SoCS February 3, 2018

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.

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Linda G Hill’s SoCS February 3, 2018

 

SoCS December 16, 2017 – Winter Bloom

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.

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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!

Linda G Hill‘s SoCS December 16, 2017

SoCS December 9, 2017 – Coconut Oil

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

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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.

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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:

  • Caprylic acid

  • Lauric acid

  • Capric acid

Around 62 percent of the oils in coconut is made up of these three healthy fatty acids.

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Coconut oil is beneficial in many ways:

  • 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.

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Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS December 8, 2017

SoSC December 2, 2017

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.

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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!”

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Linda G Hill’s SoSC December 2, 2017

 

SoCS November 25, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Linda G Hill’s SoCS November 25, 2017

SoCS November 11, 2017

 The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “arm.”

Mercy and Will are very active in sports. They go hiking regularly. They love to do cross country skiing when they hike to the top of the mountain and then skiing down.  They like to do kayaking, riding the mountain bikes long distance, and do home gym exercise. All these exercises strengthen all body muscles and the biceps but do not concentrate on the forearms.

After baby Autumn was born, Mercy finds herself using the forearms a lot in holding the baby, feeding her and rocking her to sleep. After Autumn is asleep, she doesn’t want to change the forearm positions. After a while, she finds her forearms very sore. She must rotate her wrists, stretch the arms and rub the forearms.

During the past few weeks when I help to take care of Autumn, I find the same challenge. I exercise my biceps when going to the gym with my husband. When doing the gardening, it may involve using my forearms but not in a concentrating effort or in a lengthy period. When Autumn is falling asleep in my arms, I try to switch my arm positions without waking her up.

Autumn is 9 ½ lbs this week, two pounds over her birth weight. She is getting big and out grows the newborn clothes. She has more awake time. She can sit in the swing for more than 10 minutes when she is clean and fed.

I’m going back to southern California this afternoon. They will come to join us for Thanksgiving dinner. It will be baby Autumn’s first air travel. Until then, I’ll miss holding her in my arms.

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS November 11, 2017

SoCS October 28, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “which/witch/wich.” Start your post with the word “which” and try to fit the word “witch” in somewhere if you can. – Linda G Hill

Which auction items do I want to purchase tonight?” I wondered. It was our church fellowship group annual fundraising for the missionaries this evening.

The program included the silent auction and verbal auction. The silent auction was done half an hour before the verbal auction. Dinner was served during the verbal auction. The main dish for the dinner was bratwurst sausage sandwich, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw.

There were about 40 silent auction items and 22 for the verbal auction. The silent auction included some items people donated and some breakfasts, lunches, dinners, or game nights people sponsored. I had the calendar open on my phone ready to check on the dates.

When the Master of Ceremony announced the time to start the silent auction. I was fortunate to be standing by some activities sheet, so I quickly signed up for five, three for women (myself), one for both my husband and I, and one for men (my husband). During the verbal auction, I bid on two items and won both.

It was another pleasant night out for my husband and I. We enjoyed it as well as love to support the missionaries.

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS October 28, 2018