Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Selections # 225

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have a selection of photos NOT taken by me, instead these were taken by the lovely V, who is now my sister-in-law, when she and my brother R were on holiday in Europe a few years ago. 
They are there again right now, on their honeymoon.

These were taken in Hamburg (where I was born) and Bremen.  
I don't know what these buildings and places are, so there is no commentary. 
Although I'm sure some of you will recognise the Bremen Musicians.

I love the old world look of most of these buildings and I'm fairly sure that Harbour is in Bremen.

Friday, May 22, 2015

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?

Delores has been having some computer troubles so our words today come from Elephant's Child and what a selection!

This week's words are:

1. Abracadabra
2. carillon
3. bent
4. glower
5. nuisance
6. smiling

1. reluctant
2. torpedo 
3. sweet
4. growl
5. persistent
6. apple

Lately I've been using these word prompts to add chapters to my Jimmy and Rosa story, but I'm giving them a rest this week. Instead I have chapter two of a story that doesn't yet have a title. 
Chapter One can be found in my archives, search for Friday February 20th 2015

Here is my story:

 Chapter Two

Saturday soon arrived and just after lunch Mum arrived with Joan following in her minivan. They began unloading boxes and I rushed out to help. Cardboard cartons labelled hats, cloaks, wands, cauldrons, there were so many! I began feeling excited about Sally's party again. Mum introduced me, "Joan this is my daughter Leah," and I saw straight away that Joan and I would be friends.

I called Sally in from the backyard as we stacked boxes in the living room. I'd had a talk with her last night about the problems we were facing and she'd said she understood, but wondered why daddy's boss didn't believe him when he said he didn't steal the money. I'd said that sometimes people tell lies about other people and daddy had just got caught in the middle. Things would get sorted out, but we weren't allowed to use much money while the police did their job. 

As we opened boxes and exclaimed with delight at the contents, Joan said "my neighbour Chris has a son, Jason, he's about thirty, he works in children's party entertainment, the company is called "Party Magic" and I've invited him over to discuss things, is that okay with you?"
"Yes of course," I said, "is he on his way now?"

"Yes, he'll be here soon, he lives just two houses away from me, but had to stop for petrol."
Sally was practically jumping out of her skin with excitement, she'd been listening to every word.
When we had every box opened, we moved ourselves to the kitchen for a cup of tea while we waited for Jason. We'd no sooner sat down with our cups than Sally came running in. "Mum! there's a car in the driveway, looks like that one from the Munsters!"

"That will be Jason," said Joan, smiling. "He drives that to all the parties he does, it helps to get kids in the mood for magic, he says. He calls it his Abracadabra Machine and the horn is a Carillon sound, little kids love it." 

I let Jason into the house and found hime to be friendly and polite. Sally loved him straight away, I could see he got on well with kids. He asked first how many children were expected and Sally answered, "I wanted the whole class, but some kids can't come, their mums won't let them, and Barry Johnson has got chicken pox, so just my best friends. There's Ann C and Ann B, Maddy, Leonard, Christopher, Sean, Summer, Gail, Michael, he's Maddy's twin brother, and Ricky." She started counting on her fingers. "That's eleven kids and me, ha ha we're a dozen, like a carton of eggs!" 

I reminded Sally her party wasn't for three weeks yet, Barry would be better by then, we just had to hope none of the other kids caught chicken pox. That would be a nuisance and would really torpedo the plans. She glowered at me and pretended to growl. "Don't say that mum, you'll jinx us!"

Mum said, "If they all have chicken pox, we'll just hold a chicken pox party! Problem solved."

Jason said "a dozen kids is what we call a medium sized party, easily handled." Now Mrs. Patterson, I understand you aren't hiring us to cater, just asking for advice and tips?"
"Yes, we're severely restricted with our budget right now, what I really was hoping for was just someone who could do a few magic tricks for the kids and be happy getting paid with birthday cake."

Sally said," Daddy's in trouble at work and the police said we can't use any of our money except for groceries."

Joan said, "I'm sorry Leah, Alison told me a little and I thought Jason should know from the start you wouldn't be hiring him."

"That's okay," I said, "it's better to have things out in the open."

"As it turns out, I can help with that too," said Jason. "We have a storeroom with old party props that don't get used anymore, I'm sure the boss wouldn't be at all reluctant to let me borrow them. I'm working on a new routine with a new assistant and we could use the practise. This could be a training party for her, we sometimes do those for free until new assistants get the hang of things."

"What do you have in mind?" I asked. 

"Well, first let's have a look at what you have in those boxes, then we'll know what extras you might need. If we get the props and tricks worked out, we can plan the food to co-ordinate with that. Did you want just wizards or will there be witches and fairies and Jeanie and me casting spells and doing abracadbra moments?"
"That sounds wonderful." I said. "Let me get notebooks and pens and we'll start writing things down."

Joan said, "I have mostly Halloween costumes in the boxes, my kids used them for years in Sacramento, some might be a little large but we can take in seams and take up hems, there's a really sweet little fairy outfit that would fit Sally."
"No No," said Sally. "I'm a wizard! I have a costume already."

Jason asked "Do you have any wands? We could have some of the kids be junior magicians, doesn't matter if they are wizards or fairies or witches, our new routine centers on things going wrong because our wands are bent, junior magicians could be helping to straighten out the 'crooked' spells."

"I have an idea," said Sally. "Like Sleeping Beauty and the poisoned apple, but we could have magicked apples instead and when someone takes a bite they do silly things, like jump up and down until they get a balloon, or close their eyes until they get a jelly bean or something."
"What a great idea," said Jason. "I can see you've got a magician's mind already."

Jason and Joan started pulling things out of boxes while Mum pulled me aside. 
"Don't you worry about the food part of the party," she said. "I can buy things like crisps and lemonade and I know a few women who would be happy to bake fairycakes and Maria does wedding cakes for her family and friends, they don't hire caterers, they all pitch in and bake for entire weddings, I'm sure she'll do a birthday cake for Sally, just tell her what the theme is in plenty of time."

"Thanks Mum," I said. "I'm so grateful. I was a bit panicky at first, having to cancel the caterers and the 'magical smoking jellies' and everything else. 

"That's alright dear," said Mum. "We'll have a good old-fashioned, small town, everyone-pitch-in-and-help style party."

"The cake will have to be chocolate," I said. "Sally has been very persistent about that. Every single year, her cake is chocolate. Will you write down Maria's phone number for me? I'll call her on Monday while Sally is at school."

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Thoughts # 47 (aka: tell me a little about yourself)

"Lula was waiting on her stoop when I drove up. She was discreetly dressed in poison-green spandex pants and a shocking pink faux-fur jacket. You could stand her on a corner, in a fog, at midnight, and she'd be visible for three miles."

"Somewhere in the muck of grey matter between my ears I knew I should be forming a plan, but damned if I could do it. My mind was scurrying down blank paths in panic."

both quotes from Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich.

I'm currently reading "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie.
Not something I'd normally read, but it's on my kindle and next in line.  I'm not sure yet if I'm enjoying it or not. I'll get through a few more pages before deciding whether or not I'll delete or finish it.

The index on my kindle is more than a few pages long and I've gotten tired of scrolling through it to find the one book I'm waiting to read.
I'd made the mistake of loading an entire usb stick of books (1700) plus those I'd downloaded from Amazon (bought and free).
Plus extras given to me by a friend; 2 usb sticks worth.
That's a lot of books!
I've been steadily working my way through them, deleting any that seem too tedious, or just aren't my idea of a good read. The index list is currently 1527 books long.
I plan to delete everything I have no interest in reading just yet, I'll start working on that tomorrow and when I've finished reading what I do like, I can go through the list and choose a few to put back on the kindle and have a go at them.

Now for the aka part of my title:

This is a repost from 2010, a short meme, only 13 questions, aimed at those who didn't know me back then. 
I'd been blogging for almost a month....

Saturday, May 29, 2010 

borrowing the borrowed meme

I took this from kelly at
Since she borrowed it herself, I knew she wouldn't mind.

(I haven't checked, but possibly that website no longer exists)

1. What's your middle name? 

Emma Maria; (one for each grandma)

2. How old are you? 

Ageless-as a river should be

3. Where are you from? Are you living there right now?

Originally from Germany, have been Australian since I got here.
I've lived in several states, but home is Adelaide and yes, I'm living here right now.

4. Is it cold where you are?

Define cold. 

If you mean snow and ice, then no, it isn't cold here. But it is quite late in our autumn (fall) and most people are now wearing jackets, gloves etc, so yes it's cold(ish) by Australian standards.

5. What's the time?

Hot chocolate time. Oh, you mean look at the clock? 5.20pm

6. What are you wearing?

An old worn out tracksuit that now doubles as pj's and a sleeveless polar fleece vest.

7. What was the last thing you listened to?

Trisha Yearwood on my i-pod.

8. What was the last thing you ate?

A tiny lemon tart from the local gourmet deli. It was a bit stale, so not worth the $2.20 I paid for it.

9. What was the last thing you watched on TV?

CSI amd CSI Miami last night. Everything since then has been dvd's

10. What's your favourite TV show? Why?

The Big Bang Theory. Because it makes me laugh. I do love to laugh.

11. Quick. Find a book, or something with text on it. Flip to a random page and post the second paragraph's first sentence.

"Mann could see by Riley's face that guilt was eating him up."

12. What was the last movie you saw? How was it?

Avatar. It's the same old "you've got something we want so we'll just take it" story, but it's
so very pretty to watch.

13. Do you think you have an accent? Where do people in your country speak with strong

No, I don't think I have an accent. But lots of people here do, from whatever country they've come from.

Feel free to borrow this, or not, your choice, but I hope you will and let me know in the comments, so I can zip over and learn a little more about all of you.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Whimsical Wednesday #176

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.

Hands up now, who would love a sign like this when those annoying salesmen are on the prowl trying to get you to change electricity/phone/gas providers, because "they" think they have a better deal. Hopefully such a sign would also deter those Jehovah's Witnesses who simply do not understand the words "no" or "go away".

Monday, May 18, 2015

Musical Monday # 60

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: Ben E King

Stand By Me

and the lyrics:

and the clip from the movie of the same name:

 Stand By Me
(starring Will Wheaton, nemesis of Dr Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory)

I hope these all play for you. 

I heard that Ben E King passed away recently, aged 76 and this is one of my favourite songs by him.