E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Uplifting Chatter

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “uplifting chatter.

E.M. said that with all of the negative things we are facing on the news, she wanted to give everyone a forum to uplift one another through the responses to this ramble. So let me see if I can dig deep to find some “uplifting” answers.

1. When you feel negative, what techniques do you use to bring yourself up to feeling positive?

Stop reading or watching the news and watch “Young Frankenstein” on TV.

2. What is a smell that made you smile when you woke up today?

Freshly brewed coffee.

3. An owl is known for its wisdom, what are you known for?

I’m known for not being an owl.

4. Do you know any good recipes? If so, can you share one?

Funny you should ask. This afternoon I’ll be grilling some surf and turf in our backyard. For the turf (New York strip steak), I will marinate the steak for a few hours in a mixture of barbecue sauce and teriyaki, season it with garlic powder, onion powder, and Montreal seasoning. I will then quickly sear it on both sides and then grill it for a few minutes until it’s medium rare. For the surf (lobster tail), I will be butterfly the tail, brush the meat with olive oil, and season with sea salt and black pepper. After grilling meat side down for a few minutes, I’ll flip the tails and brush a mixture of melted butter, garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and cayenne over the lobster meat and continue grilling for another minute or two.

5. How do you console the people around you? (Online or in-person)

In person, there’s nothing better than a hug or a cuddle. Online, I send my thoughts and prayers.

Yeah, right. 🤣 Actually, I think the best way to console someone online is through expressing some empathy for what they are going through.

E.M.’s Sunday Ramble Prompt — Life and Positivity

It’s time once again for E.M. Kingston’s The Sunday Ramble. Her prompt is based upon a certain topic about which she asks five questions. We are invited to ramble on about that topic however we wish. Today’s topic is “Life and Positivity.”

1. What are the greatest attributes about you that make you feel good about yourself?

I’m me! What’s not to feel good about that?

2. What is/are your biggest motivation/s to get things done?

No question that my wife is my biggest motivation to get things done. Because, you know, happy wife, happy life.

3. Do you have any tips that could help others with their own motivation?

Marry someone like my wife. She’s a great motivator.

4. As you are sitting there reading this question, observe the area around you. What item in your home/work/car (wherever you are) made you smile when you observed it?

Our new rescue dog, who’s been with us for ten days.

What always makes you laugh and smile in your life?

My toddler grandson and infant granddaughter.

One-Liner Wednesday — Smile

“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.”

W.C. Fields, American comedian, actor, and writer

That’s how I feel every morning when I wake up after I get a good night’s sleep. I stretch and smile. And then I remember that Donald Trump is still the president and I stop smiling.


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Weekly Song Challenge — Smile

9FC24DBF-795E-468A-8F5E-D6928D4F45A9For this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to post videos about smiles, strength, and the letter E.

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 is about smiling.

2. Post a song about mending, healing, or strength.

3. Post a video of a song by a singer or band that begins with an E.

Okay, your turn!

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge — Grin

4FB3BD2C-BE16-4A37-816C-A41072528E3DI took this selfie of me this morning with a big grin on my face specifically for today’s Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge. The theme for the challenge is “grin.”

And you thought I was a serious guy. See, I can smile. I can clown around with the best of them. Just don’t get me started on politics or religion!

How about you? Let’s see that puss of yours with a big, fat, happy grin.