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Things that make you go 'hmm'…

Bah humbug! Again.

Took the pooch to the beach yesterday and arrived just as the sky turned black and it started to rain. The upside was there was  a beautiful rainbow – well two actually and I managed to get some photographs.


I came home looking like a drowned rat with the added bonus of a sandy wet dog to deal with, so poor Milo had to have another bath and is now back to his fluffy white self. Until he goes digging in the garden again – his new favourite thing.

You may have noticed that I have a Facebook page. (There is a Facebook widget in my sidebar) Lately, I have been getting really hacked off at the ads running down the side of my page. They are presumably targeted at me because of answers I have given in filling in my profile. Yesterday, I was attracted by a photo of Javier Bardem (who wouldn’t be?) but over the image it said “Could I be your husband?” Well, yes please, I thought but then I went on to read further and it was an ad for an internet dating service. In fact all the ads along my Facebook page are for dating services – eHarmony, Fun at 50 Dating (OK rub it in, why don’t you), Kissing gates, (for people who live in the countryside), Toyboy Warehouse (what!!!!), Dating Direct, Telegraph Dating and so on. The other ads were for organic wrinkle reducer and from someone offering me a double eye lift. Christmas is a bad enough time of year for us singletons – so DO NOT RUB IT IN! To cheer me up, here is a gratuitous Javier Bardem photo.


I was invited to a New Years Eve dinner party the other week. My friend said ‘Could you possibly bring someone along? Otherwise we are 13 at the table’. I presume he meant it was inauspicious to see the New Year in with 13 people. Marvellous. So now I’m not just a gooseberry, I’m an unlucky gooseberry. It strikes me that I am only number 13 if you count me last. If you count me first, then I am number 1 and someone else is number 13 and they should bring another friend. And, if I knew a single man to bring, then I wouldn’t be single!! I know my friend was only joking (probably) but it isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility that he could invite a few more people so we wouldn’t be 13…. some single men would be nice…

Anyhow, I am rising serenely above it all.


22 responses to “Bah humbug! Again.

  1. strugglingwriter December 12, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Great photos and I like that little comic at the end :)

    Also, I posted a funny short story I wrote on my blog that might cheer you up :)

  2. Lord Likely December 12, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    You should attend luncheon at the Likely Estate, m’dear. I insist on inviting ONLY single women.

  3. Teresa December 12, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Tell that friend that as host, he is obligated to supply you with a date, and that date had better be George or Javier.

    I totally ignore my FB ads (I practice by ignoring my kids), except once I did see something for a girly Transformer t-shirts, and I was sorely tempted. Optimus Prime is my man…or machine…or Cybertron dude…or something. ;)

  4. Daddy Papersurfer December 12, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Some day your prince will come ………..

  5. Heather December 12, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Javier Bardem is one hot tomali!
    Here is a Javier fansite that I love with many gorgeous photos.Check it out.

  6. Soft.request December 13, 2008 at 1:35 am

    you have a great site…please visit mine..i’ve added you

  7. artfulkisser December 13, 2008 at 4:04 am

    Beautiful photographs. Javier Bardem absolutely does me in every time.

    What is wrong with people these days??? In my day, friends woulda evened out the numbers by sitting me across from some boring, portly, balding, terminally single mama’s boy with dandruff snowing on his black collar. No exaggeration. Eeerrgghh….

  8. GO! Smell the flowers December 13, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Brill photos and makes me want to hit the UK for xmas…

    In fact -I think I will D, why not – great rainbow and thanks for sharing,


  9. Creechman December 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Where is the pot of gold?

  10. Esther December 13, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Beautiful photos! Sorry about the rain.

  11. writinggb December 14, 2008 at 2:49 am

    The nerve! Bring a woman friend and smootch in the hallway just as other guests arrive…. :-)

  12. Dave Q. December 14, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Maybe “13” is your lucky number? :)

    So is the dinner party at someone’s house? If so, who cares about the numbers? I’m just saying…

  13. Diane December 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    SW – it’s a great story – made me laugh! It should have won – you wuz robbed!

    Lord L – it’s single men I need! Thanks all the same – the invitation is very thrilling…

    Teresa – so now you do notice your FB ads! Wish we could switch them off! George or Javier would do very nicely. Or Daniel or Ken or Cillian or……. such a long list *sigh*

    DP – well I wish he would get a move on….

    Heather – Javier is divine. I love him. :-)

    soft.request – I have added you indeed…thanks!

    artfulkisser – so true. It strikes me that if a bloke my age is single, it’s for a very good reason! We single ladies of a certain age outnumber appropriate single men by such a huge amount
    I wonder if I should start looking for an inappropriate one… :-)

    Jim – nice to hear from you. Stay in Dubai – the weather is horrible here – either grey and wet or dry and freezing cold – stay in the sun!

    Creechman – at the end of the rainbow – but which end? That is the question….

    Esther – thanks, it was a very photogenic day :-)

    writinggb – not sure I could manage that – but I have joined an online dating site. Decided to stop whingeing and do something about it…. Wish me luck!

    Dave Q – well, obviously my host does! I suppose I mess up the seating plan… :-) You know – boy, girl, boy, girl…. tomorrow is the 13th – maybe it will be my lucky day :-)

  14. Diane December 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Eek! 13th comment, better add another one… :-)

  15. 70steen December 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    when you find your prince can you ask him if he has a brother/ cousin that I can take to my Christmas Eve bash??

  16. cathryn miller December 15, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Actually I think writinggb’s comment was the best! And I love the snow gently falling on your blog.

  17. shea December 15, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    13 is the sacred number of the United States, we just don’t think of it that way, we think of the power of the number

  18. Diane December 16, 2008 at 9:51 am

    70s – of course! And the same applies to you if you get one first!

    cathryn – it was pretty funny wasn’t it?
    I love the snow too, it would show up better if I had a darker template but it’s still quite a nice effect. turn it on at Christmas time! Just like the real thing without the shivering!

    shea – I’m all for power! Interesting it isn’t considered unlucky in the States – I didn’t know that…

  19. Jenny December 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Toyboy Warehouse? Hmmm … think I’ll ask Johnny Depp to meet me there.

    I’d tell your friend to invite some single men to the New Year’s Eve party, just so they could meet “lucky number 7” … YOU!

    I’m not on Facebook but my kids are and they gave me their passwords because lots of times they invite me to see what different friends have posted (plus my mom is on there), and I don’t like the ads either. I think one of my daughters figured out how to nix ones that are especially offensive or just so inane you don’t want them associated with you!

  20. cathryn miller December 16, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Wow, I thought you had invented the snow! (You have such a gorgeous site.)

    13 is an especially lucky number for people (like me) who were born on that day.

    And I spent my childhood walking under ladders and daring black cats to walk in front of me.

    Hoping it isn’t as cold in England as it is in Canada!


  21. Patricia January 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Wonderful images!!! Have a great 2009!!!

  22. sally January 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Terrific pictures of where my dearest proposed to me !!

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