I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


Friday letters – the Time Square #14 edition

Dear weather,  Thanks for stopping the rain and thanks for a particularly lovely sunny, warm day yesterday.  The early morning outdoor aqua fit class was all the better because of your cloudless blue sky.

Dear Christmas Eve boxes,  When did you become a thing?  Why do children need a box of special gifts on Christmas Eve to keep them occupied while they are waiting for Christmas Day?  I suspect you are just another ploy to part parents with their hard earned cash.

Dear mall walking,  I can see the sense of walking indoors in the parts of the country where winters are harsh and walking outdoors in deep snow could be tricky, but I was suprised that the group I walk with here decided on an indoor mall walk recently because there was some light rain falling.  What’s wrong with putting on a waterproof jacket and enjoying the fresh air?

Dear Becky,  Today I bring you a photo of the clock on the front of It’s a Small World at Disneyland in all its holiday splendour.

Dear readers,  I’m sorry if my photo means you are stuck with the It’s a Small World song in your head for the rest of the day.  Interestingly, though, it’s mainly Jingle Bells that they sing in the holiday version of the ride, which isn’t such an earworm.

Have a good Friday.

December Square photo challenge.



Friday letters – the Time Square #7 edition

Dear rain,  Whilst I am not as excited about you as some of the people I’ve been speaking to this week, I am pleased that you have given me the opportunity to use some of my large collection of rain related words and phrases – downpour, pouring, lashing, bucketing, stoating, not taking time to come down, coming down in stair rods and raining cats and dogs, to name just a few.  I would, however, like to ask you to stay away today so that my outdoor activities of walking and playing pickleball are not called off.

Dear drivers,  Just because there is rain falling doesn’t mean that you can forget the rules of the road.

Dear neighbours,  Some of your houses are looking magnificent with so many festive lights and decorations on the outside, round the roof, on the balcony and in the garden.  Your electricity bills are going to be very high this month I fear.

Dear local post office,  It’s almost a pleasure to visit you (apart from the cost of postage stamps of course) with your helpful staff and friendly atmosphere.

Dear Becky,  Today I am sharing a photo of a dandelion clock for your ‘time’ challenge.  As a child I was always excited to find one and to see what ‘hour’ it was by counting how many times I had to blow it to get all the seeds off.  Watching the seeds dancing and floating all over the garden was lovely too.  Now, as an adult, when I see one I think of all the potential new weeds that are going to grow in my grass as a result of the seeds!

Have a good Friday.

December Square photo challenge.


Friday letters – the St Andrews Day edition

Dear St Andrew,  You are not as well celebrated, or known,  as St Patrick, but I still think you need to be recognised on your special day, November the 30th.

Dear the word imma,  I’ve seen you used several times now on social media and at first assumed that you were a mistake on the part of the writer.  I wasn’t quite sure what you meant, so I decided to look you up and I find that you are actually a word now, meaning ‘I am going to’ e.g. Imma write Friday letters.  I am clearly very far behind the times and, as usual, can’t understand why we need to change things – what was wrong with just writing ‘I’m going to’ or, at an absolute pinch I might just accept ‘I’m gonna’.  I suppose both those phrases take too long to type/text these days?  The way things are heading, our words and phrases will soon be reduced to one letter!

Dear Green Book,  I am very glad that I went to see you.  I was swithering about whether to go, because I thought you might be one of those very arty road movies, with long silences and views of straight roads disappearing into the distance and flanked by wide open, empty countryside.  Instead you were entertaining, amusing, informative, well acted and a proper story with a beginning, a middle and an end.

Dear the word swithering,  We should use you more often.  I don’t think you should be confined to being used in Scotland, or by Scottish people.  I think you are the perfect word for indecision.

Dear weather,  I’m glad that the ladies at Aqua Fit yesterday morning appreciated you, because I didn’t.  I heard someone say how nice it was to have weather for a change and how pretty you were as you lashed with rain and blew gusts of wind that knocked chairs over.  I’m sorry, but I could not call you pretty.  Clear blue skies with a few white fluffy clouds and birds soaring up high is pretty – not your low grey clouds with wet stuff falling. 

Dear apostrophes,  So far, so good.  I think in recent months here I have only seen one example of misuse, which must be some kind of record.

Have a good Friday.


Friday letters – the Black Friday edition

Dear Black Friday, I am staying indoors all day today.  Apparently it is going to be a jungle out there!  I hope it goes well for you, but I will certainly not be out in the madness of the shops trying to grab a bargain.

Dear Thanksgiving,  In preparation for the big event yesterday, the last week here saw a definite increase in the amount of traffic on the roads, the numbers of people in the supermarket (meaning slightly longer than normal queues at the checkouts and the number of cars parked in the car parks (though spaces were still available).  None of it was an inconvenience to me so I was very surprised to hear some ladies discussing the fact that everywhere was so busy and going shopping was a nightmare.  I would like to say that they have no idea of the meaning of busy – they should try the local shopping centre and supermarkets in my home town in the UK in the run up to Christmas!  The queues in the shops and supermarkets are very long, as are the queues to get a parking space (several laps of the car park required while waiting for a space to become available is the norm) and that’s if you have managed to negotiate the grid locked traffic on the road system around the shopping centre.  Now, that’s what I call a nightmare!

Dear Thanksgiving dinner,  You were delicious.  We were invited to join some friends at their home for dinner, my first Thanksgiving meal, and I was eager to taste all the traditional foods.  We had turkey, ham, green bean casserole, yams, cheesy mashed potato, corn, mac ‘n cheese, cranberry sauce, gravy and corn muffins.  To follow there was pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate fudge brownie and a banana dessert of some kind, and cream of course.  It was a struggle, but I womanfully soldiered on and tried everything.  I’m looking forward to next year already!

Dear weather,  I know we needed the rain, but did you have to choose the morning of Thanksgiving Day for it?  Those poor people who were up with the lark to run in one of the many 10k or 5k Turkey Trots that were on in the area would probably rather have done it in dry weather.

Dear sunset, I’d like to commend your effort on Wednesday night. 

Have a good Friday.


Friday letters – the halfway through November already edition

Dear self,  You need to learn the difference between a small bottle of moisturising shower cream, and a small bottle of moisturising body cream, or at least wear your glasses when you are picking up what you think is the latter but was actually the former.  Moisturising shower cream doesn’t soak into the skin quite as well as body lotion and leaves a sort of sticky residue.

Dear little cricket, The mystery was solved, finally, when we tracked you down and discovered you resting on the back of one of the pictures on the wall. We could hear little chirping sounds every now and then which seemed to be moving round the room – we began to think we were going mad! I hope you will be much happier now that we have put you outside.

Dear car dealership,  I’d just like to say thank you for your wonderful service yesterday.  My car was in for a recall but not only did you replace the part that might have caused a problem, but I had an oil change and routine maintenance package performed free of charge, and you washed the car.  Another bonus was the shuttle car that took me back home while the car was being worked on and then collected me again when the car was ready a few hours later, and it wasn’t just any old shuttle car, but one with a selection of sweets and chocolates for the passengers to enjoy.

Dear local radio station, I put you on on Monday afternoon to discover that you have transformed yourself into a Christmas radio station and are playing nothing but festive songs.  I have to say that I immediately turned you off because …  it’s only the middle of NovemberHowever, on Tuesday I relented and, rather than try to tune into a different station, decided to go with the flow.  It pains me to admit this, but I am actually enjoying the selection of music. 

Dear Kellogg’s,  I am unsure whether this cereal, which I spotted this week in the supermarket, is for human consumption or is aimed at the sparkly, rainbow-maned unicorns themselves.  My unicorns are, of course, the normal non-sparkly white ones with golden manes so they will continue to eat grass and hay as normal…

Have a good Friday.


Friday letters – the ‘is it autumn?’ edition

Dear Aqua Fit class teacher,  You must think we all ate an awful lot of Hallowe’en goodies – you are still working us very hard!

Dear local library,  I called in earlier this week to return the book I borrowed.  Why do you have a second hand book shop right by the entrance?  All the good I am doing by using the library rather than adding to the books on my bookshelves is being undone!  That’s another three books added to my collection now…

Dear lunch time,  I just can’t get used to lunch meetings starting at 11.30 a.m., and then yesterday I had an invitiation to one that starts at 11 a.m.  I am going to have to start getting up a lot earlier in the morning if I am going to feel that 11 a.m. is lunch time!

Dear darker evenings,  I don’t really like it getting dark so early now, but I must say I am enjoying having lighter mornings again now that the clocks have gone back.

Dear sunset,  This week you haven’t reached the heady heights of last week’s magnificent display. Please see what you can do in the coming days.  Thank you very much in anticipation.

Dear autumn,  It’s November and it’s hard to decide if you have arrived or not.  Palm trees and pine trees, of which there are a lot around here, aren’t really much help.  I did notice some trees this week which seem to be covered in dead leaves without having gone through any kind of gradual colour change.  They just seem to have gone from green to crisp and brown and are starting to fall off.  The majority of the other trees are still green, so maybe they are not deciduous at all, which is what I assumed.

Have a good Friday.


Friday letters – the edition after Hallowe’en

Dear California sunshine,  Three cheers for you!

Dear Aqua Fit class teacher,  Thank you for working us hard yesterday – apparently you had the idea that some of the group might have eaten a bit too much chocolate the night before.  Not me, of course…  😉

Dear book club book,  I nearly gave up with you because I was getting a bit bogged down with all the information in the early chapters that was necessary for us to have in order to understand the actions of the characters later on, but I’m glad I kept going because it turned into a good story.

Dear local supermarket, Yesterday morning the display of pumpkins outside was still the same as it was on Wednesday, though slightly depleted, but going inside was like walking into a different place…  Gone were the shelves and display stands of Hallowe’en goodies.  Gone was the usual ‘supermarket smell’ of fresh fruit and veg near the entrance.  Overnight they had been replaced by Christmas items and the air had a definite scent of cinammon and festive cheer.  Your staff must have been at work from very early on to have achieved such a change and were also still working as I tried to navigate past the end of the festive section.  It was a hive of industry and I overheard them discussing what time they should arrive the next morning – four a.m. perhaps or would 5 a.m. be early enough?  I was amazed at how quickly it was all happening – clearly there wasn’t a moment to lose in the battle to part us from our cash before Christmas.

Dear self,  Remember that the clocks here in America go back this weekend.


Have a good Friday.