Friday, August 18, 2017

Problems Cats Have


1. Their food dish is always empty.
2. The mouse gets taken away just as the game was getting interesting.
3. Baths take up so much of the day.
4. There is never enough time to sleep.
5. "The dog gets to go outside; so why can't I?"
6. Fish are a constant torment within their watery fortress.
7. People have this thing about picking up cats. Don't they know cats are allergic to hugs?
8. Cats, for some strange reason, are expected to share the bed with their human. Cats don't share.
9. Attention is not properly given unless all enemies are destroyed. Enemies such as the TV, books, the Internet, and humans not belonging to the cat.
10. Bells on collars.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nursery-times


The rabbit is quick and nimble,
While the turtle is steady and slow.
The mice are blind to all they'll find,
When the clock strikes one.
The cows moon for greater heights,
While curds and whey are where spiders set their sights.
Jack, so quick to break his crown,
Finds giants above where beans touched the ground.
The goose tries hard to be a mother hen,
But the tales at nursery-time must end.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Things Most Children Have


1. An imaginary friend.
2. Constantly messy hands.
3. Enough energy to power a small town.
4. A sixth sense which alerts them to when you try to eat something without sharing it with them.
5. A highly selective memory; they can remember that you promised to give them two cookies for snack-time, but forget to pick up their toys even after you've told them five times.
6. The ability to sing every word of their favorite show's theme song.
7. Enough curiosity to kill ten cats, and drive the dog into hiding.
8. An irresistible urge to cut their own hair.
9. Confidence to try new things — unless it's vegetables.
10. The ability to make others happy, just by being themselves.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Clayridge Dragons


Clayridge dragons are fierce, feral creatures that strike fear in all who have the misfortune to meet them.
But though their claws are sharper than any sword, and their fangs can pierce the moat well made armor, it is their fire that one must avoid.
Hotter than the flames of the emeraldian dragon, and  with precision that means the first bout is all they need to engulf their target, clayridge dragons are masters of their inner furnace.
But then, they have to be.
For unlike other species of dragons, the clayridge dragon must be cautious in how often they use their inner fire.
For should they use it too often, then their malleable clay flesh bakes from within, making it ever harder for them to move as every joint stiffens, until the strain of their heavy scales causes their baked insides to crumble.
In the end, nothing is left of a clayridge dragon except for dust-coated scales.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Dragon's Don't Wear Hats


1. Their horns get in the way.
2. The wind steals them whenever the dragon flies.
3. Knights laugh when they see a dragon in a ballcap.
4. Hats catch fire too easily around the hatchlings.
5. They don't fit properly, since no one bothers making hats large enough for a dragon's head.
6. Because princesses get frightfully aggressive if you try taking their headwear, and no dragon wants to explain how they lost an eye to a princess' pointy hat.
7. Villagers never notice them. What's the point of wearing your new hat to a raid, if no one pauses in their screams long enough to compliment how well it matches your scales?
8. Because heroes always assume it's a magical hat, and steal it before you get a chance to wear it.
9. They itch, and no dragon likes having an itchy head.
10. The hat smelled tasty, and dragons get hungry.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Crimson Terror


The stone was polished to a glistening shine, though it would never be seen by human eyes.
No, this magnificent gem would sit in a place of pride deep within a labyrinth of caverns, where bats flew and rats scurried to hide from the crimson terror.
A colossal, scaled beastie, the crimson terror was the local dragon of Fardell, known for his delight in pilfering stones from the farms and towns nearby.
Any stone would do, be it the rarest exotic sapphire or a lump of local red clay. Some of the more cunning villagers had taken to leaving a selection a stones on the road a short distance from their homes, so that when the crimson terror came calling, it would take that instead of destroying buildings in his search.
The crimson terror thought well of these humans, and so kept the charring of roofs to a minimum in places that left him an offering.
Some of the not so cunning humans left unacceptable offerings such as golden-haired maidens.
The crimson terror didn't want maidens with false gold locks. He'd rather have real gold, and so ignored such distasteful offerings.
Still, the crimson terror's collection was quite vast, and though none had yet dared enter his labyrinth, the dragon couldn't help worry that some foolish adventurer might one day seek to claim his hoard.
And so when the crimson terror wasn't out gathering more stones, he was digging; striving with each excavation to make his labyrinth more complex, his hoard ever harder to find, and thus safe from thieving human hands.
For with how precious each stone in his collection was, surely some adventurer would one day come calling.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fun Shaved Ice Flavors


1. Horchata.
2. Coconut cream pie.
3. Tiger's blood.
4. Grape.
5. Dreamsicle.
6. Lychee.
7. Sugar cookie.
8. Super sour lime.
9. Pina colada.
10. Black cherry.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Late



Bring late is what got me on this adventure.
I arrived a few minutes after the party began, and a few minutes after everyone at the party had been turned to stone.
From there, I was got lost on the way to a old sage's hut, and so missed the ambush the bad guy had set to catch any hero types (like me, supposedly).
My throw was late facing the monster, and so my newly found boomerang missed the creature's head, hitting the surprisingly explosive wall behind it.
So the pattern went throughout the journey.
My lateness wound up solving the problem or saving me time and time again.
And at last, I reached the bad guy.
And yet again, I was late.
Only this time, being late didn't save me.
Instead, it doomed everyone else.
Because I was too late.

Friday, July 21, 2017

To Wear a Mask


1. So you can breathe while working with dangerous fumes.
2. To help keep your face warm in the chilly weather.
3. As an aid while swimming underwater.
4. While at a masquerade party.
5. When you are sick.
6. To help you sleep while surrounded by city lights.
7. To provide protection while welding.
8. As part of a uniform while participating in a sport.
9. While performing on stage.
10. If you are a superhero.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Moments of a Mouse


Trapped. Forsaken, left to rot.
Beguiled by an alluring scent, foolishly betrayed by call of hunger.
Steel walls surround on all sides, while a clear ceiling taunts with perfect view of what lies beyond.
The entrance, so easily entered, mocks any attempt at escape. All avenues have been closed, and each cry for help has been ignored.
Forgotten. Condemned by a sweet bait, and sentenced to pay dearly for the meal.
The floor shakes, and the view above shifts as the prison moves.
Frantically searching for escape, nothing is found but bitterness.
Scents change, and sounds offer nothing but despair.
The cluck of the enemy, and the rush of water.
Within moments, steel walls leak.
Liquid death fills every crevice, and lungs ache.
The sweet taste of allurement which had graced the tongue is washed away.
Eyes close, as the final sleep overwhelms.

Friday, July 14, 2017

To Smile


1. Because someone made you laugh.
2. You found something you had lost.
3. Someone complimented you.
4. A friend came to visit.
5. Your ice cream didn't melt all over your hands.
6. The cake you baked was delicious.
7. Your dog didn't get into the trash while you were gone.
8. You were able to spend time with your family.
9. The cat didn't bite you when he was given a bath.
10. Because it was a good day.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mice


The scraggly old barn cat wasn't looking for a family, nor did he want a friend.
All the barn cat wanted was to be left in peace to hunt some mice.
He didn't care about the young mother and her litter of kittens. In fact, he was quite irritated at how their presence was scaring the mice.
The old barn cat's whiskers twitched in annoyance, not amusement, when the runt of the litter gave a very poor impersonation of walking and managed to scare am entire nest of mice into the old barn cat's paws.
The old barn cat got very good at ignoring when the kittens made a mess of his den during their play. After all, acknowledging them could be taken as acceptance of their presence in his home, and that would mean sharing his mice.
The grumpy old barn cat finally managed to scare the young mother and her nearly grown litter away late one afternoon. All the mice would be his once again.
Well, almost all the mice.
For the runt of the litter was still around. Why the runt thought himself welcome, the old barn cat didn't know.
But the runt kept catching the plumpest mice, and leaving them in the old barn cat's den.
And so, the old barn cat would ignore the runt, and hope he went away soon.
But until then, he'd eat all the mice.

Friday, July 7, 2017

For Spots


1. Because seeing stars gets tedious after a while.
2. If Spot doesn't run, then who will?
3. Spots of dirt means that the children didn't wash their hands.
4. Chicken pox just wouldn't be the same without them.
5. A dalmatian without its spots would simply be a blank pup.
6. How can an X mark a spot if it wasn't there?
7. Because connect the dots wouldn't work without those little spots.
8. Spots let you know when you've spilt food on your shirt.
9. Well, they are a lot of fun to draw.
10. Because stripes were so last year.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Joys of the Hunt


Terror stalked the night, waiting for his chance to strike.
The hour was late, and the streets were deserted. Yet Terror would not concede defeat, for he knew something would happen soon.
For the nights had been too quiet.
The flicker of a streetlamp made Terror pause. Could this be it?
No, Terror shook his head, It is merely a dying bulb.
Leaping onto a wooden fence, Terror stared up at the smiling moon. What prize had it gained, to be so smugly illuminated?
The soft patter of paws made Terror's ear twitch, and he turned toward the sound. It had come from a lawn overgrown with honeysuckle, its sweet stench clogging Terror's nose. Still, he noted the rustling of movement within the mass of oval leaves and pale flowers.
Careful calculation dictated each movement as Terror prepared himself. He would have only one chance, and it would not be wasted through haste.
One last twitch from within the honeysuckle, and Terror leapt with claws outstretched.
Warmth crumpled as his weight pinned it in place, and a swift bite ended the struggle before it could really begin.
Terror lifted his head, tilting his face to the sky so the smiling moon could see his prize. Let it smirk from so far above, Terror thought, Nothing with so pale a smile could possibly know the joys of the hunt.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Favorite Family Desserts


1. Pecan pie.
2. Lemon cake with lemon curd filling.
3. Homemade vanilla ice cream.
4. Lemon squares.
5. Rice crispy treats.
6. Cherry crisp.
7. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
8. Dark chocolate brownies.
9. Apple pie.
10. Oatmeal cake.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dragons' Dominion


It was a programming error that released the dragons. Just one line of code, mistakenly imputed, somehow broke the ancient binding spell.
The dragons were swift, mercilessly targeting those with any aptitude for magic. For it had been mages who locked them away, and so the dragons desired a world without mages.
The dragons hadn't expected the world to have forgotten how to use magic, nor to have transforms their ancient enemy into a creature of myth.
But the dragons didn't complain. Such behavior merely meant that there was no one watching for the dragons' return, nor were there any who were prepared to face the dragons in combat.
No, the fools had spent there time making dwellings that stretched so flimsily into the sky.
Such things were begging to be burnt back to the ground.
The dragons were cunning, and took note of all that their weak opponent tried to use against them. Some things, like the metal shells somehow filled with a strange kind of dragon-fire,  were surprisingly dangerous.
Yet despite the danger, those metal shells were laughably easy to beat with a carefully aimed blast of real dragon-fire.
It wasn't very long at all before the skies were once again ruled by dragons, and the land would soob be theirs as well.
For the the weak creatures of the world were on the run, scattering at the briefest glimpse of a dragon's shadow.
Without the aid of magic, nothing could stand against the dragons' dominion.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Packing Tips


1. Make sure the bottom of the box is securely taped. If you plan to fill a box with heavy objects (like books) make sure that the bottom of the box is taped in such a way that the tape won't give out when you pick up the box.
2. Don't overload boxes. If a box is too heavy for you to comfortably carry, then you might want to make it lighter. After all, you might not have the help of stronger friends later on when you need to move that too heavy box.
3. Bubble wrap is your friend. Have something fragile? Wrap it in bubble wrap. Have this one empty spot in the box that none of your stuff will fit in? A piece of bubble wrap can fill it in so your stuff won't shift.
4. Don't pack empty containers. If you have little knick-knacks and containers like jewelry boxes, why not combine the two? The knick-knacks gain a safe place to travel in that means they won't get lost, and you'll feel better about packing your cute box collection.
5. Label the outside of each box. If you don't have to open a box to know what is inside it, then moving the boxes into the right room of your new home will be so much easier.
6. Keep a packing list. What have you packed? Did the crystal monkey get put in the same box as the kid movies, or is it in with the stand mixer? With a packing list, you won't have to wonder where that crystal monkey is.
7. Work on one room at a time. Packing up a house can be a daunting task, but if you break it into smaller chunks, and focus on one chunk at a time, then it will help you keep from being overwhelmed.
8. Have a plan. As startling as it may be, plans can actually work. If you stick with it, that is. Don't change from one plan to another without sufficient reason, for darting about from one plan to another willy-nilly will only add to your stress.
9. Donate what you no longer need. Or more accurately, donate anything you mo longer use. If you haven't worn that shirt in seven years, perhaps it is past time to give it away. For anything you aren't using (and will probably never use again) is simply extra baggage that you don't need to waste resources packing, storing, or moving.
10. Take time to relax. Frantically rushing will only leave you exhausted. Take time away from packing up to remember what fun, food, and sleep are.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Opportunity Awaits


When the road is long, how far will you go?
When the path grows steep, will you make the climb?
When storms rage and shelter seems so far away, will you still trudge through the wet muck?
Will you stick to your course, no matter what trouble may arise?
Will you be the strong back, friendly shoulder, and outstretched hand to others in need?
Will you stand tall through each trial, when they come your way?
Do not delay.
Do not shrug and say, "Another will do it, so it needn't try."
"Maybe tomorrow, it will be easier to get by."
Do not wait for the maybes, though they are tempting to hear.
For "maybes" breed "sometimes", and "when I get the chance".
The opportunity is now, right this moment you see.
And it won't wait for you, for it is already free.
Opportunities must be seized, before they escape.
And put to good use, through each tough time you face.
Through long roads, steep paths, and countless storms every day.
Opportunity awaits.
So make no delays.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Road Trip Necessities


1. A toothbrush. Because fuzzy teeth are no fun.
2. Extra socks. For you never know when you'll need another pair.
3. Snacks. A snack makes the long road seem a little shorter.
4. Cash. Because no every place accepts a card.
5. A planned route. You'll want to know where rest stops and gas stations are.
6. A buddy. They can help keep you awake, pass out snacks, and make sure you don't miss too many turns.
7. Enough time for unexpected delays.
8. The proper chargers for whatever electronics you bring.
9. Water. Because stating hydrated is very important during long trips.
10. Comfortable shoes. Your feet matter, so be kind to them.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Storm


The night was still, the storm that had raged finally over. But though the chaotic winds and chilling flurry was gone, the desolation left behind acted as a harsh reminder.
Build your walls, and nature will tear them down.
Cower beneath the earth, as the skies rage.
It would take time to recover from the destruction, time that could nit be wasted.
Time that currently kept loved one apart, anxiously wondering if the other had managed to weather the storm.
Would time see them to a joyous reunion?
Or was a rain of bitter tears lurking on the horizon?
Buildings would be restored, others rebuilt.
Strangers would stand together, strengthened by the realization that they'd survived the storm.
Time would bring healing from grief and pain, and provide strength to the weakened.
But at this moment, deep in the night, time holds its breath.
For even time needs a moment to recover from such a storm.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Desserts


1. Frozen hot chocolate.
2. Sugar cookies.
3. Lemon bars.
4. Caramel.
5. Pineapple upside down cake.
6. Frozen yogurt.
7. Cupcakes.
8. Candied plums.
9. Fruitcake.
10. Pie.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Instincts


The ground shook as the fierce hunter bounded after its prey. After having stalked the tasty critter for so long, the hunter wasn't about to let it get away.
Around the corner, under obstacles the prey was too dumb to realize the hunter could follow it through, and then a dash through open space toward its hideaway.
But such a fine snack would not be allowed escape.
The hunter leaped, claws outstretched and eager to tear into tender flesh.
The prey only had time for a single squeak, before the hunter bite into its neck.

"Mom!" A little boy named Bobby shouted excitedly from the living room, "Whiskers just caught a mouse, and he's eating it!"
At her son's words, Mrs. Pine gave a sigh from her seat at the kitchen table. She didn't know where their new kitten kept finding mice, but she wasn't about to scold it for following its instincts. She would let the kitten eat what it caught, and mop the living room tile after its meal was done. Hopefully the kitten's hunts would discourage the mice from nesting near (or more disgustingly, in) her family's house.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Names for a Hedgehog


1. Sonic.
2. Lance.
3. Pin Cushion.
4. Quills.
5. Spike.
6. Seamstress.
7. Amy.
8. Snuggles.
9. Chia.
10. Grump.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Baby Turtle


Once there was a baby turtle, who loved his neighbors so.
Every day, he would go out to play with them. It was a long walk from the burrow to where the neighbors lived, and even after getting there his journey wasn't through.
For his neighbors were chickens, and lived in a coop.
For the baby turtle to go in and play, he first needed to find a hole. A hole that led beneath the wire and wood walls of the coop's run, a hole large enough for him to go through.
This hole was his secret tunnel, and made him the envy of his chicken neighbors. For his neighbors would love to be free from their run, free to eat all the delicious grubs that squirmed just out of reach beneath the tree outside their run.
But it was not to be.
For the chickens stayed trapped in their run, and the baby turtle faithfully came every day to play.

Friday, May 26, 2017

For Numbers


1. They help us stay organized.
2. They are used in coding.
3. Because without them, we might have counted by colors.
4. Because math wouldn't be the same without equations like 2+2=4.
5. Without numbers, crafts like knitting, crocheting, and tatting would be harder to write patterns for.
6. Keeping time is easier with numbers.
7. Because the alphabet would get lonely without their number neighbors.
8. When your bookmark falls out, those page numbers can help you find where you were.
9. If numbers didn't exist, how could you be sure you've line up oldest to youngest?
10. Because without numbers, this would be called Reasons A through J.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Brownie Delights


The little girl knew three things about bedtime.
First; hers was at eight o'clock.
Second; parents don't go to sleep until ten.
And third; the brownies always strike at midnight.
That's why the little girl had learned how to reset her alarm clock. If she got up at 11:55PM, then she had just enough time to hide in the kitchen cabinet.
For at midnight, the brownies came. They were little people, with purple shoes and yellow hats. The little girl wasn't sure where exactly they came from, or why the came to her house.
All she knew was that they made the most amazing treats.
Lemon bars, strawberry jam, apricot pudding, and many other dessert delights that she'd never heard of.
The brownies came, and after making that night's treat, they would leave.
But the treat stayed on the counter.
And the little girl was quick to realize that her parents didn't know about the brownies. For some silly reason, they both that that the other had gotten up early to make the treat.
The little girl didn't think it fair that parents didn't have to follow the sharing rule, and so she would wait for the brownies to make the treat each night, and then have an after midnight snack all by herself.
For brownie delights were worth sharing, even if it was only with the dark.

Friday, May 19, 2017

For a Table


1. It can be a gathering place for your family.
2. You can play games on it.
3. It can hold stacks of books.
4. Food can be kept out of the dog's reach with it.
5. You can use it while folding clothes.
6. Depending on the table, it can be used as a makeshift stretcher.
7. Child can use it as a fort.
8. It can serve as a barrier when someone is trying to put frosting on your face.
9. You can use it while organizing your coin collection.
10. It makes using a sewing machine easier than if you were sitting on the floor.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nothing


When there is nothing, it doesn't matter how you begin.
For how can the first word be wrong at that point i  time?
That one word will lead to another, and another after that.
And soon the page will be filled with words, where once blankness reigned.
Within that jumble of words, how does one find the right phrase?
Where do you begin, when awash in a sea of sentences?
It often comes down to a slow crawl through the muck, in order to find the gems hidden beneath.
And after you've found the right words, it comes time to polish them to a shine.
For though they are right, these words are not yet ready to carry the weight of the stories they'll tell.
Polishing can at times be painful, as it reveals the words that aren't quite right.
Those words are discarded, and those that remain become stronger for it.
In the end, others will wonder how your words came to be.
For in the beginning there was nothing.
But now you've made a wonderful something.

Friday, May 12, 2017

For a Pet


1. So you'll always have a friend close by.
2. Because talking to yourself can get pretty lonely. Besides, you'll get a better response from your pet than from a mirror.
3. Who else will you blame for having eaten the last of the bacon?
4. Pets are great at comforting you when nothing else seems to help.
5. They are fun to watch. For just like children, pets can react so humorously to the simplest of situations.
6. Because you need someone to get you moving in the morning, and a pet insisting on being fed can really get you out of bed.
7. So you'll have someone to go on walks with.
8. Because they can give you fun stories to tell your friends.
9. A pet can help teach children about responsibility.
10. Because they make you happy. What better reason is there?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Best Pet


With a pet in your life, you haven't a care.
For each day is exciting, filled with the love that you share.
But one day it all vanishes, the fun times all die.
On that horrible day when you must say goodbye.
How do you cope, with a heart laden with grief?
Is there any way at all to find some relief?
Your eyes have been puffy, swollen, and red.
Throughout that day you have dread.
Your pet has been so frail, only bones beneath skin.
You wonder if your heart will ever be whole again.
Through all the anguish, you stay by her side.
For no pet of yours should have to go hide.
In those final moments, your heart simply breaks.
And you're shocked by how much it aches.
Can it ever be mended? Will this scar ever fade?
Can you even bare to look back at all the memories you've made?
For the moments of love surely outweigh the grief.
Maybe, one day, they'll bring some relief.
But for now your heart weighs heavy and sad.
As you mourn the best pet that you've ever had.

Friday, May 5, 2017

To Smile


1. Because you were able to spend time with those you love.
2. Someone complimented you.
3. You thought of a witty joke that made people laugh.
4. You didn't stub your toe.
5. The weather was nice.
6. You made a new friend.
7. Because the dog cared about you enough to get off his bed.
8. You ate tasty food.
9. You were able to finish a project.
10. Just because you can.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Duck Pond


There are three constants in the Missy Lee Park. First is that Mrs. Flora will always be sitting on the only park bench at exactly two o'clock, ready to feed the pigeons. Second is that all baseballs will eventually be stolen by the White Sox hound, who is quite friendly unless you try to reclaim your baseball from his collection by the pond.
The third thing that never changed was the duck.
Rain or shine, middle of summer or dead of winter, the duck would always be swimming at the center of the pond.
Nothing could entice the duck from its spot. Not breadcrumbs, dogs, fireworks, or even the rest of the pond freezing. The duck never flew away, and was never seen anywhere else.
And just like people learned not to bring baseballs to the park, they eventually stopped wondering about the duck swimming at the pond's center.
Until one day, one of the townsfolk were visited by their cousins from the city.
As it was one of the few places for fun in the town, the entire family gathered at the park. One child decided to show his cousin how to use a slingshot, as he didn't think they had such things in the city.
The city kid's aim was horrible.
So horrible, in fact, that she hit the duck.
And for once, the duck moved.
The stunned duck drifted a little to the left, the the ground shook.
People shouted and darted away from the pond as a sickly greenish light shot up from beneath the surface.
The duck stirred, but far too late.
The water churned a frothy white that hid the duck from view, and then a head almost too large to fit in the pond broke free from its watery prison.
The duck made a satisfying breakout snack.
As people fled the park, the monstrous creature pulled itself free from the pond, teeth chattering in anticipation as the lizard breathed in the dry scent of freedom.

Friday, April 28, 2017

What to do at Midnight


1. Have a snack. Eating something is a great way to get that kast bit of fuel you need to finish a late night project.
2. Get some sleep. You might not turn into a pumpkin, but if you don't get enough sleep you'll probably be a sour apple in the morning.
3. Read. Books don't have bedtimes, and have a way of making you forget yours.
4. Write. Because when you've gotten into a groove, why let some time on the clock stop the words fron flowing?
5. Play with your cat. Unlike a dog, cats are often up at night. So if you want to play catch the mouse, you might need to stay up with your feline.
6. Talk with a friend. The time of day doesn't matter when a friend needs help or a attentive ear.
7. Do a jig. Because in the night, no one is awake enough to laugh at your silly dance moves. So turn in some music, and let your feet fly.
8. Think. Everything is quiet, and now you can relax from the worries of the day. Think about whatever you'd like. Just let your mind unwind and the thoughts freely drift.
9. Fold clothes. Because sometimes, midnight is the only time you'll have to fold them.
10. Make a plan. Because what better time is there to plan than at midnight?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sleep


Sleep comes as a thief, to steal you away into a world of dreams.
Sleep lingers at the edge of consciousness, tauntingly out of reach.
Sleep enfolds you in a gentle caress, like that of a mother soothing her restless babe.
Sleep claims the weary, the downtrodden, and the heartbroken just as it claims the exited, joyous, and beloved.
Sleep invites you to linger a little longer, when the new day arrives.
Sleep beckons when boredom is your companion.
Sleep is a constant friend, a bitter foe, and sometimes a lost love.
Each waking moment brings one ever closer again to sleep.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Everyday Superpowers


1. Wake-up call. Being able to control exactly when you wake up would be a useful power, especially when you need to wake from a nap at a certain time.
2. Temperature control. Would it be nice if hot food stayed hot and ice cream never melted? Well with this power, that's exactly what you could control!
3. Sock seeker. Never be left without mated socks with this power. Simply hold a single sock, and then you'll know exactly where its mate is.
4. Allergy avoidance. Imagine a power that would help you avoid whatever you were allergic to. That would be great for both springtime and the party's buffet table.
5. Golden silence. With this power, any annoying sounds are muffled, with a golden glow only visible to you appearing around the silenced sound's source so you will know when it stops.
6. Back scratch. This power lets you scratch any part of your back without needing your hands.
7. Stylish hair. A power that lets you control exactly how your hair will look can be useful, especially if your hair is usually unmanageable.
8. Simply social. A power that simplifies those difficult to muddle through social situations would be very helpful for any who have a hard time socializing.
9. Just dessert. A power that gives you a dessert whenever you want one. You might not ever het the same type of cake twice, but tyis power is a dessert lover's dream.
10. Listening laces. A power that makes your shoelaces follow your mental commands. Now you'll never have to bend over to tie your shoe ever again!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Creamy Fur



Droplets fell to the scorched earth; signalling the end of a once mighty waterfall.
The shadow that darkened the blistered ground would have sent the forest's creatures running, had there been any left at the once-beloved pool. As it was, the shadow grew as its caster descended to land.
Fierce claws dug into the baked earth as the creature reached the ground. Leathery wings riddled with holes were tucked against a back covered in pebbly gray skin.
The creature stretched, arching its back in a movement far too graceful for anything so large. A long tail slipped lazily back and forth as the creature gave a great yawn that revealed a mouth full of sharp teeth.
The creature sat and twisted its torso about to study its wings. A one wing unfolded, a small patch of creamy fur was revealed. The creature stared at the patch if fur for a long moment, amber eyes unblinking as it considered the oddity.
Strange flashes of memory filled the creature's mind: trees being so much larger, the wind teasingly ruffling its fur, the sweet contentment of a comfortable lap.
Releasing a sneeze that sent an uncomfortable burst of flame from its mouth, the creature turned back to the small patch of fur as the ground sizzled.
Rough, angry licks at the patch of fur made it begin to smoke. The smoke grew darker as the creamy fur blackened beneath the unrelenting force of the creature's tongue.
When at last all trace of fur was gone, the creature settled itself on the ground, curled inward with the tip of its long tail resting gently on its nose.
As its eyes closed and it surrendered itself to sleep, the creature began to purr.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thoughtful Gifts


1. A handmade craft. Be it a blanket, bookmark, bag, or butter bowl, taking the time to make something for someone else is quite thoughtful.
2. A letter. Writing a personal message to someone takes careful thought about that person.
3. Cookies. Cookies make people happy, especially when they're your favorite kind.
4. A photo album. Pictures capture moments, and moments remembered are moments treasured.
5. A collectible. Giving someone an item for their collection shows that you care enough to know what they like collecting. A collectible could be keys, bottle caps, or even left socks. Their value lies in the collector's heart.
6. A drink of water. When you are thirsty, having someone offer you a glass of water is a wonderful thing indeed.
7. Your service. Sometimes the best gift is delivered through sweat, elbow grease, and a smile.
8. A kind word. Kind words can improve another's day, so don't be afraid to speak.
9. Food. Making dinner for someone else is a wonderful gift to give.
10. Your time. Sometimes the only gift you need give is to simply spend time with someone else, focusing on them instead of on yourself.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

House Cat



Stretched out upon a bed that once belonged to the dog, the kitten was content.
Gone were the days where he'd had to struggle outside, hoping his mother would return before he and his siblings starved. Gone were the terrible nights when a howl might mean that a pack of hounds had found them.
Gone was the rain that left his fur drenched, and the harsh sun-baked earth that burnt his paws.
No, now his life was luxurious.
Comfortable beds, fresh water, and all the food he could ever desire. A warm lap just for him, and toys to pounce on.
Yes, the life of a house cat promised to be a good one.
And so the kitten stretched out once more upon the dog's bed, and purred his contentment.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Waffle toppings


1. Whipped cream.
2. Chopped pecans.
3. Chocolate chips.
4. Peanut butter.
5. Rainbow jimmies.
6. Bacon.
7. Real maple syrup.
8. Fresh strawberries.
9. Lemon curd.
10. Fried chicken with country gravy.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

As the Battle Ends


The scent of smoke as the battle ends,
Spells disaster for my armored friends.
For there swoops down an angry beast,
Cloaked in shiny scales, with eager fangs waiting to feast.
Against its fiery breath they stand,
Foolishly brave knights to the very end.
A sharper scent now taints the smoke,
A bitter warning of what creature the battle woke.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fun Familiars


1. A spider. Because how great would it be to have a familiar that could provide you with an endless supply of unique thread for all your crafting needs?
2. A penguin. Because at least one of you should be able to withstand cold temperatures.
3. A skunk. Being able to clear a room might not be kind to your nose, but it makes for a useful familiar.
4. A slug. Because sometimes being around something slimy can be strangely satisfying.
5. A turkey. After all, there doesn't seem to be any rules stating that you can't eat your familiar.
6. A frog. What could be more fun than trying to catch something that is always one hop ahead? Watching as children try to catch it.
7. A vulture. By watching where it circles, you'll always be prepared to swoop in and snatch the ripest deals during any sale.
8. A hedgehog. Because having a grumpy and poky familiar can help remind you of how good your life really is.
9. A butterfly. Having such a graceful familiar can help you to remember that some things call for a gentle hand.
10. An archer fish. Because one of you needs to have good aim.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Numbers on the Clock


There was a different number on the clock,
Each time you went to see the Doc.
At one, something blue was growing on your tongue.
Then came two, with a swollen foot stuck in your shoe.
Around three, a bee had stung your knee.
Four was when you slipped on the floor.
When the clock struck five, you'd fumbled while juggling knives.
Before six, you were bitten by ticks.
At seven, you had lost a fight against Evan.
When it was eight, you actually felt pretty great!
But at nine, you felt an ache in your spine.
At ten, you'd fallen in the glen.
Around eleven, you found out what happens when you use expired leaven.
Finally it was twelve

Friday, March 24, 2017

Blue


1. Blue is the sky on a lazy day.
2. Blue is the water, where you can splash and play.
3. Blue is how you feel after a loss.
4. Blue like the tie you wore before it was stained by some sauce.
5. Blue were the berries you covered in cream.
6. Blue was the color that filled your dream.
7. Blue is your lips after too much time in the snow.
8. Blue is the bruise after you stubbed your toe.
9. Blue were the feathers you plucked off the ground.
10. Blue like your mother's eyes, when she saw what you found.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Dragon's Den


The dragon's den is somewhere you never go without a plan.
For within the dreary murk, a dangerous creature lurks.
Jealously guarding his gold.
And should you foolishly wander in, forget about the treasure you sought to win.
For your situation is dire, to be roasted with the dragon's fire.
Your armor added to his hoard.
But if the prize you will forsake, then the victory is yours to take.
Through accomplishments from which you'll have more to lend, than what you could have taken in the dragon's den.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Kittens Love...


1. Shoes. They're great to climb on, chew, and some even have laces to play with!
2. Couches. What better place is there to take a nap under?
3. Other kittens. Having someone their own size to pounce on is great fun.
4. Food. Be it milk, moist food, or something more solid, kittens love to eat.
5. Biting. A kitten needs to test out their new teeth on just about everything.
6. Boxes. Give a kitten a box, and it will be bouncing in and out of it all day.
7. Sleeping. Naps are a very important part of a cat's life, and so must be practiced from a very young age.
8. Playing. Kittens can find a way to play with anything. Their shadow? Pounce on it. A rocking chair? Climb on its legs. The sleeping dog? Climb on its back.
9. Attention. Unlike an adult cat, kittens demand a lot of attention from their caretakers.
10. Pouncing. Be it on a toy, your foot, or nothing at all, kittens love to practice their pouncing.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Paper



Straight lines upon a field of white.
Words written in uniform rows, give an account of how much you know.
Doodled drawings fill the edges, replacing boredom with delight.
Pencil sketches, and smudging ink.
Each reveal just what you think.
Folds crease what once was smooth.
And delicate cranes help to soothe.
A worried mind, or anguished heart.
Sometimes it's hard to tell them apart.
So be it dreams or doubts, duties or defeats.
A blank page can manage much, if you'll only fill the sheet.

Friday, March 10, 2017

For a Bologna Sandwich

1. Bait for a trap.
2. A midnight snack.
3. As a peace offering between warring first graders.
4. It could be used as part of a code, set just after a ham and cheese sandwich.
5. As a quick meal while you run about all day.
6. It could be a test of your date's potential. If they don't like a simple sandwich, then what other simple things might they dislike?
7. To cause a distraction. Because who wouldn't be distracted by a sandwich?
8. As a conversation starter. Many an awkward silence can be broken by the appearance of a bologna sandwich.
9. It could be a pillow after a stressful test. For when all you have is a bag of chips and a sandwich, that sandwich starts to look a lot more comfortable.
10. So you'll have something to feed the neighborhood dragon. When he doesn't want a cheese sandwich, that is.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Braids


Ropes of sunlight, coils of fire, and the weaves of night were all placed in perfect rows upon the shelf. Not a single hair was to be out of place, unless you fancied becoming a dragon's lunch.
Luckily, princesses around here are known for their elegent floral arrangements.
Unluckily, I happen to be the only princess who failed to grasp that particular talent.
So instead of the braids on the shelf cascading in the colors of a sunset, they looked more like a jumbled pile of fisherman's nets.
I called my draconic captor Billy, because the horn on his chin looked as if it he'd stolen it from a goat. I'm pretty sure he wishes he'd snatched one of my sisters instead of me every time he sees what I've done to his collection, and I often wonder why he hasn't eaten me yet.
Of course, all I needed to do was look over at his nest to get my answer.
For among all the gems, gold, and treasures that Billy slept upon were braids of soft, earthy brown hair.
My hair.
For some strange reason, my hair seemed to be like catnip to dragons. And thanks to something in the smoke of dragonfire, my hair now grew by several feet each day.
That made it hard to do some things, like cook, clean, and escape from this cave. The cave was always smoky, even while Billy was out hunting. And while my hair grew quickly while within the smoky haze, it positively flooded from my head for a couple hours after getting awat from the smoke.
And having a flood of hair pour out of your head is exhausting. You lose the energy to even think about running away, and by the time you do feel like moving, the sheer weight of all that hair keeps you from getting very far.
And once your dragon catches you, it carries you right back into the cave, and glares hungrily while you braid all of your new hair.
Sometimes, Billy nudges me outside just so he can get some fresh hair for his nest.
After he sees the mess I've made of his hair collection, I'll probably end up spending the entire night braiding a new flood of hair.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Food You Might Find in the Freezer


1. Flavored ice. Sometimes they're popsicles, and sometimes they are simply tubes of colored ice.
2. A frozen dinner. Because it can be handy when you need something quick to heat up for dinner.
3. Frozen peas. Great in fried rice, stews, and for that black eye you got from an overly exciting little league game.
4. Leftover pizza. Who doesn't love a slice of pizza during a movie night?
5. Hot dogs. They cook pretty fast straight from the freezer!
6. Ice cream. For those rainy moments in life, it's wise to keep a supply of your favorite flavor on hand.
7. Burritos. Though with frozen burritos, enough is never enough!
8. Cheese. Because a block of cheese is a great food to have on hand.
9. Spaghetti sauce. Homemade sauce, carefully portioned into single servings, is a great freezer filler. Just pull one out whenever you feel like pasta, and enjoy!
10. Berries. Because what else are you going to add to your smoothie?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Cat's Comfort


A soft pillow or a warm lap,
Those are the best places to take a nap.
Stretched out in the bright sunshine,
Dreaming of tasty birds that could be mine.
Safe from children, dogs, and toys,
In a secret hiding place free of noise.
Body curled comfortably from head to tail,
A rumbling purr within me swells.
It is a perfect day, to rest at ease,
Wherever and whenever a cat may please.