Here’s the prompt: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “lid.” Use it in the literal sense, use it in the metaphorical sense, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!
“Keep a lid on it,” sounds controlling. Maybe even harsh. But there are times when it might be a good idea. At times in my life I have disclosed too much personal information, like a confession almost. Sometimes I have been too honest. Ocassionally socially awkward. So, I’ve had to slow down and think, except when I don’t. There have been no major faux pas lately. At least not that I know of.
Keeping a lid on something might mean keeping a secret, keeping something safe, like food, or like don’t tell anyone I said this, but…… Maybe it’s better not to tell, then. Getting back to self-disclosure, maybe a lid could be loose or tight. If it’s tight, there’s always a possiblity it could be opened again, but you might need help from someone safe. I’ve heard that “you’re only as sick as the secrets you keep,” but we still have to be careful who we tell our secrets to.
I remember when I was single, trying to open a jar by myself. So as not to do too much damage to my hand, wrist, and arm, which were already compromised by so much work on the computer, I would work on the lid for a while, then take a break. Hit it with a knife on the corners, try again, and take a break. There was this one time when I took it across the street to the neighbor. Other times, I took turns with my daugther. Don’t hurt yourself trying to open a jar. Now, I try a couple times and take it to David. His hands are much stronger than mine.
When we were dating for the second time around, we didn’t keep a lid on much information-wise. We wanted everything on the table. No big surprises. We were in our 50s and didn’t want to waste time. We talked about past relationships and what we’d learned from them. I guess how much you disclose depends on whether you want to date or a committed relationship. Of course we didn’t share every gory detail. I don’t want to think about those. Quick! Think of something else!
I try not to use plastic, but when I do, I try not to use a plastic lid, which means I have to be careful not to spill. Since I don’t use straws, I might get a smoothie mustache, but that’s okay. Here’s my basic smoothie recipe at home: Oat milk, Banana, and Peanut Butter. Add other ingredients as desired. Lids are optional. (But if you take it outside, you might want some kind of a cover to keep bugs out.)
FYI, I don’t know what this has to do with lids, but my spell check on WP has not been working for a while. I chatted with someone from WP yesterday and he? said something in WP was not compatible with grammarly, or something, but they’re working on it. He told me to go to settings in my browser which I tried, but it didn’t work. Anyway, I have to go over this again to see if I catch any misspelled words. Does misspelled have two s’s? Yes, okay. That’s good enough for now. Apparently spell check is optional for some WP sites. That would have been a good transitional line for this paragraph. Now, I’m thinking too much. Time to put a lid on this.
Thinking about a photo gallery, I could have written about Mama Cat’s vet visit. One year ago I trapped her at my chuch and took her to the vet before bringing her home. She was still quite feral and escaped in the exam room. Tuesday I took her to a place that specializes in cats. It went so well, I almost cried with relief. They took the lid off her carrier and she did not run away. The towel helped. Mama Cat has come a long way in a year. Now she has a microchip.
Continued thanks to our SoCS host, Linda Hill. You can find more SoCS posts and rules at Linda’s Blog.
October 9, 2021 at 10:35 am
I have to agree that some times I wish I had kept a lid on things. Not while in a relationship per se but I sometimes blab on and on and wish I could suck it all in again.
October 9, 2021 at 4:04 pm
I understand. Sometimes things just spill out to people who have no need to know.
October 9, 2021 at 11:16 am
I like your stream today, JoAnna.
October 9, 2021 at 4:06 pm
I’m glad you like it. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
October 9, 2021 at 11:41 am
Awww…purrs for Mama Cat. She has become accepting of people and perhaps a little less scared of the vet. You have been an awesome cat mom to her.
I do keep a lid on some personal information because it’s really no one else’s concern but my own. I wouldn’t call them secrets, only things that no one should have to share and doesn’t affect others. If I had a serious relationship, then yes, I would share more of myself, as you and your hubby did and still do.
October 9, 2021 at 4:21 pm
Thank you very much for the purrs and affirming my loving work with Mama Cat. I have had to learn some things are no one else’s concern. But it’s fun to be able to share the good things with people who understand.
October 9, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Mama Cat is a cutie.
October 9, 2021 at 4:51 pm
She is like my strange baby. Sometimes snuggly, sometimes skittish.
October 9, 2021 at 7:50 pm
Good to see how far Mama Cat has come. Keeping a lid on some things is important. It’s a somewhat fluid evaluation though.
October 9, 2021 at 9:46 pm
Right. Fluid. I was in my 40s when my dad revealed some of the escapades of his youth.
October 10, 2021 at 3:08 am
It was neat how you got lid into the spellcheck paragraph.
October 10, 2021 at 10:20 pm
Thanks, Derrick. Didn’t plan that one, but I guess lid was in the back of my mind.
October 10, 2021 at 7:34 am
I’ve been thinking along those lines; Brene Brown said if we’re going to tell our story; make sure they deserve to hear it. I’m holding back a lot more now.
October 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm
Make sure they deserve to hear it. Good advice I want to remember. Thanks!