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Friday, November 30, 2018

FRIDAY 3'fer: Final Fiction, Nature and Feline

This month I'm using lines 8, 12 and 16 from
a most delightful book by Beth Hoffman
Savinig CeCe Honeycutt
8: party
12: rummage sales


It was 1994, "K" was an eighteen year old college freshman, a long way from her small New Hampshire hometown.  The second daughter of three and quite smart.  If one was to describe K's personality, it could be summed up as loving adventure, travel and especially meeting new people.  Her family wanted her to stay in State for school like her older sister.  Her younger sister was NOT at all excited about being the only child.  "K" only applied to out of state universities.  She was accepted at a very large University in the South.  She did not know one single person.  In order to make friends and make a little extra cash, K  applied for a work study assistant working in one of the University's departments. That was the second best decision of her 18th year...first being going away from home to college.
Work study assistants were not employed in the department of their field of study because their 
work could involved helping sort tests or homework.  In mid November, shortly before Thanksgiving break K, arrived at work very distraught.  One of the *staff asked what was wrong.
K said, I got a speeding ticket this morning on the way to school.  I woke very late.  I was trying not to be late  for my 8 am class.
She was so worried about having to explain the speeding ticket fine that was going to appear
on her parent's charge card.  That card was to be used ONLY for gas and anything academic; however, K didn't have cash to cover the cost.  After I tell my parents, I will be buying all my clothes from rummage sales for the next four years. The *staff (aka pseudo Southern mom) tried to reassure her all would work out. K practiced what/how she would tell her parents.
The *staff was relieved to see K after Thanksgiving break with a great big smile on her face.
K was tickled to tell the *staff about the conversation.  It went something like this:
"When I arrived home, my sisters and I were catching up.   As I was telling them about my speeding ticket, both my sister's mouths dropped open in horror.  All of a sudden, I noticed a very shiny object my sister's mouth. My sister had a tongue piercing.... that she did not have when I left home.  I asked her if our parents had seen it...she said not yet.  I had a wee celebratory party in my head.
I knew with 100% certainty that a tongue piercing was going to be a much bigger deal than my itty bitty speeding ticket.....and it was."

This is a true story I was *'the staff', and I'm happy to report that K made excellent grades and went on to receive a Master Degree in Speech Pathology from another southern university

This is a blog hop click here for more tales

I'm participating
Hosted by my Niece Rosy, Mayor Arty and Prof. Jakey and their Assistant Momma

This is about 1/4 of a long stretch of some of the prettiest Nature landscaping I've seen
at a hotel.  Every season is full of color.  This was taken from the car because it is on a very busy road.  I've never seen the folks planting or tending maybe they are Elves or Gnomes
with great vision.

Feline Friday

LilyRae a beautiful Tabby.  She is the grandcat of my friend
Janice.  Janice and her husband Al were cat sitting over Thanksgiving.
LilyRae evidently loves having her photo taken.
I sure do like her name!
LilyRae has a human sister and brother and a Labrador Brudder.
We all know JUST WHO is in charge though!!....LOL


  1. hello Lily Rae!!! ...I'm no friend of piercings but after reading your story I changed my mind... sure the piercing will top the speeding ticket.... a lot!!!! LOL

  2. Hari Om
    brava brava!!! you fulfilled all requirements today - efurrywhere!!! YAM xx

  3. That was a good story! Lily Rae is a pretty girl.

  4. I love the FFF story. Tongue piercing beats speeding ticket on the scale of parental disapproval any day. After all, which parent hasn't at least once in their life been fined for speeding? But the character I sympathised with most was the younger sister who became an 'only child' - the situation I found myself in when my brother left home for university and I was the difficult teenager in a house with three adults (parents plus a very disapproving granny)!
    Cheers, Gail.

  5. Love the story. Glad the sister came through with a piercing. That is a cute cat, that Lily Rae. You all have a fantastic day.

  6. Good story. My mom says she got a parking ticket once when she was a new driver and was terrified to tell her parents, but they were not really mad either.

  7. Well first of all, your header is very festive and beautiful. When I read piercing, I knew the speeding ticket was going to take a back seat! Funny story... those college things that happen when you get away from home can be pretty amusing. LilyRae is a cutie and reminds me of Z! Nature Friday is very pretty today... yeah, it has to be elves!

  8. We loved your tongue piercing story! The landscaping in just beautiful and so is LilyRae.

  9. MOL what a great story!! Thanks for sharing the pretty landscape and sweet LilyRae!

    The Florida Furkids

  10. That was a great story and we had already guessed that you were "the staff". We love that landscape and LilyRae is such a cutie.

  11. Beautiful LilyRae. And that was a great rendition for your Final Fiction Friday - Lucky for K that her sister was such a renegade!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  12. Aw, the kitty is adorable. Adorable and I too love her name.

    Tongue piercing. That made my tongue hurt. I would love to see and hear that conversation.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Hugs to Cecilia. ♥

  13. Lily Rae is so pretty and I love her name to. great story, I bet you have lots of them having been 'the staff' with all those teens.. my dad would have killed me for either of these things. but I do think the pierce would have topped it.

  14. I enjoyed all of the blog as I always do. I love the story that is a true family one and Lily Rae just makes mom's heart go pitter patter.

  15. I love the landscape area. Lily Rae you are one beautiful lady cat. Yes, we know you are the boss in charge.

    Happy weekend.

  16. You are a true pawfessional getting three such wonderful thigs all rolled into one super Friday! A wonderful FFF, I can remember a few crazy things I did in college I am thankful my parents never found out about!

    Wonderful nature landscape and adorable kit-kat!

  17. That was a wonderful story and a beautiful tabby cat too!

  18. Great story! We think LilyRae is not only a beautiful cat but that name is really perfect for her and unique as she is!

    Hugs, Teddy

  19. Oh we loved your story!!! and we agree that Lily Rae is a pretty kitty
    Hazel & Mabel

  20. Ghostwriter says your story reminded her of when the four siblings were still at home. She said that she didn't care how the girl siblings did their hair or what weird colors they dyed it, but when one came home with a bolt in her cheek, GW had to law down the law! She says you have to pick your fights!

    Please say hello to LilyRae for us! She looks a lot like my kitty car cousin Hannibal.

  21. Lily Rae is a cutie. That was a fun story. :)XO

  22. FABulous story!!!! Oooooooh, LilyRae is so ADORABLES!!! And she lives with a puppers??! You knows she is one cool kat!
    Ruby ♥

  23. What a pretty tabby! As if there's any other kind!

  24. What a great story. Of course a tongue piercing would take the cake!!!! Yay for K!!!!

    You are a really good fiction writer. I enjoy your stories every week!

  25. I guess K had to study speech pathology in order to understand her sister with a pierced tongue...
    Yep, really great landscaping.

  26. Of course the kitty is the boss! Uh, no, we didn't say "boss", Marcus. You'd better ask Jan to clean your ears.

    Enjoyed the story.


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