Aug 17, 2014

Sunday Selections #185

It's time for Sunday Selections!
Sunday Selections is a weekly meme hosted by River at Drifting Through Life. 

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to River somewhere in your post
3. leave a comment on River's post and visit some of the others who have posted and commented

I've been absent from Sunday Selections a bit of late, not through design but because Sundays have been fairly busy and by the time the evening rolls round I have thought 'ah well, next week' and trundled off to bed.  Tonight I am just making it, at twenty minutes to midnight.

This week it's another collection of 'slice of life' photos:

For my August resolution I resolved to be a bit more productive by curtailing time spent on my phone. One of the things I wanted to do with that time was clean out the linen cupboard.

Well mark that as done, y'all.

It went from this:

To this:

I can't work miracles. With only two shelves and that huge wasted space at the bottom for our old non-working ducted vacuum, it is never going to be amazing. But at least now I can open the door without a towel or two falling on my head, and I got rid of three garbage bags worth of donate-able and make-into-rags-able old sheets and towels.

I also cooked a bang-up meal yesterday: coq au vin!
Well, kind of coq au vin. I didn't have bacon so chopped up some ham instead; I didn't have mushrooms; I didn't have cognac; and I didn't have red wine so used white instead.

But still: bloody delicious!

Here is it simmering away:

And here's the finished pot:

A rather more prosaic mid-week meal:

Paving. Somewhere. Just because.

The dog has outgrown his tiny dog bed, so I splashed out on a new one for him. He loved it immediately.

Unfortunately so does the cat:

This from the cat who refuses to sleep in a cat bed provided for her.  Poor Harry gets a bit flustered when she parks herself here and only gets brave enough to bark at her when I come over to move her out. I might have to buy another one of these I think. 

Cartoon in today's paper (The Age), about the government's humanitarian aid to the displaced people on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Sadly spot on.

More from the paper. I enjoy this word challenge, but today I can only see one word here, can you?

How was your week?


  1. I can see lots of words but I'm not sure how the puzzle works...does every word need a 'u' in it?

    1. utterance, cruentate, true, rune, tune, curt, cruet, turn, cure, cutter, runt, utter.....I looked this type of puzzle up on line and am I right in saying you need 49 words all containing U???? yikes.

    2. Every word needs a U in it, no proper nouns or plurals, and at least one 9-letter word. Target for this one was 15 words. You did well! I didn't get a couple of your words.

  2. Welcome back. Love your week - and admire your linen cupboard. How do they get so shambolic? So quickly.
    I hadn't seen that cartoon - but it is sadly accurate. Though I gather we are going to be offering visas to some christians displaced in iraq. With the money saved because the boats have been stopped. Oh dear.

  3. The coq au vin looks very nice.

    Yes, only one word leapt out at me from the newspaper.

  4. Jackie almost all works perfectly. I admire you.

  5. Centaur.

    How are you going with your course?

    1. Ugh - don't remind me... Tackling some study today though.

  6. I love those word challenges!
    utterance; utter; true; rune; cure; curette; aunt; taunt; tureen; runt; truce; centaur; cute; turn; truant
    why are you keeping a non working vacuum system? ? Box it up and store it in the garage, get yourself more space in there.

    1. Very good! I didn't get tureen, that's a new word for me too.
      I know you're right about the vacuum - I don't even want it, I prefer a regular vacuum cleaner (well actually I hate them both), and I should box it up and stick it in the garage. Not quite sure why I've been reluctant to do this, maybe because everything that goes to the garage winds up getting junked, and I'm not quite game to chuck it out. But yes, you're right.



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