Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge: Music Hour

Tabby and Nera

“Tabby what shall we play?”

“Err, I was thinking something soothing and slow. What about from that people musical called “Cats””?

“No, Tabby, there are too many high notes and it is not very realistic. Cats do not sing about memories, or do you have one?”

“Not really Nera, although I remember the tuna fish dish we had yesterday. That was very tasty. Let’s play “Ode to a plate of tuna fish”.

“Are you kidding Tabby, we eat the stuff too quickly to write a song about it. I know, I will run my paws over the high notes, and you can stamp around on the low notes.”

“But not too loud Nera, nice and soft and soothing. I hate loud noises.”

“OK Tabby I will begin. Shall I use the black notes or the white?”

“Is there a difference?”

“I don’t know, but there probably is. Mrs. Human always reads something called music notes when she plays.”

“But she plays on the big piano, not the keyboard. Nera there is no sound. I just took a walk over the keyboard and I couldn’t hear anything.”

“Tabby I think that is because it is one of those human gadgets with an on and off switch. Just a minute I have found it, but not very paw friendly.”

“Err Nera that might be because it is not a feline music instrument.”

“You know what Tabby, I have a better idea. I will miaow in the high notes and you can purr in the low notes. Who needs a piano?”

“Yes Nera, you are right. Perhaps we will become famous and make it in the Feline Hit Parade, who knows?”

Michelle’s Pet Challenge, Round Up and Start of New Week 26: Music Hour

Daily Prompt: Against All Odds

Tell us about a situation where you’d hoped against all hope, where the odds were completely stacked against you, yet you triumphed. Be sure to describe your situation in full detail. Tell us all about your triumph in all its glory.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LONGSHOT.

Van der Sar ready for action

Here we have the ex Manchester United goalkeeper, Edwin van der Saar, who always won against all odds, one of the best. I had a bit of a soft spot for him that was why I took the photo from the television at the UEFA Cup final a few years ago. Quality is not so good, but TV pictures never are.

Basically I always triumph; otherwise I probably would not be here to talk about it. Of course, there is a little problem with my Pulitzer/Nobel prize for literature, but you cannot get them all. With a little patience I am sure those stacked odds will crumble and fall and I will win. There is just one thing that bothers me, I am not growing younger. I know I am now in the prime of life, the interesting age, but if this prize thing does not arrive soon, I will not look so good when I have to climb onto the stage to receive it in ten years. On the other hand you can do so much with photos, and I am sure with a little retouching, the prize winning photo will show me in my youthful glory. Just a little clowning with the wrinkles and hair colour and I will fool them all.

Otherwise to put a serious angle on this blog (although I am always serious), I cannot recall that the odds were ever stacked against me. I cannot be bothered to let it happen. I have been blogging for some years now. There was a blogging place called Multiply where they had a weekly photo thing. Someone would suggest a theme and we would all post our photos and visit each other and comment. Of course we all made nice comments, no-one would trust themselves to say what a load of old rubbish, or that was bad quality. The photos were all OK and we got to know each other. Then one day the leader of the group decided let’s have a competition once a month and choose the best photo. That was when I left the group, but not without telling the lady in charge that I no longer had any interest. I do not do competitions, whether it be writing or photos.

I do not need a confirmation that mine is the best. It does not interest me. I am here for fun. I made my way long enough in the rat race we called work and now I am retired and do what I want when I want in that connection. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why I have an award free blog. If WordPress like to give me one of their official things, that is OK. I do not seek it and it is a reward. I do not have to fulfil ten or more various duties to qualify.

I am not a misery guts by no means and I read and appreciate quite a lot of the blogs written on the daily prompt theme, and others, but I do not do triumphs or victories, not my thing.

I did have a feeling this afternoon, however, that the odds were very much stacked. It was time to refresh the garden, get it ready for the summer. This was a mistake. I had everything ready. Three large bags of fresh earth, each being so heavy I could not lift it. I dragged each bag across the lawn to the flower bed. Now that was a triumph against the odds of getting a slipped disk by lifting the bag. After an hour I had succeeded and the garden beds had a good sprinkling of fresh earth, mixed with poultry manure pellets to make sure the plants had a good growing future. Afterwards I raked the lawn to dethatch it. Now I did not know the word for that in English, but it is removing the moss from the lawn. That was backbreaking work and I discovered that I now longer have a lawn, but a thatch patch. I finally refilled the birdhouse and collapsed at my computer to see what exciting and fulfilling work of daily prompt I had to complete today against all odds.

The main thing is, I survived.

Daily Prompt: Against All Odds

  1. Loserly | Mila’s Misadventures
  2. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds-Psychology behind resilience | Journeyman
  3. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  4. Longshot: Daily Prompt | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  5. To London For Love (Part 2) & The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  6. It was as though there was someone else helping me along… | Hope* the happy hugger
  7. Care to Dare | Rima Hassan
  8. Off to Peru With You | Under the Monkey Tree
  9. thoughtsofrkh
  10. Against All Odds She Met Grace Prayers and Promises
  11. DP Daily Prompt: | Sabethville
  12. The Best Laid Plans | My Author-itis
  13. I upgraded my laptop against all the odds | Sue’s Trifles
  14. Take a Look at me Now – Apparently I’m a Robot | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  15. Do it anyway | Busy Mind Thinking
  16. One Crazy Mom » Against all odds
  17. War of 1812 – Why It Still Matters | Exploratorius
  18. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  19. Road to Regionals: Finale | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  20. And He Scores!! | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  21. This Man is an Island. | L5GN
  22. Minutely Infinite | Facing The Music
  24. Measles | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  25. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | A Day In The Life
  26. Daily Prompt:Against All Odds / choose the fish bowl wisely… | Louie Behogan
  27. Beautiful Bermeo | Life is great
  28. The Scholarship I Almost Won Might Help Me Change The World
  29. The League of Monsters that Never Was | Green Embers
  30. The Trials and Travails of Caleb Clark . . . Will He or Won’t He? (Short Fiction) | meanderedwanderings
  31. Hold On To Your Dreams | Flowers and Breezes
  32. Over the Hill and through the barriers | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  33. Longshot | The Land Slide Photography
  34. Of High School and Curtain Calls: When reality far exceeded the drama on stage | Quite Callipygous
  35. Me Out Of Me! | Views Splash!
  36. against all odds | klstar2000
  37. Against All Odds | The Nameless One
  38. lefty’s left arm broke | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  39. Fighting the Odds (Womanly Problems) | The Shotgun Girls
  40. Daily Prompt: Being Rushed! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  41. Romeikes are in. Yes. | Home’s Cool!
  42. Jesus poses under the Bodhi Tree | The Salmon Yatra
  43. Longshot | A picture is worth 1000 words
  44. Against all odds we gave people a place to heal | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  45. College: Two and a Half Years That Changed My Life | Schizo Incognito
  46. Daily Prompt: Getting To London, a total Longshot | Cabernet In The Dark
  47. Fighting Within the GLBTQ Community is “Gay” | Shades of Teal
  48. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds ~~ Cancer and Depression |
  49. Leaving Barcelona Against All Odds « psychologistmimi
  50. Divided | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  51. Eagle in flight (Daily Prompt: “Against All Odds, Longshot”) | Photo0pal Photography
  52. The Common White Girl’s Idea of Struggling | meg lago
  53. The surest bet in Vegas | Altared Egos
  54. Against All Odds. | Thoughts On Love
  55. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds – Staying Married | Life’s So Sweet
  56. High School. | Asta’s Space
  57. Against All Odds – OVER and OVER Again! | Musings | WANGSGARD
  58. Against All Odds | Eclecticfemale’s Blog
  59. Paddy Power! Against all odds. | Trucker Turning Write
  60. Daily Prompt: Against all odds | That Montreal Girl
  61. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | Basically Beyond Basic
  62. Like a Chinese lantern floating | Middle Queendom
  63. Daily Prompt: Bittersweet Memories | SCATTERBRAIN
  64. Building strength in your child | Parents Are People Too
  65. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | huntprayerpoems
  66. Against All Odds | Emotional Fitness
  67. Longshot | A New Day
  68. Daily Prompt: Against All Odds | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  69. Against All Odds – British Edition | Constructing a Life
  70. A Life time of Odds | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  71. Winning – Rose Glace’s Blog