosmically drawn to each other from wherever in the world they are, well, I doubt this has ever happened. … Except … it sure works great in books and fiction stories, doesn’t it! 🙂

What are three scents you like? … I like so many scents but to pick only three … Angel perfume, wood smoke, fresh baking bread.

What are some things that you might be considered too old to do, but that you enjoy? … Playing any kind of game with my grand-daughter, especially having pretend conversations and acting out stories and scenes with her little people toys and stuffed animals, making up silly voices for them all.

What is one food you absolutely refuse to share? … There isn’t any food I wouldn’t share. If someone wanted a bite of my food, I’d cut off a piece, or break some off for them. This reminds me of an episode of ‘Friends’ — Joey doesn’t share food!!! haha 🙂
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© 2021 BS

 

Playful Pins – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Pin

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Playful Pins – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Pin 

https://lindaghill.com/2021/09/03/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-4-2021/

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “pin.” Use it as a noun, use it as a verb, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

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Thanks for the prompt each Saturday, Linda!<3

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Pins … have I got pins!

I’ve had and worn pins since I was a kid, and I still have some of them. I have collected a few over the years, too, and like wearing them from time to time.

Pins, sometimes also called brooches, are fun. There are lots of variety in shapes and subjects to choose from, too. You can find them for holidays, birds, political (sometimes called buttons – but they are pins, too), animals of all kinds, souvenir pins from concerts you attend, and I’m sure many more kinds. They can add a fun flair to what you wear, and/or make a statement of something you’re in favor of. There are even little machines you can buy to make your own created pin!

I did try to find out the difference, if there was one, between a pin and a brooch. Can’t remember it exactly, but it was ‘all brooches are pins, but not all pins are brooches’. However, they both are decorative jewelry worn on your clothes.

Well, I have both, or all, or whatever you want to call it. I have fun ones, and antique fancy ones. I’ve bought them myself, and have also received some as gifts.

Here are a very few of the many I have.

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  • Childhood pins – letter B, golden horse, black poodle dog, honor society pin
  • another golden horse, a red cross beginning swimmer pin
  • five different cat pins
  • three button pins (political, concert, souvenir)
  • scarab beetle pins
  • Antique oval brooch – gold filigree edges, yellow roses on white background

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