#SoCS May 21, 2022 – Clear

Linda’s SoCS prompt

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

Now, clearly, I was too tired to schedule this post last night, seeing as I am writing it now, at 6 24am on Saturday morning (thanks to Sonu Singh waking me up for his food!)

I try to make myself crystal clear to him every Friday night, that Mummy needs a lie in, but, as if he has an alarm clock inside, he bounds into our bedroom at around 5-5.30a m, miaowing away. If I don’t wake straight away, he has a clear plan;

  • jump on the bed, massage Mummy.
  • If no response, claw the carpet.
  • If that doesn’t work, try climbing onto the windowsill and begin chewing plants
  • Failing that, knock over bin, and begin chewing random rubbish loudly.
  • If still no joy, run around the house madly
  • Still no food? Give up, and jump back on the bed and go to sleep with Mummy and Daddy until they get up.

So, now he is fed, I am awake, and planning for the day. Here’s hoping for clear skies, as opposed to the crazy rain we have had the last two days, as Lil Man has another cricket match! (Well, it is Saturday, and the season is upon us!)

Have a good day, Peeps!

#SoCS – May 14 2022 – Hat

Linda’s SoCS prompt

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hat.” Use it literally or metaphorically. Have fun!

Hats are great things, aren’t they?

They cool you in the summer and can warm you in the winter.

They can be protective, or add a splash of glamour to your look.

Equally, they just add character to some people.

Now, when you have curly hair, hat-head can be even more of a thing for you, compared to your straighter haired compadres… Because curls do like to hold certain shapes, or they like to frizz up.

I also have the problem of when I sleep at night, I can end up with one side of flattened curls and one side still full of bounce, and I don’t wash every day because I don’t have the time to do the styling involved every morning!

This has led to some more research into products I could and should be using, and how to combat flat head, and one thing I read about was using a satin/silk sleep bonnet or pillowcase to reduce frizz overnight, and also satin or silk-lined beanies for the colder months, when you need a hat, but could do without the silly way your hair moulds to said hat, retaining its shape on your bonce, once you have removed it!

So I bought some satin sleep hats, or bonnets off Amazon (good old Amazon, you can say what you like, they have been a lifesaver for me!) and, though I look like I am about to go to bed with a shower cap on my head, they actually do retain the curl, and feel so comfortable to wear, too! I have been amazed, and even my colleagues at school have commented upon how much curlier my hair looks, on the middle days between washes!

And, the proof is in the pudding, so I am even baring my bonce, along with sleep bonnet, for you to see. This is a pic from this morning, without any extra curl spray, (and no make up or filters, sorry!) and I promise, I didn’t colour coordinate my pyjamas! It was just pure luck!

Still got the bouncy curls!

#SoCS – May 7 2022 – Phrases I Grew Up With

Linda’s SoCS prompt

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a phrase you grew up with.” Include in your post a phrase your mom/dad/grandparent/sibling used all the time when you were growing up, or just write whatever inspires you based on that phrase. Enjoy!

Coming from such a colourful background with where my family originates, culturally, as well as the locations they have lived, it means that there have been plenty of different phrases in a multitude of languages that have been used regularly. We have Punjabi phrases, English phrases, as well as Swahili ones since that is where my parents were born and brought up.

One of my favourites is most definitely Hakuna Matata, which is the Swahili phrase made famous by Disney with the release of The Lion King. It means no problem – a phrase used regularly in Kenya, where folk are so laid back they are practically horizontal!

A phrase bandied about a lot in my childhood as nothing was ever a problem. No matter what the issue, Hakuna Matata! It will get sorted out, don’t worry, just chill out! And I was even happier when the film came out and other friends of mine were suddnely aware of a language once foreign to them, and now a common phrase!

In Punjabi, Gadha, or Gadhe da Putar was another funny one. Gadha means donkey or ass. So calling someone a donkey or son of an ass when they were being particularly stupid or stubborn was a common one, too.

A common English phrase used is probably Don’t beat about the bush, because, as you know I do like a chat, and can go round and round before I ever get to the point!

#SoCS – April 30, 2022 – Zip, Zero, Zilch!

Linda’s SoCS prompt

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “zip, zero, zilch.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Have fun!

An ode to my longing middle-aged weight loss battle!

My zip won't do up
Weight loss stands at zero lbs
Zilch snacking me thinks!

Ritu 2022

#SoCS – April 23, 2022 – Too/To/Two A Little Celebration Post!

Linda’s SoCS prompt

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “too/to/two.” Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Extra bonus points if you start your post with one. Enjoy!

Two years ago, we were plunged into the awfulness of the pandemic, which meant that we couldn’t celebrate many special days with the family, including my Mum’s 70th birthday.

The lockdown meant I couldn’t go to Birmingham easily, and, quite honestly, working in a school. I didn’t want to, because I could end up taking the virus back to them.

Anywho, another big celebration has come up, today, and we are going to be travelling up to see them today because it is Pops and Mum’s 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Fifty years!

Now, you got to admit, that is quite an achievement.

They are an inspiration to me and many around us, too, and I can only hope that we are in the same position in another thirty years, too!

Please join me in wishing Pops and Mum a wonderful Golden Wedding Anniversary!

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