This Never Happens on HGTV

My wife wanted to sell our old house.

“Let’s buy a new one,” she said.

I wanted to renovate our current house.

I found a contractor online who had good Yelp reviews.

He agreed to give me a free estimate.

He put together a quote that seemed reasonable.

I offered him an upfront payment.

As an incentive to get the renovations underway.

He took my money.

He started the work.

He completed most of the demolition.

And then he stopped showing up.

He vanished into thin air.

I reached out to a lawyer.

To see what options I had.

He advise against any kind of legal pursuit.

Said it would cost more than the money I lost.

And then he charged me a thousand bucks.

Now my wife is pissed at me.

We can’t sell our house as is.

And can no longer afford to buy a new house.

Now I’m stuck in that proverbial boat without a paddle

This never happens on HGTV.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (renovate), Word of the Day Challenge (free), Your Daily Word Prompt (incentive), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pursuit), and The Daily Spur (boat).

Share Your World — It’s My Party

Melanie is back with her Share Your World prompt and she’s asked some interesting questions today. Let’s she what she wants us to share this week.

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be for? (Covid considerations are suspended for this question.)

The landscaping and hardscaping in our backyard is almost finished, so once it’s all done, I’d want to invite our family, friends, and neighbors over for a backyard cookout.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

The depends upon the prompt. Some are limited to just 100 words. Some up to 200 words. A few allow up to 300 words. But none, as far as I know, are worth a thousand words.

Where IS Waldo?

Poor, misguided Waldo. Waldo was identified as a participant in the January 6th siege of the U.S. Capitol building by fanatic Trump supporters in their effort to stop the official certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Since being identified by the FBI as one of those who breached the building, Waldo has gone into hiding at an undisclosed location. There is a worldwide manhunt going on to try to locate him and bring him to justice. The FBI is asking for our help and has posted a Twitter message with the hashtag #Where’sWaldo. A significant reward is being offered to the person or persons who can assist the FBI in locating where Waldo is.

What’s the best part of waking up?

I’m tempted to say “Folgers in your cup,” but have you ever actually tried to drink Folger’s coffee. Yuck.Instead I’m going with the first pee right after you get out of bed. Oh what a relief it is.

Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales?

Okay, truth be told, I’m a rather hairy guy. Almost Neanderthal-like. And since I’m pretty much already covered in fur, fur it is and fur it must be.

TMP — Save My Sanity

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. You might think my peeve today is a nit and I should not let it get to me, but it does. So I’m going to leverage Paula’s peeve platform to whine about it.The words “then” and “than” are not interchangeable. They are two distinct words and have two entirely different meanings.

“Then” usually refers to time or sequence. First you make a pot of coffee, then you start writing.

“Then” can also be used as a conditional statement, often as a consequence to show when one thing follows or results from another. If I don’t get my morning coffee, then my whole day is ruined.

“Than” is used when comparing or contrasting one thing with another. I like coffee better than tea.

If you don’t know the difference between these two words, then you should learn what it is.

Because I’d rather read posts from bloggers who use good grammar than from those who don’t.

It’s really not that difficult.

AtoZ 2021 Theme Reveal

In a few weeks I will be commencing my fourth AtoZ Challenge. This is an annual blogging event that occurs each year during the month of April. April has 30 days. Four days in April are Sundays. The English alphabet has 26 letters. Conveniently, if you exclude Sundays, April has 26 days.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten the math out of the way, the idea behind the April AtoZ Challenge is to post every day during the month for this challenge (except for the four Sundays) leveraging the alphabet. So on April 1st, the post should incorporate the letter A. On April 2nd, the letter B, and so on until April 30th, when the post should focus on the letter Z. Get it? Got it. Good.

The purpose of this post is to reveal my theme for your AtoZ Challenge this year. FYI, there are a number of preset categories (or themes) for this challenge that are available when you sign up, which you can do by clicking here. You can choose any theme you’d like, or if you’re like me and don’t want to get pigeonholed into a particular category for your posts because you’re spontaneous and don’t know what the hell you will be posting for this challenge until that same day, you can, as I did, choose “Other and Miscellaneous.” So, in essence, my theme/category is “this, that, and the other.”

Anyway, I encourage you to consider participating in this month-long, alphabetized challenge. It’s fun and, in case you’re going through a case of writer’s block, it gives you something to write about. Just be sure to practice your alphabet and remember to not post for this challenge on Sundays in April.