Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for WELL, WHAT DO YOU WANT? …More?

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Vell… I laughed and realized we all have funny stories when it comes to our parents and their wisdom in selecting “the perfect” name for their little darlings. 

My dear pal Carole gets the prize for a near miss - though I do think Queenie is rather… hmmm… regal! Yeah, that’s it, regal!  LOL (I wonder if anyone, in her inner circle, calls Queen Elizabeth, Queenie… just wonderin’.)

Here’s Carole’s comment, just in case you missed it! (Click or Zoom in)




OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today, I’m going to shed some light on WRITING. (Odd isn’t it, this word begins with W… hmm… wonder what that’s all about?)

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

YOU HAVE TO DO IT YOURSELF - the writing that is!

Having an ideal reader (that’s Stephen King’s term and I like it, so I’m using it, so there) is very helpful. (In my case, I have an Ideal Listener.) What’s an ideal reader/listener? - someone who doesn’t bullshit you about what you’ve written. If it sucks, they let you know. 

It pays to hire professionals. (Don’t rely on the goodwill of talented friends, it’s not nice!)

Do not bore your friends with your writing ambitions. They won’t take you serious until your first book is published. That’s a fact! 

Jump in with both feet. Then, you might actually land and stay upright. I teeter and I totter but I’m still standing. 

But the most important thing I learned along the way….

There are no short cuts. Daily word count equals book. You must write daily. If you don’t, well, do the math.  



Well, what do you want? More okay, this post is a teaser! How's that!



Are you working toward a goal - writing or otherwise? 


Cheers, Jenny


A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

V is for VELL, VAT DO YOU VANT? Go ahead, ask Mutti!

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Alrighty - seems many of you are brave little rain warriors - dashing through the watery shards with your short cropped hair, laughing in the face of Mother Nature.

While I, and my trusty UMBRELLA, leisurely stroll about enjoying that same rainy day! Thanks for dropping in and sharing your umbrella stories - I think some of you need to do an umbrella post, I’d love to see those brollies in action.


OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today, I wish to share my heritage with you.

I’m the offspring of two Austrians. Mutti and Vati (V said like F)

Mutti dearest still has an accent while Vati does not. 

I do the most incredible Mutti imitation known to mankind. (Which actually freaks me out, I’m worried it might get stuck, then what?)

In fact, when I used to do standup comedy I did a whole bit on being raised by Mutti.

Now… I can’t do any of it justice here, because you can’t hear me.

However… 

This might paint the picture perfectly. (This is about a 3 minute read - if you need to be on your way, no problem, come back when you've got a coffee in hand and have a laugh on me, and Mutti she doesn't mind.)



In the dark ages it was the wish of every father-to-be that at least one of his children be a male to carry on the family name along with the family business.

Not much has changed - a man still wants a son. (even if he won’t admit it publicly because the missus would tear a strip off him) Some things never change.

I’m the second of four kids - girl, girl, boy, boy.

Okay, the first child can be a girl - after all every dad secretly wants a little princess too.

But...all bets are off when it comes to kid number two - if number one was a girl, number two better be a boy or else.

Here’s the or else.

So, I’m the second girl… my poor mom was under tremendous pressure to produce the heir apparent - but apparently failed at such a simple task - what was she thinking. (even though it’s the sperm that determines gender)

Now, as mom tells it she really had her heart set on a boy, she’d done her duty the first time without success and really, really wanted a boy. 

Mostly she was not a big fan of the ‘state of pregnancy’ - can we blame her!

Yes, there are some women that love being 'with child' - I say, “Good on you, whatever floats your boat.” Apparently in mother’s case it sunk her ship - four times.

When I was brought to my mother (after being tidied up and made presentable) the nurse congratulated her on her sweet, adorable, lovely, cute-as-a-button little girl.

“No, No, I vant a boy, take it back!”

I kid you not - those were her words - and we wonder why I’m in therapy! 

Well, after some arguing about the fact that I couldn’t be swapped and given to someone else who might have wanted a “girl” baby, I was taken back to the nursery to prepare for my fate.

In the meantime, my mom received a visitor - the woman who would subsequently become my godmother - TW. 

TW was so excited mom had another beautiful little girl, she had been by the nursery and was cooing all over the place about how lucky my mom was. 

“Ya, dann take her, she’s yours. I vant a boy - no more girls.” (said like she’d just had her nineteenth girl)

After some explaining, by TW, my mom finally acquiesced - even though she knew it meant going through yet another birth to get that elusive but highly sought after boy - I was adorable and she had already fallen for my "cute-as-a-button" charm.

But that didn’t stop her from still being ticked at me for being a girl. 

She told TW she had already picked a boy's name (for her son) and therefore I would be called Peter; it would teach me a lesson for being a girl.

TW went on to explain that Peter was not a suitable girl’s name whereby my mother leaned back in her bed and said, “Fine, dann ve call her Petra!” 

I can only say there is a god - and it was manifesting itself through TW - because she said, “Absolutely no, dats not a goot name.”

“Ya, dann you pick da name vat ve give my boy,” retorts my mom. (note how she still called me her boy - and we wonder why I’m good with a hammer)

Okay…

Without hesitation TW says, “I alvays liked Chainy und ve name her Chainy.” (this was how they said Jenny - I kid you not, there is no way I could make this up)

Fast forward to Kindergarten…

Mrs. S, an elderly teacher, (they all look old when you’re that little) called in my parents for a little chat. It appears I was not responding well to my name Jenny and she was concerned about some learning difficulties because of it.

“Ya, dats her name Chainy, vats da problem,” says mommy dearest! 

With that the meeting was over. Mrs. S had her answer - it was not adorable little “me” that had the learning problem…

I’ve always liked my name, never wanted a different one and can safely say I am eternally grateful to my godmother for it.

It’s a good name. It’s not Jennifer or Jen - it’s just Jenny! (try to remember that, will you)



VELL, VAT DO YOU VANT? A qvestion… vell, okay...


What about your name... is there a story behind it too?


Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  
PS - Just Jenny was first posted in 2011 for the A to Z Challenge - as there are new folks dropping by I thought I’d dust it off and share it. 

For those reading it AGAIN, there will be a test… let’s just see how much you remember… hmmm… who’s really reading and who’s skimming. 
What does Mutti call me?

Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for MY UMBRELLA - so cute!

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I loved all the tripping you wonderful folks were doing as you dropped by and checked in on me, thanks by the way! It was a necessary TRIP but I'm glad I'm back! 

I tried to get this post up and running before my mental meter expired… sadly I don’t think I succeeded. So if there’s typos too bad! (I’m busy tripping - by the way, go google the word “trip” and then click “images” just see what that word really means!)


OKAY… HERE WE GO…

Today, I’m going to show you one of my favourite flowers.







MY UMBRELLA.

I love my umbrella. It’s a joy being under it when it rains because I look up and see this pretty flower covering me. Seems it brings joy to others too as I've had men and woman comment on what a beautiful umbrella it is.

My daughter loved it so much I bought her one too.

Then, because I didn’t want to be without it, and I knew it would eventually wear out, I bought a second, which presently lives in my closet, just waiting its day in the rain!


Okay… spill, do you have a favourite umbrella?


Cheers, Jenny


A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for TRIP - tough call, but I have returned.

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Once again you all amazed me with your incredible comments. I knew you all had it in you to find a SMILE in the simple little things.

In a nutshell, here’s what brought smiles to your faces...

someone buying you a cup of coffee
new boho pant
laughing out loud with the Doc Martin series
reading funny posts
a daughter who treats mom out of her first pay check (big smiles for sure)
animals, pretty flowers, beautiful art, good movies
hugs from sweet children, time with hubby, listening to new music
pure bliss with how this awesome A toZ is moving along
getting text massages and replies from special people
phone calls from granddaughters a distance away
flowers, a loved one, lunch with the boss with blessings and all
keeping a happy tone, fun cartoons
walking the dog in nature reserve, singing along to the radio
all kinds of small things too.

Thank you all for adding extra smiles to yesterday's post.


OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today, which is half over, I want to tell you what happens when your wings get clipped.

You fall, go boom, and then need rest.

Yup, I tripped up… paid the piper, but I’m here to say, “It’s all part of the journey.”

Ah… you’re curious, right… 

Well, it’s like this. I was burning the midnight oil for the last several weeks… work, A to Zing it, writing my 15 minute bits, construction issues, sofa issues which really means mother issues, birthdays… etc.

The thing I forgot to factor in was my nightly trip into slumberland. Well, all of a sudden, yesterday, I almost fell off my chair while formulating my post. 

It was me, or it… it lost, my sleep won. Good call, right? 

I knew you'd understand! THANKS!

I came back from my TRIP to slumberland refreshed and ready to tackle the day.


So… anything TRIP you up lately? 


Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

S is for SMILE - gee, can it get any harder!

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In light of yesterday’s RUN UP A TAB question I think I have some sensible readers - no one asked for an expensive car, or a gadget that wasn’t essential. There clearly is an understanding of wants versus needs. Ah… to be surrounded by smart people - makes me smile!

Which brings me to today’s topic…


OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today’s topic is about the little things that make me SMILE…

Enjoying my morning beverage!
Laughing, just because!
Thinking of all the folks that have blessed my life!
Sweet dreams and happy endings!
Saying "thank you" to so many wonderful people/bloggers in my life!


So… what little things puts a big SMILE on your face?  


Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  

R is for RUN UP A TAB - on someone else's bill.

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Okay, so QUARRELLING is something we can all agree gets done, with or without success. I loved all your comments. I’ll leave that as a stand alone sentence, and will add this… I really laughed at Annalisa Crawford’s comment - I only thought cats went after the furniture!

Here's her comment, so you don't have to go looking for it (Damn, I'm thoughtful.



Curious minds want to know… Is he a little dog, a catdog (like a catfish) or is he just totally unruly because, well, I hate to ask, but is it because you're not good at disciplining your dog? LOL Just wondering, that's all!! (Miss Lucyfur used to eat my wood mouldings.)


OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today I'm going to talk to you about enjoying a FREE DAY!

Back on Feb 27, my daughter, and her man, took me up to Seasons in the Park Restaurant, atop Queen Elizabeth Park, for a birthday lunch.

GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT - no, not the kids, THE MEAL, THE SERVICE, THE AMBIENCE - EVERYTHING SUCKED!

Now… let me share with you a little something about me - I don’t take it lying down - really - I do battle standing! That’s a fact.

I found the manager and gave him a sliver of my mind. (Must be careful, not much left.) This resulted in me receiving, in the mail, a $50 gift card and a “we’ll do better next time” apology.

NO - THEY DID NOT DO BETTER!

My friend Jane and I have frequented this restaurant a lot in the past so I thought what better way to sever my dining relationship from this sinking ship than going out with a drinking-buddy bang!

We had two Caesars, hers with Tequila, mine Vodka, with spiced beans. We ordered, and shared, two appetizers - Stuffed Mushroom Caps (crab/cream cheese - which I promptly wrote as crap/cream cheez - so, yeah… my mind was elsewhere) and Calamari - more chew bits than yummy tentacles. 

We parked below the restaurant, as it was a glorious day, and leisurely walked to it while enjoying the sights - we enjoyed the long way back to our cars.

All in all - the best part was what Mother Nature provided.

See for yourselves…

The walk up to the small quarry.
The Bloedel Conservatory.
Tami Thiriwell - a watercolour artist.
She's quite talented - her blog has stunning watercolours!
I purchased the two small paintings she's holding.
View from the restaurant - I'll miss this, but it's free outside the restaurant!

The rest of the photos are as we made our way down into the Large Quarry, and back to our cars… truly a stunning day.













I didn’t think it would be so easy to RUN UP A TAB, on someone else’s bill - but I was wrong. It was damn easy! 

The bill and tip were covered by the gift card. The parking was free, and Mother Nature has yet to ask for my Visa!

That how you enjoy a free day, at someone else’s expense! 

So… to the question - I know you like the questions, right… come on, you do!

If you could RUN UP A TAB, what would you buy at someone else’s expense? (ohhh, that’s a juicy one, eh!)


Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for QUARREL - if success is on the line - don't!


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So… any serious tweezing going on over the weekend? Or were you all just too pluckered out! LOL (That isn’t even all that funny, and still I laughed.

In light of my PLUCK A HAIR post I should add… I don’t just tweeze brows, I wax them too. Yes, hot wax, Bushman, that should take care of your unibrow, no problemo! LOL (Yet again, I laughed… could be the wine, or the beer I had before the wine… or the beer before the beer… oh, who’s counting. Well, apparently I am!)


OKAY… HERE WE GO…


Today I will talk to you about seeding success.

Yesterday I decided to play in the dirt. 

I shovelled it, raked it, watered it, seeded it. After that I shovelled more, raked more, added more seed, and watered some more.

Then, I needed to figure out how to stomp it all down. I wished I had one of these big drum rollers - but I DID NOT. 

If only I had this seed roller, and this dude in the green overalls - he looks like he knows what he's doing. (And, just so you know, I went to the website, where I got this photo, and realized I did everything wrong. Ha… I laugh in the face of the green grass-rolling goblin!)

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So here’s what I did, according to the Pearson Report Seeding Success Manual. These pictures are worth at least several hundred words each.

I found a used piece of plywood 22"W x 15"H
Initially I bent down to turn it over… well, that lasted about 1 minute.
This is a mini rake - about 4' tall. I pushed the tines under the board.
And flipped the board over.
When it was flat I jumped on it - voila, instant stomping!
Pretty Clever - if I do say so myself!
You cannot QUARREL with this kind of success! 
The view of it from my front porch - truly amazing what I was
able to accomplish without green overalls and a roller!
On top of all that, I even managed to plant my flower garden…
all of it!  LOL
This is what the mound of dirt looked like - taken months ago.

The moral of this story… don’t QUARREL with success.

I went inside, and had those beers etc… while typing this I made a million typos. Thank god for that backspace button, eh!

I tried white out, but the screen went all weird (typed wierd - weird, eh!)

So…

The question then begs…

What was your last QUARREL about? 
(Leftovers or dinner reservations, plucking or tweezing, wine or beer, beer or beer, themes or winging it. And just so you know… I’m sticking to my theme AND still winging it, ha, so there, quarrel with that!) 


Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!