Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 17th August 2021 – #Smell by Beth, #VikingBooze Rob Shackleford, #Update Mary Smith

A small selection of posts I have enjoyed and would like to share with you. I hope you will head over to enjoy in full… thanks Sally.

The first post is from Beth of I Didn’t Have My Glasses On… and is about the important sense of smell we are blessed with… or not.

Smell of Happiness…

Your house smells. It's not your fault.

Your house smells. Don’t feel bad—it’s not just you! Your neighbor’s house smells, as does the White House. Even Martha Stewart’s abode has a distinctive odor. But not one of you could pick your own home’s aroma out of a scent lineup.

We adapt to smells very quickly. Within the space of just a few breaths, we can lose our ability to detect new odors. It’s called olfactory adaptation, and it’s the same reason you can’t smell your own breath, your body odor, or even your perfume after a few minutes. This, cognitive psychologist Pamela Dalton told New York Magazine, may be a good thing.

Head over to find out how jumping up and down might influence your sense of smell: Smell of Happiness

The next post is for all of you who love historical books and movies, and prefer it when the writer gets their facts straight.. Author Rob Shackleford who is joining the Cafe and Bookstore with his books later in the week, has a complete series on the life of the Vikings including food, clothing, dental care, tattoos and food and drink.. This post is about the booze in their lives.. there is a menu at the front end of the post for you to select your own post to read.

Viking Booze in Viking Foods by Rob Shackleford

Viking Booze in Viking Foods by Rob Shackleford

In Viking times, one could not have a meal without a drink, and one would not have had the drink without women. Author Mark Forsyth notes how, “serving the drinks was the defining role of women in the Viking Age”. Women were also the first brewers and wine-makers until, as in other cultures, men became involved and eventually dominated the process.

Ale, mead, and wine were made in roughly the same way. A cauldron or vat would be filled with water and placed over a fire to heat, and one then added honey and yeast (for mead).


Head over to discover more about the drinking habits of the Vikings and the recipe for mead and gluhwein: Rob Shackleford Viking Foods #7 – Booze

I know many are following Mary Smith’s updates and if you have missed this week’s here is the link. I know that like me you can only read and offer love but this warrior woman needs all we can send. Plus you will love the photos.

Monday, 16 August: Just a quick update to let everyone know how my meeting with the oncologist went today.

A biopsy of the lump in my neck, formed by three small lymph nodes, had shown metastatic adenocarcinoma; the CT scan was to find out where else the cancer may have spread.

The good news is that it seems not to have spread anywhere else and is, so far, confined to those lymph nodes. 

Head over to chat to Mary: MarySmith’sPlace ~ Whatever’s next means more waiting! Cancer update#39


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