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Friday Fictioneers – “Bah” – Rated PG13 Humorous

Well, Christmas is here and I am sick with the flu.  While I recuperated, I thought I would create my weekly entry for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers, 100 words (more or less) based on the photo prompt (below).  My contribution follows the prompt; the rest are >HERE<.  Enjoy!!!

Source: PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright -Björn Rudberg License for reuse assumed. Click pic for page.

“Bah”

By Scott L Vannatter (100 words)

Gifford walked quickly up the grassy steps. He had heard it; now, he wanted to see it. He slowed near the top and peeked. Yes, there it was in the distance. Magnificent specimen.

He approached slowly and quietly. He took a pic with his phone and took notes. It was about 3 feet long, green with photoluminescent pods creating a light red on its underbelly. The noise sounded like electrical lines out in the country. He was fascinated.

The creature turned and saw him. The noise grew and it shuffled toward him. He ran. It was the dreaded Christmas humbug.

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Namaste (and Merry Christmas),

Scott

Just a feeling!

I was having problems trying to figure out tonight what to do my post on.  It has been a long week, in fact a long couple of weeks.  I did manage to get into the Christmas spirit and have a good time.  My father did end up at the ER on Christmas morning, but is much better now; thanks for the prayers.  My computer is back, kinda, the way it was.  I have a new monitor waiting for me at Walmart along with a copy of Windows 7.  Now, if the blizzard conditions would let up, I could go get them.  My learning curve has been the highest I have had since I was in rehab for the stroke.  My cleaning person helped me redo my computer room and get ready for my hosting the family New Year’s Day mid-day meal.  I even discovered that Roku, my television program provider, has a great number of stations I didn’t now about.  So, now I can work on my laptop and watch some great shows.

So, there you have the last couple of weeks all summed up in a single paragraph!  The interesting thing is it has all seemed so busy for me.  I had gotten used to doing things a certain way, not quite a rut, but just, well, yes, I guess a rut…So this all changed everything.  I remember now how it feels to be a little rushed and trying to do several things at once.  I know a lot of you do things like this all the time.  We are a society in which we are expected to do a lot of things at the same time, do them well, and still have time for other things.  I used to be this way when I was working.  My entire life was rushed and full and there never seemed to be enough time to get it all done.

I guess this Christmas, this holiday season, I will be thankful for several things.  I am thankful that I am alive.  The stroke I had was one of those that, percentage-wise, people don’t survive.  I did and I thank God for that.

By the same token I thank God for that stroke.  It slowed my life down; it caused me to reevaluate nearly everything.  My life is totally different now.  I don’t rush through things; I take my time.  I walk slowly; I bend slowly; if I don’t, I know I will fall; I will get hurt.  My stroke changed the way I act and the way I think.  I enjoy it more now.

I am more thankful for my family, for my friends, my life, and my blog.  It truly is a wonderful life.

I know this post seems to be all over the place.  But it’s not, at least, inside my head.  In my head it is all about love, friendship and love.  This is the time of year in which love becomes very important, very central to what’s going on in life.  What I wish for you all is that you slow down and take the time to see how much can pass you by if you let it.  I am in a different mood tonight, but, perhaps, that is for the best.  I feel this is important to share for someone, so i will.  Whoever you are, know that I care and that I want the best for you.

Namaste,

Scott

A bit of a Finish to the Computer Drama

Well, Christmas was officially over about 4 minutes ago.  I made it through and all things are pretty good.  My Dad ended up in ER Christmas morning about 5.  He was having trouble breathing, so prayers please!  He is home and is better.

As for me, however, my computer and I nearly parted friends.  As you know if you have been following, I have been trying to put in a bigger hard drive, backup my stuff, and get my email working.  Christmas Eve found me working on it.  I also needed to cook my special pumpkin pie for diabetics.  Easy recipe is to follow what is on the Libby’s brand pumpkin can but substitute Splenda cooking sweetener for the sugar and I leave out cloves and add pumpkin spice.  It goes from about 60 carbs a slice to about 14 carbs a slice.  I know the calories have to be dropping, too, I just don’t count them.

Anyway, I mixed up a double batch.  Now, I had already spent almost an hour trying to figure out if I could use the condensed milk I had that said “Best if used by Nov 12, 2012”.  I called Mom; she called the grocery store while I looked on Google.  Grocery and Google concurred that condensed milk is good for a very long time if not opened.  When I opened it, the smell was only as nasty as normal for condensed milk – lol.  I mixed it all up really well and went to the oven, which was on preheat.  When I checked it the broiler was on.  I worked and worked and could not figure out why the temp knob kept turning on the broiler.  Finally, I understood that my cleaning person had taken off the knobs to clean them well and had put them on backwards!  Switched them and all was fine.

I went back and worked on my computer and again after the Christmas Eve celebration.  This time I got it working!  It booted and all I needed was to get email working…but wait!  as I was checking it out, the monitor blew out!  I checked, reset, then replaced it with one that is very, very old (weighs about 50 pounds and is 13 inches).

Very very late (or early – depending), I and Google managed to get my email working.  I would put an exclamation on that sentence, but it was still glitchy and I did not have a “sent items” folder.  I found out that Outlook 2000 is not to be used on Vista without many problem.  So, today (Christmas Day) I switched it back to the old hard drive.  The new one is my backup for now and works well enough.  My plan is to buy a new copy of Windows 7 and a monitor and replace both, putting the software on my new hard drive.  It should work.  That is my project for the next 2 weeks.

Finally!  Christmas is over and I am told that we are expecting a blizzard this morning in about 2 1/2 hours.  I have food and your wonderful company, so I should be happy for the most part.  I really needed my cleaning person to be able to get here though and help me get the house ready for everyone on New Years Day!  What a holiday!

Still, I hope you all enjoyed your time with friends and family and pets.  It has been a glorious year so far and I am looking forward to the next one.  How much better could it be?!  After all, we outlived an apocalypse!!!

Love you all,

Scott

A Little Christmas Spirit

Merry Christmas!  One of my very favorite times of the year.

To celebrate a little together, simply click on a few of the clips below and smile.

Trans Siberian Orchestra (and Children Singing)

Good Ol’ Tony Bennett

This one is over 3 hours of songs!!!

Namaste,

Scott

Christmas Time is Here! What’s so Great about That?

Well, in a few short hours, it will be Christmas Eve.  For those of you from another planet, that means in a little over 24 hours, it will be Christmas.  I would be terribly remiss if I didn’t make a Christmas Post.  Now seemed like a good time.  I will make a post on Christmas Day, but it will be something short and light.  It will be easier for you to deal with, I promise.

However, for this one, I wanted to have everyone thinking about the same thing I am:  the Greatness of Christmas.  I will try to stay away from the organized religious parts of Christmas here.  What I want to discuss is what is truly so great about this one day?  Why does nearly the entire world, at least, get happier on this day?  Did you think about that?  From my understanding, Christmas should only be recognized by the members of the Christian faith.  That would make it around 33% of the world, I think.  Most people of this old planet are not Christians by faith.  Buddhism, Islam, and a lot of smaller religions make up the majority of this world’s faith.  Why should it reach around the globe to people everywhere?  I, of course, have some thoughts.

Number one:  Perhaps, I am wrong here.  Perhaps, most of the world ignored Christmas.  I wouldn’t truly know as I have always been here.  But, what I am drawing from is that even if it is not celebrated, most of the world knows what Christmas is.  They know about Santa and Rudolph and, probably, Charlie Brown.  They know about gift-giving and about holiday cheer and, probably, mistletoe.  This is, most likely, more true now as the computer and Internet (both American inventions and heavily promoted here) spread the word about Christmas to all parts of the globe.  Wiki and You Tube do their bit, too, and offer up tons of information on every aspect of the time.  So, I doubt that I am wrong.

Number two:  People like to be happy.  Oh, I know, there are those few who just can’t seem to be that way, no matter what.  The dictators, the malcontents, the teenagers who follow Phish and acid rock (well, probably not all of those either) are among the ones who just seem to growl at the world.  So, leaving those out, most people enjoy smiling and having a reason to smile.  Christmas is always presented as that.  I have never seen anything to do with actual Christmas that is foreboding and dark and dangerous (well, there was that Dean Koontz novel, but, well, we won’t go there.).

Number three:  People enjoy giving and getting gifts.  Now, this goes back to number two, but it is fun to to both.  Spending money that you don’t have may not be so great, but the giving and getting parts, now, those are fun!  I am finding as I get older, that giving is really more fun than getting.  I never thought I would ever say that, but it’s true.  People smile (see number two above) when they get a gift that they were hoping for, or one they didn’t think of.  So, that is what was wrong with my idea once to just add up how much you would spend on each person, then add and subtract those with everyone and just give people the difference.  No fun!  Yeah, it’s true!  Quicker, but no fun.

Number four:  Finishing this up so you can get back to whatever you do for fun on Christmas Eve, I will just say: food.  That’s right, food.  Even for a diabetic like me, food is still there and sharing a meal with loved ones just makes people happy.  On Christmas Eve, my sister and her daughter go to my Dad and Mom’s and create a “themed” evening, including dinner, games, and prizes.  Then we have our Christmas exchange with whoever we drew on Thanksgiving.  It’s a fun night and I enjoy browsing the pictures over time.

So, summing up:  happy people, receiving and giving gifts, and food.  Wow, you put all that together and then add in that Christmas magic by thinking about the truth behind the holiday.  You don’t have to follow the faith to see the basics:  God gave us a wonderful gift in someone who could help us understand Him and get closer to Him.  This day marks His birth.  Even if you don’t actually believe in Christ, it is still a wonderful idea to get closer to God and to ask questions and listen to different ideas about it all.  I have no problem in believing in Jesus.  I grew up with that idea and those stories from the Bible.  Plus, it really helps that I believe God can do anything He decides to, so sending us someone who is very much a part of God and who can help us to understand the way we should, basically, live our lives (in love and helping others and being close to God) is not a big stretch for me.  I think people argue too much instead of just enjoying the idea.  Don’t be so picky.  Just live and love and smile.  God enjoys that from us and it should help us be closer to Him.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Scott (oh yes, Namaste)

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