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Survivor
Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 11:27:23 AM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Good coffee, Larry, mercy bucket.

All the recent talk here on SS about dogs got me to wondering if a short fiction 'challenge on the theme of dogs might appeal to a few folks. At the moment I'm thinking of a 1000 word 'Flash' maximum. Cats and other pets might also be included on this go-around or maybe a later, stand-alone 'challenge'.

Anybody got any thoughts?

glasses8


It sounds like a fine idea. At first, I was thinking that we already had our Moon Challenge still ongoing. I know Sara is writing a story for that one right now. And I was going to meet that challenge as well when I found the time.

But, actually, there doesn't seem to be any reason why there couldn't be more than one challenge to meet around here. If you come up with the parameters I'm sure some of us could meet your challenge adequately. One good thing about these challenges is that we don't have to have a starting and ending date. Not if we decide it is not necessary.

I've switched to some root beer now. I have to get away from caffeine so I can sleep tonight. And I am busily working on another story.

I hope everyone's day will continue happily. flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
DenimAngel
Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 2:58:30 PM

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hello1
Hi folks
That's a great idea for an animal challenge
A sweet tea for me today


Survivor
Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019 7:55:54 AM

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The coffee is tasting rather good this AM.

Warm and dry here with no clouds in the sky.

Got my latest story written and it's been received well enough. I'm happy to report I am on two top author lists at this moment. That just makes my heart thump with glee.

Hope all are going to have a fine day. flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:30:30 AM

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Morning, y'all. Coffee's on and there's a plate full of Jalapino poppers for those needing something to kick 'em into gear.

Me, I've messed up, as usual. In a couple days, I'll be heading for the coast south of L.A. for my senior grandkid's graduation with a doctorate in physical therapy I'm told we won't be coming back to the desert until the following Tuesday.

That means cranking up some sort of 'dog and/or pet themed challenge will either need to be delayed or, much better idea, someone else needs to do all the heavy lifting while I'm AWOL. ;)

As for the contest, seems to me that if it is flash length, there shouldn't be any problem with it running along side of Anna May's 1500 word minimum 'Mooner'. IMO, checking first with her and Maggie would be a goodness.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

glasses8



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Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:53:50 AM

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Thanks, Bill. I'll have a cuppa your java and brew another pot, just in case.

Before I even consider getting involved with another challenge there would have to be some actual interest from the regular suspects. Other than my simple, "sure, I'll write for anything, anytime."

I do believe it will be a 'wait and see if the enthusiasm blossoms' kind of thing. grommit

MMM.... nice coffee. flower





All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:08:30 AM

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Good day. It looks like it wants to rain outside but it has held off so far. Long enough to get in our morning walk.

The coffee is brewed. Now for a cuppa java.

I proofread a story for a friend yesterday and it might get approved today. I have a story from another friend who wants me to look it over. It's in 3rd person but she doesn't think it sounds right. She sometimes has trouble, switching back and forth from 1st to 3rd person.

Luckily, I don't have any writing of my own on the burner at the moment.

Coffee is still too hot. Oh well.

Cheers. flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Welshdreamer42
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:13:05 AM

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Coffee looks good, any left?
My son’s GCSE results come out tomorrow and I’m more nervous than him 😳
I hope he’s done okay...


"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

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Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:59:57 AM

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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
Coffee looks good, any left?
My son’s GCSE results come out tomorrow and I’m more nervous than him 😳
I hope he’s done okay...


Best of luck with the results, Helen.

I had to mount a new exterior light fixture on the back of our townhouse. The light has had a short in it for some time. I do hate working with electronics. But it is now done. We will have light when we go out in the evening after the sun goes down. hello1

Having my last cuppa java now.

Cheers, flower





All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:13:19 AM

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Morning all!

Hope your son's GCSE results are all good, Helen. Fingers crossed!

Glad you got that outside light sorted, Larry. Those things can be tricky.

A coffee will do nicely to get me up and running here!
Survivor
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:29:41 AM

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It's a good day. The trash and recyclables are being picked up today. I will have my first ballet class for the fall season today at 10:00. So, looking forward to that.

I do need some coffee to get me going before I take a shower. First things first. flower



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Welshdreamer42
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 1:50:24 PM

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Hi all,
Good results today for my son. Very pleased.
Hope the ballet class goes well today x
Any chance of a nice cup of tea? coffee

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 1:53:14 PM

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Great news, Helen. Many congratulations to him. cheerleader cheerleader cheerleader

Not sure about tea being nice but, sure. I will join you with a strong, black espresso. kekekegay

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


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Survivor
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 2:28:22 PM

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Great results, Helen.

You may have the tea of your choice. The water is hot. And the coffee is also to your preference. I usually have a pot of Arabica. I see that Anna is making some espresso. geek

Hope everyone is having a grand day. flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
elizabethblack
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:14:12 PM

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Survivor wrote:
Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Good coffee, Larry, mercy bucket.

All the recent talk here on SS about dogs got me to wondering if a short fiction 'challenge on the theme of dogs might appeal to a few folks. At the moment I'm thinking of a 1000 word 'Flash' maximum. Cats and other pets might also be included on this go-around or maybe a later, stand-alone 'challenge'.

Anybody got any thoughts?

glasses8


It sounds like a fine idea. At first, I was thinking that we already had our Moon Challenge still ongoing. I know Sara is writing a story for that one right now. And I was going to meet that challenge as well when I found the time.

But, actually, there doesn't seem to be any reason why there couldn't be more than one challenge to meet around here. If you come up with the parameters I'm sure some of us could meet your challenge adequately. One good thing about these challenges is that we don't have to have a starting and ending date. Not if we decide it is not necessary.

I've switched to some root beer now. I have to get away from caffeine so I can sleep tonight. And I am busily working on another story.

I hope everyone's day will continue happily. flower


I certainly agree Mr. Rump Sir

Mendalla
Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 6:44:15 AM

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G'day all. I am back for a bit after a nice tour of the UK and Ireland. Would do it differently next time, but still had a good time.

Congrats to your son, Helen. Always remember that we do get to take some credit for their successes if only because we kept them fed and clothed.

*pours a tea and adds a twist of lime*


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 6:51:50 AM

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Good day, Scott. Nice to see you back. I'm sure a trip like that will have lots of memories to store away for the future.

I see the coffee has brewed so I'll have a cuppa java.

I'm waiting for the ache to settle in from my ballet class yesterday. I know it is coming. What I call ballet thighs and it is a familiar and rather welcome ache in one's muscles used for dance lessons. It will come soon.

Have a great day, all. flower



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Survivor
Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:53:18 AM

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Good day. Found another spammer this morning. I expect it will be deleted later on today.

Coffee is ready. Starting with my first cup with the pup laying against my thigh.

Cheers, all. flower



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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 5:46:03 AM

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After weeks of rain, the risk of flooding and dams in danger of collapse threatening a whole village summer has returned to the North West of England. The only drink appropriate for today is a cool beer whilst I watch a gripping match of Test cricket against the Aussies - heaven!







For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 6:56:22 AM

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The fresh pot of coffee is brewed. We can get some water boiling quickly.

I've got my first cuppa java for the day. Thinking about what a thrill it was going to my local community theatre last night.

We have an annual celebration to thank all of the volunteers that make our kind of theater possible. Counting those on stage but just as importantly the ones doing the work that gets the play or show on the stage for the audience to see.

My wife volunteers and mostly works in the costume department. She is a stitcher but does an inventory of the shop when necessary. Along with that she works taking tickets for the shows and will often usher, too. Last night she was called up on stage to receive her award for 500 hours of volunteerism.

My offering was a lot less. This past year I only worked in one staged reading for a few hours of rehearsal and performance.

It's really time to get some writing started. flower



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Kavyansh
Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 9:24:52 AM

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The unbelievable has just happened - after 4 days play England have just beaten Australia in a Test match they should have lost. They needed 73 runs with only 1 wicket left and that player was a specialist bowler and not a batter. It is impossible to explain to my American friends the tension of the last few hours when every ball could have been the end of the match and the end of England’s chances of regaining the Ashes, but my friends from Australia, New Zealand and India will know exactly how it feels. My sympathies are with my Aussie friends but they have the consolation of knowing that their team played extremely well in what could be the greatest Test match of all time.

This may be a coffee house but I reckon that champagne is in order if a bottle can be smuggled in somehow.



For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 8:39:12 PM

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I'll have a glass of champagne even though I nothing about cricket.

It's been a busy few weeks. My parent's house is officially sold. They will be moving on the fifth of September.

It's been stressful but we have managed to laugh along the way. The highlight was the lawnmower ending up in their pool the day before the walkthrough. We have no idea how he managed that and of course, he has no recollection of it happening. I got it out and cleaned up the oil that had leaked out. You never know from day to day what will transpire. It's either laugh or cry. Although I have been doing both lately.

My AC also quit during all this and my husband is in Newfoundland visiting family. He could have fixed it himself if he had been home. I had to wait four days to get it running again. Those were some of the hottest days of the summer, of course.

I will hopefully have a bit more of my life back soon.

I hope everyone is doing well.

I made cherry limeade again. I'll leave a pitcher on the counter.

Cheers!
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 4:26:03 AM

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So relieved to hear your parents' house is finally sold, Gill! (hugs) that really has been stress upon stress, plus missing your trip to Newfoundland!

Keith, I was on the edge of my seat watching the cricket highlights yesterday. That innings by Ben Stokes was unbelievable! What a hero! At least we still gave a chance at the Ashes, thanks to him!

A coffee to get me going on this Bank Holiday Mobday, would so nicely!
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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 7:14:52 AM

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Good morning, folks.

You're getting some great news for a change, Gill. Except for the A/C. But it's great that you can finally put down the parent's home burden.

Oh, Cynthia, I suppose watching the highlights of the Test match is the best way to watch Cricket. I wouldn't mind doing that for a few minutes. geek

We went out yesterday and purchased a new mattress for my wife. We're hoping it will work much better for her back. They'll deliver that Friday so I need to do some furniture moving this week. But this morning the first on the list is to put up a wall shelf for her TV to be placed up above her dresser. Simple chores.

It was raining again this morning. The ground is saturated from all the rain over the past week or more. At least it stopped long enough to walk the pup.

Well, the first cuppa is delightful. Cheers. flower



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elizabethblack
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 12:58:09 PM

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Kavyansh wrote:
The unbelievable has just happened - after 4 days play England have just beaten Australia in a Test match they should have lost. They needed 73 runs with only 1 wicket left and that player was a specialist bowler and not a batter. It is impossible to explain to my American friends the tension of the last few hours when every ball could have been the end of the match and the end of England’s chances of regaining the Ashes, but my friends from Australia, New Zealand and India will know exactly how it feels. My sympathies are with my Aussie friends but they have the consolation of knowing that their team played extremely well in what could be the greatest Test match of all time.

This may be a coffee house but I reckon that champagne is in order if a bottle can be smuggled in somehow.



No matter how many times I have tried to understand this long, long, long game I just don't get it. But congratulations are in order to England for the magical win. Your description made me excited for the win even though I had no idea what you were talking about.




DenimAngel
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 2:51:04 PM

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Hi folks
A large sweet tea please .. *climbing up in my favorite chair with my new library book
occasion5 yay for all the good news


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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:10:48 AM

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The morning is starting out rather busy. After feeding and walking Victor I put out several pink bags for the Vietnam Veterans of America. Mostly clothing. Then I got the coffee brewing. As I sat down to sip a cup I heard a truck's backing up beep. I checked outside and it was a large box that had been delivered. I had to get it inside. Heavy thing. It's a new bed frame for the new mattress that we ordered on Monday.

There will be a lot of furniture being moved in the coming days.

The coffee is fresh and hot.

Cheers. flower



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Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 7:00:04 AM

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The coffee is brewed. I noticed as I took Victor out walking this morning that the outside lights were still on. That means there was a power outage and they have lost the proper programmed setup. So, while the coffee brewed I was struggling with the instructions to get them programmed again. I'm pretty sure I got it. We'll see tonight at sunset.

We are going to be moving furniture get the new bed properly placed. My old body is already feeling it.

Cheers. flower




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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 7:09:31 AM

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Today I have a ballet class. The second for the season. Getting back into it once more.

The pot has percolated and the coffee is brewed. I may have time for two cups before I leave.

Cheers. flower



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Survivor
Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 7:01:15 AM

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Finally have the coffee brewed. We have a few things going on around here. Today we get the new Serta mattress that my wife has been wanting since she slept on one at my sister's house down in the Ozarks.

The delivery folks are supposed to move the older mattress upstairs to what will now be the library/guest room. Any guests will have lots of reading material there.

It was a torrential rain last night. Puddles still covering low spots in the lawns. It seems that no matter what weather event we are experiencing is now breaking another record. Whether heat, or cold, or rain. Whatever. The climate is spiraling into something odd and strange.

Anyway, cheers. flower



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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 10:56:23 AM

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Morning, Larry, and thanks for the coffee. Carl (Fuzzy) said he also had a Noah-type deluge so that storm must have been a big one.

How did the pup do? You've had more than your share of the wet and wild stuff. But it's been my experience that most dogs don't usally adjust to unexpected, loud noises.

(slurp) Me, I needed that.

glasses8

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