Saturday, July 18, 2009

Raven's Challenge 72

Today's Link
Weaver of Grass

Today's Saying
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

Today's Picture

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: corn pone, delegation, nectarines, happiness, 12 going on 13, prancing horses, magenta, butterflies, fragmentary, arthritis
For the mini challenge: lavender cowboy, over the moon, preparation, zebra, area rug

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

Poor Agent 012 , last week he was out in blueberry country trying to determine if Mute was responsible for the increased crop spoilage. It turns out the spoilage came from bacteria carried by butterflies that had moved North because of global warming. All he achieved from that trip was a bad case of poison ivy which caused him to scratch his leg until it turned magenta. No happiness for him there.
But today he was in Corn Pone, Texas, center of Texas oil refining. He was sitting at a table in the Lavender Cowboy Café eating a cold fresh nectarine. Outside on the street the temperature had reached 110 degrees and the air conditioning in the café wasn’t doing a very good job. The main street was empty with no cowboys and no prancing horses.
He was there because the Agency had received some fragmentary information that Mute had made preparations to blow up one of the oil storage tanks. His immediate problem, however, was a delegation of 12 going on 13 year olds . Every time they shouted “ over the moon” something hit him.
Soon he decided he had learned all he was going to learn there and after paying his bill and buying a couple more nectarines he went back to his apartment. At least there the air conditioner worked and there were no kids. . As he entered the room he noticed two things , the stuffed Zebra was gone from the table and the area rug had been moved. Then the lights went out.
When he came to he was tied to a pipe and surrounded by barrels marked high explosive. On the barrel in front of him was a timer that was ticking down the reaming time. The place was damp and his arthritis was starting to cause him pain. At least he wouldn’t hurt long.
This wasn’t going to be his day.

The ten word challenge-Good Pain

He was 12 going on 13 but he already had arthritis. It was so bad that even holding a piece of corn pone or a nectarine cause him great pain. Despite that fact he was here as part of the delegation made up of riders of prancing horses. For Billy his fragmentary happiness came in riding and winning. And he did win. He won the world renowned Magenta Cup. The judges said they had never seen horses prance like that .But it was a happiness achieved only at the cost of great pain. Sometimes as he clutched the reins the pain was so great that tears ran down his face. But all that could change now. They had an extract made from Brazilian butterflies that could take away the pain. Billy considered the medicine and then turned it down as he couldn’t risk changing his way of doing things. It made him a winner.

The mini challenge-Poor Dumb Kid

Clem sat on the area rug in front of a roaring fire and cried. “Dad !They are calling me gay and I’m not gay. I’m not . It’s so over the moon to even call me that.. I’m not gay. Now a feel like a zebra in a horse herd. Everybody stares at me.”
“Well son. If you want to make preparations to change that the first thing I would do is get rid of that lavender cowboy suit your Aunt Mabel gave you.

All fifteen words in one sentence - Story Time

The delegation of 12 going on 13 year old boys with arthritis were being seated on the magenta area rug in front of the fireplace while preparations were made for the famous Lavender Cowboy to tell them stories of zebras going over the moon, prancing horses the size of butterflies, corn pone that created happiness and even fragmentary nectarines that sang.

Of course the dragons were busy today you can see them HERE.

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– Delegations of people kept coming and checking to make sure the trench is gone. They looked so relieved.
Other people kept telling stories of the strange beings that remained. Somebody saw a creature that looked like a Zebra but it had a head on each end. Another swore he saw some magenta butterflies the size of eagles . Willie swore he saw teeny tiny little prancing horses but nobody takes Willie seriously.,
Tuesday– Mrs. Sarri got the area rug she had ordered from the “ God’s Own Ministry “ program. The rug had been prated over and the evangelist even cried on it. If she stood on it and prayed it was supposed to cure her arthritis. For three days she had prayed in preparation for its coming and it didn’t work. She had sent the ministry $100 as a gift to get the rug. So she called and complained but the nice talking man said the problem was she didn’t have enough faith.
Wednesday-Robert who is 12 going on 13 saw one of those bouncing heads and tried to talk to it. It gave him happiness to do that but happiness at that age is at best fragmentary. The head stuck out its tongue and spat at him.
Thursday– Nancy served corn pone along with her other good things in honor of her Aunt Millie who had come from Texas. Her aunt was wearing her lavender cowboy boots and tended to say “over the Moon!” a lot but she was a good lady. In Texas she raised nectarines and she brought some to Nancy.

Wrap UP
I tried to visit and read all the blogs that wrote a wordzzle today. There are such creative people out there. I love their stories. I also visited every blog that left comments yesterday. Breathing today was very good.But now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Poor Agent 012 is having more bad days lately than good days. Hope he has a good day soon.

Stop by the blog when you get a chance, I got another Close Up Game going, you have until 0200 Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday to guess what it may be.

Hope you got the pictures I sent you and are able to use them.

1:56 AM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

I'm hoping the next episode will not be too explosive :-)
Excellent as always.

2:30 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Looks like the end of Agent 012! You will save him won't you?

Oh poor Clem - the Lavender cowboy suit was a dead giveaway!

How brave of Billy to refuse the new treatment, I hope he carries on winning.

Love what you did with the words Dr. John. :)

3:48 AM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Poor Robert. Interspecies communication isn't going well.

4:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we are ready for rose we should be ready for thorns.

5:39 AM  
Blogger Batteson.Ind said...

lol.. poor dumb kid!.... love it. As always I've enjoyed my time here immensely!.. cheers!

6:06 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

How will Agent 012 escape this time!? Poor guy. I enjoyed your poor dumb kid mini and especially loved this passage from Pigeon falls: "Other people kept telling stories of the strange beings that remained. Somebody saw a creature that looked like a Zebra but it had a head on each end. Another swore he saw some magenta butterflies the size of eagles . Willie swore he saw teeny tiny little prancing horses but nobody takes Willie seriously."

9:45 AM  
Blogger DawnTreader said...

Poor Agent 012, going from bad to worse. Glad he at least got to eat his nectarine.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Dr. J - Sorry to have missed you last week. Vicki and I were in the white mountains of AZ escaping the heat. It seems Agent 012 must first flirt with death before overcoming his opponents. How will he get out of it this time?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ACK...I do hope you save Agent 012...he's just got to have better days...typical that people assume lavender cowboy suits make one gay. Maybe he just likes that color?
Great work as usual

2:33 PM  
Blogger Argent said...

Yikes, now I'll have to read all of agent 012's back story! Loved the mini, so wry and humourous, and the 15 words in one sentence? Awesome.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I would rather have roses than diamonds, too. We had a rummage sale today...exhausting work. Pete, Bree and Luke are already at Toys R Us buying stuff with the money we made...the sale ended two hours ago!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is right about the time my brother began having arthritis troubles, too. Poor guy is on daily meds to deal with the pain but even so, the arthritis fused vertebrae together in his back.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous MommyWizdom said...

O what have we done but given all these poor youngins arthritis! Great stories, as always...

These were fun words weren't they?


5:47 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Beautiful roses! :)

7:25 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I liked your stories. Agent 012 is having an unusually bad day, but it can only go up from here, at least we can hope. Too bad Billy has arthritis, but at least he's a winner. The mini challenge was funny. I do wonder a little bit about his aunt, though. In the all in one sentence story, I liked the "fragmentary nectarines that sang." I'm glad that Pigeon Falls still has a few strange creatures left. Perhaps the nectarines escaped from there?

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

9:00 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

What has Agent 012 got to complain about? His day was the bomb!

And I am still laughing over the lavender cowboy suit!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Congratulations Dr John, you were the first to guess correctly over at the Blog.

Hold you Head up high and Boast to your Hearts Content.

Honorable Mention is made on the Blog, sorry no prizes but a "Jolly Well Done".

Enjoy my Friend.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh I'm so glad the breathing was getting easier! YAY!

I think Mrs. Sarri probably has plenty of faith -- seems it's just a little mis-directed! ;)

6:27 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

To be honnest with you...I think everyone is tired of agent 012...they're just being nice with the blah , blah, blah...
time you killed the guy and the ain't working for me...but that's my opinion

12:04 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

Oh, dear. It seems Agent 012 is in very deep trouble this time. He might have been hoping his trip would be a blast, but not this kind.

12:25 AM  

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