Thursday, 27 July 2017

Using Wednesdays Words

This weeks word prompt is:
dominant, carpet, magazine, duster, finicky, display
carbine, boots, tactical, determination, filthy and disgusing
or you can use the expression
maniacal megalomaniac

Let's take a shot at it, shall we?

I do admire my sons determination to complete his basic training.  I know he absolutely hates boots, (I mean who doesn't right?) says they don't 'go' with anything.  Yet, he stands tall and proud, shoulders his carbine, and takes part in the tactical manoeuvres even though it's a filthy and disgusting muddy mess he has to scramble through.  He's my brave little soldier.  Here at home he was always so finicky about the house; plying his duster every day, tidying his display of crystal figurines, straightening the magazine rack, vacuuming the carpet in his room.  I don't know how he is standing the dreadful conditions he finds himself in.
Greg wiped a perspiring brow and grinned at his drill Sargent.  That maniacal megalomaniac of a domineering mother of his made sarge look like the tooth fairy in comparison.  He was enjoying every moment of being a 'regular guy' getting dirty and sweaty, flopping on his bunk with his boots was wonderful.  Ma may not realise it but her little boy was planning on being a career soldier.  Already he was marked as officer material.  He could hardly wait to be 'large and in charge'.  He'd had plenty of 'basic training' in that.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Words For Wednesday

Words for Wednesday is a writing prompt designed to fire up our creative juices and get us writing.  The words can be spun together to create a piece or just used as inspiration.  Write fact or fiction, prose or poetry, or simply a stream of thoughts generated by the words.
There are no rules (that's the best part).  Use some, all or none of the words on any day of the week you like.   It really doesn't matter as long as you enjoy the process.  Just always let us know if you are posting your piece on your blog so we can all drop in and visit.

Here is this weeks prompt:

dominant, carpet, magazine, duster, finicky, display
carbine, boots, tactical, determination, filthy and disgusting
or you could use this phrase

Have fun.
This finishes my month for the words.  Hope you all enjoyed the challenge.
Next months words come to you from River at Drifting Through Life.  You can find her in my sidebar.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Quiet Day At Home

spent cleaning out the china cabinets and wiping off all the little doodads and itsy bits inside.  There was a depression glass Iris vase and a cut glass vase that used to hold childhood offerings of lilacs and vast bunches of weeds for Mom and Gram.  They are empty now.  Only the memories remain.  A ruby glass pitcher that I admired all my days in Moms kitchen cupboard and now it is in my china cabinet.  Just a pitcher, but oh the memories.  A clock that ticktocks along merrily that was once a wedding gift for a young couple  no longer with us.  With each tick and tock I think of them.  Tiny cups and saucers that once held Easter eggs for an excited little girl.  I treasure them still.  Items I once gave parents or grandparents come home to roost with their memories attached.  War medals and pocket watches, photos, an egg cup that adorned my grandfathers place setting every morning.  The flotsam and jetsam of life...their life...telling stories only I remember.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Poetry Monday

Poetry Monday is brought to us by Diane of On The Alberta/Montana Border (you can find her in my sidebar).  Diane decided Mondays needed jazzing up and she was right.  Why not join us.  You can write, read, critique or share your thoughts.  Poetry doesn’t have to be serious or even rhyme…it’s just a great way to share your thoughts and feelings and it’s fun.  This week Diane gave us a topic “vacation” which you can use or not….I decided to use it.

Owl Goes On Vacation

“Where is Owl?”,
asked the mouse
as he cowered
in his tiny house.

I don’t see him
flying by
against the moon
so pale and high.

I can’t hear
his mournful “Whoooo?”
and so I don’t know
what to do.

Is it safe
or is it not
to go out doors
and leave this spot?

“Oh do come out
Dear mousie, do.”
the fox beguiled
as foxes do.

The mouse peeked out
to see the fox
a dinner bib
tucked under his snout.

“Oh me, Oh my,
I dasn’t try.
I’ll stay inside
and wait him out.”

But what of Owl,
that missing fowl?
He’s lying on
a big beach towel.

He's at the beach,
toes in the sand,
a margeurita
in his hand (er..feathers).

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Thought For The Day

I wish I could say I thought of this, but, I didn't.  A friend sent it to me in an email.  Origin unknown.  Where have I heard that before?

- If you replace "W" with "T" in "What, Where and When", you get the answer to each of them.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Well I'll Be....

I just love words.  No surprise there.  If you've visited here before, you know that.  Some of the words in our language (English in case you weren't sure) leave me scratching my head.  There are colourful and interesting expressions, one word expressions, that have no known origin.  Interplanetary visitors perhaps?
Take for example the following selection:
I mean, who IS Flabber and why is he/she gasted?
The first recorded use of the term was in 1772.  It means to be shocked or amazed.  It's origin is lost in the mists of time.
How about,
I've never said Hi to anyone named Falutin but I've known some folks who WERE (or thought they were) highfalutin.  This term originated in the mid 19th century and might be English in origin.  High English-Fluting equals highfalutin...maybe...
There's always,
an early 19th century expression of unknown origin which means to cheat someone as in, they were hornswoggled.
Work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but which gives the appearance of having value.
Much like this post of ridiculous expressions.
Originating in the 1930's from who knows where.
an early 18th century expression of unknown origin meaning, to trick.
If you've read this far, you've been bamboozled into thinking this is actually going somewhere.  It isn't.  I'm just having fun with silly words.  Funny thing, I actually use those words once in a while and never before did I stop to wonder where they came from...and...I STILL don't know.

Friday, 21 July 2017

What's For Dinner?

Wednesday night it was Beef Bourguignon.  

This is everything you need to make it.  Well, and a little water and a whole lot of patience.

5 medium onions sliced
4 tblsp oil
2 pounds lean beef cubed
1 1/2 tblsp flour
1/4 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp thyme
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
red wine
1/2 pound mushrooms sliced

cook onions until tender
 I would suggest using half the oil and saving the other half for....
remove onions from pot
put beef in pot (with the left over oil)
sprinkle with flour and seasonings
brown the beef
it's getting there.
add 1/2 cup bouillon and 1 cup red wine
and simmer slowly, stirring occasionally for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Phew.  Adding more bouillon and wine as required to keep meat covered.  The recipe advises 1 part bouillon and 2 parts wine.  That can add up to a LOT of wine so if you don't want it too strong, just use your better judgement.
 Return onions to the pot and add mushrooms.
Top up your liquid if required.  Simmer for another 1/2 to a full hour stirring occasionally and keeping an eye on your liquid levels.  Especially if you are drinking any of that wine.
If you want it a bit thicker, just add some cornstarch mixed with a little water and simmer a tad longer.
Serve in hand thrown pottery bowls.  They make everything look and taste better.
I put it on rice but noodles are just as good.

By this time your kitchen looks like this....

Because you have been cleaning up as you go...right?  And, if your husband is anything like mine he will say, "Now that was a nice easy meal for you to prepare on such a hot day, wasn't it?  Bless them, they haven't a clue.

I'll forgive him because I have lots left over in the fridge for tomorrow night and all I have to do is warm it up.

That beef was so tender.......OMG it was good.