Friday’s Super Short Stories!

When the temps are in the 30’s and you are wondering if you slept through Spring, Summer and Fall! 

When music brings you sanity … well at least partial sanity! 

Finish this sentence. “I have never ever …. !” Name something that you never have done, that perhaps a lot of people have. For each response I will name something I haven’t done, and tell you if I did what you named. 

The Golden Arrow

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Little Caleb was hard at work. He was drawing his boat that was out on the sea. He wanted to make sure to get every detail just right. Caleb always liked Thursdays when he could stay after school, drawing  on the chalkboard, letting his imagination flow.

The Golden Arrow was making its very first voyage. Caleb had made sure to have all the provisions that he would need for the journey. He had 5 bananas and 5 Golden Delicious  apples, for Mommy always said that fruit was good for him. A box of chocolate chip cookies, because they were his favorite and 2 boxes of Teddy Grahams. He couldn’t forget his gummy worms either. He had 3 boxes of them. Peanut butter and jelly was his favorite type of sandwich, so he made sure to pack 6 of them. Nothing like Skippy crunchy peanut butter and grape jam. He also brought along a pack of 10 juice boxes, 5 packs of red fruit punch and 5 packs of red grape juice.

Caleb loved his ship. It was a fiery red color with 2 golden yellow arrows painted on each side of the ship. In case of anything breaking on the ship or the ship springing a leak, he had brought along a roll of duck tape. Daddy had always said that Duck tape fixed everything.

Yes, Caleb was all set. He was heading West to see new sights and discover new lands. Oh No! A storm was must be brewing, the waves were getting higher and he felt his boat shaking.

“Caleb honey… its time to wake up, your Daddy is here. That’s a great picture that you drew.”

Caleb was lying on the floor, with the chalk still in his hand. He opened his eyes to see Miss.Marjorie smiling at him with her hand on his shoulder.  He rubbed his eyes as he looked at his teacher. “I was sailing on the wild sea Miss. Marjorie, I really was. Do you want to hear my dream, but first do you have any chocolate chip cookies?”  Caleb took Miss. Marjorie’s hand and continued chatting as they walked out of the schoolroom.

A Tasty, Accidental Recipe!

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So I may be going a little crazy! How do I know? We were sitting at the dining room table eating supper, when my son asked why there were sweet potatoes in the dish I made. He said there were no sweet potatoes in the recipe that I had shown him last night. I said yes, there was.  He went and got the cookbook and showed me the recipe.  Well it turned out he was right! I turned the page and there was a recipe with sweet potatoes in it. I turned back and looked at the other recipe and started laughing. Somehow I had made a meal using 2 recipes without knowing it, using about half of the ingredients from one recipe and half from the other. The good thing is that my family agreed that they liked it! So it was a WIN! I wish I could say that my ingenious mind thought of the idea of using both recipes and that it wasn’t  an accident. But hey sometimes accidents can turn out to be a good thing!

Is there a time when you have done something by accident that turned out to be a good thing? Feel free to share below.

I would like to share that the 2 recipes I made my dish from were from a wonderful cookbook by blogger friend Lynn from https://lynzrealcooking.com/2020/03/11/strawberry-jelly-roll-recipe/

Her cookbook is called “Mom Plus Nine Cooks” and has very tasty recipes in it. If you enjoy Middle Eastern food you will be delighted and there is American food in it as well. The 2 recipes I used were Bangladesh Potato Curry and Sweet Potato Curry.  We have been enjoying the recipes from it and I would love to invite you to give it a try, though I recommend that you try only one recipe at a time! Its available off of Amazon, just one click away.

 

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Have you made bread yet? With this pandemic, more people are baking and apparently bread is one of the more popular things being made. I made blueberry bread last week and today I plan to make Amish Cinnamon bread. I am already imagining the taste of it hot and fresh out of the oven. If nothing else, it will make my kitchen smell good while baking.  What is a favorite scent of yours?

Right now I would love to breathe in the smell of the salty air at the beach! Breathe in your favorite scent, whether you have to use your imagination, or perhaps its the cup of coffee in front you. Let it bring a smile and then sit back for a moment and enjoy these quotes!

 

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No More Running …

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She took another sip from her glass. It was so nice to be here, she thought, as she breathed in the salty sea air. Finally she could stop running. The feeling of peace had escaped her for so long, but now it at last had found her.

It had been quite the journey for her to get here. She had some heart stopping moments, thinking surely she wouldn’t be able to escape, but she did. She made it to her own little paradise. No one would find her here, not on this remote island.

When she first came she laid really low, kept to herself, but now she was feeling confidence build up inside her. She thought she may venture out into the only town nearby. Finding herself running out of necessary provisions really gave her no choice. She knew she had to venture out.

Shaking off any lingering thoughts of doubt, she let peace envelope her. This was her home now. This place was so far off the beaten path, she would be fine. She highly doubted that anyone in this town would have heard about her in the news. Stepping into her boat she started to row. All she had to do was  remember her new identity. Tanya was her name now. Anna was no more.

 

Alabaster’s Surprise (Part 2)

If you missed Thursday’s post, here is a link to Part 1. Alabaster’s Surprise

Everyone was in good spirits! Santa had promised a special surprise that afternoon and they couldn’t wait to see what it was. There had been some rumors about what it might be, but no one knew for sure. Well no one, except for Alabaster, Jinx and Snowball. They had even managed to keep the surprise from Jangle.

Jinx and Snowball apologized profusely to the Easter Bunny when he finally stirred in the snow. It had been some tense moments for all of them as they had wondered if he would be okay. Snowball was sure to point out to the Easter Bunny that it hadn’t been  him operating the sleigh. Jinx rolled his eyes at him and Alabaster just shook his head as  Snowball said that he really hoped he would still get some of his delicious peanut butter eggs! They all helped gather up the eggs that had been scattered in the snow and loaded up his basket. They were able to slip him into Santa’s house without anyone noticing. Santa was very glad to see the Easter Bunny, but he did wonder why he was limping.

They were all sitting in Santa’s house sipping some hot  cocoa. Snowball told the Easter Bunny to just sit back and relax that he would get his Hot Cocoa for him. He grabbed a stool for the Easter Bunny to prop his leg up on.

“Here is your Hot Cocoa with some whip cream on top.” Snowball said, as he handed the mug to the Easter Bunny.

“Thank you kind…Ooo!” The Easter Bunny yelled, for Snowball had accidentally kicked the stool with his leg making it move and causing the Easter  Bunny’s leg to hit the floor with a thud!

With a red face Snowball quickly put the stool back in its place and gently lifted up the Easter Bunny’s leg again to lay on the stool.

Once Snowball had sat back down, Jinx quietly said to him, “I wouldn’t count on getting any peanut butter eggs, if I was you.”

Alabaster had been close enough to hear him and he chuckled, for he knew he would get the eggs that he wanted. After all he was the one that had helped Santa get the Easter Bunny to the North Pole. He had suggested to Santa that they surprise everyone with a visit from the Easter Bunny, but Santa wasn’t sure they could get him there. Alabaster did his research and Santa was very impressed with the flight route that Alabaster had mapped out for the Easter Bunny. Everything had been going so smoothly, until the final stretch when they met up with Jinx and Snowball’s wild sleigh!

“Jinx, are you all ready?”  Santa asked.

“What?” Now it was Jinx’s turn to turn a little red. He had missed what Santa said while talking to Snowball.

“Do you have your game ready for the other elves?”

“Yes!” Jinx replied, with a smile. “Its all prepared, the elves just have to play a guessing game, and if they guess correctly they win an extra special egg.”

“You didn’t make the questions too hard, did you?”asked Santa.

“Who, me?” replied Jinx with a gleam in his eyes as he rubbed his hands together and smiled.

Santa laughed. “Well then I think we are all set! Lets go and get this party started!”

The elves cheered in surprise delight when the Easter bunny appeared.

Jangle was wondering if he had a fever and was delusional when he saw the Easter Bunny.  He was too stunned to say much when the Easter Bunny handed him an egg , but when he bit into the coconut cream egg, he knew he wasn’t dreaming!

Everyone had a good time, and were so thankful for the yummy goodies that they had received.

Alabaster was delighted with his special black coffee eggs. Jinx got black jelly beans and Snowball was very relieved to receive his peanut butter eggs.

When the time came for the Easter Bunny to leave, Alabaster was starting to feel a little sick from all the black coffee eggs he had eaten. Jinx volunteered to take the Easter Bunny back to the airport but the Easter Bunny suddenly became very pale when he heard that. Jangle thought of the perfect idea, why not have Dinosauris fly him back. Santa thought that sounded like a great idea and Dinosauris was more than willing to help out the Easter Bunny, for he was a very nice dragon.

All the elves gathered around to see him off, as he hopped up onto Dinosauris back and soared up into the clear, blue sky.

Everyone agreed that the Easter surprise from Santa and Alabaster was a great one! Jinx and Snowball had tried to keep the sleigh ride incident quiet, but word got out about it. They all just shook their heads, glad that the Easter Bunny wasn’t seriously hurt. Plus they all agreed that when Alabaster, Snowball, Jinx and Jangle were involved with anything, one just never knew what may happen!

 

 

Alabaster’s Surprise

The room was full of chatter as everyone had gathered in the dining room for a special Saturday Breakfast, by Chef Salvo. He was making each of them a special dish, so they all had to patiently wait, but his meals were always worth the wait.

Jinx and Snowball were the last ones waiting, and their stomachs were starting to growl. Alabaster looked at them and smiled as he said, “Are you sure Chef Salvo didn’t forget about you two?”  while putting a nice juicy bite of sausage in his mouth, washing it down with some strong black coffee.

“No! He couldn’t forget about us!”, they replied with confidence, but Snowball was beginning to wonder. It did seem to be taking extra long. More time passed and Jinx was thinking of going back to the kitchen to see what Chef Salvo was up too, when out he came.

He was carrying 2 platters and he was apologizing as he walked towards them.

“I am so sorry that your platters are late, my friends.  I had written down everyone’s orders on special sheets of paper so that i wouldn’t forget them. Somehow I got my words scrambled and messed up with yours. Sorry again for the wait, I hope you still enjoy it!”

Jinx and Snowball assured them they would. The meal was very good. Scrambled eggs and sausage with some donuts on the side was Snowball’s order. Jinx had a soft boiled egg with some biscuits and gravy, and a fruit salad.

They finished up and then asked Jangle and Alabaster if they wanted to go take some spins on Dinosauris. Jangle was up for it, but Alabaster said he couldn’t for he had other plans. When they asked what they were he just gave a coy smile, said they would see and walked out the door whistling a happy tune.

The others looked at each other. “Well, I wonder what is up with him?” said Jangle. The others nodded their heads in wonder too, and then left to take a ride on their favorite dragon.

Alabaster was still whistling as he got to his little house and started getting ready for his adventure. He was excited about Santa trusting him with something so important, he sure hoped that nothing would go wrong.

Meanwhile the rest were having fun with Dinosauris who was zipping through the sky. After the 3rd ride, Jangle was a little unsteady on his feet and decided that he needed to go back home and rest some. Snowball and Alabaster agreed with one look at his pale face.

“What do you want to do now?” asked Snowball. “We have a couple hours until Alabaster is gong to reveal his surprise.”

Alabaster had found them earlier and told them he would be gone for awhile but that he would be back in a couple hours with his surprise.

“What about a sleigh ride, we should be back in plenty of time.” Jinx said, so off they went to get ready to go on a little sleigh ride adventure.

Jinx was going rather fast around the corners and Snowball was egging him on to continue.

As he went around one sharp corner, Snowball said, “Wow! Good one, Jinx!”

Jinx turned to face him and put up his hand to give him a High five.

Thud! The sleigh hit something big and bounced up in the air for a little way, before it landed back down in the snow on its side. Jinx and Snowball fell off into the snow.

“What did you hit Jinx?” asked a dazed Snowball as he stood up brushing himself off.

“I have no… wait, what is that sound?”

They looked in the direction of the sound  and were shocked to see Alabaster running towards them yelling.

“Do you guys know what you just did?” said Alabaster jumping up and down while waving his hands in the air.

Jinx and Snowball looked at each other, and back at Alabaster.

“Well, we hit something but we are OK, so why do you sound and look so agitated ?”

Before he could answer, they took a closer look around them, seeing colored eggs scattered all over the snow.

“Where did all these…?”

“You ran over the Easter Bunny!” shouted Alabaster. They all gasped, as they noticed him lying just a couple feet away from them not moving.

“Is he.. is he…. dead??’ Snowball asked. They all stared, not saying a word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Those Who Hurt …

Last week a post started forming in my mind, but I didn’t write it. It was sad story about a little boy.  The words were forming in my head, but I couldn’t write it, for I have been trying to keep people smiling through this pandemic. Today the story came again, so I thought about it more and decided to post about the subject, but in a different way.

Many of us have had our routines totally turned upside down, we are working from home, or we are not working at all. We are scared about the economy and how this pandemic will affect it. Our kids are home, and we may suddenly find ourselves being their school teacher. We may have Seniors who we realize may not have the privilege of walking across the stage to get their hard earned diploma. For us sentimental Mamas that can be a little hard to swallow.

The thing though that has been heavy on my heart, and in my prayers, is the lives of young children. Lives that for these children may have went from being bad to being horrible, in a blink of an eye, due to the quarantine.

Many children are now facing being in an abusive home 24/7. What about the abusive parent who now finds themselves without a job, who do you think may take the brunt of their anger?  Yes, these children have been suffering before the quarantine, but at least they had school to go to as an escape. They had a safe place to go 5 days a week. They saw a teacher that may have given them the only hugs that they ever received. A teacher that made them feel special and important. Friends that kept them going. A lunch lady that served them hot food with a smile. Simple things, but things that made a huge difference in the lives of these children!

We may miss seeing our friends and family. I know I do, but at least I am quarantined with those I love. I am quarantined at a place where I feel safe. Be thankful! Be thankful for what we can so easily take for granted. Be thankful, and please say a prayer for those who aren’t as fortunate, for those whose stomachs are in knots as they possibly hide in a corner of their room. For not just the children, but for adults who may be cowering in fear as well. It is a sad reality, let them not be forgotten.