5 Things — Favorite Coffees

Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about our five favorite kinds of coffees.

This is going to be hard for me because I’m a bit of a coffee purist. I don’t particularly care for flavored coffee. I prefer it black. Now some coffee purist may throw a flag on this, but I do add a packet of Splenda to sweeten it up a bit.

That said, I will very occasionally indulge in something a bit more, um, flavorful? Anyway, my five favorite ways I like coffee are:

  • Black with Splenda (probably 99% of the time)
  • Starbucks vanilla latte
  • Starbucks caramel macchiato
  • Kahlúa and Cream (Kahlúa is a coffee flavored liqueur. Does that count?)
  • Cappuccino (a shot of espresso with steamed milk)

The Last Word

“I don’t know why you’re having such a conniption fit, Henry,” Ralph said. “The speaker is just taking a slightly different slant on the topic. Isn’t that the reason we convened this seminar? Didn’t you say that you didn’t want to hear the same dusty old approaches? I thought you were eager for some diversity of ideas.”

Henry paused a moment before answering Ralph. “The idiot making this presentation is just yammering away and making no sense whatsoever,” Henry said. “It’s just a bunch of word salad as far as I can tell. It’s like he’s trying to spray perfume over a pile of bullshit and expecting us to lap it up.”

“Henry, he’s the last speaker of the day,” Ralph said, trying to mollify Ralph’s aggression toward the guy standing behind the podium. “Just let it go for now, Henry. You’re giving the final presentation of the conference tomorrow morning and you’ll have ample opportunity to rebut the ideas and approches that you seem to have issues with.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (conniption/yammer), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (slant/topic), Your Daily Word Prompt (convene/diversity), My Vivid Blog (dusty/salad), The Daily Spur (pause/spray), and Word of the Day Challenge (aggression/final)

Truthful Tuesday — Hibernating

Di, of Pensitivity101, is our host for Truthful Tuesday. This week, Di asks us:

If you could, would you like to hibernate during the winter months?

My answer to this question is informed by the climate where I live in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. During the winter months here, it rarely reaches low temperatures below freezing and measurable snow below 1,500 feet elevation is virtually unheard of.

Contrast that with the summer months in my area, where high temperatures typically range from the mid to upper 90s and frequently jump above 100° to 110° or even higher.

So given that, my bottom line is that were I inclined to pick a season in which to hibernate, I would choose summer months over the winter months, as I could stay nice and cool inside of my comfortably air conditioned home.

Fandango’s Story Starter #75

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you a “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

The somber mood in the studio was not surprising, given that the anchorman had just…

If you care to write and post a story built from this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with their stories.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Slant


It’s December 6, 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 “slant.”

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.