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Daily Prompt: The Elevator Episode


Daily Prompt: Elevator

Fiction writers: You’re stuck in an elevator with an intriguing stranger. Write this scene.

Non-fiction writers: You’re stuck in an elevator with a person from your past. Write this scene.

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It was a cold rainy evening.  She had forgotten her umbrella that was tucked in the trunk of her car as she ran for the door of her office building.  She only needed to pick up a few papers and would work on the materials at home.  It was no great task to just grab them and go.  The cleaning crew would be there so she would not be alone.  She felt secure in this building as she had worked there for many years now.  As she approached the elevator there was a well dressed man standing there.  He was totally dry.  There was no signs of an umbrella.  She thought how odd this was, then brushed the thought aside.

As they boarded the elevator, he held the door for her to allow her to enter first.  She entered, pushed her floor’s button then stepped back.  He proceeded to push his button without turning toward her and faced toward the front.  The doors had closed, yet nothing was moving.  She could feel a slight sense of panic rushing in that she was trying to brush aside.  Something did not feel right.  

She stepped forward and pushed the button for her floor again.  Still nothing.  She pressed the emergency button.  There were no sounds.  No alarms.  The stranger was awkwardly very silent and motionless.  She could feel her heart pounding faster.  Her breathing was becoming a bit more rapid and she was beginning to feel a bit faint.  

Her mind began to race with thoughts of panic.  If he killed her no one would know till morning.  What had she been thinking to get on the elevator with a stranger.  Why hadn’t she taken the stairs like she always did.  Now her life might be in danger.  In the hands of a total stranger who with one blow could wipe out her entire existence.  

She thought of how she could defend herself.  She had left her purse in the car.  She could not even be identified.  Thoughts of the last time she had told her family that she loved them flashed before her eyes.  

As she opened her eyes, she could feel the sweat pouring across her brow.  It was not just rain.  She had worked herself into a tizzy.  It was only a dream.

Relieved to find herself in her own bed, her own blankets and pillows surrounding her.  She had never left the comfort of her own apartment.  What could this dream have meant?  

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One thing was totally clear to her from the dream, tomorrow she was definitely taking the stairs at work.

Here are what other Daily Prompt Writers had to say on this subject:

  1. The Elevator Speech | Marriage in Limbo: The In-Between State
  2. Daily Prompt: Elevator | Basically Beyond Basic
  3. Inside my Crazy head.. | amateurxpress
  4. The Daily Prompt: Elevator | Postcards from
  5. Years Apart | Travellin’ Thru Rambles
  6. The Thirteenth Floor (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  7. Elevators… | The Onlookers
  8. Daily Prompt: Elevator « Mama Bear Musings
  9. Listen to me? | thoughtsofrkh
  10. I’m Sorry | May Cause Irritation
  11. Daily Prompt: Elevator | Of Glass & Paper
  12. A Day to Never Forget… | With Seasons Changes
  13. What A Stranger/Psychopath Taught Me [SHORT STORY] | Ramisa the Authoress
  14. How I Treated a Childhood Crush | Recis Dempayos
  15. Going Up? « The Robotic Hermit
  16. Stuck in a lift | Geek Ergo Sum
  17. Daily Prompt: The Elevator | Staying in Focus
  18. Peeing Yourself when Trapped in an Elevator | A Little Bit Stronger
  19. Stuck | Tony’s Texts
  20. Love. Life. | Doing Charity Work While Stuck in an Elevator
  21. The Elavator | TheLifeandTimesofaMom
  22. Elevator: Meeting Mrs Cocks | Khana’s Web
  23. Coming Together | Travellin’ Thru Rambles
  24. Daily Prompt: Elevator | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  25. Dead Space | Daily Prompt: Elevator | mattsden101
  26. Long Thoughts in the Elevator | A Fanatic Novice
  27. Monologue | Spunky Wayfarer
  28. Daily Prompt: Elevator | Moments In Your Life
  29. Elevator | Michael Writes
  30. The Elevator Bear Hug | Donbury Pond
  31. 709: Daily Prompt : Elevator : “Forgiveness” | SEVEN Hundred 50
  32. Going Up? | Get Write Down To It
  33. Daily Prompt: Elevator | Talker Huge
  34. Elevator | Tessa Sheppard
  35. Daily Prompt: Elevator | A Healthy Big Gurl
  36. Floor 13…Daily Prompt | Blame It On My Wild Heart

Thank you for reading.  I hope you enjoyed my twist on this prompt.

Tammye Honey

 


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OH Brother Gazebo Here we come


My hubby was rattling my case about buying toys and not using them regularly.  To me this is the pot that called the kettle black.  I have not seen him in his work shop building in almost a year. Our Gazebo was destroyed during a storm that partially destroyed it last month then last night was wipe out.  The only thing that we salvaged was the net zip up screens and the very tip top, as well as a few tiny shelves that were inside of the gazebo.  The remainder was bent and twisted beyond recognition.

My Idea:  Build a new one out of wood that is treated lumber.  That is stronger and will withstand the storms.

Home Depot and Lowe’s  DYI Projects to the rescue:

Home Depot DIY Weekend Project

The detail lacked a bit here and I really did think that it did not have everything included compared to the other one that I have enclosed….

Lowe’s DIY Weekend Project


Construction Note

These instructions are for a basic pergola with square rafter ends. You may alter the design and cut shapes in the rafter ends for a more decorative effect.

Example Dimensions:

  • The deck has 2 x 8 joists 16 in. on center (OC).
  • The pergola will be 8 ft. square with 4 x 4 posts, doubled 2 x 8 beams, 2 x 6 rafters 24 in. OC and 2 x 6 bracing blocks 24 in. OC.
Check with your local building authorities before beginning to find out if any permits are required. Whether joists are set 12″, 16″ or 24″ OC there will always be joists at multiples of 48″OC.

Laying Out the Site

Laying Out the Site

Follow the steps below to lay out the site for your pergola.
Step 1Determine the approximate area where you want the pergola. Locate a deck joist at one of the corners and mark the decking flush with the inside edge of the joist (mark 1). Measure 8 ft. along the joist and make another mark (mark 2). Snap a chalk line between the two marks flush with the inside edge of the joist.
Step 2Partially drive a 6d nail into the decking at mark 1. Tie mason’s cord to the nail and pull it perpendicular to the chalk line. Use the following method to square the cord with the chalk line.

3, 4, 5 Method: Measure 3 ft. along the chalk line and mark, measure 4 ft. along the cord and mark it, then adjust the cord until the distance between the two marks is 5 ft. (see Figure A above).

Measure 94 1/2 in. along the mason’s cord and make a mark (mark 3). Snap a chalk line between mark 3 and mark 1.
Step 3Repeat step 2 from mark 2 to locate mark 4.
Step 4Marks 3 and 4 should be flush with the inside edge of a deck joist. Snap a chalk line between marks 3 and 4, flush with the inside edge of the deck joist (see top view of Image B above).
Step 5Stand a small piece of 4 x 4 on the decking at mark 1. Align the outside edges of the 4 x 4 with the chalk lines. Trace the other two sides of the 4 x 4 onto the decking. Use a jig saw or a reciprocating saw to cut out the hole for the 4 x 4. (see Image C) Perform the same steps at marks 2, 3 and 4.


Setting the Posts and Beams

Setting the Posts and Beams

The steps below will help you set the posts and beams for your pergola.
Step 1Have a helper slide a 10 ft. 4 x 4 post into the hole at mark 1. Align the bottom of the post flush with the bottom of the deck joist, while the helper holds it plumb. Drill two offset 1/2 in. holes through the post and the joist. (Offsetting the holes helps maintain the strength of your framing members.) Secure the post to the joist with 6 in. x 1/2 in. carriage bolts (see image). Set the posts at marks 2, 3 and 4 the same way.
Step 2Measure up 8 ft. 6 in. from the top of the decking on post 1 and mark it. Use a water level to transfer the mark on post 1 to the other posts. Cut each post off at the marks.
Step 3Square two 10 ft. 2 x 8s and cut them to 10 ft. exactly. Screw the 10 ft. 2 x 8s together flush. The fasteners should be in rows of three, spaced approximately 24 in. apart and driven in from alternate sides to ensure the boards don’t separate.
Step 4Measure the distance from the outside of post 1 to the outside of post 3 and subtract that number from 120 in. (The length of the doubled 2 x 8 beam).
Step 5Divide the difference from above by 2, to determine the overhang of the beam at each post.
Step 6Measure in from each end of the beam and mark for the overhang.

Example:

Outside of post 1 to the outside of post 3 = 94 1/2 in.

120 in. – 94 1/2 in. = 25 1/2 in.

25 1/2 in. divided by 2 = 12 3/4 in.

The beam overhang on each side of the posts is 12 3/4 in.

Set the beam with the top of the beam flush with the tops of posts 1 and 3. Also align the overhang marks flush with the outsides of the posts. At each post, drill two 1/2 in. offset holes through the beam and post. Secure the beam to the posts with 7 in. x 1/2 in. carriage bolts (see image above). Set a second beam on posts 2 and 4.


Setting the Rafters

Setting the Rafters

These steps will allow you to set the rafters properly on your pergola.
Step 1Set the rafters 24 in. OC. Find and mark the center of each beam. Measure from the center of the beam and mark it every 24 in. You should have five marks on each beam, one in the center and two on each side. The marks represent the centers of the rafters (see top view of image).
Step 2Measure the distance between the beams from outside face to outside face and add 12 in. The extra 12 in. allows the rafters a 6 in. overhang at each beam. Cut five 2 x 6s to length.

Example:

The distance from outside face to outside face of the beams is 102 in.

102 in. + 12 in. = 114 in.

The rafters should be cut to 114 in.
Step 3Center the rafters on the marks and screw them to the beams. The rafters should overhang each beam by 6 in.


Installing Brace Blocks

Installing Brace Blocks

Use the following steps to add the brace blocks to your pergola and complete the finishing touches.
Step 1Measure between the rafters and cut brace blocks from 2 x 6 boards (for rafters 24 in. OC the braces should measure approximately 22 1/2 in.).
Number the rafters from left to right (see Image A above).
Step 2Measure 10 in. back from the inside face of the beam along rafters 1 and 2 and mark them. Continue measuring and marking the left side rafters 24 in. OC. You should have four sets of marks.

Secure the bracing blocks between the rafters.
Step 3Go to the next set of rafters (Rafters 2 and 3) and measure from the inside face of the beam 13 in. and mark each rafter. Then make marks 24 in. OC and install brace blocks. Between rafters 3 and 4 mark and install brace blocks as you did between rafters 1 and 2. Between rafters 4 and 5 mark and install brace blocks as you did between rafters 2 and 3. Offsetting the brace blocks allows you screw through the rafter into the end of the brace block instead of toenailing (see Image B above).
Step 4Stain and seal the pergola to match the deck.

Tomorrow is Our Three Year Wedding Anniversary.  What a great gift for hubby to make me… that or a new phone system…hint hint hint….

I had made and sent around 11 personalized pillows to each of our grand children for the Holiday season last December.  I have also been able to do a few local personalized jobs for area residents on items that are unique and local seamstresses will not do.

Now I have ordered more feet from Amazonthat are to arrive any day… so look out world I am about to expand.

Brother Sewing & Embroidery Machine

Viking Husqvarna Sewing Machine

This relic is over 30 yrs old and still going… will sew tent material so jeans are a breeze.  Between the two I am in heaven.  The only problem is with all of my moving I have lost a lot of my attachments for this machine.

Have a great day and keep all your thoughts happy