Family, Prompt, Take Seven

Take Seven 15th October

Take Seven: 3rd September

It’s Friday!

Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week’s effort.

Our words were:
duty, event, exchanged, hefty, hole, missing, particular, piece, quality, quizzical, riot, roast, secret, see, segment, sixty, spend, tapped, terrific, traditional, wire

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Holiday Hi Jinx

By Tessa Dean October 2021

It was always my duty to make sure the holiday event meals were always traditional for whatever country we chose that year. I really just wanted a plain meal for once with a nice roast, but I hadn’t gotten the memo which was always kept secret to just before the holiday leaving each person time to shop and prepare their part of the meal. I made sure all the foods were represented and no exchanges were allowed. The meals were sometimes weird, but they were always enjoyed and rarely were there any leftovers.

A different person was chosen each year to choose the particular meal and then I did the research as to what was needed to make it truly traditional. Then whoever was in charge chose who would prepare what. I always hated this family tradition, but I always participated rather than causing a riot by refusing. I am not a cook so I always prefaced my presentation with you know I don’t cook so if the quality of the dish is poor please forgive me. Many years I thought of missing the dinner, but I knew that would not go over well and so I persevered with whatever I got.

I am sixty now and cooking large meals isn’t an option so just having to prepare a single dish is easier although sometimes the cost I had to spend for the exotic dishes could be quite daunting. Most of the foods I got I wouldn’t eat so there was no taste testing ahead of time. Sometimes it was terrific, but some of them were horrible.

As the food was passed around the table I took a small segment. I didn’t like what I saw when it was done cooking and doubted I would like it. I looked at the plate quizzically before putting a spoonful in my mouth. Everyone else was digging in and there was a huge hole missing from the serving plate so either everyone knew something I didn’t or they were braver than me.

I heard a tapping at the window and looked over to see a small wire tapping on the glass. I got up and looked outside and saw my youngest grandson standing outside trying to get our attention. I opened the window and asked him what he was doing and he said I was left home alone and walked down here myself. I can’t reach the window and you all didn’t hear me knocking with all the laughter. I laughed out loud and told him to come around to the door and I would let him in. He leaned over and picked up a cake holder and drug it around with him. He brought dessert and I hoped it was one of his mom’s great cakes although I needed to scold her for leaving her young son behind.

When I presented him to her she grabbed the cake holder and looked inside, not in the least bit worried that he had been left home alone. Her dessert survived and arrived thanks to her young son. Suddenly it dawned on her what she had done. She picked him up and hugged him, apologizing for leaving him behind and thanking him for bringing the cake with him.

Now we were all there and ready to eat. Although I did a quick head count before settling down to eat.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#Whatdoyousee, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

What do you see # 103 – October 11, 2021

Sadje’s rules:

Image credit; Jovan Vasiljević

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a tray lined with brown paper and full of a variety of donuts.

Hot Baked Goods!

By Tessa Dean October 2021

The grandkids had hidden themselves under the table before Grandma put a freshly made batch of donuts out for the party later. Toby whispered, “Now!” Jean put her hands up and reached for one of the donuts on the top thinking Grandma wouldn’t notice one missing from the top of the tray. They split the still warm donut in half and ate it quickly. They pondered whether she would notice if they snuck another one. Little did they know that she had made exactly one donut per person and eventually they would be caught. She continued to place other baked goods on the table. They could snatch a cookie or two, but the cakes and pies would be noticeable if cut.

Once Grandma left the kitchen they snuck out and ran out the back door since Grandma had headed into the living room to greet her guests. Jean and Toby followed the others inside from the front yard.

Grandma started to hand out the donuts and noticed she was short. “Toby and Jean,” she scolded, “What did you do? There is a donut missing and I see you both have a donut in your hand and crumbs all over your mouth, but you haven’t eaten yet. So where did the crumbs come from and where is the missing donut? I know it was you two pranksters. I had exactly enough for one for each person and now one is missing. Toby’s mom grabbed Toby’s and told him to share Jean’s since they already shared one. She ate Toby’s.

Toby and Jean pouted, but they couldn’t do anything about it. They were caught!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#weeklysmile, Non-Fiction, Prompt

The Weekly Smile for the 11th of October, 2021 #weeklysmile


Trent’s Rules

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My smile:

I still have my aide and the big one is that today is my 65th birthday. I can’t believe I actually hit 65.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

#WeekendCoffeeShare, Non-Fiction, Prompt

#WeekendCoffeeShare #40 : I might as well live at the hospital!

Natalie’s Guidelines and newest post is here.

Coffee, Pen, Notebook, Caffeine, Cup
Picture compliments of Pixabay.com

Thanks to Natalie the Explorer for hosting this prompt.

Grab yourself a beverage and pull up a chair. If we were having coffee I would tell you that I quit physical therapy on my foot although they have me down for physical therapy for the rest of my body.

I would tell you that I spend more time at the hospital than I do in my own apartment. In the last 4 weeks I spent 3 different times in the hospital for an average of 3-4 days each time. I have hardly touched my blog this last month and now it is time to prep for NANOWRIMO and I have no idea what I want to write although I am thinking about changing my genre to romance.

Still impatiently waiting for word from the assisted living facility. I am not the most patient person in the world for sure and my nerves are raw between waiting for an answer. It has been months now and still no word. I tried calling twice and it got me nowhere.

At least I have an aide who comes steadily even if it is way too early for me. She arrives at 7 AM and I am a night person.

Have a great week everyone.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

I am now following and streaming on Twitch.tv. Find me under www.twitch.tv/tessadeanauthor

Fiction, Prompt

Weekend Writing Prompt #230 – Brush

Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #230 – Brush

wk 230 brush

100 Strokes!

By Tessa Dean October 2021

“Mandy, did you brush your hair 100 strokes yet? It is bedtime.”

“No, Ma. None of my friends do it. So why do I have to?”

“Mandy, you know the rules, and my mom made me do the same thing, and look how nice my hair still is.”

“Ma, it is probably that expensive conditioner you use all the time. Not to mention I just read an article that said brushing your hair that often causes breakage of the hair and is not good for your hair.”

*****87 words*****

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.wordpress.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg