Hump-Day Humor from Slim Randles

Help me welcome Slim Randles as today’s Wednesday’s Guest. The pandemic sure is taking it’s toll on folks, a fact that Janice and Annette can testify to. Sometimes it makes us say the oddest things, and it’s hard to recognize a joke when we can’t see a smile.

Before turning the blog over to Slim, I want to share a fun meme that a friend sent me. I love it.

And now, here’s Slim. Well, actually, Janice and Annette. Enjoy…

“Fling into Spring!” said our high school art teacher, Janice Thomas to herself as she headed out to pick up some groceries. “That’s what I’ll call it. Fling into Spring!”

   She ear-rumpled Woof, her deer pointer (he being half pointer and half cowdog and the herd instinct didn’t work well on deer, so he points them now. His tail didn’t work for a week.)

   She took off down to the Soup ‘R’ Market and waved to Annette, who masked up and brought the groceries out to Janice’s car.

Yes, even here.

 “What do you think of Fling into Spring, Annette?”

“Love it, Janice,” she said. “That’s why I picked it.”

Janice tried to look puzzled through her mask. “You picked it?”

“You know … for the high school picnic theme this year. I’m helping with the planning. But you must’ve heard about it.”

“No … I thought it would be a good name for my spring art show …”

Both women stared at each other’s masks, six feet away.

“In that case,” Janice said, “I could change it, I guess. If the locals made jewelry, we could call it Spring Bling, but that just doesn’t work too well for paintings, does it?”

Annette nodded. “I know. How about ‘A Sprint to Tint.’?”

Janice started the car. “I guess it deserves a bit more thought.”

“I know!” said Annette. “Brush Strokes for Folks!”

Janice nodded, sadly.

Sure will be glad when they get a handle on this pandemic.

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Check out all of Slim’s award-winning books at his Goodreads Page and in better bookstores and bunkhouses throughout the free world.

All of the posts here are from his syndicated column, Home Country that is read in hundreds of newspapers across the country. I am always happy to have him share his wit and wisdom here.

Slim Randles is a veteran newspaperman, hunting guide, cowboy and dog musher. He was a feature writer and columnist for The Anchorage Daily News for 10 years and guided hunters in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains. A resident of New Mexico now for more than 30 years, Randles is the prize-winning author of a dozen books, and is host of two podcasts and a television program.

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