Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Guest Comedian D.G. Kaye and Jokes from the archives

Debby Gies has been scouring the Internet for some funnies to share with you as my guest… D.G. Kaye Writer Blog and I have been delving into the archives for a joke or two.

Thanks Debby…you are a star.

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Now for a couple of jokes from the archives

Ancient Mummy discovered..

An archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert and came upon a casket containing a mummy. After examining it, he called the curator of a prestigious museum.

“I’ve just found a 3,000 year old mummy,” said the archaeologist. “It’s a man who died of heart failure.”

“Bring it in,” said the curator. “We’ll check it out.”

A week later, the amazed curator called the archaeologist. “You were exactly right about the mummy’s age and cause of death,” he said. “How in the world did you know?”

“Easy,” the archaeologist replied. “He was holding a piece of papyrus that said ‘10,000 shekels on Goliath.’”

Thanks to Silicon India..for that one..

Taxi Driver’s First Day on the Job

During a ride in a taxicab, the rider touched the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question.

Upon the touch, the cab driver flinched, screamed, then went into a panic and almost wrecked the cab. Finally the driver got control and pulled to side of road.

Still shaking, he turned to his rider and apologized. He said, “Sorry about that. This is my first day as a cab driver. For the past 20 years I have driven a hearse”.

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


Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Guest Comedians D.G. Kaye and Eric and Joy Lennick.

I have two guest comedians today…some funnies that were spotted by D.G. Kaye Writer Blog and Eric and Joy Lennick Amazon have contributed the joke..

First some funnies from Debby Gies…

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And to finish a limerick from Eric Lennick


A lady whose name was Theresa
shut her old man in the freezer.
By playing the field…
he got himself killed,
and he’s now with the sprouts and the pizza.”

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I hope you have enjoyed these funnies and if you have any you would like to contribute, new material is always welcome… send your favourite jokes to and get a mention for your books and blog too..

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Guest Comedians D.G. Kaye and Linda Bethea

More funnies from the eagle-eyed D.G. Kaye Writer Blog 

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Thanks very much Debby and here is a joke to finish you off from the blog of the ever entertaining Linda Bethea

Farmer Brown had dozens of hens, but no rooster, so he goes down the road to the next farmer and asks if he has a rooster for sale. The other farmer says, “Yeah, I’ve this great rooster, named Rudy. He’ll service every chicken you got, no problem.” Well, Rudy the rooster costs a lot of money, but, farmer decides he’d be worth it. So, he buys him and takes the rooster home. He then sets him down in the barnyard and gives the rooster a pep talk, “Rudy, I want you to pace yourself now. You’ve got a lot of chickens to service here, and you cost me a lot of money. Consequently, I’ll need you to do a good job. “So, take your time and have some fun,” the farmer ended with a chuckle.

Rudy seemed to understand, so the farmer points toward the hen house, and Rudy took off like a shot. WHAM! He nails every hen in the hen house three or four times, and the farmer is really shocked. After that the farmer hears a commotion in the duck pen, sure enough, Rudy is in there. Later, the farmer sees Him after the flock of geese down by the lake. Once again, WHAM! He gets all the geese.

By sunset he sees Rudy out in the fields chasing quail and pheasants. The farmer is distraught — worried that his expensive rooster won’t even last 24 hours. Sure enough, the farmer goes to bed and wakes up the next day to find Rudy dead as a doorknob — stone cold in the middle of the yard and buzzards are circling overhead. The farmer, saddened by the loss of such a colorful and expensive animal, shakes his head and says, “Oh, Rudy, I told you to pace yourself. I tried to get you to slow down, now look what you’ve done to yourself.” Rudy opens one eye, nods toward the buzzards circling in the sky and says, “SHHHH, they’re getting closer…”

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My thanks to Debby Gies and Linda Bethea.. and I am always looking for new material.. so please send you favourite jokes to and get your blog and books a mention too.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 – Alison Williams #witches, Beetley Pete #author interview and D.G. Kaye #rant

Welcome to the small selection of blog posts I have enjoyed in the last couple of days and the first is from Editor Alison Williams on the subject of witches.

The Portrayal of Witches
Macbeth witches

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.

Most of us are familiar with these words from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and with the gruesome hags that stir the cauldron. They have become the blueprint for the portrayal of witches; ugly, toothless old women; scheming, mysterious and powerful. But is it fair? And why do we see witches in this way – it can’t all be Shakespeare’s fault, can it?

Before the advent of Christianity there were many diverse religions – Druids, Norse Odinists and the witches that had for centuries acted as healers, midwives and wise women and men. However, when the Inquisition was launched, it wasn’t just direct ‘threats’ to the Roman Catholic Church that came under suspicion. Anyone could potentially be accused of heresy, and many of those healers and wise woman came under attack.

Propaganda was a big part of this religious war. The inquisitors sought to portray witches as evil, ugly, dirty devil-worshippers, as these images show:

Head over and read the entire post and enjoy the images:

Now an introduction to a new book and its author by Beetley Pete

I am very pleased to be able to feature the latest book by writer, blogger, and magazine publisher, Daniel White. Daniel is the owner and editor of both Unfit Magazine, and Longshot Island Magazine, and has been kind enough to publish some of my stories and articles in that great publication.

I am very pleased to be able to feature the latest book by writer, blogger, and magazine publisher, Daniel White. Daniel is the owner and editor of both Unfit Magazine, and Longshot Island Magazine, and has been kind enough to publish some of my stories and articles in that great publication.

D. S. White received his BA at Columbia College in Chicago and his MBA at National Taiwan University. He is the editor-in-chief at Longshot Press, which runs two imprints, Longshot Island and Unfit Magazine. While his expertise is in business, his passion is in writing. He was born in the mountains but now lives by the sea.

Here is a synopsis of his exciting new book.

“Meet Lewis Fuller, a simple kid with no idea of what’s at stake or how to fix anything. Just having arrived in the future, he’s got a lot of catching up to do.

Dr. Tarkentower had plans of changing the world forever. Tired of seeing so much pain in the eyes of his patients, he quit his job at the hospital and created a vast machine that could control time itself. From there, he put the whole earth into a loop, repeating the same day over and over.

Head over and read the rest of the book blurb and more about the author:

And because I love it when the normally very mild and conciliatory Debby Gies goes off into a rant.. here is her experience whilst waiting for a rather unpleasant gastro test yesterday.  I would not like to be at the other end of one of Debby’s looks…There was quite a bit of discussion in the comments about the fact that certain social graces are disintegrating.. what’s your view?

It’s been awhile since I posted a rant, and yesterday while in the hospital waiting for my gross and vile barium dose of radiation exam, I couldn’t get over the inconsideration of one person.

The patient area in the designated hospital area has people awaiting all sorts of glorious tests from CT scans to Angiograms and ultra sounds, all having patients (like me) eagerly and hungrily awaiting their turn and looking forward to getting our tests over with and having a meal. I’m not a real big foodie or anything, but I think there’s some psychological aspect to the rule of no eating after 10pm, waking early and waiting for 2 hours before it’s our turn that makes us think about food just because we can’t eat – or at least, a nice hot cup of coffee.

As I waited my turn, I kept busy reading on my Kindle when a young man walks into the patient waiting area with his steaming hot bag full of McDonald’s fries and some sort of a giant burger he pulled out and began eating voraciously. As the smell wafted through the area and his constant crinkling of the bag and the numerous wrappings taken off his food and scrunched back into the bag kept annoying my concentration, I shook my head in disbelief. All the other patients were eyeballing him just as puzzled as I was.

Head over and read the rest of the rant.. and leave your opinion on today’s lack of courtesy:

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore these posts further..Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Meet the #Reviewers – October 22nd 2018 – D.G. Kaye with Robbie Cheadle, Teri Polen with Jacquie Biggar and Cindy Knoke

Thanks for joining me today. The Blogger Daily is an opportunity to share blog posts that you might have missed from around the community. I wish I could feature all the ones I have read.

The first is a review from Debby Gies… D.G. Kaye in her usual Sunday book feature and it is a review for While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle in collaboration with her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton, the inspiration for the book.

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m sharing my review of Robbie Cheadle’s latest release – While the Bombs Fell. While Robbie is better known for her children’s books she co-authors with her son, Michael Cheadle, Robbie has written this book in collaboration with her mother, Elsie Eaton, to share her accounting of her childhood during World War II in Suffolk, England.


What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.

Please head over to Debby’s blog to read her review of the book:

Check out both authors and discover all their books via Amazon

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Now time for an author interview.. Jacquie Biggar is the guest of Teri Polen as part of her Bad Moon Rising feature. Apart from putting Jacquie on the spot, you also get to enjoy and excerpt from The Beast Within.

About Teri Polen

If you’re not superstitious, this featured author may change your mind. She also confirms why basements in haunted houses aren’t a place you want to hang out. Welcome Jacquie Biggar!

You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I would be the skeptic saying, “Yeah, sure that’s a real chainsaw with blood dripping all over my clean floor. When you’re done goofing off, I hope you plan on cleaning that mess up!”

Creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

We lived in a haunted house when I was growing up. My bedroom was in the basement and normally the streetlight would shine through the three windows and provide plenty of light. But, once in a while I’d wake up and literally not be able to see my hand in front of my face. There’d also be a strong, malevolent presence (or maybe that was because I was scared witless!). I’d bang against walls and furniture to get upstairs, my heart drumming right out of my chest, and the light would be on outside. I could see it through the bay window and its glow lit up the kitchen.  Most scared I’ve ever been.

Head over and be prepared to be thrilled or scared…or both:

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And last but by no means least… some amazing (as always) photographs from Cindy Knoke. Normally I reblog Cindy’s posts but I am only going to give you two of her images and ask you to go over to view and comment on the rest. The location is Oban, Scotland and the theme is very appropriate for Halloween – The Witches Woods…..

Image Cindy Knoke: In Oban Scotland, The Dunollie Woodland Trail, will lead you into The Witches Woods!

Image Cindy Knoke: In Oban Scotland, The Dunollie Woodland Trail, will lead you into The Witches Woods!

Please head over and view the rest of these stunningly creepy woods:

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you will explore the posts by following the links.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – Book Launch, Fats Waller, Royalty and #Halloween recipes plus the usual #stars

It has been a busy week but highly enjoyable as I began the process of sharing my new book Tales from the Irish Garden. Not just online but getting prepared to send out to local media and radio stations here. It is 17 years since I published my first book here in Ireland and it would be lovely to make a bit of  a splash. We shall see how it goes.

In the meantime I am very grateful to some very generous friends who have hosted me in the last week with post on various subjects and also with their interviews and reviews.

D.G. Kaye posted her review of Tales from the Irish Garden with some questions to put me on the spot!

You can read Debby ‘s review and interview here:

And Colleen Chesebro posted her review of the book on Wednesday adding some of her fairy dust to the proceedings.

You can read the review here:

Author Jacquie Biggar kindly let me explore the subject of romance and some of the key elements that I feel stand the test of time.

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Lovely to have William Price King back again now that he has a little more free time as we have missed him. He will be back every two weeks with iconic jazz musicians and this week he shared the life and music of the legendary Fats Waller.

For those of us who have become fans of The Crown series on the British royal family, another reminder of how vulnerable members of any royal family can be, even before the age of the paparazzi. For some their reign came to a tragic end. Paul Andruss on Cabbages and Kings.

Carol Taylor shares some recipes for those trick or treaters who might get cold and hungry when out knocking on doors… Halloween warmers…

Guest writer author and poet Balroop Singh, with what I think is a very relevant poem. We should all rise up and listen to the call….

The Music Column – We head to New Zealand but encounter plane drama, but go gold panning and jet boating and dinner in the treetops.. request this week from Adele Marie Park and music from Kylie Minogue

It is that time of the week again, when Colleen Chesebro challenges us to get our syllables and synonyms lined up… and I am going out on a limb today with my first Etheree….You can participate Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 106

The first story is about Martha.. who is a personal assistant who goes above and beyond for her boss.

The second story is about Norman... a former soldier who has been moved from his home into a block of flats where life in in a downward spiral.. can he bring the community together.

I am sure that you  have seen a number of reports on the shutting down of Google+ social network following its cover up of a breach in March this year, resulting in the exposure of the personal data of up to 500,000 internet users. They say that no sensitive data such as bank details or other private information was at risk, but any exposure of private information such as name, address, date of birth, past employment history, photographs or current activities, lends itself to identity theft and fraud.

However, this process according to the tech reports is going to take ten months, and from my perspective the rot has already set in.

In this post I show you how to minimise your exposure in your settings and the ones here on WordPress.

Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews

Blogger Daily

The Book Designer, Leslie Tate and Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

Anne R. Allen, Shelley Wilson and Sharon Ledworth.

Mae Clair, Jill Dennison and Teri Polen

Stevie Turner, Seumas Gallacher and Katzenworld.


Pamela Wight, Geoffrey West and Traci Kenworth

It is time to update the bed bug post from last year, as this longer and dryer summer has resulted in a rise in reported infestations in the US and in the UK.

Here is a look at some of the statistics on for the US compiled from the  2018 Bugs Without Borders survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association

Humour and Afternoon Videos



Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – St. Kitts, Mother Sauces, Family Drama, Music, Short Stories and Humout

Welcome to the weekly round up and October has raced in with high winds and very high seas in the Irish Channel… Thankfully not bringing the devastation suffered by residents in Florida and along that coastline. But in Ireland the weather does not get us down for long and wellington boots are to be found in all our porches, and sometimes put into service around the house.

The nights are drawing in, and just as the sun goes down we are treated to a visit from hundreds of crows who gather on the electricity lines. We had to take out three 30 foot trees that were undermining the outside wall to the garden facing the road, with roots beginning to cause the pavement to crack. We think these trees might possibly have been a roost for many years for one of the murders of crows in the area and they still return to glare through the windows at us.

Unfortunately from a safety perspective we had no choice, and certainly after the hurricane last year when many trees like ours fell across roads and caused damage, it was necessary. However, they have got their own back by stomping around, cackling and picking the moss of the roof and throwing it all over the back yard at sunrise.. which in the summer is about 5.00 am.  Here they are gathering at dusk. In the next week or so this patch of ground, will welcome a brand new lawn and the garden will be finished.

Anyway.. on with the posts from the week. And as always my thanks to the regular contributors and guest writers who have shared their talent. And to you for dropping in and supporting the guests and my posts. It is much appreciated.

Over the last few months the news that the 5.0 WordPress release would include the Gutenberg editing platform, has caused a lot of uncertainty with recommendations to upgrade to be able to install a plug-in so you could still use the Classic Editor etc. I asked for clarification this week and was delighted with the response.. including a screenshot, that for bloggers at least.. there will be the option to choose when adding a new post. Thank goodness for that..


Welcome to the October edition of the Travel Column with D.G. Kaye. This month we’re going to another small, beautiful and still developing Caribbean island – Saint Kitts.

This week Carol Taylor takes us through the five basic or mother sauces that every cook will find useful.

Linda Bethea shares the lengths to which her two grandma’s would go to annoy each other…delighted that Linda will be sharing more about her family on a more regular basis.

Getting to Know You Sunday Interview – Author Jaye Marie

A lovely poem from Joy Lennick on the Third Season ( A Poem for Autumn)

Talent runs in the Lennick family, and Jason Lennick shares some entertaining recollections of life growing up.

Jason is halfbananas

A short story with a very important message from author Andrew Joyce

I am enjoying gathering my syllables and participating in Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 105.

Smorgasbord Book Reviews

Smorgasbord Short Stories What’s in a Name? Volume II

Kenneth – A Love for Life

Lily – The Collector

Houston and Chester 1986/1987 and Dirty Dancing… also requests from Robbie Cheadle and D.G. Kaye.

New book on the shelves

Cafe updates

Blogger Daily and Meet the #Reviewers

Jennie Fitzkee, Balroop Singh and Nicholas Rossis

D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor, and Jane Bwye.

Sue Vincent, Judith Barrow and Lizanne Lloyd.

Jean Lee, Shehanne Moore, Beetley Pete and Nicholas Rossis.

Anne Copeland, Carol Taylor and Evie Gaughan

An immune boosting eating programme to help prevent and recover from the flu.

One of the herbs that may help you ward off the flu and other infections is goldenseal.

Humour and afternoon video

Cat humour and a joke..Part One.

Cat Humour and a joke Part Two.


Smorgasbord Afternoon Video – The brightest parrot around.

This video was recommended by Debby Gies.. if you find a video for the Afternoon Video slot then please leave the link in the comments and I will feature. thanks Sally

Thanks to Debby.. and she is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore and her books are amazing.

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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Meet the #Reviewers – Tuesday 9th October, 2018 – D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor Mac and Cheese and Jane Bwye with Lucinda E. Clarke

Welcome to today’s blogger daily with a selection of posts for you to enjoy.

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Now a book review by D.G. Kaye on her usual Sunday post. This week it was for In the Shadow of Light by Elaine L. Orr

My Sunday Book Review for Elaine Orr’s – In the Shadow of Light. This book is a short but powerful read. The book is a fictional story based on actual events going in the U.S. with strict family separation immigration policies and gives us a look at two families caught in the turmoil. One family are the immigrants fleeing from Honduras seeking asylum in the U.S. expecting to be admitted for previously saving the life of an American soldier, Colonel Bill, and what happened to them once arriving on American soil. The other family is American, caught up in conflicting turmoil between being patriotic to their country’s laws, where the husband works for the Department of Justice, abiding by the separation policy, now facing a crisis when their own daughter’s life is put in jeopardy as payback to give them a taste of what’s it’s like to have your child taken away.

Head over to Debby’s and read her usual insightful review of the book:

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Now for another in depth look at another food product on the shelves with ingredients that you need a degree in chemistry to understand. Mac and Cheese is a family favourite and conveniently comes in a packet!! Considering the two main ingredients of this dish are macaroni and cheese, if you buy the packet you will be astonished by the many extras you are given as a bonus!  Let Carol Taylor explain.

What is really in your mac & cheese

Macaroni cheese… I don’t eat it very often but when I do I love it? A lovely cheese sauce some pasta topped with fresh breadcrumbs and grated cheese I also add sliced tomatoes around the edge…

Tasty and moreish it is a delicious meal.

However what about the boxed macaroni and cheese?

I will use Kraft as most people are familiar with their name and products…


Has that put you off?

Some facts about Kraft Mac and Cheese and a recipe to make a homemade version without all the extras:

You can enjoy many recipes and articles on food in Carol’s weekly column:

Now Lucinda E. Clarke is a guest on the blog of author Jane Bwye, talking about her current books, but also revealing the covers of two new releases due by the end of the year.

First, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jane for her courage in letting me loose on her blog. She has suggested I chat about settings for my books, an easy question to answer.

To date I’ve written 3 memoirs, a 4 book Amie series and a comedy – oh and the freebie I offer to anyone


All of them (but one) are set in – guess where? Yes, Africa.

My only excuse for this is I lived there a long, long time almost 40 years and I didn’t want to leave. It gets into your heart, your mind and in some unexplained way it heightens your senses.

We began in Kenya – well that was me – the Ex was carted off to
Tanzania – leaving me to cope on my own with a 9 week-old baby, in the bush 25 miles outside Nairobi.

Next stop was a five-year spell in Libya on the north African coast. Life was different but interesting. I taught and worked on the radio and produced the second baby. Ah, but then we were PI’d (thrown out) after the Ex was locked up. Bit embarrassing when your infant cries out in the playground: “Please get Daddy out of jail.” I was a teacher there at the time and it didn’t do much for my reputation.

Next stop was Botswana and it was here, still teaching and running that rather desperate riding school, that I remember with most fondness. Nothing quite beats riding off across the dry river bed on the back of a horse, meandering through the villages and cantering slowly (and very carefully, I’m a terrible coward) across the wide- open savannah.

Please head over and read the rest of the post and find out more about lucinda and her books:

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Thank you for visiting and I hope you will head over and enjoy the posts in full – Thanks Sally

The Music Column – Houston and Chester 1986/1987 – Dirty Dancing – Hurricanes – #Requests Robbie Cheadle and D.G. Kaye

In December 1986 we packed up all our worldly goods that had accumulated whilst we had been living in Houston for two years. Bear in mind we had arrived with two suitcases of clothes each! We now had an apartment of furniture, a couple of wardrobes of clothes, posters of most of the places we had visited and a car that I refused to be parted from.

The company agreed to pay our removals back to England and two men duly arrived from the shipping company and one packed as one sat behind a makeshift desk and wrote every item down. In a nutshell; our furniture and belongings were packed carefully around my Ford Topaz car which had been drained of all combustibles.

In one last massive party our friends congregated in one of the big downtown hotels for a New Year’s Eve party and rather the worse for wear we boarded our flight for London on January 1st.

David was coming back to Prescott as Chief Engineer of the company and we moved into a B&B in Chester for the first six weeks and house hunted in the surrounding area. When not viewing properties we resumed our walks in the Welsh mountains close by and also explored this ancient city. You could walk around the walls in those days and David found a useful spot to lock me away from retail therapy.

We found a very nice house in Runcorn close to the village of Frodsham and in the middle of February we moved in. David left the decorating to me and in the first six weeks I eradicated the smell of nicotine with a couple of coats of magnolia. Our belongings had been delivered and installed and I then set about finding garages that sold unleaded petrol for my Topaz. Eventually I discovered a garage on the M6 about 25 miles away and I would fill the car up once a month. Thankfully unleaded gas became more common and I could stop carrying an emergency gallon in the trunk the whole time.

David found his new job a little different from expected and this was partly down to the freedom he had experienced working in the US for two years. I had only just finished decorating the house when he was offered a job in London with his former boss in cable TV. More money, responsibility and freedom to manage the job. I popped back into the estate agents who had sold us the house and told him to stick the details back up in the window.

David was going to work in the fast growing Docklands development and so we opted to live north of the city in South Woodford backing onto Epping Forest. We were lucky to find a semi-detached house within our price range and moved in April of 1987 having sold the Runcorn house quickly.

Again there was some redecorating required but thankfully this time we would be living here for the next nine years. I began looking around for a job but before I could start work I had another important engagement to keep. As matron of honour for my best friend in Texas, Debby.

In the summer I flew back to Houston and stayed with a friend of ours in the Chancellor Apartments before heading out to the family ranch the day before the wedding. I received a lovely welcome and apart from ensuring that the bride was dressed and on time (not difficult since the wedding was in their back garden!) I also was given another important duty.

Debby’s mother asked me to make sure that all the various guests sleeping in spare rooms and on mattresses throughout the house, were up at 7.00 in time for breakfast. She told me that I would hear her husband get up about 6.30 and be in the kitchen getting breakfast started.

I was honoured to be in a bed and I shared the room with the bridegroom’s delightful elderly grandmother. We kept the door open to allow fresh air into the room as this was a Texas summer and still being jet-lagged I slept lightly. However, on cue, I saw Debby’s father passing along the corridor and leapt out of bed, donning my clothes before walking through the house waking everyone up. In 30 minutes the kitchen was filled with people expecting coffee and a cooked breakfast. Obviously there was a fair amount of chatter and eventually Debby’s mum arrived in her nightdress.

Sally…. It is only 6.00… Why is everyone up?’

So I explained that I had seen her husband passing the bedroom door and had assumed that was the signal…

‘Honey… He was only going to the bathroom!’

Anyway the wedding went off without a hitch and was wonderful… Here is a shot of my backside as the ceremony took place in the rose decorated garden.

Back in the UK I began the process of finding a job. In the September I received an interview for a London advertising publication in South Woodford and I began work as Sales Trainer the first week of October. I had barely time to get my feet under the desk when nature decided to rip through our lives. The daily weather on the 14th of October predicted some high winds! That was an understatement as the next night a hurricane, something we thought we had left behind in Texas, devastated many parts of the south of England. Trees were down on our estate of houses but I was able to make my way to the office in the high street. Nobody else made it in that day as there was no public transport but luckily we did not suffer as badly as people in counties such as Kent.

Of course music still played a huge part of my life especially when decorating two houses back to back! Rick Astley was at the top of his career with Never Gonna Give You Up... StarshipNothing’s Gonna Stop us Now, Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody (A lot of Gonnas and Wannas that year in the charts). Los LobosLa Bamba, Michael Jackson and Siedah GarrettI Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Pet Shop BoysAlways On My Mind, Percy SledgeWhen A Man Loves A Woman, U2 With or Without You and one of my most played tracks Labi Siffre with Something Inside – Woman So Strong.

That year saw the release of one of the most popular musicals of the time. Dirty Dancing still draws people in and the final dance scene is re-enacted at weddings and on reality dance shows every year.  And why should this blog be any different!!! R.I.P Patrick Swayze. 💔

You can buy Dirty Dancing: Amazon

Now time for two requests this week…. get in early with yours for next week by emailing me with the youtube link for your favourite track –… or leave in the comments.

The first is for author Robbie Cheadle ”  I dedicate this to my own Mr Fox who took me to see Like a Bat out of Hell in London recently. Such a lovely man”

Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) available: Amazon

Robbie Cheadle is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy:
Blog: Robbie Goodreads


And the second request this week is from D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies) who says it reminds her of those last dances of the evening, when a little smooching went on…..

Turn off the Lights by Teddy Pendegrass available: Amazon

D.G. Kaye is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

D. G. Kaye – Buy:
Blog: – Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s music column and please do let me know what your favourite piece of music is, and take an opportunity to promote your blog and books at the same time.. Tune in again next week.. thanks Sally.