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?

Literature/Film/Television/Music
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

Fandango’s Provocative Question #71

FPQ

Find the question here: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/27/fandangos-provocative-question-71/

How old are you* and how old do you feel — older or younger than your actual chronological age? Do you generally act your age? And what does “acting your age” mean to you?

I am 49 but feel like I just graduated from high school. I don’t feel old enough to have to make many of the decisions I have had to make in life. On the contrary, I am happy being home doing crafty stuff or reading. I can I am also a “repurposer” so I hate throwing things away that I might be able to use again some day.

©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

Fibbing Friday

Hosted by Di at pensitivity101: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/11/20/fibbing-friday-my-response-for-20th-november/comment-page-1/?unapproved=103593&moderation-hash=e2fa46192b010a63d83ea22d116fa34e#comment-103593

1.   What is Kapok?
A food additive
2.   Where will you find a kernel?
Where else? In the army.
3.   If you didn’t know a door as a door, what would you call it?
The Opencloser
4.   What’s the difference between a yolk and a yoke?
Well, the first one has an “l” and the second one has an “e”
5.   What does E R N I E do?
Whatever Bert tells him to do
6.   What is meant by sunny side up?
Any country north of the equator
7.   What could you wear on your head that would make people think you were awesome?
Probably a headband that says “I’m Awesome!”
8.   What is meant by cattywampus?
It is a group of stray cats that live in one area, sort of like a on a campus.
9.   What is an erf?
The polite way to say you farted
10. What is a mouse potato?
What isn’t a mouse potato?

©2020 CBialczak

Share Your World 11-16-2020

To participate with Melanie click the link: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/11/16/share-your-world-11-16-2020/

Is cereal soup? Why or why not? Cereal is not soup because it never becomes a new thing when you pour the milk in, it is still cereal with milk. On the other hand, when you put broth, chicken, veggies, and spices together it makes soup. You wouldn’t really say “I’m going to have some chicken and veggies with some broth”.

What are some interesting ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”? How’s it going?: How is what going?
What do you do?: When?

What was your favorite toy growing up? My favorite toy growing up was my Holly Hobby Treehouse and my Little People House. The tree house was a cardboard sort of gazebo that all the sides came down to have different “areas”. There was the picnic area where you could put all the little foods. Then there was the swing area that actually had a swing attached.
My Little People House was awesome and I guess I would include the other buildings I had, like the castle. I loved that there were trap doors and secret hiding spots.

If you have a pet, and you could ask it three questions, what would you ask? I would ask my dog – 1. Don’t you get tired of laying around all day doing nothing? 2. Is that kibble really tasty and do the different “flavors” really taste different? 3. Does the slime out in the dirty water bowl outside that has filled with rainwater add to the taste of the water, since you would rather drink that than clean water from the tap.
I would ask my guinea pigs – 1. If you had a choice how long would you let your teeth get? 2. Does it gross you out a little to know that your teeth grow? 3. Do you see me as an evil giant even though you know me and I feed you or do you recognize me and just run away for the fun of it?


Attitude of Gratitude Section (Always Optional)

What’s one simple thing society at large could do to improve our world? Accept everyone despite their differences.

gratitudestonesroryaffirmations

©2020 CBialczak

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!

Fibbing Friday: October 30th, 2020

For PCGuyIV: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/10/30/fibbing-friday-october-30th-2020/

  1. What is a poltergeist? The ghost of a baby hen
  2. What supposedly happens if you look in the mirror and say, “Bloody Mary” three times? You know you are drunk
  3. What’s so unlucky about the number 13? It can never be the day at the end of a week
  4. Why do banshees scream? Because she is mad that she is banned from doing something
  5. What happens to a vampire in daylight? Their pale skin heavily contrasts their black robes.
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street wasn’t about a monster who could kill people in their dreams. What was it about? a bad traffic accident
  7. Who did Norman Bates dress up as in the movie, Psycho? Randle McMurphy
  8. The Amityville Horror wasn’t about a haunted house. What was it about? The prostitution ring that got busted in the suburbs of Amity.
  9. What are the three witches doing at the beginning of MacBeth? Getting their costumes on
  10. What classic monster lives under the Paris Opera House? The grumpy old landlord

FIBBING FRIDAYQUESTIONS

©2020 CBIalczak

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 8-17-2020

Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  1. Harry Potter can speak to snakes. If you were able to have conversations with any one animal, what animal would you like to speak to? What would be the topic of your first conversation? If I could talk to any animal I think it would have to be dogs. I just want to hear what they have to say about how they are treated and what they are really thinking. They always seem so happy, well the pets and the ones who are treated okay, but what really makes them happy? Is it their food or treats? Is it physical attention. I wish I had more money because I want to bring some of those poor dogs home from the shelters so they can die in a loving home.
  2. The portraits in Hogwart’s dormitories can talk. If your graduation portrait could speak to people passing it by, what would it tell them? My picture would be telling people passing by to stop and think about what they are doing and where they want to go. Really think about what kind of future you want, not what you think you should be. I wish I had that when I was in high school to see all the opportunities that were right in front of me.
  3. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger use the Pollyjuice Potion for finding new clues for the happenings at Hogwarts. (The Pollyjuice Potion is a magic potion that allows your body to form into that of another and live their life for a few hours.) If you could transform into another being, who would you chose to be? What would you hope to learn?I think I would want to be a famous author. Maybe Graeme Base so I could figure out where his ideas come from and how he draws his fantastic illustrations.
  4. There was a flooding in the girl’s bathroom where Moaning Myrtle resides. What has been the most dangerous (or comical) ‘flooding’ where you reside? About six or eight years ago I had a work area set up in our basement where I made jewelry. I also had an area that had my cooking things, one spot for yarns, etc. I don’t remember if we heard a boom but the pipe that carries waste to the septic tank busted and exploded into the basement. Apparently, the pipe the builder used for the septic was the wrong size. Over all the years it just weakened and weakened…Until it was all over my basement. The point that actually broke, or exploded, was the part of the pipe directly over my craft areas. It was so gross. I don’t even know how much “money” I lost after that.

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Mundane or “Muggle” Questions:

(Serious one which is rather creepy):  How do you think you’ll die?  IF you do think about it? I try not to think about it. But I think I will die of old age.

What’s the best on-line screen name you’ve seen? “Best might mean the oddest. I can’t think of any names…Chewy maybe, from Star Wars…Nemo maybe…There are so many characters in the Disney “world” that would qualify.

What’s invisible that you wish people could see? Stupidity. Maybe a visible scale that floats above your head.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car? It’s not a new car until you replace the outside of it. All the inside parts are made in such bulk so that doesn’t matter. It’s really just the outside of the car that you see, that you really bought.

©2020 CBialczak


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For the next several weeks “Share Your World” will have two parts.  The awesome blogger, Roger Shipp, is the creator and host (if you will) of the first part.   He found a unique way of passing some of the quarantine time and that was from watching ALL the “Harry Potter” movies.   He came up with some really fun and intriguing questions (four a week for each movie) about the movie in question.   This week we visit “The Chamber of Secrets”.   I’m going to link to Roger‘s blog so you can post your link over on his blog OR you can do it here as usual.

I’m reiterating last week’s ‘disclaimer’:  Now I realize some folks have never seen nor read a single book or seen any movie about Harry Potter.   Therefore I’m going to do three or four ‘regular’ questions for folks who aren’t Harry fans.  It’s cool to do both sets OR just one or the other, as you wish.  

For Melanie and Roger: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/08/17/share-your-world-8-17-2020/