Fibbing Friday 23rd October

To join in, write a post with your answers to Di’s 10 questions below and tag it “Fibbing Friday” or #FibbingFriday. Then link back to this post so that others can enjoy your answers and maybe join in too! https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/fibbing-friday-23rd-october/

Ready? How’s your history?

1. What is a pince nez?
The title of the Prince News except told by the guy with a really bad speech impediment
2. Who had the original telephone number Whitehall 1212?
Well, George Washington of course! It was the kind on the wall, placed in the hall of the Whitehouse.
3. Who reportedly lived at 221B Baker Street?
Basil the Mouse
4. What happened in Pudding Lane in 1666?
The baker wanted to make the cake but forgot the flour so he inadvertently invented pudding!
5. Who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
An orange, evil troll who takes children and doesn’t like many people besides his own friends.
6. What happened on the 8th August 1963?
The backlash of the incident on the 7th of August 1963
7. Who lost their head on 16th October 1793?
One of the witches that lived in Salem Massachusetts, to be rid of her before Halloween.
8. What was in operation between April 3 1860 and October 24 1861 but failed due to bankruptcy?
Probably a famous official that couldn’t go back to work after the operation.
9. What is the significance of The Golden Hind?
It is the king’s or queen’s ass, but in a polite way of saying it.
10. Who was Spencer Perceval?
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Perceval

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Fandango’s Provocative Question #92

Fandango wants to know: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/10/21/fandangos-provocative-question-92/
Do you blog anonymously? Why or why not?

I had thought about this not only when starting my blog but also throughout this whole time of being an active blogger. I do not blog anonymously. I guess I don’t because when I started this whole blogging experience it was around losing my husband and my son. I didn’t really know what blogging was beyond “telling your story”. As time went on, I started enjoying all of the challenges and different forms of writing. I think what I write would not insult anyone, so why change now.

On the subject of anonymity, I don’t always tell readers where in the US I live. I guess if someone reads enough of my posts they probably know. Unfortunately, with Google and whoever knows what else, anyone could drive up to my door and I would never know how they found me.

I respect whatever anyone chooses but I do have to admit, I am more curious than a cat and it kills me a little (just joking, but sort of) to not know who people really are.

Blogging Insights

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya has turned to Sadje, of Keep It Alive, for the questions. Sadje has asked these questions:(https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/blogging-insights-51-blogging-etiquette-questions-from-sadje/)

How long should the comment thread be? For example, if some blogger likes your post and says so, you thank them. Then they say that you’re welcome or it’s a pleasure, afterwards most shift to emojis or smiley faces. It can go on for quite some while.
I think saying thank you can be the end. A lot of times when people thank me or say you are welcome I “like” the comment so that I am acknowledging that I received it. It is awkward sometimes because you don’t know what the other person is expecting. Do they want you to say “you’re welcome”? Does it have to be the same with every blogger or every post?
I think another part that gets tricky is when you say that you enjoyed someone’s writing but you don’t necessarily have a specific comment. I sometimes think, “Do they believe that I really read their post?” I guess what it all comes down to is getting to know the people you correspond with and what they either expect or would appreciate.

What is the acceptable protocol for reblogging?
I think reblogging is a great idea when you want to share something that someone else has posted. My biggest problem is that I think many times, even though I put a comment before reblogging, that people think the post is mine. I don’t know if they don’t notice it was reblogged. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t want the original blogger to think I am taking credit for their work.

What should you do when people don’t respond to your comments on their posts? Should you stop commenting on their post or give them a reminder about your comment?
I don’t necessarily mind if people do or do not respond to my comments, unless it is a question. I think sometimes people have a limited amount of time to blog and you go through and read the comments but if you responded to each separately, you would get no actual blogging done on your end. I continue to comment on future things but not over and over about the same post.

Award posts: these are the trickiest regarding etiquette, as most people don’t even acknowledge that they were nominated for that particular award. What should be the proper way to deal with this situation?
My biggest question is where do they come from? and are they real? What I mean is, I have gotten nominated before and it is a nice gesture but it seems more like a chain-letter type of situation. You acknowledge who nominated you, then you nominate 10 more. Does anyone ever win? What do you win (I don’t mean real prizes – more like recognition) ? Do you get something to put on your blog to acknowledge you won?
Defined broadly as messages designed to be passed on for alternatively self-serving, altruistic or nefarious purposes, chain letters have taken an array of forms over the centuries. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the polarizing mode of communication is enjoying a renaissance, with individuals stuck at home forwarding recipe chains, inspirational quotes, photo challenges and other ostensibly comforting prompts to their friends and family.Still, even seemingly benign chains come with a catch. As one popular recipe exchange warns, “Seldom does anyone drop out because we all need new ideas.” The implication is clear: Participation—while not required—is strongly suggested. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chain-letters-swept-internet-they-raised-funds-orphans-and-conveyed-messages-god-180975005/

©2020 CBialczak

Fibbing Friday

Welcome to Fibbing Friday! Di and I take turns hosting, and this is my week. Answer the questions below as you see fit; just be sure to stretch, bend, break, or outright ignore the truth. Once you have your finely crafted fibs all ready to go, just tag your post as “Fibbing Friday” and link back here. Pingbacks are enabled, or you can just leave a link in the comments section.

  1. What musical group from the 1960s was known as “The Fab Four”?
  2. What was the “British Invasion” in the 1960s?
  3. What is Stephen King’s book, The Stand about?
  4. What was the TV show, Breaking Bad about?
  5. Exactly who was Kilroy?
  6. What musical instrument is Phil Collins best known for playing?
  7. According to Genesis 1, what happened on the seventh day?
  8. What happened at the O.K. Corral?
  9. According to Greek mythology, what was needed to cross the river Styx?
  10. What was the play, Inherit the Wind about?

QUESTIONSFIBBING FRIDAY https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/10/16/fibbing-friday-october-16th-2020/

Answers

  1. What musical group from the 1960s was known as “The Fab Four”?
    Their full name was The Fabulous Four
  2. What was the “British Invasion” in the 1960s?
    It was when the people in Britain had to fight for the country to be named the UK
  3. What is Stephen King’s book, The Stand about?
    A serial killer is put on the stand for murder, finally
  4. What was the TV show, Breaking Bad about?
    It was about overcoming bad habits
  5. Exactly who was Kilroy?
    The name of Roy’s murderer
  6. What musical instrument is Phil Collins best known for playing?
    Is he related to Tom Collins?
  7. According to Genesis 1, what happened on the seventh day?
    People went to church because it was Sunday
  8. What happened at the O.K. Corral?
    Scientists checked to see if the reef was healthy
  9. According to Greek mythology, what was needed to cross the river Styx?
    A large enough boat to fit all of their band equipment and members
  10. What was the play, Inherit the Wind about?
    A rich man died, who originally owned the wind, but he left it to his kids

©2020 CBialczak

Five Things Tuesday 10-13-2020

For Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/5-things-favourite-kinds-of-bread/

Today’s topic is :

5 Favourite Kinds of Bread

  1. Cinnamon Raisin Bread –

2. Beer Bread –

https://www.tastefullysimple.com/bountiful-beer-bread-mix-value-pack/?bvstate=pg:9/ct:r

3. Wonder bread –

 This is it - the loaf that made Wonder Bread a household name. It’s soft, white and as wholesome as childhood itself.

4. Garlic Bread –

5. Spinach and Sausage Stuffed Bread –

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Fibbing Friday

Hosted this week by Di: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/fibbing-friday-9th-october/

1 What tax did Henry VIII introduce in 1535? Estate tax on horses

2 Who entered a contest for his own lookalike, and came third? Sasquatch

3 What sort of creature is a mountain chicken? Its a sheep. The farmer can’t have chickens in the mountain so he has sheep and calls them his chickens.

4 In which city is the UK’s Dyslexia Research Trust based? What are my choices?

5 What is Scooby Doo’s full name ? Scooby Dooby Doo

6 What is a zeedonk? Its what happens when a zebra sees a donkey in the dark and doesn’t care about anything else.

7 Coprastastaphobia is the fear of what? (and no, I can’t pronounce it) The fear of Jamaican Police officers

8 What is an orange pippin? It depends on what pippin actually is, then you’d know what the orange was doing.

9 What is a Royal Flush? What the King or Queen does after doing their business

10 Who is currently 15th in line to the British Throne? That guy with the blue shirt, standing behind the lady with the basket.

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Twelve Questions for October – Game #6 – October 2020

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, has given these questions: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/10/06/12-bloggerz-october-2020/

1. If another national lockdown was to occur, would you be better prepared for it today as in, have you been in a position to stockpile much-needed stocks? Or would you be no different to the last time?

I think I would be almost the same. When COVID started becoming what is now the Pandemic, I had been in my car driving to Florida to visit my dad. I stopped at three Dollar Generals on the way down to buy toilet paper. The first store I had no problem, the second TP was limited, the third and they were down to single rolls. I like my brand of toilet paper. Besides that…I’m okay with how I handled it.

2. What do you think makes for a really scary fiction story that would prevent you from turning off the lights before you went to sleep?

That the main character is getting ready for bed, maybe reading, and there is a clown or a creepy doll under the bed.

3. Which do you prefer to wear and why out of the following options?

Cotton, Denim, Cashmere, Chiffon, Lace, Leather, Linen, Wool, Organic Fabrics, Silk, Muslin, Polyester, Satin, Suede, Twill, Velvet, Moleskin, Mohair, Viscose.

Cotton is sort of a typical choice. Denim is a regular go-to for me, I like my jeans. Cashmere is dreamy soft but requires hand-washing and I’m out. Chiffon is actually one of my favorites because it goes nicely over a fitted shirt. Lace, well maybe my underwear. Leather is for pocketbooks and wallets. Linen is super thin and shrinks. Wool is too itchy. Organic fabrics are a little expensive and I don’t know how well they hold up over time. Silk is wonderful but slippery. Muslin, for clothes? Polyester is a definite option for being a long term clothing item. Satin is like silk. Suede is for shoes. Twill is for men’s coats. Velvet is okay for a fancy holiday dress. Moleskin, keep it on the mole. Mohair, let whatever a Mo is keep it’s hair. Viscose…is that something to do with veins?

4. When getting dressed and you are putting on a dress, trousers, shorts, or skirts, and so on, which foot do you lead with, left or right … and why that way?

My right foot goes first. The main reason besides being right handed is my prosthetic hip is on the left so I have to make sure I am in before putting that leg in. Not sure why but maybe a balance type of thing.

5. What is your blog’s primary genre and what are the secondary genres?

My blog is primarily Poetry and secondary Flash Fiction.

6. Has blogging and belonging to a community of fellow bloggers and writers alike, changed you as a person or inspired you in any way? Explain.

Being part of the WP community has totally changed me. It has given me the confidence to write what I think I want to write. I take chances. It makes me recognize the importance of showing other people that you are listening to them. Leaving comments is important.

7. Name 3 television programs that you watched and enjoyed as a child and then explain what made them good for you back then?

The Brady Bunch: It was so real life, except for the amount of kids. They had real life issues. Especially the one with the Tarantula in Hawaii!

Gilligan’s Island: I always wanted to show up on a deserted island. I loved the way they invented things, supposedly out of nothing but the natural resources. It was sort of the MacGyver feel.

The Muppet Show: I love, love, love Muppets. I wrote to Jim Henson back in middle school. I used to know all of the names of the muppets…even the weird ones you don’t see much. One of the things I did love was the music. Watching this was my introduction to Paul Simon and other great artists.

8. How do you celebrate you when you have time to pamper yourself?

It depends on where I am. If I am in Florida it is great to just sit on the beach with a book then go and get a pedicure. At home pampering myself isn’t really necessarily pampering…Playing with my dog and guinea pigs is sort of my idea of pampering.

9. Do you listen to any Podcasts or Vlog Diaries on a regular basis, and if so, what are they and why are they so good?

I don’t listen to Podcasts. I signed up for Audible and I don’t even like listening to books on “tape” or whatever it is called. I like to read, not listen.

10. Have you ever walked in on a couple having sex? If so, did you 1] Scream in horror make apologies and run out, 2] Make your way out but acting cool about it all, or 3] Laugh out loud and say “Alrighty then, game on!!” and join in?

I never did but my daughter stopped home one day to say hello when we were “hanging out”. I saw her and screamed, then tried to get sheets on me. Then I laughed.

11. What do you think lives in the 80% of the ocean that is unexplored and unmapped?

I think there are really weird looking fish. There are probably a lot of large squid in all the giant caves (I am assuming there are caves).

12. Do you read book reviews before purchasing a book new to you or do you simply buy a book based upon what you have read on the sale description or back page. If you do, how influenced are you by those reviews? (Question inspired by Sadje of Keep it Alive.)

I never read reviews until I started writing them! I usually go by the picture on the cover, yeah immature but I do…I also go by the blurb on the back or in the front jacket.

©2020 CBialczak

Share Your World

Share Your World

It’s Monday and that means that it’s time for Melanie to ask us to answer this week’s Share Your World questions. Here we go. https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/10/05/share-your-world-10-5-2020/

Questions:

When was the last time you tried something new?  How did that go for you?
Funny that I saw this today because I tried something new today! I tried to make a cinnamon swirl bread using my bread machine. It came out pretty good but not what I really wanted. Now that I know what the dough will do, I can work with it again another time and get it closer to what I wanted. If anyone is from Rhode Island or has visited and has been to Aunt Carrie’s Restaurant…that is the bread I want to make!

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
….I have no idea….

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I think I would be about 32. I know I’m not young enough to be in my 20’s nor do I want to be, but I think early thirties would fit me.

Lastly, I’ll be doing one “Halloween” themed question per week during October.  Those who don’t observe the holiday are welcome to answer or to ignore it as they wish.

Fun  CREEPY Halloween Question:

Have you ever seen a ‘fresh’ corpse (aka dead body)?
Yes, twice…after they’ve been to the morgue but not embalmed or anything. My late husband and my son. I have seen plenty of embalmed people but I don’t know if that counts, they are sort of plastic at that point. I’m sorry if I am offending anyone with my answer….it’s just how I feel.


GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Do you enjoy any seasonal traditions around this time of year?

I am grateful for my friend Mary who has always included me and my family in their holiday festivities. Not having a large extended family, it is sometimes hard when holidays come and you hear about who had their kids and grandkids over, who went to the uncle’s house, whose brother got wasted and made a fool of himself….

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5 Favorite Fall Fruits

For Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/5-favourite-fall-fruits/

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Like Dr. Tanya, I love most fruits. I don’t know if I can choose only five and I also don’t know if they are only for fall, but here goes…

  1. Peaches – picked right out of a tree, smelling sweet, fuzzy
  2. Plums – Dark purplish-black with a light red inside
  3. Apples – Empire picked right off the tree
  4. Blueberries – they go with anything
  5. Bananas – yeah, I know, but they are sort of year-round

I love Star fruit, mangos, raspberries, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, blackberries, huckleberries, gooseberries…..

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Truthful Tuesdays

The Question: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/truthful-tuesday-october-6th-2020/

Since we discussed Halloween last week, how about Thanksgiving and Christmas for this week? No? Too bad, because that’s what’s going on! Sadly, this pandemic shows no signs of easing up anytime soon, at least not in any way that will make a difference on some of the social distancing restrictions that are in place. With that in mind…

Has this pandemic altered your holiday plans for later this year, or will it be “business as usual”? Please explain.

My Answer:

Honestly, after losing my son my holiday plans changed permanently. All I want to do is be with the people I love and I don’t care about the gifts or any of that. That isn’t much different than what I used to think but before I loved having people to the house and a big dinner…

I have David and Lindsay, my dad and Laurette, and a handful of precious friends. That is all I want for Christmas. For me the pandemic is only enabling me to tone down the festivities.