The Princess


She was the runt of the litter

Too small to live on the farm

She could barely climb the stairs

To reach the food dishes

My daughter begged me

“Please can we save her”

“She is too tiny to be outdoors”

“I promise I’ll take care of her”

I gave in

I caved at her cuteness

And in no time

I was wrapped around her paw

Now we call her the princess

And we would be lost without her


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – litter

Mumbles … stage

Last week was a great week thanks to one special night.  My sister and I went to a concert.  It was for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  We were lucky enough to get tickets front and center and man what a show!  The stage was set for the seven-man band complete with a Christmas back drop.  Once those lights went on and the music began, I was hooked.

They played a mix of classic and original Christmas tunes along with some of their hits.  I was blown away by all the music, but the horn section that played the night away had such phenomenal talent.  The most interesting thing I learned that night was the seven members are all the original members of the band from 27 years ago.

After the show, all of them sat down at a table and greeted and signed autographs for those who stayed.  I purchased their newest Christmas CD and had it signed.  And it has some great music on it!  I will leave you with a little taste of their music.



Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – stage

On The Road To Disaster

The car sat idling on the shoulder of the roadway.  Betsy was trying to use an old-fashioned map to find her route and it wasn’t going well.  Mike leans over and says, “Just let me check my phone it will be faster.”

Betsy shook her head and said, “This is supposed to be a no electronics weekend.  I hate to give up already and fall back on the Google Gods.”

“It really is no big deal Betsy.  I will just check the map online and then we can get to our hotel before dark.”

“Just please give me five more minutes to try to locate.  287th street.  Please?”

“Okay, five more minutes then I am turning my phone on.”

Betsy began to concentrate on the map again.  Suddenly she pushed her finger down on the map and said. “Found it!  We only have about a mile to go and we will be back on the highway.  Then it is just a matter of about 20 minutes, and we will be there!”

Signaling she returned to the road.  And took what would be the worst drive of her life.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – map

Kansas City Barbecue

Sheryl sat down and opened her menu.  After scanning the page, she looked up and asked, “Okay Brett, what are burnt ends and why would anyone want anything that is burnt?”

Brett sat across from her at the table and drew a deep breath, “They are not really burnt, just smoked.  They are just a part of the beef brisket that is trimmed off.  It is a staple for a real barbecue joint.  And I can tell you the burnt ends here are melt in your mouth good!”

Sheryl said, “That settles it then.  I will try the burnt ends.”


(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – barbecue

Mumbles … Task

I have a list.  I find I have to make them more often now.  I mark down tasks and errands I want to get done.  Often, I don’t finish a list in one day.  Last night I made a list for today and I got all but one thing done.  Not too bad.  So, now I have three things on my weekly list.  I will get one of them done tomorrow before I see my therapist.  I need some kind of holiday stamps and more love stamps.  That will be easy.  The other two tasks are a bit more time consuming – making my Christmas cards and cleaning the house for our company coming on Sunday for our late Thanksgiving dinner.  And some where in the middle of all that I need to catch up on my blog posts and those that I follow.  I have been fighting some strong fatigue this week and just haven’t been able to get near enough done when I sit down to write at night.  So, my next task is to publish this and move on to more blogs to read.  Have you gotten all your tasks for the day done?


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – task

Words Like A Knife

I sit here quietly

While you talk

I feel like a school girl

Sent to the principal’s office

You inflict your pain

A word at a time

Warping my mind

Making me feel worthless

I did this wrong

I did that wrong

I am the reason

For everything bad

But I won’t hear it anymore

I stand up and move to the door

And hold it open

For you to leave


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – inflict


I have a secret

Hidden deep inside

One that could ruin us

I have a secret

I will never tell

It would hurt you too much

I have a secret

I cannot divulge

Because it is mine to hold

I have a secret

I will take to the grave

For it gets me through rough times

I have a secret

Do you have one too?


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – divulge

Are You Feeling Okay?

“Your blood pressure is a little high and your pulse is rapid.  Are you feeling okay?” The nurse stood putting numbers into the computer and glanced back at me.

“I am a little anxious, but nothing that far out of the ordinary,” I said as I sat on the examination table.

“Okay, I will make note of that and the doctor should be in soon.”  The nurse signed off on the computer and left the room.

The doctor entered the room and logged onto the computer.  “How are you feeling Miss Whitmer?”

“I am doing alright, anxiety is a little higher today, but I have had worse.”

“Well the nurse said your pulse was a little rapid, ah yes, here is the number.  It is a little elevated today.  No chest pain or shortness of breath?”

“No, this is as routine a visit as I can do.”

“We will check your pulse again before you leave just to be on the safe side, okay?”

“Works for me.”

And the next thing I knew, I woke up in a hospital bed connected to lots of machines.  I guess my pulse was too rapid.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – rapid