Guess who had a play in their craft room? [grins] I’m still not feeling 100% and the mojo is still M.I.A. and hiding somewhere in the craft room, but I’m still on the case and, with the help of our dog (an animal who can smell a biscuit crumb from 30 yards) I’m hoping to find that missing mojo very soon.
In the meantime I put together a Birthday card made with components from Hunkydory.
It’s a 3D card which folds completely flat, so no need for a big box. When opened up (into an X shape) the middle sections are hung from invisible thread (from my sewing threads box) and the two dimpled gold rings, and the central disc picturing the racing car, spin around – in a slight breeze (from opening a door nearby), or if you blow very gently on them.
below are three photos which show each ‘quarter’ of the card so that you can see it from all sides.
So – finally, one card done! That’s a big move forward in the right direction. I’m off again to the craft room this afternoon, so fingers crossed … there might be something else to share on another day soon. [GRINS a very hopeful grin!]
Happy Wednesday the 18th of January!Did you know that … on this day in History:-
1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting
1788 – The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
1896 – 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US.
1919 – Bentley Motors Limited is founded
1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.
1964 – Beatles 1st appear on Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35)
1967 – ‘Boston Strangler’ sentenced to life
1973 – John Cleese’s final episode on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” on BBC TV
1980 – Pink Floyd’s “Wall” hits #1
1981 – Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity
1991 – Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy’s Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins
That’s just a little handful of things which happened on this day in history.Wikipedia have a huuuge list, and if you’d like to read more about todays date simply click on the name.
Hope your week is off to a good start and that the weather is treating you kindly, wherever you are on the planet. But … if the weather is fowl and you have bills to pay you’d rather not be paying … just think … you’re in a better place than you could be. So please look at what you’re blessed with, and have a truly lovely, blessed, rest of your day.
Sending squidges from me in my corner to you in yours.
We’ve all got two more sleeps before Christmas, and I would like to remind you that Father Christmas is STILL taking note of his naughty list, so don’t you think you can get away with swearing behind your mothers back, or blaming your brother/sister for breaking the window … OR blaming Grandma for that noise! (or the smell which followed it!).
On my own personal Naughty Listis the name of one certain blogging site who, I think, must be doing some changes or updates or geeky gizmo stuff which has prevented me from working on this post yesterday and scheduling it to post in the early hours of this morning! I tried again to bring this post to the blog here, at around 9.30 this morning, but each time I loaded the admin pages, the whole thing stalled and eventually the window closed down. Everything else worked perfectly – I could get up any page on the web I asked it to – from Google to Amazon to an online newspaper site which is heavy on images and script (and adverts) and they all loaded perfectly. But WordPress … wouldn’t. So WordPress is currently on the Naughty List. Hmmmpff!
I’ve learned one or two things this week, and I’m here to share them with you. Have you got your drink ready on the side?; seatbelt on?; suitcase packed and stored in the over-head locker?; false teeth in the private cup to your left? Ready?Steady?GO ….
This week I’ve learned that I shouldn’t give my dog – the beautiful Belly [on Legs], one of her Christmas Presents early. I bought her an incredibly soft new blankey for her bed. It’s vintage Christmas red on one side – looks and feels like the most expensive velvet known to man. On the reverse is some sort of furry fleecy stuff which HAD to have been spun in Heaven. I’m convinced that it’s the stuff which Angels must sleep on.
The whole blanket looks like I’ve stolen a throw from Father Christmas’s house!
I couldn’t wait to give it to Miss Belly [on legs] so I untied it from its red ribbon, and held it for her to sniff. She got ridiculously excited . . . so I unfolded it and draped it over her bed. She sniffed …. wagged her tail and jumped straight on.
Well, this obviously hissed Alf Capone (Used Furniture Dealer – and one of our 3 Cats) off royally, and to show his hissed offness he clambered all over The Belly until she got cross and got off her new blankey and came to tell me to make him stop it. Sadly, Alf Capone (Used Furniture Dealer) by this time had snuggled himself into the blanket and when I mentioned his name (with a complaining whine to my voice) he gave me one of *those* looks which clearly said “You have NO chance of getting me off this blanket. EVER”
The result of this was – the following day Mr. Cobs and I went back to the shop and bought two more of the blankeys. Both of them in the same colour as this red one, so that none of our four legs could tell the difference. Now all the beds in the Living Room match, and they all look like I’ve mugged Santa.
Now comes a warning.
Meet Sewchi. (Say it like you’d say Sushi – the Japanese cooked vinegared rice dish, normally combined with other ingredients such as seafood, vegetables, etc. Other rice dishes are available – as they say on TV here in the UK).
The above photograph tells you all you need to know about Sewchi. She’s not my cat. She belongs to Daughter No.2. Well, no, to be really truthful, she actually belongs to Little Cobs (Grandson), son of Daughter No.2 and Son-in-law. Sewchi was bought for Little Cobs, and he adores her. He’ll freely tell you that Sewchi is his “bestest fwend”. But, as the above photograph shows, Sewchi is a few sandwiches short of the full picnic.
Daughter No.2 has now proven what I’ve always suspected . . . she, like the cat, has a few screws missing. Read on, dear reader. Read on. For this is a story which must be told . . .
No.2 is married to the handsome SiL, and they have miracle child, who most of you know by the name I call him:- ‘Little Cobs‘. She also has a dog and three cats. I think she’s copying me, but if she’s going to copy anyone then I can’t think of a better person. (yes, I really am joking).
She loves her animals and looks after them really well. Tiny tidbits of treats now and again, lovely bedding, special beds, toys, etc. They aren’t spoilt, but they’re very much loved.
One of the little ‘treats’ she gives her cats is Catnip. Catnip is another name for the herb Nepeta cataria and relative of oregano and spearmint. Nepeta cataria is a pretty common plant, often found along highways. HOWEVER …. Don’t feed your cat any wild Nepeta cataria which you might find along the side of the road, as it could contain an array of pesticides and very harmful chemicals.
There’s a substance in the make up of Catnip which it’s thought mimics a cat pheromone which binds to a cat’s olfactory receptors to produce catnip’s unique response. The effects of catnip on pets range from arousal to euphoria, and some cats drool and meow with pleasure.
No.2 was dishing out a tiny bit of catnip and turned around, forgetting that she’d left the lid off the catnip jar. Using the photographs that Daughter No.2 took at the time, I’ll help tell the story of
What Happened the Day Sewchi Catnipped Herself!
Sewchi is a truly beautiful British Short-hair Cat with incredible fur of soft, smokey grey. She really is a bit of a dopey sort of thing. She behaves and re-acts to things in such comical ways, but her over-riding best character trait is that she’s an amazing friend to Little Cobs, and loves nothing more than to snuggle with him or sit by him while Little Cobs is playing. However … like a lot of cats, she has a weakness for Catnip.
When she saw that the lid had been left off the Capnip jar she moseyed on over and ….
. . . stuck her head into the open jar, and took a looooong deeeeeep sniff. However, she couldn’t reach it with her nose, or her tongue, so she tried another way . . .
. . . this gave her more success (as you can see by the bits on the floor) … but it still wasn’t satisfactory to her. So she ‘accidentally’ tipped the jar over.
Ohh, she rolled in it, rubbing her cheeks, her head, her back … everywhere she could rub, she rubbed. She was so much in pleasure land that eventually, this happened . . .
See the pleasure in those paws? She lay on her back, on a fluffy blanket, and crashed into pleasureland. Her feet were curled up all tight and she was so incredibly happy at that moment that nothing on earth could have upset her. Nothing. Mummy could have offered her fresh Salmon and she couldn’t have cared less. She was the most ultimate H.A.P.P.Y. she could ever have been. A little later …. she slept it off, peacefully – if ever so slightly drunk.
And now ... she’s looking forward to Father Christmas bringing her own supply of the stuff of her dreams …. but Mummy doesn’t hold out any hope. Mummy says that she’s going to be fully in charge of catnip in future. Sewchi wishes you a very . . .
So … let that be a warning to all you cat people out there. Don’t expect your cat to be sensible about these things, because sensible doesn’t work when Catnip is involved. 😀 And I’ve learned that any Catnip toys I make for my own four leg family members will have to have very tough seams!
Oh … and it’s not just house cats or domesticated cats who like Catnip . . .
I’ve also learned this week:
US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.
If you have children or Grandchildren visiting or in your home coming up to Christmas day, there is a lovely Google Santa Tracker you can visit, both to track Santa’s progress and also some games to play and various bits and clicks, which you can find HERE <— CLICK
NEARLY 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.
THE word Christmas comes from the Old English “Cristes maesse” meaning “Christ’s Mass”.
KISSING under the mistletoe is thought to spring from Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, who was associated with the plant.
THE highest-grossing Christmas movie is 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in £175m so far. And … as a little bit of extra information … I’m actually watching this very film as I type this!
GOLD-wrapped chocolate coins commemorate St Nicholas who gave bags of gold coins to the poor.
THE first Christmas celebrated in Britain is thought to have been in York in 521AD.
Do we have a ‘Christmas spirit’ network in our brains?
A Danish study has identified what could be described as a “Christmas spirit” network in the brain. The researchers recruited a group of people who celebrate Christmas, and a group who do not. Using fMRI scans – which detect blood flow in the brain to identify which areas are activated – they investigated which parts of the subjects’ brains responded to be being shown Christmassy and non-Christmassy images. They found that certain areas of the brain were much more highly activated in the festive group than the control group when they were shown the former group of pictures. The Christmas spirit network exists in the sensory motor cortex, pre-motor and primary motor cortex and the parietal lobule; these areas have been associated with spirituality and recognition of facial emotion, among other functions.
Exchanging Christmas cards could be a form of social-climbing
Far from being an act of generosity, exchange of Christmas cards is sometimes used as an opportunity for social-climbing, as people are more likely to reciprocate card-giving with people they are interested in scoring points with. Previous research has shown that people reciprocate card-giving even with complete strangers. A study conducted in 2000 at West Texas A&M University took this a step further, arranging the exchange of nearly 600 Christmas cards between strangers of different social classes. They found that perception of high status increased the likelihood of a sender getting a response, and the effect was even more pronounced among low-income receivers of the cards. High-status strangers – such as doctors, lawyers and CEOs – received responses for 1 in every 5 cards they sent, with few recipients so much as asking about their identity.
Candy canes used to be “pure white”
Few things say Christmas more than those sugary sticks of red and white deliciousness. There was a time, however, when they weren’t red and white.(Although we imagine they were still pretty tasty.) The familiar Christmas treats started popping up around the 17th century as Europeans started using trees to celebrate the Christian holiday season and made special foods to decorate them with. Candy canes first appeared around 1670 when a cathedral choirmaster would hand out the all-white confections to children to keep them occupied during Christmas mass. While no one knows exactly who gave candy canes their stripes, one (unproven) theory has it that the “J” shape was once meant to stand for Jesus and the three stripes represent the Holy Trinity. (Red is meant to represent the blood of Christ). Chew over that the next time you bite into a candy cane!
Mr. Cobs taught me something this week which I didn’t know before and I wondered if you knew this … so I’m including it so that you can quote this over Christmas, and everyone will knocked out by how clever you are. Not Christmas themed, but ….
Do you know where the ‘sleep tight’ bit came from when you say “Night night. Sleep tight”?
It derives from the fact that they used to use ropes on beds to support mattresses. And the tighter the rope, the more comfortable the sleep. Hence … Night Night, Sleep Tight.
I’d never heard that before!
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A few jokes to tell once you’ve had your Christmas Day Sherry …
Wayne in a manger…!
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Oakham all ye faithful…! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Anna partridge in a pear tree. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Igloo Suzie like I knew Suzie! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Q: Whats the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
A: The Christmas alphabet has Noel. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
A: Claustrophobic. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
What do you call an obnoxious reindeer?
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Q: What do you call an elf who sings? . . . . .
A: a wrapper!
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Why are Christmas trees so fond of the past?
Because the present’s beneath them.
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Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
Because it soot’s him.
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and finally . . .
What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees? Horn-aments!
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All that is left for me to do now is . . . . wish you a very happy Christmas. May Peace fill your home and love fill your heart. Presents are just such a lovely way of someone showing they love you enough to go to the trouble of shopping with you on their mind. However, the very greatest gift someone can give you is their time, for in giving their time, they are giving you themselves. So just because someone might not spend money to say I love and care about you, if they’re giving you their time, even if it’s just to stop and have a few friendly words at the front gate, then that’s a show of their respect and admiration for you, because, right now it’s a busy time of year, so if they spare a few of their minutes to share with you, then I think that’s the most wonderful, caring gift.
If I could send you a gift, I would send you a box of 365 rolled up little notes and quotes. One for each day of the coming year. Each note/quote would be designed to make you smile as you read it. For I would love to know that I could make you smile even on those days when a smile is the last thing you think you can muster.
Sending you the happiest of Christmas Wishes. Be good to each other.
Happy Friday! Last Friday of November this year. You know what that means, don’t you? ……. It means that ‘thing’ is upon us. Yes… Christmas is only four weeks and one day away! But don’t panic – we have ages yet. 29 days in fact. (not including today and Christmas day of course). Ages! Just remember to put your sprouts on a low light by the end of this month and you’ll be fine! (I think British readers might understand that little joke about ourselves, more than anyone else understands it).
But let us put away thoughts of Christmas and instead turn our attentions to Friday, because, after all, that’s what we’re here for!
Shall I share with you what I’ve learned this week? Do you have your seat belt on? Ready? Steady? GO!
This week I’ve learned: That The founder of match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com! How embarrassing, but fantastic is that? It’s sad, but it proves that the site actually works.
I also learned: The sun’s core is so hot that a piece of it the size of a pinhead would give off enough heat to kill a person 160 kilometres (over 99 miles) away. Can you believe that? A tiny piece like that? WOW!
I learned this week that: the shortest war ever fought was between Britain and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. (You can read about this if you want to find out what this was all about,HERE)
I learned a very important lesson this week, that being: … Medically – you shouldn’t ever ignore a symptom. If something isn’t quite right or doesn’t seem or feel right, you should get yourself to your Doctor and not hang about. Hanging about can make a problem worse. So look here you lot!…. Do as I say, not as I do!
Oooooo . . . This one tickled the heck out of me:-
I learned this week that until 1913, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post. I can’t see a problem with this. It’s an economical way of travelling and I think we should all do it! I bet it would be cheaper than buying an air ticket! (nooo… I’m only joshing with you! lol)
Ohhh, and this one sent me off on a totally different thought pattern .. Did you know that if you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side. Again … another cheap way of travelling. I think Walt Disney ought to look into this. They could make it into the ‘Worlds Biggest Slide’, and charge people to experience Time Travel just by buying a ticket to: ‘Travel on the World Slide‘. We could all visit Australia (or wherever the other side of the world is for you where you live) just for the day. Travelling time to go there and back would be just One hour and 24 minutes! It would be a Walt Disney Spectacular! (Those Airlines would soon be putting their charges down and bringing back those good old-fashioned seats which gave paying customers leg room and comfort!)
And here’s something I learned this week which I absolutely loved…. When he enlisted in the army, J. R. R. Tolkien’s son Michael put down his father’s profession as ‘Wizard’. Ohhh I love this sooooo much! It tickled me in just the right place, I think perhaps because our girls talked it over when they were little and decided, that I was The Magnificent Mad Madam Mim – from the Walt Disney film: The Sword in the Stone. I don’t think they saw her (at their tender ages) as being an antagonist or wicked person – but more of a slightly crazy but kind of loveable woman who made them giggle.
However … ‘pet’ names sometimes live on, and for daughter No.1, who is now approaching her mid 30’s, I am still and probably forever will be: “Mim”.
Of course, I always showed mock horror and denied that I was anything like her. “After all,” I said, .. “I don’t have Purple Hair!”.
And finally…. Friday wouldn’t be Friday if I didn’t share a few jokes with you which I’d learned this week!
What key won’t let you through any doors? ……. A turkey.
Why do bees hum? …. Because they don’t remember the words!
What key would open a banana? ……. With a monkey!
What’s white and sits on the TV at night? …. *click and hold the click and roll your cursor over this area here to see the hidden answer → A fly in her nightie.
It has four legs and it can fly, what is it? ……. do the same again, click, hold the click and roll your cursor over here → Two Birds!
How can you tell you have an elephant in your bedroom? …… By the big “E” on his pyjamas.
How do you measure a snake? ….. In inches. Snakes don’t have feet.
Why did the elephant wear green socks? ….. Because the red ones were wet.
Why did the elephant swim on his back? ….. So his green socks wouldn’t get wet too.
What is black and white and waits on the washing line? ….. find the hidden answer by holding the click and hi-lighting here → A fly in a wedding dress. ← (you didn’t see that one coming, did you! LOL)
Thank you so much for coming and sharing a coffee with me. This week has been an adventure of learning, and I’m sure that you’ve learned some stuff this week too. If you’d care to … I’d love to hear about whatever you’ve learned this week too. Just tell me in a comment, so that I can come and spend some time in your world too, and see how your ‘education’ has, like mine, grown this week.
This weekend… waste some time. Hard working people never waste time on frivolous fun-filled activities. Yet, for hard-working people, any time spent this way is far from wasted. So one of my wishes for you this weekend is to waste some time. Grab your coat, and a friend or partner or dog or the children, and go out and have some frivolous, fun-filled time doing nothing but enjoying the freedom. If it’s raining, have a tea party in the house with your little ones, and if you don’t have little ones, then go and visit a friend who does, take some little cakes and biscuits (cookies) which the little ones would love, and tell them you’ve come for a tea party. Really throw yourself into it.
You’ll be the bestest, most loved, fun-filled uncle/aunty/grammy/granddad etc, etc, that they ever knew, and you, in turn, will have had one of the most enjoyable few hours, ever!
Of course … if there are no children around to have a tea party with … then have one with a friend or two! Make, bake or buy cakes, set the table and get your friends over for a tea party, and just to have some fun. Of course … you could also have a Beer and cake party if you’re a chap. Or … how about visiting your parents and taking the tea party idea to them as a surprise?!
May your weekend be blessed with love, smiles and joy. Be safe out there, and … be nice to each other.
Well, actually, they’re red, gold, orange and brown .. but I couldn’t think of a song that mentioned all those colours.
I don’t normally do multiple cards at once unless it’s Christmas, but I made these two cards on Saturday . . . well now that’s not entirely true. I almost made two … but I still had to decide what to do with the pure white card background behind the little girl with the umbrella. Pure white just didn’t cut it. So in the end I put in a pale, watery blue sky, and then below it I made it look like that fine, murky, misty, spray, wet you right through rain, so that it would suggest that this really was brolly weather. (brolly – a kind of shortening of word in the UK for Umbrella).
The papers used are all from Craftwork Cards. I think it’s their Rose Heritage Range, if I remember correctly. (It’s in my craftroom and I don’t want to make the trip across the decking, in the cold, and in my jammies – because the motion sensor lights will come on and that makes me feel like the last act of the night, [X-Factor?] … and like I should do a song, a dance and a bit of tap just to impress the judges. It’s pretty paper and in a great variety of prints – which all ‘go’ together well.
The little girl is a stamped image, onto the white Stamping Card (by Clever Cut – aka Stamps Away), then stamped again onto the blue rosy paper and again onto the pink rosey paper. Her hat and coat are cut from the blue paper. Her boots and umbrella are cut from the pink paper. Her scarf is something I added (it wasn’t part of the stamped image) as it kind of added a little movement to the image.
I added a little blue ric-rac ribbon and finished it off with a decorative frame of pink gingham. (These can be found at The Works (UK only store) – in various sizes and shapes, all very cheaply – normally a pack of 6 totally different ones for around £1. (sorry to folks outside the UK))
The second card is an Autumn card. Although Autumn is meant to start at the beginning of September, (here in the UK) but for me personally it doesn’t really feel like Autumn until October is here. So when October the 1st arrived on Saturday my mind and heart was instantly switched on to Autumn.
I love the Autumn – the colours, the beautiful skies, the time to get out your warmer clothes and rake the leaves. Children coming in from playing with little pink noses, as if they’d been pinched. Hot drinking chocolate. Snuggly, tucked in and that beautiful moment that it gets too cold in the house so you pop the heating on just to take the chill out of the air. Yummy!
So … I made an Autumn card. Not for anyone in particular, just because I wanted to.
The white scored and folded card is a gently hammered card in a lovely weight. The dotty card is by Anna Marie Designs. I stamped a ‘naked tree’ directly onto the card using memento ink pad and then stamped different leaves in different colours onto white stamping card, and then cut all the leaves out and coloured them in different colours. I added just a few stamped leaves directly to the tree, just to give it a little depth. The leaves were adhered to the tree using tiny double-sided sticky foam mounts, and I kept four stamped leaf images to one side so that I could use them as a pile of leaves …with one leaf being swept up and away by a gust of wind.
At this point, although I liked the card, it was missing a bit of the magic of Autumn, so I got my selection of WOW glitters out and chose three different colours. An orange, a brown and a gold, and, using a glue pen with a fine nib, I added the various colours of glitters where I felt they should be.
The sentiment which I stamped onto the card is paler than I would normally have stamped it, but I wanted the tree to be the main event, so stamped the words, which read: Autumn… the year’s last loveliest smile – in a soft brown.
Both of these cards were based on two cards I’d seen in a magazine quite some time ago. I loved the originals and kind of stored them to memory. They popped back into my head last week as I began to think about Autumn, so I scribbled myself a ‘post it note’ and stuck it to my big glass mat on my desk, to remind me to make them at the weekend. I LOVE post it notes. I don’t think I would I’d remember anything if it weren’t for post it notes!
So .. we have a new week and a new month … not only do I wish you a Happy Monday, I also wish you a Happy October.
Here are some facts about October that you might not know …
The Anglo-Saxons called October Winterfylleth, meaning the ‘fullness’ of winter.
The Welsh for October is Hydref (originally Hyddfref), a word signifying the lowing of cattle.
The ‘October Revolution’ in Russia in 1917 took place in November, but at the time Russians had not yet changed from the Julian calendar.
The Hunt For Red October, with Sean Connery, is the only film with ‘October’ in its title ever to win an Oscar (for best sound editing).
More US presidents have been born in October than in any other month.
October in the UK is the Awareness Month for Lupus, breast cancer, national cyber security and domestic violence.
On 1 October 1982, the world’s first CD (Compact Disc) player went on sale. It was developed jointly by Sony, Philips and Polygram.
In the US, October is National Pizza Month, Popcorn Month, Pork Month and Sausage Month.
October is not mentioned in any Shakespeare play or sonnet.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869, in Porbander in western India.
On 3 October 1906 the ‘SOS’ signal was established as an International Distress Signal by an agreement made between the British Marconi Society and the German Telefunk organisation at the Berlin Radio Conference. The signal was formally introduced on 1 July 1908.
Also on the 3rd October, in 1990 : East and West Germany re-united and became one country.
I hope that October came into your home gently, and that as each day of this month comes along, it’s filled with little moments of happiness.
As Anne of Greengables (Anne Shirley) said: I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. And I am. October is one of my favourite colours.
Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee with me.
Sending you love and an October sort of squidge, from me, to you. ~
Welcome to this weeks ~ Lessons in the art of Life ~ . . . as per Cobs.
Well, I’ve learnt an assortment of lessons this week. Some of them welcome, one of them tiresome and others that are just snippets of “well I never knew that”!
I have learned that Virgin Media (who supply my cable, TV, broadband and telephone – i.e. the whole kit and caboodle) can keep you ‘holding’ on the phone for an INORDINATELY long time (i.e. 1 hour 35 minutes) when you call them to tell them that you’re planning to disconnect from them and go to another supplier if they don’t get their act sorted out and change back the monthly charge to what I was paying before they hoiked the charge up by £39.49 per month.
Because I’m a clever, canny lass when it comes to negotiating new deals, I keep an almost blow-by-blow account of what was agreed, and get the FULL name of the person I was doing the deal with and even make a note of the time the call began and ended …. Virgin couldn’t do anything but remove the extra charges for the rest of the term of our contract. However, in an effort to make things as difficult as possible, they (Virgin) passed me from pillar to post, one person after another, possibly in the hope that I’d get either annoyed or tired and put down the phone. I didn’t. I don’t. And, unlike Mr. Cobs, I don’t lose my temper either. I, in fact, get calmer and c.a.l.m.e.r. until I’m ultra calm and laid back, …. but ever-so-much more determined that I am going to get the result I require.
I learned from this experience this week that Virgin might waste a bit of my time by keeping me listening to music(? that term is questionable for what I was listening to), but ultimately it is they who will be jumping through the hoops when it comes to keeping THIS customer happy.
I also learned this week that I actually can still work in my craft room – sort of – when there is no electricity to be found in there at all. Although – it’s a much quieter sort of crafting and I don’t particularly like it very much.
The electrics in my craft roomsuddenly tripped on Wednesday and nothing would or could get the electrics to work again. It’s apparently something to do with one of the sockets in there. Fortunately my craft room is a completely separate building from the house (in our detached, converted garage) so the house electrics are fine. Our Electrician called out on Wednesday to see if anything needed to be ordered, and he’s back again Friday (today) to [hopefully] fix the problem. While he’s here I’m getting him to put some new spots in the ceiling as the ones that are there were fitted by Noah when he arrived in the harbour, sailing on his big boat, so they’re old and need changing. (The detail about Noah fitting the current lights might not actually be totally true).
I’ve also learned some random facts about life in general, which I’m not sure will ever impress anyone or even if I’ll ever need these intelligent bits of information, but I know them now so in the interests of sharing the knowledge and joy I’ll show you what I learned…
The Sun is (roughly) 400 times larger than the moon. It looks, to us here on Earth, like the moon and sun are the same size, but that’s simply because the Sun is (approximately) 400 times further away from us, which creates the illusion that the Sun and Moon in the sky above, are the same size!
Your brain weighs about 3 pounds. Of that, the dry weight is 60% fat, making your brain the fattiest organ! Twenty-five percent of the body’s cholesterol resides within the brain. Cholesterol is an integral part of every brain cell. Without adequate cholesterol, brain cells die. GASP! Who knew?!
Ninety minutes of sweating can temporarilyshrink your brain as much as one year of aging. Your brain is 73% water. It takes only 2% dehydration to affect your attention, memory and other cognitive skills.
No one knows for sure, but the latest estimate is that our brains contain roughly 86 billion brain cells. Each neuron connects with, on average, 40,000 synapses. A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses all communicating with each other. Babies have big heads to hold rapidly growing brains. A 2-year-old’s brain is 80% of adult size. Teen brains are not fully formed. It isn’t until about the age of 25 that the human brain reaches full maturity.
Brain information moves anywhere between 1 mph and an impressive 268 miles per hour. This is faster than Formula 1 race cars which top out at 240 mph. Your brain generates about 12-25 watts of electricity. This is enough to power a low-wattage LED light. (NOW THERE’S AN IDEA FOR MY CRAFT ROOM! … aw, no, that’s a ‘normal’ brain, not just one brain cell – which is what I have).
The average brain is believed to generate around 50,000 thoughts per day. Disturbingly, it’s estimated that in most people 70% of these thoughts are negative.
Our attention spans are getting shorter. In 2000, the average attention span was 12 seconds. Now it’s 8 seconds. That’s shorter than the 9-second attention span of the average goldfish. Yes, really!
Brain cells cannibalize themselves as a last-ditch source of energy to ward off starvation. So in very real ways dieting can force your brain to eat itself.
In spite of what you’ve been told, alcohol doesn’t kill brain cells. It “only” damages the connective tissue at the end of neurons.
Memories are shockingly unreliable. Emotions, motivation, cues, context and frequency of use can all affect how accurately you remember something.
Memory is more of an activity than a place. Any given memory is deconstructed and distributed in different parts of the brain. Then, for the memory to be recalled, it gets reconstructed from the individual fragments. Like a jigsaw in a box. You have to reconstruct the photo on the front of the box.
Do you feel even more clever now?
Random Quote I read for the first time this week and HAVE to agree with:
For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
– Doug Larson –
And finally …
Two words. If you haven’t already met ‘her’ on the internet or on You Tube … DR. PIMPLE POPPER!
OH. MY. DOG.!!!
If you haven’t ‘met’ her name before, then please make sure that A) you aren’t squeamish about pimples being popped and watching when they ‘go’. B) that you haven’t just eaten. Then, after checking that you’re ok with these two things …. go to YouTube and put her name in the search bar: Dr. Pimple Popperor … Dr. Sandra Lee (her real name). She’s a real Doctor, not just some woman who pretends. So she knows what she’s doing.
My Goodness Me! When I watched a video I had to work out if I was feeling light-headed or sick. But … once you’ve watched a little and realised that you’re OK and not about to pass out … then it becomes like a car crash. You HAVE to look.
I was aware that my face was contorting and I was pulling a face that I’d perhaps describe as EEEK! and ICK! combined into one new strange facial expression, but I continued to look.
Never knew about her before … But I thought I’d share her with you so that you too can experience the EEEK with the ICK! which your face will no doubt do too!
Well … from spots and pimples to brain facts, Virgin Media and to that loss of Electricity, which, I hope, that by the time you’re reading this, our fabulous Electrician will have found the problem, sorted it out and everything will be back to working tickety boo! All that will be left to do then is to put my beautiful craft room back together again. (Everything had to be moved so that he (electrician) could get easy access to all the sockets – you would not believe it but half of my craft room is currently in my conservatory and what didn’t fit in the conservatory is in Little Cobs room!) I’ll be so glad when it’s all put back and I’m then back in my rightful place. Queen of the Craft Room. (well… my craft room at any rate). lol
Thank you so much for coming and spending a coffee time with me. I’m so blessed to have so many lovely blogging pals, and I cherish each and every one of you.
OH and … a big, hearty Helloto a couple of new followers who have joined our lovely blog here. I won’t name names but .. please don’t stay a stranger. Read and feel free to comment. It’s via your comments that we get to know each other and we actually all really do end up as friends in blog-land. It’s what makes blogging such a brilliant place to be.
Have a fabulous Friday my friends … and … pray for the very next person you see on the street. If you don’t pray, then wish something wonderful to happen to or for that person. Push the prayer or the good wish out of your head and out into the universe. Let’s all do something good.
We can’t help everyone . . . but everybody can help someone.
Sending you my love, and an extra special squidge ~