The Monday Peeve — Weather Apps

iPhone weather app logoMy wife and I had just finished watching the final, season two episode of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime last night, which is a very good series if you can stream Amazon Prime shows. Anyway, it was about 9 pm and time for me to take our dog out on her final walk of the day. It had been raining on and off all day long so I got up and looked out of the window to see if it was raining. The sidewalk out front was wet, of course, but I didn’t see any sign of rain.

I opened up my iPhone’s weather app and it told me that it was currently cloudy and no more rain was expected until midnight. Then, just to double check, I opened two other weather apps I had downloaded. Accuweather told me that there would be no rain for at least the next 120 minutes. And my Weather Underground app assured me that I needn’t worry about rain until around 11:45 pm.

And so armed with three professional weather forecasts, I got my dog into her harness, attached her leash, and, leaving my umbrella behind, we set out on our walk.

We were about half way through the typical 20-25 minute walk when the downpour began. We sought shelter in an alcove in front of a small apartment building. I was hoping to wait out the deluge, but after about 10 minutes, my dog was getting antsy, so we braved the rain.

Needless to say, we were both drenched by the time we got back home. And I was pissed.

But it’s a new day and my wife and I I need to hit the grocery store today. Fortunately my weather app says no rain until 3 pm. And it’s only 12:30, so this is a good time to….

WTF!? It’s pouring out!

My Monday peeve is directed at smartphone weather apps, which are neither very smart nor very accurate.

Written for Paula Light’s The Monday Peeve prompt.TMP

Who Won The Week? 12/1/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is Mother Nature.

The headline in today’s newspaper read, “Storm Sweeps in with Rain, Snow, and Gusty Winds.” Normally I would look at that headline and think it was bad news. But for those of us who live in Northern California, it’s just the opposite. The first significant rains in months in the region have extinguished most of the wildfires that have plagued the area, which had caused mass power outages and evacuation orders in many communities. The rains coming in this week should finish the job.

So Mother Nature was able to quickly accomplish what mere mortals were unable to do. And for that, those of us who have had to deal with these destructive wildfires are grateful.

But looking at the forecast, I’m wondering if Mother Nature May be going a bit overboard.816BA0E8-B1A2-4CAF-A62B-8DE26351A170Thanks for dousing the wildfires, Mother Nature, but how about giving it a rest now that the fires have been doused?

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Weekly Song Challenge — Love, Food, and Sunshine

Musical NotesFor this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to post three videos — a song that reminds us of a loved one, of food or drink, and of rain or sunshine.

Her rules are:

  • Copy the rules and add them to our own post, pinging back to Laura’s post.
  • Post music videos for our answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people anyone who wants to participate!

So here goes.

1. Post a video of a song that reminds you of a loved one.

2. Post a video of a song that mentions a food or drink.

3. Post a video of a song that talks about rain or sunshine.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Give it a go.

Friday Fictioneers — Stormy Weather

8EFE1720-3941-4A87-B09B-7AAF2E57368F“The forecast is calling for rain this weekend,” Anna said. “Maybe we should put off the yard sale until next weekend.”

“Don’t be silly, Anna,” Dick said. “I’ve advertised it on Craigslist and I’ve put up posters all around the neighborhood. Besides, I rented one of those booth canopy tent-like things, so if it does rain, we can move everything under that to keep it all dry.”

“Okay, Dick,” Anna said.

No one, least of all Dick, was prepared for the severity of the thunderstorm that passed through that weekend. Dick’s booth canopy tent-like thing didn’t stand a chance.

(99 words)

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

Share Your World — Thick Skin and Blueberry Pancakes

Monday means Melanie and her weekly Share Your World prompt. So let’s get right to it.

Here are this week’s questions.

Are you thin or thick skinned?  Are you easily offended or tend to let it just roll off your back like a duck does with water?

I think of myself as being rather thicked skinned. I’ve never been easily offended by what others say or think. And as I’ve gotten older, my skin has apparently thickened up even more because, for the most part, I don’t really care what other people think, say, or do…unless it directly and adversely affects me, in which case, I will push back hard.

How important are morals in a healthy society? What are the most important morals for citizens to have?

I answered this when Rory asked it by linking back to THIS old post I wrote a while ago. I will say that I used to believe that strong morals in society were critical for society to function properly, but since Trump became president, apparently amorality is the key to success in America these days.

What will your epitaph be?

He was a very ordinary man who lived a very ordinary life extraordinarily well.

French toast, pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes, with blueberries and/or bananas, thank you.

And finally, what were you grateful for this past week?

After ten straight days of rain, we’ve had more than a week of beautifully sunny weather with stunning blue skies with mild temperatures for this time of year. Rain is back in the forecast, however.598f437b-e946-481e-b346-316f952bd0d4