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SoCS: Saved from Ranting by the Ukranian President, Mama Cat, and Marley


Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt is “way to go.” Way to go, Linda for selecting an interesting prompt with many ways to go.

When we don’t know which way to go, we can check GPS on the phone. I miss the days of maps, folded up with red lines drawing the route on a trip. But GPS can be handy on a day-to-day basis. When we don’t know which way to go in life, we can ask God. Or we can wait. Waiting is okay. Except in traffic when other people want to go. Lately, I prefer to stay home.

The people of Ukraine cannot all stay home and stay safe. They have to go and become refugees. Thank you to Poland and other countries who are taking them in. “Way to go,” can be a confirming statement, as in good job. I’d like to say this to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who I am just starting to learn about. What I know so far, I admire. In the face of a horrible crisis, he is, from what I’ve read, doing a good job as a leader. To Vladimire Putin, (leaving that spelling as is) I would like to say, “Way to go to hell.” Just saying, cause, what goes around, comes around. You know, Karma will get you.

How can we still have morally corrupt people, so called leaders, like Putin in power at all? I don’t usually get political like this, but I just don’t understand why we are not further along by now as a species.


I had to step out of the stream momentarily, because it was time to play with the cat. No, really, I have been neglecting her, and it was her time. Maybe I should not have started the SoC, but my mind was streaming. I did not like where it was going. I’d rather feed my hope and acknowledge what I like. Good leaders are leading somewhere. Where’s that meme I just saw…..


My husband David is a good leader. He went to work Friday with his hand all bandaged up after getting his tendon repaired Wednesday after having got his finger twisted in Marley’s harness last week. David is one of those leaders who gets his hands dirty in a good way. He’s not afraid of hard physical work, though he’s supposed to be an “administrator.”

He did not go get the Rx pain medication called in to the pharmacy. He didn’t want it, preferring to use over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The nurse called and said that he might want to go get the opioid pain medication to have it on hand. WTF. Have it on hand? This could be another rant. But if someone says they don’t need or want an opioid pain medication, why push it? He says it doesn’t hurt that bad.

Okay. Enough of that. I’ll just say, I’m proud of David. But he does tend to work too hard. We secured the back fence enough so that Marley can run “free” in the backyard with supervision and does not need to be walked for a while, while David’s hand heals. In fact, it’s time for me to go supervise his backyard zoomies – Marley, not David.

Here are some Marley photos taken by my daughter a couple of days ago:

Marley and Neighbor friend:
There must be a way to get through!

For more streams of consciousness and SoCS rules, visit our host, Linda Hill HERE.

It’s the way to go!

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.

35 thoughts on “SoCS: Saved from Ranting by the Ukranian President, Mama Cat, and Marley

  1. I like how your stream went. Great thoughts. I hope your hubby feels better soon. I pray for the leader and people of the Ukraine.

  2. My feelings exactly about what is happening in Ukraine. God only knows when this will end and by that time so many will have lost their lives and their homes and so much.

  3. What a cute pup! I am glad hubby is not too worse for the wear. Our hands are so important but the dispensing of opiods is out of control.

    As far as Ukraine, it feels, like such a helpless situation. I can only imagine the terror of living through it. Their leader is impressive and I hope against hope he somehow comes out on top along with the people of Ukraine.

  4. So far most of us fortunates still have somewhere to go

  5. They precribed an opioid painkiller when I had my tooth pulled and the post installed for the new one. I think they want to make sure you have it if you need it. I didn’t, but got the prescription filled anyway.

    So David ended up with a tendon issue? Ow…

    As for how we can ende up with morally-corrupt leaders. we were too busy not paying attention to who we were voting for.

    • Yeah. David’s tendon was torn and had to be reattached. Good thing it was his pinky finger and his left hand. Still, lots of pt ahead. Having been a substance abuse counselor for 30 years, the thought of unnecessary opioids lying around is pretty risky for some households.

      • I know what you mean. They’re quite effective as you use them only when you need to. Do you remember back in the late ’50’s/early ’60’s when they sold cough syrup with codeine?

        Unfortunately, I think doctors are a little too liberal when it comes to prescribing opioids, and it’s led to some serious societal problems. They are very effective as painkillers, particularly for terminally ill patients, which is why they get prescribed so much…

        • I vaguely remember the codeine cough syrup. it’s good that Opioid painkillers are available for those who are terminally ill.

          • When my stepfather was dying, they were rationing out the painkiller so as not to raise any red flags with the DEA. They had to able to justify putting him on a morphine drip. Poor guy was in agony, but the bureaucrats in Washington were satisfied. And people wonder why I have such contempt for the government.

            Vicks Formula 44! It was loaded with codeine…

  6. Well done, JoAnna. I’m glad David us healing. Years ago, after cutting my finger on a table saw, I also skipped the Oxy. I understand. Marley is a cutie. You can easily see that he must be strong. I hope you all have a good weekend.

  7. Lovely post, lovely dog, so glad your hubby will be okay.
    As to the Ukraine all we can do is pray. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

  8. Interesting reading, JoAnna. I tend to side with you on the Ukrainian leader. He is behaving like a Captain of a ship who stays until all aboard are safe. We need more responsible leadership.

  9. Loved the direction you took in this SoCS post. Way to go. I’m learning that human social evolution takes millennia. With more men like your hubby and Ukraine’s leader, our species have made slow by important steps forward. Here’s the link to an article I read this morning about Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy:

    • Thank you, Rosaliene. I appreciate your kind compliment of my hubby and your wisdom about human social evolution taking millennia. There is certainly plenty of evidence. Sigh. I might as well accept it and work on what I can from my little corner. Thanks, too for the link. I look forward to reading more.

  10. I like this rant too! Sometimes it is good to just let it rip! I am so saddened by this war. Like you, I thought we could rise above in love and light. But I guess there will always be evil powers. The answer is still to shine a light so bright that it negates the darkness. I know…tell that to the poor people of Ukraine! My prayers are with each and every one of them.
    Hope you hubby’s hand heals perfectly!! Have a great week, JoAnna ❀

  11. Zelensky’s strength in the face of such adversity is amazing and we should all be supporting the Ukrainian people. If not, who will Russia look to conquer next?

  12. I very much admire President Zelensky as well. It says a lot that he remains rather than deserting his post even though he has a young family. I think he is an eloquent speaker.

    I love the dog photos! Marley is a handsome fellow! πŸ™‚ All the best, JoAnne!

  13. Thank you for sharing!!… hope David recovers soon and back to normal… unfortunately the good things that folks like Zelensky and David do are not well known because they do not garner headlines… however, with today’s technology word gets around and they are more and more noticed!!.. β€œThe life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” ( Frederick Buechner ).. πŸ™‚

    Until we meet again….
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    • Thank you for that wonderful quote about touching lives and the poem. I have noticed some favorable articles about Zelensky popping up. Be well, Larry. πŸ™‚

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