Take my hand: a WDYS photo challenge,

Sadje is our host for the What Do You See photoprompt challenge.
You can find out more here

Image credit; Cheryl Holt @ Pixabay
( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows very two young girls heading off together, holding hands. One is of African heritage and the other seems Caucasian )

‘I knew they’d get along just fine,’ Justine said. ‘Tabitha just needed someone to give her confidence.’
Clare watched as their daughters set off to explore the garden.
‘Don’t worry Clare. Amy will look after her.’

‘I’ve got you Tabi. Hold on to the fence as we go down the steps. I’ve got your arm and won’t let you fall.’
Tabitha had just got out of hospital and this was the first time she’d ventured out of the confines of the house.

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Wash Day Blues

The image below is from Ryan McGuire at Pixabay and has been chosen by
Fandango as his Flash Fiction Challenge.
After today’s fun at the launderette, I don’t have a story, but I do have a caption or two!

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a person who has partially jumped into an upper dryer along a row of stacked dryers at a laundromat.
Give that sock back now dammit!!

Bloody machine ate my money.

I bet Alice never had this problem.

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Share Your World 11-30-2020

Melanie is our hostess for Share Your World every week.
You can check it out and join in by clicking on the link below:
https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/58053187/posts/3050320601

QUESTIONS

What would you enjoy if you could do so without someone getting annoyed with you for enjoying it?  It MUST be something you aren’t supposed to enjoy because it is “bad for you”.
Easy: anything in the cream cake or sweet line. MIL always used to make me feel guilty just looking at a doughnut, let alone buying one or eating it, yet she would stuff her face with two or three cakes every day.

Is it okay for men to wear the color pink?
I don’t mind a pink shirt, but I think I would feel uneasy if it were pink socks or perhaps pink underwear.

Can you curl your tongue?
Nope.

What, in your opinion, is the best room to put a fireplace?
In a modern house, definitely a lounge. We loved our log burner in the cottage, which was originally the village school and built in 1867. However, in old houses, having a chimney breast and fireplace in any, if not all, rooms was the norm. Sadly we don’t have one here, either do we have anywhere to put one. Now if we built an extension to the  smallest bedroom and converted it to a lounge diner, we could have a chimney and log burner installed.

Gratitude
Looking across the room knowing no words are necessary, just feeling the love.
Photo:
Love on the rocks, a decorated stone found on a walk with Maggie in September.

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Today is Monday 30th November

It’s the last day of November and the December cheer will be out in full force from tomorrow.
I’m late today as we’ve had a bit of a tilt this morning and didn’t get home until well after 3.30.

I pulled back the drapes to wet windows and rainy skies, but we’d already decided to do washing today and take it up to the launderette. We were therefore up by 8am as Hubby had a blood test this morning at 10.40, so we hoped to get the washing dry beforehand.
Two washloads today as we washed the throwovers on the settees, but we knew their dryers could take it and it would only cost about £1.90.
Sadly the dryer failed after 2 minutes, and we lost our money, so had to scrabble around in the car for some change as I didn’t have my handbag. Memories of looking for 2p to cover a shortfall and buy a newspaper many years ago immediately came to mind.  I phoned it in and left a message with details of the faulty machine and our phone number.

Hubby had his blood test, and is back in range, though our lovely nurse is taking no chances and wants to see him again on Thursday.
From there, things started to go downhill as Hubby was in considerable pain around his operation site which was getting worse by the minute, so we ended up driving to the Urgent Treatment Centre 17 miles away as we know our surgery is useless.
He was seen more or less straight away, and although we were there for over three hours, he was given a thorough check up and Xrays. It is possible that a coughing fit over the weekend jarred a muscle which had been stressed during his surgery. The Xrays were clear and although they assured him there was nothing to worry about, if the pain gets worse, his belly starts to extend or he feels generally unwell, it’s an A&E job which is 45 minutes away. I can get him there in 40 provided there are no idiots or tractors in my way.

Knowing it would be way too late to do the chicken curry I had intended by the time we got back, we had lunch out. Terribly Not-Good-For-Us, but the flapjack sugar fix helped my headache and I did have brown bread for my roll with no spread to show willing…. sort of. We won’t mention the custard slice and sausage rolls when we got home.

The heated gloves we ordered last week were waiting on the doorstep in the hugest box imaginable, and the lady from the launderette had rung for our address and dropped £2 in our post box.

We are simply not in the mood for walks today, so will settle down and unwind either watching a DVD or blog work.
Hope you’ve all had a good start to the week.
Take care everyone and keep safe.

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Three Things Challenge #433

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.

Don’t forget to invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

The challenge is scheduled to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so they might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
Your support continues to be amazing, so my thanks as always to all of you for taking part.

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

MOVE
DART
CRINGE

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The Sunday Whirl Wordle #484

Brenda Warren is our hostess for the Sunday Whirl word challenge. You can join in here

I could tell you a few stories about my childhood,
Times when TV was a novelty, and we had to make our own fun.
Getting up on a freezing cold morning
To porridge and toast for breakfast,
Then walk the three miles to school.
No computer games, but we could
Throw a small ball against a wall,
And bounce it behind the tape to score.
Hopscotch, skipping ropes and cardboard boxes as a sled
Down grassy or snowy banks,
Building snowmen with carrot noses and black eyes of coal.
Scrabbling through a narrow gap in the hedge
Coming out the other side with grimy hands
And dirty clothes, but the best pinched apples.
Times when your Mom would hold you close
When you’re cold or frightened,
Lead the way through the dark after the candle burned out,
Making sure you want for nothing.
We never went without the important things.

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Fancy A Weekend Quickie?!!

That cheeky chappie Rory has come up with this.

Everyone enjoys a quickie right …. l mean it doesn’t ‘always’ have to be over too quick – but just not take toooooooooooooo long either, otherwise where’s the fun for a quickie on the weekend?

They’ll touch base with anything and everything and sometimes none of the above but something else!!

6 Quickie Questions

Are you ready …. interpretation completely down to you …. but are you?
Go for it……………………..
If you were to star in a raunchy movie what ‘part’ would you be playing?
The first aider. I mean, have you seen some of those positions???
In your eyes, what do you consider to be a deep thinking question?
Why?
When was the last time you used a juicer?
Never used one. Does a blender count, in which case five weeks ago when mushing Hubby’s stew.
How lost would you be if suddenly all makes of intelligent mobile devices ‘ were banned and replaced with regular mobile phones?
I’m old school, so I’d be ecstatic.
When was the last time that you were completely and utterly dehydrated and what caused it?
About 1993, a hot sunny day and walking along the cliff top on Portman Bill. It was the one and only time I’d used sun screen.
By the time we got home, I was violently sick and Hubby couldn’t get my temperature down, so he threw me, fully clothed, into the shower and turned it on full. You could almost hear me sizzle. I’ve never used sun block since and we always make sure we have plenty of water in the car.
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Song Lyric Sunday 29th November

Jim’s theme this week is the affectionate animal prompts of Bird/Cat/Dog/Fish/Pet.
https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2020/11/28/domesticated-animals/

I’m a dog person. Anyone who reads my blog might have already gathered that, but I much prefer the company of dogs to people sometimes. Dogs seem to like me too, and in my entire life, I can only remember coming across two that didn’t.

Hubby and I have had a dog for twenty seven of the almost thirty two years we’ve been together, sixteen of those were with Maggie. We miss her terribly, but are able to talk and joke about her on our walks, little things like crossing the road or which direction to take is left ‘up to Maggie’, and we have to stop ourselves leaving little titbits to put in a dish that is no longer there.

This one goes back to 1971, and was a double A side holding the number one spot for five weeks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOl7dh7a-6g

Writer(s): Stewart Roderick David, Quittenton M
lyrics courtesy azlyrics.com

“Maggie May”

Wake up Maggie I think I got something to say to you
It’s late September and I really should be back at school
I know I keep you amused but I feel I’m being used
Oh Maggie I couldn’t have tried any more
You lured me away from home just to save you from being alone
You stole my heart and that’s what really hurtThe morning sun when it’s in your face really shows your age
But that don’t worry me none in my eyes you’re everything
I laughed at all of your jokes my love you didn’t need to coax
Oh, Maggie I couldn’t have tried any more
You lured me away from home, just to save you from being alone
You stole my soul and that’s a pain I can do without

All I needed was a friend to lend a guiding hand
But you turned into a lover and
mother what a lover, you wore me out
All you did was wreck my bed
and in the morning kick me in the head
Oh Maggie I couldn’t have tried anymore
You lured me away from home ’cause you didn’t want to be alone
You stole my heart I couldn’t leave you if I tried

I suppose I could collect my books and get on back to school
Or steal my daddy’s cue and make a living out of playing pool
Or find myself a rock and roll band that needs a helpin’ hand
Oh Maggie I wish I’d never seen your face
You made a first-class fool out of me
But I’m as blind as a fool can be
You stole my heart but I love you anyway

Maggie I wish I’d never seen your face
I’ll get on back home one of these days

My Mum used to call Maggie ‘Maggie May’ and it stuck, though she was named for being a people magnet, not after a song or the baby in The Simpsons. Maggie stole our hearts and souls, but we never regret seeing her face.

However, in keeping with Jim’s theme, I’m going with this as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkuu0Lwb5EM

“Who Let the Dogs Out” is a song performed by the Bahamian group Baha Men. Originally released by Anslem Douglas, it was covered by producer Jonathan King who sang it under the name Fat Jakk and his Pack of Pets. He brought the song to the attention of his friend Steve Greenberg, who then had the Baha Men cover the song. Source WIKI

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Baha Men

The song was originally written and recorded by Trinidadian singer Anslem Douglas, and it was, at the time, titled “Doggie”. Even though its lyrics were almost unanimously… Read More 

[Opening]
For one zillion dollas
The question is:
Who let the dogs out?
{alarm rings}

{spoken}
Hey!
Who let the dogs out?!
Who let the dogs out?!

[Hook]
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)

[Verse 1]
Well the party was nice, the party was pumpin’ (Hey, Yippie-Yi-Yo)
And everybody havin’ a ball (Hah, ho, Yippie-Yi-Yo)
Until the fellas started name callin’ (Yippie-Yi-Yo)
And the girls respond to the call
I heard a woman shout out

[Hook]
“Who let the dogs out?”
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)[Bridge]
I see ya’ little speedboat head up our coast
She really want to skip town
Get back gruffy, back scruffy
Get back you flea-infested mongrel!

[Verse 2]
Gonna tell myself, “Hey man no get angry” (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
To any girls calling them canine, hey! (Yippie, Yi, Yo)
But they tell me “Hey Man, It’s part of the Party!” (Yippie Yi, Yo)
You put a woman in front and her man behind (Yippie, Yi, Yo)
I heard a woman shout out

[Hook]
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)

[Bridge 2]
Say, A doggy is nuttin’ if he don’t have a bone!
(Oh doggy hold ya’ bone, oh doggy hold it)
A doggy is nuttin’ if he don’t have a bone!
(Oh doggy hold ya’ bone, oh doggy hold it)[Hook]
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)

[Bridge 1]
I see ya’ little speed boat head up our coast
She really want to skip town
Get back gruffy, back scruffy
Get back you flea-infested mongrel!

[Verse 3]
Well if I am a dog, the party is on
I gotta get my groove cause my mind done gone

Do you see the rays comin’ from my eye
Walking through the place
That Diji man is breakin’ it down?
Me and My white short shorts
And I can’t see color, any color will do
I’ll stick on you, that’s why they call me Pitbull
Cause I’m the man of the land
When they see me they say Woo!

[Hook]
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)
Who let the dogs out?
(Who, who, who, who)

lyrics courtesy genius.com

 

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Today is Sunday 29th November

It’s 3.45 in the afternoon and we have had two long walks today as the weather has been mild though overcast. I suppose so far we have clocked up over three and a half miles.

I weighed myself this morning and reported in. Despite a small gain of half a pound, I am still within target so I am well pleased with that.
Photo: Dec 2016 on the boat

I’m about three pounds heavier than I was here, but I was just starting my radiotherapy, and they told me to stop dieting as my tattoos wouldn’t line up if I lost any more!  It took ages to get back into the routine, so I modified my target by seven pounds and achieved it in August last year. First time I’ve noticed Maggie having her dinner in the bottom right corner.
We’ve had a message from the printers asking us to collect her picture at the end of the week rather than tomorrow. That’s OK with us, but as they close at midday, we shall be there more or less as soon as they open!!

I’ve spent the majority of the morning wrapping two parcels to post and writing my Christmas cards. I’ve been buying stamps for a while and have 28 to post. Twenty Eight!
I didn’t realise we knew that many people, haha. It’s the only time I contact the majority of my family, but I stopped the newsletter a couple of years ago as I never got any feedback.
I’ve signed off from the pair of us and added a short note about Maggie on the bottom as she was always included. I get paid on Tuesday, so I shall get them in the post then and top up my phone at the same time. We’ll have to go to the bank too as it’s a damn nuisance not being able to do telephone banking since they introduced voice recognition.

Lunch today was pasties, beans and a few wedges for me. Hubby has eaten well and so far so good.

Keep safe everyone.

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Three Things Challenge #432

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Don’t forget to invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

The challenge is scheduled to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so they might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
Your support continues to be amazing, so my thanks as always to all of you for taking part.

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

HAIR
FLAG
HOME

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