Feeling Lousy

I’m sick. No, it’s not COVID and I don’t think it’s the flu, either. But for the first time since the winter of 2018, I have a cold. A bad cold. A doozy of a cold. I think I got it from my wife, who got her bad cold from our grandson, who got his at day care.

Anyway, I spent most of the day today in bed, dosing on and off. Hopefully I’ll get a good night’s sleep tonight and will feel better tomorrow. I skipped today’s Who Won the Week post because I couldn’t concentrate enough to select and write about a winner. And I honestly didn’t have the energy to do much writing of any kind today, either. I’ll try to catch up on the posts you all wrote today, but if I fall asleep before I get very far, I hope you’ll understand.

Have a good night.

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Books

E.M. Kingston has started a new weekly prompt called The Sunday Ramble. It is based upon a certain topic. She asks five questions about that topic, that we can ramble on however we wish. Today’s topic is “books.”

1. Do you prefer digital, paperback, or hard bound books?

With all of the moving around the country we’ve done over years, it didn’t make sense to schlep all of our books from place to place. So now, except for the children’s books we read to our grandkids, all of my books are digital, readable through my Kindle App on my iPhone.

2. Do you have a library full of books or just your favorite tales?

Since close to all of my books that I’ve read over the past decade are on my iPhone, I don’t have a library of physical books in my house.

3. Harry Potter, Narnia, or Twilight? (You can choose all three or pick and choose.)

None of the above. I’d choose Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or Asimov’s Foundation Series.

4. Do you like when books are turned into movies? Why or why not?

Very few books that are turned into movies live up to the books upon which they were based. and it bothers me when the visions I painted in my mind’s eyes while reading a book is characterized differently in the movie.

5. What is a book that you have read over and over again?

I rarely read a book “over and over again.” Well, except for a children’s book that my grandson wants me to read to him over and over again.

One-Minute Fiction — Hide and Seek

Wait!
Again?
Why do you keep doing this?
Do you think this is a game?
Do you think this is funny?
You know I don’t like change.
I like consistency.
But nonetheless you do this.
It’s just mean.
But one of these days,
You’re going to regret this.
I’ll leave a surprise you weren’t expecting
And one you won’t welcome.
So tell me.
Where is it?
Where did you move it to this time?
I hate this hide the litter box game you’re playing.


Written for Cyranny’s One-Minute Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Cyranny.

Song Lyric Sunday — What, Me Worry?

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, I’m honored that Jim Adams took my suggestion for a theme using the words Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry. There’s a lot to be concerned about, to fret about, and to fear these day, but I don’t want you to worry ‘bout a thing.

“Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing” was a single by Stevie Wonder from his 1973 album Innervisions. It reached number 16 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, number 10 on the Cash Box chart, and number 2 on the R&B chart.

In this song, Stevie Wonder encourages his lady to be fearless in exploring all life has to offer because he’ll always be by her side. Although he claims to speak fluent Spanish in the intro, saying “Todo está bien chévere” (“Everything’s really great” or “Everything’s cool”), Wonder didn’t really know the language.

The Spanish lyric was inspired by a Puerto Rican woman that Wonder met in a record store. He said that he remember the night he was going to do this song and he just so happened to meet this girl named Rain. And she was beautiful. She worked at this record shop. Wonder said, “And I’m like saying to her, hey, you know, it’s amazing. You know, she sings. You know, she’s Puerto Rican. I say, yeah, OK, well, you know, I’m doing a little thing and like a little something called ‘Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.’ What can I – I mean, give me something, something. I’ll let you come to the studio if you have anything to say. I’ll say some things, and it will be a wonderful day. And she said, ‘todo esta bien chevere.’ And that’s how I got that in a song. And, you know, we fell in love, and it was a beautiful thing.”

The night before Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, Wonder appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and expressed his disdain for Trump. Colbert asked the singer to perform this tune to allay the fears of liberal voters. Unfortunately, Trump won that election and the worst of the liberal fears were realized.

Here are the lyrics to “Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing.”

Eee eee!
Watch this y’all
Comprende señora

See here mama, uh, you understand that? (No)
Well, uh, like, huh, I understand how you can’t
I been to you know Paris, Beirut, you know, I mean
Iraq, Iran, Eurasia, you know
I speak very, very, um, fluent Spanish
Todo ‘stá bien chévere’, you understand that?
Chévere, bien chévere
It’s alright mama, ’cause I got my shakers moving…

Everybody’s got a thing
But some don’t know how to handle it
Always reachin’ out in vain
Just taking the things not worth having but

Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, mama
‘Cause I’ll be standing on the side
When you check it out

They say your style of life’s a drag
And that you must go other places
But just don’t you feel too bad
When you get fooled by smiling faces but

Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, mama
‘Cause I’ll be standing on the side
When you check it out

When you get it off your trip
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing

Bam bambam bambam bambam
Bambambambam bambambambam
Bam bambam bambam bambam
Bambambambam bambambambam

Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, mama
‘Cause I’ll be standing on the side
When you check it out

When you get it off your trip
Everybody needs a change
A chance to check out the new
But you’re the only one to see
The changes you take yourself through but

Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, pretty mama
‘Cause I’ll be standing in the wings
When you check it out
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Yeah
Bam bambam bambam bambam
Bambambambam bambambambam
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, sugar
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, mama
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing, sugar
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing
Don’t you worry ’bout a thing

FOWC with Fandango — Pole

FOWC

Welcome to January 9, 2022 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “pole.”

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.