I was going through some social media posts, cleaning them up when I found a link to a story I wrote quite some time ago. I had completely forgotten I wrote this…would love to remember where my mind was at that day…so check it out. Would love to hear what you think.
Okay – I’ve taken the Indy Ink Challenge for the first time. I was challenged by Melissa R to write something that included the following: 97 degrees, a subway ride, a high school classmate, a woman in a hat with flowers.
They look at peace is how I would describe it. The young woman and the elderly lady. They sit across from me, holding hands, whispering to each other. I hate trying to estimate someone’s age. Never been good at it – usually get it wrong by years, but the young lady looks like she is in her twenties.
She’s wearing jeans. I’d like to take a jagged rusty dagger to the throat of the man who invented jeans. Let ‘im know I’m coming for him, walk slow, real slow and…real slow, grip that knife and drag it across his throat ‘til the blood oozes out and down…
We have a bit of a storm due here later in New Zealand’s North Island. It looks like it will brush on down the coast, so hopefully it won’t cause to much havoc.
It should just be a case of a whole lot of rain and some winds here in Katikati if Cyclone Pam keeps to her projected path, but being a cautious lass I have brought the outdoor furniture inside that is light enough to get thrown around. I did the shopping so I won’t need to go out in the car.
At present all is quite still and calm here. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too bad. Mainly I worry for those closer to the storm on the eastern coastline. After seeing the devastation Pam caused in Vanuatu I hope that they won’t have to face anything like that.
But…on to another adventure.
Last Wednesday I ticked off something from my bucket list, thanks to my darling son and his partner who gave me this wonderful gift for Christmas and my last birthday.
I have wanted to do this forever…and not one second of the day disappointed. I went swimming with dolphins.
Oh yes I did. And it was magical. It was peaceful. It was the trip of a lifetime. It will always stay with me how I felt in the water with dolphins swimming beside me, under me…looking at me as if they knew something important. Perhaps they do…for their joy is so infectious. I came home with a sense of peace that I still feel.
Now I want to share some of that with you.
It wasn’t just dolphins we saw either…this guy was so chilled out…
And then there was the striped marlin which I learned lights up with a brilliant blue when they hunt to warn other marlin to keep away…
He was hunting around this bait ball…
The sharks we saw were too quick for me and my camera but we had fun on board as well. These guys gave me fishing instructions [which I was way too polite to tell them I didn’t really need].
And look what I caught…and said thank you for all the help.
So it was a thumbs up all around.
Lunch was…well fresh fish of course.
Made all the more enjoyable with the great company of friends.
The visit to Mayor Island was a treat in itself.For there we got to meet Parry the parrot fish…who fed from my hand eating Kina. Dora [who works on the boat] has made him her personal friend.
Pretty cool !! I got to feed Parry myself. Yippee.
I have a friend…read further and you’ll know who you are !
Not often does a day go by lately without she posts something that says: “I got…” Today it was “I got You Belong in the 80’s.” She wanted to know which decade she belonged in. Which naturally we ALL do !!!
To do this she had to answer a series of questions.
Pick a colour
Pick a slang term
What’s the best cartoon show ?
Pick a power clique
How do you take pics ?
Pick a movie
You’re running late for work. What do you do ?
What’s your favourite fashion accessory ?
What would you do if you won the lottery ?
What’s your vice ?
Of course you have a set of 9 answers for each question to pick from.
Naturally I followed the link [research for this post of course] and answered the questions.
My answers were:
The Pink Ladies from Grease
With my IPhone [which isn’t actually an IPhone at all].
Across The Universe
It will be OK 🙂
Get a sweet vintage ride
Turns out…I belong in the ‘60s!
What you would give to experience Woodstock back when. But seriously, if you could throw sexy, psychedelic parties in tribalistic communes your whole life, you would. Oh, wait…
I got Death in The Hunger Games. I succumbed to a career in the final showdown. I almost made it. I was THIS close! Unfortunately, I couldn’t overtake the career I ended the games with. The good news is I was so popular with viewers that they made an action figure out of me. Neat ! – great news !! Who wouldn’t want to be a DEAD action figure ??????
Seems as dogs go, I am a Great Dane…oh yes I am. I am so humble I don’t notice how much I stand out in a crowded room. [Lot of good it does me as a DEAD ACTION FIGURE] I am extremely smart [yet I’m a DEAD action figure…how does that work ???] but are still approachable due to my warm demeanor. I’d probably make a great pediatrician or duchess of Cambridge.
[No wonder my career got me killed in The Hunger Games]
Check out Buzzfeed’s QUIZZES section. I got tired of scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.
These quizzes are generating more comments than almost anything in Facebook’s history. Buzzfeed has a team that numbers about 100 making sure that around 5 quizzes a day are put out at the moment.
Hey GIRLFRIEND…you know who I am talking to !!! Did you hear that…FIVE a day !!!!
So…if you…like millions of other people are trying to answer the age old question of “who am I ?”, Buzzfeed is more than willing to help you out in case you are having trouble working it out yourself.
Me ?? Well I am going to grab my bellbottoms, hop in the combi and head to the beach while I listen to The Beatles. After I find out which Beatle I actually am of course.
One legend about the pohutukawa is about a tree that lives on the windswept cliff at Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most tip. It is a venerated pohutukawa tree. For Maori this pohutukawa is known as ‘the place of leaping’. From this place the spirits of the dead will begin on their journey to Hawaiiki. Their spirits leap off the headland, then climb down the roots of this 800-year-old tree, descending into the underworld.
Luckily for me a neighbour has a lovely one for me to photograph.
Not far from Katikati is a suburb that you might just recognise the name of…Bethlehem. Yes, we have our own Bethlehem. The post office gets quite busy around Christmas time as people rush to get their letters stamped as coming from there.
Bethlehem is now home to the Bay of Plenty‘s largest Christmas tree. It is quite something.
Each year I spend time with a girlfriend searching out a new ornament or two for my Christmas tree. This year I went a little crazy and got 4 !!!
Two of these…so cute.
and 1 ball…which tinkles just like Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer.
Now crimson, crimson Christmas trees
Pohutukawas rim our seas
And flower to flame on every shore
For joy of him whom Mary bore.
Chorus: Babe so poor and small
Jesus God of all
O with us abide
This holy Christmas-tide.
Long raise, O trees about our land,
Your crimson sign on every strand
That we may tell each Christmas morn
Why Jesus was of Mary born.
Such trees gave wood to make his cot,
And all his toys from trees he got,
And when he came to ply a trade
He shaped from trees the things he
Because a tree had brought us doom,
Was Jesus born of Mary’s womb,
To blossom high on Calvary’s tree
The crimson bloom that makes us free.
The tree is up and the lights connected…it feels like Christmas is coming.
As creative individuals, it’s rewarding when we can use our skills to make something that “speaks” to others. Whether it’s the written word, the visual arts, music or performance arts, “The Arts” have always been a way to make powerful statements about politics, religion, war, the environment. It’s a way to make your own opinion known about these and other things that usually embody a very personal, individual set of beliefs or values. It has been said that any “successful” piece of art is one that evokes an emotional response (be it good or bad).
Throughout history, there are scads of examples of “The Arts” changing the world in some way. I’m not just talking about changing the “Art World”, though there are plenty of examples of that, too. But consider things like cave paintings. Once discovered, they completely changed the way that modern mankind viewed our cave-dwelling ancestors! Or…
One of our councils recently had the sense to take fluoride out of the water supply. Two others are considering it. Dentists went berserk begging the government to step in. It frightens me how ill informed our government is. And how ready they are to suck up to not only corporations but organizations that use scare tactics (you should have seen the pictures they used of rotten children’s teeth blasting the news), to stop the public from making informed and sensible choices. This is a great rebuttal of the government’s views regarding fluoride.
What is in the water? – June 12, 2013
The Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee
Claim: “The science of fluoride in water is effectively settled. It has been one of the most thoroughly worked questions in public health science over some decades.”
Response: On the contrary. When the University of York examined the evidence on fluoridation, the authors were surprised at its poor quality. According to the research team, “Given the level of interest surrounding the issue of public water fluoridation, it is surprising to find that little high quality research has been undertaken.” Three years later, the authors reiterated, “We were unable to discover any reliable good-quality evidence in the fluoridation literature world-wide… As emphasised in the report, only high-quality studies can fill in the gaps in knowledge about these and other aspects of fluoridation.”
This rendition of the Mona Lisa measured six metres by four metres.
It was made from 3,604 cups of coffee with around 265 liters of milk. Lattes, long blacks, and flat whites were used to get the different tones. It took a team of eight just three hours to complete this work of art.
Thank goodness there are people out there who come up with these ideas !!!