Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Saturday, January 21, 2017


A manuscript of short stories by Granny Annie
(Written as bedtime stories for my children in the 80's)


How dare they appear now?  It was May.  If they were June bugs they should have waited until June to make their annual debut.  They reminded Clarence of huge bumble bees.  He hated bees.  He hated all insects.  He drove to town from his secluded country home and listened to the damned bugs bombard his car like machine gun fire. 

Clarence could not remember another year as bad for the nuisance bugs.  His rain barrel was full of them.  They clogged the guttering on his house.  They struck his window screens and were embedded in every tiny hole.  Clarence spent his evenings tracking down the few bold bugs that dared enter his home.  It was thrilling entertainment for Clarence to sit and slowly pull off their wings and legs and then smash them and watch their bodies burst like overstuffed balloons.

Clarence parked in one of the many available spaces in front of Pilgrim's Bar.  He waited for the bugs to clear like a person would wait for the rain to ease.  They buzzed and swirled in the lighted parking lot.  Clarence took a deep breath, covered his head  with one arm and kept the other arm free to wave away the bugs as he rushed through the door.  The obnoxious bugs crawled on the floor inside the bar. 

Jake Stafford called a welcome to Clarence. Clarence only grunted, "Can't ya do somethin' bout the bugs in here?" Instead of bothering to respond, Jake simply placed the first of many beers in front of Clarence.

As Clarence drank he watched the dance floor.  The sound of June Bugs crunching beneath the dancer's feet seemed to grow louder than the music.

When it was time to close up Jake and one of his buddies poured a wasted Clarence into his car.  They knew the drunk would sleep it off in the parking lot tonight.  They put the keys in the sleeping man's pocket so Clarence would be able to find them easily in the morning.

The night was calm and quiet except for the intermittent thumping of June Bugs hitting the old white Buick.  One by one they began to attach themselves like glue to the battered vehicle.  A passerby would have mistaken this car for brown.  June bugs covered and crowded every inch.

Jake told the police that Clarence' car was gone when he opened the place at 11:00 the next morning.  He naturally assumed Clarence had awakened and driven home.  Jake never imagined Clarence and his car would disappear, never to be seen again. 

Patrons of Pilgrim's Bar still speculate about the disappearance.

EAGHL © 2017


Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I am responsible for Words For Wednesday in January.  It is to challenge you with random words to create a story or poem.  If you choose to participate, add your story in the comment section or, if you post on your own blog, let us know where to find what you have written in the comment section.

Here are the words for January 18, 2017

Honest, worth, another, parallel, fan, intention
Blue, electricity, cash, outrage, potential, memory

Here is a picture you may include as a part of your story if  you wish.

 Now go to comment section and read stories and poems by River, Tabor, Granny Annie, Lee, Elephant's Child, Only Slightly Confused and a second story by River (posted on her blog Drifting Through Life)

Monday, January 16, 2017


Question Of The Week, 01-16-2017

What was your best moment in 
the past year, 2016?

(Comments are added to this page after you post them.  Thanks for your responses.)
Blogger Lynn said...
Seeing the photo of my newly engaged niece - so happy now after so much heartbreak before.
4:49 AM
Blogger Granny Annie said...
I have too many family moments of rejoicing to list. I do have one surprising moment outside of family and that was learning one of my digital art paintings will appear in a book that is in the process of being published now.
5:27 AM

Blogger Tabor said...
Best? Hard because being with my grandchildren is always a joy. I made some new friends and that was good!
7:11 AM
Blogger Changes in the wind said...
Getting up at 2:00 am and seeing on my phone Trump won.
7:55 AM
Blogger Olga Hebert said...
Not to sound too woo-woo, but I try to find gratitude for every moment. Of course, sorry changes, I lost in that effort when I learned the tweeter elect had won the election.
8:10 AM

Blogger only slightly confused said...
just another good year of retirement and reasonable health
8:42 AM
Blogger Jan said...
so many good moments, impossible to choose
8:52 AM
Blogger Brig said...
Lots of good things in my immediate family, and Trump won!
9:41 AM
Blogger Louvregirl said...
Congratulations to you Granny Annie! That is awesome! :-)

Mine might be...having (needed) insight come to me about my relationship with my own self and with my (own) family.

10:32 AM
Blogger troutbirder said...
Having shared so many positive moments with my spouse in spite of the struggle against Alzheimer's.
11:26 AM
Blogger Lisa said...
Sitting beside my 8-year-old grandson playing video games when he just spontaneously said, "I love you Nana." Yeah, that was the best moment of the year.
1:35 PM
Blogger Elephant's Child said...
Hard to pin a moment down. I am surrounded by beauty and am grateful for it.
2:55 PM
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...
Can't find just one but every morning I wake up is pretty special.
3:43 PM

Blogger Lee said...
Oh, boy! That's a hard one. I probably had 365 of them, I suppose. Each morning when I woke up!
9:51 PM
Blogger Snaggle Tooth said...
Visiting with ALL my sibs this September at Marshfield beach. It had been years!
3:37 AM
Blogger River said...
Finally giving in and having a hearing test and finding out I'm not going deaf after all, my hearing is close to normal and I don't need hearing aids. More recently my health insurance paid the full cost of my new reading glasses.
4:04 AM

Blogger Munir said...
One of your arts is going to be in a book? Wow. This is such an exiting moment.

Spending time with my grand kids and talking to them is something I always look forward to.
7:23 PM
Blogger The Happy Whisk said...
Oh my gosh, Too many to mention, 2016 was an excellent year! Even with being sick.
10:44 PM