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SoCS: Art Inspiration, Vegan Aspirations, Expiration Dates, and a Road Trip

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Today’s prompt is from Dan who’s filling in for Linda. You can visit both of them over at the virtual bar at Dan’s blog today. Here’s what Dan came up with:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “inspire/aspire/expire.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all if you want. If you use two, you get bonus points! If you use all three, Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. Enjoy!

I hope to inspire, but more naturally than in the past. Because I like to be inspired, too. In my art folder here on my laptop, I have a folder named, “inspiration.” It has ideas from nature and other people’s art that I want to, not copy, but be inspired by, taking my own spin on them. Clouds inspire me, like this one:

If you know a lot about clouds, you might be able to tell I turned this upside down. Originally it looked like a bird or angel diving down to earth. Turning it upside down makes it a rising mermaid or angel or something. I like rising better than diving, though I do love diving under water. So I’m going to paint it rising, whatever it turns out to be. The head will be different. We’ll see what happens. Do you notice the face near the very top a little to the right of center? It’s kinda eerie/cool. The face seems to be looking over a shoulder or wing.

Aspire. I have aspired to be and do many things. Maybe the best is to aspire to be ourselves. Our true selves, not what others expect. I think of myself as an aspiring vegan, inching closer and inspired by the vegans at the farm where I volunteer. Been doing better on not eating fish. Gave up chicken a couple years ago (the chickens on the farm reinforce that) and stopped eating mammals in my early twenties. Cheese though is sneaky. Dairy productus show up unexpectedly in granola bars or veggie burritoes. Anyway, I’m not perfect, never have been, never will be.

Expiration dates are subjective. My husband will eat (almost) anything that smells okay even if it’s expired. I might go a couple months out from when something was said to expire. Maybe six months. A lot of food is wasted because it’s expired or looks funny, but it’s still good to eat. I’m glad people are starting to rescue and redistribute some of that. I got some free almond butter that had expired at the new food co-op down the road. Almond butter is something I don’t usually buy, because peanut butter is so much less expensive, and there’s something about almonds production that’s a problem, maybe with bees. I don’t remember. But it was a nice gift, the expired almond butter.

My energy level expired Saturday when David drove home from southeastern Connecticut to southeastern NC. He’s a tough guy. Just riding in the truck all those hours was hard on my body. We took the scenic route close to the eastern shore, because it was less traffic and less stress, though more time (15 hours with our stops.) We had considered stopping for the night halfway, but David seems to have an amazing ability to keep going which only inspires me to take a nap or take pictures. Oh, the reason for the trip – we had gone to visit David’s mother who is 86 and doing very well except for some vision problems. (We have all been vaccinated.) She was very happy to see us after five years and told me all about her volunteer work at the elementary school when her kids were little. I’m going to write another post about that sometime – about how she helped start a kindergarten, school library, and got things done as a mama bear back in the 1960s. But that’s enough for now. Here are some photos from our trip. I hope to stay home for a while.

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Happy October!

For more streams of consciousness visit Linda’s blog HERE. Be sure to look for Dan’s contribution at “No Facilities” in the comments.

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.

30 thoughts on “SoCS: Art Inspiration, Vegan Aspirations, Expiration Dates, and a Road Trip

  1. I’m glad you had a good trip, JoAnna. That is a long time to be riding. The best thing about this post is, “Maybe the best is to aspire to be ourselves.” I think you’re right.

  2. A fine ramble through the prompt words, with good photographs

  3. Lovely post, JoAnna.

    Are you familiar with Michael Pollan? His book on food (“Cooked” maybe?) encouraged her to become a vegetarian. The environmental impact of raising meat for food was what motivated her to quit eating meat.

    • I will definitely look up Michael Pollan. (Oh, I have heard of his books!) Loving animals has been my motivation, to be vegetarian and almost vegan, with the environmental impact as a contributing factor. I’m glad you liked the post!

  4. I see the angel in the cloud, JoAnna. A lovely picture to paint. Very nice pictures of your trip. Five years is a long time.

  5. It’s good that you and your husband were able to spend some time with his mother after five years. How I miss cheese! With my low salt diet, it had added zest to my meals. We may aspire to inspire, but in the end we must all expire.

    • You get bonus points for your clever use of all three words in one sentence! There’s a wide variety of vegan cheese substitutes coming out these days made from all sorts of things like nuts or potatoes. I’ve heard some can even melt. Mostly I have these at one of the 3 vegan restaurants that have recently emerged in my little city.

  6. I love the old house picture. Continue having worthy aspirations as you inspire others with your blog posts. Have a great Sunday.

    • I had David turn around and park so I could take pictures of the old house which I found fascinating. I’m glad you loved it. Thank you very much for the encouragement!

  7. To me, that cloud formation looks like a whale suspended in water as it sings to other whales. Great picture! ~Dave

  8. Great story, photos and creative use of the prompt words, JoAnna. Glad you got to visit with David’s mother. 🙏

    • Thank you! I appreciate your kind comments and I’m glad you like the post. David’s mother was so happy to spend time with us. She’s always been a sweet lady.

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