Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Friday, October 31, 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. transient
2. detain
3. misanthropic
4. improbable
5. Luger

or: "more moves than a mime"

Here is my story:

Speeding through my geriatric years, becoming more misanthropic day by day, I sometimes think back to my youth and childhood, when summers seemed to last forever, and there was a lifetime between one Christmas and the next. 
Those days seem so transient now. Some of my memories seem improbable; had I really done, felt, thought those long ago things? it was all so far away, lost in the mists of history. 

Time could not, would not, be detained, it must march relentlessly, remorselessly, on.

At 99, I was still in reasonably good health, despite the frailties of age, the pain of arthritis, I had no wish to die yet. I stared down the barrel of the Luger pointed at my face. 
The intruder wore a mask and long cloak so as to be unidentifiable. 
He wanted only to frighten me, he'd said, he didn't want to kill anyone, he just wanted my money and jewellery. 
Let him have it I thought, I had little use now for the riches and baubles I'd once craved. 
I told him the combination to my safe and its location.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Thoughts #18

From Dead Beat by Jim Butcher:

As advanced as mankind likes to think it is, we all have that age-old primal, undeniable, dread of darkness. Of being unable to see danger coming. We don't like to think that we're afraid of the dark anymore, but if that's true, then why do we work so hard to make sure our cities are constantly lit? We cloak ourselves in so much light that we can barely see the stars at night.

My thoughts today:  

I'm one of those people who think men (and women) look more interesting and appealing as they get older. 
I don't go ga-ga and googly-eyed over the pretty boys on television shows, the ones who may very well be over 25 but look like they've just begun high school. 
I prefer men who look like men, with more character in their faces. A line or two, even several is fine. There is a point at which a pretty boy crosses the line and looks mature. They look like they have lived, not just sat around with mud packs to preserve the youthful look.
We all know Brad Pitt, right? 
Pretty, pretty, pretty. For years. And years. 

I saw Brad Pitt's face on a bus advertisement recently for the newest movie he is starring in. Fury I believe it is called.
The 'boy' now looks like the man he is. That change was coming a while ago, but now it's complete and I think he looks better. 

I remember when Sean Connery played James Bond. He wasn't a boy and didn't look like one, but he was prettied up and polished and I liked his voice much better than his looks. Then he started to go grey and look more relaxed in his roles. James Bond was still polished but less so and other movies with Sean Connery in them were far more appealing.  I like the way Sean Connery looks in "Medicine Man" and "The Rock" far more than I do in his early James Bond movies. He looks pretty good to me in "Just Cause" too.

And what about all those "Boy Bands" currently on TV?  Is it just me or do they all look and sound alike?  Young, bright eyed, carefully styled thick and lustrous hair and the voices are all pretty much the same. I can't tell one from another. Individuals or bands. 

They simply aren't the same as the bands from years gone by, when a bunch of kids got together in Dad's garage and belted out their idea of music. They looked different too. One might have freckles, one might be ultra lean, one might be taller or shorter. They weren't clones of each other. Each band had their own sound too. When hearing them on the radio, you knew which group you were listening to. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Whimsical Wednesday # 147

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.

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, now there's a priest I like.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Musical Monday # 31

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.

It's almost Halloween, so today we have a monsters theme going.

Today’s clip is: The Monster Mash, in a couple of different ways:

a light show

bits from some classic horror films 
(well that's what it was listed as, I hope it's true, I didn't check)

and the lyrics.

Happy Halloween!  

Got your candy ready?


Sunday, October 26, 2014

thunder, lightning, rain

We're having a bit of a storm here in Adelaide right now, thunder, lightning, rain, I'm loving it. 8.16pm

Anyway, Angel was walking towards the open front door, he likes to sit there and watch the rain, and we had a very loud crash of thunder.

Poor Angel jumped about a foot in the air, then took off into the bedroom.

I'm very glad we didn't have this storm last night while The Rolling Stones were performing at Adelaide Oval!

Now the lights are flickering, so I'll shut down in case I get fried. Not me personally, the laptop.

Sunday Selections # 195

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 TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Andrew, Jacki K and Kakka often join in.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm featuring a fuzzbot. 
aka, fluffy sleeping robot, programmed to sleep most of the day away, but to get up and annoy me whenever I start some serious computer work.

dead to the world.
it's the only way to get through a hot summer day.

sound asleep, yet moving around a lot.

probably dreaming.

or searching for the cool spot.

uh-oh, I think he heard me...

nope, back to sleep, but not for long, about 40 seconds.

and here he is back in his favourite spot, between me and the keyboard.

and straight back to sleep between my elbow and my heartbeat.
He slept on for so long my hand went to sleep.