Joelle’s tales: First Thursday of the month #TMAT120 #writing #prompt for July

It’s a new month, and here is July’s 120 word challenge from Joelle:
Today’s prompt is:  Your most eccentric family member.
(check it out here)

I suppose there is a difference between eccentric and mad.
I can’t recall anyone ever saying we had a mad person in our family tree, but I bet we did, and it was just hushed up.
As for eccentric, well, I don’t know anyone who actually started hoovering the lawn in the early hours of the morning or wearing odd shoes, though it’s not uncommon to wear odd socks under the guise of they’re all the same colour anyway.
Wearing men’s clothes, having conversations with animals and birds alike (even worse expecting them to respond), removing price labels from everything whether it’s a gift or not, even holding a debate with themselves and losing.
Guess that would be me then.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Joelle’s tales: First Thursday of the month #TMAT120 #writing #prompt for July

  1. floridaborne says:

    You’re my kind of eccentric. 🙂

    BTW: Your “about” section says you’re still house hunting. In what part of the world would your dream house be located?

    • We’d love to go to NZ, but have our age, lack of paper qualification, no money and just about everything else against us, even though my brother lives there now and got his citizenship a couple of years ago. Money is the main issue so we are trying to make what little we have go the furthest. Hubby wouldn’t mind the US.

      • floridaborne says:

        My sister went to New Zealand and loved it. I was looking up weather information and the website says it’s subtropical in the north and very cold in the south, so I’m not sure which kind of weather you prefer — subtropical or a colder climate.

        I’ve lived in 18 different homes in 9 different states. The midwest has mile wide tornadoes (one that took out a whole town missed my house by a few miles), the west coast has earthquake (I was in the 1989 earthquake), the south west is desert and can get 120+F (‘ve been there in the summer in an un-airconditioned van), and the east coast and gulf coasts get hurricanes (I’ve been through a few of those).

        If you’re looking for warm water beaches and an area where the fewest hurricanes go through, there’s a small town called Palatka that’s an hour from St. Augustine beach or about the same distance from Daytona Beach with lovely houses on the wide, scenic St. John’s river. Taxes are lower in their county. There are a couple of docks for people who boat along the St. Johns river and many of the boats are at least 40 feet long that go under the bridge.

        The pacific ocean is cold year round but the scenery is magnificent. California is a very expensive place to live. I remember how extreme the temps could be in San Francisco. And I already mentioned being in an earthquake there.

        Good luck on your house hunting!

      • We experienced an earthquake in Lincolnshire in 2008 (not too severe but there was damage to some property a couple of houses down from us). There was also a little quake in Weymouth Dorset in either 1990 or 1991.

      • floridaborne says:

        It’s a strange sensation. You’re expecting to feel the earth move, like you see in the movies, and you’re feeling disoriented, like you can’t tell up from down.

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