Well, that was another week! April 26th 2019

Another week comes to a close, and another weekend is here! Always cause for celebration.

I’ve been off this week, and it has been absolutely fabulous! Pure bliss at times, I don’t mind saying. At certain times, I’d even say I’ve managed to master time itself, so slowly did it pass – and I mean that in a really good way (not in the way, how, at times, time just draaaaags by without an end in sight!) However, there were also times when time passed by at double, and quite possibly treble, normal speed. Time has to keep its own pace, no matter what we do to try to affect the flow of it.

It’s been Easter Week around these parts. Around other parts too, I’d be right in guessing. The week started with the scorching temperatures that we last saw in February. February. You couldn’t make it up. At this end of the week, it’s a little cooler, a lot wetter, and slightly more thundery. I don’t mind the weather really. It can do as it pleases, even when I’m off work. We can’t do anything about it.

Another thing we seemingly can’t do anything about is Brexit, which is back up in the air this week. Well, one can’t say it’s on the table as its everywhere but. I’m actually becoming bored of laughing at the nonsense now, and this is one thing I’d just wish that time could grab a hold of in one of its treble-speed spurts. “They’ve” ummed and ahhed about it for so long, “we” (most probably) “must” vote in the EU elections this year, which we wouldn’t have needed to had we left at the right time, instead of all the umming and ahhing. However, I’m not political. I’m British and I don’t care.

I read a headline in the news the other day. How it could be classed as ‘news’ is beyond me, more like more fearmongering, this time directed at the older generation. Apparently, some group somewhere or other thinks that all of the benefits that our pensioners receive should be scrapped, and the money instead given to the younger generation. Well, not that my voice matters, I say to the younger generation get out there and earn your money, and earn your benefits for when you are a pensioner yourself. I must admit that I didn’t read the story, the headline was enough, but it got me thinking about how the ‘media’ call ‘social media’ for being inappropriate, when they very often do the same thing. Mind you, they are trusted and unbiased, apparently.

On a more serious note, the bluebells are now all in full bloom around here. With the cloud cover causing the light to have a golden tinge to it, the bluebells are the most glorious lavender colour at present. Unfortunately, I haven’t taken any photos of them, as there are plenty of other bluebell photos dotted about the blog.

My keyboard went kaput yesterday. I was typing away at one of the parts to my latest Superhero Diaries storyline (Oh yes, they’re back. The story begins tomorrow (Saturday 27th February) – I used to love a good superhero show on a Saturday night on TV when I was younger, so must have some kind of superhero presence on the blog each year, and this year it’s going to be on a Saturday! For those of you who read last year’s Hallowe’en posts, this run is in the same format as that – I may return to the ‘snippets from the files’ format at a later date. Oops – I digress) and I got halfway through a word when nothing. I thought at first the battery had gone, but no… it was the keyboard. So now, I have a brand new keyboard, and with it a brand new hyper-sensitive mouse which sends the curser anywhere on screen – apart from where I need it to be. Trying to highlight something is a fun challenge in itself. But I do like a challenge.

Speaking of challenges, I mentioned last week that I am no longer participating in any blogging challenges and I will also no longer set any challenges myself. There are a few reasons that helped me to come to the decision, but who knows what may happen in the future? I may be back in the world of blogging challenges before we know it. In the meantime, I’d like to thank those who have set the challenges over the past few months and years that I’ve participated in.

So, thank you:

Debbie

Brenda

Becky

Eugenia

Hélène

Diana

Subject to the mouse working correctly, the above should link to the respective blogs. If I have missed anyone from the list, please let me know and I can rectify the omission in a later post.

And finally, in the arts, I’d like you to have a look at the blogs of a few artist folk I follow, their creations are such a joy, and brought a smile to my face this week.

Susan Feniak, and ‘Henry’

Jill Kuhn’s Topiary Tales

Jodi’s Watercolor Blues

I will share more links to artists everywhere next week.

Have a fabulous weekend!

The Art of Synchronistic Blogging

Synchronicity Strikes!!!

The above grainy images are actually one image. And truth be told, they are only grainy in the above image, not in their original formats. I’ve included links later in the post so you can check out the images in their crispness.

Let me explain a little.

As you may be aware (well, if you’re new to blogging you may not be!) my blog visits have slipped into that sparse wilderness of late… they are just behind my replying to comments, which by all accounts are about to fall off the end of the world – although I will ensure that doesn’t happen, and I WILL REPLY TO ALL COMMENTS SOON… the caps there are to drum the thought into my head, I’m not shouting it at you!

I’ve just called into the reader, and found the latest post from Elaine there. You remember Elaine – we had the four painting blog challenge going on the other week – and I simply had to like her post and leave a comment. The posts I like appear in the sidebar over there – it should be on the right, but it could be in a totally different place if you are viewing the blog from a different device – and that is where my latest experience of Blogging Synchronicity occurred.

It also may not be in the same format for very long, depending upon the next posts that I like, hence I’ve added another screenshot (which should be to the left this time, device permitting!) which shows the latest posts that I’ve liked.

The posts I’m waffling on about (yes, thank you, I am getting to the point!) are the top two… the lady and the gentleman looking onward into the great beyond.

The first painting is Elaine’s, which she has titled The End Of The World. The second image has been selected by Hélène from Willow Poetry for her weekly What Do You See? blogging challenge. My response to Hélène’s challenge is here. Written on the wall in Hélène’s image are the words ‘The Beginning is Near’!

What struck me with the two images is how similar yet how totally different the two are, and they have ended up side by side in my sidebar. By pure chance. And only for now. They will soon go out of synch, then back in synch, then out of synch again for the next so many likes… but there’s the next issue. Look closely and you will see currently a quirky quirk with this theme… and after the top two, the other squares in my Liked Posts widget start to slip apart from each other.

One’s female, the other male. One’s daytime, the other night. One’s open, the other blocked. One refers to the end the other the beginning. The colours, the paintings, are totally different from each other, yet seeing them side by side has sparked a major feeling of synchronicity within me… and synchronicity to me always means right place right time. And that makes me Feel Good!

I love experiencing synchronistic events – even those that are days apart. Although I do tend to spot the odd connection or two at times this type of Connection is magical.

Synchronistic Blogging… have you experienced it recently?

Please Allow Me to Introduce Piclets!

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Yes, I’m launching yet another blog. < – Six words!

This is another outlet for my creativity, this time for the digital doodles that I create that don’t seem to fit here or on Splodge and Splatter, but still need to be broadcast around the world.

The reason for this new blog is very simple. I recently had a very cost-effective job done (NOT the Bathroom, by the way, but ANOTHER job!), and, as I’d sent a Cosmic Order out to the Universe for it to be cost-effective, and received the order very quickly, I wanted to give something back.

I asked the Universe for a prompt as to what I could give back, and in a split second the word ‘Piclets’ appeared in my mind. I knew it was for sharing pictures (a PICture outLET if you like!) for free for those folk who just so happened to want one of my images, but before I started with the blog I did a quick internet search to see if the word ‘Piclet’ was already in use… obviously, I didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes.

Variations of the word came back, but nothing for Piclets itself (unless the search engine I used was doing its usual trick of giving me what it thought I was searching for, rather than what I actually was searching for!), so I went with it. I created a new blog in WordPress, and piclets.wordpress.com was available, so I went with that as well. It’s a free site, so there will be adverts but you don’t need to bother with them if you don’t want to.

Over time, and when I can (and looking at my recent blog-posting record I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you!), I will post a selection of my created images that I will just give out to the world completely for free, to be used for anything. Just right-click on the desired image(s) and save to your computer.

You may find the candles I gave will be placed over there as well, plus seasonal goodies… and Hallowe’en is coming up, so I may get my Hallowe’en thinking cap on sooner than planned. We shall see.

All of the images are created solely by me, out of random shapes and/or textures, but I feel in doing this I am, in a small way, giving something back to the world for free.

It may take off; it may not, we shall see. But for now, Piclets is LIVE!

This is a post for Six Word Saturday. Yes, I am aware that I’m posting it on Friday, but it is good to be early for once! Who knows when the next post will appear here… soon, I hope!

Have a great weekend.

By the way, the images on the new blog are very sparse and created (with the exception of the candle!) just for the launch of the blog. The next post over there will feature more lovingly crafted images – but  a start is a start! And – Oh! Click the image at the top to get to the new blog. Hehehe!

Wordle: Do(ugh)nuts

It’s a stormy debate
That doesn’t mar the taste
And the silence of a few letters doesn’t help
You still fry the batter
Which way – doesn’t matter
Whole or with a hole, please yourself
The star of the show
Is a sweet round of dough
A glorious gift filled with all manner of guilt
Draft a line in the sand
Decide where you stand
And then use your choice up to the hilt
Some use the ‘ugh’
Whereas others do not…
The charge being neither is wrong
Donut or doughnut
Just don’t eat a lot
You’ll feel wired and not very strong!

This post is also in response to a little mini challenge set by Sharon over at Make Art… Magic Happens.


Feelin’ the Lurve

Rainbows and butterflies and shooting stars.
A warm glow and a touch of tenderness.
A deep blue and a dark velvety red.
Candlelight and soft music with a gentle breeze.

That’s how I’m feelin’. That’s what I’m seein’ in my mind’s eye.

(Well, there are some teeth together with sharp serrated fangs, but I’m leaving them to one side for the moment…)

Puppy dog eyes, and huge floppy paws.
Aromas of freshly baked bread.

Can you tell I’m feeling a little happy right now?

The lovely Cobs and a bunch of her Gal Pals have sent me a digital Valentine’s Card. Thank you ever so much, girls!

Normally, I wouldn’t ‘do’ such a thing, but just for once, I’ll accept it! I’ve temporarily suspended Vampyre’s Day for the duration of this post!

A Digital Valentine for Tom

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Among the blogs that I follow, one of them,  Tom, of Beyond the Sphere, talks of Valentines day as Vampyres Day.  He doesn’t really like Valentines Day – as you might have guessed from the title he gives the day.

He recently said on his blog (and I quote):

The reason why I do these posts each year, every year, year after year, is because, well, to be honest, I prefer Hallowe’en to Valentine’s. I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s. Never liked it in fact. Not because (sob) I’ve never been anyone’s Valentine, or (sniffle) nobody has ever been my Valentine, or (Bwaaaahoo boohoohoooooo boohoooooo) I’m a permanent singleton or anything (pull yourself together!), I just think it is a pointless celebration when everyday should be celebrated that way.

I commented on his post, saying:

“I’ll make you a Valentine Card, Tom… and it will be from…

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