Original Short Fiction: "Lemon Pepper"
From Jiggery-Jee's Eden Valley Stories: When is running out lemon pepper a good thing? Miss Fuzzy Bunny fusses and fusses about running out of lemon pepper, but in the end her running out of lemon pepper might have saved a life.
Miss Fuzzy Bunny Fusses over Running out of Lemon Pepper
Miss Fuzzy Bunny opened the pantry and discovered that she was out of lemon pepper. She said to Jiggery-Jee, “Did you know we have no lemon pepper? How will we ever spice the baked spinach? I had my heart set on baked spinach for supper, and now I see that we have no lemon pepper to spice the baked spinach. Oh, my—and I’m sure the General Everything Store is closed by now. Jiggery-Jee, whatever will we do without lemon pepper to spice the baked spinach?”
“Don’t worry, Miss Fuzzy Bunny, I’ll dash over to Mr. Cat Fink’s house and ask Mr. Rat Narby if he has some. I’m sure he will be glad to let us borrow some lemon pepper. Don’t fret. I’ll be right back.”
“Oh, but I hate for you to have to drive all the way over there. It’s all my fault. I went to the market yesterday, and I just plumb forgot that I was low on lemon pepper.”
“It’s no bother. I don’t mind doing it.”
Miss Fuzzy Bunny Continues to Fuss
“But you are so busy nowadays with the classes you are taking and your new job at the library. I should be more careful so you don’t have to waste your time on things like this. And I know you have a test tomorrow. I’m so sorry, Jiggery-Jee, I am just so sorry.” Tears formed in Miss Fuzzy Bunny’s eyes.
“Please, Miss Fuzzy Bunny—you are making way too much out of this. I could use a break from studying. I’ll enjoy the drive over to Fink’s and Narby’s. I haven’t seen either one of them for several weeks. And I heard that Mr. Rat Narby is courting a lady over in Tulip Ridge. Maybe I can catch up on what’s going on over there. So you see, I really do welcome the interruption.”
“Well, if you’re sure. But I still feel so bad about forgetting the lemon pepper.”
“It’s all right. I’ll be back before you can break up the string beans.” And then Jiggery-Jee set out to borrow some lemon pepper for Miss Fuzzy Bunny’s baked spinach.
Miss Fuzzy Bunny Breaks up the Beans
After Jiggery-Jee left, Miss Fuzzy Bunny gathered up her basket of beans and a bowl for the broken beans and a paper sack for the strings, and she went out and sat on the front porch swing to enjoy the warm afternoon breezes while she broke up the beans.
A Visit from Deputy Sheriff Dodge
Miss Fuzzy Bunny hadn’t broken half the beans before she noticed someone coming through the gate. She didn’t recognize the person right away and wondered who could be visiting her at this hour. As the visitor drew closer, she realized that it was Deputy Sheriff Jane Dodge. She couldn’t imagine why the deputy would be visiting her.
“Miss Fuzzy Bunny, I have some bad news for you. Jiggery-Jee asked me to come tell you that Mr. Cat Fink is in Feline Medical Facility; seems he’s had a mild heart attack. Mr. Rat Narby had gone to Tulip Ridge, and lucky for Mr. Cat Fink, Jiggery-Jee showed up in time to get him to the hospital.”
Running out of Lemon Pepper a Good Thing
“Oh, my, is Mr. Cat Fink going to be all right?” asked Miss Fuzzy Bunny.
“I don’t know all the details, but Jiggery-Jee told me to tell you not to worry; he thinks Mr. Cat Fink will be fine. Oh, yeah, Jiggery-Jee sent you this lemon pepper, and he said to tell you that it was a good thing you ran out. And he said he’d be home as soon as Mr. Cat Fink is resting comfortably. Well, I’d better be going. Have a good day, Miss Fuzzy Bunny.”
“Thank you, Deputy Jane, for the message and the lemon pepper.”
Lemon Pepper 2
Linda Sue Grimes at the SRF Windmill Chapel, Lake Shrine
Life Sketch of Linda Sue Grimes
The following original poem captures the tranquility of my favorite meditation place in Los Angeles, California, the Windmill Chapel at Self-Realization Fellowship's Lake Shrine.
The Windmill Chapel
In the temple of silence
By the lake, we sit
In stillness, meditating
In divine Bliss.
Returning to our daily minds,
We walk out into the sunshine,
And the flowers greet us.
The Literary Life
Born Linda Sue Richardson on January 7, 1946, to Bert and Helen Richardson in Richmond, Indiana, Linda Sue grew up about eight miles south of Richmond in a rustic setting near the Ohio border.
After graduating from Centerville Senior High School in Centerville, Indiana, in 1964, Linda Sue Grimes completed her baccalaureate degree with a major in German at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1967. She married Ronald Grimes on March 10, 1973.
As a writer, Grimes focuses on poetry, short fiction, politics, spirituality, and vegan/vegetarian cooking, which results in her original veggie recipes.
Although music was her first love, Grimes considers herself primarily a literary specialist as she creates her own poetry, studies the poetry and literary arts of classic writers, and writes commentaries about classic poems.
However, Grimes does continue to express her love of music by writing her own original songs, which she records, accompanying herself on guitar or keyboard. She shares her musical compositions at SOUNDCLOUD.
After completing the PhD degree in British, American, and World Literature with a cognate in Rhetoric/Composition at Ball State University in 1987, Grimes taught English composition in the English Department at BSU as a contractual assistant professor from 1987 until 1999.
Grimes has published poems in many literary journals, including Sonoma Mandala, Rattle, and The Bellingham Review. She has published three books of poems: Singing in the Silence, Command Performance, and Turtle Woman & Other Poems, and a book of fables titled Jiggery-Jee's Eden Valley Stories.
Grimes published her first cookbook in the spring of 2013, titled The Rustic Veggie-Table: 100 Vegan Recipes. She is working on a second cookbook and her fourth book of poems.
Currently, at Owlcation, Grimes (Maya Shedd Temple) posts her poetry commentaries. On LetterPile, she shares her creative writing of poems and short fiction, along with prose commentaries on each piece. She posts recipes resulting from her experimental cooking of vegan/vegetarian dishes. on Delishably. She posts her politically focused pieces at Soapboxie, and her commentaries focusing on music at Spinditty. Pieces on the writing process appear at Hobbylark.
Linda Sue Grimes has been a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda and a member of his organization, Self-Realization Fellowship, since 1978. A Kriyaban since 1979, she has completed the four Kriya Initiations, and she continues to study the teachings and practice the yoga techniques as taught by the great spiritual leader, who is considered to be the "Father of Yoga in the West."
Grimes practices the chants taught by the guru accompanying herself on the harmonium. She serves at her local SRF Meditation Group as one of the chant leaders.
Online Literary Presence
In addition to the contributions of her literary works to Owlcation, LetterPile, and SOUNDCLOUD, Grimes also curates her original creative literary pieces at her literary home, Maya Shedd Temple, on Medium, where she features her creative writing without commentaries. Grimes also maintains an additional online presence on Facebook and Twitter.
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