Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Whimsical Wednesday # 195

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.

so very true.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Musings # 9

"There is no greater contrast than that between the miracle of our existence and the mundanity of having to experience it every day." TV chef and author Adam Liaw.

I've been watching season 8 of The Big Bang Theory and in one episode, shortly after Howard's mum has died, Howard and his wife Bernadette arrive at his mum's home where Stuart, the comic store owner, is now living. Stuart had been looking after Debbie since she injured herself. (an ankle I think)
Stuart tells them there has been a power failure since late last night and power should be back tomorrow morning. 
Howard races to the kitchen and flings open the freezer door, getting very emotional at all the food stored in there. "The very last food my mum ever cooked". 
He doesn't want it to all go to waste, so they decide to cook it all and have a dinner party, inviting Leonard and Penny, Raj and Emily, Sheldon and Amy to share in the bounty. 

I've lived through a power outage or two myself and I know from experience that a filled freezer is low enough in temperature to keep things frozen for as much as 24 hours if the freezer is kept closed during that time. 
I would have thought a bunch of scientists would know that too, so I sat there talking to the TV, "you stupid people, shut the freezer, it will be fine, there's no need to cook 40 pounds of food all in one night"

But having them shut the freezer wouldn't have been nearly as funny as watching them do what they did. 

I'm going to be losing a friend soon, here in Adelaide. We worked together at Coles and have kept in touch since I left, getting together with others for various activities. But her house is on the market and when it is sold, she and her family are moving to Tasmania, where they have always wanted to be. 
We'll still keep in touch, there's email and phone texts, but there'll be no more trips to the zoo, no more pizza at the beach  :(   
After J leaves, there will be only three of the original staff members left from when the store opened in 2004.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

message for Channel 7

I've just seen an advertisement about the fast-tracking-from-America Season Three of The Blacklist.


Now, just how fast are we talking about? Hmmm? 

me too

Cast of The Blacklist

my favourite character, Tom Keen, played by Ryan Eggold

Tom Keen, imprisoned in the hold of a cargo ship

turning himself in to protect his wife Lizzie from a murder charge

Sunday Selections # 243

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 but this week I have a random assortment of stuff beginning with....


airship, or blimp if your prefer. I heard a noise and assumed it was a far away helicopter, so glanced up and saw this flying past my home. Raced in for the camera of course!

it's advertising 'appliances online' but it's a speedy thing and these were the only photos I got.

This is the multi-use hanger I bought at Ikea.

here it is unpacked and hanging,

and with some of my scarves threaded through it.  The one on the bottom right,

is my favourite. I like the autumn colours and it has a silky feel.

I like this one too, semi sheer, with sparkly bits.

I have a red plastic object hanging on my kitchen rail. Know what it is?

here it is with a different view, a very handy little thing.

one more view, showing the little 'hook'.  It's called>>>

a jar key! you hook it under the edge of a jar lid, an UNopened jar lid,

and lift gently, just a little, until the vacuum seal pops. After that your jar lid is easy to open. 
Available in a range of colours from most good kitchenware stores. You have to hold the jar as well, but I needed that hand for the camera.

I saw this bright green succulent in a planter outside a hotel and was tempted to break off a leaf to plant at home, but there were too many potential witnesses. :(

Next to Victoria Square, on the eastern side, is a large flower bed of pansies set into a lawn.

I love pansies,

but don't seem to be able to grow them myself.

So I'm happy to see them anywhere else.

this is the eastern side of Victoria Square seen from the pansies lawn by my bus stop.

and here's a slightly zoomed view.

How's your Sunday going?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, assorted people have been taking monthly turns at putting up a selection of six (or twelve) words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.

We have taken over this meme from Delores, who had been having computer problems.

This month the meme continues here, at the most - - of every moment. 

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. timer
2. sunshine
3. fan
4. bark
5. technical
6. crockpot


1. business
2. application
3. rehearsal
4. experiences
5. significant
6. horizon

here is my story:

Ted and Gloria Chapter Four

 I added the final ingredients to the crockpot, set the timer and took my coffee out to the newly finished deck, to sit in the sunshine and admire the bark on the rainbow gums edging the national park that backed onto our property.
I sipped the coffee and let my mind wander ahead, one of the most significant experiences in our lives loomed on the horizon. This was not a rehearsal, this was the real thing. Our baby was soon to be born. 

I thought back to the day Ted and I had finally told Carol and Alan. Carol was over the moon with giddy excitement and within minutes was planning her grandson's application to a technical or business college. Or possibly both. Any grandchild of hers was sure to be a genius.

Ted and I had grinned wryly at each other, we'd known this would happen. Carol was well known for as a take-over micro-manager, planning every last detail. We cautioned her to be a little flexible. After all, the child was barely more than hand-palm sized right now and could quite possibly turn out to be a girl. 

"No matter," she'd replied, "the plan works well for a girl or a boy. Education is everything! And skills in business management never go astray." 

Alan had been much calmer on hearing the news. "Listen up," he'd said to Ted and me. "I've been a fan of your mum for years; her enthusiasm, her go get 'em attitude, but this baby is yours, not hers and you need to follow your hearts. Let the child grow into himself, or herself, whatever, and make the important decisions together." 

"But..." said Carol.
"Sweetheart, let them be for now," said Alan. "There'll be plenty of time later for more chats about our grandbaby."

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday Thoughts # 64

from Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
"I ran my palm over my forehead. A major storm front of a headache was moving in. A migraine monsoon."

from Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
" Cat's don't care if you speak with your mouth full. A character trait I much admire."

Currently reading Strong Conviction by Trevor Scott.

Today's Thoughts:
I've got a blank page staring at me while I stare at it. Do pages actually stare? Or do they just sit there waiting to be written or drawn upon? We'll never really know.

I don't have thoughts to share. Nothing deep and meaningful anyway. I've had three or four days of knowing Thursday is coming and I need to write something, but I've come up empty.

I can tell you that a couple of days ago I saw a woman on TV showing off a tomato that grew in her yard, (I think, or maybe it came in a box of tomatoes she bought, I don't pay a lot of attention to TV), it was bright red and shaped exactly like a rubber ducky. And about the same size as one of those little bathtub toys too. Maybe a little larger, it sat on the palm of her hand.

I'll mention the McCains frozen Tuna Mornay meal I ate recently, I heated it in the microwave of course, eating it still frozen is out of the question. Usually I heat these and eat them straight from the little plastic container, but on that day, I scooped the food onto a dinner plate and was a little shocked at how large the serving is. It covered the plate. 

I mixed in the broccoli I'd microwaved, because Tuna Mornay in a box doesn't have any greens, and then I ate it. As I scraped the plate clean, I wondered how many of these had I eaten through the winter? Not too many, but at that size, certainly too much too often. No wonder my jeans don't fit! 
Here's a dilemma. Do I eat them less often? Or do I heat and eat half the serving, leaving half for the next day? Do these frozen meals keep well in the fridge once they've been heated?  I'm going to have to try it and find out.

You may have seen yesterday's surprise post about my new speakers. I bought them last Friday. The built in speakers in my laptop sound okay, the sound is a bit thin, not quite tinny, at least I can hear them, but I watch movies and TV shows via laptop occasionally, it has a CD/DVD player, and I wanted a better sound. So off I went to Dick Smith in the city, okay I was already in the city and made a split second executive decision... and searched the shelves for external speakers. Walked through the store three times without seeing any, then asked an assistant, who pointed out an entire shelf of them right next to the service counter. (*~*)

I chose the set pictured in yesterday's post, they're 23cm high and 9cm wide, so small enough to not take up too much room and they look nice. I'd been thinking that I'd spend about $30 or so, well as it turns out, speakers are a bit more expensive, but the budget was already blown out so I went ahead and paid $69.98 for them. And I'm glad I did. I've been watching episodes of The Blacklist and the sound from these speakers makes me feel like I'm in a movie theatre. The box advertised 'Rich Stereo Sound with Deep Bass' and it certainly does have that. Listening to the songs on my I-Tunes list is a much better experience now too. All up - well worth the budget blow out. 

Today, the budget is taking another hit. A small one. I'm off to Ikea for a "multi-use hanger". It has a hook like a regular hanger, attached are rows of circles to hang things like scarves or belts. I'll take photos when I get home and show it to you.I'm going to hang my scarves and free up some drawer space which will then get stuffed with something else.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

the rest of the world? fuggeddaboudit

I hope there's nothing important on the news tonight, TV's off and I'm listening to Trisha Yearwood. 

I've got a 50 song playlist set to repeat. 

I have a new set of external speakers for my laptop and they make listening a movie theatre type experience. 

Heaven is in my lounge room!

Whimsical Wednesday # 194

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.

cutest chef I ever saw!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Musical Monday # 70

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: Trisha Yearwood

The Song Remembers When

Songs are funny that way. Like scents, aromas, they can trigger memories long forgotten.