Saturday, April 18, 2009

Raven's 59

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle

This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: prefix, art festival, income tax, chicken noodle soup, jump rope, Dutch Treat, flowering plum tree, bats in the belfry, diamond earrings, tigers
Mini Challenge: book club, organic tea, the cow jumped over the moon, paragon of virtue, wench
The Mega Challenge Crazy Netti

Crazy Old Nettie that’s what they called her. She has bats in the belfry people said. But she was rich, very rich. Nobody in all of Prefix , Illinois knew how rich. She had on really old clothes of another age. Her shoes had holes stuffed with old income tax forms. But with all of that she wore Diamond Earrings with little tigers engraved in them. It was said that in her mansion, she lived in a mansion, she had only chicken noodle soup to eat. She had cans and cans and cans of chicken noodle soup.
When she would see kids playing jump rope she would go up to them and ask them to recite “ the cow jumped over the moon” while they jumped. If they did she gave each kid a dollar. Sometimes she mistakenly gave them five dollar bills instead of dollar bills but they didn’t complain.
Every Tuesday and Thursday she went to the Prefix City Book Club sat under the flowering plum tree and bought organic tea for anybody that wanted some. She didn’t care who they were , a paragon of virtue or the town wench were all the same for her. Her only rule never go Dutch Treat.
When it came time for the Greater Prefix Art Festival she made a sizable contribution in both art and money. This despite the fact that the guard tried to keep her out thinking she was one of those homeless people trying to get free drinks and food.
Crazy Old Nettie was a fixture in Prefix. She will be missed.
Oh1 She didn’t die. No, in a sense , she never was. She was played by that writer lady , Christine Longsfoot. She was gathering material for her latest book. It’s on all the best seller lists. “ Stories from Prefix, Our Town “ is what it’s called. Thinking she was just that crazy old lady you would be surprised what people said when she could hear.

The Ten Word Challenge-Location
It began to dawn on Jeff Prefix that he had bats in the belfry to even think of setting up his income tax booth at the Starving Artists Art Festival.
“These people don’t have an income” he thought. ”I bet they go Dutch Treat on dates.
I’m going to scream if just one more brings in a picture of tigers on velvet. The painting of a jump rope will just never sell. No wonder they are starving .
Just once I’d like to see a woman with diamond earnings and real art.”
When it looked like such a woman wasn’t coming or any customers either Jeff moved out to under the flowering plum tree and ate his chicken noodle soup.
What he needed was a festival for starving income tax preparers. He certainly qualified. But then, like his father had told him, he understood that in every vocation it was location, location, location.

We did the Mega Challenge in 55 words yesterday- Scroll down and look
But now we are too tired to do the mini challenge.


  1. Loved your Crazy Netti. Great turn at the end! (Also loved the diamond earrings with tigers engraved... very unusual piece of jewelry!)

  2. You dragons know how to spin some fine yarns. Well done! Loved the crazy Nettie story especially.

  3. Really enjoyed the Crazy Old Nettie story.

  4. Poor tired dragons. One doesn't think of dragons getting tired, but I suppose they must. But you also write very cute stories. :)

  5. What a turn of events for Crazy Old dragons are a clever bunch :)

  6. Oh, I wanna READ that book of Crazy Old Nettie's memoirs! You dragons are GREAT writers!

    Woe to the lonely income tax preparers too!

  7. You are most talented dragons. I liked the story about Nettie and how she was actually just a character the other woman was pretending to be.

  8. Crazy Nettie wasn't crazy at all, if they only knew! Super stories again dragons :)