Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday's Words ...

Eleanor,

It is true, I could not contain my laughter at your expense while I was reading your last letter.  It was a much needed release as things lately have been so bloody frustrating for me.  

I know we never talk about my work, or the reason I do so much travelling.  But I must ask for your confidence now, and that if I am silent in the coming months, that you will not worry or raise a flag of alarm to any sort of official, especially any of the Rangers.  Please trust me.  It is for the safety of both of you, and I could never forgive myself if something were to happen.

A package will be arriving for Abigail soon from Germany.  It contains a Steiff groundhog like the one she admired at the zoo.  I know she wanted a live one, but this will just have to do.  I have taken the liberty of naming it Byron and would like for her to create a photo album similar to the one I have created for Pooh. I would especially like to see the area surrounding your new home, work, shops and her school.

There will also be a dictionary in the package for you.  I may occasionally have the need to send you telegrams from where I will be, and I will not be able to trust the locals with what I will need to say if I were to have them send it in English. You will receive a phone call that will tell you where you can receive the telegram. Be sure to look inside the yellow submarine we saw when I was there last for Percy's memorial service.  

I had hoped I would never need to resort to these measures.  I am so sorry that I cannot tell you more, but you are the only person I can trust with this.  After I send this letter, I will no longer be able to trust that my mail is not being diverted and read, or that my phone calls are not being tapped.  Perhaps now you may understand more why I rely on my typewriter and avoid the ease of technology.

Do you remember the night in Apollo park when we all went dancing in the rain the month before Percy died?  I think of that night often now.  A time when life was far less complicated, and the world was a safer place to be.

I will be in touch when I can.  In the meantime, trust me and no one else.  Believe nothing but what your heart knows to be true.

                                      Ivan       



bloody
confidence
ranger
Apollo
submarine
Byron
dictionary
groundhog
dancing
rain
silent
Germany

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Words for 31 January ... the prompts

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Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. I joined in when Elephant's Child was hosting the prompts. This month I will be hosting, and the words will come from events ~ past and present ~ on the calendar each week.

Essentially the goal is to encourage us to write. Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image. 
What we do with those prompts is up to us: a short story, prose, a song, a poem, using all or some of the words, or ignoring them. 


Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. It would be wonderful if as many people as possible joined into this creative exercise. If you are posting on your own blog - please share the link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come enjoy and applaud.

  1. bloody
  2. confidence
  3. ranger
  4. Apollo
  5. submarine
  6. Byron
and/or
  1. dictionary
  2. groundhog
  3. dancing
  4. rain
  5. silent
  6. Germany

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday's Words

Dear Ivan;

It was so wonderful to see you in Paris, and thank you so much for thoughtfully taking care of the dinner on the Seine.  It was so much fun to play dress-up, even at my age!  And the ride in the Studebaker!  How did you manage to find a Studebaker taxi? 

I know she is planning to write you a thank you note, but I wanted to just tell you how beautiful the ring was, and how special it will always be to her.  I remember when Percy told me he had lost his class ring and was quite upset because it had a real diamond in it.  I don't know where you found it, but having it sized down to fit her hand was so thoughtful and touching.

Both of us had such a good laugh at Pooh's travels, and the pictures are incredible.  I'm so glad that she asked you to keep him for now and continue to send us pictures to add to the album.  It has given her more of an interest in seeing the world, and she has even been talking about taking photography lessons and writing a children's book in the future.

The duet improv the two of you played on the piano in the hotel lobby was so fun as well.  I can tell that her jazz piano lessons are paying off.  It was good to hear her laughter, and yours, and to see both of you smiling so much.

We have had quite an exciting week since we returned....

Wyatt, our new puppy, spent the time we were gone at a boarding facility where they attempted to teach him some manners.  I think all he managed to do was to become obsessed with chasing frisbees and baseballs!  He has a new best friend, or rather BFF as Abigail says.  Another puppy he met at the kennel named Winston.  They were inseparable and now Wyatt just mopes around.  Abigail thinks we should get another puppy to keep him company, and her reasoning is that it is just as easy to care for two as it is for one.  We have declared a truce over the issue for now, but I keep finding pictures of puppies all over the house.  I believe she is trying to send me subliminal messages now,  there was even one twisted into the toilet paper!

Two days after we got him home, he managed to have a close encounter with a skunk who attempted to maim him with toxic gas.  He came barrelling into the house and rolled all over the new sofa cover so now the living room smells horrible as well.   A woman at the kennel named Wanda swore that bathing him in tomato juice would make the smell vanish, however now he just smells like a skunk that has wallowed in spaghetti sauce!

Now, you stop laughing.  I know that even though you are reading this letter in Tokyo where it has hopefully found you weeks after I've sent it, that you are taking pleasure in our misery!

Enjoy the rest of your travels in Tokyo and do send us an address for where you will be next so that we can further entertain you with Wyatt's mischief!

                                                                                  Fondly,
                                                                                                         E

frisbee
baseball
Winston
truce
Studebaker
diamond
and/or
vanish
message
Tokyo
Wanda
twist
maim

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Words for 24 January ... the prompts

Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. I joined in when Elephant's Child was hosting the prompts. This month I will be hosting, and the words will come from events ~ past and present ~ on the calendar each week.

Essentially the goal is to encourage us to write. Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image. 
What we do with those prompts is up to us: a short story, prose, a song, a poem, using all or some of the words, or ignoring them. 

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. It would be wonderful if as many people as possible joined into this creative exercise. If you are posting on your own blog - please share the link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come enjoy and applaud.

Image Source: WeHeartIt.com
  1. frisbee
  2. baseball
  3. Winston
  4. truce
  5. Studebaker
  6. diamond
and/or
  1. vanish
  2. message
  3. Tokyo
  4. Wanda
  5. twist
  6. maim

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday's Words ...

Eleanor,
I was delighted to receive your letter telling me of the birthday surprise for Abigail.  I know she will be thrilled to find out that we will all be celebrating together in Paris.
It has been an exciting month since I last wrote to you, and I'm not sure where to begin.  You know of the avalanche, but did you know it was caused by an earthquake in Libya?
The young man who sometimes traveled with me as a valet was arrested recently in the city of Tobruk when he was visiting family whose home had been damaged in the earthquake.  Apparently he has been under suspicion of conducting several robberies on a local ferry, and rolling his victims into the water.  One of them died when they were attacked by crocodiles, and he is now being charged with murder as well as robbery.  I was quite shocked and appalled to hear the news and am not quite sure if I believe it was him, or if he is being set up by another of his family.  He has an older brother who could almost pass as his twin.  I shall be speaking to the magistrate soon to give a character reference for him.  My fear, however, is that despite my words on his behalf, that they will order his execution.  I have kept a ledger of every penny I've ever entrusted him with when we traveled together, and he has never once stolen from me even when he had ample opportunity and the temptation must have been great.
Do you think Abigail would enjoy seeing Paris, the City of Light, as Audrey Hepburn may have seen it when she was in "Sabrina?" I have found a small group of history and film lovers who attempt to recreate scenes from famous movies.  They are offering a dinner cruise on the Seine, complete with costumes from the movie.  Both you and Abigail would have the opportunity to wear a dress from the film's collection.
I must get going if I'm going to meet with the magistrate this afternoon.  But I also want to tell you that I've taken more pictures of Abigail's Pooh Bear in some exotic locations, and will be working on getting them printed and put into an album for her birthday.  I'm sure she will be quite surprised at his travels.  I will be surprised if she even remembers having him.  How old was she when he was left behind on one of your trips?  Was she 4 or 5?  I seem to remember that you told me it was weeks before she stopped crying for him.  I wish it hadn't taken me more than a year to find him in that trunk so I could have saved her the grief.
Dearest sister-in-law, you have become such a good friend to me these past years.  There almost seems to be something offensive by adding "in-law" after sister when I speak of you.  You and Abigail are the only family I have left now.  I am so looking forward to seeing both of you in Paris.
Until then ... Ivan 
birthday
robbery
earthquake
execution

Pooh
Paris
Hepburn
ferry
murder
rolling
ledger

Tobruk

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Words for 17 January ... the prompts

Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. I joined in when Elephant's Child was hosting the prompts. This month I will be hosting, and the words will come from events ~ past and present ~ on the calendar each week.

Essentially the goal is to encourage us to write. Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image. 
What we do with those prompts is up to us: a short story, prose, a song, a poem, using all or some of the words, or ignoring them. 

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. It would be wonderful if as many people as possible joined into this creative exercise. If you are posting on your own blog - please share the link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come enjoy and applaud.



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birthday
robbery
earthquake
execution
Pooh
Paris
and/or

Hepburn
ferry
murder
rolling
ledger
Tobruk

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Words on Wednesday ...



king
avalanche
canyon
pianist
Wyatt
marriage

and/or
supreme
packers
pie
jazz
crash
farewell

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Words for 10 January ... the prompts ...

Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. I joined in when Elephant's Child was hosting the prompts. This month I will be hosting, and the words will come from events ~ past and present ~ on the calendar each week.

Essentially the goal is to encourage us to write. Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image. 
What we do with those prompts is up to us: a short story, prose, a song, a poem, using all or some of the words, or ignoring them. 

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. It would be wonderful if as many people as possible joined into this creative exercise. If you are posting on your own blog - please share the link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come enjoy and applaud.

Image Source: WeHeartIt.com

  1. king
  2. avalanche
  3. canyon
  4. pianist
  5. Wyatt
  6. marriage
and/or
  1. supreme
  2. packers
  3. pie
  4. jazz
  5. crash
  6. farewell

Sunday, January 7, 2018

better late than never ... Words

Edmond looked up from the letter he was typing on his vintage Olivetti typewriter to his niece just as the clock on the mantle struck midnight.
Happy New Year!  Although it is still more than a half a night away for you.  I made a resolution this year to not make any resolutions ... and already I've broken it.  I'm going to blame it on snow brain.  This winter the weather here in Germany has been too cold and all I can think of is summer and how I wish I could be spending the sweet spring in the south of France. The beaches of Nice are so relaxing. I remember many holidays spent there when I was a child, and wish I could take you and your mother there.
Tomorrow will be the celebration of Elvis' birthday ... a day my brother, your father, reluctantly shared with him. I find that in these golden years of mine, memories of your father come more frequently.  I miss him as much as you do.
I received the postcard of the magnificant sarcophagus you saw while at the museum with your classmates.  I'm so glad that you share my fascination with history.  One day I would like to show you the Egypt that your father and I explored.
1. Resolution
2. Niece
3. Sweet
4. Celebration
5. Elvis
6. Golden

and/or
1. Snow
2. Summer
3. Typewriter
4. Edmund
5. Sarcophagus
6. France

apologies ...

Short and sweet:  I've been falling behind in my Wednesday's Words moderation and other blogging because I have been overwhelmed with the flu, moving, and threats from our former landlord's "property manager" (aka a registered sexual predator/stalker who uses his 'big' title to overcompensate for other areas he is probably lacking in).  

Needless to say, I don't take threats well.  My theory is that if you are going to 'bluff' you better be prepared to back it up with actions (and so far his words have been as impotent as he apparently is).

So we have been silent.  But not inactive.  I know our rights as tenants.  I know our rights as citizens. Let the chips fall where they may.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Words for 3 January 2018 ... the prompts

Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. I joined in when Elephant's Child was hosting the prompts. This month I will be hosting.

Essentially the goal is to encourage us to write. Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image. 
What we do with those prompts is up to us: a short story, prose, a song, a poem, using all or some of the words, or ignoring them. 

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. It would be wonderful if as many people as possible joined into this creative exercise. If you are posting on your own blog - please share the link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come enjoy and applaud.

Image Source:
WeHeartIt.com

Welcome to the New Year and a new year of Wednesdays!  This month each week's prompts will come from events (past and present) on the calendar this week ...

1. Resolution
2. Niece
3. Sweet
4. Celebration
5. Elvis
6. Golden

and/or

1. Snow
2. Summer
3. Typewriter
4. Edmund
5. Sarcophagus
6. France