The Plan To Rid Himself Of His Wife

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The Sunday Writing Prompt over at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie is Reasons for Admission. Write about one or more of the “afflictions” listed above that qualified for Admissions to a Women’s Insane Asylum, 1864-1889. Ignore the circled item. 

He knew he had to make his letter look good. He feared he would only have one chance to get rid of his wife. She no longer made HIM, her entire world. For his plan to work he would need to put on his thinking cap and delve into the latest list of reasons for institutionalizing women. Supposedly, there was science behind this list, unlike the first one. The prerequisites for admission were so drivel that barring an overly sympathetic registrar, he felt he was guaranteed success.

He needed to devise an opportunity to gather information for his letter. He promised his wife a relaxing day attending a festival that demonstrated how Ferris wheels were constructed. As they traveled around the exhibitions, looking at everything, he scrawled in his ledger. She was superstitious about carnival rides. At one point, he heard her express a religious opinion about G-d not wanting people to use these new-fangled rides. She knew chapter and verse about what was in the bible. She claimed this excursion was for him only and she found the entire day monotonous. How dare she not revel in what he enjoyed. She repeatedly complained that her mind was still focused on the upcoming wedding of their son. All these details were going to make his task an easy one to complete.

Upon returning home, he penned his letter to be given to the hospital. He was convinced that under the circumstances he was guaranteed they would have no option but to admit his wife of 20 years. He had no doubt, his wife met the standard of a woman who needed to be committed to an insane asylum.

Also written for:
MMA Word of the Day cap
MMA Word of the Day festival
Daily Spur work
Word of the Day science
Three Things Challenge AROUND FIRST WAS
FOWC monotonous
FOWC sympathetic
Daily Word Prompt delve
Daily Word Prompt drivel
Daily Word Prompt prerequisite
Three Things Challenge
Daily Word Challenge scrawl




The Magnificent Art Creation

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It had been such a terribly hectic week. The new instructor challenged the apprentice workers to create some new appealing crockery and glass tableware. She hoped to have the students present amazing tablescapes in the fall county fair exhibition.

Each station was laden with random possible raw materials to use. It was overwhelming to say the least. A class prize was to be given for the most appealing creation. There were also possible ribbons to be earned at the exposition hall.

Luisa began working with the crockery first. She realized that she had added too much to the piece of art. In her anger and frustration with the inability to transfer her thoughts to the piece she squashed it. It was broken beyond repair.

She knew the art piece needed to be simple, but elegant. To win, it should be made from affordable materials but appeal to wealthy tastes.

After days and days of working, her final masterpiece was completed. She lay her charming glass bottle with fairy lights inside, on her desk to be viewed by all. As soon as it was finished, she knew it would appeal to everyone. The lights were mesmerizing when you gazed into the bottle. So simple, yet so amazing.

When she learned that her project earned the class prize she responded with a shrill scream of delight. Her instructor gave her a voucher for a free semester at art school. Luisa knew she was headed for a life of doing what she enjoyed most, creating beauty.

After the class competition, the students decided to celebrate by having a party on the beach. Luisa brought her art piece with her as a reminder of her joyous day. Everyone needed to release the stress from the week’s competition. They frolicked in the water’s edge at low tide. It was their escape from the pressure they had endured. As they ran along the beach, Luisa’s magnificent piece was their guiding light to their way back to the real world.

Written for:
Sadje’s What Do You See?
Word of The Day:
Your Daily Word Prompt: lade
Rag Tag Daily Prompt: glass
MMA Word of the Day: random
Three Things Challenge: APPEAL PRIZE SQUASHED
Three Things Challenge:
Three Things Challenge: BROKEN SHRILL LAY


The Error Of His Ways

Frederick believed that being the heir of the former conductor meant he could err without reprisal. Even knowing that it would make him late, he still chose to stop and buy himself a gift. He carefully tucked his new sheet music under his coat as he rushed through the back door.

Everyone else knew they needed to strive to always do their best. But not Frederick. He did whatever he wanted. He unobtrusively went to his designated spot in the orchestra. Once he placed the base of the double bass in its correct position be picked up his bow.

The new conductor quickly marched over to Frederick. Using his deep, stern voice he requested Frederick to please edify him with an explanation as to why he did not feel the need to be punctual.  

Frederick was dumbfounded by the unexpected confrontation. He wondered if the conductor knew exactly who he was. But before he could ask the conductor, he was instructed to pick up his instrument and permanently leave the premises.

 Three Things Challenge tucked-  buy – rush
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie err –  heirbase –  bass
Daily Word Prompt  strive
Your Daily Word Prompt edify

Three Things Challenge #520 – No sleep for the weary

 Di brings us the three things challenge. Typically, I just look at the words to see what pops into my head. Tonight is no different. 

Your three things today are: SOFTLY  GONE  HOUR


It’s after eleven PM. I know I can’t possibly fall asleep for at least another hour. My body rebels against sleep on a nightly basis. Gone is the time when I needed to get up and go to work. It’s been two years now and I still wake up at the crack of dawn. (or earlier)

When Annie has played hard all day, I can usually quietly go downstairs to  bed without waking her. Otherwise, she enters the bedroom and softly lays on her downstairs bed. If I am awake, she insists on her cuddles before laying down. I am happy to oblige.   

I don’t know why sleep evades me. It has been my plight most of my life. It’s not the worst thing to have to deal with, but I sure wish I could sleep when I need to.

Three Things Challenge – Feb. 23 – # 518

 Di gives us three words to use in a blog post. 

Your three things today are:


I heard the most amazing offer on the radio.
They were offering Cal King sheet sets for only thirty dollars.
For fear that it might be to good to be true, I called my mentor for advice.
She replied with the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”
I took her advice and skipped the bargain.