Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “TA”




Stream Of Consciousness SaturdayOnce again time for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week Linda has come up with another two letter prompt. It is “Ta” which Linda explains is British slang for goodbye. I remember the old TTFN designation used may years ago. It stands for Ta Ta For Now.  I’m not sure people still sat TTFN, but if you want to join the fun, please visit Linda at Here is my interpretation of “Ta.”

Ta by John W. Howell ©2016

“So what are you writing?”

“A little sign to put up in my yard.”

“Yard? What for?”

“Well, as you know I have had a bunch of people constantly wandering around my property.”

“No, I didn’t know. What’s that all about?”

“I’m not sure. I asked one guy about it, and he told me there was a rare bird nesting in a tree in my backyard.”

“So these people are visiting the bird.”

“I guess so. You would think they would ask me if it was okay.”

“Yeah, seems like the decent thing to do.”

“I haven’t had one ask. When I go up to them and politely ask them to leave, they just look at me.”

“So why not call the cops?”

“Did. They said there was nothing they could do.”

“Brother. So what is the sign going to say.”

Ta ta for now. Take you and your bird watching stuff and beat it or else.”

“Uh. I don’t think that’s going to do anything.”

“Would you read a sign like this and not react.”

“I would be asking myself or else what?”

“Hmm, good point. How about this?”

“Or the bird gets it. You mean that?”

“No, but who is going to call my bluff?”

“Not bird people. That’s for sure. Good job.”






  1. I await the the reaction to the first intruder you get, will it be ta-ta or take off buddy…..

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks Michael.

  2. Bird people get no respect. Good job, John. Have a great Saturday!

    1. I love to ruffle their feathers

  3. Thd key is having the right bluff. Good one John.

  4. Hope the bird is friendly and can’t read. It might take offense. Just imagining a full-sized Roc coming to the guy’s door.

    1. Ha ha ha. Would be tense.

  5. Ahh! A lesson in strategic sign making. 😉
    Well done again, John.
    (I never knew that about “ta” and slang. Odd that I never gave any thought to “Ta ta…”) Huge hugs.

    1. Thanks Teagan. Yeah ta was a little different. Hugs

  6. Bee Halton · ·

    hahahahaaaa 🙂

  7. Maybe hang a frying pan next to it for emphasis.

    1. Ha ha ha. great comment. 😀

  8. Great take on TTFN, John. I thought that was a Canadianism… like HOSER!

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    1. I think it is universal. Hoser not so much. Thanks for stopping.

  9. Another Saturday, another prompt knocked out of the park.
    Well done, John.

  10. Or the bird gets it, funny! 😀

      1. Do you really have someone coming on your property to look at birds. That would be nerve wracking! 🙂

      2. NO. I made it up. 🙂

      3. Ok. Good, but it would be aggravating. It just shows that you paint a realistic picture. 🙂

  11. Ornery-thology.

    1. Ominous ornithology as well. Good one Dale.

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