Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke
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Monday, April 16, 2018


Question Of the Week 04-16-18

What is the saddest song you have 
ever listened to?

Friday, April 06, 2018

Monday, April 02, 2018


Question Of The Week 04-02-18

What is the best random conversation 
you have heard?

Monday, March 19, 2018


Can't think of a question for today so I'm going to share this hysterical funny.  In the comments section feel free to ask your own question for this week...or tell us what you would throw out:-)

Friday, March 16, 2018


My brother saved up his office clutter for my burn cage.  He brought it last week but we could not burn because it was too windy and dry.  I waited until this past Monday when the ground was wet and there was no wind.  Got a wonderful fire going...and going...and going.  By afternoon the ground was no longer dry and the wind was picking up.  The fire was still burning. My hose would not reach the burn cage so I had to carry buckets of water to keep the wind from blowing hot ashes out into my field.  Would you believe the alert went out for "fire danger" and even yesterday there was still a whirlpool hole in the center of the burn that I could not put out?  It looked like the entrance to Hell.  

I told my son and he texted me: "I would suggest keeping a good distance away and a crucifix handy.  Let me know if you smell sulfur or hear faint screaming" 


Monday, March 12, 2018


Question Of The Week 03-12-2018

What’s it like being you right now?

Monday, March 05, 2018


Question Of The Week 03-05-18

What’s your unanswerable question--the question you seem to always be asking yourself?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


This is my story for the week.  River has provided wonderful Word For Wednesday for the month of February.   If you want to join in, just click on the link to find the prompts for today provided by River of Drifting Through Life. Be sure and look for the other stories.

It was a beautiful sunlit day. I squinted in my efforts to view the movement on the hillside. Was the figure moving toward us a human or an animal? The feeling was not comfortable with either scenario. No visitors were expected and the prospect of the uninvited guest being a bear was frightening. We had come out for this walk without our phones. We only wanted to enjoy the warmth of the day, the beautiful sights and the petrichor that remained from the last rain. We had not wanted this leisure to be disrupted.

This was our personal space. The other side of the hill was active with trucks rumbling out of the quarry. The carried loads of granite and the closer we got the louder the noise. The figure was within our sight now and recognized as the owner of the quarry. His name was Hudson and he was normally not of a good disposition however he wore a huge smile on his face. This made the encounter more frightening. What did he want from us this time? We thought we had made ourselves clear on his last visit.

Todd and I welcomed the man. We offered him a drink from our canteen, knowing he would be parched from the long hike. He accepted the offer gladly.

The men both sat on the ground but I knew if I joined them I would never get up again. I could only squat to get more on their level and we began to talk.

What brings you over the hill today?” I ask Mr. Hudson.

He responded, “I was wondering how you were doing over here. Thought it was time for a friendly chat and to catch up.”

My mind clinched and I glanced at Todd. Both of us knew Hudson had a lot more on his mind. “That's nice” I said, “and just what are we catching up on? It wouldn't be copper would it?”

Come on you guys” Hudson said, “at least consider my offer. It is a fair one and the two of you can't live out here forever. There is a huge demand for copper and you are sitting on a fortune. I have the ability to mine it and you do not. My offer is good and the money would make a great legacy for your children.”

This property is our legacy for the children” Todd responded, using a harsh tone. “If they want the copper mined they can have that done themselves. We sincerely doubt they will want this beautiful valley destroyed any more than we do.”

I am guessing your children would rather have the money than the land.” Mr. Hudson replied adamantly.

My anger was showing when I said “You should not have made this long walk Mr. Hudson. We still are not going to sell this place. You best head back to your quarry.”

Mr. Hudson was mumbling as he turned to go back. If we had been mind-readers we would have known he was saying something about bringing more men next time and clearing the place off. He just knew the kids would be easier to deal with if Todd and I were gone.

Monday, February 26, 2018


Question Of The Week 02-26-18

How do you spend the majority 
of your free time?

Drawn from show TV show Broadchurch on computer.  Digital art by (me) eaghl/2018

Monday, February 19, 2018


Question Of The Week 02-19-18

Are you religious and, if so, does your religion require you to attend a Church, Cathedral, Synagogue, Temple, Mosque on a regular basis?  Do you follow your religion 
now as you did as a child?


Saturday, February 10, 2018


Okay friends, now that I have unlimited WiFi and can watch Netflix all day if I want, I need your recommendations.  I've got a lot of catching up to do.  

I also can watch Amazon Prime shows and Youtube videos on my new Smart TV so your recommendations there will be
appreciated also:-)

Friday, February 09, 2018


Can't resist posting this single Friday Funny.  It really cracked me up.  And yes, my son sent it. 


Wednesday, February 07, 2018


River of Drifting Through Life is providing our WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY this month.  Her first week in February includes the following prompts.  Hope you will join us with a story.

1. exterior
2. madwoman
3. mountain lake
4. twitched
5. flicker
6. desk


1. prediction
2. approach
3. bacteria
4. vaults
5. plane
6. white lilac


Esmeralda peered through her curtains like a madwoman. She viewed the exterior of the property. Gazing beyond her fence-line she saw someone crossing the mountain lake and she twitched with fear. He would arrive at her gate in a short time.

Esmeralda did not seem to have a flicker of hope as she returned to her desk. It was best that she write an account of what was happening. It would be necessary to write down the proper treatment should the bio hazard be released and the long dreaded prediction come true. The vaults had been raided and the harmful bacteria stolen.

The distant figure landed his small boat safely. Esmeralda saw him tie it securely before he began his approach. She barely heard the small plane that soared above her. The sound of machine-gun fire erupted and she saw the intruder fall into the white lilac bush. Her beloved Victor had arrived in the nick of time to rescue her.

Esmeralda rushed to Victor's side as he departed from his small aircraft. Together they examined the body of the intruder. They were able to retrieve the sealed vial of bacteria. Victor would return it to the military bio-hazard laboratory and hopefully it could never be stolen again and never used in biological warfare.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


My grandson Ryan deploys tomorrow for 6 months. Here is a picture of his sleeping quarters and a picture of the type sleeping quarters his grandpa might have had in the 60's and 70's. Ryan's might a little better but still pretty tiny. Ryan's are called coffin racks and are three stacks high. They have place for storage and also have small stand up lockers to store their uniforms.  The older ones were 4 stacks. Not sure where they stored anything. God bless all our military on air, land and sea.

Monday, February 05, 2018


Question Of The Week 02-05-18

What was the most challenging thing about your childhood?

Thursday, February 01, 2018


I am re-running this post from 2009 for my Heart Sisters Barb and Patti.

Go Red For Women, Macy's and CVS Health join together throughout February to raise funds and awareness to end heart disease and stroke for all women

Volunteers and supporters are encouraged to wear red on National Wear Red Day (Friday, Feb. 2)


 Heart Disease is the no. 1 cause of death among women according to the latest statistics.

My primary care physician in 2003 was treating me for a long list of complaints. I was taking 400 mg Celebrex for arthritis, I was being referred to a Neurologist for my unexplained blackouts and strange, sudden pain in my left arm, my blood pressure didn't really concern my doctor though it was 162 over 99 quite often and he laughed at my concern over my cholesterol being 252. He had been physician for my mother and my grandmother and neither of them had heart disease so I didn't need to worry. My annual physical yielded nothing to concern him and the very next day, not even 24 hours later, I was being treated for a near fatal MI (Myocardial Infarction aka Heart Attack).

If your physician ignores your symptoms, don't be afraid to insist you be examined for possible heart disease. Because most women are misdiagnosed and left to suffer heart attacks with little chance of getting the necessary help within the first six minutes, we die and no one is left to fight the fight against the number one killer of women.

This Friday, Go Red with your wardrobe! Whether it's a red dress, a red T-shirt, a red dress pin or red lipstick, show the world you support Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association's movement to help save women's lives.

Every minute, some one's mother, daughter, wife or sister dies from heart disease and stroke in the United States. Reducing these diseases in women must become a national priority. Ask your lawmaker to support the HEART for Women Act. Women's lives depend on it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Here is my Words For Wednesday story for today.  Thanks Cindi of LETTING THE WORDS ESCAPE, for supplying all the prompts for January.  This will be my first participation in several weeks and it feels good to give it a try again.  I am only using half the words this week and the wonderful photo prompt.

  1. bloody
  2. confidence
  3. ranger
  4. Apollo
  5. submarine
  6. Byron

SIX WORD SUCCESS by Granny Annie

BYRON and I named our pretend SUBMARINE APOLLO, after the vehicles of interstellar discoveries. We had every CONFIDENCE it would lead us to universal discoveries under the sea.

It would be important for us to hide this huge cardboard ocean vehicle from the RANGER.
He would insist it be removed as a blight on the majestic sights of the park.

We managed to figure out a way to move our ship through the forest. We would stick our feet out the bottom, slowly maneuvering through the brush. Our journey allowed us to view many ocean spectaculars. The sharks were our favorites.

How could we explain to our parents why the undersea travel left our bare feet BLOODY?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Here are the WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY posted early by Cindi.  She has done a fantastic job this month with the prompts and I am hoping to join in again tomorrow.  Hope some of you will give this a try also.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Question Of The Week 01-29-18

Which if any of these phobias do you have?

  1. Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders affects women four times more (48% women and 12% men).
  2. Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes. Phobics avoid certain cities because they have more snakes.
  3. Acrophobia – The fear of heights. Five percent of the general population suffer from this phobia.
  4. Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces. People with this fear often wont leave home.
  5. Cynophobia – The fear of dogs. This includes everything from small Poodles to large Great Danes.
  6. Astraphobia – The fear of thunder/lightning AKA Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, Ceraunophobia.
  7. Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces like elevators, small rooms and other enclosed spaces.
  8. Mysophobia – The fear of germs. It is also rightly termed as Germophobia or Bacterophobia.Trypophobia
  9. Aerophobia – The fear of flying. 25 million Americans share a fear of flying.
  10. Trypophobia – The fear of holes is an unusual but pretty common phobia.
  11. Carcinophobia – The fear of cancer. People with this develop extreme diets.
  12. Thanatophobia – The fear of death. Even talking about death can be hard.
  13. Glossophobia – The fear of public speaking. Not being able to do speeches.
  14. Monophobia – The fear of being alone. Even while eating and/or sleeping.
  15. Atychiphobia – The fear of failure. It is the single greatest barrier to success.
  16. Ornithophobia – The fear of birds. Individuals suffering from this may only fear certain species.
  17. Alektorophobia – The fear of chickens. You may have this phobia if chickens make you panic.
  18. Enochlophobia – The fear of crowds is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.Trypanophobia
  19. Aphenphosmphobia – The fear of intimacy. Fear of being touched and love.
  20. Trypanophobia – The fear of needles. I used to fear needles (that and death).
  21. Anthropophobia – The fear of people. Being afraid of people in all situations.
  22. Aquaphobia – The fear of water. Being afraid of water or being near water.
  23. Autophobia – The fear of abandonment and being abandoned by someone.
  24. Hemophobia – The fear of blood. Even the sight of blood can cause fainting.
  25. Gamophobia – The fear of commitment or sticking with someone to the end.
  26. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – The fear of long words. Believe it or not, it’s real.
  27. Xenophobia – The fear of the unknown. Fearing anything or anyone that is strange or foreign.Achievemephobia
  28. Vehophobia – The fear of driving. This phobia affects personal and work life.
  29. Basiphobia – The fear of falling. Some may even refuse to walk or stand up.
  30. Achievemephobia – The fear of success. The opposite to the fear of failure.
  31. Theophobia – The fear of God causes an irrational fear of God or religion.
  32. Ailurophobia – The fear of cats. This phobia is also known as Gatophobia.
  33. Metathesiophobia – The fear of change. Sometimes change is a good thing.
  34. Globophobia – The fear of balloons. They should be fun, but not for phobics.
  35. Nyctophobia – The fear of darkness. Being afraid of the dark or the night is common for kids.
  36. Androphobia – The fear of men. Usually seen in younger females, but it can also affect adults.
  37. Phobophobia – The fear of fear. The thought of being afraid of objects/situations.
  38. Philophobia – The fear of love. Being scared of falling in love or emotions.
  39. Triskaidekaphobia – The fear of the number 13 or the bad luck that follows.
  40. Emetophobia – The fear of vomiting and the fear of loss of your self control.
  41. Gephyrophobia – The fear of bridges and crossing even the smallest bridge.
  42. Entomophobia – The fear of bugs and insects, also related to Acarophobia.
  43. Lepidopterophobia – The fear of butterflies and often most winged insects.
  44. Panophobia – The fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen.
  45. Podophobia – The fear of feet. Some people fear touching or looking at feet, even their own.
  46. Paraskevidekatriaphobia – The fear of Friday the 13th. About 8% of Americans have this phobia.
  47. Somniphobia – The fear of sleep. Being terrified of what might happen right after you fall asleep.
  48. Gynophobia – The fear of women. May occur if you have unresolved mother issues.Koumpounophobia
  49. Apiphobia – The fear of bees. Many people fear being stung by angry bees.
  50. Koumpounophobia – The fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.
  51. Anatidaephobia – The fear of ducks. Somewhere, a duck is watching you.
  52. Pyrophobia – The fear of fire. A natural/primal fear that can be debilitating.
  53. Ranidaphobia – The fear of frogs. Often caused by episodes from childhood.
  54. Galeophobia – The fear of sharks in the ocean or even in swimming pools.
  55. Athazagoraphobia – The fear of being forgotten or not remembering things.
  56. Katsaridaphobia – The fear of cockroaches. This can easily lead to an excessive cleaning disorder.
  57. Iatrophobia – The fear of doctors. Do you delay doctor visits? You may have this.
  58. Pediophobia – The fear of dolls. This phobia could well be Chucky-induced.
  59. Ichthyophobia – The fear of fish. Includes small, large, dead and living fish.
  60. Achondroplasiaphobia – The fear of midgets. Because they look differently.
  61. Mottephobia – The fear of moths. These insects are only beautiful to some.
  62. Zoophobia – The fear of animals. Applies to both vile and harmless animals.
  63. Bananaphobia – The fear of bananas. If you have this phobia, they are scary.
  64. Sidonglobophobia – The fear of cotton balls or plastic foams. Oh that sound.
  65. Scelerophobia – The fear of crime involves being afraid of burglars, attackers or crime in general.
  66. Cibophobia – The fear of food. The phobia may come from a bad episode while eating, like choking.
  67. Phasmophobia – The fear of ghosts. AKA Spectrophobia. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
  68. Equinophobia – The fear of horses. Animal phobias are pretty common, especially for women.
  69. Musophobia – The fear of mice. Some people find mice cute, but phobics don’t.Catoptrophobia
  70. Catoptrophobia – The fear of mirrors. Being afraid of what you might see.
  71. Agliophobia – The fear of pain. Being afraid something painful will happen.
  72. Tokophobia – The fear of pregnancy involves giving birth or having children.
  73. Telephonophobia – The fear of talking on the phone. Phobics prefer texting.
  74. Pogonophobia – The fear of beards or being scared of/around bearded men.
  75. Omphalophobia – The fear of belly buttons. Touching and looking at navels.
  76. Pseudodysphagia – The fear of choking often after a bad eating experience.
  77. Bathophobia – The fear of depths can be anything associated with depth (lakes, tunnels, caves).
  78. Cacomorphobia – The fear of fat people. Induced by the media. Affects some anorexics/bulimics.
  79. Gerascophobia – The fear of getting old. Aging is the most natural thing, yet many of us fear it.
  80. Chaetophobia – The fear of hair. Phobics tend to be afraid of other peoples hair.
  81. Nosocomephobia – The fear of hospitals. Let’s face it, no one likes hospitals.
  82. Ligyrophobia – The fear of loud noises. More than the instinctive noise fear.
  83. Didaskaleinophobia – The fear of school. This phobia affects kids mostly.
  84. Technophobia – The fear of technology is often induced by culture/religion.
  85. Chronophobia – The fear of the future. A persistent fear of what is to come.
  86. Spheksophobia – The fear of wasps. You panic and fear getting stung by it.
  87. Ergophobia – The fear of work. Often due to social or performance anxiety.
  88. Coulrophobia – The fear of clowns. Some people find clowns funny, coulrophobics certainly don’t.
  89. Allodoxaphobia – The fear of opinions. Being afraid of hearing what others are thinking of you.
  90. Samhainophobia – The fear of Halloween affects children/superstitious people.Samhainophobia
  91. Photophobia – The fear of light caused by something medical or traumatic.
  92. Disposophobia – The fear of getting rid of stuff triggers extreme hoarding.
  93. Numerophobia – The fear of numbers and the mere thought of calculations.
  94. Ombrophobia – The fear of rain. Many fear the rain due to stormy weather.
  95. Coasterphobia – The fear of roller coasters. Ever seen Final Destination 3?
  96. Thalassophobia – The fear of the ocean. Water, waves and unknown spaces.
  97. Scoleciphobia – The fear of worms. Often because of unhygienic conditions.
  98. Kinemortophobia – The fear of zombies. Being afraid that zombies attack and turn you into them.
  99. Myrmecophobia – The fear of ants. Not as common as Arachnophobia, but may feel just as intense.
  100. Taphophobia – The fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.