Saturday, 22 November 2008

Saturday Wordzzle # 40

The idea is, every week Raven (View From Raven's Nest) gives you between 8 and 10 words/phrases and you have to create a small but coherent paragraph using every one of them and the same with the mini challenge. You can do either, both or a megawordzzle using all the words, or even all three, it's up to you, you can post them on your blog or email them to Raven. If you join in go to Raven's and put your name on the Mr. Linky so other participants can come visit you.

Here's my efforts complete with my doodles.


Ten words: pipe organ, ravages of time, lottery tickets, angelic music, five x five, boxes of books, flattery will get you nowhere, yodelling, pig tails, knitting needles

“What’s five x five?” asked Miss Caldwell. The class of 7 year olds looked blank.

Why was she still doing this, she wished she could retire and sit at home with her knitting needles, listen to angelic music and play pipe organ at church on Sundays. The ravages of time were showing on her once pretty face. She remembered when she was a pupil, having her pig tails pulled by the boy sitting at the desk behind her, him telling her how pretty she was and she telling him

Flattery will get you nowhere!”

Now all she had to look forward to was boxes of books to mark and the sound of the pupils reciting their times tables which sounded like yodelling if she didn’t listen too closely.

“I must keep buying those lottery tickets” she reminded herself.

Mini challenge: canary yellow, grizzly bear, out of the frying pan into the fire, simpleton, Ministry of Crazy Walks

Arthur thought “I’ve jumped out of the frying pan into the fire coming to work here. I must be a simpleton taking on a job where I have to dress in a canary yellow grizzly bear costume, cavorting about like someone from the Ministry of Crazy Walks!”


Debbie was like a grizzly bear at the moment, she was so stressed out trying to organise the Christmas Fayre for the church. Lydia, who was supposed to be organising it, was a simpleton who couldn’t even manage to multiply five x five so Debbie was having to do it all. If only she had kept her mouth shut instead of letting it be known she had tons of experience organising events, she’d been happy being relatively unknown in the church now she was the centre of Lydia’s attention.

Lydia had come up with stupid ideas like giving all the church members knitting needles to make pig tails in canary yellow wool to sell.

“Have you ever organised a Christmas Fayre before Lydia?” enquired Debbie.

“Well no, but I’ve sold lottery tickets” said Lydia.

“Ok, then you get to work selling the tickets, there’s boxes of books of tickets over there, and leave the rest to me!” offered Debbie. In the blink of an eye she’d gone from helping Lydia, to organising the whole thing. ‘Out of the frying pan into the fire that’s me’ she thought.

Debbie set to work on the telephone, she organised various competitions such as yodelling, Ministry of Crazy Walks, a karaoke, cake stall, fancy goods etc., etc.

Sitting in church listening to the pipe organ playing angelic music Debbie’s ears pricked up as the Vicar said,

“The Christmas Fayre was a fantastic success, we raised over £1000!”

“Well it was worth all the effort” thought Debbie, “even if I did run myself ragged.”

I just want to thank all the wonderful people who were involved in the organisation of the Fayre” said the Vicar.

“Here, we go, flattery will get you nowhere Vicar” Debbie mumbled to herself.

“Especially Lydia, for overseeing everything and putting it altogether” said the Vicar.

“What?” cried Debbie, who was exhausted, her face showing the ravages of time and lack of sleep she endured whilst organising the Fayre “Lydia isn’t so simple after all!”


tony said...

Thanks For Your Kind Wishes
I will have a crack at this over the weekend!

Dr.John said...

I enjoyed all three stories. I felt with the teacher and with poor Debbie. But I enjoyed the bear story the most. I think that was the most creative use of the five words that I have seen and I've tried to read them all.

Melli said...

Oooo your doodles are EXCELLENT this week!

I'm sure that next year Debbie will let Lydia do that which she got credit for this year!

snowelf said...

aww...poor Debbie...

The teacher one was my favorite this batch. :)
Have a great weekend!


Jeff B said...

A lesson in humility for Debbie it sounds like.

I've chuckled on more than one occasion at people dressed up in various costumes for a business too.

Akelamalu said...

You're welcome Tony, I'll look forward to reading yours. :)

Why thankyou Dr. John how kind of you. :)

Debbie definitely won't be helping out next year Melli! ;)

Glad you enjoyed them Snowelf x

Yes Debbie won't be quick to volunteer in future Jeff!

Raven said...

All great as always. Your canary yellow grizzly doodle is wonderful. I have to empathize with poor Debbie. Story of my life.

This Guy said...

Loving the storries and your doodles! I have to admit I liked the bear the best ;) heheheh

quilly said...

Ha! This Wordzzle was a fun read. I absolutely loved the ending!

quilly said...

Ha! This Wordzzle was a fun read. I absolutely loved the ending!

Linda said...

Ah, The Ministry of Crazy Walks - I remember that well!

Great job of combining all of those words into several great stories - as always!!

Cloudia said...

You are a talented one! Aloha hula dancer ;-)

Lu' said...

Debbie, poor Debbie and of course she can't say anything but Lydia should and no doubt wont.

bettygram said...

I liked your doodles and your stories. Poor Debbie.

Carletta said...

Having taught I sure can relate to your Miss Caldwell!
I waited for your Mega ending - you never disappoint!

Akelamalu said...

Debbie's plight isn't unknown to me either Raven :(

I'm so pleased you enjoyed it ThisGuy :)

Why thankyou Quilly :)

You're a Monty Python fan then Linda?

Aw thanks Cloudia x

I think we all know a Lydia don't we Lu?

Cheers Bettygram :)

Oh you're very kind Carletta x

Anndi said...

Yeah, I work with a Lydia... argh!

gabrielle said...

Sheesh, what people have to do to make a living these days!

Debbie's experience of not being acknowledged is soooo familiar. I could feel it in my solar plexus.

I loved the accompanying visuals.
Underscored the whimsy.

A really fun read! Thanks!

Akelamalu said...

I know a Lydia too Anndi!

Welcome Gabrielle, I'm so pleased you enjoyed my musings. :)

Dianne said...

oh I really related to the burn out the poor teacher is experiencing!! I must go buy some lottery tickets :)

Akelamalu said...

I bet you do Dianne! Do the lottery, you have to be in it to win it!

storyteller said...

Heheh … I really related to Miss Caldwell’s story and am glad I didn’t need to win the lottery to retire happily. I LOVE your grizzly bear!!! Wonder how Debbie will even the score with Lydia?
Hugs and blessings,

Lulda Casadaga said...

Nice work as always! Love the drawings...especially the fire!

I did the regular & mini this week, but still haven't done the mega one! :D
Maybe next week!

Akelamalu said...

I'm sure Debbie will think of a way to even up Storyteller :)

Thanks Lulda, I look forward to reading your megawordzzle. :)

Emmie said...

I really love these you are so talented :o)

Akelamalu said...

Gee thanks Emmie xx

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