An Early Freeze

The Friday Fictioneer Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photo.

Photo copyright Dale Rogerson

Photo copyright Dale Rogerson

An Early Freeze

Sam bent over to pick up the newspaper, falling on the ice. Lola, a Labrador Retriever, had escaped her back yard again and interpreted Sam’s flailing arms as an invitation to play.

He rose to his feet only to have Lola jump on him from behind, knocking him down. Lola thought this was great fun, this new game of Knock Sam Down. She played it several times before her owner whistled for her return.

Sam tried to get up, discovering his jacket had frozen to the ice patch. This is not how I thought today would go, Sam thought, shivering.

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Purple Poodle Postcard

Lately I’ve been in the mood to create fabric postcards. I forgot to photograph the first one I recently mailed. Here’s is the second: a purple poodle postcard I mailed to Judy.

Here I’ve painted the muslin with fabric paints.

00s Purple Poodle to Judy King (1)

Now it is stitched out.

00s Purple Poodle to Judy King (2)

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This last photo is the reverse side. I cover this up with an index card used for the mailing address and my message. The muslin and Peltex start out as 4.5 x 6.5 inches. After I finish sewing, I cut them down to 4 x 6 inches to match the index card. I zig-zag around the edges, securing some cording and the index card.

00s Purple Poodle to Judy King (3)

I attach a First Class postage stamp to it (it’s thicker than the one-layer postcards so it needs more postage), take it to the USPS, stand in line, and have them hand-cancel it. I put it in a clear plastic mailing envelope (not required, but it keeps the postcard from getting anything on it in transit), hand it over, and they mail it.