Weekend Quickie

Rory has me intrigued with this Weekend Quickie. To join in check it out here: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2022/04/09/weekend-quickie-9/

Asking You
April 2022
Weekend Quickie

10 Questions for you to answer as you so see fit!
Name one sport that is already dangerous but would be lethal if you were naked? Maybe Ice Hockey? There are so many that could go bad…
If l had three bananas in my right pocket and 17 grapes in my left pocket what would l have in my back pocket? Nothing, your pants would be too damn tight!
How many animals were aboard Noah’s Ark? Probably at least 100, but that isn’t counting how many got off…By then there were babies…you know stuck on a ship for all that time. Gestation is faster with some animals.
What is the second largest organ in your body and could you live without it? I think that would be your liver and no.
What is the most reckless thing you have ever done as an adult? probably driving under the influence…I play it pretty safe.
I came, l saw and l didn’t …. [what?] know what the hell was going on!
What are 5 ways to keep warm when lost outside in a snowstorm with a stranger? get naked and snuggle, get naked, snuggle, snuggle and get naked, and stay out of the wind.
How does your mind work – what am l talking about if these words are used – Melons, Jugs, bubbles and orbs? Fruit, ceramic bottles of water, kids bubble wand creations, and lights that signify a spirit.
Which language are these words and terms from? – ankle biter, strewth, bludger, sunnies barbie, nuddy, furphy and woop woop? I would say Old English.
Do you prefer to ring my bell, push the button, knock on wood or walk on by and why did you select your choice? Either ring your bell or walk on by…If I’m there I might as well say hello but if I’m there and don’t feel up to it I do nothing and keep walking.

Bonus Question
Who said, “It’s just a flesh wound?” And who were they talking to?
no idea, no guesses either.

24 Hour Blog Question

The Main Questions For you are …

How do you remember moments in your life – what is your process for bringing your memories back to life?

Do you think the memories you have of your life from your yesterdays are an honest recollection – or do you think that they change with every re-telling?

in your opinion how deep is your long term memory?

What are some of your very first memories?


Funny that this is the question today…David loves looking at pictures, he does it all the time. I found that I have a hard time sometimes just because of all the loses I have had. Memories, especially this time of year, are hard for me. Yes, they bring about good memories but they also bring sadness knowing that some of them are the only memories I will ever have.
I think when I want to remember I try to envision myself in the moment I am trying to think of. This helps me think with clarity. If I can recall myself in the situation I feel like my recollections are quite accurate. That being said, it’s all my interpretation isn’t it?

I can recall things from when I was probably three or four years old. I remember going to a babysitter’s house and sitting on the top bunk of the bunkbed they had. I remember a different babysitter that had hens and I was allowed to go look for eggs. I also remember she had channel 56 on her television and that channel had all the good cartoons during the week! Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Tweety…I remember the first day of school in my new kindergarten class and being scared out of my mind but my friend Sarah dragged me in and told me it was fun. We had chocolate milk for snack. I have tons of bits and pieces and it is fun when all of a sudden I remember something totally new. Who knows if the memories are accurate? I don’t have anyone to really confirm one way or another. That’s life…

Welcome to 12 Bloggerz!

Rory is our host for the 12  Bloggerz questions. Click here to find out more and join in

12 Questions
On a scale of 1 – 10 – where 1 is low and 10 is high how happy are you with everything in your life at this moment? I’d say a six but feel a little guilty because compared to others I have a good life. I say six because I live so far away still from my daughter and fiancee. Two weeks from now is the two year anniversary of losing my son. I take full time care of my dad who has Alzheimers and although I don’t hate it, it is taking a part of me away that I miss. Maybe a six for situational and an 8 for hardship???
Why do you do what you do the way that you do it?
Interpret as you so wish.
Because I put a lot of time and effort into what I do and try to do everything so that it is correct and appropriate. I don’t do only half of anything because that is a waste of time. I like to think that I think before I do so that what I do is a good thing.
How do you embrace difference? I thank God everyone is different. There are some people who I would never want to be like in any way and I can’t imagine if I was the same as them or if someone even assumed I was the same. I also love learning about things that I maybe never would have thought about before. I like seeing how people dress differently or talk differently. I like how traditions are different all over the world. I find it amazing that the world has so much going on at once that is different and although we know why (through science) we can’t see why.
What is one of the most significant ways that your readership influences you, your blog and your writing? I find that if I don’t stay active and write often then my visits and guests go down. This disappoints me. When this happens I get motivated to get back on track and remember how much I enjoy writing and how much I crave it when life gets hectic.
How would you feel if everything you didn’t believe in today turned out to be true – which of your new disbeliefs now truths would affect you the most profoundly?
But also answer this question from the opposite spectrum as in –

How would you feel if everything you believed in today turned out to be false – would this affect you and if so which falsehood that you hold now true would affect you the most profoundly?
This I think would be horrible.. I now believe that most people are good and that someday I will feel less pain when I think about my son…
How often do you cross your fingers or say touch wood or good luck to people or do you not believe in that sort of thing? I do it all the time but then say to myself that I am not really doing it, hoping there is no bad mojo attached to it. ai guess one could say I am very superstitious.
Do you think that our childhoods impact our lives as adults – what are your views? Definitely but not like everyone thinks. I don’t believe that having a great childhood means you have a great adult life. I think what happens in our childhood shapes the type of person we are. I have two very entitled siblings but don’t see myself like that in the least. I had a lot more responsibility than they both did.
There is no truth to horoscopes – yes or no and why to either? Sure, why not. It is all in how you interpret the message. Many horoscopes are so general that you can squeeze them into your life somehow. I don’t necessarily believe in bad omens and all that. I don’t know if there is a being (like God or whoever you believe in) who would ever wish bad on anyone. Well, maybe the devil but that is only if you allow yourself to follow that evil.
Does it really matter if we are environmentally-conscious – l mean is it that important – if not why not and if yes, why?? Definitely!!! There is so much of our planet that is dying and disappearing. How can you look at a sea turtle with a plastic six-pack holder around it’s neck and not cut it to shreds before throwing it out? How can you keep cutting up trees when you see that the koalas have nowhere to live? I think humans are wasteful and very many are greedy and lazy. Now that I am in Florida I understand the reason for bottled or filtered water but why buy those 36 packs when you can either buy a gallon or buy a water filter? This might be a moot point now that some plastic bottles are recyclable but have you ever seen some of the beaches in our world where there isn’t even sand left to see? Just garbage! Or the Great Garbage Patch? I understand that things come about and people don’t know the effects but once we do know, shouldn’t we change what we do?
Do you find it easy or hard to relax and what relaxes you the most? Lately I find it hard to relax. There are a few things that if I don’t get interrupted help …Listening to audiobooks (which I never liked until recently), drawing, building miniatures, writing, and getting a backrub and/or massage.
How well or badly do you respond to being ‘shocked’ or ‘surprised’? I hate being shocked. Surprised is sometimes okay but even then I feel awkward. Back in high school I worked at a garden center and there was one boy I worked with that would always sneak up on me…hated it. Then I worked in a restaurant. I closed almost all shifts and one of the jobs was cleaning up the salad dressings. We would put all the large containers in the sink, clean the tops, cap them, then wash the whole outside…one of the cooks used to come up behind me and scare me every night. It got so stressful waiting for “it” to happen that I finally told my boss I was going to quit if “Paul” didn’t stop scaring me. Even later when I was teaching the kids knew I would not laugh if you jumped out and scared me. I get so mad. Actually, one time when I first met David we were in the car to pick up my son. David had to run in and use the bathroom. I was on my phone or whatever and he scared me when he got back by secretly banging on my window. Scared the hell out of me. The amount of swears that came out of my mouth!!!!!! He got upset with all those words but I told him I hated being purposely scared.
How do you feel about the term “I am a lucky/unlucky person” as in – do you think that there is some truth to it or is it all nonsense? I think there is a little truth to it, but it is in our perspective….For example, there once was a family and when the stepmother died one of the siblings was given the home along with the company of the living parent while one sibling got all the money and no responsibility to the parent. Is it luck? Sort of but then again, it is just money and that runs out and when you have no more money and you can’t afford anything and you are alone, you will be one thing…alone. That by the way is only a hypothetical situation that I would have no idea about in my own “real” life.

Thanks for the questions, Rory! You got me thinking today!

©2021 CBialczak

12 Bloggerz! May 2021

Find it here: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2021/05/06/12-bloggerz-may-2021/

12 Questions
When was the last time you were totally lost?
[Be this physically, mentally, emotionally or so on, interpretation is yours]
When was the last time I wasn’t? Starting with my husband passing in 2018 my life has not stopped this whirlwind of changes. I just want a place to physically settle, mentally relax, and be more emotionally stable.
Do you think that we as viewers to the entertainment industry have much higher and perhaps unrealistic expectations to the content that we read, watch or listen to today in comparison to previous years and or generations?

I think a lot of people expect a lot! I don’t see what is wrong with the old shows. They were truly funny if they were supposed to be. They were truthful, maybe a little too truthful sometimes. TV shows and movies were good even though every aspect wasn’t perfectly realistic. Some of the techno stuff and stunts make movies now less believable in my opinion.
Does Money ‘Really’ make us happy or is that just a myth and more importantly it is ‘what you do with it’ that makes you happier?
I think that money has the potential to make your life easier. Once your life is easier you have more time and energy to focus on yourself and your happiness. I think what you do with it really only matters if you care to share it. I honestly don’t care about extravagant vacations, fancy cars, and other indulgences that even a typical “well off” person still could never afford in a lifetime.
How important to you is it to be right? I’m always right unless I am wrong. If I am right then just know that I am right and that I have done my homework to ensure I am right. If I am wrong, please point it out and let me know where I went wrong. That way the next time I will be right again.
How often do you find yourself completely confused with life and the way it is changing and has changed over the last ten or twenty years?
Never. It isn’t confusing it is just super f—-ed up!
When out shopping and carrying your goods or groceries which do you prefer to use more often – paper or plastic bags [reusable] or cotton totes or something else? It depends on what I plan on doing with the bags. When I have to pack things I like the plastic bags to pack things in. If I know I will have a lot of recyclables then I like paper so I can reuse it immediately. I do have an obsession with reusable bags and have been told I am no longer “allowed” to purchase bags because I have so many. I like them though but don’t reuse them as often as I should because I see new ones I like.
How many emails do you get a day [roughly] and from who do you get the most? Probably at least 75 emails a day. Most are from retail outlets since I do a lot of shopping online. I have a few different email addresses so each one gets different types.
Have you ever made for yourself ‘homemade wine/spirits’ and if so what was it made from and how was it? Only by accident when I have left fruit or juice in the fridge for too long. I do make Kombucha but it isn’t considered a spirit.
In your opinion and from no ‘fixed time period’, what have been in your eyes the top 5 most memorable television series you have ever watched and what made them special to you?
1. The Muppet Show: loved the puppets and I remember so many of the shows.
2. The Brady Bunch: It was unrealistic with all those kids but each of the kids was “normal” in some kid sort of way.
3. Blue Bloods: Just so good in all senses
4. America’s Next Top Model: I love seeing all of the transformations Tyra would impose on the would-be models.
5. The Love Boat: It was just the ultimate vacation and always love!
What’s wrong with today’s music as opposed to the music of your yesterday’s – do you consider the music now to be far worse or greatly improved and why?
I think both. Some music is so technical that it doesn’t seem like a human has even participated in it.
Does world history really matter to our daily lives – is it that important – l mean it’s not like we can change anything right – what do you think? Yes, and it shouldn’t be erased. That is how we learn not to do the same stupid things that have happened in the past. It is good to see what mistakes were made.
Do you believe that a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed the following day helps you make better decisions or worthier improvements to your life – or it makes no difference at all? It totally makes a world of difference. I have recently been very tired and I am cranky and irritable. I don’t feel like doing much and I just want to eat….

©2021 CBialczak

12 Bloggerz! April 2021

Welcome to 12 Bloggerz!

Game #12– April 2021
Season 3
Meet the Bloggerz Directory: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2021/04/07/12-bloggerz-april-2021/

Would you want to be a millionaire and if so why and if not why not? Yes. I could find plenty of good things to do with that kind of money. I would make sure my debt was gone and that I was comfortable. After that I would probably use the money to travel to areas that need help. I would be willing to do work to help needy areas…taking care of people, building things they need, helping in other ways.
Do you listen more to the voice in your head or your gut when making difficult decisions? Definitely my head…It is so damn loud I seem to have no choice.
Should we be afraid of our nightmares or see them as a sign of improvement? I am scared as hell! The good ones are fine, the others are just like dealing with stress but you are sleeping. I have told many people before that I had to get help from my therapist for my spider nightmares. Yeah, I am a true arachnophobe and don’t find spider pranks funny.
Are you a fan of cult movies and if so which ones and why? No, I don’t think I have ever seen one. I don’t really know what they are either so I don’t think I could say I was a fan.
What comedy film you could watch over and over? Either The Money Pit or Ace Ventura Pet Detective
How often can you listen to your favourite music for more than an hour in a day or a week without interruptions? I can listen forever…I just don’t know why people have to keep interrupting me! I don’t listen that often though because I sort of forget that is an enjoyable option in life.
What is in your opinion the best way to make an omelette? Eggs and Cheese
When was the last time you were completely naughty? Well, this is a PG site I believe so my answer will be family friendly…Last weekend I was a bit proud of myself!
What’s the secret to making someone laugh hard? It has to be about real life and something that is outright silly. Nothing embarrassing, nothing at anyone else’s expense. Usually it is when someone, me or someone else, just says something so odd yet fitting. Hard to explain. I just picture me and my daughter laughing with tears in the car about something I said…
How forgetful are you and why does the word look so silly when written? I am forgetful if put on the spot but I do remember quite a lot…especially those pieces of information that are completely useless and unrelated to anything. It looks silly when it is written because it looks like it should have another “t”.
What advice did your parents give you about LIFE that you too have passed on to your own children or friends? No one but you can make you happy.
How often do you surf for something on the internet but end up hours later looking at something else … why does it happen to you, what causes you to stray? That happens quite often. I start looking for something and like to dig a bit deeper. Every site has extra information that then peaks my interest in something else. Sometimes by the time I am exhausted and “done” with the computer I don’t even remember what I was on there for in the first place.

©2021 CBialczak

How true to your real personality, your true personality, your youniquity personality are you?

Find the question here: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2021/02/18/the-curious-case-of-you-being-youniquity-you-and-only-youniquity-you/

My personality is truly who I am. I think I have a problem downplaying my successes. Perhaps I don’t know where the cut off is between pride and arrogance. In my head I don’t care what other people think of me but when it comes to it I am always thinking, “I wonder what they think?”. I believe it all comes down to confidence. I need more confidence in myself and my decisions, not caring if people don’t agree, just being okay because my decisions are okay with me!

Question Fun – S4 – G3

Rory has questions very out of order today! https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2021/02/17/question-fun-s4-g3/

Question 7
Does ‘methodical order and sequencing’ really matter?

It totally depends on what you are doing. I am a bit OCD about things so if something is supposed to be in a certain order then put it in order. I have to step back if someone is not doing “the right thing”.

Question 3
Given the choice which  historiographical era could you live in comfortably if you had to go back ‘in time’ and why do you think you could?

I’m so not knowledgeable about historiographical eras but according to what I found on the web I would probably be happiest in the Modern Age. I love how so many things in art were expressed during this time. I think I would love being educated by one of those fabulous artists.

Question 9
What type of advertising really ticks you off as in – it doesn’t matter what the product is … because of the way it is actually advertised you become instantly annoyed and hostile with the medium? … this is NOT a political campaign question!

The one absolutely worst commercial that makes me so mad is for Liberty Mutual Insurance. It shows kids on Christmas morning and the first kid opens his gift which is the insurance. The second kid gets asked what he got and he says just a bike and kicks his bike. I think this sends such a bad message to kids. Do you know how many kids would kill to have a new bike? With the pandemic I am sure there were kids in this country that didn’t get a thing. It is such a bad message it makes me sick.

Question 83
What topics or passions could you write freely and knowledgeably on for say 3000 words if you had to?

I think I could write freely about what I think kids should be learning from a very young age. I have strong opinions about what children should be exposed to and think that a lot of the issues in young people is that they think they are the centers of tiny universes. There isn’t always a feeling like we are all part of a big world.

Question 2
What could you NOT do for money – given the obvious – so this is not about harming yourself or harming or murdering others – so aside from that side of things – what could you not just do for cash?

I could never be in a room full of spiders. I could never eat snails.

Question 1
When was the last time that you read something and it touched you in some deep dark way?

I’m not sure if I have an answer for this….

Question 101
How did you murder that person and how did you get rid of the body?

I slipped a little poison from the rat poison into the delicious dinner I made. After he died I drove out to docks and pushed his body off the dock. After that I threw extra chum into the water to attract as many fish as possible to eat the body.

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The Friday Four

Rory hosts The Friday Four: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/12/04/the-friday-four-23/

Before computers, Smartphones and so on what were you using when writing your stories and creating your literature? Just notebook paper or journal books. Mostly loose-leaf paper because it stays neat even if you have to lose a page.
What type of games do you enjoying playing online? Mostly Match-3 type games. I also play Rummikub. I was trying to see if anyone wanted to be on my team on Gardenscapes. Writers Unite is my team name and I only have 3 other members. You need at least five to participate in some of the challenges.
What age were you when you first started reading and what were you reading at that age? I don’t really remember but I do remember loving Dick and Jane books. I also remember my mom giving me “The Secret Garden”.
How do you prevent boredom entering into your life and are you able to list 6 effective ways in which others could introduce to stop it from entering theirs? I’m never bored. I have so many pastimes that I can’t even do them all. I think this is the best way to avoid boredom. You don’t have to be an expert at any of them but enjoy doing different things. To do things that don’t cost much, you can draw or repurpose objects.

The Friday Four

TFF – Season 2 – Game 5

Question Fun Directory Look here for the original post: https://aguycalledbloke.blog/2020/11/06/the-friday-four-21/

The Friday Four
Once A Fortnight Question Game

Ah questions, questions, questions – what is it about you and questions Rory?

Simple, l just like asking questions.

Today some more brain tickling thought provokers …
Do you think society could survive without governmental authority or structure? Absolutely NOT! There are too many idiots in this world who think that there is only one way to do things, their way or no other. These people don’t care about anyone but themselves and getting whatever they can. Maybe they are narcissists or sociopaths but once they get the taste of control, they won’t ever give it back. On the other side of the coin are the other idiots who follow whoever because they can’t make up their own damn mind. In the middle is the rest of the world who only wants peace, equality and fair treatment with the ability to live a fulfilling life without fear of war or consecutive pandemics.
Do we really need all the technology we have? Absolutely NOT! We need technology to get some of our things done and for some communication. We do not need it to find out someone’s secrets or ugly history. We do not need it to steal things from people. We do not need it to replace human interaction. We definitely do need it to monitor the fear of consecutive pandemics.
Everyone has a passion that can absorb them for hours and that includes talking about it with others for hours if left unchecked – do you have such a passion and if so – what is it? Absolutely NOT! I cannot be consumed with hours of someone else talking so I would never consider putting anyone through that, unless of course, there were consecutive lockdowns for consecutive pandemics.
What have you found yourself thinking a lot of late and that seemingly will not leave your brain alone? I’ve been feeling a little negative about the state of the country here in the US and the worry that we may end up seeing consecutive pandemics.
©2020 CBialczak: Disclaimer – all of my answers are true for the most part!

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