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SoCS: Pharmacy Calls and Hot Chocolate

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Today’s Stream of Consciousness Prompt:

“last call.” Talk about the enterprise (sales or service) conducted by the last phone call you received from a business you’re not associated with (i.e. your workplace), or talk about that phone conversation itself. Have fun!

My head is spinning from “last call” being an important warning in my early 20s late night weekend bar days – almost like another lifetime – to enterprise: the car rental, or the star ship? But no, we’re talking about a phone call – the last phone call I received from a business….

I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls from my pharmacy, which I will not mention by name, telling me it’s time to refill my Rx. Oh, really? It’s time to opt out of that option cause I’m getting way to many voicemails about that, and I don’t NEED that particular medication yet, because I don’t take as much of it as the bottle says. It’s not like my thyroid meds that I take as prescribed. It’s one that I take PRN, as needed, not every day, like another one I take PRN for acid reflux which I AM out of and could get if they had it. I could go on about problems I’ve had with this pharmacy pushing things I don’t need and not having what I do need, like antibiotic for my old dog which they said – the automated response said – they didn’t have in stock and would process my request. When I went down there, they did have it in stock, just in the non preferred brand… but enough of that.

It’s not that the pharmacy staff is incompetent as much as it is a messed up system that wants to make sure I’m taking certain things. But it’s a computerized system, so it doesn’t understand the real world. Kinda reminds me of my old job in health care…..

I tried to call the pharmacy to talk to a person, and I was on hold for 30 minutes before I gave up and drove there.

The last real business phone conversation I had with a person was to ask when I should get more propane for heating the house in the mountains where we don’t live full time. I had my son check the level which was at 52%. They said they would schedule my address to pop up in mid February and deliver some propane within ten days. I figured this was satisfactory and alleviated my anxiety somewhat since I’m new to this heating with propane in a house I’m not living in right now.

I’m also new to having another house which I never thought would happen in a million years, but hey, anything is possible. I have to clarify that both my houses are small, because I used to think people who have two houses were…. excessive? My son and his family can always stay at the mountain house if they need to because their apartment has a mold problem. And on that happy note,  I will just share some photos from our Thanksgiving trip to the mountains.

We rarely seen snow unless we go to the mountains. So, snow is a big deal to me. And so is finding sugar free hot chocolate made with dark chocolate which is what I have in my hand.

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Outside Fred and Larry’s cozy coffee shop in Banner Elk, NC

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A Mountain Lake

snowflakes at LLH

Snowflakes hanging from the trees

Sunset from the deck

Sunset from the deck

Dang! I forgot the most important thing! SoCS is brought to you by Linda G. Hill. You can find more SoCS posts at:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/01/24/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2020-daily-prompt-jan-25th/

Here are the rules for SoCS:

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. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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!


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Thursday Tree Love: Winter Magnolias and a Poem

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On a  breezy, gray winter day

Leaves rustled overhead.

It must have been magnolias

since their neighbor’s leaves were shed.

The living leaves clicked softly

Chiming in with whispers

Knowing some would soon make room

for lemon scented flowers.

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Some of the older magnolia leaves will drop off in early spring to make room for flowers. The magnolia flowers I see in my neighborhood have big, white petals with a hint of yellow and a lemony scent.

I thought this was an interesting trunk, Do you see a heart?

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 Here’s an older photo of a winter magnolia on a sunny day:

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more Tree Love, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-80/

 


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Good News Tuesday: Rain in Australia, A Heroic Rescue Dog, Environmental Progress, and Double Amputee Completes Ironman Triathlon

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Rain in Australia

The downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales alone as the number of fires fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday.  __Bored Panda

Even with flooding and other risks, the rain is welcome. But the crisis is not over. Fires are still burning in Australia, though they’re not spreading like they were. Let’s keep praying and sending good energy to help put out the fires.

Here’s more from Bored Panda.

Brave Dog Saves More than 200 Sheep from Bushfire

Patsy the brave border collie saved more than 200 sheep from a bush fire in Australia. Please click the link below for the story from The Good News Network including a sweet video of praise for Patsy.   Thanks to Sparky Jen for finding this news after I lost it in last week’s technical difficulties.

Here’s the link:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dog-saves-220-sheep-from-australian-bushfires/

Environmental Progress

 New Mexico: A Win for Water Quality

In response to a lawsuit filed by clean water advocates …… the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …. will require new water pollution controls in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Report from the Western Environmental Law Center

North Carolina:  The LARGEST COAL ASH CLEAN UP IN U.S. HISTORY!

On December 31st, Duke Energy agreed to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash and move it to dry, lined storage facilities away from drinking water supplies. Here’s more from PBS.

China Proposes to Ban Single Use Plastics

A joint proposal from China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment  seeks to ban single use plastics. The plan includes banning single use bags and straws in major cities by the end of 2020 and all single use plastics across the country by 2025.  Here’s the report from Forbes.

 

First Above the Knee Double Amputee to Complete Ironman Triathlon

Roderick Sewell was homeless as a child. His mother gave up her job so he would be eligible for prosthetic legs. On October 12, Roderick became the first above the knee double amputee to complete the Ironman triathlon world championship.  I bet you’ll enjoy watching this video.

I first found this story in my Good Morning America email.

Got good news?

Please share your good news in the comments!

Feel free to write your own Good News Tuesday post and link it below.


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Dr. Martin Luther King on Peace & an Old Song

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On Monday in the US, we honor the life and teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote about peace is one of many gems he gave us. You can find more MLK quotes here.

I strongly believe that we in the US need a well-funded Department of Peace to focus on building communication and understand and to seek compromise rather than violence.

Anybody here remember this song?


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SoCS: Beyond

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt: Take the title of the last movie you watched (just the title, not the premise of the movie), and base your post on that title.

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She loved decorating her little home

With blue glass in the windows,

Feeding the birds,

Taking care of her plants,

Talking with the trees.

She loved being safe

Beyond the madding crowd,

Beyond the political angst,

Beyond conventional thinking.

Sometimes though,

Like when twisting from warrior 2

To triangle pose,

Looking up through the pine trees

Glistening in the sun,

She imagined exploring

Beyond the picket fence

Into new realms

Of star ships and adventure,

Or old realms

Of elves and wizards.

She had big ideas

For such a simple woman

Reaching beyond the dichotomy

Of good and evil,

Rich and poor,

Beyond i phones and laptops,

Beyond brand names and fashion,

Beyond religion and government.

Part of her wanted to explore,

To journey into deeper, broader dimensions.

But sometimes she settled for comfort

And wore sneakers with a skirt.

 

 

The last movie I watched was Star Trek Beyond. It’s far from my favorite Star Trek movie, but it’s fun and full of action and adventure. I wonder if it’s odd that I love nature and Jesus with a passion, but I also like science fiction. A lot. Then of course there’s The Lord of the Rings…. 

Another movie I watched recently was Ender’s Game. I just want to mention it because the ending surprised me with an important message. If you ever get a chance to watch Ender’s Game, make sure you watch it to the very end.  Here’s a hint:

 

Anyway, here’s my favorite trailer for Star Trek Beyond. 

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you by Linda G. Hill. For more info, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/01/17/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2020-daily-prompt-jan-18th/

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Here are the rules for SoCS:

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. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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!


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Good News Tuesday: Changing Course, Homicide Declines, Styrofoam Update, and a Food Drop in Australia

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Sorry I’m so late today. I was late to begin with, then I clicked to caption something and my whole post disappeared! I fiddled with the history, then decided to start rebuilding.

The first item came to me this morning in my Good Newsletter. I want to acknowledge that it’s normal to feel frustrated, sad, angry, or scared with all that’s going on in the world. We can’t deny the bad news, but the lopsided perspective of bad news dominance does not have to be normal. Good news is happening, too.

Feel free to share examples of good news in the comments!

 

We Can Change Course

Its okay to feel sadness but opportunites to change course

Homicide Rates Are Falling Since 1990

This article from the Good News Network reports and overall drop in homicide rates in places such as Asia, Europe and even some US cities.

Styrofoam Ban Update

In an earlier post, I reported that the US state of Maine will be banning styrofoam this month.  That was incorrect. The Maine ban goes into effect one year from now. Also, Costa Rica has decided to ban Styrofoam in 2021. The product is not impossible to recycle, but it’s complicated and rarely done. It takes a very long time to decompose and when it does, it just turns into little pieces of plastic. Who needs that? We don’t. Good job, Costa Rica!

Food Drop in Australia

Thank you again all the helpers in Australia. Please join me with continuing prayers for an end to the fires, and safety and healing for Australia.

Please share your good news in the comments!


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She Must Be in the Stream of Consciousness

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Let me see if I’ve got this straight. It’s an interesting prompt.

….“the first 3 words of the first full sentence.” Okay, follow me here. This is what I want you to do: 1. Grab the closest book to you when you sit down to write your post. 2. Open it to a random page. 3. Locate the first complete sentence on that page. 4. Use the first three words of that sentence to start your post, then take it from there–write whatever comes to mind. That’s it! Have fun!”   (That’s from our host, Linda G. Hill.

When I first saw this prompt and then picked up the book I’m reading, I thought it was the first sentence, so I’ll start with that.

“She must be here with you right now.”

The sentence comes from Under the Tamarind Tree a novel by a blogger you might know,  Rosaliene Bacchus, of Three Worlds One Vision.  Yes, Rosaliene, I’m still reading your book. I’m a slow reader and have a habit of reading multiple books at the same time. But I’m really enjoying your book. Maybe enjoying isn’t the best word, because it’s about hard times, but I’m really …. saying really too much…. getting to care about the characters and appreciate the realism of their struggles.

The main character, Richard, says to his friend, “She must be here with you right now,” about his friend’s mother who is deceased and a dream Richard had about her. She must be here refers to his friend’s wedding. This reminded me of my feeling that my mother was there in spirit at my wedding even though she is an angel in heaven.

If I go back to the prompt and do it correctly, I would use the first three words:

She must be

She must be crazy. That’s what that other driver must’ve been thinking yesterday when I was not being mindful of my driving. I was looking for a place in an unfamiliar neighborhood and could have caused an accident. Thankfully the intersection was not busy and the other driver WAS being mindful. I’m still embarrassed. But also thankful that I wasn’t driving fast, and God was watching out for me. Maybe my mom was too. And Dad. Thank you!

So here’s the deal. I have to be mindful when I’m driving. I have to put up another sticky note in my car where I will see it every time.

MUST BE MINDFUL!

That must mean no free flowing stream of consciousness while driving. Only what I see on the road, signs, and traffic lights.  Maybe I can make it like flipping a switch when I get in the car to drive. A prayer would help. God, help me be mindful when I’m driving.

But when I’m not driving, let the stream flow!

And while we’re on flowing streams, God, please let the rains flow down and put out the fires in Australia.

Amen.

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That’s my stream for this Saturday.  Great prompt, Linda!

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For more info on Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness, visit Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/01/10/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2020-daily-prompt-jan-11th/

The good SoCS rules which I mostly follow are:

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. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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!