Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

04 January 2007

(S) Scurrilous

Thank you to every one for their kind and lovely birthday wishes. It's warming to know I have so many blogging friends I already feel quite close to, and in so short a time too...

I had a lovely time with Julia yesterday - we walked through some forests nearby where she lives, ending up overlooking the sea. We talked a lot (I think I did most of that actually - had a lot of stuff niggling away at me) and then went back and did a wig trying session. Soon, her daughter and friend came in, and joined in the party, and finally her husband, recently back from work, wondering what we were all up to upstairs, came and tried on a couple (including my blue curly wig! and the russian hat, which made him look just like a cossack!)...

(had just thrown a fir-cone in the water...)

When we headed out to eat (Italian) with Julia's two sisters, Julia was still in the green glittery one, and I went with the blue curly - the waiters must've seen us coming as the door was locked when we got there. The explanation that it was because the wind kept blowing it in was frankly weak (well, until we sat in the restaurant and heard the whistling and howling overhead! :-) )

Unfortunately, it was a bit chilly where we were sitting. We'd got (inevitably) stuck round the back, and there didn't seem to be any heating... Julia sat with her padded coat, hat, scarf and even gloves on throughout the meal, and still felt cold! I must admit, there was an element to her not being on top form, but I was feeling a bit shivery myself! Anyway, the food was delicious, and we wolfed it down undecorously, in our efforts to find somewhere warmer in a hurry.
In the old days (only a couple of years ago) we would've gone on clubbing, but until they ban smoking in public places, Julia feels it's wiser not to risk it (also clubs are beds of germs when you're going through chemo...). So, we went back to one of her sister's place for a cuppa and a chat before heading home... A lovely afternoon and evening.

Then, today, I was to have had a visit from a good friend who's home from Spain for Christmas. I spent the morning clearing the house, expecting him any time, but unfortunately received a call that he couldn't make it after all, as he ended up having to make a statement in a police station (long story)...

...still, house is a mite tidier... :-)

So, I went out for another long walk with the dogs. This time I took lots of pictures of water (enough of it!) . Little streamlets run throughout the forest, and there are many large 'puddles' (not big enough to be a pond) between the trees, which, during the summer are dank and smelly, but at this time of year are rather pretty sky reflectors... Apart from the last one (which is obvious) I've lightened them up (seeing as it was getting dark under the trees), but otherwise left them uncut...

So, now, because it appears you have a stronger stomach than I have, and can withstand my kiddie story poems better than I thought (no major outcry, at least!) I'm going to put the next Monsters 4 Bed rhyme up... It's still not the worst... :-)

[poem Scurrilous moved for publishing Aug 2017
other rhymes from this collection now on Amazon A-Z Monsters (not) For Bed]

(oh, I forgot to say, there's a couple of new verses over at Heroines and Heroes, just in case you haven't stopped by there lately....)

© Annelisa Christensen 8:40 pm

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At January 05, 2007 4:08 am, Blogger My Marrakech said...

This looks like magic!

PS I left you birthday wishes, too, but I must have screwed something up. Sorry!

At January 05, 2007 8:29 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

*chuckle* Good twist at the end of the poem, annelisa! I love it! Your descriptions of how revolting the monster is are perfect, and I can imagine her in my head. Ergh, pretty disgusting! >.<

Thank goodness she was cleaned up after that. Too bad she still wasn't totally clean!

The forest looks pretty nice there!

Glad you have a great time with your friend =). And yeah, I also have this tendency to clean up my bedroom a little bit when guests come over. "Just in case they want to have a look at my room!"

At January 05, 2007 9:40 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey Maryam - Don't worry about screwing up your birthday wishes - I screwed up virtually all my New Year cards!! Thought I was being clever, by backspacing and re-writing for the next person once one was sent... even changed the email address to the person it should've gone to... but the computer didn't see a lot of the changes, so sent the cards to the wrong people - everyone had each others!! Not the way to send a personal message!!! :-D

With the pictures, it's a shame that I do a lot of my walking as it's getting dark at the moment (to avoid meeting other dogs, and so I can let my Jack Russell off the lead for a good romp), so I have to lighten the photos, and I'm not sure that I get it right. Also, pointing and aiming in the dark is a bit hit and miss...

Still, I was quite pleased with these water efforts... The 'puddles' are like mini oasises amonst the trees - the moss and greenery is lush around their edges...

At January 05, 2007 10:28 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

You clean up the room when friends are coming over, FK??? And there was me thinking you were super-tidy already! I have this image of you (probably because of your no. 3 of your weirdness meme) being totally neat all the time (something I might aspire to, but happens once in a green moon!!)

Glad you liked the rhyme, Frolicsome Kid. I don't get a huge lot of responses over them, and end up still unsure how people are taking to them... So far, only one person was brave enough to say they didn't like one of them!

At January 05, 2007 4:36 pm, Blogger steve said...

The pictures from your previous post...man, that place looks enchanted...no, it IS enchanted-I can feel it from here!
The latest pics of the "puddles".... those puddles may be like oceans to the folk unseen that live there...

And this last poem has convinced me of what a great talent you truly have...one day i'm going to have time to look at it all...one day you will be famous... in the meantime I am refering my daughter to you, she's gonna love it!

At January 05, 2007 5:29 pm, Blogger steve said...

Revision- one day I will look at all your poems...there are a lot..

You want to see something really "Quackers"? My friend Rod in Arkansas;

At January 05, 2007 7:59 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Now that's some poem for sure
Reminds me many a gal, I know
To look at you might think such a sweet think, but when they open their god - OMG you know you know

At January 05, 2007 8:00 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

PS Annelisa
Thanks for the Billy Joel
"We didn't start the fire..."
It caught me in the mood
great hunderd pics too

At January 05, 2007 8:02 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

You do have a penchant for the "Yucky-Icky"!! You should have washed her mouth out with soap! (I've never had that done! I was a good kid!)
The pics do kind of dreamy and from another world.

And itis too bad your friend couldn't make it, but doesn't it feel great to have your house all clean?! Added bonus. My place is finally back to normal with the tree down (sigh!)The tree burning is tonight at our park. Have a good weekend...bet you'll be glad to see your kids!

At January 06, 2007 1:38 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya Steve - There's actually a forest near here called Groombridge Place, where these little men called Groms live - now that's one magical place. I've been virtually every year since the kids were born, and swung on the giant swings, looked into the Mystic pool, walked through tree ferns from New Zealand to the double spiral and made my wishes...hmmmm...must go and take some photos for you! (not that it isn't a good excuse for me to go back too... :-D )

So, this rhyme wasn't too bad then? Just out of curiosity, how old is your daughter that she would enjoy this kinda one? I've been trying to decide what age-group it might be aimed at, because when I wrote it, I wasn't really thinking of an age, I was just enjoying writing it...

btw - don't you think these puddles might be the perfect place to call the ducks in? (actually, if you were to hear the sounds of the place, in the distance are a whole lot of 'laughing' ducks, that live on the lake in the middle of the forest... I could do with your calling technique there - the only time I caught them all on camera was when they took off en-masse... unfortuately I only had my mobile phone with me, and it didn't capture the brilliant splashy start of their flight!

At January 06, 2007 1:56 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Quasar9 - the hundred years was sent to me by Mohawk Chieftain... if anyone else wants to see a brilliant summing up of the last century: 100 years of Pictures - it's definately worth looking at! (and again...)

What you said about what comes out of mouths... I've been meaning to do a post over at Sultana Fling for ages about swearing. I have this ongoing arguement with my eldest son about whether it's alright to swear every day, you know, in every other sentence... although he doesn't, he maintains that it's perfectly normal and doesn't mean anything... actually, no, I'll save my ranting for where I can really vent it. If I start now, I'll be here all night!! :-S This is a subject I'm itching at, and need a proper scratch... :-D

At January 06, 2007 2:08 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Icky-yucky is definatley something I can do, MOI!! I think it's because I'm absolutely fascinated (as we all are to some extent) by the repulsive... I'm still building up to my "Voodoo's Verdict"...

I never had my mouth washed out with soap either. Don't think it would've crossed my parent's minds... besides which, I wouldn't have dared swear in front of them anyhow! :-)

Actually, I thought today I might take my poems and put them all on one blog (yet another blog...) so they can be found in one place... and possibly do that audio idea you suggested before... we'll see. If I can get the audio working :-D

The house tidy? When was it tidy? Oh yes, for just one day, and then the kids returned, bringing chaos in their wakes!!! Virtually every corner of downstairs now has their debris in it - they came in carrying loads of plastic carrier bags full of pressies, clothes, books and games they'd taken...etc... bless 'em! Oh, it's so good to have 'em back!!! :-D

At January 06, 2007 2:36 am, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

hi annelisa, sorry just coming back..troubled mind took time calming down :))

will read through your posts..but first, thanks for the greetings.

At January 06, 2007 3:02 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Oh no! My room wasn't exactly neat! And I only clean up if I know they are coming to have a look at it! Hehehe! My drawers and cupboards were terribly messy, because that's where I shove all the junks in! =D

So my room can look neat, but once you open the drawers and cupboards, you'll go "Oh, I see..."

Hahaha! Well, I don't need to worry about them anymore, because I have been cleaning and redecorating my room these past few days, and I must say it looks like a hotel suite now =P!

At January 06, 2007 9:59 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hello Mystic - Lovely to see you again - hope everything's OK now?

Wow! FK - it's not many who can say they live in a hotel suite every day! (Can we swap? :-) )

At January 06, 2007 12:35 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

All this talk of cleaning... Having been caught out already last week perhaps I should crack on with it today.

Glad you had a fun birthday. Wishing a little bit that I hadn't come to say hello so early and that it was almost bed time so there was no point in starting the cleaning.... Oh well.

Maybe only one person said they didn't like a poem because only one person didn't like a poem? As to this one I'm a bit of a swearer when I'm not around kids so I can't really sympathise with the proposed rant. When I say 'bit of a swearer' I mean probably worse than your monster.

At January 06, 2007 1:03 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

lol!! What do you think I'm doing sitting here, Topchamp? Avoiding the cleaning, of course! :-D

What did your neighbour say, btw - or did she keep her mouth zipped?

Maybe you're right about the only person saying they didn't like a rhyme... I guess I'm not overly confident about them, as this is the first time they're getting a reading (well, apart from my kids...a couple of friends... and a class at a primary school... :-D )

Got nothing against swearing, TC! Do it whenever the feeling takes me. It's the uneccessary swearing. if I'm pissed off, then I'll swear blue murder, I just don't like to reduce the impact by swearing all the time - Life wouldn't be the same without a bit of cussing :-D

Also, I strongly believe... oops, you nearly got me onto one here, TC - think it's time to go write on the other blog!! :-D

At January 06, 2007 3:55 pm, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Hehehe, depends if you can pay the expensive air ticket and fly all the way here! =P

And I don't really swear a lot (I hate those words) but lately, I've caught myself tossing a few, or many, profanities here and there! And sometimes, it felt good! Why???? =O

At January 06, 2007 4:11 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

"Oh, sweet mess, where were you?" Glad things are back to normal and I guess your kids go back to school on Mon.? Ours do.

(I swear far too much, too. Especially if I'm stressed. Used to call it my "summer language" since I had to clean it up once school started!)

At January 06, 2007 8:34 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

You mean you're not going to buy some tickets on ebay and send them to me, FK?! :-D

I reckon you hit the nail on the head - you don't use swear words often, so boy, when you do use them, they are a real outlet - you feel you're almost marking the world and making it listen...? You build it all up inside, and it comes out in a volcanic whoosh - yeah, that feels good!!

At January 06, 2007 8:46 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

:-) Like the name 'Summer language', Mother of Invention, sounds so right! Trying to imagine you swearing, but you look too much like Sally Fields (I think she's the one I'm thinking of...) to be cussing :-D

I didn't used to swear at all as a kid, and hardly as a teenager. It's only really in the last few years I've developed my language sufficiently to include a good dose of profanities :-D

...and, as my kids could tell you, I don't always manage to curb it round them!

But, you're right, it's definately stress-related. Wouldn't think of swearing if I was happy...only if driven to distraction... and there's been a few reasons to be distracted in the last few years... :-)

At January 07, 2007 2:08 am, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

wow..annelisa, what a nice place to be living in! and ur poem..
hilarious!! hmmm..still a horrible monster within.

At January 07, 2007 3:22 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Hey annelisa, maybe you should wait until next month. That is when AirAsia (a Malaysian budget airline) is offering RM 9.99 = £ 1.50 to fly all the way from the UK to Malaysia! I just learned that yesterday from the newspaper, and I was absolutely dumbfounded! That is soooo ridiculously cheap! =O

Yep, my friends were shocked when they heard me swearing so much all in one go (when I got angry of course)! Hehehehe!

At January 07, 2007 11:23 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey Mystic - it's definately one of the pros of moving back to this area... having a good place to walk, where you can feel the changing seasons move, is wonderful. Where I was in Thornton Heath, outskirts of London, there was a park... where all the owners let their dogs mess the paths (I had an appropriate name for that park...) And that was about the only place we had to walk. What a difference!

Twice last year I went for a walk with my older daughter there, and the snow started falling half way round - everything was white by the time we returned to the car - pure magic!

Must admit, I quite like 'Scurrilous' (but then I would, wouldn't I! :-) ) Maybe it's because I like the idea that what you see isn't necessarily what a person's like... When she was filthy and horrible, she still had a sensitive side, and when she was clean and sparkly, it didn't match what was coming out of her mouth!

At January 07, 2007 11:27 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Oooops, sorry FK, missed you there - Wow, are you serious? All the way to Malaysia for £1.50??? (Is the 'catch' that they only give it one way, and you have to pay £1500 to come back? :-D )

re swearing - definately the point of swearing... to add some shock value! :-)

At January 07, 2007 11:38 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Errr, I don't think there is any catch here. Besides the fact that it's a budget airline and that you have to pay for food on the airline should you want one!

I'm not sure whether it's one-way or return...Either way, it's cheap!

So don't expect much =P!

Maybe reading this news page here will strengthen the credibility. =)

At January 07, 2007 11:54 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Wow, cool! If that's right, it will probably already be fully booked! People don't hang around when there's those sort of offers...(especially when it hasn't that many flights! :-D )

I'll have to look into it... thanks, FK!

At January 07, 2007 1:44 pm, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Oh yeah, it's gonna be hectic, especially since this year is Visit Malaysia Year 2007! I guess it's a pretty good time to visit Malaysia!

You really are going to swap your bedroom for mine? =O Hahaha, you still have to transit to my country too =P.

At January 07, 2007 3:37 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hahahaha indeed! You wait until you get to see the cupboard that's my bedroom - it would've even been a step down for Kinderella!! :-D

I live in what was once a woodcutter's cottage (though it doesn't look like it from the outside), and there really isn't a lot of space in it! I think it must've been built for some very small woodsmen... with very small wives and Thumberlina/ Tom Thumb sized children! :-D Still, why I love it is for it's views... and the kids won't live at home forever, will they?

(...will they????)

Hey, Do you think, if we swapped, your parents would ground me if I didn't do any housework? or homework? :-) Oooo, the thought of not cooking every day... and what would you get out of it? Hmmm, I think I would definately have the advantage.... Yes, we'll swap next month then! Guess you could avoid your exams...

At January 08, 2007 5:05 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Noo! My comment was erased! I forgot to sign out of my other Google account! =(

Argh, I'm frustrated, my comment is GONE!!!!


Okay, you definitely have an advantage there! Because if I were to stay at your house, I will suffer. Why?

I can't cook, I can't take good care of children, I can't drive, I can't teach and I definitely cannot clean 24/7!

(Yeah, I know I'm a neat guy, but as much as I love neatness, I loathe cleaning and doing housework everytime!)

I don't do housework (my parents hired maids) and they definitely won't ground me if I don't do my homework (because I always get good results in my tests and exams, at least for them). So, you definitely will have an advantage.

Unfortunately, I won't! =(

Your bedroom sounds like Harry Potter's (remember the cupboard under the stairs? ;) ) and your house reminds me of the Seven Dwarfs' cottage! Boy, I have a vivid imagination, huh? =P

But hey, as long as your house is comfortable to live in, that's already great!

The views here aren't so pretty though. You will be confronted by houses in North, South, East and West, trees and roads. =P

At January 11, 2007 2:32 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

I had a thought, FK... big advantage to you - no adults!!! Who's going to tell you to clean your room, cook, do your homework... and why would you want to drive anywhere... you can find anything necessary for living right on the doorstep!!

Disadvantage for me - your views :-( though West has potential...if there's a few trees there (or is that like only a few trees? )

I think HP's room can't be much bigger than my own... but at least he has the advantage of being able to do magic! Maybe I'll invite Mary Poppins over to do something about jumping into strange worlds for entertainment... Oh, or maybe we're already in it!! :-D


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