Weekend Writing Prompt — Radioactive

The radioactive element is highly unstable and so you must be sure to contain it in a cylinder constructed of corrosion resistant material. Otherwise, there won’t be clear skies ahead, as the toxicity will pervade the atmosphere and the consequences of a leak will be truly devastating.

(47 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “element.”Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (contain), The Daily Spur (material), Ragtag Daily Prompt (clear skies), and Your Daily Word Prompt (pervade).

A Shot in the Arm — Part 2

I got the my second COVID-19 vaccination on Thursday. I was warned that, because the second vaccination is like a booster shot, I might experience more of a reaction than I did when I got the first shot.

They were right. The day I got the second shot, my arm was a little sore. But on Friday, I woke up feeling achy, had chills, and a slight fever. I felt very tired and my stomach was a bit queasy. I took Advil, which helped a little, but it was still a rather unpleasant day.

Today, Saturday, two days after the shot, my arm where I got the shot is still a little sore and I’m not yet at 100%, but I am feeling better than I did yesterday. I’m going to take it easy for the rest of the day today and I’m sure I’ll be back to my old self by tomorrow.

In the scheme of things, feeling achy and not great for a day or two is a small price to pay for having been vaccinated against a highly contagious virus that, for more than half a million Americans, has proven to be fatal.

SoCS — Butter Versus Oil

This week’s assignment from Linda G. Hill for her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, is “butter.” Linda asks us to use the word “butter” as a noun, a verb, or any way we’d like.

Let me start out by saying that I’m a fan of butter, although it must be organic, unsalted butter. I use it whenever I make eggs over easy, scrambled eggs, or my specialty, hole in the wall eggs. I also use it when I sauté onions or garlic, which, as far as I’m concerned, is the only way to eat onions or garlic. I put a generous amount of butter in the frying pan, melt it, and take it from there. I also spread butter on my toast and I butter my toasted English muffins.

Mrs. Fandango, on the other hand, prefers using cooking oil rather than butter. Not on her toast or English muffins, of course. She prefers them dry. But for eggs, onions, garlic, and other veggies — such as asparagus or Brussels sprouts — that she likes to sauté, rather than butter she pours a drizzle of either olive oil or canola oil — organic, of course — into the frying pan. She claims butter adds too much fat to whatever it is she’s sautéing and cooking with oil is healthier..

She may be right about that, but I just like to use real butter because I prefer the taste of butter. But no matter how much I try to butter her up, she’s not buying it.

Which is why we often cook whatever we’re making — from eggs to sautéed onions, mushrooms, spinach, or whatever — separately. Mine using melted butter and hers using cooking oil.

FOWC with Fandango — Contain

FOWCWelcome to March 6, 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 “contain.”

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.