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Checks and Balances, Check Book, Reality Check, Check it Out, and Rain Check

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Today’s prompt for SoCS is check, cheque, or Czech. I noticed after reading the prompt that Queennandini had already posted and went to check on her post since I had no ideas yet. She had a long and lovely list from which I jotted down my favorites. This is not planning. It’s peering into someone’s stream of consciousness and fishing out a few interesting ideas.

Here are the ones I liked. Rain check, Check it out. Reality Check, check book, and something about checks and balances or was that in my head? Well, I think I’ll start with that and maybe work my way back.

“Checks and Balances” is something I heard a lot in history and civics classes in high school about how the US government is supposed to work. The administrative, legislative, and judicial branches are supposed to check and balance one another and no one branch should have too much power. Someone should remind the administrative branch about this.

I like balance. However, I do not balance my checkbook. Yes, I still use a check book and write deposits and withdrawals in it with a pen, but I don’t balance it. I do check on my balances on line and keep an eye on that which is not too far off. Close enough.

Reality check. That’s a huge topic full of possibilities. I’ve noticed if I spend a lot of time looking at news stories or something serious, like listening to a debate on systemic racism like I did a couple nights ago, that I need a break from reality. That’s when I watch Star Trek or read some fiction, or maybe paint something easy. Coloring works too. Later, I might watch a romantic comedy and paint a mermaid. That should do it.

Check it out. Here are some mermaids I’ve painted:

Mermaids by Joannaoftheforest

My husband, David, cut these out of wood, though I’ve recently learned how to do that myself. Three of these mermaids were “painted” with alcohol ink and one was painted with acrylic, all by hand. Alcohol ink is more fun if I’m willing to let go of some control which I need to do anyway to be more abstract.

Hey! I have a Redbubble shop! It’s under my other name. Here’s the link. You’ll find my mermaids, angels, and other stuff there on cups, T shirts, etc.

Rain check. It hasn’t rained here in days and days. The temps have been in the 90s. I’ve heard some thunder, so hope we’ll get some rain soon. Saying, “I’ll take a rain check” is a good way to get out of something you don’t want to do or you’re not sure if you want to do it. Though if you really don’t want to do it, I guess you should just say, no thanks. But if you really do want to do it, but can’t, then we can say, “Can I have a rain check?” Like my girlfriends reunion which we’ve rescheduled twice now. Sigh.

My stream of consciousness had brought this song. It may be wishful thinking about rain.

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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.

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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.

18 thoughts on “Checks and Balances, Check Book, Reality Check, Check it Out, and Rain Check

  1. The mermaids are beautiful and I liked your post 🙂

  2. Your creativity is inspiring, JoAnna. Love your mermaids. Yes, checks and balances – what happened to those?

    • Thank you, Maggie. Those checks and balances seem hard to find, but they are not gone. Maybe we (as a nation) will bring them back into the light.

  3. Love the mermaids! So glad you are learning woodworking too. I hope business is going well and David is enjoying his working retirement. 🙂

    • Thanks, M. 🙂 David loves working in his wood shop. I still need practice on the scroll saw – one mermaid at a time along with a little writing , reading, TV and puttering . I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  4. Enjoyed your song choice 🙂 When it comes to checks, you’ve covered most of them. The time has come for us as individuals and as a nation to check our list of priorities.

  5. Our national checks and balances are way out of whack. Cannot imagine how high school history teachers are handling this mess of an administration.

  6. Hello JoAnna, this is a lovely post. Checks and balances are supposed to be in place in companies to in terms of corporate governance. It doesn’t seem to work that way very often though, does it? A great song choice.

    • No, checks and balances don’t work that well in the private sector, though I’m sure there are some exceptions. Glad you liked the post and song! Thanks for reading!

  7. I like your mermaids. Rain check reminds me of a receipt you get from the store if they are out of something. We were due a lot of rain checks when these cornatimes began. So many things missing from the shelves.

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