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SoCS: Fancy Hats, Plain Hats, Funny Hats… Improvise if You Have To


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “hat.” Use it literally or metaphorically. Have fun!

Nothing is jumping out at me, yet, except that I’ve never been much for fancy hats – the big ones ladies wear to church on Sundays some places but more so in the olden days. I don’t want to be snob about something I perceive as snobby sophisticated. I should be more accepting. If someone gets joy from wearing a fancy hat, that’s nice. I should leave it at that.

I should also wear a hat more often outside because I have fair skin. So far, so good. The cap I’m wearing in my profile pic is more my style, though it does sometimes leave my ears and jaw exposed. Sometimes I wear sunscreen, but most of them have chemicals that are harmful to the environment, so the free stuff from Medicare OTC store, well, it will last a while.

Speaking of the environment, our water here has PFAS contamination. Thankfully, I got a reverse osmosis system for the kitchen sink last year, but lots of people can’t afford that. Three private wells are contaminated in our area, and I hope the wells at the farm animal sanctuary are okay. They need to be tested, but the testing and research is being done by consultants connected to the company, Chemours, doing the polluting. I went to a hearing Monday about the well situation to speak for the sanctuary. Then I asked a question about how we can stop the release of contamination at the source. What I meant was, alternatives that don’t create PFAS chemicals. These are created in the manufacture of non-stick cookware, water repellant clothes (probably like my windbreaker) and I think sunscreen. The panel from the state didn’t get what I was getting at.

We do what we can with the things we can control. Eat healthy, exercise moderately, don’t stress too much, and wear hats outside. Fancy hats, plain hats, aluminum foil hats, cowboy hats, whatever. Here’s a very old picture of my husband David wearing something on his head that looks like a hat, but I think it’s a planter that sticks into the ground. Hats. Improvise if you have to.

Circa 1958

And let’s not forget my dad’s M*A*S*H hat.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by our famous and fearless leader, Linda Hill. You can read more about it and find more streams by visiting Linda, HERE.

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.

17 thoughts on “SoCS: Fancy Hats, Plain Hats, Funny Hats… Improvise if You Have To

  1. I often wonder,upon meeting someone, if they have an aluminum hat at home.
    A great stream.

    • Thanks, Lauren. Now, I’ll be wondering, too. Sometimes you can tell, but you never really know. I figure they’re easy to make, in case I ever feel the need. 🙂

  2. Wearing a hat in the hot summer months have become a necessity for me here in Southern California. Caps work well too 🙂

  3. Thanks, this brought back a fun memory. 😊

  4. Pingback: Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Hat – Of All The Things I've Ever Dreamed

  5. Thank you for sharing a part of your world!!.. like your photos and you got me thinking of years past when there was a fad about cutting beer cans about the size of today’s cellphones, punching holes around the edges and crocheting or darning the pieces together to form a hat, much like a derby hat… today I wear colorful wide brim hats when outdoors.. 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

    • Wide brimmed hats do help keep the sun off of our faces, and we need to protect ourselves. Color is nice too! Thank you for memory and your perspective, Larry.

  6. Good for you for getting a reverse osmosis system but the stats say 96% of us have PFAS in our blood, JoAnna. 😳🤨

    • Thanks, Pam. I’ve read that. I think the levels are important. I hope the RO system will reduce my PFAS levels. It’s a lot easier than lugging gallon jugs around to get refilled.

  7. David’s hat looks a bit like an acorn cap.

  8. Great photo of the Mash 4077 hat. Great show!

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