You Might Buy An Antique Majolica Plate Because…

Bra Flinging, Flash Fiction 55, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 20 June 2013 @ 6:54 PM 38 Comments


olden lumberjacks
admired it in a shop
window the spring

they eyed bosoms
and other wonders
in a city they later
concluded was just
a farm without hay.

or maybe you’ll buy it
because some hippie
chick once served you
canapes from it, then
danced you through a
summer of kisses your
heart will never forget.


Okay G-Man, I honed a 117-word ramble to those 55 for you and our fellow Flash Fiction Crusaders!!


Blessings to you all.

And enjoy whatever you’re doing, I know I am — selling on eBay, family time, driving to and from gymnastics… ballet and track, watering my flowers and preparing my songs for live shows a few months hence.


And hey — my hair totally looks like a haystack in my new farm header, don’t cha think?!! Love it!


(Majolica plates in photo I sold on eBay last year. But I get to keep the picture!!) :)

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  • 1

    On 20 June 2013 at 7:12 pm

    brian miller said, 

    well i vote for buying it to remember the kisses…ha…but it looks like a really cool plate…there is def some history there….but really the kisses to remember win this one…smiles.

  • 2

    On 20 June 2013 at 7:38 pm

    G-Man said, 

    Jannies Back
    Jannies Back
    Jannies Back Jannies Back Jannies Back!!!!!
    You think I’m excited?
    Yes I Am, cause Jannies Back!
    And I was served a canapé on a plate just like that!
    And as a matter of fact, she had hairy arm pits and
    smelled of Patchoully !!
    Loved your circumcised 55
    Thank you thank you thank you
    Have a Kick Ass Week End
    G- Daddy

  • 3

    On 20 June 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Talon said, 

    Cool pic and super neat 55, Jannie. Wonderful to see you and Blue Bunny in the blogging realm again! :) xxx

  • 4

    On 20 June 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Margaret said, 

    dancing through a summer of kisses… Wow, you CERTAINLY know how to come back in style! Hey – that lumberjack photo is like way crazy… the team of horses on TOP of that tree! Hope you are back here next week dear, you are a summer breeze! :)

  • 5

    On 20 June 2013 at 10:45 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    You could do that Flash 55 thing with some current sale stuff, n prob sell it faster… hope all is going well there!
    Pretty plates, prettier poem!

    BBsitting is over n got to go home. Just wasted my time paying bills online…. boo!
    New Jannie post loads fast! YAY!

  • 6

    On 21 June 2013 at 12:11 am

    Jannie said, 


    I should so totally be in bed but tomorrow’s Friday and I can sleep in Sat AND Sun, so here I am, up partying with the 55er’s at wow — almost midnight. I’m still such a wild and crazy gal.

    So who was here?

    Oh yeah!

    Bri, kisses and love available 24 / 7 in the heart. :)

    G-Man. get OUTta town! Where was the plate, when was it, and what were you wearing? Were you on the beach with her? Or at some Country Club cafe where you’d just driven up in your red ’55 Chev? i’m a hippie chick who shaves her pits!! :) We do exist. :)

    Talon, okay now, so which pic do you like best? the lumberjacks on that giant redwood, our dining room corner cabinet or my wonderful haystack hair?! :) And guess what? I saw a van in traffic today with “Talon” something or other business on it, a white van with black lettering, but the light went red before I could get my phone out to take a photo for you. Yeah, me and BB we’re stepping out. I’ve been getting my 5 eBay auctions a day up faithfully, so am rewarding myself with plenty of creative time. And I guess after those songwriting lines I was feeding to you via email the lumberjack visions stuck with me and popped out in a poem. :) fun to be out with you all.

    Margaret, I’m really digging that new gravatar of yours, you look so sassy. Did you blonde up your own hair? And how cool you noticed the horses! I guess you have that horse woman’s developed eye. Oh next week… hmn, can’t make any promises, but maybe….. :) :) If I get all my auctions up each day, I very well may post and code again 7 days from now. I am about to embark on a photoshopping experience making a business card for my hubby, so that’ll take some time too. We’ll see how it goes, but it sure is fun to be at the party with y’all this week!

    And my lovely Snaggle snags 5th comment. 5 is a wonderfully lucky number. Hey, you mean… do my eBay descriptions in 55 words? I love that idea! I do tend to get a little poetical and funstering with them from time to time. Well, I did my budget and have to sell a certain minimum a day, which I’ll have to re-do and re-up, maybe to 6 auctions a day, as Kelly’s moving up so fast in gymnastics, and the higher levels have additional opportunities to meet the financial challenge of. But yes, eBay is going okay. Helping pay the living expenses for sure! Yeah, those plates were lovely, 2 of them from the 1800s. Glad you liked the poem, I almost didn’t get it together in time to catch the Thursday Night Fever over at G-Man’s but I did and snagged the yahtzee this week! Funny you write BB-ing, BB thought it was funny! :) So glad you got to good computer. I’ve been having intermittent power issues with this little laptop. But tonight it’s working fine!

    Well, I think that’s it! :)


  • 7

    On 21 June 2013 at 12:22 am

    Margaret said, 

    Yes, I blonded up my hair (matches the creeping grey roots a bit better :) Photoshop is a HUGE program to learn…I just scrape the surface of it. I know you will do well with it.

  • 8

    On 21 June 2013 at 12:39 am

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    Glad to read that you are having so much fun and still selling stuff on ebay. My things are picking up a bit now too. I just don’t list as much stuff as I should.

    Love the haystack hair!! 😀

  • 9

    On 21 June 2013 at 4:37 am

    Ravenblack said, 

    There are many things one would buy because it reminds one of something happy or pleasant. And then, it will just be displayed, a story to be told to anyone who asks. 😀

    Glad to see you posting! Have an awesome weekend!

  • 10

    On 21 June 2013 at 7:20 am

    Lynn said, 

    It took me a minute to focus on what they are sitting on – a big ‘ol log! That’s cool that someone put it on a plate. :)

    Love me some ebay – I looked on there this morning to see if someone had a small TV / VCR combo on the cheap. (I have gotten rid of my VCRs, but have a few movies I’d still like to watch sometime.)

  • 11

    On 21 June 2013 at 7:51 am

    Mama Zen said, 

    “in a city they later
    concluded was just
    a farm without hay.”

    Awesome lines!

  • 12

    On 21 June 2013 at 10:55 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Margaret I’m not sure if I’ve got grays coming in or not. i never let my roots grow out far enough to see. :) I use the small “p” in photoshop as I’ve just a little knock-off program — Corel Paint Pro, but it’s great for me, and I to am probably only scratching the surface of what can be done with it.

    You know, COOLEST of Joes, I find the more auctions I list… the more I sell! :) Funny how that goes, eh? yes, — my haystack hair, PREFECT for my header and this post. Looks a bit Van Gogh-ish I think. :)

    Dearest Raven, yes, happiness and pleasant stuff, nice to be around. even just a pretty mug or a plate can keep the spirits bright. And guess what?? I’m getting close to 10 AWESOME-FUN cat pix — I know you like those! Or, maybe I’ll add 3 more and submit for Thursday 13 next week, ah ha (insert lightbulb over Jannie’s head here.) I LOVE to post. And maybe some day when I no longer have to “work” I’ll post every day. YOU have a good one too!!

    LYNNIE, I didn’t realize you were an avid eBayer. how many “stars” are you at? me — getting very close to 500 now, whoohooo. Hope you find the DVD / VCR player of your dreams, they are cheap indeed. But hopefully not cheaply made. :)

    MAMA ZEN! That was one of the rambling lines that got honed, I think it was origninally “the big city they later concluded was really just a town with deeper, darker secrets” or something like that. :)

    catch y’all later!


  • 13

    On 21 June 2013 at 11:10 am

    Teresa said, 

    Love the dancing through summer kisses! How romantic! Sounds like you have a very busy summer going on. Glad you found the time to play.

  • 14

    On 21 June 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Helen said, 

    Utterly, udderly delightful!!

  • 15

    On 21 June 2013 at 12:34 pm

    G-Man said, 

    Did I mention that….

    (Her fronts pretty awesome too…hehehehe)

  • 16

    On 21 June 2013 at 1:07 pm

    evilcyber said, 

    Goodness, look at the size of that trunk!

  • 17

    On 21 June 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Jannie, that is a cool old plate, and I enjoyed your Flash! I’m glad that life is good for you now, because you deserve the best! :-)

    Happy weekend to you!

  • 18

    On 22 June 2013 at 10:14 am

    Jannie said, 

    Dearest Theresa, Yes, busy. Well… I am playing pretty-much all the time, but in other meadows than the bloggity one. I’ll for sure be popping in now and then as long as G-Man is hosting, which will hopefully be a long time.

    Dearest Helen, how’d you know I had actually considered cows instead of hay for that line at one point? You mysterious Helen you. :) I know I’ve hit a good one when Helen comes out of the blogwork to pay tribute. :) Thank you!

    G-Man, At first I thought you’d written fonts, and I was all, Oh G-Man is all noticing and caring about blog design and such. But it’s frontal, not fontal. :) And you know, I’m really never “away,” I’m just other places. But, where ever I am, that’s where I be. And so are you! And loving friends are never really apart, either.

    Welcome to this blog, Evil Cyber, or maybe you’re just an anagram for LIVE! Yeah, I’m thinking that’s one of those redwoods? I think they’ve stopped cutting those down tho, so that’s good. And pine is doing very well for reforestation in my home and natively new brunswick canada. yeah, welcome.

    Dearest Daisy, I’m realizing that life’s really what you make of it, and what you attract. Living point that I’m able to have you and other wonderful friends in my life, both blogging and the ones I see in the flesh regularly.




    (and know that as I type in all those x es and oh s I am saying like a little kid down a long slide…. wheeeeeeeeeeee.



  • 19

    On 22 June 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Other Mary said, 

    That’s a fun 55. I too liked the lines:

    …a city they later
    concluded was just
    a farm without hay.

  • 20

    On 24 June 2013 at 2:00 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. I bet there are quite a lot of collectors – hope you made a healthy profit .. and love the photo. You’re right re your header hair .. looks like you and Jim have been through a haystack – he took the photo?!!

    Cheers and big hugs from Hardwick and little me?! Hilree xooxoxoxo

  • 21

    On 25 June 2013 at 7:57 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Seaside Walking Mary! Great to sea you. Glad you smiled. I also considered only for just, but just reads quicker. I think only is best left for songsinging. :) And I’ll add a smile to that because that’s my morning so far.

    Hey Dear Hils. I do see the fun in collecting and enjoying the beauty of the collections. Currently I have about 80 pieces of a certain art glass up, and they shur are purdy. so i have the opportunity to impart them to an appreciative buyer, enabling me to purchase such commodities as petrol, pie and pinatas. not that i have purchased or had any plans to enjoy such a delight as the latter. But knowing I could feels most powerful. :) Paper Mache and a big balloon is actually a great way to make your own home pinata. but what were you saying… :) :) Oh yes, Collectors. It was really nice to actually own and hold the middle plate above, that was the 1850s one. I had that up for like, 3 months until it finally sold for a fair quid. I KNOW!! The header haystack. No — it’s the same old hair (moreorless) I’ve had in all my headers these blogging years, but when I saw my new header as a thumbnail (also moreorless) on my Google front page I had the fleeting impression of it as a haystack! So funny. No my dear, I took that photo in the car myself outside Kelly’s preschool when she was 3 or 4. I forget what kind of car that was. I think maybe one of those big Nissans. Not the Pathfinder, but the you know the bigger SUV. :)


    back to homeless man…

    he’s a very very very very slow-moving human being
    shuffling his way across the street
    ragged shows (and shoes!) on his feet
    his beard is flowing long and white
    eyes are shining budweiser bright
    where is he going
    and where has he been
    i wonder as i wait at the light

    Homeless Man
    i see you there
    with your albert einstein hair
    bla-bla-bla-bla-bla-bla, etc…

    where, somewhere, share, care, flair, wear……..

    homeless man, please listen
    you don’t know what you’re missing.

    Wait! That’s Lennon-McCartney.

    back to my writer’s bench.


  • 22

    On 25 June 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    That was some excellent honing you did on those words.

    Speaking of soccer mom type activities, I just took The Girl to her last voice lesson for the summer. You’d think we had plenty of time for them, but we kept forgetting them.

  • 23

    On 1 July 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Sara said, 


    I arrive back right in time for a great 55. I love old plates, like these. I’m glad your summer is going well and obviously very busy. I can’t wait to hear more music from you:~)

  • 24

    On 1 July 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey, Alice — OI’m gonna try that again. Just ramble (as my writing is wont to do) then hone, hone, hone. get to the meat of the matter, so to speak. Thanks! Her LAST one for the summer — but hasn’t the summer just begun? :) I remember Kelly and I kept forgetting some lesson or other too last summer. Or I guess 2 summers ago now, piano as i recall. Poor Dr. B. we stood her up once. hate doing that to anyone. So no more voice at all for the summer? Any band camps, or anything like that?

    SARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SARA’s BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOHOOOOOO. Yes, Jannie has been making time for music, because when all heaven and earth passes away and / or I’m old and maybe gray i will have lived my passion to the fullest extent of its fun. SARA’S BACK whoohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.


  • 25

    On 3 July 2013 at 10:24 pm

    claudia said, 

    smiles…after a summer of hot kisses with an hippie chick i would understand that he wants the plate to remember himself of it…smiles

  • 26

    On 5 July 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Yep, Dear Claudia, and he might also want to eat canapes a lot. And sip the champagne they sipped ‘neath the summer moon on the beach, and from a covered porch’s adirondack chairs those rainy nights. :)


  • 27

    On 5 July 2013 at 2:26 pm

    G-Man said, 

    I’m a wearin a kilt now Lassie.
    It’s mighty breezy too!!

    Have a Kick Ass Week-End…G

  • 28

    On 5 July 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    Come on, they snubbed a city that featured bosoms? How finicky can you get? Enough to warrant a commemorative plate, perhaps?

  • 29

    On 5 July 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hoot Mon, G-Mon (Kinda a Rasta Scotsman,) break out the haggis and ale!! :) Oh, and my weekend is kicking SO MUCH ass, you’ve no idea!!! I bet I’ll have at least 3 before-and-after areas to boast of photographically in my House Style category by the time Sunday night hits. Martha Stewart will see my pix and weep.

    Chris Edgar, well you see it was bustles, bosoms in empire gowns and pretty faces on the streets that set their hearts aflame, those lumberjacker types. They gave up their log rolling and skidding employ for dish washing in Little Italy, then worked up to street cleaners before they sauntered back to the cow milking and manure spreading and such. :) And eventually became insurance salesmen in Hoboken.


  • 30

    On 5 July 2013 at 11:46 pm

    ed p said, 

    a summer of kisses the heart could never forget. i see fireflies in your warm evening words and a very cool plate…

  • 31

    On 6 July 2013 at 10:22 am

    Heaven said, 

    Hello Jannie ~ I hope you are enjoying the summer ~ Here, it is still a bit cold but hopefully the summer heat will be here by next week ~

    Happy weekend ~

  • 32

    On 7 July 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    The Girl went camping with us, and is looking at a summer camp for shortly after I get back from Mongolia, but otherwise she insists it’s important that she vegetate.

  • 33

    On 8 July 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Ed, fireflies are good. I saw a few this spring on our street. Even with all this suburban development they find a way to shine and delight.

    Grace, is it hot yet? Mom & Dad said a heatwave of 32 struck recently — about as hot as it’s been down here. yep, enjoying summer. About to have a cup of tea before uploading my eBay pix.

    Alice — you REALLY going to Mongolia? Trekking with a sherpa? I remember trying to get as much vegetating time as possible as a teen. I still do. But more bills to pay now, so my dreamtime has to wait more than of yore. :)


  • 34

    On 10 July 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Yep. The real Mongolia. No sherpa, but a camel ride and some yack milk cheese. Or was that reindeer cheese? I’ll have to check the itinerary.

  • 35

    On 11 July 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Jannie Funster said, 

    WOW, Alice Audrey, sounds totally COOL!! When you going, and for how long?


  • 36

    On 20 August 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    LOL. I’m back. :) I’ve got over 6,000 pictures to winnow through, so give me a bit. I’m hoping by Thursday I’ll have some ready to post.

  • 37

    On 25 August 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Jannie said, 

    I’m about to post after I see if there are any more comments from you to answer. :)

    Then I’m BACK to the eBay. I’ve totally slacked off the past week. Was on an away-cay, tho. Everyone needs a break.

    6000 pix. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! What’s your camera?


  • 38

    On 29 August 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Nicon D60 DSLR. It’s a hand me down from my mother. One thing I learned from this trip – I need a better lens. Something that will go even wider and that telephotos more would be good.

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