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Directions: To Follow or Not to Follow with Tea, Baking, Driving, and Social Distancing.


Well, here’s something different!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “directions.” Find a household cleaner/bottle of shampoo/something in the freezer/anything you can find with instructions on it, then copy down a single direction (just one) on how to use/cook/etc. your chosen thing, and make it the first line or word of your post. Then keep writing whatever comes out. Have fun!  __Linda G Hill


“Be sure to start with fresh cold water and bring to a boil. Pour over tea bag, steep for 4 minutes (or whatever time you like), remove bag.”

    (Directions from Ginger Peach Turmeric Tea)

I know we were only supposed to just copy down a single direction, but I’m not following that direction. Why do we need to be sure to start with fresh cold water? Fresh, okay, but cold? What happens if we start with warm water? Will the tea not work? I don’t think so. What I like about these directions is the part that goes: (or whatever time you like).

There was a time when I followed directions to the letter. It started in kindergarten and continued (with some exceptions in adolescence) for most of my life. Until now. Now, I’m retired. RETIRED. I only follow directions if I want to, if I deem it necessary, or for the good of the planet.

I’ve been making vegan banana bread without following directions or a recipe other than what’s in my head. After making banana bread for many years, I know that you mix the wet ingredients then mix the dry ingredients, then mix them all together. So I mash a couple of bananas, add a little oat milk, maybe some melted vegan butter (or regular butter because I’m not a perfect vegan). Then I mix the wet ingredients and put some flour on top, put a little baking soda and/or baking powder on top of the flour and mix that without dipping into the wet mixture. Then I mix it all together. Without eggs, it tends to be more dense and take longer to bake unless I add more flour. How long do I cook it? Until I can stick a knife or fork in and nothing comes out, or until it starts to turn brown on top. Then I turn off the oven and leave the banana bread inside the oven to cook a little more. Then I try not to eat it all in one day.

Driving is another matter entirely. I do follow directions from GPS or whatever, and I like them as detailed as possible. Give me landmarks. I will write them down even with GPS, until I know the route well, because I deem it necessary.

This is a good time to experiment with baking and creativity, but not with driving or social distancing directions. Keep your distance! Six feet apart is six feet apart, for the good of all. If the policy says, wear a mask, then wear a mask! And that’s all I have to say about that.

For more directions on navigating the Saturday Stream of Consciousness, visit Linda:

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 Jesus follower, 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 as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

31 thoughts on “Directions: To Follow or Not to Follow with Tea, Baking, Driving, and Social Distancing.

  1. My grandmother had so many cookbooks and recipe cards, but I never saw her use a single one!

  2. If you start making tea with hot water that will extract the tannins, which makes the tea tastes bitter.

  3. It’s a bit long, but I just have to send you this, JoAnna:

  4. You’d probably want fresh water to make tea rather than water that’s been sitting in the water heater for hours.

  5. When it comes to directions… I am exactly like you!

  6. I’m not much of a follower either… I like to be creative in many things… however when water is not fresh and yes cold it doesn’t hold as much oxygen that makes for a tasty cuppa❤️ It’s true at least here in Spain, the taste is definitely different. Much love, Barbara x

  7. Thanks for sharing!!.. I will check the label/recipe to make sure there is nothing I should be aware of (need to avoid very hot spices), otherwise it is follow my heart and/or taste buds… 🙂

    “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ( Julia Child)… 🙂

    • I have to be more careful of hot spices, too. I’m leaning more toward curry and rosemary lately. I’m thankful for so many possibilities! Love the Julia Child quote! Thanks! And take care!

  8. I have to keep from eating banana bread all in one day too. It’s irresistible. 😋

  9. I love your take on Linda Hill’s interesting prompt. It’s very appropriate at a time when we have to follow new directions from our health and government authorities for personal and public safety. Like you say, we have several options: question the directives, follow them to the letter, or continue to do what we’ve always done. As you rightly point out, when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic, the directions for social distancing cannot be taken lightly.

  10. Ah, fresh brewed tea and warm banana bread. Yum … I can almost smell the bread baking … thanks for the warm smiles this morning! Stay well and safe!

  11. L ve this post! I too hated directions…. My mom used to say to me, “You have to follow the baking directions the first time because you simply don’t know enuf to change it! I’m not a baker, but yup, pumpkin and banana breads I will change and just go with the flow of what I have on hand. And recipe books are for ideas.
    But when it comes to the pandemic, I will follow directions with one caveat — I don’t know if I will trust a forced vaccination.

    • It’s fun to experiment with baking and to use what we have on hand. I understand about the vaccination dilemma. I will drag my feet, do research, and watch what happens to the people who are at the head of the line. I’m thankful people are working on a vaccine for those who want that option.

  12. I rarely ever used recipe cards, instructions really that much at all. God downloads ideas and shows me what to cook in my mind and it comes out perfect and very tasty. ❤ thanks for sharing! God bless!

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