Microfiction Monday and other odds and ends

Welcome to Microfiction Monday,
where a picture only paints 140 characters.


Susan at Stony River has begun a Microfiction Monday wherein participants write a story in 140 characters based on a particular image that Susan has chosen for the day.  Design 215’s Character Counter helps keep track of the number of characters. It’s a fun exercise. I tend to be too wordy, and this helps me pare things down to the essentials while trying to keep it interesting and creative as well.

The picture for today and my take on it:

“I’m sorry I dropped you in the puddle, li’l kitty, but you’ll be all warm and dry and fluffy soon. I wonder if I should use a dryer sheet?”

You can visit Susan’s for other stories based on this photo. It’s neat to see the different things people come up with!


“In other news….”

Thank you for your sympathies in my post about things breaking down. 😀 The first couple of things listed there had already been taken care of, but I just included them because they were fairly recent. My husband worked on the microwave and discovered a loose wire that he was able to fix — and he thoroughly cleaned it out while he was at it. He’s sweet as well as handy. 🙂 And he told me the wireless mouse had different channels. Who knew? Probably everyone but me, but changing the channels worked. Then the downstairs DVD somehow started magically working when I pushed the “Open” button on the remote, when it hadn’t been working before, and I got a new purse which had a little side pocket for my cell phone, a feature I’d been missing. We had thought the dead car dashboard might have been a blown fuse, but unfortunately it seems to be something more complicated. I have a “distance to empty” setting on a little display above the rear-view mirror that tells me how much gas I have left, so I am doing ok without that gauge — but not knowing how fast I am going makes me nervous. And poor Jane Eyre is still stuck in the upstairs DVD, which is probably sending the poor dear into a frenzy with her history.

And the sun came out over the weekend! And it didn’t snow as forecasted for Saturday, which I was very glad of since I had much to do that day!

And Jesse’s JV basketball team won again Friday night!

So things are looking up in my little world. I know ultimately happiness depends on the heart and not the circumstances, but I do enjoy good circumstances. 😀

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

15 thoughts on “Microfiction Monday and other odds and ends

  1. We do think a like, but different too.
    My kids have ,at one time or another ,have tried to clean their pets in unusual ways!
    Loved your story,I ddn’t think of a dryer, and a dryer sheet for softness! Great job! Love it.

  2. Poor Kitty, I hope she is dried on Delicate Cycle, or she’ll come out of the Dryer like one of the Kitties from the Warner Brother Merrie Melodies Cartoons.

  3. Awwwww… I LOVE your microfiction today! That is just sweet!

    I’m so glad to hear things are lookin’ up! Hey! Have you ever read the book Hinds’ Feet in High Places? Our ladies group did a Bible study on it a few years ago. It’s cute. It’s an allegory – which I don’t normally like — but this one was pretty obvious and so I “got” it!

  4. Oh no Kitty, run, run!! LOL What pets endure from their kids is just endless.

    I’m glad that some of the breakdown issues are sorting out (I laughed out loud at poor Jane Eyre—I hope the inside of the DVD player isn’t *too* like the Red Room!!) and congratulations to Jesse!

  5. Yes, use the dryer sheet! Can you imagine the static cling problem if she didn’t? Try to take the poor, fluffy kitty out of the big, bad metal dryer and getting electrocuted! :0

    Fun story!

  6. LOL…I love this story. What kids think of. Well done. I’m glad Jesse’s team won Friday…WOOT! Excellent story again. Have a great week ahead 🙂

  7. We had a cat that DID get in the dryer. My mom had put a load in, turned her back, and I guess he got in. On her way back upstairs she saw she had dropped a sock, so she went back down to toss it in, opened the door and out shot the cat!

    He’s also the one that got into the trash and ate the turkey string — the lifter thing.

    He didn’t live very long because he had some kind of genetic problem, but he managed to pack a lot of adventure into a short life. His name: TROUBLE!

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