Temporary – Blog Posts, Laundry and Hair Cuts

It is my 8th Anniversary of Blogging. Is that long enough to say blogging isn’t a temporary pastime for me? My blog posts, on the other hand, are only of temporary interest to the blogging world!

Other temporary things in my life:

  • laundry – if I ever get ‘caught up’, it will only be for a few hours…
  • hair cut – if it is perfect, it won’t be for long; same with fingernail length
  • cuts, scrapes, bruises, a cold
  • weather, seasons
  • batteries
  • ripe fruit, ice cubes in a drink, gum flavour
  • shiny copper or silver, empty dishwasher
  • new car smell, full tank of gas
  • fresh-cut grass, perfect flowers
  • family vacations, Christmas Spirit
  • bubbles

  • Fall leaves and the berries from the Mountain Ash Tree

  • Snowflakes

What things would you put on your list of temporary things?

Eight Years of Blogging

This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is Temporary.

Ambushed by the Best Paraprosdokians

Paraprosdokians are sentences that ambush you. They have an unexpected shift in meaning in the latter part of a sentence or phrase – that you didn’t expect from the first part of the sentence. Sometimes they also play on the double meaning of a particular word.

Here are some examples that I found on sites about paraprosdokians, or that I’ve chosen because they seem to fit the definition.

A fool and his money are soon elected.
– Will Rogers –

A good cook needs storage, a bad cook needs a dog.
– IKEA sign in a store –

And I, I took the road less traveled by. I was using a GPS system.
– Robert Brault –

Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what’s for lunch.
– Orson Welles –

By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity.
Another man’s, I mean.
– Mark Twain –

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
– Robert C. Gallagher –

Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn’t a lot of strokes when you consider the course.
– Lee Trevino, golfer –

Don’t forget to turn your clock back. I’m going to turn mine back to when I was 20.
– Crabby Road – Maxine –

Do you ever wake up, kiss the person sleeping beside you, and feel glad that you are alive? I just did and apparently will not be allowed on this airline again.
– Author Unknown –

End world hunger. Grow Zucchini.
– Author Unknown –

Every woman’s dream is that a man will take her in his arms, throw her into bed… and clean the whole house while she sleeps.
– memions.com –

Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.
– Mark Twain –

For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
– Bob Wells –

How many roads must a man travel down before he admits he is lost?
– Author Unknown –

If I could just say a few words … I’d be a better public speaker.
— Homer Simpson –

If I am reading this graph correctly, I would be very surprised.
– Stephen Colbert –

If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
– George Carlin –

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.
– Dean Martin –

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.
– Henry J. Tillman –

I haven’t slept for 10 days, because that would be too long.
– Mitch Hedberg –

I have one last request. Don’t use embalming fluid on me. I want to be stuffed with crabmeat.
– Woody Allen –

I just found out it takes 5 sheep to make one wool sweater. I didn’t even know they knew how to knit.
– Author Unknown

I may be barking up the wrong tree, but that is my natural voice.
– Author Unknown –

I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play.
– Joe E. Lewis, golfer –

It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose.
– Darrin Weinberg –

I tried sniffing Coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose.
– Author Unknown –

It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
– Author Unknown –

It’s so weird all the different names they have for groups of animals. They have pride of lions, school of fish, rack of lamb. . .
– Ellen DeGeneres –

I’ve decided not to have kids. The kids are taking it pretty hard.
– Author Unknown –

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers.
– Dave Barry –

My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. She drinks right out of the bottle.
– Henny Youngman –

My wife left a note on the fridge that said “This isn’t working I’m going to my mom’s.” I opened up the fridge. The light was on and the beer was cold. I’m not sure what she was talking about.
– Author Unknown –

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx –

Nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as cats do.
– Lee Entrekin –

Out of love I made you a cake. Also out of milk, eggs, flour, sugar, and vanilla.
― Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over –

Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic.
– Author Unknown –

Show me a man with both feet on the ground and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants on.
– Joe E. Lewis –

Silence is golden, duct tape is silver.
– Author Unknown –

Sometimes I wake up grumpy but sometimes I just let him sleep.
– Karen Scalf Linamen, book title –

The only people I am aware of who don’t have troubles are gathered in peaceful, little neighborhoods. There is never a care, never a moment of stress and never an obstacle to ruin a day. All is calm. All is serene. Most towns have at least one such worry-free zone. We call them cemeteries.
– Steve Goodier –

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.
– Author Unknown –

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
― Anthony G. Oettinger –

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle – keep away from children.
– Phyllis Diller –

There’s a bunch of different crunches that affect the abs … my favorite is Nestle.
– Shmuel Breban –

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three lefts do.
– Jason Love –

War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
– Author Unknown –

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.
– Author Unknown –

Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
– Author Unknown –

While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake.
– Henny Youngman –

Try these two links for more funny quotations:
Fueled By Chocolate Wordplay and Quotations
Fueled by Chocolate’s other blog, The Quippery

A Peek at Bourton-on-the Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is a village in the Cotswolds Area of Gloucestershire, England. The houses and shops in the village are constructed of the yellow Oolitic limestone that is found in the surrounding hills. Cotswold stone is easily split into blocks and is quite weather-resistant.

The Cotswold hills cover an area that is about 40 miles across and 120 miles long. It is an extremely popular tourist destination.

thatch roof house

A peek over just about any hedge or stone wall will give you a glimpse of why at least 117 buildings within Bourton-on-the-Water have been listed as Grade II or higher. This designation means the building has ‘special architectural or historic interest’. The building’s owners have to apply for consent to do most types of work that affect their home.


A peek inside this wobbly hedge! I sure wouldn’t want to be the one who keeps it trimmed.

In old age, and having been sprained by the weight of snow over the decades, the hedges now wobble along, imperfect, but full of vegetable dignity…
– Description of Walmer Castle Hedges, Heritage Magazine Issue 48 –

Vine House

A peek at the house behind the Ivy. English Ivy is the most prevalent self-clinging climber found on walls in England, though some ornamental ivy types are also used.

In 2010, English Heritage released the results of a study to determine whether Ivy was beneficial or detrimental when it grew up the sides of buildings. Their research suggested that as long as ivy was not rooting into the wall, there were numerous positive benefits.

This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is Peek.

Pumpkin Meets Drill

A well-rounded and compact head – a good description of a cabbage, but it works for a pumpkin too!

drilled hole design

This year I used a drill to make almost perfect round holes in my jack-o’-lantern. (Did you know that the term jack-o’-lantern comes from an Irish folktale? Large turnips and potatoes were used by the Irish in Ireland, but they switched to the readily available pumpkins when they came to America.)

holes drilled zentangle design

‘Jack’ doesn’t look all that handsome in the daylight, but he really ‘shines’ in the dark!

When I was looking for a quotation about pumpkins, I found a musing by Alexander McCall Smith. It reminded me of transporting my pumpkins last year.  I secured them in the back seat of the Jeep and briefly thought about what quiet, friendly companions they were.

The pumpkin looked delicious—almost perfectly round and deep yellow in colour, it sat on the passenger seat beside her so comfortably as she drove out of the car park, so pleased to be what it was, that she imagined conducting a conversation with it… And the pumpkin would remain silent, of course, but would somehow indicate that it knew what she was talking about, that there were similar issues in the world of pumpkins.

There was no harm, she thought, in allowing your imagination to run away with you, as a child’s will do, because the thoughts that came in that way could be a comfort, a relief in a world that could be both sad and serious. Why not imagine a talk with a pumpkin? Why not imagine going off for a drive with a friendly pumpkin, a companion who would not, after all, answer back; who would agree with everything you said, and would at the end of the day appear on your plate as a final gesture of friendship?
– Alexander McCall Smith, The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine –

Happy Halloween, all!

(Is it still called Halloween in your community schools, or has it been changed to Black and Orange Spirit Day?)

There is a growing list of Halloween costumes that have been described as inappropriate because they are negative representations. Lynda Davis, at BoomerBroadcast wonders: “If I answer the door dressed as myself, an aging baby boomer in a comfortable T-shirt and yoga pants will I offend my entire generation?”

Cårven Der Pümpkîn | Recipes with The Swedish Chef | The Muppets

This weeks’ WordPress.com Photo Challenge is Rounded.

The Silent ‘M’

The Quippery

English has 13 letters that are, at times, silent. A ‘B’ might as well disappear when it is at the end of a word if it follows an ‘M’. ‘C’ is not pronounced in the ending ‘scle.’ ‘D’ disappears in handkerchief. E, G, GH, H, K, L, N, P, S, T, U and W may also be silent on occasion.

Readers should also be aware that when a media campaign tries to generate mass hysteria, based on nothing but purposefully vague and unsubstantiated claims, the ‘M’ in ‘Masses’ can also be silent.

Social media makes it incredibly easy to spread false or misleading information.

Facebook’s algorithm, which tends to only show users content they agree with, makes the company complicit in spreading falsehoods. That feeds into people only seeing particular viewpoints or sources, which allows for these kinds of sites to be circulated with much more frequency.  Facebook needs to create a “check this source bar” that would display information about a story’s origin. We have to remove the barrier for people to fact-check what they’re sharing. [That is], If we can even get them to read what they’re sharing.
– Quartz report on the work of Melissa Zimdars –