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SoCS: No More Scary Ghosts!


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “boo.” Find a word with the letters “boo” in it or use “boo” as is and base your post on it. Enjoy!

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Boo who?

Well, you don’t have to cry about it.

Ooooold joke. Works best when spoken, with a grandchild, niece, nephew, or someone who likes simple silliness.

I haven’t cried in a long time. Not real crying where I need to remind myself to breathe so my stomach and head don’t hurt. I know how to do that. I mastered the art of real crying at the turn of the century. Thankfully, no need lately. Oh, I’ll tear up a bit at a TV show. Just yesterday, watching a Blue Bloods episode I’d even seen before, I got a tear in my eye. It doesn’t take much.

Whining is another matter. I try not to whine out loud, except to the cat. But I will whine in my head. Why did I have a touch of vertigo yesterday? Am I not able to bend over and arrange my little pebbles on my winding pathway just the way I want? Is it a sign that I am being too precise. Funny how I want a pebble just a certain way, in a certain place, but it’s gotta look wild and natural at the same time. That’s my landscaping style. Maybe this stream will come back around with some photos.

I don’t like to be scared. Maybe there was a time when I liked scary movies. Now, I’m ready for the Christmas movies. Remember when we could scare ourselves silly as teenagers at sleepovers? Or later going to visit the old railroad tracks? There was this thing in North Carolina called the Maco Light. It was near a railroad station in Maco, NC. The name is similar to my maiden name with one less c, but definitely no relation. Some guy lost his head in a train accident. He was workin on the railroad trying to warn an oncoming train with a lantern. His head was never found, or so the legend goes. When I was in my late teens, it was said that you could see old Joe looking for his head, swinging a lantern along the train track. A bunch of us convoyed to Maco one night to look for the light. We didn’t see it, but we scared ourselves silly walking along the track in the dark quiet near midnight. We screamed when a generator came on. Or was it really a generator? I have no idea. That was what? 1975? We had fun with just our imaginations. (Okay, maybe some beer, too.) I think they tore up the tracks after that. Keep those crazy kids from comin out disturbin the peace…

Now, I don’t want to be scared. Ba Humbug on scary movies and headless railroad ghosts.

I do like my neighbor’s decorations though.

Neighborhood Decorations. I like smiley ghosts.

And then there are Patrick Swayze ghosts. The movie Ghost wasn’t that scary, except for the bad guys. It was more of a romantic comedy about a ghost. I might watch that one again.

Getting back to the winding path….

It’s taken me a few months to get my winding path this far. I had a lot of roots to dig through and work around for the bricks. It’s till a work in progress. Maybe I’ll add some bottle caps and melted marbles. A little at a time.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda Hill. Thanks, Linda!

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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.

23 thoughts on “SoCS: No More Scary Ghosts!

  1. I love your pathways! Now that vertigo – take it rom me. Go see a physical therapist. Nip that sucker in the bud! We had our scary legends, too – the brown mountain lights (NC), the Creekfield woman (Va), the Pink Lady at the Grove Park Inn, ghosts at the Biltmore, etc. interesting reads.

  2. There was also a period when I enjoyed scary stuff. Maybe it’s a phase we go through. I enjoyed the Ghost movie but remember it so well that I opted last night to re-watch Demi Moore’s 2007 movie Flawless.

  3. Nice to have your own winding path. I have had vertigo as well. I was given some exercises from a occupational therapist after a bad spell of it. Now I just have it occasionally. I don’t like it though. I like your neighbor’s cute Halloween decorations.

    • Thanks, Deborah. So far, the vertigo has been occasional and mild. I tried an exercise from YouTube. If it comes back, maybe I’ll get professional help.

  4. That Maco outing story is wonderful

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. The Maco Light outing is one of those events that I remember as if it happened last weekend. There were at least ten of us spread out walking along the tracks. When the loud generator came on my cluster of 3 young women screamed and ran back to the cars. The giggling started soon after.

  5. I love your winding path. That is absolutely brilliant and pretty 🤗

  6. I like the path, JoAnna. I’m with you on scary movies – been there. We have a railroad bridge here where a guy was decapitated. Well, legend has it.

    • So many ghost stories! I suppose some could be true. I vaguely recall the telling being fun once upon a time, so I can understand how they would spread. I’m glad you like the path.

  7. Thank you for sharing!!… the path looks lovely, great work!!… I met a politician once, nothing more scarier than that!!.. 🙂 🙂 🙂 no ghosts here this Halloween, were reading Agatha Christie while drinking a cuppa Earl Grey and listening to Celtic Woman…. hope you had a pleasant Halloween and all your treats were filled with love and happiness!! 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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