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Produce Test – SOCS – Product/Produce

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Produce Test – SOCS – Product/Produce

https://lindaghill.com/2022/06/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-25-2022/

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Our Stream of Consciousness prompt today is the words product/produce. Thanks, Linda!

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When I need some fresh vegetable or fruit, I don’t say I need a produce product. I just name the item I want, like I need some apples, or potatoes, and that’s that.

Then, there’s the photo of some vegetables sitting on a shelf (below the surveys sign) at the grocery store. I just thought it was funny/odd, because of the little sign over the produce, which says ‘produce test’. There was no other explanation. The fruit and veggies looked fine. I suppose it was to show how a fresh one is to look, but sounded like they were in school, being given a test! I had the clerk, who was working behind the customer service counter, take the photo for me, with my phone. She was nice to do that. 🙂

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Imagined conversation between produce:

Mr. Green Pepper: Hey you on the right … Mr. Garlic … What’s this test for?

Mr. Garlic: I’m not sure, but I didn’t study for it.

Miss Nectarine (to the left): I didn’t study either, but I’m cute, so I’ll pass the test.

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© 2022 BS

Copper – SOCS – cent/sent/scent

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Copper – SOCS – cent/sent/scent

https://lindaghill.com/2022/06/17/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-18-2022/

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This is the new prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Thanks to Dan for hosting this week, as Linda’s electricity has gone out! 🙂

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cent/scent/sent.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all. Bonus points if you use all three, and Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. I know, you used to get bonus points for two, but inflation… Enjoy!

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I’ve been thinking of something to say about these same sounding words. They all mean something different. So far all I’ve thought of is – The scent of a cent is copper. At least our cents, pennies, are made of copper, and they smell of it. Copper has a distinctive smell. At least to me it does.

My dad was a master plumber, and worked a whole lot with copper pipes in his work. I like the color of copper – a sort of golden and orangy sheen, and it also will turn green sometimes.

I used to take baton lessons in the summer time. It was fun. I think I had a regular twirling baton. It wasn’t official, but one easily bought at a store. It was made of some silver metal, with white rubber tips (one large and one small). For some reason I needed another one, and my dad made me one from a length of copper pipe, which we then put on the white tips. It worked just fine, but my fingers smelled with the scent of copper.

I think I’ve heard of copper being good as worn as a bracelet for the relief of arthritis or something. I have no idea if that is true or not. I do have some jewelry that has copper in it, though.

Well, guess that’s enough and so far I’ve used cent and scent prompt words. Now I will get this sent on to be read. Got all three! Yay! 🙂

Here’s a coil of small copper piping and a copper plumbing pipe we have out in the garage. I’ve not smelled of it to see if the scent is a normal copper smell.

What can be more copper colored than actual copper? Found this copper pipe, and copper coils out in our garage. 🙂

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© 2022 BS

 

Cats – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Any Picture

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Cats – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Any Picture 

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https://lindaghill.com/2022/06/10/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-11-2022/

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Today’s SOCS prompt is to find any nearby picture and say something about it. Thanks, Linda!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a picture from wherever.” When you sit down to write your post, find a picture, whether in a magazine, newspaper, or even product packaging. Write whatever thought or emotion the picture provokes. Enjoy!

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I only have two pictures near my desk here. One is a calendar with a fun picture of a couple of squirrels in a set up deal. They are by a small wading pool on a deck, with lawn chairs and a table. The squirrels are sitting in the chairs and having a snack from the table.

All I have to say about that is it’s really cute, and we don’t have any real squirrels living near our house. I like them, though.

The other picture is a birthday card of mine, from last November. It’s from my husband, even though he forgot to sign it (haha). The card is mostly blue, and has lots of kitty cats leaping and jumping around on some furniture. It’s one of those pop-up kind of cards where when you open it the cats pop up. The front of the card has one cat swinging from a ceiling lamp and says, ‘Birthdays are like cats’. The inside says ‘the more you have, the more likely it is your house will smell funny – hope it’s meow-velous!’. So funny!

I almost always get funny cat cards from everyone. They know what I like!

You may think it’s strange to still have a long past birthday card up on the shelf. It’s not to me, as I always leave cards up for a long time, as I enjoy looking at them. There’s still a Valentine’s card up there too, from my grand-daughter.

Anyway, that’s about it for this time.

Hope your weekend is going good! 🙂

Here’s the card below:

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© 2022 BS

 

Iron – Stream of Consciousness Saturday

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Iron – Stream of Consciousness Saturday

https://lindaghill.com/2022/06/03/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-4-2022/

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Here’s the new prompt word for SOCS. It is iron or irony. Thanks, Linda!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “iron(y).” Use “iron,” use “irony,” or use both. Use them any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use both. Have fun!

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I wrote this post back in 2014 for an A to Z challenge, but as all my writing is done stream of consciousness, I am posting it again as not many people saw it. Then again I posted it when I was doing a series on jobs I’ve had. Hope I don’t bore you with it, and if you’ve read it before, just skip this time. 🙂

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IRONING

I love to iron. I can hear the gasps now. Ironing is not usually a favorite chore, these days. You might say, why iron, when there are clothes dryers and no-iron fabrics. That is true, but some garments look much better when ironed smooth, or with a crisp crease.

My very first paying job was ironing for people. This was very early on, I wasn’t even a teenager yet, when I began. The fee I charged was 50 cents per dozen items. I raised the fee later on to 75 cents.

I’d started out learning to iron, by doing handkerchiefs and pillow cases, at home. Then, a lady my mom knew, asked if I’d iron her clothes…and she’d pay me. Of course I said yes, and that was it. I could make my spending money doing something I loved to do.

Off and on through the years, I would advertise in the newspapers, on bulletin boards at laundromats, grocery stores and hospitals. My last ironing jobs, the price I charged was one dollar per piece…so, if the person brought twelve items, I’d make twelve dollars. With several customers a week, I was doing pretty well for myself.

I can iron a dozen pieces in less than an hour, and do an excellent job. If you look at it one way, I was earning at least twelve dollars an hour.

I’ve ironed all kinds of clothes, such as heavily starched jeans and short shorts, everyday clothes, uniforms, scrubs, dress shirts and men’s suits. I’ve ironed for teachers, nurses, military, lawyers, judges, funeral directors, and regular work-a-day people. So many people hate to iron, there has never been a problem finding customers willing to pay someone else to do it for them.

Ironing is relaxing to me. The warmth and hiss of the steam iron is soothing. I can use the time to think of things to write about, or listen to music, meditate on problems, and even make a headache go away. So, if you don’t like to iron very much, instead of thinking of it as a dreaded chore, use the time as an island of serenity, a time to reflect, an interlude of peace and calm, to counteract all the really stressful tasks of your day…like doing the floors. I absolutely hate doing that!

Since I posted this a few years ago, I have stopped taking in ironing from the public. Guess you could say I’ve retired from the ironing board. 🙂

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© 2017 & 2022 BS

Happy Trails – SOCS – Trail/Trial

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Happy Trails – SOCS – Trail/Trial

https://lindaghill.com/2022/05/27/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-28-2022/

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Today for Stream of Consciousness Saturday Linda has given us the prompt words trail/trial. Thanks, Linda!

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Let’s see … I don’t know that I’ve ever really walked on a trail before, and I never have eaten trail mix (can’t eat nuts, and don’t like raisins).

I think I was at a trial one time, though. A delinquent boy stole something from our garage a long time ago. He was caught, and we had to appear at his hearing or trial or whatever it was, before the judge. It was in another town, and we had to travel there. However I think his party never showed up for it, so he was found guilty and went back to juvenile detention or something. Not sure about any of that it was so long ago.

Otherwise, this song is all else I could think of for the prompt. 🙂 I used to watch the Roy Rogers TV show all the time when I was a kid. It was good, but mainly I just liked watching the horses. haha. 🙂

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“Happy Trails” by Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

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© 2022 BS

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Clear

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Clear

https://lindaghill.com/2022/05/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-21-2022/

Thanks for hosting the SOCS, Linda! To join in and also see other entries, click the above link.

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

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Note: I meant to post this for the SOCS this weekend, but just as I finished it, our internet went out. All of Saturday, and part of Sunday it was out. Then somehow it came back on. We’d called the tech people and they were set to come out here today (Mon.) but now it’s working fine, so we canceled the order. No telling why it went out or came back on. Anyway, here is the post:

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Clearly I need to have an eye examination. It’s been way too long since I’ve been, and things are pretty blurry now. Definitely not clear.

I have tri-focal lenses in my glasses, and the far away lens part is fairly okay, the medium lens distance is pretty bad, and the close up lens is so-so when trying to read something. I keep having to push up my glasses so the reading lens is in the right place for reading. The mid lens is what is straight on which doesn’t work with reading anything like books or computer printing.

Mostly I’m typing and reading in a blur and just hoping I’m getting it right. Good thing I know how to type by touch and don’t have to look or guess at the letters. I could do this with my eyes closed, and have a few times just to find out. Worked fine.

Anyway, I’d like to see things more clear, so I must make an eye doctor appointment soon.

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© 2022 BS

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Hat

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Hat

https://lindaghill.com/2022/05/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-14-2022/

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Thanks for hosting the SOCS, Linda! To join in and also see other entries, click the above link.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hat.” Use it literally or metaphorically. Have fun!

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What’s to say about a hat? I’ve worn one a time or two, but it’s not a regular kind of thing. I have a fun cap I wear at Halloween sometimes, and an old straw gardening hat.

In my family my dad wore a hat sometimes. One for work, and he had a couple of others, more like cowboy hats, one of straw and one of felt. No one else I knew wore hats.

My husband wears golf caps and visors most times, but only then.

I like the look of a ladies hat. Back years ago women wore lots of hats. All were pretty and sometimes very elaborate. I think in England they wear hats for special occasions, maybe called fascinators? Those look fun.

Here’s a cool looking vintage hat I saw in an antiques store one day. It’s red with roses.

Also I have a couple of coloring books of cats wearing hats. 🙂

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© 2022 BS

Funny Words – Stream of Consciousness Saturday

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Funny Words – Stream of Consciousness Saturday 

https://lindaghill.com/2022/05/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-7-2022/

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Thanks for hosting the SOCS, Linda! To join in and also see other entries, click the above link.

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a phrase you grew up with.” Include in your post a phrase your mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when you were growing up, or just write whatever inspires you based on that phrase. Enjoy!

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I’ve been thinking it seems for a long time on this question. I basically can’t think of any specific phrases. I just remember a few words they pronounced funny.

We were a very mild family. No one yelled or got mad at anyone. My sister and I were good kids and hardly ever got scolded or got a punishment. So, no phrases remembered of that.

A few funny pronounced words were:

Bat tree – for battery (mom)

Car ma nex – for the lip balm Carmex (mom)

‘The’ K-Mark, ‘The Wal-Mark’ ( mom)

Fa- jeeters – for fajitas (dad)

En chill lollies – for enchiladas (dad)

Jenny’s Rule – for as a general rule (granny)

I always wondered who Jenny was! haha

Must be made of Gold – high priced yard sale items (mom)

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Well, that’s all for now. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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© 2022 BS

Dishes – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Knows/nose/noes

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Dishes – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Knows/nose/noes

https://lindaghill.com/2022/04/15/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-16-2022/

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Here is the SOCS prompt for today. Thanks, Linda! To join in and also see other entries, just click the above link. 🙂

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nose/noes/knows.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

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Nobody knows my silly little secret … until now!

I actually like to wash dishes by hand! I always have, and I still do here at home. When I was a kid I’d volunteer to wash dishes at my grandma’s and granny’s house, too. The more dishes the better. It was always fun to do someone else’s dishes because they were different than ours.

Now, back then I’d play little mental games while washing dishes. Most times it would be like a horse race to see which dish would be fastest, or slowest, who would win or lose.

But now, I just give my dishes silly names, and I say them every time. Here’s how they go …

Table knives are called the Amigos – and mostly every day there are 3 of them, so the 3 Amigos

Sharp knives like steak knives or paring knives are called the Pointer Sisters

Spoons are just Spoonies

Large utensils like spatulas, wooden spoons, large knives are all just called the Biggies

Re-usable straws are called Straws By Themselves

Plates are Platies

The skillet is Skilly

The funniest are the little condiment cups, tops to insulated glasses, bowls (Bowlies), are all lumped together in the rinse water and called … the Floating Oddballs, because they all can float!

I don’t really have a name for our coffee mugs, but I say whatever name is printed on them, like Bats, Alien, and Retirement

I haven’t named pots and pans yet. Don’t want to call them pannies or potties. Got any suggestions?

Anyway, now you know my secret game with dishes. 🙂

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© 2022 BS

 

Jump Right In – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Rope

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Jump Right I – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Rope 

https://lindaghill.com/2022/03/25/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-26-2022/

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “rope.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

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Today’s prompt word is ‘rope’. Thanks, Linda!

If you’d like to join in this fun weekly challenge, and also see other entries, just click the above link.

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I always liked to jump rope when I was a kid. I wasn’t all that good at jumping, but when I finally figured out how to get both feet off the ground at the same time in a jump, I was pretty proud of myself. haha 🙂

I remember we had lots of fun jump rope rhymes we’d say while jumping, and then counting how many we could do before missing.

Cinderella dressed in yellow, went upstairs to see her fella, how many kisses did she get … 1, 2, 3, etc.

Blue bells, cockle shells, evie ivey overhead – then the rope would be thrown over your head

There was probably more, but that’s all I can remember right now.

Here’s a poem I wrote back in 2017 about jumping rope … as usual most all my writing and poems are done stream of consciousness as is this one.

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JUMP RIGHT IN

Jump rope jingles

Recited in rhyme

One, two, three,

Will you be mine?

Double Dutch fun,

Then over-head

Hot pepper is fast,

Your face turns red

Chanted in cadence

To keep up the pace

Trip over your feet,

And lose your place.

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© 2017 & 2022 BS