Friday, May 30, 2008



I haven't done one of these in a few weeks because my brain was on vacation, and, as you will soon see, all of it didn't come back. Anyway, go to Raven's website, if you want to read all the other efforts.

The 10 words (actually, only 9 this week):




lute player


tin roof

wild flowers

stop light


The 5 words:

gravy boat

cat carrier

Madison, Wisconsin

March hare


So, I decided to try putting them all together in the same little story.

Once upon a time, there was a man in Madison, Wisconsin, who practiced his carpentry with the precision of a lute player. You could tell he was a perfectionist by looking at his garden, with its perpendicular rows of wild flowers and radishes and other vegetables, which he watered with a gravy boat.

One day, he decided to take on the gargantuan task of building a new garage, with a tin roof. He was hurrying to the hardware store for more supplies, and blew through a stop light like a March hare and, luckily, received only a warning from the town constable. He expressed his gratitude by offering to build something for the constable. The constable thought for a moment, and said his wife wanted a cat carrier. So, the carpenter built the most ornate cat carrier he could design, and the constable and his wife loved it.

They all lived happily ever after, except for the cat.


Raven said...

Good to have you back! I didn't even notice that I had only 9 words... talk about brains going on vacation! Anyway, excellent job as always. I'm thinking about the task of carrying an ornate wooden cat carrier with howling cat inside. I'm sure the girls would love it, though.

Odat said...

Great story. I love the watering the garden with the gravy boat! ;-)

Richard said...

Isn't that really what gravy boats are good for? I mean, most people spend more time watering their plants that pouring gravy, I hope.


Great story Betty.

Bear Naked said...

Bravo--great job.
I doubt very much whether I could ever write something like that.

Akelamalu said...

LOL great story Betty! :)

Dianne said...

I'm so glad you're back. I love your stories and this one is no exception!

Betty said...

raven: Glad to be back. Thanks.

Odat. Thank you. I read your Wrdzzle, too, and commented.

richard: I had to think pretty hard about what to do with that gravy boat. lol

bear naked: Sure you can. Just let your mind go on vacation for a couple of weeks, and it'll come back doing all sorts of weird things.

akelamalu: Thanks.

dianne: It's good to be back and at least, partially in my right mind. lol

Jeff B said...

Ha, that was fun. I like the gravy boat watering can.

Anonymous said...

I love it! Betty, ever since I saw Wordzzle challenges mentioned on Jay's blog, I'm hooked on reading 'em to see how you guys fair. Well done.

Betty said...

jeff b and james b: Thanks for coming by. Join us with an entry next Saturday, why don't you? It's a lot of fun trying to find some way to use all the words.