A Reason to Smile – #SoCS

It’s Saturday. I’ve been on the road this week. I was going to skip this post, but something caused me to want to participate in this challenge. When I read this prompt, my most recent photo was a very happy sight. So, we are at the bar, for a short visit, trying to work Linda’s prompt, a little news and a big smile into Linda’s SoCS prompt.

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘the last photo you took.’ Take the last photo you snapped. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you look at it? That word is your prompt. Enjoy!”

If we were having a beer, I’d be in a very good mood, and not just because you’re paying.

“Good afternoon, my young friend. I have taken the liberty of ordering for you since you were so kind as to include me in your treat for Teagan last week.”

“Thanks David. It was fun having Teagan visit.”

“It was. Has she started her new serial yet?”

“She put something out there for us. You can take a look over here.”

“Send me that link, so I don’t forget.”

“It’s on its way.”

“Here you go boys. A John Howell’s special with all the fixins and a tall cool Corona.”

“Thanks Cheryl. Cheers Dan.”

“Cheers David!”

“If you don’t mind me saying, Dan, you have a look of contentment about you today. What’s up with that?”

“I am content, David. We did a road trip to Pittsburgh this week, and things went pretty well.”

“Western Pennsylvania? That’s a long drive. So, no traffic? Good weather? It can’t be the Pirates, they lost three horrible games to Milwaukee.”

“Yes, but they beat the Philadelphia Phillies, and we were in the stands to see them win.”

“That would give you a good feeling. Was it a good game? I mean besides winning.”

“It was for the Pirates. They spread seven runs over three innings, and they held Philadelphia to one hit.”

“Well, welcome home, enjoy the beer. Do you have pictures from your trip?”

“I do, but I won’t bore you with them today.”

“You know that means he’ll bore you with them later.”

“Ha ha, you’re right Cheryl, but I’ll try to pick out the good ones.”

“You boys want another round?”

“I think we should cap off Dan’s good week, Cheryl. Another round and give him a bowl of chowder.”

The pictures in the gallery were taken before I left for Pittsburgh. Some of the captions appear, but if they seem to end abruptly, you have to click that little ‘i’ in the circle to see the full caption.


  1. I have no reason to smile, the Red Sox have lost 3 of their last 4. 😩
    The Rose of Sharon is lovely. I don’t see many of those up here, must be too cold. And as always…. bunny!

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  2. Sorry about the Brewer/Pirate games, but you know I always root for the home team. The most excellent part for you, though, is sitting in the stands in Pittsburgh and watching your home team win. Hope you had a fun and safe road trip, Dan. Happy Saturday!

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    • No need to apologize. I like the Brewers better than the other three teams in our division. Watching a great home win was sweet. We could have gone to any of the four games. We chose well. I hope you’re having a good weekend.

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  3. Your rose-of-sharon bushes are looking so beautiful. I love the shot of MiMi washing off any residue of you touching her paw! How dare you! MuMu only caring that she gets brushed before the road trip! She probably had her brush in her paws as soon as you pulled in the driveway. Lol. Maddie seems very pleased to have the couch to herself…..for a little while anyway.

    Glad you and Faith were able to have this mini getaway. And now it’s back to same old, same old.

    Enjoy this awesome weather today. Have a happy, relaxing weekend.

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    • Thanks Ginger. We are still on the road, but we’ll be home soon. I’ll brush MuMu. MiMi always cleans herself where I pet her. I wash my hands 😏

      I think Maddie will be happy to see me. The cats????


  4. By interesting coincidence, I’d been thinking about contentment in one of the posts I’d been not writing. A good thing to feel. About baseball I know nothing but I know about playgrounds, and that one is very inviting. And, if loitering in a park is against the law, I’m in trouble. The photo of chowder and beer will have us all grabbing for that spoon!

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  5. Google calls that Rose of Sharon color ‘Magenta Chiffon.’ Sounds pretty enough to eat, doesn’t it? MiMi cleaning her paw where you’ve touched her–that cracks me up. Why do cats do that?! Glad Smokey had plenty to eat. You did leave a little bowl of nuts for him, right?! Enjoy the rest of the weekend, Dan.

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  6. I’m glad you’re safely home and had a good trip to Pittsburgh, and you saw a game! He-Man and my kids always liked doing that too when we would go to visit his parents.

    That color pink I think of as Magenta. That bush looks very lush and gorgeous.

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  7. Your roses of Sharon are marvelous. I guess if you’re at that park, you must be playing or doing something with purpose, so as not to be loitering. They must’ve had some issues.

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    • Thanks Maggie. We haven’t done a good job of pruning them, but we hacked away at them a bit this year. With all the rain we’ve had, we got tired of having to walk around the sagging branches. We are planning to prune them back a ways in the fall. That may spoil next year’s appearance, but we can’t let them get too big, or they will get trashed in a good storm.

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