Monday, February 23

Cotton & Wool, retardants...

"They" tell us to dress in wool, if we are in danger of fire. Modern folk don't seem to be aware of the fire retardant properties of wool & cotton. Natural fibres are far slower to burn than their synthetic counterparts.

Why are the young not taught this at school? It would seem they are not taught the basics of survival.

I watched a programme, from America, about a child who is determined to abolish homework!

I would support him in every way I could. I never could see, that the stress, on both child & parent, equalled anything useful from homework. It is an abomination, & a total waste of everyone's time!!


I was honoured with this Award, by my great friend & fellow Blogger Catalyst. He is a wonderful friend, & I humbly accept his award.

This Award, I am ashamed to say, was awarded some time ago. I have forgotten the awarder. I was probably a bit shaken by the god reference. I don't have a god, nor do I want one.
However I appreciate the sentiment of the Award- leaving aside the god bit! So thankyou, & I apologise for being so late to acknowledge your gift to me.
I spent most of the afternoon, slothfully, watching the Oscar Awards. People who know me, will say this is not like me at all!
I am not usually a fan of this Hollywood shallowness. I was 'seduced' perhaps by Hugh Jackman, who I see as a huge talent.
I was also impressed, for the very first time by Beyonce. I had no idea, how beautiful, how talented, she is!! Her voice is for angels. Her persona...just so beautiful!! She must be one of the most beautiful women in all the world?
Over the past few days, I have been spoilt rotten.
Phone calls from rellies & friends, far & wide.
Family visits, with chocolate gifts....Surplus to my ever increasing bod's needs... but accepted, nonetheless!!
Lavish lunching...
A wonderful plant, potted, so the Garden Vandal, aka Gom, cannot uproot, or in any way, destroy or damage.
The company of family, friends, & many laughs.
What could be more perfect, for any birthday.
I have a tiny wee book, called "Garden Lovers." It is approx 2"x2 1/2".
There are 2 quotes I love.
The first is, " There is no better demonstation of faith than a man planting a seed in a field." So true.
Please note, there is no reference to any god in that statement. Nor is it needed.
My second favourite is
"Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there".
This is attributed to Francis Thompson.
I wish those were my words.

David Gray, Shine


Pauline said...

Happy Birthday. Lobbing virtual chocolate your way ;)

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Is it your birthday?
Well Happy Belated Birthday.
Love the post!!

Steady On
Reggie Girl

VioletSky said...

That was ever so slyly, slightly, mentioned ... so, Happy (Belated) Birthday!

Rosie said...

many happy returns...

Sarah said...

David Gray sounds like Jonathon Rhys Meyers when he sings---or vice versa. Either way, I like it very much.

Happy belated! :)


Thimbleanna said...

Sounds like you've had a good birthday Meggie -- as it should be! I couldn't bring myself to watch the Oscars -- they're usually too political -- I get sick of the politics in entertainment. The only thing I ever enjoy is the dresses and I was able to look at those online this morning!

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

hey belated amnay many happy returns of the day...
one thing thats very appreciatable about your post are your songs...they almost make an impression :)

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Happy Birthday, Meggie, Happy Birthday!

knitwit said...

Before I became a military wife and stay-at-home mum, I was an elementary school teacher. I couldn't agree more with your statement about homework. Kids spend 6 hours a day in the classroom. Their little brains need a rest at night! Unfortunately, not all parents agree, and I found that no matter how much or how little I sent home in the way of homework, I could never please every parent.
I LOVE David Gray!

Lover of Life said...

I love Hugh Jackman, but not the Oscars. He's from Australia, I think. Also really liked David Gray - may have to hit I-Tunes - thanks.

Happy Birthday?!

Sheila said...

I haven't watched the Oscars very often, but I did this weekend. Hugh Jackman was like a breath of fresh air. Talented, good looking and funny, such a change from the usual hosts. I'm definitely a fan now.

ancient one said...

Sounds as if you had a very good Birthday! and got some nice things too. Everyone needs to be treated special on their birthday..

Stomper Girl said...

Happy Birthday Meggie, good to hear you were spoiled!

Veronica said...

Glad you had such a lovely birthday Meggie! You deserve to have special treats heaped upon you. Love, Vxx

Pearl said...

Glad you had a lovely birthday with your family.
I agree about abolishing homework, the kids go to school to learn, so when schools over for the day, so should the work be, let them have a break till the next days schooling. when my youngest was learning to read, he was given a set amount to read with me every night, & every day I asked if the teacher had listened to him & checked that he could read it, & every day the answer was the same,---No ! , so it was me who actually taught him to read, not the school.
enjoy your chocolate.

Reluctant Blogger said...

Oh yes, I agree re the homework thing. Children should do what is required in school and then be able to come out and do other things - sport or whatever. My sons find it hard to fit in around swim training and other stuff they want to do.

I rarely wear synthetic fibres - they don't feel nice to me. Although i am not a massive fan of wool - makes me itch, I mostly wear cotton.

Marianna said...

I didn't know about fire and cotton...imagine that!

Hmm I don't give much homework to my students and if I do I tell them that the effort counts more than anything. I remember when I was young I hated math exercises!

I wish I could watch the Oscars in my counrty just for the fun of it. We only got gossip shows talking about the way people were dressed that day :-(

take care
peace and love

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Lilly's Life said...

I agree, many of the simple things are lost now. We need to know the basics of survival. Sad it is.

I loved the Oscars too. Maybe because our Hugh was hosting. He is just a nice, nice man. A good Aussie bloke. And very good looking. There were many positive elements to it. I watched it straight through too.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU - sounds you had a great time.

Thanks for the video. He is one of my favourites.

Marja said...

Happy birthday Meggie I am happy that you had a good time. Lots of Hugs for you
I so love the last quote.
I agree with the homework thing We had horrible homework times. I even took my kid of a school who put him under so much pressure

fifi said...

oh happy birthday!


(I hate wool, it makes me itch unto death.)

Blue Mountains Mary said...

Happy Birthday Meggie - it sounds like you had a deservedly good time.

I loved our Hugh too!

Q said...

Hugh Jackson is a delight!
I watched just to hear him sing and watch him dance...
Sounds as if birthday was fun!