Cheryl’s Dream Team – #SoCS

It’s Saturday. It’s hot. It’s humid. Nothing about this day feels lucky, but David tells me it’s my lucky day. I don’t know what he means, but it plays well with the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, so I’ll play along. Her prompt is,

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘luck.’ Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

If we were having a beer, I’d be trying to figure out what you mean.

“Hey hey, there he is.”

“Are you talking about me, David?”

“Yes, Dan. Who else would I be talking about?”

“Well, with that announcement, I’d think maybe a celebrity of something.”

“A celebrity? In this place? Dan, you and David are just about the best that I get. I don’t see the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins or that straight up sexy Kurt Russell walking through those doors.”

“Hmm, David kinda looks like Anthony Hopkins, and I…”

“Don’t look anything like Kurt Russell. You want a Corona, Dan?”

“Yes, but I’m confused, Cheryl. David doesn’t normally act like I’m a big deal.”

“That’s true, David. What’s up today.”

“It’s Dan’s lucky day.”

“Come again. How is it Dan’s lucky day?”

“I’m paying.”

“David, I paid last week. You paid the week before. I paid the week before that. You see a pattern here? It’s not luck, it’s your turn.”

“Cheryl, tell him the other good news.”

“What? Did Tom Hanks come in? Robin Williams, Chris Hemsworth?”

“Um, Cheryl.”

“Yes, Dan?”

“Robin Williams is dead, and Chris Hemsworth is, if you forgive my saying, a tad young for you.”

“Tom Hanks is alive, and he’s a tad older than me.”

“That’s true, but he’s not walking in this bar today. Is there something else that’s special about this day?”

“George C. Scott, now he was special.”

“True again. I loved him in Patton, but…”

“I know, Dan. He’s dead.”

“Cheryl, tell him about the specials.”

“Oh, I see where you’re going, David. Dan, we have mussels on the menu for the first time in seventeen months.”

“Mussels, and David is paying. Maybe this is my lucky day.”

“Speaking of muscles, Ryan Reynolds could walk through that door any time.”

“Cheryl, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Please, put an order of mussels on David’s tab before he comes to his senses.”

“Will do, Dan. Here’s your Corona. David, here’s your John Howell’s bourbon, your snifter of seltzer and a glass of ice.”


“Three, in the bourbon. Like Daniel Craig, Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise.”

“Meaning those guys are cherry, or in the bourbon?”

“You’re being cheeky, David.”

“Well, you seem hung up on this theme.”

“I know, I’m sorry. It’s just that Dan got me thinking about who could walk through that door.”

“Are you done?”

“Yes, unless Richard Harris walked in.”


“Yes David.”

“Richard Harris died almost twenty years ago.”

“Well, it’s not like any of those living guys are going to walk in. A girl can dream, right?”

“Indeed she, I mean you can.”

“Dan, the next time I tell you it’s your lucky day, please don’t ask any questions.”

“I kept thinking she was going to bring that list down to our level.”


“Highly unlikely. You guys are more like Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, you know, The Odd Couple.”

“I’m OK with that Cheryl, as long as David is playing the role of Felix.”

“That’s how I see it, Dan.”

“No one is asking me, but I can live with that.”

“Good. Here’s an order of mussels. I only brought one, Can you guys share, or should I put another order in?”

“We can share. I don’t want to take advantage of David’s generosity.”

“But Dan, he said it’s your lucky day.”

“Cheryl, like you and that door, he’s not that lucky.”

“That’s OK. I wouldn’t trade my hubs for any of them?”

“Awww. Oh, what the heck. Put another order of mussels in.”

“David, you really are a romantic.” “Cheers, Dan.”

Note: Cheryl was kind enough to send in her choices, but she couldn’t decide so I used them all. The comparison below is what I’ve been doing this week before it gets too hot each day.

Privacy slats to obscure the view and keep the dog calm.


  1. I enjoyed the imaginings about who might come through the door — what a great spin-off from Thursday Doors! I love the close-up of the pine cone on the path, and I think the silhouette of the apples against the sunrise is a beauty. Maddie is a most capable assistant, isn’t she? I assume she is supervising the work on the fence, too. Easy to see why you have to get out before the heat hits — what a job!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Maddie is no dummy. She stays on the couch in the air conditioned house while I work on the fence. Later, she inspects every inch of her property line because “someone pulled up the weeds!”

      I asked Cheryl for a name, she gave me 10. What’s a boy to do?

      I’m giving myself the weekend off. It will be cooler and drier on Monday. I can finish the fence then. Thanks for dropping by,

      Liked by 1 person

    • Maddie and I walked before 7:00 and I was on the ground (literally) before 8:00. I was drenched by the time I came in, but I managed to go 20-30′ each day. I have 20′ left, but it can wait until Monday.

      I hope you have a nice weekend, Judy. Stay cool.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Is there a run on mussels down your way? We have no problem here. But yes, the weather has been awful. I mowed the lawn yesterday in 92 degree heat with 73% humidity. Kill me now!
    Poor bunny, you have to wonder how they cool off.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. You truly are a lucky guy, friends, family, smarts and creativity, but seriously, I don’t think any of those thigs come from luck.
    You even caught that bee in flight!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Thank you for the photo, Dan. We were just discussing how the US NEC standards differ from the IEC and BS standards that we use here. I have been training a young graduate engineer on how to design electrical installations with REVIT software and I was explaining to him that he will have difficulty with voltages if he uses the US Metric templates in his designs. Thank you for tagging me. Always appreciated.

    Liked by 2 people

      • All our single-phase low voltage applications are wired in 240V, 2-wire systems. All 3-phase applications for domestic, commercial, and industrial facilities are wired in 415V, 3- or 4-wire systems. Medium Voltages are 11kV and 33kV. High Voltages are 66kV, 132KV, 220kV, and 400kV. Our substations are rated as follows: 400/220kV, 220/66kV, 132/33kV, 66/11kV, 33/11kV. Then the distribution transformers are rated 33/0.433kV and 11/0.433kV.

        Liked by 2 people

  5. Dan, Dan, Dan…Chris Hemsworth is not too young. It only means that much like me, Cheryl is not dead yet. We are not dead yet. Now…where’s Sam Heughan and Ryan Reynolds?

    Your photo of the mussels has me drooling and thinking of the Milwaukee vacation. Mussels and beer are good, but maybe not for breakfast.

    Have a wonderful weekend and gives the furry ones some love from Auntie Mary.

    Liked by 4 people

    • I stand corrected, Mary. That makes two votes for Ryan Reynolds. I did look him up, to make sure there were muscles – yes, there were – but I doubt he’s going to show up.

      We aren’t seeing mussels on the menu, except for specials when they can get an adequate supply. Vacations give us so many good food memories, don’t they?

      I hope you’re having a great weekend and I hope you get outside to play (sorry Gibbs).


  6. I have to agree with Cheryl’s choices, Dan. I have liked all those guys in their various roles. Super photos too. Great use of “luck.” Thanks too for the mention. 😁 Have a great weekend, and I hope you really got some mussels.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Ryan Reynolds or John Cena would make my day. Such a dry sense of humor on both those guys–but John Cena and that helmet for Suicide Squad cracks me up. Yes, a girl can dream.
    I got out in my backyard a bit after 8 this morning and only lasted an hour and a half. Tropical Storm Fred is bearing down our way and looks to be pretty direct hit, so I needed to take care of a few limbs. I’d rather take them down myself then have a storm rip them and throw them all over the yard. Your fence is looking great, Dan. That looks to be pretty time-consuming work, so I’m glad Maddie has noticed–even if the weeds are gone.
    Both of those pinecone photos are so lovely. That first photo has such a story to tell. Stay cool. Have a great weekend.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thanks Lois. I hope Fred is kind to you. I understand that a girl can dream. Have at it.

      The pack of slats cover 10′, and there are about 90 in each pack. I start by crawling around pulling weeds and junk out so I can insert a track along the bottom of the fence, and then feeding 88 slats down through. It takes about an hour for each 10′ section. It would be less if I wasn’t stopping every few minutes to wipe the sweat away ;-)

      Liked by 1 person

  8. If Sean Connery steps through that door, please call me immediately!! lol!

    Great banter at the bar today. I’m glad you had a lucky day. I love both pine cone shots, and the apple
    Silhouette against the sky is great. Leave it to our redhead to find a way to photo bomb a shot….but she knows we all love it!

    Neat way to make a privacy fence. I wish we had done that in ‘91 when the fence was installed.

    Hot, humid, and sticky. Air is hard to breathe. Like breathing in a swamp!

    Have a relaxing weekend Dan. Hope you and the Editor and the 3 M’s stay cool and comfy. Tomorrow promises to be a better day. Yeah right! And Sean Connery is coming through that door any second now. 🙄

    Liked by 4 people

    • If he walks in, I’ll stamp his hothead “Reserved for Ginger! Hands off!”

      The fence is looking good, but soooooo hot. I’m going about 20′ a day.

      I took the weekend off. I could take the heat, but not the bugs.

      I hope you’re staying cool. Have a nice weekend.


  9. Dan, what a fun, but totally unexpected post. LOL. I got a kick out of Cheryl’s dream team. I’ll follow the lead of everyone else and leave a couple. Liam Neeson, Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (yes, that’s quite a contrast), and an unknown actor who played very bad Asian villains, a very ugly guy, never could find out his name. I know… don’t ask me why…
    Cheers and hugs on the wing!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💕I’m swooning here, seeing all those names in one post. You DID say, ‘dead or alive’. 🙂 Thanks for squeezing them all in. Oh and that first lonely pine cone staring at the long road ahead-that one calls to my soul. Good luck finishing your project. Congrats on the return of the mighty mussel. PS you can have my share too. 🤭

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Cheryl, and thanks for joining in on the fun today. That pine cone does seem lonely. I wouldn’t have been able to make these names up, it’s an eclectic mix.

      I hope you’re having a good weekend.


  11. I think I admire your persistence in getting your photos as much as I admire the photos themselves. Outstanding! And, thanks to Sara’s bingeing the Marvel movies with me, I know who a lot of those guys are. She can have everybody else; Sara will take Robert Downey, Jr., and I’ll take Mark Ruffalo. lol P.S.I’m not getting notifications of your posts.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. After laughing my head off at the bar 😅 I was finally able to focus on the photos. Your fence looks wonderful! I love the pine cone close-up and the bee in mid air, and of course the flag. Happy cooler weekend, Dan.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The slats go in easy, but there are hundreds and hundreds and my shoulders are sore. The worst part for us is clearing the bottom. The neighbor’s ground cover has been invading and I have to run a track through the bottom row. The slats click into the track. It works well, but it’s tedious.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Good post, Dan. The Odd Couple is one of my all-time favorite shows. Brings back some memories of being a kid, when we’d stay up late on weekends (and other nights as we grew older) and catch reruns of it just before Perry Mason. Today I have it all on DVD, but that was a fun time.

    Liked by 1 person

Add your thoughts or join the discussion. One relevant link is OK, more require moderation. Markdown is supported.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.