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WWP #247 – Flummox… with a little extra

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.  Thank you, Sammi, for hosting this weekly challenge.  I am cheating somewhat.  The poem is the requisite 42 words.  However, below said poem and photos, I share more of my day spent with my friend, Cathy.  Those who chose to read only the prompt, that’s totally cool. Anyone who wants to go beyond, well, you are more than welcome to do so!


wk 247 flummox


Walking through the Imagine Monet Immersive Experience

completely pulled into the beautiful paintings

projected against the walls, screens, floors

Beautiful images created by simple and random brushstrokes

completely flummox me

How?  How are a blob, a dot, a flourish

now a flower?


Cathy and I had gone to see the Van Gogh Immersive experience in December 2019.  When she suggested we go see the Monet one, I was in.  We were originally supposed to go in January but felt it would be best to put it off for a bit. So Saturday was the day.  A beautiful blue-skied chilly day.  I picked her up around 9:30 and we made our way over to the venue.  Lucky for us, we found parking on a side street, as the cost for parking on site was $15 and, to be honest, A little steep for an hour or so.

We were early so it was far from crowded (though I suspect, with the situation, they had vastly reduced the quantity of people allowed inside at the same time.  It was so beautiful.  We stayed long enough to see the rotation twice.  I am frankly in awe of these painters.

It was wonderful to see young children being exposed to the arts this way. It’s a perfect introduction.  Dragging a kid into a museum and hoping they don’t get bored within 15 minutes is wishful thinking. With these big images, they remained in awe for longer and were free to run around without disturbing.

It was past 11:30 so we decided to walk towards the Burgundy Lion for a nice lunch and pint.  Of course, the last time, I had turned in the wrong direction so this time I asked Cathy if she remembered which way to go, left or right?  She said right.  Her last name might be Wright but she was not!  It gave us an occasion to get a few more steps in by turning around.  The air was crisp and we were glad to be well dressed for it.

After our walk, we were very glad to get to the Burgundy Lion.  We each ordered a pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout and were advised that even though it was noon we could only order from the brunch menu.  Frankly, the options were wonderful.  I decided to have the Main and Hash (poached egg, smoked meat, potato mish mash and Hollandaise) and Cathy, the Arnold’s Scottish Benedict (eggs Benedict on Smoked Salmon with potatoes).  Seems weird to have a beer with breakfast, doesn’t it?

It was so nice to get out and enjoy an activity with someone and to have a meal in a restaurant.  It’s been so long!  As if this wasn’t enough, Cathy gave me a lovely notebook. (Thank you again!)  She was hoping to find a Monet one but had to settle for Van Gogh (which all works out since we actually had seen that one too!)


95 thoughts on “WWP #247 – Flummox… with a little extra

  1. Flummox is another great word. Maj & Sher just went to a similar exhibit in Ohio. Looks really cool. You two had fun hobnobbing in the cold.

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    • It is a wonderful word. I had enjoyed the Van Gogh one so it was a given that I’d want to go to the Monet. It was lovely. And yes, getting out, enjoying the cold air, the delicious meal, the good company was fabulous.

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  2. I agree with the simple images, I contribute the “random” brushstrokes to your poetic license. I need to do something like this soon. My list of to do things grows.
    Of course I read it all. 🙂
    I’ve not tried a good stout with breakfast, but why not? Is a bit of envy on my part too sinful?

    Well shared and nicely assembled, Dale. 🙂

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  3. It looks and sounds like such a lovely day, Dale. I’ve seen other immersive events advertised, but not Monet. How wonderful to get out and spend the day with your friend! Centuries ago, people drank beer at breakfast, so one at noon seems reasonable. 😉

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  4. Well you excelled yourself here Dale. Not only did you master the prompt but you gave us a delightful tour and a mouthwatering Brunch too. I do so envy those who can create such beauty with their artistic talent!

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  5. What a lovely date you gave yourselves! I was with you every step of the way from your writing challenge—stated so nicely—to the beer at breakfast. We ended up at a brunch recently and Barry ordered a beer. He kindly shared a few sips because I couldn’t manage a beer at 11 a.m.! Good for you and your wonderful day.

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    • Yes, indeed. We were long overdue! So glad you joined us. I admit to being flummoxed at how to use it and Monet provided 😉 And it was noon, after all 😉 And it was a hearty meal that just begged for it. And dark like coffee 😉 Bah! It’s not a normal occurrence… Thank you for joining us!

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  6. Dear Dale,

    Here I thought I was in for 42 words and ended up on a tour…a wonderful tour at that. I’d love to be able to go to one of these exhibits. Van Gogh was in KC but I don’t know if it still is or not. At any rate, thank you for sharing it all.

    Shalom and lotsa creative hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I apologise for my overstepping 😉 But I am glad you stayed for the tour! I think you would enjoy it. They don’t usually stay all that long but hey, maybe look into it!

      Shalom and lotsa blop, dot and swish love,


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  7. The Imagine Monet Immersive Experience looks like fun for children of all ages. I like the ways in which art museums are making art and history more accessible, more enjoyable. I also like the idea of going to a pub for brunch. Your Saturday sounds wonderful.

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  8. Q

    I’m with you! I am totally flummoxed by the genius of these classics. From Monet to Van Gogh, Kahlo to Goya . . . there seems to be a magic to their brushes, as if dipped in the stardust of ancient times. Everything about their work seems that way to me, which is why I usually spend so much time just fawning and staring into their works. As if there is an answer therein, because most of the time, there is.

    I never find it, but that doesn’t mean the staring ain’t worth it.

    To being flummoxed!

    PS- In the file!


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  9. What a lovely day you gals had!
    Yes, beer with breaky sounds odd, but hey, it was actually lunch.
    I had an acquaintance years ago. Her dad was a hard working labourer. He had a stout with his breaky every day. He was still going strong into his 8th decade, last I heard.
    I can hardly wait to get out of my hood and find street art.
    Don’t know when/if I’ll ever go to a restaurant again. x ⚡️💥 o

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    • It was a lovely one, for sure.
      And yes, it wasn’t like it was my first meal of the day, either. And honestly, a stout is dark like coffee 😉 As for your friend’s dad, I get it. And it obviously did him no harm.
      I hear you, my friend.
      Aww… I so hope you do, when you feel comfortable. 👸✨

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  10. Flummox? A breed of oxen that flumm. It’s kinda like humming, but only this particular species, of all species on earth, can flumm along to their fave song. Hence the flummox.
    Did I get it? xo

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