A new type of wallpaper

Have you gifted your children or your grandkids a box of crayons? Chalks? Markers?

If you have, be mentally prepared to see new wall art in your home, sofas, tables, clothes, etc.

When my kids were small we didn’t have washable kind of color pencils or markers so inevitably, the walls were quite lavishly patterned with the things kids like to draw. Sun, house, flowers, and trees. We really didn’t need wallpaper as it was lovely, in a different sort of way.

Now when I get some art supplies for my grandkids, it’s all washable and safe for children. But don’t you believe all that’s printed on the box. It may come off the hands but not from the tapestry, or their clothes. There are always faint stains left behind.

We waited till our kids were grown up to get the house repainted. Now our grandkids are our new decorators!

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Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wallpaper.” Use it however you’d like. Have fun!

In response to Linda’s SoCS- Wallpaper

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Awash with color

The sky is awash with vibrant colors

The magentas and pinks mixing with

Midnight blue and burnt orange

To create a vista as if an artist

Has painted the canvas with a brush

That has been washed with magic

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Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wash/awash.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you like. Bonus points for using both. Enjoy!

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Some dark chocolate to cheer me up!

“Enliven your senses with the ultimate chocolate”

That’s what this pack of dark chocolate with chili says on the top. I love dark chocolate, especially flavored with something unusual. And chili 🌶 is definitely not often associated with chocolate.

Like all good things in life, Dark chocolate should be taken sparingly because too much of a good thing is not good. I have yet to learn to control my greedy heart and do at times take more than 2 squares, which causes me to stay awake at night. But it is “Lindt and who can say no to Lindt!

You might have guessed that these chocolates, ( there are/were 5 of them) were a get well present from my kids. By the Grace of God, I am much better now and it’s been 4 while weeks since the surgery. Just 2 more to go and I will be allowed to walk on the operated foot.

I hope it is pain-free and works as it is supposed to work!

Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the first 2-5 words at the top of the closest printed matter.” Open (if necessary) the closest printed matter to you. Use the first 2-5 words at the top of the page any way you’d like in your post. Have fun!

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It’s in the bag

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

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Finally, we have also become environmentally conscious and have started using a re-usable cloth bags for groceries in Pakistan. Plastic shopping bags were banned four years ago and it translated to us either carrying our own bags when we’d go shopping or buy them from the store.

I often forget to take my bags when I go for the monthly grocery run. I do need lots of bags as I buy most of the household stuff needed for the month at one time. It saves money and effort of going again and again. But it also means that the shopkeeper tries to sell me more bags. Now that I’ve been through this a few times, I just load the groceries in the cart and put them in the trunk of the car, where I usually find a few stray bags for smaller items.

The guys in charge of bagging the groceries usually adds a few bags without asking and though they aren’t expensive, I don’t want so many more bags, because I’ve lots of them at home already, so……. We usually have an exchange of words about them not asking me if I want to buy more bags!

Do you remember to take your own bags when you go shopping? Or do you buy new ones every time you shop?

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Making notes

Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “make a note.” Do with it what you will. Have fun!

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Make a note so that you don’t forget

But remember where you’ve put that note

Or the whole effort will be a waste of time

Faulty memory or over crowded thoughts

Results in loosing our focus and being scatterbrained

Making a note may salvage the situation

But do remember where you’ve put that note!

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Written for Linda’s SoCS prompt- Make a note

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Taking a gamble

Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “—amble.” Add letters to the beginning of “-amble” to make another word or use it as is in your post. Enjoy!

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So I’m again going to give you an update about my surgery in this post. It’s been one full week and it’s going as well as could be expected. I’m not going to ramble on and on about my inability to walk like normal people right now, instead, I’ll just tell you that if you remember playing hopscotch as a kid, you can understand me hopping from my bed to my toilet or the lounge, that the extent of my mobility.

I took a gamble on getting this surgery done. I could have dragged on with the pain in my foot and getting injections in the arthritic joint after every 6 months. If you know me, I go in for cure instead of palliative treatment. So I’m hoping that I will be able to walk as before after my foot has healed.

So as not to bore you guys too much, this is about all.

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My 2 cents worth

This week Dan is standing in for Linda and this is what he has set for SoCS this week.

Your 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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What is the value of one cent you ask?

In my country, one dollar is equal to 212 Rs as of today. It’s both inflation and devaluation of our currency that we are losing ground against the dollar and other currencies.

When the sharks in water sense an injured person, they are attracted to the scent of the blood. And similarly, opportunists are moving in to take advantage of this deteriorating scenario in our country. They are buying foreign currency and driving up the value of the dollar even further. Meanwhile, our economy is suffering badly and anything that is imported has at least doubled in price.

Only the money sent by the overseas Pakistanis is helping us stay afloat. It’s a tragic scenario because it needn’t be like this. All these corrupt politicians are to be blamed for this disaster.

I’m sorry that this is a bleak post but the prompts took my mind here.

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In response to Linda’s SoCS- Cent/scent/sent

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That picture

While searching for a picture, I found this book which belongs to my 3-year-old granddaughter.

It is a hide and seek book and by reading the story and pulling out the tabs, you meet new friends.

Having my children and grandchildren around me make life so much fun. It is a wonderful feeling to talk to them, listen to their opinions, and tell them about life. Now both the 3 years old my (granddaughter and grandson) are able to have conversations with us, have their independent opinions and have their specific likes and dislikes.

Seeing them grow up is such a precious gift and I am always grateful for having this privilege. I hope that they grow up in a kinder world, a world that is accepting of everyone and a world where people are aware of the responsibility they have towards creating a better physical and social environment. Amen!

Your 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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Ironing as a hobby!

Ironing was never something that I liked. Perhaps because it’s mostly hot in our country and ironing is hot work. In college, we were doing women guard training and had a military-style uniform that had to be starched and ironed by your truly every week, and I hated doing it.

But ironically, when my kids were in school, the guy who used to do the ironing for us left unannounced and I was left with this job, at that stage I started enjoying ironing. I’d take out the semi wet clothes and iron them to a great finish. As we wear mostly cotton here it was way better to let the clothes dry completely and then iron them.

I used to put on music and let my mind wander while ironing. I solved many problems this way. I think as far as mindless activities go, ironing is one of the best one.

Your 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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Follow the trail

Follow the trail of breadcrumbs

They are bound to lead you to the source

But don’t be naïve like Hansel and Gretel

And fall into the trap of the evildoers

All criminals need to stand trial for their crimes

But include those too who aid and abet them

Our world won’t be safe till we hold everyone accountable

For what they do and what they fail to do!

Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “trail/trial.” Use one, use both, use them any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use both. Have fun!

Written for Linda’s SoCS- Trail/ trial

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