It’s the first Saturday of the year, and we’re changing it up just a bit for Linda G. Hill’s combo Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot January prompt:
“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: ‘“ow.’ Find a word that contains ‘ow’ or use it as a word in your post. Have fun!”
I’m not sure about the rules today, but we are having fun.
If we were having a beer, we wouldn’t be having a beer.
“Hi Dan, you’re just in time to say goodbye.”
“What the… I’m on time. You’re leaving?”
“I am. My cousin is coming down from Massachusetts, and I need to get home.”
“You don’t normally like it when your family visits.”
“I don’t like it when my wife’s family visits. Some of my relatives are OK.”
“What makes this guy, if it is a guy, different?”
“He’s bringing steaks for me to grill.”
“Well then, off you go, enjoy the steak.”
“Thanks Dan. I’ll see you next week.”
“He’s done, he’s leaving, he settled his tab and he bought you a beer, Dan.”
“Wow! That was nice of him, Cheryl. Do you think there’s a Corona in the cooler that can find a lime?”
“I think I can dig one up.”
“This place is empty, what happened to your customers?”
“I guess everyone drank enough on Tuesday. Here’s your beer. I guess you’ll have to talk to me.”
“Have to? That’s great. I actually have a few questions for you.”
“Your blog. Why the move to Blogger?
“I have made some really great friends on WordPress in the nearly eight years that I have had my blog there; but technical difficulties, lack of the kind of support I need and too many changes in formatting just pushed me into the move.”
“It’s a big change. I know, I moved to WordPress from Blogger in two-thousand eleven.”
“I suppose I needed a change. I hope my friends will visit me there because I am still keeping up with everyone.”
“So, you’ve been there about a week, what do you think of the new place?”
“I like it although it is like moving into a new house. I am still moving things around and ‘decorating’ the space. I hope to make friends with the neighbors.”
“Speaking of new neighbors, Cheryl, this isn’t the only moving you’ve been doing. You have a lot on your plate.”
“I know. I’ve been so busy with moving and the new job I haven’t had a lot of time to think about blogging, let alone figure this all out.”
“Your combination of beautiful photos and lovely words has always been inspiring. I hope you’re not planning too many changes.”
“I don’t have a solid plan yet. But the site is very user friendly and feels more enjoyable exploring the possibilities. As always, the things I photograph inspire my thoughts and words so poetry is definitely in the plan.”
“So, you have a plan? Or do you just go with the flow?
“Honestly, most of my posts are inspired by life or experience or emotions of the day. Even those prompts that I participate in come from daily influences or excursions that really impressed me. That is why I often fall short on Thursday Doors. I just forget to photograph them. You’re the Doors man, Dan. Always something amazing.”
“Doors don’t move. You seem drawn to living things, Cheryl.”
“My favorite photo moments come from nature. Birds, lizards, bees, butterflies and snakes…whatever crosses my path. In Costa Rica we had the monkeys, sloths, dolphins and so many birds. I was a bit disillusioned when we first came back to the states. It seemed the technicolor effect had faded somehow. But nature is all around us and I get thrilled over everything. Even the tiniest bugs. There are so many parks here.”
“Don’t forget the seabirds, you know I like them.”
‘Being back near the ocean is perfect for all types of photography, including the birds. No winter animals, though. No mountain Lions, Buffalo or Reindeer here. For me the tradeoff works.”
“Well, if there’s anything I can do, let me know.”
“Thanks Dan. For a person like me with very loose tech expertise, I really appreciate it.”
“You’re welcome. I think I need to get an order of wings to go, and maybe another Corona.”
“Wings? No problem, but that beer is on me…with a fresh, perfectly sized lime wedge.”
“Aw, thanks, Cheryl!”
As you may have guessed, there were violations of the “no editing and limited planning” part of Linda’s rules. Some people asked about Cheryl’s recent move, and the bar seemed like a good place to answer those questions. Her latest post is over here.