Unfaithful Partner – Final Straw


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The opening sentence for the January 29th Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:  

“The last time, everything fitted in three duffles, not going to work this time as he tried to push his personal belongings into the third bag.

It was never meant to end this way, she had been having an affair, leading to the final breakup of a shaky three-year relationship with what he thought was the love of his life.

He had been trying not to let his mind think about the feelings he had building up in him daily about his partner unfaithfulness.

But he had returned home a little earlier than he had intended too, there they were both in each others arms.

No hiding from anything now it was all out in the open, that dreaded feeling was back in the pit of his stomach that he had been fighting for some days now.

It wasn’t going to work, no way was he ever going to get all his gear in those duffle bags, what about his share of their relationship, he might as well just walk away and forget about everything, after all, he wouldn’t need anything where he was going.

One Day Quote Challenge


I’m happy to accept this One Day Quote Challenge by SpiritualJourney17.

I like quotes, when picking them I usually ask myself, “What will people respond to”?

Sometimes I’m right but not always.

I have picked three that I like and I hope you, my readers enjoy them also, I’m leaving a photo of the person and what they did in their life, as I find it has a lot to do with what they are quoting, and it was interesting learning about these names, which I know well. but not much about them.

1. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather it’s a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi Vince_Lombardi

Vince Lombardi posing as a member of the Green Bay Packers. 1960 – 1967

2. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –  Thomas Edison187px-Thomas_Edison2

Thomas Edison, Born February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931, I know him best for the electric light bulb.

3. There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit. – Robert Woodruff


Robert_Woodruff,_Born (December 6, 1889 – March 7, 1985) President of the Coca-Cola Company.

After searching and reading about these three men, I now understand what it was that brought these quotes from their mouths.

Anyway now to continue with what this article is all about, the rules and nominees for the “One Day Quote Challenge”.

The rules are simple:

  1.     In a post write one or three quotes
  2.     Challenge three different bloggers

My nominees are:

Sacrificial Chain Breaker

BeeHive Your Life

The Blessed Lady

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, there are so many quotes, it’s not easy that’s why I picked three.

Happy Days Writing.

Elsie – (kiwinana).

Food for Thought



Quote:  I’m married to the Marketing Pilgrim.

We have fascinating conversations about blogging over dinner and wine.

Is it healthy for our marriage, for me to have blog envy over my husband’s blog?

End of Quote!

Here’s my thoughts

If you are the only member in your household that is interested in the internet and spend all day and half the night sitting at your computer.

Do you think your wife, husband partner or whatever.

Is happy with their life living with a mate that is always on the internet?

It is true that all we can talk about is what we have done on the internet or with our blog and there’s not really any other topic of conversation for us to talk about, other than listening what our partner has done, and let’s admit it half the time we are not really listening.

Do you think that is a good recipe for a lasting partnership?

How do you overcome this?

Love you to comment.

Mother Teresa Quote


The Daily Post Prompt Today 27 January 2016

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?


Blessed Mother Teresa Statue in Saint Thomas Mount, India

Mother Teresa has many great quotes, everyone worldwide would agree with me she was a wonderful person that has made the world a better place to live in if we follow in her footsteps.

This is one of my favorite ones from Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997.

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well.

They must have worked for it.

I only feel angry when I see waste.

When I see people throwing away things that we could use.

Why does it move me?

My husband and I live well now, there were times when we had no money to buy food for our children, that is why I went work for 30 years in the rag trade, it took us fifty-five years to own our farm.

We had many heartaches and bad times in those years, dairy farming wasn’t easy bringing up five children and paying the mortgage every month, I will say it now.

“We deserved everything we have because we worked for it”.

The rest of this quote, about “being angry when I see waste”  there is far too much waste in the world, it must be stopped we cannot go on living and continue with this continued waste of food, clothes etc there are others that will use it.

“Save the World” don’t abuse it.

P.S. The photo at the top we don’t need a kingdom to live in, it may be nice. LOVE one another is the miracle that’s needed for happiness, without it, we have nothing.

No Blogging Yesterday – Time spent with GrandChildren


My post for “Write anything Wednesday”

This week has been a bit hectic, my two youngest grandchildren age 6 – 8 years old have stayed a couple of days, so my blog has been a bit idle.

What have I been doing in those two days?

Hills on Hagley's farm

We have a farm so there are lots of things that can keep children busy, always something to do. Went for a climb up the hill to the highest point at the top of this photo, they considered that a great accomplishment, as these hills are steeper than they look, you need to be quite fit to do this.

They enjoyed helping to shift an electric fence, so the weaner calves could have fresh grass to eat, that was the first time they had done that, for sure it will be part of their morning talk when they go back to school next week.

The funny thing about moving the fence the grass was long and still had the morning dew on it, they were holding the electric fence standards in the air above the grass and walking with the electric fence, but the grass was so long, they were lifting their little legs high in the air, as they tried to move, with their eyes looking at the top of the fence trying to make sure the dead electric wire fence didn’t fall off.

Had me laughing, those smiles still stay with me today when I think about it. Good for the old body

It is mid summer in New Zealand, so on went the swimming togs, they spend a very hot afternoon swimming in the river,  they saw an eel was quite excited about that.


The eight-year-old boy is a good cook. He makes scrambled eggs for their family, I asked him what he used, he told me all the ingredients, even to putting cornflour in it, that was a new one for me, when he went home, the last thing he said to me was, don’t forget my recipe for cooking scrambled eggs. Smiles!


Before they went home they when Blackberry picking, they had it all planned out what they were going to do with them, for a couple of young children they had many recipes they were going to cook, mainly blackberry crumble was one of their favourites by the sounds.

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings about the two days I enjoyed spending with my Grandchildren instead of sitting in front of my computer.

P.S. The photo at the top is not my grandchildren, they are good at taking photos, so this  PixaBay photo looked right for this blog, as I would rather not put my grandchildren photos on the internet.

What are your thought’s about putting your own young family members on the internet?

Please Comment.

Feel like a bit of Maths?


This is an unbelievable maths formula you will smile when you see the answer.

1.   Grab a calculator

2.   Key in the first three digits of your phone number (not the area code)

3.   Multiply by 80, press enter

4.   Add 1, press enter

5.   Multiply by 250, press enter

6.   Add the last 4 digits of your phone number, press enter

7.   Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again, press enter

8.   Subtract 250, press enter

9.   Divide the number by 2, press enter.

Do you recognize the answer?

This works in New Zealand, I would be interested to see it it does in other countries around the world.

Do you know another maths puzzle, that you can share with us, if so, please leave it in the comments.

Blogging 101 Liebster Award


I have been awarded “The Liebster Award” it is an award that is passed from blogger to blogger in order to help readers— just like you— find new and enticing blogs to follow!

I would like to thank the blogger who nominated me, Rafa Farihah.

I’m a writer have been for some time now, this is my first personal blog, it’s only a month old I started out by doing the “Blogging 101” assignments, which I’m so happy I did because I have met many new faces around the world.

Six Simple Rules of The Liebster Award

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

2. Answer 10 question that the blogger gives you.

3. Give 10 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 10 blogs with under 200 followers.

5. Notify the bloggers that you have nominated them.

6. Give them 10 questions to answer.

Rafa asked me the following questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to learn how to use the internet so I joined “Moneylegs.com” Network Development Club on the 21 October 2005.

It was owned by Doug Williams, 10 FREE Marketing Courses “Morphing Newbies to Success” which were geared towards building your basic marketing skills, and by attending conferences.

They had their own blogging site called “Blogestate” – Blogging & Winning – Which  was training you to write blogs, it is not on the Internet now.

I didn’t enjoy blogging, I set myself to write one blog every Sunday, it was so hard, but I made myself do it, by the third week I was finding it easier, so here I’m today with my own personal website.

2. What is your dream vacation destination?

I have already written a blog about my Dream Vacation.

3. If you were stranded on an island and could take any three things and people with you, what and who would they be?

My husband, water, camera. Why a camera, if we never survived, there would be photos that would show the finder of it, what we had seen and done.

4. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it?

No answer for this question, I hope I never have superpowers, I think that would ruin my happy family.

5. If a film adaption of a book comes out, do you read the book or see the movie first?

Read the book. Why? As we don’t go to the movies and my husband has control of the remote, I would never know anything about it if I didn’t read the book.

6. What song(s) are you listening to on repeat right now?

Not sure how I can answer that as I don’t know what repeat is, but I listen on the radio to all music, I love music it makes my world go around.

7. How many different countries have you visited?

Never left the North Island of New Zealand.

8. Name your favorite author, favorite musician/music group, favorite book, and favorite movie.

That’s easy, I don’t have any favorites, I enjoy any music etc

9. If you could meet any celebrity (dead or alive), who would it be?

If I could meet someone that’s not a celebrity, it would be my parents to change the way things ended, before they both passed away in the 1970s.

10. Are you part of any fandoms, and if so, which ones? (ex. Harry Potter, One Direction, Twilight, etc.)

No nothing sorry, sometimes I wish I was.

I found these questions quite hard, especially as I don’t go to the movies, I have been a country lass and enjoy nature, animals and the outdoors, the most time I spend indoors is writing at my computer and relaxing for bed by doing 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles

10 random facts about myself:

1. My zodiac sign is Virgo
2. I went to four different schools before going to Stratford High School in Taranaki.
3. I only drink tea with my food, other times water.
4. Have twelve great grandchildren
5. I treat all member of my family the same, I have no specials.
6. My husband and I are semi-retiring this year from the farm and going to live in town, both in our late seventies.
7. I have lived in Taranaki NZ for seventy years.
8. I enjoy gardening.
9. Love working with farm animals.
10. My favorite genre of music is pop.

I would like to nominate the following blogs (in no particular order):

Greek Girl Brunch

The Blessed Lady

Health Wellbeing Blog

Sussing out Shakespeare

Spiritual Journey17

Home Stead Down Under

Sacrificial Chain Breaker

BeeHive Your Life

45 Rage Street

Rainbow Hill MeAnders

This was kind of hard because some of you don’t have the number of followers on your blogs so I really don’t know if it is under 200 or not.

Here are my 10 questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. Is this your first blog or have you had others?

3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

4. What inspires you?

5. Is there a specific thing you like to blog about?

6. Who is your favorite TV/movie series character?

7. What are your favorite foods to snack on?

8. Are you a coffee or tea person?

9.  What do you do in your free time?

10. What is your dream vacation destination?

I apologize if you’ve previously been nominated or have already done a Liebster post as I was looking for bloggers to nominate there are many of my friends with this awards.

Happy writing!

My Favorite Person

Newborn Baby

Image courtesy of patrisyu at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The DailyPost Prompt – 23 January 2016

What’s the most time you’ve ever spent apart from your favorite person? Tell us about it.

My Favorite person is my husband of fifty-six years

The longest time we have been apart was when I had my five children in the 1960s.

Two daughters and three sons. Below are the month and year that I have been separated from my favorite person – my husband.

July 1961 Two weeks

December 1963 Two weeks

December 1964 Two weeks

August 1967 Two weeks

April 1969 Two weeks

That’s ten weeks of our marriage I never slept with him, that’s pretty good for fifty-six years of marriage.

He never spent much time in the maturity home with me after our first one was born, he was a farmer, looked after the babies himself while I was giving birth to our children.

In those days we were never allowed out of the hospital after having a baby very early I think that was a good thing I had time to bond with the baby before I when home to milk cows and look after my babies.


My husband, John was a wonderful father, you can see by this photo how proud he was of his two daughters.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you so much, Georgie Moon for nominating me for the versatile blogger award!

I have only had my blog for three weeks, never been nominated for anything ever in my life, and to be recognized by another blogger is just a great feeling.

It makes all the effort I’ve put into my new blog worthwhile.

I would now like to nominate some blogs that I have chosen to receive this award.  I have chosen them from “Blogging 101” new entrants, based on their content, their versatility, and the effort they have made…

I was looking for new bloggers taking the “Blogging 101” assignment, that were starting their first new blog, but that was like looking for a needle-in-the-haystack, so he goes ten of the blogs I viewed and found them very aspiring.

My Nominees:




Rafa Farihah

Amy Montallana

Jen Todd

Kathryn Grace

Heather McLean

Brayden Boerchers

William Burke Fletcher, Jr

The rules are simple:

Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
Nominate at least 10 bloggers of your choice.

When considering a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, keep in mind the quality of their writing, the uniqueness of their subject matter and the level of love displayed on the virtual page.
Link your nominees and let them know about their nomination.
Share seven facts about yourself.

7 Facts about me:

I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.

Farmers wife – 56 years.

Work thirty years in the RagTrade as a sewer, cutter and pattern grader.

Enjoy writing and making friends all around the world

Don’t own a cell phone, haven’t a clue how to text.

So glad I did the Blogging 101 assignments.

I have learnt so much, thanks to all my new found friends and followers, special thanks to all here who have made WordPress a wonderful blogging tool.

Here’s to the future of writing a book. Cheers!