The first thing that came to my mind when I considered today’s prompt was “extraneous.”  Then, adjectives and phrases along the lines of “basic,” “unhelpful,” “pointless,” and “verbose” followed.  Ironically, I tried to think of a lighter (read: fluffier) concept to quickly address.  But “marshmallows” and “clouds” would be inauthentic for me.  I could put up a pic of either one and keep it moving.  However, I think that should be reserved for times when I don’t have as much of a reaction as I did.  When I think of fluff, warm and fuzzy isn’t what comes to mind.

Extraneous information came to mind.  It leads to wasted time and, oftentimes, confusion.  It’s inefficient.  I am not a fan.  I do engage in fluffing, but I try to be conscious of it and limit it.

For example, I will often choose to type something along the lines of “I hope that you are faring well” over “How are you” because I don’t want to pry, and the welfare of the recipient will not affect the content of that email/message.  Although I am truly interested in the answer, it feels inefficient and inappropriate.   I reserve “How are you” for people that I know will not interpret that question as being nosey and people that I trust know that they needn’t worry about offending me by answering — or not — in their own time.

I understand that that may seem odd, but it’s also authentic, efficient, and polite.

In this age of click-bait, advertisements, hoax articles, and the like, I just hate to contribute to more verbal “fluff” and wastes of time. (Yes, irony. I see you, again.)


The post that would have been:

Below is a picture of the stuffed Bilby that I won from Corroboree West at the Tourism Western Australia booth.  It’s full of the warm, fuzzy kind of fluff!





More Gratitude


Kiara, Aliyah, and Natalie working kitchen magic!
The little ones got the batter, the big one got the crumbs.

The kids are showing gratitude for the birth of their father by baking him a cake.  I’m so thankful for my happy kids in my chaotic kitchen.

Everything else is…

Wait for it…

“Icing on the cake!” 😆

(See what I did there?)

Please pardon the tiny half-naked chef.

How do you show gratitude?



PS: Can you guess why Kiara is making that face, in the first picture?