Life on an Even Keel

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Life was a bit unreal
Not on an even keel
So from his perch on high
He would say his last good by

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Harold built houses for birds
And wasn't much for words
If the pole was on an even keel
Then he would cut a deal

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Oh my, why did he look down?
It's so far to the ground!

Now his stomach's feeling queasy
Dinner sits uneasy
And life's on an uneven keel!

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OR

He felt down
Knocked to the ground
Life kind of off keel
Given a raw deal

But why a healthy tree?
The beauty that it held
Again will never be

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Grandma gives us a weekly challenge to create a story from her picture using 140 characters/words or less. For extra fun, incorporate her bonus word, which this week is "keel". It's called succinctly yours. Hope you had a great Easter weekend and a blessed week. Mine was awesome. 


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The New Diet Fad

Monday, April 14, 2014



Before this existed 
Emma's sweet tooth subsisted 
On sugar lumps and honey 
And the annual Easter bunny

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Emma was a riot
Always on a diet
She subsisted on little
Trying to whittle her middle.

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Emma's friend insisted
And with her persistence
Soon she too subsisted
Without resistance
On the new diet fad
..Not bad!

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Grandma gives us a weekly challenge to create a story from her picture. For extra fun, incorporate her bonus word. It's called succinctly yours. Hope you had a great weekend and a blessed week. Mine was awesome. 



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Here ducky, ducky

Friday, April 11, 2014






We took Abriele to feed the ducks and geese. We fed them seeds, corn chips and bread. Of course Abriele had to taste everything before she fed them. She also thought she could maybe catch one and pet it. At least that's what it looked like when she was chasing the poor surprised creatures. Finally she calmed down and allowed us to watch them feed. 

This post linked to OYGIF. Enjoy your weekend!!

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Kangaroo Love

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Callie was careless
Thought she could care less
Her stomach was turning
And her heart yearning
To see Carl again
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Signs posted everywhere
It was more than she could bear
His image burned into her heart
She yearned from the start...
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Still fresh in mind
Was the one left behind
The one for whom she yearned
So to his sign she returned...
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Have you been to Grandma's lately? She share a delightful challenge called succinctly yours. She offers a photo and we get to create a story using her image and the provided bonus word. This week's bonus word is "yearn" and the photo is pictured above. Just to make it a little more fun out of it you are to use just 140 characters/words or less. How LOW can you go?




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Red Alert

Sunday, March 30, 2014


The sister of Dennis 
Was quite a menace 
The terror of dolls 
And kittens alike
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Oh my!” said Aunt Mae
Filled with dismay
Five minutes to curtain call
Now how do I stall?
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She told the painter
To clean up when done
She would have him fired
If he wasn't her son!
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Thank you Grandma for another challenge!! She calls it succinctly yours. I call it fun. She provides the photo and we are allowed to use 140 words/characters to tell the story. The bonus word this week is "menace".




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She Could Handle it!

Sunday, March 23, 2014




Cake decorating
She dabbled a bit
A cute cupcake?
She could handle it

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A child is filled with glee
At the magic year of three
You bounce them on your knee
And make their world sugary..

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Part two

Then you send them home
To unsuspecting parents
Who you warned to behave
While they were coming up
But they wouldn't think of it!

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Grandma offers a weekly challenge called succinctly yours. She offers a photo and our challenge is to provide a story befitting her illustration using 140 characters/words or less. To make the challenge just a bit more interesting she tosses in a bonus word; to use or not to use... This week our bonus word is "dabble". Well, how low can you go?

Have a fantastic and blessed weekend!!




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Muddy Shoes

Sunday, March 16, 2014


He was loath to admit 
It was time to quit 
Racing not his forte 
Especially today 


16 words 76 characters

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He loathed the blues
And wouldn't choose
To be in his shoes
His muddy shoes

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He was loathe to submit
He couldn't quit
So he sucked it in
And tried to grin
It couldn't rain
Every day
Could it?
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Grandma hosts a weekly challenge called succinctly yours. She provides a photo and offers us the opportunity to see "how low we can go"? Well what's keeping you?



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Identity Crisis

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Wow! This little girl is identical to me!

8 words/41 characters

OR

Look down here
and what do I see?
A little girl
Identical to me!

14 words/61 characters

Pretty girls
Golden curls
Both identical
But only 1 is real

11 words  / 56 characters

Counting with the aid of a word counter and participating in Grandma's weekly challenge. She supplies the photo and a bonus word. We are challenged to write a story of 140 characters/words or less. She calls it succinctly yours. I call it fun. lol How low can you go?



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Kicking up your Heels!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

She knew her shoes 
Didn't get there on their own 
But would she have seen them 
If she wasn't playing her xylophone?
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I wonder how those shoes got up there
Said Sandra as she lifted her eyes high
Blowing into her xylophone
Watching the clouds roll by
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She glanced from the paper to the sky
Memorizing spelling words
Like xylophone
Was a sure way to make time go by.
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Grandma offers a weekly challenge called succinctly yours. Her picture displayed above should illicit a story from you of 140 characters/words or less. She even offers a bonus word to make it more fun. This week it is xylophone. Take her challenge! How low can you go? I used Design 215 to aid in my character counting. 

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Jibber Jabber

Sunday, February 16, 2014



He taught her pantomime 
Tiring of her jabber 
She enjoyed the mime 
And hoped theater 
Would have her. 
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Hands of black
Heart of gold
If only she didn't jabber
All she was told...
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There was a girl
Her name was Jabber
Her Daddy was Grabber
And Mama, Blabber
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My Microsoft word is giving me  headaches, so I resorted to using Design 215 for character counting. I just couldn't pass up Grandma's weekly micro-fiction challenge called succinctly yours. It's always fun and the diversion is awesome. Grandma asks that we participate using her photo as inspiration and create a 140 word/character short story. Join Grandma and show us how low you can go. The bonus word this week is jabber. 

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