The Friday Post ~ 16th February 2018

HAApeeee Friday!

Well I don’t know about anyone else, but this was a week and a half!  I don’t know why it seemed so long, but I was beginning to think that Friday was never going to arrive!  But … I should have trusted it…  for here it is. 🙂

Well, you’re here for this weeks expensive edumacation, so find a seat, put your chewing gum in the bin, get your books out and a pen or pencil  (crayon for you … you know who you are – oh, and your mother says you are NOT to eat ANY crayons this week!) – put the date a the top of your page, and we shall begin.

Ready?  Here we go . . .

On this Day in History

1742 – Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister.

1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.

Studebaker Corporation, or simply Studebaker, was a United States wagon and automobile manufacturer based in South Bend, Indiana. Originally, the company was a producer of wagons for farmers, miners and the military, founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1868 under the name of the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company.

Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles, all sold under the name “Studebaker Automobile Company”. It partnered with other builders of gasoline-powered vehicles—Garford and E-M-F—until 1911.

The first gasoline cars to be fully manufactured by Studebaker were marketed in August 1912. Over the next 40 years, the company established an enviable reputation for quality and reliability.

In 1954, after a dramatic and unexpected fall in sales, Studebaker merged with the Packard Motor Car Company, forming the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.  The final Packard-designed cars were built by the company in Detroit in 1956, and the last Packards with Studebaker bodies were built in 1958.  “Packard” was then dropped from the company’s name as Studebaker rapidly diversified, buying up companies such as Schaefer, which made commercial refrigerators, STP, which made automotive oil treatments, and Paxton Products, which made automobile superchargers.  Even a commercial airline, Trans International Airlines, founded by Kirk Kerkorian, came into the corporate fold in the early ‘sixties.

By 1963, however, the company’s mainstay products, automobiles and trucks, were selling very poorly. The South Bend plant was closed and cars were built solely at the satellite plant in Hamilton, Ontario until March 1966.

Studebaker merged with Worthington Corporation to become Studebaker-Worthington in 1967 . McGraw-Edison purchased Studebaker-Worthington in 1979, eliminating the century-old Studebaker name from the corporate landscape.

1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.  Tutankhamun (1341 BC – 1323 BC) was an Egyptian Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty (ruled 1333 BC – 1324 BC in the conventional chronology), during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom.  The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun’s intact tomb received worldwide press coverage and sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun’s burial mask remains the popular face.

1937 – Wallace H. Carothers receives a patent for nylon. Wallace Hume Carothers (April 27, 1896 – April 29, 1937) was an American chemist, inventor and the leader of organic chemistry at DuPont, credited with the invention of Nylon.

Carothers was a group leader in DuPont’s Experimental Station laboratory, near Wilmington, Delaware, where most polymer research was done. Carothers was a brilliant organic chemist who, in addition to first developing nylon, also helped lay the groundwork for Neoprene. After receiving his Ph.D, he taught at several universities before he was hired by the DuPont Company to work on fundamental research.

He married the former Helen Sweetman on February 21, 1936.  Wallace Carothers had been troubled by periods of mental depression since his youth.  Despite his success with Nylon, he felt that he had not accomplished much and had run out of ideas.  His unhappiness was compounded by the death of his favourite sister, and on April 29, 1937, he checked into a Philadelphia hotel room and died after drinking a cocktail of lemon juice laced with potassium cyanide.  His daughter, Jane, was born seven months later on November 27, 1937.

Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as polyamides and first produced on February 28, 1935 by Wallace Carothers at DuPont.  Nylon is one of the most commonly used polymers.

Nylon is a thermoplastic silky material, first used commercially in a nylon-bristled toothbrush (1938), followed more famously by women’s stockings (“nylons”; 1940).  It is made of repeating units linked by peptide bonds (another name for amide bonds) and is frequently referred to as polyamide (PA).  Nylon was the first commercially successful polymer.

Nylon was intended to be a synthetic replacement for silk and substituted for it in many different products after silk became scarce during World War II.  It replaced silk in military applications such as parachutes and flak vests, and was used in many types of vehicle tyres.

Nylon fibers are used in many applications, including fabrics, bridal veils, carpets, musical strings, and rope.

Solid nylon is used for mechanical parts such as machine screws, gears and other low to medium-stress components previously cast in metal. Engineering-grade nylon is processed by extrusion, casting, and injection moulding. Solid nylon is used in hair combs.  Type 6/6 Nylon 101 is the most common commercial grade of nylon, and Nylon 6 is the most common commercial grade of moulded nylon.  Nylon is available in glass-filled variants which increase structural and impact strength and rigidity, and molybdenum sulfide-filled variants which increase lubricity.

1957 – The “Toddlers’ Truce”, a controversial television close-down between 6.00pm and 7.00pm – was abolished in the United Kingdom. The Toddlers’ Truce was a piece of early British TV scheduling policy which required transmission halt for an hour each weekday from 6-7pm.  This was from the end of children’s TV and the evening schedule so that young children could be put to bed.

It may have originated when the BBC resumed television after the end of the war in 1946.  The policy remained fairly uncontroversial until ITV began transmission in 1955.  At that time the Truce was accepted as policy by the Postmaster General, Earl De La Warr, in the interests of smoothing relations between ITV and the fledgling ITA.  The problem became apparent in 1956 when the ITV franchise-holders under the ITA’s jurisdiction were struggling to stay in business.  As the BBC were and still are funded by a TV licence fee, their budget was not related to the number of hours of transmission.  Indeed the Truce saved them money.  ITV, on the other hand, were funded entirely by advertising and the Truce caused a loss of revenue in the hour’s close-down.  Supporters of ITV, which had faced strong political opposition, argued that the Truce had little to do with social responsibility and was simply a way to give the BBC an unfair advantage.

The ITA had encouraged the ITV companies (Granada, ABC Television, ATV and Associated – Rediffusion) to seek abolition of the Truce.  Action was taken finally in July 1956, probably the result of a lack of effective cooperation between the companies rather than political objection.  The Postmaster General, Charles Hill, had disliked the policy as an example of the BBC’s paternalism toward its audience, saying:

This restriction seemed to me absurd and I said so. It was the responsibility of parents, not the state, to put their children to bed at the right time… I invited the BBC and the ITA to agree to its abolition …

The BBC could not, however, be persuaded to accept the abolition or even to a compromise of reducing the period to 30 minutes.  Hill tired of the disagreement and asked Parliament for the abolition which was agreed on 31 October 1956.  However, the BBC and ITA couldn’t even agree a date for the abolition to take place.  Hill decided on Saturday, 16 February 1957.

Subsequent use of the time
The BBC filled the hour with a music programme, ‘Six-Five Special’ from the first Saturday and with the ‘Tonight’ news magazine from Monday to Friday.  The BBC however continued to close from 6.15-7.00pm on Sundays, the time of evening church services, until ‘Songs of Praise’ was launched on 1 October 1961.  Until 1992 this time on Sundays was used for religious programmes on BBC1 and ITV.  The 6-7pm slot has ever since been devoted to news, especially regional news, in the weekday schedules of both BBC1 and ITV, though ‘Crossroads’ (a Monday to Friday soap opera, no longer made) was also shown at this time in most ITV regions.

1957 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois). A Bulletin Board System, or BBS, is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and login to the system using a terminal program.  Originally BBSes were accessed only over a phone line using a modem, but by the early 1990s some BBSes allowed access via a Telnet, packet switched network, or packet radio connection.

Once logged in, a user could perform functions such as downloading or uploading software and data, reading news, and exchanging messages with other users, either through electronic mail or in public message boards.  Many BBSes also offered on-line games, in which users could compete with each other, and BBSes with multiple phone lines often offered chat rooms, allowing users to interact with each other.

Monochrome, a modern BBS still running today
Monochrome, a modern BBS still running today.

The term “Bulletin Board System” itself is a reference to the traditional cork-and-pin bulletin board often found in entrances of supermarkets, schools, libraries or other public areas where people can post messages, advertisements, or community news.
During their heyday from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s, most BBSes were run as a hobby free of charge by the system operator (or “SysOp”), while other BBSes charged their users a subscription fee for access, or were operated by a business as a means of supporting their customers.  Bulletin Board Systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the World Wide Web and other aspects of the Internet.

Netscape BBSes

Early BBSes were often a local phenomenon, as one had to dial into a BBS with a phone line and would have to pay additional long distance charges for a BBS out of the local calling area. Thus, many users of a given BBS usually lived in the same area, and activities such as BBS Meets or Get Togethers, where everyone from the board would gather and meet face to face, were common.

As the use of the Internet became more widespread in the mid to late 1990s, traditional BBSes rapidly faded in popularity.  Today, Internet forums occupy much of the same social and technological space as BBSes did, and the term BBS is often used to refer to any online forum or message board.

1983 – The Ash Wednesday bush-fires in Victoria and South Australia claim the lives of 75 people.  The Ash Wednesday bush-fires were a series of bush-fires that occurred in south-eastern Australia on 16 February 1983.  Within twelve hours, more than 180 fires fanned by winds of up to 110 km (68 mph) per hour caused widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia.  Years of severe drought and extreme weather combined to create one of Australia’s worst fire days in a century.  The fires are the second deadliest bush-fire disaster in Australian history – only the 2009 Victorian bush-fires have claimed more lives.

Ash Wednesday is one of Australia’s costliest natural disasters.  Over 3,700 buildings were destroyed or damaged and 2,545 individuals and families lost their homes.  Livestock losses were very high, with over 340,000 sheep, 18,000 cattle and numerous native animals either dead or later destroyed.  A total of 4,540 insurance claims were paid totalling A$176 million with a total estimated cost of well over $400 million (1983 values) for both states or $1.3 billion in adjusted terms (2007).

The emergency saw the largest number of volunteers called to duty from across Australia at the same time—an estimated 130,000 firefighters, defence force personnel, relief workers and support crews.

2006 –  The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

❤  ~  ❤  ~  ❤

Born on this Day

1878 – Pamela Colman Smith, artist, writer, designer of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck of tarot cards (d. 1951)  –  Read about and see the Rider-Waite tarot deck HERE

1909 – Richard McDonald,  – American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)

1927 – June Brown, English actress

1935 – Sonny Bono, American entertainer & U.S. Congressman (d. 1998)

1946 – Ian Lavender, English actor

1959 – John McEnroe, American tennis player

1960 – Pete Willis, English guitarist (Def Leppard)

1961 – Andy Taylor, English musician (Duran Duran, The Power Station)

External Links for more news in history of today:

BBC: On this Day

New York Times ~ On this Day

Today in Canadian History ~ 16th February.

Playtime Bell Rings!  ~

These are the jokes folks!

The first computer dates back to Adam and Eve. It was an Apple with limited memory, just one byte. And then everything crashed.

I just asked my husband if he remembers what today is …  Scaring men is SO easy.

I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together;  riveting!

Behind every very cross woman is a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong.

I went to a karaoke bar last night that didn’t play any 70’s music…
 at first I was afraid,  I was petrified.

If I repeatedly stab my cornflakes does that make me a  cereal killer?

My uncle has a weird hobby; he collects empty bottles…  which sounds so much better than “alcoholic.”

I went to the garden centre in December and bought a Christmas Tree.  The assistant asked me, “Will you be putting that up yourself?”  I replied,  “No, you idiot. I’ll be putting it up in my living room.

I used to be in a band called ‘Missing Cat’… you probably saw our posters.

My husband and I met at a Castanet class… we clicked.

I phoned up the spiritual leader of Tibet, he sent me a large goat with a long neck,  turns out I phoned dial-a-lama.

and finally …. I’d like to finish with a song . . . 

Don’t go bacon my heart.  I couldn’t if I fried.

❤  ❤  ❤

Time for a coffee and a moment of contemplation. . . 

Cup of Coffee

Thought for the Day


Once all village people decided to pray for rain.  On the day of the prayer all the people gathered and only one boy came with an umbrella.  That’s Confidence.


Trust should be like the feeling of a one year old baby when you throw him in the air;  he laughs….  because he knows you will catch him.  That’s Trust.


Every night we go to bed, we have no assurance to get up alive the next morning, but still we have plans for the coming day . . .   That’s Hope.

Keep Confidence.

Trust others.

Never lose Hope.

~  ❤  ~  ❤  ~  ❤  ~

And that wraps up our Edumacation for today! 🙂

May your day be blessed with all that you need, a little of what you want, and a sprinkle of wisdom for those moments when you need it.

Thank you for coming and sharing a coffee with me.  It’s such a blessing to me that you’re here.

Sending you much love and squidges, from me in my corner, to you in yours. ~

Sig coffee copy


Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

87 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 16th February 2018”

  1. You had me at the beginning of this post Cobs when you wrote of crayons…..I will not be eating my Crayolas but I may open the box and take a big whiff! There is something about the smell of a new box of crayons.
    Love the jokes….again! Adam and Eve and computers…awesome. I laughed and laughed some more about how easy it is to scare your husband….so so true. They get that deer in the headlight look when you say things like that.
    Also had to chuckle on the uncle collecting bottles….I, and my friends, have been collecting wine bottle to paint. We just let someone else drink them hahahaha.
    Absolutely love the thought for the day Cobs. So grateful you share so many things. You make me laugh, you make me think and I always always come away having learned something new.
    Have a blessed weekend! ~ Chicken Grandma
    (and if I could ever remember how to do those heart things you know I would put some of those too…..but you also know I have some kind of disability when it comes to remembering how to do that!)

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    1. Hello Chicken ❤ (I can do 'em, easy peasy! lol)
      Aw, I'm tickled in all sorts of ways at your comment. I love that you get some fun here. I think it's great that you learn some things you might not have known about before.

      And …I just darn love to see you here. I love it when your name pops up and I see that you've made a comment. It's (truthfully) an instant smile and I get all eager to read – straight away.

      Now then … I have to mention this:
      You said:- “.I, and my friends, have been collecting wine bottle to paint. We just let someone else drink them hahahaha. … Yeah, [ahem] you keep telling everyone that. I’m sure someone will believe that you and your gal crew don’t touch a drop. Not one sip even passes your lips. No siree! [cough, splutter, laugh]


      As for the crayons … I KNEW it was you! I just knew. When it comes to knowing things, I know me own know, and I knew it was you who left all those red crayon crumbs on the desk and floor last week!

      Aww, I just love the fun you and I have together. Can you imagine how much more ‘magnified’ it would be if we ever got together? Heckaroonie – we’d probably end up in jail – even though we’d actually done nothing that was against the law! LOLOLOL.

      Sending much love and a barrow load of squidges ~ Cobs. xxx ❤ (see… I can do hearts!) lol

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        1. I knew it.
          I absolutely knew it!

          I can see it all now…..
          {glug, glug, glug. Oh look …. anosher emdy bobble fo uz gals to dedonate. Dats guood.
          I dot hidups. hic. hic. hic.
          I wesh thayd stop hic.}

          Oh yeah… I can see it all now.
          Sending love … a bucket in case it’s needed … and a blanket to throw over you when you’re laying on the floor thinking you’ve made it to bed.
          Shhhhhh everyone …. Chicken is sleeping (it off). ~ Cobs. xxx


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            1. Yerrrrs …. Chicken Grandad told me that’s what happens.

              Ooops … I wasn’t supposed to say that. Just forget I said it.
              Let’s open a bottle … I’ll get you a glass …. or would you prefer the big straw?
              ~ C. xxx

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          1. Ohhh…. well… I keep showing everyone, but they are all still wearing their colander heads, and the information leaks out!

            OK .. this is how you make a ❤ heart.

            type one of these: <
            then type a number: 3

            DON'T leave a space between those < and 3 – if you put the one after the other then this is what you'll get when you press 'send' ❤

            But it will only show up when you press 'send', and your comment (or your post) is published. ❤ ❤ ❤

            If you're typing then just make sure that you leave a space _ before you type the < and also leave a space after you've typed the 3

            It's just like typing a word – ❤ – you leave a space between words, and the heart is exactly the same. It needs one space before it and one after. ❤

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                  1. Ah Beverly … you’ve got the best of the options.
                    Having me here:
                    You don’t have to feed me.
                    I won’t use your crafting stuff.
                    I won’t drink your coffee (and I drink coffee lots)
                    And I won’t bore you to pieces with bits of information and knowledge and that I’ve stored in some way off corner of my brain cell! LOL
                    Love ~ C. xxx ❤

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                    1. wrong ‘arrow’ (actually called an angle bracket)

                      You need to type the one next to it, which faces this way < and then you type the 3 straight after it with no space between the ❤ <— will happen! 🙂

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                    1. You got it!
                      It took a few tries but you did it in the end.
                      See …. if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again!
                      And you did.
                      And it worked.
                      And you can make hearts ❤

                      Give yourself a pat on the back, and get yourself a cookie. You deserve a treat for being such a wonderful student

                      Love you Bev. ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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                    2. OH WOW!!! Ohhhhh woooooooooooooow!
                      Beverly!!! You clever, clever girl!!!

                      Dear God.
                      Hello, it’s me again
                      You did it! You actually did it!
                      Way to go, God!
                      I don’t know what You did, but it worked.
                      She now knows how to make hearts. ❤
                      Thank you God.
                      Sending lots of love, squidges and squishy hugs ~ Cobs. ❤ ❤ xxx ❤ ❤

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                  1. ….. oh heck. [slaps forehead with hand and grimaces]

                    “Hello God, it’s me again.
                    I’m having a problem with this one. The force is totally lacking and even with written instructions she’s still not getting the hang of it. I could do with a little help. Please.
                    Thank you, in anticipation.
                    ~ Cobs. x

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        1. OH! MY! WORD!! I have just read this entire conversation and I feel your pain Beverly. You end up with what I usually end up with. I am going to give it a go (tho I know even if it works I will not remember how next time!)
          We may just have to admit Cobs excels at hearts and we don’t?

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          1. See. SEE?!!! YOU DID IT!

            Now all you have to do is get a post it note, write it out < 3 so that you remember to make a ❤ without having to have the post it note.

            Next lesson:
            How to make things BOLD when you need it.
            love ~ C. xxx

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  2. Thank you for updating my education this week and you will notice I only licked the crayon ~ I didn’t bite it … not even once 🙂
    Is it only me that would still benefit from the ‘Toddlers Truce’ ??

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    1. Hello P! 😀
      To be really, brutally truthful here, I think it would be Mr.Cobs who would benefit from the Toddlers Truce, and not with regard to Little Cobs, but me! LOL.

      I know you lick crayons P. I could tell by the colour of your ‘lipstick’. Green Crayola just doesn’t suit you. Had you chosen the orange or red you perhaps might have got away with it. 🙂

      Aw thanks for coming, my fabulous play mate. Fridays always seems like a play date day when you’re here. Faaaaabulous darling!
      BIG love and squidges ~ C. xxx ❤


        1. Oh! Tell me about it!
          Try watching ‘grown up’ TV on a Saturday night!

          The TV people are obviously of the belief that EVERYONE goes out on a Saturday night, so they don’t bother putting anything even half way decent on the Tele, for all us folks who don’t go out on Saturdays!
          tsk tsk.

          Squidges and wishes for a truly lovely weekend. ~ C. xxx

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  3. Happy Friday my amazing friend! Firstly, I was never told not to eat crayons, it was pva glue…so must’ve been someone else’s mum you were talking to 😉 king Tut also takes me back to school as we did months of projects on it in primary school (including a play)….so happy king Tut day… not that it was so happy for the team as several of them died soon after 😕 there are some cool birthdays here (again from my childhood)…also my cousin’s son is 11 today! In my head he’s about 6 or 7! So I’m going to go now before I start dwelling on how old I am!! Have a lovely weekend. Squidges xxx

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    1. Happy Friday Anna. 🙂 Great to see you here.

      You were never told not to eat crayons?
      I wonder why I have a note asking me not to allow you to have crayons to write/play with?
      Perhaps it’s because you use them as cosmetics? I did notice the thick red blusher on your cheeks when you came out of the stationery cupboard earlier on.
      te he he! lol.

      We covered Tutankhamun in Junior School, and went further into it in Secondary School – where I learned about the ‘curse’. Scared me silly that did. I had bad dreams about that for months afterwards, and even to this day, I wouldn’t ever go and see an exhibition at a museum of the pieces. How silly is that? [sigh] I just can’t get past it though.

      Happy Birthday to your cousin’s son! 11 years old…. well on the way to learning how to drive.

      As for you dwelling on how old you are… Have you not learnt anything from me???

      You are never older than your shoe size – for that is the age of your inner child.

      And when you become a little wrinkly and slightly bent in the middle …. you will then admit to being the age of your bra size (leaving out the alphabetical cup size) – for then that will be correct. (do not talk about the date on your birth certificate – there is no need to go into when you were created, for that is between you and your God).

      There. 🙂

      So …. now then Anna … how old are you again? (remember …. shoe size. always shoe size – until you’re really wrinkly, then it’s bra size)!

      Life is going to be one big playground for you Anna, so long as you let your inner child out to play. She’ll find the fun and keep you laughing.
      Sending huge squidges.
      Wanna play My Little Pony? ~ Cobs. xxx

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  4. My head is spinning after all the learning ..or remembering. from school days way past. How do you decide what we need to learn or relearn from week to week.I’m not sure you are getting enough sleep. Your brain cell is always working. And the jokes…I love them all …just can’t remember them after a minute or two. My DH was the joke keeper in the family.That means it is really dull around here now that he is gone. Babe does keep me entertained but not in the same way. lol
    Love you Cob. Enjoy your weekend.xoxo

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    1. How do I decide what you need to learn, you ask….
      Well, I don’t really …. but I do try to mix it up so that if there’s something happening on that day, but in a different country – so long as I think it would interest the majority of people (from all countries) – I try to include it.

      Sometimes I’ll include something just because it’s fascinating – or maybe something that feels little know, and I can then bring more information to it … but it’s just what I find out, really.

      As for getting enough sleep … well, I don’t build this post all at once. I’ll do a bit here, little bit there – as and when time allows and health is good enough. (Sadly I’ve sat for most of this week, following the argument with the bed throw. My back and legs are ‘killing’ me (not ‘killing’ exactly, but you know what I mean) – so the thought of going out is off the menu.

      I’m so sorry about the loss of your husband, Beverly. I think about him often, and ‘feel’ your sadness sometimes.

      I’m truly blessed to have Mr.Cobs, and cannot imagine carrying on with daily life if he wasn’t there. So I’m filled with awe and admiration for how well you have risen above your loss and are in a place where functioning is now natural to you.

      I know that my love is nothing, but please know that I do love you, dearly, and include you in my prayers all the time.

      I’m so glad that you have Babe. She is your normal. She is that breathing, living, moving, fur baby who shows and gives you continual love 24 hours a day. A great blessing in your life.

      Sending my love to you Bev, tucked into the feathers of an Angels wings.


      1. Speaking of feathers..Do you know about the bolg OBT. She has a post about feathers designs in fashion ,,,today. If tou need I’ll try to post her url, is that what it is called?

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        1. I’ve just googled and found her blog. I kind of, sort of, like the white ostrich feather cape … a little bit. But the others make me feel creepy somehow. It’s the oddest thing.

          You know I love feathers … especially found feathers. But wearing them … well it just doesn’t make me feel great when I imagine me putting one of those creations on. I have no idea why.

          You’re right … it is called a url. See … you really are clever! ~ C. xxx


    1. Hello lovely Ruthie.
      Lovely to see your name pop up. 🙂
      Tickled that you got some laughs. Laughing is good for the soul and fabulous on the face – for it exercises the muscles and keeps them toned.

      So glad that you liked the thought of the day today.
      I hope your day is filled with Hope, Trust and Confidence.
      (and a sprinkling of love, joy and contentment)
      Sending lots of love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  5. Ooh this Friday came around too quickly, a week off work does that to a girl (so does refereeing the children on their week off school!) The toddler hour thing makes sense, thank goodness for the replay function which I use a lot after I’ve put the kids to bed so I can watch the tv I want and relax (kind of!) The Christmas tree joke had me chuckling so much the children stopped wrestling for a second to see what was wrong! Have a lovely weekend x

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    1. Hello Mrs.Craft. 🙂
      Aw holidays from school with children … I remember that when our two girls were younger. Phew it was exhausting. But I learned a tiny trick . . .
      A trip to the cinema allowed me some sit down time (however, going to the loo and then finding your seat again in the dark, wasn’t fun, so I quickly learned that taking another responsible adult with me to wave their hand was such a help.

      A trip to the theatre …. afternoon child orientated thing … was bloomin’ brilliant as I didn’t have to be the ‘entertainer’ or think. I just had to turn up VISIT THE LOO before they got to their seats, and take my own drinks with me so that I didn’t have to worry about that. (If asked about them, just say your children have allergic reactions to some of the colourings used in certain drinks so you have to go ‘pre-prepared so that no one had to be rushed off to the hospital for urgent medical treatment!) 😉

      I know I had some other things, but for the life of me I can’t get them to come back into my last remaining brain cell. (If they happen to turn up I’ll reply again with them),

      The replay function is the best thing TV bods EVER invented. I’m continually using it – especially so (embarrassed face here) on Mock the Week. If there’s a joke which slips past me because I’m still giggling about the last one, I rewind to play it again. But … I hate doing that on BBC1 or 2 – because there are no adverts, so that means I can’t catch up in the break! LOL.

      The Christmas tree joke was one of my favourites too … although I did have to clean it up as there was originally a naughty word in the telling of it. eeek!

      Before I go … I left a message on your blog yesterday about a book I’d come across in The Works. Did you get that message?
      I know that another message I left on your blog disappeared altogether, and I’m wondering if the book one has gone the same way. {sad face}
      Sending oodles of love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx


      1. Oh no, I haven’t spotted it. 😢 I will check the spam though because WordPress is a bit dim at times when it comes to sorting through messages. Thanks for the cinema tip, I will keep an eye out for good films next holidays. My youngest is very fidgety but we can give it a go! X

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          1. It was there, thank you for thinking of me. I might have forwarded the link to Mr C, who asked me what I would like for mothers day! (My first suggestion would be an undisturbed nights sleep!)

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  6. Well interesting bunch of news today. I don’t think I will eat my crayons but I may doodle on the cat with my felts. lol I remember doing that to a doll I had with a pen. I think I was trying to put cat whiskers or something on her and it went horribly wrong. 😀
    Weather is chilly but at least it’s not raining yet. The skies are patchy with blue and gray, so it’s going to be promising.
    Going to visit a dear friend who has just recently gotten two lovely little kitties, both of the “Ragdoll” breed. Lovely cats.
    My friend is what I call a “fluffy” girl, meaning these kitties suit her to a tea. She loves really girlie things and antiques. She is a treasure trove of information on antiques of all kinds.
    Well, off I go to rinse my coffee cup and get out of my jammies. I could stay in them all day but the grocery store may have something to say about it. lol
    enjoy your Friday and the weekend Cobs.
    Unicorn kisses

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    1. Hello Soozy. 🙂
      Oh heck … drawing on a dolly … that’s brought back memories of me doing a similar thing, thinking that I could just wipe it off. I learnt a very BIG lesson about how pens and dolls don’t mix that day.

      I’m envious of you going to see your friend and her two new kittens. Kittens are so sweet that I swear they’re fattening. lol.

      You’re right of course … the grocery store may look at you twice if you go dressed in your jammies. But I know the feeling. Jammies are just so comfy and snuggly that it’s a shame to have to take them off!

      Thanks for coming Soozy. Have a lovely weekend, and may the coming week bring you some smiles along the way.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx


  7. =) Another fabulous post with great information, fun jokes that always make me laugh, and wonderful wisdom froma truly beautiful lady!. Thank you for the company and the coffee my friend =) .. I hope you hae a lovely week. xxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox ❤ ❤

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    1. “Fabulous”; “Fun”; “Wisdom”; and “Beautiful”. . . . these words, said in any way, shape, or form, about me or something I’ve done, … show me that you’ve finally been pushed over the edge of that fine line between sane and insanity and are obviously totally delirious.

      I shall find some rope, to try and haul you back over the edge, and your tablets which will keep you ‘regular’ (and not in *that* way) he he.


      Awww Tam, love you heaps. Thanks for coming my amazing blogging friend. 🙂 ~ Cobs. xxx

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  8. Another wonderful post Cobs. I remember TV shutdown in UK all those years ago. It was a little annoying in winter because you couldn’t go out and play, but now I think it might be a good idea to have nothing on TV for a whole hour. Of course it’s never going to happen.
    Now on another matter Cobs. I just recently bought and read a book called “You’re already here” by Leo Galland, M.D. You shared a little information about your dear little grandson recently and I thought of you when I read the book. I know you don’t like sharing your personal details, but do you by chance have a post office box? I would love to donate the book to you.
    Cobs, I will not be offended if you don’t want to do this, but if you do please let me know and I will send my email address)or a private message on facebook if you are on there), so that you I can post it to you. ❤

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    1. Hello Barb. 🙂 Great to see you.
      Firstly … I cannot possibly let you post me a book, from Australia. The postage charges would be almost enough as a down payment on a property!

      But … you piqued my interest in this book and so I went to find out more via Amazon. Ohhh, it sounds like a truly magnificent book – so I’ve put it on my list of ‘books to buy’ from Amazon. I’ve already spent my ‘book buying pocket money’ for February (my delivery from Amazon arrived yesterday – yay!) – but we’re getting close to March and a new month of pocket money – so with a bit of luck I’ll be able to buy it next month.

      Thank you for your kindness. It has touched me in ways that you cannot imagine. But I always have one eye on the costs involved in sending anything through the post now – so am aware of exactly how costly postal charges are.

      (It’s such a heart sore to me. I love snail mail, for it holds such love inside an envelope which you just don’t get in an email. Sadly, the internet is slowly robbing us of this genuinely beautiful thing of love, care, kindness, joy, removed aspects of society from our youngsters such as how to relate to a real person, rather than a cold screen which requires no love or kindness, and gives none either.

      Aww … shut up Cobs and get off your favourite soap-box subject! (The internet – grrrr!)

      I know what you mean about having nothing on TV for an hour – and agree. We could all have this really easily, but the problem is that some folks have trouble learning that they can turn the TV off. LOL

      Y’know … I reckon that between the two of us we could put the world to rights. I’m pretty certain that we’d have it running a whole lot better than it currently does.

      Whilst writting …
      Barb, do you have a blog? I’ve managed to find an old blog but am wondering if you have a newer one.
      If you do … would you share the address for it so that I can come and follow you? 🙂

      Thanks for coming, and for the offer of your incredible kindness.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx ❤


  9. Hi again Cobs, I’m sure you will love the book, it’s a beautiful story. My blog is: I’m not sure what is going on over there, but suddenly I am balindsey2015. My computer is elderly!! and needs replacing but I didn’t know it had a mind of its own. I do not post regularly at the moment. Changes are happening in my head but have not transferred to my blog, if that makes any sense at all. I am off to UK in March (my dear Daddy passed away recently). I can’t think about much else as you can imagine. I haven’t seen my brothers and sisters in a while so I am looking forward to that.
    Snail Mail Forever. <3<3 Barbara

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    1. Ahhh… ok, I found that blog … but couldn’t get it in the link you gave me, so tried some variations until I hit on one which worked.

      It’s a while since you’ve posted on that blog (back in 2016) and I had this feeling that I’d found you on a newer blog not long ago so went in search of where I’d commented to see if I could locate this other’place’…. AND I FOUND IT!
      It’s here:

      The link which hides under the name balindsey2015 on any comments you make is obviously wrong, and because of that when anyone clicks on that are taken to the old blog instead of the new one!

      You’ll need to update it – somehow. Might be your Gravatar profile which needs updating. Not certain. I’ve not done it before – but I guess that’s as good a place as any to begin looking. LOL.

      I’m so saddened to read of the loss of your father. It must be very difficult for you, [living on the other side of the world], when serious family matters happen and you can’t just jump in the car. Your brothers and sisters will be looking forward to seeing you. Things are easier to deal with when the family gathers together in a situation like this.

      I hope your trip back to England goes as well as can be expected, and that getting together with everyone lifts your spirits.

      I agree totally with your final statement … Snail Mail Forever.
      Count me in!
      Sending much love to you Barbara ~ Cobs. xxx


  10. Thank you so much Cobs. I may delete the old blog and see what happens. I don’t use it anymore. I believe I was over there fiddling and balindsey2015 was the result of something I did. “Something I did” is a technical term as you know!

    Yes I shall miss my dad he was 96 you know, but had not been enjoying his life in the past few years or so. Loss of memory is a terrible thing for everyone concerned. His wife Brenda (not my mum) is utterly devastated and I look forward to a hug or two with her when I arrive in UK. She is a wonderful person who I have much love for.

    I must see whether I can change my https:// on my blog to reflect me better. I have neglected blogging of late but enjoy it so much, the friends I have made and the ‘edumacation’ I have enjoyed.

    Snail Mail Forever … most definitely. XXX

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    1. Ohhh, don’t delete your old blog Barbara. You have so much ‘wonderful’ there. I had a peep at a few things and found myself absorbed by some of your posts. Do what I’ve seen other folks do, and add a link to your side bar of your new blog, so that people can see what you did, as well as what you do now!

      Regarding your father – … 96 is a wonderful age, but how sad that his memory escaped him in his latter years.
      His wife, Brenda, will miss him dreadfully, for he became the ‘point’ of her life and now that he’s no longer here with her, for her to care for and about, I should imagine that to some degree her life has lost a purpose and direction. She will miss him dreadfully and not know what to do with herself for a time.

      As for you neglecting your blog …. well life sometimes pushes and pulls us in different directions and blogging has to sit on the back of the shelf for a while. Not quite forgotten, but time just doesn’t seem to allow, or our urge doesn’t quite take us in the direction of blogging. But … your followers will wait for you. We will all be around when you eventually want to post something. (And we’ll all love you just as much as we always did!).

      I think we have found ourselves a New Movement.
      The Snail Mail Forever Gang.

      We might be the smallest gang in the world, but we will be powerful!

      SMF 2 ~ aka ~ Cobs. xxx
      (ok…. now I’m giggling lol).


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