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read the below post first

and right at the bottom, under the blog list, above my followers , is the link to the Words for Wednesday stories. 
Maybe I don't need to change the theme again....
we'll see.

hey everybody!

lightbulb moment, thanks to Lissa, click on those three horizontal lines on the left above the blog name and the sidebar appears!

not sure it will work for those on Chrome, but give it a try.

more chapters

Chapters eleven, twelve and thirteen have been edited and added to the Words for Wednesday page, only twelve chapters to go to reach the catch up point.

this should work

I've managed to add a list of the blogs that I read, it's a scrolling list over on the left. If you can't see it, reduce the size of your page and it should appear. 

I don't know how to get it onto the side where it always was, and I don't know how to keep it visible on a regular size page. I may have to try playing around with widths and things, but that's going to have to be another day. 

On that same scrolling sidebar are the 'home' link and the 'Words for Wednesday stories' link, they should work.

I may be lost in Limbo for a while

cross your fingers and hope for the best as they say, whoever "they" may be.

today's the day I attempt to change the blog theme, background colour etc to have the links stand out brightly enough to be seen by everyone.

right after lunch..

new chapters added

Chapters eight, nine and ten have been added to the Words for Wednesday link to the Lost and Found story.

I'm sorry I haven't yet re-customised the theme so the link is still light grey, but you know where it is if you wish to catch up with the story.

The font looks a little tighter on a few chapters, I think it makes a difference if I type it first on a word document instead of straight to the blog page.

Sunday Selections

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Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mists of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.

Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.
If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.

I wasn't planning a Sunday Selections, but then my daughter and her best friend decided to take best friend's baby son to see the animatronic dinosaur display at the zoo. 
While waiting for best friend to meet her, daughter took these photos of the river:

tree reflections
a bat taking a nap (that black shape in the centre)
black swan
ripples from the breeze
spreading branches, I really like this shot
and with permission, best friend's baby so…

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

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The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.
The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.
This month the words are supplied by Lissa and can be found here. This week's words are:
1. birthday 2. dream 3. cake 4. sugar 5. wishes 6. grant  
and/or:
1. joyride 2. promise 3. wishing well 4. ghost 5. flowers 6. love
My story this week is NOT related to the previous chapters, something completely different. I hope you are not disappointed. I have added some pictures for which I thank Google Images.


The Perfect Birthday Party
I lay in bed thinking about my birthday, it was still three months away, but I would be ten. My first double digit birthday! I thought about what Mum had said earlier this afternoon. “If I could grant you three wishes, what would you like …

remember the song Heaven Is a Place on Earth? (Katrina and The Waves I think)

Well, so is Hell a place on Earth.

Today, January 24th 2019, thirteen South Australian cities broke their previously held heatwave temperature records. 

Adelaide was one of them. Our expected 45C became 46.6C (115F) and as 6pm rolled around the temperature was still at 45C.

Further north in Port Pirie, my sister (and everyone else who lives there) suffered through 48.6C (119F)
She has no phone so I'm not in touch with her apart from one or two letters per year. I hope she is okay, I won't know until she writes me a letter. I'll probably get five or six pages telling me how dreadful the heat is.

I saw a small segment on the evening news where one clever family brought their inflatable pool into the living room and filled it so they could sit in it to watch television and just keep cool.

I don't have a clue

not a single clue about changing the colour of the links, unless I change the look of the whole blog.
That's a job for another day.. 

My hands are crying out for a rest. 

I've added two more chapters to the Words for Wednesday link.

Front page of today's newspaper

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Yikes!

they've upped the expected temperature for tomorrow, Thursday. These two are reported as "relaxing" in the heat, doing acrobatic yoga during sunset at a beach.

the paragraph under this reads," Decades-old temperature records are under threat tomorrow as the mercury soars across South Australia. Adelaide's 80-year heat record could topple, the bureau of Meteorology says, as the city and its Healthcare system brace for a new maximum forecast of 45C. Other suburbs and towns with record temperatures likely to fall include Clare, Parafield, Kuitpo, Noarlunga, Mt Barker, Edinburgh, Eudunda, Snowtown, Maitland and Port Pirie." it also says "continued page 8", but we won't go there.
here is my handy-dandy little conversion chart which I have stuck to some magnetic paper so I can keep it on the fridge, you can see here near the bottom in the right hand column, 45C is 113F Today I've already been out to the shops to buy a cask of spring water and …

surprise surprise

Following Uglemor's pictorial instructions, I have been able to add a tab to the top of my blog, right under the header picture. 
I haven't yet checked it myself, but hopefully clicking on that will take you to the first five original chapters in the Lost and Found (aka Tom's Memories) story that you are now following on Fridays. 
I haven't placed a link to her blog because she has several and they are all in Danish, but you can find her by clicking on her name in my comments boxes.

Ugh!

Thursday 24th, here in Adelaide South Australia is predicted to be 44C, (that's 111.2F) up from the original prediction of 42C, (107.6F)

We've had no rain since December 19th 2018

Thank heavens (and my brother) for airconditioning.
I'll be spending the day inside.

My garden is suffering as my hose connection, the part that sprinkles, has broken and I haven't yet bought a new one. Any water that comes out of the cold taps now is boiling hot for about a minute before the cool water flows.

help please?

I see on some blogs the writers have tabs which can be clicked on to get to another page of their blog where other things are posted. How do I make one of those tabs? 
I'm not at all savvy when it comes to stuff like this so instructions will have to be very specific.
I've started typing up the chapters of the Wednesday Words stories so you can all catch up from the beginning, but if I don't know how to add them to my blog then I'm just wasting my time. 
Of course they have mistakes and all chapters so far need editing anyway, but there's over twenty of them...and it has taken me all afternoon just to type up three of them.

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

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The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.
The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind. If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.
This month the words are supplied by Lissa and can be found here.

This week's words are: a video clip with the sound of rain and/or:
1. it's going to rain today 2. chasing storms 3. umbrellas 4. charmed 5. a long journey 6. trains
Here is my story: a fill-in chapter for something previously written

Bernice lay in bed in her cabin up on the mountain, listening to the heavy rain as it fell. Soon she would sleep, lulled into dreamland by the sound.  (this video is very long, no need to listen to the whole 10 hours)
Bernice thought of many things as she lay waiting for sleep, but foremost in her thoughts was Detective Inspector Stanley Grace and his …

According to the 6pm news

South Australia was the hottest place in the world today, with town in the northern part of the state reaching 49C, that's 120F for you Northern Hemisphere people, and a bit higher for Oak Valley but they didn't say what that higher temperature was.
I'm glad I don't live up there anymore, it's a bit cooler down here in the southern part of the state, we have the beaches which probably helps a bit.

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

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The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.
This month the words are supplied by Lissa and can be found here.

This week's words are actually two photographic images which I have included in my story::



As they left Jack’s office, Harry and Eleanor decided that since they had the rest of the day on their hands, perhaps they’d have a look at this “Shark Cove” place themselves. They asked directions from the desk clerk who gave them a map and pointed out the turns to make along the main roads. It didn’t look so far away, only four inches on the map, but that would translate into at least an hour or two by car. Harry studied the map and declared the place to be closer to their home than to the town…

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

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The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.
This month the words are supplied by Lissa and can be found here.
This week's words are:

1. beginning
2. new year
3. wonder
4. ritual
5. kiss
6. faith  and/or:

1. seven
2. remember
3. adventure
4. miles
5.88
6. heart

this week you are getting a "twofer" with part one being a piece I wrote almost exactly a year ago, some of you may remember it, so that part two, using the above words will make more sense.

Part One      (written 2 January 2018)

"Graziella, il mio amore, come, dance with me." 

"Pietro, you old fool, it is raining."

"Bah! What is rain? Just a little water after all. Dancing in the rain is such fun! You remember, surely…

Lola Update

We've just got home from the vet, me and Lola and my handy neighbour who carries the carrier. Andrew, the vet, was pleased to hear that Lola has been eating a little bit since I made the appointment and has even put on a bit of weight. 

We discussed the hayfever season and her headaches, then the constant scratching with all the resulting scabs and hairless patches. The other vets I've seen put that down to allergies of which her hayfever is one, but Andrew said this is a result of stress. He has a very long name for the condition, but I can't remember what he called it. Something beginning with E. So, what stress? No one knows. Any little thing at all can trigger stress in an animal, and of course they can't tell us what's worrying them. 

So Lola had an antibiotic to help with the healing of the sores and a cortisone shot for the stress and has to go back in two weeks for another one. 

Then we talked about next season. My hayfever usually kicks off around late August…