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SoCS 5-14-22 Time for Hats

My summer look

Can we talk?

Its time again to address Linda G Hill’s stream of consciousness prompt: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hat.” Use it literally or metaphorically. Have fun!

It’s now summertime in Texas (ours starts early) and therefore, too hot for wigs. My hair is slow to fill in the super thin spots, so I wear a hat everywhere. The only time I wear a wig is for church.

Yes, I am very sensitive about my hair. I know I shouldn’t be, but my problem is hereditary and I have no idea if it can be reversed. I’m too self conscious to go without something on my head, and the Texas sun, I should be wearing a hat outside anyway, so I don’t see it as a problem, I just wish other hats besides ball caps looked as good on me. Dave says I have a tiny peanut head. 🤣

I worked at a cancer treatment facility for 15 years, I understand people who have a real reason to be sensitive about their hair loss. Yet, I can’t help the way I feel, because I’m still losing my hair, just for a different reason. I think it got worse when I was so stressed out through the hard, difficult process trying to find the best place for Dad before he passed away.

I keep it cut very short so that when I do occasionally get caught without a wig or hat, like when I’m in the pool, it still looks stylish. No one ever sees it really except David, who loves me unconditionally. I guess I should lighten up, I’m aware that covering my head makes it slower to grow in, but even when I try to fix it, I still can’t cover the thin spots. I know my kids and other family members would never say anything if they saw it, so why am I so uptight?

If you have any advice, share it. If you’re driven to say anything snarky, keep it under your hat. 😉

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SoCS 5-7-22 Wait Until Your Dad Gets Home!

Linda G Hill’s prompt for today’s SoCS:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a phrase you grew up with.” Include in your post a phrase your mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when you were growing up, or just write whatever inspires you based on that phrase. Enjoy

Mom’s favorite phrase:

How many of us have been threatened with this phrase when we were kids??? ”Just wait until your dad gets home!”

As I recall, Dad was too bushed to address this when he got home, and one of the few times I remember getting in trouble once he got home was when I was chased home by a mean dog. Not because I ran home, but because I left my best friend to fend for herself as the scary dog chased her home.

A little backstory is this dog, Tiger was his name, was feared by the neighborhood because he was a big dog, and his owner, Gary Wampler and Kayes brother-Karl- was his best friend. Why they decided to sic Tiger on us as a prank when we we were just trying to get home is still a mystery to me to this day. Kaye has forgiven me, by the way. Her brother was my childhood crush later on, despite this incident.

The only time other than that I recall my dad spanking me was when i did something stupid, like the time my brother and I stuck the end of a broken phone chord into a wall socket to see if we could get a dial tone. As I remember it, we did, but our elation was short lived when Dad came in the room and slapped us both for our stupidity. “What are you trying to do, kill yourself?” I remember him yelling.

Another time, my mom called me the ”b” word, I was tired of it and raised my hand to her but never made it because the next thing I knew, my dad came out of the woodwork and I found myself on the couch getting my face slapped over and over. I remember not caring about that as much as being mortified because we had three huge picture windows in the front, and I just knew one of the next-door-neighbors was going to walk by and witness the whole thing. Kaye and Karl were those neighbors, along with Kris, Kim, Kerry, and Kent.

Mom was the main disciplinarian, and she was harsh, so her threat to tell Dad on us fell on mute ears for the most part. My brother summed it up when he said Dad’s usual reply to us complaining about Mom was to say, “nothing you can do but mildew.” 🤣😂

Ahhh, childhood.

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SoCS 4-30-22 Estate Sale Day One

I woke at 6:58 even though I was not expected to arrive until 8:30am.

Let me tell you how the prep for Dad’s estate sale went using Linda G Hill’s SoCS prompt for today:
“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘zip, zero, zilch.’ Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

We started the prep at zero items organized, priced, or sorted, but by 2:30 pm, we had made a significant dent in the work ahead. My brother recruited three helpers experienced in estate sales to help us, and by the time I arrived around 9am, Dennis and my brother Kevin had a handle on all the garage stuff, and Vivian & Becky, Dennis’s wife, had already started sorting and pricing stuff in Dad’s room.

I walked in, not knowing zilch about any of our helpers or estate sales, but I had my own ideas. We made our introductions and got to work. They shared their thoughts and I did the same. Since they had a handle on sorting and pricing, I set about bagging all Dad’s clothes, jackets, hats, socks, and underwear for donation. That way, I didn’t see or care about what they were pricing my parent’s items, which was for the best, really. Every so often, they asked my opinion, which I offered, and I asked my brother’s opinion sometimes too.

At first, it was overwhelming and sad, even though I knew it had to be done and I thought I had no attachments to their things. However, I went home with a few items, some for comfort, some for sentimental value. I donated four bags of clothing to the Leukemia Society, and before we left for the day, we had zipped through one bedroom, two bathrooms, three closets, and made a huge dent in the office and the garage. Not bad for day one!

Some items, like this one, I took home to figure out the value or if it is a collector item.

A miniature cup.
Same cup, different side
Same cup, different side
Stamp on bottom of cup

Originally, we were going to hire an estate sale company, but after interviewing two of them, they both said we don’t have enough stuff to warrant their services. So, we are doing the work ourselves. Thursday afternoon, I’m hoping Vivian and I can go over and tackle the kitchen. We are hoping to have the actual sale in the next two weeks, then we can put the house on the market. Of course, it’s a daunting and emotional task, but thank goodness we have Kevin’s church family willing to aid us in getting the job done! I am becoming friends with some of my church family but I don’t know them well enough to ask that of any of them. Kevin is VERY involved with his church and these people know him very well, thank goodness. One of my kids, or maybe two of them, will be coming next week to mow and clean up the back yard. I only wish Dad was here to tell us if he’s proud of the way we are handling the situation.

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SoCS & WOD Challenge 4-23-22

Saturdays we run our errands which turned into a bonus for me! Let me tell you about it as I tackle Linda G Hill’s SoCS prompt for today:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “too/to/two.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Extra bonus points if you start your post with one. Enjoy!

We had our route planned as we headed out to our errands, head to breakfast in Hurst, followed by Goody Goody in Bedford to find myself some Ranch Water to try, then go pickup Dave’s prescriptions; one at Kroger, the other at Walmart, and finally, find the honeybee attractant he needed for the new bee house.

Not only did I get a 6-pack when I was just looking for a single to try, but I got a beautiful new dish of succulents too!

Aren’t they gorgeous?

(For those who don’t know what Ranch Water is, it’s a hard seltzer, like Truly’s, but my doctor’s PA said she likes Ranch Water better) It comes in lots of flavors, so I grabbed the grapefruit, hopefully it tastes like a Fresca with alcohol.

When we were at Ace Hardware (I forgot we went there too) I spotted the dish of succulents for a wonderful price, so Dave bought them for me because he is a sweetheart, and because he knew that the chance of my kids getting them for me for Mother’s Day was slim. 😉 Normally, even one succulent sells for a princely sum, so $21 + tax was a steal for this dish!

I was painting and he was watching the golf tournament or the race or both, when work called about a huge main break. So since he’s been gone, I vacuumed the house, planted my Easter Lily and watered all the plants in the back garden, and now I am writing this post. I don’t like to paint very long because it’s hard on my eyes. The lines and numbers are very faint, even with my light pad underneath!

Very tiny numbers!
Sorry its wrinkled-the actual photo once the painting is done.

Well, he just texted he will be a while, so maybe I will finish my story I’m working on for the Vocal+ Challenge, I think it’s due very soon. I recently discovered I’ve made more money writing two stories on Vocal+ than I ever made on Medium, however, I cannot cash out until I earn at least $20. So I entered the Ship of Dreams challenge and my story has to be about the Titanic in some way, so it’s about a young woman who is trying to escape her abusive past by stowing away on the ship with a dream of arriving in New York and somehow making it to Broadway as a dancer. Of course, we already know how the story ends but do we know how her story ends?

Stay tuned and even if it doesn’t win, I’ll share it along with the results.

PS: We never found the honeybee attractant so Dave will have to order some online.

PSS: I forgot to tell you, the cross I ordered with some of my Dad’s ashes in the artwork finally came!! It is smaller than I expected, but gorgeous! Now I have a beautiful piece of art made in his memory to cherish forever!

A Closeup
On the wall in the spot I chose.

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SoCS 4-16-22 Easter Weekend

Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their Easter Weekend so far. I’m having tummy woes, but managing to get some things done in between bathroom trips.

Photo credit:Unsplash

Let’s see how I manage Linda G Hill’s SoCS prompt for the day:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nose/noes/knows.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

One of my proyectos (projects) was to box up the china I was gifted with this house almost seven years ago to make room in my built-in cabinet for mine and my parent’s Pyrex and Corning Ware. We had to make a trip to Home Depot for a roll of dish paper, and the I carefully wrapped the 5-piece, 8 place setting set of china in a tub. Does anyone know anyone who would love a set of Legendary Noratake china with not one chip? Selling for $100 for the entire set! My neighbor was kind enough to find the number of the previous owner who I was going to call and see if she wanted it back, but my husband said the answer would be a bunch of ”noes” and had she wanted it, she wouldn’t have left it here.

This is the pattern

We also had to go walk through my Dad’s again with my brother so they could pick the things from the garage they each wanted before we have an estate sale. I had to hold my nose a few times as Kevin was dropping things out of the attic, or sweeping off dusty old tools and machinery. At one point, I was sitting on the steps leading into the house just as he accidentally knocked loose some crumbling sheetrock which fell right next to me! I wanted to get in the attic and nose around but they wouldn’t let me up there. 🤬 I know where to step so I don’t fall through! Kevin said it was super hot though and when he came down, his whole t-shirt was soaked.
After that, we took a look around the back yard and sheds, and I was amazed to see how much Dad’s fig tree had grown. I hope the new owners appreciate how long he had to baby that tree (along with other fruit trees, grapevines, etc) and take good care of them. I wish I had his green thumb, I would take cuttings of everything! I will miss having pecans, persimmons, and grapes from his back yard, but honestly, it’s been years since he was able to properly care for them himself. over the years, he’s made wine from his grapes, and baked goods with his persimmons. He has so many pecan trees, we shared them with everyone! It would be so cool if my friend and hairdresser could buy the house, so I could go by and get pecans whenever I wanted…but honestly, we may not be here much longer ourselves.

Still waiting for that ship to come in.

Happy Easter everyone! Have a blessed one!

The Easter lily Dad’s church donated to me in his memory.