Photo by Flo Dahm on Pexels.com

Peter Carlson stepped lightly from the Paris hotel where he had just had an important business meeting. He tucked a document securely into his inside jacket pocket, and tapped it twice for good measure before hailing a taxi.

The real estate deal he had just completed brought back memories of his first so long ago in New York. He had been a young man then with only his college tuition money to his name, but he risked it all on that first big buy. He had never looked back.

Now he was on his way back home to the Jiffy Lube, of which he was franchise holder. This Paris deal was going to complete his portfolio. He couldn’t wait to hang the deed to the Eiffel Tower next to his certificates for the Brooklyn Bridge, Mount Rushmore, and the Leaning Tower.


Photo Challenge #351


Sunday Writing Prompt 

“Let’s have pizza,” Rich suggested, knowing fully that she hated anything that even hinted at cheese or Italian.

“We could do Chinese. I could really fancy some kung pao prawns,” Sarah said.

I bet that’s not the only thing she’s fancying right now, Rich said snidely in his own mind. “No, we had Chinese last week,” he said allowed.

“Well, I really can’t face pizza, it’s always too greasy and you know I hate basil and oregano.”

Well to bad, Rich thought. You can’t possibly hate it any more than you throwing yourself at Will Dayton at the party last night. “Hmm, let’s just stay in and have sandwiches then.”

“But there’s nothing here for sandwiches except cheese, and I already said I don’t want cheese or pizza,” she replied. “Besides it’s date night. We really should go out.”

“Where then if not Pizza or Chinese?”

“We could just go clubbing and snack as we go,” she suggested.

Just so you can chat up more guys, Rich thought. “Okay, sounds good,” he said after a pause. Two can play at this flirting game, he thought with aflush of excitement.


Sunday Writing Prompt

Distance Learning

Still Life, School, Retro, Ink, Table, Desk, Study

Gigi assembled her planners, her calendars, her pens, pouches, and post-its before her on the desk and stood over them like a general surveying maps. Useless, she thought to herself. If she were indeed a general she would have called a retreat. What good was all this stationery in a world of e-Learning?

Pushing it all to one side, she opened her laptop and scrolled to find the tutorials for Google Classroom and Google Forms. She also cleared away some clutter from behind her desk to give a more professional background to Monday’s upcoming “live” lesson. It was going to be a long weekend, and General Gigi now knew how Napoleon must have felt at Waterloo.



First Line Friday


AlexandraSophie on Deviantart

Amid the fields as quail I did seek

I chanced upon a fairy – fast asleep

She was wrapped quite snuggly within her nest

So I skirted round to give her rest

My compassionate action did not go unobserved

I was spied by her mother as I swerved

Suddenly a flock of plump quail did rise

And my net was filled before my eyes

My gesture thus rewarded I headed for home

Though I never again saw fairies as I did roam


Photo Challenge #348

January Greeting

New Year, Calendar, 2021, Typography

The festival annual has come and gone

With wishes of well-being and joy

May this annum from the start

Find you secure and of good-heart


Fan Favourite Challenge #1 – SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead. Your words for the fan favourite challenge are:

  • year x x
  • health x
  • happy x x
  • safe x
  • beginning x

Keeping With The Times

“What, were you expecting a cauldron?” Peggy asked with a chuckle as she and her neighbour Helen walked into her immaculately kept stainless steel kitchen. Helen had moved in about a month before and the pair had chatted over the fence a couple of times. Helen had been struck by her new neighbour’s dress sense, really Gothic she had thought. But now for the first time Peggy had invited her into her home.

“I really wasn’t sure what to expect,” Helen mumbled.

“No worries, have a look around if you like, while I feed Mr Tibbles,” Peggy replied.

Helen looked at the shelf of alphabetically-arranged bottles bearing labels such as Bat Wings and Choke Weed. Each one was in a familiar shaped glass container with industrially printed labels with the logo and branding – Mccormick Speciality Spices.

“Do you mean you get this from Tesco’s next to the cinnamon?” Helen asked astonished at the sight.

“No, no, they have to be ordered from a catalogue. I think there’s one in the top drawer next to you if you want to have a look. And there’s the cat taken care of, so do you want me to brew something up for you?”

“Um – like a love potion or something?” Helen asked unsurely.

Peggy laughed. “I guess that could be arranged, but I was thinking more along the lines of a tea or a coffee.”

“Oh, sorry. Tea please. White and one sugar.”

“Coming right up,” Peggy said with a smile. “A love potion? So tell me about him?” Peggy teased.

Helen flushed and then said, “Just some guy at my new job.”

“Uuuh, tell me more,” Peggy said placing a steaming mug next to her new friend.

“He’s cute, and oh, you know,” Helen said blushing again.

Peggy walked back into the kitchen and took four of the bottles from the rack and set them on the counter. She then took the cover of a Ninja Multi Cooker.

“What are you doing?” Helen asked.

“Getting you that love potion,” Peggy said with a mischievous grin. “With the super cooker it will be ready in no time.”


First Line Friday: “What, were you expecting a cauldron?”

Worlds In Your Hand

Annija Veldre

It’s time to value your education

Take every opportunity to learn

Remember that things like reading

Are not activities to spurn

For knowledge leads to wisdom

And wisdom helps you to grow

And there will always those around you

That will value the things you know

Remember too that employers

Hold the clever in high demand

And with a little education

You can hold whole worlds in your hand


Photo Challenge #347


Dishes, Dishwasher, Dirty, Kitchen

T ‘was the night after Christmas and all through the house,

Some moaned with full bellies, and others were soused.

Piles of wrapping paper were scattered here and there,

The sound of electronic gaming was more than I could bear.

As I gazed upon piled dishes and to my despair

None were going to help me, as if they weren’t there

Saint Nick and his helpers now back at the Pole

Really don’t see their aftermath or know its toll.

This good natured humbug is brought to you by Padre

Have a happy Christmas

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Armor, Coat Of Mail, The Middle Ages, Uniforms

The dice tumbled and the table leaned forward with held breath.

Three months of adventuring had led to this moment. The party was now on the brink of obtaining untold riches.

Rania (Alice Martin) the Thief had just moved to the door of the treasure chamber and inspected the lock.

“This will be simple,” she said confidently shooting a smile at the rest of the party.

“Be careful,” Dillonian (Henry Dillon) the Mage warned.

“I’m always careful,” Rania retorted. “I place a wedge at base of the door and gently slide it in to avoid vibration. I then use my listening cup to monitor the mechanism as I insert my pick.”

“Make an ability check,” the Game Master (Will Fox) instructed.

“Um – Nat One,” Alice said with obvious distress in her voice.

“Rocks fall, you all die,” Fox said coolly. “Again next week?” he said stuffing a Dorito into his mouth.


First Line Friday: The dice tumbled and the table leaned forward with held breath.