How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan – Tools


“Stanley, did you find it?”

A crash of plummeting objects clattered inside the storage shed. “@#$%@&.”

“Are you okay?” Iris hung out the upstairs bedroom window. The screen had disappeared two summers earlier. A black car pulled into the side drive and someone emerged.

“Hi Tommy. Can you check on your brother in there?”

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“What can’t he find this time?”

“A wrench. The kitchen sink is clogged.”

“You’re it for the job?”

Iris made a face and shrugged.

“My brother and his tools. Why does he buy so many?”

She compressed her lips. “Whatever I need vanishes…shows up later—rusted.”


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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

59 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan – Tools

  1. Oh the tools I’ve found in the dirt, in buckets, tossed in the basement in unknown areas for unknown reasons. It’s how the tool companies make money!


  2. Rusted tools, huh? Perhaps he’s making a swimming pool…


  3. So true of boys. My husband can never find any of his things when he wants them. Not my fault, I’m organized 🙂 LOL


  4. I think I know that garage. Good one, Tess. 🙂


  5. wrench + sink + weekend plumber = Niagara Falls.


  6. Missing tools? That never happens in my house…and the unicorn just ran by:)


  7. We think tools are inanimate objects but that is what they want us to think. They love to hide and listen to people as they try to find them. It’s a popular game of tools.


  8. I think all garages and basements have a black hole. 🙂


  9. Awesome job describing everyone’s basement or garage.


  10. But oddly they always turn up a day later!


  11. Ah we never lose our girly tools do we ? 🙂


  12. I think he’s hiding them so he gets out of being the handy man round the house? 🙂


  13. I can never find our hammer, which is why I haven’t hung my pictures since moving to our new flat.


  14. Isn’t that a sentiment we can all relate to. I’ve taken to hiding what I really don’t want misplaced.


  15. Oh those rusted tools turning up months, years later. The trouble that caused growing up…I can see Iris now, hanging out of her screenless window…it’s the little details like that that make the story so darn good 🙂


  16. I’m hopeless with tools, Tess. I’m sure mine rust as soon as I touch them. They don’t work as they should, anyway… hammers, for instance, always catch my thumbs for some reason.


  17. kinda big and heavy tool :p


  18. Boy, does this sound familiar. 🙂 Happens all the time around her.

    Also, you are a winner on my blog!


  19. But it’s not his fault! There are tool-borrowing monsters, right along with the key-hiding and sock-eating variety.


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