Smorgasbord Reblog – Monday Funnies with Diamond Lil and The Story Reading Ape.

As always Chris, The Story Reading Ape finds the funniest old women with acerbic wit to entertain us… along with Maxine and Aunt Acid we now have Diamond Lil… and you do not want to cross her….

Please head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies: Monday Funnies with Diamond Lil.


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Smorgasbord Reblog – The Monday Funnies by The Story Reading Ape.

Since WordPress no longer allows me to ‘press’ a post and therefore schedule into this 6pm slot without converting to the new block editor, I have resurrected by reblog heading. It is not going to stop me sharing the good stuff!

Please head over to enjoy the rest of the funnies: The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies September 14th


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Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday February 18th 2020 – #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Shortstory Beetley Pete, #Recipe Richard Dee

Let’s get this party started with some humour with The Story Reading Ape’s Monday Funnies this week.. which is actually a graphic tale of a gal and a sailor meeting in a bar, with a number of punch lines along the way.. I will start you off and you can head over and enjoy the rest of the story..

Head over to find our how Lil and Sam get on… don’t spill your coffee: The Story Reading Ape – Lil meets Sam in a bar…..

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Now for a hard hitting short story from Pete Johnson, Beetley Pete that really brings home the true cost of war…

It was prompted by the above photo, sent to me by Mary Smith. Mary Smith’s Place

Oleg Joins Up 

There was not much future for a boy without the academic or sporting skills to stand out. Oleg decided that the army was his best choice, and his parents agreed. Natasha was different of course. Older, confident, and good at science, she would definitely be chosen for better things. Her destiny was to go to the Institute in Kiev, admired and loved by their parents. The same parents who thought their young son would be better off in uniform, being told what to do.

His departure was an anticlimax. Poppa was at work, and Mummy was in a rush to get to a party meeting. As he waited for the train, Oleg felt a little empty, sure that they were only too pleased to be rid of their awkward boy, with his dull manner.

Training was a nightmare. The sergeant not only bullied them, he stole their money, beat them for the slightest infringement, and worked them with pointless chores until they could hardly stand. Oleg wondered how this was supposed to inspire fighting spirit in the country’s troops. But he said nothing. He took it all, ate the terrible food, and suddenly began to realise that he was harder, stronger, and tougher than he had ever been. By the time he was nineteen, he started to understand why it had all been so bad up to then.

Head over to read the rest of this compelling story: Oleg Joins Up Beetley Pete

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And now time for a recipe and this time for baker as well as world creator…. Richard Dee.

Sausagemeat, Onion and Apple Pie.

Sausagemeat, Onion and Apple Pie.

The place I buy a lot of my meat from, Evergreen Farm, has a wonderful range of sausages, with flavours ranging from Traditional, through Cumberland, Pork and Apple, Pork and Leek, Hot Spanish, Toulouse to Pork & Marmite. And many more.

He also has a clever way of using up the mixed meat resulting from changing spice mixtures on the production line. He markets them as change over meatballs, you get a mixture of flavours, all delicious.

Sausagemeat, Onion and Apple Pie.

I do know they’re out of date, they were in the freezer!

I had some ready-made puff pastry leftover from Christmas mince pie making so thought that I could combine the meatballs and pastry in a pie, with a few other added ingredients.

Head over to find out how to make this delicious family meal: Sausagemeat, onion and Apple Pie by Richard Dee

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A selection of books by Richard Dee


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full… thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday January 27th 2020 – #Writerlinks D.G. Kaye, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Photography Cindy Knoke

The first post today is from D.G. Kaye and is her regular share of Writer’s Links.. this week a bumper crop on a number of important topics.

Writer’s Tips January Edition – Writer Beware, KDP, Twitter, Passive Income

Welcome back to the first edition of my compiled Writers Tips for 2020. This edition is chock-full of informative articles for bloggers and authors on what we can expect from the publishing industry for 2020 and avenues to explore to add side income with our writing skills into our writerly lives.

Schemes, scams and issues encountered by writers, where to avoid putting your cash into. Writer Beware is an excellent site for checking out the latest caveats in the business.

Source: Writer Beware®: The Blog: Writer Beware: 2019 in Review

Head over and take advantage of the other links to post that help writers naviagate the murky waters of publishing...D.G. Kaye Writer’s Tips.. Scams, KDP, Twitter, Passive Income

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Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realm of Relationships

If you are feeling a bit blue then head over to The Story Reading Ape and be returned to your normal colour by perusing his Monday Funnies…Here is a snippet to whet your appetite..

Head over and be entertained: The Story Reading Ape – Monday Funnies 27th January

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And even more to brighten your day and renew your faith in the good in life, including the beauty of wildlife. Through the lens in Cindy Knoke’s camera and with her words we can enjoy the stunning sea birds… and the post is aptly named.


is the thing with feathers,

(seagulls fishing Washington state)

that perches in the soul,

(puffin in the open ocean off Washington state)

Head over to enjoy the rest of these wonderful images and words: Hope by Cindy Knoke

About Cindy Knoke

I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist/mental health director and moved to the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home I call “The Holler.”

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either).Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.
It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.

To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, proceed down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey. My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “You’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.
I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos of locales from all over the world. The good, bad, and the better. So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, the things we want to do.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 7th January 2020. #Moviereview D.G. Kaye, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Measurements Beetley Pete

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies chose a film to review last Sunday and it is one that we have seen and enjoyed very much too.. The Green Book that did very well last year at the Oscars.

Sunday Movie Review


Sunday Movie Review – Green Book – Best Picture 2019

Today’s Sunday Movie Review is for Best Picture – Oscar winning movie Green Book. As many of my readers here know, besides the books I prefer to read for light entertainment and escape, my favorite books and movies all have the components of the human spirit and condition based story lines. This is a factual based story of classical American jazz pianist, Dr. Don Shirley on his roadtrip tour with a most unlikely character – Italian, mob-like Tony the Lip as his hired driver who drives Shirley around on tour in the deep south in 1962, at a time where blacks were being segregated. After watching this movie, it’s isn’t difficult to see why it won for best picture.

Story line: – As written by
In 1962, Tony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America’s racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America’s appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other’s talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.

Head over to watch the trailer and enjoy Debby’s review of the film: D.G. Kaye Sunday Movie Review

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Keep an eye open for D.G. Kaye’s new series for 2020 starting January 13th.

I do prescribe regular infusions of humour during the week, and a place you can find a shot in the arm is over with Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape on Mondays.  He has some rather grumpy relatives but they do have quite the take on life…

Head over to enjoy the rest of this accurate weather forecast: The Story Reading Ape Monday Funnies

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Pete Johnson, Beetley Pete, has shared his bemusement at the various weights and measures that we are expected to use despite being taught a perfectly serviceable method when we were children… I still use a mix of stones, pounds and kilos… depending on how heavy I feel on the day.. the one benefit of a kilo is it sounds a lot less than when in pounds!

Thinking Aloud On a Sunday – Weights and Measures.

I woke up quite late this morning, no idea why. But I was thinking about millimetres, for some reason.

Come to think of it, I remember the reason, as it had to do with it being spelt differently in America. (Millimeters)

By the time I started to see things in England described in litres, centimetres, or millimetres, I was already pretty old. This country still cannot seem to make its mind up about the metric system, even though we changed to decimal currency in 1971. Directions (and signs) are still given in miles, and most haberdashery shops will sell you cloth by the yard. When you go to buy carpet though, it is sold by the square metre, and I have to use Google to translate that into something I can understand.

Petrol is sold in litres, as is milk, wine, juice, and soft drinks. But I can still buy a ‘gallon’ bucket, or a ‘five-gallon’ container. Meat, cheese, and loose produce are now sold in kilos and grammes. That means little to me, so I translate that into pounds and ounces in my head. (A kilo is 2.2 pounds) I have no concept of how long one centimetre is, but an exact idea of the size of something that is a quarter of an inch long.

Head over and share your preferences and thoughts on weights and measures: Beetley Pete Thinking Aloud on a Sunday

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.