• It was 101′ degrees here almost every day last week and I was sitting in my air conditioned home looking out at the ocean wondering….. will Fall ever come? So I decided to find fall scented candles to try and […]

    • Oh how fun! And great idea to try to get in the fall spirit! I know what you mean about the heat. Here in north Florida there is just a “tinge” of fall in the air. Just barely… πŸ™‚

  • I had been planning on buying a few plants for my terrace garden, as I haven’t had a chance to go out in the past seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, I convinced my husband to go with me and we […]

    • I absolutely love gardening. You are correct….it is so relaxing to dig into the dirt with your hands, plant seeds and watch them grow. This year I only grew heirloom tomatoes on the lower balcony. On my upper balcony I have a few different flowering plants. One I absolutely love is my Night Jasmine. The scent flows through the door and it is so wonderful. Can’t wait to see your Orchid.
      We have a local group that trades plants. With so many people being stuck at home through this pandemic many started growing plants for the first time. So they sign up for this group where they trade. I saw the story on our local news station. Us humans can be so creative.

      • Oh I am so delighted to know that you share my enthusiasm for gardening. I am sorry I got in late replying back. I had 2 busy days, and just sat down to check my comments and messages here. I grow mint, turmeric, ginger, eggplant, aloe vera, basil and many varieties of indoor plants. I have only two types of orchids. One is known as Dancing Girl and the other looks like an eagle when bloomed. I agree that we can be pretty creative. πŸ™‚

    • Ah yes, just being out in nature, for me, does that!

  • I can listen to Ben for days. His voice can move you…. take you with him.

    • I understand about the voice, it does have what I would call a haunting quality that pulls you in. I couldn’t really understand the words that well thought.

      For some bizarre reason, while listening I kept thinking of the very cute young man that was in front of me standing in line to vote yesterday. All in all that was a good experience, and the fact that I had some eye candy to look at make it even better.

      It was interesting how well they treated us in that line. Two separate groups of people came though the line offering us food, one was a full packaged up dinner with a sandwich and spicy pasta salad which I saved for after, and twice people that were connected somehow with the voting procedures came by with bananas and thanks for our patience waiting etc. I was in line about 2 1/2 hours.

    • Ok…..a few things.
      First…I am going to share one of the first songs I heard from Ben Howard. THIS is what I fell into….

      Ok….now I will respond in order of importance.

      EYE CANDY?!?!?!
      Well hello …..that makes a 2 1/2 hour wait TOO QUICK πŸ˜‰
      But I am done with eye candy. I fell for eye candy and had 3 sons with him. He was wonderful to look at…..and that was pretty much it. Hahahaha….

      So now I want….a Big Stoic Brain that can make me laugh. If they so happen to be terribly handsome…I won’t really complain. Older works too.

      As for Voting……THAT deserves a whole post in itself. What an amazing experience you had. I hear stories of how armed gunmen will be going to voting places and it truly has me thinking of going too and handing out cookies and beverages. Maybe renting out a coffee cart….Voters can get a free coffee after they voted. Just showing….no gunperson can intimidate us. How small and weak to need to show a big gun. I have no problem with guns when in the right hands mind you. And I am sorry for bringing this topic up in your beautiful VOTING story. I am happy you voted and good/beautiful Americans treated the Voters in this manner.

  • Post the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us have been working from home. So, I have a lot of time to watch web series.

    The one I picked up first was The Vampire Diaries. It did not disappoint me. I watched it […]

    • I think that most people who suffered the isolation of lockdown discovered new tv shows they would never have known about if not for Covid 19. My current favourite is on Amazon Prime, a show called “Preacher.” It’s wild, gory, uncompromising, and darkly comical. But alas, that’s now come to an end. . .time to look for something else as a welcome distraction.

    • I have seen all of True Blood, loved it, but can’t watch it again because I didn’t like the way it ended, and that makes me not want to watch it repeated. I am not sure how much of Riverdale I watched, I know one season, I might need to check that and watch the rest if there is more.

      I am currently watching the second season of 13 Reasons Why. It is dark and about kids trying to grow up and deal with all the issues that come along like drug addiction, suicide and the like.

      • I know. I didn’t like the ending of True Blood. I felt so bad for Eric Northman and Sookie married some random guy. Ugh!

        Riverdale, I have watched till season 3, but 2 and 3 was a waste. But I like Cole Sprouse. So I watched. I also like Lili Reinhart.

        I will check out 13 Reasons Why. Thank you.

        • actually, I don’t think that was a random guy…I think it was the werewolf because I remember it seemed odd that she had forsaken her interest in vampires, but kept her interest in him. They had dated for a while.

          I could be wrong though, but that is who I remember seeing at that table with, I believe, some children. I hated the end because Sookie was all about the vampires and this seemed like a total rewrite of her whole being. But also because if they had just ended the show 20 minutes earlier they would have left with what I considered some sort of intergrity. Instead, it seemed to me that they quickly added 20 more minutes to make it turn out all “normal”.

    • I have to admit I only watched a season of Outlander…..and have not seen anything else. And the reason I only watched one season of Outlander is I read all of the books and was some what disappointed with who they picked for Jamie. AND….they change up the story line from time to time. But once in a blue moon I will watch an episode if its on as I am turning Chanels. I absolutely love the Outlander books. She is about to release a 9th book and I can not wait for it.

  • I was getting a bit brave by venturing out to the mall and into Macys with my son who came home from England a few weeks ago. He was looking for something or another so I strolled around the dinnerware dept […]

    • That’s a lovely looking decorative bowl. If I didn’t know better I would have said it was of Chinese origin and not Finland. Someone smiled on you when you entered that shop. It’s one of those moments that was meant to be.

      • YES! That is what I felt too. When they wrote about the artist influence for this set…..they did say “Finnish Folklore, Slavic animation and Japanese etchings” So there is an Asian influence.

    • Oh my! That is one beautiful bowl.I too love these sort of intriguing designs on the things I buy for home.

    • I was attracted by the flowers, but the bowl is nice and colorful also. And sounds like you are already enjoying it, to even research where it came from. πŸ™‚

      • The flowers filled the upstairs completely with a soft beautiful scent for over a week. I use to buy fresh flowers weekly but stopped when all of this Covid went down. So having these delivered on my birthday just made me want to start that habit again.
        And I was so drawn to the art on that bowl…..that I wanted to know the story.

    • Oh Monica! You have beautiful taste! The bowl is AMAZING and so are all the other pieces! I would SO have bought it as well. Also, I do find your posts to be highly important and mind blowing too, so keep it up!

      • Monica replied 5 days ago

        Well I am so happy that someone else “gets” my taste. Thank you.
        And I always make myself laugh when I write things like…”my important mind blowing post”
        I know the world is going through some serious times….but I also know we can turn every channel and listen to expert educated views from every angel IF we wanted to hear about this story or that. So coming here is kind of like a little escape from all of that craziness.

  • I …for the first time in my life saw a Cotton Tree. He was growing in my friends yard and he stood so tall. I was sitting on her third floor balcony and I was looking up at the beautiful cotton balls that […]

    • Wow! Those are amazing! And I love that you are excited about nature. I live in north Florida so I’ve seen cotton fields but never anything like this!

    • Monica replied 1 week ago

      To be useful and beautiful……we need more.

  • After what I call a lifetime of waiting, I am finally able to write here. I thought thoughts.com was gone forever. It feels good to be back.

  • Another recommendation from my sister who happens to be an expert on all things gory.

    There are 3 episodes during this first season. It is like no other Dracula movie out there. The 2 main characters in the […]

    • Thanks for the recommendation, Monica! I adore all things vampire, werewolf, ghost, etc. πŸ™‚

    • dracula was pretty good. i’ve just started octoberfest – beer & blood. its pretty good so far too. well produced, good music, edgy plot & characters. check it out on netflix πŸ˜‰

      • I will let my sister know about this. I am not so much into blood and gore unless it’s a Tarantino movie. But if the story line is good….I can tolerate it. I will give it a shot.
        YES….I enjoyed this version of Dracula. LOVE Sister Agatha. And liked how this Dracula was sort of a nod to a Boris Karloff type of Dracula.

    • Yes….creepy with some dark humor.

    • There was a 3 part Dracula series on the BBC in January past, I wonder if it’s the same one?

      It begins when a character called Jonathan Harker visits a decrepit old man (Dracula) in Transylvania on the pretence of doing legal work for him. But he’s really been asked there for one thing, and as the days go by the old man gets younger while Harker gets more and more withered and sick.

      Probably the best modern take on the Dracula legend that I’ve ever seen. It was creepy as hell.

      • It sounds exactly like the one I posted. But I take it you are unable to see the video clip?
        I’ll try and post a photo of the characters in the post so we know for sure.
        And YES….creepy and funny.

        • I can’t see the video.

          It says: “VIDEO UNAVAILABLE the uploader has not made this available in your country.” That’s an odd thing given that the 3 part series was made and produced here in the UK!?

          Ah! Update. I can now see a picture below the video box – it is the same program.

          • Monica replied 1 week ago

            I don’t know why we can’t watch movie trailers from other countries…its not the whole movie.

    • I have been into vampires since my teens, but only recently read Dracula. I didn’t think I would like it because I normally like books where the vampire is the hero, or at least the conflicted person. Dracula always struck me as an evil being.

      When I read it, however, I found that I actually kind of enjoyed it so I might just check this series of 3 shows out and see if I turn out to enjoy it also.

      • Something tells me you will enjoy this. Let me know if you watch it.

        • Oh, I watched it and liked it. I am wondering what they can possibly do for another year though. I mean they are in present now, and well, you know the story so you can guess why I am wondering.

          • Monica replied 1 week ago

            yeah…..you’re right. What can they do? I mean…present can go on for sometime if they keep a good story line going. Throw in flashback stories…..hmmmm. I don’t know if they would work. Maybe leaving it the way it ended might be the best thing. BUT…that is why great writers make the big bucks…cause they can create an amazing story line.
            Ah well……lets see what happens.

            • Yeah, I think if they want to, they can find something to keep us involved. Maybe a flash back to how Dracula got how he is….his backstory. I know that Anne Rice started out with a “simple” newspaper person interviewing a vampire, and it grew over time into about 20 or so books. That vampire that was interviewed by the reporter had met other vampires who had met others, and it kept going.

              I am still, to this day, finding books that I had never read before. So it can be done. I just have trouble picturing how it would work on this one.

              Time will tell.

              Oh and by the way, I see you said that you don’t like scary movies. I don’t consider vampire movies or books scary. In fact, I may have told you that I got over my fear of storms by watching a vampire show called Dark Shadows. I just imagined myself at Collinwood in a secret room dealing with the vampire, who was obviously in love with me etc….and the fear of storms just went away. There was always a storm at Collinwood. Speaking of which, I found Dracula very handsome also. (grin)

    • I love vampire novels to. Recently watched The Vampire Diaries and Shadowhunters on Netflix.

      • Monica replied 1 week ago

        Were they good? I am not really into Vampire shows….but my sister is. She loves scary movies. She is always giving me movie recommendations that I rarely watch. But I did watch this one and liked it.

        • You bet! I loved it so much that I watched it three times. My daughter was like, “Are you crazy, Mama?” LOL. I have also watched True Blood.

          • Oh, I loved True Blood so much. Have you watched the entire thing including the last season? If you have, I have something to say…I don’t want to give away a spoiler if you haven’t.

          • My sons still can’t believe I watch “The Real Housewives” And I still get embarrassed when I say I do πŸ˜‰
            So I get it.

  • Unknown to many, family and friends, I am what they call a sensitive and, as a sensitive, I have lately been increasingly aware of the negative dark energies everywhere. I’m not always so good at identifying when they are infecting me and manifesting through me, but I can still see it with hindsight. This year has not been a good one as everyone…[Read more]

    • I remember you writing about a few incidents. I imagine it must feel extra heavy being that you work in the medical field.
      Just the other day I was trying to get gas in a somewhat shady part of town and my instincts were telling me to get out of there. There was so much negative in the air and yet there was almost no one around. I couldn’t get…[Read more]

      • Glad you listen to your higher self, especially in risky situations like that. I wish more people would listen. I do think sometimes that most people are looking for the light outside of themselves rather than inside. Family are all safe here, thank you. Best wishes to you and yours too.

        • I trust my instincts. I also learned to NOT question it. But of course….once in a blue moon I do and I always kick myself for doing so. So many people these days are in search for that light and you are right about where they look. I am no teacher ( depends on how I am feeling) but I sometimes direct someone this way or that way with a nod πŸ˜‰

    • There is definitely much much dark energy out there this year. It’s been frightening and very heavy, and I’ve come face to face with many of my demons as well. It’s a transformative year, too, and I know that I have become a different person. Those of us who know that the light is within are the lucky ones. Let’s stick together!

  • Of course there is still smoke from the northern fires…..but it was so wonderful to be at the beach. I had to zoom in because there were so many Cruise Ships floating out there….

    I absolutely LOVE […]

  • I saw a story on the news a few months ago about these social bubbles. You have to completely trust everyone in the bubble ….must be someone who takes being safe as seriously as you do. You can take hikes […]

    • I’m definitely in the co-worker social bubble as we have all been forced together being essential, lol! I think everyone is safe but mostly just have to take care and trust it. Have a nice dinner with your friends!

      • Thanks πŸ˜‰ I do hope we have a good time too….cause I will admit I am a bit wary and still am convincing myself that we will all be safe.

        I hope you all stay safe at your workplace.

    • I don’t have social bubbles as such. I see some restaurant workers a lot but for the most part most of my interaction is on the phone or computer.

      • Well…it is my first time venturing out with friends for social reasons. I have been out shopping and it felt so nice to interact with people (from a distance of course)

  • So from my break from the site, I now have many stories, thoughts and perceptions I want to write and share again on Thoughts. Also some on the more recent events of course. Not only has the world changed, I have too. I just need to figure out how to use this ‘new’ Thoughts but I know I’ll do it. Looking forward to reading and writing here again.

  • Ok….so it’s only one shirt each. My sons already told me…”PLEASE don’t become one of those crazy ladies that always dresses her animals”

    • Very cute – doesn’t look like they mind a bit!

      • Well…….the older cat did his usual flop to the ground and just lay there for a bit. SHE….actually didn’t mind at all. I think it may have been because she did visit the groomer recently and had the β€œlion” shave. So she keeps looking for places to snuggle to get warm. He eventually started to walk around like normal.
        I had seen a video of people whose cats wear shirts and don’t mind. So I figure I would try it.

  • Such a sad day. I turned everything off to process this great loss. I was unbelievably sad and did not want to hear anything on any news channel. My heart is so heavy….. She was so remarkable.

    And of course […]

    • When I came home, yesterday, and found out she had passed, my first reaction was sadness, I actually felt tears coming up, and I NEVER do that about a public figure, either political or entertainment world. The next thing was fear and dread about who would take her place.

      • I did cry. Have you seen RBG the documentary? LOVED it. You can appreciate her so much more. I took my sons with me to see it when it came out.
        Yeah….a very sad moment in history.

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