Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – January 17th – 23rd 2022 – Hits 1986, Nat King Cole, Winter Sun destinations, Healthy Eating, Book Reviews, Funnies


Welcome to the round up with the posts from the week you might have missed.

A grey overcast day here in Ireland but at least it is dry and in fact I might have to water the pot plants in the front of the house which is almost unheard of during the winter months!

Not a great deal to report on the home front. I am just waiting until the end of the month to book my hotels for my planned trip to the UK for my sister’s 80th. We are still around the 6,000 mark here and the UK hovering around the 100,000. Hopefully that downward trend will continue in the next couple of weeks. Some of the paperwork, tests etc are being lifted from Monday.. they were put in place to prevent the spread of Omicron but that ship has sailed. There are murmurs about other variants but the general premis is that we are going to have to live with it. I am as boosted as I can be including the flu jab and have my travel permit, fingers crossed.

I did get out and about during the week and was delighted to be the guest of award winning author Janice Spina for an interview. Janice also very kindly reviewed Life is Like a Mosaic… so a double pleasure.

Interview with Author Sally Cronin

It is such a pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog. Today, please help me welcome talented author/poet/nutritionist Sally Cronin!

Thank you so much, Sally, for coming today to share a little bit about yourself and your lovely books. I am excited to have you here! The floor is yours! 

Head over to join us: Interview and review with Janice Spina

As ever I am very grateful for the contributions by William Price King, Debby Gies and Carol Taylor and I hope you will check out their posts and enjoy the music, travel and food.

And thank you for dropping in and reading, liking, commenting and sharing the posts.. it keeps me motivated.

On with the show….

Chart Hits 1986 Part Two – Peter Gabriel, Billy Ocean, The Bangles, Lionel Richie

William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole – The 1950s

Three Winter Sun Destinations – Kauai, Hawaii, Malta and Martinique

Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiency – Vitamin B1 – Wholegrains, Mackeral, Pork, Pineapple, Eggs, Asparagus

#Winning Streak – The Charity Shop

Winning Streak – The Date

Tales from the Garden – The Santuary

The Gentle Detox – Part Three – Pre-Weight Loss – Willpower booster

#Interview Annika Perry on Priorhouse, #Writing Traci Kenworth, #Characters D.Wallace Peach, #Review Robbie Cheadle, #Writerlinks D.G. Kaye, #Stories Allan Hudson

Oh Baubles: A Christmas Romance Novella by Harmony Kent

#Christmas #Romance – Love Me by Jacquie Biggar

New Book on the Shelves – #Biography #WWI, Queen Victoria, #Adventures, Lucky Jack by S. Bavey

Personal Recommendations – #Paranormal Robbie Cheadle, #Western #Romance Sandra Cox, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pizza, Coffee and Breaking and Entering

January 20th 2022 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Eye openers and Husbanding

 

Thanks for dropping in and have a lovely week ahead   Sally.

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine –January 20th 2022 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Eye openers and Husbanding


Author Daniel Kemp entertains us again with his funnies from: Danny Kemp .. Always a place to find funnies and jokes to cheer you up… plus some satirical political commentary on politicians at home and abroad.

 

An eye opener

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pyjamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room, the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door.

As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap, and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pyjamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’

She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?’ ‘Yes,’ was his incredulous reply. She answered,

‘Well, today I didn’t do it.’”

Be careful what you wish for….

So, Ronnie and Eric are in their usual haunt having a few refreshments.

Ronnie says to Eric, “I just finished reading a new book entitled “You Can Be the Man of Your House.”

“So, I went into the kitchen and walked directly up to my wife.”

Ronnie continued “Following the book’s advice I pointed a finger in her face and said sternly,

“from now on, you need to know that I am the man of this house and that my word is the law!” Undaunted he carried on.

“You will prepare me my favourite meal tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, you will serve me my favourite dessert.”

”After dinner, you are going to run me my bath so I can relax. You will wash my back and towel me dry and bring me my robe. Then you will massage my feet and hands.”

“After that’s done, guess who’s going to dress me and comb my hair?”

Eric asks, what did she say to that?”

Ronnie sighs then replies, “she stared at me for a moment then said,

“Well Ronnie, the undertaker would be my first guess.”

My thanks to Danny for allowing me to raid his Facebook: Danny Kemp

About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel –The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do?

In May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows best; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning.

He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as –the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live’ television in the UK.

A selection of books by Daniel Kemp

A review for Once I Was A Soldier

billierosie 5.0 out of 5 stars Once I was a Soldier by Daniel Kemp Reviewed in the United Kingdom

Once I was a Soldier by Daniel Kemp is the second in a trilogy that opened with What Happened in Vienna Jack? Once I was a Soldier picks up the narrative some 20 years later. It’s not obvious, at first, because the characters seem new, but if you have read the first book, you will realise, slowly, slowly that you have met these characters before.

This is a thriller of the highest quality. I’ve made the comparison between John le Carre and Daniel Kemp before. Both of these writers have agile, creative minds and both are experts in their chosen fields of espionage and the politics of the era.

The theme of Once I was a Soldier is power. People crave power, even if they already have it, they are greedy and want more. Those in power are afraid of losing it and guard it jealously.

The novel opens with an abuse of power. Melissa Iverson has inherited a vast fortune. Her lawyer reads her the contents of her Father’s Will. Her Father has made provisions for his two elderly, much loved servants, leaving them a house in which to live out their days. But the clause isn’t water tight and Melissa demands that the elderly couple are thrown out of their home immediately. This abuse of power drives the narrative.

This is some of the finest erotica I’ve read. The writer lulls the reader into believing that sex and wealth are so high on the agenda that we are reading a narrative that lures us into the sexually determined world of Jackie Collins, or Shirley Conran.

And neither is this Agatha Christie, there’s no room for Miss Marple here. There is a change of mood and pace that is shocking. We stumble into a gritty, dark world…the characters with whom we thought were safe and dependable are not what they have seemed. Who are their masters? Who truly, ultimately has power? We don’t know and for the most part we never find out, we can only guess. but the final pages bring us back to the narrative…it is shocking, leaving us in no doubt that evil really does exist.

If you like your reading to be challenging, if you like the mystery of where Daniel Kemp is taking you..be warned, Once I was a Soldier is disturbing, but you will enjoy the journey.

Read the reviews and buy the books also in audio: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – follow Daniel: Goodreads – Website: Author Danny Kemp – Facebook: Books by Daniel – Twitter:@danielkemp6

Thanks for visiting and I know Danny would love your feedback..Have a good weekend…Sally

 

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Pizza, Coffee and Breaking and Entering


Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies and her neighbour Marilyn who has donated for our enjoyment followed by some jokes from Sally.

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 her neighbour Marilyn for expert 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: Winter Sun destinations

Now for a few words on the subject of Marriage from Sally

Family Christmas

A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says,“I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.”

‘Dad, what are you talking about?’ the son screams.

“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer” the father says. “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her.”

Franticly, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.

“Like hell they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!” She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. ‘Sorted! They’re coming for Christmas – and they’re paying their own way.’

Breaking and entering

A man went to the Police Station wishing to speak with the burglar who had broken into his house the night before. “You’ll get your chance in court.” said the Desk Sergeant. “No, no no!” said the man. “I want to know how he got into the house without waking my wife. I’ve been trying to do that for years!”

 

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you will enjoy the funnies coming up in 2022… thanks Sally and Debby.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th January 2022 – Hits 1980s, Nat King Cole, Short stories, Podcast, Health, Reviews, Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I hope that wherever you live you are also seeing a drop in cases this week.. good news on both the UK and Irish front. Fingers crossed it bodes well for my trip to the UK at the end of February for my eldest sister’s 80th.. a chance to see family again after over two years.

Some sunshine this week and with the slightly longer days it certainly makes a difference. I actually wrapped up and sat outside for an hour which was just what I needed to boost my spirits….

Thanks to William Price King who is now with us Tuesdays for The Breakfast Show and on Friday’s with his music column.. delighted that they are both being enjoyed and thanks for your comments.

This coming week Debby Gies will be sharing some winter sunshine breaks along with an current advisory travel links, although most places seem to be open.

Carol Taylor will be joining me on Wednesday for another Cook from Scratch to prevent deficiency… and this week a look at Vitamin B1.

Although not with us this last week with their contributions on the blog, Debby and Carol have been busy as always with their own posts.

Debby Gies responded to the challenge set by D.Wallace Peach with a great poem that sums up the state of our TBR’s perfectly: Writing Challenge – The TBR Pile | Myths of the Mirror – The challenge runs to 23rd January so you might like to pay tribute to your TBR too..

Carol Taylor was the guest of Rebecca Budd this week talking about her life, dreams and of course a celebration of food.. head over to enjoy: Tea, Toast and Trivia Carol Taylor and Rebecca Budd

You can also find all of Carol’s posts in her weekly round up:  Monday Musings, Health, Ezekiel Bread, Stale Bread and Saturday Snippets,

Please don’t forget to let me know if you have a new books coming out soon either on pre-order or available on Amazon. Very happy to do a promotion… email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com with the link.  If I need anything else I will let you know.

Thank you very much for your support this week and I do love to hear from you when you visit.. it makes my day.

On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1986 Part One – Dionne Warwick, Lionel Ritchie, Simply Red, Robert Palmer

Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole – 1940s

Smorgasbord Podcast – Tales from The Garden – The Guardians

Connections – Long Lost Love

Winning Streak.. The Scratch Card

Thriller – The Hurler by Jack Talbot

The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with!

#Moonshine #WWII -Novella – Father by Allan Hudson

Personal Recommendations – #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Memoirs #Nonfiction D.G. Kaye, #Thriller #Paranormal John W. Howell

– #Dystopian #Thrillers Terry Tyler, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro, #Memoir #Teaching Pete Springer

#Writersblock Alison Williams, #New Carol Taylor, #Books2021 Jan Sikes, #Topposts Jacqui Murray, #Snow Jennie Fitzkee

The Senior Team pass the the funnies along – Showers and Mirror Images

 

Enjoy your week ahead and stay safe.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Laughter is the Best Medicine – The Senior Team pass the the funnies along – Liars and Social Distancing


My sister Diana and her friends have been busy the last week and here are some of their recent gems.

 

We hope you are leaving with a smile on your face…Happy New Year… thanks Sally and the Senior Team.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – December 26th – January 2nd 2022 – New Schedule, Starship, NY Party, Shortstories, Reviews, Bloggers and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts bridging the gap between 2021 and 2022…

Happy New Year and wishing us all a healthy, wealthy and love filled year whatever life and opportunistic pathogens throw at us.

We had a quiet Christmas and New Year with plenty of movies, good food and the occasional glass of cheer. As with most countries there has been an avalanche of cases here topping 23,000 yesterday, which for a country with only 5 million people.. is high. Thankfully the trend of deaths associated with Omicron is lower than previous variants and there is evidence from other countries such as South Africa that it comes in fast and furious and then burns itself out… Fingers crossed it is its last attempt to infect the world and we see a more positive outcome in 2022.

We have not made resolutions for many years but we have made plans. To redecorate the house and put in the market by the summer. Find a new home further down the south east coast of Ireland, possibly between Wexford and Waterford. And once moved it would be good to be able to travel a little before coming back to settle down with a new fur baby.

Flexibility and adaptability have to be built in to those plans, but that is something we are prepared for.  And there is also time allocated for me to finish some of my writing projects and read more books in 2022.

As always I have had help this week between Christmas and New Year by much appreciated friends and collaborators – William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen.

In 2022 William and I will continue with The Breakfast Show on Tuesdays… and I am also sharing updated posts from William’s two series – Jazz Icons and Music Greats on Fridays over the year.

D.G. Kaye’s Travel Column Rewind begins tomorrow morning with updates on travel restrictions for all the countries featured, which are open for tourism.

Carol Taylor and I will reshare the posts Cook from Scratch to prevent Deficiency from this Wednesday.

The Health Column returns on Thursday with the series The Gentle Detox to get you into 2022 in good shape.

The new Smorgasbord Bookshelf kicks off with two new releases during the week and the new series of Meet the Authors begins on the 10th.

There will be afternoon videos, some funnies, short stories and a blogger daily.

I hope you will enjoy the new schedule and join us when you have the time. As always I am so appreciative of your support

On with the show

Chart Hits 1985 Part One – Sade, Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & The News, Jefferson Starship

appy New Year 2022 – Music to get the party started – hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin – Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, ABBA, Swing

Short Story – Technology – The Weekly Shop

Short Story – Technology – DNA

The new Smorgasbord Bookshelf of personally recommended authors and their books

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#Children’s – Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Romance Jan Sikes, #Romance Staci Troilo, #Shortstories Mae Clair, #Thriller Jane Buckley

#Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Bookreviews Terry Tyler, #Christmas Carol Taylor, #Donation Jennie Fitzkee, #Videos D. G. Kaye, #Farewell to a friend.

January 2nd 2022 – #Pinenuts Carol Taylor, #Reviews Gwen Plano, Colleen Chesebro, Jan Sikes, #Spotlight C.S. Boyack

Head over to find out more about the health benefits of laughter and some funnies to get you started: Laughter the best Medicine 2022

December 28th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Balance and Remote Controls…

December 30th 2021 – Malcolm Allen Rewind – E-Reader and Pole Dancing

 

Thanks for joining me during this week of fesitivites and wishing you a very healthy, happy and wealthy 2022….

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – 11th – 18th December 2021 – Chart Hits, Christmas Book Fair, Book Reviews, 12 Days of Christmas and Funnies.


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

I find it hard to believe that it is Christmas next Saturday and as expected a lot of confusion and new restrictions to navigate before the big day. It looks like at the moment, despite some tweaks to the policies in place families can still have Christmas together here in Ireland, but the signs are that it will be a lockdown in the New Year as a result.

The scientists are warily predicting that this is Covid’s last wave as it burns itself out, and we can only fevently hope that is the case and 2022 will prove them right.

In the meantime.. I hope you will enjoy some of the Christmas celebrations during the week.

Thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Carol Taylor for aiding and abetting the shenanigans… and to you for dropping in and joining in with the festivities.

On with the show…

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1984 Part Two – Cyndi Lauper , Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins-

#Christmas #Family – Mountain Laurel Christmas by Jan Sikes

Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – #Turkey – Perfectly Roasted

– What about us? – Christmas treats for pets and homecooked dinners

#Review Olga Nunez Miret, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Funnies Story Reading Ape, #Interview Rebecca Budd and Debby Gies, #Family Pete Springer

The First Day of Christmas with guests Mary Smith, Jacquie Biggar #Food Carol Taylor – Mince Pies and Egg Nog

The Second Day of Christmas with guests Darlene Foster, Miriam Hurdle #Food from Carol Taylor, Christmas Pudding and Margaritas

The Third Day of Christmas with guests – Jennie Fitzkee, Lisa Thomson #Food Carol Taylor, Camembert Puffs and Mulled Wine

The Fourth Day of Christmas with guests Norah Colvin, Amy Reade #Food Carol Taylor, Carrot Soup and Champagne

The Fifth Day of Christmas with guests – D.G. Kaye, Lizzie Chantree, Joy Lennick, #Food Carol Taylor, Bread sauce and Snowballs

The Sixth Day of Christmas with guests William Price King, Annette Rochelle Aben, Jan Sikes, #Food Carol Taylor, Ricotta, Blackberry and Walnut Toasts and Cranberry Cocktail

Books by Sally Cronin – Free Book Give Away

#Shortstories – #Canada M. L. Holton, #Crime Jane Risdon, #Multigenre Jean Wilson and Joy Lennick, #Flash Sarah Brentyn, #Suspense Audrey Driscoll

#Children’s – #Seadog Patricia Furstenberg, #Ghosts Emily-Jane Hills Orford, #Environment Kathleen Jae, #Poetry Victoria Zigler

#Mystery #Thrillers – Mary Anne Edwards, D.L.Finn, Joan Hall, Daniel Kemp

#Children’s – #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Mystery Elizabeth Merry, #GuineaPigs Jemima Pett

Drama Mary Crowley, #Thriller Gwen Plano, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle, #Gothic #Supernatural Adele Marie Park

#Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, Lorinda J. Taylor, #Shortstories J. E. Spina, #History #Communism Mark Lee Myers

#TimeTravel Rob Shackleford, #Historical, #Spiritual K. Lewis Adair, #ComingofAge Nancy Blodgett Klein

December 14th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin- Blame Game and Optimism vs. Pessimism..

December 14th 2021 – Santa Shenanigans and Festive Mishaps Part Two

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed.. please join me again next week for some more fun and games. Sally.