MLMM Photo Challenge — The County Fair

“Yes, it was a boisterous day, and quite honestly, I’m exhausted,” Dan said to his wife. “It’s a miracle after all that craziness that I can still walk.”

“I know, honey,” Dorothy said to her husband, “but the grandkids had a field day at the county fair. Did you hear their rendition of ‘Saturday in the Park’? They’re so adorable.”

“Maybe so,” Dan said, “but there seems to be an inextricable link between spending time with our grandkids and my aching sacroiliac.”

“Go sit down on your easy chair, old man,” Dorothy said. “I’ll turn on the gas fireplace, go fix you a cup of hot chocolate with a shot of Baileys Irish Cream, and we can sit and watch reruns of ‘Law & Order.’ I’ll bet you’ll be snoring away in no time.”

Dorothy kissed her husband on the forehead, turned on the TV, and went to the kitchen to make him his cup of hot chocolate. She figured the odds were 50/50 that he’d be asleep by the time she came back to the living room. Which would suit her fine.

She put a little extra Baileys in the hot chocolate.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: unattributed. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (boisterous), The Daily Spur (miracle), Ragtag Daily Prompt (field day), My Vivid Blog (rendition), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (inextricable), and Word of the Day Challenge (fireplace).

Throwback Thursday — School Haze

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie asked us ten questions about class assignments.

I’ll do the best I can, but I titled this post “School Haze” because it’s been so long since I was a young student in school that my memories of specific things such as those asked are hazy at best. Anyway, here are Maggie’s questions:

1. What do you remember as the most interesting required reading assignment you had? What class was it for?

While I have only the vaguest recollection of them, I remember reading epic poems, like Beowulf, Tristan and Isolde, and Evangeline, in English lit class and really getting into them.

2. Were you required to write a book report or were you required to give an oral presentation? What do you remember about it?

We were often assigned to write book reports and to get up in front of the class to give oral presentations of our book reports. I actually enjoyed both writing the book reports and giving the oral presentations.

3. What did you consider the worst book or article you were required to read? What made it the worst?

I can’t recall a specific book that we were assigned to read that I’d say was the worst, but if I started reading a book and, for whatever reason, hated it, I’d rely on Cliff Notes or Monarch Notes to get me through it.

4. Were you ever required to debate other classmates? If so, what class was it for? Do you remember any of the subjects and your ‘side’ of the debate?

Yes, I had a few teachers that really got off on pitting student against each other in debates. One teacher in particular would pick two teams of three students each and give us a controversial topic to consider. She’d assign one team to debate in support of the topic and one to debate in opposition. I remember one debate about slavery in America and I was assigned to the team to debate the topic from the perspective of southern property owners. It was really hard, almost painful, to be pro-slavery and to argue about the economical and societal benefits of slavery. I don’t remember which side won the debate, but I do remember which side won the war.

5. Were you ever required to do a science project or enter school science fair? What was your project? Did you do it alone or did your parents help you? If you were graded, how did you do?

Yes, we were pretty much required to participate in the school’s science fairs each year. I did work on some projects — stupid, simple ones like making a “working” baking soda volcano model in a cardboard display with illustrated drawings and information about why volcanoes erupt. I had a few other projects that were more sophisticated, but I’ll be damned if I can recall what they were. Needless to say, I never won any science fair prizes, other that my highly regarded Certificates of Participation.

6. Did you have a Home Economics class or a Wood/Metal Shop class? What types of things did you make?

I went to shop class and worked on projects like making rocking chairs, tables, a cutting board, and other pretty much worthless items. But I did learn how to use a bunch of tools, both hand tools and machine tools. And that has served me well over my lifetime.

7. Did you frequent the library? Was it for class work or for pleasure? What book that you read for pleasure had the most impact on you?

Yes, yes, and I don’t remember.

8. What was your most creative class? Band? Chorus? Art? Drama? Writing? What standout creative project do you remember most?

I suppose art class. I used to think of myself as being very artistic, and even earned the nickname “Doodles” because of my very elaborate doodles that filled the pages of my spiral notebooks. But once I got into art class, I learned that my true artistic creativity was limited to doodling. My attempts at serious art, whether painting or sculpting, were dubious at best.

9. Were you required to write a term paper or an end of year report in any of your classes? Did you remember what you wrote about?

Yes, I had some classes — mostly in high school — where we were asked to write term papers. I think they were social studies type classes, but I honestly can’t recall specific topics.

10. Bonus Question: Did your teachers ever offer extra credit assignments ? Did you do them to help improve your grade?

I remember a few teachers offering extra credit assignments or projects. The only time I ever participated was with Miss North, my 10th grade biology teacher. She was a gorgeous redhead and I had a hella crush on her. So I volunteered for special projects, but more to be able to spend after school time with her than to improve my grade.

WDP — Wild Animals

Do you ever see wild animals?

My wife and I live in a suburb of San Francisco on the East Bay, and we see a lot of animals around our home and neighborhood. Are they “wild animals” like lions and tigers and bears, oh my? Well, they’re not domesticated, that’s for sure. They live in the wild in and around our area and they roam free and forage for food.

These animals include deer, like the one in the picture above taken in our backyard. We also have seen coyotes, raccoons, and even tarantula spiders on our property. But it’s the moles and gophers who bother me the most because they eat our plants and destroy our lawns. And trying to rid our yard of them is like playing real-life whack-a-mole.

Supposedly there are bobcats and mountain lions in the hills around our neighborhood, but I’ve yet to come across any.

Written for today’s WordPress Daily Prompt. I thought I’d give this new WordPress prompt, which started to appear on the Home screen on the iOS app maybe a few weeks ago, a try. The prompt questions seem somewhat unimaginative, but so is my response to today’s prompt. Sorry about that.

The Magician and His Two Beautiful Assistants

The audience was waiting in anticipation for the magic show to begin. They started to applaud when the curtains opened and the magician and his two beautiful assistants came marching out onto the stage.

For more than an hour, the magician, with the aid of his two beautiful assistants, had performed one amazing feat of magic after the other, and the people in the audience were in awe of his talent.

Finally, the magician thanked the people for coming to his show, took a bow, and then, and with a wave of his baton, his two beautiful assistants suddenly started to literally float several feet above the stage and disappeared into the wings on either side.

Everyone in the theater began to hoot, holler, and clap. They all stood to give the magnificent magician a standing ovation and began shouting for more. But by that time, the magician and his two beautiful assistants had left the stage with a flourish in a fantastical disappearing act.

Written for Greg’s Five Word Weekly Challenge, where the words are: baton | anticipation | magic | marching | float

FOWC with Fandango — Inextricable


It’s December 8, 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 “inextricable.”

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.