Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Musings #7 I think, I'll have to check

I've heard of cats dipping a paw in their water before drinking it, but I've never seen any cat do that, apart from tigers on TV. 
Last night I just happened to glance into the kitchen as Angel dipped his paw in his water bowl, then had a good long drink. 
I know there is a reason for the dipping, I can't remember what that is right now, but it was interesting to see him do it.

I saw a sign on a vacant shopfront when I was in the city on Saturday, but didn't have my camera with me :(  someone else noticed it and took a photo which turned up on the back page of our Sunday paper this morning, where all the other funny 'send-ins' go: 


We've had a beautiful day here, almost spring-like, sunny blue skies, blossoms on the trees, golden wattle everywhere, if only the wind wasn't so darn cold. 
Anyway, because it was sunny, I washed all my bedding, even pyjamas and dressing gown got a tumble in the hot suds, and I scooped up a ton of stuff I'd been avoiding washing because I don't like using the dryer too much. 
Eventually three loads of washed things were hanging out in the fresh air and when it was dry I put those sunny fresh sheets right back onto the bed. I'm looking forward to slipping between the sheets later. There's nothing like that dried in the sunny air smell. 
Sweet dreams tonight for sure. 

I'm making a batch of brownies, they're in the oven as I type this (Sunday evening) but trying something different. Instead of chopped walnuts, which I usually leave out anyway, I've added a couple of tablespoons of hazelnut meal to the mix. I love hazelnuts and I love brownies. Both together should be doubly heavenly. Right? I'll let you know.

I saw in the paper, our treasurer, that Hockey fellow, wants mums to get back into the workforce, or lose their welfare payments. What planet is he on?

1: where are these mums going to find jobs??? there are already a zillion unemployed out there who can't get jobs!
2: who is going to mind the children?? Child care? does he seriously want women going to work just so they can hand over their wages to child care centres? you've seen what these places cost, right?
3: without the welfare payments that so many depend on for food and rent, (not all of them drink and gamble the funds away), how will they feed and clothe their children? Where will they live when they are evicted?
Clearly he hasn't thought this through. Not at a grass roots level.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Selections # 239

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 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 we are back in the city.

this is the new style of rubbish bins in Victoria Square, I like them. 

looking down Franklin Street, I like this little faux balcony,

here is the rest of the building.

not sure what was going on here, with that yellow pipe. Some sort of waste removal method, perhaps demolitions and renovations going on in the top floor. 

in King William Street now, I like this facade. The blocky building on the right I don't like, it's a box with windows,

but I do like the older building to the left of the criss-cross facade.

entering Rundle Mall now, we have this....

very tall....

There is a matching one at the other end of the Mall.

hooks? speakers? cameras? something, about halfway up.

more unknown thingies right near the perforated top section. Perhaps some sort of communications tower for all the new free wi-fi spots within the city?

a little further into Rundle Mall, a side street named Francis,

where you can find a branch of the city library. I never knew that was there, surely it wasn't always?

about halfway down and four stories up, or maybe three, all I know is my legs were aching by the time I got up there and I wished I'd taken the elevator.

When I eventually arrived home again,

I found a slightly grumpy, sleepy-eyed Angel waiting for his dinner.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, Elephant’s Child has been putting up a selection of six (or twelve) words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.

She had taken over this meme from Delores, who is gradually retiring from the blogging world.

This month the meme continues here, at Randomosity.
check at Randomosity for next month's participant.
Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.   

Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme.  If you are posting on your own blog - let us know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.
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. subtly
2. formidable
3. shuddered
4. track
5. wisdom
6. gleaming

1. scandalous
2. prissy
3. slippers
4. fancied
5. velveteen 
6. cad

Here is my story:

Pretending to be entranced by a deep blue velveteen gown and matching slippers, I glanced instead at the background reflected in the large window. In the shadow of the overhang of the opposite building, I saw the unmistakeable fedora and formidable shoulders of Detective Inspector Linton. He'd been subtly tracking me around town for a week now. Probably fancied himself a modern day Sherlock Holmes. 

I'd been a suspect in the scandalous murder of the supposedly prissy Flossie Baker and her current lover, that cad, Ben Magain. At one time or another, Flossie had given a tumble to half the men in town; Ben had been my fiance the previous year, but I had broken the engagement when I discovered he hadn't given up chasing anything in a skirt just because we were engaged to be married. 

I'd been seen in the vicinity of the crime scene, I'd been taken to the police station and interrogated. I shuddered at the memory.  I'd been let go when no one could prove I had even been inside the building, let alone Flossie's flat. I knew the fingerprints found there and on the gleaming Glock lying on the floor of the bedroom weren't mine and I'd had the wisdom to keep my mouth shut and mutely shake my head when asked if I knew anything about the gun or what Flossie and Ben had been up to. 

The gun was mine, of course, but I had never touched it without wearing gloves, the serial number had been filed off and the owner of the fingerprints would never be found. I'd picked him up in a bar the night before the murder and paid him a thousand dollars to do the deed.

He escaped the crime scene while I was being detained at the front door and as he drove away from town less than an hour later, his car mysteriously developed brake failure and flew over the edge of the highway down into the ravine where it exploded into a fireball and incinerated him. 

I felt a little smug as I thought about how I had engineered the whole thing and wondered just how long Detective Inspector Linton would continue to follow me around.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Thoughts # 60

I have three book quotes here, but don't remember which books they came from.

" One of the problems with flying a jet is you don't get a lot of time to admire the scenery."

" We're all gonna die. The trick is not to rush it."

"Q: how many feebies (FBI Agents) does it take to change a light bulb?
 A: all of them. Ten thousand to study the problem, twenty-six hndred to fill out forms in triplicate and wait for approval, seventeen to monitor from a safe distance and one agent to go undercover and bribe a confidential informant to climb the ladder and do the dirty work."

Today's Thoughts

Things I've seen on TV. 
It's not a long list, you won't need a cuppa.

On one show, I watched as a young couple in a cafe greeted each other with a passionate kiss.
They broke apart and he said something to her and she replied, "I think I left my gum in your mouth."
He said, " you want it back?"  She said, "no, I'll get it later." 
(at this point I had to push away my dinner plate)
When they were saying goodbye, they kissed again, and guess what? She got her gum back!
(I had to scrape my plate into the bin, couldn't eat after that) 

Which brings me to kissing on TV and in movies. Why do we need to see this so close up I can count tonsils? And why do so many kissers approach each other with mouths so wide they look like a shark about to devour a surfer? 
I don't care how realistic, or not, this is. It's disgusting. 

Something else on TV, a new show, you'll never guess....
Pets make you Laugh out Loud.
Yes, that's right, LOL cats and LOL dogs have become a one hour Tuesday evening program. Birds too.
As if Funniest Home Videos weren't enough. 
You all remember that one? 
People sent in home videos of kids falling off swings or trampolines, running into walls, people stacking dirt bikes into or off piles of tires, wedding participants suffering all kinds of mishaps. 
Some of those were funny, but most made me cringe as I saw kids crying or otherwise getting hurt. 
I gave up watching it very quickly. 

Tell me what you find disgusting on TV.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Whimsical Wednesday # 190

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.

today's is more awesome than giggle, found at the cake wrecks site.

Did you hear about the big food fight? First the peas snapped at the celery, which stalked off. Then the potatoes made eyes at the onions, which made everyone cry. And though the carrots rooted for peace, in the end, they all decided to just sit'n'stew.

Awesome and funny, right? 
The whole thing is cake!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Musical Monday # 68

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.

I don't do these every week now, just alternate weeks.

Today’s clip is: Brooks and Dunn

My Heart is Lost to You

and the lyrics:

I hope you enjoy these,

if you do, or not, why not consider joining in?

Just leave me a comment here and I'll pop over and see what kind of music you like to listen to .
Mimsie does a selection of her favourites on Fridays.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Selections # 238

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 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'm taking you back to our Victoria Square to see......

the new fountain.  If you enlarge the photo, you'll see it better. See those strips with the holes? Under the water. 

ta-da! the strips hold smaller water spout holes while the larger ones in the middle might be underwater lights. If I'm right about that, they'll come on in the evening. But I didn't stay around that long.

the water spouts appear to be on a computerised routine, with different strips rising and lowering,

or some strips spouting while others rest.

here's a long view, I'm standing on the 'apron' where the food vans were, the fountain is on a lower level. About a half a metre or so.

this appears to be half the water spouts at once, every few minutes they all go about two metres high. When all the spouts are up, you almost can't see through the water wall.

this is a section of the stepped seating by the fountain. I imagine sitting there and getting sprayed on a hot day would be wonderful.

opposite the fountain are the city flags. The Australian flag on the right...

and the Aboriginal flag on the left. Most of Adelaide was once Aboriginal land. Still is I suppose...nice of them to let us stay.

Here we see Queen Victoria, watching over "her" square.

on the eastern side is another of the seating/shade structures...

with a  nice new toilet block.
But what's that box with the question mark?

let's find out.

it wasn't of course I opened it.

this is the message inside the lid. And in the box?

a net bag filled with lawn games!! What fun! Quoits, skittles, ring toss etc

this is the structure on the western side that I showed you last week. Just behind that is the road leading north towards the city, behind the road is another grassed area.

where several hundred pigeons gather. This is just a few of them, they all started walking away when they saw the camera.