Church Life

The bishop’s wife stood beneath the ledge having mixed feelings about the long journey that lay ahead of her.  She was in need of a hiatus from her normal routine of leading the regular group in rosary prayer and leading the choir in song.  She had studied the theoretical implications of being poor, but she had no experience, having been born with a silver spoon in her mouth.  She learned that 383 million people in Africa live in extreme poverty, a thought that would permanently register in her brain.  She really wanted to help, in spite of her fear of flying and that was the only rational way to get to Africa.  She knew that there were dangerous animals there that might sting and bite, but her desire to feel the rains down in Africa won out in making her decision to go.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Journey, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Song, for the Daily Spur prompt – Register, for FOWC with Fandango – Theoretical, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – The Bishop’s Wife, for December Writing Prompts – Beneath the ledge, for Ragtag Community – Mixed feelings, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Sting Spite Bite and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Hiatus.

Heidi Game

TV sets are all about screen size, speed, and another thing to consider is the refresh rate.  Exponential advances in technology have changed the entire industry.  Last year I upgraded to a 4K Ultra HD TV, which is four times the resolution of Full HD, because the prices had dropped.  Now the 8K Ultra HD is on the market and 8K refers to the resolution of the display.  While 4K is 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, 8K moves up to 7,680 x 4,320, or 33 million pixels.  That means there are 7,680 pixels on the horizontal axis and 4,320 on the vertical.  Basic math seems to say that 8K would provide double the resolution of 4K, but that isn’t the case, because we are working in two dimensions here, with both horizontal lines and vertical lines, so it actually ends up giving you 16 times the pixels of HD and four times the pixels of 4K.

It is shocking that people will actually buy 98-inch TV sets and they are willing to pay up to $70,00 for these large 8K displays, especially since 8K quality movies don’t exist yet.  Refresh rate is how often a TV changes the image, this is the number time times per second (written in hertz, or Hz) a TV refreshes its image.  Movies are almost always filmed 24 frames per second, or 24Hz.  Live TV shows are at 30 or 60.  Most TVs refresh at 60, some higher-end models at 120.  60 Hz has a time interval of 1/(60 Hz) = 0.016 ̅  seconds and 120 Hz = 1/(120Hz) = 0.0083 ̅  seconds.  A higher number usually means the TV can keep up with the action better.

Television has long been a staple of entertainment and today’s consumers can watch whatever they want, whenever they want.  Digitalization which is the process of converting information into a digital format, in which the information is organized into bits, has changed TV forever.  The cable TV industry became very popular, because it gave people the freedom to watch shows without commercial interruptions and pause and restart their programs at their own discretion.  I enjoy watching shows on Netflix, because instead of waiting a week between episodes and sitting through commercials, I can binge watch what I want and have a truly uninterrupted experience.  Consumer expectations and usage habits are changing rapidly and having a smart TV allows users to stream videos and music, browse the Internet, and view photos.

Today we can purchase and download our favorite shows via multiple services and providers, and we can store our video in the cloud and then watch it on almost any device from any location.  It’s all done through an ever-growing marketplace of TV apps and these apps are capable of turning nearly every device we own into a TV screen, allowing us to have the TV anywhere experience.  Cable TV set top devices which contain a TV-tuner input and displays output to a television set and an external source of signal, turning the source signal into content in a form that can then be displayed on the television screen or other display device are becoming more like IP devices.

Much like the battle between AC & DC current a century ago, the battle between plasma and LCD televisions raged on for several years, but in the aftermath, they both ended up being losers.  It is a shame that my sister bought that large plasma TV before the LED TV’s came along, as that homely monstrosity is so heavy that it takes four people to move it.  I will always have tender memories of watching football on TV with my dad, not because I was drinking hot chocolate from cups and saucers, but this is the way that we bonded.  I remember when he flipped out when we were watching the Heidi Game in 1968 which was played between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Interval, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Sister, for the Daily Spur prompt – Shame, for FOWC with Fandango – Popular, for December Writing Prompts – Cups and saucers, for Ragtag Community – Aftermath, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tender Shocking Homely and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Freedom.

My First Sale

I answered an add in the paper that indicated they were offering a comprehensive training program in vendition, which I had no idea what the hell that was about, but as my unemployment checks were dwindling down, I needed a job.  They responded to my resume by calling me up and telling me to report to this address downtown tomorrow morning and they asked me to report wearing professional attire.  I arrived on time and found out that I would be working as an Electrolux vacuum cleaner salesperson.

I met the boss and the other sales people and I found out that I would only be making $20 a day plus commissions, which might be hard to come by for a newcomer.  They showed me how to demonstrate the vacuum’s capabilities, incase a potential customer was interested in purchasing one.  The morning pep rally was held to inspire everyone to have a successful day and then we all went off to canvas a neighborhood.  We left as a group traveling in different cars and I was told to ring doorbells and give them my sales pitch.

The first doorbell that I rang was answered by a housewife who told me that she already had an Electrolux vacuum, but she was running low on bags and she asked me if I had any.  I told her that my boss was just down the street and that he did have vacuums in the trunk of his car and perhaps he also had some bags.  She told me to go check and when I caught up to my boss, he told me that I just made my first vacuum cleaner sale.  I told him that the lady didn’t need a vacuum cleaner, as her old Electrolux was working fine and all she wanted was bags.

He told me that I had broken the strongest link just by getting my foot in the door and the rest was easy.  He grabbed the other guys and we all went back to her house and I carried a new vacuum cleaner with me.  She saw me carrying a vacuum and not the bags that she asked for and she was reluctant to open up the door for us.  My boss told the lady the he knew she wanted bags and that he could order them for her and that they would be free treat, if she let me put on a demonstration, as this was my first day on the job.

My boss handed her some paperwork to fill out for her free bags and all the guys sat on couches in her living room while I plugged the machine in.  My boss told everyone to be quiet so this handsome young man could show how well the new machine worked.  He showed her that the bag was completely empty and asked her when she last vacuumed the room.  She said that she just vacuumed two days ago and she was adamant that no dirt would be found inside of her house.  My boss stuck a piece of tape on the floor to show her the power of this new vacuum and he said that her current Electrolux could probably not do that.

I finished going over the carpet in her room and she was surprised to find all the dirt that the new machine had picked up.  My boss told her that she should get a new vacuum and that he could give her a great deal on the trade in of her old unit.  She went for it like a speeding bullet, smiling from ear to ear at the good deal that she just got.  It was a spiritual event for me, but sadly I never made another sale and I realized that I was not cut out for this.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Vendition, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Treat, for the Daily Spur prompt – Bullet, for FOWC with Fandango – Tape, for December Writing Prompts – The strongest link, for Ragtag Community – Spiritual and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Handsome.

Not Much to Say

A lot of my posts are built up around the prompts and today there are not as many as we get on a normal day.  I take joy at the sight of prompts when I feel that I can weave them into an interesting story, as basically my head is empty every day.  I am a research writer, which means that I look things up, so I can learn and then I try to write some type of a tale.  Once in a blue moon, I do have thoughts that enter my brain, but mostly I feel that I am suffering from some rare, bizarre condition that wipes my brain clean every night, and this forces me to start out with a clean slate every day.

It is possible that I develop some type of brain frost every night that just leaves me a bit foggy the next day, but since I don’t know for sure what is happening, there is no way for me to resolve this.  Some times I wake up with a memory of having made paper airplanes, when I really wish this had been the memory of making love to some sexy woman, but that is the way things have worked out for me.  Before I go, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Joy, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Sight, for the Daily Spur prompt – Resolve, for FOWC with Fandango – Frost, for December Writing Prompts – Paper airplanes, for Ragtag Community – Christmas and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Merry.

On the Nature of Things

Tiberius Bede, the Venerable Bede (672-735) an English church historian was the first Englishman to write about the weather after making his careful observations of the locale in which he lived, focusing on a stream that would babble its way through a meadow.  In 703, he composed a book titled On the Nature of Things, where he wrote about rain, snow, water evaporation, rivers, and the ocean being in harmony with each other.  Bede wrote that all things that are seen on earth are formed and reformed by the dual nature of waters.  The centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D. are often referred to as the Dark Ages and during this time various Germanic peoples conquered the former Roman Empire in the West, making this a time that was fraught with disease and danger.

Latin was the official language spoken in Europe at this time and it allowed all the countries to communicate with each other.  Authorities in the Catholic Church decided what was normal and moral and what was sinful and bad and how that should be punished.  Monks lived a simple life in abbeys and monasteries owning only a few possessions, spending their time attending services, being involved in religious studies, and some produced books and illuminated manuscripts which became invaluable records of medieval life for modern historians.

Bede was an English Benedictine monk and a prolific writer and, in a time, where many people still considered the world to be flat, he knew the reason why some days were of unequal length, attributing this to the Earth being round, a sphere set in the middle of the whole universe.  On the Nature of Things is a survey of cosmology, that starts with Creation and the universe as a whole, Bede interprets the cosmos downwards from the heavens, through the atmosphere, to the oceans and rivers of earth.  Bede said that rains were formed from the little drops of the clouds and as they coalesced into bigger drops that were no longer supported by the nature of air, sometimes driven by wind, sometimes dissolved by the sun, they fell down in the form of rain to the earth.  He called gentle and steady rains showers and sudden and violent rains were called storms.  He said that hailstones were coagulated in the air from drops of rain and frozen by the harshness of cold and wind.  Hail melts more quickly than snow and it falls more often during the day than at night.  Snow is formed from the vapor of water that is being forestalled by cold and has not yet condensed into drops.

He said that salt water nourishes food in the sea for mortals on land, and fresh water is more properly suited for nourishing food in the air and for quenching thirst.  Bede said that the ocean’s tide follows the moon as it is forced out of its exhalation and flows back when its impulse is withdrawn.  It is seen to flow and ebb twice daily and it surges up more strongly than usual at the equinoxes and solstices.  Bede wrote that the sea does not increase in size from rivers flowing into it because the fresh flow is consumed by the salt waters, or that it is carried off by the wind or the heat of the sun which differs from lakes and ponds as they may dry up over a period of time.

Bede assembled a very credible explanation of the nature of clouds as condensed water vapor, formed by evaporation.  However, the heat of the sun and the action of the winds are regarded not so much as the forces responsible for vaporization as the means by which water from any source is transmuted into sweet rain water.  He invokes an idea about filtering salt water through soil will make it sweet, just as straining sweet water through sea-weed will make it salt.  For Bede rainbows were formed when the sun illuminated clouds and the four colors would scatter in the air from the directly opposed sun and the clouds.

Clouds, being composed of water vapor, are essentially made of tiny drops of water.  Bede imagines these droplets coalescing into larger drops which the air can no longer hold up.  Bede explained that thunder and lightning were caused by natural factors, and the sound of thunder was said to happen when wind escaped from clouds and lightning was a spark that occurred when clouds collided, although Bede actually thought that the main reason for these occurrences were ultimately controlled by God, the creator and director of the universe.

In 336, during the reign of Emperor Constantine Christmas was first celebrated, but it did not become an official Roman state festival at this time.  Bede wrote about pagan practices and their primitive behavior and he said that the pagan year began on a date fixed by the solar calendar, which was the Winter Solstice, on December 25th, pointing out that this same day is now when Christians celebrate the birth of Christ and the casualties of Christmas.

He is known for his scholarly works in the fields of English history, grammar, hymns, chronology and the lives of the saints.  Many see Bede as the first modern historian because he was careful to separate fact from legend and cited his sources.  He has been called the greatest Anglo-Saxon scholar and author of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People and has also been referred to as being a candle of the Church which the Holy Spirit has illuminated.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Venerable, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Sound, for the Daily Spur prompt – Main, for FOWC with Fandango – Fraught, for December Writing Prompts – Casualties of Christmas, for Ragtag Community – Candle, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Spoken Scatter Bad and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Babble.

Goodwill to All Men

When Charles Dickens wrote his book A Christmas Carol, this helped him to discover the true spirit of Christmas.  It was 1843, and times were tough for Charles, as he was already the father of four and soon to be the father of five and winter was approaching quickly.  Dickens had already published The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge and he was in the middle of publishing his sixth novel Martin Chuzzlewit, which was being released as a serial.  Charles Dickens thought this was his best work and he didn’t understand why this was begining to fail, only selling 20,000 copies a month whereas The Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby sold 40-50,000.  It was one of his least popular novels, and since it did not do as well as he expected, he decided to write a quick Christmas story that would be sure to sell.

Dickens needed to publish something that would earn enough money so he could provide for his family.  In September, Dickens visited a Samuel Starey’s Field Lane Ragged School, which provided free education for urban children and this inspired his story.  Dickens empathized with these children as he was also a product of a poor childhood.  The inspiration for Scrooge may have been those who put Dickens’ own father into debtor’s prison and these people were also responsible for young Charles working in a shoe-blacking factory.  Charles Dickens saw conditions in his everyday life that he wanted to change, and he hoped writing about them, would contribute towards reforming them.

He was an industrious author who kept to a tight writing schedule, starting this novella in October of 1843, and it was published six weeks later on December 19, 1843.  Dickens was originally inspired to write about someone who was poor, but he changed his mind and decided to write about someone who was rich, about a terrible miser, someone who lived his entire life for money.

A Christmas Carol was published by Chapman & Hall, with Dickens paying the publishing costs himself.  The owners of the company had no way to gage how this book would do and they began to lose faith in marketability of Dickens’s work especially after the sales of Martin Chuzzlewit were not going well, so they proposed that A Christmas Carol be issued in an inexpensive collection of Dickens’s works, or possibly as part of a new magazine.  Dickens was adamant that A Christmas Carol be published as a high-quality, stand-alone book.  After discussion between the parties they came to an unusual agreement.  Dickens funded the publication and he would receive the profits.  Chapman & Hall would be paid for the printing costs and receive a fixed commission on the number of copies sold.  Since Dickens was paying for the publishing of the book, he wanted the book done his way.  There were issues with the color of the endpapers, the title page and the book binding.

A Christmas Carol was the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season.  By Christmas it sold six thousand copies and it continued to be popular into the new year selling 15,000 in its first year.  Sadly, A Christmas Carol wasn’t the moneymaker that Dickens hoped it would be, he thought he would make a tom of money from it, and he decided to sell it for a relatively low price.  Sales were good, but the publication costs had been high due to its lavish bindings.

A Christmas Carol isn’t a particularly religious book, as it does not extol or deify Jesus.  It is more about Scrooge discovering that life has much more to do with generosity, family gatherings and large cooked birds, than it does with being stingy about his money.  Dickens surely knew of the parable that Jesus taught about a rich man and a poor man named Lazarus and it is possible that Dickens picked up on this tale where Jesus left off.  Dickens story stimulated charity, and it became an important voice to potential middle-class givers.  People related to his characters like Bob Cratchit’s family, Scrooge’s lost love of Belle who later married another man.  They never went to the ball, so all he could do is wonder what might have happened after the ball.

Scrooge feels that those who know best how to acquire wealth and double their money will make the best rulers for any republic.  Scrooge is an elderly man suffering from chronic depression that experiences visual hallucinations causing him to see ghosts that are likely precipitated by a gastrointestinal pathology.  When Scrooge’s sister Fran is dying, she decides to entrust the care of her son Fred to his uncle.  This story painted a vivid picture of a time and place where need was everywhere, especially in London and this let the citizens band together.  Scrooge’s redemption is the anchor for the story along with the ghosts that nudge him on an incredible journey of the heart.  Scrooge learns that it is never too late to try and be a better person.  Scrooge is a tight, dry husk of a soul filled with bitterness and bile who eventually becomes a sympathetic toward Bob Cratchit, a man who always obeyed Scrooge’s rules and was too timid to ask about going home early on Christmas Eve to be with his family.

The ghosts are personal to him and after they visit, he cannot erase the deep meanings that they left with him.  Scrooge sees the first ghost that has the initials JM on a nightgown and he realizes that this is Jacob Marley, his old business partner.  Tiny Tim had rickets, a Vitamin D deficiency, so he used a walking stick made out of oak to get around.  The ghost tells Scrooge that he sees a vacant seat, in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved and says that if these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die.  Scrooge has a change of heart and the go to part in this book is when Tiny Tim says “God bless us, every one!”.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Extol, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Ton, for the Daily Spur prompt – Republic, for FOWC with Fandango – Go, for Randomness Inked Scribbling the Unspoken Let it Bleed Weekly Prompt Challenge 32 prompt – Fail, for December Writing Prompts – After the ball, for Ragtag Community – Band, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Nudge Timid Double, for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Gauge and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #161 hosted by Yves where the prompts are – Initials Pathology Entrust Anchor Husk Deify Personal Erase Deep Oak Love Try.

When Will I Be Loved?

All the kids called me tinsel teeth when I got my braces and they were fixed so I could not remove them, as they were glued to the front of each tooth and linked together with wires.  I understood that my teeth were crooked and the braces would help harnesses my body’s natural ability to remodel its own tissue.  All I wanted for Christmas was to have them taken off and when the day came, I jumped for joy.  Excitement filled the air and love was all around, maybe I am being rash here, as I didn’t really know what love was all about yet, but I did wish to find out about that.  I thought that I wouldn’t have to be shy around girls any more and maybe I could get lucky and connect with some babe.

It was not easy for me being ridiculed by the other kids, listening to them murmur about me and I even heard them chortle sometimes when I went by.  I spent so much time crying in my room with red eyes and my parents would urge me to come out of the salty sanctuary, but I had the determination of a stone and when I did come out, all I would do is flop on the couch.  They finally came off and I began to cherish my new smile.  I was excited beyond all belief, but I still was not getting anywhere with the girls.  Then on Valentine’s Day I got a card from Eve that said I was the reason for her smile.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Red Connect Card Stone Excited, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Cherish, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Wish, for the Daily Spur prompt – Excitement, for FOWC with Fandango – Rash, for December Writing Prompts – The salty sanctuary, for Ragtag Community – Joy, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – Sound Bite, December 21 2019 hosted by weejars aka Sarah where she asks us to use three onomatopoeic words – Chortle Flop Murmur, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Babe Eve Harness and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Tinsel.

Inextricably Linked

Are alien anal probes used for shits and giggles, or are these extra-terrestrial beings just trying to get to the bottom of things?  Are these aliens from Uranus, or are they using anal probes because they enjoy being around black holes?  Why do aliens find it necessary to explore human rectums, is this really part of being an explorer?  What is the actual purpose of this extraterrestrial excremental experimentation?  We can all agree that it is some type of exam and most times the abductee is put to sleep or otherwise disoriented, so it is not certain how long the duration of this procedure lasts.  Some people might consider this to be a perk, but I expect that most will look at this as an invasion.

You would think that since aliens have reached us, that they are infinitely technologically superior, so why do they carry these proctology instruments with them and why does this seem to be their first order of business after making such a long trip?  Did they do this to the ancient people who built the pyramids to make them work harder, or have them believe that they are Gods?  Is this their way of putting a stamp on their authority over people and make them taciturn, so they would follow orders and not ask any questions?  Is it just people that they are interested in, or would they perform an anal probing on a crocodile or a rambunctious reindeer?

Is there a hiatus at some time during the exam that allows the person to recover, or do they just continue the probing nonstop?  One abductee described their experience as if they were being penetrated by a Yule log and they said when it was over there were no Holiday treats.

Written Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Duration, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Stamp, for the Daily Spur prompt – Exam, for FOWC with Fandango – Expect, for December Writing Prompts – Rambunctious reindeer, for Ragtag Community – Taciturn, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Perk Hiatus Crocodile, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – Holiday treats and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Yule.

Old Testament Figure

When King David entered the city of Jerusalem with the Ark of the Covenant for the first time, he was so overcome with joy and triumph, that he danced naked in the streets unashamed, with his genitals exposed for slave girls and his servants.  Michelangelo sculpted his statue of David depicting him before the battle that he was in with Goliath, showing his beautiful naked body, alert and ready for combat.  Michelangelo did not have the freedom to pick and choose his sculptures, whither he went and what he made.  He was told what to paint and what to sculpt by Julius II, pope of Rome at the time and the Medici, ruling family of Florence.  An enormous block of marble laid abandoned for 25 years in a courtyard because the two artists who were originally commissioned to work the marble, thought it had too many imperfections, so Michelangelo was hired to complete the project.  The 26 years old Michelangelo worked on this masterpiece and he did not do this project in haste, as it became a two-year journey for him, and finally David was hewn from the marble block.

The phrase “you don’t know jack” has been used for decades to say that someone knows very little, but Michelangelo understood anatomy, because when he was just seventeen, he started his dissecting cadavers.  Michelangelo could sculpt veins and muscles knowing where muscles, tendons and veins led in the human body.  He chose not to hide the perfection of the human body under clothing.  The noble, beautiful and heroic statue scandalized the artist’s fellow Florentines and the Catholic clergy when it was unveiled, and it did not take a detective to realize that the vision of his precious manhood on display was something that displeased them.  It was not a phenomenon that soon after, the figure’s sculpted phallus was girdled with a garland of bronze fig leaves by the authorities.  60 years later, it was considered to be a matter of taste to utilize loincloths, foliage, and fig leaves on all nude works of art, especially those showing genitalia below the waist.

The block of marble came from a quarry in Carrara, a town in the Apuan Alps in northern Tuscany and the Carrara quarries have been prized since the days of the Roman Empire.  Geology is a study of rocks and how they form over time, and marble originates from marine organisms that leave behind their calcite-rich shells when they die.  Carrara, Italy is referred to as the marble mecca of the world and the quarry keeps getting steeper to climb out of, as more marble is sliced up, hauled out, and shipped away block by precious block.

Adam and Eve were shamed by their nudity after eating from the tree of knowledge, and being cast out of the Garden of Eden, so they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons to hide their nudity.  Typically, most of the Greek, Italian and Roman statues had small flaccid penises and some historians say that that David had a small penis because he was shriveled by the fear of facing Goliath in battle.  Nudity should be admired, valued and appreciated just as one would enjoy a snack along the starlit way to Rome.

Written for Tyler M Deal 5 Words Prompt – Journey Steeper Geology Whither Phenomenon, for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Precious, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Snack, for the Daily Spur prompt – Vision, for FOWC with Fandango – Detective, for December Writing Prompts – Along the starlit way, for Ragtag Community – Hewn, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Taste Waist Haste and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jack.

Cream of the Crop

Cream is a dairy product composed of the higher-fat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization.  Cream is the fat in cow’s milk that rises to the top and it contains saturated fat, which has been linked to high cholesterol, so it should be used in moderation.  Cream is processed in a creamery and you can buy milk products there like yogurt and ice cream.  In a creamery you might find pies and cakes or maybe even a coffeehouse and there could even be a confectionery there selling candy and other sweets.  Creameries and confectioners both located under the same roof, it doesn’t get much better than that.

I used to live in Wisconsin which became the leading dairy state in 1915, producing more butter and cheese than any other.  The slogan ‘America’s Dairyland’ has been on Wisconsin license plates for more than 75 years, evoking images of red barns and peaceful fields full of black and white dairy cows all wearing a bell around their necks.  Their cheese is something that they are proud of, just ask any Green Bay Packer fan, but what I like the best is the bratwurst that you can get in Wisconsin.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 10 and if you ever go to Wisconsin, I urge you to try the bratwurst.  Marcus Gavius Apicius a Roman gourmet who wrote the first cookbook devoted whole pages in his book to sausage making, but the first recipe for making the bratwurst comes from Thuringia in Bavaria and it dates all the way back to 1432.  Madison, Wisconsin will hold their annual festival of the bratwurst on May 22-24 in 2020 and as they call it the World’s Largest Brat Fest, between the food, music and fireworks, it should be a very festive event.

Oh, Lawdy Mama just talking about bratwurst makes me want to eat a whole tray of them.  They go best with beer, but I guess you could wash it down with some tea, although not tea made from the teapot, it would need to be iced tea.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a lot of breweries including, Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and Miller.  I never had a Blatz beer and I read that it was sold to Pabst and that it is currently produced by Miller, but it does sound like a strange brew and I bet it would make you high as a kite, if you drank enough of it.  My dad drank Pabst and that was the first beer that I tried.  He used to let me have some sips from his can from when I was about seven.  Beer is a good invention and it produces a lot of happiness.  It is a good drink for a wedding, as long as you don’t drink too much and end up falling down the stairs.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Urge, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Tray, for the Daily Spur prompt – Scale, for FOWC with Fandango – Stairs, for December Writing Prompts – Creameries and confectioners, for Ragtag Community – Wedding, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Kite Happiness Bell, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – The Teapot and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Festive.