The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 30, 2022

It’s Saturday again , yesterday we received our prompt for SoCs from LindaGHill she said : Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wash/awash.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you like. Bonus points for using both. Enjoy!

© willowdot21.

Awash, I am awash, scared of drowning, please throw me a line.
Feelings of fear and insecurity wash over me and I am sinking. I am caught in a whirlpool of hurt. I am afraid of my own shadow.
I see dismissal in every look a snub here a blank there.
I feel darkness creeping back washing over me I am awash with hopelessness.

Badge by Shelley Krupa..

part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday

Throwback Thursday #49 – First Dating Experiences

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday the brainchild of Maggie and Lauren. Lauren is here again to provide a prompt to jog our memories. We’ve talked about first crushes so it’s only logical to wonder about actual dates. When you think back to your “first dates,” do you cringe or smile? Whatever age you started dating, it was sure to have been an exciting step into being a grown-up. First dates can be awkward, nerve-wracking, exciting, disastrous, wonderful or any number of things. When you start dating, it is usually to find someone who you enjoy spending time with. Then dating becomes more about finding someone you connect with and care about; someone who makes you happy and who you can make happy in return.

The prompt this week is first dating experiences.

1) On your very first date, did you do the asking, or were you asked out?

I was asked out.

2) Were you typically stressed out before a first date?

No not at first.

Did things seem to be easier the more you dated the same person?

No not really typically things seemed to get harder and complicated.

3) What did you do to prepare for the date? Did you wear new clothes, or special outfits?

That’s a hard one because I came from a large working class family and a lot of my clothes were hand me down. I made the most of what I had and occasionally borrowed from my nearest sister.

4) How did you meet those first dates?
I can’t remember how I met my first ever date , strange isn’t it? But most of them I met at the youth club I attended with my friend Anne from school.

Were your dates with friends of a family member, or friends of a friend?

Yes a couple were , a brother of a girl at school and then one of his friends oops!

5) Did you have a curfew on those early dates?

Photo by Jordan Benton on

I had a cerfew right up until I got married! At first it was 9pm then went up to 9.30pm. When I met hubby it went up to 10.30pm and there it stayed until we got married.

Did you typically arrive home on time or were you constantly breaking curfew?

I was very good really, hubby sometimes would rebel and we’d be a quarter of an hour late. He’d be banned from the house for a week!

6) Did your parents insist on meeting whomever you dated?

Yes always!

7) Where did you usually go when on a date? (movies, concerts, picnics, etc.)

All of the above…even went to the Zoo with my very first date.

8) Did the boy/man always pay for the date or did you go Dutch treat?

Dutch until I met hubby.

9) Were you typically the talker or the listener on a date?

Both usually.

10) What did you do if the date clearly wasn’t going well? (feign a headache, ask to go home, end the date early, etc.)

I’d say that my father wanted me home by 8pm or earlier, or I had to be up extra early the next day.

11) A connection from the past to the present, if applicable. How long did you date your current partner before marriage?

© willowdot21 first date with hubby.

Four years I was coming up 14yrs when I met him and I was 17yrs nearly 18yrs when we married.

12) Bonus Question: Care to share a disasters first date??????

Once my cousin and I had a double date and with these two older lads who wanted more than we expected…we to the ladies and left. Safety in numbers 💜💜

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #20. Use PRIDE as your inspiration this week.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Challenge Image
Ronovanwrite’s .

This is part of Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Sijo Challenge.

It often comes before a fall, leaves you shamed, feeling small.
Or it can make you heart swell as you watch your children grow and excell.
Pride may try to trip you up it’s the entrance to the gates of hell.

41 words
47 syllables.

Wordless Wednesday: Dancing.

© willowdot21

One-Liner Wednesday. Hope.


“Another day dawn’s, I reach for a smile and hope and pray I will grow into it .”

© willowdot21

part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday.


©Colleen Chesebro


Here we are for another #TankaTuesday poetry challenge! Bought to us by Colleen Chesebro, this week it’s a Theme prompt selected this week by Harmony

This month’s theme is: “The Longest Day”

I chose to write a Diatelle but with a cheat.

The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an ethere, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best center aligned in a diamond shape.

The Diatelle form was created by Bradley Vrooman.

My cheat was I wrote in the alloted syllables per line but I wrote free verse… Sometimes rules need bending.

The longest day.

© willowdot21

Too early
For me flashing
Throwing her glory round
Like a cloak of many colours
Gold, red and pink she blinds me with her light
Her warmth already fierce yet she will run the course.
By noon she has all but the mad beaten.
As afternoon spreads out she bakes us .
Languid we hide in shade
Evening she
Wains, colours
And heat

©hotpinkwellingtons, © willowdot21

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 420 PRIZE and Wait.

© willowdot21

The forest can wait
It breathes deeply nature’s prize
A temple of green.

Haiku Challenge
Ronovanwrite’s .



image from Pixabay.

Cast your dreams upon the sea
In tiny boats of paper
Send them out in search of me
Ignite their lights with a magic taper.
Watch them sail away towards the horizon
Bless them gently as they go
Dreams that you keep your eyes on.
They will reach me faster than you will know
Cast your dreams upon the sea
As they dance upon the waters flow
Send them out in search of me.

Song Lyric Sunday. How was that not No. 1

Jim Adams.

This week Jim Adam’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday is “July 24, 2022– Feature a song by a group or an artist that surprisingly never reached #1 on the charts –

Well 2006 I was in my early fifties and things were not brilliant but I was coping. I was a very big fan of Snow Patrol and Chasing cars was definitely a favourite of mine. Now if you read below you wil see how long it was in the charts and the awards it won. I believe it’s one of the best songs ever written so that begs the question how was it never Number One?

Chasing Cars” is a song by Northern Irish-Scottish alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It was released as the second single from their fourth studio album, Eyes Open (2006). It was recorded in 2005 and released on 6 June 2006 in the United States and 24 July 2006 in the United Kingdom.The song gained significant popularity in the US after being featured in the second seasonfinale of the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, which aired on 15 May 2006.


“Chasing Cars” was one of the songs that revealed the impact of legal downloads on single sales in the UK, selling consistently for years after its release. The song is Snow Patrol’s biggest-selling single to date, ending 2006 as that year’s 14th best-selling single in the UK. It was the last song performed live on the BBC’s Top of the Pops that year. Released in the post-Britpop period, the song peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007, “Chasing Cars” was nominated for Best Rock Song, and at the 2007 Brit Awards it was nominated for Best British Single. As of 2019, the song has spent 111 weeks in the official UK top 75, 166 in the top 100 and had sold over one million copies in the UK by October 2013. It has also sold 3,900,000 copies in the US by January 2015, making it one of the top best-selling rock songs in the digital era. In 2009, UK music licensing body PPL announced that “Chasing Cars” was the most widely played song of the decade in the UK. Ten years later, it was revealed as the most-played song of the 21st century on UK radio.

Lead singer Gary Lightbody reportedly wrote the song when he became sober after a binge of white wine, in the garden of song producer Jacknife Lee’s Kent cottage. The song has Lightbody singing a plain melody over sparse guitars, which has an ever-building crescendo. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said “It’s the purest love song that I’ve ever written. There’s no knife-in-the-back twist. When I read these lyrics back, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s weird.’ All the other love songs I’ve written have a dark edge.” The phrase “Chasing Cars” came from Lightbody’s father, in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with, “You’re like a dog chasing a car. You’ll never catch it and you just wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.” All information from Wikipedia

Above Ed Sheeran singing Chasing Cars and he is joined by Gary Lightbody it’s a beautiful version of the song.


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 23, 2022

Badge by Shelley Krupa..

LindaGHill is here with our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the first 2-5 words at the top of the closest printed matter.” Open (if necessary) the closest printed matter to you. Use the first 2-5 words at the top of the page any way you’d like in your post. Have fun!

“Contrary to many people’s fear” Those five words always cause me to stress out. So I was not best pleased when they were the words I read from the book hubby is reading. Now that is a thing in itself because Hubby is not a reader and he would rather listen to the radio or watch TV.
I was sceptical when his old friend came round with the book for him to read. I even said, “He will never read that , he doesn’t read books” well he doesn’t. The book is called Dear Life and is written by Rachel Clarke

So back to my fear of “Contrary to many people’s fear” whenever a sentence starts with that I see trouble brewing.
Contrary to many people’s fear” the petrol prices will drop soon… Really?
Contrary to many people’s fear“….. utility prices will stabilize, Really?

Contrary to many people’s fear” the war in Ukraine will end soon… Really?
Contrary to many people’s fear” the NHS is not on the verge of collapse…Really?
Contrary to many people’s fear” global warming is not real…. Really????
I could go on but it’s too depressing so ,” Contrary to many people’s fear” this is not going to be a long drawn out and repetitive post. I am done now.

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