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!

GHOST RULES – GIVE & TAKE

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GHOST RULES – GIVE & TAKE

Toy Ghost

Puzzle piece that was missing – now found

So, most of you know I love talking about ghosts, and writing about my true ghost stories. Well, my resident ghost has been up to silly tricks again. Ghost likes to take things for awhile, then gives them back. There’s been lots of incidents like this in the past. Most of these are just harmless things to take notice of, or be annoyed by them.

This latest one is of the ‘scratch your head – why’ variety. Here’s the scene:

The living room – we find that a cat toy is missing. This is a cotton-stuffed, fabric toy that I made myself, which we roll in catnip every few days. It is Cricket’s favorite toy. She can lick it, roll on it, kick it, and go to kitty dreamland hugging it. It is always on the little extra couch we have in here, and is never moved from there. She doesn’t ever move it. Now, it is gone. Just gone. We’ve looked under the couch, under the blankets and pillows, on the floor, and in every room in the house, just to make sure. It is gone. It’s been missing for at least a week or so. She has other catnip toys, but you can tell that for her, it’s just not the same. (sigh)

The kitchen – yesterday we find a jigsaw puzzle piece in the floor. There’s nothing strange about that, as I’ve been working the puzzles for months, now, and sometimes a piece falls on the floor. I pick it up right away.This puzzle piece, however, is the one piece that was missing from the puzzle I told you about awhile back…the one of the Sugar Skull. It was a brand new puzzle, but this piece came up missing. I’ve worked at least 4 other puzzles since finishing that one. There weren’t any missing pieces of those, and no extra ones either.

We’ve walked through the kitchen probably a million times, and had not seen this one piece just laying there in the middle of the floor. It would have been impossible not to notice it. But…yesterday, there it was, just as if it wanted us to notice it. I was like, how can this be? It’s been missing the whole time, and now, here it is! Then, I remembered…our Ghost. Um-hmm, go figure.

Missing cat toy = take away

Find missing puzzle piece = give something back to us.

Maybe one of these days Ghost will give back the cat toy…but, what will Ghost take away next?

*** I would show you a photo of the missing cat toy, but it’s gone missing!

Cricket wants her toy back

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© 2017 BS

RANDOM POST # 7 – MANNEQUINS, STAMPS, & TUPPERWARE ?

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RANDOM POST # 7 – MANNEQUINS, STAMPS, & TUPPERWARE ?

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I’m continuing with my random posts about the jobs I’ve had in the past.

These three jobs I had were in about the same time period, in the mid 1970s. It was after we came back from Germany, and before we had any kids.

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One fun job I had was at Sears Department Store. I think this may have been in Paris, TX. I got to dress the mannequins for display on the sales floor. I could pick out what clothes to use, but had to be mindful of what was being featured and advertised at the time. It was always changing from week to week. I wasn’t there for very long, because we moved to another city.

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This next one was I believe in Greenville, TX. It was at the S & H Green Stamps Redemption Center. Do you remember those savings stamps? You’d be given a certain amount of them at the grocery store, according to how much money you had spent. The stamps in this case were green. You’d take them home to paste into a savings book, which were given out at the store, also. Later, when you saved a bunch, you could take the booklets to the redemption center to trade them in for cool items. They had a catalog, too, that you could look through, and decide if you had enough stamps for what you wanted.

I worked at the redemption center store, where all the merchandise was kept. There was a counter, a showroom, and a warehouse part. I worked at the counter, and count we did. A lot of that, as we had to flip through each booklet a person brought in, to make sure they had filled it out completely, and if they had enough to purchase the item they’d chosen. It was a fun job, and the people I worked with were fun. One funny thing was I learned what a ‘finger cot’ was. Strange name, but a very useful item. It was a little rubber thing to put on your thumb or finger, to make turning those booklet pages faster. You could get a good grip on the pages. 🙂

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This next job was at a Tupperware distributor place. It was here in this town. I worked in the office, processing invoices/orders, that the Tupperware dealers would submit. Each Monday, if I remember, all the dealers in our district would come in for a sort of get-together/pep-rally thing. They’d have their meeting, refreshments, and also turn in their orders, and pick up orders from the last week. I used the calculator a lot, and also did typing. and filing. I got to type up the mimeographed templates, for the newsletter, and then go run them all off on the mimeograph machine. We didn’t at that time have a copy machine. It was old school, I guess you’d say. It was messy work with the inks and all, but I liked doing it. Later, I’d address all the envelopes with the adressograph machine. I worked at this place for quite a while, then was let go. They ‘said’ it was because they were going more automatic in the office, or something, but I know why. I was pregnant. Pretty sure that wouldn’t happen in this day and age!

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Stay tuned for more random posts about the many jobs I’ve had in the past. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS

 

 

 

STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY – MOO

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STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY – MOO

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Apr. 15/17

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The word of the day, here at SOCS, is ‘moo’. Join in the fun, and see other entries by clicking the link above.

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Moo…all I first thought of is the sound a cow makes. Well, that’s how we think they say it, but really…can a cow actually make the ‘M’ sound with their lips? I don’t know.

Next, I thought of the word ‘mood’, as in what mood are we in, am I in today. I know I change moods every little bit in a day. I’m not usually moody/broody at all. I can get my feathers ruffled, and get in a snit about something sometimes, but I don’t go around mooing about it very long.

How about that place called Mood. If you watched any of the TV reality show, “Project Runway”, they were always going over to the fabric store called, “Mood”.

How now, brown cow? Moo…we’re back to cows. You know that cow that jumped over the moon? Well, she must have been on some fantastic ‘mood altering substances’ to have tripped all the way over the moon!

Now, I’m in the mood to end this post about all the moos, and go get me some more iced tea, which has nothing to do with mooing! 🙂

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© 2017 BS

 

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? – SOCS 4/8/17 – GIVE/GIVEN/GIVING

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HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? 

SOCS 4/8/17 – GIVE/GIVEN/GIVING

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Apr. 8/17

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday gives us the prompt of using one or more of these words = give/given/giving.

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Given…I looked this word up in my dictionary. The first explanation given was …addicted, inclined.

Given fits me, I think, or maybe driven would work, too. Given I love to do my blogging, I’d say I’m addicted, inclined, and driven.

What I was wondering, though, is how much is too much? I mean, I post several things every day with ease, and could do twice as much. (yeah, I have nothing much else going on here).

Can there be too many blog posts in a day? Probably. What’s a goodly number? I don’t want to run anyone off with all these posts I do, but I’m hoping that’s not the case. I’m just enjoying the whole process of thinking of something, typing it up, posting, and then reading as many of the other’s blog posts as I can. It’s impossible to get to them all, and I figure that’s the case with anyone reading mine. We pick and choose what we’ll take time for each day. I know I do, but feel bad when I don’t get to read it all.

So, how much is too much?

What are you ‘given’ to do?

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS

JIGSAW PUZZLE UPDATE

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JIGSAW PUZZLE UPDATE

Awhile back I posted a photo of a jigsaw puzzle I completed. Since then I’ve finished three more. They are fun to do, but takes several days for me to work them. Here’s the latest ones:

Sugar Skull

This one took the longest – it was pretty difficult! There is a piece missing. It was a brand new puzzle, though, so I may have just lost the piece somewhere.

Furry Friends

This one was easier, but had some trouble spots, mostly the shaggy dog parts, and even the cat! I liked the picture of cute animals.

 

This last one I finished today. It says it’s a Kodak Decades puzzle depicting the 40s.

It was fairly easy, as it had a lot of things to identify on there, like the written letter.

I’ll be starting a new one later today! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS

 

 

DEAR DIARY – JULY 1 – 12, 1961

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DEAR DIARY – JULY 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, mis-spellings and all, but corrected in parentheses. More posts of Dear Diary can be found by using catagories, or search box. Hope you enjoy reading my childhood diary! 🙂

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Dear Diary,
7/1/61 – We went thru some towns. At Dumas (TX) B’s (uncle) car broke down. He went to get another car.
7/2/61 – We went through some towns.
7/3/61 – We went through some towns.
7/4/61 – We went through some towns. We came to M’s (aunt in Idaho). We ate outside.
7/5/61 – I played. We rode some horses.
7/6/61 – I played. We ate outside.
7/7/61 – I played. We ate outside.
7/8/61 – I played. Daddy went fishing.
7/9/61 – I played. Daddy came home
7/10/61 – I played. I went to J’s (another aunt in Idaho). I played with J (boy cousin). We left for home.
7/11/61/ – We went through some towns.
7/12/61 – We came home. I went to bed.
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I guess I was so busy traveling and playing I didn’t have time to write much.
Here’s what I remember, though.
About 100 miles from home my uncle’s car broke down on our big trip to Idaho to visit family. There was a big discussion among the adults of whether to cancel the whole trip, or not. He decided to drive back home to get another car. Don’t know how that was managed with a broke down car. Maybe two of the men went to do this exchange, then drive all the way back. I do know my mom, sister, aunt, and others all stayed in the little town overnight, in a motel, while the men did their car business. I thought that was the most fun thing ever, staying in a motel. I’d never stayed in one before. Much later down the years, my mom said it was the most awful motel ever. haha But, to a kid, it was exciting.
We traveled from TX to Idaho, going through Colorado, and Utah. We stopped at the Royal Gorge in CO, for some sightseeing. We also stopped in Salt Lake City, Utah, to see the Mormon Temple, and a museum (where I saw actual mummies!)
At my aunt’s home in Idaho, we did get to ride horses. They raised Appaloosa horses. I remember one little colt named Taffy. We did eat outside a lot, my cousins and I played a lot.
I think we took a different route back home, because I remember seeing Pike’s Peak in the distance, and we were at the 4 corners states, and seeing Ship Rock in New Mexico. As soon as we got back to Texas, we started singing all the songs we could think of about Texas. We had a fun trip, but it was good to get back home. 🙂
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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{
© 2017 BS

 

 

5 DAY MUSIC CHALLENGE

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5 DAY MUSIC CHALLENGE – Day 1

I was happy to be nominated/tagged for the 5 Day Music Challenge recently. I do like all kinds of music, so this should be fun.

Thanks you, Suze, for the chance to participate.

Here’s a link to her blog, “Obsolete Childhood”. Do go give her a visit, as her blog is entertaining, and she speaks her mind on lots of topics. 🙂

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http://suziland.net/2017/03/5-day-music-challenge-day-1/

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 The rules

    Post a different song quote for five consecutive days.

   Post what the song quote means to you (optional).

   Post the song that the quote is from.

    Nominate two different bloggers every day of the challenge.

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This song means a lot to me, because we called it ‘Our Song’, since we met, dated, and got married. In fact, we played the song on a record player as we marched down the aisle together at our wedding. It may have seemed strange for wedding music, but it was 1969, and we did things our way. I guess we did something right, as we’ve been married 47 years. 🙂

Here’s the quote:

You know I love you, I always will
My mind’s made up by the way that I feel
There’s no beginning, there’ll be no end
‘Cause on my love you can depend

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I also still have the original 45 rpm record we played at our wedding.

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I don’t do nominations here, but if you’d like to participate in this fun challenge, feel free to consider yourself tagged! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS

 

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE – 2017 – THEME REVEAL

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A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE – 2017 – THEME REVEAL

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http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html

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It is almost April, and what does that mean? It means it is time for the annual A to Z Blog Challenge! This challenge is to post something every day, except Sundays, in the month of April, that follows along to the alphabet. Each day will be about something to do with the letter of the day.

I’ve participated in this for several years, and it is a lot of fun. If you’d like to join in, just click the above link to find out the details. 🙂

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I don’t usually have a strong theme to my posts, just thinking of something on the fly, as it comes to me. I have a general idea, and do a tiny bit of planning beforehand, but most is just done stream of consciousness style. Last year was like that, except I had the ‘Mystery Box Chickens’ helping out.  I think they are ready for another A to Z Challenge. They think they are the stars of the show. What do you think? hahaha

Now for my idea for a theme. I plan on featuring a couple of songs with the titles starting with the letter of the day. Yeah, I’m going the easy route this time. I know y’all will be reading a lot of blogs during this month, some long/some short, so when you need a break, just come here and listen to some music for a few minutes. I won’t be writing much about the songs, but the ‘chickens’ might have a word or two to say. 🙂

Hope to see you here soon! Happy reading, and happy A to Z blogging!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS

SOCS – STREAM of CONSCIOUSNESS SATURDAY – MARCH

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SOCS – MARCH

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Mar. 25/17

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Ok, or is it okay? I like ok better. Anyway, we marched into the AT&T store yesterday. Actually we walked. No, really we were blown in by the wind. That’s with a bunch of dirt and leaves, and my hair all wild and crazy like. That’s what I told the woman who greeted us, when she asked what brought us in to the store today (yesterday) … I said, “The wind blew us in here.” haha! Yeah, the wind was really blowing out there, the sky was brown with dirt, and dry leaves were swirling everywhere.

Where was I? Oh, after we marched into the store and got settled at a table, we told the lady what we were having problems with, with my iphone, and also we were asking about our TV stuff. Well, we’d already cancelled our TV, internet, home phone, but still we had questions. So she started explaining and looking up our account, and telling us stuff. Somehow we got onto how much or little I do use my phone. I said I take lots of photos to put on my blog. She was interested in hearing about that, and wanted to know what I put on my blog, so I told her. At first I was like…uh…I write fan-fiction…and uh…I do challenges, so I need lots of photos (why I need lots of space on the phone), and…uh…I write poetry, and….

That’s when she said, “Oh, you’re a writer and a poet! What books have you written?”

To say I was flustered about the whole explaining thing, well, I sure was. I mean no one has ever asked me about any of this before. I said I didn’t have any books, but I’ve had poems published in poetry magazines. Then she asked some more about it, and I mentioned I wrote about true ghost stories. Well, she was really interested in that, and even told me a true ghost story of her own!

I gave her my blog address, so she could stop by if she wanted to, and we finished our business with the phone/tv questions, which she was very helpful in straightening out for us.

So, I want to thank her for all she did.

Thank you Lisa, from AT&T…you made my day by recognizing and calling me a writer!

We then marched/walked out of the store, back into the howling wind with a smile. 🙂

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© 2017 BS