Wordle 480

For the Sunday Whirl: https://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2020/11/01/wordle-480/

Drive Away

When you find yourself at crossroads  
And do not know who you should call  
You’ll hear a soft, distant rattle  
From a distance too far to fall  
You’ll want to hold your hands up high  
Find a new path you want to take  
Wait until the words come to you  
A simple speech that you can make  
And when you think you are suspect  
And you can feel shame coming on  
Pay your toll and just drive away  
And soon you will be too far gone. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Fibbing Friday: October 30th, 2020

For PCGuyIV: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/10/30/fibbing-friday-october-30th-2020/

  1. What is a poltergeist? The ghost of a baby hen
  2. What supposedly happens if you look in the mirror and say, “Bloody Mary” three times? You know you are drunk
  3. What’s so unlucky about the number 13? It can never be the day at the end of a week
  4. Why do banshees scream? Because she is mad that she is banned from doing something
  5. What happens to a vampire in daylight? Their pale skin heavily contrasts their black robes.
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street wasn’t about a monster who could kill people in their dreams. What was it about? a bad traffic accident
  7. Who did Norman Bates dress up as in the movie, Psycho? Randle McMurphy
  8. The Amityville Horror wasn’t about a haunted house. What was it about? The prostitution ring that got busted in the suburbs of Amity.
  9. What are the three witches doing at the beginning of MacBeth? Getting their costumes on
  10. What classic monster lives under the Paris Opera House? The grumpy old landlord


©2020 CBIalczak

Take Seven 30th October

Our words were:
beg, chest, cup, current, curtail, desk, draw, final, half, hound, moth, open, ribbon, shrink, sigh, sleep, small, speech, try, velvet, wind.

Martha’s Cup

Martha knew she’d have to beg 
To see inside the chest 
She knew there’d be a cup inside 
She didn’t know the rest 

The current mood inside the room 
Was pensive and so grave 
Afraid her brother would curtail 
The one thing she could save 

She pulled a chair up to the desk 
To draw a little map 
And at the final resting place 
Were nice words, not a trap 

She knew she couldn’t hound her bro 
He’s no moth near a flame 
She’d have to be quite open 
Not wind up throwing blame 

She’d try to tie a ribbon
Like a bow on her request 
But by the look on his face 
She thought shrinking might be best 

And so she sighed a half a sigh 
And said it’s time to sleep 
Her brother just surprised her then 
He said that cup she’d keep 

She was so happy she could cry 
A small tear ran down her face 
She try to say the speech she’d planned 
She knew this was the place 

Her velvet words fell from her lips 
Thanking him so much 
She was so happy she could cry 
Sweet tears beyond his touch.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Tale Weaver – #299 – Over The Top – October 29th

Brad’s Rope Course

Brad was so proud of himself. He had worked for the past two weekends, up and down ladders, installing posts and brackets, to make a new ropes course in the backyard. The great thing about it, he had thought, was that with people being on the ropes course, squirrels would stay out of the yard and away from Marj’s bird feeders. He led Marj out to see the new course; he had a wide grin on his face. Brad looked over at Marj and his smile disappeared. Maybe she didn’t like the ropes course at all?

Brad, What is with all the ropes in the backyard?

Well, you know how you said you wanted to feed the birds? I saw the other morning that there were squirrels hanging onto all of the feeders and there was barely any food left.

And so you thought you would give them a better walkway to the feeders?

Haha, Marj no! I figured if I set up a ropes course the squirrels would see that it is an area for humans, not for birds, and they wouldn’t bother.

Brad, don’t you think they can tell when there are no humans on the ropes course?

Well, yeah I guess so.

So, don’t you think they would use your ropes course as an easy way to get to my birdfeeders when no “humans” are out there?

Well, then maybe it wasn’t the best plan but it is an awesome ropes course!

©2020 CBialczak Flash Fiction

For MMLM Tale Weaver: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/tale-weaver-299-over-the-top-october-29th/

What’s Up Wednesday {10.28.20}

for: https://mixandmatchmama.com/2020/10/whats-up-wednesday-10-28-20/

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Tonight I made turkey meatballs to go with the homemade tomato sauce I made last night. I also made brownies on Monday.

I was in Walmart looking for one of the strings of bells to hang on our back door (because the dog insists on jumping on the door even as it is being opened) and I saw a Santa suit. It made me remember how my son used to dress up as Santa every year to go to school right before Christmas vacation. I’m not sure I even have a picture of him in his Santa suit.

I’m loving the progress that I am making on my house…When I’m done fixing it up I won’t want to leave it!

Leaf blowing and leaf vacuuming! Living amongst the trees, we have a lot of leaves to get off the grass!

Just started a brand new miniature. It should be super cute! A two story loft apartment. Today I got the floor pieces cut out and glued.

Turkey on Thanksgiving. I was never a big turkey fan until I tried it with gravy…Now, fagetaboutit!

I just started reading Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins. All I’ve been watching is election stuff…I hope this week goes by fast.

Lately it’s been a weird mix of music, but today in the car it was 70’s Rock.

My fuzzy sweaters! It is finally cold enough outside that I don’t look like a freak wearing them!

Having my good friend over for Margaritas!

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays….Tom’s on the 1st, mine on the 2nd, my mom’s was the 5th, my son’s was the 10th, Mary’s on the 11th, and David’s on the 14th. There is also Christa’s on the 1st, Aimee’s on the 22nd, Christine’s on the 2nd with me, and my stepmom, Laurette’s on the 30th.

James is coming next week to start the work on the gutters and facia boards. After that he is fixing the two windows that won’t stay up and building the new closet to move the washer and dryer. While he is doing that David and I will be taking down the cabinets in the kitchen. After the washer and dryer are moved James will be working on putting in the new cabinets. While he is doing that I will be tiling the wall for the new shower in the bathroom. I really hope I get my home equity line of credit! The interest will be a lot less than credit cards!

Thanks for staying and sharing my month with me! It is fun to think of all the things that actually get done in a month!

100 Word Wednesday

for: https://bikurgurl.com/2020/10/28/100-word-wednesday-172/

Image of picnic tables on a mulch bed at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington just before Halloween 2020 - with two pumpkins soocially distanced, image by Bikurgurl, October 2020

Michael’s Pumpkin

Okay guys hurry up! Time to go! 


Not now Michael, we have to go. It is almost four o’clock and I have to make dinner. 

But mom… 

Michael, please. Just get in the car. Your sister is already strapped in, I am just waiting for you. 


Michael, I am not arguing with you right now. Just get in the car! Why does there always have to be an argument when we leave the park. You know, next time I will just bring your sister and get Aunt Martha to come stay with you. 

But mom! 


My pumpkin…. 

©2020 CBialczak Fiction

Disseminate: FOWC with Fandango

For: FOWC https://fivedotoh.com/2020/10/28/fowc-with-fandango-disseminate/

spread (something, especially information) widely.

It was typical for Bruce to disseminate the entire podcast word for word. He always seemed to have the type of memory where he could practically resight things like that. I guess it could be a good asset to have except the reason Bruce was there listening to the podcast by himself was because nobody cared about the topic!

©2020 CBialczak Fiction


For Roger Shipp: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2020/10/27/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2020-week-46/

Present for Grandma

Mommy, I made Grandma a necklace. 

You did! Wow, she is going to love it I’m sure. We can put it in an envelope and mail it to her. 

But I want to go give it to her! 

Well, right now because of the virus no one can visit the people who live at Grandma’s living center. 

But it won’t be the same if she just opens an envelope and gets this! It deserves a box at least! 

©2020 CBialczak Flash Fiction