Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning…It’s Wednesday …I hope you all enjoyed your pancakes yesterday…I am sure Mary Smith did she won a jar of salted chocolate caramel …Lucky lady…I hope you enjoyed your pancakes, Mary…

Today I am testing a ginger cake…I love ginger…The smell of it mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg is wafting around…Lovely… well I hope it is…at least it makes a change from banana bread but I will say that recipe is now perfected I have made so many this week…The one with added walnuts was the favourite over the one with sultanas…

From bananas to carrots...I love carrots… purple ones included now I have found the source and mixed with purple sweet potato I am really eating my purples…Now for a colour change…Orange…

Why not? I had a friend and neighbour at school who had bright orange hair she hated it and I loved it…I always wished I had ginger hair…But thinking back she hated it because everyone made fun of her…Bullying has existed since the year dot…and it shouldn’t …I love different who wants to be a clone…The same as everyone else?

Did you know? Carrot Top(Scott Thompson) born 25th February 1965…was an American comedian who was known for his bright orange hair and his props… he would pick a prop from his trunk deliver a one-liner then throw the prop away… he started doing stand up comedy when he was at Uni but it wasn’t until 1994 that he received the award for Funniest Male Stand up Comic.

How many of you throw your carrot tops away?…

If you love pesto the carrot tops make a wonderful pesto…Just blitz with nuts, cheese and oil and you have a lovely pesto…Who would have thunk …do you use carrot tops?

Those of you who know me know that I believe in eating a healthy balanced diet and don’t believe you should unless for a diagnosed medical condition are told to omit certain foods from your diet…I eat a lot of vegetables I have cut down on my meat but will never totally omit it from my diet…I have friends who are both vegetarian and vegan…Their choice and I happily both cook and enjoy both vegetarian and some vegan dishes…This next video started as a joke…

I think they sound very tasty…

Time for a story?…. Not the Charade I am afraid…More on this very soon…

For now and for those of you who love a story…A tale of love gone wrong…I love my adopted country but like anywhere it has another side…


By Carol Taylor

beach and chairs nice pic

My mind, at sixes and sevens I strolled from Boat Avenue towards Bliss Beach Club…..would Susie like what I had carefully picked for her, a beautiful Pashmina and that cat…It had jumped off the shelf. Saying buy me!

The first to arrive, that Sapparot Baan(pineapple shake) went down a treat.

It was lovely here…calm, peaceful, the waves gently lapping on the sand, telling a story to those who can hear.

Soft music, everyone carefree and beautiful.

A virtually cloudless sky!

Me, my heart is sad.

Sad Susie is leaving, sad that Thailand has lost its charm for my friend.

Sad for the girls who take what they want.

Sad for the men who think the girls really want them!

Sad for the innocent who will replace them.

A perpetual never-ending cycle.

Sad such a beautiful country relies on its people (girls) to suck people in.

Sad it won’t change for a while or even a long time.

So much sadness and yet what is displayed in front of me masks all that. Affluent men still attached to their phones, their home far away… their eyes searching, predatory. .But who is the prey….they think they know…..But do they?????

Goodbye Susie… God bless, may you find peace and love when you get back home x

The End.

Time for some music…

February 1978 -Both Barbra Streisand’s Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen) and Debby Boone’s You Light Up My Life were awarded the Best Song Grammy – the first and only tie in that category in Grammy history.

A close call but for me…Streisand has such a pure and lovely voice she is my winner…

How many of you still have a rubber duck in your bathroom? Come on fess up…haha…I do I have two little ducks…

Did you know?

On the 25th of February 1970…Rubber Duckie aka Ernie… voice over by(Jim Henson) debuted the bathtub song Rubber Duckie on the TV series Sesame Street so popular was it that it reached #16 in the music charts.

No matter how old you get memories are a great thing…Enjoy!

Saturday is Leap Year day...It is also St Oswald’s Day, named after the archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. His memorial is celebrated on February 29 during leap years and on February 28 during common years.

But did you know? 

February 30 has been a real date at least twice in history and always when someone tries to change calendars or days of the week…

In 1700, Sweden, which included Finland at the time, planned to convert from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

Therefore 1700, which should have been a leap year in the Julian calendar, was not a leap year in Sweden. However, 1704 and 1708 became leap years by error. This left Sweden out of synchronization with both the Julian and the Gregorian calendars, so the country reverted back to the Julian calendar.

In the Soviet Union, February 30 existed from 1930–1931 after the Soviet Union introduced a revolutionary calendar in 1929. This calendar featured five-day weeks, 30-day months for every working month, and the remaining five or six days were “month less” holidays. The abolition of the seven-day week in favour of a five-day week was intended to improve industrial efficiency by avoiding the regular interruption of a non-working day.

Someone always has to tinker, don’t they?

Leap day as a concept has existed for more than 2000 years and it is still associated with age-old customs, folklore, and superstition. One of the most well-known traditions is that women propose to their boyfriends, instead of the other way around.

Are there any such proposals planned I should know about?…my hat is on standby…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…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.

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!

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

27 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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  2. koolkosherkitchen

    Great post, dear Carol! I especially enjoyed all the clips.
    If I may add, the concept of leap year has existed for almost 6,000 years (to be exact, 5,780) in the Jewish calendar. We have several 30-day months, several 29-day months, and an extra month that comes during leap years. It doesn’t have a separate name, but only a number, Adar 2 (as opposed to regular Adar). What happens if you are born in the 2nd Adar? You celebrate your birthday on the same day during the 1st – aren’t we lucky!

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  3. petespringerauthor

    Rubber Duckie—I remember it well. That must be one of the few times in history that a song from a kids’ program moved up the music charts.

    I don’t care for either of the Grammy-nominated songs. Streisand’s voice is fantastic, but I like some of her other songs much better. The Debby Boone song got so much play that I started turning the radio off when it came on.

    Carrot Top was the perfect name for the comedian. I remember him being pretty funny.

    I remember teaching two different kids over the years who had a birthday on Feb. 29th. Both of them were in second grade and enjoyed telling their classmates that they were only two-years-old.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I always look forward to your comments, Pete…Thnak you…Don’t tell me you have forgotten about the phenomenon which was the tele tubbies…haha….
      Its a love song Pete..sigh….But I agree she had some other songs which were equally as good or maybe better.
      I am sure most kids revel in that fact and have fun with it…
      Thank you for another wonderful comment , Pete 🙂 x


  4. johnrieber

    Carol, here is my “Evergreen” story….the song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1976…when we moved into our house years ago we discovered that the song beat our Neighbor, who was Oscar nominated that same year for “Gonna Fly Now” – the them from “Rocky!” She wrote the lyrics!

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