Swinging In The Breeze

Some men just can’t keep it in their pants and they love to take it out and brandish their most prized possession any time they are given the opportunity to do so, putting their pride and joy on display, thinking this will stimulate another.  Size maters, but most women are looking for an average guy, one that is not too big, not too small, one which would work out nice because it would be manageable.  I guess that most women will weigh their options before they select a mate, but I don’t have any actual facts to make a substantiation of this claim.  I think that most women are seeking a commitment, someone that is in it for the long run, so they need to have a few lovers in order to tell what they actually like.  Love is not supposed to a surprise party where you are served mediocre manicotti.

A man must try to leave a lasting impression on the woman that he dreams about being with, so he needs to be versatile, because women are looking for both charisma and sincerity and not having both of these attributes would ruin the moment. I have always wondered if women find it irresistible or unattractive when a guy gets inked or a pierced.  I am not particularly fond of needles but I did hear about this tattoo butter from my Aunt Helen, which will moisturize your skin, so you won’t feel too much pain if you decide to get one.  Finding that special person who you can share the simple joys of life and being truly honest with is not an easy task and you may crash and burn a few times before you figure it all out and find the right person.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Substantiation, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Moment, for the Daily Spur prompt – Burn, for FOWC with Fandango – Tattoo, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Mediocre manicotti, for Ragtag Community – Charisma, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Surprise party, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Aunt Sincerity Butter, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompts of the Photo Challenge – Size matters and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Options.

Flowers And Bees

The flowers were blooming, and the bees kissed them every now and then.  It was a competition among the flowers, as they all had a strong desire to be pollinated, so they could reproduce and the bees would only visit the most attractive flowers.  Some bees only collect nectar (used for feeding the adult bees), while other bees will collect both nectar and pollen (used for rearing the baby bees) on the same trip.  Bees have fuzzy, hairy bodies that pollen sticks to when they drop by to visit their flower friends.  Their hind legs are anatomically designed for pollen production containing pollen combs, pollen rakes, a pollen press and a pollen basket.  The bees will use their pollen combs to remove the pollen that gets stuck on their body.  Next they do a little dance rubbing their rear legs together to rake the pollen into the pollen press on the opposite leg.  The pollen press is a joint that compresses pollen particles into a dense clump for more efficient storage while flying.  Pollen clumps are moved from the rake to the pollen baskets on the outside of a honeybee worker’s hind leg.  The pollen basket is emptied when they go back home to their hive.

Male bees do not collect pollen, as they don’t have pollen baskets to transport it from flowers to the nest or hive.  Pollen is the protein source for the honey bee colony.  It is the only protein that bees eat and without protein no young bees could be raised and the colony would die.  The nurse bees consume pollen in order to produce “brood food” secretions from a gland in their mouths.  Growing larva will always need constant feeding.

Nectar actually begins in the leaves of plants.  The plant draws in carbon dioxide and water and produces sugar using the energy from the sun which is called photosynthesis.  The sugar flows through the plant to feed it, flowing in much of the same way that sap will flow from a Sugar Maple tree.  Roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit use this sugar supply to grow.  Any excess sugar water that is secreted in the base of flowers is a place where bees can go and have a drink.

Worker-foraging bees (hey somebody has to do it) collect nectar by sucking droplets with their proboscis (a straw like tongue).  The nectar on its own provides immediate energy in the form of carbohydrate sugars and any excess nectar is stored in the bee’s stomach until it gets back to the hive.  Once back at the hive, the nectar is passed from bee to bee.  An enzyme in the bee’s stomach turn the sugar into a diluted honey.  This passage also helps remove some of the excess water.  The un-ripe honey is then stored in comb cells where worker bees fan it with their wings to evaporate the rest of the excess water until it becomes honey.  After the process of fanning and evaporation, the nectar will turn into honey, and will be capped over with wax by the bees.  Now that this nectar has been turned into honey, it will provide a winter food source for the bees to dip into when they are unable to forage outside for food.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Unique Personality, August 24 2019 hosted by weejars aka Sarah where she asks us to write about personification among the flowers and the bees.

The Caterpillar And The Apple

Down the caterpillar went smiling at the red apple when he fell on it.  He thought that it looked really nice, so he decided to have a good look around and maybe he would move in and make his new home there.  The caterpillar crawled all around the apple, he crawled down the apple and under the apple and back up the other side of the apple.  He finally went inside of the apple and made a hole all the way through the apple.  Yes this would become his new home and if he could meet a female, this is where they would raise their babies, that is unless they decided to turn into butterflies.

Written for 8/24/19 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is to start your post with a preposition.

True Lies

Fibbing Friday is back and this week it is being hosted by PCGuyIV who has come up with ten new questions.

  1. Exactly who was the catcher in the rye?

That was the name given to baseball phenom Roy Hobbs played by Robert Redford.

  1. Where exactly does the red fern grow?

It is usually found next to the Joe Cocker shells and silver bells.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird wasn’t about a trial. What was it about?

This was about the birds losing their appetite for termites and them devouring a whole city.

  1. If one does not simply walk into Mordor, exactly how is one supposed to get in?

You have to obtain a “Its your birthday” Community Chest card when you play Monopoly.

  1. Why were they hunting for the Red October?

Because Red Lobster was out of crab legs.

  1. What exactly was the clear and present danger?

When they saw that Howard Stern had lifted his cheek off the seat.

  1. What was the black spot?

You need to listen to The Police song ‘King Of Pain’ to get the answer.

  1. The Lottery wasn’t about the pitfalls of blindly following tradition. What was it about?

This was the Vietnam draft and I was lucky enough to get a high number.

  1. What kind of progress was the pilgrim making?

John Wayne was trying to quit smoking, but he was only able to cut down to 4 packs a day.

  1. Exactly who was the man in the iron mask?

This guy was also known as the elephant man.

Written for Fibbing Friday.

The Best Things In Life

I regret not purchasing those custom handmade leather boot straps and cowboy hats, as I probably won’t ever go back to Texas again.  All that is left is a painted memory of growing up there, having my first bowl of chili and mending that barbed wire fence all the time.  I had a gun and my family grazed cattle, and we had a few chickens scratching around in the dirt.  When I was real young I would have fun trying to catch them.  All that’s left of the overrated years that I spent there, remains hidden waiting for an invitation to be opened.  My dad made the choice to drill for oil, but we never struck any like the other farms around us did.

The town of Cairo, Texas where I lived, doesn’t even exist anymore, but it was in Jasper County a few miles northeast of Houston.  It is odd that a whole town could just up and disappear, but it was nothing more than an insipid town with nothing at all going on.  In the summer for fun, we used to count the tumble weeds blowing down the main street.  My best friend Hoss Cartwright developed a real bad case of jock itch one year and he could not stop scratching his privates.  Hoss finally went to the doctor, and he was told that it was Duck Butter, which is the result of a hard day’s work where sweat and perspiration mix in with dead skin down in the nether regions after going a prolonged period without a shower.  Apparently the churning of the butter creates a quacking sound, and this is the funniest memory that I have from living there.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Overrated, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Choice, for the Daily Spur prompt – Catch, for FOWC with Fandango – Dirt, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Boot straps and cowboy hats, for Ragtag Community – Insipid, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Painted Memory, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Cairo Duck Invitation and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jock.

The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

MM Music Challenge is back again today, but I must caution you that listening to music may cause uncontrolled outbursts of joy and happiness and also lead you to becoming more energetic, creative and spontaneous, so enter at your own risk. No just kidding, the song today is about the future, so do you think that it looks bright for those people involved in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, or will some of them be going to prison. Come join in the fun, write a story and make my day.

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This song was Timbuk 3’s only significant mainstream hit, just making it into the Top 20 and they released it in 1986 coming out on their Greetings from Timbuk3 album.  The inspiration for the song, and specifically the title, came from when Barbara MacDonald said to her husband singer, guitarist and songwriter Patrick Lee MacDonald, “The future is looking so bright, we’ll have to wear sunglasses!”  Barbara made the comment being serious and sincere, but Pat heard the comment as an ironic quip and wrote down, “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades”.  This song was widely misinterpreted as having a positive outlook on the future, but this was a time when the Berlin Wall still existed and we were still in the Cold War, so it was actually written as an ironic criticism of society and an impending nuclear holocaust that worried everyone.

Pat was from Green Bay, Wisconsin…

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The Future Looks Bright Ahead

‘Don’t Be Cruel’ was recorded by Elvis Presley and written by Otis Blackwell in 1956, although Elvis shares a songwriting credit, due to his manager’s insistence. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.  In 2004, it was listed #197 in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Elvis Presley sang lead vocals and did percussion, Scotty Moore played lead guitar, Bill Black played double bass, D. J. Fontana played drums, Shorty Long played piano and The Jordanaires (Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Hoyt Hawkins, Hugh Jarrett) sang backing vocals on this song.  It came out on Elvis’ Golden Records album in 1958 and it charted #24 in the UK and went to #1 in the US.  The single was released in July 1956 and the other side of this single was ‘Hound Dog’ which went to number one first, but ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ eventually overtook ‘Hound Dog’ and this record is the only single in history to have both sides reach #1 in the US.  It stayed at #1 twice as long as the A-side, ‘Hound Dog’.  The two titles spent a combined 55 weeks in the Top 100 in 1956-1957.

Otis Blackwell was an African-American singer/songwriter from Brooklyn wrote several other hits for Elvis including, ‘Return to Sender’, ‘All Shook Up’, and ‘One Broken Heart for Sale’ and he also wrote ‘Fever’, which was made famous by Peggy Lee, and ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ for Jerry Lee Lewis.  Blackwell wrote over 1000 songs and died in May 2002 in 2002 at age 70 and he never met Elvis Presley.

In 1956 Elvis Presley came to New York City’s RCA studios to record his next hit single, which had already been decided by his handlers to be a song called ‘Hound Dog’.  The tune was written by the songwriting team of Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber, and it had already become a hit-made famous for its hard edge by blues diva Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton.  Presley now had to decide what song to record on the B-side.  Elvis listened to ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ twice, and then he said, “That’s the one I want to try.”  ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ became one of Elvis’ most beloved songs and one of his personal favorites.

You know I can be found,
sitting home all alone,
If you can’t come around,
at least please telephone.
Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.

Baby, if I made you mad
for something I might have said,
Please, let’s forget the past,
the future looks bright ahead,
Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.
I don’t want no other love,
Baby it’s just you I’m thinking of.

Don’t stop thinking of me,
don’t make me feel this way,
Come on over here and love me,
you know what I want you to say.
Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.
Why should we be apart?
I really love you baby, cross my heart.

Let’s walk up to the preacher
and let us say I do,
Then you’ll know you’ll have me,
and I’ll know that I’ll have you,
Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.
I don’t want no other love,
Baby it’s just you I’m thinking of.

Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.
Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true.
I don’t want no other love,
Baby it’s just you I’m thinking of

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.