Thank you for joining me once again on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…
So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…
Today is World Senior Citizens Day which was started by the UN General Assembly in 1990 and is celebrated on 21st August each year…The aim of the day is to raise awareness about factors and issues which affect older people such as age deterioration and abuse of the elderly.
It is also a day of celebrations around the world to recognise the contributions that older people make to society.
How can you help? Who can you help? It may be that you have an elderly neighbour who never has any visitors or it may be that you don’t see so much of your elderly parents or relatives, after all, we all have busy lives but also we will one day be as old and how will our children or our peers treat us?
Maybe you could invite a parent or elderly neighbour to help cook a meal together…Kids love to be involved as well. There may be some chores you can do, run an errand, pack a hamper and go on a picnic if the weather permits.
There may be a club or organisation near you who are offering free meals or a restaurant with a special offer…Social interaction is very important as we get older as is happiness and it should be a duty we perform happily year-round and not just one day a year.
One of my favourite times of the year snowdrops are often the first to show their faces then daffodils and tulips a little later come the Bluebells…But we need to order our bulbs early and get them planted ready for the spring…We will of course also get the pick of the best bulbs …
Time for a story…
A few random prompts and a fertile imagination…
How long Lily had laid there hidden in the undergrowth she did not know. She wrinkled her nose “Phewww I smell ripe” but at least the dogs won’t pick up my scent, covering herself in cowpat had worked wonders the security guards had walked right by her at least three times and the dogs didn’t pick up a thing it was the security guards who had groaned about the ripe smell of manure.
Her limbs were stiff with cold after laying in one position for 2 hours it must be safe to move now thought Lily, she gingerly moved her legs one at a time and flexed her arms, if I crawl to the edge of the thicket then I can see if it’s clear.
Moving slowly so as not to make any noise she inched towards the edge.
Training her binoculars on the white building a few hundred yards to her right there was only one light on and no signs of any life. She stayed like this for at least half an hour and decided it was safe to make a move. She had to gain access to the ladies changing rooms where a package had been left for her.
Vital to the success of the mission; Mrs F was counting on Lily to get the microchip to her by tomorrow morning at the latest.
Once in the building Lily quickly located her target, she opened the tiny box and inside lay a beautiful pair of diamond ear studs. Removing her own earrings she replaced them with the diamonds. Her watch said she had an hour to get to the bus station, once on the bus, she would be able to activate the police scanner. It was imperative that she reached the X-zone quickly or all would be lost.
Spotting a moped leaning on the outside wall Lily soon had it started, she set off at a steady speed so as not to arouse suspicion for the bus station. Arriving with minutes to spare, the last few stragglers just stowing their bags in the boot, Lily boarded the bus.
It took Lily three attempts to get the scanner on the bus to work. She needed to pick up the police radio channel as she knew by now they must have set up roadblocks but where?
Smoke hung over the valley making the road barely visible. But they needed to move quickly for the bus to reach the X-zone on time. She felt desperate for a second but knew she was tougher than that. She started to check out the toolbox hidden behind the trunk… Thanks, Dad, I knew what you taught me would save my day sometime.
Just then, Lily heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights of six speeding police cars overtaking the bus. She froze, trying to think fast.
Take the exit, now! She leaned over the driver’s shoulder. “My friend, Mrs F. lives just off the highway.”
Leaning into the curve to make the turn the bus drove up over the curb. The jolt sent the scanner flying from Lily’s hand.
Shit! We need that if we’re ever going to get back.”
She threw herself down on her knees scrambling after the precious piece of equipment. The bus hit another bump and the scanner flew into the air, headed straight for an open window.
A large hand shot into the air and neatly caught it.
Thanks, granddad, Lily looked at the elderly man who had raised her. Way to go… you are the coolest…Bob tossed the scanner to Lily.
Phew, that was lucky you were around Bob, said Lily’s latest boyfriend, Hal. I hear you were a great ball catcher in your day. Kentucky Wild Cats, wasn’t it?
Bob looked at Hal, and then at Lily raising his eyebrows. She shook her head and turned her attention back to the scanner. Her shoulders drooped. It didn’t look good. She typed in the coordinates with shaky fingers; Mrs F. was expecting them before midnight and the gates to the X-zone were closing at 7.
Houston, we have a problem here, the driver shouted. We’re just about out of gas…
We can’t stop now,…The police are right on our tail. Where the hell did you say your friend lived anyway Lily?
There it is! The red house just ahead.
Lily punched enter on the scanner and the red house started to glow. The roof opened as a large round disc appeared and rotated towards them. A blue beam pulsed from the centre enveloping all six police cars, lifting them into the air. Lily smiled as she watched them get absorbed into the smog. She looked towards the house and Mrs F. was standing in her apron waving from the door.
Jumping off the bus Lily ran to Mrs F’s open arms.
Once again, Mrs F surprised Lily with a girlish giggle.
Back in 1956 on August 22nd…Elvis began filming ‘love me tender”….I can hear those words in my head…That man could make you believe he was just singing to you…
On this day in 1964…The Supremes reached #1 in the music charts with…
I haven’t listened to this track for a while and it made realise how much I loved listening to the Supremes…From the Supremes to Madonna ...What a contrast the lady who loved to shock…and shock the world she has throughout her career…Back in 1987, Madonna reached #1 with ‘ Whose that Girl”… The film was released on August 7, 1987, and was a box office bomb, grossing only $2.5 million in its first week, with its final domestic total being about $7.3 million on a budget between $17 million and $20 million. Critics were highly disappointed with the film, and Foley’s direction.
Madonna’s accompanying Who’s That Girl World Tour went on to be a critical and commercial success, grossing a total of US$25 million, and playing in front of audiences totalling 1.5 million people. The soundtrack also enjoyed commercial success, with the title track becoming Madonna’s sixth number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 record chart.
Madonna has had many fierce critics over the years and some spectacular failures but also had absolutely phenomenal success…Love her or hate her she has to be admired…
Did you know that tomorrow is National Tooth fairy day…I always tried so hard to stay awake to catch sight of the tooth fairy but I never did manage to…Did you? I always kept my hand under the pillow with the tooth and fell asleep…Then in the morning woke up to find a sixpence…
Wing Beans…otherwise known as (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as the Goa bean, asparagus pea, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, Manila bean, Mauritius bean, and winged pea.
This is one of the most unusual beans; it produces delicious pods with four winged edges. Sliced and cooked with garlic, oyster sauce and a little Maggi( Thai seasoning sauce) they are delicious…it is always a toss-up with me morning glory or wing beans both equally delicious…
Winged beans are nutrient-rich, and all parts of the plant are edible. Leaves can be eaten like spinach, flowers can be used in salads, tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds can be used in similar ways as the soybean.
It is also the time of year for many mushrooms ...time for foraging…Thais love foraging especially for mushrooms…They are generally used to make a delicious soup or a spicy mushroom paste which is eaten with sticky rice and generally raw vegetables and maybe a small fish …I have been astounded by the many different types of mushrooms growing wild in the jungle my son’s wife is in her element when she can go foraging she loves it…I love it because I see much that I haven’t seen before…
The mushrooms on the BBQ are then made into a spicy paste with chillies…
Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… xxx
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx