I’m soaring!

A40FD915-CCE4-4DE0-A419-164C789F1E3FAnnie heard her husband laughing and opened the door to his home office. “You seem to be in a particularly jocular mood, Barry.”

“I am,” Barry said. “I’m ready to whistle a happy tune, I am,” and he started to whistle.

Annie smiled. “So does this mean you’ve finally finished that project you’ve been working on for the past eight months and can now return to the world of the living instead of spending every waking hour locked away like a hermit in your office?”

“Indeed it does,” Barry gleefully said. “In fact, my very patient wife, I was just about to book a Caribbean vacation for us to celebrate my emergence from this cocoon I call my office. I am feeling like a butterfly. No, more like an eagle feeling the wind beneath my wings. I’m soaring!”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (jocular), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (whistle), Your Daily Word Prompt (project), The Daily Spur (book), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (wind).

Question Fun — Who’s Counting?

B9DE059A-BD43-4BFF-86F3-03EFCD7C36B8Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has a new game of questions. This one is all about numbers and counting. There are 21 questions relating to the topic. They can be visual, musical, personal, professional, topical, serious, thought provoking, fun, weird, and even wacky.

So let’s see who’s counting on the numbers.

I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?

You are an odd number, and this is an odd question, even for you.

Using only addition, how do you add eight 8’s and get the number 1000?

888 + 88 + 8+ 8+ the dog 8 my homework.

Sally is 54 years old and her mother is 80, how many years ago was Sally’s mother three times her age?

Sally’s mother has never been three times her age. Nor two times her age. Sally’s mother always has been, and always will be, her own age.

At a party, everyone shook hands with everybody else. There were 66 handshakes. How many people were at the party?

Too many for all of them to fit comfortably into the kitchen at the same time.

It’s dark. You have ten grey socks and ten blue socks you want to put into pairs. All socks are exactly the same except for their color. How many socks would you need to take with you to ensure you had at least a pair?

I’m colorblind and can’t distinguish between dark gray and dark blue, even in broad daylight, so I’d only need two socks and who cares if they’re not the same color? But logically, if you only have socks of two colors, all you would need is three.

My grandson is about as many days as my daughter in weeks, and my grandson is as many months as I am in years. My grandson, my daughter, and I together are 120 years. Can you tell me my age in years ?

Age is just a number, so who cares?99964B19-32A8-443A-92CB-89C10E0D76ED

2 Fathers and two sons go out hunting, each manage to down a bird and yet only three birds come home with them – how come?

They cooked one and ate it before leaving for home.

Provide two quotes that are about numbers please.

There is strength in numbers.

There is safety in numbers.

Provide the title of one song that is exclusively about quantities.

“25 or 6 to 4”

Add me to myself and multiply by 4. Divide me by 8 and you will have me once more. What number am I?

Okay, take any number and double it, then multiply by four and divide it by eight and you’re right back where you started. Even I know that. Duh!

How many 9’s are there between 1 and 100?

Let’s see: 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, and 90 thru 99, so 20 nines. Booyah!

Four years ago, Jenny was twice as old as Robert. Four years from now, Robert will be 3/4 of Jenny’s. How old is Jenny?

Old enough to stop playing stupid number games.

Why did six cry?

Because seven ate nine. 😱

Which number Apollo mission was the spaceflight that landed the first two men on the Moon?

Apollo 11, baby!

Who were the actors that starred in Apollo 13 and what year was it released?

Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, and Ed Harris. 1995.

Can you name 10 films with numbers in their titles?

  1. Twelve Monkeys
  2. The Fifth Element
  3. 1984
  4. Se7en
  5. 18 Again
  6. 27 Dresses
  7. Three Amigos
  8. The Sixth Sense
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. 12 Angry Men

A Baker’s dozen is how many?


How many sculpted lions by Sir Edwin Landseer sit at the base of Trafalgar Square?

Just the right number, and I’m not lion to you.

What is ‘nine tenths of the law’?


The Crazy 88 feature in which film?

Kill Bill

Who was the 35th President of the United States?


Weekend Writing Prompt — You’re Fired

6F5139F4-804C-4E84-9E4C-1CD0C84F39DBGrimace, in order to be my new Secretary of Labor, you have to be willing to promote alternative facts and support my lunacy. I don’t think you’ve got what it takes.

You’re Fired!

(Exactly 33 words)

F99A06CE-4B67-493E-B110-E95F299D66AEWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “grimace” in exactly 33 words.

SoCS — How To Write a Blog Post

53777316-BF99-4AAF-9225-F10F49550527For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to “Write instructions for anything you know how to do.”

I don’t possess a particular expertise in any area, but there is something I do multiple times a day. I write posts for my blog. So here are my instructions for writing a blog post in 32 easy steps:

  1. Sit down at your computer (or with your tablet or smartphone).
  2. Open up your blogging app.
  3. Stare at the screen while you think of something to write about.
  4. Fix yourself a cup of coffee.
  5. Check your stats and read comments on your other posts.
  6. Go to your newsfeed, Facebook, or Twitter for ideas on current events, politics, religion, sports, or technology, or read other bloggers’ posts for ideas and/or writing prompts.
  7. Stare at the blank edit page waiting for something to click.
  8. Get another cup of coffee.
  9. Choose a topic for your post.
  10. Start typing (or tapping).
  11. Stop typing and read what you’ve written so far.
  12. Admit that it’s crap and move it to trash.
  13. Check your spam folder.
  14. Go back to your edit screen and start typing.
  15. Repeat steps 11 and 12.
  16. Repeat step 14.
  17. Repeat step 11 again.
  18. Decide that it’s good enough.
  19. Check for spelling and grammatical errors.
  20. Fix any such errors you find.
  21. Read your draft post out loud.
  22. Make any further edits to enhance flow and readability.
  23. Search the internet or your own photo library for a suitable image to illustrate the subject matter of your post.
  24. Preview your post.
  25. Make any further changes necessary.
  26. Repeat steps 24 and 25 until you think it’s ready to go.
  27. Hit “Publish.”
  28. Read your published post in your browser.
  29. Say to yourself, “Shit, how did I miss that typo?”
  30. Fix the typo.
  31. Hit “Update.”
  32. Go take a nap.

FOWC with Fandango — Whistle

FOWCWelcome to July 13, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “whistle.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.