8 February 2019

Published February 6, 2019 by rochellewisoff

 

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When I saw this picture, I decided it was the perfect time to rerun one of my favorites. Some of you might remember this one from four and a half years ago. 

Genre: Hysterical Fiction

Word Count: 100

FIRE IN THE HOLE

            Two months ago my husband bought a dehydrator, a nifty gadget that reduces ten pounds of apples to less than a pound of mummified slices in a matter of hours.

            “Think of the money we’ll save,” said Jeff. 

            “Seriously?” I rolled my eyes.

             The final straw came when he dehydrated jalapeños.

            A short time later the dog begged to be let out. With my howling baby tucked under one arm and a handkerchief over my stinging nose I blindly kicked open the front door.

            It took a week to fumigate the house. It’ll take longer to let Jeff back in.

                       

150 comments on “8 February 2019

  • Funny story. I’m inordinately fond of lethal chiles (seven pot, ghost, etc) and often fry them up in my morning eggs. If I forget to turn on the vent hood, it’s like somebody tear gassed the kitchen. There’s this guy in Louisiana who has a peppers by mail business called peppersbymail.com if Jeff is interested. 😉

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    She should not complain. Jeff uses “sissy” peppers… in my house, the dehydrator is used for ghosts, reapers and other lethal-sounding names. Lemme tell you when he uses MY spice grinder for HIS peppers? I cannot express the level of pain my eyes and nose go through.

    Shalom and Losta love and giggles for this one!

    Dale

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  • Killer last line, Rochelle! We used to make chilli vodka – that’s a killer too.

    You asked about the sequel to A Volcanic Race – it’s called Wolf Pack and I published it before Christmas! See my blog page for the link X

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  • You know how the Universe has a really good sense of humor (or so I think)? Because just now I get an email from a different friend of mine (who is looking to incorporate more healthy foods, and to do so as frugally as possible), where she sent me this link and asked if I heard about this brand and what I think about her getting this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Excalibur-3926TW-Dehydrator-Temperature-Dehydration/dp/B008OJZRIE/
    😀
    I wonder whether I should recommend that she and her hubby sign a pre-dehydrator-agreement that will detail and specify what it CANNOT be used for … 😉
    Here’s to synchronicity. Life’s too funny!
    Na’ama

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    • Dear Abhijit,

      I love the flavor of Jalapeños, too. However when dehydrated in quantity in an enclosure as small as our house it’s no longer flavor. It’s noxious, eye stinging, lung burning gas. 😉 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Oy! So many comments; I always wish yours were in last to first order! :-p Funny glimpse at a very real domestic moment. These things happen in so many homes, and are the fabric of real life. Love the way you played it out, with details like the baby and dog. I think the use of “broke” with final straw, might be replaced with “came.” For me, as a reader, the word broke pulled me out for a second to remember the rest of that phrase. As always, fun storytelling, Rochelle!

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    • Dear Dawn,

      I’m not sure putting the comments in reverse order would make that much difference. It seems the comment box would still be at the bottom.
      As for the broken straw. I’m pondering. I was probably thinking of the straw the broke the camel’s back. 😉 Of course, I didn’t have enough words for that. You might have something there. 😀 Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • I knew you meant straw that broke the camel’s back, but that’s why it pulled me out. As for comments… I thought that if you have most recent first, the comment box does stay that the top?? Hmm, now I have to go figure that one out. 😉

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  • Dear Gertrude Lythgoe W(T)F,

    Clever story, and humorous too. (You get double Green Stamps for that, but only on Thursdays). I wonder is the pepper fumes also cleansed the house of insects & mice. If so, Jeff might go into the pest exterminator business.

    Harvey “Wallbanger” Mosquito

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    • Dear Harvey “Wallbanger” Mosquito,

      Jeff is considering your suggestion. We’ll get back to you. Some things are just funny and must be told and retold. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe W(T)F

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Poor little dog!

    I can tell you from experience that you don’t have to dehydrate Jalapeno peppers to get the full killer effect of the Capsaicin. Just prepping for canning (capping, seeding then rinsing them over the sink) had a similar effect on me and my kitchen’s atmosphere. Oh, and I should have worn gloves too!

    Peace,
    Lynda

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    Muy caliente … 😳 no es para mi.
    Funny … Funny … Funny … good one mi amiga.
    I’m surprised the paint didn’t peel off the walls. LOL
    Have a good weekend …
    Abrazos y carino .. Shalom,
    Isadora 😎
    ps – boo – hoo no ‘Like’ button still. It works at times and then nada.
    Too tired to figure it out but me gusto.

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  • I remember this piece from back then. But in the intervening years we have also acquired a dehydrator. Fortunately we have stuck with Strawberries and Mangoes that fill the room with a most pleasant aroma. Hmm jalapeños, wonder if I can push my luck with that?

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    • Dear Subroto,

      If you’re going to dehydrate jalapeños, might I suggest you do it outside? Amazing that Friday Fictioneers is still going strong after all this time, isn’t it? Glad you’ve been with us long enough to remember my story’s first go-around. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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