A Shot of Laughter

Arthur peered down the hall. The coast was clear. Breathing a sigh of relief he ambled down the hall towards the game room. He felt like playing some shuffle board.

“There you are! I been looking all over for you.”

Charlotte was all smiles when she bumped into Arthur as she was coming out of another resident’s room. She hooked her arm around his and Arthur mumbled something under his breath.

“What did you say Arthur?” Bending her head towards him, she fluttered her green eyes at him. “Do you want to whisper sweet nothings into my ear?”

Arthur groaned. Not noticing his groan Charlotte told him how they should go to the square dance class together.

Nurse Julie was walking down the towards them and she noticed the look of desperation on Arthur’s face.

“Oh Arthur glad I found you. Come witb me so I can give you your shot.”

“A shot!” Arthur’s eyes got big.

“Yes, I need to do it now and then you will have to lie down for an hour afterwards.”

There was confusion written all over Arthur’s face and Charlotte looked crestfallen.

“A shot now? If you have to rest for an hour afterwards you will miss the square dancing class!”

His eyes suddenly brightened, and he saw Julie’s slight wink.

Putting a hand over his mouth he mumbled to Charlotte that he was so sorry but he has to listen to Nurse Julie!

Charlotte sadly let go of his arm and then saw Richard. “Richard, do you want to go….” Poor Richard looked frantically around for an escape.

Arthur grabbed Nurse Julie’s arm as they headed to her office.

When they entered her office Arthur’s eyes were dancing with delight. “That was great! I owe you one!”

“Roll up your sleeve, please.’

“Wh-what! You were joking about the shot, right?”

“Well you don’t need to sleep for an hour afterwards. Now roll up your sleeve please. ”

Arthur searched her face for a glimmer of a smile or a teasing gleam in her eye but she suddenly had become so serious.

“But. .but…I don’t like shots ..why do I neeed a shot…what is …”

“I don’t have time for your questions, old man.”

She reached into her pocket pulling out the largest needle Arthur ever did see!

Nurse Julie rolled up his sleeve, and then dissolved in laughter at the panicked look on his face.

When Arthur realized that it was all a joke he blew out a sigh of relief. Turning to Nurse Julie he said, “That was mean!” but there was a twinkle in his eye. ‘You are good! Of course I knew the whole time that you were fooling ”

Nurse Julia laughed, “yeah sure you did! Should I go tell Charlotte you can square dance now?’

Giving her a sheepish grin, he quickly walked out of her office to go play some shuffleboard. He could hear the echo of Nurse Julie’s laughter the whole way down the hall.

Tuesday’s Thoughts

In case you all wondered where Tuesday’s quotes were, here they are at last. Today wasn’t a regular Tuesday, but it was a good day. One of the things I did was soak up Vitamin D on a long walk with my sister in law and niece. Now with the people that plan ahead and do drafts when a day comes up thats different from usual they are still prepared. Than you have the people like me … Enjoy the quotes and I hope you got to enjoy some sun today.






If you are too young you won’t understand this.


The best “kitty litter” around!!




No, my walk today wasn’t on the beach but that day is coming!


The Great Escape

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He smiled to himself while taking a seat beside his next victim.

“Did you bring the money?”


“Just slide it over, noone will see.”

The newspaper shook some.

“Hurry up please, I have more stops to make and I have to get back to my cell before they notice me missing.”

The newspaper suddenly dropped on the ground and the person was gone in the blink of an eye.

Laughing out loud, Arthur bent down to pick up the newspaper and waited for someone else to come by.

It didn’t take long until he saw someone walking his way. Quickly he put the newspaper in front of his face.

“You are late! I said 11am sharp and its 11:01.”

The gentleman sitting beside Arthur got a confused look on his face.

“Hand it over.”

“Hand what over? Sir, I don’t know what you are talking about!”

“Oh No, you are one of them!” Arthur kept the newspaper in front of him hiding his wide smile as he spoke.

“One of who?” The gentleman was so confused now and half afraid. Standing up he shook his head and walked away.

Oh this was fun, thought Arthur. It sure beat sitting in his cell.

Thinking of what line he would use next the lady’s voice took him by surprise.

“Hand it over.”

Recognizing the voice his heart sank. He lowered the newspaper just enough to peer over it.

His eyes met Nurse Julie’s piercing eyes and raised eyebrows.

“What are we going to do with you? Mr. Appleton was throwing a fit this morning when he couldn’t find his golf cart!”

“The keys please.”

Reluctantly Arthur handed them over. It wasn’t all a loss, he had managed to stay out longer this time before he got caught.

Arthur did like Nurse Julie and he didn’t want her mad at him.

“I was only having some fun. How many times can one be expected to play Bingo. Plus that crazy Charlotte lady always sits beside me and talks my ear off! Not to mention that she must pour a gallon of perfume on herself!”

Laughing, Nurse Julia took Arthur’s arm while they walked to the golf cart. “She is sweet on you!”

Arthur groaned.

“Can we swing by the Dairy Queen, before you take me back to my cell?”

“Arthur! Stop calling it a cell! You aren’t at a jail. Its the Golden Oaks Home.”

“Whatever” he said, with a teasing glint in his eye. “Now about that icecream..”

Julie laughed, “You are impossible, you know! What flavor do you want this time?”

The Feuding Birds

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“How long do you think they will stay mad at each other?”

“Who knows! You know how stubborn they both can be.”

Gilda the goldfinch sighed. Her husband was right. Tilly and Milly were indeed stubborn.

The sisters drove all the other birds crazy. Sammy and Susie flew away yesterday. They were headed South. Gilda had expressed surprise for it was still summertime.

Sammy looked at Tilly and Milly and Gilda had her answer. She saw the glare in Sammy’s eyes. They had been squawking so loudly during the night, no one could sleep!

Thankfully they were quiet now, giving each other the silent treatment. The other birds were relieved, thinking how silence really was golden.

“Hi Gilda! So what are Tilly and Milly are worked up about now?” Brie the bluebird flew down to sit next to Gilda.

“Didn’t you hear all their fussing last night? How could you not know?” Gilda’s eyes widened in surprise, she had assumed that everyone knew why they were feuding. They hadn’t been quiet about it.

“I wasn’t here last night. I flew over to Benny’s nest.” There was a gleam in Brie’s blue eye.

Gilda was happy for her friend, she figured it wouldn’t be long before their two nests became one.

Sadly Brie had lost her husband awhile back. He had flown away to find some special feathers for their nest. He had seen a proud peacock strutting around at a neighboring farm. She had the most elegant feathers and he was sure he could find some that had dropped or she may be even willing to give him some.

Noone knew for sure what had happened, but he never came back. Rita the robin said she had seen other female bluebirds at the farm. Some birds put two and two together but noone talked about it. They wanted to respect Brie’s feelings.

“Well, I will fill you in the best I can. I tried my best to make sense of their tweeting. Milly must be the fastest tweeter there is!”

Lily caught a big, juicy worm and she shared it with Charlie the Cardinal. He is the new guy and Lily just wanted to be friendly.

Milly saw them sharing the worm and got all flustered. She griped at Lily and Lily got mad and squawked back at her. Told her she needed to be on a diet anyway!”

Brie’s eyes twinkled with mischief. “Oh I bet that made Milly mad!”

“It sure did! She pulled a feather from Lily. Lily pulled a feather from Milly and soon the feathers were flying. Poor Charlie didn’t know what to do.”

Some birds think he should have intervened and have called him a chicken. I don’t know if he will stay around now. He probably thinks we all are crazy.

So, Milly is insisting that Lily apologize for calling her fat and Lily said she never said she was fat. Now they stubbornly sit in silence on the branch.”

Brie rolled her eyes. “Those two are Dodo birds!”

Gilda laughed, “or Cuckoo! Both fit well.”

Gilda and Brie kept tweeting until Brie said she had to go. She had a nest to visit.

Night fell and still Tilly and Milly sat in silence and unmoving.

Just when the other birds thought their fight would never end, something happened.

In the blink of an eye, their argument ended, and nary a mean word was said again, by either one.

They lost their balance when strong winds blew and they fell off the branch.

That was the last anyone saw them. They just disappeared with no forwarding address but rumor has it that Rudy the neighbor’s cat gained some extra weight.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

How is your Tuesday going? I enjoyed swinging on the porch swing this morning before it gets too hot and humid. Our porch swing is old and rusty, but it still swings, though it may squeak now. It was still relaxing as I was lying on it feeling glad that my work schedule is going back to normal once again. Not so many long night shifts anymore. I may be able to actually think a little clearer, now that I will be out of zombie mode. 

What is your favorite summer fruit? We bought a new type of melon this week. Picasso melon. It was speckled, like it had been splattered with paint. Its good, could be a little sweeter for me, but it beats out cantaloupe in my opinion. Watermelon, raspberries, and golden kiwis are what I have been enjoying the most this summer. 


One more month of summer left! It needs to slow down! Get a cold drink, slow down a little, and enjoy the following quotes.





For all you “babies” of the family out there, we have to stick together! 🙂







Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Hopefully your week is off to a great start and may this post help keep it that way. While scrolling in Pinterest for quotes the following picture showed up. Did you have one of these in your childhood? I spent many happy hours looking at fun pictures with this. What’s a toy from your childhood that made you smile? 










Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Is it really the middle of July already? My son had a great time at the beach, except when they were under a tornado warning. Thankfully all was well and he enjoyed the sun, sand, water and crabcakes. Now I am hungry for seafood.

Before the quotes I thought you needed a cute picture. Enjoy!











The Christmas Disaster in July

BUZZ! BUZZ! Snowball turned off the alarm and fell back asleep.

Whop! “Hey, why did you hit me with your pillow?” Snowball was sitting up feeling groggy, glaring at Alabaster.

“We are late! I thought you set the alarm. Its 9am!”

Snowball looked at the clock, Whoops! He had been planning to doze just for a brief time after the alarm went off, but apparently he slept too long!

Quickly they got dressed. Snowball opened the fridge to drink his daily dose of prune juice and finished off his bag of dates.

Alabaster turned on the coffee maker but it wasn’t working. He groaned, smacking his head.

“I told you that you used it too much yesterday, you broke it!”

He kept pushing the button sure that it would work, but had no success. Sighing he poured himself some prune juice.

When they were ready to leave they headed for the door and Snowball noticed something.

“Hey Alabaster, next time try plugging in the coffee maker. It may help.” Snowball stood holding up the dangling cord as Alabaster’s face got a little red.

They were standing outside the hotel waiting for a taxi when Alabaster yelled, “The gifts, we forgot the gifts!”

With the speed of a gazelle they ran back inside and with shock noticed the Out of Order signs on the elevator! Tbey had just used them!

Why oh why did they get a room on the 10th floor! Up the stairs they ran, but without the grace of a gazelle. They stumbled several times but finally made it.

Grabbed the gifts from their room and ran back down, or more like slipped and slided down the stairs.

When they reached the bottom of the stairs they paused to take a breath and looked more closely at the Out of Order sign. It wasn’t for the elevators, it had been pointing to tbe restrooms.

Neither of them said a word as they walked out the door to hail a taxi.

They had been so excited to go on this special trip for Santa, but they sure hoped that the day would get better.

Santa had wanted 2 elves to go and help some special families to have Christmas in July. They had been through some hard times so Santa wanted to bring them some cheer.

All they had to do was ring the doorbell say Merry Christmas from Santa’s elves and hand them the gifts. Normally elves were not to be seen but Santa thought it would create even more happiness for the families to meet Santa’s real elves.

They arrived at the first house and rang the bell. A little boy opened the door and his eyes widened when he saw the elves.

“Merry Christmas from Santa’s elves!”

“Mommmm! You have to see this!” The little boy was jumping up and down with excitement holding the gift in his hand.

His Mom came to the door holding a freshly baked pie in her hands. She jumped at the sight of the elves and dropped the pie right on their heads.

Feeling embarrassed she apologized. Alabaster and Snowball were good sports and the Mom gave them wet cloths to help them clean themselves up from the sticky shoo fly pie.

After many thanks from the boy and his mom, they were on their way to the next house.

Little Jane was delighted with her new dolly and her parents loved the restaurant gift certificates. They had to take several pictures of Snowball and Alabaster, saying how their friends would never believe them.

The next family were in their backyard barbequing. Tommy was swinging and jumped off at the sight of Santa’s elves! After giving the gifts Tommy wanted to push them on the swing.

They swung back and forth so many times that poor Alabaster and Snowball were feeling real dizzy by the time they got off the swing. So dizzy that they stumbled into the pool!

Fortunately the family’s Lab jumped into the pool and grabbed Alabaster first gently dropping him on the ground and then Snowball.

The elves were very quiet on the way back to the hotel to change clothes. This time they took the elevator!

With only 2 houses to go they were looking forward to being done and going out for a nice supper. With the way the day was going they were beginning to think that Candy Cane had been pushing some pins into a doll!

The next house was way up on a hill. At last they made it and rang the bell. Little Theo opened the door and started crying at the sight of the elves.

They didn’t know what to do. That took them by surprise. Trying to console the boy made him cry louder. The noise brought his big brother running. He eyed the elves warily as they gave their gifts, not saying a word. They quickly said their goodbyes and left.

Finally they reached the last house. A lady opened the door with a boy and girl at her side. They were all jubilant at seeing the elves. This made Alabaster and Snowball feel a lot better.

The little girl hugged her teddy bear and hugged the elves. Alabaster and The boy ripped open his gift and threw it down in disgust as he stomped out of the room.

“Oh No! You ding a ling!” Alabaster yelled at Snowball. “Thats the wrong gift. What kid wants underwear!”

Snowball apologized profusely to the lady and quickly handed another gift to her for her little boy. She called him back and he was much happier with his remote airplane.

Back in the taxi Alabaster shook his head. “Who was that underwear meant for?”

Snowball brought up Santa’s nice and naughty list on his phone. “Thats for some guys at Bittersweet Creek. Underwear and coal.”

He started frowning as he studied the list, “This can’t be right, how did Mason and Tippner get on the naughty list? Aren’t they the 2 guys we met in Florida a while back?”

“Yeah, Mason is the one who has the cool hair!”

“Hmmm…..well Santa is never wrong, so I guess they must have done something bad. But there is a note written by their names, lets see what it says.”

Alabaster leaned over to read the message on Snowball’s phone and they both started laughing.

Santa has a good sense of humor and it appears that some girl named Cara does too.

When they got back to the hotel they went out for supper. Fried, breaded chicken which was really crispy and baby carrots on the side. Followed up with strawberry shortcake.

After supper they decided to take their new kites to the park. They started soaring high into the sky and all was going well until … the string broke and torn string was the only thing they were left holding in their hand.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Are you staying cool? Thankfully we aren’t in the triple digits like a lot of states are, but this week with the humidity we could feel like we are.  I was apologizing to my flowers this morning. I have kept them alive so far, but this heatwave may do them in, unless we get some good rainstorms. My son and his friends are going to the beach to stay cool later this week. I should hitch a ride with him. A parent is always welcome, right? 🙂 Enjoy the quotes and try to stay cool! 







I don’t know how the cookies disappeared!






Fun on the 4th at the North Pole!

“Hey everyone! Look at the cool binoculars I got!” Alabaster felt proud as he stood among his friends.

“Wow! What big eyes you have? Can I borrow them?”

Alabaster handed them to Snowball. He was looking through them in awe of how close everything looked.

“Ooh that is beautiful!” he remarked.

Everyone wanted to see what was so beautiful and they ooohed and ahhed as he passed the binoculars around.

Snowball scratched his head in thought. “I wonder what kind of bird that is.”

“Well its obviously a 4th of July bird!” Tink, proclaimed

“Impressive! You not only know about numbers , but birds too.”

Tink beamed with pleasure at Snowball.

Alabaster’s super sonic binoculars were a big hit. They had no idea how far away they were seeing but they knew that no birds like that had ever been seen at the North Pole before.

After using the binoculars for awhile they decided to start the 4th of July games, for all elves loved to play games!

The first game was a Hotdog eating contest. Red ketchup and blue mustard were loaded on the hotdogs. CandyCane had made the blue mustard.

At the end of 10 minutes, Snowball was given the prize! He had gulped down 30 hotdogs! His smile stretched across his face as he posed for a picture for the North Pole Times.

Tink made a moving 4th of July speech. It gave warm fuzzies to everyone, feeling happy that they lived where they did. What could be better than living at the North Pole and having the freedom to fly around the world with Santa?

Tink had disguised himself with a beard, thinking it would make him look more distinguished when giving his speech. Sometimes working at balancing Santa’s books made him go crazy. His friends were used to it.

Jinx won the dart contest. He hit the bull’s eye the most times out of everyone. Considering that he was the oldest elf and had more experience, it was no surprise. He was delighted to be awarded a rubber chicken, which he named Charlie.

After the festivities the group of friends gathered at the coffee shop. Alabaster had 2 large cups, he had said that he needed more brain power.

Candy Cane overheard him say that and remarked with a sly grin that it would take more than coffee to help him!

Alabaster stayed calm, and acted like he didn’t hear her. He didn’t get rattled too easily. Unless you messed with his hair. He prided himself on the luxurious wave in his hair.

Since meeting a man named Mason, when they had all gone to Florida, he had been practicing Mason’s hairstyle and thought he was doing pretty good with it!

It helped that Mason had sent him some of the special hair conditioner and gel that he used. Yes, Alabaster felt cool!

Evening came and soon it would be time for fireworks. Before it got dark Alabaster and the others wanted to look through his super sonic binoculars one more time.

“Amazing!” was the word that echoed from Alabaster’s mouth while looking. The others were anxious to see what he had spotted now.

They all agreed that it was indeed amazing! What a fun, surprising 4th of July this day had been.

That night they all slept peacefully feeling thankful for this moment in time.

Well almost all of them slept peacefully. Poor Snowball’s stomach wasn’t feeling the best. He was up drinking hot milk and eating some sweet dates, thinking he didn’t want to see a hotdog for a really long time!

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