A Simple Gardening Mishap

The Williams family was happy their new house robot had finally arrived. It had been on back order for days. It was practically unheard of to wait that long for anything besides a cable installation anymore.

The first evening, there was an accident involving two potatoes, a bucket of jellybeans, and a full moon, while the robot, who they family had named Sam, was clearing rocks for the new herb garden. Sam was supposed to pick up each rock, wipe the dirt off the underside, and place it in the wheelbarrow.

When the Williams got up the next morning, Sam was nowhere to be found. A trail of rocks led them six miles down the road, where Sam was diligently picking up rocks, flipping them to wipe the underside, and dropping them.

Try as they might, no one was able to convince Sam to stop. Eventually, Mr. Williams had to call the robotics company to have them pick Sam up for a complete reset. When Sam returned, he never did anything out of the ordinary again.

At least the family had a story to tell–of the robot who could not leave any stone unturned.

Thanks to The Blog Propellant for the idiomatic prompt!

Chores Galore

Sunday’s Daily Prompt:

Congrats — you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

What a lucky robot! He doesn’t really have much to do.

The chore I hate the most is vacuuming. Fortunately, Ian takes care of that.

I don’t mind dishes, or laundry, or cleaning the stove top. I’ll happily fold clothes and match socks. I like the trash roundup–the kitchen trash is the only one that fills regularly, so once a week-ish one of us dumps the remaining six trash cans into a bag to take outside. Wow. We totally have seven trash receptacles in our five rooms. That seems like a lot.


It would be nice to have a robot for pet care, to clean the litter boxes and turtle tank. Ian does these, but I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

Or does it have to be a chore/job specific to me? Hm.

In that case, my robot can certainly spend all his time cutting fabric. I’ll just program in the pattern I need and throw something pretty at him. The pattern-cutting-out part is my least favorite part of sewing. If I had a robot to take care of that, I guarantee I’d sew way more.

Or could I just have a robot hand!?

If you haven’t, you should watch The IT Crowd.