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  • Some things are more important.

    SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
    DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
    SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
    DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"
    SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
    DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."
    SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
    SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?"
    The father was furious.
    DAD: "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior."

    The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
    The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
    After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
    Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

    DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"

    SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".
    DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."

    The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
    SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
    Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

    DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"

    SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.

    "Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."
    The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

    Some things are more important.

  • Friday 4x4 Brain Teaser.

    The list of 16 words below can be grouped in 4 groups of 4 by a title that connects those words in some way.

    Example:- Winter, Summer, Spring, Autumn,  would be titled "Seasons"

    No clue yet but may be offered later.


  • Lucky 16

    I suspect you aren't going to thank me for this.

    4 groups of 4 as usual, but which 4?


  • 4x4 Word Game

    Here's my contribution to this series of challenges.

    Below is a list of 16 words and these words can be formed in to 4 groups of 4 words that have a connection:


  • 4 X 4 Brain Teaser 3.

    There is a list of 16 words below and these words can be formed in to 4 groups of 4 words that have a connection,

    Example:- MERSEY, CLYDE, DART, RIBBLE would be in a group "Rivers".

    NO clues at the moment.


  • My favourite dinner

    I do enjoy a varied range of food, so I wasn't sure which meal I eat/enjoy the most. So I decided on this one because it's easy to stick in the oven and very tasty :D

    Sausage and chips

    It's home made potato wedges (chips in other words) with sausage ( meat or vegetarian ones) and peas. Instead of gravy I usually use French or wholegrain mustard.

    Cut up several large potatoes according to required quantity in half lengthwise, then in half again, then again until you have some nice thick pieces. (Delia Smith recommends they are soaked in cold water for a while to get rid of the starch but I don't usually bother).
    Put into a large bowl and put a little olive oil on and sprinkle ground sea salt and black pepper on. Mix well, then transfer to a metal baking tray and put into a hot oven (about gas mark 6 or 7) for approx 40 mins or until browned.

    Add sausages into the same tray at the beginning if the cooking process, making sure they get some oil on them and cook until thoroughly cooked through and browned to your liking.

    I also add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary from the garden during cooking. It smells heavenly :D

    Add cooked garden peas (fresh or frozen) or other veg if you prefer.

    Serve with side salad, gravy (if used) or mustard/ brown sauce.

  • Food glorious .......

    I have a few favourite meals that I throw together, but a Saturday night just has to be my easy spag bol, except there is no spag but twists, and the bol probably isn't typically genuine.

    In sauce pan throw in some roughly chopped or sliced onion [usually use a red one] and mushrooms, fry then a little in olive oil, add the mince, stir until mixed and coloured.  Add the knorr beef stock pot and the knorr mixed herb flavour pot and a can of chopped tomatoes, stir, bring to a decent manly simmer, put the lid on.

    At this point I usually do some else like empty the washer/dryer, or load it, or put away dishes and clear messy area.  After about 10 mins I put the pot of water on to boil to cook my pasta twists.

    Once cooked, serve, and devour making glorious tasty noises.

    The absolute best bit comes next Saturday.  I usually make a double portion bolog, one portion goes into the freezer.  So next Saturday I removed frozen portion from freezer, place in micro for 10 minutes on defrost and start the pasta water to boil.  When the water is a good rolling boil add the two-ish handfuls of twists and leave to cook at a reasonably vigorous simmer.  Micro pings, using warmed spoon stir the defrosted bolog and out back into the micro for 2 minutes.  When micro bings, dish up and devour.

    What I cannot fathom is why the second portion tastes so much yummier than the first.

    I do the same with my chicken curry, beef stew, steak kidney casserole, Somerset pork ........... but it does not matter which day of the week I have those :p

  • One of my favourite things, Dinner.

    What is your favourite meal for dinner and why?
    Dinner time for me, I know, in other places called the evening meal, is about 6pm, and the ingredients are,
    One large potato, one large egg and three rashers of bacon. 
    At 5pm the potato is first microwaved for 5 mins and then wrapped in foil, placed in the oven set at 180 untill required. At about 5.45pm return to the kitchen, remove foil from the baking potato and paint on a thin coat of cooking oil, return to oven, this browns the skin. 
    Heat frying pan with a little oil on stove top and start to fry the bacon, after three mins turn bacon over and break the egg in to the frying pan. Remove baked potato from oven, cut in half lengthways and fork butter in to each half, add salt and mash the contents of each half inside its skin.  Remove the now ready bacon and egg from the frying pan and place on plate with the baked potato. Preparation time about 6 mins plus the 5 mins at start. 
    I will probably start writing my own recipe book next week.
    Now, tell us about YOUR favourite in a new post.

  • Wordwall

    Here are the 16 words


    Now all you have to do is sort them into 4 groups of 4!


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