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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 21/2020-Not Mrs. Susie Homemaker, or Baker

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last thing you put in your fridge.” Start your post with the last thing you put in your fridge. Let your mind wander from there. Enjoy!

Come on let’s Ketchup a little here. So here I am 46 years old. Actually almost 47, and I am not the most domesticated woman out there. I keep a very tidy home. I love organization, and routine for me to function well.

We all know that routine can’t be had with every day as much as we would like. There is usually something thrown in to any given day to throw us off. So when I say I am not domesticated I mean I can’t sew, not even a button onto a shirt (for real). I don’t iron that is what the wrinkle cycle is for on the dryer.

I just didn’t learn these things growing up. They are all learned behaviors, and I take all responsibility for not knowing them at my now age. I can cook, but it not a joy for me. Some ladies light up in the kitchen. They are like Betty Crocker come to life. Me well I decided I better put on my best “A” game now that we moved. I told my husband I have a few signature dishes up my sleeve, and I will start to cook. At least put my best efforts towards cooking for him.

Here he works so hard everyday, and often comes home to pizza and salad. So my guilt got the best of me. He is a very stocky man, and he can put the food down if it is good. I have witnessed it at other’s when invited over for dinner (jealously got the best of me). This is a hard admit for me, I could get really down on myself. Instead I decided to act! Love is a verb. I made my first signature meal this week. Meatloaf wrapped in bacon.

We had corn, and mashed potatoes as sides. It was delicious, and very filling. My husband thanked me many times over for the meal. I felt so proud of myself being Mrs. Susie homemaker. I have a whole list of meals I will be preparing now. So it is not that I can’t cook, it is more I find it kind of boring. I have no patience to waiting for water to boil (how boring)! I am not going to be baking for hours in my kitchen Christmas goodies to gift to friends. That is just not my thing.

So now that I have admitted my defects. The last thing I put into our fridge was ketchup. We drizzled it on top of our mouth savoring meat loaf. It’s not meatloaf without ketchup.

So now that you’re all ketch-uped on me. I need to think of my next dish I shall prepare for us tonight. I will admit I kind of lit up knowing my hands created something in the kitchen my husband loved. We needed proof of life, so I did take a picture of it. No one would have believed I cooked! Ha! I fooled them! Look at me now! Lisa the chef 👩‍🍳. Well not quite. My hubby’s tummy is happy, and full. So I did my job, and for that my heart is happy! I mean that is a meatloaf like no other, yeah! 👊🏻

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 14/2020-crap what is their name!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ring.” Use it as a noun, a verb, an adverb, or an adjective…use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Crap their name just doesn’t ring a bell. When you are caught off guard around the corner in the supermarket, restaurant, or just out and about. “Oh hey Lisa, wow you look great.” “What has it been 30 years?” Your mind is stumbling through the Rolodex of faces, and names in your head. You don’t even comment on how they look. It is killing you that you can’t remember their name. You clearly remember things about this person. You have visual memories sitting with them at lunch, but their name just doesn’t ring a bell.

The last thing you are willing or want to admit is, yeah ya know I don’t remember your name. You feel so put on the spot as they keep talking, and you really hear nothing they are saying because you are so caught on not being able to remember their name. Looking for their hello my name is ____ sticker.

Nope not going to get that lucky. Hoping the conversion ends, and using generic statements in reference to anyone’s name, “alright buddy,” “girl you too, take care.” Walking away fast breathing a sigh of relief it is over, and now you obsess on who they are. WHO WAS THAT!

The whole way home racking your brain for their name. Racing in the house to your yearbook looking for their face, and there it is… My gosh I can’t believe their name didn’t even ring a bell, especially with how well I knew them. Realizing that 29 years is a long time ago, and we are all getting old.

Until it happens again, because believe me it will..It has happened all too many times to this girl!

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 7/2020-please God let my bed, and pillow just be a sojourn for me…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “jour.” Find a word containing “jour” or use it as is. Bonus points if you start or end your post with that word. Enjoy!

I am desperately lacking sleep with my new breast disposition. Last night there was just no way to find comfort in my pain. I tried to reposition my body in hopes of comfort. I am now hoping my bed is just a sojourn for me.

I read up a lot about dislodged breast tissue expanders. I am being told that my whole expander rotated, and I most likely tore muscle. As well the stitches that I popped are my pectoral muscle stitches. Just when I thought I could say I had a surgery with no complications.

I created this, but not by being reckless. I didn’t do anything that at 7 months post double mastectomy I am not allowed to do. I guess I should have listened to the push back my body was giving me.

When a woman gets into a new home she wants to make up her new home. There would not have been a lot to stop me other than what is now. I was on a real roll, the day this happened I took 10 large boxes to the recycle, and 2 bags full of packing paper. My house is close, but no cigar. So now my husband says I can point at objects, and tell him where they need to go (so blessed) but in all honesty that just seems to defeat all I have done. I create when I put my home together. This whole rotated expander just bites, and now surgery is just around the corner.

This breast cancer journey has been a long one indeed. I am so grateful to be breast cancer free. I just believe I might be a little sleep deprived, and agitated that my body is so stuck right now. I always participate if I can in this SoCS prompt.

I think it best for me to rejourn once I have found a little sleep. I like to be peppy, and positive. Right now I just need to step away for a bit. Get back to the heart of the matter being, take some quiet time with God. Sleep must be found, and I also must be ground in Jesus!

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 24/2020: MOVING! Snow no!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with ‘m’.” Use any word that begins with the letter “m” as the subject or theme for your post. Enjoy!

Joyce Meyer

Moving! Moving is never fun, but once it is all said and done it comes with much joy. We have been planning, and preparing for our move since last month. I have boxes stacked to the ceiling in my place. It is almost claustrophobic, and there really is no comfortable place as of now in our house.

With all this said we can’t change what came to Spokane Washington yesterday. Know matter how much we had planned, no one had planned for snow. No one had planned for heavy snow that made tree’s fall, and transmitters go out.

We were able to get one car furnished with snow tires the night before, so we could drive out to get our keys (praise God). We finally got to see our new place in its finished presentation. The anticipation so great, we loved it. Everything about it, it is all new. Fresh paint, accent walls, it is our place.

As we are are driving home talking about the unfortunate situation, and the treacherous roads we knew for safety everything had to be put on hold. We knew we were coming home to a dark house. We had lost power about an hour before we left.

It seemed like as much as we had planned this snow came in, and put stop signs up in every corner. We knew prayer was is in order. It just wasn’t going to happen the way we had originally planned it.

Utility crews were out all over town, busting their butts to get us all up and running. So here I sit with boxes surrounding me. Our stairs to steep, and now icy.

We have the keys to our new place, and all has been put on hold for what was going to be our big move. It is very cold in here, and out there I can only imagine. This is the earliest in years I have seen snow fly. So we changed our plans. We have until next Saturday to be out. We now are holding keys to two places that are considered ours. We have tossed around so many ideas, and none came through. So our final thought is God had another plan. So we move forward in the cold, and snow entrusting it all to him. I can’t wait until this all comes to an end. My heart is not here in this boxed up place. It is on the other side of freshly colored paint, brand new black appliances, and modern architecture, yes it is not here. Lord help us with this move soon! Here is proof in the saying we don’t know what tomorrow brings. Ringing more true in my life today. I trust my unknown future to a very known God!

Corrie ten Boom
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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 17/2020: i before e, expect after c!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a word you have to look up.” We all have words we can never spell.

I had the privilege to attend college in 2004 for the first time since High School, so some 20 years later. I was not brushed up, and stellar in many areas. Math was, and always will be my nemesis. We just don’t see eye to eye. I did however get placed in a an English 99 class, which I could have thought this is so beyond me. Come on I am better than basic grammar, but in all honesty I was not. I needed a lot of brushing up. I have a deep appreciation I placed in that class to begin my college education. It later led to English 101.

So now today I am to pick a word I usually have to look up to see if I have spelled it right. I am actually a pretty good speller. If I were to just to pick a word on the fly it probably is some of the i before e, except after c words. That being said often I will look to make sure I spell receipt right. That little saying is a great rule of thumb, and when spelling out these words I do find myself thinking it inside my head. Sometimes even speaking it out loud.

I am grateful for the little grammar sayings given to us to help us along with words that are often misspelled. That class helped me with the proper use of their, they’re, and there. As well you’re, and your. Another great one is to, too, and two. Simple maybe, but these are some of the most often misused words in any given grammar writing.

So I could have been all bent at the age of 40 to be placed in such a basic English class, like it was beneath me. Especially with years of writing under my belt. It really helped me though, and I think I benefited greatly from being in it.

Because you know a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y. Just thought I would throw that one in. Now I will upload this post to make sure I have receipt of writing it. Ha, see I misspelled it right then. Had to say i, before e, except after c.

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 10/2020: A happy medium in a happy marriage

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “medium.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Recognizing when you need to find that happy medium in life. Through prayer, and God my husband and I realized we needed to talk. All good, just a reconnect that needed to happen.

My wonderful husband was one of the one’s who at the beginning of Covid had a job that was not considered essential. It was good timing with my breast cancer surgery, but no good man likes to be out of work. They find a satisfaction in putting in a good hard days work, and as well in the routine it brings. Work defines who men are. So we got a little off kilter when he was off for 5 months, and now is back into the full swing of things.

Now please don’t get me wrong my husband is defined by his relationship with God. That being said it clearly states in the Bible For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are notbusy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. Thessalonians 3:10.

There is happy medium though, men can get very consumed with work, woman too. I heard my husband say when he got called back to work it was happiest he has been in months. I get it too. So this leads me to our loving conversation this morning.

We need to find Brad, and Lisa again. Leave work at work, and find a balance in our lives. We need to put our phones aside, acknowledging one another more. Appreciating the gift we have in love in one another. Get back to laughing, and flirting with one another. Get back to the basics, as if we were dating. I believe my surgery took a huge toll on us as well, and this has nothing to do with love. We wholeheartedly love one another, thus the need to communicate where we are at today.

So this being said, it is all out. Love is an action word, we can talk about something until we are blue in the face. We have to act on it in order for change to occur. So we have figured out where the ball has been dropped, not placing blame. Each looking at our own part. Each cleaning our own side of the street. I need to smile more, and be my goofy 🙃 self more often. I am easily overwhelmed, and time frames really wreck me.

So knowing our happy medium, and having have had it before we know what is needed to get there. So into action we go! I am thanking God for man who stopped in realization of where we were at, and what is needed now. It started with us praying before we even began to talk. To let the spirit speak through us. How easily a conversation such as what we had could have gone very sour, and walls be put up.

Instead I feel like a giant weight has been lifted, and I know what I can do on my part to make my marriage a little brighter, and much lighter. I am gonna flirt with him like a he is my first high school crush, make him blush! Maybe we will go park and make out! Blessings all! 😋

Super bowl last year!
We made our own shirts! 🤪 such flirts

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Oct. 3/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “new/old.” Use either or both of the words “new and old” any way you’d like. Bonus points for starting and ending with either one. Have fun!

New, I needed something new. It had been 7 months since I had got my hair cut. I am a pretty low maintenance kind of gal. I don’t like to pay 100’s of dollars on my hair. There are so many other fun things I would rather buy that cost that much. So please don’t fault me, I get my haircut at Great Clips (gasp right) yep! For real! Even my mom is in shock, and awe that her daughter goes to Great Clips. How dare, lol!

So I went in I didn’t want anything drastic as I am growing out my hair. I just need a fresh new feel. So I proceeded to show her my picture of how I wear my hair now…At least on a good day, and when it is not in a baseball hat.

The gal cutting my hair was sweet, and probably no older than my own daughter, and step daughters. She says, “oh yeah like my mom wears her hair”. In an instant I went from feeling good about walking out feeling a sense of new, to feeling old! I thought man I am really getting to that age, 46 the uphill climb. In February I will be 47, I am no longer considered young.

On a positive note, it didn’t get me down. It was just more of a realization of my age. I am older! I am not that young 20 something girl anymore. Also another cool thing at least while at Great Clips which many of my friend’s, and as I mentioned even my mom frown upon she didn’t say, “oh yeah like my grandma wears her hair”. So I walked out feeling pretty good (a little skip in my step) only spending $18 plus a tip for feeling fresh, and new even though I am considered old! 😂 👵🏻

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 26, if only with the twinkle of my nose 😉🙏🏻

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “container.”

Getting ready to move! Disclaimer I don’t believe in magic, but if I did I wish for all of my belongings to be a twinkle of my nose into a container. How nice would that be. We just helped my son move, and I over did it. I took a week to get back to feeling a little better. Now it is time to get our house all packed! With a twitch of my nose, no! With the support of my family/friends, and God as my strength we will make this move yet! He always carries us through, so here we go readying for our move

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 19 2020; “tion” Redemption

Redemption, redeemed. The song below was played on our wedding day. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful. I can’t imagine not being a believer in these days in time. Salvation, Jesus saved me. Jesus saves, period! The most broken, weary soul He will restore!

These times we live in are perilous. They are daunting, and are trying on the spirit. So Holy Spirit fall fresh on me. For you are how I get through all the things I have seen on tv as of recent that can’t be unseen. Jesus this world needs your unconditional love, that comes from receiving you at the cross.

Reflection today brings me to my salvation that came from your redemption! This all allows my spirit to be set free.

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 11, 2020; collar: Collared in God’s love…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “collar.” Use it as a verb, a noun, or metaphorically. Bonus points for using it in all three ways! Enjoy!

Collared in God’s love. For years I was on the run. Enraptured by grace I stopped long enough to see His face.

The collar around my neck finally loosened with His grace. I was panting for my run was so long, and hardcore. I was no longer bound by my own noose. I called a truce.

I was finally caught at the cross, and he leashed my heart. Lassoed it, with the bond of his mercy so great. I knew I was free, I was able to put my old scraggly running shoes in the garbage. The soles were worn through to my barren feet blistered, and calloused. No more malice, or insanity as I prayed for God to free my heart. Collared in God’s love.