Linda Louise Rigsbee

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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

Kudos to Dad – Memoir

Feb 28, 2013 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Beth Carter

Feb 28, 2013 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Beth Carter

Dad wasn’t frugal. He was creative. He often said “I’d rather make something than buy it.” He made an eight cylinder engine into four – and then back again when it wouldn’t lug the big Buick around. He made a tractor using parts from a motorcycle and water heater. It had to be parked facing downhill to clutch start, but otherwise it worked. A junkyard was a treasure chest for him. In the end, it came as no surprise that he was buried in the coffin he made. Charles Mecham’s legacy was three creative girls, an octolin he invented, and priceless memories.

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Painful Decisions – a Metaphor

February 22 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Janet Webb

February 22 Friday Fictioneer photo prompt by Janet Webb

The well-maintained picket fence put up a cheery front, but it couldn’t hide the decaying barn. Like trying to hide a marriage that had gone bad, there was no point investing more time and effort planting flowers in front of it. The problem wasn’t the fence. The barn was empty now – useless – yet it was difficult to let go of the memories. The old barn had to be removed before the new one could be built. The new barn promised a brighter future for everyone involved – especially the children.

Favorable Results

David Stewart Photo by David Stewart.

Kneel, rise, s-t-r-e-t-c-h … always a fraction of an inch beyond my reach. I’ve been working every day for hours – weeks. It’s taking so long, but I like the results. The approval in my husband’s eyes gives me the energy to continue. People are asking how I did it and I delight in giving them all the details. Sometimes even I stop to admire my work. The thing I like most about it is the simple maintenance – and the graceful beauty, of course. Once the last coat of polyurethane is applied, I’ll be finished with the floor.

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