Daily Prompt: Young At Heart

What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

Baseltor, Solothurn

One of the two gates to the Roman founded town of Solothurn in Switzerland and they are old, you could even say ancient. The whole town is old, although it has been modernised, now and again only to be returned partially to the original state. We had modern paving to walk on but the town powers decided the old cobbled streets were nicer and so the old cobbled streets returned, but only in the central part of town.

And now to me, but come on, are you serious? I should tell everyone how I stay young at heart, even if I am 67 years old, with my hair more grey than grey and movements not as they used to be. Everything seems to be slow motion these days.

I suppose it all begins when you meet someone you have known for many years and say “Hello ……..”. Yes the dots have replaced the name of the person, because you just cannot remember the name. It is at the tip of your tongue, but buried somewhere in the cobwebs that have begun to spin their net around the brain.  Then of course, there is the car key, you know the key you need to drive the car and you cannot find it. Of course, you can, you have simply forgotten where you put it. It is found, exactly where it should be, but you searched in the wrong place.

Eventually you are on your way to the shopping expedition and it occurs to you that the letter you wanted to take with you for the post is still laying at home on the table, together with the shopping list. You do your best and wander around the supermarket trying to remember what you actually needed or wanted. On the other hand if you do remember to take the list with you, and buy everything on the list, you will arrive home and realise that you forgot to write a few things down that you needed.

There is also the case of remembering to take your tablets, or did you actually take it or not. Perhaps you did, so if you take it again it means you have taken two. The tablet list is a long one: the ones for the diabetes, the ones for the restless legs during the night and the cholesterol tablets. You also might have the anti-giddy tablets, and of course the daily asprin to prevent the inevitable heart attack, which could occur. Perhaps some of the necessary substances in the body are no longer there as they should be, and there is definitely a tablet to replace them. As you walk, you can hear them all rattling around inside the body. Oh happy days.

Staying young at heart is the least of the problems. Of course, I still like to listen to a good old rock and roll, even heavy metal and it is probably loud. This because the hearing is not as good as it used to be. I would love to dance to something modern, but your back decides it is not in the mood, and if you do not suffer an attack of lumbago, you might even fall in the attempt.

I never used to sleep after lunch; I would make myself ready for a trip outside. My trips in the afternoon are now into the garden, weather permitting, but after my golden oldie sleep. I have to think twice before I even go anywhere and usually not just for a walk, but because I have to perform some task like visiting the doctor to pick up my anti-aging tablets, perhaps a visit to the opticians for new glasses (naturally stronger than the last glasses) or to the dentist to see how many teeth are now decaying and how many have to be replaced or fixed with an expensive dental engineering job, that is if you still have you own teeth.

Bedtimes change, the days when you were wide awake until midnight watching your favourite show on the TV, or even going out for a meal in the evening, are slowly dwindling. You can be happy if you are still awake at ten in the evening and yours eyes have not yet closed, hypnotised by the flickering TV screen.

You find you are perhaps occupied with checking that your life insurance is in order. You inform the kids where to put you for your last resting place. Cremation or burial seems to be a subject that enters into the conversation now and again, especially when you realise that the old colleagues you knew are no longer there or dwindling in numbers. OK, I am not yet that far gone, but when I think of my 98 year old father who has almost no colleagues from the old days, then it is food for thought.

Perhaps a dim picture of the future, but it could be you. Things happen as you grow older, that you really never expected. Growing old is not pleasant but you just get on with it. All I hope is that I have a good send off, a nice long obituary in the newspaper and that they do not forget to engrave my WordPress web address in the stone. I love to think of the visitors to the eternal happy hunting grounds all searching for a pencil and paper and writing it down to have a look when they arrive home (if it still exists, but it will, that will be in my testament).

So you youngsters out there, do not forget, enjoy it while you can. We have a custom in Switzerland. When you are out for a walk perhaps on a country path, and people pass by, you greet them. You do not know them, but it is polite. There is a small rule to apply. The youngsters greet first. I always obeyed and greeted first of all, now I find they are greeting me first of all. There must be a moral to that one somewhere.

Have fun everyone, see you perhaps tomorrow, my last words of wisdom for a week. On Monday I am away in London visiting my dad and will not have time to write long episodes divulging my newest adventures in the golden oldie world.

Daily Prompt: Young At Heart

Young Pingbacks

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Daily Prompt: Three Coins In The Fountain

Have you ever tossed a coin or two into a fountain and made a wish? Did it come true?

17. Fountain

Not exactly Fonatana Di Trevi in Rome, but a small fountain in a garden restaurant somewhere in a Swiss village. This was not for throwing coins.

The real thing is in Rome, and yes, been there and done it. What a disappointment after throwing my coin in the fountain to realise that after approximately a week, the town workers arrive with an electric powered shovel, scoop up all the coins and probably split the profits among themselves, or even deliver them to the Italian authorities. One way or the other, the granted wishes are more luck than judgement. What did I wish, well I was about eighteen years old at the time, spending two weeks in Italy and my four days in Rome were occupied with other things apart from wishing.

My wishes did not seem to bring me luck when my friend and I (a female – too young to go on holiday with something male, and in those days it was not done so much) decided to visit the opera in Rome. We were both opera fans and there is in Rome an open air theatre Terme di Caracalla where operas are performed, so friend and I decided to go. Our hotel was not in the centre of Rome, probably because Rome did not have one centre, but many, which made this excursion even more complicated. We arrived at the bus stop, we had to take two different busses. The first was easy, and we even found the second bus, known as line Chi (Line C, but the Italians say it differently). We arrived at the opera after crossing the town of Rome which took about an hour. We entered the opera place, an open air theatre, and took our seats. It was August, when the mosquitos are at their best, and ready to feed on fresh blood to ensure that their babies develop and grow. Unfortunately they decided to feed on us, so we were sitting outside waving our hands most of the time, not in appreciation of the opera, but to drive the vampire insects away.

The opera we watched? It was Madame Butterfly: not my favourite, many female singers with loud high screeching voices dotted with a few men, and arias that seemed to go on for ages. However, it was all part of the experience; we were there and did it. Now the exciting part begins.

The opera was finished and it was time to take bus Chi on the way back to the hotel. Unfortunately the opera finished after midnight, and the last bus Chi had departed, so there was no bus. What do you do? You walk. We had a lovely sightseeing trip along the wide Roman roads, and many cars pulled up full of young men asking if we wanted a lift. We politely said no and walked on admiring the view of the Coliseum at midnight and trying to ignore the whistling men driving past. We still had a faint hope that even if bus Chi had gone to bed, our second bus might still be circulating. Unfortunately it seemed that no busses were circulating in Rome so late.

Then we were saved, after walking about thirty minutes, the answer to our fears appeared on the horizon, St. Peters in the Vatican City. What could be safer, in the shelter of the Pope. If we had no bus, we were sure he could help (even if we were Church of England) and perhaps he had a room free for the night, we might have even converted. We arrived at the large square in front of his apartment. This square was empty except for two groups of people. I approached the first group and asked in my best Italian (my friend could not speak Italian) if they could tell us where the bus departed. This group looked safe as it was a family with children. Unfortunately they were French, did not know Rome and did not understand us.

We moved on to the second group, two ladies and two men. The ladies were American, listened to our adventure and said we will take you to the hotel. Our friends (the two men) have a car, no problem. We did not know whether to agree or not, imagining the headlines in the morning newspaper, two English tourists found naked in the River Tiber clutching a programme of the opera Madame Butterfly. Our doubts must have been obvious as the American lady said, the men were their friends and both were doctors. Fun, at least if we  were going to die we would have a professional job done.

We had no big choice and climbed into the car, which now contained six people. The Italian dottore knew where the hotel was, no problem. After driving a few minutes, we heard the sound of a siren and a police car signalled us to stop. The next headlines, two English tourist women imprisioned, for travelling in a car containing Mafiosi, because they were too late for bus Chi. We had luck, it was not the police, how silly, it was the carabiniere, which was a step higher on the ladder. Perhaps they do not even take prisioners. The two American ladies told us to keep calm, their friends would deal with it.

The two men climbed out of the car and had a long conversation with the carabiniere, waving hands in the air, showing documents and talking in loud voices. The carabiniere were also talking in loud voices. This seemed to work, probably the Italian way of solving problems. My friend and I said we would walk to cause no further trouble, but the men said no problem, we were just too many in the car and it was suspicious.

Eventually we were at our hotel. We thanked our rescuers and arrived at the iron gate to the hotel which was locked. Big deal: we decided to do the loud voice trick and it worked and the hotel people opened the gate. Even the lady in charge of our tourist group was there. Everyone was very amused, except for my friend and I. I still do not like Madame Butterfly, even if it was one of Puccini’s best.

Daily Prompt: Three Coins In A Fountain

Fountain Pingbacks

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Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?

Grooving in Elsace

This is not in our house when I was growing up, this is Mr. Swiss on the right on the drums,  jamming in a casual session with two fellow musicians. In our house is now mostly the sound of jazz, bebop, mainstream etc. etc. to be heard from the iPod, radio (radio Swissjazz) and any other music source. Now and again I can squeeze some of my music in (mostly Paolo Conte), although I can also be happy with the sound of silence or birds chirping outside.

The talk is of when you were growing up. I was growing up? I thought I was born a golden oldie, but is seems there was a time when I could move my limbs without problems and my hair was brown without any 51 shades of grey. I grew up quite well, so well, that the school class photo was mainly planned around me in the middle as I was the third tallest in the class.

I was growing up at a time when radio was still the big thing. Record players and stereo equipment was then not something that every household could afford, I do not doubt that my dad would have listened to Fats Waller, Glen Miller and any honky tonk piano player that existed in the forties. However, all we had was a radio and dad was at work, so I was subjected to my mother’s taste in music during the day. Unfortunately mum did not really have a taste, as long as she could sing along with it, she was happy. The BBC Light programme was not exactly the be all and end all in the world of music. I remember one programme called “Music While You Work” and the music was really made for the factory workers. All workshops and factories had a radio somewhere in the corner and it was a happy go lucky mixture of nice singalong music, all strung together for an hour every morning to keep people happy and contented whilst working. Mum would listen while she was cleaning and cooking.

This condition only prevailed for two weeks and then we had two weeks silence with no music or noise during the day. There was a reason for this. Dad was a factory worker, producing wheel hubs for the Ford Motor Company in Dagenham, London and his job meant two weeks working nights and two weeks working days. When he was living a normal daily working life, mum could let the radio run during the day. Luckily I could escape to school in between, leaving her to the music choice.

During the two weeks night work, when dad became a factory vampire, working from evening until morning, the radio was silenced during the day. We were living in a monastery/convent. I was not allowed to play the piano, and radios were banned. Dad was sleeping in his coffin bed recovering from the night’s work. He would arrive home in the early morning, eat breakfast and disappear until the evening. The bedroom would be darkened by special thick black curtains to ensure he could sleep and noise was forbidden. Unfortunately mum could not stop the heavy duty lorries/trucks travelling on the road near bye, which might wake dad from his recovery sleep. She became very annoyed and she would often curse over their noise. Another cause of indignation were the children playing in the street. We lived in a square with houses on both sides which caused the noise to multiply with its echoes.

In the evening dad would arise from his daily sleep and the radio would be switched on in time for another musical mixture. I was again allowed to play piano and talk. Mum would serve dad’s dinner and he would afterwards depart for another night of work. As he was not a vampire, he did not dress in a black cloak and fly out of the window, he walked along the road until he reached the underground/subway where he took the train to meet his other colleagues who were working in the dark hours.

There are certain memories that are engraved from the childhood days, not of happy go lucky jazz music which my dad would have loved to hear. He was probably listening to “Music While You Work” in the factory.

Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo

Musical Pingbacks

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Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer

What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?

My Plane to Switzerland from London Citiy

This was a plane I once boarded for a return journey from London City airport to Zürich.

I do not have a style, I have no time for styles. Arrangements for holidays in another country are no longer of interest, my days of family holidays are gone. I no longer need the stress, the organisation, when to go and when to come home. My holidays are at home. I live in the country, our summers are usually nice and sunny, warm, and I am surrounded by countryside. Perhaps the only thing that is missing is a beach, but Switzerland being without coastline, you cannot have it all.

At the moment I am doing my own thing. My dad, aged 98, lives in London and is moving  next week to an extra care apartment, where he will have the attention he needs. He can no longer walk so well, and needs reliable helpers to look after his shopping, washing and cleaning.

Today I was planning my travel style. Time is short, he only knew this week that everything would be OK and he has to move by next week on Wednesday according to the English council authorities that are doing the necessary. Today I was in town in the afternoon buying a few things that I will need. Afterwards I visited the bank and picked up some English money. When I arrived home I was on the computer having a look at flights to London. I wanted to fly next Monday. No problem, within half an hour I had everything, as well as organising my boarding card which the Swiss airline will send me automatically. It was also paid for by online banking. I have also booked my return flight, so now it is all systems go. My long year school friend will be helping me in London and providing my lodging for the week, so what could possibly go wrong?

Mr. Swiss is organising his week. Up to now he has received two invitations by ladies for a meal and a visit, so it looks like he will not be so lonely. I was wondering whether to go on Monday or Tuesday, but he said Monday will be better. You see he is very independent, cannot wait for me to go, so I will have no worries that he will feel lonely and he even knows how the washing machine works and the iron. He can cook and not only fast food.

As I have already mentioned yesterday, my WordPress site will be deserted, unless Mr. Swiss decides to blog, but I do not think he will. He said he would probably make too many mistakes in his English, although we understand each other perfectly (admittedly the home language is Swiss German). It is now evening and I rarely blog in the evening, so will now call it a day. Until Monday I will be here if nothing happens.

Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer

Wandering Pingbacks

  1. Be a Hero | Rima Hassan
  2. California: a fat wave* of options | Andrea Reads America
  3. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer-How an Introvert Travel (pics) | Journeyman
  4. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  5. The Happy Wanderer: My Travel Style #DailyPost | The Wayfaring Family
  6. Travel Style | From Journo-baby to Journo-babe
  7. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  8. The Unhappy Wanderer | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  9. DP Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Sabethville
  10. How to Get a Green Card: A Lesson in Planning and Letting Go | Kosher Adobo
  11. There’s Nothing There & Professor Hamilton’s Advice To Writers | The Jittery Goat
  12. I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  13. love-hate | yi-ching lin photography
  14. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer’s | My Outlook on the World
  15. I love airports | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  16. An Uncommercial Traveller | The Ambitious Drifter
  17. Just following the sun… | Hope* the happy hugger
  18. What Sue wrote – wandering happily | Sue’s Trifles
  19. The wandering traveler: Can’t wait to catch my multiple personalities in the rear-view mirror « psychologistmimi
  20. The Happy Wanderer | Eyes to Heart
  21. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Under the Monkey Tree
  22. Spontaneous: Daily Prompt | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  23. Daily Prompt-Happy Traveler-Not So Much | A Day In The Life
  24. Daily Prompt: My Travel Style | Pinstripes&Lipgloss
  25. The Happy Wanderer I am not | Jennifer Paige
  26. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | wisskko’s blog
  27. Traveling Into The Unknown | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD
  28. The Wondering Wanderer ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
  29. Wanderlust | Bardo
  30. “The Happy Wanderer” | Relax
  31. Minutely Infinite | Wanderers
  32. The Happy Wanderer | Life Confusions
  33. The Happy Wanderer | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  34. The Happy Wanderer | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  35. lord I was born a ramblin’ man | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  36. The Happy Wanderer | Roving Bess
  37. Ramblin’ Rose | by L. D. Rose
  38. Getting Away | Flowers and Breezes
  39. Alone, I miss out on wonder | Emotional Fitness
  40. Two white girls on a minibus | Lesie’s World
  41. Wandering Together. | Kota and Coffee
  42. A Change in Direction | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  43. A Peace Walk | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  44. The Happy Wanderer on a Schedule | 20/20 Hines Sight
  45. How to Vacation Effectively | melissuhhsmiles
  46. Happy Wanderings? | Live, Love, Laugh, Dance, Pray
  47. Pain Tolerance Matters More Than Happiness | Parents Are People Too
  48. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | The Daily Post | MetaRead360 Small Press presents
  49. Travelling – Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | MetaRead360 Small Press presents
  50. Wandering | Blue Loft
  51. Through The Woods | Knowledge Addiction
  52. Daily Challenge: Travel Habits | MTEagles
  53. The road least traveled | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  54. Unforgettable Past – ITARSI – The Escapade! | Views Splash!
  55. Stages one through six, more or less, to the Happy Wanderer Mode. | thoughtsofrkh
  56. Daily Prompt : Somewhere Over The Rainbow | Just Visiting This Planet
  57. Namma Chennai to Amchi Mumbai | Outreach
  58. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | RedWhiteandSparkling
  59. Happy Wanderer | EntwinedLife
  60. B.Kaotic
  61. To understand where someone is coming from it helps to travel down their road | Institute for Hispanic Health Equity
  62. Daily Prompt: Forced to grow up | viCKaakin
  63. Unknown ties to McCall, Idaho | Exploratorius
  64. I Guess I am Just Not Cut Out to be an International Traveler | Schizo Incognito
  65. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Geophilia Photography
  66. The Happy Wanderer
  67. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Life’s So Sweet
  68. Happy Wanderer | nowathome
  69. The (Not So) Happy Wanderer – Daily Prompt | A Real Adventure
  70. The Girls’ Guide to Packing for a Trip | meg lago
  71. Happy Wanderer | EntwinedLife
  72. I’m a wanderin’ fool | Willow’s Corner
  73. Sri Lanka in Two Weeks – Part 1: Arriving in Colombo | Shoot the messenger
  74. Sri Lanka in Two Weeks – Part 2: Kandy – Tuktuks, Trains and Automobiles | Shoot the messenger
  75. Be Afraid and Do It Anyway | vic briggs
  76. Happy Trails: Daily Post | Destino
  77. Wherever You Go, There You Are | My Author-itis
  78. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Basically Beyond Basic
  79. The Planned Travel | theauthorwhoknows
  80. “The Happy Wanderer” | wanderlust girl
  81. Road Trip | Cats, Coffee, And Life At Random
  82. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Occasional Stuff
  83. Daily Prompt: Happy Wanderer | That Montreal Girl
  84. A Modified Travel Plan | An Advice Column
  85. Maine Forest Cafe
  86. She Wanders Endlessly | When the Door Closes
  87. Pleonasm, look that up! | Trucker Turning Write
  88. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer, the road goes on | @ The West Gate
  89. The Wandering Hound | Secrets from the Hound Cave!
  90. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  91. Not All Who Wander Are Lost | The Shotgun Girls
  92. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  93. Oh, may I go a-wandering? | Random & Real
  94. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | Here I am !!
  95. Daily Post: Gypsy | Morrighan’s Muse
  96. The Wanderer | tuckedintoacorner
  97. Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer | jane sleeps here
  98. Unplanned memory | misschief101

Daily Prompt: That’s Amore

Think of your longest relationship: describe how your love has changed over time, did you go from the giddiness of infatuation, to mad passion, to deep respect, esteem, and friendship? Tell us about your love story.

Spaghetti with chorizo and tomato 20

Now that looks sexy doesn’t it? It can really be the cause of the development of a mad passion, leading to deep respect. Even the cause of esteem and to a connective friendship which would lead to a long love and adoration of the spaghetti family. So here is the love story. Stay cool and calm and do not get excited too much. I do not want this blog to be the cause of a heart attack or shock situation.

My own idea – spaghetti with chorizo in a tomato sauce, now that’s amore. Otherwise I have never seen such a stupid prompt, wanting me to tell everyone stuff that it is so personal, so private, and involving other people who may not and do not want to be mentioned. At least you get a photo of one of my edible amori.

Today was a busy day for me. Cleaned the bathroom this morning, cooked lunch and after my golden oldie sleep was off for an hour Tai Chi in town. I am now at home and actually did not want to write a daily prompt, but I have something to tell my fans and followers.

Do not be disappointed, you do not have to pull your hair out, throw a tantrum or shed clouds of tears. I am leaving you probably next week, but here is the good news, I will return. My presence will be required in England for about a week. It is a bit short notice and this week I have to organise English money, go to the hairdressers, get myself fitted out with a suitable wardrobe and organise my medicine. I will be leaving Mr. Swiss for a week on his own, but he too will survive. He has the responsibility of looking after three felines.

OK, it is a short daily prompt today, and if I did not have to tell you the sad news of my absence, I would not have bothered. I might be around for the remainder of this week, according to how I bear up under the pressure of life.

Keep well, write well and not wanting to be impolite or ignorant, but your love stories are just too private to arise any interest on my side.

Daily Prompt: That’s Amore

Amorous Prompts

  1. Swirling in the Time of Internet | Kosher Adobo
  2. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore- The Psychology of Changes in Love | Journeyman
  3. Eddie And Flipper, Reverse Revolution | The Jittery Goat
  4. Too Good To Be True | Musings | WANGSGARD
  5. passion | yi-ching lin photography
  6. Love And Linger – A Vibrational Experience | Shrine of Hecate – Ramblings of a New Age Witch
  7. you leave | y
  8. DP Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | Sabethville
  9. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  10. Daily prompt: Amore | The Wandering Poet
  11. This one is easy. | What?????
  12. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore « Mama Bear Musings
  13. Michael [Poem] [reblog] | She Writes
  14. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | cockatooscreeching
  15. Start Cueing Up the 1812 Overture, Here Come the Fireworks… | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  16. how we met, fell in love, broke up, got back together, had a baby & got married | the hilarious pessimist
  17. That’s Amore Haiku | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  18. Love Story? What Love Story? | jigokucho
  19. She Loved Me First ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
  20. okay. | a study in coincidences.
  21. My non-relationship relationship related entry! | thoughtsofrkh
  22. If One Day Love Comes Along… | B.Kaotic
  24. ‘I’ve got a safety-pin stuck in my heart…’ My Amour since 1977… | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  25. A LIFE BORN FROM MUD | Hastywords
  26. A moon’s memory | shame
  27. My Love Story. | Asta’s Space
  28. Daily Prompt: Love Story | A Day In The Life
  29. Love and (Chicken) Wings | A Blog of One’s Own
  30. Great Love | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  31. Its A Love Story….Baby Just Say…YES ! | Life Confusions
  32. a haiku ..a cinquain about albert’s thwarted love for clara | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  33. Weaker Past But Getting Stronger For The Future | Navigate
  34. Anne Boy | I solemnly swear i am upto no good!
  35. Shore-break | Charron’s Chatter
  36. Your love was a seed | Altared Egos
  37. Bitten | Views Splash!
  38. aah my blank love story…. | from dusk to dawn….
  39. It Ends | Flowers and Breezes
  40. “Relationship” Now Arriving at Imaginination Station | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  41. That’s Amore – MissShy and Separate Beds (Daily Prompt Challenge) | Ana Linden
  42. My Girl | The Shotgun Girls
  43. Five Things People Say To Social Workers
  44. On Being an Anecdote | Elizabeth Merritt Abbott
  45. A Different Kind of Love Story | Ramblings from a Frazzled Mind
  46. Should I Ask Her Out Again? | Views Splash!
  47. What is Love? | Crawlspace Sleepyhead
  48. Love stays strong | Emovere
  49. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | Basically Beyond Basic
  50. 412 | mesardonicmesarcastic
  51. LOVE SUCKS | Hastywords
  52. Haiku: That’s Amore | Mirth and Motivation
  53. That’s Amore: Daily Post | Destino
  54. Flutterbies | Lingual Tornado
  55. That’s Amore | donikabajrami
  56. the pilot | FamousFeline
  57. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | Here I am !!
  58. My Different Love / Oven-Baked Chorizo and Cherry Tomato Risotto {gluten free} | The Imperfect Kitchen
  59. First Love | vic briggs
  60. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | snippets and words
  61. Anchor | Shades of Teal
  62. If you like, then you gotta put a ring on it! | 365 Days of Thank You
  63. The Blog Farm | Haiku: That’s Amore
  64. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | That Montreal Girl
  65. That’s Amore | At the Drop of a Mat
  66. My [quite uncommon] Love Story. | …Properly Ridiculous…
  67. The one | Trucker Turning Write
  68. allow me to explore | y
  69. Some of Us Still Take Marriage Vows Seriously | My Author-itis
  70. every other | y
  71. Brotherly Love | When the Door Closes
  72. Raven Love O><O | Overcoming Bloglessness
  73. Daily Prompt: That’s Amore | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  74. Rooby-Roo! | SPCSA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Stuffed Animals
  75. Daily Prompt: First Love to Best Friend | Lady K’s Lounge
  76. years must pass | y

Daily Prompt: Linger

Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end. What is it you love about these times? Why do you wish you could linger forever?

Nera in the bathroom

Yes, there are times when a feline decides to linger in the wrong place.

“That is a matter of opinion Mrs. Human. I find this the right place. There is nothing so safe, so cooling to the feline fur than a bathroom and there is a constant supply of fresh water.”

“Nera we call that the toilet, it is not a feline water bowl.”

“Toilet does not exist in meow.”

“I know Nera, perhaps you could compare it to your feline tray for your recycling process.”

“But there is no clumping sand in this toilet thing, just permanent, fresh water, quality grand cru. Mrs. Human what are you doing, I don’t like that.”

“I am turning the taps on to show you another sort of fresh water to fill the bath.”

“Ok, I got the message, I will find a nice soft warm place to have a sleep. . This bathroom thing is not my taste, except for the toilet of course. I think I will stop my lingering here. The water from those bath taps is threatening. It comes from above which is OK, but collects at the bottom which is definitely not OK.”

And Nera left the bathroom to take a sleep outside on a chair.

Yet another prompt, where I wondered if I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Thank goodness for Nera who rescued me from telling half the world, at least half the WordPress population, my feelings towards lingering, where I like to linger, why I linger and what I might love about lingering.

I do not do lingering, never have and never will. The only place that comes near to a linger is my bed and I call that relaxing, sleeping, taking it easy. Being a golden oldie and not having to do anything, except for eat, drink and sleep and be a slave to three felines. Even in my younger days I was the Bionic woman, multi-tasking was my middle name. Changing diapers for babies, feeding the family, ensuring their clothes were clean and ironed and later when the kids decided to do their lingering somewhere else, earning money by becoming a working woman.

Some might say I linger a little too long on the computer, perhaps linger too much with a camera in my hand, and linger in the garden watching the flowers grow. That is a matter of interpretation. On the computer I try to interpret the daily prompt my way, because doing it the WordPress way is not my thing. I do not linger with the camera, but make a study of the object in question for my prize winning subject to enter for the Pulitzer Prize. Who was this Pulitzer bloke anyway? Found him in Wikipedia and discovered that he was swimming in money, hence the donation of a prize. One day it might even be mine. I am digressing. My lingering in the garden is combined with dirt under the finger nails and backache, but I survive.

So that is all I have to say about lingering. Every day I say I am not doing this prompt today, but I have a Daily Prompt addiction. That’s it! Tomorrow’s prompt will definitely be “Tell us about an addiction you have and how you decide to cure it.”

Daily Prompt: Linger

Lingering Pingbacks

  1. A Night At Billy Bronco’s | The Jittery Goat
  2. Daily Prompt: Linger- What Makes a Life Worth Living For | Journeyman
  3. The Last | Kate Murray
  4. A Monday free of an alarm call is wonderful, isn’t it? | thoughtsofrkh
  5. DP Daily Prompt: Linger | Sabethville
  6. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | There Be Leprechauns
  7. Shared Lullabies: An Adult Who Wants to Stay Just a Little Bit Longer in Her Parents’ Bed | Kosher Adobo
  8. linger | yi-ching lin photography
  9. after that first bite, | y
  10. When Do I Stay Awhile? | Cass’s Useless Opinions
  11. Daily Prompt: Linger | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  12. Hardships will not deter me from getting closer to my love | Outreach
  13. My pre-game Pre-Game | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  14. Daily prompt: Linger | The Wandering Poet
  15. A Love Affair With Southern Italy | AS I PLEASE
  16. Home Sweet Home | Views Splash!
  17. Step by step | Le Drake Noir
  18. Daily Prompt: Linger | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  19. Linger Longer… | Hope* the happy hugger
  20. Love for lingering, drumming | Journey of a Culture Carrier
  21. Lingering longer | Sue’s Trifles
  22. The Trouble with Lingering | Wise Woman in Training
  23. Daily Prompt: Linger « cognitive reflection
  24. I see stars | littlegirlstory
  25. Linger At The Beach | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. Lingering, all day today | sixty, single and surviving
  27. Linger | forgottenmeadows
  28. Not Wanting this Moment to End. Daily Prompt | Angela McCauley
  29. Linger | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  30. Lingering Sun | The Ambitious Drifter
  31. Joyful linger over Versatile Award | litadoolan
  32. 279. Don’t Let it End | Barely Right of Center
  33. Until Next Time | Lifestyle | WANGSGARD
  34. Lingering in the Garden of Dreams | Wright Outta Nowhere
  35. Lingering in wanderlust. | charli:blog
  36. Linger On Me Finger
  37. Linger…….. | Because It Calms My Nerves:
  38. Lingering on the Sand. | Asta’s Space
  39. [M.M.X.I.V. 76] All good things… | Never A Worry
  40. i still linger…. | from dusk to dawn….
  41. Linger On My Dear Monday | B.Kaotic
  42. The Child In Me | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  43. Linger: Le Parc Paris (Daily Prompt) | bemuzin
  45. Frozen In Time | Knowledge Addiction
  46. Don’t Stop The Music | jigokucho
  47. Will It Last? | Flowers and Breezes
  48. Linger a little | A mom’s blog
  49. Faithfulness – what does it mean? | A Teacher’s Blog
  50. Pleasures of life | babystepstowriting
  51. Pausing Tears and Joy | Jenkins Writings
  52. eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  53. The Moment Before Waking | Losing It
  54. Yeah, Good Times, Good Times… | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  55. At Your Side | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  56. Linger in my Imagination | Busy Mind Thinking
  57. Daily Post: Linger | Let me tell U a story
  58. Sweet Slumber | Real Momma Ramblings
  59. At the beach | Life is great
  60. Tomorrow Always Comes. | …Properly Ridiculous…
  62. Sunsets | Life Confusions
  63. What, me worry? | Mindful Digressions
  64. while lingering thoughts in meanders glide | a tentative tangling of tendrils
  65. To steal a moment | Vampire Maman
  66. Make them Linger | itsmayurremember
  67. The 6th of October 1981 – Idaho Falls, Idaho | Forgotten Correspondence
  68. Languishing, Lingering | by LRose
  69. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/daily-prompt-linger/ | Barefoot on Rainy Days
  70. This Moment | Barefoot on Rainy Days
  71. Linger a While in Marseille | Travel with Intent
  72. {2014-03-17} Why do YOU linger here, creeper? | dHb
  73. Insert Pause Button ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
  74. Daily Prompt: Linger | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  75. The Lunch Hour | Perhaps yes, perhaps no. Exactly? I don’t know.
  76. Good Times | Random & Real
  77. i met you on st. patrick`s day | Musings of a Random Mind
  78. Linger | Jennifer Paige
  79. Linger on the River | The Day After
  80. lingering | Kylie
  81. Linger in Safety | RosieSmrtiePants
  82. Today’s Workout | Oldman
  83. Linger | A picture is worth 1000 words
  84. I Saw Ledcat Lingering
  85. “Linger” | Relax
  86. Daily Prompt: Linger | Healthy Harriet
  87. Daily Prompt: Linger | Moonlight Reflections
  88. St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday | Mirth and Motivation
  89. Do-Over! | BusyMaineMom
  90. Daily Prompt: Linger | AphroDishes
  91. Sand-strokes… | vic briggs
  92. Linger | “That got me thinking…”
  93. Tick Tock | Words in Silver
  94. Sunset | When the Door Closes
  95. Je m’attarde… (Daily post) | Forty, c’est Fantastique !
  96. Tipsy! | Trucker Turning Write
  97. Linger: Daily Post | Destino
  98. Daily Prompt: Linger | That Montreal Girl
  99. “Linger” – Another Daily Prompt | Raising Our Redheads
  100. Linger | infinitydesignss
  101. Daily Prompt: Linger | kenbigtrain
  102. When It Rains | Wiley’s Wisdom
  103. enough. | a study in coincidences.
  104. Linger, and let it go | Empire for A Blueberry
  105. Lingering Swans | Overcoming Bloglessness
  106. My Together, Forever! | I am S(t)ri…
  107. Amber | loveletterstoaghost
  108. Daily Prompt: Linger | Basically Beyond Basic
  109. It Hurts, But I’ll Stay Awhile | Searching for Substance
  110. Daily Prompt: Linger – “Homecoming” | A Midnight Blog

Daily Prompt: I Believe

For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.

Western Conifer Seed Bug

I believe that Spring is on its way definitely, otherwise this sweet little western conifer seed bug would not have taken a walk on the wall outside. He stood perfectly still and is now a happy bug because his portrait exists for all too see.

As far as the heart is concerned:

“Hey heart what to you have to tell me about the three true things?”

“Not my department, ask the brain.”


“Forget it, I am too busy writing daily prompts, organising shopping lists and making sure that you do not forget anything.”

Well that was a lot of help. The heart is too busy pumping blood and stuff around my body to make sure I survive the day and the brain only thinks actions and deeds during the day. At night it is something else, but then its ideas go haywire.”

“Human, be careful what you say. A brain never sleeps, we are always active. “

“Those dreams can be a little scary sometimes.”

“That is a matter of interpretation. I sent you a dream to prepare for your next shopping expedition last night. If you wake covered in a cold sweat, then it is the skin who is to blame.”

“Leave me out of this, I just do what you tell me brain. If things get stressed I sweat.”

“OK, stop arguing and that dream was scary. I was a working woman, had no time to go shopping and at the end of the day all the bakers were closed, we had no bread.”

“And that was scary? It wasn’t even real.”

“I know brain, but your dreams can be pretty realistic sometimes, and even in colour.”

“Of course they are in colour, we brains like our ideas to stick and we have a colourful imagination.”

“So what about these true and false things? If the heart doesn’t do it, then someone has to.”

“At your command, so tell me and I will do my best.”

“You mean I have to do all the thinking.”

“Someone has to, I am just a collection of cells in your head.”

“Ok, I believe that I don’t believe, I believe that this daily prompt is not my thing and I believe that this blog subject will not win a Pulitzer or Nobel prize.”

“Well I will not dispute that. What about a few suggestions for some false stuff.”

“That dream you invented last night was false, you often forget things and make me fall over.”

“Falling over is the ear problem.”

“Brain you do not seem to be responsible for anything.”

“False, of course I am, but a bad workman always blames his tools.”

“We agree” said the skin, the ear and the heart.

Daily Prompt: I Believe

Believable Pingbacks

  1. Material Love: I Believe in Chicken | Kosher Adobo
  2. I Believe | Kate Murray
  3. Death begs to differ | Daily Prompt: I Believe | likereadingontrains
  4. Daily Prompt: I Believe- Psychological advantage of having beleifs | Journeyman
  5. Daily Prompt: I Believe | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  6. Not So Open Mind | The Jittery Goat
  7. DP Daily Prompt: I Believe! | Sabethville
  8. One Crazy Mom » What I believe to be true
  10. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | When Neverland Dies
  11. Thoughtful Combinations | Rima Hassan
  12. I Believe? | Writing and Works
  13. I believe… | Words ‘n Pics…
  14. Daily Prompt: I Believe | Jen & Juice
  15. Daily Prompt: What do I believe? | Lupus?! A wha dat?!
  16. Honest something | shame
  17. I Believe | Oldman
  19. Daily Prompt: I Believe | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  20. The Power of Belief ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
  21. Daily Prompt: I Believe | Raevenly Writes
  22. I believe | fromdublintoparis
  23. » Daily Prompt: I Believe | My Extraordinary Everyday Life
  24. Daily Prompt: I Believe | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  25. I believe my blog’s anniversary is not far off | Sue’s Trifles
  26. Have Faith my Brethen | Green Embers
  27. Don’t Stop Believin | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  28. I Believe | Can’t Sleep
  29. I Believe | The Silver Leaf Journal
  31. Daily Prompt: I Believe | Of Glass & Paper
  32. I Believe / I Do Not Believe
  33. Believe in Love. | Asta’s Space
  34. musings | a study in coincidences.
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Daily Prompt: Pour Some Sugar Over Me

What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us all about the anticipation and delight of eating your favorite dessert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.

Waffles with apples and cream

I have lots of favourites but am a little choosy. I like to know what it contains and I like the ingredients to be the best, so my taste in sweet might be a little expensive. This wonderwork of desert in the photo was really made by me. My monthly cooking magazine had developed a new kind of mould for making waffles complete with book on “How to make”. They were manufactured from silicon, a sort of rubbery new development in backing forms, so I decided to try it out. With some stewed apples (from my tree of course) and whipped cream they were perfect.

Being truthful I should really ignore all sweet stuff and eliminate it from my food plan. One of the advantages of being diabetic is that you do not really feel ill. Ok, I am one of the lucky ones and not yet on the needle, just three tablets per day and keep the carbohydrate to a minimum. My problem is that I do not like eating imitations, watered down recipes. It has to be the real thing and not some sort of substitute.

I had to have a chuckle when I saw that the first words of this prompt were bread pudding. I was surprised. Do people really know today what a bread pudding is and I mean the real thing, the one that mum made because she had some bread left over, did not want it to go mouldy and it was a cheap desert? I grew up on bread pudding. Every mum in the East End of London had her own recipe for bread pudding. Basically you soaked the bread in hot water, squeezed it out and mixed dried fruit into the soft bready mixture you had and added some sugar. Now the housewife could let her imagination run wild and use up all the stuff you had in the cupboard, but do not forget a generous spoonful of mixed spice. Perhaps a good dose of strawberry jam, or marmalade (you know the orange/lemon peel jam lookalike that all British have for breakfast, spread on bread). It was all mixed in by hand of course and this squelchy, sqeezy mixture was put into a baking tin, spread flat and baked for an hour or more, according to when it was ready. The kitchen and house were filled with aromas from the orient and smelt like the baker was having a good day.

As I said this is typically British, although it might have immigrated to the colonies over the years. Through me it also immigrated to Switzerland. There was one problem. It might not be according to Swiss taste buds, although the taste was OK. It was the consistency when baked. My family changed the name from “Bread Pudding” to “Gummikuchen” meaning translated “Rubber cake”. I never thought of it that way. It was eaten, but I decided it was not according to the Swiss way of life.

My taste in chocolate is fussy. First of all it has to be stored in the fridge. I like it cold and crispy. If it is soft and warm, I do not like it. It also has to be preferably dark black chocolate. I eat the “normal” coloured chocolate if it is from the fridge, but have my preferences. Switzerland is a chocolate country. Names such as Suchard, Lindt, Cailler, Villars, Camille Bloch are known worldwide and I live at the source. Of course I am spoilt, but strangely I have discovered better.

Each town, perhaps most villages, have their own confetionary shop and my local town of Solothurn is not different. I do not want to start a free advertising campaign for our local chocolate shop, but here is a link: Suteria. It is even in English, clever guy, so now you can see what you are missing and what I can buy. Of course, it is not cheap, but who cares. It is genuine, no imitations in his chocolates or cakes, all the real thing and he even has a restaurant integrated in the whole business.

If I have time I like to bake a cake, muffins, or make deserts, but I have to be in the mood. As far as the salty snacks are concerned, they are another weakness I have, but I have done a cold turkey and no longer indulge. My waist line was expanding, and they are a carbohydrate bomb if there ever was one. I have now limited my consumption of potato chips to eating them accompanying a baked chicken (which I also do myself). I am not one for eating in restaurants or buying fast food, I like to know what is in the food I am eating. I refuse to be poisoned by a chicken nugget or a KFC (we do not even have one in our local area). If I am on holiday or in another town for the day, I might indulge in a MacDonalds hamburger, and just try not to think about what might be in it. One tip: never have pickled cucumber in your hamburger, especially in Summer. They are not only considered a delicacy by humans, but by the flying insect population.

So on this unpalatable remark, I will now continue eating my afternoon Bifidus yoghurt. It is supposed to be healthy.

Daily Prompt: Pour Some Sugar On Me

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Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise

Tell us about a time when someone had you completely fooled, where the wool was pulled right over your eyes and you got hoodwinked, but good. Was it a humorous experience or one you’d rather forget? What was the outcome?

Sky over Felbrunnen

I really do not know what to say, I am (exceptionally) at a loss for words. That one of my dear friends nominated me for this well-deserved award. This was such a surprise. I really did not expect this. Of course I had invested hours of gifted writing talent over the past year, relentlessly fighting against feelings of sleep and hunger, knowing that my perseverance would be rewarded. You mean that someone is fooling me, playing a trick, that this award does not exist? Oh, people can be so mean (and jealous), but this award now exists on my famous, well-known, spectacular never-to-be-forgotten blogging site. It leaves its mark in the international blogging world. If you wish to be present when I receive this award of recognition (known as The Blogger) I will inform as soon as I know where it will take place. I believe somewhere in Silicon Valley, but am not sure.

In the meanwhile I will entertain you with a few hoax reports I have spotted lately in this cyber world. Did you know there was a spider as large as a house wall somewhere in a small town in the States. The inhabitants now lock themselves in their houses, frightened to take a step outside. It is true, I saw it. Where? On facebook of course, Some say it is a fluke of nature, other say a fluke of Photoshop.

I saw a report yesterday in connection with the plane that has been reported missing on its way from Malaysia to China. Now Mrs. Angloswiss is not going to join in the competition to guess where it is. I find it distasteful with respect to the people still waiting for news of what has happened. It even seems that telephones are/were ringing belonging to the missing people. Seas have been searched and everyone seems to be at a loss for an answer. Someone in the false world of Facebook had a report on their site/wall that proof has now been found that this missing plane with the over 200 passengers is in the Bermuda Triangle. You are invited to click for more.

I would advise against clicking on anything in Facebook with such strange reports. I did once, just out of curiosity. I cannot remember what it was: some sort of strange video beginning with the title “Oh my god” and continuing with “You must have a look”. My advice do not have a look, you will disappear into a web spun to trap you, the only way out is to press a yes and then it happens. The video spreads it tentacles to your site and all your friends receive it in your name. Not too bad, I did not get a virus, and my computer survived. I am glad to say most of my colleagues in Facebook took pity and remarked that it was not something they expected from me and I was definitely spammed.

Otherwise I do not remember being tricked by anyone at any time. I have such a dry, ironic, strange humour that probably people just do not bother. I remember when I was working we had one of those Christmas meals in a restaurant with the boss. He was one of those people that loved I, me and myself and had the feeling that he was God’s gift to woman. We brought small candles with us that you can light, but never extinguish. They just light up again. We gave them to the waitress and told her to put one in his ice cream, which she did. The first thing he did before digging his spoon into the coup vodka (or something like that) was to blow the candle out, which ignited itself again and again and again. After five minutes of blowing candles out, he almost believed it was possessed. He might have been god’s gift to womankind, but he was always a bit slow on the uptake. Oh we had fun on that evening.

So now to have a look in my calendar to see if I am free on the 31st September: it seems that is the day when my Lifetime Blogging Award will be presented. It would of course be appreciated if you could perhaps organise a few banners to show “Up with Mrs. Angloswiss”, “Mrs. Angloswiss forever” and “We knew she could do it”. Badges will be distributed at the entrance with my WordPress web address to ensure a regular public for my daily Blogging efforts.

Daily Prompt: Brilliant Disguise

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Daily Prompt: Something So Strong

Tell us the origin story of your best friend. How did you become friends? What is it that keeps your friendship rockin’ after all these years?

Varigated ivy leaves

Did we cling to each other like ivy, until our friendship was stifled, withered and eventually collapsed? No, of course not, who could resist my friendly charm? Best friends are something for memories, something from a childhood and if they stay as such, then the ivy is still clinging. In our case there are a few ivy branches that still intertwine and remain. It began in high school, although after the first year we were split up into two different classes which stayed thoughout  the following five school years. Our paths split, but contact was still there. Was it because we originated in the same area of London, our mother language being cockney (although due to higher education we were encouraged to drop this “street language”). We understood each other and shared the same interests: the visit to an opera in London from time to time, a weekly Winter Saturday afternoon at the local football club cheering on our team.

At the age of 20 I left England for Switzerland and my friend made her way into her own branch of work with further education and the visit to a university but we still sent our birthday and Christmas cards and when I was visiting in England we still met. This began about sixty years ago and it still exists. She is godmother to my youngest son and has visited me in Switzerland often. If I visit my father in London there is always a bed free for a stay at her house. It does not need anything to keep a friendship “rocking”, just good vibes and we golden oldies have so many joint memories to share. In the meanwhile her father and mother are no longer amongst us, and my mother has passed on. Our two families also became good friends through our friendship.

So enough sentimentalities, I am not the type for sugary sweet stuff and neither is she, if she ever reads this. She will know who I mean.

Otherwise I gave up with friendships some time ago. Friends come and go and you are forgotten. I worked thirty years in a company and left a couple of years ago. Apart from the coincidental meeting of an ex workmate when in town or in the local supermarket, I hear no more. I do not expect it, but I remember the last words “keep in touch”, “I will call you”, “we must get together and talk over the old times”. I am not annoyed, not insulted and I am not disappointed. I now lead my own life and do not feel lonely or left out and I do not need “friends” like that.

After all I have Facebook. Now this is a strange thing, you know over one hundred people (in my case over seven hundred) but you have met perhaps ten of them throughout your Facebook sentence. You may have found a few voices from the past, which I have. School friends from your first school years (and that is a long while ago) or someone that immigrated to Australia as a ten year old. After a long search we found each other again. My cousin in New Zealand with his lovely family, even Facebook has its pros.

There are of course a few cons which I discovered this week. Did you know that you have two sorts of contact lists, those you know and those you do not know but would like to get to know you? This week I discovered the “those you do not know but would like to get to know you”, most interesting. There must be at least 10 gentlemen I have never met that have fallen in love with me through my wonderful, impressive, good looks on my Facebook photo. It is unbelievable. I know I do have a certain charm, but at my age, even with the wrinkles and golden oldie hairstyle they still find I am the answer to their dreams. Unfortunately Facebook marked about twenty contacts as “spam” so many of my fan club members will be disappointed and I will never get to know them as they have been removed (thanks to Mark Zuckerberg). I told Mr. Swiss, but it did not seem to bother him, I think there was a faint laugh. Remind me to have a look on his contacts in Facebook – you never know.

I have decided to remain in Facebook with a special eye on this contact list. It might be that one of the Pulitzer prize/Nobel prize scouts look in and I will at last achieve my well-deserved award. Who knows even Brad Pitt or George Clooney might become my friend. You see there are always reasons to remain in Facebook.

Daily Prompt: Something So Strong

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  38. A Different Kind of Friend (Daily Prompt Challenge) | Ana Linden
  39. no current or recent best friend | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  41. Daily Prompt: Something So Strong | RedWhiteandSparkling
  42. Friendship and the Serial Expat | Wright Outta Nowhere
  43. “Something So Strong” | Relax
  44. Three friendships | rifeparent
  45. BFF | Active Army Wife
  46. Ode to My BFF | Views Splash!
  47. Daily Prompt: something so strong | 2far2shout
  48. 5 Years And Counting | Victim to Charm
  49. Infinite cups of trust,love,support and a pinch of “debates” | stilldaddyslittlegirl
  50. Not So Strong: Conditional Love | A Blog of One’s Own
  51. Book Review: The Vegan Cookbook by Adele McConnell | My Little Avalon
  52. Daily Prompt: March 13 | Balmy Life
  53. No, She Really Is ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
  54. ThinkAlikes : A Friendship Story. | The Salmon Yatra
  55. Daily Prompt: Something so Strong | [Wo]man’s Best Friend | It Starts With L
  56. We Found Our Wingmen in a Spanish 1 Class | Kosher Adobo
  57. DIDN’T MEAN ANYTHING | hastywords
  58. Thank You Friend | Emovere
  59. A Very Long Day | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  60. Friendships: Something So Strong…. | Mirth and Motivation
  61. Lorem Ipsum | Alex Ayala
  62. Of friendship and loss | vic briggs
  63. My twin-brother-soul | Underneath her mind
  64. Welcome Brothers | Views Splash!
  65. Friendship: We have a part of each other in our respective beings and consciousness « psychologistmimi
  66. A Bright & Light Friendship / Roasted Cherry, Almond & Vanilla Tart | The Imperfect Kitchen
  67. Puffing and Panting. | Trucker Turning Write
  68. Day 72. . . My best friend | Dear Blog ’14
  69. Daily Prompt: Something So Strong | Morrighan’s Muse
  70. Daily Prompt: Something So Strong-Friends Forever | A Day In The Life
  71. Daily Prompt: BFFs | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  72. On Friendship | Life at the Piedmont Cottage
  73. I’ve Got Friends in . . . | meanderedwanderings
  74. Daily Prompt: Something So Strong — Excerpt from 2nd novel | Life’s So Sweet
  75. Discovering the Trinity – Compass & Quill
  76. Bond | My Play Nook
  77. How I Met My Rock (Quite Literally) | Thinking Diagonally
  78. People, Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Best Friend | 365 Days of Thank You
  79. Daily Prompt: Best Friend | The Braxtyn Files
  80. a story of several tic-tacs | memoirs of an unremarkable man
  81. Daily Prompt: Best Friend Lost | Lady K’s Lounge
  82. Daily Prompt: Something So Strong | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  83. Daily Prompt: Something So Strong | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  84. Daily Prompt: Something So Strong | Basically Beyond Basic
  85. It Began At a Boy Scout Meeting | djgarcia94