Category Archives: All things fun

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

AND…

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

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

Things that made me smile…..

It’s been a while I know.😊……..today 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- http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-santa-claus-and-father-christmas

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 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_cracker )


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??



Easy Peasy Dessert

Do you remember the post (Afternoon Tea with a Difference) where I told you about the ‘virtual’ events that were held years ago – well here’s another little story along the same lines (this one is from Feb 2011 ) plus the photos that went with it.

The theme this time was to talk about the easiest dessert in your repertoire
That was a laugh because desserts didn’t come high on my list of cooking skills
Anyway after a bit of head scratching – no….ice cream cake from the supermarket wasn’t what the organisers were after…. I finally came up with something

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Hot humid sticky days in Summer often mean a lack of interest in heavy food
So on those days when you just can’t be bothered
and fresh fruit just doesn’t do it for you
I’ve gone back to one of the nicest easiest desserts (and at times snacks) there is

Good old fashioned Jelly – called Jello in some parts of the world.

Here in Australia it comes as flavoured crystals.
but in England I only remember it coming as flavoured gelatin cubes.  

So simple to make – dissolve in boiling water – add some cold
then pop in fridge to set
Takes no effort to eat – it just slides down the throat
Just the thing when you are feeling unwell
Lovely and cold when your body is hot
Fabulous with Ice Cream or Yoghurt
Along with Fruit and Custard and Cake (of some sort) you have the makings of a Trifle.

When the children were little I’d often add a tin of mandarin oranges which seemed to stretch it a bit further –  we  happened to have strawberries on hand the other day
So I chopped up a few and added them to the red jelly mix
(Our fridge lives in the laundry which means the washing machine is close by
A flat lid plus a clear chopping board makes a great handy bench at times)

Gone are the days of the large jelly mould I’d use when the children were little
you know the sort with the fluted edges.
that also needed two packets of crystals so it was firm enough to unmould.
 The tupperware one was my favourite, the one with a lid (so nothing ‘dropped into’ the jelly while it was in the fridge) as well as changeable bottoms that became the pattern on the top when it was unmoulded.  

These days when there are just us two I use these little ramekins as moulds
One liquid mix just fits nicely into the four and they don’t take up much fridge space

We tend to eat it directly from the little bowls
A nice little snack together with ice cream or yogurt, tea and a biscuit

If I wanted I could make it look more interesting
By placing chopped jelly in a bowl along with the yoghurt
Adding a cup of coffee and slightly ‘different ’ biscuits

And then of course for an after dinner treat
I could change direction again – make it a bit ‘posher’ – and present it like this

This kind of dessert was first recorded as jelly by Hannah Glasse in her 18th century book The Art of Cookery https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin_dessert

Gosh didn’t that week go by quickly, it just seems like yesterday when I was sitting here in the early hours of the morning, cup of tea in hand chatting away to whoever was listening. Cooking hasn’t been top of the ‘want to do’ this past week. Simple (read comfort type) meals…..sausage & mash is a favourite of The Golfer’s and quick and easy to prepare. My favourite fruit (Imperial mandarins) is back so afters seemed to be quick and easy as well. Mandarins, water melon, bananas, cheese & crackers plus almonds/walnuts…..even hot custard one evening. No jelly though…. need to pick up a packet when I next do a shop!


Now I’m off to put the kettle on and decide on brekky – me thinks porridge, brown sugar and sultanas on top sounds good this morning.
There’s a date with a syringe and a hypodermic needle coming up in a couple of days so a bit of housework needs to be done in case I have a reaction, although all should be well seeing as this is the 2nd one and there was no problem with the first. I’d be interested to know if anyone had a reaction to their second AstraZeneca shot.

Oh, and do visit Denyse’s blog to see the latest edition of Life this week – there’s always people to meet over there.
Linking to Senior Salon  – hosted by Esme

AND…..big thanks to Gigi (gigi-hawaii) for her post that reminded me of this fun easy peasy dessert 😊

And – hopefully – The Golfer and our ISP have finally fixed whatever the problem has been with our internet. If it drops out again I’m going have a hissy fit down the telephone line into some poor unsuspecting workers ear. Also I’m hoping I’ve fixed my ‘commenting on blogger blogs problem’. Had to sign out not just of Google but my old blogger account as well – something I’ve haven’t done for years. Lots of head scratching and looking through ‘notes’ to find the correct p/word.

Thinking time – outside the box..

Quiet times during lockdown times means lots of surfing time

And because surfing time often turns into fun time

Here just for Fun and just because it’s Friday – you do know what Friday is don’t you?
Yes, a special day for Fun if ever there was one 😊

(And boy we really do need we need fun at this time)

Here’s some little things to think about and to keep you amused
Can you find the hidden phrase or word for these puzzles?

From wikipedia:-
Thinking outside the box (thinking outside the square) is to think differently, unconventionally or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel, creative and smart thinking.This is sometimes called a process of lateral thought. 

Oh and I’d be able to tell you where I found these little puzzles
if I hadn’t cleared my history ☹️

Fun Friday – the day you forget the worries of the week.

BTW – The Suggested answers were…..
Traffic Congestion or Traffic Jam
Where is Mr Right
Role Reversal or Reversed Roles
Hiccups
Upper Crust
A Rising Economy