Friday, July 29, 2016

Best of AGT: An Odd Story

This is a story about a teacher and students, a typical lesson in an atypical classroom.  It was first posted on 17 February 2013 and you can check it out here

Down to business...

During our numeracy lesson on Tuesday, I asked for a student volunteer to tell me if the daily number was odd or even.  Patrick raised his hand and eagerly announced that the number was odd (it was, in fact, even).  I replied, “Okay Patrick, why do you think it is odd?”  Patrick, without skipping a beat, answered, “I don’t know Miss, it just looks kind of weird.” 

The class erupted in laughter and even I had to grin. 


Sunday, July 24, 2016


Today is the 8th Annual Aunty's Day!
I am just lazing about this morning waiting for a day of pampering and love!!!
Still waiting!

All my lovely Awesome Aunties who have completed the course and those of you who are just dropping by, deserve a day that is just as awesome as you are! Make sure you take some time to appreciate the joy that you get from spending time with your N & N's and remember that you are a special person in their lives! 

Have a Great Day Aunties!!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Best of AGT: The McFlurry Incident

This was originally posted in December of 2010.  At the time I was sharing a house with a close friend and on extended leave from my work.  I had quite a lot of time on my hands.  I have made some minor improvements (mostly punctuation and grammar related) which is any writer's prerogative on republishing any of their previous work.  I wonder if my housemate remembers receiving the email in question. 

This is an excerpt of an email that I sent to my housemate at work one afternoon to give her a giggle.  It is a story of an escaping McFlurry and an innocent housemate. 
BTW: I have been asked by some of my "older readers" to use a bigger font.  I apologise for the assault on the senses of the "normal" sighted people out there!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Dear Ma'am,
I regretfully inform you that your Mcflurry is missing, presumed eaten by.... hhhmm (looks around innocently) someone! 

You see, ma'am on the afternoon in question (i.e. this one) the freezer was open for just a few minutes.  It seems your half eaten Mcflurry chose to jump out of the freezer and leg it, ginger bread man style!  Unfortunatley the un-named housemate who opened the freezer door, had her hands full of other cold delights and with her pain condition (whatever it is) prevented her from chasing after it.  

As we found the surrounding Macca's cup ripped to shreds beside a nearby stream (we do have those in the 'ridge') we must assume the worst.  I'm so very sorry for your loss. 

We do believe that the culprit could be any of the magical fairytale creatures that are known for this sort of thing: the crocodile that ate Captain Cook's hand and pocket watch, the fox that ate the ginger bread man himself.  Then, of course, there is the infamous Big Bad Wolf that ate Little Red Riding Hood and her dear old Granny (although he maintains that he only wanted the cakes in her basket). When he was accused of eating the Three Little Pigs, he claims he was simply visiting to ask for a cup of sugar (a likely story).  It just goes to show that you just can't trust anyone these days! 

Perhaps if you had labelled your food, much in the same way we do with our pets, your "half an Oreo Mcflurry with the hot fudge stirred in" might have been returned to your freezer promptly and without harm.  We would also like to mention that if you choose to purchase such a dessert again, the uneaten left over half that is sent to the freezer for an "ice cream emergency" tastes delicious with the uneaten half of the chocolate mousse that may or may not have been in the fridge on the day of the alleged incident.  

Again, we'd like to offer our deepest sympathies for your loss and suggest you ask your house mate (innocent as she is) to shout each of you a replacement on the next quiet night you two happen to have at home (like that will ever happen!).

Kindest Regards
Mr F. Tales
Dessert Disappearance Unit

I forgot how entertaining I could be back then. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Best of AGT: Favourite Bobby Pins!!

Today, we are revisiting a Friday Favourite from way back in January 2011 (click here to see the original).  I have edited it and added some extra info and ideas.  I consider this one of the Best of AGT, because I love how it's written and I still think the tiny bended wire known as the Bobby Pin is a modern marvel. 


A favourite accessory of mine!  Earlier this week, I was doing my hair and I just wanted to get it off my face and my neck and I wanted to look cute and effortless.  A few well placed bobby pins and I was done!  Although there is also something to be said for good quality hairspray.  

The humble bobby pin has been around for a long time and has been credited for many famous hairdos.  It has been portrayed in films as the magic item that can hold an entire bun in place for 5 days then break-in to the back door in seconds.  One can only imagine what MacGyver could do with one.

I wonder if you really can pick a lock with a hair pin?

Whether it's a glam-do for a night out on the town, a messy bun for work or holding back the locks while you are touching up the make up, a good quality bobby pin (and maybe a few of its mates) are a girl's best friend!

But Be Warned:
1. Don't skimp or you might as well put twigs in your hair! This is one item where, even I (cheapskate queen), must purchase quality.
2. They are precious and have a habit of "disappearing" under the bed, between the couch cushions and at the bottom of your hand bag.  You paid good money for these magical little treasures, take care of them.  
3. A single Bobby Pin can't hold all your hair in place for a week of Kung Fu fighting.  Bobby Pins work best in groups. 

If you want your bobby pins to work even better try these tips that I found on Pinterest.

Sticky Pins- lay all your bobby pins on a tissue or paper towel and spray them with hair spray.  This way, they will stick to your hair when you slide them in to your latest "up-do". 

Sticky bobby pins:

Bling Pins: Use beads or other embellishments to pretty up your Bobby Pins. 
10 Amazing DIY Hair Accessories with Simple Tutorials | Outfit Trends | Outfit Trends:
Source for Beaded Pins

I love these! I use bobby pins so often, and this is such an easy way to make them cute.:
Source for Button Pins

There are some great ideas out in magic internet land for improving your bobby pins.  The humble bobby pin; whether basic, sticky or bedazzled, is a great invention!

Have a Wonderful Day!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Best of AGT: An Inexplicably Great List.

This month is I'm sharing my choices for the Best Of AGT.  I'm posting five posts that I think are among my best.  Last week, I reposted a poem.  This week, a definition and a list. 

My love of this particular list is inexplicable.  The original post first appeared on AGT on 11 March, 2011.  That was almost FIVE years ago!  That's INCONCEIVABLE! 

Check out this wonderful word and lovely list!

Defined by


[in-ek-spli-kuh-buhl, in-ik-splik-uh-buhl] Show IPA
not explicable; incapable of being accounted for or explained.
There are several phenomena that are simply inexplicable.  I don't know why and I have decided that I don't care to.

  1. Easter eggs taste better than regular chocolate.
  2. Kids can smell fear, insincerity and sugar.
  3. Many people take rumour as a fact simply because it was on the news.
  4. People can see the fault in others far more clearly than in themselves.
  5. Some people seek reasons to complain.
  6. My bed looks better when it is made (I think I have mentioned this before).
  7. I think this way and most people think that way. 
  8. Pinterest is taking over the world.
  9. Technology is scary and exciting and wonderful and frustrating and terrible and innovative all at the same time.
  10. A good list has to have ten points. 

That's life.  Sometimes, it can't be explained and that's okay. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


We interrupt our scheduled programing for this very special announcement.

The 8th Annual Auntie's Day has been officially set for Sunday 24 July, 2016!

That means that there are only 18 shopping days until the most AWESOME day of the year!!

Auntie's Day is all about celebrating the mature women in our lives who are not our mum's but are special to us just the same! Check out this post about why Auntie's deserve their very own day of the year to be honoured, loved and yes, pampered! Of the 25 reasons that Awesome, Savvy, Cool Aunts need a day to be celebrated, I think 21 and 23 are the best AND apply most to me (if you don't know what I'm talking about you will need to click on the link). 

I promise to put my wishlist in print before the end of the week! ;)

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Best of AGT: My Fluffy Shadow

This month is Author's Choice Best Of AGT.  I'm going to repost 4 of my favourite posts.  This one is a poem I wrote about Shelly in September 2013.  You can see the original post here.

My Fluffy Shadow
I have a furry shadow
No matter where the light-
She follows me all through the house 
And sleeps with me at night 

My multicoloured shadow-
She scratches at the door.
She's always chasing little things 
That skip across the floor. 

My fluffy little shadow, 
She climbs into the drawers.
She hides in places out of sight
This kitty, I adore.  

I have a furry shadow,
She can curl up in a ball, 
She always lands upon her feet
When she's silly enough to fall.

I love my fluffy shadow.
I know that she loves me.
This clever kitty's not my friend-
She is my cat, my Shelly!