Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesdays, Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a meme which she calls

“Words for Wednesday”.

She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem.

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. calamitous
2. fraction
3. spanx 
4. glittering
5. ambitious
6. indispensable

and/or this phrase : a glitch in time saved mine

Here is my story:

"Well, how was it?" asked a grinning John as Mandy skipped in through the door.

She struck a pose and gushed theatrically, "oh what a calamitous day dahling!"

John's  mouth dropped open and he almost dropped his coffee mug.

Mandy giggled, becoming herself again. "I was copying one of the other models. Right twit she was, acting all posh and pretending to be some foreign famous model, called herself 'Miranda von Dusseldorf' or something like that. 
Talk about ambitious! And pretentious! 
None of us believed her of course, we'd all heard her screaming in 'fishwife cockney' at her "personal dresser" when things didn't fit."

"So you had a good time then?" asked John.

"I did,"  said Mandy, "it was a great day. Make me a coffee while I go and shower, then I'll tell you all about it."

She zipped through her shower in record time and was soon sitting opposite John at the table.

"Go on then," he said, "spill the beans."

Mandy helped herself to a biscuit and began. 

"You remember we were going to be modelling those new "spanx" underwear thingies, apparently they're the latest thing in body shapers, and the designer says they'll be an indispensable part of any woman's wardrobe within six months ?" 

John nodded, watching Mandy's face closely. 
He loved how animated she got when telling stories of her days. Her eyes sparkled, her lips got that little turn up at the corners that wasn't quite a smile, but could be a full grin in an instant. 

Mandy continued, "well the photographer and the layout fella decided we'd all look better posing on the sand at the beach with the glittering waves in the background. 
Glittering waves! 
I ask you, who talks like that?" 

"Magazine layout people?" asked John.

"Yeah, probably. If I ever get too posh like that just smack me down to earth again would you?" said Mandy. 

"Oh, for sure," said John, "but keep telling, please."

"Okay", said Mandy. "At first he had us all leaning along the steps at the pier with 'Miranda' on the lower step as she was the tallest and the rest of us spaced out, then we sat in deck chairs and after that we lounged on towels on the sand. 
It looked like we were all wearing swimsuits, not body shaper underwear. 
Anyway, finally, the layout fella said we should all just play around on the sand and the photographer could take random shots. That way the reading public could see how well the "spanx" stayed in place no matter what a woman would be doing throughout her day."

"I wish I'd been there," said John. "You know, I waited all day for that plumber and he only just got here about an hour ago and said he didn't have the right size fitting, he'd have to come back tomorrow."

"Rats!" said Mandy, "so the dishwasher isn't fixed yet?"

John shook his head, "nope."

"ah well," Mandy said, we know how to wash dishes without one, no big deal."

"Anyway, after cavorting around in the sand, in tight fitting "spanx" you can imagine what we all felt like. Remember what happens after a day at the beach? Sand in everything? Including our swimsuits? It was the same with the "spanx". 
A fraction too much friction, you might say. I was glad to get those things off, I can tell you!"

"I bet you were," said John. "Describe them for me?"

Mandy thought for a moment, then said, "there are several different types of "spanx", there's a half style that goes from just above the waist to mid thigh, a regular style that goes from just under the bust almost to the knees and the full style which is a whole body suit from shoulders, with nice wide straps, a built-in bra and then all the way to the knees. 

Another body style is more like a swimsuit with very strong control fabric through the middle section to hold the tummy flat. That's what we were wearing. 
If a woman needs her thighs shaped as well as tummy and bottom, she'd choose the full style. 
They're all in beige which didn't look very nice against the sand, so I'm hoping they'll bring them out in better colours."

Mandy sipped her cooling coffee, then, "what?" she said.

"Nothing, just watching your face. I love the way you light up after a photo shoot, you really love doing them don't you?" said John.

You're right, I do," Mandy said and it pays well. We all got paid $100 dollars per hour for today, although 'Miranda' made a big show of telling us she usually earns much, much more".

She thought for a moment. "You know, I think I've seen her before, years ago, when we were living in Brisbane. She reminds me of that Shirley Washington. I reckon she's just a plain Jane like the rest of us. Wonder why she has to pretend she's someone she isn't?"

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Fifteen weeks ago, I brought home a small kitten shaped ball of fur.
Now I have a cat that is longer than half the width of my table.
I'm guessing Angel's dad must have been a big boy.
At seven months, Angel is almost as big as his mum.

Does everyone remember the shampoos and conditioners available in Australia in the 1980s?
Thick and rich and foamy, they left your hair silky soft and gleaming like a mirror. And tangle free.
They were full of all kinds of stuff, chemical stuff, the ingredients list was like something out of a laboratory, just like the shampoos and conditioners were.
But my hair loved them! I had soft, shiny, bouncy, curls that were tangle free.

Now, shampoos and conditioners are "natural" with the kind of ingredients you might find on your breakfast table. Apple, peach, strawberry. 
Or the dinner table, herbal essences, coconut oils this,  argon oil that, morrocan oils and so on.
None of which are any good for my hair.
Yes, they clean it, yes the hair is soft, but it just doesn't feel the same.
I've been disappointed since 1990.
And what's with the conditioners??
No longer are they thick and rich, foaming up to cover the hair and actually condition it. 
No, todays conditioners are thin and feel like nothing on the hair.
The richness has been extracted and is now sold to you separately as "intensive treatments" "repair treatments", extra strengthening, extra volumising, extra shine, etc etc.
The shampoos are still thick and nicely foamy, well, most of them are. 

Bring back the Egg Creme shampoos and Protein conditioners of the 80s!!
Sold in Coles under the blue and white "Savings" label, the shampoo was bright yellow, the conditioner fairy floss pink. 

I've seen a few funny licence plates on cars around Adelaide:

here's a new one: DNA-TEST. 
Truly! I saw it last Friday. or maybe it was Saturday.

My thoughts today are also with Mimsie, whose dearest friend, Precious, passed away last weekend after being with Mimsie and her husband Phil for thirteen years.
RIP Precious.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whimsical Wednesday # 133

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.

so far I have not understood any of Angel's art and have now put the toilet paper out of reach.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Musical Monday #17

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: Paul McCartney

Ballroom Dancing

I don't dance, but I have seen some ballroom style dancing, my old Dad+Mum-in-law were dancers and she told me once that she used to sew their costumes too. 
S had her own dressmaking business for a while and made wedding dresses as well as everything else. This is the same woman who could knit an entire Baby's Layette in two nights while watching television!

Here is the one with the lyrics for those who want to know the words.

another one of my favourites. 
My Ipod is full of favourites, I could do this for years.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Selections #181

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 TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in.
There are a couple of other participants too:
Jackie K at WorkingThrough It
Gillie at The View from Here

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the Zoo.

Otters and Meerkats 

funny little animals, Meerkats

they can sit so still for so long

then they will move and you realise it isn't a statue

this one is quite small, I think a baby.

they always post a sentinel, one who gets up high and keeps watch to warn of predators.

look right,

look left,

straight ahead.

right again, and repeat

this Otter was washing something, I'm not sure what

there's all those people with cameras again

two of many

here comes another one
I like Otters, they're so sleek and energetic.

My friends, the two Js were moving on and almost out of sight, so I hurried on after them.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

pain free! for now.

so I've been to the dentist, sat in the chair for close to two hours with my mouth stretched wide and filled with various potentially pain producing implements and now I'm home again. Minus the nerves in one lower molar.

Yes, another root canal has been done. I remember these from years ago, when the procedure was much more painful than it is now. I still felt a bit of pain during the process, but nothing unbearable.
Dentistry really has made remarkable progress since the fifties and sixties when a lot of the time a tooth was pulled out rather than saved. Because that was the cheaper option. It still is, but people and dentists are more aware now of the importance of keeping teeth as long as possible.

I now have medication in the tooth and a temporary filling and I'll go back in three weeks for the permanent filling. They do this to be sure the tooth doesn't become infected. it is much easier to remove a temporary filling and reclean the root canals than it is to remove a permanent filling.

So I've lost a few hours, paid a few (lots) dollars and lost the painful aching I've had since that flare-up I wrote about ten days ago. That's a win for me.