#Fun20075 In Pursuit of Meredith

Sammy hoped Meredith got the message. Up until now he had been able to shimmy up the old oak tree outside her window without anyone taking notice. Unfortunately, that new pesky bird feeder on the low branch of the tree allowed those grey squirrels to take full advantage of the free food. Sammy wondered if this wasn’t planned by Meredith’s father. Those damn squirrels looked so sweet and innocent but served as excellent sentinels, squawking anytime someone neared the base of the tree. The long branch that conveniently led to Meredith’s room has also been trimmed away.

The last time Mr. Walker caught his daughter with Sammy, all hell broke loose. She lost her phone and her privileges. Sneaking up the tree and into Meredith’s room had worked well until the squirrels started to frantically circle the tree chattering like crazy. It was loud enough that all the neighbors came out to check out the reason for the ruckus. He almost got caught. He hid in the bushes until after dusk waiting for the squirrels to nest for the night. Man did he have to pee!

It was 10 pm and as planned, Sammy took the small rocks and tossed them up to the window as a signal to Meredith. When the coast was clear, Meredith would turn on the light by her bed and Sammy would know it was safe to raise the ladder. It was 10:45 pm when the light came on. Finally! As Sammy climbed the ladder he heard her whisper his name. Just as he looked up, he was met with a deluge of water, bucket and all, causing him to slip and fall to the ground.

Above he saw Mr. Walker leaning out the window, laughing.

“I got your message, punk. Sorry I made you wait so long.”

Maybe Meredith just wasn’t the girl for him.

Want to join in on our fun writing challenge? Click over for the rules and join in. This will be open all week – just ping back to the original post with your stories.


Writing Challenge Invitation #Fun20075

I thought it might be fun to host a writing challenge. This is my first attempt at this, so be kind. I am hoping it does not fizzle out and flop. I will try to make the challenge fun and manageable. I hope you will join me.

  1. Write an uplifting or funny short piece. The goal is to lift spirits.
  2. Use the hashtag #Fun20075 (today’s Julian date)
  3. Ping back to this post or leave a link in the comments to share your stories here. (If you have never commented on my blog, links will need to be approved.)
  4. Below you will find several ‘gifts’. Choose one or several to include in your writing. You must choose at least one.
  5. Have fun!

Here are your gifts.

Number #1.








Use the photo of the squirrel as inspiration.
you can use the photo in your story should you choose to.

Number #2.






Use this line somewhere in your story:

“Spaghetti? Really?”

Number #3.





Include one of these items in your story:

A rock, a bucket or a broken watch

I will write and link back to this post. I hope someone with excess creative energy will join me. If there are participants, I will try this again next week.

(Gift images are resized but courtesy of


What Day Is It Anyway – 03/17/2020

Image Courtesy of Pixabay

Linda Hill had a great idea of strengthening and supporting each of our blogging counterparts by writing about our days during this crazy time. I thought I would jump on board because, well the last few days – whew. I was in the pits of despair. I will not regurgitate that all here, because I am realigning and moving forward.

Today is Saint Patrick’s day. I never really celebrated this day much. I am not wearing green nor am I planning to drink green beer today. I once had a pin I liked to wear that said: “Legalize Blarney“. Funny the ‘stuff’ we buy during our lifetime.

We have had some challenges with our house buying foray. It has been a lot. We are unsure at this moment if we will follow through. Regardless, I am okay with whatever decision we make. A small problem in today’s world.

Have you ever found a four-leaf clover? I am not good at it, but our daughter has an uncanny knack for finding them. I think maybe I have found one or two of them in my lifetime. I am not sure about luck, though. I think we open ourselves to find what we need.

Image Courtesy of Pixabay

Spring is showing itself in the mountains. My redbud trees are finally blooming. We are seeing the Eastern Towhee eating on the ground underneath the feeder. They are shy visitors but we see them frequently during the spring and summer months. Just 30 days and I will be putting the hummingbird feeders out. We have SO much lettuce in our garden – it survived so well during these winter months. Maybe I will make a batch of Lidia Bastianich’s lettuce soup if I can find the recipe again.

Today I made a promise to myself to create something. Not sure what that will be, but whatever it is, I will post it here when complete.

Linda, thank you for the opportunity to reframe my thinking. Let’s all start moving some positive energy around.