Category: Pleasure

  • Time and Tide Wait for No One

    Time and tide bring to mind the story of King Canute commanding the tide to be still. But tide is also an Old English word, meaning a period of time, such as Yuletide, (good) tidings and (woe) betide for example. By now you know that my definition of wealth includes time and health as well…

  • I Got My Voice Back!

    You may or may not know that when I had the stroke last year, my inner dialogue went missing. For a while I really missed it. But I got used to it. I consoled myself with the knowledge that people meditate for decades to achieve a quiet mind. And I got one overnight. And now,…

  • Some Things to Live By

    After another few weeks in lockdown, I’ve been thinking about “things”. Both the physical some things and the mental some things we accumulate as the days go by. This time has has seen us both tidy up and slob out. Sometimes at the same time. It’s a little bit funny how easy it is to…

  • The Joy of Freshly Mown Lawn

    In a rare break of sunshine, we did a little yard work. A bit of pruning, and weeding, and lawn mowing. It’s amazing how much better the garden looks with a freshly mown lawn. And how much calmer you feel looking out over it. It must shake up the lawn dwelling creatures as well –…

  • The Day Seems Bleak

    We’ve had FIVE covid related lockdowns. Full of long, bleak days. So many that even I, an introvert who works from home, has about had enough. I find myself staring slack jawed out of the window, idly watching the turtledoves scramble around the deck looking for any seed the parrots might have missed. Now and…

  • The Time Flew By

    Have you ever lost yourself in some kind of activity and wondered where the time went? You say, “oh my gosh, the time flew by, I have no idea where it went!” Toseland recently created an emoji to represent himself. It’s an old man. I suggested that he wasn’t that old, and he should consider…

  • Liquidambar Leaves Falling

    This time of year, liquidambar leaves are falling, though I only just noticed them. I mentioned before, that we take Clever Girl to the local park every day. With the recent lockdown over, the streets are starting to get back to normal, seeing more cars, and dogs and people. It’s still mostly peaceful though the…

  • NBN Outages

    Over the last few days we’ve seen been severe storms and power outages across Vicoria. Some people have been warned not to expect the power back on until June 17th. There’s been trees down and widespread flooding. And if that’s not bad enough, we’ve been warned the storms are doubling back on themselves. We’ve been…

  • Silent Walk in the Park

    We take Clever Girl to the park every day. We get up early, because she’s still young and active – if I want a quiet day to get things done, it’s what I have to do. Usually we see cars and people. But more recently, it’s been a silent walk in the park. Only the…

  • The Nature of Pleasure

    I recently read an article that suggested stoke survivors have a decreased ability to experience pleasure. As do those with depression, traumatic injuries, and chronic stress. So it made me wonder about the nature of pleasure. The Cambridge Dictionary, is next to no help on pleasure; it’s 1. enjoyment, happiness, or satisfaction, or something that…

  • The Miracle of Rain

    The miracle of rain is that it happens at all – drinking water just falls from the sky. It supports all life on this planet, and literally falls fall from the sky! That’s amazing. Yeah, I know it’s all down to evaporation and condensation, but even that’s pretty incredible. (sorry to get all sciency) The…

  • I’m not feeling well…

    Taking some time away as I’m not feeling well. Back when I feel better. This photo of me and Clever Girl by DB. For more Haiku, click here.

  • Puppy has Sharp Teeth

    It’s hardly groundbreaking news for anyone who owns a puppy (or is owned by one), but they have sharp teeth. They chew rocks, and twigs, and the skulls of things they dig up in the garden. Their beds and blankets. Empty packets and bottles they find in the recycling bin. And those sharp teeth work…

  • I’m Losing My Mind (I think)

    I think as well as rats (of the flying and furry kind) we are infested with mischievous pixies. Either that or I’m losing my mind. I can never find a pair of glasses when I need one, and I have about eight pairs of readers for just such an emergency. And I would swear that…

  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

    Something I’ve learned since becoming a dog owner again is that it’s best to let sleeping dogs lie. When they’re sleeping they are quiet. They’re not tearing around with the last roll of toilet paper or teething that squeaky toy like a demon. Or getting under your feet when you’re tidying or playing tug of…

  • 5 Things I Learned From My New Dog

    Clever Girl; photo by me. This morning. In between dashes across the deck. We recently got a new dog, and boy it’s been exhausting. Lily died at 16. And I’d forgotten what she was like during the first few months. And the amount of dog poo a single pet can produce. But, as well as…

  • When the Sun Comes Out

    Last week was a bit cloudy and miserable, and I was struck by how beautiful the garden was when the sun comes out. Raindrops glistening and all that. When it’s cloudy, everything seems that little bit more dour, and when the sun comes out less so. There’s something about sunshine that makes everything seem just…

  • Taking Pleasure Where You Find it

    Taking pleasure is largely a matter of choice. Sometimes the things that bring you pleasure are the things you have to work for. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, pleasure is enjoyment, happiness, or satisfaction, or something that gives this [feeling]. This week, we’ve been taking pleasure as we’ve prepared to welcome a new dog into…

  • Stop and Smell the Roses

    [et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”4.16″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content” sticky_enabled=”0″] Stop and smell the roses, 27 January 2021. Photo by me! In September last year, I wrote about tiny little things. How spending the smallest of increments of time on…

  • Time Passes Slowly

    I’d like to say my vacation time passes slowly, and I really enjoyed my break, but that would be a lie. I’d also like to say I’ve got grand plans for 2021, but I didn’t really make time to work them out yet. Except for the barest minimum. So that would be a lie as…

  • Happy Holidays 2020!

    Well. Let’s be honest. The only happy thing about holidays in 2020, is that the year is nearly over. Vaccines are coming out, people are heading back to work, and things are returning to normal. Hopefully we can bring the good from 2020, and forget the rest. Have a safe and happy festive season. I’ll…

  • Welcome Back!

    Welcome, welcome back! It’s been ages since I wrote. I didn’t mean to leave such a long gap between posts, but I was quite sick (not Covid thank goodness). But the thing about a long break, in conjunction with about about a million years of lockdown, is that it leaves you with a reeeaaaaallllllyyyyyy long…

  • The Tiny Pretty Things

    When you think about it, life is all about the tiny things. The tiny pretty things. Especially when there doesn’t seem to be much that’s positive going, say round about now. It seems everyone has an opinion about how dire the situation is, yet no one’s willing to put forward any suggestions about how to…

  • “My” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is out!

    [et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”4.16″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content” custom_padding=”29px|||||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ custom_padding=”|||” global_colors_info=”{}” custom_padding__hover=”|||” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content” sticky_enabled=”0″] Just a quick note to let you know my story is in the September/October Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, available from August 21, 2020. As they describe it: The Perfume…

  • Beauty Excites Emotion

    Okay, so we all know that the last few months have been hard, emotionally draining, and not very beautiful. Especially here in Australia, what with it being winter and all. Some days, I look out the window at the cold grey skies, and wonder where all the beauty went. Though beauty is as beauty does.…

  • Melody for Marbles

    In a recent blog post, Dean Wesley Smith mentioned driving from Lincoln City, Oregon to Las Vegas, Nevada with a car full of marbles. Carefully packed to not “bang together.” I looked it up. It’s a little over 1,000 miles (1,610 km). And according to Google Maps, the quickest drive is 16 hours. Not that…

  • We’re Busy Doing Nothing

    Many of my friends are marooned at home, busy doing nothing. For them the world has ended, but for me nothing much has changed. I’m busy writing and publishing short stories. And submitting them to magazines (my Ellery Queen story will be out in a week or so). Researching and writing another non-fiction book. Planning…

  • Times Are Tough and Getting Tougher

    June has been another tough month under Covid restrictions has passed, even though they’re easing a bit. Even homebodies like me are starting to chafe at not being able to get out and about much anymore. On the one hand, people want to get back to normal. On the other, most recognise that under present…

  • Henchmen

    Who knew there was a reason henchmen (aka henchers) are called henchmen?

  • The Joy of Being

    It seems to me there’s a lot of sh*t going on right now. We’re busy worrying about disease, job security, and how to make sure we don’t run out of what we see as necessary paper products. But what we’re forgetting, is that the only reason we can worry about those things, is that we…

  • The Pleasure of Getting Things Done

    Despite the hope of getting things done, we’re often better at starting than finishing them. Yet by definition, getting things done is all about the finish. Finish: A1. to complete something or come to the end of an activityB1. to eat, drink, or use something completely so that none remains Cambridge Dictionary And there’s the…

  • Stress Free Virtual Dinner Party

    It’s hard to stay connected in lock-down. You can’t meet in person, but you can get online and host a Virtual Dinner Party. No, it’s not the same, but it’s better than nothing. And as the important thing is to be together, and because most communications suppliers (e.g. Zoom or Skype) limit free plans to…

  • It’s Weather for Ducks

    I’m not sure why people compain about rain they call it nasty – weather for ducks! (Though I’m not exactly sure why it’s only weather for ducks, and not swans or ibis.) And when it rains, people run for cover, so they don’t get wet – like cats! But it’s just water, and something about…