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Friday, May 25, 2018

Wednesday's Words on a Friday


The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.


This month the words are supplied by Margaret Adamson and friend Sue,  and can be found here.


This week's words are:


1. radiator
2. football
3. ballet
4. electricity
5. cooking
6. debonnaire

and/or:

1. Mambo
2. wrinkles
3. transport
4. suffocating
5. beanie
6. Patisserie

Here is my story:

"Barry, turn off that radiator, the electricity bill is going to be huge the way you just keep using appliances without thinking about the cost!"

"But it's freezing! And what about you, with the cooking and the ironing, that's using electricity too. How is it fair you can do those things, but I can't get warm?"

"We need to eat and I need to iron the wrinkles out of your shirts if you want to keep that debonnaire look you're so fond of. It's such a shame all your clothes get so untidy riding public transport every day. I'd hoped by now you'd get a promotion and we could afford a car."

"That's true, I have been passed over again and since you lost your job at the Patisserie, things have been getting tougher. Maybe I could change my look, be a bit more casual, the boss might not mind, it's not as if I'm working in one of the upper offices. I've been relegated to the sorting room for a while, until John gets back on his feet, his broken leg was pretty bad."

"Football is such a rough sport, what made him think he could still play? He's almost sixty, he shouldn't even have tried. It was just a casual match between offices. Now, I've found another cost-cutting measure for us, if you don't mind that is."

"I'd have to hear it before I decide, so spit it out, what is it?"

"Sit down and I'll make us a cup of tea while we talk about this."

"Okay, I've had a couple of deep breaths. I think I'm ready for this. What's your plan?"

"I've cancelled our tickets to the ballet, it was early enough in the season, they can resell our seats, so I got the money back, it will help with the bills and you remember the knitting I've been doing lately? I made us some beanies to wear in the evenings, if we change into our pyjamas and dressing gowns right before dinner, we'll be warmer. Do you think that will help?"

"I think you're right Audrey. Warmer clothing earlier in the evenings seems like a great idea and I appreciate you getting the money back on those ballet tickets. I have to admit I've sometimes felt like I was suffocating each time we looked at all the bills coming in. We should have sat down and discussed things long before this."

"Thanks Barry, I knew you'd understand. We do need to talk more though. Both of us need to make some changes. I've been looking for another job too, but there doesn't seem to be anything available right now for an unqualified woman who can't drive and didn't finish high school. There is one possibility. There's a factory that makes dance costumes, they need someone to iron them and you know I'm good at ironing. What do you think? They're working on a big order of Mambo outfits and I have plenty of room here to do the ironing."

"Here?"

"Yes, they'll deliver the costumes, I'll iron them and they'll get picked up the next day."

"It's worth a try, why don't you call them in the morning."



22 comments:

  1. I really hope it works for them - and love that they are starting to communicate. Great use of challenging prompts.

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    1. Elephant's Child; I'm sure things will work out for them now they've started communicating better. Communication was sadly lacking in my first marriage.

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  2. Sounds a bit like my life — you do what you need to in order to get the bills paid and food on the table.

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    1. messymimi; it's what most of us do. I haven't bought new clothes in several years, except knickers and socks.

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  3. Remember to figure in the exrtra cost of hydro for all that ironing..and deduct it from the payacheque...not to be a Debbie Downer but I can see a problem brewing there.

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    1. only slightly confused; true, but it's worth them trying at least one order of ironing to see if the pay is worth it. I think Audrey will keep looking for better work.

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  4. Well I did have to look up Patisserie but I really liked how they worked together to make the budget work.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; things usually work out when two work together to solve problems.

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  5. Well done, thought it might be difficult to fit in debonnaire, and I have no idea what a Patisserie is.

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    1. joeh; thank you. A Patisserie is a bakery specialising in cakes and pastries. It's a French word.

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  6. such a trying time for these people.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora); they'll get by. I could use a coffee right now :)

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  7. Well done as always, River. :)

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  8. Lovely, a nice read using the words.

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  9. I like the beanie idea! I used to do that myself when I was single. The minute I got home from work, I'd put on fleece sweatpants and a sweatshirt, and a knit sock cap (beanie). It really DID allow me to keep the thermostat set lower through the winter.

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    1. Val; I've done the pyjamas and beanie thing too, then when the weather turned frosty, I added a fleecy dressing gown and fluffy slippers. I'm thinking of doing it again now our electricity is so expensive, highest cost in the world we have, in our state.

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  10. Poverty is awful, I remember it well,'using your noddle and avoiding the excesses of life helps in succeeding to your goals. Barnardo Boy.

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    1. Vest; thanks for dropping in. Poverty is awful, but only if you realise how poor you are. We were dirt poor when I was a child, but we seemed happy. I think adults notice it more, they're the ones who pay the bills.

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  11. Great job! By George, I think they're gonna make it. Once they start pulling together to find solutions, half the battle is won.

    Have a super weekend!

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  12. Susan; I think they'll make it too, they're resourceful as well as communicating well.

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