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You’re In My Spot – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS


Blackie walked into the living room and over to the recliner. The black cat spotted the tortoiseshell cat, Snickers, curled up in the chair. Blackie let out a low growl.

“That’s my spot,” Blackie said. “You’re in my spot.”

Snickers opened his eyes and yawned. “I don’t see your name on the chair, ‘Sheldon’,” he quipped snidely as he stretched and changed positions.

“I was sleeping there, Snickers. I just got up to go use the litter box. Now get out of my spot.”

“I don’t think so. This is my spot now. Go sleep somewhere else.”

Blackie hissed and prepared to jump up into the chair to fight Snickers. Then he spotted the tortoiseshell cat’s favorite catnip mouse beside the chair and had a better idea.

Blackie carried the catnip mouse over into the middle of the room and began playing with it. Snickers noticed and stood up in the recliner.

“Hey!” Snickers whined, “that’s my toy! You can’t play with that!”

“Really?” Blackie replied while he held the mouse with his front paws and kicked it with his back paws. “I didn’t see your name on it.”

“Let go of it right now!” Snickers yowled, his back arching and fur bristling.

“Or what?”

Snickers jumped from the recliner and ran towards Blackie. Blackie quickly dropped the catnip mouse and got out of the way. Snickers picked up the catnip mouse and started playing with it, murmuring “Mine, mine” as he held it in his mouth.

Blackie retreated to the recliner, reclaiming his spot and curling up to sleep.




Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory (image found during Google search)


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “spot”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 8/2020


Warning: May Contain Sarcasm

Well, I was going through e-mails before going to work this morning. There was one from Pinterest notifying me that someone had left a comment on one of my pins. Curious, I went to check it out, and was surprised by what I saw.


On this pin


was the comment: “words are for ideas…not feeling superior. if you want to be better than me, go to church.”


I stared at it for a minute, stunned. Then I thought, “Wth?! Where did that come from?!” I couldn’t figure out how the pin could generate such a comment.  Later, I thought that maybe he just didn’t get the sarcasm in the pin. Maybe he’s like Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory and just doesn’t understand sarcasm and needs a sarcasm sign.  If that’s the case, here’s a sarcasm sign for you, “Sheldon”:


I had considered replying to his comment, but decided not to. I deleted it instead, figuring I’d save him from looking like an idiot, and also not fall for an obvious attempt to start an argument. He wanted me to be better than him, so I that’s what I did.


I can’t help but wonder, though, why did he comment like he thought I’d made the pin? It’s not something I made. I found it somewhere and pinned it because I thought it was funny and I agreed with its sentiment. Did he do it because he wanted to start an argument? Probably. Was he just trolling? Possibly. Or was he just mistaken? Could be. Well, whatever it is, I’m putting it behind me after this post. I tried to forget about it after I deleted the comment, but it kept nagging at me all day, and I felt I needed to say something.


And yes, as a writer, I am a bit of a stickler about proper grammar: proper use of your and you’re; of  to, too, and two; of there, their, and they’re; of then and than; proper apostrophe use; etc. I don’t like spell check much for that reason, either. It’ll tell you if a word is spelled wrong, but not necessarily if you used the correct word. Call me a grammar Nazi if you will. I won’t cram it down your throat, though. If I see something wrong, I’ll mentally correct it after flinching, but generally won’t say anything unless asked to, so as not to offend. But if I see things like the above pin, talking about proper grammar, be it funny or helpful, I will pin it or share it on Facebook.



End rant.