#SoCS: Food for Thought

Today, Linda G. Hill is asking all of the SoCSinites in blogland to use the last photo taken and come up with a word to use in our post. Mine is FOOD. I love food, but so much more when on vacation and opportunities arise to try new places and give the thumbs up or thumbs down. Last week, my biking buddy and I had several opportunities for new experiences in the Milwaukee area, along with adult refreshment to washRead more

Changing…Evolving…Acclimating

“If you can’t acclimate, you disintegrate.” – Katie Kacvinsky I learned the art of acclimation working for a state government agency for many years. I often called our agency the Department of Change because we never sat still. Policy and procedures were constantly evolving and employees were expected to acclimate. We had no other choice. Monday, May 10th, was a day of change, a day I became fully vaccinated and celebrated with a walk-and-talk with one of my pastors as he willRead more

Three of Everything

“So when you’re coldFrom the inside outAnd don’t know what to do,Remember love and friendship,And warmth will come to you.”― Stephen Cosgrove It’s cold outside. It’s been cold outside since last Friday, after our first major snowstorm of the winter. The 10-day forecast predicts a continuation of the cold: Highs in the single digits (F) with wind chills below zero. The sun and blue skies have been oh so pretty, but there’s no warmth to either one. Walking outside is currentlyRead more

A Cat’s Black & White View

A somewhat spotty window to his world. The cat tree is positioned so a male cat can see. Birds, trees, bunnies, a feral cat, people, cars, the horrid garbage truck, the back of a Costco, and his human driving away to who-knows-where. A cat’s vision is similar to a human that is color blind. While Gibbs may see some colors, I wonder how much of his world is a scene and motion in black and white. He sits here mostRead more

A Train Whistle and Longing

“The restlessness and the longing, like the longing that is in the whistle of a faraway train; except that the longing isn’t really in the whistle—it is in you.” ~Meindert DeJong~   I could hardly stand to be at work this past Friday. I was restless. It was a beautiful day – highs in the 70’s, low humidity, blue skies, sun. “Why am I here and not outside, on my bike?” On this beauty, I desperately longed for a ride.Read more

One-Liner Wednesday: It’s Nice

“It’s so nice out today, I think I’ll leave it out.” ~Natasha’s brother~ With the exception of a short rain event on Monday, that was the existence of the weather this past Saturday through Tuesday – sunny, blue skies, temps in the 70’s. Beautiful. It prompted Natasha to spout one of the many one-liners she inherited from her family, and it prompted me to go for walks and a round-trip bike ride from home to work and back again. I wishRead more

Under the Sunset

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”  ~C. Joybell C.~ Exactly. This particular evening, I was in my car, facing west while stopped at a light on Wisconsin Avenue. I’ve witnessed many beautiful sunsets on this avenue before dusk, but there are few chances to snap a photo during busy traffic times. One has to be at the correct intersection, at the right time, waiting forRead more

Jimi Sky

“Excuse me while I kiss the sky!” ~Jimi Hendrix~ This is not today Today is wet and gray This was yesterday A day to be outside, to play The sky was magnificent blue A slightly mystical hue The color rang true From this writer’s point of view The senses feel a high Something you cannot buy The bluest of blue’s dye This is Jimi’s sky.Read more

Inside, Outside

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t…”  ~Neil Gaiman~ “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  ~ Carl Jung~ “A healthy outside starts from the inside.”  ~Robert Urich~ “I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it.”  ~Terry Pratchett~ “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi~Read more

A Cat’s Walls

Weekly Photo Challenge: WALL While the human stands on her patio deck, the cat is surrounded by avocado walls of a bedroom and a massive stretch of glass. It is no fair that these walls hold him in…no fair that he is not outside to enjoy space void of walls and to curl himself around the human. Walls are stupid, says the cat. The human gives him a knowing smile. The walls will be smart when it rains or snows or is frigidRead more

Mother Nature

Poetry Day Three: Trust/Acrostic/Internal Rhyme M other, must I trust? O ut of improper belief, warmth’s thief T hat this trust is just H ow do I explain the pain E very time flesh and hide walk outside? R emembering the smile of spring’s guile N ot the angry, bitter cold of your hand’s hold A t a time when I pout and whine T hat spring cannot be but a memory to me U nrelenting you are, by farRead more

Soft Pads in the Snow

He beckons to go out Placing soft pads and retracted claws on window Repeatedly Consistently Okay, out you go, gray moggie Out into the lengths of snow That covers three-fourths of the patio He exits and stops short of the white edge Sitting on the brown Looking Staring Questioning his next move And then the soft pad tests the white A nano second passes And the soft pad quickly retracts Disturbed Confused A decision is soon made The soft padRead more