Dating Wisdom

The screen was blank again, but this time Devin didn’t have a knot in his stomach. This time he was on a roll, and the words flowed like a river. He was making steady progress on his thesis.

Brooke was singing along to the radio. A lot had happened in the past 6 months and she couldn’t be happier.

The timer went off and she pulled the fresh, baked Shoo-fly pie out of the oven. Devin would be there for supper at 6 tonight. She would make the beef tenderloin, mash potatoes and gravy closer to the time.

Gratitude filled her heart for the special letter she had received a few months ago.

The letter from her dear friend had turned things around for her. She had given tips to Brooke about how to get Devin’s attention and it was working!

Gone were the days of her standing in the middle of the road. Her friend Cara had been quick to tell her that there were much better ways to attract a guy’s attention.

Brooke had been surprised when Devin had shown up at her house a few days after the bike incident. She was especially surprised that he had brought flowers with him.

The sweet fragrance of the purple hyacinths was so pleasant. He brought them to thank her for bandaging up his knee and to apologize for the way he had abruptly left last time.

When he asked to take Brooke out the next week, ahe had called Cara desperate for her advice on how to keep his attention.

Cara had sent Brooke her recipe for her winning Shoo-fly pie. Brooke had made it and Devin was very impressed.

Among the tips in the letter that Cara had given, one of them was about how to keep a man’s attention while talking. That one had really come in handy. No longer did Devin drift off while she was talking. She kept a tiny, shrill whistle in her hand that she would blow whenever he got a distant look in his eyes.

If Devin was at her house and just had to see the basketball game, there was a  sure fire way to distract him. Her little black dress was in the closet for those times when she needed to stand in front of the tv. If that didn’t work, she just would take a match and set off the smoke alarm.

When out on a date, make sure to order dessert! Life is too short to not order dessert and it helps make the date last longer. Sip your coffee slowly as you gaze into his eyes. Compliment his hair and other fine features and he will never notice you ordering a 2nd dessert.

Cara also had shared with  Brooke how to get the guy to notice your hair, what not to bring up in conversation, and 101 other tips of wisdom.

Brooke was indeed grateful for all the tips had paid off. Devin was wanting to see her practically every night!

Looking at the clock she realized she better run to town before she ran out of time. She  had an appt with her beautician. Anticipation filled her wondering how Devin would like her hair. She was trying another one of Cara’s wise tips.

Devin looked at the time. Soon he would have to get ready for his date with Brooke. He wasn’t only excited about the date but also thrilled that once the date was over he should be able to write the conclusion to his thesis.  “The Fascinating Science Behind How a Woman’s Mind Works!”

Catching a Husband!

Beads of perspiration were breaking out on Devin’s face. How long had he been staring at the blank screen in front of him?

He kept writing and then deleting. A few lines he would get down and then he would delete them and the blank screen would mock him once more.

The end was in sight , all he had to do was write a Master Thesis and he would graduate with his Master’s degree in Science.

Sighing he smacked his head on his desk. He loved science but writing papers was not for him!

Getting up from his computer chair he decided he needed a break. All his muscles were cramped by sitting so long and being so tense.

Walking outside he hopped on his royal blue bicycle and took off down the road.

He was thankful for back country roads to ride on. The wind at his back pushed him on as he sped up, feeling energized.

Down the hill he flew and … he tried to brake hard. Swerving to miss the girl in the middle of the road, he ended up in a ditch. It had rained the night before so he found himself landing Kerplop in the mud!

Brooke covered her face with her hand and ran over to Devin.

“Are you OK? I couldn’t believe it when I looked up from my phone and saw you swerve into the ditch!”

Devin brushed himself off, wanting to ask if she always walked in the middle of the road.

“I live nearby, why don’t you let me take care of your scraped knee. Its the least I could do.”

Looking down he saw the hole ripped in his jeans and his bloody knee. He would have rather just gone home, but his knee was a mess.

“If you are sure its no trouble.” Devin had always been a polite guy, not wanting to cause trouble.

“No problem at all!”

Devin limped along as he followed Brooke to her house while pushing his bike. She was right about it being close, only 3 houses away.

Brooke was smiling and singing as she doctored him up. She sure seemed to be in a good mood, he thought.

It didn’t take her long. Her smle grew wider at the up close sight of his tan, muscular legs.

After cleaning up his knee, she cheerfully asked, “Can I tempt you with some mouth watering peanut butter fudge?”

Not wanting to be rude he felt like he had no choice. “Sounds like a tasty treat that I can’t resist.”

Brooke gave him an innocent smile.

While cutting a piece of fudge for him, she secretly wondered if this time would be a success. So far she managed to avoid getting hit by unaware bikers and drivers but … Butterflies danced inside her, hoping this would be the one.

Walking over to the table she handed him the plate. “Here is a piece of fudge for you. I hope you like it. So tell me, how would you like….?”

“I am so sorry, but I have to run!” Devin handed back the plate to her. An idea for his dissertation popped into his head and if he didn’t get it down, he was afraid he would lose it!

His knee was sore but he managed to get on his bike and head home.

Brooke sighed,watching him go. Catching a husband sure wasn’t easy! There had to be another way besides standing in the middle of the road.

Pictures and Chuckles

“A little more to the left, now a little more to the right …. there, now you got it.”

Nurse Julie hammered in the last nail for the pictures on Arthur’s wall.

Arthur smiled at the one picture of him with Mason and Grayson. He nudged Nurse Julie. “Who is the most handsome between me and my cousins?”He raised his eyebrows waiting for an answer.

“Oh how can those 2 young, handsome fellas have anything over you.”

Arthur puffed out his chest and stood up a little taller.

“After all how can their luxurious, wavy hair compete with your…your…Can you tilt your head a little more, I think I can see my reflection.”

Arthur scowled at Julie’s laughter. Once she stopped laughing Arthur said, “Next time your guy comes to visit I want to have a chat with him. Who is it now, Alex, Tanner, Hal??”

“His name is Curtis but Oh No, you aren’t allowed near him yet. I just started dating him. I am not so sure that would be wise …! Have a good evening Arthur. “

Julie walked out with a smile on her lips knowing she was not going to let Arthur talk to her new guy, if sbe could help it.

Arthur watched her go down the hall, with a smirk on his face. Little did she know he had already talked to her guy the other night. She was distracted by Charlotte and Arthur took the chance to introduce himself. Oooh yes, they had a nice chat. Rubbing his hands together, he thought of their plan. Nurse Julie had no idea what was coming.

He chuckled to himself looking up at the wall of pictures again. He focused on one in particular.

Hanging from the rafters like monkeys in a net. Yeah, the ladies had outdid themselves with that one. They were clever, but no one got the best of Arthur, he somehow would make sure of that.

“Yoo-Hoo! Oh Arthur, are you in there?” There was knocking on his door.

“No,” he.replied, Charlotte opened up the door. “You are such a tease. Why aren’t you dressed?” She gave him a disapproving look.

“I am dressed! I have clothes on you crazy lady!”

“But not clothes for ballroom dancing lessons. We have to be downstairs in 15 minutes so hurry up.”

Arhthur frowned, “But I don’t…” then he saw Charlotte holding up a Cherry Crumb pie, and his mouth began to water.

“I will be ready in a flash.” He started for his room. Maybe sometimes certain people did get the best of him, he thought, pulling his dress shirt and pants out of the closet.

Friday’s Super Short Stories!

When fiction mirrors real life … a lot of my stories have been inspired by true events.

(Like the character Cara, when I was a 20 year old waitress I had a customer who loved putting signs on my car. The restaurant staff and regular customers were often entertained by it … One day I had some of my regular customers smiling and telling me they had teeth. Other guys would look at my name tag and smile big. I got suspicious and when I had a chance ran to my car. BIG sign, “Waitress looking for boyfriend, all he needs to have is teeth and a job. Inquire within, ask for Carolyn.” So yes, pranks have been part of my life for a LONG time!

80 degrees in October! … Why am I not back at the beach?

When awakened by the loud roar of a motorcyle down my street … I prefer waking slowly to Folger’s in my cup.

Swinging from the Rafters

The sequel to The Conniving Cousins , we just had to see what kind of trouble they get into! 


“Grayson and Mason are having fun with their cousin Arthur being here! He may be older than them, but he sure is young at heart and quite sly!” 

Sarah and Cara were walking through the fall leaves in the park. “Oh, believe me, I know. I had to be on my guard at work before with Mason, but now its Double Trouble when Arthur comes to the diner. I am glad that my husband  and your husband, Grayson are at work during the day. Some days Tippner and Old Man Fuzzywhistle come in when Arthur is there and I about lose my mind. Don’t need all of them there!” 

Today Arthur and Tippner were both there. Arthur tricked me into thinking he had cut himself with a sharp knife that I had accidentally left on the table. Tippner was frantically waving me over to the table. When I got there Arthur had what I thought was a bloody napkin wrapped around his bloody finger.  I ran to the back room to get band aids and come out to the table to find Mason standing there.  He asked me what the band aids were for, and I said how Arthur cut his finger. Only then did I notice that there was no “bloody” napkin anymore and Arthur’s finger looked totally fine, no cut at all! That crazy nut, had put ketchup all over the napkin and his finger! They all were laughing about it for the rest of the afternoon.  It had been Tippner’s genius idea, what one doesn’t think of, the other does.  Where is Jenny the donkey, when you need her? ” Cara asked making Sarah laugh. 

“That would be fun, having Arthur meet Jenny, but I am afraid she went home. She was only here visiting Betsy for awhile. But hey, we are smart and capable to deal with pranksters. aren’t we?”

“Ahh! Indeed we are!” grinning impishly they conspired together as they continued their walk. 

The pranks continued through the week. Arthur was having a ball. He had fun putting clever signs on Sarah and Cara’s vehicles when they were at work. At the end of the work day one of them would come out to see a group of townspeople gathered around their car laughing at whatever new, embarrassing message Arthur had displayed. He would write it on a huge piece of cardboard and place it on the hood of their cars. There were also the times that their cars would be decorated with with whatever he could find. He once had a potty chair on the roof of Cara’s car. He must have “borrowed” it from the retirement home!  He was something else, but you couldn’t get mad at him, for he was such a likable guy and had so many stories to tell. 

They had many fun conversations with him. Sarah and Cara did enjoy teasing him about Charlotte. Cara had called Julie and she was a great help at giving them some info to surprise Arthur with. He took it well. He knew how to dish it out and how to take some bites of humble pie. No matter how they tried though, they could not get him to try the Shoo-fly pie. Of course Tippner and Mason were no help with that either. They knew a lot of people liked it, but they enjoyed making jokes about it more. 

The week had flown by and it was Arthur’s last day in the unique town of Bittersweet Creek. He did look forward to seeing his friends back home, but he knew this would not be the last time in Bittersweet Creek. Renewing his relationship with his cousins Mason and Grayson was a highlight of his week. They promised that they would come visit him. They teased him about  wanting to meet Charlotte, Arthur gave Cara a look, and she couldn’t keep the smug smile off of her face. 

Old Man Fuzzywhistle had invited all of them over to his farm that night. It had been a relaxing time of celebrating friendship. Amanda and Lisette joined them as well much to Sarah and Cara’s joy. Mason couldn’t deny his pleasure at seeing Amanda either. 

To Mason’s embarrassment Arthur made a toast to Mason and Grayson, sharing stories from when they were young. Sarah’s eyes danced with merriment looking at Grayson, and Amanda couldn’t refrain from laughing at Mason’s slightly red face. Oh, she would be sure to remember some of the stories for when she needed something to tease him about. Cara had already told her the toupee story, which she had a good laugh about. 

After the meal, the ladies cleaned up and were in the kitchen doing the dishes when the guys went out to the barn. 

About 15 minutes later the ladies heard the screen door to the farm house open and they all looked at each other expectantly. 

“Mission accomplished, ladies!” Joshua and his Uncle made a bow and the ladies cheered. 

“You guys are Awesome! Come to the diner tomorrow for a free meal.” Cara said. “Now why don’t we all go to the barn and pay some men a visit.” 

When they opened the doors of the barn what a sight to see, “monkeys” swinging from the rafters and they were “squawking!” Well not real monkeys, but the crazy pranksters were swinging from a big net that Joshua and his Uncle Jake had thrown down. 

The ladies had tears streaming down their faces, as they snapped pictures with their phones. 

Joshua’s  uncle spoke up and said, “It may sound strange, but that cow standing over there acted like it was helping us! She knocked them off their feet into the hay, making it easier for the net to get around them.” 

“Nope, doesn’t sound strange at all, Betsy is a special cow, who likes to help out a lot.” 

After letting the guys swing for a little while, they were nice enough to have Joshua and his Uncle let them down. They had a bonfire with S’mores and Arthur tried to tell scary ghost stories, but he was too funny to be scary. 

It had been a fabulous Fall evening as everyone bid goodnight, leaving Mason and Amanda sitting out under the stars. 

Cara felt good about how things had turned out, they had got even, without Jenny’s help. No one was turned into a duck. The only thing that left her feeling a little uneasy was the look that she saw pass between Mason, Bard and Arthur. Sarah had also seen the wink that Grayson gave Tippner. But she wasn’t going to worry, time would tell. 

When she and Bard got to their car, Cara pulled something out of a bag and handed it to Bard. “Would my monkey like a banana?” she asked with a teasing grin. 







The Conniving Cousins

“Are we there yet?”

Julie rolled her eyes. ” You are as bad as a child. We only left 15 minutes ago!

Arthur gave an impish grin. He was in a good mood. The warm breeze was blowing through the open window as Nurse Julie drove down the road.

“Ahh! Feels so good to be free from that…”

“Don’t you dare call it a prison again!”

“Me? Never! But the food does leave much to be desired.”

Julie was quiet, she couldn’t argue with that, but she refrained from giving him the satisfaction of agreeing with him.

“I am right, aren’t I? Your silence says it all.” He smirked at the look on Julie’s face. Then he reclined his seat to take a snooze.

2 hours later he woke up. ‘You woke up just in time sleepyhead. Are you hungry?

I thought we would stop at the diner straight ahead. Your cousin told me that it was the best diner in town, and that they have a spectacular pie.”

Arthur’s ears had perked up at the word pie. His taste buds started tingling. “What kind of pie?:

“Shoo fly pie!”

Arthur made such a face that made Julie bust out laughing, as she pulled into the parking lot.

“Such a strange name for a pie! I do remember Mason mentioning it to me before.

He said he didn’t know what to think when his crazy waitress wanted to sell it, but that it turned out to be a best seller. The pie has been making good money. Another money maker has been a new coffee flavor that she had encouraged him to sell. As a Thank You to Cara he recently sent her and her husband to Hawaii. He is too nice. I would have just given her a gift certificate for a free meal.”

Julie shook her head. “Oh Arthur you are “toooo kind”. ”

“I know, it runs in the family. ” he said, with a gleam in his eye.

The place was busy, so Arthur decided the food must be good, but he was still staying away from the Shoo fly pie!

When Arthur and Julie walked in, they saw Mason was busy at the register so they just took a seat at a corner table.

“Good afternoon! Can I bring you something to drink?” Cara’s smile shined bright. She had just come back from her coffee break, so she was feeling re-energized.

“I will take a beer please.” Arthur said, without looking up from the menu.

“Sorry sir, we don’t have any beer.”

“No beer, what kind of place is this.” Arthur grumbled. “This table is a little sticky, did you wash it young Miss? Are you going to tell me that you don’t have wine either? ”

Cara stood there, feeling her face grow warm, not knowing what to say.

Julie kept her face behind the menu, feeling for poor Cara. Mason was watching, trying to hold back his laughter at Cara’s speechlessness.

Arthur put down his menu and looked at Cara straight in the eye. “Is it true young Miss that you enjoy wearing Gooney bird feathers in your hair?”

Cara’s face turned bright red and then she saw Mason laughing, as he stood watching everything.

He walked over to them, still chuckling. “Cara meet my cousin Arthur.”

“You have my permission to dump a cup of ice water on him Cara! Hi, I am Julie and I think you will have your hands full while Arthur stays with Mason for a week.”

Cara raised her eyebrows, “A week! Maybe I should go back with you for the week Julie! Please!”

They all laughed and then Arthur said, “It is very nice to meet you. I hope you asked my cousin for a raise. You deserve one, oh and do you know the secret to his luxurious, wavy hair? Come closer and I will whisper it to you.”

Cara got closer and her eyes widened at Arthur’s words. “NOOO!”

“Go ahead, try it!”

“Mason bend your head down for a moment please.” He did and Cara grabbed a hanful of hair and pulled.

“OUCH!” Mason stood back up quickly.

“Oops! Guess that is my other cousin with the toupee.” Cara was laughing and Julie looked at Mason. “He is all yours. I think I better leave before you change your mind about him staying.”

They put his luggage in Mason’s car and Julie wished them well as she headed down the road, laughing at crazy Arthur. She actually was going to miss that guy. He livened things up at the retirement home.

Mr. Tippner and Old Man Fuzzywhistle walked in while Mason and Arthur were talking. Cara was busy waiting on tables.

Mason made the introductions of Arthur to them. Cara rolled her eyes walking by. With that group of stooges there was bound to be trouble just waiting to happen.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Strawberries and chocolate make the perfect combination for a yummy lunch!

I have to pick out frames this week for some reading glasses. Giving in to getting them. I used to have to wear glasses all the time so I won’t complain. I remember when I was little picking out rainbow frames and thinking they were so cool. Think I will stick to just one color this time. 🙂

You only have one set of eyes so treat them well! Enjoy reading the following quotes.










The Magical Ride

Making the last match made Molly’s face light up. She threw her hands in the air knowing she had won. Memory was becoming a favorite game of hers and Kimberly didn’t mind losing. Though she liked to act like she did.

“You beat me again! How dare you?”

Molly giggled and Kimberly made a facs making her laugh harder.

“You win and then you laugh at me? Seems to me that TM may need to pay a visit to a little girl.”

Jumping out of her chair Molly ran across the hardwood floor, trying to escape. Kimberly picked her up making her squeal and tickled her belly.

Kicking her bare feet Molly couldn’t stop giggling.

“Oh I see some little piggies”, and Kimberly grabbed her foot, tickling her some more.

Then she wrapped Molly into a big bear hug. “I love you, precious one.”

Molly laid her head against Kimberly’s chest giving her as tight of squeeze as her little arms could. Kimberly’s heart was melting once more. She was attached to Molly, no doubt about it.

She may still have a lot hidden in her heart but day by day she was making progress. Her nights of waking up crying were becoming less frequent and little words would slip out occasionally. Kimberly learned to cherish each small moment. Molly was coming out of her cocoon and Kimberly just knew she was going to shine like a beautiful butterfly when the time came.

After a snack of Mint Chocolate Chip icecream and a story which turned into 2 stories, it was time for bed.

Jacob had just arrived home, he had a late night at the office. Molly ran into his arms when he walked in. He swung her around which she always loved.

Molly rode horsie on Jacob’s back towards her bedroom as she waved goodnight to Kimberly. Watching them go down the long hallway together, Molly bouncing on Jacob’s back made her heart full. Her 2 favorite people in all the world. Each one had stolen her heart and she couldn’t be happier.

All was quiet. Molly woke up and rubbed her eyes. What was that sound? She sat up in bed and looked around. Spotting something at her window she jumped out of bed.

Wow! She was in awe! For a moment she stood there looking at the majestic sight and then she couldn’t take it any longer. Opening her window she crawled out.

The amazing Pegasus greeted her. “Hello Miss. Molly, would you like to join me for an adventure tonight?”

“Yes!” Molly shouted.

The Pegasus bowed down so that Molly could climb on and soon they were off. Rising high into the midnight blue sky.

Little Molly was thrilled and she only shivered a little as the Pegaus flew with Molly hanging on tightly to its neck.

In no time at all they were landing. Now Molly was really cold but ooh the lights! So many pretty lights! Was it Christmas time?

“Hi Molly, welcome to the North Pole!”

Santa! Was she going to see Santa! Her eyes sparkled with delight.

“I am Candy Cane and here is a nice warm purple coat for you. ”

Molly put it on and could not stop grinning from ear to ear. Her face was lit up like the sun.

“Hi Molly, I am Alabaster. How did you enjoy your ride on our special Unicorn?”

“Unicorn? Thats not a Unicorn you doolally, its a Pegasus.” Snowball lightly punched him in the arm, “You need to learn your animals.”

“Well I know all about gooney birds”, Akabaster said, “and long necked hippos.”

Candy Cane rolled her eyes, those 2 were hopeless. Molly was giggling over the word gooney bird.

While Alabaster and Snowball were discussing Cuckoo and Dodo birds, Jinx and Jangle walked over to Molly and introduced themselves.

“I bet you would love to see the toy shop!”

Molly clapped her hands together in glee. “Oh yes, oh yes I do!!”

All of the elves followed her to the Toy shop. Jinx opened the door and “HO! HO! HO!” Santa was standing in the middle of the room. Molly shrieked with joy and ran to him, throwing her arms around his legs.

Santa rubbed her head and then scooped her up into his arms. “I am so glad you came to see me Molly, for you are one mighty special little girl and here is a little gift for you.’ It was a stuffed bunny! Molly hugged it close to her. How she loved bunnies!

Molly’s cheeks glowed with pleasure. She had the time of her life playing with all the different toys in the shop.

Jangle played catch with her and a red rubber ball and Jinx made music with her on an xylophone. Alabaster and her posed for funny pictures with the toy camera and Snowball jumped on pogo sticks with her. Tink enjoyed showing her how a abacus toy worked. Molly never stopped smiling.

Then Candy Cane brought out water balloons for Molly and her to throw at the other elves. Molly laughed so hard, especially when one balloon busted in Candy Cane’s hand spraying her.

After all the excitement Molly had crawled into Santa’s lap and closed her eyes. The elves let her sleep while they cleaned up.

Splat! “Heyyy!” Candy Cane turned around. “Who threw that? I thought all the water balloons were gone.”

She looked suspiciously in the direction of Alabaster and Snowball who suddenly seemed to be in deep conversation.

“Those crazy stooges!” she said to herself.

Molly rubbed her eyes and looked around. She was back in her bed. Grabbing the stuffed bunny beside her she smiled with contentment. Drifting back to sleep, while visions of Santa and funny elves danced in her head.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

How is your Tuesday going?  Today is can’t decide whether to rain or not. I am about to go on a walk with my daughter. I have a feeling that it is just waiting for me to step outside. Whether the sun is shining or not where you are, I hope the following quotes bring some sunshine to your heart! Enjoy! And if its raining go for a walk anyway.