Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 10th -16th October 2022 – Kiri Te Kanawa, Royal Navy Memories, Poetry, Food, Podcast, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour

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

Autumn and rushed in this week with gales, storms and plenty of rain. The grass is back to its vibrant green although the trees look very bare. It is however always good to remember that in the spring they will be back to their glory again with even more blossom.

I have been spending the afternoons with tapestry and music exploring my older playlists with music that I don’t get to listen to as often as I would like. I am making good progres with my elephant and her calf and now I have a special pair of glasses that go over my own to increase magnification I am finding it a lot easier. Not to mention I am not missing quite so many stitches.

I am also making good progress on my latest collection and hope to get that on the shelves by the end of November… I have finally settled on a title along the theme of ‘Life’ as for the other recent collections and it was hiding in plain site as you will see!

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the last part of chart hits from 2005 and this coming week we are taking some steps back in time to the music of the 40s and then the 50s until the end of the year.  Also this week the first post in the series on the wonderfully talented Dame Kira Te Kanawa. You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ will be here on Monday morning with her secon post in her Spiritual Awareness series on Angels….and last week she joined me for the laughter posts with some gems she had found on her travels. Over on her own blog you can enjoy Debby’s book review for Luna Saint Claire and The Serpent Awakensand a launch post for the latest book for Jan Sikes.. Follow the link to Debby’s posts D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor was here on Wednesday with her  A-Z of food with the letter ‘I’… on her own blog Monday Musings on Goats and Mental Health Week, World Porridge Day, versatile Eggs, Cuisine of the Faroe Islands, Fragrant roots and Saturday Snippets. Head over to enjoy – CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…9th- 15th October 2022 

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

On with the show

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2005 Part two- Mariah Carey, The Killers, John Legend, Michael Buble

William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – The Early Years

Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – ‘I’ is for Icing, Ink Fish, Indian Black Salt, Infusing Immortalittea and Irish Stew…

#Flash Fiction – Musical Interlude and Reunion by Sally Cronin

#Memoir – Life on the Ocean Wave – Chapter Two – Royal Navy Training -1936 and two encounters with the King and HMS Nelson by Eric Coleman

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Poetry – Dorothy Cronin (1949 – 2006) – ‘Immortality’

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – Getting Moving and shifting the pounds by Sally Cronin

#Romance #Paranormal Saddled Hearts (The White Rune Series Book 3) by Jan Sikes


Previous Reviews 2021 – #Poetry – Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by Balroop Singh

New Book on the Shelves – #Paranormal #Thriller – Pre-Order Ghost Mark (Dark Dreams Book 2) by JP Mclean

#Preorder – #Family – Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) by Jacquie Biggar

#Anthology – Distant Flickers: Stories of Identity & Loss Rita Baker, Amy Wallen, Elizabeth Gauffreau, Joyce Yarrow, Donna Koros Stramella,​ Jim Metzner​, Keith Madsen,​ Carol LaHines

Jacqueline Lambert #Reviews- Kat the Dog: The Remarkable Tale of a Rescued Spanish Water Dog by Alyson Sheldrake

The Rise of Short Stories by Gwen Plano

#SightImpairment – #Dogtraining by Patty Fletcher

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Psychology and the Law, Overseas Posting

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Surgery options and military jokes


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


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 5th – 11th September 2022 – Chart Hits 2003, #Irishlife 1930s, Podcast Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour

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

I hope that despite Mercury Retrograted (thanks Debby for the head’s up) you have had a good week.

Of course the news has been dominated by the sad death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. It is incredible to see the outpouring of love and respect for this unwaveringly dedicated monarch around the world and there have been tears as both young and old feel the loss of her presence in our lives.

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I was christened during Coronation week in June 1953 and she has been Queen my entire life. Being from a service family her portrait adorned every establishment and was celebrated at every occasion instilling a fascination and respect for the monarchy from a very early age. During her reign she united us during times of crisis and also during times of jubilation both at home and throughout the Commonwealth.

How wonderful that she was able to take part in the Jubilee this year and I know that her tea party with Paddington Bear will be remembered by millions for years to come.

There are some who wonder what the next few years will bring with King Charles III on the throne. My feeling is that he has had an amazing teacher and role model and also wishes to leave the monarchy as a strong institution for Prince William to take the reins eventually.

There are many wonderful videos on The Royal Family channel and here is are reminder of that tea party and an amazing sense of humour.The Royal Family RIP Your Majesty and thank you.

In the midst of the mourning for the Queen, it is also a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives on September 11th 2001. A day that rocked the world and left its scars on thousands who lost loved ones. Our thoughts are with them today.

Contributor News this week.

William Price King joined me for The Breakfast Show for the chart hits from 2003 and shared the next post in the life and music of the great Pavarotti. We are working on 2023 Breakfast Shows already and we will be exploring the Big Band Era from January. You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​  was here on Monday with another of her fascinating posts on spiritual awareness...Empaths and Energy Sucking Vampires and Narcissists (we have all met them!) on her own blog shares a wonderful tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II and the love and respect she garnered around the world including Commonwealth countries. Also news of her new podcast Grief Diaries coming soon, evidence that Mercury retrograde is already causing technical issues and other shenanigans and her Sunday Book Review for They Call Me Mom by Pete Springer.. plenty to keep you engaged…D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor will be here on Wednesday with her next A-Z of food with the letter ‘G’… on her own blog she has some wonderful posts including her tribute to Queen Elizabeth, September Green Kitchen, Aromatic Leaves and Saturday Musings where ‘Bleed’ is the prompt.. Head over to enjoy Carol Cooks Two

Thank you too for all your visits, comments and shares during the week. As always very much appreciated…♥

On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 2003 Part One – Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, 3 Doors Down, Christina Aguilera, Blue and Elton John

William Price King meets the Music Legends – #Classical – Luciano Pavarotti – 1980s – Media, Princess Diana, Charity

Spiritual Awareness – Empaths and Energy Sucking Vampires and Narcissists by D.G. Kaye

Size Matters: The Sequel – #Morbid Obesity – #Weightloss – The Project Plan for Success

Podcast – #Poetry and #Flash – The Duchess and True Grit by Sally Cronin

Massage Therapy, Essential Oils

Ancient Healing Therapies – Indian Head Massage by Sally Cronin

Milestones Along the Way – #Waterford #1930s #Tobacco – Smoke Signals by Geoff Cronin

Milestones Along the Way – #Waterford – 1940s – The Hundred Plants by Geoff Cronin

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

#Children’s – Haunted Halloween Holiday by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

– #Western #Romance – Geller’s Find by Sandra Cox

#PaintedEggs #Family D. Wallace Peach

#Motivation – #Meditation #TarotReading #DragonOracleCard by Jan Sikes

#Spain The Holy Grail in Valencia by Darlene Foster

#Bookreview The Attendant by Tony Powers – Elizabeth Gauffreau

#Monarchs in My Garden by Miriam Hurdle

Summer Book Fair 2022 – #Children’s #Baking Dawn Doig, #Dog #Navy Patricia Furstenberg

Host Malcolm Allen – Kleptomania and Sheep Dip

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – #Energy and Marital Advice Part Two


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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – June 20th -26th 2022 – Garden, Roberta Flack, St. Barts, Culinary A-Z, Stories, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour

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

A very wet and windy day which we are not unhappy about as we have had no rain for what seems a record 9 days!  Well there were a couple of quick showers which meant I didn’t have to water the pot plants on a couple of days but they don’t count!  I did get some quality sun and reading times in the back garden however and reviews to follow in coming weeks.

My planting efforts in the early spring are bearing fruit… so here are a few more flowers…which I hope will brighten your day.

Thanks as ever to three amazing contributors who make blogging even more of a pleasure.

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the second part of the hits from 1997 and for the second part of the series about Roberta Flack. You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies took us to St. Barts on Monday and found some great funnies to share. Over on her blog you can you can catch up with her posts including her book review for Bearing the Unbearable by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, a very interesting Q&A with Sci-fi author Wendy Van Camp and holiday reading choices… what are yours? .. D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor joined me on Wednesday with a repeat of her wonderful series A-Z of foods beginning with the letter A. Carol is in England for a month to visit her family but has left her blog well stocked. This week a recipe for jerked chicken and pineapple skewers, a look in the larder at vinegar, sauces and condiments, a close look at the mayonnaise we buy in a jar and Saturday Snippets with ‘Grace’ the theme.  You can find all her posts Carol Cooks2

Thanks too for all your visits, comments and shares this week… they mean a great deal..♥

On with the show…..

Chart Hits 1997 Part Two – Toni Braxton, Madonna, Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Roberta Flack – 1970s and 1980s

The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – #Caribbean – St. Barts.

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Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – Almond Milk, Arrowroot, Aubergines dip #Thai and Avocado Guacamole.

Food Therapy Rewind – Sunflower Seeds, Sunshine all year round.


The Betrothal Gift by Sally Cronin

– #Romance, #Humour – Chapter Twenty – A new life by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives -#Memoir #Waterford #Ireland 1920s – The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

#Poetry – Hues Of Hope: Selected Poetry by Balroop Singh

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Springer

#Marriage – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete)

#Paranormal #Romance – A Voice in the Silence by D.L. Finn

First in Series – #Paranormal #Romance Jan Sikes, #Psychological #Mystery Joan Hall

#Dogs Darlene Foster, #Family Pete Springer, #WIP D.Wallace Peach, #WPGremlins Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Recipe Robbie Cheadle, #Schoolsout Jennie Fitzkee

– #Poetrycontest Colleen Chesebro, #DriveThrues John Howell, #Runes Jan Sikes, #Reviews Diana Peach, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #TenThings Marcia Meara and Alex Craigie

Host Malcolm Allen – Life Drawings and the Old Wild West

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Star Wars and Alexander the Great


Thanks so much for dropping and all your support during the week.. stay safe…Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up.. 14th – 20th November 2021 – Boosters, Thanksgiving, Hits 1982, Green Kitchen, Ghosts, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour

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

The end of another week and winter is knocking on our door here with a cold front moving in. Like so many countries in Europe cases of Covid have been on the increase and I am glad to be having my booster on Tuesday… thankfully unlike last time where I had to make a 100 mile round trip it is locally.

The government is asking those who can to work from home again and there is a distinct possibility of a lockdown at Christmas which will be a sad blow for so many families who hoped that they could for the first time in two years enjoy a family celebration. However, especially with older family members it is safer to be safe.

I expect that those of you celebrating Thanksgiving in some states are also bearing this in mind on Thursday, especially as it is a time when millions board planes and travel through congested areas.

Still, however restricted it might be, I wish you a Happy and safe Thanksgiving. Whilst is not a holiday we celebrate here,I have a post going out early on Thursday to share my own thanks for special people here and in the writing community… and to share some news about 2022.

Tuesday however also marks the beginning of the Christmas Book Fair as there are a lot of authors to promote before the day. I will be featuring writers in both the Cafe and Bookstore and the Children’s Reading Room through the rest of November and then December, and hope it will help encourage readers to enjoy the books for themselves or for gifts.

Also this week on Wednesday D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies is back with her final Relationship Column of the year… always wise words to look forward to.

As always I am very grateful to the contributors to the blog and this week William Price King and Carol Taylor provided their expertise in The Breakfast Show and The Green Kitchen.

Thank you for all the support this week and I love both your visits and comments..they keep me motivated..

On with the show….

Chart Hits 1982 Part Two – Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, Dionne Warwick

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – Christmas Special 2021 – DIY presents, Sustainable Trees and Gifts, Cheesecake and Pickles.

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1975 – Gravesend, You Sexy Thing, Ghosts and shark invested water by Sally Cronin

1976 – The Harbour Lights, Cowes, Weekend Invasions, Bay City Rollers and Abba

#History – Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories by Patricia Furstenberg

Book Reviews – Rewind 2017 – #Afghanistan – #Romance – No More Mulberries by Mary Smith

Guest Posts – #Influencers – Mark and me by Anne Goodwin

#Daydreaming Robbie Cheadle, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #RoastVeg The New Vintage Kitchen

Nutrients the body needs – Print off Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Sally Cronin

– My One Word for 2021 #OneWord2021 by Sarah Brentyn

#Publishing Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie (Part I) by D.Wallace Peach

#Family – I loved my mother, although I didn’t know it by Eva Hnzido

#Reading Aloud & Reading – There’s a Big Difference – Jennie Fitzkee

#Charity – Red Nose Day 2021 by Sue Wickstead

#BookReview from Harmony Kent for An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse  Life.

#Disability Dawn Doig, #Fantasy Janice Spina

#Preorder – #Romance – The woman who felt invisible by Lizzie Chantree

New Book on the Shelves – #Romance No Such Luck (Keystone Couples) by Staci Troilo

#YAParanormal Teri Polen, #Autism Karen Ingalls, #NativeAmerican Andrew Joyce

#Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #MentalHealth Anne Goodwin, #WWII Paulette Mahurin

#Sci-fi John L. DeBoer and Jean Jacques, #Design Valentina Cirasola, #Family #Drama Mary Crowley


November 16th 2021 – Funnies and Bad Dad Jokes Host Sally Cronin

Just for Writers – Sources Anon by Sally Cronin


Thank you so much for dropping in during the week and leaving comments and sharing.. I hope you will join me again next week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 23rd – 29th May 2021 -1970s hits, short stories, book reviews, Bloggers, health and funnies

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

Nothing really of great interest to report around here this week. I am trying to keep calm and avoid overdue excitement as there is a promised whole day of dry and sunny weather tomorrow from 5 a.m to 10 p.m – no guesses as to where I am going to be and I will be taking photographs as proof of the sunshine to pin on the wall in case it is the only summer we get!

I will be applying for a hair appointment this week as they have been open since 16th May and hopefully all the ladies who wanted their colour and streaks done have been accommodated and I can get in for a cut and blow dry. Last year I managed two appointments in the brief hiatus between full lock downs and I have been cutting my own hair now since July!  David has been tidying the back with the clippers and all in all we have managed quite well.. But it looks like I have been pulled through a hedge backwards.

I will celebrate with a new profile photo when it is done… I know you can’t wait! lol

Just a reminder that Meet the Authors begins tomorrow featuring current authors in the Cafe and Bookstore through the summer..

My thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies, Daniel Kemp and Malcolm Allen for providing the music and laughter.. and to you for all your support, comments and shares during the week.

1970 Part One. The Carpenters, Jackson Five, Edison Lighthouse, Brotherhood of Man 

Chapter Three – The Last Emperor  

Anne – Favour and Grace 

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Etheree – Cascade by Sally Cronin

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #WWII – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton. 

Past Book Reviews 2020 -#Murder #Mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello 

Past Book Reviews – #Memoir #Hitchhiking – A Backpack, A Chair and A Beard by Eamon Wood 

Laughter is the Best Medicine – The health benefits 

Family Health A-Z – Anemia – Foods to boost your blood health #Anaemia #Fatigue

Allergies – Scratching, itching, sneezing – Industrial Pet food vs. Homecooked  

#Huguenot #History – A massacre which will always be remembered – St Bartholomew’s by Joyce Hampton 

#Hawaii – My Aloha experience by D.L. Finn 

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Le Périphérique, Congested Beltway Of Paris To Become Greenspace by Carol A. Seidl.

Book Reviews: Their Importance and How to Write Them by J. Q. Rose 

Monday May 24th 2021 – #Tributes Stevie Turner, #Authors Donna Parker, #WritingTips D.G. Kaye 

#Photographers Cindy Knoke and Wayne Barnes Tofino 

#Profiles – Bloggers – Motivators and Inspirers – The Story Reading Ape, Annette Rochelle Aben

#Travel #Mystery Darlene Foster, #Fantasy Maria Matthews

#Contemporary The Gilded Beaver by Margaret Lindsay Holton 

#Historical – Turn of the Tide (The Munro Scottish Saga Book 1) by Margaret Skea 

#Fantasy – Lunar Boogie (The Hat Book 4) by C.S. Boyack 

New Book on the Shelves – Pre-Order Price – #Crime #Thriller Death Beneath the Covers (Foxy Mysteries Book 1) by Fiona Tarr 

#Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Poetry Elizabeth Merry, #Historical J.E. Spina, #Psychological Joan Hall

May 25th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – The Glories of Maturity Part One 

May 27th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – The Glories of Maturity Part Two

Malcolm Allen – #Literature – A Novel Approach and Fighting Words

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – May 28th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Extra Cash and Army Life 


Thanks very much for joining me today and I hope you will drop in again next week.. enjoy your weekend.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Weekly Round Up – 31st January – 6th February 2021 – 1960s Music, Bloggers, Book Reviews, Hormones, Shortstories, Slowcooking and Funnies

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

I hope everyone is doing well and not to badly impacted by the winter storms across America and Europe… we don’t tend to get snow very often in our part of the Irish coast but it looks like we may well get hit tomorrow and then a freeze next week. I took the precaution of doing the weekly shop today instead of Monday and went early. By the time I was leaving at 10.00 the built up as a lot of others had the same idea.

Virus numbers seem to be coming down although not early enough here at the moment. We shall see if the March 5th lifting of restrictions will take place.

In the meantime as one of the five million people still choosing to use the Classic Editor.. I was furious when they updated the programme two days ago which now means adding two steps instead of one to inserting images, short links, centering text, bolding text, adding colour, and italics. Thankfully there are a few keyboard shortcuts for some, but otherwise you now have to click an up arrow to the editing icons instead of them being visible whilst you format the post. Pain in the butt and another move in my opinion to drive us into using the block editor.. underhand.

Of course unless you are a paid subscriber to  WordPress you cannot access help in person. The irony is that if they could guarantee that I could retain the classic editor and keep the current format, I would be happy to pay them an annual subscription. I am sure that most of the other 5 million people still using the Classic Editor would probably be happy to do so.

The latest news from the forums is that they say, if the demand is still there after December 31st 2021, they will reconsider supporting it into 2022.

Whilst it might sound like I am an entrenched luddite, it is more down to the way I blog, which is several times a day. I appreciate that for many that is breaking the rules of blogging, but my vision was of a magazine style blog with varied topics and an effective book marketing platform. I am not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but if they keep mucking around with the functionality of the editor then I will be looking at making some changes.

I love doing this and it is frustrating when I can’t do it the way I want.   Which incidentally was their grand opening mission statement.. ‘Your blog, Your Way.’

Anyway.. enough of the rant.

Thanks very much for keeping me motivated by your visits and comments…  Also to the guests this week who are participating in the Breakfast Show specials and the Posts from the Archives.

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1962 – Part One

The Breakfast Show – 1960s Hits Part Two – Special Guests John W. Howell and Jennie Fitzkee

July 1986 – Rafting on the Guadaloupe

What’s in a Name? – Patrick – Love in a Time of War

What’s in a Name? – Martha The System Administrator

#1960s #Thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers

#Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Familysaga – The Memory by Judith Barrow

Past Book Reviews 2020 – a kiss for the worthy: #Poetry inspired by the Walt Whitman poem ‘Leaves of Grass’ (A Love Poetry Trilogy Book 2) by Frank Prem

#PersonalPower #Standards by Toni Pike

#Finance – Reversal of Fortune by Sharon Marchisello

#Life – Nature’s Hideaway – Pond Party! – Observations by D.G. Kaye

#Writing D.G. Kaye, #Blogging Pete Springer, #Zucchini Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen

#Greece Eat Dessert First, Mairzy Doats by Elizabeth Gauffreau, #FlashFiction Janet Gogerty

#TVReview D.G. Kaye, #Mushrooms Carol Taylor, #Poetry Recap Colleen M. Chesebro

#WildDogs Patricia Furstenberg, #Tofu Jemima Pett, #SueVincent Carrot Ranch


Turning Back the Clock 2021 -Anti-Aging and The Hormone Factor

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– #Cheetahs Patricia Furstenberg, #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Nature Joyce Murphy

New Release -#Fantasy Heather Kindt, Reviews- #Poetry/Prose M.J. Mallon, #Paranormal Romance Stevie Turner

#Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, Fiona Tarr, #Comingofage Bette A. Stevens

Reviews #Family Christa Polkinhorn, #Shortstories Karen Ingalls, #Sc-fi Sandra J. Jackson

February 2nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Wine Day and One Liners

February 4th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Margaritas and Flying Companions. Posted on February 4, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – February 2021 – Another Open Mic Night


Thank you very much for dropping in this week and for your support.. enjoy the weekend and I hope you will join me again next week..