Archive for May, 2012


Posted on May 11, 2012 9:51 am under Family
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Calico and Miss Muffin have returned from house hunting, but we don’t have a new residence.

We had done some preliminary online searches. It didn’t seem as though we were asking for a lot – three bedrooms, no carpeted floors and okay with pets. We created a list of contenders and Calico made one of those nifty Google maps. Pushpins mark house locations, so it is easy to plot a drive-by route. Clicking on a pin will bring up any information and pictures that Calico has added for that house. Read more »


Posted on May 8, 2012 12:05 am under Succinctly Yours

No, she’s not a missing child, but I sure am missing her! Calico and Miss Muffin left on Sunday and are currently looking for a residence near Calico’s new school. It’s not all business. Miss Muffin had wanted to visit Burgess Falls. Calico took this pic on the path down to the falls.



The Missing Piece

Guesses ranged from laxatives to newspapers and everything inbetween. It would have been a lot easier, if I hadn’t cropped the photo. The missing piece is shown below. Hope you enjoyed the guessing game.

The first Pond’s product was an extract of the witch hazel plant. It was supposed to be a cure for a variety of illnesses. Pond’s facial creams didn’t make an appearance until a few decades later. I wonder if this advertisement was intended to help with the transition from medicine to facial cream.

Appearances Are Deceiving

Posted on May 7, 2012 12:58 pm under Microfiction
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Former Belle
The impetus for Mathilde’s blue jean wardrobe and minimalist lifestyle was deeply rooted in her childhood. (91)

Stuck In The Well
“Didn’t I ask for ten minutes of quiet to read my paper?”

Fay wouldn’t argue with that look. She hoped her brother could tread water. (133)

Pig Pens Are Swell
Lucy struck her cutest pose, hoping Mama wouldn’t notice the muck on her shoes and stockings. (93)


Remember Pigpen from Charlie Brown? I didn’t know that he had his own dance.

Succinctly Yours offers a weekly photo and word as inspiration for your microfiction. How low can you go? Choose the 140 character or 140 word option.

This week’s word was impetus.

Succinctly Yours Week 59

Posted on May 5, 2012 12:01 am under Succinctly Yours
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How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words.Click For Details

Photo for Monday, May 7th

Word of the Week:impetus

Click on photo for larger image.

This is a public domain photo of an old advertisement. What’s the product? Leave your guess in the comments. I’ll post the answer on Tuesday.

Please don’t leave a link, if you aren’t participating in this meme. The link will be removed.

A Good Question

Posted on May 4, 2012 12:05 am under Family

Yesterday was the final section of the TCAP testing. Calico and Miss Muffin joined a group of students and parents on a trolley ride to the Spaghetti Warehouse for a celebratory lunch. The party continues this afternoon at a local park, where they will do nothing but play. Sounds like a great stress reducer. Miss Muffin found the process tedious, but the tests easy. Some children struggled with them. While recognizing how many factors influence a child’s academic achievement, I’d like to think that we have played a part in her success

We have always tried to encourage her curiosity. Answering questions is a part of that process and she has had a lot of them. Read more »