A Month of Love #2

Paula Light says, “Let’s celebrate the month of lurve (aka love) by posting one thing we love every day throughout February.

Now the truth is that I’m not really a romantic guy, so I might be hard pressed to come up with 28 objects of love, but I think I should be able to come up with 28 things I like a lot.

So let’s go with this today:Okay, you must think I have a real sweet tooth. Yesterday I posted a picture of my favorite ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. And today I’m showing bars of dark chocolate. I usually break off a square of the dark chocolate after lunch each day. But I swear that is it for sweets. A square of dark chocolate during the day and a half pint of ice cream at night.

Truthful Tuesday — Whether the Weather

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know whether the weather affects what we like to eat. He asks…

Whether it’s soups, stews, or chili, are there certain foods that you consider “winter fare,” only suitable when the temperature dips low enough to turn the furnace on, or do you just eat whatever whenever?

Before I moved to the East Bay last year around this time, I used to live in San Francisco. One of the characteristics of San Francisco’s weather is that there’s not much of a difference between summer and winter. Yes, occasionally that city will have a hot day in the summer or a chilly day in the winter, but for the most part, summer highs rarely exceed 70 and winter lows rarely dip below 40.

So the short answer to Frank’s question is no, I don’t consider certains foods to be “winter fare” or “summer fare.” I’ll eat whatever whenever.

That said, where I live now — 35 miles to the east of San Francisco across the San Francisco Bay — has definitive seasons. It hits the upper 90s to the low 100s on most days during the summer months and can get down to the low 30s in the winter.

And yet, I will still enjoy a piping hot bowl of chili even in the heat of the East Bay summers and still eat a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone ice cream for dessert on most nights even in the dead of winter.

MLMM Photo Challenge — The Fog

Reliable information about the thick fog that had enveloped the city was scarce. Reports from various media outlets were contradictory, some saying it was radioactive or toxic, others saying it was harmless water vaper, and still others calling it otherworldly.

The governor had activated the National Guard and the president was even weighing calling up some Army Reserve units to maintain stability, since unexplainable phenomena like these have a propensity to affect people in unanticipated ways and to even cause a panic.

Ultimately those who survived the fog learned that it had descended upon the entire planet and the term that they used, spoken in hushed tones when talking about it from deep within the underground safe zones, was “apocalyptic.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Aleksandar Pasaric at Pexels.com. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (information, army), Word of the Day Challenge (media), MMA Storytime (contradict), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (propensity), and Your Daily Word Prompt (affect).

FOWC with Fandango — Propensity

FOWCWelcome to February 2, 2021 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 “propensity.”

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. Please 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.