Sunday Writing Prompt — Fuhgeddaboudit

34DCC9D3-27D1-4D90-993B-561EA80AC8E1For this week’s Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, the challenge is to try something new. Like using a different medium for your creative expression, tackling a new and perhaps controversial topic, challenging one of your own fears and writing about the experience, or stepping outside of your comfort zone. You get the idea, right?

Well here’s what I have to say about that: fuhgeddaboudit. Why would I want to do that? I’ve challenged myself my entire life. Now it’s time to relax. I’ve earned it. Listen, I’m an old guy, a septuagenarian. I like things the way they are. And I’m actually quite comfortable in my comfort zone. I neither want to nor need to change.

Besides, I do challenge myself with my blog. I post between three and six times a day. I respond to word prompts, to photo prompts, to some of these crazy Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie prompts. I even host my own daily word prompt.

I regularly post my thoughts, observations, and perspectives on what is going on around me. I read what other bloggers have to say and often comment on their posts. I respond to comments that others have made on my posts.

And I also have other activities of daily living that I have to manage, ranging from walking the dog multiple times a day to chores around the house to keeping my wife happy to paying the bills and to reading books and watching TV.

Seriously, the last thing I need right now is to take on any new challenges. This old dog doesn’t want to learn new tricks.

So Many Questions

9A507F46-4A95-4A91-A61E-941F76D813A6Sadje over at Keep It Alive was just nominated (again) for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She dutifully answered the 11 questions asked of her and, per the instructions, posed 11 new questions. But rather than nominating 11 new bloggers for the award, she instead wrote, “My nominees are anyone who likes to answer my 11 questions. You all are invited to participate!”

So thanks for the “nomination” and invitation, Sadje. Here are your questions and my answers.

  1. What made you start your blog? I retired at the end of 2016. By May of 2016, my constant presence around my wife (i.e., always being underfoot) prompted her to say to me, “Why don’t you start blogging?”

  2. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I enjoy exercising my imagination when I write flash fiction and expressing my utter disgust for Donald Trump, his administration, cabinet, and the Republicans in Congress.

  3. What is your dream? That there will be an enormous “blue wave” in Tuesday’s elections, that Robert Mueller will find irrefutable evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by Donald Trump, which will result in his removal from office, that America will be able to recover from the damage that he’s done to our country and to the environment in my lifetime, and that, when I go to sleep each night, I’ll wake up the next morning.

  4. How do you find inspiration to write? You mean aside from my wife urging me to get out of her hair by blogging? I find inspiration from word and photo prompts, family and friends, and the news.

  5. Which is your favorite place on the planet? My home.

  6. Coffee or tea or…..? Coffee, for sure.

  7. If you had to cook dinner, what will you cook? Probably pasta.

  8. What do you think of climate change? It’s real and it worries me.

  9. Who is your role model? To be honest, I don’t really have a role model at this point in my life.

  10. Which is your favorite time of the year? Fall.

  11. Books, TV, or movies — how you spend your free time? Sadly, of the three, it’s TV. But I probably spend an equal amount of time writing and reading blog posts, which makes my wife very happy (see question 1.)

As Sadje did, I now invite anyone who wishes to answer these questions to feel free to do so.

Share Your World — Passion, Tattoos, and Trump

SYWIt’s time for this week’s Share Your World questions, now from Melanie over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind. Here goes:

Are You A Better Listener or Speaker?

I’m a fairly good listener (if I’m in the moment and paying attention), but not such a great speaker. And that’s one reason I like writing. I’m able to express myself much more coherently in writing than I am verbally.

If You Were Asked To Design A Warning Label That Would Be Tattooed On Your Skin, What Would It Say? 

“No Tattoos Allowed”

What Are You Passionate About?

Blogging.

If You Could Change One Thing About Your World, What Would It Be?

Donald Trump would not have won the electoral college, and thus the presidency, in 2016.

What Gave You A Reason To Smile This Past Week?

Our adult — and very busy, living their own lives — kids spending much of the weekend with us.

The “New” Share Your World

SYWSo Melanie, over at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has taken over the weekly Share Your World prompt from Cee Neuner. Here is the first of Melanie’s SYW prompts.

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?   If you are ‘old’ (a term with different meanings for everyone); what stories do you tell your grandchildren?

I guess, technically, I am old, but I don’t yet have any grandchildren. As I think back on the questions my kids have asked, two came from my now 36 year old son when he was 13, so in 1995. He asked, “Dad, how old were you when you got your first computer?” And he asked, “Dad, how come we don’t have any video tapes of you when you were a kid?”

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

When I first asked the woman who ended up being my wife to go on a date and she refused.

What do you think you are much better at than you actually are?   Maybe this one’s kinda mean…thoughts?  

Um, blogging? Or maybe being handy around the house?

What would be the worst thing to hear as you are going under anesthesia before surgery?

“Oops!”

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This answer is very self-serving, but it was when I found out that my blog received more views in August than ever before. Yay!

J is for Juggling

I’ve spent most of my life juggling stuff. I don’t mean literally juggling objects, as in throwing three or more plates, bowling pins, or flaming batons up into the air and catching them. I mean juggling everyday activities of daily living like school, sports, work, family, social life, reading, writing, and the like.

I had to work my way through college. So for most of the time during my undergraduate school, I was working at least part-time and going to school full-time. Once I got into graduate school, my time was spent working a full-time job during the day and going to classes at nights and on weekends. And for my own sanity and well being, I also tried to squeeze in some kind of social life.

After I got married and had kids, I found myself juggling my time between my job, my wife, and my kids. After my kids grew up and moved out of the house, I was still doing that delicate balancing act between keeping my wife happy and my boss happy.

(Actually, upon review, that last sentence seems kinda kinky. What I meant was keeping my wife happy with respect to my duties as her husband and my boss happy with respect to my job duties. There was funny business going on at work.)

And now that I’m retired and have taken up blogging, it’s a matter of juggling my waking hours between spending quality time with my wife, walking our dog, reading books, watching TV, and writing and reading blog posts.

I suppose that juggling is something that all of us do most of our lives and will continue to do until that inevitable time when there is no longer a need to juggle.