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100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #147


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This week’s prompt  … the hips and haws signal …+ 100 words

(Explanation: These are rose-hips and hawthorn berries)



The kettle screamed like a train whistle. Ivy raised a forefinger to signal her return, but Kay followed her.

“The photo albums I found in the attic this spring? I brought one today.” She leaned against the granite counter hugging bound hardcovers and watched her sister arrange the tea treats.

“Have we seen these before?”

“Nope. They’re Granny’s.”

Ivy placed the tray on the dining-room table. “Recognize anyone?’

“Yes, us.”


“Remember Granny explaining the hips and haws signal fall, and the right time to pick them for her wonderful jellies?”

“Granddad’s camera—we’re helping—too young for school— Wha?”


“Hot-hot-hot. Save the photos!”


© 2014 TAK


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!

65 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #147

  1. Oh Lord no! I would have a heart attack! PLEASE make sure the photos were saved!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Oh, Tess, you clever, clever woman… to weave images of conversations this past week into less than 100 words words… I salute you. xxoo Huntie


  3. The hips and haws had me confused, thankfully Google rescued me. One of the most precious possessions are photos. Another very good 100 worder lovely xx


  4. Perfect! Is it me or are these getting better all the time?


  5. You always have a surprise ending. Love it, Tess.


  6. Loved the ending! Were they able to save the photos? The reader will never know–we can only hope. Delightful piece.


  7. Hips and haws, jellies, sisters, photos, grandpa, teas, treats, and grandma. Only you could weave that all into a 100 word story with a punchline!


    • I’m not sure about that, but I do glow in your interest. 🙂 ❤
      Thank you, Rebecca. I had no idea was hips and haws were.


      • Hips I’d heard of, haws was new to me. I had to look it up. Since you had mentioned unavailability of a book on amazon, I checked a source I’ve used several times out of curiosity. They are a chain and I’ve been in their brick and mortar and they also sell like amazon through dealers–at times. To compare prices it’s worth checking. Half Price Books is located mostly in the southwest U.S. I think.


      • Thanks Rebecca. I didn’t have a clue either. 😦
        There’s another place, I’ll have to ask my friend (also in the US) which ships books discounted and no charge. I’ll let you know. I just had it in my hand a few days ago. Will let you know. ❤


  8. I was transported to the scene as usual Tess with your vivid writing techniques. I wanted to jump in and save the photos, as well as the tea buns for that matter. 🙂


  9. Oh ouch an yikes! Wonderful 100 words, Tess…I’m hoping for saved photographs, too!


  10. Oh what a disaster, it would be such a loss. You made me jump Tess!


  11. It is lovely especially as you used the name Ivy, a name I havent heard for awhile.. I used to have an Aunt Ivy.. 😉


  12. Oh, what an interesting prompt and what a good job you’ve done with it Tess! 🙂

    I replied re: my diet tip with a bit more info. today, in case you want to read a bit more. See ya!

    Have a grand day, G


    • I was in the grocery store today and in front of the olive oils. I remembered the brand name but then became worried because couldn’t recall if it was also cold pressed so didn’t buy it. Will next time I go grocery shopping. Her a 1L bottle costs $6.99. Same in B.C.? ❤ ❤ ❤ Thank you.


  13. Thanks for the explanation because I would have been baffled by the hips and haws 🙂
    Great job with this prompt. I would have had NO IDEA what to do with it. Imagine! Finding of treasure of family photos you’ve never seen before!! *sigh* such is the way of dreams 🙂


    • I’m jumping up and down. Thanks for your comment.
      I had NO idea what hips and haws were either.Julia, who does the prompts, lives in England. Talk about a frenzied self-education. Hope she understands my take as well. Not POSITIVE I’m right. ❤ Life is a learning experience. Yes?

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  14. I read the prompt and wondered how you would treat it. As always, with sheer perfection.


  15. Oh, this had me in giggles! A good thing, I needed a lift! Thank you!
    I have been tempted to try and make hip jelly, but thankfully all my photos are safely digitised, so they are safe!


  16. Cute story! I enjoyed sitting at the table with the tea treats and flipping through Granny’s album. Being a scrapbooker, I quickly dove for the photos and saved them at the last minute- so all’s well that ends well! (grin) I’m sure this would have been in your story had you not been confined to 100 words!

    Such a good job at conveying a mood (warm, happy) and a mishap (oh nooo!).


  17. What a delight! Given my love of photos, the first thing I thought was save the album. Then oh no, I hope they weren’t burned then back to save the pictures.


    • Thank you, Val. You are exceptionally kind. ❤
      I love old photographs. There's something to be said for pictures save electronically, but there's nothing like sitting with a friend, or alone, looking through a picture album. I'm always careful around liquid. Sigh. ❤ ❤


  18. What a delightful piece. I enjoyed reading it.


  19. Oh no!! I hope the photos were saved…! This piece tells such a sweet story yet shows how in life, even when we are doing the most innocent of tasks, a disaster such as this can happen when we least expect it and in our own homes. I love how you weave so much through a story in so few words my friend. You are the queen of flash fiction 🙂 ❤ 😀


  20. Ouch, that was hot! Hope the pages were spared! 🙂


  21. Tea, sympathy and old memories. Lovely miniature – as always 🙂
    I’ve never heard of hips and haws – is it the “autumn is here” signal?


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