Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Evolution and Heavenly accommodation


Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies followed by some funnies from Sally. Thanks to those who share the funnies on the internet.

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

My thanks to Debby for excellent foraging

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US And: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s latest Travel Column: St. Thomas

Now for some funnies from Sally….

Dog shows-

Miss Smythe was miffed… Her pet a Chihuahua was consistently second in dog shows throughout the country…

One day she decided to investigate by asking the judges why this was happening. It was explained to her that the true Chihuahua breed had smooth coats and her dog, despite being perfect in every other way, had a shaggy coat.

Miss Smythe decided to take action and popped into a local pharmacist to buy some hair remover.

The chemist handed her the latest product. ‘When you slap this on, it’s best to keep your arms up for two or three minutes,’ he said.

‘Oh it’s not for my underarms, it’s for my Chihuahua,’ she explained.

‘In that case,’ said the chemist, ‘don’t ride a bike for 30 minutes.’

Mistaken Identity

The parish priest was a welcome visitor for short-sighted Mrs. Evans and after he had left one day she commented to her daughter how kind he was.

‘But that wasn’t the priest mum that was the doctor.’

‘Oh was it?’ Mrs Evans exclaimed with relief, ‘I thought Father O’Malley was getting a bit familiar!’

Popes and Lawyers.

The Pope dies and arrives at the Pearly Gates on the same cloud as a lawyer.

They are both ushered in and St. Peter assigns the lawyer to a mansion with a golf course while the Pope is confined to a single room with a radio.

Even the lawyer is surprised. ‘How come?’ he asked.

St. Peter replied: ‘We have near on 100 popes, but you are the first lawyer.’

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face.. Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round up 9th- 15th May 2022 – Ella Fitzgerald, St. Thomas, Magnesium, Short Stories, Podcast, Health, Travel, Books, Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord that you might have missed this week.

I hope you are doing well in your neck of the woods. In this one we have had some glorious weather this last week and I have taken advantage of the garden. Decorating is going well with the dining room now pearl grey and white woodwork.. Awaiting the floor to be sanded and I am off to buy new curtains during the week.

The young plants I potted a couple of weeks ago are beginning to flower and it is a bit of mystery as to the colours as I bought variety packs and in a week or two I will share the results.

On the blog front

I am delighted that I Wish I Knew Then series is being enjoyed and there are several more scheduled for the coming weeks and so grateful to those who are participating and sharing their stories. This week Jacquie Biggar, Rebecca Budd, Denise Finn and Jacqui Murray share their thoughts on the prompt.

As always I will be putting on a Summer Book Fair featuring all the authors that I have personally recommended who are on the Smorgasbord Bookshelf. In the first posts beginning in June, I will be sharing books that are the first in a series to encourage readers to start at the beginning and hopefully then read the following books. I will then continue with authors with stand alone novels, non-fiction, memoirs etc.  Look out for that from June 6th through to September.

As always I must thank these three amazing contributors as the blog would not be the same without them.

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the second part of the hits from 1994 and for the last part of the series on Friday featuring Ella Fitzgerald. – On Friday William begins a new series about the legendary Aretha Franklin. You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies took us to St. Thomas this week on the Travel Column… and on her own blog shares her thoughts on being back in Toronto after her Mexican winter break and adjusting to the solitude again, weather and how grief plays its role in her perspective on life and the future. How Am I Doing?  Head over to her blog to catch up on her posts including her Sunday Book Review D.G. Writes

Carol Taylor shared some amazing recipes this week to ensure we are getting sufficient Magnesium in our diet… on her own blog she reminds us about animals waking up after hibernation in our gardens and in particular what to and not to feed hedgehogs in her Monday Musings,

In her ‘My Kitchen Post, she shares some store cupboard basics, in her Food Review what constitutes ‘processed food’ and in Saturday Snippets her prompt is Glass.

Head over to catch up on Carol’s posts this week: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 8th -14th May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “” and Saturday Snippets where “Glass” is my prompt.

Thanks to you for all the support, likes, comments and shares during the week and now on with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1994 Part Two – Celine Dion, Prince, Wet Wet Wet, Corona

William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Ella Fitzgerald Part Five – Live Performances

The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – #Caribbean Welcome to St. Thomas #Virgin Islands

Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Magnesium – Coleslaw, Pumpkin Seeds, Tom Yum Soup, Morning Glory

#Olive Oil…keeps your body moving by Sally Cronin

Butterfly #Cinquain – Blossom by Sally Cronin

Chapter Eight – The Steak House by Sally Cronin

Chapter Nine – Pub Landlady and Skinhead invasions

Chapter Seven – The Magic Garden comes to life by Sally Cronin

#Psychologicalthriller – Means to Deceive by Alex Craigie

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Jan Sikes

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Harmony Kent

#Western #Paranormal Mateo’s Blood Brother by Sandra Cox

#Romance – Love, Me – A Christmas Wish Novel by Jacquie Biggar

#Romance – Unbranded (Montana Bred Series 1) by Linda Bradley

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Burgers and more Weird Facts

– Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Cures and more Weird facts

 

Thanks so much for dropping in today and for your visits and support during the week.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay safe.

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Cures and more Weird facts


Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies and her neighbour Marilyn followed by some weird facts from Sally. Thanks to those who share the funnies on the internet.

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

My thanks to Debby and Marilyn for excellent foraging

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US And: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s latest Travel Column: St. Thomas

Now for some more  Weird Facts from Sally….

Here is your next list of trivia and weird facts..they may well be out of date in some cases and I cannot confirm or deny their veracity….just saying.,

Polar bears are left-handed

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Mark Twain didn’t graduate from elementary school.

Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses.

Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner

Your nose and ears never stop growing

Your Eyeballs are the same size when you are born, as when you die!

Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined

Hot water is heavier than cold

Starfish have eight eyes–one at the end of each leg

Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation

First novel ever written on a typewriter was “Tom Sawyer”.

There are more collect calls on Father’s Day than any other day of the year.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs

Men get hiccups more often than woman.

Armadillos can be housetrained.

Vanilla is used to make chocolate.

Montpelier, Vermont, is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonald’s.

Tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits

An average of 13 boxes of Jell-O are purchased every second in the united states.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of “Happy Meals”.

The very first ice cream cone appeared in St. Louis at the 1904 World’s Fair
Did you know…

The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful plough man strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

Although it’s only 2% of our body weight, the brain uses 20% of all oxygen we breathe, 20% of the calories we take in, and 15% of the body’s blood supply.

A passionate kiss uses up 6.4 calories per minute.

Thanks for dropping in today and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face…Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Burgers and more Weird Facts


Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies and her neighbour Marilyn followed by some weird facts from Sally. Thanks to those who share the funnies on the internet.

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

 

My thanks to Debby and Marilyn for excellent foraging

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US And: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s latest Travel Column: St. Thomas

Now for some more Weird Facts from Sally….

Here is your next list of trivia and weird facts..they may well be out of date in some cases and I cannot confirm or deny their veracity….just saying.,

The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. The concrete in it will not be fully cured for another 500 years.

In Albania, nodding your head means “no” and shaking your head means “yes.”

In 1875, the director of the U.S. Patent Office resigned, advised that his department should close, and claimed that there was nothing left to invent.

An armadillo crosses a river by holding its breath and walking across the bottom.

Every person has a unique tongue print just like a fingerprint.

Charlie Chaplin once entered a “Charlie Chaplin look-alike” contest while visiting Monte Carlo, and did not win – he only placed third.

During the middle ages, you could be accused of witchcraft if your pets disobeyed you.

Every day, Americans eat an estimated 18 acres of pizza.

Sigmund Freud had an intense fear of ferns.

In ancient Egypt, only Pharaohs were allowed to eat mushrooms.

On average an adult laughs 15 times a day; a child laughs 400 times.

The 100-years War lasted 116 years.

According to the Bible, there were 2 windows on Noah’s ark.

Donald Duck comics were banned from libraries in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

Disney animators used Marilyn Monroe’s body as the model for Tinkerbell.

Mosquitoes are more likely to bite you if you’ve just eaten a banana.

Q-tips were invented in the early 1920’s by Polish-born Leo Gerstenzang. The Q stands for quality.

Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins refrained from blinking in all his scenes as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

George Washington’s false teeth were made of hippopotamus ivory.

Cats have two sets of vocal cords, one for purring and one for meowing.

In 1955, a book was returned to the Cambridge University library that was 288 years overdue.

Scissors were reportedly invented by Leonardo da Vinci.

Lake Nicaragua is the only freshwater lake in the world that has sharks.

There are 450 different types of cheese in the world, and 240 come from France.

There are the same amount of dimples in an average golf ball as there are ridges in a dime

Thanks for dropping in today and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face…Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – #Caribbean Welcome to St. Thomas #Virgin Islands


Welcome to this month’s edition of my Travel Column at Smorgasbord Travel Magazine. This month we’re visiting the beautiful island of St. Thomas – one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Please check for any current travel restrictionsOfficial Virgin Islands Tourism

History

St. Thomas is one of the trio of islands that make up the U.S Virgin Islands along with St. Croix and St. John. The capital city of St. Thomas is Charlotte Amalie, boasting a population on that island of over 52,000 people and a land mass of approximately 32 square miles. St. Thomas has almost 50% more population than the other two islands.

Christopher Columbus discovered the island back in 1493, and the Ciboney people were the first to inhabit the island. In 1666 Denmark and Norway conquered the island and by 1672 the island was run by the Dano-Norwegian chartered company, taking over the island and dividing the land into sugar cane plantations, resulting in the importing of slaves to tend the plantations. Some of the largest slave auctions in the world were held in St. Thomas.

In 1691 the primary settlement on the island was renamed after King Christian V’s wife, Charlotte Amalie. The island was later declared a free post by Fredrick V, son of Christian VI of Denmark. The term, ‘free post’ was used to determine light taxation, and often no taxes at all were placed on companies and their goods to stimulate economic activity.

In March of 1801, the British invaded the Danish West Indies and took over the island, until returning the islands back to Denmark-Norway in 1802. A second invasion by the British again in 1807, lasting till 1815 when once again, the island was returned to Denmark-Norway.

Sugar trading had made the island prosperous until the 19th century when too much damage from hurricanes past and drought had brought lots of competition from American sugar traders. By the time the Danish revolution began in 1848, slavery was abolished which left the island with escalating labor costs, diminishing sugar production. By 1917 the islands were poorly managed, and the U.S. eventually purchased St. Thomas and it’s two sister islands for a cool 25 million dollars in gold in efforts to keep control of the Caribbean and the Panama Canal during World War I. By 1927, the U.S. had begun granting citizenship to the island’s residents.

Courtesy of Paradise-Islands.org

Climate

As with most islands, the beautiful Caribbean climate in St. Thomas runs steady throughout the year with average highs anywhere from the mid-eighties to low nineties. Average lows typically hover around the mid-seventies. Lowest precipitation levels run February through June. And of course, as all islands’ danger, hurricane season. Where Irma devasted this island in 2017.

Beaches

 

St. Thomas has many natural bays and harbors and is known for some of its beautiful beaches. Magens Bay, a heart-shaped protected bay, is one of the most popular white sandy beach beaches with a mile long of gorgeous public parkland offering an array of water sport rental equipment, food stands and beach chairs. Other beaches are located on Great Bay, Jersey Bay, Long Bay, Fortuna Bay, and Hendrik Bay. All beaches are gorgeous with their turquoise, calm waters where one can scuba dive, snorkel, sea trek at Coral World or swim with the sea turtles, sea lions and sharks!

A look at beautiful St.Thomas where the cruise ships dock. As you can see, once off the ship pier and through the gates you will see the shopping terminals at Havensight Mall – the rows of buildings with red rooves.

Land Attractions

Plenty of land activities are available on the island too. From fly fishing, to tropical botanical gardens, helicopter rides, skydiving, distilleries, hiking, biking, golfing and museums – not to mention shopping, there is plenty to see and do on the island.

Cruise ships dock in Long Bay at Havensight Pier, a short cab ride away from Charlotte Amalie.

Island Transportation

There are plenty of taxis and covered safari-like trucks that offer rides around the island.
Ferry services are available to transport people from the island to neighboring islands as well. There is also a ferry which will transport people with their cars.
Inherited from Danish practice, the U.S. Virgin Islands kept the driving laws of driving on the left side of the road, the only American places where driving on the left is practiced. This may seem a bit awkward to some, but many of the cars driven on the island are imported from America where the steering wheels are also on the left side.

Carnival

Virgin Island Carnival is celebrated from mid-April through beginning of May. This became an annual event since 1952. With music and dancing and savory cuisine, V.I. Carnival is the second most popularly celebrated carnival in the Caribbean.

Cuisine

You will find a plethora of restaurants and exotic cuisine available on the island. There is something for everyone from American food to West Indian food, Chinese, Italian. Vegetarian, Caribbean, Asian. Cajun, Latin, Mexican, and more!

Shopping!
St. Thomas is a duty-free island, and barely a person escapes leaving the island without purchasing something to take home with them. Particular items of interest with 30 – 60% off retail prices, plus, no tax are: liquor, perfume, jewelry, tobacco, cameras, crystal, china and electronics – oh, did I mention jewelry?

The best places to shop for these deals are right in the Havensight Mall terminals, a massive outdoor mall lined with rows of store after store – many of them selling jewelry! Havensight Mall is conveniently located as you step off your cruise ship! You will also find fun shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie, Crown Bay, and Yacht Haven Grande on main street.
*St. Martin and St. Thomas are two of the best islands to shop on – in my opinion!

Accommodations

There are plenty of beautiful hotels, beach resorts, all inclusives and time-share rentals where one can stay when visiting St. Thomas. For more information and recommendations for accommodations and more, please visit THIS LINK to explore what this beautiful island has to offer.

I found this fabulous short video which captures the beauty of St. Thomas and her sister islands and all they have to offer. And yes, the color of the water looks exactly like pictured – sort of a tri-colored turquoise. Spectacular!

Funny Story

I’ve been to St. Thomas several times by cruise ship. And I’m not afraid to say I look forward to visiting there every time, if only just for the shopping.

The beauty of shopping there for anything your heart desires is that if you don’t feel like going into town after exiting the cruise ship, the Havensight Mall is right where the ships dock.
We usually travel on cruises with another couple, Lynn and Gary. Lynn is an even more compulsive shopper than I am. On our last visit to St. Thomas just over a year ago now, Lynn and I were excited to exit the ship and get our shopping on. We knew we could get our shopping done by lunchtime if we got off as soon as the ship docked around 8:00 am. We never even bothered wearing real clothes, we had our bathing suits on and threw on a coverup and flip flops and planned to power shop for about 4 hours and return to ship for lunch and sunbathing.

There is a huge wrought iron gate that passengers must walk through once off ship to enter the outdoor mall, and basically, the country. In order to pass through the gate, we have to walk past customs agents who man the gates, but only have to present our passports to them upon returning back to ship.

When Lynn and I were done shopping and walked up to the gate, Lynn discovered she’d left her passport in her cabin. Of course I had mine, I never exited the ship without it. We tried to joke around and cajole the customs officer manning the gate to allow Lynn to come back to ship with me, but he wasn’t having any of it! So Lynn had to wait on the other side of the gate while I boarded the ship and went up to the pool to find my husband and Gary sucking back beers in the sizzling sun, and informed Gary he had to go bail out his wife with her passport. He was not impressed, but I’d done my job and I wasn’t wasting another 20 minutes of glorious pool time by getting off the ship again and rescuing Lynn.

When she came back we laughed our heads off at what had transpired, ate some lunch, went for a swim, and since the ship wasn’t leaving port till early evening, decided we should go back to the mall in case there was something else we could find to spend money on. Husband’s were not impressed, and Lynn didn’t forget her passport again.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of my Travel Column. Have any of you ever been to St. Thomas?

©D.G. Kaye 2018

My thanks to Debby for showcasing this stunning Island…

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:

“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

Books by D.G. Kaye

One of the reviews for Have Bags Will Travel

marjorie mallon5.0 out of 5 stars A fun travel/shopping memoir which will have you laughing Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2021

This is such a hoot, what a laugh!

Have Bags Will Travel is such an entertaining read which gives you an insight into D G Kaye’s character, her shopping obsession, packing troubles, germaphobia, and brushes with airport security. Enjoy her recollections on the glamour and glitz, her love to travel and a nostalgic aspect to it all.

Her friend Zan shares her shopaholic tendencies too. The two of them together… can you imagine? A red head, blonde explosion of zaniness! I love the part when they end up at Buckingham Palace and chat to a Beefeater, the royal guard and after which… it gets funnier by the moment.

Have Bags Will Travel gives a historical account of how much easier it used to be to take overstuffed baggage through airports in the good old days. Now, it seems that D G Kaye will resort to anything to get her shopping home.

Zan and D G Kaye also travel to Paris and end up shopping for shoes!

There are manmade toboggan rides in Muskoka, Canada.

Trips to Venezuela: Margarita Island and Caracas with cousin Eileen.

Las Vegas, Then and Now – gambling/casinos, fond memories of the author’s love of the desert.

Have Bags Will Travel is just what we need right now, a good giggle! There is also a section at the back of the book with Helpful Travel tips.

A short, entertaining read. Highly recommended, especially for the shopoholics and travel enthusiasts in your life!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Debby: Goodreads – Blog: D.G. Kaye Writer – About me: D.G. Kaye – Twitter: @pokercubster Linkedin: D.G. Kaye – Facebook: D.G. Kaye – Instagram: D.G. Kaye – Pinterest: D.G. Kaye


 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – May 2nd – 8th 2022 – Voice of Indie, Hits 1994, Ella Fitzgerald, Guest Posts, Short Stories, Poetry, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

A slightly different location for this week’s round up as I am set up in the kitchen whilst our office (that is the official dining room) is given a full makeover. Because we set up our computers in there six years ago it has not been decorated as part of the renovation so a big job ahead for David. We plan to move all our dining room furniture in there and make the kitchen diner our office going forward, as we think it is important when the house goes on the market there is another fully functional reception room. So we are making progress and another job ticked off the list…

There are boxes everywhere, some already packed up to be taken away as we declutter and the next few weeks will be a bit chaotic, but it is exciting to be getting on with something we planned to do before Covid.

Apart from that, we now have a few sunny days and I am taking full advantage of the garden. Sitting in the back of the house I am treated to a revue show put on by the crows, starlings, blue tits, sparrows and the resident robin as they enjoy breakfast, lunch and high tea before they go to bed. There is a large swimming pool that is well utilised, and whilst the starlings love to get in there and splash around, the other birds often join in and it is as wild as any pool party I have ever gone to. Very entertaining and distracting, and if I sit quite still, they forget I’m there and get up close and personal.

As always I must thank these three amazing contributors as the blog would not be the same without them.

William Price King joined me on Monday to share his thoughts on I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now about his love of Tap Dancing. The Breakfast show this week for the first part of the hits from 1994 and for the next part of the series on Friday featuring Ella Fitzgerald. – You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies has had another busy week on her blog D.G. Writes with a book review for the latest collection of poetry by Frank Prem – The Garden BlackA post on the ending of the positive blog series Goodbye We Are The World Blogfest And a powerful poem as part of Colleen Chesebro’s weekly challenge on Women’s Rights Taste the Rainbow Senyru

Debby will be taking us to St. Thomas this week in the Travel Column...and I hope you will join us for some sunshine and sparkling blue waters.

Carol Taylor has been to Cyprus this week to explore the wonderful fusion cuisine, shares a wonderful Chicken Pasanda recipe and one for pull apart garlic bread – do not eat all on your own…a food review on Ramen Noodles and should you be eating them…Monday Musings and Saturday Snippets featuring the word ‘candle’. You can catch up with all her posts by following the link to her Weekly Round Up. Carol will be with us on Wednesday with recipes to ensure you are getting sufficient magnesium

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 1st -7th May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “” and Saturday Snippets where “Candle” is my prompt.

On Wednesday I was the guest on the Voice of Indie podcast with presenters Beem Weeks and Gary “Stephen Geez” great to talk about life, books and publishing. You can listen on Blog Talk Radio Voice of Indie Episode 92 – Sally Cronin and you can comment on Twitter @VoiceOfIndie – You can also listen to the podcast and the other editions and comment on Voice of Indie Youtube episode 92 – And Spotify

If you would like to get in touch with the team Website/Blog: Beem Weeks – And: Stephen Geez

On with the show…..

Chart Hits 1994 Part One – Collective Soul, The Cranberries, Bruce Springsteen, MC Sar & The Real McCoy

William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Ella Fitzgerald Part Four – The Collaborations

Chapter Six – Ladies Fashions and shop lifters

Chapter Seven – The Cosmetic Department

#MirrorCinguain -Storm Front by Sally Cronin Posted on May 7, 2022

Tales from the Irish Garden.. The Dapperman

#Action #Supernatural #AncientEgypt She who comes forth by Audrey Driscoll

Food Therapy – #Mushrooms – The Egyptians believed they granted immortality

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Darlene Foster

#Tapdancing by Jazz singer and composer William Price King

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Gwen M. Plano

#Life #Change – Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike

#Poetry #Memoir – More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose by Lauren Scott

#Fantasy The Prince’s Heir (The Five Kingdoms Book 4) by Deborah Jay

May 4th 2022 – #Spotlights Winona Kent with The Story Reading Ape, Marcia Meara with John W. Howell, Robbie Cheadle with Colleen Chesebro, #Poetry Elizabeth Gauffreau

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin -Bathtub test and more Weird Facts

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Age and more Weird Facts

 

Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week.. Stay safe.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Age and more Weird Facts


Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies and her neighbour Marilyn followed by some weird facts from Sally. Thanks to those who share the funnies on the internet.

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

My thanks to Debby and Marilyn for excellent foraging

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon US And: Amazon UK Blog: D.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster

Check out Debby’s latest Travel Column: St. Kitts

Here is your next list of trivia and weird facts..they may well be out of date in some cases and I cannot confirm or deny their veracity….just saying.,

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn’t like being seen wearing them in public.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word “criminal.” The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the alphabet.

Humans and elephants are the only animals that can stand on their heads.

Researchers say that when a waitress draws a happy face on a check, tips go up 18 %.

Fortune cookies were actually invented in America in 1918 by Charles Jung.

All polar bears are left-handed.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci has no eyebrows.

The word “taxi” is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, & Portuguese.

Thanks for dropping in today and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face…Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – April 25th – May 1st 2022 – Ella Fitzgerald, Chart hits 1993, St. Kitts, Calcium, Poetry, Book Reviews, Guest Posts, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord this week you might have missed.

I hope all is well with you and in your neck of the woods.. Still busy in the house and garden and all the potting done now the frosts seem to have finished. This week I get moved out into the dining room as David gives our office a facelift… Luckily he has networked through the house so it does not cause too much of an upheaval.

We are still having issues with the Internet, and it is not giving us the speeds it should and dropped out completely at the beginning of the week. Because I schedule well ahead the posts are not impacted but fingers crossed it behaves better this coming week.

I have been invited to join the hosts Beem Weeks and Stephen Geez on Wednesday on the popular Voice of Indie Podcast and I am looking forward to meeting them both.

As always I must thank these three amazing contributors as the blog would not be the same without them.

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the second part of the hits from 1993 and for the next part of the series on Friday featuring Ella Fitzgerald. – You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies is recovering from Covid thankfully, but you know that it wasn’t going to stop her sharing so many of our posts on social media, and also publishing her own posts, including the third part of her adventures over the winter months.  If you are heading to Mexico for a vacation and in particular Puerto Vallarta, let Debby Gies​ be your guide.. in the last of her posts on her latest excursion, she shares how to get the best for your money in stores, trading at the beach, in the supermarkets and at the bar.

Puerto Vallarta, #Mexico Part 3, Fun, Sun, Shopping and Friends

Debby also took us to St. Kitts this week in the Travel Column... and if you head over you can also catch up with Debby’s other posts during the week .D.G. Writes

Carol Taylor shared her amazing recipes this week to ensure we are getting sufficient amounts of the vital mineral calcium, and she also shares some amazing Salmon recipes to complement the food therapy post this week.  As always Carol has been very busy on her own blog and you can catch up with all the action in her weekly round up including Food reviews, thoughts on what is going on in the world, recipes and health.

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 24th -30th April 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Salmon” and Saturday Snippets where “Blue” is my prompt.

As always my thanks to you for your visits, comments and sharing of posts to social media.. it is appreciated.. ♥

On with the show

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1993 Part Two – UB40, Mariah Carey, Meatloaf, The Proclaimers

William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Ella Fitzgerald Part Three – The Eight Songbooks

The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – Welcome to Saint Kitts #Caribbean

Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Calcium the most abundant mineral in the body

Chapter Four – The Dental Practice

Chapter Five – Hair Pieces and The Shoe Department

Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – #Choka – Origins

ales from the Irish Garden – Chapter Five – The First Banquet in the new Palace

Food Therapy Rewind- Salmon – Omega 3 on a Plate by Sally Cronin

#Crime #Thriller – Wings of Mayhem: The Mayhem Series: #1 by Sue Coletta

Book Reviews Round Up – April 2022 – #Psychological #Thriller Terry Tyler, #Biography S. Bavey, #1920s #Jazz Beem Weeks, #Shortstories Simon Van Der Velde, #Crime Sue Coletta

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Christopher Graham – The Story Reading Ape

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Toni Pike

#Children’s – Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle

Host Malcolm Allen – Street Golf and Shopping

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Funnies and Weird Facts Part One.

 

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally.

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Funnies and Weird Facts Part One.


Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies followed by some weird facts from Sally. Thanks to those who share the funnies on the internet.

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

My thanks to Debby for excellent foraging

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Check out Debby’s latest Travel Column: St. Kitts

Now for some  Weird Facts part one from Sally….

Here is your first list of trivia and weird facts.. .they may well be out of date in some cases and I cannot confirm or deny their veracity….just saying.,

According to a booze bill for a celebration party thrown September 15, 1787, the 55 people who were designing the United States Constitution drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of port, 8 bottles of cider, 12 bottles of beer, and 7 large bowls of alcoholic punch large enough “that ducks could swim in them”. There were 16 musicians at the party. We all know now why the Constitution was signed on the 17th of September instead of the 16th.

In 1980, the yellow pages accidentally listed a Texas funeral home under “Frozen Foods”.

35% of people who use personal ads are already married.

While performing her duties as queen, Cleopatra sometimes wore a beard.

1 in 5 Americans cannot say which president is on the $1 bill without looking.

Pigs can become alcoholics.

The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas has 12 gardeners on its staff to care for artifical plants.

When Italy was founded in 1861, only 3% of Italians spoke Italian fluently.

Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

Alexander Graham Bell insisted the proper way to answer the phone is “ahoy!”

John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abe Lincoln’s son.

25% of Americans believe Sherlock Holmes is a real person. (stress on IS, folks!!)

It is against the law to drink beer in Cedar City, Utah, if your shoelaces are untied.

Disneyland has the fourth largest navy in the world.

Raccoons, slugs, and ants all love to get drunk.

The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the United States.

Louis XIV bathed once a year.

The NY phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. It had 0 after WWII.

Fish can get seasick.

Kentucky produces more whiskey than all the other states combined.

59% of men and 39% of women say that the remote control has significantly improved their lives.

In Kentucky, it is illegal to marry your wife’s grandmother.

Termites eat wood twice as fast to heavy metal music.

In the 40’s, the Bich pen was renamed Bic for fear Americans would pronounce it “Bitch”.

President Andrew Jackson was not sure if the earth was round or flat.

Mosquitoes prefer blondes.

There was so little dialogue in the original “Mission Impossible” TV show that Peter Graves, the star, once fell asleep in the middle of a scene….and no one noticed.

52% of Americans say they would rather spend a week in jail than be President of the US.

In 1992, 2,421 people checked into U.S. emergency rooms with injuries involving house plants.

In 1992, 5,840 people checked into U.S. emergency rooms with “pillow-related injuries”.

15% of women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Until 1967, LSD was legal in California.

Russians generally answer the phone by saying “I’m listening.”

In Frackville, Pennsylvania, a woman filed for divorce because her husband insisted on shooting tin cans off her head with a slingshot.

The average American eats at McDonalds 1,811 times in their lives.

Smokey the Bear has his own zip code, 20252.

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”

Barbie’s measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “MT”.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are members of the peach family.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance. (debateable but Sir Winston could neither confirm or deny and stated ‘Although present on that occasion, I have no clear recollection of the events leading up to it.’

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Thanks for dropping in today and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your face…Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – Welcome to Saint Kitts #Caribbean


Welcome to the next destination for my Travel Column at the Smorgasbord Invitation. Today we’re going to another small, beautiful and still developing Caribbean island – Saint Kitts. Please check for up to date information on travel restrictions to the island St. Kitts Tourism

Welcome to Saint Kitts

Saint Kitts is the more popular name the island goes by, shortened from its formal name Saint Christopher Island with Basseterre being its capital. Located in the West Indies, bordered to the left by the Caribbean Sea, and to the right, the Atlantic Ocean, St. Kitts is located approximately 1300 miles southeast of Miami. This island is considered another of the gems of the Caribbean.

Saint Kitts and its close neighboring island – Nevis are considered one country – The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The two mountainous islands are of volcanic origin, causing many beaches in St. Kitts to consist of black volcanic sand.

Unlike St. Martin where two countries exist together on one island, Saint Kitts and Nevis are narrowly separated by shallow waters, by a mere two-mile channel aptly named ‘The Narrows’. The natives refer to themselves as Kittitians.

The island is home to over 53,000 people as of 2016, mostly of African descent. The language spoken is primarily English as well as St. Kitts Creole.

A Bit of History

Saint Kitts is formerly a member of the British West Indies when it first became the home of the British and French colonies in the mid 1620’s along with its sister island Nevis. It wasn’t until September 19th of 1983 that it became an independent country. Along with several Caribbean islands back in the 17th and 18th centuries, islands were conquered and taken over and changed hands and ownership a few times between military take-overs and treaties. French and British colonists fought over St. Kitts in the early 1620’s. Ultimately, in 1783 it became affiliated with the Kingdom of Great Britain , which became the United Kingdom and in 1967 became an associated state of Britain.

Slavery – The island originally produced tobacco back in the 1600’s then switched to sugar and importing of African slaves to look after the fields. The importing of slaves became outlawed and abolished on August 1, 1834. The slaves already there were apprenticed to look after the sugar cane fields to protect the planters from losing their labor force. August 1st is now celebrated as Emancipation Day. The Great Depression helped to collapse sugar prices precipitating the birth of the organized labor movement in St Kitts and Nevis. After 365 years, the government shut down the production of sugar cane again in 2005 due to huge losses in the industry and the lowered price cuts of sugar called by the European Union. St. Kitts/Nevis really has a fascinating history of hostile takeovers which you can read more about HERE

Currency – The currency used on the island is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar with one U.S. dollar roughly equaling 2.70 in EC dollars. But as in most countries and islands, the U.S. dollar is widely accepted.

Climate – Typical Caribbean tropical weather year – round with June through November notorious for rainy and hurricane season.

Tourism – Like most islands, St. Kitts heavily relies on tourism to grow its economy. On 21 September 1998, the islands were severely crippled by Hurricane Georges resulting in nearly $500 million of damage to property. Georges was the worst hurricane to hit the region in the 20th century. In 2009 the number of visitors to the island almost doubled since 1978. I have seen a lot of this growth of the island with my own eyes. This island is also a duty-free island where tobacco and liquor are exceedingly cheap to purchase. And of course, jewelry is also duty-free but nowhere near as plentiful in selection as in St. Martin!

When I first visited St. Kitts on a cruise ship stop about 10 years ago I didn’t tour the whole island, and in my opinion, there wasn’t much happening on that island to entice tourists, there wasn’t even a welcoming port set up for visiting cruise ship tourists. On my next return about 3 years ago, I could see how much the island had become developed.

My brother and his wife spend a month there every year visiting their children and grandchildren every January. Their daughter-in-law is studying at the Ross University of Veterinary Medicine, which is a popular and well-known university for many Americans and Canadians to receive their education to become a veterinarian.

On my last visit 5 years ago, while on a cruise, we stopped in St. Kitts for the day and pre-planned to meet up with my brother and sister-in-law. When we got off the ship I was amazed at the beautiful port that was built, lined with stores and duty-free outlets and plenty of tour guides and taxis vying for passenger’s attention, offering tours and rides.

St. Kitts still doesn’t have many resort properties, but construction is booming there as the tourist industry is growing everywhere. And as the tourism grows so does the demand for vacation properties.

My brother had rented a car and met us at port and took us on tour of the island and to a beautiful lookout point at the southern tip of the island where we stood on a cliff and could see Nevis with the naked eye.

We then spent the afternoon at a most paradise-like resort atop of a beach where the swimming pool’s edge ran over with water like a fountain and our lounge chairs rested inside the pool. It was a spectacular day.

Because I haven’t spent a lot of time in St. Kitts I can’t personally recommend a beach or hotel, but I’m listing some helpful links below where you can learn about best beaches, places to stay and eat, and attractions to visit. I will add here that as much as my brother and sister-in-law enjoy the island, they don’t choose to spend the whole winter there because the island imports most of its food, making it often more expensive than in America, and rarely have they been tempted to eat some of the meat available in grocery stores, and so being carnivore lovers, a month is more than enough time there for them. But for fish lovers and vegans island food is ideal.

Opportunity to Live in St. Kitts and Become a Citizen!

If you’re perhaps considering relocating to a desert island, largely still unspoiled, you may want to consider investing in St. Kitts!

With the intent to grow the island and its population, St. Kitts and Nevis have opened a unique ‘citizenship by investment program.’ If you pass a government strict background check and make an approved real estate deal of $400,000 or more in U.S. currency, you are entitled to apply for citizenship of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. You can check out more information about this and all detailed requirements at the Henley Estates market overview.

Links to Check Out to Learn More About St. Kitts

Top Ten Beaches to visit on St. Kitts
Top ten attractions to visit on St. Kitts
Best Places to stay on St. Kitts
Where to dine

I hope you enjoyed this edition of my travel column. Next month I’ll be introducing you to one of the U.S. Virgin Islands – St. Thomas!

©D.G. Kaye 2018

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:

“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

Books by D.G. Kaye

One of the reviews for Have Bags Will Travel

marjorie mallon5.0 out of 5 stars A fun travel/shopping memoir which will have you laughing Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2021

This is such a hoot, what a laugh!

Have Bags Will Travel is such an entertaining read which gives you an insight into D G Kaye’s character, her shopping obsession, packing troubles, germaphobia, and brushes with airport security. Enjoy her recollections on the glamour and glitz, her love to travel and a nostalgic aspect to it all.

Her friend Zan shares her shopaholic tendencies too. The two of them together… can you imagine? A red head, blonde explosion of zaniness! I love the part when they end up at Buckingham Palace and chat to a Beefeater, the royal guard and after which… it gets funnier by the moment.

Have Bags Will Travel gives a historical account of how much easier it used to be to take overstuffed baggage through airports in the good old days. Now, it seems that D G Kaye will resort to anything to get her shopping home.

Zan and D G Kaye also travel to Paris and end up shopping for shoes!

There are manmade toboggan rides in Muskoka, Canada.

Trips to Venezuela: Margarita Island and Caracas with cousin Eileen.

Las Vegas, Then and Now – gambling/casinos, fond memories of the author’s love of the desert.

Have Bags Will Travel is just what we need right now, a good giggle! There is also a section at the back of the book with Helpful Travel tips.

A short, entertaining read. Highly recommended, especially for the shopoholics and travel enthusiasts in your life!

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