Short Story Sunday 177: Quack

Rachel Poli

Short Story: "Quack" | Flash Fiction

            Joanna walked out of her house and across the street to the pond. The sun was just starting to rise so most people weren’t out and about yet, especially since it was a Saturday morning. She had been walking around the pond every Saturday morning for the past couple of years. The only times she hadn’t was when she or her husband was sick or if it was too cold during the winter time. If that was the case, she loved to sit on her front porch and watch the water sparkle in the sun.

Joanna wanted to stay home this morning. She had just buried her husband the day before and she wasn’t sure if would be able to walk the pond alone without getting too upset. However, she had a feeling that her husband was going to want her to walk around the pond. He wasn’t there…

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September 10th is National Hot Dog Day!

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Here are today’s five thing to know about Hot Dogs:

  1. It is estimated that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  2. The term “hot dog” is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. At a baseball game in New York in 1901, vendors began selling hot dachsund sausages in rolls.
  3. The most popular condiment for adults is mustard, while children prefer ketchup.
  4. The first words Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse ever uttered in a cartoon were “hot dogs” in “The Karnival Kid” in 1929.
  5. The average American is believed to eat approximately 60 hot dogs every year.

Today’s Food History

  • 1859 Thomas Nuttall died. An English naturalist and botanist, he collected and studied plants around the Chesapeake Bay area in the U.S.
  • 1898 Waldo Lonsbury Semon was born. Semon was an American Inventor who is credited with the invention of Vinyl. Vinyl is…

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20 signs (aka some really good reality checks when you’re just too tired to nail this parenting thing)

Riddle from the Middle

“Most of the time, I am such a mom.

I care about checking homework folders and attitudes, about making the team, the dental appointments, nutritious little snacks, and memories. I’m a multitasking mofo. I plan. I punish. I pin shit on Pinterest, and then sometimes,I actually make that shit, for chrissakes!Most of the time, I mom so hard, y’all. I’m on the ball. I read all 36 end-of-the-year emails from the PTA. I show up for all 36 special assemblies, on time, wearing a freaking bra and everything. I do. I’m a mom.

But sometimes? Sometimes I am simply a very tired person—a person too damn tired to juggle it all.”

20 Signs I’m Too Tired To Mom – Scary Mommy

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Senseless Sunday Sarcasm : Sentinels of silliness

Two on a Rant

Dingo Mutt:  Mom says there’s a hurry cane coming. I wanna chase it!  

Other Brother Coon Cat: It’s a hurricane, not a fetch toy!  See that string of clouds?  They’re called rain bands.

Dingo:  Rain?  

OBCC:  As in bath, only the wind is so strong it can pick you up and carry you away.

Dingo:  I think I’ll go back inside, curl up on mom’s bed, and hope it doesn’t find me.

Mom:  Awwww.  Aren’t they cute.

Poor Dingo, whimpering at every gust of 15mph wind.  

It makes me wonder if there’s anything good about a hurricane.

Here’s one:

The Native Floridian viewpoint

And yes, the insanity of buying bottled water.  

I’ve mentioned this one before, but for those who missed the irony of it….

Once the power is out and one has to use the toilet, one must consider how many…

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