Three Line Tales/Saturday Mix: The Decayed Farm House #amwriting #3LineTales #SaturdayMix #flashfiction


Thanks to Sonya from Only 100 Words for hosting #3LineTales. Also thank you to Sarah from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting Saturday Mix. This week her Double Take homophones are: band – a musical group and bannedforbidden; cent – one hundredth of a dollar, scent – an aroma, and sent – dispatched.


Credit: Thomas Shellberg via Unsplash


A person can catch the voices of yesterday in the stars where the decayed farm house sags, where a band sings, playing the fiddle, and the scent of bread lingers with rotting wood; King George pennies are scattered on the floor, one cent coins forgotten with a monarch dead, no longer minted with the current Queen, Elizabeth II.

The prairie nights of old linger here, where joy and sorrow blend with relief, moving from a run-down house banned, deemed unsafe by housing inspection; a gleaming modern farmhouse replaces it nearby, but the old one is left to rot with a sense of nostalgia from the farmer’s elderly father.

A person can picture the dances and parties, dead relatives and friends sitting around the table, the young boys sent out to chase the horses who’d escaped the field, into the neighbors pastures; the past clings to this house as it does to the stars above, both from a time long forgotten.


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‘Till The Love Runs Out


I’m getting excited! The reason being this time in one month and a few days I will be in Las Vegas. I have been there four times previously and this is my first trip with just my mom and I. I was checking out prices for when we want to go and things are looking good. For instance, $429.00. + taxes for Caeser’s Palace or the Parisian. Three hundred something for Balli’s or Planet Hollywood. This is in the week of course, and from Monday to Friday but the prices are so much better in the week time it’s worth it. Many people like to go across the weekend but I find things are just as hoppin’ in the week and slightly less busier. So, when Mom returns from China I will book Las Vegas. I need to check out some shows that are on right now too so we can get tickets for that. 

Being alone is becoming less and less lonely as the twelve days go by. I’m now just one module short of finishing the copy editing course work. Then I have some studying to do before the final exam becomes available after April 29. Things have been going well except for this last module where you make up a sheet of standard spellings, punctuations, numbers, etc. that may differ then the house guy. The problem occurs when I receive a page or 2 of text then I really don’t know where to begin or where to look for what. But oh well, maybe there is more practice available or I can just pretend with some sort of document. 

I am also looking forward to seeing OneRepublic in concert next Wednesday at Rexall place. They are a favorite group of mine and the first none country concert I’ll have been at at the coliseum. Popular songs of theirs include ” Counting Stars” and ” ‘Till the Love Runs Out.” I hear they do some great covers of certain other band’s music as well. Also, did a little Vegas shopping to wear in Las Vegas: 2 pairs of shorts, 2 lovely tanks, and a few little items to put in a small suit case such as small shampoo and conditioner. 

Take care