Monthly Archives: January 2010

Doubts and Regrets

There is no doubt that Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Gaelikaa, Ginger, Grannymar, Judy, Magpie 11, Maria, & Ramana are all members of the Loose Blogging consortium (Helen is on sabbatical & Ashok might be otherwise engaged right now) but once more the rest of us, without regret give our offering on the topic for the week, chosen by Conrad.

Doubts and Regrets


I doubt the world will ever be free of famine and need, until we learn to share unconditionally; and teach what THEY (the poverty stricken) need and not what we think they SHOULD need.

I doubt the world will be free of strife and war, because most if not all is caused by man’s greed.

I doubt I will ever see 21….. Again!

I doubt red meat is bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.

I doubt I will ever stop laughing at myself.



Regrets are a waste of time.

The past happened, nobody can change it, not even God; so accept and move on. Live now and make it matter.

Sniffs and sneezes

Typing with one hand was no fun.

The other one was almost permanently poised, ready to close in with a tissue to catch the fast flowing river that my nose had magically become when not exploding in a fit of sneezes.  Thankfully I had no appointments planned or guests to share the bugs with.

A friend… well I thought he was my friend, showed great sympathy….

He sent me this:-

Now if I recover, I’ll be back at 15.00 GrannyMarTime.

Thursday Special ~ Self Defense

Defense Attorney:
Will you please state your age?

Little Old Lady:
I am 94 years old.

Defense Attorney:
Will you tell us, in your own words, what happened the night of April 1st?

Little Old Lady:
There I was, sitting there in my swing on my front porch on a warm spring evening, when a young man comes creeping up on the porch and sat down beside me.

Defense Attorney:
Did you know him?

Little Old Lady:
No, but he sure was friendly.

Defense Attorney:
What happened after he sat down?

Little Old Lady:
He started to rub my thigh.

Defense Attorney:
Did you stop him?

Little Old Lady:
No, I didn’t stop him.

Defense Attorney:
Why not?

Little Old Lady:
It felt good. Nobody had done that since my Albert died some 30 years ago.

Defense Attorney:
What happened next?

Little Old Lady:
He began to rub my breasts.

Defense Attorney:
Did you stop him then?

Little Old Lady:
No, I did not stop him.

Defense Attorney:
Why not?

Little Old Lady:
His rubbing made me feel all alive and excited. I haven’t felt that good in years!

Defense Attorney:
What happened next?

Little Old Lady:
Well, by then, I was feeling so ‘spicy’ that I just laid down and told him
‘Take me, young man. Take me now!’

Defense Attorney:
Did he take you?

Little Old Lady:
Hell, no! He just yelled, ‘April Fool!’ And that’s when I shot him, the  little ba&tard

Art with My Needle ~ Week 22

I am running late today so I will give you a sample of using only one stitch.

Fly stitch is the one I have chosen

It looks like a letter Y

Altering the shape other effects can easily be achieved.

Same stitch worked closely on the left and the group on the right giving movement.

Introducing different colour and some exaggerated stitches can change the work completly.

For anyone beginning embroidery a good point of online reference for stitches is this needlework dictionary. Not alone will it show you how a stitch is worked but plenty of variations for each one.

One to be bookmarked, I think!


Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue.
I can sing a
rainbow, sing a rainbow, I can sing a rainbow too.
Listen with your eyes, listen with your ears and sing everything you see.
You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow sing, sing along with me.
Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue.
I can wear a rainbow, wear a rainbow, I can wear a rainbow too.

red yellow pink green purple orange blue red yellow pink green purple

Yes indeed I can wear a rainbow of colours if I choose with care.  I can wear yellow if it is of the creamy custard variety, but not the sharp acid tones. Winter white is softer than the pure white, beige into brown works well for me if it is the mushroom category, or on into what my mother called ‘donkey’ brown.  Anyone ever heard of it lately?  Again the yellow-browns are out.

Donkey brown Rider hat with a camel coat for my Confirmation Day.  Wisewebwoman did you have a hat like that?

Peaches are a fruit I love, but the colour drains my face.  Greens, from the pale apple to the jade family and on into teal all work well.  Pink, lavender and the raspberry reds have been added since the autumn gold tresses faded towards silver.

A dark grape or purple are my ‘black’ and with winter white or a pink it looks well.

Blues are easier, from the pastel through to navy, leaving aside those with a yellow tinge.  In the springtime during many of my younger years the shop windows were filled with navy – dresses, suits and coats.  The trimmings or accessories might be white one year followed the next with yellow or even green.  There was always a freshness to navy that you didn’t get with black.

Navy is still a very popular colour.  How do I know?  When you go to the sales at the end of the season, you seldom find good quality bargains in navy.  Navy carries forward particularly in classical styles.  So why sell at a reduced price if you will get the full whack a few weeks later.

How do you know if the colour is right for you?

When someone tells you that you are looking really well (and means it), before saying something about your outfit, then you have made the right choice.

Food Monday ~ Margo’s Roasted Vegetables

Margo’s Roasted Vegetables
Preheat the oven to 180°C

Sweet Potato
Butternut Squash
Red Onion quartered
Clove of garlic, chopped
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons of mixed herbs.

Cut all except onion into large chunks. Steam or boil and cook a few minutes.Drain and place in a large bowl with the onion quarters and a chopped clove of garlic.Add two or three tablespoons of olive oil, and some black pepper and two teaspoons of mixed herbs.

At this stage you can empty into a plastic bag and tie securely and keep in the fridge a day or two.  When ready to cook, spread in a single layer on an oven tray and cook for 35-40 minutes till wrinkly and tender.

Leftovers can be reheated next day.

After the Snow

We had a thaw and it was followed by rain.

Friday the wind howled and roared with a vengence trying to find entry or blow my house down.  The house won.  On Saturday morning the wind was gone like a naughty animal with its tail between its legs.

The day was mild so I worked outside for two hours in the garden (clearing and sweeping up)!  It is the first time in twelve months that I have been able to do that.  Woo Hoo!

Today the daylight is different.  Not sunny.  But Different.

I am off to enjoy it.  Catch you later.

Double Dare

At the end of my post Conversation on Tuesday, I finished with:

The moral of the story is never dare me to do something!

Well you know what happened…..

Don’t dare you to do anything? Ooh, I should dare you to kiss me, but that isn’t a hard challenge.

I’ll like to dare you do a portrait. Sit and have someone take a portrait of you, and you do the same to someone else. I’m not talking about a snap, I’m talking about a portrait. A picture which shows an aspect of the sitter.


Will Knott

Well how could I resist… back I came with the following comment:

Will – You are on! This idea might take off….. If enough people took up the idea (not all portraits of me, no way, but of others) Mulley might allow us to have them displayed at the Irish Blog Awards in March.

So where do we start?

Who in their right mind would want to have me as a subject of a portrait?  ‘A picture which shows an aspect of the sitter’.  I am curious to see how exactly someone else sees me.  Really!

Do I use ‘my portrait taker’ as my subject or work on the ‘pay it forward’ idea and choose somebody else?

Is this one for the photo bloggers or Flickr group?

Come on readers, I DARE YOU!  Have a go.


Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Gaelikaa, Ginger, Grannymar, Judy, Magpie 11, Maria, & Ramana (Helen is on sabbatical right now) – all members of the Loose Blogging consortium faithfully turn out once more with their take on the topic for the week, chosen by Anu.


You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~ Mohandas K.Gandhi (1869-1948)

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On a lighter note, I think I would need faith to wear these:

I have heard of meals on wheels; but Legs on wheels!!

Well nailed!


Thank you Cynthia, the email arrived in the nick of time.

Beware the Fever

Ireland has been struck by Fever once more. It happens around this time every year.

We all heard of the

  • Celtic Tiger Flu – with a long slow recovery
  • Swine Flu – with all the jokes
  • Seasonal Winter Flu with coughs and sneezes &
  • Now we have the Blog Bug…..

This hear Blog Bug sets the whole country into a frenzy of reading, cogitating, deliberating and selecting of their own special favourites. Why you may ask?

It is all because the Nominations are now open for the 2010 Irish Blog Awards.

This year there will be a total of 20 different categories to choose from plus the category ‘Best Blog Post’ for that special single post you found stayed with you long after reading it.

A blog can be nominated in any category by anyone, but the blog owner can only accept nominations in one category (with the exception of Best Blog Post) to move the blog forward into the judging rounds. To be nominated the blog has to have been actively blogging between May and December 2009. Winners of each category will be sent forward into the Grand Prix category where they will compete for the title of “Best Blog 2010″.

So put your thinking cap on, there are plenty of worthy blogs out there to choose from, but hurry up there are only about 12 days to send in nominations.

The event itself will be held on March 27th in Galway, and from previous experience a great party is in store for all who attend.

Now the show must go on… so I am off to finish my LBC post for 1500 hours GMT. See you then.