366 days of gratitude


A place for everything and everything in its place.

If only my office was like this.

Most things in the room do have a place and some of them can usually be found there most of the time.

But other things get used and put down rather than put away and other things which have yet to find a home  clutter the top of the desk.

Every now and then I resolve to declutter and begin to find homes for the homeless. However I’m always left with a few things which defy categorisation and have no logical place to go or which I don’t have the time or inclination to deal with.

That’s when I resort to the laundry basket file.

I first used it when I ran out of time to tidy up and swept everything  left on the top of the desk into a plastic laundry basket and put it in my wardrobe.

Some months later I retrieved the basket and found that about a third of the contents could be filed, more than a third could be thrown out and the rest required more thought.

I dealt with some of the rest but ran out of time and the will to deal with all of it and put what was left back in the basket.

And so a cycle began – when the basket gets too full I deal with the contents, file about a third, ditch more than a third and deal with some of what’s left before putting what’s not dealt with back in the basket.

It’s not the most efficient system, but it works for me and does help keep the surface of my desk relatively clear and for that small mercy I’m grateful.



Word of the day


Bindi – a decorative mark, often a red dot, worn in the middle of the forehead by Indian women, especially Hindus;

Saturday’s smiles


Sitting on the edge of the highway waiting to catch speeders, a police officer saw a car creeping along at 22 mph.

He thought to himself, that car is just as dangerous as a speeder, turned his lights on and pulled the car over.

As he approached the car, he saw five elderly people, two in the front and three in the back. The driver looked reasonably calm but the passengers were wide-eyed and looking like ghosts.

The driver said, “Officer, I don’t understand, I wasn’t going over the speed limit. What did you pull me over for?”

“Sir,” the officer said, “You should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be dangerous.”

“Slower than the speed limit? No sir! I was doing exactly 22 miles an hour,” the old man said confidently.

The officer explained that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit.

A little embarrassed, the man smiled and thanked the officer for pointing out his error.

“Before I go Sir, I have to ask, is everyone ok?”, the officer said.

Your passengers seem badly shaken and haven’t said a word since I pulled you over.”

“Oh! they’ll be all right in a minute, officer,” the driver replied. “We just got off Route 162”.

Saturday soapbox


Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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I’m a perfectionist with a procrastinator complex. Someday I’m gonna be awesome.

September 10 in history


506  The bishops of Visigothic Gaul met in the Council of Agde.

1385 Le Loi, national hero of Viet Nam, founder of the Later Lê Dynasty, was born (d. 1433).

1419  John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy was assassinated by adherents of the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France.

1509 An earthquake known as “The Lesser Judgment Day” hit Istanbul.

1547 The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, the last full scale military confrontation between England and Scotland, resulting in a decisive victory for the forces of Edward VI.

1659 Henry Purcell, English composer, was born (d. 1695).

1798 At the Battle of St. George’s Caye, British Honduras defeated Spain.

1813  The United States defeated the British Fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

1823  Simón Bolívar was named President of Peru.

1844 Abel Hoadley, Australian confectioner, was born (d. 1918).

1846 Elias Howe was granted a patent for the sewing machine.

1852 – Alice Brown Davis, American tribal chief , was born(d. 1935).

1858 George Mary Searle discovered the asteroid 55 Pandora.

1897  Lattimer massacre: A sheriff’s posse killed 20 unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania.

1898  Empress Elizabeth of Austria was assassinated by Luigi Lucheni.

1898  Waldo Semon, American inventor (vinyl), was born (d. 1999).

1904 – Honey Craven, American horse rider and manager, was born (d. 2003).

1914 – An eruption on White Island killed 10 people.

1914 Robert Wise, American film director, was born (d. 2005).

1918 Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog, was born (d. 1932).

1919 Austria and the Allies signed the Treaty of Saint-Germain recognising the independence of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.

1932  The New York City Subway’s third competing subway system, the municipally-owned IND, was opened.

1933 Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer, was born.

1935 – Mary Oliver, American poet and author, was born.

1939  The submarine HMS Oxley was mistakenly sunk by the submarineHMS Triton near Norway becoming the Royal Navy’s first losss.

1942 World War II: The British Army carries out an amphibious landing on Madagascar to re-launch Allied offensive operations in the Madagascar Campaign.

1951 The United Kingdom began an economic boycott of Iran.

1956 Johnny Fingers, Irish musician The Boomtown Rats, was born.

1960 Colin Firth, English actor, was born.

1961 Italian Grand Prix, a crash caused the death of German Formula One driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators who were hit by his Ferrari.

1967  The people of Gibraltar voted to remain a British dependency rather than becoming part of Spain.

1974 Guinea-Bissau gained independence from Portugal.

1976 A British Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident and an Inex-Adria DC-9 collided near Zagreb, killing 176.

1977  Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, was the last person to be executed by guillotine in France.

1984 The Te Maori exhibition opened in New York.

Te Maori exhibition opens in New York

1990 The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire – the largest church in Africa was consecrated by Pope John Paul II.

2001 Charles Ingram cheated his way into winning one million pounds on a British version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

2003 Anna Lindh, the foreign minister of Sweden, was fatally stabbed while shopping.

2007  Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.

2008 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history was powered up in Geneva.

2014 – The first Invictus Games took place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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