Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Whimsical Wednesday # 196

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday! 

The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend.

wouldn't this be a great idea! One in every room.

Thank you fishducky.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Finishing Chapter Seven

Those of you who read my Wednesday Words story last Friday know that I didn't use the challenge words and I said I would use them in Chapter Seven to be posted today.

Here are the words: album; lunar; sparkle; furry; sconce; inquire; builder; contract; attend; ultimately; landline; fall.

Here is the next installment of the Ted and Gloria story:

 Chapter Seven

Once both babies had been settled and Gloria had been sponge bathed, the little family was moved into the ward. Ted was relieved to see the sparkle back in Gloria's eyes, they'd been quite inwardly focused as she concentrated on pushing the babies out. The twins were taken to the nursery to sleep and to allow Carol and Alan to visit with the new parents. 

They came in, almost running in their eagerness to congratulate and bestow gifts. Carol had brought a photo album with a white leather cover for recording baby's progress and a small stuffed toy. Alan had brought the hand made mobile that had once hung over Ted's bassinet. Lunar themed, it had crystal stars and moons that would sparkle in sunlight and Alan had added plastic glow-in-the-dark moons and planets to it for a soft glow when the lights were turned out. Both were very surprised to discover there was a grand-daughter as well as a grandson.

"Oh my goodness." said Carol, sinking into the chair beside the bed. "We've never had twins in this family and we only brought along gifts for Snuffles. Have you named him yet?" "Yes, we have," said Ted, "his name is Ryan and his sister's name is Megan, after Gloria's parents." "That's a lovely way to remember your parents dear, it's quite sad they aren't here today to see these little treasures."

"Have you seen them yet?" asked Gloria. "They're in the nursery just along the hall to the left, Ted can take you there." Carol bounced up out of the chair as if she had springs instead of ankle joints. "Oh Alan,' she said, "let's go right now and see the babies."

They left qickly and Gloria took the opportunity to use the bathroom, then straighten the bed a little. She had just settled herself against the pillows when they all came back. The sparkle in Alan and Carol's eyes rivalled her own. "They're adorable!" she exclaimed, "sound asleep, so peaceful. And you know what else? In the nursery there are beautiful old-fashioned wall sconces as well as overhead lights, I imagine they would turn on the overheads if they needed to, but while all the babies are sleeping, the sconces give such a soft, warm glow. I must inquire as to where they were purchased. I know a contract builder who also does electrical work, he's licensed of course, he could put a couple of those sconces in your nursery for the babies...."she trailed off, realising everyone was looking at her with smiles. "I'm doing it again aren't I?" she said, "that taking over thing."

(gorgeous aren't they? Thanks google)

"Yes, just a bit," said Alan and Ted together, "but it's a good idea," Ted continued, "I like the idea of sconces, although ultimately the decision should be Gloria's, she's the one who has been doing up the nursery, while I've been finishing the garden." "I like the idea of sconces," said Gloria, "but I haven't seen the nursery ones, I'll be sure to notice them when I go there later, then I can decide if the style will fit with the rest of the decor. I've made the nursery a bit old fashioned, with a few modern touches, of course it may be a bit small now that we're going to have to fit two cots in there, definitely we're going to have to rearrange the pieces."

She noticed a tiny frown on Carol's face and asked what could possibly be wrong. "I wasn't sure if I should say anything," said Carol. "I noticed that Megan was quite a bit smaller than Ryan, I know boy babies are usually bigger at birth, but Megan seems delicate, less robust, although certainly healthy. Have you asked your attending physician?"

"We noticed that ourselves," said Ted, "Gloria asked if Megan was alright, is it normal for an unexpected second baby to be so much smaller, Doctor Jackson said they often are, but Megan appears to be well within normal ranges for all the usual newborn tests, she's breathing on her own, he wants to wait a day or so and just keep an eye on her." 

"If I notice anything wrong, majorly different, I'm to let him know immediately," said Gloria. "I'm sure she's fine, she had her first feeding right before Ryan, I gave them a breast each and then they fell asleep. I'm about ready to fall asleep myself," she said, feeling suddenly overwhelmed.

"Well of course you are," said Alan. "Here you are with two brand new babies, only four hours old and we're yammering on about wall sconces. We'll go on home and let you sleep. We'll be back tomorrow with another photo album for Megan and I'm sure Carol will bring another furry little toy, something in pink probably."

Carol and Alan left as Ted helped Gloria lie down and he tucked the blankets around her before settling into the bedside chair to watch her sleep for a while. "Two babies!" he thought, " that means a bigger pram, one of those twin ones, good thing we haven't unpacked the first one yet, we can exchange it for a twin model, maybe we should get a bigger car, a station wagon might be good, I'd better get some sleep myself, I have those boxes of receipts to sort out tomorrow," his eyes closed and Ted slept.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The REAL Musical Monday

this is the clip I meant to put up, it's so much nicer to see 

please watch and listen again.

I Lava You

Musical Monday # 71

Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.

I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 

I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.

Today’s clip is something a little different. I saw this when I went to see a movie a couple of months ago, the clip was shown before the feature.

Lava Song

and the lyrics:

I hope you enjoy this bit of whimsy.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Selections # 244

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week we're back in my garden.

I wonder how many of you remember me planting my first seedlings here at my current home?
September 2013, I planted 18-24 tiny seedlings of Erigeron, also called seaside daisies.

three or four punnets of six seedlings each. I don't remember exactly how many and some of them died, one got stolen :(

so tiny. Planted under the roses,

following the curve of the path. I watered them for two summers, then left them to cope with the random watering done by neighbour P, who waters the roses, sort of. She doesn't water deeply near the roots where it is needed, she's a sprinkler, wets everything including foliage, then goes back inside. Yet the roses survive, probably because they are so well established.

here are those same seedlings. Bushy, knee high,

and covered in tiny white and pink daisies. They open pink and fade to white as they age.

Now for even more prettiness.

remember the ixias (bulbs) I had in a pot last summer? (along with other varieties of bulbs in pots.)
I have them in the ground this summer, where I will let them multiply and spread. Ixias are tall growing, but with very slim stems and as the sprays of buds open they droop and sway in the slightest breeze.  So I planted most of them inside the frame of my windmill where they might get at least a little support.

Here they are>>>

such delicate gorgeousness,

in a range of whites, pinks,

creamy yellows,

ooh, another pink.

a pink and yellow combination,

and a paler pinky yellow.

another pink spray

here is a side view, with miner gnome Mike smiling up at the beauty.

my ranunculus have thrived better than I expected, so many of the stored bulbs crumbled away to dust.
Next autumn I will purchase double whites, and plant those bulbs randomly amongst the red, they should look wonderful next summer. The young buds are a deep red, the pink ones in the foreground are the oldest blooms. 

the windmill that is supporting the delicate ixias, left of the windmill you'll see the dusty millers that are now quite large.

and finally>>>

watermelon snack. I love summer fruits!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, assorted people have been taking monthly turns at putting up a selection of six (or twelve) words which is called “Words for Wednesday”.
We have taken over this meme from Delores, who had been having computer problems. 

This month the meme continues here, at the most - - of every moment. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.   

Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...
Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme.  If you are posting on your own blog - let us know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.

It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?

This week's words are:
1. album
2. lunar
3. sparkle
4. furry
5. sconce
6. inquire


1. builder
2. contract
3. attend
4. ultimately
5. landline
6. fall

Here is my story:  
you may notice I haven’t used any of the words. The story has got away from me, some of the words are making their way into Chapter Seven which is only just begun. I’ll finish it tonight and publish it on Tuesday instead of my usual time-out Tuesday nothingness.

Chapter Five 
Three weeks later, Gloria called Ted at work and told him the time had come, “Snuffles” was on the way. Ted apologised to the couple sitting before his desk, asking if they’d mind him leaving to see his first child born, if they came back tomorrow, he’d knock a hundred dollars off his fee. They agreed and Ted locked the papers in the office safe and they all left the building together. 

Ted arrived home after several finger-tapping moments of impatience when he’d been caught behind what seemed to be every red traffic light between him and home. He found Gloria gripping the edge of the kitchen sink and taking very deep breaths. Her suitcase was waiting by the door. 
Ted said, “I’ll put this in the car and come back to you, okay?” Gloria nodded, then said, “the contraction is passing, we’ve probably got lots of time, but hurry please.” Ted was gone to the car and back in a flash, giving Gloria a quick hug, then checking all the doors and windows were locked before helping her to the car. 
He talked about his current clients, they wanted him to sort out their receipts for their tax return, “they have no system at all,” he said. “I have in my safe two shoeboxes full of crumpled bits of paper and one of those plastic grocery bags, the big kind meant to be reused. I’ve never seen such a mess.” 

He glanced at Gloria in time to see her grimace and clutch her abdomen. “Another contraction? Are you timing them?” “Yes,” said Gloria through clenched teeth, “but this one has come sooner than I expected, maybe Snuffles is in a hurry.” “That could be a blessing,” said Ted, this will all be over sooner rather than later.” “I hope so,” said Gloria. “Mrs Dickson was telling me her cousin’s daughter was in labour for three days, that’s a scary thought.” “’Three days? THREE?” Ted was shocked. “THREE? How can hospitals let that go on?” “Apparently Dierdre was determined to have a natural birth and was refusing offers of a caesarean, she finally gave in when they told her the baby’s heart was failing,” said Gloria.

Chapter Six

They made good time getting to the hospital and Gloria was whisked away in a wheelchair, puffing and panting through another contraction. She’d had five in the car, increasingly painful and longer lasting, she was looking forward to a little pain relief and a speedy delivery. Ted filled out the necessary paperwork at the desk, then phoned his parents. Alan answered the phone and told Ted they’d be there as soon as they could. 
Ted was shown into the room where Gloria was red-faced and groaning through another contraction. He wet a washcloth at the sink and wiped the sweat from her face. “Can I do anything else?” he asked. “Not just yet,” Gloria said, "I asked the sister about pain relief, but apparently I’m too far along, anything I receive now will make the baby sleepy at birth, slow his responses.” She gasped and rolled a little to her side, breathing hard. As she rolled back, the contraction over, she said to Ted, “all those books we read, the video and talks at the ante-natal clinic, none of it prepares you for this. They tell you it will hurt, but not like this, this excruciating pain that seems to be screwing itself into my bones.” Gloria panted through another contraction, quite a long one, as Ted rinsed the washcloth and wiped her face and hands again. A nurse came in with an old-fashioned trumpet style earpiece and pressed it against Gloria’s abdomen. “Uh oh,” she said, “wait a minute, let me listen again.” Ted blanched and his eyes got a panicked look. “What, what, what,” he didn’t seem to be able to get any more words out. 

“The nurse said, ”either there’s an echo, or another heartbeat, you may have two babies in there. I’ll get the portable ultrasound and Doctor Jackson, we’ll soon know one way or the other.” Ted and Gloria were both stunned. “Two? We only have things ready for one!” A few minutes later, twins were confirmed. Doctor Jackson explained that sometimes one baby is so perfectly aligned behind the other, he or she isn’t discovered until the birth. “You’d be surprised how often this happens,” he said. “It’s probably why your labour has progressed so rapidly.” A quick check confirmed full dilation and Gloria was told to push with the next contraction or sooner if she felt the need. 

Within thirty minutes, Gloria and Ted were proud parents of a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Megan. They each held a baby while the nurse prepared things for their first baths and first clothes. Ted gazed in wonder as his son stared deep into his eyes as if wanting to get to know everything about his father as quickly as possible. Gloria marvelled at the expressions crossing Megan’s face as she alternately scrunched her little face and stared at her mother. 

“Ted, we have twins, an instant family, we have to tell Carol and Alan.” “We’ll tell them as soon as all the baths are done,” said Ted. He handed Ryan to the nurse, who showed him how to support Ryan in the tub and gently splash water over the tiny body, before lifting him onto a warmed fluffy towel and patting him dry. Then he repeated the procedure with Megan while Nurse Jenny dressed Ryan in his very first clothes. The baby wasn’t happy about all this and yelled lustily until he was placed back in Gloria’s arms.