WDP — Candy

What’s your favorite candy?

The truth is that I don’t eat much in the way of candy. Yes, at Halloween I probably buy more bags of fun-sized Snickers than I need to meet the demands of my local trick-or-treaters. But that way I’ll have enough left over to have a bar or two (fun-sized, remember, so not much more than a bite) for a few weeks beyond Halloween.

Other than that, my only regular candy fix is a single square of Ghirardelli dark chocolate bars right after lunch. My favorite flavors are raspberry, sea salt & caramel, blood orange, and cherry and almond. I only eat the dark chocolate squares, which I think I read somewhere are less unhealthy for you than the milk chocolate squares.

These squares are tiny, so it’s just this side of having no candy at all. Each square is just 1.75 inches square and 1/4 inch thick. But they pack a lot of deliciousness into those small squares. And unlike potato chips, where you can’t eat just one, I always limit myself to one square a day.

It’s a good thing this prompt asked about candy and not about ice cream, like Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. My answer would have been very different!

Fibbing Friday — What’s in a Word?

Di (aka Pensitivity101) hosts Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. For this week’s Fibbing Friday, Di wants to know what these words mean…

1. Census — it’s the name for a teacher, like sensei in martial arts, expect one who specializes in counting things, as in, “Census, please teach me to count my chickens before they hatch.”
2. Probate — a debate between two professional politicians, as in, “Did you watch the probate on TV last night?”
3. Bayou — an expression someone from the southern United States says when saying goodbye to a close friend just before or after hugging them, as in, “Hey girl, come give me a hug before y’all runoff. Bayou.”
4. Crackerjack — a nickname for a well-dressed man, as in, “Get a load of the threads on that crackerjack over there.”
5. Chirrup — a word used to convey a wish for things to get better for someone who is down and out, as in, “Hey, Pete, chirrup, it coulda been worse.”
6. Fermium — a marketing term used to describe the firmness level of premium mattresses, as in “Our luxury mattresses have the highest level of fermium on the market.”
7. Surcingle — the incision scar remaining after a surgical procedure and removal of the stitches, as in, “Oh my God, look at the size of your surcingle.”
8. Withe — the pronunciation of the word “wife” by someone with a lisp, as in, “I now pronounth you huthband and withe.”
9. Gainsay — a profit in a crypto coin transaction, as in “Melvin had quite the gainsay when he sold off his Bitcoins.”
10. Titular — a very well endowed woman, as in, “Please, Robert, stop gawking at that titular woman over there.”

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — February 10th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Flashback Friday post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 10th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on February 10, 2018.

SoCS — A Dog’s Tail Tale

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, she’s asked us to use “tail” and/or “tale” in our posts — one, the other, or both.

To that end, I’d like to tell you a tale about a dog’s tail. Our dog’s tail. Well, our old dog’s tail, that is.


Our dog was a chocolate Lab by the name of Cocoa. Cocoa was a lovable dog, a real sweetheart of a dog. But she was a nervous dog and kind of ditzy. Her nervousness manifested itself by her continually and quite vigorously wagging her tail. And if she was near any object, like the base kitchen cabinets, the dining room table, or even just a wall, her tail would whop, whop, whop against whatever object it came in contact with.

Cocoa would wag her tail so vigorously and whop it with such force against whatever it hit, that it caused the tip of her tail to bleed. If we were away from the house for a few hours, she’d be so excited to see us when we got home that she would leave blood spatter on the cabinets and walls.

So we took Cocoa to see the vet, who wrapped her tail in some sort of soft protective material and bandaged it all up. But within a day, she had wagged the bandage and protective material right off of her tail.

The vet ultimately said that the tip of her tail was so banged up and covered with scabs that the only course of action was to surgically remove about an inch from the end of her tail.

But even with the shortened tail after the surgery, Cocoa continued to whop her tail to the point of bleeding. Long story short, we ended up having to remove about half of the poor dog’s tail in order to finally stop the bleeding.

People would ask us about her tail, noting that it seemed quite short for that of a Labrador retriever. At first we’d explain what I just explained to you. But after a while we were sick of telling that long, drawn out story and getting “looks” when we talked about having cut off half of Cocoa’s tail. So instead we made up a tale about how Cocoa was a rare, special breed of stubby-tailed retrievers.

People seemed to handle that tale better than the truth about what actually happened to half of our ditzy dog’s tail.

FOWC with Fandango — Entrance


It’s February 10, 2023. 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 “entrance.”

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.