The Case of the Missing Card.

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Today is Friday here in a very wet Wellington. On Wednesday my daughter cleared the mailbox and handed me a rather woebegone envelope. It contained a card from my alter ego on here, Chris.

Of course, I was delighted to receive a card from her but thought “Oh well. She’s losing it” when I saw the date, August 2021 penned in. Then when speaking with Chris yesterday, she said she hadn’t sent me a card, but when I showed her the card and envelope she remembered sending it to me when my sister died last year. Hence the date August 2021.

So the question now arises “Where has the car been for the past twelve months?” I guess we will never know.

Scaffolders working in the pouring rain.

And a little excitement to brighten an otherwise ho-hum day –
Don’t know what they found to be cheerful about.


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It’s an Odds and End kind of day

A lovely new word. See how I have used it in my comment to Chris.

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The kind of day when I did not have to be up and out in the morning. It called for a nice cup of coffee (Ethiopia) my current fave. And propped up in bed catching up on blogs and comments.

I don’t often play the WOD challenge but I really should. I like the idea. I noticed the Word for the Day today is Pervasive which the Oxford Dictionary defines as ‘(especially of an unwelcome influence or physical effect) spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people. “Ageism is pervasive and entrenched in our society”

**No, I don’t think that counts as using the word. We’ll see if it comes up in this post. one of my regulars sent me a link in a comment connected to a previous post of hers about Molokai.

I can’t find the author of the book I read…

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When I wrote my post yesterday, it was the end of a very tiring day, several hours spent with and for my friend, and I was almost asleep on my feet. Now I have to apologise because there are mistakes in that post. Obviously, I didn’t read it properly before I published it

In paragraph two, the final sentence is repeated, and typos appear in the Shirley MacLaine quote.

“When we release others from the expectations we have of them, we truly love them.”

I am away from home without my laptop (who ever does that) and writing using my phone does not help. So again, apologies.

JB, Raumati, New Zealand, August 16, 2022

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How long does it take for a person to move from being a fully functional adult to a little old lady sitting in her room for most of the day, and taking little or no interest in for is happening in the world.
I can tell you exactly how long it takes as I have watched my friend deteriorate over a period of only eight weeks to get to this stage.

Over the eight week period she has had five visits to the regional hospital, has been diagnosed with cancer on the lung, has had a car accident almost wrecking her brand-new car, has had Covid and over this period has dislocated each of her hips, and through it all she has suffered badly with asthma. It really is no wonder she is feeling depressed.It really is no wonder she is feeling depressed.

So what can I do? On the…

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Luna Lunar Supermoon calling

Supermoon – All around the world.

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Apparently a supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee – the closest that the Moon comes to the earth in its elliptical orbit.

The technical name is perigee syzygy.

The things you can learn from Wikipedia.

I also did not know that the term supermoon is astrological in origin not astronomical.

We’ve all heard tales and myths related to full moons so I won’t go into those just now.

Anyway, two nights ago I awoke in my dark bedroom, and tried to go back to sleep but could not.

I felt a call. No, not of nature. Well sort of I guess.

I didn’t feel particularly drowsy so I heeded the call. I looked at the clock on the stove. How odd, it was 3:05 a.m. Now I am not sure why I thought that odd, except I seldom wake all alert mid…

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One Contented Cat

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After weeks of almost non-stop torrential rain, Flashcat has found a place to sleep. But oh, the garden furniture now is in need of some tender loving care. But that doesn’t concern him.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Helen Keller, American author, disability rights advocate,
political activist and lecturer. 1880-1968

JB from a sunny, dry,
Wellington, NZ
August 13, 2022

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Quantifying Quant

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Well, not so much quantifying but …

Yesterday’s post by my AWA partner JB was about an advance movie viewing she and her friends saw about Mary Quant.

JB mentioned that when she and I had our regular Wednesday/Thursday FaceTime she was surprised that I claimed I had never heard of Mary Quant.

A claim I made because I never heard of Mary Quant. At the time I told Judith that if I asked all the women I knew around here they too would not know the name.

I haven’t yet gotten around to asking so that follow up will come later. Now in truth, when she opened up her first shot Bazaar in England I was eight years old. And a tom-boy. And not the least bit interested in style.

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When discussing yesterday’s movie with Chris of Bridges Burning, my alter ego on this blog, I was surprised/amazed to hear that she had no idea who Mary Quant was/is.

Quant in 1966 via Wikipedia

In 1955 when her first shop Bazaar was opened in Kings Road Chelsea, I was a schoolgirl longing to have access to money to buy my own clothes, particularly a Mary Quant dress. That had to wait until the next year when I was working and had my own money.


“The serendipitous synchronicity of a name shared by the shop andHarper’s Bazaaremerged just ahead of the opening of Quant’s Bazaar. In its September 1955 issue, this magazine became the first publication to feature a Quant editorial, printing a photograph of a sleeveless daytime tunic worn over culotte trousers, captioned “big penny spots on smart tan pyjamas, 4 guineas, from Bazaar, a…

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Words that stick to me today

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Photo by Lisa Fotios on

Ours to define and enjoy are words from Marianna Crane from Nursing Stories in her blog today titled Getting the message the Second Time Around. The whole piece struck a chord with me, and my first early morning thought was those words will stick with me today.

Marianna Crane:

Like me, has been a nurse for over forty years.

Like me she is retired.

She has been honoured by Intely Care for having one of the top ten nursing blogs.

She is an active champion of nurses still in the field.

Even if you are not a nurse, her blog is an interesting place to visit.

Perhaps you too will come across some words that stick to you. Today’s wisdom is based on Twyla Tharp’s book, Keep it Moving

Then of course my next stick to me words were in a book. Today…

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Shakespeare Brought Home

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Via Wikipedia

Several years ago I visited the Globe Theatre in London and a pop-up Globe in Auckland a couple of years ago.

And yesterday at our Probus Club, the speaker was Dawn Sanders, ONZM QSM. This talented former ballerina and theatre scholar is the founder and  CEO of Shakespeare’s Globe Centre New Zealand. 

The Shakespeare’s Globe Centres are international centres for theatrical education and for the promotion of the Shakespeare’s Globe in London, their nucleus organisation.

via Wikipedia

What had been described as Sam Wanamaker’s impossible dream, Came to fruition in 1996 when the Queen opened the rebuilt Globe Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames, on the site of the original theatre. 

Photo fromThe legacy of Sam Wanamaker by Barry Day June 2019

Sam Wanamaker visited New Zealand in 1990, and the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand was founded in Wellington the following year by Dawn Sanders. She received the 2006 Sam Wanamaker Award for her foundation of this…

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