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SoCS: 3/25/23: Reaching the Bottom of the Laundry Hamper and Other Natural Highs


Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “the last thing you emptied.” Think of the last thing you emptied or something you empty often and use it as your prompt any way you like. Have fun!

We arrived at the mountain house late Thursday afternoon. I thought David had gotten everything out of the back of the car, then discovered he had not gotten the yoga mats and something else. I forget what. Hopefully, I will actually use a yoga mat while I’m here. Probably Monday, or tomorrow, when the kids will be going to see their paternal grandfather who’s in town for the visit since some family have come from Indiana.

In preparation for the trip, I washed clothes and actually got to the bottom of my laundry hamper. That had not happened in a while, so I got to empty little pieces of debris that had collected in the bottom. They looked like tiny pieces of leaves which are abundant in the home of this tree lover. But I really don’t want to know. Now, it’s clean at the bottom.

What’s something more interesting I could write about? Surely there are interesting things that have happened or been talked about. The air here in the NC mountains is fresher than on the coast. The trees are different and have more of an earthy-airy smell, while on the coast, there are different kinds of pine needles, sand, and more pollen since Spring comes earlier. My sinuses are not empty but seem less stuffy. I was reading about the worst cities for allergies. They only looked at big cities, and I don’t think mine was quite big enough, so didn’t make the top 20 list, though Raleigh, the state capital, did. Florida had more cities than any other state.

On Friday, I did a two short hikes with grandkids with a nap in between and more to come. Here are a few photos so far:

On our first night we saw a smiling crescent moon with maybe ? Venus above. My phone camera does not even come close to doing the scene justice, so just imagine it being a smiling crescent moon.

The moon and Venus ?

Do you see a face in the mossy tree trunk below?

Do you see a little green man stepping out of the cave?

I swear my only high was and is a natural one.

Mossy trunk and more
Mountain Stream in Early Spring
Kids in the clouds


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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: 3/25/23: Reaching the Bottom of the Laundry Hamper and Other Natural Highs

  1. We don’t use a hamper, we use laundry baskets. At home, we had a hamper, and there was always something in the bottom. I think it was an oilcloth tablecloth. No idea why it was there. Just one of those mysteries associated with living with Mom.

  2. Great posting. The mossy trunk and stream were great! The kids in the clouds was a good shot too!

  3. You did well for such a difficult prompt. I just wash for myself these days, so there’s no pile up of laundry to be done. The last thing I emptied was Costco’s 2.5 lb container of Unsalted Mixed Nuts that I enjoy as an afternoon snack.

  4. Enjoy your time in the mountains. I don’t see the face, but I’ll take your word for it. I love the photos.

    • Thanks, Dan. I appreciate you trusting me on the tree face. It was fun playing family photographer, but still made time to enjoy the family and fresh air.

  5. I’m a bit jealous of your NC mountain weather. We had another snowstorm today, just when the bare ground of spring was taking over. So, I’d like to empty the snow once and for all. Enjoy the hikes and your naps, JoAnna!

    • Thanks, Mary. I hope the bare ground of spring isn’t too confused by the snow and that this was the last of your snow for the season and warmer weather is heading your way.

  6. Love these pictures! What I see is a giant frog with furry green feet/legs, and a wooden brown/grey body daring anybody to come near!

  7. That’s a marvellous face in. the tree picture. Congratulations on getting to the bottom of the laundry hamper. I think ours has got one.

  8. A lovely post accompanied by lovely photos 💜

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