#WDYS — If You Build It…

I wanted it to be a work of art. Not just any old bird house, but the equivalent of an opulent five star luxury hotel. And why not? My prospective occupants would be the crème de la crème of the feathered wing society. Nothing but the best for them.

I expected these magnificent birds to flock to my nest. But I was disappointed that, even after a few weeks, no fine feathered friends showed up. Where did I go wrong?

But imagine my surprise and delight when I woke up one morning, checked the nest, and found four eggs within it.

I took a picture of the eggs and sent them to an ornithologist friend of mine. He said that those eggs most likely belong to a common quail.

Common quail? Well, I’m going to be a great host, even if my feathered guests are mere commoners!

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Tivasee @ Pexels.

Weekly Prompts Wednesday — Mini Me

I’m a big Mini fan.

Okay, yes, that may sound like an oxymoron, such as “jumbo shrimp.” But it’s not l. By saying I’m a big Mini fan, I don’t mean I’m a diminutive person who is a fan of, say, an athletic team. I’m actually a regular-sized person who is a fan of a number of sports teams. But I’m also a big fan of Mini Coopers, the British-made cars now owned by the German automotive company, BMW.

My wife and I, back in 2008, bought two Mini Coopers. She got the very sporty John Cooper Works Mini convertible and I got the very practical Mini Cooper Clubman, a slightly stretched version of the regular Mini Cooper hardtop. Then, in 2012, we bought a Mini Cooper Countryman (pictured below), a small SUV model, which we loved.

Alas, we are now Mini-less, as we decided last year to migrate to an electric car. At the time, Mini Cooper did not offer an electric model. In fact, even today, the only fully-electric Mini is the smallest model, the two door hardtop.

We are happy with our non-Mini Cooper electric car, but if Mini ever decides to launch fully-electric version of its Countryman model — which today is available in a plug-in hybrid model, but not all electric — we would seriously consider becoming Mini owners once again.

Written for the Weekly Prompts Wednesday challenge, where the word is “mini.”

FOWC with Fandango — Casualty


It’s August 25, 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 “casualty.”

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.

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