SoCS – November 23 – Flyer/Ad

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Linda Hill’s stream of consciousness makes my Saturday blog different than my norm.  

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flyer/ad.” Look at the latest ad you got in the mail (if it’s a store flyer, choose the product right in the middle of the page) or choose the next online ad you find, and theme your post on whatever the product is. Do not name the brand if you hate it, unless you add that it’s an opinion/review of the product in question. You don’t want to chance getting sued. Have fun!

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As is my usual goal I attempt to join my blog topic with her parameters.

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I must admit that I get a kick out of the ads everywhere for turkeys. The ad shown is from Sprouts. I am thrilled that Sprouts has come to my city. Their produce is fresh and reasonably priced. Typically, at least one of their packages of chicken parts is on sale. I find Costco’s beef prices to be more in alignment with my budget. 

The ad shown is for “Natural” turkeys. That term makes me chuckle. The tiny fine print says No hormones*. The * then says per federal regulations. After some research from LifeHacker.com, I found that the ad is a total joke. Lifehacker stated, “No hormones” is meaningless because all turkeys sold in the US are grown without hormones.” The Lifehacker site stated that companies could say their poultry is “natural,” if they also state that Federal regulations do not allow hormones in poultry. Sprouts’ ad does not say that. Their advertisement just says, “per Federal regulations.”

I find it annoying when companies try to convince you that they are giving you something special, when they are not. I am disappointed in Sprouts. I think they should be above that tactic.   

I decided to check the ads from the other local stores. Their turkeys are not listed as “Natural.”  That makes me even more disappointed in Sprouts. Oh well, their ad agency needs a wakeup call.

I believe consumers are concerned with healthy food choices now more than ever. It makes no sense to try and con the public. I am glad I purchased one turkey from Albertsons and one from Stater Bros. We will have the larger one with my aunt next week, and the smaller one will be enjoyed next month. I am grateful for the opportunity to fins healthy good food I can eat. This Thanksgiving will be a different meal for me, but a wonderful one, none the less. 

This challenge is different from what Laura usually does. I actually had to think this time. LOL. Please look at the other bloggers who stretched their brains today.

 

 

SoCS – November 16 – Dream

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Linda Hill’s stream of consciousness makes my Saturday blog different than my norm.             

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dream.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use any way you’d like. Enjoy!

The guidelines are here.

 

As is my usual goal I attempt to join my blog topic with her parameters.

I had a good day today. I was up at four and could not go back to sleep. By six I was happily sewing. I worked on remaking a mattress cover, making a cover for a foam mattress for when the grandkids come over, and choosing fabrics for enlarging a quilt cover.

The topic today was dreams. As the guidelines are to write off the top of your head that is what I shall do. While I was working today, I was aware that I should not overdo it, or I will pay the price later. My brain believes my body can do more than it can.

I am writing about DREAMS of what I want. In my dreams I am no longer in pain. In my dreams I do not  have plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, IBS, degenerative disk disease, fibromyalgia, asthma, reduced lung capacity, interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, hypothyrodism, misphonia, or extreme allergies to fragrances.

I am grateful for the ability most days to deal with my limitations. But I still dream of a body without pain.

SoCS – Practicing Gratitude

 

 

Linda Hill’s stream of consciousness makes my Saturday blog different than my norm. 

We have a new badge given to us by Quaint Revival.  This picture, like the past, is lovely and peaceful.                 

 

The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ght.” Find a word that contains the letters “ght” in that order, and use it any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use three or more different words containing those letters. Have fun!

The guidelines are here.

As is my usual goal I attempt to join my blog topic with her parameters.

What is right? Is what I find right today the same as I thought it was before? 

 I know I  made the right decision to retire. I went to my school yesterday. I shared lunch with the teachers still working. It was great to see them.

My old room didn’t feel right. It was not my room anymore. When I realized almost all my class decorations were still up, it seemed wrong. What had been “my room” was no longer. I felt a little slighted that they kept almost all my boards up. Why were they benefiting from all my labor? It was a silly thought. I suppose I should be flattered that my efforts are still being appreciated.   

It was right of me to retire because I felt enormous gratitude that I was not facing the challenges they were. As they worried about to many schedule changes, too full classes, and difficult students I was relieved to know that those were no longer my worries.

I am grateful for the friends I made while teaching. I have known some of these people for over 30 years. I might not make new teaching friends, but I can make friends from all walks of life. I am grateful that I made the right decision for me.

Practicing Gratitude – SoCS – November 2, 2019

Linda Hill’s stream of consciousness makes my Saturday blog different than my norm.          

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

As is my usual goal I attempt to join my blog topic with her parameters.

 

Two thoughts immediately came to mind on this topic. One was a list of people that I think are “nuts.” But as I don’t want to throw a rock in my glass house I decided to go the other route.   

I am on a very restricted diet to aid in the remission of my IC. I am limited in the spices I can add to my food. Happily I have learned that most nuts are “safe” for me. So I have been adding nuts to most cooked dishes. I have been blending them and adding them to soups and meals. I like pine nuts because they add so much flavor. They are also very expensive. I have been roasting garlic and nuts to prepare them to be added to my soups. I am happily making more and more new dishes. Nuts are added to most. They are also so varied in their flavors. I am grateful I can make delicious meals with my limited food list.

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Practicing Gratitude – SoCS – Dress

 

 

Linda Hill’s stream of consciousness makes my Saturday blog different than my norm. 

We have a new badge iven to us by Quaint Revival.    I have not been following Linda long enough to know that she had a contest to find a new badge. This picture, like the past, is lovely and peaceful.                 

 

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dress.” Use it any way you want.  Have fun!

As is my usual goal I attempt to join my blog topic with her parameters.

Two things immediately popped in to my head on this topic. One was my physical address. And the other was the blue velvet dress I wore to the winter formal in high school. 

I have been thinking a great deal about working toward my dream of a new address. I have only lived in two houses in my adult life. My first home address was when I was 20 years old. I was married with two children. It was a 900 square foot “starter” home. We lived there for 12 years. The address meant not just home ownership, but safety to me. My home address meant that I was providing for my children.  It was freeing in many ways. Not renting an apartment meant I had made it. Everyone else be damned. I was living the dream. My house, my rules, my life and no one could take that away from me.

The second home, where I currently reside, has been my address for thirty-three years.  I have lived here through a divorce, alone time, and remarriage. I have had this address for most of my teaching carreer. It has been both a safe haven and a place of complete chaos. It is filled with memories and my heart. It has been filled with material things that I have been releasing for quite some time. I began my retirement at this address. It has lived through remodeling of its structure as well as the remodeling of my spirit. Now, I am seeking a new address. Hopefully it will be close to the beach.   

The other dress that had a great deal of meaning to me was a blue velvet floor length evening gown. My junior year of high school I was invited to the winter formal from my then fiance. I was so thin, nothing fit in the few stores nearby. (What a memory) Money was also an issue as I was responsible for paying for all my own clothing. I had limited funds from working at Mickey D’s. A friend’s mom graciously offered to make me a dress for free if I bought the fabric. I went on a hunt for the perfect pattern, fabric, and notions.I found some lovely blue velvet material on clearance at a discount store. The feel of it made me swoon. After multiple fittings to keep taking in the dress, I had the perfect formal. I had never owned such a glorious extravagance. I literally cried when we went to the dance and I was not the “poor” kid with less than everyone else. 

The dress lived on to give me even more pleasure. I wore it on Christmas a year later when my then husband and I went to his parents house. I was eight months pregnant and the dress was forgiving enough to still wear. My gown was the the most beautiful thing I ever owned and I was grateful to wear it again. I was overdressed for the gathering and I didn’t care. 

The dress lived on for another year. The next December my baby girl was almost a year old. I wanted to have pictures taken of her first Christmas. I splurged and went to Sears for what I considered “professional” pictures. I am pretty sure the multiple print package was less than ten dollars, and it was a huge splurge for me. I cut up my blue velvet dress and made an adorable outfit for my baby. Some of the fabric was used to make a teddy bear for my daughter for Christmas. I remember working with velvet was not easy.

I was so very happy the dress had multiple lives.  Somewhere I have pictures of the three occasions. Wow, I am grateful for the tears of joy that blue velvet dress gave me.

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