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!

Five Reasons Why Your Restaurant is Dead To Me Now

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Five Reasons Why Your Restaurant is Dead to Me Now

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This is a large paper I stuck up on one of our kitchen doors. It has listed all the restaurants I could think of at the time that we go to occasionally. For awhile I was making a mark by them, so we could see how many times we visited that particular place. I haven’t updated the list in a long time, and some of these are not in business any more. Others, I forgot to put on the list at all.  You can click the photo to see it better.

Some of the restaurants have been exed XX out, and here’s why…

You know, we go out to eat quite a lot around here, and most always enjoy it. Sometimes it’s just fast food, sometimes a more fancy place. We get take-out a lot of times, but mostly we’ll go inside a restaurant to sit down and eat. We’re pretty regular customers at several places here in town, but sometimes something happens that makes us cross them off our list. We won’t ever go back to these.

Here’s a few things I’ve noticed about eating establishments that turn me off of them:

  • Cockroaches = If when using the restaurant’s bathroom, you shouldn’t have to lift your legs to prevent a whole army of cockroaches from crawling up while you’re sitting there. If the restroom is this bad, heaven only knows what’s going on in the kitchen area where the food is prepared.

 

  • Illness = If one of your employees is sick with something, and they are coughing, sneezing, and wiping their noses while taking your order, or serving your food, you should send them home until they are well. To have them continue to work, all the while complaining of how bad they feel, and how sick they are out loud to everyone, should be an indication you will lose customers. Besides, they will infect other employees and customers, too.

 

  • Lax cleaning = When the tables and condiment bottles on the table (salt, pepper, hot sauce, etc) are sticky from being used so often, you should clean them off with a sanitary wipe after each customer leaves the table. This goes for wiping down the tables, too. Don’t use a filthy rag, get a fresh one each time. Your dirty wash water and rag only spreads germs around. We see you do this … ugh!

 

  • Check the salad bar often = When there are flies in the restaurant, you can be sure they will land on the salad fixings. I saw one stuck in the pudding one time!

 

  • Check the register tape for accurate addition of charges of a meal. Don’t charge us $315.00 for a ham sandwich, and we have to point it out to you.

I’m sure there are more reasons that I can’t remember now, but hope this hasn’t grossed you out too much!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

 

 

 

Dear Diary – March 23 – April 1, 1961

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Dear Diary – March 23 – April 1, 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,

3/23/61 – I went to school. We made clay. When I came home V (cousin) was over. We went to the dime store. When I got home I mad (e) some clay. Then I played. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

3/24/61 – I went to school. Some mothers came to visit. When I went home I played. Then I painted. Then I watched tv. then I went to bed.

3/25/61 – I did not go to school. We was going to the library. J (cousin) came over. She went to thelibrary with us. When I got home J came over. We went to her house. It was V’s (cousin) birthday. She got two dollars, dresses, whistle, umbrella, sun glasses, make up, lepard (leopard). Then we went home and went to bed.

3/26/61 – I did not go to school. I played outside. Granny came over. She stayed to eat dinner. When we took her home we looked in her garage. I found books. I got some funny books, and what-nots. When we came home we got a bunch of books. When I got home I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

3/27/61 – I went to school. I painted a tree. I got paint all over my dress. I had a headack (headache). When I got home I went over to grand mas house. She came over and I went with her. I played all day. When I came home I got my lessons. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

3/28/61 – I went to school. I painted a picture. When I got home I played. Then I got my byc bicycle tire pumped up. Then I rode it. A cold front came. I went in the house. I played. Then I went to bed.

3/29/61 – I went to school. I made a picture of a chicken. When I went home I played. Grand ma came over. She gave me a package. It was clothes. Ther (e) were sweaters, skirts, blouses, dresses, shorts, and a bathing suit. I put them on. Then I played. Then I went to bed.

3/30/61 – I went to school. I played. After lunch a little while we had ice-cream. When I wnt home I played. Then I read. I went in the bed with mother. Then I went to bed. It was the last day of school. It is Easter holidays.

3/31/61 – I did not go to school. I played. Then I went over to J’s (cousin) house. They were molding. They were molding horses, lambs, fish, fruit, and roosters. When I went home I played. Then I watched tv. Then I went to bed.

4/1/61 – I was April fools day. I did not go to school. I played all day. B (aunt) came over. N (aunt) and V (cousin) did to. P (sister) and I colored Easter Eggs. When they went home we played. Then I went over to N’s (aunt). When I went home I went to bed.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Share Your World

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We have new questions to answer from Melanie!

Share Your World happens every week, so why not join in with your opinions? It’s fun and interesting!

Thanks so  much for hosting SYW, Melanie! 🙂

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Q & A

  1. Guns?   Are you pro or con?  Explain your point of view.

Both pro and con. I don’t want bad people to have them, but think a person should have one for protection in their own home. Also, here in TX we have the open carry and concealed carry gun laws, but you have to have the correct training and licenses.

  1. How would your country change if everyone, regardless of age, could vote?

It would turn into a mess. Probably, if there became a call in vote, it would be like those silly people voting on the singing contests on TV. But really, I don’t think voting counts for anything. It’s just window-dressing to appease the population, who think their vote will have any effect.  Whatever the elite has pre-decided, will be who will win.

  1. What’s your cure for hiccups?

Drink some water…they’ll go away in a little bit.

  1. What’s the coldest you’ve ever been?

When I’m sick and having chills. The heater can be on, and I have wrapped up good, but I’m still freezing.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Lost and Found – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter L

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Lost and Found  – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter L #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2019/04/

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Mystery Box Chickens ask, “Where are you?”

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 Do you have reason to believe that actual objects can be teleported from one place to another, by paranormal means?

If you’ve read my other posts, on this subject, you already know that I believe it is possible. It happened to me and my daughter, and to my cat, Weena.

There are a few more incidents of this kind, involving non-living objects, too…right here in the house.

This first one concerned a recipe I was looking for. It was for brownies…a favorite recipe I’ve used for years, because they always turn out great, and are easy to make.

It had been written in a little notebook, on blue paper, probably a little larger than an index card. The notebook had come apart a long time ago, but I still had the little blue pages of recipes. This one was hand-written by my mother, so I didn’t want to lose it. She had passed on quite a few years ago.

Anyway, I wanted to make a pan of brownies, so I looked in the kitchen drawer, where I keep recipes, but couldn’t find it. I found lots of those blue pages, with other recipes written on them, and several books, and other papers, but this brownie one was not there where it should have been.

I did look in one more place, just in case it had been put in there. It was a clear, plastic storage bin of drawers, that held kitchen items. It wasn’t there, either. I mean, I took everything out of both places, going through each bit of paper, and book, more than one time.

Finally I gave up ever finding it. It was lost.

I sat down at the table, for a few minutes, just thinking, where could it be? So, I tried something…I spoke out loud, asking my mother if she knew where it was, and could she help me find it. After another few minutes, I got the funny feeling that I should look over to the clear, plastic cart of drawers.

I look, and immediately see the recipe in the bottom drawer, in the front, in plain sight. There was no mistaking it, and it was not there, before.

I go over and get the recipe…yes, it’s the brownie recipe I’d been searching for. I got to make the brownies that day, after all.

Now…how do you explain something like that? I think, with my mother’s help, that it was able to re-materialize here, from some other place…another dimension? a parallel universe? I’ll never know where it was, or how it came back, I guess. But, I believe it was teleported from somewhere.

Maybe, it was the power of believing that helped it to manifest back over here, in our reality, because I really wanted some brownies!

This is the original recipe page. It is old, faded, and worn out. I covered it in plastic, and it looks a mess, but I’m so glad I still have it.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Herbie the Turtle – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter H

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Herbie the Turtle – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter H

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Mystery Box Chickens sitting in cream colored box with the pink framed chalk board that says Herbie.

They say “Where’s Herbie?” and “He’s in his box”

 

HERBIE THE TURTLE

Herbie is/was a box turtle. We lost him. Well, really we just don’t know what happened to him. He got lost, or ran (turtle speed) away, or got kid /turtle napped. Anyway, he is gone.

Herbie (the Herbascious One) had been with us for years. My daughter bought him from the pet store in Killeen, Texas. He was as ‘spunky’ as a turtle can get. He roamed around the house, ate canteloupes, raw hamburger meat, and even peed on my husbands’s uncle one time, when he was holding him.

We’d fix him holiday meals, and buy him presents. He looked cute, standing by the colorful gifts, but that’s about as far as it would go. He never played with them. Sometimes, my daughter would put cute stickers on his shell, and later would paint non-toxic glow in the dark paint on his shell, so we could find him in the dark.

He got along fine with the dogs. He’d follow them around, but they had time to move out of his way, even though Herbie was pretty fast for a turtle. One time he was looking poorly, so we took him to the vet. They gave him a shot, and gave us some needles and meds to give him his shots at home (my husband did this). The medicine worked, and he felt better soon.

When we moved to this house, we’d let him outside during the day. He’d be fine wandering around the yard. One day we couldn’t find him…he was gone. That’s been quite a few years ago. We think, hope, maybe he found a turtle girlfriend, and she might have led him astray, down to her place by the playa lake by our house. There is a whole turtle community there, who have lakefront property.

Turtles live long lives, so he could be out there somewhere, living the good life with his friends. Let’s hope so…but, we do miss that character.

 

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This is a box turtle, but it isn’t Herbie. This one is greyish/green and looking to the right.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Share Your World

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Here are this week’s questions from Melanie. Thanks so much!

Click the above link to find out how to join in, and to see other entries. 🙂

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Q & A

  1. What does a successful relationship look like to you?

One where the parties involved are respectful of the other one/ones. You can have different opinions about things, but try not to bludgeon the other one by always insisting yours is the only right opinion. Keeping a sense of humor is always important, too.

  1. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Pet whispering. I’ve always been in tune with animals, and at times think I can even read their minds…or at least their signals of body language. So, yeah…I’d be the winner at pet whispering.

  1. What do you wish you knew more about?

Conspiracy theories. I always want to know more, such as if there’s really any truth to whatever it is, how those supposed experts know what they’re talking about, how did the rumor or conspiracy get started, and on and on…I want to know more.

  1. What is better in your opinion – asking for forgiveness or permission?

Asking for permission would be my first action. Then, I might go ahead with my plans anyway, asking forgiveness if it all turned out bad.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Glow-in-the-Dark – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Fab

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Glow-in-the-Dark – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Fab

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 6/19

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “fab.” Use it as a word or find a word beginning with “fab.” As always, use any way you’d like. Have fun!

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How Fab! Linda G. Hill, our hostess for SOCS, has given us this for our prompt today. Thanks, LInda! 🙂

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So, you might be wondering what my photo is all about?

I’m pretty sure I cut it out of a cardboard package of the laundry detergent called Fab.

It’s a cool word, and I still use this word a lot, when I’m liking something and think it’s fabulous.

Well, anyway… I glued this cardboard cutout into one of my old scrapbooks way back in 1968.

What is that odd looking stuff on the letters, you might ask?

That is glow in the dark paint!

See, me and my now husband would go out to fun places around town, and one of those places was called OZ. It was over by the college, and was a cool and fab place. We’d sit on big pillows, be served coffee or tea or cokes, while listening to poetry readings, or someone singing and playing the guitar.

OZ was dark inside, using only black-lights, and everyone was given glow in the dark paints to paint whatever…mostly on ourselves. That was fun. I have a small mirror with the paint on it around here somewhere, too.

We went to OZ a lot of times, but then it turned into an Italian food restaurant. Can’t remember the name of it, but we went there, too. It had wine bottles with candles stuck in the top, so the wax drippings would flow down in multi-colored formations. I actually made a few of these at home, too.

Fab is a fab word, and I wish y’all a fab Saturday!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

Share Your World

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Time again for questions from Melanie for Share Your World. Thanks so much for hosting this fun weekly challenge, Melanie!

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Why is it called “beauty sleep” when one wakes up looking like a troll??

Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?

Why do most cars have speedometers that go up to at least 130 when you legally can’t go that fast on any road?

Did they purposely make dyslexia hard to spell?

(Rather naughty):  If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

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What are some things that are okay to do occasionally but definitely not okay to do every day?

Go to an amusement park?

What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever worn?

Maybe a Halloween costume? But, I wasn’t embarrassed to wear any of them, because it was fun.

Oh…here’s one from when I was a kid in elementary school. I had a dress I couldn’t stand, but my mom made me wear it anyway, even if it did embarrass me. It had these things on the shoulders that I though made me look like a hefty football player.

Another dress I had that I didn’t like had a blue tie in the front…I thought it made people think I was a boy wearing a tie. Ugh! So…I ripped it so bad that I didn’t have to wear it again.

In your opinion, what’s the best type of cheese?

Queso! This is a melted cheese dip you eat with crispy tortilla chips.

What are some fun ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”?

“It’s going” … “Fair to middling” … “Fine as frog hair” …


Miscellaneous:

Have you ever sent a text message to the wrong person?   Details please.

Yes. The only people I ever text to is my two daughters. On the phone I sometimes pull up the other one than the one the text is for. Example, just the other day I sent a fun joke to one, but the other one got the text. They both liked it, though. 🙂

I’ve also gotten texts from people I don’t know! I got invited to a party in another state one time. It had the time and address on the text. I did text them back, saying sorry, I can’t make the party, as you texted the wrong person! haha 🙂

If you could make a rule for a day, and everyone had to follow it, what would it be?

I’d make everyone sing their words all day, like in a musical.

You are about to get in a fight, what song comes on your mind soundtrack?

I’d never get into a fight, but how about “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor.

Since the Tiger is my Spirit Animal, I like the title and the lyrics of this song, and I’m sure my Tiger would help me in any fight.

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“Eye of the Tiger”, by Survivor, was released from their albums, “Eye of the Tiger”, and “Rocky III”, in 1982. It was written by Jrankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik.


Share a joke, if you know a good one!

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Rice

Rice who?

Rice and shine, sleepy head! 🙂

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Say this out loud:

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS


 

Mystery Blogger Award

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Mystery Blogger Award

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I was nominated to receive the Mystery Blogger Award, from Katherine at teachezwellblog

Thanks so much!

The Mystery Blogger award was created by Okoto Enigma “for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” Okoto Enigma

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  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

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Three things about myself:

  1. I almost always get up in the mornings at 4:45 a.m.
  2. I drink 2 cups of coffee a day (with half and half) …morning & late afternoon
  3. I have a diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature after completing the course back in the mid 90s. I still have all the stories I wrote for the assignments, and maybe someday I’ll post them on here.

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Questions for me:

 

  • What have you learned about yourself through blogging? 
  • That I can actually stick to something for a long time. For most things I stop pretty early on, moving to something else. I’ve  been blogging for 7 years.
  • What do you hope to accomplish through writing content either for yourself or others?
  • I just like to entertain myself and anyone else who might enjoy reading my blog. I like a variety of content.
  • In the spirit of Avengers Endgame: If your blog content had superpowers what would it be? 
  • I don’t know much about super heroes, but I’d like my blog to have the superpower to fix things on the computer when I mess everything up, or don’t understand how to do something on the computer. My blog would automatically fix it all.
  • Who inspired you to become a content writer and what inspired you to choose the niche that you chose?
  • No one but myself. I don’t even remember reading a blog before I started mine. My niche would be the non-niche of variety.
  • Spring and soon summer will be upon us. What are your spring/summer plans for this year?
  • One season flows into the next, and we do the same thing we do all the time. No special plans.

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Questions for you:

  1. Do you have any true tales of strange things, such as ghosts, aliens, etc.?
  2. Do you have any pets? Tell about them if you do.
  3. Would you rather work on a desk top computer or on your mobile devices?
  4. What is your favorite season of the year, and why do you think that is?
  5. This is the weird question: Do you like jokes? Tell one here. 🙂

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If any of these questions strike your fancy…

I nominate anyone who likes to answer questions and would like to grab the Mystery Blogger Award & Logo.

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My own favorite posts?

I have almost 4,000 posts so far, and I like them all, so can’t choose. I will say I’m partial to all my fan fiction posts, “Two Souls: Into the Fire” (over 300 of them). 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

 

I d’ohn’t like it – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Dough/d’oh

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I d’ohn’t like it – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Dough/d’oh

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 30/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dough/d’oh.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you like. Enjoy!

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Today’s prompt words are dough and d’oh. Thanks, Linda!

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First of all, I can’t stand the use of the word or sound made when you say d’oh. I just cringe when I see it or hear it. When did it change from ‘duh’ to d’oh? Was it the Simpsons cartoon? I watched a few of them, and didn’t see anything funny about them. Guess that’s just not my kind of humor at all, so I never watched any more of them.

Blechhhh, I can’t keep that sound out of my head, now. Stop!!!

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So, on to dough. Dough is good. I make dough in cooking, sometimes. Pie dough, cookie dough…but I really don’t make any of that any more either. I’m not supposed to eat pies or cookies, though I’ll take a bite now and again. So, no making a big bunch with dough, for me any more.

Dough is used as an alternative word for money, I think. I’ve never actually said this much. I’d more likely to say ‘moo-lah’. Haha that sounds dumb, but we’ve called money that a lot of times. There’s lots of other words to describe money…such as scratch. I don’t know why, as it sounds silly, too. My mister uses this one a lot.

I don’t like using the word ‘hun-doh’ or hundo? instead of saying a hundred for a hundred dollars, either. I hear them say that on some TV shows. Just say the price is a hundred, not a hundo!

Well, so far all I’ve done is complain about words I don’t like, or don’t use. hmmm…is there anything good to say about the prompt words?

Nope.

I will say I appreciate that Linda G. Hill thinks up these fun challenges every week. It’s fun to see where it leads with everyone’s different thoughts on whatever is presented.

Why not join in with the SOCS crew! It’s fun and easy…just click the above link to see how, and read other entries. Then write your own thoughts so we can read them. It won’t bring in any dough, but you get to meet a bunch of friendly people! 🙂

Happy weekend!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS