Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge : 2nd April 2020

April 2, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes pizza. It can be an original pizza pie (or slice) or something pizza-like. Go where the prompt leads!

It seems ages since I did one of these, and the topic today is very close to my heart!
We’d only just met and it was my turn to cook. He had cooked me the most wonderful liver and bacon with onion gravy, cabbage, and mashed potatoes.
There wasn’t much in the cupboard………. a tin of tuna, an onion, some mushrooms, a tomato and some cheese.
I made a pastry base, cooked it blind, then sliced the tomato and mushrooms really thin,
chopped the onion and mixed that with the tuna fish and spread it on the top, then covered the lot in grated cheese and finished it off in the oven.
Perfect……. the out of nothing Pizza!

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Fibbing Friday 3rd April: my response

Thanks Frank for hosting FF this week.

Here are his questions and my little fibbies:

  1. What is the Pythagorean Theorem?
    It was intended to discover if all pythons were called Monty.
  2. What is the Higgs boson better known as?
    The study of Cockney Slang. Henry Higgins suffered a typo when patenting his findings.
  3. Technically an acronym, what does COVID-19 actually stand for?
    It was the Corporate Video network linking 19 offices worldwide.
  4. What is the Theory of Relativity?
    The idea behind it is to see if there truly is such a thing as a nuclear family or they are all equally dysfunctional and explosive.
  5. What is Newton’s Third Law?
    Trying to adhere to the first two.
  6. What is the difference between mass and weight?
    You pray at one and curse at the other.
  7. What is the formula for density?
    Two bricks and a shovel.
  8. What is the process by which a solid transforms directly into a gas called?
  9. What makes biology unique compared to other sciences?
    The text is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
  10. According to one particular idiom, what do April showers bring?
    The start of a new tax year and higher household bills.

Hope you had fun with these. I know I did!

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It’s Friday! 3rd April

Hello! Friday was always a POETS day for me when I was working. I did a thirty five hour week, hours being 8.30 to 5 Monday to Thursday and 8.30 to 2.30 on Fridays.
That half day was a godsend as I could go and pick up my Mum for the weekend as it was more awkward for her to meet me from work after my redundancy, but on one particular Friday, WE GOT MAGGIE!
We travelled about three hundred miles that afternoon, ending up in Axminster having seen an advert for Sprollie pups in the Western Gazette.  If we hadn’t had the satnav, we would never have found the farm, but we did, and the rest as they say, is history.
Last night we tried to get some potatoes, carrots and onions, but stocks had been depleted everywhere. It’s not just food shortages though, our local discount supermarket was down to three staff, some being on annual leave. This meant no shelves were being restocked, and when a delivery came in, there was no-one to unload it. I reckon those lads didn’t leave the premises until the early hours.

We’ve been out in the garden today planting potatoes, carrots and the minions went in yesterday. I just hope they grow quick LOL! We have also put in some radishes, beetroot and five runner beans in pots. Bean Watch is on guys ‘n’ gals!
Tom and Jerry were non starters I’m afraid. Hubby tipped the pots out and there was no growth whatsoever, which doesn’t instill us with confidence that the replacements will grow. However, we have used 100% compost this time and can only see what happens.

As always, keep safe and well everyone.

Oh, and for those confused by POETS day, it’s an acronym for Push Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.

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Take Seven: April 3rd 2020

It’s Friday! Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week’s effort.

Our words were:
background, buns, cake, eerie, evening, handle, honesty, humour, joke, lark, mike, nose, path, piece, prank, remote, rock, silent, trash, violin, wire.

Mike lived in a remote part of the village, and the path up to his front door was eerie to say the least. He had a cheeky sense of humour and when she saw the bell was in the shape of a huge nose, it made her smile. She twisted the handle and let herself in.
Somehow the rock music in the background wasn’t exactly what she was expecting as in all honesty, she’d hoped for a romantic evening and had baked a special cake for dessert. She too could come up with a prank or two, and hoped he would see the joke.
Suddenly the music stopped and everything went silent.
‘You’re early,’ he announced fumbling with a wire behind the stereo.
‘Is that a problem?’ she replied.
‘Nah. What ya got there?’
‘Dessert. Can I help?’
‘Only if you know anything about electrics?’
‘You’re having a lark ain’t cha?
‘Sorta. I’ll just trash the idea of a wild night then and serenade you instead.’
With that, he pulled a violin out of its case and played for her.
She was gobsmacked at the beauty of the piece and how it moved her.
‘That was wonderful’, she sighed when he’d finished.
‘Now, you said something about dessert.’
‘But we haven’t eaten yet!’
He lifted the lid on the box and grinned up at her.
‘Hm. Nice buns. Can I have a slice?’


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Fibbing Friday: April 3rd, 2020

Thanks Frank! Have fun everyone, and I’ll be back with my answers later today

Thoughts & Theories

Di gave us some great questions to close out March with last week. Now it?s my turn to get the fibbing started for April!

In case you?re new here or just need a reminder of exactly what in the heck?s going on, here?s how things work around here:

  • In a post on your own blog, answer the following set of questions as creatively as you see fit. Just be sure to bend, stretch, break, or outright ignore the truth. It is called Fibbing Friday, after all.
  • Once you?ve crafted your crafty answers, be sure to tag your post as ?Fibbing Friday?, so it will be easy to find. Also, link back to this post, either with a pingback or a link to your post in the comments.
  • Take a look at how good of a liar everyone else is by clicking on other links and pingbacks.

Now for this…

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Three Things Challenge #194

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll give you three things that will hopefully trigger your creativity.
You don’t have to use them all if you don’t want to, simply read the prompt and see what comes to mind.
You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the new logo if you wish.
There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!
I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30am UK time, so as pingbacks have to be approved manually, they might not show immediately if I’m late accessing my blog.

Your three things today are:


Being Friday, the above will be included in the Take Seven compilation later today.

As always, have fun and I look forward to reading your responses.

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Welcome Visitors

It’s taken a while to get to writing this post, which in a way is actually in two halves!
I walked Maggie in the park on my own this morning. As things turn out, she has only had three walks today, two of which were in the park and her final one round the block after the round of applause for our NHS and other frontline workers.
She did the business and I cleared up, being careful to avoid the other mess on the pavement and grass where other owners hadn’t, then made my way towards the bridge to walk back to the entrance and home.
I noticed a greylag goose on the pathway with a canada goose companion. I believe geese, like swans, pair for life and last year it is possible there was such a coupling.
I took some photos with my phone, so they’re not as good as I’d like. Continue reading

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