Thursday, 23 June 2011

My Dad

This photo was taken over 85 years ago.   My Dad is listening to a crystal set.  He's always loved music, and worked as a musician for many years in dance bands, and a symphony orchestra, playing the flute. 

  1. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.   anon
  2. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.   anon
  3. One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.                          Plato  348BC
  4. Airplanes are interesting toys, but will be of no military value.  General Ferdinand Foch, before WW1

Short Short

The Deception
Samantha moved quietly and cautiously into the room.  If she was caught, the deception would be over, and he'd never trust anything she said again.  She gingerly felt for the small object, careful not to disturb the sleeping David.  As her fingers touched her target, she removed it deftly, and replaced it with the cash.  Creeping quietly back out of the room, she silently cursed whoever it was who invented the tooth fairy.

 Cooking Hints from "The Olden Days"

  • Lettuces will keep fresh for several days if placed in a tin billy with the lid on.
  • The antidote for too much salt is brown sugar.
  • A teaspoon of coffee essence added to a fruit cake darkens the cake, and improves the flavour.
  • Prunes are much improved by adding a few cloves and a little lemon juice.
  • If milk is on the turn it can often be saved by adding a pinch of bicarb. soda; bring it rapidly to the boil.  Do not use an aliminium saucepan.

Another of my published letters

When my son bought a used car from one of his teachers, the fuel gauge was working backwards - it showed E when it was full, and F when it was empty.  The teacher, being an intelligent and also inventive man, told my son that the E was for 'enough', and the F was for 'finished'.  Pretty smart, I thought.

Close up and personal

When I bought my digital camera, I specifically wanted something with a good macro function.   I've always liked looking at closeup photos of plants and insects, and wanted to take some personal photos of my own.

I think this moth is a good example of what I was looking for, and I was very pleased with the way it turned out.

Don't wait!!   Procrastinate Now!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Two of the locals

I spotted these two while I was driving a couple of blocks from home.   They actually stayed there looking at me while I stopped the car, fished around in my bag for my camera, and took the photo.

Perfect Hug Recipe

2 people            A touch of love
4 arms               A pinch of humour
2 hearts             A sprinkle of glee

Extend arms and wrap them around each other.
Clear your minds, take a good look at each other, then pull yourselves together and mix well.
Serves two.

More funny headlines
  • "Local High School cuts dropouts in half"
  • "Cold wave linked to temperatures"
  • "Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers"
  • "Red tape holds up new bridges"
  • "Dealers will hear new car talk at noon"

True story

We've all heard of the "nesting instinct" mother's have before the birth of a baby, but I had personal experience with this from the father's point of view.  The week before our second child was born, my husband gave his precious Studebaker car a thorough clean out, even taking out the seats and carpet to wash them, along with the floor.  The following week our daughter was born - in the car!

Men are like:
  1. Laxatives.....they irritate the crap out of you.
  2. Weather......nothing can be done to change them.
  3. need one, but you're not sure why.
  4. Government Bonds.....they take sooooo long to mature.
  5. Mascara......they usually run at the first sign of emotion.
  6. Lava to look at, but not very bright.

Did you know?

Bone china is made with actual bone as an ingredient.

The term "to boycott" something or someone comes from the first person it was done to - Captain Charles Boycott, of County Mayo in Ireland.

The Patron Saint of musicians is Saint Cecilia.

Nepal is the only country with a national flag that looks like two pennants.

If you multiply 111,111,111 by 111,111,111 you get 12,345,678,987,654,321

Tired Pusscat

Poor Pusscat got tired from reading, and fell asleep.

Chaos is the natural order of things.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Danger in my yard!

Being a nature buff, I was checking out this nest a bit too closely, when one of the inhabitants flew at me, and stung my thumb - twice!  I reckon it was the one that's looking at me towards the left.  It was scary, because at the time, I didn't know what these things were, and the sting was unlike anything I've ever felt.  I raced inside and took TWO antihistamines (didn't want to take any chances).  Then I had a shower, and put clean clothes on, in case I had to rush to the doctor.  (Yes, I AM a panic merchant from way back).  I did survive, with only a slight pink mark around the two sting holes in my thumb, but I'm very wary now when I go near these nests.

Two quotes from Richard Bach

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.  You may have to work for it, however."

"Isn't it strange how much we know, if only we ask ourselves instead of somebody else?"

Short short

As the knife cut through the flesh, blood began oozing out.  He hadn't been expecting it, and although he didn't want to see what was happening, he couldn't look away.  He felt the nausea rising.  This was completely unexpected.  How could she do this to him?  Surely she know what he was feeling.
"Don't worry, Ben," she said, with a smile on her face as she cut into the flesh yet again.  "I'm doing this for Malcolm".
Malcolm, his best mate.  His non-vegetarian, dead animal eating mate, who liked nothing better than a big barbecued, blood oozing steak. 

Nonsense poems

I saw Peter Rowsthorn on tv one day, reciting a couple of poems.  They tickled my fancy, so I wrote them down, and here they are for you.   Thanks Peter, you're  a great poet!!

Thanks for laying the carpet, Dad
Thanks for showing us how.
But what's that lump in the middle, Dad?
And why is it going "miaow"?

Hello little pussy
Chewing on a bone
I really wish you'd eat some fish
And leave my leg alone.

Some more of my soaps

Citrus cheesecake slice.  Yes, they really are soaps.

Drink coffee - Do stupid thing faster and with more energy.