Friday, December 16, 2016

Wednesday Words from 2012: Maniacal Old Woman

Deluxe hot chocolate with marshmallows
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Violin music scratched from Miss Violet Ramsey’s record player, volume turned up high, pouring music directly at her head. Her deaf ears scarcely heard even a note, which did not seem to be a problem.

By the window where Miss Violet sat, she stroked her calico kitten and sipped hot cocoa topped with melted marshmallow.  "How about we have another, Kitty?" as she set a fresh cup next to six empties. It had been a long cold day, and six cups were nothing.

Violet had barely taken a sip, when she cried out, “Oh, look, Kitty!  There’s another one!”  Even with her glasses steamed and fogged, Miss Violet did not miss a man  in a dark overcoat as he rushed by on Albany Lane, now a very slippery street.  

When he tumbled and cursed, Miss Violet giggled and marked another hash mark on her writing tablet. “That makes 13 today!” Marshmallow spittle splattered onto Kitty, who was not in the least bothered by it.  

Her joy was disturbing on so many levels.


This is a re-post from Nov. 29, 2012.  The italicized, underlined words were a gift from Delores (her blog at the time "thefeatherednest") and Wednesday Words challenge she instigated. Being the clever girl she is, Delores managed to capture and pique the interest of many bloggers who delighted in using 6 unrelated words and playing with them.


This writing challenge still exists!  You can find the words at several bloggers' sites, mainly Elephant's Child, River-Drifting through Life,  Please head over to Delores' site, as there is always something going on there!



20 comments:

  1. Always a way to find some entertainment haha

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    1. I guess that you have to find fun where you can is true.

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  2. Who knows what we'll find amusing as we get older.

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  3. I've been drinking hot chocolate of late, but have not resorted to sitting watching out my window. No icy streets with people falling on them either, but I guess today I could watch the rain. Here the rain is a rather novel sight as you know.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Not just watch the rain, Lee!! Go outside and do your best Singing in the Rain impression! That is how I feel!

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  4. I wonder whether she sprayed the streets with water to create the perfect conditions for her fun...
    And wonder where that thought came from.

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    1. I don't know, but it sounds good to me.

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  5. Hi Susan - Violet certainly knew what amused her ... sad, but interesting to read ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Sad, true. But Violet was safe enough to be around.

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  6. Six hot chocolates! Violet's my kind of girl. Love hot chocolate.

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    1. Just fixed some for breakfast. No marshmallows, though.

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  7. I am reading this post as ice and sleet are tapping on my windows. I can't see it as it is early in the AM and it is still dark, however, the forecasters have been warning us about it for the past 24 hours. I have prepared to stay in today as I don't want to fall and be any entertainment for onlookers.

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    1. Definitely weather to stay in, bundle up, and keep warm. Ice storms are scary.

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  8. Shades of Arsenic and Old Lace...

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  9. Ha! I loved this so much I had to go back and read it again - "Marshmallow spittle splattered onto Kitty, who was not in the least bothered by it." Such a fun little short vignette, crisp and clean, nothing wasted! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I love using the word "spittle". Getting to use it effectively is great.

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