Odd Jobs and Characters – Fashion Department Manager and Shop Lifters by Sally Cronin


I am delighted to be hosting a guest spot for the lovely Sally Cronin in her ‘Odd Jobs and Characters’ series of wonderful stories. Sally is a thoughtful and generous fellow blogger who spends a lot of her time promoting and supporting others. Please pop over to Sally’s blog and pay her a visit.

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My thanks to Jane for inviting me to share the ongoing saga of my quirky jobs that I have enjoyed over the years and I hope you enjoy this episode.

Odd Jobs and Characters – Fashion Department Manager and Shop Lifters by Sally Cronin

After six months of sheep farming in Dolgellau, we returned to Liverpool to live. I needed to get back into full time employment if we were to save our deposit for our own home. David continued to go back and forth…

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Seven Days, Seven Black & White Photos Challenge: Day Four

I hope I can dig up 7 black and white photos. ☺☺

I have been challenged to participate in the  Seven Days…Seven B&W Photos Challenge.
Thank you to Patricia over at https://kindergartenknowledge.com for the nomination. Please do check out Patricia’s blog if you haven’t already. She is a joy to read and I always feel happier after a visit to kindergartenknowledge.com

This challenge is to post seven black and white photos…no people, no explanation.  Photos of everyday life for seven consecutive days. I am supposed to challenge one new blogger each day but this is difficult.  I worry I’ll hurt someone’s feelings by not nominating them, or they will not want the nomination. Therefore I am going to leave my nominations open. If you want to do this challenge then go for it!  Please let me know if you decide to join in – I’d love to see your photos too.

Here is a black and white photo from my life:


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The Witching Hours



Strange shadows dart stealthily across sparely lit streets, as dusk settles heavily on quiet neighborhoods of tree-lined sidewalks and cheerful well-kept homes. The eerie scream of a screech owl, more likely the brakes of a passing car, echoes deep into the night. Looming ominously from nearly every window is the menacing glare of smirking Jack-o-lanterns, while the often nervous refrain of “Trick or Treat” rings out in repetitious peals. Halloween is here, and with it the shivery remembrance of things that go bump in the night.

Halloween, a holiday once favored second to Christmas, is not as much fun as it used to be. The last few Halloweens have brought tampering scares, such as finding razors in apples and poisoned candy. A sick segment of society has forced many parents to hold neighborhood parties, instead of allowing their children to trick or treat. The tricks have been…

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Ebook Sale! PLEASE share if possible. Thank you! :)

A great offer.

Writing for the Whole Darn Universe

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Why spend $3.99, and more, for just one ebook when you can get a fun, thrilling series for only $3.96. Or, just get the first one to start. 🙂

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3rd Halloween Poem Contest – 2nd Group Of Submitted Poems —

Trick or Treat, Happy Halloween, Aurora at the Writers Treasures Chest has begun posting some poetry to celebrate. Will you get a Trick or a Treat? Only time will tell.

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Picture courtesy of: http://preventioncdnndg.org/eco-quartier/eco-tips-for-halloween/

Please respect each authors’ and poets’ copyright. The rights remain with the writers. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from each of the poems author’s is strictly prohibited and violates copyright laws in the country you are reading this work in as well as in the country you are trying to re-publish this work in. – Aurora Jean Alexander


The Glendale Witch by Annette Rochelle Aben

The kids stood at the base of the old apple tree
Hoping this time, they might happen to see
The one known as the witch of Glendale
The very thought, made their faces grow pale
They’d never seen her by the light of day
She couldn’t handle the sun, so they did say
Legend had it that under the Halloween moon
You could see her flying around on her broom
That she wore…

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Smorgasbord Invitation Blog Magazine – A new concept and more opportunities to be promoted.

Sally is at it again. Don’t miss it.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

As I enter my fifth year of blogging I have decided that it was time to make some renovations to the existing blog and to increase the ways that I can promote authors and bloggers in our community.

Readers that follow the blog have a diverse range of interests and I would like to feature more posts that reflect that. Over the last few weeks I have been testing out a new series – Posts from Your Archives and judging by the response, it has been a success.

I decided to give the trial two months, but I am now extending this into a permanent feature, as part of my move into a more magazine concept for the blog.

Smorgasbord Invitation – Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

We already have health and food series, book promotions, music, humour but I would…

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“The Italian comes to his table with the same open heart with which a child falls into his mother’s arms… “

A comforting quote.

Art of Quotation

“The Italian comes to his table with the same open heart with which a child falls into his mother’s arms, with the same easy feeling of being in the right place.”

Marcella Hazan, Italian, writer, food writer

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Top Ten Things Not to Do Yourself

John W. Howell has come up with a list for all of you that think, “I can fix that myself”. ☺☺☺

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Ten things not to do

The inspiration for this list is a result of thinking of doing home repair projects myself. This list helped me decide otherwise.

10 If your electrical service is out, do not try to diagnose and fix the problem. If you do, at best you’ll melt a screwdriver. At worst, the jolt you receive will clear your mind and sinus. (The manual said the while wire was dead huh, Bandos?)

9 If your pipes leak, do not try the DIY plumber ploy. If you do at best, you can get the leak to stop a little. At worst, you will finally give up when the water level is above your knees. (That last tighten move broke everything loose did it, Berto?)

8 If you need to fix the drywall, do not do it alone. If you do, at best you’ll finally give up. At worst, you’ll pull something that really hurts. (Hope you…

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Smorgasbord Reblog – Writer in Residence – Pure by Paul Andruss

This is one blog post you will enjoy and never forget. ☺☺

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the Friday slot where our writer in residence, Paul Andruss shares exclusive posts for Smorgasbord, or I borrow his own posts from his blog to share. This week some less than fragrant history on the production of leather. The next time you are enjoying the soft leather of your new gloves and enjoying that particular aroma that issues forth from said objects, be grateful you were not living 200 years ago…

Leather manufacture was always a noisome business. Noisome as in smelly, not noisy: that was the slaughterhouse. Although with all those animals terrified by death and all the blood, I think slaughterhouses were pretty smelly too.

When I was a kid there was a tannery on the side of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. We often took a shortcut through a hole in the wire mesh fence between the processing warehouse and the soaking vats. Security wasn’t…

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