SoCS: trick

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

I learned 2 new tricks on the computer this week!

One I discovered yesterday called . Pages and pages of faces to put your face into. A friend posted a photo of herself as a sexy witch but she is young and beautiful and can get away with it. And I get tired of people putting themselves out there as so much better looking than they really are. What’s the point? Hope they never see you again? I will gladly show my photo at the end, sans eyebrows which was necessary for the photo. After the official SoCS photo because I don’t want to see me in the reader.

The other trick I learned was screen-sharing on Zoom! I was reading 10 definitions out loud in my Zoom Balderdash game, twice sometimes 3 times.

I got a game going with my group I volunteer for. The program director collected the definitions and screen-shared them; reading them out only once and letting everyone read them. So much better! I immediately went to copy and paste all my definitions for that night onto a Word document and and friend walked me through screen-sharing.

The only downside of this was that my cursive was getting so much better writing them all out.

Another trick I will mention is a Canadian show ‘Trickster’ on CBC.

So many cultures have The Trickster. Not evil but mischievous which is still pretty darn scary. Nobody wants a mischievous spirit playing with their head.

I just realized I have been spelling and therefore pronouncing mischievous wrong all my life: I have been saying mischevious. Hmm. That would have been good for last week’s post about bad spelling.

Anyway, Trickster, on CBC. Its really good!

I’ll go back and finish off my stream of consciousness by going to get some links which is bending the rules but a link is really a neat trick.

And then I’m going back to ‘face in the hole’ to make one for my grandnephew. Maybe the whole family. What a fun trick!


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with ‘m’.” Use any word that begins with the letter “m” as the subject or theme for your post.

Me! Beautiful me! Wonderful me! My name begins with ‘M’ and my married initials were M.E. Actually its hyphenated with my maiden name (maiden, ha!) so it would be MLE but for the sake of this post today its ME!

Oh . . . wait a minute: that means the subject is me.

I was born in . . . blah, blah blah.

And now I’m here! Retired, healthy and feeling very fortunate.

It just so happens that my job for today begins with M. I am taking the buds off my dried marijuana plant. Its legal here; we can grow 4 plants and I did.

I’m a Mastafarian and worship Mah.

A chance to use that joke!

SoCS: excersize!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a word you have to look up.” We all have words we can never spell. Use one of yours in your post and let that word drive your stream of consciousness where ever it goes.

I use it so much; exercise. Hey, I got it! I want to spell it excersize. Its ex- cer and I was sure there had to be a zed in there. I spelled it so wrong, so many times and looked it up so many times.

Exericise . . ha! Exercise is my volunteer gig! I volunteer for a mental health program and they sent me to a course to teach exercise to seniors. It was an expensive, university course! I would say exercise is a very important thing: I nag people who don’t.

I’m getting lots of excersize (no I didn’t do that on purpose) taking loads of firewood in my wheel barrow and stacking it in the wood shed. I’ve been so obsessed about getting it done I hadn’t been out on the trail which is right next to my house. So many days I told myself I was going out on the trail but then just chucked wood until I was too tired.

The colours of the leaves are beautiful; the smell of wet birch leaves is heavenly so I took only one load into the shed yesterday then went for a hike.

Exercise is so important! I am 67 years old and its really easy to tell who has been eating right and exercising at my age. If you are young or even getting middle aged; make exercise a habit now! Walk, dance, play a sport, whatever; make it part of your life. I am so thankful my mom nagged me!

I’m going to turn this prompt on its side to talk about my Zoom Balderdash game. Its a word you are not supposed to look up!

I highly recommend starting this game with friends to get ready for a long, dark, lonely winter. Just a few zoom meetings I regularly go on now has improved my mental health a lot! I live alone and can go days without talking to anyone. Writing and texting is not the same.

(I already have too many players so this isn’t an invitation.)

I send out 2 words on Monday by e-mail that no one knows the meaning of. Each player sends me their made up definitions by email or text. Wednesday evening we meet on Zoom and I read all the definitions along with the real one. Then everyone guesses. You get a point for the guessing the right answer but you also get a point for each person that guesses your definition.

It only takes a half hour to play 2 words but its a little something to look forward to.

So, there’s my advice for everyone to improve your mental health; excersize, exersize, exercise and get on Zoom with friends.

SoCS: new/ old

I completely forgot to do the prompt last Saturday. And I’m down to only doing this prompt. Its an old blog; I don’t write many new posts.

But I can talk about my old/new friend. Remember a few weeks ago, I said I wouldn’t tell a friend I had a blog because then I can complain about her? Well, the time is here.

She’s an old friend because we were friends between the ages 10 – 15. Then we moved apart and lost contact for 40 years! We know it was forty years because we went to summer school the year of Woodstock; we were 15. That was the last year I saw her.

About a year and half ago; I found her on Facebook. We were so excited! After a whole lifetime apart; she seemed like a new friend. She came to visit. then she came to visit again. And again.

She was here in August for four days and it was difficult. She sleeps in until about 10:30 then spends hours on social media. I’m not exaggerating; hours talking about American politics and we’re Canadian!

Now she’s coming again. She doesn’t ask if its OK; she asks “when’s a good time?” Kind of hard to say I’m too busy these days! I don’t want to ruin the friendship but I also don’t want her to come. Its too soon to have her again for 4 days.

We are in the Second Wave of Covid now. Numbers are rising again. Last night the Ontario government re-issued restrictions to only see ‘people in your own household’. That’s me. Just me in this household. I am hoping she will take that literally and cancel her trip.

What’s NEW is great! Zoom has been a boom! I have an exercise class, a game, a chat room and the local Women’s Cannabis Club. I’m a new member so it was my first zoom meeting on Thursday. My mental health has improved so much thanks to Zoom! I’m starting to like it more than going out!

Now I have to actually do some serious housework. It’s generally tidy but since I know no one can ever drop in anymore…. I’ve been lax.

Why won’t my old friend just be happy with the new Zoom?

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “new/old.” Use either or both of the words “new and old” any way you’d like. Bonus points for starting and ending with either one.