Posts Tagged: Odd Fellows

Pieter

Always in style

Pieter, Dieter’s brother, was known to his friends for different qualities: one) a certain willingness to roll the dice and revel in the outcome two) a certain indecision when it came to choosing headgear three) a certain fondness carried long

Pieter

Always in style

Pieter, Dieter’s brother, was known to his friends for different qualities: one) a certain willingness to roll the dice and revel in the outcome two) a certain indecision when it came to choosing headgear three) a certain fondness carried long

Dieter

Always a smile

  Dieter could always be counted on for a smile… Never for gas money, his turn for a round, or for the occasional picking up of the tab… but with a smile like his, his friends didn’t mind (much).

Dieter

Always a smile

  Dieter could always be counted on for a smile… Never for gas money, his turn for a round, or for the occasional picking up of the tab… but with a smile like his, his friends didn’t mind (much).

Kismet the budgie

Ingenuity in the new year

As they waited for the return of the sun and the sweetness of the spring air, Lorelei McTavitt and her maid had exerted every effort to remain cheerful and optimistic over long winter afternoons. Their project had borne fruit: Kismet

Kismet the budgie

Ingenuity in the new year

As they waited for the return of the sun and the sweetness of the spring air, Lorelei McTavitt and her maid had exerted every effort to remain cheerful and optimistic over long winter afternoons. Their project had borne fruit: Kismet

The time is right to make new friends.

Favorites

I know, I know: you’re not supposed to admit that you like one of your “children” more than the others. I know. Oswald, however, has had a special place in my Odd Fellow-loving heart since he arrived ful blown (all

The time is right to make new friends.

Favorites

I know, I know: you’re not supposed to admit that you like one of your “children” more than the others. I know. Oswald, however, has had a special place in my Odd Fellow-loving heart since he arrived ful blown (all

The harder the fall, the higher the bounce.

Olympic Dreams

Competitive synchronized levitation required delicate balance, a certain degree of resiliency, a willingness to push boundaries, and a finely tuned understanding of Newton’s Third Law. The Orbulous twins, Orlon and Olson, were at the height of their game. Now that

The harder the fall, the higher the bounce.

Olympic Dreams

Competitive synchronized levitation required delicate balance, a certain degree of resiliency, a willingness to push boundaries, and a finely tuned understanding of Newton’s Third Law. The Orbulous twins, Orlon and Olson, were at the height of their game. Now that

Boris

Homegrown Odd

Somedays, it’s just not possible to get the work done… certain residents of the home want to help.

Boris

Homegrown Odd

Somedays, it’s just not possible to get the work done… certain residents of the home want to help.

You should have a talk with a friend today.

An intervention

The kitchen staff at the Hotel Garamond were justifiably proud of their reputation… it took some doing to hang on to that fourth Michelin star. So they were not pleased when patrons started complaining about the food. Turns out that

You should have a talk with a friend today.

An intervention

The kitchen staff at the Hotel Garamond were justifiably proud of their reputation… it took some doing to hang on to that fourth Michelin star. So they were not pleased when patrons started complaining about the food. Turns out that

This one's for you, Ryan!

Odd Odd

Not an Odd Fellow today, but an odd fellow. Little life lesson here: never let a curious, cute 5 year old catch a glimpse of the cute amigurumi… Before you know it, you’re taking requests. This one’s for you, Ryan.

This one's for you, Ryan!

Odd Odd

Not an Odd Fellow today, but an odd fellow. Little life lesson here: never let a curious, cute 5 year old catch a glimpse of the cute amigurumi… Before you know it, you’re taking requests. This one’s for you, Ryan.

Avert misunderstanding by calm, poise, and balance.

Three’s a company

When Milligan and Morton hit the scene, there’s was always the chance that one or the other (or both!) would suddenly explode in a display of temper that had become legendary in their circle of friends. It seemed that only

Avert misunderstanding by calm, poise, and balance.

Three’s a company

When Milligan and Morton hit the scene, there’s was always the chance that one or the other (or both!) would suddenly explode in a display of temper that had become legendary in their circle of friends. It seemed that only

The eyes of the master will do more work than both his hands.

Watchful eyes

Yolanda had been a dancer herself, trained to the highest standards; her years of experience made her an excellent competition judge. She wasn’t subtle in her assessments; somehow dancers always knew how she felt about their performances.

The eyes of the master will do more work than both his hands.

Watchful eyes

Yolanda had been a dancer herself, trained to the highest standards; her years of experience made her an excellent competition judge. She wasn’t subtle in her assessments; somehow dancers always knew how she felt about their performances.

The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people.

Optimist or realist?

Away and on the other side of Esme and Percival, there lived Horace and his own true boon companion, Cecilia. Horace had rather counted on Esme, in much the same way that Cecilia had counted on Percival. Horace remained optimistic

The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people.

Optimist or realist?

Away and on the other side of Esme and Percival, there lived Horace and his own true boon companion, Cecilia. Horace had rather counted on Esme, in much the same way that Cecilia had counted on Percival. Horace remained optimistic

A pleasant surprise is in sore for you.

Unexpected delight

  Esme returned from vacation with a new hairstyle, a new attitude, and a new beau. He’d be joining her soon, but had sent his treasured pet and boon companion, Dulcie, ahead. Percival was smitten.

A pleasant surprise is in sore for you.

Unexpected delight

  Esme returned from vacation with a new hairstyle, a new attitude, and a new beau. He’d be joining her soon, but had sent his treasured pet and boon companion, Dulcie, ahead. Percival was smitten.

It is better to have a hen tomorrow than an egg today.

Ulterior motives

Esme’s neighbor readily agreed to take care of Percival, Esme’s treasured pet and boon companion. Had Percival been a self-reflective sort, he might have realized that the neighbor’s motives were not altogether altruistic. In any event, the nieghbor’s ignorance of

It is better to have a hen tomorrow than an egg today.

Ulterior motives

Esme’s neighbor readily agreed to take care of Percival, Esme’s treasured pet and boon companion. Had Percival been a self-reflective sort, he might have realized that the neighbor’s motives were not altogether altruistic. In any event, the nieghbor’s ignorance of

You have a charming way with words. Write a letter this week.

Please Mr. Postman…

“Send me a letter, every day that we’re apart!” Chauncey was determined to fulfil his promise to Honoria. He made a new selection each day and  hoped his choices were appreciated. Honoria cared for Chauncey, despite his rather literal-minded view

You have a charming way with words. Write a letter this week.

Please Mr. Postman…

“Send me a letter, every day that we’re apart!” Chauncey was determined to fulfil his promise to Honoria. He made a new selection each day and  hoped his choices were appreciated. Honoria cared for Chauncey, despite his rather literal-minded view

Get into the spirit of the times.

A well deserved break

Drysdale’s doctor told him to go on vacation. So did his dentist, his accountant, his mother, his chiropodist, his gastroenterologist, his golf pro, his assistant manager, two baristas at his local coffee shop, and the guy at the corner newsstand.

Get into the spirit of the times.

A well deserved break

Drysdale’s doctor told him to go on vacation. So did his dentist, his accountant, his mother, his chiropodist, his gastroenterologist, his golf pro, his assistant manager, two baristas at his local coffee shop, and the guy at the corner newsstand.

Stop searching forever; happiness is just next to you.

Cupid’s Dart

  Like Brenda and Eddie, Glenda and Freddie were still going steady since the summer of ‘75 …and buoyed by Brenda’s success, Glenda decided to borrow the serious shoes. Freddie was relieved to have the decision made for him and

Stop searching forever; happiness is just next to you.

Cupid’s Dart

  Like Brenda and Eddie, Glenda and Freddie were still going steady since the summer of ‘75 …and buoyed by Brenda’s success, Glenda decided to borrow the serious shoes. Freddie was relieved to have the decision made for him and

Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century.

Beach house on the moon

The Ogilveys have hit all the major vacation locations: Cape Canaveral, the Air and Space Museum,  Area 51, Devil’s Tower. This year, they were overjoyed to witness an eclipse directly over their own backyard. Naturally, they wore protective eyegear.

Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century.

Beach house on the moon

The Ogilveys have hit all the major vacation locations: Cape Canaveral, the Air and Space Museum,  Area 51, Devil’s Tower. This year, they were overjoyed to witness an eclipse directly over their own backyard. Naturally, they wore protective eyegear.

Avoid unchallenging occupations - they will waste your great talents.

A Kiss for Luck

Nearly every suite in the Hotel Garamond had a fireplace. Those few that did not had other amenities meant for sophisticated and refined tastes of a particular nature and, in the opinions of those with such tastes, were well worth

Avoid unchallenging occupations - they will waste your great talents.

A Kiss for Luck

Nearly every suite in the Hotel Garamond had a fireplace. Those few that did not had other amenities meant for sophisticated and refined tastes of a particular nature and, in the opinions of those with such tastes, were well worth

The weather is wonderful.

Joy!

Sometimes, when the weather was fine, she would go to the mountain meadow and dance.

The weather is wonderful.

Joy!

Sometimes, when the weather was fine, she would go to the mountain meadow and dance.

You will have many friends when you need them.

Elsewhere

Inspection of the third year students’ mudroom revealed an unfortunate absence of a pair of Wellingtons: Doreen Magirthy’s, to be precise. Doreen’s friends were loyal, steadfast, true but even if they had not been, their stories corroborated Doreen’s claim that

You will have many friends when you need them.

Elsewhere

Inspection of the third year students’ mudroom revealed an unfortunate absence of a pair of Wellingtons: Doreen Magirthy’s, to be precise. Doreen’s friends were loyal, steadfast, true but even if they had not been, their stories corroborated Doreen’s claim that

Familiarize yourself with the situation before taking action.

Many sides to the same story

A note slipped under the door to her suite led Melisandre to Lady Anastasia’s Millinery. She was met at the door by Lady Anastasia herself and invited to view the new season’s selections. How may I serve Madame today? purred

Familiarize yourself with the situation before taking action.

Many sides to the same story

A note slipped under the door to her suite led Melisandre to Lady Anastasia’s Millinery. She was met at the door by Lady Anastasia herself and invited to view the new season’s selections. How may I serve Madame today? purred

Your loyalties are clear when it comes to friends.

Loyalties

Melisandre didn’t think it would take much time, but even she was surprised by how quickly the twitchy little man appeared. “Call me Smith,” he said in response to her question. Neither one of them believed in that particular spot

Your loyalties are clear when it comes to friends.

Loyalties

Melisandre didn’t think it would take much time, but even she was surprised by how quickly the twitchy little man appeared. “Call me Smith,” he said in response to her question. Neither one of them believed in that particular spot

A financial investment will yield returns beyond your hopes.

Waiting wasn’t a pleasure, but it generally got the job done.

Admittedly, Melisandre DiFiorini had a flair for the dramatic. She also had a sly and subtle intellect. Little to be gained, in her opinion, storming into the old port town demanding answers about her nieces. She installed herself in a

A financial investment will yield returns beyond your hopes.

Waiting wasn’t a pleasure, but it generally got the job done.

Admittedly, Melisandre DiFiorini had a flair for the dramatic. She also had a sly and subtle intellect. Little to be gained, in her opinion, storming into the old port town demanding answers about her nieces. She installed herself in a

You and your wife will be happy in your life together.

With a Nod To the Piano Man

Brenda and Eddie were still going steady since the summer of ’75… …and Brenda had had enough of waiting. She put on her serious shoes and by the end of the evening, progress (in the form of a ring on

You and your wife will be happy in your life together.

With a Nod To the Piano Man

Brenda and Eddie were still going steady since the summer of ’75… …and Brenda had had enough of waiting. She put on her serious shoes and by the end of the evening, progress (in the form of a ring on

Avoid senseless contradictions with others.

What Point in Arguing?

Morris never understood why casual strangers so often remarked on the ways in which pets and their owners resemble one another. He and Myrtle thought it a strange observation to make – especially for so many to make – but

Avoid senseless contradictions with others.

What Point in Arguing?

Morris never understood why casual strangers so often remarked on the ways in which pets and their owners resemble one another. He and Myrtle thought it a strange observation to make – especially for so many to make – but

Be direct, usually one can accomplish more that way.

Blunt? Outspoken? Well, Direct, Anyway

It was while she was in grad school that Kirsten decided on her philosophy of life: tell it like it is. She won some friends; she lost some friends; she was always true to herself. Even now, several decades later, she shoots from

Be direct, usually one can accomplish more that way.

Blunt? Outspoken? Well, Direct, Anyway

It was while she was in grad school that Kirsten decided on her philosophy of life: tell it like it is. She won some friends; she lost some friends; she was always true to herself. Even now, several decades later, she shoots from

You have the ability to analyse and solve any problem.

The Girls Usually Get Their Man

The McTavish family made it a policy to employ the best money could buy; Jax Blorgan had tracked many a wayward McTavish in the past. Dixie, Divine, and Dimples had never let Jax down before. They had the scent of the

You have the ability to analyse and solve any problem.

The Girls Usually Get Their Man

The McTavish family made it a policy to employ the best money could buy; Jax Blorgan had tracked many a wayward McTavish in the past. Dixie, Divine, and Dimples had never let Jax down before. They had the scent of the

More Odd Fellows

I plan to return to the old port town! Got my vast pile of collage materials in standby mode. Trying now to remember posting process. (Thanks, MuddyBeasts, for the post!)  

More Odd Fellows

I plan to return to the old port town! Got my vast pile of collage materials in standby mode. Trying now to remember posting process. (Thanks, MuddyBeasts, for the post!)  

One backward glance

Don’t pursue happiness; create it

The DeFiorini sisters – three of them – waited anxiously by the rail, scanning the crowd, hoping to glimpse a familiar face. The sun was setting and the ship was set to sail on the evening tide. On every deck, crew members

One backward glance

Don’t pursue happiness; create it

The DeFiorini sisters – three of them – waited anxiously by the rail, scanning the crowd, hoping to glimpse a familiar face. The sun was setting and the ship was set to sail on the evening tide. On every deck, crew members

A Jack of a different kidney

Always a Jack

The was always a Jack at the Hotel Garamond, from the first. Some of the Jacks were suave; the twins, romance and heartbreak, often traveled in their wake. Some of the Jacks were scruffy; Garamond guests often discovered that the very person

A Jack of a different kidney

Always a Jack

The was always a Jack at the Hotel Garamond, from the first. Some of the Jacks were suave; the twins, romance and heartbreak, often traveled in their wake. Some of the Jacks were scruffy; Garamond guests often discovered that the very person

Royal visitors and royal secrets

Where the bodies are buried…

Whether it was Jack and the Twigleys who (in saving themselves that dark and stormy night) or the black sheep Armbrewster McTavitt and even blacker sheep Melvinster Garamond who (in losing the wine, the remains of the ship, and nearly their skins cheating

Royal visitors and royal secrets

Where the bodies are buried…

Whether it was Jack and the Twigleys who (in saving themselves that dark and stormy night) or the black sheep Armbrewster McTavitt and even blacker sheep Melvinster Garamond who (in losing the wine, the remains of the ship, and nearly their skins cheating

Armbrewster McTavitt

A different explanation altogether

The wine survived, of that there is no doubt. And Jack Primero and the Twigley brothers lived to tell their tale of dark and stormy struggles… But a contrary opinion to that esposed by Beasle, Boyle and especially Throckmorton held

Armbrewster McTavitt

A different explanation altogether

The wine survived, of that there is no doubt. And Jack Primero and the Twigley brothers lived to tell their tale of dark and stormy struggles… But a contrary opinion to that esposed by Beasle, Boyle and especially Throckmorton held

Jack Tierce

One possible explanation

On the morning after that dark and stormy night, when the bright morning light gave away no hint of the terrible terribleness of the preceding hours, Jack and the Twigley brothers set about taking stock of the situation. The very

Jack Tierce

One possible explanation

On the morning after that dark and stormy night, when the bright morning light gave away no hint of the terrible terribleness of the preceding hours, Jack and the Twigley brothers set about taking stock of the situation. The very

Montgomery Fortescue McTavitt

The pursuit commences

Montgomery Fortescue McTavitt was waiting. He’d been waiting, since 9:00, in one of the small salons provided by the Hotel Garamond to its elite customers. He was waiting for his nephew, Archibald, and Montgomery F. McTavitt did not like to wait.

Montgomery Fortescue McTavitt

The pursuit commences

Montgomery Fortescue McTavitt was waiting. He’d been waiting, since 9:00, in one of the small salons provided by the Hotel Garamond to its elite customers. He was waiting for his nephew, Archibald, and Montgomery F. McTavitt did not like to wait.

Aloysius McTavitt

Wisdom of age and impetuosity of youth

Aloysius McTavitt sighed. His little cousin Maudie… or rather, Tallulah, could be such a handful. In her presence, he sometimes found it difficult to remember the lessons of self-control that he’d mastered during his years in silent retreat.

Aloysius McTavitt

Wisdom of age and impetuosity of youth

Aloysius McTavitt sighed. His little cousin Maudie… or rather, Tallulah, could be such a handful. In her presence, he sometimes found it difficult to remember the lessons of self-control that he’d mastered during his years in silent retreat.

Bruce and the Bongo Bay Beach Band

A different approach and a secret weapon

Bruce and the Bongo Bay Beach Band took a far more laid back approach to the audition for the slot of house band at the Garamond. Bruce figured they might as well have some fun with the gig. Plus, they

Bruce and the Bongo Bay Beach Band

A different approach and a secret weapon

Bruce and the Bongo Bay Beach Band took a far more laid back approach to the audition for the slot of house band at the Garamond. Bruce figured they might as well have some fun with the gig. Plus, they

Tibbonacci Trio

Handsomeness, cubed

Oh, the ladies go wild when the Tibonacci Trio begin to sing. Soon, the stage floor is littered with flowers… and the occasional key to a discreet suite at the Hotel Garamond.

Tibbonacci Trio

Handsomeness, cubed

Oh, the ladies go wild when the Tibonacci Trio begin to sing. Soon, the stage floor is littered with flowers… and the occasional key to a discreet suite at the Hotel Garamond.

Wister Sisters

House band at the Garamond

Competition promises to be fierce in the auditions for a new house band in the bar at the Hotel Garamond. Ambrose and Baxter are not sure that the sophisticated stylings of the Warbling Wister Sisters are quite the ticket. They

Wister Sisters

House band at the Garamond

Competition promises to be fierce in the auditions for a new house band in the bar at the Hotel Garamond. Ambrose and Baxter are not sure that the sophisticated stylings of the Warbling Wister Sisters are quite the ticket. They

It tasted sweet.

Revenge is…

Tallulah McTavitt was not happy. As far as she could tell, Cousin Oswald had let her down. First, he’d promised luxury transport to convey her to the Hotel Garamond, and it had becoming increasingly clear, as day edged into night,

It tasted sweet.

Revenge is…

Tallulah McTavitt was not happy. As far as she could tell, Cousin Oswald had let her down. First, he’d promised luxury transport to convey her to the Hotel Garamond, and it had becoming increasingly clear, as day edged into night,

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him

Come hither, go lightly

There were many things that Constable Benhardie liked about being a member of the force in the old port town. He liked the shiny buttons on his smart uniform even if the department issue shoes were clunky old-fashioned brogues. He

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him

Come hither, go lightly

There were many things that Constable Benhardie liked about being a member of the force in the old port town. He liked the shiny buttons on his smart uniform even if the department issue shoes were clunky old-fashioned brogues. He