Clever hands or trippy feet

I used to be very proud of my hands. Slim fingers, nice oval long nails, soft smooth skin and clever at drawing and writing. Though they still are in good working condition, they aren’t pretty anymore. The skin has aged, the fingers are stubby now instead of slim and though the nails are still long and oval, they have ridges on them and break easily.

Or should I write an ode to my feet?

I have flat feet and perhaps have a world record of tripping everywhere. But what an asset to have feet that carry my weight everywhere. I walk many miles a week and all the weight is put on these flat feet, who also have arthritis to make things difficult for them.

I cannot decide who is the winner here. I think both are important in their own way. And I am blessed to have both set of extremities in working condition.

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Linda is the host of SoCS

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “body parts.” Pick a body part and talk about it.

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If….. if only or what if?

Linda is the host of One Liner Wednesday

If we stopped using “if only” or “what if” in our conversation or even in our thinking, I personally feel that we would fare much better in life;

Wishful thinking starting with 

If only…….


Or maybe


What if…….


It leads our hearts into an unending quagmire


We get so involved in what could’ve been or would’ve been


That we lose sight of what IS and what we have!

This week our prompt is;

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “if.”Start your post with the word “If.” Enjoy!

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday – Lid

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “lid.”Use it in the literal sense, use it in the metaphorical sense, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

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How many times have you broken your nails trying to open the lid of a jar? I do it every so often.

And I never learn to not use my fingers and nails as tools to dislodge the lid.

And by the way, someone please enlighten me why the lids are jammed on so tight on the jars and bottles that they won’t open without the sacrifice of a fingernail or two?

I think I’ll invent a tool for opening the stubborn lids. Oh wait…… I think there’s already something like that! A butter knife does the job very well.

Next time I’ll try to remember that!

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- Inspire/ aspire/expire

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “inspire/aspire/expire.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all if you want. If you use two, you get bonus points! If you use all three, Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. Enjoy!

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Thank you Linda, for you inspire us every Saturday to write our SoCS posts. I think that to think up a new prompt every Friday is a Herculean task. Many people aspire to be hosts of weekly or daily prompts but only a few manage to stick it out for the long run. I have seen many prompts expire with time as their hosts weren’t prepared to take on this full-time commitment.

So I salute all these wonderful bloggers who have been prompting the community at WordPress for years. It is a difficult task and few people acknowledge the time and effort it takes to do it long term.

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- Far/ near

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

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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Far away on the horizon, 

I see the clouds accumulating

They are white puffs of fluff

Against an intense blue background

The mountains stand guard in the back

The peace of this view mesmerizing

It pulls me towards itself

It looks far but it’s really near
I took this picture today

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday – Puzzle

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

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

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I love solving puzzles, both digital and mental. When there weren’t any smartphones, I loved to do crossword puzzles in the daily newspaper, sudoku and also tried my hand at the jigsaw puzzles.

With the advent of smart technology, I have lots of brain teasers on my phone. In fact, I have an old Samsung phone just to play games on. I have sudoku, jigsaw puzzle, tile connect, tangle master….. just a few of the names I recall.

I do this on the advice of my older brother who is a surgeon in England. He told me to keep on using my brain to solve tricky puzzles as it’s going to keep it sharp.

So that’s why I spend a couple of hours daily solving puzzles. The fact that I still forgot small details, that’s another matter altogether!

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday – Where?

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

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

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Now, where did I put it? I look for it everywhere and come up empty. In my room, in my handbag ( as I just had come from the grocery store) and in the family lounge but it was nowhere to be found!

At that moment my husband walked in and looked at me, “What are you doing? “He said.

I cannot find my phone”, I told him. He started laughing. “What are you holding in your left hand” , he said. I looked at my left hand and I was holding on to my phone tightly. Lest I should misplaced it!

I was a bit embarrassed but I sure had a comeback, “you are not above doing the same yourself”, I told him. “Many times I’ve located your stuff for you, which was lying in front of your eyes”!

Lost keys, misplace glasses and other personal items all are getting “lost” on a regular basis, daily! These comical scenarios are a part of growing old. They provide us with an opportunity to embarrass each other and get a good laugh at ourselves and each other.

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- Pin

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

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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When ever I am too busy to read through all the posts of the bloggers I follow, I save them to read later and comment on them. You can say I put a pin in it and come back to it later.

Keeping something on hold, to return to it later takes the stress out of the situation. We don’t need to do it right now. We can address the issue later when we have more time or are mentally more relaxed.

I did the same with the prompt for this post, I put a pin in it and saved it to write today.

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- Mine or yours

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “my.”Start your post with the word “My.” Bonus points if you end your post with “yours.” Enjoy!

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My opinion is as important as yours. Don’t think that you’re right and I am wrong. We each are entitled to have our views and opinions and right or wrong, we need to be respected for that.

Some people are very intolerant of any view that clashes with their own. I say let us all have the freedom of opinion and live our lives accordingly.

The problem arises when people try to force their opinions on you. They want others to agree and conform to their views and get angry when they don’t.

Take the non-vaxxers for instance, they are not getting vaccinated, that’s a choice they are making but they cannot and shouldn’t stop others from doing so. The same is with wearing masks and observing covid protocols. If you don’t want to stay safe by being careful, you have no right to be angry with those who want to do so.

I have a right to my opinion and you have a right to yours!

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday – “Ode”

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ode.”Find a one- or two-syllable word that rhymes with “ode,” or use the word “ode.” Have fun!

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Here I want to write an ode

To the bicycle that I once rode


It was fun, the preferable mode


To enjoy with friends in the evening, á lá mode


We in fact had developed a secret code


And signaled to each other when we had plans


To ride like crazy on our bikes


We’d sneak out without anyone being wise

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