SoCS — Tangled Up In Blue

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to “talk about the first blue object you see when you sit down to write your post.”Our dog, who is fast approaching 14, injured a toe pad on her left rear paw.

We took her to the vet because she was limping and was favoring that paw. The vet found a tear in her pad, and checked to make sure there wasn’t a sliver of glass or some other foreign objected embedded in her paw’s toe pad. Then she cleaned it out and prescribed some antibiotics, and told us to try out best to keep her paw clean and dry. She suggested getting our dog a bootie to wear when we walked her outside.ED1FF6E4-6000-4217-9AFC-59390271009CWhat you see in the picture above is the bootie we got for her. She’s not crazy about wearing it, and it does affect her gate, causing a bit of a stutter-step when she walks. But it certainly does keep dirt and crap from getting into her wound.

The good news is that her bootie is blue, and that blue bootie was the first blue object I saw before sitting down to write this post.


Advice From Nextdoor

EEAB8B7D-DED0-4689-B117-5513D26B24CEI have this app on my iPhone called “Nextdoor.” According to its website, “Nextdoor is the best way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighborhood — whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event, or sharing safety tips. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us, we just need an easier way to connect with them.”

I’ve actually found out some interesting and useful things on the Nextdoor app. Like temporary road closures, new local restaurants opening up or old ones closing, crime reports, and some suggestions for who to call for what services.

But I have to admit that what I saw on Nextdoor the other day had to be the weirdest, possibly the sickest piece of advice I’ve ever seen. I swear this was actually posted on on the Nextdoor app. But to be honest, I don’t know if this posting was a legitimate one or a prank. I’m hoping it was a prank, but these days, you can never be sure.

Are you ready?CE018E16-9390-4744-BC71-6A767FE09664Okay, speaking about pets, and to lighten things up, since the above post, if you’re a pet owner, might freak you out, I also saw this picture posted on Nextdoor.AB904335-3644-4A81-B843-44A362E02CE2

Random Facts About Me That You Never Wanted To Know

DCB8634D-2A00-4D89-9605-9B3BC9DBFEEDBarbara, over at Teleportingweena, came across some fun questions to answer that she saw people doing on Facebook. She posted them on her blog and said that the idea is to answer 23 random questions that would reveal facts about yourself “that may surprise your friends.” Then she said, “Maybe you’d enjoy answering them, too.”

Challenge accepted, Barbara. I don’t know if any of this will actually surprise anyone because I’m an open book. But I’ll let you readers be the judge.

1. Do you make your bed every morning?

No. My wife does.

2. What was your first car?

1961 Corvair Monza that my parents gave me when they bought a new car in 1965.

3. What two grocery items do you never run out of?

Coffee and bananas for my morning cereal. Just to be clear, the bananas are for my morning cereal, not the coffee. I have my coffee separately BEFORE I make my bowl of cereal. I do not put coffee IN my morning cereal. 

4. At what age did you start doing your laundry?

I suppose it must have been when I was 18 and went off to college.

5. If you could, would you go back to high school?


6. Can you parallel park in under three moves?

Give or take

7. A job you had which people would be shocked to know you once had?

I was a soda jerk at an ice cream parlor.

8. Do you think aliens are real?

I think there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. These days, though, I’m wondering if there is still intelligent life on Earth.

9. Can you drive a stick shift?

Most of my cars, up until recently, were stick shifts (i.e., had manual transmissions).

10. Guilty TV pleasure?

“The Voice,” the only “reality” TV show I watch.

11. Tattoos?

Not a one. No piercings, either.

12. If the world ends do you want to be one of survivors?

If the world ends, there would be no survivors. Duh!

13. Sweet or salty?

Salty and spicy.

14. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice hot bath?

I’m strictly a shower guy.

15. Do you consider yourself a strong person?

Physically, not really. But emotionally and mentally, you betcha.

16. Something people do that drives you nuts?

Supporting Donald Trump no matter what crazy, insane things he says or does.

17. Do you have any birthmarks?

I have a few small moles on my back.

18. Favorite childhood game?

Sports: baseball; board game: Risk; card game: Spades

19. Do you talk to yourself?

Only when no one else will talk to me.

20. Do you like doing jigsaw puzzles?

I prefer crossword puzzles.

21. Tea or coffee?

Coffee. Tea is what you drink when you’re feeling sick.

22. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?

A radio sportscaster.

23. Favorite game now?

Sports: still baseball; card game: Hearts;  board game: Yahtzee (well, it’s technically not a board game per se, but you play it on a table and there is a scorecard); electronic game: Solitaire on my iPhone.8688A30A-13C0-42D0-9245-3B0112686238

Okay, your turn.

Share Your World — Lottery, Style, and Weight

Share Your WorldMonday means it’s time for Melanie to post her Share Your World questions and for me to post my responses.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery or came into a huge fortune?

First, I’d quit my job. Oh wait, I’m retired. Never mind. Okay, let’s start over. I’d sell our house in the city and buy a house near the ocean where I can hear the sound of the waves breaking against the shore day in and day out. Oh yeah.

Which decade do you think had the best sense of style?

I was never particularly style conscious, but I would say that, in the late 60s and early 70s, my sense of style would have been hippie chic (or is it chique?).

Would you rather be half your height or double your weight?

Can I say neither? If I were half my height I’d be three feet tall and if I were double my weight I’d be morbidly obese. Just shoot me.

If you wanted to get away from everyone totally, where would you hide?

I would hide inside my own head, which I often do.

What do you do that you love?

What I’m doing right now: blogging.

3-2-1 Quote Me! — Imagination

Man head full of confused thoughtsPaula Light, at Light Motifs II, tagged me to participate in the latest 3-2-1 Quote Me prompt from Rory, aka A Guy Called Bloke, where the topic of the day is “Imagination.”

So I’m supposed to:

  • Thank the blogger who tagged me, so thank you Paula,
  • Post 2 quotes for the dedicated topic of the day: imagination, and
  • Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3-2-1 Quote Me!’ Sorry, I’m going to tag anyone who wants to post two quotes about imagination.

So here are my two quotes about imagination.

051101A5-9032-416D-8D49-71E15FED1C5A0C4D28F9-28C7-4113-8EB4-3E38B9973C0ENow, if you’re anyone, consider yourself tagged! Go for it!