Category Archives: All things fun

Pardon….say that again

Like many other bloggers I keep a record of the books I read – I even keep lists here on the blog. See Books Read above. Just occasionally readers will comment on the books, more often on a post I’ve written but I ‘have’ received one or two on the book page itself. Which is surprising but nice just the same.

Until, like recently, when there were loads of them……this sort of them

They’re not the nasty ‘don’t want them on my blog’ ones…..just strange ’english is not my first language’ type and with WordPress’s system of skimming off into another folder what they think is spam, I have the option of ’publish or delete’ (by the way, nothing in there ever does get published)

The fun (if there is fun in checking spam comments) is seeing those recent ones on the book pages…..funny to read – not funny if you click on the links they provide – (which obviously I haven’t….shown you or clicked) So I thought you might like a giggle – just remember these are all on pages containing lists of books I’ve read not postings on the main blog

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Am I weird in wanting to rewrite them so they read correctly??

Fun Friday – the day we leave the troubles of the week behind

Just because

Those old phones have a lot to say for themselves don’t they 😊

Life was much simpler when these were in use – small neat fitted comfortably into my hand – there was an awful lot of talk done on this one!

And just because I’m not in a talkative mood right now doesn’t mean I can’t smile 😊

Fun Friday – the day we leave the troubles of the week behind

There are little things

This past couple of weeks have been full of little things that brought a smile to my face.

Like seeing the GP and having him tell me ’ maybe next script renewal (3 months time) we can combine two of these medications’. Seemingly the new combined pill works just as well as taking the two singly.

Like visiting the chiropractor and feeling supple and pain free…..which doesn’t always happen. Life is so much easier when it does.

Like leaving the podiatrist after having my feet pampered……knowing my nails had been cut without me having to twist and turn like a contortionist….something I am definitely finding harder to do.

Like seeing the smile on my brother’s face as he told me he had a new grandson, seeing the smile on The Golfer’s face as he told me the cafe at the golf club had reopened for table service, then being able to drive out there to have coffee in a proper cup 😊

Like reading an email from the pool revising their opening hours and usage. Come Monday I can return to doing what I enjoy…..things my body sometimes find impossible difficult on land yet I am able to do quite easily in the water… walking for instance. 😊

Like knowing the library will reopen on Monday, seeing the 8am school bus go by, getting an appointment with my hairdresser and making a note on the calendar as a reminder that face to face ’book club’ is startIng again next week. 😊😊

Like noticing the effect a week of pleasant sunny dryish days had on the roses. A bush overloaded with buds turned into a mass of delicious looking blooms.

Like gathering up remnants of a winter spent elsewhere. Reminders of places visited where little complimentary essentials were supplied – definitely not a new happening (motels have done this for years) these (and more) happened to find their way into my bag.
Tiny soaps and single tea and coffee serves to pass on to a ’ hard up friend’ who welcomes anything that will help stretch her pension a little bit further.

But my biggest smile came from seeing the bread bag ’tie’ was made from cardboard and not plastic.
Not a new innovation here – I just happened to photograph this one 😊

Linking to Life this Week hosted by Denyse at Denyse Whelan Blogs. 
Do pop over and see what others have been up to this week

The Perils of Tea time

My brother knows about my love of tea in the same way as I know about his love of the occasional pint . I received this the other day 😊

PS:- (This is not a photo of my brother or his wife )

Fun Friday – the day we leave the troubles of the week behind

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This is my last post for a little while. After a few days in Rockhampton we’ll be on the road for a bit so will see you all when things are hooked up again at home in Melbourne Be good and be nice to each other. Cathy xx

Things that made me smile

I’m joining in with Elephants Child and others again today at Sunday Selections. 
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Watching the antics of these two seagulls. To me the one of the right appeared to be a male, strutting and parading in front of what seemed like a very impressionable (or maybe unimpressed) female 😊

‘Come on’ he said ’I’ll take you out to dinner and we’ll watch the sunset afterwards’ Don’t you love a man who’s true to his word

Seeing the psychedelically (is that a word?) painted wall at the fish and chip shop. Soft and warm and comforting in the evening sunshine

Smiling yes, but turning these words written on the wall over in my mind. Does fast food (yes the ‘happy meal’ sort) really make children (or even adults) think that way

Turning a miniature piece of washed up coral in my fingers imagining human feelings of tenderness in the shapes I could see

Smiling as I read this warning sign at a beach in Mackay and wondering…….when you see the words marine stingers – strong currents – crocodiles listed as hazards……why would anyone want to swim there?? Your guess is as good as mine😊

Savouring the thought of Coffee and Cake always puts a smile on my face……this time it was further up the beach at the Seabreeze Hotel.

Do pop over to EC’s and see what beautiful photos she has to share today. 
Sunday Selections– a place to share photos…..old and new

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The Secret Shoebox

A little tale sent to me the other day – about a shoebox and marriage

It’s been around for a few years now but still makes me smile each time I see it 😊

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They’d shared everything. They’d talked about everything. They’d kept no secrets from each other except that herself had a shoe box in the top of the wardrobe and she’d warned her husband never to open or ask her about it.

For all of those 60 years he’d never thought about the box, but one day his wife got very sick and the doctor said she would take time to heal.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the husband brought the shoebox to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totalling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents.
‘When we were to be married,’ she said, ‘ my grandmother told me that the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.’

The husband was so moved he had to fight back the tears.

Only two little dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

“Oh darlin” he said, “that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money?
Where did it come from?”

“Oh,” she answered, “that’s the money I made from selling all the dolls”.


Fun Friday – the day we leave the troubles of the week behind

Friday Fun…

A Few Little Riddles To Think About

Question:- What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space , the beginning of every end and the end of every place?

Think about it…..

Answer:- e

Question:- You can see me very clearly but I have no mass and when you put me in a barrel I make the barrel lighter. What am I?

Think about it….

Answer:- A hole


I’m not sure what you’ll make of this one…

No answer…’s just as I said.
(Think about it 😊)

Things that made me smile…..

It’s been a while I know.😊…… I’m joining in with Elephants Child and others at Sunday Selections.
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But first I just want to start with a little tribute to Jill – Jill from Land of the Big Sky.
Jill left us suddenly 6 months ago – on 23rd February 2021
She would write each day about Fraserburgh, the coastal town where she lived.
Telling us about what she was up to in her shedudio, what her dear Dawn Patroller had seen on his early morning wanderings, her walks along the sea front (the prom) and the birds, boats, dogs, surfers and children she saw there.
She had a special love of Oystercatchers and a soft spot for seagulls. Gull gangs!

I smiled when I saw the gull gangs on the foreshore and thought instantly of Jill
Do you think the big boys will let us play with them today?
One size and style of shed does for all the farms nearby
High and dry at very low tide (Dingo Beach )
King prawns and crispy noodle salad for lunch
A red coloured Hibiscus flower with a very long stamen
on the bush by the cabin window
Mr Whippy visits the van park
Ooh that’s a big one 😊 Hooray for Mr Whippy 💕

Do pop over to EC’s and see what beautiful photos she has to share today.
Sunday Selections– a place to share photos…..old and new

Colour my world ~ Red

Jude who blogs at Travel World has a new photo challenge for this year (2021) entitled Life in Colour with a different colour chosen for each month. This month (August) the chosen colour has been RED…….lots of it to be seen HERE

I don’t normally have red in the house, and apart from the time I was involved with the Red Hat Society I’m not a wearer of red – a bit bright for me. Some can carry it off but it’s always seemed like a ‘look at me’ colour and you know me…the less visible I am the better 🙂

However there is a time of the year when RED is usually seen around our house…yes at Christmas time. Even during the hot summer days of December the hot colour red gets its traditional airing. The little tree in the hallway is just right for the small red decorations collected over the years – when there were young grandchildren plus various cats/kittens running round the house the big tree always had lots of red unbreakable ones on the lower branches and Grandma’s basket of soft funny red Santas could always be found tucked in a corner somewhere.

And then there was the day we saw all those red hats bobbing round Grandma’s garden

Can you imagine our surprise coming across these – a red hatted snowman plus a very jolly red suited Santa and his very horsy looking reindeer, when we were in hot steamy Singapore one December 🙂

Talking of red hats on snowmen there was the year the grandchildren (Grandma included) made snowmen……..that was when using the inner cardboard roll from the toilet roll wasn’t frowned on. They told her snowmen don’t always have black hats so ours had a big RED one and he had to be displayed on the kitchen window sill along with others she had tucked away in all those boxes out the garage

There’s not so much decorating these days – the red ornamented little tree comes out now and again, so do the little Santas (of sentimental value certainly not monetary) collected from various places round he world. As an aside these are Santa Claus not the Father Christmas I knew as a child-

Some years the colour RED seems to appear in small doses like on this funny little Santa who is actually a (never used) wine bottle stopper who makes the occasional appearance on the window sill.

And last Christmas (2020) when life was still traumatic, our sole contribution to the festive season was the Roly Poly Santa from Ketchikan Alaska and the Long legged Santa from Calgary Canada

Wikipedia has what I think is a very interesting entry defining the colour RED in all it’s glory plus loads of info about its role in various cultures (as an aside did you know bulls don’t know the cape waved in front of them is coloured RED, they are ‘agitated’ by the movement).
If you’re curious you can find it HERE

Corn and Crackers do mix

It rained the other day…….lots
Not my kind of beach weather so I took him shopping

We’re pottering around the supermarket and I’m talking about the seasonal stock that’s been arriving in local $2 shops and said something along the lines of how I ‘loved’ the corn you get in crackers
We’ve forgotten what I actually said, perhaps it was corny crackers but next thing I know is these items appeared in the trolley

A certain person said he couldn’t find corny crackers so would these do?

Of course what I was actually talking about were those corny jokes/riddles that come along with the paper hat and sometimes a little charm type gift inside the crackers we put on the table at Christmas. They sort of make you laugh but there’s always a pull of the mouth and a noise like a groan to go with it.

(This might help readers from non Commonwealth countries )

Now here’s a little something to make you smile…..there’s only 134 days until you can enjoy the likes of these 😊

Q.  What did the hat say to the scarf?

A.  You hang around while I go on ahead!

Q.  What is yellow and white and goes down a train track at 100 miles an hour

A. A train drivers egg sandwich!

Q. What did the martian say to the petrol pump?

A. Take your finger out of your ear whe I’m talking to you!

Q. What do you get when you cross a parrot with a centipede

A. A Walkie-Talkie!

Corny indeed, but come on, tell me truthfully.
Didn’t they make you smile – and groan at the same time??