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!

5 Things I Like About Myself Tag

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I was recently tagged for this by fellow blogger, Jannat. You can find her blog at the following link. Thanks so much, Jannat, for thinking of me for the tag. 🙂

https://jannat007.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/5-things-i-like-about-myself/

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This is what we’re supposed to do:

  • Thank the nominator.
  • Display the picture on your post.
  • List 5 things you like about yourself
  • 1 thing must be a physical attribute.
  • Tag 3 or more people

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Here are my 5 things:

  1. My writing ability … I’m not saying I’m the best writer ever, but I do like what I write. I’ve been writing in one form or another from my earliest memories, because I can’t not write.
  2. My artistic/creative ability – I love doing all kinds of art, and have done tons of crafts, drawings, and paintings (even on rocks), and making scrap books have been a constant over the many years.
  3. My sense of humor – I like to laugh. I sometimes laugh so hard, I have tears, and my stomach hurts from laughing. The simplest things can get me laughing.
  4. My knowing how to touch-type on the keyboard – I learned how to type on an old manual Underwood typewriter when I was a kid. Once you learn how to type without looking at the letter keys, you pretty much never forget.
  5. My long hair – Yeah, I just like it. 🙂

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I don’t usually tag/nominate people, as I can’t keep up with who does these challenges, or who has already done them.

So, if you want to grab the cute badge and tell a little about yourself, feel free to participate! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter S

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Shut Up and Eat Your Snowshoes!”, by Jack Douglas is a really fun book to read. I read it long ago, then several times after. The author, his wife and young son, and their menagerie of animals, decide to move from the city, to the wilderness backwoods of Canada. He duly wrote down, in hilarious fashion, all the adventures and misadventures they had. Being city slickers knowing nothing of how things worked out in the boonies, is his true fish out of water story.

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“Serpent in Paradise”, by Dea Birkett, is the author’s journey back in time. She travels to tiny Pitcairn Island, to find out what happened to the ancestors of the mutineers who sailed with Captain William Bligh, on the ship called Bounty.

She chronicles her own voyage to the island, cut off from civilization for all these years, and talks with the villagers, while she learns how the survivors managed to live in such isolation, after that ill-fated, and famed event with the mutiny on the Bounty.

This book is easy to read, even as it tells the history of the times, but in a personal story kind of way.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens on Monday (no post on Sunday) for the opening of the next book title box. The letter will be T.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Spoke

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Spoke

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 21/18

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The word of the day, chosen by our fearless leader, Linda G. Hill, is ‘spoke’. Thanks, Linda!

We get bonus points if we ‘don’t’ begin with the word ‘spoke’.

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What do I know about the word of the day…not a whole lot.

When we talk out loud, we say we have spoken. Sometimes that would bring an end to a conversation or argument or debate. Someone gets tired of talking about whatever it is, so they say, “I have spoken, that’s the end of it.” But…is that really the end of it? Probably not in the mind of the other person, as they go away muttering how their opinion or point is better.

Now, there are spokes on a bicycle. I don’t know what their purpose is, but we used to put a bit of cardboard clothes pinned onto the spokes so it would make a rattling sound when we rode around. That was always cool.

Up next, is the word ‘bespoke’. I’m thinking it means, in fashion, some clothes that were specially made for a person. One of a kind type of clothing can be said to be bespoke.

That’s about all I know to speak about the word spoke.

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Enjoy your weekend! May it be a bespoke, one of a kind day, made just for you. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter R

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter R

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“The Ruins”, by Scott Smith, is a book I’ve read more than once, and I’ve seen the movie made of it, and it was good, too.

Starting out, we see the characters on a lovely vacation trip in Mexico. When one of their friends goes missing, they go look for him, which leads them deep into the jungle. They come upon some ancient Mayan ruins, and this is when their nightmare begins.

This book is so good, and yes scary! It sure makes you look at your garden plants in another way, after reading this book. The vines…omg…the vines!

If you like horror tales, check it out!

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“Roller Girl (Totally True Tales From the Track)”, by Melissa “Melicious” Joulwan, is a fun book to read. It’s all about the sport of competition roller skating, as in Roller Derby.

As a founding member of the Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby the author takes us on a wild ride, telling us how Roller Derby works, how she became involved, and some of the long, fascinating history of the sport. She takes us to the competitions, and also talks about her life when not on the rink.

I like hearing about the names she and her team mates choose for themselves, and the fun and funky costumes they wear, too. All this takes place in Austin TX, and there are photos included.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow, and they will open the next book title box. The letter of the day will be S.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Q

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“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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“Queen of the Road”, by Doreen Orion, is the true adventures of how a couple, with their large dog and two cats,  travel across 47 states, in an old converted bus. In this memoir, they tell all about their adventures in retro fitting the bus, meeting other travelers, and their misadventures, including a stopover at a nudist RV park.

This is a fun to read book, as you get to hear some hilarious tales of being on the road.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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The MB Chickens will be back tomorrow to reveal the book titles beginning with letter R.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter P

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio”, by Terry Ryan, is written by Evelyn Ryan’s sixth son. Evelyn was the enterprising housewife who, in order to keep her large family running, entered every contest she could find. This was back in the 1950s and 60s, when there were plenty of contests on TV, radio, and newspapers.

Evelyn had a knack for writing jingles, and was very good at many of the contests she entered, winning trips, supermarket sweeps, household items of all kinds, and even large amounts of cash.

There are family photos included, and lots of humor in her life.

This is one I read quite a long time ago, and now I want to read it again.

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“Post Secret,” by Frank Warren, is his compilation of a project he started. Being fascinated with the therapeutic healing power of art, he wanted to see what happened if he left blank post-cards in random places. These were addressed to himself, and his only instruction was to reveal a never before told secret, and mail the card back to him. He was overwhelmed by the response. The cards kept coming, some even had elaborate decorations on them.

This book is a look into what anonymous people sent to him. Most of the pages are filled with the post-card art, and secrets of all kinds.

I got this book for Christmas, from my daughter, and am still looking through it. It is very good.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow as they have more books to show you. The letter of the day will be Q.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Share Your World

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Share Your World – April 16, 2018

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Here’s this weeks SYW questions and answers, from Cee & me! Join in the fun! Click the above link to find out how. 🙂

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List things or events that changed your life?

I’d say getting married, and having kids and grand-kids. Also, having had the opportunity to travel and live in other countries, has shown me that there are really wonderful people all over the world.

Complete this sentence: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s…

A UFO!

What genre of music do you like?

I like all music. I could name every kind there is, and I could find something to like about them, even if it’s just one song or two. That said, I listen to Rock most of all.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter O

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Once Upon a Quinceanera “, by Julia Alvarez, is subtitled, ‘Coming of Age in the USA’.

The Quinceanera is a Latina tradition where when a girl reaches the age fifteen, a lavish party is given her. These parties can be way over the top, in that enormous amounts of money is spent on food, decorations, and the ultimate party dress. It seems it can be even more extravagant than proms or weddings.

The author explores the tradition, and has interviewed several families, and also tells of her own personal Quinceanera.

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“Other People’s Dirt”, by Louise Rafkin is her memoir of being a housecleaner. She likens her housekeeping duties to an archeologist, seeing it all in her clients houses. As she works, she tries to piece together a story of their lives, how they live, and secrets they keep hidden. In this book she ‘dishes the dirt’ on all she finds, from celebrity households, to crime scene clean-ups, corporate offices, and more.

This book is very easy to read, entertaining, and an eye-opener into the world of professional housecleaners.

 

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Mystery Box Chickens

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The MB Chickens will be back tomorrow with book titles beginning with letter P.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter N

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Not Taco Bell Material”, by Adam Carolla is a book I haven’t yet read. I’ve had it for a long time, because it still sounds like an interesting book to read, and I’ll get to it one of these days, I’m sure.

Adam Carolla is a TV and radio personality. This is his story of how he came from a poor background, and with determination, he found success in his life. There are numerous personal photos in the book, also.

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“Nickel and Dimed”, by Barbara Ehrenreich, is the author’s journey into the world of the working class poor. Wondering how anyone could manage to get by on low wage jobs, she joined them to find out. She traveled to many cities, and took on many different jobs, and records her experiences and thoughts on working conditions, welfare, and more. She sees what goes on behind the scenes, and hears personal stories from her co-workers.

This book is very well balanced between her own hands on reality of the situations she finds herself in, and statistical facts and figures.

I enjoyed reading this one, as I had no idea of what really goes on concerning this subject.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for the unveiling of the next book titles. They will be for letter O.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Monkey Blood – Stream of Consciousness Saturday SOCS – Mon

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 14/18

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Today for SOCS our fearless leader, Linda, has asked us to write something with the letters ‘mon’ as part of a word, or not. Thanks, Linda!

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There are so many words starting with ‘mon’, or have ‘mon’ in the word, that I was all over the place trying to settle on something. So here goes…

I don’t like monkeys of any kind, but I kept coming back to monkey as the subject.

Monkey Blood. Have you ever heard of that? It’s what we used to call the antiseptic liquid Mercurochrome. When we were kids, anytime we had a scrape or small cut, we’d get the monkey blood treatment. It came in a small, dark bottle, with an applicator. Mom would paint it on us. Oh, it was bright red in color. I don’t know how it came to be called monkey blood, but maybe it was to make us laugh instead of cry. I kind of remember the stuff would sting a bit. Every time you’d see another kid, we could compare our monkey blood paintings.

I guess it was an all purpose remedy. We’d also get our sore throats painted with monkey blood. Most times Grandma would come over, yank a stiff straw from the household broom, wrap a bit of cotton on one end, soak it in Mercurochrome, and tell us to open wide. She’d stick that straw to the back of our throat and paint it with the red stuff. We didn’t like that at all, but I supposed it helped. Our sore throat would go away pretty fast.

Another monkey thing…

There was a house down the road that we’d pass on the way to the grocery store. They owned a monkey. It was kept in a large cage hooked onto the back of the house. Every time we passed, we’d look for the monkey, and holler, “There’s the monkey!”

Well, enough about monkeys. There’s some more things I was going to say, but this is getting long. How did I wind up talking about monkeys, anyway? I don’t even like them!

Hope you’re having a fun Saturday, with or without monkeys! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS