It’s Not Covid – SoCS

Two weeks in a row, Linda G. Hill is offering bonus points with her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. And this week, she’s offering extra bonus points. I can’t leave those on the table. David and I are at the bar. We are going to rest, relax, have a bite to eat and perhaps an adult beverage or two. Two I think. That seems to be important, here’s the prompt:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘too/to/two.’ Use one, use ’em all, bonus points if you use all three. Extra bonus points if you start your post with one. Enjoy!”

If we were having a beer, you would be in internal exile.

Two at the right, Dan.”

“Excuse me, Cheryl.”

Two. It’s a restaurant and a bar. Everything is numbered. Your buddy is at number one, you are at number two. To your right. David can explain.”

“Good afternoon, Dan.”

“Hi David. Why are you sitting against the wall?”

“Because I told him he needs to be as far away from people as he can be.”

“What do you have against David, Cheryl.”

“Nothing, but he’s been coughing, sneezing, and blowing his nose since he got here. I don’t want him scaring the other customers away.”

“Oh, but it’s OK if he sneezes on me?”

“You’re his friend. Besides, he says it’s allergies, but everyone has been looking at him like he’s Pandemic Pete.”

“Maybe some alcohol will help. Put a John’s Howell’s special on my tab.”

“OK. Corona for you?”

“Yes please. So, David what has your allergies in an uproar?”

“Yard work.”


“Yard work. You know, raking the grass, cleaning up leftover leaves, that kind of stuff.”

“I know what you mean, but last I knew, you didn’t do yard work, you had people.”

“I do have people, but they still stir all that stuff up. I think it’s mainly the old leaves. They’re a little moldy. That always aggravates my allergies.”

“Here you go, David. A glass of medicinal John Howell’s Bourbon, a snifter – no pun intended – of seltzer, a glass of ice, and four cherries, too, since we didn’t have any last week. Dan, here’s your beer.”

“That sounds so dull, Cheryl. Maybe I should start ordering something…”

“…Expensive? That would be nice, Dan.”

“Ha, that’s not what I meant. I think I’ll stick with Corona. I am paying for David’s collection.”

“Cheers, Dan. I hope it calms my sinuses.”

“Why didn’t you have your people come on a day when you were going to be out?”

“I did. They were supposed to come on Monday, but they had an opening in their schedule, so they came today?”

“I guess you can’t refuse.”

“I could if I was having a barbecue, but not if I’m just sitting in the house waiting until quarter to bourbon.”

“That would be rude. I mean, they’re doing this to make a living.”

“And since I’m doing this to make a living, would you guys like anything to eat? We have some good-looking specials.”

“Good looking? I thought you fired Mr. Fancy Drizzle, Cheryl.”

“No, we didn’t bring back the artist-chef. I just meant that the special looked good when I’ve seen people order it.”

“What is it?”

“A skewer trio. Beef tips, chicken, and shrimp, all on skewers resting comfortably on a bed of risotto.”


“I don’t write this stuff, Dan. That’s what the Specials Menu says.”

“OK, I’ll give some comfortable chicken and shrimp a try. David, you care to join me?”

“You’re going to buy me dinner?”

“As long as you promise not to sneeze risotto up your nose, yes.”

“I’m good. I think the bourbon is helping.”

“Good, and no more yard work for you and your peeps.”

“Who do you use to clean up your yard, Dan?”

“Louie Left Arm, Robbie Right Arm and Bobby Back.”

“Clever way of saying you’re too cheap to pay a landscaper.”

“I prefer getting some exercise, and since I don’t have allergies, it works well for me.”

“I go to the gym for exercise.”

“We know, David.”

“Speaking of Robbie, did I see that Robbie Cheadle is going to join us next week?”

“She is, along with Miriam Hurdle. They both have poems in a new anthology. So, I invited them here to talk about poetry.”

“Oooh, I’m trading with Skippy, so I can be here, too.”

“I know you love poetry, Cheryl, and you’re quite a good poetess.”

“Thank you, Dan.”

“Wait, is that really what you call a female poet? A poetess?”

“It’s not used very often these days, David. It’s from the Latin term for a female poet – poētria.”

“Well, I’ve read some of their poetry, and whatever you call them, they’re good ones.”

“Then you’ll want to be here next week, David.”


  1. Were it not for the crack about sneezing risotto up his nose, I’d have made it through this with dignified chuckles. A good laugh and your beautiful spring photos make for an improved mood to start to this Saturday. Thanks!

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  2. You did today’s prompt justice! Poor David. Allergy time is definitely here. 😡

    Beautiful photo of Old Glory. I love the way the light is highlighting her.

    Now that squirrel in the woodpile is too cute for words. That’s what I call room service! Good luck with rousting them out of there this summer. Mama squirrel is about to gift you with many more mouths to feed. 🤗

    Maddie is always on the job protecting you and the Editor. She looks very proud of herself!

    Enjoy the weekend Dan. Murphy sends hugs and belly rubs to the 3 M’s.

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    • Thanks Ginger, and give Murphy a scritch from our girls. Momma squirrel pops up when she hears us. We are angry with her for taking over a log pile, but she’s so darn cute, we can’t resist. Then, when she pops out and sits, it’s clear why she needs to eat.

      I don’t have allergies, but the Editor does and so does our daughter. It is the season for sniffles.

      Maddie loves to sit and survey her space. She’s having to get used to a new neighbor. I’m not sure how well that’s going to go.

      I hope yo have a great weekend!


  3. Your dandelion shot makes it look like an award-winning bloom. Around here your hawk photo would be vultures instead. Loved the tulip and the squirrel pop-up. The flag looks great and so does Maddie. Thanks for the mention and have a super weekend.

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    • Thanks John. We do see the occasional Turkey Vulture, but the hawks have had their hunting area diminished by the Amazon warehouse and the new construction across the street fro it. We see them overhead more often now.

      We don’t mind the dandelions in the yard. We have some little bees that seem to like them, and the bunnies eat the leaves. One big happy around here.

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  4. Such great quotes here: “Oh, but it’s OK if he sneezes on me?” and “quarter to bourbon” The squirrel photos are so cute! Dinner at his doorstep–what more could a squirrel ask for? Have a great weekend, Dan.

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  5. Beautiful photos, Dan. We were hit with freezing temps last week, and my garden suffered mightily. I’m hoping Spring is here to stay now. I enjoyed the fun story with to-too-two! 😊 Have a great weekend!

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  6. I like dandelions, too. You can eat them, but I haven’t lately. This is the first year I’ve had to take allergy meds practically every day to prevent sneezing cascades. Cute squirrel with the head popping out for peanuts. Looking forward to the poetry. :)

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    • Thanks JoAnna. Right now, the bunny eats most of the dandelions. At least he isn’t eating the tulips. I am looking forward to Robbie and Miriam visiting next week, I think it’s going to be fun, I hope you have a nice weekend.

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  7. A few things of note, Dan. First, I look forward to next week’s poetry session and I’m awaiting your next offering in that genre. I know you can do it.

    Second, did the shrimp/meat skewer taste as good as it looks? Yum!

    Third, I am a bit jealous of your signs of spring. We have another non-biking week coming up and I’m getting really frustrated by the weather. On the good side, we’re going to have a warm (and windy) weekend, so at least I can get outside and store that up much like the squirrels with their nuts.

    Have an awesome weekend!

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    • Thanks Mary. I might attempt a poem during the Thursday Doors writing challenge. I also might try a bit of short fiction. But, I am amazed how effortlessly you guys make writing poetry seem.

      Those skewers were very good. I am not a big fan of risotto, but it was very good as well.

      Sorry about the weather. We have had cold mornings (36 today) and lots of wind, but we’ve been getting up into the 50s and 60s during the day. I’m looking forward to milder nights.

      I hope you have a nice weekend despite the wind.


  8. For ultra bonus points use to, two, too, and tutu. Although it is extremely difficult to order adult beverages in a public establishment whilst wearing a tutu and I might add pointe shoes. Though it does make it easier to stand above the crowd. Now wait for the music to start… and no it is not prop me up by the jukebox…

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    • I wonder how David will feel about wearing a tutu? I don’t think Cheryl wants to dance around on point with all those glasses. Still, the idea of ultra bonus points is hard to resist ;-)

      Have a great weekend, John

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      • It is a good thing to wear a tutu. Everyone should try it. Besides then you have to drink to forget… next round is on me. And I will use a straw so you don’t have to take that literally.

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  9. 😂😂😂You’re on a roll today, Dan. I almost thought you were going to order a real drink there. Something like a.. Dark ‘N Stormy?
    😍Poets? Poetry? Color me a happy bartender.
    Maddie looks so tall in that photo. Beautiful flor! So, you’re coaxing the pregnant squirrel up through the tear in your cover for peanuts.. 🤭
    I actually like doing my own yard work too. Heck, I don’t even have ‘people’ clean my house. Nobody does it better. 😉


  10. I feel for David as I’ve been sneezing a lot as things are starting to bloom around here and we’ve had wind blowing pollen every which way and I’ve had what I call “sinus face” which hurts. I broke out the meds (unfortunately, not John Howell’s bourbon meds) 🤣 and am better today.

    Your new blooms look lovely and how cute is the squirrel popping out the window of the wood pile to get some peanuts! She hasn’t been rehoused yet then. 😀

    I’m looking forward to next week’s visit with the Poetess’. I do love poetry.


  11. Super Saturday at the bar, Dan. I’m looking forward to Robbie and Miriam’s visit next week. Right now Louie Left Arm, Robbie Right Arm and Bobby Back have some raking to do. Catch you later. 🙂

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  12. Yay for exercise via yardwork. We have none of those signs of spring here – thanks for sharing the photos of them, it’s nice to see that spring will eventually show up in bright colors. The hawks and eagles are scouting out the bunnies in our yard too. We saw one swoop down on the threesome of bunnies who weren’t on the lookout for the predators, they were busy doing other things. Does that flowering tree look like it isn’t healthy? Where are all the buds on the left side?! I hope you have a great week, Dan!

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    • That flowering tree doesn’t look healthy, but the Public Works crew left it standing, so…

      Spring must be out there somewhere…right? Our bunnies mostly stay under cover during the day, but the hawks have been here, looking for a nice meal.

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      • Ah, the discretion of not my job today for the PWC? That reminds me of the crew that trims the trees along the roads by the power lines. I need to share a picture of our tree at the end of our driveway sometime. It’s not quite art they are creating. LOL.
        Spring will show up. Not yet though, it’s only 30 degrees this morning. GRR.
        The bunnies can show moments of brilliance when in hiding. I hope the one that River Girl likes to see in photos remains safe from the hawks.

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        • We were just outside on “business” and Maddie spotted one of the bunnies. There at least two that eat here. I think there might be three. I hope they can stay hidden when necessary.

          Those power line crews didn’t do well in art class/

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