Weekend Writing Prompt — The Nest Egg

I’m not timorous by nature, but with the performance of the stock market lately, my retirement nest egg is withering away, and I’ve developed a case of the collywobbles.

It’s impossible to take notice of the precipitous fall and not be concerned. But I told my wife, “I know it’s for the birds, honey, but don’t worry, when market bounces back, we’ll have money left to spare.”

(Exactly 68 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt is “collywobbles” in exactly 68 words. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (timorous), Fandango’s One-Wird Challenge (stock), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (withering), My Vivid Blog (impossible), Ragtag Daily Prompt (birds), Word of the Day Challenge (honey), and The Daily Spur (spare).

In case you’re not familiar with the expression “for the birds,” it’s an American idiom describing something as useless, meaningless, unimportant, not to be taken seriously. It can sometimes also be the used as the equivalent of “this sucks.”

Spam Comment of the Week — Week 41 2022

I get some interesting spam comments on my blog, most of which are captured by Akismet, WordPress’ spam blocker. I generally do a mass delete of all of my spam comments after checking to see if any legitimate comments got caught up in Akismet’s spam-catching net.

I thought it might be fun to select a particularly interesting or unique or outrageous spam comment and highlight it each week. Here’s one that got my attention this past week:

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I have no idea what this spammer was attempting to say, but it was posted in response to one of my FOWC with Fandango word prompts. Constructive criticism, perhaps?

Anyway, have you read some catchy spam comments that you’d like to share with us? If so, put them in the comments or create your own post and tag it #FSCW.

SoCS — There’s No Place Like Home

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us “happy place,” and asks us to write the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “happy place.”

I used to like to do things, to go places, and to have great adventures. But as I’ve grown older, I have become more of a homebody. I still like to do things and to go places, but I have discovered that, as much as I may have enjoyed whatever it was I was doing or wherever it was I was going, I’m always happy to arrive back at home.

My home is comfortable, and being there is comforting. I have everything I need there, and I can relax and enjoy myself there more so than when I’m off doing things or going places.

The most comfortable and cozy bed is the one I sleep in at home. I love my shower at home. In my family room at home I have a 65-inch high definition TV with a bunch of streaming channels, a comfy leather sofa, a gas fireplace for those chilly nights, and speedy WiFi at home. I have a fully equipped kitchen, stocked kitchen cabinets, a refrigerator with food, beverages, and, most important, a number of pints of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream in my freezer at home.

I’ve got the company of my wife and the companionship my dog at home. My sofa, my ping pong table, my backyard waterfall and scenic view, my laptop, my iPhone with the WordPress app loaded on it, my electric car charging station and our two electric bikes in my garage are all at home.

So, with all that at home, how could my “happy place” be anywhere besides at home?

FOWC with Fandango — Stock


It’s October 15, 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 “stock.”

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. Show them some love.