Singin’ Sweet Songs

Aol, Bird, Tree, Feather, Branch

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: DELIGHTFUL/PLEASANT/SWEET

I have chosen a song for today that we have been singing a lot lately – a lot. The reason is that we wanted to cheer up a friend, a very sweet friend, who is poorly sick right now. So…we asked lots of other friends to record themselves singing, and Jack (who is such a clever boy!) has assembled it all together into a video.

Lots of smiles – was the result.

I am sure you know this song – and know it well – “Three Little Birds” by the legendary Bob Marley.

“Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Rise up this mornin’
Smile with the risin’ sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou”)

Singin’: “Don’t worry ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Rise up this mornin’
Smiled with the risin’ sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Sayin’, “This is my message to you-ou-ou:”

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry!”
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing” – I won’t worry!
“‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right”

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right”
I won’t worry!
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right”
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing, oh no!
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Written by: Bob Marley

Magnificent Masterchef

There’s not a lot that is worth watching on television….however, I do like Masterchef. There are three versions each year on the BBC, the normal Masterchef – which is always my favourite, the professionals Masterchef which I have started to enjoy almost as much as the original version, and the celebrity version, when around twenty “celebrities” (only five of which do I recognise) test my patience as find that the audience are actually watching because they are interested in cooking, not in celebrities.

But I have to say, I have really enjoyed the episodes of this year’s Celebrity Masterchef which ended last night with a fantastic final. Don’t worry I am not going to say who wins., I know there may be some still planning to catch up on it later.

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I just want to say…I really really was impressed by Penny Lancaster’s dishes. I watched her cooking and decided to myself that surely she has had chance to eaten some very fine food in her life.

Overall, there were two contestants that I could not get enough of and I rated as fabulous. One was to my surprise – Bez – he was just brilliant. I also loved watching Melanie Sykes, and probably her dishes are more my cup of tea than most in the competition. But perhaps picking two northerners out reveals some bias on my part.

I also have to mention Megan – one of the celebrities that I had ever seen before – in my opinion she was the most consistently good from the start. She impressed, and oh my, she made gluten free look sensational.

But the one contestant I have been bowled over by is Joe Swash – again did not have a clue who he was, but I did recognise the name of his fiance Stacy Solomon. Joe, Joe, Joe – what a mucky pup – but his progress was outstanding. He went from being the most irritating of all the contestants to being the one I wanted to watch. I actually felt excited for him – what is Joe going to do this week?

So…”celebrities”….bit of a nonsensical term in my opinion….but I love seeing a bunch of people, a few of whom I recognize, most of whom are complete strangers to me…falling in love with cooking. It’s a great show, and it is one of the few shows I actually think are worthy of my taking a little time out for.

Days When I Love The Health Service

Yesterday was a good day. You know, sometimes I find my job very tiring, it can be very stressful and is often exhausting. But here is something interesting – I love people – and so for me, being part of a team (and working in the health service is for team players) and caring for the health needs of people is hugely satisfying.

I am very tired though – so I am going to bed!

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So Much To Do!!!

I have a growing “to-do” list in my head. Of course, you probably realize that it is very unwise to keep it in my head. I keep meaning to write my “to-do” list down on paper – I think that task is in fact Number 48 on the list.

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For every three tasks crossed off that list, five more seem to be added to the end of the list. Right now…I need sleep…and then when I wake up, I will crack on with more of the tasks waiting for my attention!

My Heart Just Did Something Like This

I was looking through my older posts and found this one. Now I actually have bookmarked some of the websites in which random photos of Jack other people have taken have appeared. It makes me laugh so much that pictures of him seem to get everywhere!

I just had a shock…it was weird, at first awful and then wonderful and then painful and then calm.

I was looking at Google Maps searching for directions to a venue I am going to at the weekend.  There are 84 photos attached to the venue that various people have posted onto Google Maps.

The first photo was a close-up of Jack at the venue!  My ex-flatmate!  It popped up on my screen. My heat went loop the loop!  What a strange strange moment.

Just in case you are new to my site and have no idea who I am talking about…these posts will explain:

THE STORM IN A TEA-CUP SERIES

Oh my goodness – I need a cup of tea to calm myself down.

Farewell Summer

I think summer is grinding to a halt here in England. I had a shock last week when I left work just after 7pm and it was dark! The reality of summer passing away struck me hard.

I find autumn and winter hard – it’s the dark. I just find that all I want to do is hibernate. I was suddenly overwhelmed by the thought of the gloomy months ahead and seeing people wasting money on all sorts of useless things. The holiday season always brings lots of work as people do foolish things or give in to gloomy thoughts.

What will help me keep my spirits up when summer is fading? Jack is always going to be fun! He has energy no matter what the season. Did I tell you we have an engagement party planned at long last? Over a year since we became engaged! Really it is just a chance for our families to be together. There will be food, games and dancing. It will help make memories – which will be lovely.

I just wish I could enjoy the no coat temperatures and the long hours of daylight for longer. I am a summer girl – through and through.

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When Did Chlorinated Water Become So Expensive?

I am a water baby. From the age of four, I swam around ten hours every week until my mid-teens. Then I decided to leave the swimming club because I had zero interest in being competitive. I just loved swimming. I loved water.

When my life became busy with volunteering and paid work, I was not able to swim anywhere near as often as I would have liked. But I still always enjoyed the chance to go for a swim.

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When I moved to London, I found a renewed joy in swimming. It was a regular feature of each week, often I would make time to swim twice a week. I would slip into the water and any stresses would melt away.

I have always been a strong swimmer, and when I enter the pool, I am not there to chat, I am there to swim up and down, up and down, normally a couple of miles is my aim (around 128 lengths of most pools here.)

Yet, I have to confess, I have not been swimming at all since the start of “the Pandemic”. I am longing to be back in the pool, swimming up and down, up and down. Yet when I checked out the rates at the nearby swimming pool – ouch!!! How can it be £15 for an adult swim? When did that happen?

Suddenly wild swimming is looking so much more attractive!

My True Love Was True

Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the truly delightful theme: DEVOTED/FAITHFUL/HONOURABLE/LOYAL/TRUE

I have chosen a song today which is actually very sad, but it is also a brilliant track. The Platters had a way with them – they could produce something very very special. Possibly one of their most famous tracks is “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”.

First written for a musical called “Roberta” way back in 1933! But it was 1959 when The Platters recorded this song with their incredible voices and had a well-deserved Number One hit.

They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
I of course replied
Something here inside
Can not be denied

They, said some day you’ll find
All who love are blind
When your heart’s on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes

So I chaffed them, and I gaily laughed
To think they could doubt my love
And yet today, my love has flown away
I am without my love

Now laughing friends deride
Tears I cannot hide
So I smile and say
When a lovely flame dies
Smoke gets in your eyes

Smoke gets in your eyes

Written by: Jerome Kern and Otto A Harbach

Learning To Say No

I have struggled ever since I can remember when it comes to saying “No.” It’s only two letters – why is it so difficult to say?

Well, let me qualify that – I have said “no” to all sorts of thing I think are worthless and harmful – tobacco, getting drunk, drugs, idiots generally, violent entertainment (how does it even exist?) and things that crop up and just seem a ridiculous waste of a life.

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What I struggle to say “no” to….is when someones says, “please can you do this?” or “please can you do that?” or “please can you change your entire routine and schedule to accommodate this?” Especially when the person asking is very polite and makes me feel as if it will be the end of the world if I don’t.

I said “yes” to something the other day, when I actually meant “no”. I told Jack and he asked me, “why did you say yes when you can’t do that?” I have no idea why I said “yes” when I cannot.

Now I have to figure out a way to say, “You know when I said yes, well I actually meant no.” Which is even harder than saying no to begin with!!!

Lightning And Chips

Another blast from the past!

I am curled up on the sofa resting before three long work days ahead. I can hear the rain is pouring outside and the wind is howling. No thunder and lightning tonight. But there is lightning and thunder somewhere, I am sure of it. Apparently there are around 45,000 thunderstorms every day. If you grab a calculator and check, that means there are more than 16 million each year. Right now, around the earth there will be around 2,000 thunderstorms occurring.

lightningWhen lightning strikes we see tremendous amounts of energy. Researchers, who have studied the incredible clouds in a thunderstorm, state that the clouds in just one thunderstorm are brewing energy equal to ten or more of the nuclear bombs dropped in World War II. Only a proportion of that energy is seen as in the spectacular flashes and strikes of lightning.

But as well as being spectacular and rather humbling, lightning has remarkably beneficial results. It produces forms of nitrogen that reach the soil, where plants absorb them as natural fertilizer.

When we were children, my parents would often let us buy a bag of chips on a Thursday night, when the whole family were together. I remember one night Dad parked the car outside the chippy and left Mum and the little ones waiting, while he and I ran through the rain towards the chip-shop. There were great claps of thunder and the whole sky seemed to flash with lightning that night. I held Dad’s hand tightly as we ran through the pouring rain, because I was nervous. It was super scary for me. Dad always wanted me to ask for our chips. Then he gave me some money to pay whoever was working that night. He wanted me to count the change I received, and then say “thank you very much”. My parents never took a day off from training us 🙂

While we ate our chips at home in the kitchen, Dad told us we could be thankful to the lightning for our delicious chips. I stopped being afraid of thunderstorms and lightning after that. After learning that lightning helps to make the soil rich and produces such fine potatoes, that become the best chippy chips – I was grateful for the lightning from then on.

It’s amazing to think that right now around 2,000 thunderstorms will be occurring isn’t it – think of all those chips!

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This post was in response to the WHAT DO YOU SEE? Challenge hosted by Hélène Vaillant, the creator of Willow Poetry:

https://helenevaillant.com/2019/04/02/11001/

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