The S Bend

Queuing at a distance
Snaking round the line
Social distance measured
Slowly passes time
Up and down the aisles
Checking list page one and two
Trolley overloaded
Luckily there’s no queue
Items separated
Shop A shop B shop C
This modern age of shopping
Can be trickier for three
Finally things are sorted
All paid for, bagged and set
Time to head for home now
No S bend, better yet!

Shopping day today, and I do a shop for myself and two others every week and a half in this current climate. Whereas in the past I’d just nip to the superstore as and when required, it’s best not to do that lately. Best to try to avoid folk at all costs, which is OK when I do it, but others seem to be less bothered and invade personal space (which currently is a lot larger than before!) without a second thought. Sigh. Still, at least I try.

The S Bend in this little rhyme relates to the queue to get INTO the shop as it snakes around back onto itself four times before reaching the door. All orderly and calm. Patience is a virtue. We have to stay safe and keep others safe as well. Most people agree.

Guess What…?!

I’m taking another blogging break.

I know I haven’t really returned from the last one fully yet, but there is a different reason for this break. I have only gone and developed Bell’s palsy, and the whole right side of my face is paralysed.

I have a gorgeous smile on the left side of my mouth, and nothing on the other. I can now blink with only one eye. Flare one nostril. Pick up different sounds with my right ear. And I have a gorgeously smooth forehead – on the right side.

I can’t close my right eye, so I have to sleep with an eye mask on, and use eye drops to stop my eye drying out. I’m taking steroid medication for the muscle loss.

I have to get as much rest as I can, although I am still working and concentrating on computer screens, so I have to try to get a balance between being on screen and off, which is why I’m taking time away from my own computer.

Hopefully, this won’t be for too long, but we shall see. I can’t in all honesty stay away from Blogland for that long, so I’ll undoubtedly be popping in and out as I love reading your posts, even if I do so only as a lurker. I’ll probably be liking more and commenting less, but again we shall see there as well.

It’s only my face that’s affected, and the rest of me feels fine, and I’m handling what has happened OK. I can even see the comical side of it… especially when I laugh. When I laugh, it sets others laughing, which makes me laugh more, so they laugh more – and so on. In the end, I have to say “Don’t make me laugh… you won’t like me when I laugh.” And we laugh.

It’s a reminder really… anything can happen at any time, which makes it all the more important to enjoy the moments before that ‘anything’ happens. And really, more than ever, to keep Feeling Good.

I was going to switch the comments off for this post, but I’ve decided to leave them on. If you do leave a comment, I will try to reply as soon as I can… and this goes for all of the other comments on the other posts you’ve left recently that I’ve failed to reply to.

I shall apologise for this delay, and advise that normal service will be resumed in due course.

Keep smiling! Open-mouthed smile

October 2018

Just a quick catch up post, and a breather from Hallowe’en, in a roundabout way.

I’m still busy away from Blogland right now, but I am managing to get a few more posts posted, a few more blogs visited, and a few more comments and/or replies made. I’m still not at the level I used to be at, but I’m getting there.

At least I’m doing what I’m doing, and I’m doing what I can do, no more, no less. Which shows balance is there. I’m not over-blogging, or under-doing anything else, so it’s all good. Besides, variety is the spice of life, apparently.

Now that the Bathroom is completed, my next big job is my mouth. Yes, I’m having work done to / on / under my teeth, so it’s all good. At least I did it this way around, and didn’t have the teeth removed and then the Bathroom fitted. Hehe! The old ones are still great, even now! Jokes, not teeth. Erm, I digress.

With all of this away-from-Blogland stuff going on, I’m also putting the finishing touches onto this year’s Hallowe’en Spectacular. As usual, I shall be posting a multi-parter, starting this year at 6PM UK time. Unfortunately, the times for the later posts have to be a little haphazard to fit them all in by midnight, as there are twenty-two parts. Twenty-two!!!  There has to be so many parts to fit the whole story in, which features the superheroes from the Elite Force of Britain, and several new characters. Well, I do like a challenge for the night of Hallowe’en.

Don’t forget, if you hear some odd wails and blood-curdling howls over the next few weeks, it may not be as sinister as it first sounds… it may merely be me having something drilled into a tooth or two. Mwahahaha.

If I don’t get to comment before, although I really think I should be able to do so, I will wish you all a Happy Halloween here and now. Then, I can do it all over again nearer the night.

All Year Horror

Hello my darlings,
How are you?
I have a message; maybe two
Listen carefully to what I say…
When I call and your telephone rings
Let me speak, let me sing,
Hear my voice and then allow me
Access to your own PC
There’s a problem on the line that I must fix,
This is no scam, I have no tricks.
You must provide me with your password and pin
You know, just so that I can get in
To check your accounts are all fine, above board
We don’t want to disconnect your internet, I’m sure.
It’s to check it’s all OK and, oh yes,
I have a parcel for you today
We can deliver it tomorrow if you’re in
Please confirm your address again
Hello? Are you there,
My name is Pam
I know I sound just like a man
But no, its your line you see…
I’m from your phone company, you can trust me

Not all scammers are foul-mouthed and rude individuals, although most are if their call doesn’t go their way. They are nowadays trying other tricks to gain access to homes, computers, money… anything they can get their hands on, really.

Be very careful and alert when answering calls from numbers you don’t know – landline, mobile, out of area, international or withheld. They will try anything. Even under threat of massive fines, they are still at it. If anything sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is – do not be conned. Do not fall victim to this diabolical and evil section of society who will most certainly burn in hell for their actions.


Normal, light-hearted Hallowe’en posts will resume shortly, I just wanted to attempt to bring home a modern day horror story that occurs day in day out all year long. Reminders are always useful, I find.


It’s One Word Sunday once again, and this week Debbie’s theme is ‘Lookout’. Earlier this year I took a few photos looking out over one of the lakes around here, so thought one of these would be ideal for the theme. And in this photo, I managed to capture a passing dragonfly. Not an easy thing to do with the camera on a mobile phone, but I managed it. I’d like to say it was intentional, but I’d caught the ‘burst-shot’ setting on the camera, and ended up with about fifty photos of the same scene, all slightly different from the other. I will also have to look out that I don’t do that again, but then again, sometimes the results are special.

To participate in One Word Sunday, pop on over to Debbie’s site, where you will also be able to see other interpretations of the theme.