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Tired of writing but too stubborn to give up so today a blog discovered. Started a few years ago and now see where it has taken its author.

Today’s challenge is to write six word stories, fiirst of which was by Ernest Hemmingway – “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

She tried…. “Have a good day.”




‘Black Friday’ yesterday, the American shoppers dream, post Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas indulgence. Personally not convinced of benefits of retail therapy but guess depends on what one regards as a personal treat. Is a square of chocolate retail therapy? Guess so just as much as a new lip gloss. Spending is spending whatever you buy.

Internet as ever can provide ‘evidence’ for anything……A study, published in the Journal of Psychology and Marketing in the U.S., concluded: ‘Retail therapy purchases were overwhelmingly beneficial, leading to mood boosts and no regrets or guilt.’ Quality of study debatable non response bias a concern, were happy shoppers more likely to respond. Enough analysis for one day. Adding personal treats to toolkit fair enough as long as the treats don’t undermine the goals!

Happy shopping

Have a good day


eat cake

So many cakes so little time.Baking and eating cake has to be one of life’s pleasures. Today a change from Nigel and Jamie, discovered on an internet wander Kitchen Tigress and her recipe for ogura cake – 相思蛋糕. Apparently “Ogura” is a Japanese surname and “相思” means lovesick though cake is from Batu Pahat, not Japan.

Kitchen Tigress promises that one day, she will tell us the story about Kak Faridah (who lived in Batu Pahat, of course) pining for her Japanese abang, Ogura-san (who died tragically but Kak Faridah didn’t know that), and why she baked a “lovesick cake”. Here the link if want recipe and curious to find out more.

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Today a forced smile, would have chosen weep, wail or gnashing of teeth but where would that have got me . So instead smile. An exercise worth practising regularly several times a day. Why should I when don’t feel like it … because like any exercise will feel better once start and see results. Think this absurd then google ‘smile therapy’ don’t take my word for the benefits.
As for today’s music choice…

…, it was chosen for the excellent parody that makes me smile.

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“We would worry less about what others think of us if we realised how seldom they do.” – Ethel Barrett

Surprised I haven’t chosen worry before today it’s been there often enough in my thoughts. An area in which I am all too expert. Aim here is to turn negative thoughts into positive action. Where to start, spoilt for choice with internet advice on how to worry less. Wiki of course near top of a google search

But for now will just reflect on Ethel’s words, avoid labelling self and others. At least stopping worrying what others think is a step in right direction. Tackling worrying about worrying will have to wait for another day.

Have a good day


appreciate art

Today a day to spend in real not virtual world so keeping it short. Debatable of course whether wandering round Tate Gallery is real world or an escape from it. As for choice of artist it’s courtesy of google doodle reminder that today is Toulouse-Lautrec’s birthday so haven’t avoided virtual world completely either.

Have a good day