Questions That Make Sense

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in one of Rory’s intriguing prompts, but I had some time on my hands today, so I figured I’d jump in and respond to the four aces he threw at us today.

1. What three senses could you NOT live without? Discuss why.

I’ve already lost my sense of taste, and I can’t hear out of my left ear, so my sense of hearing is down by 50%. But I think the most important sense and the one I’d hate losing the most is my common sense.

2. What is your favorite of these two and why? Pen or Pencil.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I used a pencil, so if I must choose between pen and pencil, I’d go with pen. That said, my handwriting is essentially illegible, even to me, so I’d choose neither a pen nor a pencil, but a keyboard or keypad.

3. What are your top 3 colors and why are they your favorites?

Blue, light gray, and dark gray. Hmm. I guess I’m just not a very colorful person.

4. Are you able to list 10 basic smells and if so what are they?

  • Popcorn 👍
  • Dog or cat poop 👎
  • The smell of cooking on an outdoor grill 👍
  • The smell of a wood-burning fire (in a fireplace, of course) 👍
  • Another person’s farts 👎
  • My farts 👍
  • Body odor 👎
  • Sizzling bacon 👍
  • Cigarette or cigar smoke 👎
  • Freshly baked bread 👍

#writephoto — I Miss This

4E6FE625-ED1F-4609-9D28-2C75214C5B47I don’t miss the hot, muggy, oppressive summers, the frequent and sometimes severe thunderstorms, the mosquitoes and ticks. I don’t miss the dismal, gray, bone-chillingly cold, snowy, icy winters. I don’t miss paying the outrageous winter heating bills and summer air conditioning bills.

But, since moving from New England to San Francisco a decade ago, I do miss one thing. I do miss the colors of autumn.

The temperatures in San Francisco are generally temperate throughout the year. With relatively rare exceptions, the city is blessed with mild winters and cool summers. The only real weather changes are the rains in winter (it’s dry for months at a time in summer), and a slight warm-up in September and October.

Hence, few trees in the city in which I now live shed their leaves in the fall. And for those few trees that do, their leaves go from green to brown to the ground. No reds. No oranges. No yellows. Just green to brown to gone.

In order to see any colorful fall foliage around the Bay Area, you need to travel outside of the city. But even then, it just doesn’t match the symphony of colors you can experience in the northeast United States.

And I miss that.

But the good news is that there are no leaves to rake.


Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

Friday Fictioneers — Spring Chickens

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“I don’t like it,” James said to his wife.

“Why not?” Betty asked. “I think it’s adorable.”

“It’s ugly and I don’t like the colors of the shutters or the railings,” James said.

“We can always paint the shutters and railings a different color,” Betty said.

“Look at all those steps we’d have to climb up and down all the time,” James said. “We’re not spring chickens anymore, Betty. At our age we should really find a single story place.”

“Let’s at least go up and take a look inside.”

“Fine,” James grumbled, “but I know I won’t like it.

(100 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Ceayr.

Weekly Song Challenge — Colors

7FA706C5-DC80-440C-B07F-1083DFA4F870For this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to be quite colorful. Well, at least to post videos of songs about colors, using the word “color,” or by artists with a color in their name.

Laura has given us these three simple rules.

  1. Copy these rules and add them to your own post, pinging back to her original post.
  2. Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  3. Tag two people to participate!

Okay. Ready. Set. Go.

1. Post a video of a song that either in the title or lyrics mentions the color blue.

2. Post a video of a song that has the word color in either the title or the lyrics.

3. Post a video of a song by an artist or band with a color as part of their name.

I’m a well known rule breaker and I’m going to break Laura’s third rule about tagging two other people to participate. I’m just going to throw caution to the wind and open Laura’s challenge up to anyone who wants to join in the fun.

#writephoto — High Times

AE905F8A-D7C2-4572-B557-999E77C24FF0“Are you feeling anything yet?” Archie asked.

“No, not yet,” Willie said. “But it usually takes about an hour to kick in.”

Archie looked at his watch. “We got here about 45 minutes ago, so it should hit us soon, right?”

“Do you see the way the water is bouncing off the rocks?” Willie said. “It’s kaleidoscopic, dude.”

Archie started laughing. “Kaleidoscopic? Is that even a word?”

“Of course it’s a word, dude,” Willie said. “Don’t you see all of those complex patterns of colors and the diamond-shaped prisms of light? It’s a freakin’ kaleidoscope, dude.”

“Damn, Willie,” Archie said. “I think those tabs of blotter acid we each took have kicked in for you, that’s for sure.”

“Look at those ferns, dude,” Willie said. “Have you ever seen ferns that color? What color is that, anyway? Is that what they call fuchsia or tangerine or something?

“And the look at the moss on the rocks, man,” Archie said. “I see blue and green and purple. That’s really intense.”

“The waterfall is like a fireworks show,” Willie said. “Look at the explosion of colors.”

“Hey Willie, are you feeling anything yet?” Archie asked.

“You’re kidding, right?” Willie said.


Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt