Saturday, April 18, 2009

Raven's Challenge 59

Today's Link
Frog Ponder

Today's Saying
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. ~Garrison Keillor

Today's Picture
Ella at the Credit Union

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle

ThisWeek's Ten Word Challenge will be: prefix, art festival, income tax, chicken noodle soup, jump rope, Dutch Treat, flowering plum tree, bats in the belfry, diamond earrings, tigers
Mini Challenge: book club, organic tea, the cow jumped over the moon, paragon of virtue, wench

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

“Dad“, who wrote “ the cow jumped over the moon?” his son asked Agent 012.
“ Me first dad”, his other son shouted .” What is a prefix?”
It was homework time in the household.
“ Don’t bother me now. I’m working on our income tax”. Agent 012 responded.
“ Don’t bother your father”, his wife said as she brought him some chicken noodle soup and organic tea.” You know how he gets when he is doing our income tax.”
His oldest son acting like a paragon of virtue said” I didn’t have any income so it’s not my fault.”
“ It’s beautiful outside “ she said looking at the flowering plum tree.” Why don’t you go out and jump rope.?”
The older son looked at her as if she had bats in the belfry.” Jumping rope is for girls.” he said.
“ Well then go chase tigers or whatever you do outside.”
“ I have to finish my homework. Dad what’s a wench?”
“ What kind of homework do you have?” his mother asked in a somewhat worried tone.
“ We are supposed to write a book report on the Book Club selection “ Dutch Treat
“There are no wenches in that book” she said sternly.
“Look ma, right here. “ he said pointing at a word.
“ That’s wrench not wench. You better go to the optometrist with your father. Now, however, I want you and your brother to run up the street to the Fine Art Festival and see if they found the diamond earrings I lost there yesterday.”
“ Finally” Agent 012 thought “ Peace and quite . I can get this done.”
That’s when his wife turned on her soap opera , “As Mayfield Burns“
This wasn’t going to be his day.

The Ten word challenge-Old Fashioned Remedy

William Henry Prefix III dutifully ate the chicken noodle soup his wife brought him but not for a moment did he think it would help.” I would have have bats in the belfry to believe in these old folk remedies” he said to nobody in particular. But he had so much to do that he just had to get well quickly. So he would try anything.
In the next three days he had to do his income tax, finish his picture of tigers under the flowering plum tree for the art festival, fix his daughter’s jump rope, purchase a set of diamond earrings for his wife’s birthday gift, and go to the artists Dutch Treat gathering at the Midtown Restaurant.
His wife interrupted his thinking by saying “ It’s time to smear on some more Vicks.
One more good old home remedy.
If only one would work or the antibiotics would kick in.

The mini challenge-The Whining Writer

Dr. John Fortress, the would be famous writer, drank his organic tea ,which tasted just like regular tea but the box said it was organic, and whined. “ The book club passed over my latest book again .” He told his wife.” I’m never going to be the selection of the month. I bet you have to pay somebody to be the selection. My latest book “ The Cow Jumped Over the Moon” is fantastic. In it my great detective proves that the town‘s paragon of virtue is really an evil wench. The book has everything that people love, mystery, murder, sex. Can’t the book club see that?”
His poor wife, who had heard it all before, just smiled .

All the words in a one sentence story-
Good Old Dutch

There were no wenches , only paragons of virtue, at the Greater Prefix Art Festival where Dutch Treat Fowler was eating chicken noodle soup , drinking organic tea and simultaneously thinking about his income tax, his next book club selection “ Bats in the Belfry”, getting diamond earrings for his wife and watching the tigers that were his children play jump rope under the flowering plum tree while reciting “ the cow jumped over the moon”.

What would it be like if Longfellow had to do Raven's worddzle ? Click HERE to see.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
It is Saturday and time to look back on the week in Pigeon Falls.
Monday– The publicity committee of the town council decided to send out an invitation to artists to participate in the Art Festival, Art on the Yellow Brick Road, to be held in conjunction with the big Pigeon Falls Days celebration. They wanted to be sure to invite the artist that does tigers on Velvet as those paintings were very popular last year. They were going to call him as they had his number but nobody knew the prefix for his calling area. Eino reminded them that those big oil paintings of chicken noodle soup cans also sold well. Bob Mattson said “ You mean to tell me those hitonious pictures sold well. I thought they were an eye sore. I loved the flowering plum tree painting. Now that was a painting.”
Tuesday-Marge Olander is glad the income tax season is almost over. She has had some weird clients this year. One lady wanted to deduct her diamond earrings which she accidentally flushed down the toilet. Another wanted to deduct a jump rope as a medical expense. She said if she ever writes a book it will be a book club number one selection.
Wednesday – Fred Slovinsky decided to take the woman he met through the Cow Jumped Over the Moon internet dating service out for a cup of organic tea. But she didn’t want to go Dutch Treat. “What is this world coming to ?” Fred asked Nancy. I thought she was a paragon of virtue and she turned out to be just another money hungry wench.”
Thursday– The council of Last Lutheran Church met to discuss the discovery of bats in the belfry of the church. Nancy Silo thought they should get an exterminator from Iron Mountain and get rid of them. But Herman pointed out they were God’s creatures , they ate bugs, and they weren’t bothering anybody. The council voted with Herman. Nancy says not only does the church have bats in the belfry but so does the rest of the council.

Wrap UP
Of course the dragons will be busy today you can see them HERE.
My granddaughter has also posted HERE
Ella almost got us arrested in the credit union. A not so nice man told us it was against the law to take pictures in a credit union. This just as Ella was trying to help herself to a chocolate bar. Ella felt that the man was very cranky.
A good day. NBetty went to a big Woman's gathering Pennie, Ella, and I went shopping. Elmer stayed home with the dog. We went to Menard's and Stein's then out for lunch. I visited all the blogs that commented on mine yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Baron's Life said...

Dr. John...yet another great inspiring post and yes we are all the Children of God and the Children of the universe no matter what shape or form we were born in. People, dogs, cats, insects, bats, rats or what have...we all belong to the Lord almighty. It is so very imporatnt to concentrate on what are the important things in family, chilldren, friends..the tax returns while a necessary evil to do anf inish and submit are really not that important afterall or are they?

3:45 AM  
Blogger DawnTreader said...

Great use of words. I'm still particularly fond of your news from Pigeon Falls! :)

4:17 AM  
Blogger B.R.L said...


6:52 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I think Garrison Keillor has just confused the b'jeebers outta me! (probably a good thing! who needs b'jeebers anyway?)

Since 012 has to file an extension anyway, he might as well just put it away and go enjoy the Fine Arts Festival with the boys! (well, that's what I would do.)

Dr. John Fortress's wife probably takes those ear plugs out when she goes to Bible study or the store...

No WAY! I am NOT buyin' it! Douch Treat Fowler could not POSSIBLY be thinking all those things at once! I just read the book. Men's brains don't WORK like that! They only have ONE window open at a time. Only women have 14 windows open at one time!!! ... unless... is Dutch in drag?

How fitting for Last Lutheran to have bats in the belfry! I LOVE it! I agree with Herman - they should DEFINITELY stay!

Ohhhhh good grief! That man is lucky Ella didn't jab him with her tusks! I guess she was too focused on the chocolate bar... good thing!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Sylvia K said...

Great post, Dr. John! Got the laugh glands working. What is wrong with the book club? are they nuts! passing this one up! Have a great weekend!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Brilliant as always... Wonder what kind of wordzzles Longfellow or Emily Dickenson or ee cummings would have written. If I were more ambitious I'd tweak the challenge some week and ask people to write their wordzzles in the style of... but I'm too lazy for that, I think.

Anyway, great and entertaining as always. Nice to see a bit of Agent 012's home life.

Sorry Ella met with a cranky person at the credit union. Some people go through life without any sense of joy or humor. Poor souls.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

As Mayfield Burns - sounds like agent 012 is domestically disturbed. Even at home the poor guy can't catch a break. No wonder he works so hard.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

We actually had bats at our church. Eventually it got to be dangerous and unsanitary for both the bats and the people. Too bad really because I thought it was kind of neat.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just love Ella. Happy chocolate eating :) Here's some Hershey's kisses for her!! Poor Agent 012 I so thought he was going to have a normal day just at home but he never gets a break...I can smell the vicks now...old fashion so true. My favorite the Whining Writer...those damn wenches....Excellent writing as usual.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

That cranky man probably thought Ella was taking pictures of the place so she could plan a robbery!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

I liked the 012 yet again, reminds me I got to get my Income Tax filed by 30 April.

A Blessed Weekend is wished for you and Betty.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bats in the Belfry... :)
Carmi over at Written Inc. has posted before about businesses that freak out when you take photos there. Grocery stores think you are produce spies or something. Weird.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

The Mega Challenge was amazing! The use of all of the words seemed completely natural.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Nope. You MISSED one! hahahahahaha!~

7:09 AM  

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