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SoCS: Keys to my Heart, Florida Keys, and Dad’s Keys


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “key.” Use it as a noun, a verb, or use it metaphorically. Have fun!

I like this prompt, though I don’t have a plan. No, wait, one, two, three are developing. It’s hard not to plan, especially if you’re a planner.

Key to my heart, keys to the kingdom, keys to the Queendom! We went to Key Largo for our honeymoon almost 10 years ago in December.

My dad had a lot of keys. Now I have inherited them. Who knows what they go to? I don’t know. Where is the key to the lock on the trunk where I put my dad’s guns? I’m not really concerned about it. Not taking that stream. But I have no interest in getting rid of my dad’s keys. They could be an art project, like my mom’s costume jewelry, and all those buttons and bottle caps.

My Dad’s Extra Keys

Let’s go back to the key to my heart. David and I went out to dinner and talked about important things: how to protect small animals from our dog Marley who has a big prey drive. I won’t go into the hairy details, but David came to my rescue in a somewhat traumatic backyard experience. So over dinner we talked about barriers that would allow small animals an escape route, thinning out the urban forest gradually, and reducing, maybe even scrapping our composting efforts that may attract little animals. We’re thinking about giving our scraps to a compost company that will give us compost for a fee. Anyway, as odd as it might seem, I like having a man I can talk to about these things. And he loves dogs – one of the keys to my heart.

I’m recycling a few photos from the Florida Keys

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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.

17 thoughts on “SoCS: Keys to my Heart, Florida Keys, and Dad’s Keys

  1. JoAnna, I’ve always loved that you are an animal lover, taking in momma cat and adjusting your life for both she and Marley. I’ve been laughing at my own place with a new kitten – toys all over, more fur and litter to clean up, buying electrical cord covers so she doesn’t chew them, etc. Our critters are so worth it, right?

    Congrats to you and David for finding each other ten years ago and being able to communicate so well. I’m very happy for you both.

    • Thank you so much, Mary. When we were deciding about adopting Marley, David said we’d have to put a lot of our travel plans on hold. I said it was worth the sacrifice. I’m thankful he has gone along with my request and that he really loves Marley. We have made a lot of adjustments to keep Marley and Mama Cat separated – gates, doors, routines, but things are stable, and they can see each other through two gates with more curiosity than intensity. I appreciate your support knowing you are an animal lover, too.

  2. Lovely happy post and great photos , 💜

  3. It’s wonderful that you and David eventually found the keys to each other’s hearts. As with your father’s impressive collection of keys, it can take a while to find the right key to unlock the secrets within our minds, hearts, and souls.

  4. I have all, A TON, of keys of gramps. Some are still in a plastic bag and dirty. Who knows what they go to and my grandparetns house is sold. I just can’t [aart with. I still have his old phone I bought him. Before Smartphones!

  5. You certainly needed no plan for this stream

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!.. there are many different keys for one’s heart and the heart knows which is the right one to use… glad that you and David found the right keys, past, present and hopefully for the future!!.. 🙂

    Hope your world is filled with keys to happiness and until we meet again..
    May the love that you give
    Always return to you,
    That family and friends are many
    And always remain true,
    May your mind only know peace
    No suffering or strife,
    May your heart only know love and happiness
    On your journey through life.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

  7. This is a great SoCS post, JoAnna. I’m glad you’re trying to figure out how to keep Marley from eating the little guys. I know how hard that can be. The story of you and David always makes me smile. I hope your week is off to a good start.

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