Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “Strain.”


Stream of Consciousness

It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again and this weeks prompt is “strain.” Here is what Linda Hill says about the prompt this week. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “strain.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!” Well you read her instructions. If you would like to participate visit Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS May 11/19

Strain by John W. Howell © 2019

“You are a strain you know that?”

“Strain? What does that mean?”

“Stupid and a pain that’s what that means.”

“Aw, come on. Can’t be that bad.”

“I was just going over the checkbook and see this entry for five hundred dollars.”

“Had to replace the car tires.”

“You need to tell me before you put such a strain on the budget.”

“But the tires were bald.”

“You could have made some payments.”

“You know how much I hate debt.”

“I do. Okay. I guess you will enjoy the beans and weenies for the month.”

“Sure beats a blowout. Speaking of strain. Is your mother coming to stay this month?”

“Very funny. No she decided to put off her trip till later in the year. she has a new boyfriend.”

“A new boyfriend? What does that make? Number three already this year?”

“She is very particular about who she hangs around with unlike yours truly.”

“Cold wind over the bow. Puts a strain on the mainsail.”

“You pop another surprise like the tires and it will be a hot cannon ball over the bow. through the mainsail.”

“Oh. I love it when you talk dirty.”

“Only you could pull an innuendo out of that statement.”

“Say you love me.”

“And strain my patience further? Time for you to mow the lawn.”

“I knew it. Nothing says love like a good lawn mow.”

“To you alone.”


“See you later after you love your lawn.”

“No more strain?”

“Yeah. I’m over it.”

“How about a new grill?”

“Get out.”


  1. strained by the using of ‘strain’ 😱😂 well done again

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    1. Thank you, Victoria Ray. 😄

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  2. “Nothing says love like a good lawn mow.” LOL! My thoughts exactly. Good job, John. Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you, Jill * Sung to the tune of Give a Little by Supertramp.


  3. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Another fun read, John. Your dialogues never feel contrived or constrained. You could have written for the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. 😀 Have a magical, unstrained day!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Wishing you the same. 😊

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  4. At first I thought you wanted a story about my “better-half” when you mentioned ‘Strain’, but I prefer your story!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks for the laugh, GP.

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  5. Nothing like the sweet back and forth of a couple in love. Of course, as Groucho would say, this is nothing like that. But it is funny, John. You do have a way of taking Linda’s prompt and putting my Saturday on a good course. Ironically, I’ve been asked to mow part of the lawn.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. A request to mow the lawn is on open invitation to a barley pop at the end of the job. (Man’s unwritten rule #21 ) Have a great weekend, Dan.

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      1. Now I have a reason! Thanks John.


  6. This was so funny, John. Loved how you wove sailing jabs into the back-and -forth conversation.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. I do enjoy these prompts.

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      1. And we enjoy where you go with them! You’re welcome, John.

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  7. Another fun one. Thanks, for the morning laugh.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. 😀

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  8. I’m thinking nothing says I love you more than a cleaning of the toilets but hey, if lawn works, it works! 😉
    I was trying to read this on my phone but it strained my eyes too much coz I couldn’t find my glasses 😉

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    1. That is a degree of difficulity for sure. 🤓

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  9. Gotta get a mother-in-law joke in there. 🙂


  10. That conversation sounds WAY TOO familiar!! 🙂 🙂


  11. This certainly wasn’t a strain to read, John.
    Well done.

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  12. You’re putting a ‘strain’ on our relationship with this good stuff! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray


  13. LOL! I think he needs to buy his grill… :-p

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    1. Thanks, Mary 😀


  14. That’s a lot of strain on a marriage. 🙂 Glad the lawn intervened!

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    1. Good old lawn.

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Great use of strain. Cracked me up.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·


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  16. Haha, John, you certainly managed to highlight all the irritations in life that make it a strain.

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    1. Thankk you, Robbie.


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