“I always bet the maximum Ilene… the prizes are so much bigger then.”
“But the money disappears too fast for me then.”
The two women played on the slot machines for almost an hour when Ilene turned to Mable and said, “I just hit a big one! I think it is time to cash out here and hit the buffet before the dinner crowd starts.”
Mable turned to see the payout on Ilene’s machine. It was a nearly $2000 payout. She looked at the top of the machine and said, “See now, if you had bet the maximum you’d have won a lot more.”
Ilene just smiled and said, “I am happy with what I won. No need to be greedy. Now let’s hit that buffet line.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – bet
Gretchen pulled her gloves on and turned towards the door. Her mom was in the other room and said, “Make sure you do the driveway too.”
It was her onus to keep the walks cleared of snow in the winter and she didn’t like it anymore. When she was first old enough to help her Dad clear the walks, she thought it was fun. But she only helped with small snow falls. Today there was 6 inches of wet heavy snow and her Dad was at work.
She finished the last of the driveway and was putting the shovel away, when a city plow went by and pushed more snow into the bottom of the drive. With a sigh she picked up the shovel again and headed back to the driveway.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – onus
“… Ohhho tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy…” The Christmas music played on the radio as she wrapped her first couple of presents. She wrapped and labeled as she went so, she would not forget any gifts. She marked off the names from her list of who to buy for and looked at who was left. It was a little over two weeks until Christmas and she didn’t want to be shopping at the last minute, not with the virus still rampant.
She silently wondered who was going to like their gift best. Hoped everyone would be happy on that special day and then sighed. This would mark the second holiday without her dad and the tenth without her mom. She missed them both so much. But they were still a part of her holiday.
For her Dad she would listen to a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Christmas CD and her mom’s tribute would leave her with tears every time, from the Oak Ridge Boys first Christmas album it was the song of theirs that she loved the bast, “Thank God For Kids.” Mom’s favorite member, William Lee, sang this one. And as a special tribute had added a lyric to the end by thanking God for grandkids too. She cried because she missed her mother so and she had a beautiful daughter that made her so proud every day.
She wiped the tears and turned off the stereo. This ends another day of shopping and wrapping. Now it was time to think about dinner.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – comfort
“Steven, come do your chores and get this trash out of the kitchen. Something in it has become putrid and I can’t stand it anymore.” Molly was standing in the doorway of the kitchen talking to her son.
“Okay, Mom. Give me a second to save my game.” Steven saved his game and he stood up and went to the kitchen. “Whoa! You weren’t kidding when you said it was putrid. What did you put in here?”
“I found a couple of bad potatoes in the bag I just bough Wednesday. Rotten potatoes always smell really bad.”
“You aren’t kidding!”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – putrid
I am so tired of this illness controlling our lives… but that is the bottom line it IS our very lives. I live in a hot spot… a title I never thought I would see in the state of Iowa. We have between 1000 to 3000 new cases every day. Deaths have been hitting record numbers lately. I think the highest was 70 in one day. There is a LOT of rural area in Iowa, it is a farming state. Why are the numbers so high? I don’t understand it. Of course if we had been giving a little assistance, a guiding light from a leader… instead we got insults to China and comparisons to the flu. I see a little light around the corner with the vaccines on the horizon. Please WEAR YOUR MASKS and be safe. Sadly it is not over yet. (Socially distanced) (((HUGS)))
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – succumb
I am here to share a little of my past with you. When I was in high school the movie Fame came out and was followed by the TV series Fame. There was an album put out from that series that I practically played the groves out of the record. For a taste of the music here is the song Hi-Fidelity…
For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – fidelity