Still Life with Chocolate Cake

Prompt: Superpower


Hello Wednesday!

I’ve been busy with Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), having completely changed the novel almost half-way in— as if the challenge isn’t daunting enough for me as it is. So I’ve neglected Fluffy Poolity and have some catching up to do!

When I haven’t been also neglecting household duties and ignoring friends and being housebound and opening cans of soup for dinner, I’ve been rigorously trying to go Trump-free since his presidency keeps outstripping every low— subterranean—expectation. When he goes low, he then goes lower. I now talk like a millennial: I just can’t…

So it calms me to think of a world where Trump is no longer in my face. I wish the man no harm; just happily dream about his retirement, which is what I love about the following collection of sketches. Hope you enjoy too.

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Peace and love,

~~FP

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Tiny Umbrella

Prompt: None

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Hello Wednesday!

In a departure from tradition, this post is not related to a prompt, nor is the post meaningfully related to the images that accompany it. (Just call me crazy and wild!) It’s just that the following has rattled around in my head for over a day now, so it’s time to let it loose:

Your family’s home
They wanna be fed
But you are confused and tired and stressed 
And would rather be dead!

We are the caterers, my friends
And we’ll keep on cooking ’til the end
We are the caterers
We are the caterers
No time for stress dreams
‘Cause we are the caterers of the world!

Who knows what it means
It’s only a dream
But when it’s night after night after night
You just wanna scream!

We are the caterers, my friends
And we’ll keep on cooking ’til the end
We are the caterers
We are the caterers
No time for stress dreams
‘Cause we are the caterers of the world!

Do you have recurring, repetitive anxiety dreams? I do, and they get so frustrating— and so boring— that I am trying new strategies to keep them at bay.

The kitchen/ cooking dream had almost faded away, once I conjured up detailed images of a singing catering crew who would pop into the middle of the stress dream as soon as I saw the dreaded big kitchen. Now my dreams are getting sneaky. The big cookpots are only slowly revealed. The ingredients and guest list keep changing…

I suppose if I dealt with the cause of this particular recurring dream it would go away for good. But for the life of me, I can’t figure it out.

Apropos of nothing, may I present, since it’s Wednesday, a few of my favourite cartoons?

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Wishing you an excitement-filled week—

~~FP

Drifting In and Out

Prompt: Enamored


Hello Wednesday,

And hello Jo! Jo is one of the visitors we hosted this past week, as she and others competed in a Multisport athletic challenge nearby– I invited Jo to visit this site, with all its diverse, dark, bright, and incoherent ramblings, hoping she wouldn’t be too horrified. As I said in an earlier post, I was a bit hesitant and pre-stressed about their stay, but it turned out to be a delightful and rewarding time.

Pre-stress. That is the inane experience of freaking out via unwarranted negative anticipation. Part of the stress is that of living up to expectations, part is dealing with the unknown, part is the feeling disorientation because a stream of visitors can impart the feeling of disconnecting you– however unintentionally– from the safety and comfort of “home”.

I am not enamored of this feeling, but I think it is interesting to consider the things that cause us such unnecessary stress. Or understandable stress:

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cartoon medical marijuana


cartoon health coverage


I would like to welcome any new visitors to Fluffy Pool. In the manner of blogs, the most recent posts are always at the top, but you might find that some of my stories rely on earlier entries to make sense. Here you will find quite a large community of characters, most interrelated, and sometimes the stories are challenging unless you’ve read what comes before. Ultimately it doesn’t matter since it’s all for fun and entertainment, and satisfies my personal cravings to write about what is on my mind.

Thank you for reading.

~~FP

Vegetables and Day 10

Prompt: Vegetal

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Don’t say yes to stress! How to have one day of peace!

I could have been a contender in the click-bait olympics, don’t you think?

Well, I’ve actually been fairly stressed-out this past while, what with NaNoWriMo and the elections and all that, and thought I would share yesterday’s diet and very simple routine that made me feel a LOT better, for at least a day and a half!

The routine: News-free day. No checking out websites for any kind of news, local or international. No newspapers. No TV news hour. No discussions except about how cute your dog looks when he sleeps on his back. Take a walk if you can. Pay attention to your breathing, and breathe in lots of cool, fresh air. Read something— a comic book or Mark Nepo or how about tinybuddha.com‘s Quote of the Day? Today it is:

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. ~Alan Watts

The diet: Avoid sugar, caffeine, and too much alcohol.

Breakfast: Avocado and Egg Toast for 2

2 pieces whole grain bread, toasted
1 ripe avocado, pitted and sliced
Squeeze of fresh lemon
2 poached or fried eggs
Lots of salt and pepper
Mush half the avocado on each piece of toast and squeeze lemon juice onto each. Top with an egg, season well and serve with a hot cup of tea with honey. Note: this is delicious.

Lunch: Peanut butter sandwich, a banana, and a tall glass of cold milk.

Dinner: Grilled Salmon, curried brown rice and spinach salad with goodies of choice like feta cheese, tomatoes, cuke, sprouts, etc. (or make salmon cakes from a can of salmon mixed with egg, bread crumbs, lemon zest, and cayenne pepper). Have some dark chocolate for dessert, with a cup of milky chai tea or your favourite warming spice tea (I like Bengal). Avoid drunkenness.

Binge-watch a mystery series on Netflix, or channel surf for sit-com reruns (remember, no news). Play with your dog. Read Jane Austen or Jack London before sleeping; no mobile devices. After lights out consciously relax every part of your body, concentrating on your jaw, neck and shoulders. Have peaceful dreams.

It worked for me.

Don’t Worry About This Kickstarter

Prompt: Help

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Worry Warriors (c) on Kickstarter

  • 2 Backers
  • $4.25 Pledged
  • 200 days to go
  • Initial goal: $180,000

About this project:

Imagine a day without worry. No worry about the mortgage, the boss, that thing in your closet, the snarly teenager, shoe bombs, colouring outside the lines, that thing on your shoulder that looks like a hickey but isn’t, the final exam, or the meaning of life.

We have assembled a team of highly qualified professionals, not to ease the burden, but to completely take the burden of worry from your shoulders.

How can you enjoy this incredible sensation?

  1. Pick up the phone or go to the Worry Warriors (c) website.
  2. Our friendly staff will help you connect to the sympathetic worrier who best serves your needs.
  3. Specify the time you wish to be unburdened. Pay your deposit.
  4. When the time of your worry-free hour(s) arrives, your professional warrior will begin fretting intensely about your worry, so you don’t have to.
  5. Take a deep breath and fly free and without stress!
  6. With your full payment you will receive a notarized log of the worrying that was personally expended by your professional.

An hour, a day, a weekend… how much time would you like to walk with a lighter step, enjoying the sunshine, your friends, and your worry-free existence?

  • Pledge $20 or more: Get a Worry Warriors hand towel.
  • Pledge $50 or more: Get a Worry Warriors hand towel and a cactus plant.
  • Pledge $75 or more: Get the a Worry Warriors hand towl, a cactus plant, and Worry Warriors tank top.
  • Pledge $100 or more: Get the a Worry Warriors hand towel, a cactus plant, Worry Warriors tank top, and the Worry Warriors golf umbrella.
  • Pledge $150 or more: Get the Worry Warriors hand towel, a cactus plant, Worry Warriors tank top, a Worry Warriors golf umbrella, plus a star named after you.
  • Pledge $200 or more: Get the Worry Warriors hand towel, a cactus plant, Worry Warriors tank top, a Worry Warriors golf umbrella, a star named after you, plus an invitation to attend the Worry Warriors launch luncheon, featuring chicken.
  • Pledge $3000 or more: Get the Worry Warriors hand towel, a cactus plant, Worry Warriors tank top, a Worry Warriors golf umbrella, a star named after you, an invitation to attend the Worry Warriors launch luncheon, featuring chicken, plus a recipe for Pad Thai, one worry-free weekend, and a crossword puzzle book (hard cover).

Where will the money go?

  • Office and purpose-built worry space, including sofas, a conference table, recording equipment,  a coffee machine, and a deck of playing cards.
  • Advertising and promotion.
  • Zen garden.
  • Acquisition of talent.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Jacuzzi/hot tub.
  • Insurance.
  • Sauna.

Pledge now!