Saturday, 28 February 2009

Saturday Wordzzle #52

The idea is, every week Raven (Views 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.

No doodles this week too busy catching up with blogs!

This Week's Ten Word Challenge is: Netflix, mortgage, skunk, flagrant, the New York Times, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, perpendicular, geometry, crabby, shoveling snow

Netflix, a film company who made sci-fi, were making three new movies – ‘Perpendicular Geometry’, ‘Flagrant Skunk’ (apparently it should have read Fragrant Skunk but someone couldn’t spell) and ‘Shovelling Snow’. They had also made ‘The Crabby Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ a version of the original which involved aliens and humans doing things I wouldn’t want to imagine. They weren’t the sort of movies you’d read about in the New York Times but the mortgage had to be paid and they made great money, so Netflix made them.

Mini Challenge: pragmatic, crystal ball, laundry, safflower oil, Gregorian chants

Gregorian chants filled the room as Maisie sat down in front of the fortune teller, who was waving her hands over the crystal ball which was sitting on the table. There was a distinct smell of safflower oil and dirty laundry in the room but Maisie was pragmatic – on had to accept these things to get a reading from the famous Madame Gelda.


Claire settled down to watch the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy DVD that she’d hired from Netflix. She couldn’t get interested in it however, all she could think about was the article she’d read in the New York Times about how her mortgage rate was likely to fall and how she still wouldn’t be able to afford it, now she’d lost her job. She turned it off and took her crystal ball out of the cupboard and placed it on the table, hoping that she would see some good news in it’s depths. She saw a black and white shape and a sign which meant an accident, then her attention was drawn to the sounds of Tom trying to stay perpendicular whilst he was shovelling snow off the drive. Tom was very pragmatic about the job and mortgage situation, saying he was sure they would manage whatever happened and that Claire was a born worrier.

Suddenly there was a shout from outside and when Claire looked out of the window she saw Tom trying to fend off a skunk with his shovel. Claire couldn’t help but smile to herself, she’d felt crabby earlier but the sight that greeted her had put paid to that.

Trying not to laugh Claire asked “Do you need any help?”

Tom was making weird noises trying to shoo the skunk away, which sounded somewhat like Gregorian chants. With a flagrant disregard for anything he suddenly dropped the shovel and shot up the back steps into the laundry room where he promptly slipped on the spill of safflower oil that Claire had forgotten to wipe up, his arms and legs akimbo in a geometry of shapes.

“Oops, I should have seen that coming” laughed Claire “especially since I saw the accident sign!”


Nessa said...

Skunks always bring a smile, except when they are being smelly, of course. Fun stories.

Lu' said...

his arms and legs akimbo in a geometry of shapes. I liked this ha! I can picture it clearly.

Richard said...

Welcome back from Spain Senora.

Jeff B said...

Poor Tom, looks like he really got skunked on that trip outside.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

too funny!

smiles, bee

Dr.John said...

Three great stories but I liked the last one best. You fooled me. I really expected him to fall on the ice but you moved the fall to the laundry room. I hate to think of what he smelled like. Never take on a skunk with a shovel.

bettygram said...

You gave us very funny images of fighting a skunk.

Akelamalu said...

I always find skunks funny too Nessa though I've only every seen one on a cartoon! ;)

Me too Lu LOL

Thankyou Richard x

He certainly did Jeff!

Glad to make you smile Bee x

I think the skunk won Dr. John!

Glad you enjoyed it Bettygram :)

Raven said...

Hope you had fun in Spain. Three fun offerings as always. Poor Tom. I like the line Lu pointed out as well.

Dianne said...

I loved the 'crabby hitchhikers guide' and the mega made me laugh - all at the expense of that poor fella

gabrielle said...

I love the word play around fragrant skunk. And of course the physical humor of Tom's spill in the laundry room.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I understand "busy," but I don't believe that I could ever keep up with you!

Chatty said...

"Fragrant Skunk" - I really like that - and it WOULD be a good movie title, though I can't think of a plot to go with it...but it would definitely star Pepy LePew!
And I hope Tom and Claire find a way out of their difficulties - the seem like nice people.

Linda said...

"Flagrant Skunk" is most definitely NOT going into my NetFlix queue!

tony said...

Welcome Back! Good Holiday?
Missed You.

david mcmahon said...

Some great sentences here - you do it so easily.

Cloudia said...

Tha last piece, a seeming pastry, actually spoke to the zeitgeist making it relevant, yet the writing and the sweet plot twist make it a satisfying little meal ANYRIME. Very well done, my friend!

Akelamalu said...

We had great fun in Spain Raven thanks. Glad you enjoyed the stories. :)

I'm pleased you enjoyed them Dianne x

Oh thanks Gabrielle I'm happy you like them.

LOL I bet you could when you were younger Nick! ;)

I can't think what the plot would be for Flagrant Skunk either Chatty! ;)

I don't blame you Linda!

Great holiday, thanks Tony :)

Why thankyou David, how kind of you. x

Aw thanks Cloudia you're too kind m'dear. xx

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