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Wednesday's Words on a Friday

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On Wednesday’s, Delores, from Under The Porch Light , has a meme which she calls “Words for Wednesday”. She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem. 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. billowing 2. ancient 3. monolithic 4. fish 5. burrow 6. court there are also a couple of photo prompts, one of which I will not use today. Here is my story: Daphne stood in the cobbled fore- court and gazed up at the billowing clouds sailing past the monolithic turrets of the ancient castle.  When she'd learned that her great-uncle Daniel had left her an old castle in his will, she hadn't imagined anything this grand. She'd thought of a crumbling old ruin, suitable only for demolition.  But this!  This was a grand home, in good....well, reasonable.....repair and definitely habitable, in spite of being 200 years old

I'm going to make this a regular thing

Last Tuesday I took the day off from blogging, reading blogs, almost a total non-computer day, all I read were my emails, then I shut it down and had the day to myself. I didn't have any outside appointments, no shopping needed to be done, the laundry was all caught up. Nothing to do at all. So..... I slept a lot, read a bit of my book, a bit on the kindle, ate icecream....it was great. A whole me day. I haven't had one of those in a long while. (I didn't even cook dinner, had a sandwich instead) So I'm going to do it again.  Next Tuesday. And every Tuesday. I should be able to make a sizeable dent in the stack of books on my bedside chest.

Whimsical Wednesday #108

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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. ever wondered what those animals were saying? Now you know.

taking a break today

I can't think of a single thing to post and I'm feeling a bit washed out. I'll spend the day napping and reading, see you tomorrow!

last week's TV news (aka don't eat that)

well, it was actually A Current Affair I heard this on. An article on being aware of food poisoning from fast food outlets.  They run these stories a few times a year, inspectors going around with thermometers finding places where hot chicken is 19 degrees instead of the recommended over 60, sushi is 16 degrees instead of the recommended under 5 degrees, that sort of thing. Featured within the story was an interview with a woman who had eaten something and spent nine days in hospital severely ill.  It happens...but here's the part that stunned me. She told the interviewer she'd noticed (tasted?) something wrong with the first bite, but continued eating at least half of her kebab before ditching the rest in the bin. What??  Something seems off and you keep eating?? Wouldn't you spit out that first off mouthful and take the kebab back to the vendor? Inform him the meat is off?  (or something else in the kebab isn't right) If something doesn't taste w

Sunday Selections #156

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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 TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos. Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us. There are several other participants now though: Jackie K at WorkingThrough It Gillie at RandomThoughts From Abroad I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with a few photos from my Port Pirie trip. When the railway lines were removed from the main street,

It seems something has bitten me

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Doesn't look like a vampire bite...it isn't on the neck either. Probably not a werewolf or zombie, it's much too small. And I didn't feel anything, just woke up with an itchy red patch just over a week ago. It looked rough as if I had scratched it in my sleep, so I assumed it was a hive, (I get hives now and again), dabbed it with Dettol antiseptic and forgot about it. Until it itched again. I dabbed it again and forgot about it. Until....well...you get the picture. By the next day it still hadn't disappeared, usually an itchy hive would be gone a day later. And I never get the red patch around a hive, just the itchy little pimple. this is it today, see that tiny "hole" in the centre? Site of the bite I reckon. The red patch around it was larger yesterday, you might be able to make out the pink wider edge and where it goes down towards the armpit a bit?  All of that was almost as red as the bit around the bite, probably from scratching. In

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesday’s, Delores, from Under The Porch Light , has a meme which she calls “Words for Wednesday”. She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem. 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. window 2. dimple 3. agitate 4. entertain 5. flannel 6. dumpster here is my story: Mike's job was to entertain the baby while his mum foraged through the supermarket dumpster for that day's dinner. He'd half filled the bucket with water and a squirt of bubble bath from a bottle salvaged at another dumpster last week. As he washed her face and hands with a flannel , Mike kept watch through the car window . That beat cop had noticed the car again yesterday and was becoming suspicious, Mike had seen him staring at the licence plate. If he found out Mike and Ally were living in the car with their mum, there'd be social workers co

here's a surprise

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Do you all remember the two cats that have adopted my daughter's yard? Not as a permanent home, they just hang around until someone feeds them, then disappear. the grey tabby, who turned out to be pregnant and had her babies just before Christmas, and the black and white, who we have been calling Gus. Now for the surprise....Gus is a girl!! And pregnant. I saw her yesterday. Definitely pregnant. Fairly close to birthing too, if her discomfort yesterday is any indication.

Whimsical Wednesday #107

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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. Bearthoven . Any requests?

things don't last the way they used to

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I have one of those expanding file carry thingys that I keep my bills and receipts in. Looks like this....... but it has a broken catch. See it up there? Broken. b.r.o.k.e.n. Broken. So every time I picked it up to put something in or take something out or just to check on something, the whole thing would gape open and hang heavy. Quite annoying and I'd been putting up with it for years. I don't remember how long ago I bought it, but the catch has been broken since I moved here. That's over two years now. So I bought a new one. They're only $5.95, why didn't I buy one years ago? What do you mean...because I'm a cheapskate? That is not the reason. Not at all. Why then? The files. I transferred the files from the old case to the new and it took me hours!  (at least two, maybe two and a half, I didn't check the clock when I started)  I had to go through everything, check it all, weed out the outdated and unnecessary.  There were

it helps if you make your food look attractive

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when it's too hot to cook , but you know you'd better eat something, because if you don't you know your stomach will haul itself into the kitchen and devour everything in sight while you're not looking.

Sunday Selections # 155

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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 TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos. Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us. There are several other participants now though: Jackie K at WorkingThrough It Gillie at RandomThoughts From Abroad I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some of the photos I took while in Port Pirie. On my long walk past the old high school, along W