Friday, February 05, 2010

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge, Week 98

This is week 98 of the Saturday Wordzzle Challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. I thought these words were going to be impossible but my brain seems to be working better than it has been of late. Anyway, I managed all three challenges this week. Looking forward to reading what others have come up with.

This week's words were: treasure chest, idiom, pantry, crippled, baying wolf, wind chill, time, angel, salamander, laundry list and for the mini: risque, radish, ring tone, ravishing, ruler

My 10-word:

The wind chill was something like 7 below zero as Sammy Salamander wandered lost, crippled and frightened in the icy wilderness. The sound of a baying wolf in the distance only added to his fear as he went again through the laundry list of reasons he had given himself for why it would be a good idea to go - in the dead of winter of all times - hunting for a treasure that probably didn't exist anyway. His stomach was rumbling and he wished he was home in his kitchen with a pantry full of foods to choose from. What an idiom I have been - I mean idiot, he thought, realizing that this was another sign he was in deep trouble. God, help me, he prayed. At first he thought he was imagining the angel, but - what have I got to lose by following her, he decided - and he let himself be led. He didn't know how long he hobbled through the snow but eventually, he smelled a wonderful aroma and then saw the cabin with lights in the window. That was how he met Theresa. He loved to tell the story of how she had saved him - body and soul - and of the Angel who brought them together and how that's why when they created their hotel, they called it The Treasure Chest Inn. He always ended the story with the line. "I went hunting for treasure and I found it.... and then he gave his wife a kiss.

The mini:

Ravishing Randy Roberts thought himself to be the ruler of his little cafe kingdom. His club, the Risque Radish, was doing very well indeed. So much so, that he had set I'm King of the World as the ring tone on his cell phone. He was a happy man.... and rich too! Life was good.

The maxi:

The pantry of Baying Wolf Bistro was a treasure chest for the hungry patron. It contained a vast laundry list of ingredients ranging from apples to deviled eggs to flounder to radishes and even zucchini and zweiback (or soup to nuts as the old idiom goes), It was a veritable cornucopia to delight any hungry palate. Stan "the Salamander" Gecko was the ruler of his kitchen - no foul language or risque stories were ever uttered around his stoves - his kitchen was sacred space to him. Stan was a chef of unparalleled talent. Crippled early in life, he had gravitated to cooking from an early age. He was a culinary genius and his meals not only tasted good but were ravishingly (and yes that word actually applied) beautiful to behold as well. Those who worked under him labored gladly under his stern direction because despite his strict rules, everything Stan did, was done with love. The Baying Wolf was world famous but not just for it's meals. Entering the restaurant one felt immediately engulfed in a warmth not just of flesh but of spirit. Cell phones were forbidden and no buzzes or noisy ring tones disturbed the peaceful serenity of a diner's meal. It was even reputed that his meals produced miracles - that those who ate at his table were cured of illnesses of both body and mind. Over time, his reputation grew so that patrons came from around the world and faced blizzards, hurricanes and wind chills of 20 below to experience one of Stan's astonishing meals. And many were healed, because love in every form creates miracles and when it is paired with the power of belief, it can be unstoppable. Some thought Stan was an Angel. Maybe he was. I myself think we are all angels when we listen to our higher selves. Whatever the truth, if you get a chance to have a meal at the Baying Wolf, take it. You'll never regret it.


Words for next week's 10-word challenge are:
thermometer, Pandora, vivid, langourous, Saturday, pancreas, apple dumplings, watch tower, lichen, sparrow

For the mini: rigid, spiritual, ribbon, web cam, vitamins

Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.

Enjoy! See you next week!



Argent said...

Wow! I thought I was running late. Where is everyone? Anyway, I'm in and, Raven, I loved the apparent ease with which you deployed these words. I know I moad every week that they're hard but it's taken me ages to get my pieces written and they don't look half as natural as yours. I would love a meal at the Baying Wolf bistro, and "risque radish" really made me smile. Once again, showing us the way!

Unknown said...

Raven: I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm! lol! :D

San said...

Raven, I love your Sammy Salamander romantic fable. And please, please, please provide directions to the Baying Wolf Bistro. I so want to be engulfed in that warmth of the spirit, as I devour comfort food. I would say, given the positive spin of your wordzzles, that life is good. Do you have a Queen of the World ringtone yet?

DawnTreader said...

Again I have to apologize. I seem to get nothing done in time lately. And it was really tough to get all those words to fit into my story this week. Probably took me way off track again! LOL

You're an incurable romantic, aren't you Raven? - I loved the idiom-idiot thing...

gabrielle said...

What an amazingly uplifting trio for a chilly day. Nourishment comes in many forms. I always feel a warm glow of welcome and respite when I visit your site.

I loved the allegory of following one’s heart in the first story and the alchemy of love that infuses all three stories.
An idiot turning into an idiom. Hmmm. Can certainly identify!

Hope you are staying warm and that life is being gentle.
Thanks for your kind words on my blog. It was truly a treat to be worzzling again.

World So Wide said...

Here's my mini - The 1002nd night.

HeatherK said...

Just on to get next weeks words. I saw your previous post on choice and relate to your emotional well being. As you can see my blog has been inactive for quite sometime. I think of your saturday wordzzle community every weekend in hopes that i will get back in the game soon

Kat Mortensen said...

I've added you to my sidebar under "prompts" and I will be joining in very soon. Love this idea!



Stephen said...

I liked your stories. The mega story was probably my favorite, with the 10 word story second. Some of the things that stood out were the idiom-idiot usage in the 10 word story and the part about being rescued by an angel, and in the mega story the 'Stan "the Salamander" Gecko' name.

I'm running very, very late, but I have my stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA