Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “Anyway”

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Anyway. It seems like a long wait for the machine to build that delicious, frothy, steaming cup of soothing syrup. Other activities can occur while hoping for a total lack of technical hick-up that delays delivery. Shopping online can go uninterrupted while the snorts and creaks of the machine verify continued operation. Finally, the aroma of the liquid fills the air as the cursed AI master delivers the goods.

Grabbing the cup and the first sip reminds me of the continued worry in the backyard. Pepe has been working for a week on setting up the ballista to launch the rocket out of the yard. Then, last week, the comments section produced Resa’s suggestion that the Trebuchet could launch the skunk after the missile is gone.

Such a possibility will bring welcome relief to my sanity and olfactories. The only flea in the ointment is devising a plan to get Pepe to sit in the Trebuchet for a moment before release. Also, a consideration must be made for Pepe’s safety since he will fall at a velocity that could produce injuries. A parachute of some kind would do the trick. So, the next problem will be getting Pepe to put on the chute before sitting on the Trebuchet.

As the furrows in my brow threaten my vision, the warm scent of Pepe fills the living room air. “Pardon, Monsieur, but the ballista is loaded and ready for take-off.” Trying to keep as much distance from Pepe as possible, I nod. He places an envelope on an end table and raises his eyebrows. “Let me read this. and then we will go out to inspect the ballista. Holding my breath and moving slowly, the envelope is scooped off the table. Once opened, it reveals a message from Linda Hill. It reads. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “start your post or one paragraph with the word ‘anyway.'” Bonus points if you start your post with “anyway” and regular points if you use it in a paragraph somewhere else in your post. Enjoy!

If you would like to participate in this exercise of fantasy, visit Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link. https://lindaghill.com/2022/12/16/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-dec-17-2022/

Anyway by John W. Howell © 2023

“Anyway, you did get the bonus points.”

“Yes indeed. Nailed that sucker.”

“So what are you going to do about the skunk?”

“As you read, I have a plan.”

“That skunk will empty his stink tanks on you if you try to put him in a parachute.”

“I know. So, there has to be a way to trick him.”

“You know your neighbor has a black and white cat.”

“Yeah?”

“Why don’t you outfit it with a parachute and then convince Pepe that they could go skydiving together.”

“Hmm. Not a bad plan. How do we keep the cat calm?”

“Sheesh, what am I? The military joint chiefs? That’s your problem.”

“Yeah, okay. Just thought you had an idea.”

“Give it some beer. I don’t know.”

“Wait a minute. How about some catnip?”

“Now you’re talking. Drug the cat.”

“It is not like drugs. They just love it, that is all. All Pepe has to see is the cat in the chute. The catnip will keep her happy.”

“And distracted from the chute.”

“Exactly.”

“Speaking of distracted, isn’t it time for the Pub run?”

“You want to stay here. I just got a twelve-pack of VooDoo Ranger Imperial.”

“Not sure twelve will be enough.”

“Trust me, it will.”

“How do you know?”

“Imperial is 9% Alcohol. Six for you is more than enough.”

“I’ll take your word. Got snacks?”

“Goldfish and peanuts.”

“Perfect.”

“And the price is right.”

“Even better.”

 

65 comments

    1. Thank you for sharing, Michael

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  1. An very easy day, it seems. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael. Yes not much mayhem today.

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      1. May pleasure, John! Enjoy your weekend! xx Michael

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  2. Maybe if you rub the parachute with catnip and place it on the ground, Pepe will get tangled in it.

    Then again, six of those VooDoos and you’re going to need the parachute, John. Good job!

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    1. Ha ha ha. You are so right about the VooDoos. I hope to have this figured out by next week. Thanks, Dan

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      1. Maybe Pepe would like some VooDoo…I’m assuming ‘drunk as a skunk’ has roots in truth.

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      2. I could see him singing some drinking song in French as he is lofted several blocks away.

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  3. Anyway – I’d love to see someone try to get a parachute on a skunk!

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    1. I would too. Maybe he can be talked into it.

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  4. Hope those brews kill your olfactory sense until you can evict your guest.

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    1. I think they would kill almost everything. You almost need a spoon to consume a VooDoo Ranger Imperial.

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      1. In that case, give one to Pepe. You might not need the neighbor’s cat.

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  5. I dunno about the skunk and cat parachute business. Somehow, I don’t see it ending well.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Most of my adventures don’t

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      1. Funny thing, that.

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      2. Yes indeed. 😁

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  6. I’m not seeing a good ending to this. I hope they have nose plugs! Happy Saturday, John sung to the tune of A Wonder Like You by Ricky Nelson.

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    1. Good song, Jill. Happy Saturday to you *sung to the tune of A Million to One by Jimmy Charles.

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  7. A cliff hanger, for sure. Can’t wait for the sequel.

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  8. Oh, my, John, I haven’t been here in awhile, and horrified to see you have that pesky skunk hanging around. Pew! I hope your plan works, but perhaps it would be easier to call animal control? What do you think?

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    1. I think animal control would be a practical solution. Practical is not my life Mary. Thanks for the suggestion it is a good one.

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  9. Pretty cool resolution to the Pepe problem. 🙂

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    1. If only I can get him to put on the parachute.

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  10. I am so looking forward to seeing where this is going to go. Up, up, and beyond I am quite sure.

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    1. You have to admit the sight of Pepe flying over several yards could be very funny.

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      1. I’ll bring the popcorn…

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      2. Ha ha ha. Good deal.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I don’t see a cat bring eager, even with cat nip to wear that parachute. I do look forward to this outcome though.

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    1. Maybe I’m dreaming about the cat. Might have to do something else.

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  12. Pepe…parachutes…and VooDoo Ranger beer. How can this possibly go sideways…or up?

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    1. Ha ha ha. Yeah, what could go wrong?

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  13. Anyway, Every time I make coffee, I think of you.

    Okay, in case you don’t want to launch a cat with Pepe; being the fab designer I am, I have made this stunning black silk bathrobe (out of old silks from my tickle trunk).
    Notice Pepe’s name embroidered on the back, in white!
    Pepe will love it. Tell him it’s a thank you gift from me, and that I love all the bath bombs he sent me. (Between you and me they had maliferous odeur upon arrival)
    The robe’s silk is fussed and tucked into a unique Haute Couture design, that deploys as a parachute upon being airborne.
    I hope this gift reaches you in time for the launch!
    Sincere regards, Resa.
    🐂🦨🐂🦨🐂🦨🐂

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    1. Absolutely perfect. Pepe is such narcissist he will go for it immediately. I hope it gets here in time too. OX OX OX OX 😊

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      1. OX OX OX OX

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      2. You are a genius 🍷 🌹

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      3. Thank you, dahling!
        🍷 🌹 🍷
        Cheers!

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      4. 😊 🐂 🌹 🍷

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      5. Aww… what about you, though?
        🥃😊 🐂 🌹 🍷

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      6. Welcome dahling!

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  14. This is going to be rather interesting to see how you get yourself and Pepe out of this one… Now… if we could get our hands on the female version of the cat with no olfactory abilities like in Over the Hedge… https://youtu.be/O_n84MQuFuM?t=25

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    1. Ha ha ha. I think I have a solution. Resa is going to make a silk bathrobe which can double as a parachute. The woman’s a lifesaver. 😁

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      1. I tell ya… betwixt you and Resa… fantabulous!

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  15. It’s so good to be back to your madhouse 😘💜

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    1. Ha ha ha. Always something going on. Here have a cup of cocoa. There’s marshmallows over there next to the Baileys.

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      1. Always fun to visit 💜

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  16. Lol! Sounds like a workable solution. Getting the cat to cooperate might be a bit more difficult than it seems. They are known for being independent and uncooperative. Maybe a bit of tuna on the parachute. 🙂 Another entertaining Saturday post, John!

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    1. Thanks, Jan. Glad you liked it.

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  17. Alls well when it ends with the Voodoo you do, at Bob Barker prices!

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    1. Yes indeed. I have a new supply of VooDoo Imperial and it is wonderful.

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      1. Nectar of the Gods

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  18. Ah, the plan sounds excellent! Pepe is a lover, so perhaps he will be convinced the cat is a skunk? I look forward to reading how things work out.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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