248 words

for The Unicorn Challenge which is hosted by Jenne Grey and C.E.Ayr. 





I tried baking some bread. Don’t laugh, I did! Being a creative kinda guy I thought I’d mold it into a ball shape and top it with grated cheese. I popped it in the oven for an hour and when I took it out it looked more like Donald Trump’s head than a loaf of bread!

It gave me an idea. Bread sculpture! I thought I’d start by making one of my pet mouse, Maureen. She’s not very good at sitting still so I thought it best to photograph her and work from that.

I asked her to pose, which she did with all the allure of a mousewalk model. She tilted her head and preened her whiskers…

(whiskers are more of a male thing, I’ve never understood why female mice are moustachioed)

…and squeaked ‘cheese please’. How could I refuse? I treated her to a chunk of her favourite variety from Moisselle.

Once kneaded, shaped and perfected I baked my work of art. I was pleased with the result, well, fairly pleased though I could have made the tail shorter … and thinner …  and curlier. 

I ask my friend Rosey to pop around and give me her opinion. Why, I’m not sure. Her view on things can be a bit obscure. Without saying what it was meant to depict, I asked what she thought. She stood it on its end and said ‘a stick in the mud’.

Thankfully Maureen didn’t hear her, it’s something she’d hate being called!






© Ayr/Gray

28 thoughts on “248 words

  1. ladysighs May 5, 2023 / 20:10

    I’m sitting here trying to think of a clever comment to write about your clever story. I don’t mind the thinking part, but I do mind running down the battery or my newly purchased wireless mouse. 😦

    Liked by 2 people

    • Keith's Ramblings May 6, 2023 / 16:36

      That’s clever enough for me, thank you! Do you recharge it with cheese by any chance?


  2. jenne49 May 5, 2023 / 20:57

    Well, Keith, that was fun! Bread sculpture yet! Is there no end to your talents?
    Love the description of the tail! And that Rosey, she’s always a real tonic.
    Thank goodness Maureen Mouse didn’t hear her comment though!

    Liked by 1 person

      • jenne49 May 6, 2023 / 21:56

        Long may she continue!


  3. Doug Jacquier May 6, 2023 / 03:02

    ‘all the allure of a mousewalk model’. Absolute gem. Bread and circuses never fail. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ceayr May 6, 2023 / 10:45

    I do so enjoy your serious pieces, Keith.
    Have you ever written one?
    Love this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings May 6, 2023 / 17:04

      One day I’ll surprise you with a piece that will shake you to your very core and cause you sleepless nights – so no, I haven’t! Cheers C.E.


  5. messymimi's meanderings May 8, 2023 / 01:01

    It’s the thought that counts and you thought it looked like your mouse, that’s what counts. Fun story!


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