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Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater…

Our local farmers’ market has a giant pumpkin growing contest every year. This year I decided to buy some seeds and register. I gave some seeds to my father and sister, and my husband gave some seeds to both of his brothers. We’re all getting ready to plant our seeds and there has been much discussion about where to plant them. I mean, how big will they grow?

My father reckoned his pumpkins would grow big enough to use as houses for his pigs. The townie part of the family (that would be hubby and his brothers) are more worried about fitting the pumpkins in their gardens. So far we’ve planted the seeds in seedling containers, and we’re waiting for them to germinate.

Have you ever tried to grow giant pumpkins or other giant vegetables?

Fake Friends

I always find intriguing human interest stories when I buy the New Zealand Herald, and the one I found this week has given me some great ideas for a new plot.

The story is about young professional people in Japan. They’re so busy working that they don’t have time to make friends. The new trend is to hire actors or fake friends to fill out party numbers and make themselves look popular. When a man or woman is getting married, and they don’t have a large family, they hire people to swell family numbers. Here’s a link to the story in the Telegraph.

Our Prime Minister John Key is currently in New York for the United Nations summit. Today he’s been on Letterman and he also rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. I really like our Prime Minister. He’s very down to Earth and has a real gift for chatting to people. He’s also doing a good job.

Do you think you’d ever hire fake friends? Did you see our Prime Minister on the telly?

Wakey, Wakey!

I’ve had problems sleeping recently. I go to bed tired, read a little and go to sleep only to wake up in the early hours of the morning. I lie awake for ages, tossing and turning. I must have fallen asleep at some stage this morning only to have the birds wake me again. BTW – what do they have to be so chirpy about at that ungodly hour of the morning?

I’ve spent all day yawning, which isn’t exactly an attractive look.

Do you have problems sleeping? How do you make sure you get a good night’s sleep?

Back Home

I’m home!

Kata Beach, Phuket

Hubby and I spent a very enjoyable ten days in Phuket, and now I’m dealing with the fallout…mountains of laundry. I also have a couple of writing-related things that are quite important so this post will be a short one.

I’ll post the results of my reading competition tomorrow and also announce the winner in my monthly contest.

What have you been up to recently?

Make My Muffins Blue

I went off to my favorite café today, armed with my writing notes, and ordered a latte and a blueberry muffin. I love blueberries. They taste good and I hear they’re full of healthy stuff. But here’s the thing. How can a café call a muffin blueberry if it doesn’t contain blueberries?

Last time I had a muffin I complained. I marched up to the counter and shoved my muffin at the counter staff. It didn’t contain a single blueberry and they gave me a replacement. Today’s muffin had three blueberries. I counted.


I’m thinking this is a sign from above telling me not to eat blueberry muffins, but really, don’t you think a blueberry muffin should contain more than three tiny blueberries?

What say you? Do you think there should be a specified number of blueberries in a blueberry muffin? How many blueberries are the ideal number?

In Trouble Again….

Yes, it’s true. I did a bad, bad thing…according to hubby. He arrived home from golf and spoke to me in a very stern manner.

My transgression?


My sock sorting skills are below par. To his horror I matched a plain brown sock with a different brown sock that bore a dark brown pattern on one side. And even worse, he didn’t notice until he was at golf in a public place.


Personally I thought it was funny, and at a quick glance they did look the same. I have put on two different shoes when I’ve been half asleep and in a hurry to get to work. Luckily I noticed before I walked out the door.

Have you done something like this? Have you left the house in an unmatched state?

Red Alert!

Picture this…

Sunday morning. Early.

Mr. Munro is out of bed, and he’s in…insert big groan here…clean-up mode.

First it’s the in-basket with all our bills and invoices etc.

“Do you want this? Why are we keeping this?” I had to rescue several items before they went into the trash.

I let out a sigh of relief when he finished. Mistake big time. He was in the groove and moved onto the pantry then the fridge. By that time I was cowering in the lounge and trying to concentrate on something else. Mr. Munro makes me very nervous when he gets in his cleaning moods. Thankfully, the mood passed by the afternoon and he decided he’d cook a curry for dinner. I didn’t have any arguments with that because he’s a great cook.

Camera Critters

Pig Sculptures, Sedona

When we visited Sedona in USA during our last trip, they had these cute pig sculptures along the street. They were all different colors and the artists had used different techniques. I couldn’t resist a photo.

Visit other Camera Critters here.


When we were in the supermarket at the weekend, hubby and I debated purchasing some fresh ravioli. We decided it was too expensive and thought that maybe we should try making our own. Tonight hubby searched through our recipe books, made the pasta dough and filled it with ricotta cheese, spinach, pumpkin, nutmeg and a little cheddar cheese. We don’t have a round cookie cutter so it was difficult cutting out circles of the pasta dough. In the end, we did squares or triangles. Cooking them was easy, and although we worried about the filling squirting out while they boiled, this didn’t happen.

End result: They were delicious, although next time we’d try to roll the dough a bit thinner. We had a little of the filling over and that’s for tomorrow night’s dinner – we’re putting it inside jacket potatoes.

Have you ever made your own pasta? Do you like pasta, and if so, what’s your favorite kind?

The Egg-Timer Method

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I’m terrible at procrastinating and my usual “Just Do It” attitude hides at the bottom of the garden. It can be writing procrastination or housework related or perhaps the ironing pile. When I find things are out of control, and I’m not getting anything done, I turn to my trusty egg-timer. (Actually, it’s the oven timer but either works)

So here’s my hint for people who are having trouble fitting writing into a busy day or aren’t getting certain hated household chores done. Set your timer for half an hour and write this entire time or iron or whatever chore you’ve put off. It might be difficult at first, but do keep it up because gradually you’ll get past the procrastination. Half an hour passes quickly, and you’ll be surpised how much you’ll get done if you’re focused and concentrating. You can also apply this to children – perhaps they can tidy their rooms for half an hour while you’re writing. No? Okay, I’m good but not a miracle worker!

What strategies do you use to counteract procrastination?

A Wii Fun

Hubby and I have discussed getting a Wii for a long time, but kept putting it off. During the weekend Mr. Munro rang me up and asked if he could buy one. I couldn’t think of a single reason why he couldn’t and he arrived home with a Wii. Our theory is that it will be good exercise during the colder winter months. We purchased the basic one that comes with the sports and have spent most nights playing a few games of tennis and baseball.

My favorite is the tennis. I luv tennis. In real life I’m not a good player. I have enthusiasm but no skill. With the Wii, I like the way I can serve and always get the ball in the right place. Not so much in real life.

I have a problem with my right arm and have to baby it along, even when it comes to writing. Playing on the Wii hurt it so I’ve switched to playing with my left hand. Strangely my tennis has improved. I now know what I’ve been doing wrong all these years!

I’ve heard that the fitness Wii is very good, especially the new Personal trainer. We’re thinking we might get that next. I like to cycle and walk, but don’t get much upper body exercise. Hopefully, the Wii will cure that problem.

Do you have a Wii? Do you like it? Do you have the Fitness program, and if so, do you like it? What is your favorite type of non-Wii exercise?