Smorgasbord Short Stories – Onions by Sally Cronin

Hilarious story by Sally Cronin, don’t miss it.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I felt the need yesterday to write a new story that did not involve Fairy Queens and Irish shenanigans… WIP. And I was also chopping onions for lunch. I must state at this point that this is a work of fiction and my own husband chops his own onions, does not have halitosis and is generous in the extreme…….

Onions by Sally Cronin

Olivia chopped the onion carefully, avoiding the cut on her knuckles from yesterday’s little escapade. She hated cutting onions, having tried every trick in the book to stop herself crying copiously onto the culprits in question. She had popped the handle of a silver spoon in her mouth and clenched it with her teeth, worn her son’s snorkelling mask, cut the onions under water in the sink, and had even frozen them for 20 minutes before attacking them with a very sharp knife. Which is why she…

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Again I have cancer. Stage 3 lung cancer but I am fighting for life…again. This is the fourth time cancer has taken a bite out of me and it’s no fun.

I thought maybe if I write about it, it would give me the strength to beat it once more. So far I have had to be given two units of blood, two units of iron, B12 shots, chemotherapy, radiation and a host of tests. MRI, CT, Blood work, etc, but I have to say my knee is healing and I am able to walk without a cane. Now if the chemo doesn’t destroy my immune system and my knee doesn’t get infected again I just might be around for a while longer.

I so appreciate all of you for hanging in there with me, and I will try to post whenever I can. However, I try to read your offerings as much as possible and will continue to do so. There hasn’t been too much leisure time for emails and postings, and my mood hasn’t been the best my arms and hands look like a well-used pin cushion, and I will probably be radioactive before long, I might even glow in the dark soon.

If you do want a good laugh though and you own a Kindle or other reader you can always go to and purchase my book, Yes, I still have hope for my book, go figure. ☺☺☺




Smorgasbord Short Stories – You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Hopefully by the time that you read this we will be able to get out of our driveway!  However, we have also had intermittent power cuts for the last couple of days, so I am leaving you some short stories over the weekend, as well as the usual Open House Interview tomorrow.

This first story is not from one of my books but first appeared on Sue Vincent’s blog at Christmas. I hope you enjoy if reading for the first time…Photographs from our snow bound garden.

You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin

He was getting on a bit in years, his eyesight was very dodgy, and his hip was definitely causing him jip. His teeth were just about okay; he still enjoyed his meat slightly chewy, instead of that pap that they gave the real oldies in this residence. And if truth be told, despite…

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Introducing – ELLIS: One Man’s Remarkable Life – Guest Post by Andrew Joyce…

Don’t miss getting this book, all of his writing is great.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

My name is Andrew Joyce. Some of you may know me … most of you, probably not. But I’m sure you all know of my ex-dog, Danny the Dog. He left me for greener pastures a few months ago (like six months ago) and I was kinda sad. Still am, but that’s another story.

What I’m trying to say is that without Danny around, I got bored. He used to keep me entertained (and on my toes). Anyway, about then I got to know an interesting character. I had seen him around the marina for years, but I had never said more than a few words to him.

For a long time now, some of my friends have been coming up to me and telling me I should write a book about him. They told me he had led a remarkable life and I could sell a lot of books…

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Photos to Brighten your Day

These photos will definitely brighten your day and put a smile on your face. Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing.

Cynthia Reyes

Some people asked to see more Hamlin Grange photos.

I heard you. 

Here are some more — just click:

Have a great day, friends.

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Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – At the Watering Hole this week – Wendy Janes, Olga Nunez Miret and Donata Zawadzka

Come visit the Watering Hole, a place to meet and greet from Sally Cronin.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers who have recently followed the blog can introduce themselves.  Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random.

Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.

If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.

If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.

The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

The community that…

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Tea Cakes-the recipe

Another delightful story and recipe from the Rabbit Patch, thank you, Michele. xo



Some of my favorite hours have always been in the kitchen.  As a small child, I spent a good deal of my childhood in fields and woods.  If I wasn’t there, I was probably playing in a barn . . .If I was in the house, I was most likely in the kitchen.  

The women in my family cooked.  In those days, processed food was in its’ early stages.  I never saw things like “instant potatoes”, cake mixes and “Hamburger Helper”.  Of course, this meant someone was usually in the kitchen . . . peeling potatoes, often.

The  yellow and chrome kitchen table, in my grandmamas’ house,  was the best place I knew of to tell secrets or  to solve a mystery. I also could count on someone being in the kitchen, in the circumstances of bee stings and skinned knees-or when I couldn’t button a dolls’ dress. “The…

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Music of My Life #45

A beautiful song for all.

S C Richmond

If you’re still with me, thank you, if you’ve just found me go backwards, there’s some awesome music in previous years. Here we are at the last year of the noughties… stick with me not too far to go now 😉

2009 – 

This is the perfect song to play just before you go to sleep. The most relaxing song ever written, just perfect…

Enjoy …

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Starting With Thoughts of Gratitude

Beautifully said, Danny. Thank you for sharing. ☺☺


I woke up today feeling very grateful. I couldn’t help but allow my mind to travel back to a time of outhouses, oil lamps and no running water. I wonder what families talked about as they sat around the dinner table. There were no cell phones giving off notifications every second and no stories of impending doom coming from a news channel as the noise continuously blared from the tv. We are so fortunate but yet conversations would make you think the sky is getting ready to fall. What you talk about you get more of. How you think and where you place your focus determines what you attract more of. Resist and you attract more opportunities to do just that. Practice gratitude and the Universe delivers more situations to feel grateful for. Sometimes it is clear to see why we are in the state we are in but just…

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