This is typically the hardest week of the year for me to publish on this blog. That’s because I write most of my posts for the week on the previous weekend. Not the whole posts, but a good working draft. I find that once I have a draft, I can smush it into some sense of order without much time being required. Unfortunately, this past weekend was Twilight Zone Marathon weekend, known in some places as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
It’s particularly hard to write while watching the Twilight Zone. I can write while watching football. I can write while watching The big Bang Theory. I’m watching an episode of Star Trek the Original Series: “Wink of an Eye” where the people on a planet are moving so fast they can’t be seen and can only be heard as insect-like sounds. It’s a good story, but I’ve seen it.
Of course, I’ve seen EVERY Twilight Zone episode before, too. I’ve seen them multiple times, during multiple marathons. I own the DVDs. Whenever I cat-sit my daughter’s cats, I watch episodes on Netflix. She has Netflix, I don’t – yet. I think I may sign up for Netflix and Sling TV and drop my cable connection down to some affordable level. I’m watching Star Trek on BBC, which is Channel 158. The Science Channel is channel 100. Somewhere in between is the NFL Network, but I only watch that about 4 times a year. I watch a few channels in between 100 and 55. 55 is SyFy, which is where the Twilight Zone Marathon is. SyFy and BBC are also on Sling – Are you listening COX Cable? See a pattern forming?
I’m gonna tweet them later. To give them a head’s up on what’s on the horizon.
Anyway, I thought that I’d just share some photos today. I have some from some recent walks with Maddie. Then, I opened my email and found the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from the mistress of the impossible, Linda G. Hill.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January is: “coat.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!
Living in New England, in January, the word ‘coat’ quickly leads to ‘winter coat’ because, well, winter. It’s going to be 13°f (-10.5°c) tonight, so a winter coat is in order. We also got a light coating of snow yesterday. The forecast when I got up at 5:00 am called for “partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow.” When I left for work, it was snowing pretty hard. When I got to work, I texted my wife: “Cloudy with a slight chance of snow? These guys need a window.”
I thought about using that and some of the snow photos for Linda’s One-Liner Wednesday, next week. That’s five days away, and the voices in my head are running the show now. I’ll just have to hope for something else to come along between now and then. I guess you’re getting the snow photos today.
Speaking of winter coats, you know who doesn’t have a winter coat? Maddie. Irish Setters don’t have an undercoat. It’s the undercoat that thickens in the winter and thins (sheds) in the spring. Maddie just has hair. Irish Setters also don’t have a lot of body fat. That would make you think they wouldn’t like being out in the cold, but that’s not the case. Maddie doesn’t seem to mind the cold – at – all, and she loves the snow. So, we walk in the winter just like we walk in the summer. Actually, she prefers to walk in the cold than in the heat. So do I.
You know what does have a winter coat? Holiday M&Ms. They have a red and green coat. Of course, those are normal M&M colors, but at Christmastime, you can buy bags of M&Ms that are only red and green. I’d have pictures of those, but I finished the bag before Linda posted the prompt.
I guess I forgot about the Twilight Zone. Sorry. My mind wanders on #SoCS Saturdays. I think the writing on that show was so good that I can’t compete. I think the part of my brain that puts words together is too busy taking Rod Serling’s words apart. I mentioned before that that’s the kind of “multi-tasking” that our brains can’t do.
I think I’m going to gather some photos and coat a bowl with some chocolate ice cream. Thanks for reading.