TGIF — Let It Rain

Paula Light, at Light Motifs II, has this prompt she calls TGIF. She encourages us to take this opportunity to openly chat or jabber about anything we want.

It rained all day yesterday. And, boy oh boy, did we need it. We’re in the midst of a severe drought here in Northern California and we can use all the rain we can get.

The good news is that we’re supposed to get more rain tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday. Our dog won’t be happy, as she’s not a fan of taking care of business in the rain, but that’s a small price to pay for making a dent in the drought. And she’s a dog!

On top of the welcome wet weather, it’s unusually cold. Yesterday’s rainy day high reached only 48°F and it actually dipped down below freezing (31°) this morning. Tomorrow’s high is projected to be only 49°! Brrr. When it comes down to high temperatures at or above 100° versus highs around 50°, though, I much prefer adding layers to stay warm in the winter than stripping naked (hide your eyes) to keep cool in the summer.

And on that note, happy TGIF, everyone.

The Heat Is On

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was grousing about the ten-day, 100+° heat wave we were having here in Northern California in late August and early September. But then, last night temperatures dipped down to 35°, and we turned on the heat for the first time this season.

Not that I’m complaining. I actually prefer cooler temperatures to oppressive heat, anyway, so I’m cool with putting on the heat. (Did you see what I did there?) And even better, we had a decent rain yesterday and more rain is heading our way this weekend and early next week. Boy do we need that rain.

And speaking about changing seasons….

Halloween is behind us and Thanksgiving is ahead of us. Just this morning, blogger Lou Carreras wrote, in this post, that “…the long retail slog towards Christmas has started.” Then he added, “Oh, Lord! Do I have the stamina to withstand two months of Chestnuts Roasting in an Open fire, Here Comes Santa Clause, and Silent Night? Can I do this without becoming a grouch or, worse, a grinch?”

Yeah, Lou, I can relate. Christmas is two months away and its commercialization is already well underway. I saw this cartoon below from Ali Solomon in the New Yorker magazine that I think perfectly illustrates what one commenter on Lou’s post quite accurately called “premature holiday ejaculature.”

Now, for those of you turning your own heat on, here’s my gift to you.

Share Your World — 10/17/2022

Share Your World

Just an hour ago, I groused in a post that Melanie had yet to publish her traditional Monday Share Your World prompt. But then I went to my Reader and saw that Di, of Pensitivity101, pointed out that Melanie has been having computer problems, so Di jumped in with her own Share Your World challenge. Thanks, Di.

1. When you go food shopping, do you go with a list or amble down the aisles putting things in your basket or cart that you fancy or think you need?

I always start with a list, but I often add a few impulse items to my shopping cart.

2. When the temperatures drop for the colder months, is there a specific date you put the heating on or do you flick the switch when you start to feel cold?

There’s no specific date that we have to turn on the heat, so it’s more when we start to feel cold. That said, my wife still suffers from hot flashes, so she likes to keep the house cold. And if I complain, she tells me to shut up and put on a sweater.

3. Keeping with the cold theme, do you prefer a hot water bottle or an electric blanket at night?

Neither. I prefer a down comforter.

4. How do you feel about log burners? Do you think they are messy or cosy?

We have a gas fireplace in our family room, and it’s on and adjustable at the flick of a switch. Easy peasy and no mess.

Gratitude: When was the last time you laughed out loud?

Just a few minutes ago when I beat my wife at a hard-fought game of Yahtzee!

The Heat is On

It a cruel twist of fate, I found myself in the position of having to vanish. I guess that’s what happens when you cross someone who has a lot of political influence. If only I’d have known that I was stepping into a big pile of chicken shit, I wouldn’t have made such a blunder.

In hindsight, I shouldn’t have conflated expediency with integrity. Now I’m paying sevenfold for my naïveté. At least I still have people I can count on to help me out of this mess. They’ve arranged for a small outboard motorboat at a dock at the mouth of the bay that I can use to get me to a cabin on an isolated island that I can hide out at until the heat is off and this whole thing blows over.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Saffu @ Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (twist/influence), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vanish), My Vivid Blog (only), Word of the Day Challenge (chicken/blunder), Ragtag Daily Prompt (conflate), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (sevenfold).

FOWC with Fandango — Heat


It’s May 8, 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 “heat.”

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.

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