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I've started a series of posts about my experiences with a 1953 Studebaker pickup:

"Studebaker Dreams - part 1

And don't forget to look for my first trinket, Summer Haze.

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In honor of WDC turning 21 in 2021, I've created my first trinket.

Drop by and collect your very own copy:

Odd O'blography  (13+)
Tales from real life
#2257228 by Words Whirling 'Round

Thank you
Thank you for this Trinket. ^_^
Thank you, anonymous!

A shared image for fun

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Now with even more annoying interruptions

Coffee Spuddle  (13+)
An all too typical morning
#2252536 by Words Whirling 'Round

Did someone say coffee?
I heard coffee mentioned … don’t throw it away, I’ll drink it cold, it’s coffee!
Well, we had an exciting afternoon today . . .

My adult son, Roy, and I were sitting out on the patio pad telling stories and watching the cats hunt for mice. Charlie caught a spirited little ‘playmate’ and he was quite the gentleman, sharing it with Sienka.

Charlie practices ‘catch and release’ hunting, so the mouse was still frisky and jumping around when Charlie suddenly dashed over to where the edge of the pad meets the greenbelt and came to a ‘point’. It was odd to see him abandon a ‘mouse in the paw’, but cats are kind of crazy.

“He must have spotted a bird,” I ventured, without paying too much attention.

“What do you see?” Roy wondered out loud, peering into the bushes.

“Holy crap, it’s a bear!” Roy shouted.

I jumped out of my chair and looked over to where Roy and Charlie were staring. It was, indeed, an adult black bear, and it was no more than 30 feet from where I was working on a crossword puzzle and Roy was sipping on a bottle of Guinness stout.


My instinctive reaction was to act all big and dangerous. I even waved my arms around, hoping to scare the bear away, or at least to frighten the cats enough to chase them back to the house.

Fortunately, I succeeded on both counts. The bear turned tail and ran back into the greenbelt. Charlie raced into the house, closely followed by Sienka, who hid under our bed. She hadn’t actually seen the bear, so she thought I was yelling at her. It took a couple of minutes to coax her out and make up.

Actually, I succeeded on three counts. Our neighbors, Matt & Jamie, were out in their yard with 12 year-old Evan and 6 year-old Desi. They heard the whole commotion, especially my fearsome roar, and Desi was crying a little bit. I had to go over and make up with her, too.

Jamie was actually kind of glad that we’d seen the bear.

“Was it really a bear?” Matt asked skeptically.

“Oh yeah, that was definitely a bear,” Roy assured him.

“I told you I saw a bear last spring!” Jamie told Matt with real satisfaction at finally being proved right.

Roy and I returned to our chairs on the patio pad, but our lazy summer vibe was sort of ruined, and we soon decided to rejoin the cats back in the house. As we headed back in, Roy pointed down at something moving through the grass.

“Look, there goes Charlie’s mouse.”

Wow. What a story. The scariest creature we get over here is a hunter spider!
Choconut ,

We live in a well-populated suburb, but only 3 or 4 miles away from a real forest. A lot of wildlife roams through the greenbelt behind our property. In the past 35 years, we've seen countless deer, several raccoons, a multitude of rabbits, a couple of coyotes, three bobcats, a few possums, and one porcupine. Hawks, eagles, owls, and pileated woodpeckers fly overhead. This was our first, and hopefully last, bear sighting.

We get possums, hedgehogs and rabbits. When I use to live in the country, we sometimes had wild pigs or deer on the farm but nowhere near humans (we tended to see evidence of them rather than the animal themselves). We have a LOT of birdlife though. And yes, we have spiders, but no poisonous ones. And no snakes.
There are still a few hours left to enter:

Write From the Heart - Story Contest  (E)
Write a story that pulls on the heartstrings based on the given prompt.
#2121278 by Purple Princess

Here's a reminder from 24 Syllables - Closed Until Sept. 15  to practice water safety!

Last Breath

With a piteous flounder
I succumb to the sea;
no more to know sunshine,
red roses, or thee.

There's still time for salient entries:

24 Syllables - Closed Until Sept. 15  (E)
Can you write a poem with only 24 Syllables?
#2162300 by Lostwordsmith

If you haven't already seen it, please check out Elle's note:

"Note: So many of us have been the recipient o..."

There's still time for gratuitous entries in today's round:

24 Syllables - Closed Until Sept. 15  (E)
Can you write a poem with only 24 Syllables?
#2162300 by Lostwordsmith

My effort:

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Thanks for the shoutout!
New and improved!

The Animal Talent Show  (13+)
Zoological Nonsense and Beastly Puns
#2251842 by Words Whirling 'Round

With 30% more nonsense and even worse puns.

Love Cycle

souls mate
new hearts take up the beat
a thousand paths pointing out
a million hopes and dreams

posted at:

24 Syllables - Closed Until Sept. 15  (E)
Can you write a poem with only 24 Syllables?
#2162300 by Lostwordsmith
A lot of self-isolated people have wondered what to do about ‘pandemic poundage’ over the past fifteen months. I decided to give intermittent fasting a try. The results were disappointing, so I increased the frequency of my fasts and stopped eating between meals. Sadly, even this level of discipline has been ineffective. I guess I’ll have to double down and stop eating between snacks.

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Keenest Joker  (18+)
Use your sense of humor and win gift points. Try not to laugh.
#1944443 by Matt 2021 Dean

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My son did something crazy based on a diet some doctors we know use. They eat one meal every 18 hours. My son decided to eat a meal consisting of less than a thousand calories in that time period for two weeks. It's been three weeks and he lost 25 pounds. He was 6'6" 280 to start, on a junk food diet. Now he focuses on protein with no carbs, whatsoever. He also drinks one half gallon of water a day.
The Verfabula Contest could use more entries:

Verfabula: A Creative Nonfiction Contest  (ASR)
Open to all! Can you write 500 words? Want GPs for entering? Closed for judging.
#2234698 by Krista

Here's my effort:

Cottonwood Conflagration  (ASR)
It seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
#2252991 by Words Whirling 'Round
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If you're working on Schnujo's Contest Challenge:

The Contest Challenge  (13+)
Join by entering a contest a month for 12 months--Win Badges! Catching up is allowed!
#2109126 by Schnujo

Then don't miss the opportunity to catch up with Sunnie's Monthly Poetry Contest:

Monthly Poetry Contest  (E)
Poetry Contest
#1993934 by Sunny

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