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by Sumojo
Rated: 13+ · Book · Personal · #2186156
The simplicity of my day to day.
This is where I write my thoughts, feelings and my daily trials, tribulations and happy things
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March 21, 2021 at 11:13pm
March 21, 2021 at 11:13pm
PROMPT March 22nd

Write about your earliest memory. Try to describe it in as much detail as possible.
My very first memory was crying in my cot and my big brother, who was six years older than me, came and picked me up and let me sleep in his bed. I must have been about eighteen months.
After that my most clear memory was starting school at aged four and 2 months. I remember the day, being left all day for the first time without my Mum!
I’m an also remember sitting on a sideboard with Mum because she’d seen a mouse. She was up there with me. I don’t know how long we sat there but as she never did get over her fear of mice, we were probably there for hours.🤣
I know we are asked about one memory but mine are just snippets. No details. There was one other that happened when I was about three. I was helping Dad in the garden, I picked up a garden fork and stabbed myself through the foot with it. We had no car and I remember Dad taking me to the doctors on his push bike. I was sitting on the crossbar.
March 20, 2021 at 10:47pm
March 20, 2021 at 10:47pm
PROMPT March 21st

What food or dish have you never eaten but would really like to try?

I don’t think there are many dishes I haven’t tried. Vietnamese food was confronting, especially the menu called Forest foods. There were things like pigs uterus. I didn’t actually try that, nor did I wish to.

Maybe haggis. I haven’t tried but I would imagine it’s a little like meat loaf or meat balls. My grandson is a vegan and eats meat substitute meals. He says you can’t tell the difference between a vegan burger and real meat. I won’t be trying that, I don’t think.
In Asia there are a lot of insects eaten. Grasshoppers, cockroaches, things like that. Apparently they’re fine deep fried. I’ve seen people eat them but I haven’t tried.
March 20, 2021 at 2:09am
March 20, 2021 at 2:09am
PROMPT March 20th

What are your favorite movie genres? Share some recommendations with your readers!

All I know is that my hubby and I find it hard if not impossible to select a movie we both like.
I like the sort of movie where there is dialogue which I can actually tell what they are saying. Mostly nowadays the actors mumble their way through. I don’t like computer generated stuff. Although it’s hard to detect I suppose what’s real and what’s not. I love a real story, something I can believe in, get involved in and laugh or cry.
My husband on the other hand likes car chases, animatronics, violence and some horror.

Sometimes we actually find a tv series we both like which is lovely. We can sit together and watch an episode and anticipate the next one.
March 19, 2021 at 1:15am
March 19, 2021 at 1:15am
PROMPT March 19th

How are you different now than you were in the year 2010? What have been the most significant changes in your life in the last ten years?

Ten years ago, I had more energy! I was only 66 years old. I suppose the arrival of four more great grandchildren changed the dynamics of the family and my life.
I think I live a life more in the background than in the past. I’ve watched as children changed into adults, celebrating and commiserating their successes and disappointments.
I’ve been fascinated by this change. Instead of being the mother, advisor and confidante these roles have been taken by my children leaving me in another role, one which takes some getting used to.
My husband and I have taken a back seat, but this has allowed me to follow my own interests. Ten years ago I discovered I had a latent talent for story writing, which I continue to improve upon. It takes up much of my time and brain power.
I still exercise daily, walking my usual hour first thing every day before breakfast. However the other sort of exercise which I did for years, gym and group exercise has mainly gone. Although I am a class member of Prime Movers, or as I call them Slow Movers! At least I’m some sort of mover.
March 18, 2021 at 3:35am
March 18, 2021 at 3:35am
PROMPT March 18th

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them or have them do?

We live in the hills overlooking Perth, Western Australia. If I was a tour guide I’d take them to Mundaring Weir. This was built to supply the Goldfields during the gold rush in 1890. Water used to cost more than gold in those times, it was so scarce and precious.
The man who built it was C.Y. O’Connor. Public opinion of the day thought it couldn’t work with the pipeline being so long. On the day it was turned on, water didn’t flow. He was devastated and drowned himself in the sea. The next day water flowed into the town of Kalgoorlie, 560 kilometres away.
During the Spring Western Australia is home to more different wildflowers than any other place in the world. So that’s when I’d take my tour bus around, spotting rare orchids, or fields full of everlasting daisies.
We are famous for our wineries. Wine tasting would be on the tour, sampling our Swan River reds and whites.
March 17, 2021 at 5:41am
March 17, 2021 at 5:41am
PROMPT March 17th

Pretend that you have found a four-leaf clover that will bring you extraordinary good luck for exactly one day. Write about your lucky day.

This morning on my walk through the Australian bush, I discovered a patch of clover. My dog Lucy decided this was a wonderful spot to start her daily ablutions. So being the good dog owner that I am, I followed along behind her with my trusty yellow dog poop plastic bag.
For my perfect ownership practice I discovered a four leaf clover!
I picked it up and put it in my pocket, carrying on with our morning exercise.
When I arrived home, my husband greeted me. He had the biggest smile upon his Face I’d ever seen in our 55year marriage. We’d had a phone call from the lotteries commission. We have won first prize. I am still waiting to see exactly how much we’ve won. But isn’t that amazing? Funny thing is I can’t remember buying a lotto ticket!
March 16, 2021 at 4:39am
March 16, 2021 at 4:39am
PROMPT March 16th

What lesson do you remember most vividly from your childhood?

I had to really think about this one. Mostly I learned how to diffuse situations. I seemed to always be an intermediary between my parents. I learned that smiling seemed to work. It’s such a long time ago, but that’s what came to mind. It’s a bit sad really.
March 15, 2021 at 7:25am
March 15, 2021 at 7:25am
PROMPT March 15th

What’s your favorite board game or card game to play with friends?

I haven’t played a board game for years, except for the simple snakes and ladders and such like with the grandkids.
When I was a child though we’d play Monopoly for days! Fights would break out and tears would be shed. My brothers and I played to the death!
With my children I played Game of Life and Jumanji.
Card games. I used to know some really complex games but have forgotten them now. Except for Knockout Whist and Poker.
The grandchildren love to play UNO, Go Fish, and even the old game of Happy Families.
March 13, 2021 at 11:12pm
March 13, 2021 at 11:12pm
PROMPT March 14th

In your entry, make a list of your favorite words to say. Then describe why they are your favorites and include a pronunciation guide for your readers. Brownie points if you can use your words in a sentence.

Someone used a word in a story I’d never heard before. It was ‘peripatetic.’. I thought it was a bit pretentious, until I heard it again the same week in a television programme. It means constantly moving, itinerant.
I think a word I use a lot is ‘absolutely.’ I sometimes catch myself using it too much and try to reign myself in.
I like the word ‘mercurial.’ Not that I ever actually say it!
I don’t like using words that someone needs to ask the meaning of.
Autumnal is a lovely word. Probably because Autumn is my favourite season.
Using all these in a sentence might be tricky.
The man was peripatetic, he wandered the Autumnal woods, his mood was absolutely mercurial.
March 13, 2021 at 12:00am
March 13, 2021 at 12:00am
PROMPT March 13th

What traditional ethnic food dishes from your culture does your family still enjoy? Tell us about how the recipe was passed down and what modifications were made over the years.

Oh my goodness, after living in Australia for nearly fifty years I still hanker after English pub food.
Pork pies, faggots and chips, mushy peas and of course fish and chips.
I’ve adapted somewhat to the food of Australia. The heat drives me out of the kitchen. Barbecues are the thing here and salads. Although of course we still love our fish and chips.
For the first twenty years of living here after leaving “home” we had our Sunday roast dinner. It didn’t matter if it was 40 degrees centigrade, we ate a piece of roast meat. Lamb, Beef or pork it didn’t matter, served with roast potatoes and maybe a Yorkshire pudding. I don’t know when I stopped the tradition but I never cook a roast dinner now.
Suet puddings were the deserts of my childhood. They were either golden syrup or fruit. Both were served with hot custard. Or maybe we’d have rice pudding. Cooked for hours in a slow oven until the top had a burnt skin on top. I loved the skin and used to fight over it with my brothers.
The famous English Breakfast was a big part of our diet growing up. I still cook this for my husband but it doesn’t appeal to me so much anymore.
The vegetables of my childhood were great. My dad used to grow our own. Broad beans, straight from their furry pods served with bacon and new potatoes straight from the garden smothered with butter.
Oh my, this prompt has sent me back down the rabbit hole to childhood.

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