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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 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…

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. pizza  2. vase  3. racing  4. chainsaw  5. derelict  6. buttery 
and/or: 
hand over the ham!

use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.

all over and (not quite) done with

So there I was, pretending to read on my kindle while I waited for the specialist to be ready and just as I got caught up in the story, he called me in. He's a very nice Indian man, young and rather nice to look at, with a very gentle manner. 

We discussed what has been happening since he last saw me, and decided that cauterisation was to be done. only on the one nostril, he had a look and decided the other one was okay and it hadn't been bleeding anyway. 

He then squirted some anaesthetic spray up my nose and told me to give that a good sniff to get it right up where it needs to be, aaahh, OMG, that stuff tastes awful! someone really needs to invent one that tastes like vanilla ice cream instead. But my nose was numb almost immediately, also the back of my throat and the back section of the roof of my mouth. 

Then came the cauterisation bit, not nearly as painful as I'd been fearing. It was a long silver wand with some sort of chemical that seals the area. And here I'd b…

alas, alack, woe is me

You may or may not recall, last year, at the end of October I think, I had a week of heavy nosebleeds. one or two per day. I got pretty tired very quickly. 

Saw my doctor, who sent me to an ENT specialist, who had a good look, prescribed a cream to help with healing, then a spray to ease any nasal congestion from hayfever. 
He said to come back if the nose begins the bleeding again.

Guess what?

The nose is once again doing its Niagara Falls imitations, so tomorrow I have an appointment with the ENT again and cauterisation will be discussed. 
I'm told by a reliable source that it might possibly be done right there in his consulting rooms and a person cannot blow his or her nose for two weeks afterwards. 

Well, I managed the not-blowing-the-nose part when I had to use the healing cream last year, so I know that's doable. 
Whether or not the cauterisation goes ahead, I'll let you all know tomorrow after I get home.

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. blankets 
2. striding 
3. hocus-pocus 
4. sluggishly 
5. comparative 
6. notebook 

and this: 

"they're ruining everything!" 

Here is my story:



Lost and FoundPart ThreeChapter One



After slamming the car door, Dr Bruce Jones could be heard striding down the hallway even through the mountain of blankets Andrea had pulled over her head. The pounding head of her hangover increased exponentially with Bruce yanking off the blankets and letting the sunshine in by also yanking open the c…

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.blankets  2. striding  3. hocus-pocus  4. sluggishly  5. comparative  6. notebook
 and/or: 
they're ruining everything!

use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.

VIRUS WARNING! NEW SCAM!

As if we don't already have enough to worry about.....

apparently there's a new computer scam going around where people are sent a warning saying the Coronavirus has been found in their area, with an attached file that is supposedly infection prevention measures, but if you open the file it infects your computer with malware. 


DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT!