SoCS: couch


Well, Hell . . . anyone who reads my posts knows I got a new couch. I wrote about it and posted a photo before but I’ll do it again because today’s prompt is ‘couch.’

I really love it. It has a high back so I can use my neck pillow when I put my feet up on the matching ottoman. Sorry, if I sound braggy but this is a big deal for me. I had my nephew’s first couch that he gave me 12 years ago: a big sectional. The back was the same height as the big padded arms. It needed cardboard under the cushions because it was broken down. It was low, so you fell into it. That made passing out very easy when you laid down. Oh, it was so comfortable lying down on that old couch!

This one is high; when I first sat on it my feet didn’t touch the floor! The cushions are a lot stiffer, of course, they’re new. I’m bouncing on them a little to break them in.

The guy who sold it to me told me the ottoman should be 1″ lower than the couch. I thought he was just selling me a random ottoman but he was right; it is better that one inch lower. Not only perfect height for putting your feet up but when lying down, its the perfect height for putting food in your mouth and keeping the remotes within hand reach.

One problem, or sort of two: the rug now looks old and grubby and its the wrong tone. And I had my antique Singer treadle machine at the end of my old couch which fit beside the sectional perfectly. Now there’s no couch on that side; its just stuck out there awkwardly. That divides the entrance from the living room with a big plant on top and that’s where I leave my keys and sunglasses and such; I need something there.

This would make some women very happy that they could go out and shop for this stuff. Not I. It means going to TOWN and spending money. The rug and treadle machine stay until I stumble upon a good deal. It’s good enough.

I’ve already posted a photo of it so I don’t even have to download one. When I picked out the fabric I bought ‘Navy Linen’. After it arrived I realized it looks like denim, which is OK!

I took paint samples up to the furniture store to get the colour just right. Oh yeah, those tones are important to me.


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “couch” Use it as a noun or a verb.

SoCS: out it goes

On my kitchen counter there is a can of OFF! Usually I would not allow a toxic chemical in my kitchen but this is length I have to go to remind me of things.

Today is the Household Hazardous Waste Depot- Mobile Event and this time I’m not going to forget. I had the notice on my fridge but I get blind to things on my fridge so last night I took the flyer, printed from Facebook, put it on the counter with a can of OFF! on it.  No way could I walk by this on my way to coffee and not see it.

I have years worth of empty aerosol cans; bug sprays,  hair products, cleaning products. There’s a box of spent batteries and a lot of painting refuse I’m not sure I can put it the bin. I collect all kinds of garbage because I’m not sure how to “throw it away” . .  . can’t use that phrase anymore. Where’s ‘away’? Even our outer space is filling up with junk.

So my mission for this morning is to go through all those creepy places under the sinks and get this crap out of here.


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “preposition” Start your post with any preposition. Bonus points if you end with one too.


It’s really hard to co-ordinate a party for people who live far away. I have tried and failed. My old gang from Toronto likes to have re-unions and I’ve suggested my place but its far in Southwestern Ontario which isn’t Muskoka; the favourite destination.

Recently they started to show interest in coming here and I got sucked into trying again. Why would someone write about coming when they already know they are not coming? I can’t stand flakey people.

So I put it in someone else’s hands. People can co-operate and co-ordinate with him if they want to. . .  I’ll be here if they feel like visiting.

Eventually they will find out this is a good place to party!

Too bad ‘co’ had to be a prefix because I got my new couch! Yesterday I had my first afternoon nap on it. It looks so big and new. Now I want to buy a new rug to co-ordinate with it.





Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “co-” Find a word that uses “co” as a prefix and use it i your post.

SoCS: where

“Wheeere the boys are . . .  someone waits for me.”  I have this affliction that may be in my DNA because my sister has it bad. Any word or phrase can start a song; a song you haven’t heard for decades but there is it. I see ‘where’ and Connie Francis is in my head before I can even think.

And that phrase means nothing to me. I don’t want to be where the boys are, YUCK! And I’m pretty convinced that no one is waiting for me. If they are, they won’t find me because I stay home most of the time.

This habit of the brain may be contagious. I have a friend with it, she’s the one I hadn’t seen in 50 years and we’ve reconnected. She said when she was young she wished she was in our family. She remembered my dad sitting at the piano cracking jokes. Maybe she picked it up from us.

She said her daughter complained that she found a song in almost every conversation. Oh, it can be very frustrating when you are trying to talk, I know.

I said my sister has that affliction so I’m going to test her (my friend).

“I was on my way to Parkhill and saw two bald eagles sitting in a tree!”

I could see my friend starting to twitch, she chewed on her tongue and rolled her eyes. Finally she could take it no longer:


Well, its not a song but its a singsong. They’re just as bad.

You know where I’m going today? No where!


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “where.” Start your post with the word “where” and write whatever comes to you. Bonus points if you end your post with “where” too.

SoCS: astronomical

You know what’s astronomical? The cost of replacing windows. My living room windows are so awful but to replace them would be so many thousands of dollars there is no way I can ever do that.

You know what else is astronomical? Rent. I have a friend who got an apartment in our local small town. $800 a month plus hydro (electricity). WTF?

So why in hell would I complain that I can’t replace my windows? I should be ashamed of myself!

It bugs me so much that some people have so much money while others can barely survive. I’m very lucky to be in the middle with a home of my own!

I look one way and see the astronomical amount of money spent on luxury bullshit then look the other way and see so many people struggling to make ends meet.

Affordable housing is right behind climate change as a very pressing issue!

Tax these astronomically wealthy people and corporations and give poor people a basic income and affordable housing!


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “astronomical.” Use it any way you like.