No Happy Ending

In the beginning of their relationship, Sally thought Greg was the best thing since sliced bread. She was sure they were soulmates and she told all of her friends how lucky she was to have found him. But three years in, she had to concede that there were problems.

She discovered that Greg had a very short fuse and a petulant nature. Nothing she did was ever good enough. For example, if she gave him orange juice made from concentrate, he would throw a hissy fit. And then there was the gut-wrenching time that he hit her in the face and gave her a shiner because he thought she was too provocatively dressed at a dinner with friends.

Sally became very depressed and turned to alcohol to help her cope with her unhappiness. But her drinking got out of control and she ended up being arrested for drunk driving. That’s when Sally’s family and friends held an intervention. Their objective was to make sure that Sally got the help she needed to stay sober and to convince her to leave Greg.

She ultimately did leave Greg, met a man at an Alcohol Anonymous meeting, and married him. Unfortunately, they both fell off the wagon and there wasn’t a happy ending.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (beginning), Your Daily Word Prompt (concede), Word of the Day Challenge (petulant), Ragtag Daily Prompt (orange), My Vivid Blog (concentrate), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (gut-wrenching), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sober).

Fibbing Friday — Duck Soup

Di (aka Pensitivity101) and Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. This week is Di’s turn and she is all about ducks.

1. What do Donald and Daffy have in common? Both of their names start with the letter D.
2. Drake is to Hen as Cob is to…
3. How many eggs can a peacock lay?
Depends upon whether she wants them scrambled or fried.
4. If you’re out for a duck, what’s happened?
You’re likely to get hit in the head with a golf ball.
5. What is the collective noun for a group of ducks?
A quacker.
6. What is the fastest duck (can reach speeds of up to 80mph apparently)?
Mario “The Duck” Andretti.
7. Why do ducks drink water through a tube in their bill?
So they don’t get lockjaw from drinking polluted water.
8. What is the largest breed of duck?
The Duckasaurus.
9. Why do ducks have three eyelids?
To keep the water out of their eyes when they dunk their heads to fish.
10. Why do we say ‘like a duck out of water?’
It’s a phrase used to describe what happens when the tube in a duck’s bill it uses to drink water gets clogged.

It’s All In My Head

I had an acid flashback last night
The whole thing gave me quite a fright
There was an exorcism as part of a Mass
Everyone was having a gas, gas, gas
Jumpin’ Jack Flash’s severed head on a dish
And like a roasted pig over a spit
A pear was stuffed in its mouth
It was time to get out of the house
As the exorcism was getting out of hand
Even the priest called for it to end
Perhaps it was all just a nifty dream
Or so perhaps it did seem
I think it was all in my head
And now it’s time to go back to bed

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (flashback), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (exorcism), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (gas), The Daily Spur (dish), My Vivid Blog (pear), Woed of the Day Challenge (nifty), and Thursday Inspiration (head and the silhouette above).

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — July 22nd

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 22nd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on July 22, 2017.

May Your Life Be Filled With Likes


An irritating tap, tap, tap on his shoulder awakened Stanley from his dormant state. Without opening his eyes or looking up, he practically screamed, “WHAT?!”

“Stanley, you’re asleep at your desk.” Stanley sat up abruptly upon hearing the voice of his boss. “Are you not getting enough sleep?” his boss inquired. “Are you ill?”

“No, no. I’m fine.”

“Then why are you sleeping at your desk?”

Stanley let out a deep sigh. “I have a wife and kids who are always demanding my attention. I have a dog and a cat that need to be tended to.” Stanley looked up at his boss and continued. “I have books to read, TV shows to watch, meals to eat, personal hygiene to take care of, and sleep to get.”

“Yes, Stanley, we all have those demands on our lives, but you also have this job,” the boss said. “And we need you to be awake and alert when you are here at the office. We need you to do your job.”

“But I also have my blog,” Stanley said, plaintively. “I have posts to write, comments to respond to, and other bloggers’ posts to read and comment on.”

Stanley’s boss couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

“So I stay up late most nights,” Stanley explained. “Sometimes the whole night,” he continued, “to keep up with my blog.”

“I can understand that, Stanley, and I appreciate your honesty,” his boss said. “So I’ll tell you what. I’m going to make it easy on you. You’re fired. This way you can spend all the time you need to pursue your blog, which is clearly your priority.”

“What? Wait! No!” Stanley wailed in protest.

“I’ll have Helen from HR call you, Stanley’s boss said. “May you life be filled with likes, Stanley.”

This post was written for today’s one-word daily prompt, “Dormant.”

FOWC with Fandango — Sober


It’s July 22, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “sober.”

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. Please 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. Show them some love.