Weekend Writing Prompt — Disingenuous

It’s March, we haven’t had rain since December, and they’re calling for a long, hot, dry summer. You purport to be environmentally conscientious, yet when I suggest that you’re wasting precious water by sprinkling your lawn every single day, you respond with anger. You are disingenuous and the ramifications seem elusive to you. Apparently conserving water is not a priority for you.

(Exactly 62 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “purport” in exactly 62 words. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (march), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (water). The Daily Spur (anger), My Vivid Blog (elusive), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (apparently).

Weekend Quickie — March ‘22 #2

It’s only been a week since Rory’s last batch of Weekend Quickie questions. Seems he’s back to having this as a weekly prompt. But who can resist? Let’s see what he’s asking this time.

Have you ever had the desire to holiday in a nudist camp? [OR have you holidayed in a nudist camp anyway?]

I have often wondered what it would be like to visit a nudist camp. I did go to a nude beach once and yes, I did bare all.

When was the last time you ironed an item of clothing?

Let’s see. I retired at the end of 2016. So it’s been five years and two and a half months.

If your clothes could talk, what would they tell us about you?

That I have no taste in clothing.

When was the last time you rode on a bicycle?

This past Wednesday my wife and I took our ebikes out for about a 15-mile ride.

How well do you manage your time?

I’m retired so my time doesn’t need a whole lot of managing.

Do you shine your shoes and if so is this daily or weekly and if not, why not?

Since I retired, the only shoes I wear anymore are sneakers, and sneakers never need shining.

What makes for the perfect cup of coffee [or tea] in your opinion – is there a secret to the brewing process?

I brew a fresh pot of coffee daily using organic, dark roast whole coffee beans that I load into my Cuisinart combination burr grinder and brewer. Mmm.

Can you open a bottle with your teeth?

I’ve never tried and, at my age, hoping to take my natural teeth with me to my grave, I likely never will.

What do you consider to be the top five drawbacks to being abducted by extra-terrestrials?

  1. Having to be on the receiving end of an anal probe, which seems to be a favorite pastime of aliens who abduct humans (and of gastroenterologists who perform colonoscopies).
  2. Possibly being killed by hostile aliens.
  3. Possibly never being returned to Earth.
  4. Being caged like an animal in an alien zoo.
  5. Being experimented on in unimaginable ways.

How painful do you believe it might be to lie on a bed of nails?

I imagine it would not be a pleasant experience.

Bonus Question: What is the most useless, and what is the most helpful color in your opinion and why?

Any color whose name in no way describes what color something actually is. Color names like taupe, mauve, chartreuse, or amaranth are useless to me. The most helpful color is, well, any color with a name that I understand.

SoCS — Have a Nice Trip

Linda G. Hill has given us the word “trip” for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. If you read my previous post about my wife and me adopting a rescue dog, then you know that that experience, now entering it’s third day today, has been a real trip.

Sometimes I look back on our decision earlier this week to proceed with the adoption and think that we must have been tripping when we made it. We were finally in a position, with no pets to consider, to do some traveling, to take a few day or even weekend trips here and there, or maybe even to rent an RV and visit some of our glorious national parks.

But with a brand new young dog in the house, and with all the attention she requires, taking a trip at this time is not an option. That said, we lost our previous dog in November 2020 and we just lost our cat at the end of January, so it is kinda nice to have a dog again to take care of. We hope it will be good for her and good for us, as well.

Okay, no more posts about our newest family member, at least not for a while. And if any of you have any fun trips on your horizon, all I can say to you is have a nice trip.

What Were We Thinking?

Our grown daughter didn’t understand. “What were you thinking? You finally had the freedom do fo whatever you want to do, but not anymore.”

Our grown son said, “You have two grandkids. Your decision will cut into the time you could otherwise spend with them.”

All good points, but despite those truths, on Thursday my wife and I adopted a rescue dog. She’s a 13 month old Labrador Retriever mix, although we don’t know what the other part of the mix is. It’s been a long time since we had a dog this young. Our last rescue dog was five when we got her, and she was quite mellow. Our new girl is, in a word, rambunctious.

Our previous dog was crate trained and she happily slept in her crate all night long. No so with with our new little girl. She decided that spending the night on our bed and crawling all over us was where it’s at. Hence, our first night with our new gal was, shall we say, sleepless.

She’s mostly housebroken, but this morning she did have one accident (so far, the only one). And while she knows commands like “sit” and “down,” others like “come,” “stay,” and “leave it” are not recognized words in her doggy vocabulary. So a lot of training is a first priority.

We’ve trained dogs in the past, but it’s been a while. So when a friend recommended this book…

…I ordered it from Amazon. It will arrive on Monday, and our goal will be to have a well-trained, obedient dog in about five weeks.

And one last thing. I haven’t spent much time on WordPress since we picked up our pup on Thursday due to time spent trying to train and teach her a few things, giving her sufficient playtime to burn up some of that puppy energy, and taking her for very long walks, which is good for her and good for me. I suspect that this focus on our new family member will continue to be the case at least for the next few days. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things with respect to my blog soon.

FOWC with Fandango — Water


It’s March 12, 2022. Welcome 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 “water.”

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.