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S is for Sock, Squirrel, and Sanctuary

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 22, 2016

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “S is for Sock, Squirrel, and Sanctuary” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

 S is for Sock

Have you ever blamed the dryer for eating a sock?  Next time, check the sheets.  I believe they have a craving for socks.  I’ve also discovered that t-shirts stash away socks, perhaps for late night nibbling.  Poor dryer, always blamed and perhaps never actually gets a bite.

I enjoyed creating a name for this photo.  Write a caption of your own or tell a sock story you especially like.

Sock in a Sheet by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

Sock in a Sheet by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

S is for Squirrel

Diane Weiden shares a delightful and informative post about squirrels here:


When my husband and I lived in an apartment in Durham, NC, we were given a bird feeder.  We hung it from our small screened-in porch.  A squirrel hopped from a tree to the porch roof and then onto our hanger.  See below:

Squirrel caught in the act by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

Squirrel caught in the act by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016

What squirrel stories do you have to share?  Most of us probably have dozens!

S is for Sanctuary

Even before I learned of bird sanctuaries, I worshipped in our church sanctuary.  From movies, I knew that sometimes people sought sanctuary in a church.  In recent years, Fayetteville posted this sign downtown.  I hope the soldiers stationed here feel that Fayetteville is a sanctuary for them.  I will say we know some who chose to retire here.  What comes to mind when you hear sanctuary?

Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen


What “S” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

18 Responses to “S is for Sock, Squirrel, and Sanctuary”

  1. Kathleen said

    I happen to have a recent sock story. I came home yesterday and my husband was looking for his matching sock. When he turned around the sock was stuck to the back of his shirt😊
    You’ve been doing a great job with the A to Z challenge!

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    S is for socks. I think we’re going to find all our missing socks and keys in heaven!

  3. joyacey said

    One of the most super salient s words is story. Can you write a sentence that stuffs in several sassy s words?

  4. S is for SHHHH….baby and Grandma are ready for a nap!

  5. Bee Halton said

    What a delightful post and by the way: the sheets eat smaller towels too 😉

  6. I have it on good authority that after you die you find all the socks you thought the dryer ate.

    The squirrels in our neighborhood are kamikazes. I think a few of them have a death wish. We have a resident hawk in our subdivision who likes to swoop down and grab a squirrel or chipmunk for dinner. Kind of awful to see, but I’d rather see one of them meet its Maker that way rather than being run over by a car.

    • I have often wondered if a hawk would eat a squirrel. Our resident squirrel doesn’t seem afraid of the hawk even when he’s nearby. Hmmm…maybe the have a truce going on. 😉

      I enjoyed your humor about the squirrels and their possible death wish. I also agree that it is hard to see dead animals on the side of the road.

      I enjoyed your take on Heaven and found socks. Thank you so much for playing along. I hope you visit again soon.

  7. We have a couple of squirrels who carefully chewed a larger entrance into one of our bird nesting boxes. Well, Papa did the chewing and Momma kept him company until she got bored. He chewed for several days, but I don’t think they ended up using ithe nest.. Did you read about the NC hairless squirrel? I’ll see if I can find the picture.
    My s words are serendipitous, secretive, sable, sacrosanct and serene. And T words here we come.

    • Sarah,
      Where were you when I was studying for the SAT? You have quite a vocabulary. I bet I would have made hundreds more points if I had played an A-Z game with you in preparation for the test. I especially enjoyed thinking on sable and serene word choices. Thanks!

      I have heard about the hairless squirrel but I certainly haven’t seen one. I enjoyed your story about the bird nesting box remodel and then thinking that the squirrels didn’t use it after all. Another fun day playing with you. Thanks!

  8. Linda, I’ve heard washing machines eat socks too. Squirrels nested in my previous car and their nuts blew up the radiator while driving. It smelled like roasted chestnuts on an open fire. My sanctuary is found in the Lord. Great “S” words and stories. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      I can’t even imagine having squirrels in my radiator. Nuts roasting in a blown up radiator must be a nightmare and yet you kept your sense of humor about it.
      Thanks for the compliment about word choices. And as always thanks so much for commenting!

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