The Rooftop Garden

DA93E711-420C-4AFC-B329-034F713A25C3“Would you like to see the rus-in-urbe we just completed,” Arlene asked her friend Betsy.

“Your Russian ruble?” Betsy said.

“Ha!” Arlene said. “No, our rus-in-urbe.”

“I’m unfamiliar with that term,” Betsy admitted. “What is it?”

“To be honest,” Arlene said, “Not too many people are knowledgeable about that turn of phrase, so don’t feel bad. It refers to a city garden that is constructed in order to provide the illusion of a rural countryside.”

“And you and Richard made such a garden?” Betsy asked.

“Yes, up on our roof deck,” Arlene said. “I’ve been hoarding a variety of seeds and bulbs to use once Richard designed and built the garden. We planted the seeds, bulbs, and some bushes we bought last fall and now, just in time for spring, they are flowering. Come, I’ll show you.” Arlene grabbed Betsy’s hand and led her up the stairs to the roof deck.

“Oh my God, Arlene!” Betsy exclaimed when she saw the garden on Arlene’s rooftop deck. “This is stunningly beautiful. I had no idea.”

Arlene beamed proudly. “It is, isn’t it? And guess what? The local paper is doing an article highlighting urban gardens and a reporter and photographer are coming over later this afternoon to include our little rus-in-urbe in their article.”

“Well aren’t you the illustrious one?” Betsy said, giving her friend a big hug.


Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt, where the words are knowledgeable and unfamiliar. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (rus-in-urbe), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (order), Your Daily Word Prompt, (hoard), Swimmers (time), and Word of the Day Challenge (illustrious).

Signs of the Times

33CC6FA8-FE4E-458A-9A32-CB31DE3BDC40“Do you think it will work?” Liz asked.

“Why wouldn’t it?” Stan asked.

“Well, for one thing,” Liz said, “we don’t have a dog. We have a cat.”

“But nobody knows that we don’t have a dog,” Stan said. “So between the ‘Beware of Dog’ sign and the motion-activated sounds of a vicious dog barking whenever anyone approaches our door, I think it will serve the purpose.”

“I hope so, Stan” Liz said. “There have been a lot of break-ins in the neighborhood lately. Maybe this will bring some peace and harmony around here .”

“I do have a backup plan, Liz,” Stan said. “In fact, this might be an even better idea.”

“What’s that?”

“It may rumple some feathers, Liz, but if the dog warning sign doesn’t work, this one just might do the trick,” Stan said. He reached down and held up another sign.424969B9-611E-4073-8A03-F590AD3C87EE


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (beware), Ragtag Daily Prompt (hope), Word of the Day Challenge (harmony), and Your Daily Word Prompt (rumple).

100WW — The Middle of Nowhere

901FEA02-40AF-413E-8B7F-FEBA3D6CA557“Shit!” Erin exclaimed.

“What’s the matter, Hon?” her husband asked.

“There’s no internet out here,” she said. “I just took a spectacular photo with my iPhone and I can’t get a goddam signal to upload it to Instagram.”

“Of course there’s no signal out here,” Fred said. “We’re in the middle of nowhere.”

“I want you to delate Mother Nature for failing to blanket the planet in internet connectivity,” Erin whined.

“I pledge to you, Erin,” Fred said, “that the lodge we’re staying at tonight has WiFi.”

“Oh thank God,” Erin said. “You’re like my knight in shining armor, Fred.”

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (delate), Word of the Day Challenge (pledge), Your Daily Word Prompt (knight), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (WiFi).

3TC — Life is Beautiful

78CAA603-830D-40B3-B54F-4752EC812E10It doesn’t matter if it’s nocturnal or diurnal

It doesn’t matter if it’s rain or shine

It doesn’t matter if you’re healthy or you’re sick

If it’s raining, put on your raincoat

If you’re throat is sore, take a lozenge

Because it’s really all about the mission

It’s really all about taking action

You need to pursue any opening

To live your one and only life

As something you should treasure

Because life is beautiful

And when your time has run out

It will be too late.


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are lozenge, mission, and raincoat. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (diurnal), Word of the Day Challenge (action), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (opening), and Your Daily Word Prompt (treasure).

Picture Perfect

8F53D112-AB26-4B16-91D3-7A47BA11058A“Just a nip here, a tuck there, perhaps just one more alteration and I think we’ll be done with your prom dress, sweetie,” Janice’s mother said.

“I think something is missing, Mom,” Janice said.

“And I know just what it is,” her mom said. She left her daughter’s room and returned a moment later with the rhinestone necklace her ex-husband gave her for an anniversary present. She place it around Janice’s neck, stepped back, and said, “You look absolutely regal.”

“Jonathan!” her mother called out to Janice’s younger brother. “Come see how pretty your sister looks in her prom dress.”

Jonathan came into the room, moved up close to his big sister, and standing right in front of her, he said, somewhat sarcastically, “Picture perfect.”

Janice took a step back, wiped her cheek with the back of her hand, and said, “Eww, Jonathan, say it, don’t spray it.”


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (alteration), Word of the Day Challenge (missing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (regal), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (spray).