Welcome to the round up with some posts you might have missed here on Smorgasbord during the week.
I hope that those of you who celebrated Valentine’s Day had a wonderful time… we always enjoy even after 40 years, but this year we managed to both buy the same card for each other which we had a good laugh about… luckily there were a few others that were anonymous to make up for it!!
It was my 67th birthday on Thursday and rather than go out for a meal we decided to indulge in pizzas and ice cream. We don’t give birthday gifts anymore since I have more clothes, handbags and shoes than a department store, don’t have occasion to wear bling very much, and don’t need something else to dust. The most precious gift to me is that we are still going strong and able to eat pizza and laugh. But I did have a few friends over for tea… virtually.
A wild and windy couple of weeks with the odd day of sunshine as one storm front drives through after another. We are not as badly off as many, especially those who live on the wild Atlantic coastline in the west of Ireland. Nor do we get the snowfalls that those in Britain can expect. And there are a number of storms brewing of a different kind around the world from more floods in Australia to the increasing momentum of the coronavirus.
Whilst naturally are very concerned about catching the virus there is already a fallout that is impacting millions. The travel industry is going to be badly affected as will the tourist industries of many countries around the world as airlines stop services in and out of China and people decide not to fly unless absolutely necessary.
I was looking at the images of the normally very busy Chinatown in the heart of London where we have spent many a lovely evening sampling crispy duck and dim sum. Completely deserted with businesses seriously threatened and the jobs of thousands at risk. Unfortunately it is not just businesses that are threatened but also individuals who are being targeted for the ethnicity.
We have little option but to wait it out and hope that the measures being put in place will turn the tide. Personally I will not be flying in the next few months, especially into major airports. I normally avoid crowded events and places anyway with shopping done early in the morning.
For the elderly, the young and those with a compromised immune system the dangers are very real and it is important to make sure that they are isolated as much as possible from infection. Tough to do but frequent hand washing does help and when my mother was alive she was disappointed that hugging and kissing were banned!
Even though I am a strong advocate for natural therapies, there is no magic potion that can protect you completely. I do use tea tree lotion with a touch of silver on my hands and I am making sure I am getting plenty of vitamin C and D in my diet. Getting out in the fresh air on a daily basis is also a good idea as our centrally heated homes are very attractive to both bacteria and virus opportunists.
I hope by the time I share next week’s round up there will be better news…
Now time for the posts from the week and as always my thanks to contributors and guests for their amazing posts.
The Letter C – Calabash, Cajun, Curry, Cloud Eggs, Chilli and Calamari
Editor Sarah Calfee with a step by step guide to creating the perfect romance plot
Guest Writer Editor Sarah Calfee – The Romance Plot Sequence
The Wind Beneath My Wings from Beaches
Another two stories from the collection
Jane – The Surprise
Kenneth – A Love of Life
This week on Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 164 the prompts were very appropriate,’Love and Harmony’….. I have selected the synonyms ‘Passion and Rapport’
Etheree – Two Hearts
Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Six – Essential Fatty Acids
Trouble at Clenchers Mill by Diana J. Febry
Trillium by Margaret Lindsay Holton
Scifi Richard Dee, Romance Ritu Bhathal, Thriller Stevie Turner
Short Stories Karen Ingalls, Thriller Terry Tyler, Fantasy C.S. Boyack, Memoir D.G. Kaye
Afghanistan Patricia Furstenberg, Fantasy Kevin Cooper, Midlife Romance Sally Cronin
Reality informs Fiction – Trails in the Sand by P.C. Zick
FDR Barbara Ann Mojica meets Author Bret Baier
Haiku Dogs Released by Denis Young
Mystery Wish You Were Here by Janet Gogerty
Poetry – Who’s Worse by Stevie Turner
Interview Jill Weatherholt and John Howell, Delta Pearl Teagan Genviene, Roti Kool Kosher Kitchen
Valentine’s Day Amanda Cade, Valentine’s Dinner Carol Taylor, Mistaken Identity Anne R. Allen
Reading Robbie Cheadle, Books Teri Polen, Children’s books Jennie Fitzkee
Afghanistan Mary Smith, New Book Teagan Geneviene, Author Promotion Susan M. Toy
D. G. Kaye and her Guest Ann Patras
D.G. Kaye and her guest Ann Patras
Thank you for dropping in during the week and your support is very much appreciated.. thanks Sally.