“You Aren’t The Only One” for BrewNSpew Word of The Week -Tempest – July 15 2019


BrewNSpew Cafe Word of The Week – Tempest- July 15 2019

Word of the week – tempest (noun) – a violent wind storm. Synonyms – squall, storm, gale, hurricane, tornado, typhoon, cloudburst, monsoon, snowstorm, blizzard, windstorm.


“Dad? What’s a tempest?”

“A tempest?”


“Well, it’s a storm….sort of.”

“Can a person be a storm?”

“Well, not really, but maybe they could be.”

“Dad? I don’t understand.”

“Son? Where’d you hear that word?”

“At school.”

“Where at school?”

“In my class.”

“O.k. Then who said that word?”

“My teacher.”

“Ok. What teacher?”

“My classroom teacher.”

“Son? What was the teacher’s name?”

“Miss Teacup.”

“Now son look, no one’s name could be Teacup.”

“But Dad.”

“No that’s crazy.”



“I heard Mr. Smith say it.”

“Who’s Mr. Smith?”

“The Principal.”

“What exactly did Mr. Smith say?”


“When he said whatever he said, if he said it.”

“Dad? I’m confused.”

“Son? You aren’t the only one.”

©J.E.Goldie July 17 2019


“Our revels now are ended. These our actors, 
As I foretold you, were all spirits and 
Are melted into air, into thin air: 
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, 
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, 
The solemn temples, the great globe itself, 
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve 
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, 
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff 
As dreams are made on, and our little life 
Is rounded with a sleep.” 
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest

“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.” 
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest



“Class Dismissed” for BrewNSpew Café word of The week – Butterfly – July 10 2019



Word of the week – butterfly (noun) –

1) any of numerous slender-bodied diurnal lepidopteran insects including one superfamily (Papilionoidea) with broad often brightly colored wings and usually another superfamily comprising the skippers.

2) something that resembles or suggests a butterfly especially: a person chiefly occupied with the pursuit of pleasure.


“Today class, we’re going to talk about the

mating habits of the common butterfly.”

“They mate?”

“Mr. Smith! Please keep your thoughts to

yourself unless prompted to do so.”

“Yes Miss Virginia.”

“All species mate, by the way.”

“I hope so.”

“Mr. Smith!”

“Right Miss Virginia.”

“Now. We all know they pollinate flowers. This allows the flowers to grow and create seeds. Butterflies are particularly fond of oranges, grapefruits, cantelope, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, kiwi, apples, watermelon, and bananas.

Put your hand down. Mr. Smith.”


“No buts. Just do as I say.”

“Yes Miss Virginia.”

“Adult butterflies drink nectar from blossoms on flowering plants. Butterflies use a long proboscis to reach deep into the bloom to get at the nectar. The proboscis, which is a part of their mouths, works like a long straw that butterflies curl into a spiral when not using.”

“Mr. Smith! If you don’t have to use the little boy’s room

I’d put my hand down.”

“Yes, Miss Virginia.”

“Butterflies reproduce the way other animals do — sperm from a male fertilizes eggs from a female. Males and females of the same species recognize one another by the size, color, shape and vein structure of the wings, all of which are species specific.”

“FINE! What is it that you find so utterly important Mr. Smith.”

“Well. My sister was at a butterfly house and she cut herself and a butterfly sucked all the blood up and when she was crying it sucked up her tears too and the guy said they love leftovers and even eat dead bodies! And poop he called rotting flesh and….”

“MR. SMITH! That will be about just enough!”



“I’ve been trying to tell you. There’s a huge butterfly on your leg!”


©J.E.Goldie July 10, 2019




Monarch Butterfly, the only butterfly of the family Danaidae (order Lepidoptera) found in Canada. Because of its migratory habits, it is possibly the best-known, most publicized migratory butterfly. Found in every province and territory, it is only numerous where the host plant milkweed (Asclepias spp.) grows. Its large size, orange and black coloration and slow, sailing flight make it a familiar butterfly of such areas.


The spring migration northwards into Canada is accomplished by the progressive advancement of individuals of successive generations. The legendary fall migration southwards is undertaken by adults of the final summer brood. Monarchs born W of the Rockies overwinter in California; those from central and eastern N America in central Mexico. After 40 years of research, the first Mexican wintering site was discovered in 1974 by Frederick Urquhart of U of T.


monarch butterfly

“Let’s Go See Those Videos” for BrewNSpew word/photo Challenge – Watermelon – July 1 2019


BrewNSpew Challenge July 1 2019

Word of the week – watermelon – (noun) – a large oblong or roundish fruit with a hard green or white rind often striped or variegated, a sweet watery pink, yellowish, or red pulp, and usually many seeds. Synonyms – melon, cantaloupe, water melon.

There are no restrictions, except please and thank you for limiting a written post to 300 words or fewer.

July is National Watermelon Month!


“Once Upon A Time there were Three Bears.”


“Can I watch?”

“Ok Champ! Up you come!”


“uh huh?”

“I know what bears eat.”

“Don’t you wanna hear the Fairy Tale Champ?”


“Well, sit tight and we’ll read it together.”

“But Daddy!”


“Are the bears coming on our picnic?”

“Well. I dunno. I suppose..”

“Daddy, can we ask them?”

“Well. Let’s see. We’ll start the story and see

if we can find out what they’re doing. O.K?”

“Once upon a time there were three…”


“Yes son.”

“Can we get lots and lots of watermelon?”

“Lots and lots?”

“Yes! Bears love watermelon. It’s really

good for you!”

“Did someone read that to you Champ?”

“Nope! I saw it on Youtube.”

“Right! Let’s go see those videos.”

©J.E.Goldie July 2 2019


Vitamin A  17%

Calcium      1%

Vitamin D  0%

Vitamin B-12       0%

Vitamin C   20%

Iron   2%

Vitamin B-6         5%

Magnesium         4%

“It’s O.K.” written for BrewNSpew word of the week Photo Prompt – Castle – June 25 2019


BrewNSpew word prompt of the week – castle – June 24 2019

Word of the week – castle – (noun) – a large building, typically of the medieval period, fortified against attack with thick walls, battlements, towers, and in many cases a moat.

Synonyms – fort, fortress, stronghold, citadel, tower, palace, chateau, alcazar


“Now then. Are you comfortable?”

“Yes, but can I have a drink?”

“Sure you can. I’ll be right back.”

“Oh! Can I have a Coke?”

“Sure, why not. It’s a holiday.”


“All set?”

“I guess.”

“You guess? What else would you like?”

“Well. I’d like to be a Princess!”

“A princess? Wow!”

“Yes! And live in a castle.”

“A castle eh?”

“Yes! Where we can all live together!”


“Yes. You, me, Buddy and Mom.”


“Just like in my dreams!”

“Well, Honey. How’s about we make

a castle at the beach tomorrow!”

“We’re going to the beach!”

“Sure, we are! We’ll make the most

wonderful castle you’ve ever wished for.”


“Yes, sweetheart.”

“It’s o.k.”

©J.E.Goldie June 25, 2019


“Oh….” In response to Eugenia,(Happy Birthday by the way!) and BrewNSpew’s word of the week -Birthday- June 17 2019


BrewNSpew word of the Week Challenge – birthday – June 17 2019

“Word of the week – birthday – (noun) – the anniversary of the day on which a person was born, typically treated as an occasion for celebration and the giving of gifts.”

Some Honeysuckle for the Birthday Girl. 

Happy Birthday Eugenia 🍰🥂🍾🎂💐



“What’s that?”

“What’s what?”

“That. That’s what.”

“What you pointing at?”


“Oh. That.”

“Yah! That.”


“Nuthin eh?”


“Then why’s it wrapped?”

“I just like to wrap stuff.

You know that.”

“Oh. Really?”

“Yah really. Whatcha getting at?”

“Oh. Nuthin I guess,”

“I guess not.”



“Are you sure that’s nuthin?”

“Quite sure.”


“Man! You’re full of OHS! Today!”

“Oh yah.”

“Well my good little buddy.

Put those OHS aside!


“Why? It’s not my birthday.”


©J.E.Goldie June 17 2019


“Witty” in response to BrewNSpew Café word of the week – witty June 10, 2019


The BrewNSpew Cafe Word of The Week Challenge June 10 2019

Word of the Week – witty (adjective) – showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor. synonyms – humorous, amusing, droll, funny, comical, clever, chucklesome, jocular, lively, waggish. 


Once upon a time there was a witch called Witty,

because she was witty,

at least that’s what they said at the time,

and at that time no one had the

wits to disagree, since Witty was a witch.

She knew which way was which and

she was amusingly droll and even jocular.

 At any rate she lived in a very stylish apartment,

which was, as witty as Witty was, or so they said.

I never met her.

Although I might have, if I’d had my wits about me.

Somehow, I think I did. Meet her I mean.

Um the apartment, they say, was pretty weird,

But anyways she liked it. I heard she thought it amused

her, although no one was really sure.

I know I wasn’t… sure, I mean.



One day, they say, someone witnessed just how

witty it was, although they didn’t really have their

wits about them. You know how rumors are.

The Witty building, I mean apartment, was getting

a little weirder everyday, since Witty’s spells were

becoming a little witless.

 “That’s a word right?”

 I mean, her spells as witches go were a little strange.

The building, or apartment was becoming, I mean

starting, to look like her. At least the green part did.

That’s what they say anyway.

Witty had a greenish kinda glow.

You know how witches are, I hope, because

I don’t. I’ve never met one. I don’t think.

Here’s a picture of the Witty building aka

Witty’s place, or apartment.


As you can see it’s pretty odd. Not making

any judgmental remarks! I wouldn’t do

that! I’m a good guy, even amusing at times!

But it is a little strange. Just a tad mind you!

BUT! One day, they say, Witty and the whole

kitten kaboodle just up and disappeared and

they Lived Happily Ever After. Pretty good eh?

DAD! Next time I’m telling a story!

©J.E.Goldie June 12, 2019


“Once Upon A Time” in response to The BrewNSpew Café “word/ Expression of the week – Starry- May 20, 2019


The BrewNSpew Cafe Word/Expression Prompt May 20, 2019 – Starry



Once upon a time there lived a Princess. Princess

Penny. Princess Penny didn’t like her name because

people made fun of it. They called her Penny Pincher

because she never spent a dime. They called her

Henny Penny because it rhymed.

Then on a starry night there came a shining knight in

glorious armour. He’d heard of Princess Penny from

reading the Daily Rumour, which he regularly read

and bought from a local caravan and a minstrel named

Kenny who happened to know Penny through a band of

travelling produce sellers, on their way to Rome, which

was actually their home when they weren’t on the road,

which gave them the nickname of Road Vendors.

But I digress.

Oh yes.

Penny met this Knight who knew of Penny on a starry


No I meant, The Knight bumped into her on his way

passing a fruit vendor on the way home.


I’m really trying to remember this.

One starry knight, I meant night. A shiny knight bumped

into a bunch of locals who told him about a Princess,

who’s name they couldn’t remember, Penny I think,

which happens to be the one we’re talking about.

I meant I’m writing about.

I think.

©J.E.Goldie May 22, 2019


I almost forgot the knight. Took awhile to find it too, So I figured I’d use it,

it was free 🙂 So were the others by the way.



the end almost

I meant think….:)





“Just Deal The Cards” in response to BrewNSpew Cafe word prompt – Royalty May 13, 2019

poker hearts-royal-flush-playing-cards

BrewNSpew Cafe word of the week prompt May 13, 2019

Word of the week – ROYALTY (in 300 words or less)


“That’s Poker!”

“Damn it! Ronnie!”

“You’ll have to step up your game Sam.”

“My game?”

“Yah, in case you hadn’t noticed this is a card game.”

“Then I guess I’m the Joker. You’ve beat me 5 games

in a row.”

“Sam, I didn’t invent the game. You’d think I was profiting

by beating you. I don’t have the patent.”

“You’re Royalty Ronnie. You’re the King.

There’s no doubt about it.”

“Alright then, let’s play another hand.”

“You love this game dontcha?”

“I do.”

“O.K. let’s play.”



“This time keep your Royals.”


“Cause, I may just abdicate.”


“Yah. That means I may give up my status for

friendship’s sake.”

“Very funny Ron.”

“No. It’s not, and your game play is just fine Sam.”

“Okie Dokie! You’re on! Let’s play!”

“Just deal the cards.”

©J.E.Goldie May 13, 2019




“Perhaps” in response to BrewNSpew word prompt Apr. 29, 2019


BrewNSpew Word Prompt April 29. 2019 “Sunrise/Sunset”

Word Prompt : Sunrise and Sunset in 300 words or less


She thought she’d wander around the tiny Cruiser for a bit.

There didn’t seem to be anyone she knew this trip. It was a

beautiful evening with a stunning sunset. She was glad she’d

boarded the twilight cruise.

As she turned a corner, she accidently pushed open a slatted

Louver door. She turned back quickly uttering an apology 

not wanting to deliberately disturb anyone.

“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!” She cried, completely

 devastated, as she stepped away and burst into tears.

She thought it was hysterical, forgetting for the moment

that he’d accused her of setting him up. She loved him so deeply

that for a few precious moments of joy, feelings of intense

love ran like a raging fire through her veins.

He stood there, pants unzipped and at his knees, in the

confined Cruiser toilet, looking like a deer in the headlights.

She laughed, and half expected him to reach out and

embrace her, to gently hold her and laugh together at the

ridiculousness of the situation. 

But he just stood there in fear.

She turned her back on him and fell into a heap on the floor.

Silent, quivering emotions, spilling out of her onto her tear

drenched cheeks. Instead of a warm embrace to calm her,

he just stood there knowing he’d reacted terribly in aid

of his own, selfish needs.

She lifted herself up and sat on the first thing she could find.

It was a toilet. He looked at her as she raised her tear

stained face. Their eyes met and they laughed hysterically.

For the first time in years, they knew the love they shared

was true. The sun had set. It was twilight.

“Jan? I’m sorry.”

“Sorry for what?”

“Oh nothing. Perhaps we could see the sunrise together.”


©J.E. Goldie 4/29/2019



“Naw” In response to the BrewNSpew word prompt: “Ecstatic” April 22, 2019


BrewNSpew Word Prompt w/o Apr. 23, 2019 “Ecstatic”

“What are you doing!”

“My Lit homework.”

“With a dictionary? Are you nuts.”

“No, and it’s not a dictionary, sort of.”

“Sort of? It’s either a dictionary or not.”

“Nice use of grammar Shakespeare!”

“O.K. Professor. What “sort of” book is it?”

“Well, it gives the meaning of words and

synonyms for the words.”

“Aha! You mean it’s a Thesaurus.”

“That too.”

“O.K. Now, will you tell be what you’re doing?”

“Right! We were given a word and asked to use

it in some way. Maybe a poem, maybe a story,

maybe…well any way we wanted to use it.”

“And, Mr. Hemingway.”

“Here’s the genius part! You’ll love this!”

“Can’t wait.”

“Very mellifluous of you my mentor.”

“Cut the crap.”

“Here’s the fun part! The word is “Subterfuge.

Look here in the, Dictionary.”

“I know what it means.”

“Listen is says: deceit used to achieve an aim,

simple right?”

“Yah if you’re a con artist. So, what?”

“So, I looked at the synonyms.”

“Yes, and.”

“And, in one little dictionary, I found trickery,

guile, cunning, intrigue, deviousness, deceit,

duplicity, deception! Really juicy words!

Ain’t It great!”

“Sure, great! So?.”

“So, I took the first letters of the word and

wrote a poem!”

“That’s a poem?

“Yah. Why?

“It doesn’t rhyme.”

“You really know how to hurt a guy. All along

I thought you were my friend. Talk about subterfuge.”

“Awe c’mon. I’m just saying.”

“Would you rather I said I was Ecstatic?”




S tratagem, slyness, scheme, snare, servitude

U npredictable , unsuitable, unreasonable

B luff, blurred, bogus, boggled, booby trap

T rick tactic twist

E xpedient

R use, racket, radical, raffish,

F acade, fake, fraud, fanatic

U nderhandedness, unethical, unscrupulous

G ambit, game, guile

E vasion

©Jen Goldie 4/24/2019



“But Mom!” in response to BrewNSpew word prompt “Pretend” Apr.8,2019



“Well young man! I’ve had just about enough of your silly games! You make up such nonsense. Honestly! You live in a world of fantasy, just like your father used to!”

“But Mom, it’s …”

“You’ll get that butt into your room RIGHT NOW!”

“Mom? It’s really gonna…”

“If  you MOM! me one more time and don’t get moving, I might do something I’ll regret! Now Move!”

“Yes Ma’am”

“Yes, Ma’am what?”

“Yes, Ma’am I’m sorry”.

“That’s better! Now Go!”

“Yes Mom.”

“Well, Mrs. Parker, there’s really nothing we can do here. It seems he just, um, slipped away. We can’t pretend to find anything that would account for his, um, death. G’day.”

©J.E.Goldie 4/09/2019

BrewNSpew word prompt “Pretend” April 8, 2019