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What’s the Blooming Big Deal? – Friday Fictioneers

From the late hour on this Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, one could surmise that a) I was busy b) I had computer issues or c) I was stumped.  We’ll go for c)!  I have to admit I looked at this image from Roger Bultot and drew a blank.  Tried to type something – ex-nayed that.  Made another coffee, played a few mindless games on the Facebook, came back to the image.  Tried again.  Zilch. Made myself lunch, chatted with a friend, looked at the tumbleweed that is Zeke’s fur, turned away from that before the urge to take out the vacuum hit too hard and came back to the image.

Please forgive me.  This was the best I could do!  Thanks always to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for stumping hosting this shindig week after week.

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Painful Word Count – 100

Genre – Fiction

What’s the Blooming Big Deal?

She stared out of her window at the street below.  Ugh, more snow has fallen.  February first.  Why does February, the shortest month, feel like the longest month of the year?

Her eyes drifted to the white orchid on the windowsill.  What is it about orchids that so fascinated people anyway?  Everything she had ever read about them stated they were a bitch to keep blooming.  She put the requisite 3 ice cubes per week and enjoyed the flowers as they bloomed and fell one after the other, stem and leaves remaining.

To the bin and back to Costco for another!

96 thoughts on “What’s the Blooming Big Deal? – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Actually, you can probably take this to a whole different level and expand it to what could be a sampling of life in its different forms…:)
    Or you could say you’ve had enough of it and move on. I’m guessing after all that angst you want to move on.
    But I kind of like it…:)

  2. I agree with both sentiments here. February is a bitch of a month, and with orchids you’ve either got it, or you haven’t. And if you have it, the damn thing doesn’t last for ever anyway. Great story, Dale. I know what it’s like when you just can’t seem to get a story out. You did fine.

  3. My personal favorties of all time are the Forget Me Nots..they’re just adorable, but orchids are beautiful too 🙂 I can’t wait for spring! Thanks for “planting the seed” in our minds Dale 🙂

  4. I’m not good with plants, either. Maybe she could try a cactus? 🙂

    Funny how I completely missed the flower when I looked at the photo. All I saw was a window and a great height…

  5. The prompt threw me too, as I generally don’t like slab sided buildings, and I am not a great fun of Orcids. But in the end the muse won though. Thank heavens.

  6. Isn’t that just the truth about plants? In my case at least. I do however have a fabric orchid that needs no ice cubes, just an occasional dust. x

    • Ha ha! Whatever works, I say. Though I do admire those who manage to have these huge (natural) African violets or other flowering plants. Me? Not so much!

  7. OK … you struggled with this one … but as a Costco shopper, I had to laugh.

    First thing that came to my mind was a conversation between two plants watching someone’s idiotic behavior below … or a take-off on Rear Window.

  8. I never have had a Costco card, but I have been inside one in midtown Kansas City. I have tasted their little eclairs, though. Addicting.

    As for the story, you did fine.

    Five out of five Tucks Pads (for the healing aftermath of the extraction of the idea). 😉

  9. Ok so your green fingers need a little work but not your writing ones. It’s funny though, we are our own worst judges. Things I like that I’ve written get no response, while others I chuck out and hope for the best are received with great praise. I think all we can do is write to our best ability and then leave it to for others to respond, if we try to be selective we’ll probably get it wrong.

  10. I know the feeling, Dale. Orchids and I suffer the worst of incompatibility, and I can’t blame it on the elevation of my house. My neighbour has a windowsill full of the most glorious orchids. I’m good with cacti and succulents, as they thrive on neglect!
    Well done, whipping the gremlin of writer’s block in submission, and coming up with a story — a good one. I ran out of time this week, hence no story. February sort of crept up on me, so I also forgot to invite anyone as guest storyteller on my blog this month, too. I really must get organised.

  11. I’ve had 2 orchid plants that have followed me through 3 moves.They had not bloomed since I first brought them home.
    I hung them on my patio wall in my current house. One miraculously started blooming and has not stopped for almost 2 years now??!!
    Still hoping that the other will follow suit. Can’t even remember what color the flowers were.

    The story was good. Thank you for sharing,

    Found your blog on FF and hope you can visit mine also. 🙂

    – Lisa

  12. The shortest month of the year feeling like the longest. Yes! I was thinking this only yesterday (grey, grey, rain, grey, more rain and – really & truly – the last of the flowers shrivelled and fell off the white orchid on my living room windowsill) and then I read this today and thought, “I am not alone!”

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