Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – A Picture From Wherever

 

Staring at the cup as the machine finishes its work, the residual effects of my second Covid booster have me fixated on the beauty of the dark frothy liquid. For two days, my body has been in a state that could best be described as hungover. Recalling the days when copious amounts of gin were consumed with an equal quantity of abandon and mirth. The next day was payback for all that fun. It has been years now, but today I feel the effects mirrored by that libertine care abandonment of years ago.

The cup is ready, and it appears that life will continue a sip later. But unfortunately, my phone has sent an alert of a front door visitor. A deep sigh indicates that this might not be the time to entertain whoever may be there. Deciding to ignore the Ring camera and try sipping coffee from a reclining position on the couch, I move the magazine in my way. The cover picture would rattle me on a normal day. Today the sight of a piazza in a cast iron pan is almost enough to inspire a call to 9-1-1.

Forgoing the couch, I go through the process of opening the front door. Chains undid, Locks unlocked, steel bars rolled aside, explosive device unarmed, the door is swung open. I tawt I taw a puddyy tat,” was the first thing to come out of Tweety Bird’s beak. y shock at seeing her was only exceeded by the fact she was ten feet tall. You been hanging around that Alice person?” was my question.

Tweety just smiled and handed me an envelope, turned, and was down the driveway. Pity, the cat, was my thought as I opened the envelope. Inside was a message from Linda Hill. Here’s what it said.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “a picture from wherever.” When you sit down to write your post, find a picture, whether in a magazine, newspaper, or even product packaging. Write whatever thought or emotion the picture provokes. Enjoy!

If you want to enjoy, visit Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link

https://lindaghill.com/2022/06/10/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-11-2022/

A Picture from Wherever by John W. Howell © 2022.

“Feeling rough, huh?”

“Yeah,  a little. better than yesterday.”

“The booster did that?”

“Yeah.  t was the same last time too.”

“So what was with the magazine?”

“The pizza you mean.”

“Okay, the pizza.”

“Can’t explain it.   shot of a pizza in a pan, and I about lost it.”

“You should have gone right to the door.”

“And what come face to face with a ten-foot Tweety earlier?”

“I see your point. hose characters can be a pain for sure.”

“I just can’t figure out why they come around me.”

“Maybe they think you’re a character.”

I suppose that’s it.”

“Well, at least Resa McConaghy thinks it’s a good thing.”

“You saw her post?”

“I sure did. t was terrific so let’s go celebrate.”

“No pizza, right?”

“Just hops and barley.”

“Music to my tastebuds.”

 

55 comments

  1. Good job, John. I hope you’re feeling better soon. Those shots can do a number on you.

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    1. This one relly got me. It seems the more shots you get the bigger the reaction. Thanks, Dan.

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  2. It seems to be something of a lottery whether one is negatively affected by the COVID vaccines. Clare was rendered somewhat under the weather by hers, whereas neither the first two nor the booster had any effect on me beyond the localised tenderness one expects after one’s body has been invaded by a sharp needle. But don’t get me started on intra-ocular injections! I hope your body recovers quickly, John.

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    1. Yikes. The mention of intraocular injections made me wince. Thanks for the wish, Keith. I feel much better today. 😊

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  3. Good one, John! I hope you’re feeling better soon. My parents had their second booster a couple of months ago, but they did okay. Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you Jill *sung to the tune of Can’t Tale My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons

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  4. An oddly noir opening. Though, I’m not sure what noir actually is. Hope you feel better.

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    1. Yeah I was in a noir mood writing that for sure. Thanks, Charles. Feel terrific today.

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      1. *looks around clinic waiting room* I’ll try my best to feel terrific. Kind of ironic that I got this message just as I walked in.

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      2. That is ironic

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  5. I got a reaction too, but after a good night’s sleep, it went away.

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    1. Today is great. Took two days for me. Thanks, GP

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  6. Well, there are worse creatures to see at one’s door than a ten-foot Tweety Bird. I hope you feel better soon, John!

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    1. All good today, Liz. Thanks

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      1. I’m glad to hear it, John.

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  7. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Coffee, Tweety Bird, another day — so much to be grateful for after a booster reaction. I hope you feel stronger today, John. Maybe a little pampering and rest? 🤗

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    1. I’m batching it so no pamper available. Thanks Gwen.

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      1. Gwen M. Plano · ·

        Bummer! I bet the pups want to cuddle…and with all of us sending love over the net, maybe you can rest more easily. 😘

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      2. I feel normal today so all the good thoughts worked

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  8. Thanks for the Saturday smiles, John. Glad you’re feeling better. My reaction took a day to sink in. Didn’t see Tweety that I remember, but my memory’s definitely arguable these days. 🙂

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    1. So Tweety was only a figment. Darn. No wonder he was so tall.

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  9. John,
    Char and and I had three shots. We are passing on number four. Wild and crazy, right?
    We had zero effects with any of them. We have not gotten the dreaded COVID disease (yet).
    I have to say that I really enjoyed your front door description. Can’t have too much protection. Don’t your 4-legged beasts run barking to the door?
    Have a good weekend glad your better.

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    1. Yes, they run barking but I have to protect the invaders from their awesome guarding techniques.

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  10. I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. Feel great today, Deborah. Thank you

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      1. That’s most excellent news! 😀

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  11. Great post, John. I loved Resa’s fun tribute post, too. I had my second Covid booster but had very little effect from it. I hope you are feeling 100% before you know it. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank yu, Maggie. Feel great today.

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  12. Good one, John. I enjoyed Resa’s tribute post for sure. I hope you are feeling much better soon!

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    1. Feel great today, Jan. Thank you.

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  13. Lemme tell you, John. You know how you say you would throw your typewriter into the lake after reading Marc? Well, those opening paragraphs are some strongly and beautifully written prose.
    And of COURSE, Tweety had to be the one at the door today! How could she not? Wonderfully done. And I’d always be in for hops and barley!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale. You just made my day. 😊

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      1. And you know me… I always tell it like it is!! 🙂

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  14. Surely I was not expecting a 10 foot Tweety.
    As if Sylvester didn’t have enough hassle trying to catch a 10 centimetre Tweety, now Tweety will have the upper beak.
    It sounds like a bad LSD trip. Or, possibly vaccine hallucinations.
    Now you are hopping around in barley, nauseated, nay angered by a cast iron pizza.?

    You have my deepest condolences.

    I get boosted on Tuesday. Hopefully I will fare better than you……. let’s say a 5 ‘ Tweety and a cardboard pizza leading to shopping around looking snarly.

    (x thanks for the shout out! o)

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    1. I wish you the best on your booster. Snarly shopping is the best. have a great weekend

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  15. Every little bit of protection helps a tiny bit more. But it can be a bugger getting to that point. Stay safe.

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    1. Yes but now that I feel better I would say it is worth the bugger.

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  16. Sorry to hear about your reaction to booster numero dos. I fared well on that one. I loved the link over to Resa, the two of you together how clever and most enjoyable.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. It was fun for sure.

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  17. I’ve gotten three vaccines so far. Kind of blew off the most recently authorized booster. All of them made me feel like a frog in my arm. Took about three days and that was it. Old What’s Her Face had a hard time with one of them and skipped work because of it.

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    1. It does depend on the individual. I had no problem with the first two. The second two made me feel like I had been overserved the night before. That feeling lasted about 24 hours.

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  18. A giant Tweety Bird, eeeekkkk! I have heard the second booster isn’t pleasant, John. I’ve decided not to have it.

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    1. It was a bit of a bother for sure. Hence the ten foot bird. You are too young to worry about another booster.

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  19. Resa hit a home run with that post. And you, supplying the pints! Yes, a better idea than pizza.

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  20. Resa’s post was terrific. A 10′ Tweety? Must have been that booster. Hope you’re better, John.

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    1. All better. Thanks, Jennie.

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