Stick to Your Knitting

5D9B98F6-E8D8-41F7-80B4-239B624ED153Vivian sat quietly knitting a sweater for her grandson in the corner of the activity room of the home for seniors.

Charlene, a member of the facility’s senior care team, walked up to Vivian and reminded her that they were about to start the bingo game. “Keep your voice down,” Vivian whispered. “Are you trying to wake up the dead, you little sprig? I’m not deaf, you know.”

Charlene lowered her voice. “I was just trying to see if I could get you to be sociable with your friends here in the home. You’ve been very standoffish lately, Vivian.”

“We’ve been down this road before, Charlene,” Vivian said. “I have no friends here and I have no interest in being sociable with any of those old fogies, most of whom already have one foot in the grave. I’d rather just sit in my corner being inconspicuous. What I really need is one of those Potter kid’s cloak of invisibility.”

“Why must you always be such an obstinate bitch, Vivian?” Charlene asked.

“Charlene,” Vivian said, “being an obstinate bitch is the only reason I’m still alive at almost ninety.”

“Fine, Vivian,” Charlene said, throwing her arms into the air, “I tried. Just sit here by yourself and stick to your knitting if that’s all you want to do.”


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (knit), Ragtag Daily Prompt (wake), Daily Addictions (up), Nova’s Daily Random Word (sprig), The Daily Spur (road), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (inconspicuous), and Your Daily Word Prompt (obstinate).

Weekly Song Challenge — Evil, Spooky, Disney

60A25535-5237-4C1A-8A60-109A5196E9B9For this week’s Weekly Song Challenge, Laura has asked us to post three videos — song about something wicked or evil, a Disney movie song, and a spooky song.

Her rules are:

  • Copy rules and add to our own post, pinging back to her post.
  • Post music videos for our answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people anyone who wants to participate!

So here goes.

1. Post a video of a song about wickedness or evil.

2. Post a video of a song from an animated Disney movie.

3. Post a video of a song that is spooky.

Okay. Your turn!

Share Your World — Of Gratitude, Attitude and Car Parts

SYWMelanie, the host of Share Your World, promised us a lighter challenge this week after her rather dark/grim Share Your World questions from last week. And she delivered.

What makes you laugh?

These days, not enough. But the antics pulled off by our dog and cat often bring a smile to my face. Also, Stephen Colbert.

What’s the world coming to? (Credit to Mel of Crushed Caramel.)

An end. 

In one sentence sum up the Internet.

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car?

A new car is a NEW car. No matter how many parts you replace in you old car, it will never again be a new car, although I guess you can claim it’s “as good as new.”

Gratitude is an attitude. Yea or nay? Explain your viewpoint please!

I think gratitude and attitude are separate things, albeit they can be related. What do I mean by that? Well, gratitude basically means being thankful. It’s experiencing a feeling of gratefulness, thankfulness, appreciation, and acknowledgement. Attitude means the nature, opinion, and perspective towards things and people. Depending upon what the the subject is, I can have a good attitude or a bad attitude. So bottom line, gratitude is always positive, if genuine, but attitude can be either positive or negative. 

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #26

FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for this week’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Joe Roberts at DeviantArt.com.AA7EBB3D-D71F-4575-A894-CFADFA6CAEC8If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge. And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Inconspicuous

FOWCWelcome to August 12, 2019 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 “inconspicuous.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

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