Category: Confusion

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Snow, no snow, then more snow!

I had a surreal start on Thursday morning. I left the Mansion at my usual time (around six thirty) to go to work. The traffic was building up slowly on the roads – it wasn’t too busy but there was enough traffic so as you would know the day was getting under way. It was a grey morning, and wet with a drizzly rain. I turned a corner, and trundling the other way was a car covered in six inches of snow (I was going to say six feet, but that would have been a little of an over exaggeration – I’m not well clued up on feet and inches, but I do know one from the other!). This one car was the only vehicle covered in snow. The others – both moving and stationary – were clear. I checked the temperature – six degrees – and thought it was too warm for snow.

It obviously wasn’t too warm for snow, otherwise the snow on this one vehicle would have begun falling off it like an avalanche as it melted, but it seemed stuck solid to the car.

At the traffic lights, which were on red and meant a wait of sixty seconds or longer, I kept my eyes peeled for other snow-covered vehicles and there were none. The pavements were clear. The grass verges, hedges, walls – everything was clear. Only this one vehicle was buried beneath the snow. Most surreal.

I found out later, that the surrounding counties had had more snow flurries, and it was apparently just my little section of Cheshire that was clear.

I do like the odd mystery every now and then, but not at that time of the day!

(I didn’t have to time to take a photo of the lone snow-topped car, hence there isn’t a photo to be used for this post. Instead, I’ll use one of me pondering. I have that look quite a lot!)

A surreal Six Word Saturday post.

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Letters To The Universe… The Easy Reading Edition

Dear Letters To The Universe,
I do hope that this edition will be easy reading, after the last mind-blowing one, and the one full of earworms the week before. Well, here goes… let’s see!

Dear Blogland,
The official date, should I post daily between now and then, for my 2,500th post is 27th March 2018. Therefore, I shall be throwing the blog party on the Saturday before, which is Saturday 24th March 2018. I hope to see as many of you as possible there throughout the day.

Dear The Word Concinnity,
You are a new word to me, and I think I actually like you. You mean ‘The skilful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something’ or ‘Studied elegance of literary or artistic style’ (from the Oxford Dictionary). I hope to see concinnity in the blog party towards the end of March, and I would also like to see more concinnity throughout my blog posts both before and after then. Whether the latter appears here remains to be seen, but I will bear it in mind!

Dear Siberian Blast,
Yes, you have us firmly in your grip right now. Could I ask that you don’t hold on for too long, as Spring is just around the corner and we wouldn’t want it to be late!

Dear Spring,
Please, please, do not be put off by that chilling Siberian Blast that has decided to invade our green and pleasant land… please step forth and push those icy forces back! Spring, we need you!

Dear Synchronicity,
You seem to have been in hiding for a few weeks… will you be making a spectacular reappearance soon? Hopefully in time for Spring – or even my 2,500th blog post celebrations?

Dear Drivers,
You appear to be getting worse again. Please pay more attention to what you are doing, and most of all BE LESS IMPATIENT when on the roads. All road users have to get somewhere. Just saying.

Dear Pébéo Mixed Media Paint Set,
I am looking forward to using you, to see what effects you create when I dab a few drops of you here and there, once I start actually painting again. The thing is, with the Siberian Blast that is causing chaos and confusion at the moment, I can’t really open any windows. As you know, you need to be used in a well ventilated area, so I wouldn’t want to risk using you in a confined space, in case I find myself hovering around the ceiling. You do look fun to use, however!

Dear Ducks On The Lake,
I do hope that you aren’t freezing your flippers off in that icy icy water. I’m finding it rather nippy and I’m fully wrapped up, yet you all waddle around in your bare feet.

And Finally, Dear Cheerfulness,
Sprinkle a bit of your magic dust on us all, will you? And a couple of extra large sprinkles on those who may need it a little more! Let’s boost that Feel Good Factor once again around the world!

Thank you for reading,

P.S. I thought I’d end this edition with a tweaked photo of the Moon from earlier in the week…

… well, it was taken on my mobile phone, and I was a little dithered taking it, hence it being a little fuzzy. I think the warm orange colour somehow makes it appear even cooler. A most strange effect, I must say!

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What’s Up? What’s Going On?

Now there’s a question. Or two.

And the answer? Well… just what is going on?

Let’s see.

Recently, I’ve been teasing about a forthcoming little reveal I have – er – coming. That reveal is happening NOW. OH YES IT IS!!! Well, in a moment or tow.

Just before; a quick recap of the recent madness I’ve encountered here within the Mansion walls.

Firstly, I posted a screengrab of one of the backrooms here at the blog the other day. This one, you may remember seeing it…

I’ve posted it again in black and white as it’s a recap. I also posted another image showing the colour green, and different shades of #002500, but I can’t see much point posting that image again in black and white, so I’ll not bother.

It’s the numbers that are important, you see. And it is the numbers that don’t add up which have given cause for this post’s title.

I checked my Dashboard today, and saw this:

According to the Blog Posts section in the first dashboard, I have now published 2,472 posts at today’s count. Here’s proof (you can see ‘Awestruck’ which was yesterday’s post):

So the older dashboard thinks I have published fewer posts today, than what the newer dashboard was telling me I’d published a few days ago.

The question is which is correct???

However, I’ll sort that out. The point of this post is this… I’m about to post my twenty-five-hundredth post! Did the clues help? Maybe they were a red herring. I don’t know.

I DO know, that when I turned my computer on this evening, I saw this random message on screen, before I logged in…

Which kind of caught me by surprise and made no sense whatsoever. I don’t even like shrimp. (Apologies for the quirky photo angle – I had to act quick to take the photo). I discovered that Windows have a feature called ‘Spotlight’ which throws up random pictures and messages like this – even when switched off, it seems – although it is turn offable. I digress.

Yes, sometime in the near future, date to be determined, I will post my 2,500th post, and I think I’ll throw a little blog party. Canopies will be in the Foyer and canapés will line the Courtyard in case the weather’s dreadful. No dress code. Turn up if you want to.


If you do turn up, you will have to work! Oh yes!

Do you provide a free service through your blog that you’d like to promote? Would you like to recommend a friend’s blog? Would you like to meet a new blogger, or welcome a new blogger to your very own site? Perhaps you’d like to be a sit-down comic, and throw in a quick gag or two. Well, for one day, Beyond the Sphere will be open for promotions! My three followers, I’m sure, would love to come along and see what you have to offer.

Merely, on the post in question (whenever that will be!) all you have to do, in the comments, is provide a link to your site / your friend’s site / your friend-of-a-friend’s site (etc) and in return visit the links left by other fine folk who have taken the time to call by that day (whenever that may be!). It will be all about making connections.

Would you like to become one of the Twenty-five Hundreds? Pop along on the day in question, and you will be! I’ll even create a special badge that you can take away for doing so!

The official invitation post will be up soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it. And also keep your eyes peeled for any interesting posts that you think are most definitely worth a share – including some of your own as well!

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Wordle: Automated Frustration

Look, honey, the gravity of the situation is like this:
With nerves rattled – nay, shattered – and blood just about reaching boiling point,
My voice at its crescendo and you still can’t understand me.
I’m blue in the face
And my teeth ache around the edges
As I’ve bitten my fingers down to the bare bones,
I have little birds flying around my head with the stars
From that awfully tinny electrified music
No, I’m telling you.
I’m sorry, I didn’t understand your response. Please say ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Repeat’ to hear the options again…
I give up. I think I’ll write instead.