Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a word challenge meme which she calls “Words for Wednesday”.

She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem.

I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:

1. utopian
2. plagiarism
3. necktie
4. automatic
5. spinster
6. devout

1. navigation
2. tribulation
3. propagation
4. explanation
5. sensation
6. adulation

I have used only the first set of words today, the second set requires a little more attention.

Here is my story:

 Mr Giles adjusted his necktie as he boomed at his class. 
"You are to write 700 to 1000 words on a utopian society set in the future. Plagiarism is forbidden! This is a writing course, not a copying course!" 
Here he glanced at Roger Stanley whose last essay had earned him an F-, being copied almost exclusively from chapters of several of his spinster Aunt Alice's romance novels. 

"An automated society where everything is automatic?"asked Bob Juwett.
"Anything you like," said Mr Giles, "as long as it isn't copied. I want to see what your imaginations are capable of."

"What about the Bible? Can we use that as inspiration?" asked Jesse Richardson. His mother was a devout Catholic who believed in nightly Bible readings.

"The Bible is history," said Mr Giles, "it tells of centuries past. But if you can use it to base a futuristic utopian society tale, I'd like to read that. But no direct quotes please. The no plagiarism is the strictest point this time."

The class sat silent for a change and Mr Giles could see several minds already turning things over.

He tapped the blackboard to get their attention again. 
"You have from now until the end of term and then I want to see twenty completed essays on my desk. No excuses allowed. End of term is eight weeks away, that's plenty of time."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Book quote:  "It isn't good to hold on too hard to the past. You can't spend your whole life looking back. Not even when you can't see what lies ahead. All you can do is keep on keeping on, and try to believe that tomorrow will be what it should be - even if it isn't what you expected."

Today's Thought: Food

I tried a new recipe last month, Mushroom and Lentil Bolognaise. It was in the Sunday paper, or maybe the Saturday one, I don't remember which.
Anyway the first few ingredients are: one brown onion, coarsely chopped; one carrot peeled and coarsely chopped; one celery stick, coarsely chopped, two garlic cloves, halved.

There are more ingredients, but never mind those for now.

We read down to Step One.
Which says: "process the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped, (but not paste)"

Really? why not just chop them finely in the first place? It will take a little longer, but at the end, all you have to wash is a knife and a chopping board.
With their method, you have to wash a knife, a chopping board and the food processor!

So I chopped finely, because I don't have a food processor, but I do have plenty of time; cooked as instructed, and it wasn't too bad, but definitely something I never wanted to make again. 

I halved all the ingredient amounts to begin with, so there wouldn't be too much to throw away if I didn't like it.
So I threw away what I didn't eat, and also threw away the recipe, which means I can't print it here for anyone who might like to try it. 
Sorry about that.
I remember some of the other ingredients, tomato paste, tomato puree, vegetable stock, french green lentils, but not the amounts or the cooking method.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whimsical Wednesday # 146

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend.

Express? I wonder how long it took him to hobble over to the chair?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

yes I know it's Time-Out Tuesday so I'm not really here....

Here's an example of stuff I wrote back in September 2010


I like warm things.
Hot chocolate.
Hot coffee.
Hot showers.
Heat from the heater in winter.
Snuggling under the doona.
Early spring days when the sun begins to warm these old bones.
When I sit outside in the old lawn chair, soaking it up.

Late autumn, ditto.
Hats, jackets, scarves, fluffy bedsocks, hot water bottles.
Hot apple pie.

You'd think then, that with all this loving of warmth, I'd be looking forward to summer.
Hot days. Searing hot days.
Hot buildings, hot roadways, (blisteringly hot if you like to walk barefoot....not a good idea), even the air is hot.
I should be happy, right?

Not so.

It's an entirely different sort of heat. Unrelenting. Never ending. All of those words that mean eternal. Ceaseless. Constant. Perpetual. (Let's not mention the glare, the headache inducing glare).

Heat not of my own choosing.
And this last one, I suppose, is the problem.
In the other seasons, I can choose my heat level.I can adjust the heater.
I can add or subtract layers of clothing to be comfortable.

In the summer, none of this is possible.
Except for the airconditioner that I now have, (which only heats or cools one room), regulating of my personal heat level is near impossible.

Icy cold drink? Cools you down, yes, but not for long.
Cool showers? Same.
Kick the doona off the bed? Makes no difference. The mattress is warm from my body. Hmpf!
Here's where a frozen hot water bottle helps.

As for subtracting layers of clothing.....well, there's only so many layers one can remove and still remain decently covered.
When the air itself remains hot for weeks at a time, months even, comfort is hard to achieve.
Clearly I can't simply stay in my living room for the next 3-4 months.

There's work to go to, (thankfully the store is airconditioned), people to visit, shopping trips, often on buses with no aircon, (or buses that are so icily cold I'm wishing for a blanket), one way or another, I must be out and about.

So I'm very grateful right now, to whichever gods are responsible, for the cooler, sometimes rainy days we are getting, as we ease into the summer.
Each hot day so far has been bearable because I knew a cooler day was on the horizon.
I'm hoping the weather continues this way for quite some time.

Maybe until next winter?

Monday, October 20, 2014

mini pumpkins

here's the verdict on the mini pumpkins.

There's not a lot of flesh inside and what there is, is quite stringy once cooked, so I wouldn't recommend eating them.

I'd say they were bred to be hollowed out and carved as mini jack'o'lanterns. 
I thought as much when I bought them, my opinion being based purely on their shape, but at least now I know for certain.

The question now is:
what to do with the one and a half pumpkins I have left?
Do birds eat pumpkin?
Can I carve it up into bits and put them in the garden for the birds?
Would the lizards enjoy nibbling on them?

how times change

I started this blog way back in May 2010 and just now I was searching those first posts for something I'd written and I am really surprised by how chatty I was back then. 

It seemed I had something to say almost every day. 
Natter, natter, natter...someone shut her up please!

So what's happened to me?
I'm so quiet these days. I have my Sunday Selections which is mostly photos, my Musical Mondays with a video from you tube, Whimsical Wednesdays with a googled funny etc, but there's not much of "me" in all of those. 

Even last year and earlier this year I was out and about with my camera and telling you all about it with photos, but still, mostly photos. No "me". No chattering about my opinions. I do a little of that now, on Thursdays. But not much.

Perhaps it's because I don't get out much, I no longer go to work and going anywhere at all usually requires at least one bus ride, sometimes two, one bus to the city, another to where I'm going, which doesn't seem like a problem, but factor in the time spent waiting at bus stops to get anywhere, then more waiting at bus stops to get home again. 
Leaving the house just doesn't seem so appealing with all that standing around and waiting time.

Even more time, (much more time), is spent simply resizing photos and adding the blog name, so I can use them in posts. By the time I get done with  a day's worth of camera shots, it's too late and I'm too tired to think of something chatty to write. 

So there it is. The blog is here, but "me" is not. I'm going to have to put in more effort.

Want an example of how I used to be? Zip down to my archives and take a walk through 2010. 

Musical Monday # 30

Musical Monday 

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.

I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 

I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.

Today’s clip is: Gene Pitney

I Wanna Love My Life Away.

Another golden oldie.