Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue # 339 bu Keith Channing

In Keith’s words. “Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm on Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next time.”

The photo

Home by John W. Howell © 2021

“Ahhh. The fire feels good.”

“It does. Especially on a night like this.”

“Yes. I’m grateful that we are inside and cozy.”

“Me too. I can’t imagine being out there. Listen to that wind.”

“I know. When I got us more wood, I thought I was going to freeze.”

“You poor dear. I should have gone in your place.”

“Oh no, my love. Fetching firewood is my job.”

“But I would hate to see you somehow get into trouble out there.”

“I had my heavy coat and gloves. I was okay.”

“Did you wear a hat?”

“No. I didn’t think I would need it.”

“See, this is what I’m talking about. Taking shortcuts when it could mean your life.”

“I’ll make sure I have a hat next time, okay?”

“You promise?”

“I promise. Oh, I see it’s almost time for the weather report. I want to see how long this is going to last.”

“How about I make us some hot chocolate, and you get the report.”

“Sounds like a deal. I certainly hope there is going to be a break.”

“What was the temperature when you got the wood?”

“You want it in Fahrenheit or Centigrade?”

“That’s right. You have that fancy watch. Give me both.”

“When I went out, it was 59 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 15 degrees Centigrade.”

“Wow. That is cold. The chocolate will feel good. You know we ought to think about moving South before the next winter. This Texas chill goes right to my bones.”

 

77 comments

  1. Right here, right now, 15° Celcius sounds positively warm. Good one, John.

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    1. We have first world complaints around here, Keith. 🤣

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  2. Ha! That’s too funny, John. I remember when I lived in Arkansas, people were astounded when I or any member of my family would go outside without jackets, hats, gloves in “cold” weather. My son, who still lives there, wears shorts every day of the year. It’s all a matter of perspective, I suppose. Thanks for the smile.

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    1. We love to see visitors in shorts and blue knees. After 60 degrees it is bundle up time. Thanks, Staci.

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  3. Lol! Good one, John! You’re not moving…are you? 🙂 I’m cold when it’s 80 degree. I blame it on my day job where they provide no heat, but keep the A/C at 72 year around.

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    1. No we are not moving. fter 60 degrees I start to get chilled these days. Thank you, Jill. 😁

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  4. I was wondering what the punch line was going to be!

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    1. And there it is. Geriatric humor. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. Any time, John! 😀

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    2. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

      We are 30 degrees here and enjoying that fire 🙂 I was cold in Hawaii when it dipped i to low 70s. Good one.

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      1. See and you think we are nuts.

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  5. Temperature is a perspective, for sure.

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Craig.

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  6. hahaha, once again, John!
    My mind said : “This would be a great idea, Marg, if we didn’t live in south Florida!”

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    1. Yeah that’s a good one. My mind went to another direction as well. “by the way. Who is taking this photo?”

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      1. A very perspiring Santa! 😓

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      2. Hahahaha. Good one.

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  7. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    You’ve lived in the North and South, as well, the East and West, and I suspect today’s story captures where your heart has truly settled. Good one, John. 🎄❄🎄

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I think when the temp hit 39 degrees the other night I began to wonder about relative cold. I am now officially a wimp.

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        🤣

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  8. Perspective. 🙂

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  9. Haha! I did not expect that ending. 59 degrees indeed! Please send some of that “brisk, chilly stuff” my way. I’d happily welcome those kind of winter temperatures! 🙂

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    1. I know I’m being a baby.

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  10. By all means, bundle up and wear a hat.

    Nice job, John.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. 😊

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  11. Yikes. Though it’s staying unnaturally warm up here. At least from our usual. Soon Southerners are going to come up north for the winter instead of the other way around.

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    1. Hahaha. I would like to see that.

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  12. Buahahaha! All about perspective! Here I was running in 0 C (32 F) and my hands were too warm for my gloves… 😉

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    1. Well that just says something about your warm heart.

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      1. Oh you, smooth talker! xoxo

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      2. I know right? 😁

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      3. You are such a charmer. I’ll keep you around, if you don’t mind 😉

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      4. That would be great. 😁❤️

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      5. Phew! 😉 ❤️❤️

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  13. It’s 29 degrees F or -1.6C here this morning and we have tons of snow!! We’ll be staying in and keeping cozy too. I wonder if I can get someone to make cocoa? 😀

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    1. I would do it but I’m pretty far away.

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  14. Lol, any further south and you’ll back to summer temps. It’s -15 Celsius in my hometown today 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  15. Loved this cozy up story John. Although, your characters may want to dip their toe into eastern Canada and will find almost 60 degrees is like summer for us LOL 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Debby. I grew up in Michigan and the winters were awful. Now I’m a whimp.

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      1. Lol, I’d love to be a wimp! 🙂

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      2. It’s easy. Just avoid something. Me it’s cold and snow. You get to pick your whimpness.

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  16. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Haha! I thought that was where you were going with this one, John. We live in one of those places that’s not too hot or cold. Well, out of towners think it’s cold, but I’m running around in short sleeves.

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    1. I lived in Sonoma and in Marin county and know that weather. Thanks, Pete

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      1. petespringerauthor · ·

        We live up north in Humboldt County along the ocean in the heart of the Redwoods. I think I’ve told you that my wife was from Sonoma, but neither of us like the heat.

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      2. Yeah but 55 at night makes one forget about the brief 90 type weather.

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  17. Living in a goldilocks climate where it rarely reaches 5C and has never in the history of thermometers exceded 39C I find the idea of anything extreme appalling. That said give me cold rather than hot any day. As mum used to say you can put on layers but you can’t take off your skin.. nicely done prompting a debate John

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    1. A very wise sayng of your mom. Thanks for sharing, Geoff. 😁

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  18. Ha! Ha! You nailed it, John. I had no idea where you were going with this, but you pulled it off brilliantly!

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    1. Thak you, Jan. 😁

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  19. Love the coziness in this story, John. It’s 37 degrees this morning, and this week has been our coldest in the bay area. And we’re getting more rain. 🙂 Great story!

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    1. You need the rain so it is a good thing. Thank you for the lovely comment on my story.

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  20. HaHa! Fifty-nine sure can be cold, can’t it, John? Of course, minus 10 is far worse, unless the sun is shining and the wind is calm. Certainly other factors play in when it comes to that “feels like” temperature!

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    1. Yes to me 59 is cold and I lived in Illinois for about eight years.

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  21. Talk about perspective! 59F here in December has folks practically breaking out shorts and flip flops with their puffy jackets! 🤣

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    1. I can imagine. 79 here now. 😁

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      1. 😲 And yet, I’ll bet my sister in Bastrop is wearing a sweater. LOL Enjoy!

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      2. I’ll bet she is. 😁

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    1. Thanks again for sharing. 😁

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  22. 59 is cold??

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    1. Freezing, Jennie. 🥶

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  23. […] Home by John W. Howell © 2021 […]

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  24. I’ll trade you a Canadian winter anytime. 🙂 Nice work John.

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    1. Thank you, Mark. No takers here. 😁

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      1. Don’t blame you.

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