The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, September 1, 2018, is “round.” Use it as a word by itself or find a word that contains it. Bonus points if you start and/or finish your post with it. –Linda G. Hill
Roundabouts are where several junctions meet from a different direction. The design of roundabouts is to keep the traffic flowing. Traffic only flows in one direction around the island in the center of the roundabout. This circular road is a one-way street and may have one or more lanes. The traffic entering the roundabout must give way to traffic already on the roundabout unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic light.
The first time my husband encountered a roundabout was in Australia. He loved it because the traffic kept flowing.
It was also the first time he drove a car with the driver’s seat on the right. Even though I was in the passenger’s seat on the left, my eyes looked at the right when the car turned to left. When we walked across the pedestrian, there was a sign on the ground to remind people to look RIGHT for the oncoming cars.
I read the news about roundabouts in England. Some tourists were new to drive on roundabouts. They entered the roundabout but couldn’t decide which street to exit, so they kept going around and around on the roundabout. They drove slower because they tried to read the signs on the streets or the exits. The local folks were not happy about the hesitant drivers.
Roundabouts are not frequent road designs in the USA, one roundabout per 1,118 intersections. There are stop signs in the intersections. In a 4-way intersection, the car comes to the stop sign first has the right-of-way to cross, followed by the next car comes to the intersection. In the residential areas, there are no traffic lights but have the stop signs every few blocks. The drivers make many stop-and-goes before they go through the street.
I have a friend who drove his manual transmission Porsche to work. When he was ready to buy a new car, he counted that he made 147 stops from home to office. He later bought an automatic transmission new car.
In Orange County, California where I live, I have only seen three areas with roundabouts.
The prompt for the Stream of Conscious Saturday, August 25, 2018 is “Notice.”
My husband and I divide up the jobs of gardening. He mows the lawn once a week. I do everything else. I take care of twenty-four rose bushes, sixteen Date palms, three hibiscus trees, two plum trees, one apple tree, and all the smaller plants and annual flowers. The Date palms are getting taller than me. It takes a lot of energy to trim them. I let them grow for almost nine months without doing anything.
When we came back from our Portland trip before summer, I trimmed two or three palm trees a week. At least I could finish in five weeks. When I came to one palm, I trimmed the leaves from the lower ring and moved up. Out of a sudden, I NOTICE a bird nest. It horrified me. When female birds are incubating, they don’t like noises or movements. Trimming the palm leaves exposed the nest means the female bird wouldn’t come back to the nest.
I grabbed a bunch of leaves and arranged them to surround the nest. After that, I observed for the whole afternoon, peeking out the window. There were no birds nearby. I got a step stool and got up high enough to take a few photos of the nest. There was one small egg in it. I went on the website to search for similar eggs. The search showed the robin eggs look like the egg I found in the nest.
After observing the nest with the egg in it for many days, I decided that it was an abandoned egg. My research showed that some female bird senses something wrong in the eggs and abandon them. I wouldn’t find out the truth because we were not home when the birds built the nest and the female bird laid the egg.
The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “in other words.”
Last Saturday, January 27, 2018, I attended a Women’s Retreat. It was a day of reflection on our personal life in 2017. We spent the first hour leisurely charting the major events, the spiritual journey, and our insights. The following hour was sharing our charts and thoughts. The next hour was meeting in groups of three to pray for each other. We also had individual time to be alone doing the reading, meditating and writing.
The retreat was from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. held in a private home with plenty of space for small groups and individual time. The pace of the schedule was just right. I came away feeling very refreshed and peaceful, ready to face my new journey of 2018.
One precious thing I valued deeply was spending a whole hour with just three people sharing. We were not chitchatting superficial things. We shared our deep concerns and prayed with each other. It was a unique experience that I didn’t have before. It is so often when we meet, we talk about the busy events. If we don’t share our concerns, even when we talk for hours, we still go away feeling unconnected.
After the retreat, one lady and I decided to meet once a month not chitchatting but to share and listen. In other words, we want to be caring friends to each other.
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “contrast.”
The Southern California wildfires have been burning for 13 days in Ventura County to Santa Barbara County. Residents described the neighborhood as “war zone.” This is the third largest wildfire in California history. Wildfires have devoured more than 116,000 acres. Smoke stretches 1,000 miles across the Pacific – the distance between New York and Miami. 2017 has been the most expensive year for US wildfires, with damages topping $10 billion.
My heart is heavy for the people who lost their homes and all their treasures. I do pray for rainstorm pouring in this part of the world, to stop the fire and clean the air. Some residents came back to their burned homes, putting up Christmas trees and decorations to bring some cheer to the neighborhood.
The fire zone is about 120 miles from our city, but it surely affects the temperature in this area. In contrast to the past winters, the last two days were in the 80so F during the day. The birds were chirping as if it was spring. The flowers in my garden have a burst of growth.
I would like to present these flowers to the residents who lost their homes in the sense of hope!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “liqu.” Find a word that starts with “liqu” or has “liqu” in it, and base your post on that word. – Linda G Hill
My husband has been taking coconut oil for almost two years. He bought the coconut oil in solid form. He then liquifies it in hot coffee. Sometimes he simply drinks one teaspoon of the liquid form of coconut oil per day.
Real coconut oil has a melting point of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be liquid above that temperature, but solid below that. The difference between a “fat” and an “oil” is that one is solid and the other one is liquid.
In warm tropical climates where coconuts grow, and where air temperatures are almost always above 75 degrees, coconut oil is a liquid most of the time, hence the term “coconut oil.” In North America, coconut oil is a solid, really a fat, most of the year. But “coconut fat” is not a common term. Some have referred to solid coconut oil as “coconut butter,” but in fact, it is coconut oil in solid form.
Research has uncovered the secrets to this superfood that has healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). These unique fats include:
Around 62 percent of the oils in coconut is made up of these three healthy fatty acids.
Coconut Oil for Hair – This nourishing oil has been used for centuries. Use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in homemade hair products.
To Moisturize and Nourish Skin – Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation.
Digestive Help – Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from Candida.
Great Source of Healthy Fats – Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. Coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk.
Mental Boost – Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.
Hormone Support – Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.
Immune Support– The MCTs have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.
Great fat for cooking: Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir-fries, baked goods, and practically any other cooking use.
Linda G Hill’s Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cramp.”
Thanksgiving 2017 had come and gone. This is a little recap of the detail. It has something to do with decorating the Christmas tree. I’ll get to it toward the end of the post.
I was hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year. The previous time I hosted it was in 2009. That was the year I received the chemotherapy and radiation for my melanoma cancer from January to July. I know, I was so brave to host the dinner for 28 people. With the limited energy, it took me two months to get the house ready. Mercy helped me do most of the cooking.
Well, for this year, I couldn’t plan too far in advance. I went to Portland, Oregon for six weeks on three different trips when Mercy gave birth to her first baby, and later I helped to take care of Autumn. The first three weeks of being new parents were quite a learning experience to Mercy and Will. Will went back to work after two weeks of paternity leave. He continues to help when Autumn wakes up in the middle of the night for feeding.
When I came home a week before Thanksgiving, I rushed to the stores to get fall season decoration. I stopped by many stores, all I saw was Christmas items. So, I decided to have Christmas decoration. Why not? Mercy, Will, and Autumn arrived four days before Thanksgiving. Our old, artificial Christmas tree was all worn out and we bought a new one – white color. Throughout the years when I decorated the Christmas tree, I cramped the tree with several strings of lights, many strands of garlands, and years of collections of ornaments. This year, after I assembled the tree, Mercy helped to decorate it. She only used two strings of lights, one strand of garland, and twenty ornaments. She liked the simple look. You know what? I like it also. I like the peaceful and quiet look of a simple tree.
By the way, Autumn is two months old two days ago. She had her first immunization. Mercy said Autumn handled the shots well. “Good girl, Autumn!”
The theme for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is: “ink.” This reminds me of the ink I used for Chinese calligraphy.
I learned Chinese calligraphy in elementary school when I was in Hong Kong.
Chinese calligraphy is considered as an art. The following are five scripts of the word DRAGON.
The shape, size, stretch, and type of hair in the brush, the color, and density of the ink, as well as the absorptive speed and surface texture of the paper, are the main physical elements influencing the result of calligraphy. The professional calligraphers use inkstick and grind the inkstick with water in the inkstone. I used bottle ink and poured the ink into the ink box with a cotton pad in it.
There are a couple ways to hold the brush. Commonly, the brush is held vertically straight gripped between the thumb and middle finger. The index finger lightly touches the upper part of the shaft of the brush (stabilizing it) while the ring and little fingers tuck under the bottom of the shaft, leaving a space inside the palm (students were told that the space should be big enough for an egg). Alternatively, the brush is held in the right hand between the thumb and the index finger. I learned to hold the brush in a common way.
The study of calligraphy includes learning the basic strokes, positioning the character, and copying exemplary works continuously, until the move becomes instinctive and the copy is perfect.
As part of the homework, I practiced the large scripts as well as copied a paragraph from the book in small scripts. I contribute my artistic appreciation to my Chinese calligraphy background.