Whimsical Wednesdays…with Carol…

I am loving writing these posts…I never know where my thoughts will take me…Thank you once again for joining me on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes me 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…Wednesday is the day when I leave controversy at the door…It is the day I can reminisce and indulge myself..generally about things past…Yes, I get maudlin…But memories are good..sometimes they make you a little sad as you wish you could see that person or be in that place and that time again and for a moment or two you are….Enjoy!

One of my favourite kinds of seafood is lobster and today is none other than National Lobster Day as well as being National Comic Book Day…The two bear no relation to each other(not) that I know off…Yet.

It is also National one-hit-wonder Day and if you are really counting then you have 1 day, 2 hours, 24 minutes and 12 seconds…  to Homemade Pie Day 2019…Yes, it is Homemade pies tomorrow…

Lobster cartoon-2027718_640

Lobsters are now considered by some as something of a luxury and a fine delicacy throughout most of the world, the crowd-pleasing crustacean has seen darker days. Pacific Standard Magazine writes of a time when “consumers could buy Boston baked beans for 53 cents a pound, canned lobster sold for just 11 cents a pound.” In a time when Maritime New England was practically covered in lobsters, they were a food relegated to prison feed.

Lobsters have had quite a journey as a food item.

Did you know? Lobsters grow forever, taste with their legs, and chew with their stomachs. Still not convinced? Lobsters can also regenerate limbs and can create up to 100 pounds of force per square inch between their clamping claws.

National Comin Book Day…

Every year on September 25th, National Comic Book Day honours the art, artists and the stories of comic books.  Fans, collectors, readers and artists come together to celebrate the day with events across the country.


Swiss artist Rodolphe Töpffer is credited with creating the first multi-panel comic in 1827 and the first illustrated book, “The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck,” a decade later. Each of the book’s 40 pages contained several picture panels with accompanying text underneath. It was a big hit in Europe, and in 1842 a version was printed in the U.S. as a newspaper supplement in New York.

Generally, comic books produce drawn sequential and opposing panels representing individual scenes. Each scene often includes descriptive prose and written narratives. When placed together, the panels form a complete store or a portion of a serial.

One Hit Wonder Day…What is your favourite one-hit wonder?

An interesting video…

Jackdaws are known to love shiny objects...They are highly social birds…

Belonging to the crow family they are a small bird with a silvery sheen to the back of its head…In a Royal Society, Open Science study scientists concluded that they can identify and remember dangerous humans who if they return again to their nests they identify them by listening to other jackdaws warning calls…

Time for a story…The story continues…

Started by Steph Richmond

The Charade – Part 4 written by Steph Richmond…

She eventually calmed down, it always took her a while to recover from this dream, she never knew if it was a nightmare or a memory, but it always affected her in the same way. She would like to try to find her parents but she didn’t know anyone who would have known them or if she did they weren’t sharing any information with her. She hadn’t even been able to find out her given name.

She casually picked up the calling card and smiled, maybe she should forget trying to find out about her past and concentrate on her future, maybe a future with a gentleman. She knew she was leaping ahead too quickly but for the first time in a long time she was happy and she was determined to enjoy the feeling.

She left her room to go to see her boss, she needed to collect money from him that she had earned the previous evening. He never allowed her to keep tips he always wanted a share of them.

Carl waited patiently in the bookshop doorway, he was watching for her. He saw her emerge from a house that he knew was just rooms and not of high quality either. She looked very different this morning, her clothes were old and tired, but she was wearing the most beautiful smile. Around her neck was a sparkling jewel the only thing about her that really sparkled.

He followed her …


Did you know? On the 25th of September 1918, the first transfusion of human blood was carried out at Guys Hospital in London…Founded in the 18th Century it is a famous teaching hospital trust.

Sir Thomas Guy


Photo credit: mira66 on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Thailand is renowned for its love of festivals and this one is one of the most famous and biggest festivals although it is held here in Udon Thani where I live it doesn’t compete with the intensity of the celebrations in Phuket…The body piercings are extreme so if you are squeamish then be aware…Having been to the festival a few times it is apparent that a trance-like state is induced before the piercings are carried out…

vegetarian festival pirecings face black and white

Phuket Vegetarian Festival is the annual nine-day event, celebrated by the Chinese Hokkien descendants across the island for the purposes of physical well-being, spiritual cleansing, merit-making, conferring good luck in the future, and ensuring prosperity and long life.

The most significant festival in Phuketian culture, Phuket Vegetarian Festival, is celebrated in the ninth Chinese lunar month, which this year falls on 29 September – 7 October 2019.

Me… I am looking forward to some great vegetarian street food…

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow…It is National Homemade pie day…Who doesn’t love a homemade pie???

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…


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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx



23 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesdays…with Carol…

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  2. petespringerauthor

    I like your Whimsical Wednesdays, Carol, because I always find something of interest. I love one-hit wonders’ trivia. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the US television show, Jeopardy, but I might be a threat to sweep the board in that category.

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  3. lievelee

    Interesting body piercings… I have seen a similar festival in India and, although the locals deny it, there is no doubt that those people are definitely zoned out… Seeing some of it made me feel physically sick.. I think you have a strong stomach if you have managed to watch it on more than one occasion..


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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I definitely have a strong stomach, Lieve.especially since living here…Haha…Definitely zoned out and afterwards only small wounds I suppose the body steps in and springs back……It fascinates me rather than shocking me it is done with so much calm and ceremony…
      Carol x

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  4. johnrieber

    I love this lobster trivia…I read a book called “The Secret Life Of Lobsters” that shares a lot of fascinating details about them…as for “one hit wonders”…when I was very young Zager & Evans had the biggest hit of the year called “In The Year 2525” – they were never heard from again!

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    1. petespringerauthor

      Wow! That one was on my mind too, John. I’ve taken up the guitar in the last year, and I’ve learned that Zager guitars are pretty famous. If you go to the Zager website, Denny Zager is still alive, and they promote that old song.

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