I feel like dancing

I feel like dancing, being swept off my feet. Only one snag, I have nobody to dance with and I have two left feet. I should take up ballroom dancing lessons specifically the waltz. You can waltz to almost anything. I have been taken around the floor once or twice but the guys assumed I knew what I was doing. One guy broke into a rock and roll routine, you know, twirling me around like a spinning top and I was supposed to follow his lead but I was never quite sure where he was going! I am not sure he did either! It helps if you’ve had a drink or two. The thing is though I like dancing. I was never one to dance when younger but just got to the floor and did (tried to do) my own thing. Dancing with a partner is good. Maybe I will take a leaf out of my own book, stop procrastinating and go dance.

Shirley Anne x

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Apophis, 2029, 2036

I am not sure whether most people are aware of the forthcoming visits of Apophis to Earth in the years 2029 and 2036, Apophis is an asteroid and is one of several that have or will come into a relatively close encounter with us. ‘Relatively’ here means 45,000 miles. That is very close indeed and would only take a small shift in it’s solar orbit to actually hit us. One hundred years ago (8 June 1908) in Tungusta, Russia there occured vast devastation over a forrested area in which thousands of trees were felled by what was probably an asteroid colliding with the Earth. Apophis is reckoned to be much larger than that object. If it did collide with us there would be devastation on a huge scale. Many lives would be lost even by those in places remote from the collision. We all know the story, the theory that is of how the dinosaurs became extinct. It may have been caused by such an object, although that one was possibly far larger than Apophis. The thing is, the asteroid does not necessarily have to be very large to be destructive on a large scale. The elder amongst us may not worry about such things but for others the danger is going to be very real.
There are tentative plans to attempt to deflect such objects should they be in orbits which come dangerously too close for comfort. However, politicians being what they are, even now are dragging their heels over this one. Let’s hope some action is decided upon before it is too late!

Shirley Anne x

Erratic views

Now I don’t expect a flood of visitors to my blog every day, that would be too much to hope for, wouldn’t it? Looking at my blog stats though the visits are very erratic. Some days there are quite a number but on other days only a few. Oh I am not complaining, in fact I am happy that anybody reads my mumblings, so I say here, thank you so much to those who do. The stats do give an indication of what things on my site get the most traffic. I have many links to other sites and I have a number of pages of my own besides the blogs I write. I have found the area showing the most interest is the page I have displayed under the heading ‘Transsexuality’ (s. Transsexuality). It is a collation of historical incidences and stories about transsexuals from times gone by. It proves one thing to me, people are curious to learn more about the subject. I think this is very much a good thing as there is far too much misunderstanding and a lack of education regarding it.
I should point out that the next most popular page on my site is entitled ‘Shirley Anne’………..LOL………….Thanks everyone!

Shirley Anne x

Interruptions

For most of my life I have been plagued with interruptions of one sort or another. I would be concentrating on a task only to have somebody wanting me for something else. Other times the phone will ring just as I am about to do something or I may actually be half-way through doing something. I could be in a conversation with somebody only to be interrupted by somebody else calling on the phone, knocking on the door or just asking a question. Seemingly important to them but very annoying to me and ignorant too. Is it just me or does everyone have this problem?

Shirley Anne x

Who’s Nuts?

I saw this posted on Yahoo today………

I (editor) see a lot of strange news stories in this job and this one, which was featured recently in a German newspaper, is up there with the strangest.

A judge in Stuttgart, Germany, is currently trying to decide on a lawsuit in which a man hired his neighbour to impregnate his wife.

It gets weirder.

Demetrius Soupolos, 29, and his former beauty queen wife, Traute, were very keen to have a child together, but Demetrius was sterile so they began to seek out other possible options.

The option the couple eventually decided on was to hire their neighbour Frank Maus, 34, to impregnate Traute.

Maus, who was already married with two children agreed to do the job for the fee of €2,000. For three evenings a week for the next six months, a total of 72 different times, Maus tried to impregnate Traute.

When his own wife objected, Maus explained that he was “only doing it for the money.”

After the unsuccessful six-month period Soupolos insisted that Maus take a medical examination. The doctor concluded that Maus was also sterile, which forced his wife into admitting that their two children did not belong to him.

Soupolos is now suing Maus in an effort to get his money back. Maus’ argument is that he did not guarantee conception, only that he would try his hardest.

Shirley Anne x
So who’s nuts?

Tickling your fancy

Have you ever had moments of mild temptation where something you normally avoid suddenly becomes very attractive? It may be a ‘naughty but nice’ cream cake, a larger glass of wine or a sudden urge to buy that dress you keep looking at in a shop window. Whatever it is do you find that you quite easily give in to your temptation? Should we not treat ourselves in this way occasionally? Normally I don’t buy ice-cream from a street vendor, in any case I am trying to control my cholesterol levels but once in a while I will give in and treat myself. I believe we are sometimes too hard on ourselves and it can generate feelings of guilt if we ‘let slip’ once in a while. All a question of balance and sensibility I think. Let me encourage you to have a little of what ‘tickles your fancy’ now and then. You’ll feel all the better for it.

Shirley Anne x

Getting things done

Although we are experiencing good weather just now, I am not spending all my time outside. I did go for a walk this morning and took a few pictures in the town centre. You can see some of them on my ‘Southport’ page. While you are over that side of this blog there are many links to other interesting sites. You might like to take a peek. Anyhow I have spent much of the afternoon on my computer processing those pictures and reading other people’s blogs too. Aside from today I have been getting things done around the house, doing some shopping (I plan more shopping for clothes in the next couple of weeks) and a few other tasks I have been putting off lately have now been completed. I won’t bore you with all the details.
Finally out of my stockings too! Well much as I like them, it is too warm to wear them during the day now. It makes getting dressed a bit quicker…LOL…………..have a nice day!

Shirley Anne x

Beautiful days to come.

Today is a lovely sunshiny day. It is warm and dry, hopefully a sign of more beautiful days to come. Really speaking though every day is a beautiful day, whether it is sunny or not, dry or wet but as always things seem so much better when the sun shines. I often wonder why this is so, why it is we feel we can only enjoy sunny days as much as we do above all other days. Perhaps it is knowing that we don’t have the same freedom in days that are wet and windy or cold. Whatever the reason, sunny days are uplifting, don’t you think?
Today I strolled into town and the place was filled with people doing pretty much the same as I, shopping, walking about in the sun, eating out in bars, cafes and restaurants. The town was alive. Much more so than of late. Over the last few months there has been a decline in the numbers of people actually being in the town centre because of the economic recession but it only takes a sunny day to change all of that. Perhaps today heralds the beginning of an upturn. I hope so. I hope for beautiful days to come whether they be sunny or not.

Shirley Anne x

Procrastination

There are things I know I should be doing and things I think I might like doing before I am incapable! So what do I do? Procrastinate. Yesterday I finally decided to mend the tap (faucet) in the bathroom. It had been bugging me for quite some time and only needed to be opened up, cleaned and adjusted but no, I kept putting it off! Prior to mending it we had to lift it slightly whilst turning it in order for water to flow. How stupid is that? For the sake of twenty minutes investigating the fault I suffered many days, even weeks by leaving the job undone! They say that people who work for others often leave off doing their own jobs at home. Why do we procrastinate? Now getting to things I’d like to do, there are a few. I would like to fly in a helicopter, go up in a balloon, visit unusual places like Antartica, Iceland, Moskow and many other things. What stops me? Well I could make all sorts of excuses from my life at home , my job, lack of funds (when I can actually afford it) or I am not ready yet. Time and tide wait for no man, as the saying goes. Neither do they wait for women! What is stopping me?

Shirley Anne x

Back to the grindstone.

Easter is safely tucked away for another year but it’s message stays with me throughout. Now though, it is back to the grindstone. Did a small job this morning then spent the rest of the day at home doing some Spring cleaning in the kitchen. I had to put our old micro-wave cooker to sleep. Old? Gosh it was only bought 16 months ago! Things just do not last like they used to. Mind you it wasn’t very expensive and the cost of repairing it was, well, not worth it. So out came a machine I had bought for my apartment (one day I’ll finally get an apartment, if I can sell this damned house!). Now this new oven is an all singing, all dancing, state of the art, as they say, machine. You can grill with it, micro-wave with it, use it as a convection oven (like fan assist), use micro-wave and oven at the same time. You can program it to remember up to six ‘favourite’ cooking routines so that you don’t have to calculate for repetetive cooking. It does much more of course but it would take an age to list it all. All I can say is I hope it lives up to it’s reputation! It cost enough! LOL It will probably take me months to figure out how to use it properly.
Next I cleared out the cupboards of all the year’s accumulted junk. Items I had forgotten I had that were well past their shelf-life date. I am wondering how long my kitchen will remain in such a pristine condition.

Shirley Anne x