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Friday, March 7, 2014

Secret Subject Swap- March 2014

Happy March, every one!

If you're a regular reader, you know that the Secret Subject Swap is a collaboration between various bloggers. We receive secret topics from a blogger in a secret e-mail and put our own spin on the subjects. The 14 blogs participating this time are listed at the end of this post. Go have a look and leave a comment. It will make my our day! :)

My “Secret Subject” is:
You have a magic lamp. Where did you find it? What were your 3 wishes? Where did you leave the lamp?
It was submitted by: Michelle @ DribblesnGrits

Okay. I'm assuming infinite wishes aren't part of the deal, right? That would have been so easy!! (and maybe a little dangerous!)

Now that the snow is thawing, we are once again seeing our yard and all the work that's going to be weekends in the making. I might complain at this point, but I'm much too happy to have the snow on the mountain top (where it belongs) and not in my yard.

Leave it to the dogs to wander the depths of the yard in full gusto. Henry came back from behind the shed with more mud on his coat than hair. What in the world? I wandered back to the part of the yard I usually try to ignore: the (dreaded) grass heap. Henry had dug up something. Stepping up to the hole, I peeked in and prayed that it wasn't some one's beloved pet. Or grandma. Hey, we live in an unincorporated area. There's no telling what one might find…

I brushed off the "dug up" treasure. It was a box. Dear Lord, it WAS some one's grandma! I'm kidding. The wood cube was beautiful and locked. No worries, though. You know me. A bobby pin, the tine of an olive fork and that baby would be golden.

After a minute of my "other-side-of-the-tracks" skills, the box was open. It wasn't some one's grandma. Or money. Dang. There also weren't any spiders. If there were, the box would have to have been set afire (naturally). Nope. Sitting perfectly in the box was a kettle. A MAGIC kettle. How did I know it was magic? Because when I rubbed it, a beautiful genie that looked like Taye Diggs came out and told me I would be granted three wishes!  I turned it upside down it said the word "Magic" on it and stated that every twenty years, when polished, 3 wishes would be granted.

We signed at the top, February 2014

Now. I have read The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs. I'm fully aware of the consequences of being greedy. I chose NOT to ask the kettle for a box of assorted ice creams. That would just be selfish, right?

It makes sense. 3 wishes, 3 kids. It's what a mother SHOULD do, right? What are the chances that one of them would choose the assorted ice-cream? Eh. Here we go:

A. (the 20 year-old daughter):

"I would wish to start my dream-teaching job tomorrow (on PAYDAY!) so I can drive my brand-new car to buy myself a huge burrito from Taco Bell. I wouldn't give one care about the price of that delicious Supreme Burrito.

J. (the 9 year-old son):

"I wish for unlimited money."

C. (the 15 year-old son):


Three wishes. Some fulfilled more than others. What about the man, you ask? Well, before burying the box in a secret location, he partook of the extra wish we didn't know we'd get. It's the little things, people. Thank you, Taye Diggs. Magic Kettle.

Thanks for the prompt, Michelle!

Baking in A Tornado                          
The Momisodes                                       
Stacy Sews and Schools              
Follow Me Home                        
Confessions of a part-time Working Mom              
Dribbles and Grits                                
Spatulas on Parade                       
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                 
Someone Else's Genius                     
More than Cheese and Beer             
Searching for Sanity                  
Rants From My Crazy Kitchen                             

Cheers to having your craziest wishes come true :)


Images property of shellybean and created by CJM                          


  1. I am sooo impressed by your "other-side-of-the-tracks" skills!! Just imagine someone like me would have damaged the content in my attempt to open the box? Of course, like in any good fairy tale, other people came first, but the prince granted your wish, and you have been living happily ever after :-) Love it!
    PS: I'll mark February 2024 in my calendar and ask Indiana Jones to come and help find that box...

    1. Haha! I will make a treasure map and leave the "X marks the spot" for you. I wanted to keep that kettle for a nice cup of something, but alas, it was not meant to be. Remember you can call Indiana Jones for anything; just be sure to call me when he's on his way over :)

  2. I love the photos, very creative! And the wishes of the kids, lol, had to laugh. The man wishes look like what my husband would want, unlimited ice cream.
    Spatulas On Parade

    1. Unlimited ice-cream. Does anything else even matter? My middle son does the drawings for me. The fact that I can even type a blog is a technological miracle. I'm learning a bit more everyday! Happy Weekend, Dawn :)

  3. Good thing there was a 4th wish, cause I'm totally with The Man on this one!

    1. 4th wishes, i.e. the unexpected wishes, are always the best :) BTW, don't at all be concerned that the man is at work ALL DAY and I have the freezer and a bunch of spoons all to myself.

  4. OOOH!! An assorted box of ice cream is the PERFECT wish!!!! So with you on that!!!
    GREAT POST!!!! I always love your writing!!

    1. Thank you, Stacy! I'm so glad to be part of the SSS with you :)

  5. Taye Diggs, eh? Mine would look like Harrison Ford - you know, when he was younger. :)

    Your cartoons are awesome, BTW. The 15 year old's "wish"... epic. Great job all around. I really liked the twist of it being a kettle instead of a lamp. Lamps are so played out ;)

    1. Haha! Yes, lamps are so 5 centuries ago :) Taye Diggs, any day of the week. He is just beautiful. Harrison Ford. Not ugly, either :)
      My fifteen year old is making the comics for the blog to help pay for his phone bill. Nothin' free around here :)

  6. Wow, three wishes and you give them to the kids? No wonder you got stuck with a good but not that good box full of ice cream. Obviously the kids need some pointers on how to make good wishes. "A" should know that on a teacher's salary you can't get both the new car and the huge burrito - it has to be one or the other. "J" should know that you ask for the money to be deposited in your bank account. And "C" should know that if you wish for a 60 foot beagle you better wish for a front loader and dump truck too because you are going to need them for poop patrol. At least they know what not to wish for going forward. Thanks for another great post (and great animations). Love, M

    1. I know, What was I thinking? We could have had a houseful of muddy dogs or smelly teens over :) I guess we all learn our lessons the hard way; except for us. That ice-cream was pretty fancy, my friend <3

  7. Alright, twinnie, I'm totally on my way over for a few marathon TV shows and some serious time with Ben and Jerry....

    You nailed this prompt! Love it and the graphics.

    1. Ben and Jerrys, Klondikes, Carmel coffee. Come on over girlfriend. Bring your "friends" set and I'll share my "Lost" collection and we can be in the zone for a good three weeks….. :)

  8. Love the kids wishes... oh, to be young and innocent, and not understand the consequences of FICA, a ton of pennies dropped on your head, and the clean up of a 60 foot dog. Excellent graphics, J. And, oh, since your genie is on a hiatus for the next twenty years, would you mind sending Taye my way? No need for him to just sit around in a kettle all that time... :) Enjoy your ice cream, lovey... <3

    1. Consequences. There's that wicked word. This was a fun one to do with the kids to explain just that. A balance in the world.Taye's getting divorced. If I didn't love Idina Mezel so much, I tell him to go for you!!Just in case, Start singing your RentWicked songs before bed. There's more than one way do grant a wish :)

  9. it...all there wishes, I flipping cracked up at work about the 60ft beagle...BWAHAHA

    I would love a big box of cadbury chocolate....sighs...if only

    1. See, wishing for a larger than life beagle wouldn't have made me think of the larger clean-up. LOL The chocolates/ice creams were pretty to look at, but my family devoured most of it :) I'm so glad you came by :)

  10. Well... I have to say it has been a while since I've been here. My apologies!!! But, as usual, you have managed to put a huge Smile on my aging mug. Loved your story. And the extra 4th wish (my man) brought a chuckle.

    So enjoyed... Take care, Slu

    1. Slu, are you out there in the real world living life?? I'm glad you stopped by.
      So happy to have made you smile; I hope everything is well in your world. I know how hard "off-season" can be :) 4th wishes should always involve chocolate, or ice-cream, right?


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