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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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by Mark Koopmans and can be found here.
This week's words/prompts are: 

1. ghostlike 
2. holly 
3. incidents 
4. joking 
5. kilogram 
6. lactate 

and/or: 

1. magnanimous 
2. needles 
3. outboard 
4. particle. 
5. quiz 
6. rancor

after a full day spent waiting for inspiration to strike, I was about to give up altogether, then decided to just let the words run free and if they make sense, then it's all good. 

Here we go: 

After a long evening during which we inhaled about a kilogram of excellent chocolates, each! jokingly trying to answer quiz questions about…

Safety First

from the newspaper: "An unexpected loss of the sense of smell may be the first sign a person has the coronavirus, according to medical specialists. And some may develop no other symptoms, meaning they could innocently infect others around them. 
Surgeons around the world are reporting that between a third and two-thirds of patients with coronavirus report a loss of smell as their first symptom."

Be aware people, if you wander outside and can't smell the roses, get yourself tested. If you are frying onions for dinner but can't smell them, get tested. 

In other news, "Woolworths is planning to install protective plexiglass shields at its checkouts to reduce contact between staff and customers and to help stop the spread of the coronavirus."

Seems like a great idea to me, fit them out like banks and keep our checkers safe.

from the Sunday mail

this is disturbing:

"The Ruby Princess cruise ship was controversially allowed to unload 2700 passengers in Sydney on Friday. 
Four people have since tested positive to covid-19 and NSW authorities are now trying to trace all those who were on the ship. Two cases in Darwin also have been linked to the Ruby Princess.
It was reported that the Ruby Princess had docked in Sydney on March 8 with 158 sick passengers, although the captain had told authorities he had no ill passengers.
Meanwhile, Ovation of the Seas passengers were told - three days after arriving in Sydney - of a confirmed coronavirus case on board."

This is a little scary. Those Ruby Princess passengers could be scattered far and wide by now!

In other newspaper news, our Premier, Steven Marshall is considering closing our state borders.  Opposition leader, Peter Malinauskas, is supportive of the idea. 

as written:  " We are now increasingly concerned about the rate of infection coming from sources interstate and we…

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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by Mark Koopmans and can be found here.
This week's words/prompts are:
 1. toilet
2. sunlight
3. dogma
4. spurs
5. vine
6. wilting

and/or: 

1. ashen
2. Brexit
3. Colgate
4. distillery
5. elegance
6. flighty

Here is my story:

"What's in the paper today Robert?" said Pauline, on her way to hang the sheets out in the sunlight. "A lot of hoo-ha about the panic buying of toilet paper, people are actually fighting in the shops over it!" said Robert, "and Colgate is on special this week, do we need more toothpaste?"
"I heard tha…

I heard it on the news

Australian borders are to close at 9pm tomorrow night, that's Friday 20th our time, only Australians coming home will be allowed in and I think there will be no flights out. I didn't hear anything about visitors to Australia being allowed to go home but I expect they will.

PHONE TEXT SCAM WARNING

There is a scam phone text going around regarding the virus with a link claiming to tell people where to get tested, but the link is a TROJAN that STEALS your BANK DETAILS if you have them on your phone.

I'm not missing the sweet stuff...

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...not much anyway, I'm allowing myself one cup of coffee a day, with sugar, instead of my usual three or four, and that seems to be enough.

But yesterday, I ate a banana and a kiwi fruit and with each bite, I wished they were on a pavlova.

I should have lost enough weight by my birthday (August) to allow a pavlova, that's if my triglycerides are behaving themselves.


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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by Mark Koopmans and can be found here.
This week's words/prompts are: 
1. nuclear 
2. foxtrot 
3. Klan. 
4. rollover 
5. utilities 
6. Xeroxed 

and/or: 

1. audacious 
2. zinc 
3. plastered 
4. identification 
5. wheeling 
6. fixated 

Here is my story:

The baby's tantrum elevated to a nuclear level so I scooped her up and shoved a square of chocolate into the wailing mouth, thanking all the gods in all the heavens for the blissful instant silence. I slung her under my arm like a sack of spuds and walked out to collect the mail. Sigh. Utilities bills again…

let's have another Sunday Selections

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Let's also go blurbless and jump right in.

Syringe wrappers! NOT what you want to see in the gully trap (drain) right outside your own back door
and a bagful of someone else's rubbish, with syringe clearly visible, in MY rubbish bin. All the bins are clearly numbered indicating which flat/unit they belong to, but lazy neighbours don't care.
for Iris Flavia, my favourite brand of mustard and mayonnaise, imported, both made in Germany and I'm happy to pay a bit more for the good flavour.
"Heritage" tomatoes, found in a local supermarket and bought on every shopping expedition since then.
I love these because there is more flesh and much less of the juice/seeds combination commonly found in tomatoes these days. More importantly, they taste like the tomatoes I remember as a child. 
out in the back porch, inside this green drawer
is a labelled brown paper bag
filled with layers of paper towel
each holding small globs of dried seeds from those tomatoes. I'm looking forw…

ooops, this is not good

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I recently had my "fasting" blood test check up, as part of the recommended Heart Health routine, the good news is my cholesterol is well under control and even a bit less than the recommended numbers. 

The bad news is my blood pressure is up again, although not as high as it was two years ago. I've been sitting on my bum far too much, reading blogs, reading books, watching dvds, instead of walking. Time to turn that around.

The worst news is my triglycerides, whatever they are, have been having themselves some parties and leaving their waste in my liver. Well, there goes all the fun in my life. No more ice-cream, no more chocolate, no more pizza, definitely no more Pepsi, the sugariest thing in the house. Doc says "fatty liver", and diabetes is just around the corner unless I make the necessary changes. 

Will I? Of course I will. I'm going to walk my 20kg butt off. And the spare tyre around my hips and the one hugging my ribs. 

In the last three days I've …

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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by Mark Koopmans and can be found here.
This week's words/prompts are: 

1. granulate 
2. trial 
3. serenade 
4. billiards 
5. cuss 
6. avuncular 

and/or: 

1. vindicate 
2. Hotelier 
3. junkie 
4. metronome 
5. questionnaire 
6. exemplify 

Here is my brain came up with: 

Brian stared at the ticking metronome, silently muttering cuss words as he vainly tried to remember the opening bars of the serenade he was supposed to have learned by now. He ran his fingers lightly across the piano keys, hoping for inspiration, but nothing came to mind. How he wished he could…

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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by ME and can be found right here.


This week's prompts are : 

1. eyes on the road! eyes on the road! 
2. uh-oh 
3. tiffany lamp 
4. me? why me? 
5. boogie 
6. teapots

Here is my story:

"Get in the car Francine!" 
"You shouldn't be driving Justin, you've been drinking since lunchtime and you know there's a police blitz on tonight." 
"That's why we're taking the back roads, honey, now get in the car!"

Francine sighed, knowing that further argument was useless and she had no other way to get home. Buckling he…

Words for Wednesday

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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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by ME and can be found right here.

This week's words/prompts are: 
1. eyes on the road! eyes on the road!  2. uh-oh  3. tiffany lamp  4. me? why me?  5. boogie  6. teapots
use the list or parts thereof,  just have fun.

The Aussie Sauce Bottle

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you've read here about the fuss being made of the good old Aussie tradition of sauce bottles being poked into pies and pasties then squeezed to squirt some delicious tomato sauce into the food item.
Here is a googled image of the bottles that used to be seen in every café across the country, although most had a white cap if I remember correctly.

Most cafes had the red and yellow bottles, but in the same size, red for tomato sauce, yellow for mustard. Some also had the brown bottles for barbecue sauce. You can see the tiny cap on top of the spout, this was uncapped and the spout poked through the pastry of a meat pie or pasty, even sausage rolls, then the bottle squeezed to allow sauce to squirt into the pie etc. The entire cap can be screwed off for refilling and cleaning purposes.These spouts were then cleaned before being recapped after the bottles were refilled.

These days, the bottles you see here are more commonly used. Bought in the supermarkets already filled and then thrown a…

Oh No! I've forgotten something

I have a sidebar link to my Words for Wednesday chapters, the Lost and Found (aka Tom's Memories) story,  but I have forgotten how to add more chapters.

Can anyone help me out here?

totally unexpected Sunday Selections

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Carried now by Elephant's Child, this meme is several years old and anyone at all is welcome to join in, just don't post anything rude or vulgar.

we shall begin today with Lola:

this cat has decided she is a person and insists on eating at the table. Sometimes. Other times I place the plate right under her nose while she is on the windowsill (and hope she doesn't knock it over the side) because for some reason known only to her, the kitchen is no longer an acceptable place to eat.
after two and a half years of refusing, she finally decides the cubby on the middle sized scratching tower is a good place to nap in. The bright green edge you see there is the porch table.
here she is settling down.
photo number one..
and photo number two, of the day when my street became a river in under ten minutes and lasted for about an hour. This was the cloudburst desperately needed in another state to help put out some fires.
while it was raining I thought I might as well get busy stocking the f…

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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by ME and can be found right here

This weeks prompts are:

1. suitable 
2. rapturous 
3. smeared 
4. snuffle 
5. bookmark 
6. scoop 

and/or: 
1. snick 
2. funny 
3. twilight 
4. espionage 
5. synchronicity 
6. feisty

Story #1:

The rapturous look on Elena's little face told me we had finally found the perfect suitable substitute for the fairy costume that no longer fitted her. With a final snuffle, she swiped a hand across her tear-smeared face and bent to scoop up her things from the floor. 

It had been a stroke of genius when Brad suggested trying 'The Da…

Another newspaper article

Save our sauce

I read that a concerned official has suggested that poking a plastic sauce bottle into a newly purchased pie to load it up with tomato sauce may lead to health problems. Perhaps the plague even.
Oh dear.
Yet another great Aussie tradition under attack.
I mean, for goodness sake, fair suck of the sauce bottle.
DAVE ANTHONY, Kingswood

If Dave wants me to take this down, he can leave me a comment..

Feel free to ignore his last sentence, because people here really don't suck on sauce bottles, but if they did, that would be one sure way to create the health problems.

Anyway, (or anyhoo, if that's what you prefer), Aussies have been poking sauce bottles, the squeezy kind, into hot pies and pasties, sausage rolls too, since the day these squeezy bottles were first invented. 
We know a good thing when we see it, right? 
As far as I know, not a single person has come down with the plague, or anything else because of it. 
The common practice is to remove the screw-on cap to the sque…

Words for Wednesday

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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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by ME and can be found right here.

This week's words/prompts are:  1. suitable  2. rapturous  3. smeared  4. snuffle  5. bookmark  6. scoop 
and/or:  1. snick  2. funny  3. twilight  4. espionage  5. synchronicity  6. feisty
use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.

From today's newspaper: someone who thinks like I do!

Copied exactly as printed:

Backward on rail

It is a well-known fact that European countries are continually upgrading and increasing their essential train services.
  Anyone who has travelled in Europe will have experienced the convenience and speed of these fast trains.
  Trains are less environmentally damaging, they get polluting cars off the road and lessen traffic chaos and gridlocks.
  So why is this state and this country so backward that we still have politicians spending millions on roads and destroying hundreds of trees as a result?
  Where is the economic rationale in that or the care for our biodiversity?
  Many people are in despair at how this country is being run. No imagination and no foresight appears to be the order of the day, and we and our environment are all suffering as a result. 
  A change of direction is desperately needed.
ALEX HODGES,  Birdwood.

If Alex reads this and wants me to remove it, leave me a comment and I will take it down.

He didn't mention the other pr…

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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by ME and can be found right here.

This weeks prompts are:

1. pizza 
2. vase 
3. racing 
4. chainsaw 
5. derelict 
6. buttery 

and this:

 "hand over the ham!" 

Here is my story:

Racing through the city on his pizza delivery run, Joel was enjoying the feel of his brand new Ducati, the sweet machine sounding like a well-oiled chainsaw. Imagining touring across the country on the weekend, he almost didn't see the derelict old man sitting on the kerb as he rounded the corner. Swerving just in time, he was soon out of sight as the old man gazed up th…