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I Would Rather be! in 99-words

People are funny that way!
Noticing now in my prime,
when dreaming of what they would rather be doing.
The youth often thinks of something in the future—middle
age thinks of something in the present, and the very elderly
think of the past.
If I were ten, I would rather be swimming.
If I were sixteen, I would rather be flirting with the boys.
If I were thirty or forty, I would rather be on my vacation.
If I were sixty, I would rather be retired
If I were eighty-one or older, I would rather be done.

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Zip it up! Be Happy! Dance!

For the benefit of Carrot Ranch, an inspiration.

A 99-Word True Story to be told!

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Waking up today, a little sad remembering Valentine's Day,  I would find a big box of candy, but he is gone now, living still but high in the heavens;  looking for something to cheer me, I found *   cherished happiness right here on UTube.  Music meant for me!

It's called "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah."  Even that title of song frolics with joy, don't you agree?  It speaks of a Wonderful day with a Bluebird on our shoulder.  The song goes on to say that everything is satisfaction!  There is plenty of Sunshine, and we all need that to melt the Winter away.   ♫


*Cherished Word of the Day Challenge linked above

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Fools Gold

Rules from Carrot Ranch if you want to join, I hope you do.

In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “GOLD, the gold rush history, adventure.” Let the prompt lead you! 49ers???

I had to do some research on my own to see if anything was of interest to me. I must have been absent from school that day this subject was taught in class. Much to my surprise, I discovered some strange behaviors from Mr. Stutter.

My 99 words story below:

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A young mother was surprised to see her son captivated by schoolwork, particularly one book. “What’s going on, son?”

Looking up from his book, the child said, “Reporting on the California gold rush, everyone seems to admire this guy Sutter, but when you read his life story, I wonder why?”  

Pointing to the book, he said, “See here, read one of Sutter’s quotes, ‘The Indians began to be troublesome all around me, killing and wounding cattle, stealing horses, and threatening to attack us. I was obliged to make campaigns against them and punish them!’ It sounds like fools gold.”

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I Wish I Could

Meanwhile back at the ranch

There’s a whole lot of wishing going on

Rules from Carrot Ranch if you want to join, I hope you do, JOIN!

In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the wish I made.” Whose wish is it and how does it fit into the story? What kind of wish? Go where the prompt leads!

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"I wish I knew "How To."
"How to what?" said the voice of a friend.
"How to anything; I can't do anything expertly well."
"I can't draw, paint, or even write a little poem."
"I wish I could be a famous author; I will settle for a not famous author."
"I wish I wasn't such a scoffer."
"If only I had a daughter, I would sit her down and draw her."
The friend's voice became very loud; "see, your wish came true, you're making poems just by speaking, you are an author, you just didn't know it."
"I am?"  
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Free Will Choice we all have one

Still time to enter your 99-word story at Carrot Ranch —

October 7, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes whispers. It can be beautiful or creepy and any genre. Where are the whispers, who are they from, and what do they say if they say anything at all. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by October 12, 2021

Shhhh! Quiet, don’t say a word; listen now.
Be very still and with your mind; ask HIM!
Feel the calmness, the peace;
you can almost hear the whisper.
“Here I am.” It speaks. Give ear to the whisper.
The voice that says, “come!”
The battle begins, the distractions, our mind wanders, and we all know why; next, we hear that eerie, dark, sinister voice, shaky almost sing-song. We listen, we hear the call to our mind the word…M I N E!
Forgetting that peaceful moment, we wake and carry on with the voice that called us to them. MINE!

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Short Story to Rouse your Imagination

Across the Water

Arriving finally at the shore of a large lake, the children were excited. “We can see all the way across the water,” they said!
“Look, see that home. It looks so tall and scary.”

“There is a footpath, and we can walk all around the lake to the other side; what an adventure. We will pack a lunch and go tomorrow.”

They followed the path the next day; within a few hours, they were in front of that large home, now looking across the water to where they came.

“Look! Across the water, there is that scary house again!”

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and The Winner Is — in 99-words!

The Daily Spur prompt is BLACK; go for it!

Fun and action found at the Carrot Ranch where …

September 16, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a Big Black Horse. It can be a horse, a metaphor or an interpretation of KT Tunstall’s “Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree.” Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by September 21, 2021

One day not too long ago, a black horse was galloping through the forest.
Stopping suddenly because he heard a cherry tree speaking to its neighbor, the apple tree.  "My fruit is much sweeter than yours,"
  
"You think so," said the apple tree! The apple tree continued,  "have you not heard it was the luscious allure of the apple that resulted in the fall of mankind."
 
"That is just a fairy tale," said the cherry tree.

"Is it?" The apple tree came back with an assertive voice.

The horse voiced, "even if a tale, the author chooses the apple."


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Hungry or not here I come!

The 99-word story above was inspired by something delicious cooking up at Carrot Ranch!

A tasty story Titled “More or Less


“Deciding what recipe to donate for the recipe book; while encouraged to give our very best!”
“My opinion, share your mother’s muffin-tins “tatoe-bacon” recipe, and while your add it, whip a batch for the freezer for an occasional snack.”
“Good idea, since the ingredients are not written in stone, more like less of this and more of that, I’ll note the measurements.”
Mix 1lb of hash brown frozen shredded potatoes
one grated onion
one cup bacon bits
two cans evaporated milk
three eggs
1/2 cup of flour
salt and pepper to taste
pour into muffin-tins bake at 375

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Just Fitting In — Mother knows best!

Today I posted about fitting in. We believe we will be happiest if we can only fit in, like the grass is greener on the other side. But is it?

My theme sort of fits in with the theme on Carrot Ranch today. Sort of but not exactly!

Mother Teaches by Myrna Migala

“Mom, Dad look and see that house you often admired its yard. It’s for sale! You would often say the grass was ever so green.”

“Yes, dear, but the grass always looks greener on the other side.”

“Huh, what does that mean?”

“It means some people are never satisfied with their own lives and wish for what they should not desire. They even believe that God makes mistakes.” Mother continues. “When/if they arrive on the greener grass, they might find out where they were was the best fit after all. Always trying to fit in can be boring.”

Just trying to fit in

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Short Story only 99-words

The 99-word story above was inspired by a picture prompt; click here to see the image that inspired my story.  

"Hum ho hum another day!"  Waking one Sunday, Rosabella Smith was getting up to attend Church.  She looked into the mirror and thought, Rosabella Smith, you are getting old, but you do look good today. 
 
Inspecting her collection of clothes, she dressed thinking, that was easy, no pain today, Rosabella?  Those new vitamin supplements I took must be working.

As Rosabella sat down, a priest began the announcements ... with sorrow  "I am sad to inform that one of our long-timers, Miss Rosabella Smith died peacefully last night during her sleep. Cemetery arrangements are to be announced later today.