DE-STRESSING

A cluttered Garage Image by TLC Garage Works

HAIBUN

I chose today to clean our garage/man cave while my husband was away for the day.  I’d say we had an average cluttered mess.  While sorting things out, I shook my head asking why is still here?  It took 3 trips to the recycle center to clear things out.  By that time my Beloved came home – his expression was speechless!  Now the garage part is impeccably organized.

HAIKU

JUNKY CLUTTER MESS

CATCHALL FOR OLD USELESS THINGS

CLEANED GARAGE MAN CAVE

…I’ll get to the man cave another day…

VINTAGE ROOSTER

Rooster Short Story

As soon as I discovered this colorful rooster postcard, it revived one of my mother’s ‘war’ stories.

During the last world war everything was rationed but luckily my grandmother owned a farm in the countryside.  The tenants sent word that some eggs, butter and a chicken could be had.  So Denyse rode her bicycle up the hillside to collect the precious provisions.  On her return home Mother barely made the curfew when a German soldier stopped her – what trepidation her heart must have felt.  Then explained she felt she had no choice but to ‘turn on the charm’ so he would let her go – he did – without even noticing the satchel behind her –  thank God! Or I wouldn’t be writing this story.  Denyse pedaled so fast to the finish line while noticing my grandmother waiting for her with the gate wide open.

Mother said the worst part of this story was having to ring the chicken’s head; she couldn’t do it and Mame Jeanne had no choice – they both were very hungry but most of all very grateful.