There is a challenge called Five Photos, Five Stories.  I secretly hoped to be asked to participate in it. Looked like it was right up my alley.  Sure enough, Cee at  Cee’s Photography Blog asked me to join!

I have been following Cee and participating in her challenges for a while.  If you aren’t familiar with her and her beautiful work, I invite you to visit her.

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo (or more!)  each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance!


What says “spring is in the air” better than a brand-new dust mop? Is this my glamorous movie life story? No, not unless it is a very dull movie.  We’ll save the glamorous me for some other day, when I discover where she has been hiding for all these years.

The snow was melting. The terrible winter was finally drawing to a close. Outside, the ice and snow were giving way to mud. No flowers had yet appeared, but suddenly, I realized how terribly dirty the house had become.

I was shocked. It hadn’t looked quite that bad last I looked. Maybe it was the light shining through the windows. Outlining the dust bunnies, dead leaves, cobwebs, and piles of dog hair.


We made an excursion of it, going to Target to buy cleansers, dust mops … the stuff to fight back against the filth.

Yesterday, as I climbed the stairs to “our level” of the house, I realized all the work I did a week ago had disappeared. You’d never guess anyone had ever cleaned the place. I knew the dogs bring in dirt, but seriously … that was a lot of dirt.

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I mucked it out again. If only it would stay clean, just for a little while!

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive day

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!

I’ve gotten a lot of negative feedback asking others to participate in this. I don’t understand the problem since it’s what we do anyway. We post pictures and write about them or other things of which the pictures remind us. This doesn’t require a lot of writing, either. A paragraph will do.

I’m not going to ask anyone specific, but I hope some of you will volunteer. So many bloggers gripe about the Daily Prompt, I would think you’d be glad to have a choice of something else. Apparently not.

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32 replies

  1. Love this idea and just found Cee’s blog yesterday. Already bookmarked it to jump in on some of her photo challenges. I like that you aren’t nominating any one blogger, but encouraging others to jump in and participate. I’m sorry to hear you’ve gotten flack from others. Was thinking about your comment while doing laundry – in between writing, painting, and reading today (good day all around :-))…. I think people feel a little pressured to respond when specifically requested and perhaps it doesn’t fit into topics they’re contemplating, etc… I don’t know. I just know that I love Cee’s blog, your mop story is terrific, and I’m looking forward to joining in. I take so many pictures every day. What did we do before cell phones with excellent cameras? ha! Wishing you a great week ahead, Marilyn.


    • What did we do before home computers and the Internet? I was there and I can barely remember a world before hi-speed Internet and cell phones. I grew up without them, but would not want to go back that way. I know a lot of people romanticize the past. I am not one of them. I remember it. There were good times. There are good times, now too. I love computers!
      I understand the pressure thing, but I don’t understand hostility. A simple, “No, I don’t think so,” is sufficient.

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  2. Well, I won’t be a Nattering Nabob of Negativism…. and in fact, I just might take you up on this. 5 photos in 5 days? I have some interesting non-squirrel photos in my archive I’ve never used before. If I can get myself properly motivated, I just might start my run tomorrow to coincide with the five so-called “weekdays”….


    • That would be great. It’s such a simple thing to do. It fills those gaps when the brain just isn’t popping with clever concepts! Besides, cleverness can resemble work and as Maynard G. Krebs said, “WHAT, ME WORK?????” You don’t have to actually do it on consecutive days, either. I didn’t see that in the rules.


  3. First of all, I don’t understand the negative feedback at all. A simple “yes” or “no” would do, what’s there not to like. I like that idea. A clean house….well, I gave up on that years ago. It seems I always have to start all over when I just finished cleaning. It’s a neverending story…one that is hunting me. That and the laundry basket.

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  4. I’m surprised you had a negative feedback on this challenge. It seems fun to me.


  5. It seems like we have to make a choice, perfectly clean house or live with dogs. For me the dog wins every time. What I need is a dog the same colour as my furniture. Anyone know where I can get an aubergine dog/

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  6. I am always amazed at how dust makes a reappearance so shortly after I have just dusted. Never ending!! 🙂


  7. A home is not a home when a spider does not live there. I know you disagree, but they do no harm and eat everything that you do not want, like other insects. I am not a lover of housework but I have a little routine which means that big cleaning sessions are rare, but daily a chore is dealt with. Won’t go into details as you will get the impression that I have nothing better than to clean.
    Negative comments? Why say anything when you don’t have anything useful to say? I like the idea of posting a photo and blogging about it. I was wondering about sending invitations as my house is yours (my friends are yours) but it seems to deal with itself. I am enjoying this breath of fresh wind cleaning out the cobwebs in the daily blog. I can even do a preblog and upload it in my afternoon when the real thing arrives, but no chance. In the morning it is mop and hoover time.


    • I’m no crazed clean-a-holic, but we have four dogs and the amount of dirt they bring in is phenomenal. Herculean. I try to get to it every day and it helps if I can, but there are days — this is one — where my git-up-and-go got up and went before I made it out of bed. I am going to see if coffee will revive me. Otherwise, I think I’ll take this as an easy day. Maybe that’s all I can handle at the moment. I have made my statement on asking others. There are a few volunteers, and hopefully they will find a few more. I figure I’ll keep doing this because my pictures are as good a prompt as anything the Daily Prompt has produced in years. Even when they were new, they were lame.

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  8. I am so glad to see you moving, dusting and cleaning around so excitingly ! Just a small request, you should not get exhausted and get sick. Happy spring cleaning and yes, your house is beautiful.


    • I’m trying to be moderate. To take on tasks in a limited, careful way. Sometimes, I don’t succeed, but mostly I’m doing well. We are having beautiful weather, some of the best weather we will have all year. Meanwhile, the dirt is attaching from every directon! I’m not a compulsive cleaner — not even close — but there’s a level of crud that gets to me. We have achieved it.
      We went photo shooting yesterday. Got some nifty pictures with Garry. We have dinner with my son and his friend later. This will be good because I don’t have to cook (yay). But, right now, above all … I need COFFEE.


  9. Cee asked me to participate,too. Right up my alley..I am more of a storyteller than a photographer, actually…I have to wait until I’m near wifi for 5 days as I’m traveling by car up to the states…see you there soon. Do you know if there if any particular site to post them or do we just do it on our own blog?


  10. This is the most beautiful dust mop I’ve ever seen! It might even prompt me to dust!!! Judy https://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/my-karma-ran-over-my-dogma/



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