Sunday Photo Fiction — Favorite Cartoon Characters

1786A868-8383-4A1E-ADD6-3FC5C406C94AThe old lady had a reputation for always offering a helping hand. Unfortunately, she was a lot less mobile these days than she used to be and, therefore, had to prioritize how she spent her charitable time. But rather than allowing her disability to be a source of angst, she decided that, instead of going out into the community, she would invite people into her home.

She had always been an artsy type, and was able to put her skills to use by selling her crafts, for which she would charge just enough to cover her costs.

For Halloween, the old lady would always decorate her home with ghosts, skeletons, and cobwebs. She would invite local children to go out to the meadow and select pumpkins to bring back to her place. She would ask them each who their favorite cartoon character was and, much to their delight, would create a pumpkin in the image of that character.

Sadly, this was the old lady’s final Halloween, as her age finally caught up with her. But in her honor, the town renamed the community center after her and folks continued her tradition of making cartoon character pumpkins for the children.

(199 words)

Written for Susan Spaulding Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Rick Spaulding.

Also written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (prioritize), Word of the Day Challenge (angst), Ragtag Daily Prompt (home), Scotts Daily Prompt (charge), Your Daily Word Prompt (cobweb), and Daily Addictions (meadow).

It’s An Honor To Be Nominated

Sadje, who blogs at Keep It Alive, was nominated for the Liebster Award, and was kind enough to include my blog as one of the eleven other blogs she selected to pass the nomination on to. I have declared my blog to be an “awards-free” blog, but I nonetheless appreciate it when someone takes the time to recognize my work. So while I won’t be “paying it forward” by nominating others, I will happily answer the questions Sadje posed to those she nominated. Here goes.

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is people who ask me what my biggest pet peeve is. No, just kidding. It’s actually people who are too ignorant, too apathetic, or too lazy to vote.3D26B26E-4FA9-4201-9EC0-625F2AFEAE2C

2. Where did you get your name?

My parents gave it to me. Oh wait, do you mean my blog name? It’s Fivedotoh (5.0) because this is my fifth blog since I first started blogging in 2005, as I explained here earlier this month.

3. If you could change your name, what would it be?

My real name, my blog name, or my blog pseudonym? Actually, I’m happy with all of my names.

4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?

This is a tough one since I was a kid for a good 12 or 13 years and the TV shows I liked when I was four or five versus when I was 12 or 13 were very different. I guess if I had to pick one show, it would be “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.”873F8E81-714F-472E-9773-CBF6FF8EB35D

5. Do you have any weird habits?

Define “weird.” I don’t think I do, but one person’s normal might be another person’s weird.

6. Do you like fall scents/tastes?

I like the scent of fires (in fireplaces or fire pits; I’m not a pyromaniac for crissake). But I’m not a fan of what is referred to as fall or autumn veggies, like pumpkins, squash, etc.1FC58D28-857F-484F-AB7C-EAAC156DB9CB

7. What is your favorite holiday and why?

My favorite holiday is any holiday that gives my two adult kids a day off from work so that they are able to spend some time with my wife and me.

8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?

My handwriting is illegible even to me, so I’ve gotten into the habit of typing everything from grocery lists to reminder notes to my blog posts on my iPhone’s virtual keypad. Yes 

9. Netflix or cable?

Comcast in my area offers Netflix as part of its cable lineup, so I get both.

10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?

It’s a three way toss up between traveling, writing, and doing absolutely nothing.

11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My extraordinary good looks, my sharp wit, my keen sense of humor, my intelligence, my creativity, and, above all, my modesty.

FOWC with Fandango — Prioritize

FOWCWelcome to October 28, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “prioritize.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.