Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Trivia and other such things.

If you ever wondered where certain expressions came from or enjoy pieces of useless information.. this post is for you….

In the 1400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb.’

Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented.It was ruled ‘Gentlemen
Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. … And thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma

Coca-Cola was originally green..

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: £ 10,120.00

The first novel ever written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.

Deck of Cards

Each King in a deck of playing cards represents a great King from history:

Spades – King David
Hearts – Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds – Julius Caesar




If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died because of wounds received
in battle.

If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Q & A.

Q….. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter ‘A’?
A… One thousand

Q…. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
A… All were invented by women.

Q… What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?
A… Honey

From the Past

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.
Hence the phrase...’Goodnight , sleep tight’

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s Father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could
drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, Ale is ordered by pints and quarts….
So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them
‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down. It’s where we get the phrase: ‘Mind your P’s and Q’s.’

Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. ”Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.

At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!


1… You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2… You haven’t played Solitaire with real cards in years.
3… You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three..
4… You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5… Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses.
6… You pull up in your own driveway and use your mobile phone, to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries…
7… Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen
8… Leaving the house without your mobile phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic, and you turn around to go and get it
10…You get up in the morning and go on line , before getting your coffee
11… You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :
12… You’re reading this and nodding, and laughing.
13… Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14… You are too busy to notice there was no 9 on this
15… You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a 9 on this list.

And Finally..

Stop trying to lick your elbow……


Smorgasbord laughter Academy – More Festive nonsense…

Here is the second part of some Christmas laughter with some contributions from social media.

A family had twin boys whose only resemblance to each other was their looks. Opposite in every way, one was an eternal optimist, the other a doom and gloom pessimist.

Just to see what would happen, on Christmas day their father loaded the pessimist’s room with every imaginable toy and game. The optimist’s room he loaded with horse manure.

That night the father passed by the pessimist’s room and found him sitting amid his new gifts crying bitterly.

“Why are you crying?” the father asked.

“Because my friends will be jealous, I’ll have to read all these instructions before I can do anything with this stuff, I’ll constantly need batteries, and my toys will eventually get broken.” answered the pessimist twin.

Passing the optimist twin’s room, the father found him dancing for joy in the pile of manure. “What are you so happy about?” he asked.

To which his optimist twin replied, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

Saint Nicholas is the main Clause.
His wife is a relative Clause.
His children are dependent Clauses.
Their Dutch uncle is a restrictive Clause.
Santa’s elves are subordinate Clauses.


It was Christmas Eve. A poor old lady was sitting alone, except for her cat, in her tiny house, in front of a small fire. Suddenly, there was a flash of light, and the old woman’s good fairy appeared in the room. The old woman was astonished, but the fairy reassured her: “Don’t be afraid! I am your good fairy. You are very poor, and all alone at Christmas, so I have come to grant you three wishes, to cheer you up.”

The old woman was about to speak, but the fairy held up her hand. “Wait!” she said. “Before you make a wish, think carefully! You will get exactly what you wish for, and no wish can be undone!” So the old woman sat silently, staring at the fire and thinking.

Eventually, she spoke: “First”, she said, “I want to be very, very wealthy.” Poof! Immediately, the tiny house was packed with pots full of gold coins, and sacks of bank-notes. There was more money than anyone could spend in an entire lifetime. The old woman looked around and smiled. She thought some more, and spoke again: “Next”, she said, “I want to be young and beautiful again, like I was when I was 18.” Poof!

The old woman disappeared. In her place sat a beautiful young woman, with smooth, white skin and long, golden hair. The woman looked at her hands and arms, felt her hair, and smiled. “Third”, she said to the fairy, “I want you to change my cat into a handsome young prince, who will love me and take care of me all my life!”

Poof! The fairy disappeared, and the cat leapt up from his place by the fire as a handsome young prince. He reached out to the woman, pulled her to her feet, embraced her, and kissed her passionately. Then he gazed into her eyes and said: “Hah! Now you’re really going to be sorry that you took me to the vet!”


One day in early September the chief of a Native American tribe was asked by his tribal elders if the winter of 2011/12 was going to be cold or mild. The chief asked his medicine man, but he too had lost touch with the reading signs from the natural world around the Great Lakes.

In truth, neither of them had idea about how to predict the coming winter. However, the chief decided to take a modern approach, and the chief rang the National Weather Service in Gaylord Michigan.

‘Yes, it is going to be a cold winter,’ the meteorological officer told the chief. Consequently, he went back to his tribe and told the men to collect plenty of firewood.

A fortnight later the chief called the Weather Service and asked for an update. ‘Are you still forecasting a cold winter?’ he asked.

‘Yes, very cold’, the weather officer told him.

As a result of this brief conversation the chief went back to the tribe and told his people to collect every bit of wood they could find.

A month later the chief called the National Weather Service once more and asked about the coming winter. ‘Yes,’ he was told, ‘it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever.’

‘How can you be so sure?’ the chief asked.

The weatherman replied: ‘Because the Native Americans of the Great Lakes are collecting wood like crazy.’

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you enjoyed the stories… feel free to pass them on.. Sally

Smorgasbord Laughter Academy Rewind – Elderly logic, dating, pack behaviour and squirrels…from Tina Frisco

As I spend a little time offline getting ready for the first of my Christmas book fairs I thought I would reshare this post from earlier in the year when Tina Frisco stepped in with some more of her classic laughs for your benefit…More about Tina after the post.

I have also raided the archives and found some images that you might enjoy…

Dog Pack Attacks Gator in Florida

At times, nature can be cruel. But there also is a raw beauty, and even a certain justice, manifested within that cruelty. The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators – normally considered the ‘apex predator’ – can fall victim to the canine’s survival-of-the-pack mentality, evidenced by the strategical team work of their tight-knit social structure.

See the remarkable photograph below, courtesy of Nature Magazine.

Note that the alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator, preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing, and a third dog attacks the soft underbelly.

This is not for the squeamish!

Touching Story of an Old Woman

This letter was sent to the Principal’s office after a school had sponsored a luncheon for the elderly. One of the women had received a new radio as a door prize and was writing to say thank you.

Dear Kean Elementary:

God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent senior citizens luncheon. I am 84 years old and live at the Sprenger Home for the Aged. All of my family have passed away. I am all alone now, and it’s nice to know someone is thinking of me. God bless you for your kindness to an old forgotten lady.

My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio, but before I received one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping.

The other day, her radio fell off the night stand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful, and she was in tears. Her distress over the broken radio touched me, and I knew this was God’s way of answering my prayers. She asked if she could listen to mine, and I told her to kiss my ass.

Thank you for that opportunity.



Squirrels vs Churches

The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrels. After much prayer and consideration, they concluded the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

At the Baptist church, the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a water slide on the baptistery and let the squirrels drown themselves. The squirrels liked the slide and knew instinctively how to swim. Twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.

The Methodist church decided they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures. They humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist Church. Two weeks later, the squirrels returned when the Baptists took down their water slide.

The Catholic Church came up with a very creative strategy. They baptized all the squirrels and consecrated them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.

Not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue. They circumcised the first squirrel and haven’t seen one since.

Dating Ads for Seniors, found in The Villages,
the Newspaper of a Florida Senior Retirement Community

Fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80’s, slim, 5’4′ (used to be 5’6′), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus. —————————————————-

Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, not a problem. —————————————————-

I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga, and meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar. If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen, let’s get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.

I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together.


A lady and gentleman in The Villages are sitting on benches opposite each other.

Lady: Are you new to the community?

Gentleman: No, I have owned a condo here for 20 years.

Lady: I have been here for 15 years, and I have never seen you around.

Gentleman: I have been in prison for the last 17 years!

She was stunned but finally asked him what he had done.

Gentleman: I murdered my first wife!

She was stunned again, but after a long pause . . .

Lady: So, you’re SINGLE?

About Tina Frisco

Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and student of shamanism. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a young child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews; essays; articles in the field of medicine; her début novel, PLATEAU; her children’s book, GABBY AND THE QUADS; and her latest novel, VAMPYRIE. She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles.

One of the recent reviews for Plateau

Spiritually Moving and Uplifting on September 14, 2017

FIRST I must say that I loved this gentle little book. I devoured it in a single evening, so entranced by the story that I didn’t want to stop to read the inspiring quotes from Lynn V. Andrew’s Power Deck that began each chapter. Once I reached the end of the book I had to go back for the quotes, skimming each following chapter a second time.

NOW I must say that I have struggled with how I could possibly write a review — I’ve never read another book quite like it.

Other reviewers here have given you as much as you need to become familiar with the book’s “environment” – if I can call it that, introducing you to a few of the characters – so I won’t repeat similar content. But they can’t convey the deeply spiritual, uplifting essence of the book that, to me, is what makes it remarkable. Plateau never pontificates, but rather seduces the reader to come to his or her own spiritual realizations as the story unfolds.

I suppose the most impactful thing I can say is that I was infused with a sense of well-being when I finally put down my Kindle and turned off the light. I was in such a calm and totally relaxed positive state of mind that I transitioned easily and almost immediately into a deep sleep – a rare experience in my life.

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

And on Amazon UK:

Read more reviews and follow Tina on Goodreads:

Here is how you can connect to Tina on her website and social media.

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Goodreads ~

Please feel free to share the smiles.. and thanks to Tina for her support and sense of humour.. thanks Sally


Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Magazine, Dionne Warwick, Glastonbury and Watermelon

Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you may have missed. After a stormy start to the week we are ending in the same way with heavy winds and lots of rain the last two days. But not as bad as Ophelia, but for those who have not still had power or water for the week it is hampering the repairs.  Interestingly people here were saying that following the last hurricane in Ireland in 1961 there was a ferocious winter of snow and very cold temperatures, and the weather forecasters are saying the same thing now for the UK and Ireland.

I have been catching up this week and also putting in place some of the new features for the new look blog. As you will see if you read the post below, I am aiming for a more magazine theme, with contributions from other bloggers to provide a wider spread of content. Posts from Your Archives has been a wonderful start to this with posts on travel to La Palma and Kyoto, relationship issues such as rejection, education, mental health and food. I am scheduling posts for November and there are some slots still available. Please read the post and see if you have some posts gathering dust from your first days of blogging that might like to be given some TLC over here.

As always my thanks to my regular contributors, William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor.. their hard work and talent brings a great deal to the blog and I am very grateful for their efforts.

And thank you too, for all your support with likes, shares and comments. I really do appreciate it.

Time to get on with the round up… I hope you enjoy.

The new look Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

With even more opportunities to promote blogs and books. With more to come in the New Year.

Weekly contributors

William Price King with part two of the Dionne Warwick story.

Paul Andruss explores the Zodiac map made from landscape features close to the legendary Glastonbury Tor.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

Carol Taylor turns the very healthy watermelon into delicious recipes that make it easy to include in your diet.

The Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List

This week it is the turn of Paul Andruss to express his wishes for the top two items on his Ultimate Bucket List… I think you will love his response.

Posts from Your Archives

These are some of the contributors to this new series with posts on food, life, relationships, education, mental health, Personal challenges and travel.. Check you archives since you began blogging to see if you have any posts that would benefit from being shared to a new audience. Mine. Details are in the posts.

Odd Jobs and Characters series – Shoplifters in Liverpool hosted by Jane Sturgeon

My thanks to Jane Sturgeon for featuring the most recent episode of Odd Jobs and Characters.

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

Author Update

Air Your Reviews

Smorgasbord Cook from Scratch

Robbie Cheadle has shared a very simple but delicious recipe for brown yoghurt bread.

Smorgasbord Health


Thanks very much for dropping in this week and your support.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Cafe and Bookstore revamp, Archived Post bonanza and great guests.


Welcome to the weekly round up and so pleased that there have been so many guests this week. Delighted too that the Posts from your Archives has proved so popular. Some wonderful posts this week from Pete Johnson, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor, Jennie Fitzkee and Deana Metzke with more bloggers joining next week with the start of their four week series.

My thanks as always to William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor for their contribution to the blog with fabulous posts covering music, mystery and legends and food.

And, last but not least, thank you for your continued support, views, likes, shares and comments...

Here are the posts from the week that you might have missed..

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones The Finale

This week was the last part in the series featuring Sir Tom Jones and some of his hits from the last decade. Still going strong at 77, this dynamic performer clearly has a huge following across all age groups.  Here he is in 1977 with another performer who has crossed the decades with style.. Tina Turner and Hot Legs. Next week we begin a new series with that fabulous talent – Dionne Warwick.

Writer in residence – Paul Andruss

It was Paul’s birthday yesterday and he recently sent me a post called The Gift and rather than share later in the series, I decided to share on Friday in honour of his special day. Paul writes exclusive posts for Smorgasbord that take a huge amount of research and time to prepare and I am eternally grateful that he accepted the invitation to be writer in residence. I am sure if you missed this post you will enjoy heading over to read. Thought provoking and resulted in some interesting comments.

Thomas the Rhymer

Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and this week the health benefits of watercress and some wonderful recipes provided by Carol after creating in her kitchen in Thailand.

The Ultimate Bucket List – the top two items on Luanne Castle’s bucket list… time travel…and read on to find out what else.

Posts from your Archives

So pleased at the response to this series which showcases posts from YOUR archives. Perhaps from the start of your blogging career when you may have had fewer followers and you would like to share again with MINE.. It is a way of not only promoting your blog but also if you have books to promote I will add those in too. Email me with four links to posts that you would like to share again. If you want to promote your books then we can do that separately. I am looking for posts that are about life, love, adventure or an experience that you feel made a difference in your life.  Email me on

Here are this week’s Posts From Your Archives.

Carol Taylor with an entertaining anecdote about her father who despite requiring a walker for mobility managed to do some Cirque de Soleil moves!

Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete with a life changing experience that all parents can relate to.

Deana Metzke shared her experiences with the Olympics and her young son’s reaction to watching on television

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies with a post on a relationship issue that applies to both male and female partners. When one is receiving more attention and success than the other it can require careful thought and management.

Jennie Fitzkee with reflections on the natural and unaffected conversation with young children

New Series – Guess Who I Bumped Into – I shall be doing my usual browse through my readers and will share a blogger each week who is new to me and who I think you might like to meet too. This week  author Peter Davidson who has published 28 books and has just begun a blog.. Marital Advice to my Grandson.. very entertaining.

Book Promotions – Air your Reviews – A chance to show case your most recent reviews.

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates – New Releases and Reviews

N.B. The cafe and bookstore has had a facelift and over the coming weeks I will be increasing the number of book covers displayed and will also be including and extract from the most recent review for one of those books. The aim is to encourage readers to click the review link and end up in the buy page… I hope it helps.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – New authors on the shelves of the Bookstore… if you would like to be featured then please email me

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by author Lyn Horner – My odd jobs that inspire my stories and characters.

This week I get to grips with a sword wielding champagne magnet and fall in love – not a bad day’s work!

Media Training for Authors – the series continues with a look at the some of the online watering holes where readers gather. There are several out there and once you get started you can explore others that might suit you better but achieve the same result. Bringing you together with readers and reviews.

Moyhill Publishing – Update.

Now that the house and garden renovations are nearing the end (garden weather dependent!) Moyhill Publishing is up and running again and we have been working quietly in the background for the last couple of months. We have just received a wonderful testimonial and I have updated some of the details and covers.

Health – that time of year when we need to make sure we are making dietary and lifestyle changes to boost our immune system.

Smorgasbord Pet health – Hip Dysplasia – get to know your puppy’s relatives.


Thank you once again for dropping and as always your feedback is very welcome. 


Smorgasbord Laughter Academy -More observations on life from cowboys and cats.

Some bits and bobs today….


A husband was advised by his psychiatrist to assert himself. “You don’t have to let your wife henpeck you. Go home and show her you’re the boss.”

The man was on fire with enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to try the doctor’s advice! He rushed home, slammed the door, shook his fist in his wife’s face, and growled, “From now on, you’re taking orders from me. I want my supper right now, and when you get it on the table, go upstairs, and lay out my best clothes.

Tonight, I’m going out with the boys and you’re going to stay home where you belong. And another thing…you know who’s going to comb my hair, iron my pants, Polish my shoes and tie my tie?”

“I certainly do,” said his wife calmly,

“The undertaker.”


Some of life’s observations

“I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

What hair colour do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don’t they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?

Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me … they’re cramming for their final exam.


An Old Ranchers advice

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks, bankers, and lawyers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen, anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin ‘.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.”
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Thanks for popping in and please feel free to share the smiles…. thanks Sally


Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Cafe Bookstore Feature, Guests and Tea Tree Icecream

I actually put out the round up last week on the Saturday as I was busy elsewhere on Sunday.. So this week you get a couple of bonus posts that you might have missed.

Enough about the past. How about we talk about the future. As I enter my fifth year of blogging I am taking a look at the features that I am running currently.

I am going to be making some changes to Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in it’s current format. There are a number of authors who have been in the bookstore for a couple of years but I have not had any updates or contact with them since they went on the shelves. That is okay I know how hectic everyone’s lives are and everyone is juggling so many different platforms that it is tough to keep up with them all.

So I am going to be going through the bookstore and moving some authors off into a draft file where they will be safe and if they do come back to me with some news then I can move them back onto the shelves again.

Those that remain on the shelves will have an additional feature that reinforces my aim to increase the number of reviews that we receive. As I feature recent reviews for authors in the Cafe update and the Air Your Reviews posts, I will put the first paragraph and the heading which links back to the original review on Amazon or Goodreads.

As you can imagine this will increase the amount of administration of the blog and it is therefore very helpful if you would keep me updated.

I hope that those that feature in the promotions here and are on the shelves see some increase in their sales even if it is only one or two books, or increased readership of their blogs and social media. It is certainly not on a par with Goodreads or other book promotion sites but it is exclusive and it comes with some benefits. Including regular updates that go out across my social media including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and my blog.

I hope you will like the new feature. It will take me a few weeks to roll it out across all authors but hopefully it will add another inducement to readers who visit the cafe and bookstore to buy your books.

If you can remember in the middle of the excitement of a new release or fantastic review to drop me a line to There are two hundred authors in the bookstore so I am very happy to share an update every four to six weeks to make sure as many authors as possible are featured.

If you are not sure if you are in the bookstore or not then check it out.. Authors are listed alphabetically and if you have not updated me for a while then please contact me.

Thanks again to all of you who have been in this week and liked, commented and shared and I will be starting the Blogger Daily again very soon as I know that I am neglecting my blogging community in the promotions.. Blame Queen Filigree and her new toyboy… a Prince in every sense of the word!!

Here are this week’s posts if you missed them and please head over and check out my guests, they are amazing.

William Price King meets Sir Tom Jones

This week some of the hits from the 1970s and Sir Tom Jones’ time in the Country Charts.

Writer in residence Reblog – Paul Andruss

Did you know about the beautiful and intelligent daughter of Karl Marx? I didn’t and Paul Andruss introduces us to her.

Thomas the Rhymer

Cook From Scratch with Carol Taylor

This week Carol Taylor elevates one of my superfoods to a new level with some delicious recipes to encourage you to include in your daily diet.

Cook from Scratch guest post – Holiday stuffing from D.G. Kaye in time for Thanksgiving in Canada on October 9th.

The Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List

Sue Vincent has set her heart on a VW Camper Van and travel to find and share all of the ancient sites and relics of Britain and I did my best….

Steve Costello shares his top two items on his Ultimate Bucket List. Although all of us would no doubt put achieving world peace on the top of our list, Steve has placed some personal goals and actions on this challenging task.


Posts from your Archives Guest Posts

Do you have posts that you wrote some time ago that you would like to share with my readers and an opportunity to promote your blog or books? Then check out the posts and get in touch.


Author Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

New on the shelves

Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

Humour and Afternoon videos

Media Training for authors

I have adapted my media training manual that I used for seminars to reflect the business needs of authors. Post production marketing and advertising. You will find the main directory in the menu.

This week… Advertising, covers and key words.

Personal stuff

I have not had much time recently for responding to awards (shameful I know) but Judith Barrow kindly nominated me for the Miranda Sings Award… You have to name 7 things you love about yourself… tough challenge.

If you find yourself saying ‘I will be happy when…..’ you might want to read this post.

Odd Jobs and Characters – This week I posted the next episode in the saga of my job history.. next Tuesday Lyn Horner is kindly hosting me.

I arrived in the dead of night to the doors of a gothic style hotel in the mountains of Wales and my arrival does little to confirm that I have made the right decision.


Another addition to my Medicine Women’s Larder – Sunflower seeds.

Pet Health

Kittens and Puppies are really cute but finding homes for them can be difficult with so many unwanted pets needing to be adopted. But is you find that you do have a pregnant fur family member, here is some tips.

Thank you so much for dropping in today and for your great support.





Smorgasbord Round Weekly Round Up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur, Brussel Sprouts and Author Media Training

Welcome to the weekly round up where I share my posts from the week and also those of my guests. Those guests are providing a much valued different perspective on topics that I might not cover normally and I thank them so much for their work and time that they spend creating their posts.

Also news of some new ways to promote your books and blog this week and tomorrow the start of the new Sunday Interview show… The Ultimate Bucket List and to show you how it will look… our foodie guest writer Carol Taylor volunteered to be the first victim guest……going out just after midnight.

Resident musical director – William Price King is back with a new music series… the every youthful and dynamic Sir Tom Jones, and this week in the early years, William shares some of his early influences and hits.

Paul Andruss tackles the legend of King Arthur this week which is not an easy thing to do. As you will read, Arthur has been a pawn in other Kings and Emperor’s claims to their position and there might have been a few pretenders along the way too.

Julie Lawford has been with us over the summer with some excellent posts on lifestyle and weight loss and I hope that in the future she will find time to donate some of her archived posts again. This week Julie shares some useful links to healthy living sites and some videos that are worth watching.

Carol Taylor has been adding her special blend of spices and love of fresh produce to the foods that I have showcased in the past as being particularly healthy.. Sally and Carol’s Cook from Scratch is going from strength to strength and we are grateful for you likes, shares and comments. This week the little powerhouse of nutrition… Brussel sprouts.



And in the new series of Posts from your Archives, Pete Johnson from Beetley Pete starts a four week series on posts from his stash. In this post you will also find out how you can participate by giving posts that you would like to share with a new audience a showcase. Look forward to hearing from you.

Milestones along the Way by Geoff Cronin

Last weekend we came to the end of my late father-in-law Geoff’s books with the love story of how Geoff and Joan, his wife of 50 years met.  All his stories are in the directory for you to revisit.

Odd Jobs and Characters – Public House Landlady my host Chris the Story Reading Ape.

This week some challenges in my role as landlady of a pub in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with rather over the top customers courtesy of the ‘booze cruises’ on Saturday nights – Read all about it:

New Series – Media Training for Authors.

I have been an Indie author for 20 years and without a massive budget behind me to get noticed, I had to push open a few doors myself. For most of it is very hard to self-promote, even for someone like myself, who have a background in public speaking at conferences and major events.

We have a tendency to think global with our marketing because we have access to the world via the Internet. But I have always sold more books, especially print books by creating a market in my local environment. When I first began marketing my books there was no Amazon, worldwide web or global readership to the same extent and we relied on local media picking up the story. This sometimes led to nationals then taking an interest. That is how it worked with my first book Size Matters and I enjoyed both local and national coverage. The same applied to my family health book – Just Food for Health that sold well at book fairs, health events and summer fetes.

Most authors that I speak to are seeking international recognition for their work and to become a bestseller. But, there is no harm in getting some much needed experience locally first, before stepping onto the worldwide stage. One reason being, that most national radio stations and media, will be looking to interview authors who have had some experience of being behind a microphone or in front of a camera.  I have adapted my media training course to focus on authors and book marketing.

Here are the first two posts with more tomorrow and next weekend.

Book Promotions

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update

Air Your Reviews – share your most recent rave review with everyone..

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

Blog Promotions – The Blogger Daily now on hold for next week (writing break)

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Smorgasbord Pet Health


Personal Stuff

I underwent a procedure this week that was long overdue.. the process prompted a poem!

Thank you very much for dropping in this week and as always very grateful to see you and get your feedback. Enjoy the rest of the weekend… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Party Guest Playlist, Honey, and Tony Bennett

Welcome to the weekly round up which you may be surprised to discover is shorter and sweeter this week.. My sister is over for the weekend so we are gallivanting about the place. Yesterday was a beautiful day but it did not last long… still one out of three ain’t bad.

Thank you to everyone who popped in, liked, shared and most of all commented.. do love having a chat.

My thanks too for the contributions to the blog and I am so lucky to have such talented people sharing their work here.. Look out for a couple more in the next few weeks.

On with the show which included day three of the End of Summer Party and then several posts featuring the music requests of the guest.

And to bring the party to a close… Paul Andruss was tipped out the door with some final words…

William Price King meets the Legends.. – Happy 90th Birthday Tony Bennett.

William will be back in two weeks after his summer break with a new series.. the wonderful and hip swivelling Sir Tom Jones.

Milestones along the Way by Geoff Cronin

Two more stories from my later father-in-law from Waterford through the decades. The first is the whirlwind romance of his American great uncle of 80 and his new wife of 29.  The second is all about bringing home the bacon.

Writer in Residence – The Dancing Floor of Glastonbury by Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

In June this year thousands descended on Glastonbury in Somerset for a music festival.. As always, images in the media show that there is a certain amount of licence to partake in various shenanigans during the days and nights of the festival.. but there is nothing new in history.. And who knows what ancients stand on Glastonbury Tor looking down on the festival site, laughing at the amateurs emulating a much more fascinating and sometimes deadly time in history.

I also featured a reblog of Paul’s post on Fantastic Creatures.. this week The Thylacene (Tasmanian Tiger)

Guest writer – One foot in front of the other by Julie Lawford

Time for another of Julie Lawford’s inspiring posts on lifestyle and weightloss and this week a look at walking. Something most of us do automatically from about the age of 18 months to two years and continue to do so until we die. There are times when we push ourselves physically to lose weight and that is incredibly hard to sustain day after day.. But walking briskly every day is less of a punishment and more a pleasure… as you will discover from Julie today.

Smorgasbord health – Sally and Carol’s Cook From Scratch – Honey with Carol Taylor

This week we shared the many health benefits of honey with some delicious recipes from Carol to encourage us all to include in our diet.

This week I also explored the health benefits of coconut water and oil.

Pet Health are you breaking the law by not keeping your pet restrained in the car.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

Cafe and bookstore Author Update

Smorgasbord Air Your Reviews

Laughter Academy and Afternoon video

Weekly Image and Haiku

Smorgasbord Reblogs

John Howell hosted the next episode of my true encounters in Odd Jobs and Characters that later was fictionalised into my novel Just an Odd Job Girl.

Colleen Chesebro kindly hosted my post on my encounters with my guardian angel.. according to a Gypsy… a magnificent African Warrior in full regalia.

That is it for this week.. thank you again for all your support and I hope that you will join me again this coming week.

Stay tuned for the new series of The Sunday Show where bloggers and authors can showcase their work…as always a new theme…..

Enjoy the rest of the weekend…



Smorgasbord Laughter Academy – A dip into the archives – dogs, cats and parrots!

I have been delving into the archives and have selected a few jokes that you might have missed or forgotten.. I have my sister here for her first visit to us in our new home in Ireland and I am teaching her how to avoid the puddles……

A couple of Quickies

A man had been contemplating the world’s population,

It’s amazing, he told his friend. Every time I breathe in and out someone dies.

Have you tried mouthwash said his friend

“Doc, I can’t stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home.”

“That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome.”

“Is it common? ”

“It’s not unusual.”


Let’s go cruising the high seas.

An elderly couple were on a cruise and it was really stormy. They were standing on the back of the boat watching the moon, when a wave came up and washed the old woman overboard. They searched for days and couldn’t find her, so the captain sent the old man back to shore with the promise that he would notify him as soon as they found something.

Three weeks went by and finally the old man got a fax from the boat. It read: “Sir, sorry to inform you, we found your wife dead at the bottom of the ocean. We hauled her up to the deck and attached to her butt was an oyster and in it was a pearl worth $50,000 . please advise.” The old man faxed back: “Send me the pearl and re-bait the trap.”


Wayward Parrots

A lady goes to her priest one day and tells him, “Father, I have a
problem. I have two female parrots, but they only know how to say one thing.”

“What do they say?” the priest inquired.

They say, “Hi, we’re good time girls! Do you want to have some fun?”

“That’s obscene!” the priest exclaimed, then he thought for a
moment. “You know”, he said, “I may have a solution to your problem.

I have two male talking parrots, which I have taught to pray and
read the Bible. Bring your two parrots over to my house, and we’ll put them in the cage with Francis and Job. My parrots can teach your parrots to praise and worship, and your parrots are sure to stop saying… that phrase…in no time.”

“Thank you”, the woman responded, “this may very well be the

The next day, she brought her female parrots to the priest’s house. As he ushered her in, she saw that his two male parrots were inside their cage holding rosary beads and praying. Impressed, she walked over and placed her parrots in with them. After a few minutes, the female parrots cried out in unison: “Hi, we’re good time girls! Do you want to have some fun?”

There was stunned silence. Shocked, one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and exclaimed, “Put the beads away, Frank. Our prayers have been answered.”

Giving the dog a proper send off.

Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only a pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked, “Father, my dog is dead. Could ya’ be saying’ a mass for the poor creature?”

Father Patrick replied, “I’m afraid not; we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there’s no tellin’ what they believe. Maybe they’ll do something for the creature.”

Muldoon said, “I’ll go right away Father. Do ya’ think $5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?”

Father Patrick exclaimed, “Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus! Why didn’t ya tell me the dog was Catholic?

catsHave a great weekend.. I will be popping in from time to time to check you are behaving yourselves… don’t do anything that I wouldn’t do!  thanks Sally