Car Troubles

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 17 January 2021, strategy.

My anger went right off the chart,
When my rusty old car wouldn’t start,
My life-saving strategy?
To recharge my battery,
Which allowed me, at last, to depart.

Up With The Lark

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 16 January 2021, morning.

I’ve always been a morning person.

When I worked in London, I caught the 7 AM train, plus there was all the getting up and washed, plus the cycle to the station (25-30 mins).

If I was lucky, then, I’d get home at anout 7:30 – 8 PM, but I couldn’t stay up too late, because there was always an early start the next day.

After the stroke, I was in hospital for five weeks, and hospital is a morning environment. “Rounds” happened in the morning, the afternoons were quieter, therapy, the evening meal was at 5 – 5:30 PM, and after that, nothing. Patients can watch TV but Hospital TV is very expensive, and a lot of patients do not bother. In fact, my mum-in-law was in hospital exactly a year ago, and her hospital did not have any TV, because the company providing it had gone bust…

There is Internet, but if you’re ill, you often can’t be bothered.

So, most time after about 6 PM was spent dozing.

Those few weeks in hospital had a lasting effect. When I first came home, I was going to bed at 6 PM. Even five years later, I’m unlikely to go much past 9 PM. Computer and TV will be things that keep me up, although if I’m fed up with those I might go to bed earlier and listen to the radio.

After my night’s sleep, I’m generally up with the light. This might mean 7:30 AM in the winter, but might be 4-5 AM in the summer. I can’t really get up any later than I do now, because the cats want their breakfasts, plus of course waterworks take over…

Out of Mothballs

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 16 January 2021,snug.

When my daughter got wed, I’ll admit,
It was years since I’d worn that outfit,
I gave daughter a hug,
Trousers felt rather snug,
When I sat at reception, they split.


inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 15 January 2021, trouble.

As a child, not much good at complying,
I would discard my toys, leave them lying,
When my mum came along,
And unseen, stepped on one,
And a stray Lego brick sent her flying

Great Expectations

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 14 January 2021, instead.

A husband who’d just newlywed,
Excitedly climbed into bed,
As his spirits were soaring,
His wife started snoring,
Have to wait ’til the morning instead.