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The Old Neighborhood – Part 2

Do you remember my story of Ellen that previously posted here?


Today I want to  finish my story with a little poem – thank you everyone who helped me complete my story!

What DID Ellen see?!  Here is her response:

Did I see a little green man?


Or maybe a miniature unicorn on the corner stand?

A Super Mouse doll?  Oh, so grand!!!

Or perhaps a big hairy spider with two sharp fangs?


A little dancing statue that looks brand new –

Is that the god of Vishnu?  I have no clue…

A rather noisy Parrot, who keeps saying, “Moo?”

Or maybe a rare Hairy Bird, stuffed and glued?!


Is it Waldo, smiling over at me?

Did I FINALLY find him?!  Oh, no!  This cannot be!


I realize now as I sit here with glee…

What I saw in the corner was just a reflection of me!


Hope you enjoyed my story!

Happy Creating!!!  😊🎨💜

The Old Neighborhood – Part 1

Do you ever drive by your old neighborhood where you grew up?  I do from time to time.  I was raised only about 30 minutes from my current home.

I created this short story from the art I did in an old book, as part of the “Word Play Painting Class” I took online from Lynn Whipple.

It was a cool fall day in late October when Ellen decided to take a short drive –


Past the home where she was raised in the old neighborhood –

the old neighborhood

The new owner had changed the house color but everything else looked much the same.

Ellen remembered her childhood friends and all the times they went “Trick or Treating” in the neighborhood –

Trick or Treat character

Dressing up in handmade costumes of cats, ghosts and little old ladies…

Ellen was about ready to drive away when the lady next door came outside to get her mail.  Ellen was surprised to recognize her neighbor, Dee Dee – as she thought she had moved away –

Dee Dee

Ellen hopped out of her car and waived hello to Dee Dee!   When Dee Dee saw Ellen, she broke into a wide grin.

They started chatting and Dee Dee invited Ellen into her home for a cup of coffee –  

a cup of coffee

Reruns of the show, “Super Cat” were playing on the television (rather loudly I must say) so Ellen was thankful when Dee Dee turned the volume off –

Super cat

As Ellen sat down on the couch, the phone rang.  Dee Dee was answering the phone, when Ellen noticed a ______ in the room!  (Now it’s your turn to help complete Part 1 of the story in a clean, humorous way).   I hope you play along…

I will post my ending to the story in Part 2 next week!

Happy Storytelling!  🙂

The Eckhouts – My Story…

Remember my “characters” from yesterday?

funny pictures of a family

Well, here is MY story about them:

Uncle Aurther is married to Sandy but Sandy does not like being called, “Aunt” as it makes her feel old.  (BTW, Uncle Aurther is a terrible speller, his REAL name is Uncle Albert!)  Uncle Albert likes to hum along to Paul McCartney’s song!  When this happens, (Aunt) Sandy puts on her happy face and starts knitting.  (I’m so sorry Uncle Albert…)  😉

Uncle John loves to tell jokes such as this one…  Q:  What side of a cat has the most spots?  A:  The outside!  hahaha!!!

Jasper is Uncle John’s son.  Jasper plays a mean accordion!  Sometimes they play a party gig together.  Everyone thinks they are so talented!

Jasper is a bit odd with his big ears and all but Amy finds him very attractive.  They eventually meet at a Karoke Bar and fall instantly in love!  They are married in just 3 months by Jasper’s sister, Susie – who LOVES cats!

Susie has a kind heart and takes in MANY, many stray cats.  (Meowwww!)  Brian lives next door to Susie and he is allergic to cats – oh, dear!  But Brian thinks Susie is the “cat’s meow” so he buys stock in Claritin and becomes a very RICH man!  $$$$

Spot is one of Susie’s MANY cats.  Spot becomes a famous “light” in Susie’s life and with a “Spot-light” Susie too becomes very wealthy.

Eventually, Susie and Jasper meet and marry.  They are currently celebrating their 9 lives together (I mean anniversaries!)

May you find humor in your family tree!

Happy Storytelling!  🙂

My Doodle With A Story

I created this “Story Doodle” and posted it previously on April 30th.  Now I have completed my story to go with it:

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First Row – Starting on the top, left:

In a lively village with a big oak tree, lived a young, handsome baker who owned a tiny Bakery.  Each morning, people from the small village would line up outside his shop to purchase a loaf of bread or a fresh scone.

One day, a lovely, young lady appeared at the store counter.  She had long, golden hair and he couldn’t help but stare into her deep green eyes.  When he realized he was entranced by her beauty, his face turned several shades of red.  The lovely lady who was a bit shy but smitten by his attention, ordered several loaves of his famous olive bread.  On her first bite of this heavenly bread, she knew she was in love with the baker.

After several weeks of daily visits to his store, the handsome baker finally asked the lovely lady with emerald green eyes and hair the color of butter on a date.  They were to meet at the park in the center of the lively village next to the big oak tree.

On the day of the picnic, the sun was shining and people were outside washing their cars.  The birds were singing a happy tune and the flowers were bursting open in a rainbow of color!  The young baker could hardly contain his excitement!  He knew the lovely lady had a sweet tooth.  Inside his picnic basket, he had brought his special raspberry-filled cupcakes with gooey, vanilla frosting and a very Berry pie.

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As the young baker was laying the checkered table cloth on the ground, the beautiful young lady arrived riding on an elephant!  (Apparently, the circus was in town and the elephant’s trainer was a friend).

The young couple enjoyed the sweet goodies from the picnic basket.  The young lady tried not to eat like a pig even thought she was famished.  She told the young baker that her name was Beatrice but her friends called her Bunny.  When he told her his name was Sam, she giggled.  She remembered that she had a cat as a child, named Samantha that she had nicknamed, Sam.

Second Row – from the top:

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Sam and Bunny fell quickly in love.  It had been love at first bite for Bunny and love at first sight for Sam.  They enjoyed many walks in the park, holding hands and picking bouquets of flowers.  Roses were Bunny’s favorite flower but she also liked sunflowers.

One late afternoon, when the butterflies were dancing in the sunshine, they stopped at an ice cream stand in the park.  Sam was amazed by how much ice cream Bunny could eat!  Sam had a single-scoop, chocolate ice cream cone.  Bunny ate an ice cream cone with two scoops, two fudgesicles and an orange popsicle!  Then she washed it down with a large lemonade.

Bunny invited Sam to her home the next evening.  Sam brought three bagels and a bottle of red wine.  Bunny served cheese and crackers.

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After their light appetizer, Bunny poured them each a cup of peppermint tea to settle their stomachs.  Bunny showed Sam her bountiful garden where she had planted a variety of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and onions.

Third Row (Are you dizzy yet?):

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Bunny later served Sam a delicious mushroom stew with the olive bread of course!  They also ate three juicy tomatoes grown from seed in her garden.

Sam learned that Bunny was an artist.  She loved to sit in her garden with the caterpillars, bees and bugs and draw owls and birds.  She also illustrated a children’s book about a giraffe.  In addition to the birds in her yard, Bunny liked to draw pumpkins and the other vegetables in her garden.  (She learned early on to not put all her eggs in one basket and draw and paint many subjects).  She was also well-known for her flower paintings.

After dinner, they decided to go for a short bike ride.  Bunny surprised Sam by riding an unicycle!

4th Row:

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The next day, Bunny stopped by Sam’s tiny bakery for a cup of coffee.  Sam surprised Bunny with three gifts!  The first gift was for a stay at a Bed and Breakfast at the beach where they could get away for a weekend trip.  The second gift was new art supplies.  And the third gift was a beautiful pearl necklace!  Bunny was delighted!

Bunny started packing right away for their trip to the beach.  She was ready to go when Sam picked her up in his Jeep.  She brought a suitcase of clothes but also three novels she wanted to read.

Fifth Row:

Bunny almost forgot her sunglasses and sunscreen but Sam reminded her that it was going to be warm.  They had a lovely weekend together and saw 100’s of butterflies.  They had so much fun that they decided to purchase a small trailer for more weekend trips.  They would bring their new pet – a pot-bellied pig, named “Oink.”  Oink had a sweet tooth like Bunny.  Bunny liked to put pink bows on Oink’s ears and walk the pig around the park while eating ice cream.

One sunny day, Sam asked Bunny to marry him.  Of course she said, “Yes!”  They soon started their family.  They had two wonderful children, a boy and a girl.  They also had a cat who they named, (you guessed it), Samantha.  They lived happily ever after in a small house next to the tiny bakery in the lively village with the big oak tree.

The End

Happy Creating!