Tuesday Tales – #TT1 – Catch

Tuesday Tales


Welcome to Tuesday Tales!!

Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Penny and Ken have just had a rather enlightening discussion with Joshua and Sidney, although Ken isn’t sure he likes Sidney’s revelation.
Ken found three more plastic totes of fabric on the floor beside the door. The rest of the room had been stripped of personal touches. He felt stripped himself. If a perfect stranger could see his heart so easily, he was in trouble. Penny would catch him in her marriage trap with a mere blink.

“You get lost?” Penny called. Her cast thumped across the linoleum. She’d never give her husband a moment’s peace. When her health deteriorated, she’d probably be one of those patients who wondered away all the time.

He reached for the first tote and grunted as he hefted it into his arms. The box was heavier than he expected.

“Don’t hurt yourself.” Penny appeared in the doorway.

“I’m fine.” Ken shifted the container and moved to sidle through the opening.

“Are you sure you should carry something so heavy down the stairs?” She kept at it. “They’re steep.”

“You’re one to talk. You just hiked up them with a cast on your leg.” Ken gritted his teeth and inched his fingers to get a better grip. Sweat was making the plastic slide out of his grasp.

“Wouldn’t want you to fall.” Penny shrugged nonchalantly, but her eyes sparkled. “You might break a leg.”

The drill sergeant’s voice barked in his head again.

Whether it was because Sidney had put the idea in his head or he just needed a way to keep Penny quiet… He dropped the box to the floor and backed Penny against the door jamb. His lips touched hers before he’d even had a chance to recognize the direction of his actions.

The drill sergeant in his head was already shouting down disciplinary actions: a month of latrine duty, spit polishing the officers’ boots, and push-ups until his arms collapsed like wet spaghetti. The punishments layered in his head as Penny made a tiny squeak. A crack of dawn hike in twenty degree weather. He had to stop, to pull away, to end the madness.

Then she responded and her arms slipped around his neck, possibly for balance because he was sure the earth was shaking beneath his feet.

When they finally broke apart, Penny had the look of a woman on the cover of a romance novel.

And Ken doubted enduring every punishment the drill sergeant could throw at him would change that he couldn’t wait to do it again.

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Tuesday Tales – #TT1

Tuesday Tales


Welcome to Tuesday Tales!!

Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Joshua and Sidney have just returned from their honeymoon. Joshua is Penny’s nephew and Buck’s only son. Sidney is Penny’s former renter of the upstairs apartment.

“Did you see any whales?” Penny dropped the get well cards on the front table and plopped in the recliner. She’d had enough of the sofa for a while.

“Oh, Penny!” Sidney sighed. “They were so majestic. We saw a mother and calf.”

“They stayed near the boat for more than an hour,” Joshua added. “It was incredible.”

Their conversation wove around random tidbits of the trip and Penny’s adventures while they consumed coffee and cookies. Penny was surprised more than an hour passed without Buck and his frequent follower Ken showing up.

“I should pack up some things while we’re here,” Sidney said, clearing the coffee cups from the table in front of the couch.

“Seems so strange that you won’t be living upstairs anymore,” Penny said.

“You’ll have to go all the way across town to visit us now,” Joshua kidded. “A whole two miles.”

Penny clunked her boot against the floor. “That’s sounding pretty far right now.”

Sidney returned to the living room. “You’re probably anxious to rent the place out. Do you have any single men or women in mind, so you can start matchmaking again?”

Her mind drifted to Buck’s suggestion about Ken living there. A weird feeling came over her. Was it contentment that she could easily find a new tenant? Or anxiety that the new renter might be Ken and he would only be a floor away? She couldn’t define the catch-your-breath feeling that flooded her chest.

“If Bailey moves back here, it’d be another year or so. Any other prospects?” Sidney said.

“Dad’s friend is looking for a place,” Joshua said. “Short term, probably, but it might work until you can find someone more permanent.”

“Buck might have mentioned that,” Penny said, pushing herself to the edge of her recliner. “He wouldn’t be a good fit. Let’s go up and see what you need to pack.”

“It’s only a couple of boxes,” Sidney said. “Joshua and I can get them. You don’t need to tromp up the stairs.”

Penny shook her head and stood. “I’m getting pretty good at stairs.” White lie, but they wouldn’t know any different. She was sure she could manage the flight if she took them one at a time. Ken had even shoveled them off yesterday, so she wouldn’t have to worry about snow. “I’ve been thinking about some renovations. It’d be good to see if my imagination matches the reality.”

They bundled up in coats and mittens and headed out the door. Despite her protests, Sidney and Joshua sandwiched her on the stairs, Sidney going in front to check for icy spots and Joshua bring up the rear to catch her if she fell. It wouldn’t do to remind him that if she slipped, they’d both end up at the bottom of the stairs with a higher number of bone pieces in their bodies.

She’d navigated all but two stairs when she heard the screech of tires behind her. “What are you doing?”

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Tuesday Tales – #TT1

Tuesday Tales


Welcome to Tuesday Tales!!

Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Penny has reached her limit with Ken and Elaine’s flirting.

“We should go upstairs and take a look.” Penny scooted her chair away from the table with enough force to take a serious gouge out of the flooring. Well, Ken could probably fix that too.

“What, now?” Buck asked, reaching out to steady her as she rose to her feet.

“Why not? We have nothing better to do?” Penny maneuvered her crutches under her arms and headed for the closet to get her coat and hat. She’d had exterior stairs installed for the apartment upstairs to give the tenants more privacy. The interior ones had been blocked off when the house was divided and Penny couldn’t remember where they were anymore. Just another thing she’d forgotten.

The bonus of checking out the kitchen of the apartment was that it would separate Ken and Elaine. Their schmoochy-goo was getting on her nerves.

“Where’s she going?” Ken asked from behind her.

“Upstairs to see what we can do with the apartment kitchen.” Penny shuffled through the shelf for her favorite cable-knit scarf.


“That’s what I said.” Buck lumbered across the living room.

Ken clambered to his feet and Elaine sputtered.

“We have nothing better to do. Why waste time?” Penny wrapped her scarf around her neck, then grabbed her stocking cap.

“You’ve been couped up for a few days. You may have forgotten that it is still winter,” Buck said.

Penny flinched, but jammed her hat on her head.

“I hate to leave this cozy kitchen. The wind outside is terrible.” Elaine cozied up beside Ken.

“What’s your point? A little snow and wind won’t hurt us.”

“Except when they have to navigate fifteen icy stairs on crutches.” Ken inched away from Elaine’s clutches.

“Have they even been shoveled since Sidney left for her honeymoon?”Buck asked.

Penny pulled her stocking cap off. She’d rather break her other leg than admit Ken or her brother were right. Getting across the room and squeezing into the bathroom taxed her crutching skills. There was no way she was getting to the apartment without an elevator.

This winter was not unfolding in her favor. Every time she turned around, something was acting against her: a flat tire in the middle of a blizzard, a broken ankle, and now her brother had a good point. How much more of this could she take?

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Tuesday Tales – #TT1

Tuesday Tales


Welcome to Tuesday Tales!!

Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Elaine, an acquaintance from church, has come for a visit, but does she have an ulterior motive?

The doorbell jangled and Penny sighed. Her quiet hours were over. The door must have been locked because both Ken and Buck would have let themselves in. She hauled her crutches from the side of the couch and levered herself to her feet. She would have requested one of those scooter things, but her insurance wouldn’t cover it.
The distance to the front door seemed intermidible. Hopefully, her next trip to the doctor would give her a walking cast.
She opened the door expecting to see Ken or Buck grumbling at her for taking so long to answer the door.
Instead, Elaine waited on the welcome mat. “Oh!” she exclaimed upon seeing Penny. “I do have the right address. I didn’t see any other cars around. You’re looking well.”
Elaine and Penny often chatted after church, but their acquaintance rarely went beyond the temperament of the weather.
“Thank you.” Penny moved to the side to allow Elaine to enter. She carried a casserole dish covered in aluminum foil.
“Do you want this in the oven or the fridge?” Elaine said, gesturing with the dish. “It’s mushroom chicken with noodles.”
“Sounds delicious. Oven. We can have it for supper.”
“I hope you like it. It’s one of my favorite recipes.” Elaine beelined for the kitchen. Penny followed at her own hobbly pace. Elaine punched buttons on the oven for heating, then slid the dish on the center rack. She shucked her hat and mittens and tossed them on the kitchen table. She plopped down without an invitation. “Such an awful time of year to be laid up. How long will you be in a cast?”
Penny sat too. Five minutes was about as long as she could stand with the crutches. “A couple weeks, but hopefully I can switch to a walking cast soon.”
Elaine nodded sympathetically. “Would you like some tea?”
Penny nodded, explaining where the tea bags and cups were.
“It’s kinda quiet here. I thought you would be inundated with company.” She looked around the kitchen and cast a furtive glance to the living room as she placed the steaming cups on the table.
“It’s been pretty steady. This is probably the first time I’ve been alone for more than a few minutes.”
“Oh, I feel bad for bothering you then. It’s probably nice to have some peace and quiet.” Elaine tipped her head to peek at the front door… as if she was expecting someone or hoping someone would show up.
“The company has been nice, but I’m really enjoying having Buck and Ken out of the house for a while. Brotherly love can only be endured in small doses.”
Elaine leaned forward, toying with her tea cup. “Brothers can be so irritating sometimes. Believe me, I have four older ones.”
“My sympathies. One younger one and his best friend are enough.”
“So you think of Ken like a brother then?” A touch of hopefulness lit Elaine’s voice.

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2,015 in 2015 update

Right now I’m feeling like my eyes are bigger than my stomach.

I’m about thirty miles behind where I should be. It makes me nervous. I like to be ahead of the game. I’m updating my mileage on the right side of this page. As I get closer to the 25k in May and when I start marathon training for the fall, my mileage will ramp up and I won’t be as worried about it.

I run because all kids should have hope.

This year, I’ve chosen to run the Fifth Third River Bank run to raise money for a local charity, True North Community Services. They do so much for West Michigan: from helping people purchase and maintain their homes to supporting at-risk child to providing food and necessities to those in need. If you would like to be a part of the solution, please donate here: https://runsignup.com/ejiran

My other running dilemma is choosing a fall marathon. The options are the Oktoberfest marathon (close to home, fun course), Sleeping Bear Marathon (defending my title, free), or something completely new. There is also a race that is flat and fast to help qualify for Boston. I have a Boston qualifying time, but haven’t decided whether to run there next year. Any Midwest marathon suggestions I should check out?