#SoCS – Every Garden May Have Some Weeds


This week’s Stream of Consciousness Prompt is to write about whatever comes to mind using the title of a book you are currently reading.

The book I’m reading at the moment is The Forgotten Garden.

My gardens aren’t exactly forgotten. In fact, I think about them at least once or twice a week. I think about how they need to be watered (especially my window box flowers and hanging baskets), how I should weed them, thin out some of the plants etc. The problem is in the doing.

Every spring I am eager to see my perennials pop up. I planted perennials because they are so much easier to maintain than annuals (I think so anyway). I usually buy a few more and plant them here and there. I pull the weeds and yank out perennials that have gotten out of hand. I water my hanging baskets and window box flowers (usually the only annuals I have). After a couple of weeks, I start to neglect them a bit. Not completely, they don’t die, but they do wilt a little until I water again. Some of my hanging baskets don’t get as full and lush as they should be, and weeds sometimes get a little out of control until I weed again.

A green thumb – maybe. I certainly enjoy my gardens but life and other things get in the way. Perhaps I’ll pay more attention when I’m retired. Then again, I can’t really see me spending every day in my garden. I like plants and flowers but weeding and watering – not so much.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 15/17

#SoCS – The “Ick” Factor


When you are Sick

There’s a whole lot of “ick“.

A runny nose, a rolling tummy

A rolling tummy,

A phlegmy cough,

Take your pick.


When I was younger I was a picky eater. I feared trying new foods because if I didn’t like it, the food would make me gag.

An “uncle” once made me eat a piece of fat. With everyone around the table, I put it in my mouth. I knew I wouldn’t like it, but I was pressured into it. I gagged as usual and spit it out into a napkin. That was very icky. To this day, I cut off every bit of fat from my meat.

I’m glad the expression chewing the fat” has nothing to do with eating the icky substance.


Thank you, Linda, for this week’s Stream of Consciousness prompt.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 8/17

#SoCS – Sign of the Times


This week’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness is “sign”. When I first saw it I immediately thought of the expression “sign of the times”. A number of different things rolled around in my head then finally settled on one particular “sign”.

I took the above picture a couple of years ago. I laughed when I saw it; it was so unbelievable to me that instructions for making a peanut butter and jam sandwich would be found on a loaf of bread. Other loaves from this same brand contain instructions for different types of sandwiches such as ham and cheese. To me, this may be a sign of the times that people are either getting lazier or dumber or maybe a little bit of both. It’s a scary thought.


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 17/17

Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS – Practice


Practice makes perfect! I heard this expression a lot growing up, (that and many others).  It used to drive me crazy even though there is truth to this concept. It takes time to become really good at something, even if you’re a natural at it – you start at really good and end up great.

The only problem I have with “practice makes perfect” is that procrastination and pretext prevents me from persevering. But eventually I get back to my project and begin to make progress.

Yes, practice does make perfect (or at least better than before), you just can’t give up.

This post is part of SoCS: https://lindaghill.com/2017/01/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-and-jusjojan-jan-1417/

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Ta


Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is the word “ta” – British slang for thank you. We can use it as is or write any word that begins with ta.

Ta da!” I’m back. I didn’t actually go anywhere, I just haven’t posted since my first post about three week’s ago. I hope to do a little better in the future.

I remember my aunt used to say “Ta, ta” to her children whenever she didn’t want them to touch anything or if they had something, for them to leave it alone. I personally never used this with my kids, preferring to use plain English and said “Don’t touch” instead.

There’s also tatas, which is slang for large breasts, not to be confused with Tata’s – a pizza place.

If you are reading this, then ta, I appreciate it.

Well, that’s all for now, so TTFN – ta ta for now.



Be – SoCS 4/2/16


This is my very first SoCs post so I hope it will be at least a little interesting.

Be all that you can be…. This is the first thing that came to mind. I remember hearing that jingle on TV as the advertisement for the U.S. Army when I was a kid.

And then there’s this “Let it Be” by the Beatles

Be Happy

Be Kind

Be Thoughtful

Be Good

Be Smart

Be Honest

Be Positive

Be Safe

Be Free

What do you want to be?

We can be anything we want to be – but it takes courage, determination, strength, desire, and ambition.

Just be.


Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!