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SoCS: Changing Thoughts on Diamond Rings, The Rings of Power, and Home Security, plus the Moonhaven Dance and my Latest Artwork


Today’s prompt for SoCS is, ring.

In my first engagement and marriage, I didn’t get an engagement ring. We were poor and that was okay with me, being a rebellious, nonconformist. I picked my own flowers for the first wedding. Having grown up in the 70s, I did not care about such things as fancy store bought flowers. A friend made my dress. Over the years, there was a shift. Not a big shift, but I loved getting an engagement ring in my second engagement ten years ago. The funny thing is that I don’t wear it a lot. I take it off when I go to the beach or the sanctuary where the roosters peck at it. The single diamond is set high and tends to scratch things. I wear it for dress up and leave it on till I go to the beach or sanctuary. And now, it’s not important to me as I seek simplicity and have my favorite thrift store jewelry for dress up. Though it is important to me that David was able to provide an engagement ring for me.

I got Amazon Prime for a free month to watch The Rings of Power. Being a huge fan of LOTR, I was excited to see the young Galadriel who I’ve learned is obsessed with finding and killing Sauron. I probably would have appreciated that more when I was younger and desired to save the world. After watching two episodes of The Rings, I have discovered that the orcs scare me more than they used to. Maybe it’s because they were living under someone’s house. I’ve decided not to watch any more of The Rings until I am recovered from my mystery virus. There’s still a nagging cough and feeling tired. It had become more important what I put into my body and mind. I want the pretty stuff with the elves. BBC has the first episode of Moonhaven, and I’m enjoying that. It’s not all pretty, but there’s a lot of pretty in the first episode to tickle this old hippie’s fancy.

Home security is something that’s been on my mind more. I’d like to have a camera and motion sensor at the front door at least. Don’t need a big complicated system. Maybe Ring would work. I don’t know. We got a motion sensor light with a battery and put it up over the front door, but it didn’t work, so I returned it. That was several months ago, so I guess it’s not that important. I just won’t think about the orcs. I need to focus on getting better and stronger. Maybe I’ll get a sword. (Just kidding.) Until then, there’s a baseball bat, a fenced yard, and a big dog who is secretly friendly to everyone.

Happy, healing thoughts. That’s what I need. The mysterious dance looks nice. But Moonhaven has plenty of secrets.

Here’s some art I did inspired by a cloud:

“Rising” by Joanna of the Forest


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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.

28 thoughts on “SoCS: Changing Thoughts on Diamond Rings, The Rings of Power, and Home Security, plus the Moonhaven Dance and my Latest Artwork

  1. I enjoyed your take on all these rings, JoAnna. Hugs on the wing.

  2. What a lovely Rising (what medium did you use, and is it your favorite?). I hope your mystery virus goes all the way away soon.🌷 I had a diamond ring from second husband, too, and it was in a pocket of something (I’d had the same problem with its height but didn’t go put it in my jewelry box right away that day) and when it came out of the washer and dryer, the ring was fine, but the diamond was gone! Never found it, but it was good to have for a while!

    • Thanks for sharing your diamond ring story. I chuckled at “it was good to have for a while!” Rising is acrylic on canvas. I am most comfortable with acrylics and enjoy working with blue and white on canvas or wood. I’ve also dabbled in alcohol ink on tile. I’m glad you liked Rising. I’ve been meaning to do this for months. It was therapeutic.

  3. My friend and I are watching Rings of Power and I have to say that even though I watched the LOTR movies twice, I really do need to read the books. There are so many characters, so many names, so much going on. My friend has read the books many times since a child, so she is helpful with explaining some of the scenes, but I think I also need to read all of the books and then perhaps re-watch Rings of Power and the movies again.

    Have a lovely weekend, JoAnna!

    • There are a lot of characters. I read the LOTR books a very long time ago and watch the movies every chance I get. Sometimes, I’ll look up a character online to get a bit more history. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  4. I love that angel painting!

  5. “Rising” is beautiful. Sending you happy, healing thoughts ❤

  6. Love your artwork! You’ve been having a rough time, haven’t you, with another infection recently? Hope you’re better, pronto!

  7. The orcs in the story are much more scary this time around. I hope you feel better. I won’t watch the show until the season is finished. I don’t like watching shows like that and having to wait for the next episode. Then I binge the whole thing. For me it’s much more enjoyable. Take care.

  8. The think we all need the dance … ❤

  9. Ms. Joanna of the Forest, how lovely your art work. Stupendously gorgeous. Sending you blessings. XoXo

  10. And dearie, listen to your soul. It is indeed critical that you be selective with what you let into “your” body and mind. It is the basis of what follows.
    I’m a gatekeeper! I’m a strict policer— the other stuff always tries to wiggle in (I know it exists) but I block it out vehemently.
    Forgive if this sounded preachy. Forgive.
    You have a choice. Always remember.
    Sending you healing blessings.

  11. I loved reading your post. Your cloud Angel artwork is gorgeous and feels so wonderful to look at! I feel some peace and security in this post. Happy healing to you!

    • Thank you, Ka. I’m glad you feel some peace and security in this and that you liked the cloud angel which flowed easily from my brush once I finally got around to it.

  12. Good thoughts on rings and wonderfully sinuous lines in your painting.

  13. Thank you for sharing!!.. the ring itself is not all that important, it is the memories and feelings the ring represents… I do not have prime but I do have Disney+ on my other laptop and find it pleasant viewing… I use quiet music in the background and practice Tai Chi, which could be looked upon as a form of dancing… 🙂
    A wonderful painting, another Picasso in the making perhaps?? 🙂

    Hope you get to feeling better and 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)

    • I’ve thought about getting Disney. Pleasant is good – like my image of you doing Tai Chi to quiet music. I’m so glad you like the painting and encouraged to do more of it. Thanks for the blessings.

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