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Leaves in the Stream of Consciousness



Today’s SoCS prompt is, leaves. We can use it as a noun or verb. Being the crazy tree lady, I think I’ll go with the noun for now.


Mimosa leaves close up at night. Are they conserving energy? Wrapping up the light they will use for photosynthesis? I still remember the formula from science class. 6CO2 + 6H20 (in the presence of light energy and chlorophyll) yields C6H12O6 (Glucose) + 02. I think that’s the balanced equation. (Too bad I don’t know how to make those little numbers.) Oxygen is just a by-product, but it sure is pretty darn important to us humans. This oxygen production takes place in the leaves where the chloroplasts live.  I guess there’s not as much in the winter when some leaves fall, but then there are the trees who never lose their leaves, the evergreens and the ones who live in warm climates.

My back yard is like a jungle, especially since we were not here for half a year. Lots of photosynthesis going on here. All the leaves make the yard look bigger, because you can’t see the back fence. It could be a forest that goes on forever if you don’t notice the electrical wires and don’t hear the neighbors back there beyond the fence behind the leaves, and if you don’t notice the side neighbors.

The mountain house we just bought (I still am amazed) is close to other houses. We don’t have much yard there like I imagined, but I have plenty of yard to take care of at our primary home which is a small house with a big yard. The mountain house is a modest house with very little yard to take care of. But there are lots of trees which act like curtains and give a feeling of privacy depending on the direction you look. My favorite part of the mountain house so far is the balcony with trees very close by.

balcony window from BR

I’ve been so busy moving stuff and organizing stuff to move, not to mention my parents’ stuff that’s here now, that I haven’t taken many pictures of the mountain house. I sure am glad there are lots of trees there, which means lots of birds singing.  Thank God for trees. We gotta take care of them!

I came up with the title to this post just now, and it seems like it needs a poem.

Leaves in the stream of consciousness

Drifting, swirling, dancing

Where will the stream take you?

Let’s go for a ride!

For more rides on SoCS, visit Linda G. Hill at:

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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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 will simply be a single word to get you 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 all of them! 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 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!





Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

35 thoughts on “Leaves in the Stream of Consciousness

  1. Your mountain home sounds cozy and who wouldn’t love that balcony under the trees? Looks like a great place for morning coffee. Enjoy the house, the new neighbors and those green leaves.

  2. I wouldn’t complain about not having a lot of yard to take care of, JoAnna. The older I get, the better I like our small yard. The mountain house sounds great, and the balcony looks like a wonderful place to spend the morning.

  3. I love the picture of your mountain balcony amongst the trees, JoAnna. I wonderful spot to recover. Xx 💗

  4. This is delightful! I can imagine the joy your mountain abode brings. Hope you are doing well 🙂

  5. This page shows you how to do subscripts (little numbers at the lower half) and superscripts (little numbers at the top):

  6. So glad you got the mountain home!

    • Thank you, Linda. David says I’ve been talking about it since we reconnected in 2011. I didn’t realize I had been so verbal about it for so long.

  7. may it flow gently
    where it takes us
    among earth & trees!
    i remember them mimosa blossoms
    and the sticky feeling on my feet 🙂

  8. Wow JoAnna what a beautiful share. I love that about ferns. My mom has many of them on her front porch. I also love your porch it’s beautiful! Lovely post! 🙂

  9. Mountain home, Ahhh! Beautiful view! I share your love of trees and live on a wooded lot. I’ve got a tree that needs felled, two trees needing pruned, and so many things to cut back and weed out… Small yards are fine enough.

    • The more I think about it, the more I think two big yards would be overwhelming. There will always be plenty to do in my warm climate wild woods when it cools off some.

  10. Congrats on your new mountain house, JoAnna! Trees and their leaves, a blessing for all living beings ❤

  11. The balcony looks beautiful, the right place to sit and read. 😊

  12. I’m super impressed that you remembered the formula! Congrats on the layers of moves you continue to work through. The view from your mountain house is beautiful – hope you take many opportunities to relax and enjoy it!

    • Thanks, Shelley. I was always good at memorizing things in high school and was at one time planning to major in biology until I switched to psych. Maybe that’s why I remember it. Relaxing is a goal I believe I can achieve. Wishing you the best!

      • You’re welcome. Wow – that’s quite the switch of majors. But both have that analyzing component. Yay – glad to hear you’ll be enjoying the relaxing! I wish you the best too!

  13. For a long time, I either wanted to be an astronaut or a field biologist. So you mentioning the formula here to create oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis not only made me smile, but it took me back to all those biology classes I loved. Now, to get the world to plant LOTS more trees to make more oxygen and use carbon dioxide. Whewee, we need it! Hehe.
    I also love the view you have from your mountain house. I just got back from a trip out to the Rockies and now I’m back where I live in the Appalachians. I am in love with forests. With Creation.
    I love your stream of consciousness. Hehe.
    I’m wishing you a lovely week. Sending hugs from North Carolina.

    • Well this is very cool: I live in North Carolina too, not far from the ocean. My mountain house is in the Appalachians of NC. So your hugs didn’t have far to travel! (Though I’ve heard distance is not always what we think when sending hugs and good vibes.) YES to more trees! Hugs and good vibes on the way to you!

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