Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
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Thursday, June 24, 2021

WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY 06-23-2021

 


This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    


This week the words are


thundering hooves

shuffled

velvet

appropriate

comforting

returned


and/or


milkshakes

hat

green

knitting

drawn

choice

 

 MAMA'S REBELLION by Granny Annie


Mama was in the kitchen.  The screen door had opened and slammed shut for the hundredth time.  She felt her head pounding as the thundering hooves of the children returned. Mama did not like to yell at the children.  She normally had a velvet voice but for once a harsh tone seemed appropriate.  "Back outside!" Mama demanded, making an unusual booming sound.   She shuffled to the back door and locked both the screen door and the wooden door behind the children.  They pounded on the door to be let inside. She wondered if it might be more comforting to let them in and for her to go on a walk.

 

Mama turned off the stove burners and put the dinner on hold.  She grabbed her best green hat and now had a choice. Would she take her knitting and go to the park or should she wander to the drugstore and have a milkshake? She smiled as she felt drawn into her first bit of rebellion.



Tuesday, June 22, 2021

HAPPY TUESDAY/FUN TUESDAY 06-22-2021

 

    One of life's mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a person gain 5 lbs.

    The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat are really good friends..

    Amazing! You hang something in your closet, for a while, and it shrinks 2 sizes!

    Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' .....Now, I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name, and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat..

    I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day! 

     







     

Friday, June 18, 2021

FELINE FRIDAY AND FRIENDLY FILL INS

 

Five years ago Luke went missing for two weeks.  He finally returned and here is Slim welcoming back her best friend.

 

 

FRIENDLY FILL INS
1. If I could trade places with someone for a day, I would trade with _______.
2. I would like to own a _______________ some day.
3. I can’t stand _________ this time of the year.
4. _________ is my favorite thing about this time of the year.

 

 Talk about the North Pole...

If I could trade places with someone for a day, I would trade with Santa Claus.

I would like to own a sleigh with reindeer some day.

I can't stand any heat this time of the year.

Ice-Cold is my favorite thing about this time of the year.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

WISHING FOR MORE

Ordered Guinea fowl eggs online. The adults are not good parents.  They wander away from their eggs and even from the hatched chicks. Rarely do they come wandering out of the high grass with new born keets.

 

We placed that batch of eggs under one of our big broody hens.  She hatched them and protected them for quite a while.


Here are the baby keets enjoying food and water.  Marbles are placed in their drinking water to keep them from drowning.  Same thing as with baby chicks.

Expectant adult guinea fowl pace, awaiting the time the keets are turned over to them.  Until that time, the mother hen will not let them near.

Now it is time for the young teenagers to join the few adults.  We were so hopeful for this growing confusion.  (That is what you call a group of guinea fowl.)


This all happened five years ago and now we are down to two guinea fowl.  The chicken hawks, the owls and the bald eagles have eaten them and some cars have run over them.  It is a difficult job to raise these birds.  When the last two are gone, I probably won't start another confusion. However these African birds are wonderful for eating bugs, killing snakes and blaring out a loud warning when intruders are in the area. They announce visitors before the dogs do. I hope my kids will want to raise guinea fowl when they build here.  They are definitely talking about chickens and goats.  I will be happy to have those farm animals near me again.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY 06-16-2021

 


This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    


This week, the words are


lustrum (a period of five years)

purification

provide

lullaby

manorhouse

salvage


and/or


draconian

boreal

eggs

rubbed

pans

smoothed

 

JENNIFER AND AUGUSTUS by Granny Annie

 

Jen and Gus had moved north.  This home was left to them by Jen's grandparents.  It was a very cold place to live and even colder as Jen could feel chills, hearing a soft lullaby  constantly wafting through the walls.  Gus was happy his wife had inherited the place but Jen did not have such great memories of her visits there.  She had begged Gus to simply sell the place.

 

The area held tall tales of morbid history. The legend was back even further than the lustrum Jen and Gus had lived there. It had to do with a purification ritual known only to heirs.  The manorhouse  sheltered  all the ancestors of Jen's family.  

 

Gus loved how he could provide furniture for Jen from the items in the house.  He loved to salvage the attic of their home as well as the surrounding barns.


Perhaps it seemed quite draconian to many that the house appeared to be haunted. It was difficult  for Jen to think otherwise.  The creepy age old beauty was nestled in such boreal surroundings of birch, popular and conifers. Gus loved plodding through the snow.  Jennifer hated both the outside and the inside of their new confines.


Jennifer opened the refrigerator and took out some eggs.  She grabbed the pan from the cabinet.  Jen rubbed her hands as she smoothed and tried to warm them.  Gus would be home soon and expect a hot meal awaiting him.  Then Jen heard the sound she feared.  The time had come for her to join the ancestors.  It was a good thing Gus liked it there and maybe he could end the haunting.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

HAPPY FUN TUESDAY 06-15-2021

 

(I hope there is time to post some funnies for you today.  Rushing to take my truck to the repair shop.  Will probably have to spend most of my day there.  I hope not.)

 

 

I went to school to become a wit. Only got halfway through.











Wednesday, June 09, 2021

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY and WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY

 



This month, the WFW prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    


This week's prompts are:


amber

alabaster

bow-legged

extensive

seesaw

kill


and/or


lighthouse

market

cloudy

pigeonhole

goldmine

mute

 

PRETTY LITTLE AMBER EYES by Granny Annie

Harry Mitford was bow-legged and had alabaster skin. He was ridiculed all his life because of his strange vampire appearance. Because of his leg shape, the only equipment on the play ground he could enjoy was the sees-saw but rarely found anyone to sit on the other end. One day Rachel appeared at recess. He had not seen her before and was immediately captured by her amber eyes. She saw him staring at her. Rachel crossed the extensive playground and walked toward Harry. “May I join you?” she ask in a soft voice. Harry could barely squeak out his reply, “Sure”. He knew that from this day forward he would do anything for this girl, even kill for her.

The first body was discovered in an abandoned goldmine. Detectives had been searching for this missing young man for weeks. His name was Philip Roach and has last been seen by a schoolmate Harry Mitford at the local market. Philip had been beaten and stuffed in a small recess like a pigeonhole in the mine.

The second body of Brian Bennett was found at the base of the lighthouse. He had been missing months. Both detectives went mute when they learned the last person to see Bennett was Harry Mitford. It was a cloudy day when they went to question Harry for a second time. He readily admitted to his crimes. He had to end the lives of these young men because they had tried to take Rachel's place on the teeter-totter. It made perfect sense to Harry.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

HAPPY FUN TUESDAY -06-08-2021

 

 It's time for Happy Tuesday with Sandee at Comedy Plus 

 

I was wondering why music was coming from  my printer. Apparently the paper was jamming.

 

I have learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking about making some more.

 

How to cook crack and clean a crab. Step one: use commas.

 

 









Sunday, June 06, 2021

STILL NO TIME FOR GNOME STORIES

PART 5 OF GNOME STORIES WILL CONTINUE MUCH LATER.  DON'T FORGET ABOUT FRED AND MAXINE, JODY, JULIE, JUNIPER AND BABY JOSH.  WITH KIDS MOVING HERE MY TELLING HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD.

Friday, June 04, 2021

FELINE FRIDAY 06-04-2021

 




PLUS THE FRIENDLY FILL INS

Here are this weeks questions:
1. ___________________ creep (s) me out.
2. I could use a refresher class in ______________.
3. Life would be much simpler if _________.
4. I would like to _______, but first I have to _______.

1. Noises in the attic creep me out.

2. I could use a refresher class in overcoming fear.

3. Life would be much simpler if I could take a look in the attic.

4. I would like to go up there, but first I have to lose enough weight not to break the ladder.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY 06-02-2021

 

This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life. 

This week's words/prompts are:

shindig

Hootenanny

shemozzle

Heiress

banana

Barricade

and/or

light

Tough

Coffee

Nightmare

Curved

Christmas

HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Granny Annie

Elizabeth's siblings had planned this shindig. It would not be a hootenanny but they knew she would love the whole shemozzl. Elizabeth was not an heiress of any major fortune, but she was a beloved heiress of a wonderful family that loved her.

She wasn't sure what to eat before the party, so she just grabbed a banana to keep her stomach from growling. This should barricade the gurgling sounds that always invaded her empty stomach.

Elizabeth saw the light shining under the restaurant back room door. It was going to be tough for her to pretend she didn't know about the surprise. The invite had been for coffee at the cafe with a friend. Hopefully her seeing the light in the private dining room wouldn't cause a nightmare for her siblings after all the secret planning.

She wound down the curved hallway and truly jumped with real surprise when the door swung open. This gathering turned out to be a party as great as a Christmas gathering. Her entire family was in attendance, including her parents who rarely traveled away from their home. But this youngest child's 75th birthday was an important occasion.

 

 



Tuesday, June 01, 2021

HAPPY TUESDAY FOR FUN 06-01-2021

 

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty. 

 

We have had a LOT of rain.  Chickens are adapting.