Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Words for Wednesday 5/1/2022




This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts, and mixing and matching is encouraged.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

The prompts will be here this month and are provided by Hilary Melton-Butcher. 

This week's prompts are:

  1. Tangled.
  2. Cream.   
  3. Gloom.  
  4. Movement.  
  5. Visionary.    
  6. Bounds.

And/or

  1. Vista                                              
  2. Carrot                                           
  3. Lyric                                               
  4. Boater                                            
  5. Dandelion                                     
  6. Gorgonzola                                  

 

Have fun.
 
 

112 comments:

  1. ‘Oh what a tangled web’... With no intent to deceive I don’t think I am alone in feeling that there are several people crammed into my head. Several very different people.
    The lyrics to my current earworm runs independently of all conscious thought.
    Come Mister tally man, tally me banana
    (Daylight come and we want go home)
    Come Mister tally man, tally me banana
    (Daylight come and we want go home)
    Speaking of bananas a practical me is considering what to put on the grocery list and what to cook. He likes carrots. I like gorgonzola. There is some cream which should be used up too. Can a meal which satisfies both of us be created from such an unlikely combination? Probably not. The gardening me knows there is a lot of work to do. And the reluctant and failed domestic goddess has work to do too.
    Another persona is drowning in gloom at the political landscape. Practical or not I would love to see a visionary politician, one whose vistas are broader than their re-election prospects and the state of the economy. The economic state is of course dire (because of their opponents action/inaction ) or booming because their hand is at the helm. I would like to see a much bigger focus on social justice and restoration/preservation of the environment.
    I blow those thoughts away – knowing that like a dandelion clock the seeds will surface again later. I can do nothing with them until the next election. And probably not then. Dammit.
    Out of the corner of my mind’s eye I can see movement from another unlikely player. She is elegant, languid and stylishly dressed in a straw boater. Where did she come from? And where does she think she/we are going…
    I am going to ignore them all and curl up with a book. Which causes another conundrum. Which book?

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    1. I love your thoughts. And I sang along with the Tally me Banana song! Carrots, cream and Gorgonzola - mashed carrots with a bite to them! :) Maybe a add a potato to make it nice and smooth! :)

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    2. This is so true to life it's scary!

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    3. Rain: I like my carrots raw, but grated that could work. Thank you.

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    4. A visionary politician. Wouldn't that be wondrous?

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    5. Oh, my goodness what fun this was your play on words and coming from the reluctant and failed domestic goddess I believe you said, what a joy, no hilariously funny piece you artfully crafted to make my day so much brighter. Outstanding job.

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    6. I love the contents of your head EC, I could raise you one particularly today. Woke up a grouch stayed a grouch. Carrot soup with ginger and gorgonzola sprinkled lavishly on top. I could go for that.

      XO
      WWW

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    7. Which book?! Ah, wait a minute ... ;-)
      Anyway, here's to wish all your people a splendid 2022.

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    8. I like your use of the words very much. A visionary politician? Aren't they all visionary with promise after promise? Until they are elected and then they become someone else.

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    9. I think you took a look inside my head as well. I like your writing and with you hope for wiser politicians.

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    10. Love your playfulness with words and the banana lyrics -- very fun, EC. Great job, as always.

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    11. Well done! (And now I have that song stuck in my head.) The dilemma of 'which book' is a tough one, but one of my favourites to solve: If you can't decide, read both!
      :-)

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    12. So many dilemmas. The book one is excellent to distract from others that may have no solution.

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    13. Hi EC – what a brilliant take – this phrase/paragraph:

      “Practical or not I would love to see a visionary politician, one whose vistas are broader than their re-election prospects and the state of the economy. …. etc”

      Great to have remembrances of a dandelion clock – I well remember those days as a child of wanting to hear Mr Wolf telling the time without being caught …

      Excellent you were able to ignore other distractions – you've made me realise what my mind does all the time … I just need to settle with a book … plenty of choices here … but I'm happy to twin with you re our minds a-joining in disractive thoughts …

      Thanks for putting these up … I await to see what happens to next week's … cheers and a happy week ahead … Hilary

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  2. Munching on a carrot, I tossed the dandelion into the lake. You see, this was an enchanted dandelion that I purchased from the Acme corporation. The vista was gorgeous...except for one boater out there, a duck who is usually the subject of my mockery. Reading the instructions, I was supposed to say the following lyric:
    "Into the water goes my flower,
    on the waves, let it a' 'rolla,
    As Daffy sniffs the air,
    May he only smell Gorgonzola."
    - From the Bugs Bunny Archives

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    1. Rain: I love this - and am giggling. I hope that ditty works (but know it won't). Poor Bugs.

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    2. I too would love an enchanted dandelion. Nicely done!

      XO
      WWW

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    3. I wonder what would have happened, had you munched the dandelion and tossed the carrot into the lake.

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    4. ACME corporation is not known for its ablilty to deliver - at least according to Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote. Thanks for the huge smile.

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    5. Great fun Rain - love it ... we need more Bugs Bunny Archives ... congratulations - thank you ... Hilary

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  3. Ah EC, I love how you tell your story. You kept me interested to the end. I remember that catchy song from Harry Belafonte.

    There is so much that is out of our control.
    I hope that you pick an uplifting book.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  4. Oh Brilliant - love these two - I'm amazed at how you've adapted ... thank you ... I'd better get weaving my own story ... thanks EC and Rain ... cheers Hilary

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  5. Hi EC - thanks for posting the first set ...

    She was a visionary … he kept within the bounds – but yet their movement in the gloom would eventually entangle them … their's would be the cream team living happily ever after.

    Happy New Year – cheers to one and all … Hilary

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    1. Very romantic Hilary! ♥

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    2. You are such an optimist, Hilary!

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    3. Nice. Dots and a dash. I've got to try that.

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    4. Each fills the gaps for the other, always a good way to do it.

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    5. Thanks everyone ... so grateful to see so many here and commenting with my words - cheers Hilary

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  6. Sam pushed his BOATER up from his sweaty forehead. My god, it was hot. Was this what a vacation should be like? The CARROT Sybil had held out, if only he would join her in this tropical sweatbox, was that he would be able watch birds nonstop from dawn till dusk. She prattled on about it so much, it became like the LYRICS of a song. Oh to be back home where it would be cool, with DANDELIONS instead of bougainvilleas. There was little MOVEMENT anywhere as the birds took cover deep in the GLOOM of TANGLED vines with thorns big enough to impale an elephant. The sun CREAM on Sybil’s opulent and overflowing body, crammed injudiciously into a bikini that might have fit when she was twenty, was caked and cracked and resembled ripe GORGONZOLA cheese. “Ah Sybil,” he thought, “Are there no BOUNDS to your madness?” He gazed out to what should have been an ocean VISTA; it was in fact a merciless heat-shimmered haze. Sybil congratulated herself on being such a VISIONARY in planning this folly. In reality her brain was addled from other bouts in the sun, and never again, Sam vowed, would she inflict such misery on him. Maybe not even on anyone…………

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: Oooh. Murder? Probably no more than she deserves (which is my heat hating persona speaking).

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    2. Oooh the plot thickens....

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    3. Ah me, I feel sorry for both of them so entangled and so unhappy, well done.

      XO
      WWW

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    4. Reminds me of Roald Dahl. And Roald Dahl was really good.

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    5. Just URHG. The pictures, you paint ...

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    6. Oh, dear. Maybe he's just going to keep her out there until she succumbs to sunstroke...

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    7. Hi David -what fun … oh I remember those hot sweaty days from my times in SA – but the thought of being enclosed in a small bird-hide with an over-creamed lady is yugh! Who has a skin looking like gorgonzola pits … appalling – while Sam needs to keep control of his thoughts … unless he's writing a series of stories …
      Perhaps you've given us some ideas for a book or two … cheers – fun, horror story coming up … cheers Hilary

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  7. That's a great assortment! If my brain wasn't out to lunch, I could come up with something.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I do hope your brain returns from its luncheon date - and that it invited you along.

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  9. Got all the way through then realized I'd left a word out.

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    1. I hope you will repost it. Using all the words is NOT compulsory.

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  10. Here's mine. Great words EC. I enjoyed using all the words. And laughed myself silly after a pitiful day.
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    Gorgonzola the cat was a tangled extravagant mix of Persian blue and white which he kept groomed to a fault and his assertive demands for expensive cat food along with a side dish of cream knew no bounds. He would starve rather than eat the swill his companion dog, Carrot, hoovered up.

    The bay window was his throne. He fancied himself a visionary. And suffered his human companions barely, with Carrot slightly elevated above them.

    One had to chat to someone after all and the slaves spoke unintelligible gibberish.

    “The boaters are out and about on the lake,” said Carrot, jumping up beside him.

    “So are the dandelions,” sniffed Gorgonzola. “Our slaves can’t even manage a lawn mower properly.”

    “Enough of the doom and gloom,” said Carrot cheerily, “Let’s enjoy the vista.”

    Gorgonzola caught a movement out of the corner of his eye. “Oh dammit, here come our slaves," he hissed, “Humming that awful lyric they made up about us being such good boys.”

    Carrot snorted. “Time for you to go hairball the couch. I’ll take care of her shoes.”
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    XO
    WWW

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    1. Great job. Gave me a good chuckle.

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    2. Wisewebwoman: Perhaps I should rename Jazz Gorgonzola. Big, big smiles - and thank you.

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    3. Ha ha ha. Glorious. And if it were for but the last two sentences.
      Still smiling here.

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    4. Hi WWW - this was a wonderful read ... thanks for using the words so effectively and making us laugh. I'll have difficulty now thinking about cats and dogs ... cheers Hilary

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  11. Ah! This tangled skein of controversy and Babylonian confusion. While chasing the carrot dangling in front of their noses, almost no one seems to know the metes and bounds.
    So let's put up our boater hat and open up new vistas to end the gloom. Time for explicit lyrics! Visionary politicians should consult a doctor! Eat dandelion-gorgonzola cream! And ... ah! ... feel that liberating air movement representing what all those who deem themselves second to none in history are – but a fart in the wind.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Sean Jeating: Big smiles - particularly at the description of those who consider themselves second to none.

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    2. I will have to check with my local deli, where they have products from every corner of the world, for dandelion-gorgonzola cream. I'll tell them Sean sent me!

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    3. Not sure about "metes" ? But I love the idea of dandelion-gorgonzola. Love that cheese and spring dandelion salad.

      XO
      WWW

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    4. Uffda, this is a true new years prose!

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    5. Sue: Glad I could make you smile.

      David: I shall give it a try in spring, myself.

      @ WWW: As for metes (and bounds) I think Lady Wiki does explain better than my suboptimal English could here

      Charlotte: And I hardly get started.

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    6. Hi Sean - thanks for your inspiring take on my first set of words this year ... fun - gorgonzola is strong ... dandelion wine might help ... I've had Spring Nettle Salad, and soup ... the cheese is fine, not so keen on the others ... cheers Hilary

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  12. Lady Alicia considered herself to be a visionary, someone who was willing to head a movement of some sort. She had lived a life without bounds, becoming tangled in one affair after another. Forget about the gloom of responsibility. Lady Alicia saw a great future in this venture. As she smeared Mummy’s face cream all around her face, Alicia decided to do the mirror as well. Visionaries always go full bore. And then she could take her nap.

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    1. Susan Kane: It some ways Lady Alicia hasn't grown up has she? Mind you, naps are good.

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    2. I am already a fan of Lady Alicia.

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    3. Smearing a mirror, who'd have thunk it? Love this!

      XO
      WWW

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    4. Keeping the child alive inside you migth be the secret to becoming a visionary.

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    5. She's the child i love to babysit, but wouldn't necessarily want to have to monitor at home!

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    6. Fun to read Susan - thanks for joining in - cheers Hilary

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  13. Getting busy, and i'll be back to read, probably tomorrow after work.

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    1. It's late here, and i have work early, so i'll be reading tomorrow. Meanwhile, my post will be over here.

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    2. messymimi: I know that you always do come back to read and comment on other people's contribution which is most appreciated. I am looking forward to your take.

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  14. This is an interesting mix of words, I'm going to have to find out more about gorgonzola, I know it's a cheese, but what kind? Off to google.

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    1. River: A soft blue cheese (which I am sure that Google has told you).

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    2. Hi River and EC - I think I might get some this week ... as a treat for Thursday - and you know what. Cheers Hilary

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  15. I need to find more about gorgonzola! This mix of words is awesome. Happy New Year 2022. Have an amazing year ahead!
    Rampdiary | Fineartandyou | Beautyandfashionfreaks 

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    1. Jyoti: You have a great year too, but please don't use my blog to advertise your businesses. I will delete future comments that do.

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  16. After reading the wonderfully imaginative offerings above me, I fear mine might fall short of even my own expectations.

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    1. River: You are too hard on yourself. As usual.

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  17. Nothing is jumping out at me no matter how long I stare at them. I'll come back and try later.

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    1. Mike: Sometimes the prompts don't gel for us - though I do hope that Captain Succinct can ride again.

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  18. What a fascinating collection of words. I'm going to try my hand at it tomorrow.

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    1. Kalpana: I look forward to seeing where these prompts take you.

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  19. Through the tangled web of social media, I met a visionary who knew no bounds, especially when it came to creative cooking. She taught me how to make a delightful concoction called Pond Pudding. It required cream and some subtle movement of the wrist while balancing on a chair. The pudding was so worth the danger.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I am so grateful to courageous people - in the culinary arts too.

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    2. Culinary greatness doesn't come easily.

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    3. Hmmm. I'd have to know a bit more about that Pond Pudding before I gave it a go:)

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    4. Hi Lee - I seem to recognise a few hints here ... so glad that made an impression on you. Still does with me ... cheers Hilary

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    5. Clearly, Pond Pudding has made its way into my family's folklore. Thanks you you, Hilary.

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  20. I have only used the first 6 words for a continuation of my story of Susan in Iceland. It will appear in a short while on my blog.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): I really, really look forward to reading it.

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  22. Take Two again. I'll get there, or not.

    It was a Hell's Kitchen nightmare for this boater. The vista stunk. I mean, it literally stunk. Waters surrounding me were polluted by what looked to be chunks of extra moldy gorgonzola. Yuck.

    From a distant carrot colored land mass, Chef Ramsey berated me "You have no business in that boat on the ocean in the same world as my kitchen, you *bleep*! You couldn't even make a dandelion look good!"

    Ramsey had a point, as much as anyone could have a point in such an odd dream.

    I awoke to the lyrics of Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train.

    While I tapped "Snooze," I hoped for a more grounded do-over.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Smiling - while shuddering at the thought of what the master of expletives could/would do with a sea of mouldy gorgonzola. And how much he would charge for it.

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    2. Wow this sounds like a really bad nightmare.

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    3. There's no explaining the weirdness in some dreams.

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    4. Haha. True, true, true.
      Thank you for reading and commenting, EC, Charlotte, and messymimi.

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    5. This was fun, Rawknrobyn:)

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    6. Hi Robyn – just the start of your take on my prompt words made me sit up and ensure I read on … what a fun take – brilliant … thanks for joining in. Now I'll always see Ramsay surrounded by Gorgonzola … cheers Hilary

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  23. Just dropping by to wish you all the very best things for 2022, Sue! You've earned wonderful things swooping your way!

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    1. Jemi Fraser: Thank you so much. Here's hoping - and I hope your year is productive and delightful.

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  24. Thanks for the visit. Always appreciated. Tangled, sure calls out to me. I grabbed two huge balls of yarn at the last minute to pack for our latest getaway and OMG.....tangled and then some. Got one untangled enough to actually start a project, but I fear I may have to work it as I go...not something I like to do; but it's yarn I've had for ages and the day before we were scheduled to leave I found out someone is due to deliver a baby today...........so no real time to a proper look see at my stash.

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    1. Sandy: Thank you for joining us. My mind is still wrestling with the idea of untangling wall as you work with it. Good luck.

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    2. Hi Sandy - I'm not sure if you're going to make a cat's cradle for the new baby ... but thanks for joining in - cheers Hilary

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  25. Such lovely prompts--I'm going to check if I can come up with something!

    All the best for the new year, Sue, and thanks for all you do for the blogging and writing community.

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    1. Damyanti Biswas: Thank you so much. I would love to see where Hilary's prompts take you. The blogging community does more for me than I do for it.

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    2. Hi Damyanti - it'll be great if you are able to come up with something ... cheers Hilary

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