SoCS – Drive

Linda is the host of SoCS. Her prompt from Saturday was “drive.”
“Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!”




My first thought was driving cars. I have blogged about the cars I have had in my lifetime. I enjoy my current car very much. I bought my new-to-me car for my 65th birthday and retirement. My plan was to take the grand kids on driving trips post retirement. I have given some consideration to getting rid of my car for a smaller one, but I like it very much. 

Then I thought about drive-in movies. I have blogged about that too. Fun memories for sure. I don’t know if there are any left that aren’t exclusively used for swap meets now.  Since I can’t go to theatres because of perfume allergies drive-ins might be a good option. My reality though is that I prefer the comfort of my own home with the ability to start and stop at my discretion

My next thought was about what drives me. I have been a very driven person my entire life. I have set goals for myself and pushed until I met them. I tend to drive myself to get things done to the point that I can hurt my aged body. I am learning to not drive myself to the level of pain. 

Then I settled on the thought of what drives me nuts.
The list off the top of my head.
People that are: unkind – hurt people or animals – dishonest – smelly – 
Hidden ingredients in foods that harm me
Foods with: artificial ingredients – soy – artificial colors – artificial sweeteners 
Scented: anything – people wearing perfume – air fresheners – cleaners – detergents – soaps – 
Bad drivers : no signals -run lights – unsafe- tailgate – speed – 
Temperatures that hurt my body: Above 90 F or below 60 F

Then I went back to places I liked to drive to when my body allowed it. I loved to drive to the beach. It is my happy place. It was about an hour or so from home. Now it is more like two hours.
I loved to drive to the mountains. A trip to the snow took about an hour and a half. I could visit and then return to warmth in the same day. I enjoyed going to the lake also. 
I enjoyed driving to the desert. There are some beautiful ones about an hour away. In my younger years I would climb the rocks and take tons of pictures. 
I enjoyed driving to thrift stores and scrapbooking stores. Once upon a time my spouse and I drove over 3000 miles from CA to New York via scrapbooking stores and stereo stores. It was a really fun time, ending with a visit with his family. 

That pretty much sums up where my brain went with the prompt “drive.”

30 Day Film Challenge – Day 1

















This challenge for July from SandmanJazz. seemed like something I would like to do.

Check out his blog and his entry for the first day of the challenge


 I actually have no idea of what movie I first saw at the theater.  My family usually went to the drive-in movie theater every two or three weeks. It was a very cheap evening. You paid by the car, and could fill the car with as many kids as you wanted. (That changed later.)    We would take a large brown grocery bag full of homemade popcorn with tons of margarine. A pitcher of Kool-Aid was our affordable beverage of choice. 


Before the movie started my younger sibling and I would play in the playground. We would usually be in our PJs because we would always end up falling asleep in the car.

There were typically two or three cartoons before the first movie. We almost always made it through the first movie before falling asleep. We rarely made to the second one. 

In my younger days I would be carried off to bed. At some point, I was too “big” and was awakened and had to walk into the house to go to bed.

The first movie I saw by myself at the theater was Mary Poppins. I was ten and sure I was old enough to go by myself. I was given a dime for the phone so I could call my mom when the movie was over. I left the theater after the Movie, not realizing that there was a second movie included in my ticket price. I called my mom and she wondered why I didn’t stay for the second movie. Being one who can think quickly, I told her I only wanted to see the Mary Poppins movie and wanted to come home.