March 15: Flash Fiction Challenge

Charli at Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: March 16, 2018, prompt – In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about carrot cake. It can be classic or unusual. Why is there cake? How does it feature in the story? Go where the prompt leads.

My husband loves carrot cake. He tries to reduce his sugar intake and he thinks that carrot cake is unlike any other sugary cakes. 

Here comes my story:

Carrot CAKE

“What do you want for dessert, Mimi? Do you like carrot cake?”

“Noop! When I want to have dessert, I have dessert.”

“When do you mean? Carrot cake is dessert!”

“See, Nancy. My mom grows carrots. When she makes carrot cake, she is very generous to put triple portions of grated carrots into the cake mix. The cake tastes just like carrots, you know! When I eat cake, I eat cake. When I eat carrots, I eat carrots. I just don’t eat carrot cake.”

“Oh, no wonder, Mimi! Here, try my carrot CAKE that doesn’t have the carrot taste!”


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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Time Changes

Last weekend was my first time watching The Frankenstein Chronicles, the Netflix TV series with Sean Bean as John Marlott. My husband started watching it last Thursday night. He was watching Season 1, Episode 2 when it caught my eyes with Sean Bean’s familiar face. After I found out that it was the Frankenstein story, I started watching it half-heartedly. I’m not a horror movie fan. I don’t watch scary movies or TV shows at night. They give me nightmares. But these Frankenstein series were good at staying with the detective story rather than a scary one. I found myself wanting to watch what happened next. We stayed up three nights to watch the 2 seasons with 12 episodes. It was Saturday night at 1:00 a.m. (on Sunday) when we finished the last episode. We slept in the next mornings.

We missed church, inevitably, because we got up late. By 3:30 p.m. I started noticing the time on my computer and my phone was different than the time on the clocks that need to be set manually. We went on a late lunch, using the lunch coupon that was good from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cashier politely asked, “Do you have a dinner coupon?” So, I used a dinner coupon. I started questioning about what happened to the time difference. That was when the possibility of time change came up. But it was only March 11, I thought. Yes, spring forward, fall back. Spring hasn’t come yet.

As soon as I got home, I searched on the internet of Daylight Saving Time in California. It was confirmed that we missed changing the clocks this year!

Every year I pay close attention to Daylight Saving Time starts and ends and promptly change all the clocks by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday (who would get up at 2:00 a.m. the first day of Daylight Saving Time to change the clocks?). Somehow, I let the announcement slipped out of my mind. I surprised myself!

Some countries start Daylight Saving Time on March 11. Many countries start on March 25, and some countries don’t have it. Did you miss changing the clock if your country starts on March 11?

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Time Changes

Weekly Photo Challenge – Family Story

Our granddaughter Autumn is five and a half months old already. Even though we are 1,000 miles apart, we try to make frequent visits to watch her growth. Mercy and Will are grateful that they have a healthy and happy baby. It puts a big smile on my face every time I look at her smiling face. I’ll see her next Friday. I can hardly wait!


Autumn.5 months

Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

Carrot Ranch: Flash Fiction Challenge – Raven

At Carrot Ranch, the March 1 Flash Fiction Challenge is Rave. The challenge is to write a flash fiction in 99 words, no more, no less.

Raven’s Eyes

“Do you have any water left, Dave?”

“I still have some. Take a sip. Your lips are badly chapped, Ben.”

“We have been lost in unpaved hiking trail for five days.”

“We only have water enough for two more days! I hope we could locate water soon!”

“Look, Dave! A raven is circling in the air and ready to dive down.”

“It spotted a dead deer and wanted its share. I think.”

“And the deer was drinking water!?”

“That may be our hope for water, Ben.”

“We could reach down by nightfall.”

“I hope this raven saves our lives.”


Charli Mills: Carrot Ranch – March 1 Flash Fiction Challenge

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge

This week Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge is Renew and Refresh, Synonyms Only.

Tanka tuesday


Signs of blossom on

My orange, plum, apple trees

Soil is fertilized

Sun will revitalize and

Bring harvest in spring

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge – Renew & Refresh, Synonymous Only

Debbie’s Fiving Friday –  Forgiving Connects

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forces

I was a student at Seattle Pacific University, Washington in May 1980 when Mt. St. Helen had erupted. The ashes drifted over many states and could be seen from Chicago. Mercy, Will and I went to visit in September 2016 and saw a lot of plant growth. This is a great illustration of the force of destruction and the force of life.

Mt. St. Helens



Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forces

Debbie’s Forgiving Friday – Forgiving Connects


Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of this World

My husband and I had an out of this world experience last Wednesday evening. I’m an opera lover. One of my favorite operas is Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. It’s a love story with a sad ending. Around 1830, in Paris, France, there were a lot of prospective artists who are poor, but happy. Puccini described their ordinary life in his opera.

I always want to go to the opera in The Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York. But it’s a long way to go from California to New York to see an opera. The good news is that since 2006, the Met Opera has made the viewing available through Live in HD around the world. It’s a live transmission in movie theaters, followed by encore showing. The performance of La Bohème at the Met and live transmission was Saturday, February 24; the encore was last Wednesday, February 28.

We went on Wednesday evening and arrived the theater early. After we purchase the tickets, we went to the nearby restaurant to have a nice dinner. Six friends of ours also went to the Wednesday encore presentation. We had a good time viewing the opera as well as socializing with friends.

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It was an out of this world evening!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of This World