Category Archives: A to Z Blog Challenge 2019

Quirky Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Q

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Quirky Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter Q

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Chickens are Quite Quirky”

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Quirky Definition = Quokka – The sound a trained parrot makes.

Sentence = I taught my pet parrot to talk. He can say, “Polly wants a quokka,” all the time.

Real Definition = A Quokka is a small marsupial animal found in Australia.

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Quirky Definition = qualmish – A breakfast cereal, served hot.

Sentence = Every morning, Timmy added raisins, brown sugar, and cream, to his bowl of qualmish.

Real Definition = Feeling qualms; nauseated; overly scrupulous; squeamish; of, relating to, or producing qualms.

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Quirky Definition = quidnunc – The name of the most famous sled dog in history.

Sentence = As winner of many sled dog races, Quidnunc was in high demand for stud service.

Real Definition = One who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip; a busybody.

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Poison Potatoes? – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter P

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Poison Potatoes? – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter P #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter P

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “We like French fries!”

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I always check my potatoes for green poison!

POISON POTATOES?

Are your potatoes poison? They could be. The potato is in the family of the deadly nightshade plant. All  green parts of the potato is highly toxic, including leaves, stems, sprouts (eyes), and even any green parts on the peeled potato.

If eaten, it will cause, at the very least, an upset stomach…and at the worst…death!

In the past, this alkeloid toxin was used as a remedy for ailments such as, pain relief, an anti-inflamatory, and to ease the symptoms of rheumatism. I would hope these were not administered orally! If they were, I wonder if the doctor wondered why his patients were not getting any better, or even died!

Cooking the potatoes will remove and destroy most of the alkaloid concentrations, so they are mostly safe to eat. Try not to use any potato that shows even a hint of green to the white part, just to be safe. Exposure to light will also cause a potato to turn green, so store in a dark place.

There are many varieties of the potato, and are a staple food source all over the world. I’m not going to stop eating them, but I am careful to cut away any green I see on them.

For a look at this information on the potato, and 9 other common foods that are a bit poisonous, follow this link. http://listverse.com/2009/01/06/top-10-poisonous

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“Poison”, by Alice Cooper, was released from his album, “Trash”, in 1989. It was written by Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, and John McCurry, and is on the Epic label.
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Odd-ball Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter O

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Odd-ball Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter O

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “I’m not odd – I’m just like you!”

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Odd-ball Definition = omicron – A camera used in the film industry, combining the special effects of Omni-max and specific shadings of chrome.

Sentence = Jason graduated film school with a MDOT degree …Master’s Degree in Omicron Technology.

Real Definition = The fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet.

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Odd-ball Definition = oolite – A workable, toy flashlight, that projects images onto a ceiling.

Sentence = The trademarked name ‘oolite’ was coined by children who tested the prototype. They all exclaimed “oolite” when the on button was pushed.

Real Definition = A rock consisting of small round grains, usually of calcium carbonate cemented together.

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Odd-ball Definition = oneiric – A lesser amount and lower quality than that of generic.

Sentence = To save even more money, Beverly only purchased oneiric groceries.

Real Definition = Of or relating to dreams; dreamy.

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Nutty Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter N

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Nutty Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter N

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Sometimes you feel like a nut.”

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Nutty Definition = nobble – To take a nibble of an apple while playing the apple bobbing game.

Sentence = At parties, Janie was the best apple nobbler.

Real Definition= To incapacitate, esp. by drugging; to win over to one’s side; steal, swindle, cheat.

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Nutty Definition = nimiety – A truce between enemies; amity.

Sentence = After a fierce battle on the field, the red team and the blue team finally called for nimiety.

Real Definition = Too much; excess; redundancy.

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NuttyDefinitionnon troppo – Opposite of tropical; a cool, dry climate.

Sentence = After living in the tropics for many years, the Jones family were re-located to a non troppo region.

Real Definition = Not too much; without excess – used to qualify a direction in music

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My Mission – Ghost Hunt – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter M

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My Mission – Ghost Hunt – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter M #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter M

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I’d never tried this before, but it was my mission to find out if I could do it … ghost hunting!

I’ve always had crazy, unexplained thing happen in the houses I’ve lived in, even this house I live in now. These incidents happened in the house I grew up in, my grandmother’s house, and houses I lived in when we moved to other states, and have been pretty common. I’ve related some of those stories in my other posts here.

Up until recently, I’d never heard of people going on ghost hunting adventures, but I’ve seen the TV shows, and have read a lot on the subject. I decided that I would conduct one of my own, right here in the house, as this is where lots of weirdness happens.

As I am totally an amateur at this, I just used the equipment I had available, and the knowledge of how an investigation should go. I’ve found what to look for in photos, what to listen for on recordings, and the terminology. It is all so interesting. So, recently, I set up an EVP session. That is Electronic Voice Phenomenon…recording on tape, a spirit voice.

Weird things happen in my house, so why not try to get some evidence right here? I get my little tape recorder, my scanner, some old antiques, and go into the bedroom. This is the bedroom where the heavy mirror levitated and then fell to the floor and broke. (in the story ‘Identified Flying Objects’) If there were spirits in this room, I wanted to find out.

The antiques were there, just in case something was hovering around or attached to them…some entity from beyond. The police scanner, I used for some background white noise. I set it on a frequency that was just static.

After setting the stage, by placing everything on the bed, I turned on the recorder, and I spoke aloud to whomever was present. I said if anyone is here, feel free to speak. Then, I left the room, closing the door. Out in the main part of the house, all was quiet. The cats were all asleep, and I had the tv turned off, and no music was playing. I left the recorder going for about 30 minutes. I couldn’t wait any longer to find out if I’d ‘caught’ anything on tape.

Putting on headphones, I began listening to the recording. At first, it was just the static noise from the scanner. The white noise seemed to go on forever…but then, I heard a voice! For real! I rewound the tape, listening again, and again. The same thing, the same phrase repeated every single time. There was only the one instance, nothing before this and nothing after. It is difficult to make out EVPs, but when you do get a voice, there’s no mistaking it.

Here’s what I heard… “I’m coming back” or “I’ll be coming back”.

As I said, it is hard to make out the exact words, but that is what it sounded like, to me. Over and over, I heard the same phrase. I took a few pictures in the room, just in case I would see something weird, but I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.

Later, I took a picture of the broken mirror that had flew around this room. It had been out in the garage for a long time, in not great conditions, with the dust and all out there. However, I did see what I thought was an orb, a roundish spot of light, that shouldn’t have been there. I did send it to a professional ghost hunter I know, to have her evaluate it. It was just as I expected, though…just dust floating around the air. Maybe another time I will get something on film.

Anyway, that was my experience of ghost hunting in my own house. I’m convinced there is something here…something unknown. It doesn’t scare me, or bother me at all. I’m just very aware of strange things going on here. I do have more crazy things to tell. I’ll be adding more of my true ghost stories, in coming days.

Have you had any paranormal experiences? I’d love to hear them!

I accomplished my mission … have you?

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Here’s me looking for ghosts at a known haunted house in town (not ours), and the house. I was peeking in the window at the other side of this house. When I took the picture I was outside looking in, and my reflection was in an old mirror on the antique dresser inside.

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Lost and Found – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter L

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Lost and Found  – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter L #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

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Mystery Box Chickens ask, “Where are you?”

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 Do you have reason to believe that actual objects can be teleported from one place to another, by paranormal means?

If you’ve read my other posts, on this subject, you already know that I believe it is possible. It happened to me and my daughter, and to my cat, Weena.

There are a few more incidents of this kind, involving non-living objects, too…right here in the house.

This first one concerned a recipe I was looking for. It was for brownies…a favorite recipe I’ve used for years, because they always turn out great, and are easy to make.

It had been written in a little notebook, on blue paper, probably a little larger than an index card. The notebook had come apart a long time ago, but I still had the little blue pages of recipes. This one was hand-written by my mother, so I didn’t want to lose it. She had passed on quite a few years ago.

Anyway, I wanted to make a pan of brownies, so I looked in the kitchen drawer, where I keep recipes, but couldn’t find it. I found lots of those blue pages, with other recipes written on them, and several books, and other papers, but this brownie one was not there where it should have been.

I did look in one more place, just in case it had been put in there. It was a clear, plastic storage bin of drawers, that held kitchen items. It wasn’t there, either. I mean, I took everything out of both places, going through each bit of paper, and book, more than one time.

Finally I gave up ever finding it. It was lost.

I sat down at the table, for a few minutes, just thinking, where could it be? So, I tried something…I spoke out loud, asking my mother if she knew where it was, and could she help me find it. After another few minutes, I got the funny feeling that I should look over to the clear, plastic cart of drawers.

I look, and immediately see the recipe in the bottom drawer, in the front, in plain sight. There was no mistaking it, and it was not there, before.

I go over and get the recipe…yes, it’s the brownie recipe I’d been searching for. I got to make the brownies that day, after all.

Now…how do you explain something like that? I think, with my mother’s help, that it was able to re-materialize here, from some other place…another dimension? a parallel universe? I’ll never know where it was, or how it came back, I guess. But, I believe it was teleported from somewhere.

Maybe, it was the power of believing that helped it to manifest back over here, in our reality, because I really wanted some brownies!

This is the original recipe page. It is old, faded, and worn out. I covered it in plastic, and it looks a mess, but I’m so glad I still have it.

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Knock – Knock – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter K

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Knock – Knock

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Knock Knock – Who’s There?”

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Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Rita

Rita who?

Rita good book lately? 🙂

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Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Rice

Rice who?

Rice and shine sleepy head! 🙂

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(DOOR)  KNOCKERS

Door knockers are some of the most interesting looking decorations you can attach to a door. Their purpose is to alert someone inside, that they are being summoned to answer the door, by someone standing outside.

They were used, of course, long before the invention of electricity, and door-bells or buzzers. The knockers are made of metal, including cast iron, brass, and pewter. Some knockers are ornate and others very simple.

About the time of the Middle Ages, they became a fanciful house accessory. They are purposeful and decorative, and some designs have became more grotesque…a sort of warding off sign to discourage evil spirits. Some are of snarling lions, dragons, fish, hands, skulls, and anything one can imagine.

I’ve always wanted a door knocker on my door…maybe, someday. Until then, here is a look at some. These photos all came from Pixabay.

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“Knock on Wood”, by Eddie Floyd, was released as a single from his album of the same name, in 1966. It was written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, and is on the Star Records label.

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If you’d like to see some more interesting photos and read more about door knockers here’s a link: http://fiveminutehistory.com/knock-knock-a-brief-history-of-door-knockers/

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Jokey Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter J

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Jokey – Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter J #AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J

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The Mystery Box Chickens ask, “Why did the Chicken cross the road?”

Fuzzy Chickens gathered around pink framed chalk board that says Jokey Definitions. Small glass Mystery Box on lower left is blue and white, edged in goldgold

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Here’s some more definitions of words I made up (plus the real definitions) starting with letter J.

I give the word which I didn’t know about, and my iffy or silly definition. Then, I use it in a sentence. Next I give the real definition from the dictionary.

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Jokey Definition = jurat – A person who attends jury trials, just to observe.

Sentence = Barney was such a jurat, he knew as much about how a jury trial worked, as well as any lawyer.

Real Definition = Jurat, short for juratum…it has been sworn; a certificate added to an affidavit stating when, before whom, and where it was made.

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Jokey Definition = jipijapa– An elaborate hand slapping game, using a rhyming, sing-song beat, played by children.

Sentence = On the playground at school, there were several groups of kids playing jipijapa.

Real Definition = A Central and South American plant (Carludovica palmate of the family Cyclanthaceae) resembling a palm.

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JokeyDefinition = jusanguinis – A variety of red wine.

Sentence = The patrons of the wine tasting event preferred the jusanguinis over all other red wines sampled.

Real Definition = A rule that a child’s citizenship is determined by its parents’ citizenship.

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“The Joker”, by the Steve Miller Band, was recorded on their album of the same name in 1973. It was written by Steve Miller, Eddie Curtis and Ahmet Ertegun, and is on the Capitol label.

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Iffy Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter I

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Iffy Definitions – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter I I

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Mystery Box Chickens say, “Ha-ha-ha Iffy in a Jiffy”

Mystery Box Chickens say, "Ha-ha-ha Iffy in a Jiffy"

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Here’s some more definitions of words I made up (plus the real definitions) starting with letter I.

I give the word which I didn’t know about, and my iffy or silly definition. Then, I use it in a sentence. Next I give the real definition from the dictionary.

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Iffy Definition = intrados – A Mexican food appetizer given free as you enter the restaurant.

Sentence = Sue ate so many intrados at the restaurant, she couldn’t finish her main course.

Real Definition = The interior curve of an arch.

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Iffy Definition = inexpugnable – An inexperienced pug dog that tries to do tricks.

Sentence = Shorty was such a cute inexpugnable, that everyone fell in love with him.

Real Definition = To take by storm, to fight; incapable of being subdued or overthrown; impregnable, stable, fixed.

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Iffy Definition = impuissant – An insect pest; a rare genus of ant, that is impervious to most insecticides.

Sentence = There are reports that the impuissants have begun migrating to the north, enlarging their territory to include most of the U. S.

Real Definition = Weak, powerless.

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Herbie the Turtle – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter H

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Herbie the Turtle – A to Z Blog Challenge 2019 – Letter H

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Mystery Box Chickens sitting in cream colored box with the pink framed chalk board that says Herbie.

They say “Where’s Herbie?” and “He’s in his box”

 

HERBIE THE TURTLE

Herbie is/was a box turtle. We lost him. Well, really we just don’t know what happened to him. He got lost, or ran (turtle speed) away, or got kid /turtle napped. Anyway, he is gone.

Herbie (the Herbascious One) had been with us for years. My daughter bought him from the pet store in Killeen, Texas. He was as ‘spunky’ as a turtle can get. He roamed around the house, ate canteloupes, raw hamburger meat, and even peed on my husbands’s uncle one time, when he was holding him.

We’d fix him holiday meals, and buy him presents. He looked cute, standing by the colorful gifts, but that’s about as far as it would go. He never played with them. Sometimes, my daughter would put cute stickers on his shell, and later would paint non-toxic glow in the dark paint on his shell, so we could find him in the dark.

He got along fine with the dogs. He’d follow them around, but they had time to move out of his way, even though Herbie was pretty fast for a turtle. One time he was looking poorly, so we took him to the vet. They gave him a shot, and gave us some needles and meds to give him his shots at home (my husband did this). The medicine worked, and he felt better soon.

When we moved to this house, we’d let him outside during the day. He’d be fine wandering around the yard. One day we couldn’t find him…he was gone. That’s been quite a few years ago. We think, hope, maybe he found a turtle girlfriend, and she might have led him astray, down to her place by the playa lake by our house. There is a whole turtle community there, who have lakefront property.

Turtles live long lives, so he could be out there somewhere, living the good life with his friends. Let’s hope so…but, we do miss that character.

 

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This is a box turtle, but it isn’t Herbie. This one is greyish/green and looking to the right.

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