The Friday Post ~ 5th January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Gosh, I haven’t seen you since last year!  Time flies.

It’s my first day back posting on my blog here since a couple of days before Christmas, and Christmas only seems like it was last week!  I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown past.  I knew I was going to give myself a little holiday from actually posting on my blog – but I only thought it would be ….  “aw, around a week or so” …  well I was obviously enjoying Christmas and the New Year so much that I just lost track of time!

I’ve  been visiting blogs in an effort to keep up with the reading and commenting – but I’m behind.  So … if I’ve missed something on your blog that you really wanted me to see, then pleeeeeeeease – leave a link to it in a comment and I’ll pop along and have a read.

I haven’t been crafting.  Nope, not even one bit – but I have been trying to clear up the unimaginable mess I made before Christmas.  I was crafting right up till lunch time on the 24th December.   I did think about take a photograph of my craft room .. but I was so ashamed of the mess that I just couldn’t.  So I’ll leave it to your imagination to build the scene.  Eeeeek!

But anyhoo . . .   You’re here now to take a gander over what happened on this day in times gone by … so in an endeavour to take up the chalk and educationamalise you a little more, I shall begin where I usually do, by saying:

On This Day In History

1759 – George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis.

1846 – The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
1854 – The San Francisco steamer sinks, killing 300 people.

1895 – Dreyfus Affair: French officer Alfred Dreyfus is stripped of his rank and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island. The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal which divided France from the 1890s to the early 1900s. It involved the conviction for treason in November 1894 of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young French artillery officer of Jewish background who was in advanced training with the Army’s General Staff. Alfred Dreyfus was sentenced to life imprisonment, which he began to serve in solitary confinement on Devil’s Island in French Guiana.

Alfred Dreyfus FOR 5TH JAN 2018

Two years later, in 1896, the real culprit was brought to light and identified:  a French Army major named Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy.  However, French high-level military officials dismissed or ignored this new evidence which exonerated Alfred Dreyfus.  Thus, in January 1898, military judges unanimously acquitted Esterhazy on the second day of his trial.  Worse, French military counter-intelligence officers fabricated false documents designed to secure Dreyfus’s conviction as a spy for Germany.  They were all eventually exposed, in large part due to a resounding public intervention by writer Emile Zola in January 1898.  The case had to be re-opened, and Dreyfus was brought back from Guiana in 1899 to be tried again.  The intense political and judicial scandal that ensued divided French society between those who supported Dreyfus (the Dreyfusards) and those who condemned him (the anti-Dreyfusards, such as Edouard Drumont, director of La Libre Parole, and Hubert-Joseph Henry).

Eventually, all the accusations against Alfred Dreyfus were demonstrated to be baseless. Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated as a major in the French Army in 1906. He later served during the whole of World War I, ending his service with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

1896 – An Austrian newspaper reported that Wilhelm Roentgen has discovered a type of radiation later known as X-rays.

1914 – The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor.
1918 – The Free Committee for a German Workers Peace, which would become the Nazi party, is founded.

1925 – Nellie Taylor Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States.

1933 – Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge begins in San Francisco Bay.

1944 – The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper.  The Daily Mail is a British newspaper, currently published in a tabloid format.  First published in 1896 by Lord Northcliffe, it is the United Kingdom’s second biggest-selling daily newspaper after The Sun.  Its sister paper, The Mail on Sunday, was launched in 1982.  An Irish edition of the paper was launched in 2006.  The Daily Mail was Britain’s first daily newspaper aimed at what is now considered the middle-market and the first to sell 1 million copies a day.

1962 – A replica of the miraculous statue, the Holy Infant of Good Health, is presented to Blessed Pope John XXIII.  The Holy Infant of Good Health (Santo Niño de la salud) is a statue of the Christ Child regarded by many to be miraculous, which was found in 1939, in Morelia (Michoacán State), Mexico.  The statue is eleven inches tall and has apparently been responsible for many healings.

The veneration of the statue was approved by Luis M Altamirano y Bulnes, Archbishop of Morelia, in 1944. That same year, the image was solemnly crowned by pontifical command.  On January 5, 1959, a replica of the Infant was presented to Blessed Pope John XXIII.  And on November 12, 1970, an Order of Religious sisters, the Missionaries of the Holy Infant of Good Health, were founded in Morelia.

The little statue is dressed “with symbols of the power of Christ, wearing a royal mantle, trimmed in ermine, a golden scepter in the left hand while the right is raised in blessing, and on the head an imperial crown of precious stones.”   The Holy Infant of Good Health’s Feast Day is celebrated on April 21st.

1972 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
1975 – The Tasman Bridge in Tasmania, Australia, is struck by the bulk ore carrier Lake Illawarra, killing twelve people.

1993 – The oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on the coast of the Shetland Islands, spilling 84,700 tons of crude oil.  Fortunately for Shetland, the Gulfaks crude the Braer was carrying is not a typical North Sea oil.  It is lighter and more easily biodegradable than other North Sea crude oils, and this, in combination with some of the worst storms seen in Shetland (naturally dispersing the oil by wave action and evaporation), prevented the event becoming an even bigger disaster.  However, the destruction to wildlife was still massive.  The total number of bird corpses recovered from beaches, due to this oil spill, during January was 1538.

1993 – Washington state executes Westley Allan Dodd by hanging (the first legal hanging in America since 1965).  Westley Allan Dodd (July 3, 1961 – January 5, 1993) was a convicted serial killer and child molester from Richland, Washington.

Dodd began sexually abusing children when he was 13 years old; his first victims were his own cousins. All his victims (over 50 in all) were children below the age of 12, some of them as young as two. Dodd’s fantasies became increasingly violent over the years. He eventually progressed from molesting his victims to torturing, raping and then murdering them. 

Westley Allan Dodd

After he was arrested for trying to abduct a boy from a movie theater, the police found a homemade torture rack in his home, as yet unused.  He was arrested by local police in Camas, Washington and interviewed by task force detectives.  Portland Police Bureau Detective C. W. Jensen and Clark County Detective Sergeant Dave Trimble obtained Dodd’s confession and served the search warrant on his home.

Dodd was sentenced to death in 1990 for molesting and then stabbing to death Cole Neer (age 11) and his brother William (10) near a Vancouver, Washington, park in 1989, as well as for the separate rape and murder of Lee Iseli (aged 4).

Less than four years elapsed between the murders and Dodd’s execution. He refused to appeal his case or the capital sentence, stating “I must be executed before I have an opportunity to escape or kill someone within the prison. If I do escape, I promise you I will kill prison guards if I have to and rape and enjoy every minute of it.” While in court he said that, if he escaped from jail, he would immediately go back to “killing kids.”.

Dodd was executed by hanging at 12:05 a.m. on January 5, 1993 at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.  By Washington state law, Dodd had to choose the method of his execution, and state law gave Dodd two options: lethal injection or hanging. Dodd chose hanging.  He also requested that his hanging be televised, but that request was denied.

His execution was witnessed by 12 members of local and regional media, prison officials, and representatives of the families of the three victims.  He ate salmon and potatoes for his last meal.  His last words, spoken from the second floor of the indoor gallows, were recorded by the media witnesses as: “I was once asked by somebody, I don’t remember who, if there was any way sex offenders could be stopped. I said, `No.’ I was wrong. I was wrong when I said there was no hope, no peace. There is hope. There is peace. I found both in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Look to the Lord, and you will find peace.”.

Dodd was pronounced dead by the prison doctor and his body transported to Seattle for autopsy. The King County Medical Examiner, Dr. Donald Reay, found that Dodd had died quickly and probably with little pain.  He was cremated following the autopsy, and his ashes turned over to his family.

2005 – Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.

Eris was first spotted in 2003 by a Palomar Observatory-based team led by Mike Brown but not identified until 2005.  Eris has one moon, Dysnomia;  and recent observations have found no evidence of further satellites.  The current distance from the Sun is 96.7 AU, roughly three times that of Pluto.  With the exception of some comets the pair are the most distant known natural objects in the Solar System.

ERIS

Because Eris is larger than Pluto, its discoverers and NASA called it the Solar system’s tenth planet.  This, along with the prospect of other similarly sized objects being discovered in the future, motivated the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to define the term planet for the first time.  Under a new definition approved on August 24, 2006, Eris is a “dwarf planet” along with Pluto, Ceres, Haumea and Makemake.

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Born On This Day

1829 – Sir Roger Tichborne, missing U.K. heir who was the subject of the longest criminal trial in British history (d. c. 1854)

1834 – William John Wills, English explorer of Australia, member of the Burke and Wills expedition (d. 1861)

1903 – Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post (d. 1957)

1906 – Kathleen Kenyon, English archaeologist (d. 1978)

1917 – Jane Wyman, American actress (d. 2007)

1931 – Robert Duvall, American actor

1940 – Michael O’Donoghue, American writer (d. 1994)

1940 – Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers

1942 – Jan Leeming, English television presenter and newsreader

1946 – Diane Keaton, American actress

1949 – George Brown, American drummer (Kool & The Gang)

1950 – Chris Stein, American guitarist (Blondie)

1965 – Vinnie Jones, English-born Welsh footballer and actor

1969 – Marilyn Manson, American singer

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Died on this day and Remembered here:

1939 – Amelia Earhart, American aviator declared dead after disappearance in 1937. (b. 1897)

1941 – Amy Johnson, English aviator (b. 1903)

1998 – Sonny Bono, American entertainer and politician (b. 1935)

2003 – Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)

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Thought for the Day

If you could make a wish, right now, right at this very moment,  what would you wish for?  Be quick!  You only have a tiny window of opportunity to answer this question so make your wish NOW!

What did you wish for?  Money?  New house?  New Car?  Love?  Great Job?  Jewellery?

I wonder what you’d have got if your next door neighbour had to make the wish for you?  Would they have wished for what you might have wanted?

What about if this question was asked of me….  What if the Genie in the Bottle had popped up and said that I had to make your wish for you.  Do you think I might have made the right wish?   Would I have wished a wish that would have given you what your heart longed for? 

Would you still be talking to me, I wonder,  if I told you that the thing I would have wished for you to be in receipt of was . . . . . . contentment?

A little while ago I was chatting with someone I know, and we were talking about writing Christmas and New Year Cards, and what to write on them.  I said that when I was wishing anyone a Happy New Year, or writing a card for a wedding;  for the birth of a new baby;  Engagement;  Anniversary . . .   or anything that required me to wish that person(s) something tangible,  I ALWAYS wished contentment for them.

You see, I believe that if a person has contentment then everything else just falls into place.  There is nothing to really wish for that they didn’t already have, for they are content!  Nothing of any import missing.  Nothing for them to feel ‘disgruntled’ about.

Contentment, for me, is the ultimate goal every single day.  If I can go to bed at night-time and think back over my day, and feel contented,  then I know I’ve had a really great day.  

Think about it for a moment . . .  and while you’re thinking,  …  I’ll make my wish for you,  ~  for contentment.

May you have oodles of contentment.  May each day fill you with sleepy contentment at the end of it,  and may you wake up each morning knowing that the only goal you have to reach that day is contentment.

And … when you go to bed tonight …. may you think about what I’ve said and look back over your day, to find that you actually are content.   Ohand don’t forget to thank your God, the universe, or whoever you personally thank for the wonderful things in your life.

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[Play Time Bell Rings . . . .]

These are the Jokes Folks!

Crime in multi-storey car parks.  That is wrong on so many different levels.

I have downloaded this new app. Its great, it tells you what to wear, what to eat and what you shouldnt be eating, if you’ve put on weight.  Its called the Daily Mail newspaper.

I was playing chess with my friend and she said, ‘Let’s make this interesting’.   So we stopped playing chess.

My friend Richard told me:  “I usually meet my girlfriend at 12:59 because I like that one-to-one time.”

My husband surprised me the other day when he said:  “When I was younger I felt like a man trapped inside a woman’s body. Then I was born.”

My grandad has a chair in his shower which makes him feel old, so in order to feel young he sits on it backwards like a cool teacher giving an assembly about drugs.

Is it possible to mistake schizophrenia for telepathy?  I hear you ask.

You can’t lose a homing pigeon. If your homing pigeon doesn’t come back,  then what you’ve lost is a pigeon.

My husband told me: ‘Sex is better on holiday.’  . . .   That really wasn’t a nice postcard to receive.

As a child I was made to walk the plank.  We couldn’t afford a dog.

Oh my goodness!!!, mega drama the other day: My dishwasher stopped working! Yup, his visa expired.

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Hopefully, your chuckle muscle has received a good workout now and may even be aching a little bit! 😀   You’ll now be able to tell people that you’ve already had your workout today.

It’s lovely to be back in the saddle and here, chatting with you. I’ve missed you.   😊

May your day today be a truly great one for you, and may your weekend be filled with contentment.   Take very good care of yourself, and, whatever you’re doing or wherever you’re going, may your God go with you.

Sending squidges,  and love, in a rainbow of colours.   ❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜

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70 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 5th January 2018

    • Helloooo, Tam! 😀
      Lovely to see you, my fabulous friend!
      Yes, we had a truly lovely Christmas. Truly lovely. New Year… came all too quickly – it seemed like only about 3 days after Christmas! We were still in Christmas mode. It was a really odd feeling.

      Thrilled to see you Tam. I hope your own Christmas was filled with everything you hoped for and that love was felt in abundance on the day itself, and all the way through your celebrations. May this New Year bring you all you are hoping for.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxxx

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  1. Happy New year my lovely! I love your wish thought! Apart from that nasty hanging business, a very good day for America to remember. Also Happy birthday Diane keaton! Love her. God bless you in your new year cobs and family x xxx squidges (x2 since you weren’t here last week) 😘😘

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    • Hello Anna 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too! I hope your Chrismas was all you hoped it would be and love was threaded throughout it.

      Diane Keaton -like you, she is very much a favourite of mine too. I very much love her style of acting,

      May this New Year bring you hope, peace and love, and may God bless and keep you and your family safe from any downfalls and harm, throughout the year.

      Naturally – into each life a little rain must fall, so may whatever ‘upset’ comes, not stick around for too long, and may it be things which you find able to get around, over or indeed under.

      Thank you for coming Anna, and for taking the time to leave a chat for me to find. Love you for this – it’s such a wonderful way to get the whole world chatting.

      Sending much love, and wishing you a wonderful 2018 ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  2. Happy happy New Year Dearest Cobs!!!
    The “wish right now” is such a wonderful thing to ask! I honestly wasn’t able to make a wish RIGHT now but I did take a moment to think about what I almost wished. The very first thought that popped into my head was my hubby and children so even though I didn’t make a complete wish it made me so happy to know that my RIGHT NOW wish would have been for something wonderful for them. To grant a wish of contentment is perfect. Being at peace within your life and within yourself is the wish that I would make for myself and everyone I know.
    I have not posted hardly at all since November so you didn’t miss anything. I did however post my official “I’m going to be a Grandma” announcement. But you knew that news already since I was going to burst if I had to keep that secret for very long. 😀 😀
    Here’s to a fantastic 2018 – wishing you loads and loads of bright blessings, peace and contentment!!!
    ~ Tami ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Awww, hello wonderful Tami.
      I did indeed know the fantabulous news about you ‘going to be a Grandma!’, and I was and still am, totally fit to bursting with happy bubbles for you. It’s an amazing position to be in. The love is overwhelming and so, so different from the love you have for your children. I cannot even begin to explain it – but just know that there is something of the Fairy Magic about it. An awesome, bigger than big, feeling about it. Such an amazing blessing.

      Love your instant wish. The fact that your wish wasn’t for you but for your family, was beautiful. A truly selfless wish.

      Contentment … I absolutely adore that feeling which rushes through my body when I lay in bed at the end of the day and work out if there was anything I’d want more than contentment . . . and I actually make that magical moment connection with the contentment inside my heart, soul, mind and body.
      I find myself laying there, in the dark, grinning. Smiling so wide that it could almost make my smile reach to my ears.

      Wishing you a wonderful 2018, filled with love, happiness and contentment. May your expected Grandbaby arrive safely and not keep everyone waiting for too long.
      God bless, Tami.
      Much love, and squidges, ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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    • Hello fabulous Rabbit! 😀
      Aw, I’m sorry that I was AWOL for longer than I thought I was going to be, but so very glad to be back, for I have missed you so much.

      I know I’m very behind with reading your blog posts, and it might take me a little while to catch up, but I have determination, so with a bit of luck I shall breeze through all these posts and be right up to date very soon.
      (at least …. that’s what I’m telling myself, anyway. lol)

      Thanks for coming Rabbit, and for stopping for a while to chat. Loooove chatting with you.
      Heaps of love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  3. Hello Cobs, I’m playing catch up too (if you hadn’t noticed with all my comments on your posts last night!) Another interesting round up of events and your jokes always make me laugh. My one wish for today – that I didn’t have to take the kids out in the pouring rain in the next 5 minutes for haircuts……… Happy Friday. I hope you had a lovely blogging break. Hannah x

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    • Hello Hannah 😀
      Oh heck …. haircuts! I’m Little Cobs hairdresser, and he’s always let me cut his hair with what I call ‘The Buzzy’ (electric hair trimmer). But this little chap has suddenly developed a hatred of hair cuts. I have no idea why. His mummy and daddy don’t know why. We’re all stumped. I’ve managed to cut the sides and a bit of the top – but he absolutely refuses to have the back of his hair cut. {sigh} I’ve got one last chance tomorrow …. after that they’ll have to take him to the hairdresser and hopefully the novelty will be so awesome he’ll not even notice that he’s having his hair cut.

      The rain … it doesn’t seem to know when to stop, and when it does eventually stop … it’s merely to take a breath before it begins again! eekk!

      The blogging break was very much forced upon me due to health reasons. But it was grand to actually give myself the order to take some time to do nothing at all, instead of trying to keep on keeping on. Normally it’s someone else telling me to slow down and take it easy – doing it myself felt so much better to me. LOL.

      Sending much love to you my fabulously talented friend. Happy 2018.
      Heaps of love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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      • I hope you are feeling better now or at least on the mend.

        It is funny how kids get a fear of things and it seems to come out of nowhere too. All it takes is an over heard conversation or seeing something on TV (and it getting misunderstood) for some fear to creep in. My 9 year old has decided in recent years that she can’t cope with the dentist – he looks at her face and due to her ASD this is deeply uncomfortable. We get her there but I have to tell him every time that she is refusing to come in and every time we have to coax her. We win eventually. Anyway – a total diversion (I am really good at doing that!). I hope Little Cobs lets you finish his haircut or maybe he has a certain look he is going for and you have already achieved it! Hannah x

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        • Y’know, I think you could be right about how little ones garner a fear of something out of nothing …. or at least, it’s nothing to us.

          The ASD your daughter suffers with is a great example. The Dentist looking at her so closely – is enough to send her into a mini break-away from it being nothing really, into a place of it being a MAJOR invasion of her personal space, and to her, it’s obviously some kind of threatening behaviour.

          You’ll be so proud of me …. I managed to get his hair cut – it only took an hour and 40 minutes, with him crying and me covering up that I wanted to cry and the whole episode leaving me feeling so stressed out that I’d lost roughly 5 years of my lifes clock. eeeek!

          He was so proud of his hair when I’d finished. I called him a little Prince and told him to go and look in the mirror. Ohhh bless him… he preened and admired himself. LOL.

          I’m SO glad it’s over. SO SO glad. phew! ~ ❤ Cobs. xxx

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  4. Welcome back Cob. Happy New Year!!!! Wishing you and your family (especially young Cobs) Health and Happiness and “contentment” for 2018. Totally agree with you about contentment. The only thing is when I was reading your post and you said “make a wish…right now…this very moment”, all I could think of was straw!!!! Never been any good making decisions under pressure! ha ha.
    Oooodles of hugs, Flo x

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    • Straw. Straw? STRAW???!
      Ok… you’re going to have to explain that one to me because even in my wildest dreams I cannot think why your greatest wish for yourself would be …. straw!

      Happy New Year Flo (and Mr. Flo) … I too wish you happiness, health, joy and peace … but most of all I wish you contentment.

      I’ve really missed you. Thank you so much Flo, both for coming and for taking the time to chat. I know how busy you are, so I feel truly honoured to be in receipt of a lovely comment from you.
      Bless your beautiful heart, Flo.
      Sending love and tons of squidges ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  5. Hello Beautiful!! It is Happy Friday Post!! Yay! Such a beautiful wish of contentment ❤ I absolutely understand the getting back to a routine as well as everyone else! I did make a wish 🙂 I am hoping to get some post up as soon as I take a photo of my items lol Have a most Blessed and Wonderful weekend to you and yours Cobs! XXX

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    • Ohh Hello Ruthie!!
      Aw it’s a treat to see you. Happy New Year my beautiful friend 😀

      Getting back into the blogging routine …. aw I’m struggling to get round everyones blog posts … phew … there are rather a lot! Where I took a little time off, everyone else obviously felt renewed and ready to take on the world! (me? feeling guilty? aw, well … short answer … yes). lol

      I’ll be looking out for your post about your items!
      Sending oodles of love and Happy New Year wishes ~ Cobs. xxx

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  6. Happy New year, I hope you had a lovely Christmas (We did-Mr C was finally allowed to open his jar of beetroot chutney 😂😂 I had to hide it until christmas) You’re on fire with the jokes this week 😁 x

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    • Hello Mrs.C, and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too! 😀

      Your Beetroot Chutney 👀 . . . OH MY GOODNESS! OH…. MY…. GOOD….NESS!!!! 👀
      It went down as a SMASH HIT with the family – and Mr.Cobs can’t get enough of it. It’s the most incredible chutney ever!

      I love the sweetness, and adore, and am knocked sideways, by the beautiful tang! It’s the most fabulous thing to eat with little pieces of cheese!

      Mr. Cobs cuts up slices of real manly man chedder – strong and flavoursome – and then cuts those slices (about 4mm thick) into little squares, and pops them onto plates – one for himself and one for me …. then, using a fork, we take tiny bits of the chutney and sort of ‘butter’ those tiny cheese squares – normally I can fit two bits of the chutney onto a square of cheese …. and then … pop a square combination into the mouth and allow the magic to happen. Ohhhhhh… it’s just perfection. It’s …. dare I say it? …. …. food porn!!

      Now here is the question…. I’ve a feeling that you popped the recipe for this chutney into a blog post, but I didn’t bookmark the darn thing … so …. if you know where to find that recipe of yours, would you give me a link to it as I just HAVE to have a go at making it. It really is the best chutney I’ve ever tasted, and what’s even better is …. after you’ve finished eating it and everything is cleared away, the chutney leaves a taste in your mouth – down the sides of the tongue, – which is like a beautiful ‘flavour memory’ in your mouth. It’s total perfection.
      (Mr. Cobs is addicted).

      Thank you SO much for sending me a surprise jar. Everyone who’s tasted it has said how wonderful it is. And they’re right. It really is.

      Glad you got a giggle out of the jokes. Some of them take a moment of thinking before the joke hits you …. but when it does, it’s fun. lol.

      Sending oodles of squidges, lots of love, and wishing good New Year Wishes for you.
      Oh, and … hope the wrist is rested now.
      ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  7. Welcome back my friend! I am now content….I had been missing you and was sorely lacking on my educational requirements.
    Big grin over here because when you popped the “wish” question the first thing I thought of was contentment…kind of like an aaaahhhhhh kind of sigh of contentment.
    Love those jokes (of course) and had to tell my husband the homing pigeon one…he is kind of a bird type of guy.
    Hope you had a wonderfully content Christmas and New Year and pray you continue to have those in the coming year.
    Looking forward to more tidbits of knowledge this coming year. You just never know when all that information will come in handy!

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    • Hello Chicken!
      Happy New Year. 😀
      Aww, I’ve missed you greatly and am so happy to be back amongst such lovely people as yourself.

      The ‘Wish’ question … how fabulous that you wished for contentment.

      Contentment, to me, is the greatest ‘place’ to aim for. We can all have ‘want to do’s’, and ‘one day’ wishes, but to live in the here and now, to actually live in the moment, one could do no better than simply wish for contentment.

      I’m so contented with my ‘lot’. Yes, there are things that a lottery win would do for me, and for the others in my family. And there are health things that I’d love to be able to put right …. but then, would doing those things change something about me or the people around me? Ahh, it’s a dangerous game to play. lol

      I hope your Christmas was everything you hoped it would be and that this New Year brings you peace, joy, love and …. contentment.

      Sending you much love, lots of squidges and hoping that at some point, something you’ve read here will come in very useful and you’ll be able to leave people stunned by your knowledge. 😀
      love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  8. HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ to one and all ❤
    I have no wishes to make so that must make me super content how special is that ??
    Lovely to catch up on my education via the wonderful Cobs …… my usual fountain of all knowledge (Moo) has a slightly unusual view of the world … at least his random facts keep me on full alert !!
    Sending you huge hugs and as much contentment as a soul can wrap around them like a bubble wrap sausage ( Moo's thoughts on the subject of feeling content LOL )

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    • A huge HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and the whole P family.

      You being super content is something magical to hear and it warms my heart greatly.

      Little Moo and his slightly unusual view of the world …. encourage it. The world needs off centre thinkers. Random is something to be treasured. I feel Moo should have a wand. Something incredible with which he can vision spells to change the world into the good place it should be instead of the place it’s becoming. He’s absolutely NOT a muggle. There is a magical quality which is fizzing and popping in that wee body of his.

      Aw I’m thrilled to bits to see you P. Thank you sooo much for coming and for taking the time to chat. I love our chats together.

      I like Moo’s thoughts on the subject of feeling contentment: “huge hugs and as much contentment as a soul can wrap around them like a bubble wrap sausage” …. yup …. he’s magical. 100%.

      Hugs, squidges and loads of love ❤ ~ Cobs. xxx

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  9. Oh my dear Cobs, how I’ve missed you. Illness, the holidays, travel, more illness all have conspired to leave my link to you, my computer, idle for too long. (Though my husband did get my pre-written holiday blogs posted for me!) I loved, loved, loved looking at all the glorious cards you created for Christmas as I browsed your posts today; and I’m worried that you didn’t receive the email I sent the day I received the wonder of wonders you created for me. It arrived in time for Christmas, and I am looking at it still as I write this comment in the house we rented in Las Cruces. I have it sitting on the table where I write. I will treasure it forever. Please let me know if you didn’t receive my email, and I will either find it on my computer or reproduce it, because I want you to know how much it meant to me. It made my Christmas joyful. With love and appreciation and a big, warm, I’ve-missed-you hug, Janet

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    • Ahh haaaaa!!! You got it!
      Aw, no I didn’t get an email – but then, I just thought that because I’d posted it so late into the Season, that it had got jumbled up with a ton of post and that it would perhaps get to you when all the held up Christmas post was eventually got through and delivered.

      Aww I’m SO happy that it arrived and thrilled to pieces that you like it.

      There is a story about some of the things which make up your card, and now I know you’ve received it I can post photos of the card and go into the details of how it all came together.

      Ohh I’m just over-joyed to know it’s with you. Thank you so much for coming today and letting me know. I’d kind of mentally given myself a reminder to drop you an email if I hadn’t heard by around the 14th, and you beat me to it. (I did hold this fear that it had got lost in all the post – so the joy of knowing you’ve got it is doubled!)

      Sending huge hugs, and lots of squidges and love … and wishing you a Happy New Year! ~ love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  10. Happy New Year, Cobs! 😀
    Yes – contentment is ideal! One can never be unhappy when they’re content. It’s also achievable without it being wished for as well, which is a good thing… but wishes are gratefully accepted here! (And granted – on the odd occasion!)

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    • Then …. I wish you contentment, peace, joy and love. I think you deserve a generous sprinkling of them all.

      Great to see you Tom, and a very Happy New Year to you too. May this year bring you the things your heart wishes for. ~ Cobs. x

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  11. Thank you so much for the Contentment Cobs. I love it. I personally would (and did) wish for an end to animal cruelty. Such an interesting post for the first one for the year. I wish you all the very best, lots of contentment and plenty of crafting time. Barb

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    • Hello Barb, and a very Happy New Year to you.

      Animal cruelty … now that’s something which can bring out the kicking, fighting, spitting, and even the odd swear word, from me. I don’t understand it at all. Not at all.

      But (climbing down off my soap box) … I wish you contentment, and a sprinkling of peace, joy and love – for I think we could all do with a little seasoning of that variety in our lives.

      Sending you much love Barb. It’s so, SO lovely to see you. Bless you for coming. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  12. Oh I have missed you Cobs! You always put a bright spot in my day! The holidays are such a busy time of year, they are such fun, but soooo busy! I’m so glad that “education” is back in session! 🙂

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    • Aw, hello lovely Nancee!
      I’ve missed you too.
      You’re right – the Christmas period really is major time busy – (I’ve re-named it ‘the silly season’ when it comes to deliveries and ordering things). But I wouldn’t miss Christmas for anything. There is a kind of hush which comes over the world – like a blanket of love which gently falls over the land. A beautiful, incredible feeling, and a truly beautiful, incredible time. I love it.

      Thrilled that you are through the classroom door and back in your seat for some Cobwebs edumacation. GREAT to see you Nancy.
      Happy New Year to you! 😀
      love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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