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Sharing My World 14-10-2019

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Why do we have such trouble telling our loved ones that we love them? Do you have that kind of communication issue with your loved ones?
Dunno. As for me, it’s ‘cos I’m such a hardass.

Decorations for holidays? Spirit lifters or pain in the butt? Or a mix?
A pain in the butt to put up. But a spirit lifter once they’re up! Except for these people who put up Christmas decorations in November. By the time Christmas actually arrives I’m fed up with seeing them – they’re no longer special fun.

Do you donate to charities? Of your time, do you feel money is the only true gift, or other?
I have direct debits for a couple of charities. I expect time would be a better gift, but not my time as I’d be rubbish at it.

Are you too superstitious or have you ever played with a Ouija Board?
I’m not really superstitious though I admit I do ask after a magpie’s family whenever I see one 🙂

As for Ouija boards, you go for it Hasbro (formerly Parker Brothers)! A relatively recent parlour game (fun for all the family) somehow become some sort of mystical link to the “other side”. I prefer my mystical items to be older than a hundred-odd years…

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  1. October 20, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    People still wait until November to put up Christmas decorations? I passed a house with lights strung up that were definitely not Halloween colors just a few nights ago. Some people just leave them up all year to save the hassle, but at least have the good sense not to turn them on out of season…


    • October 20, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Oh boy. It is a hassle, but even so. It destroys the magic of it all…


  2. October 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I just consulted a magpie and a Ouija board and both confirmed no decorations should be put up until a few days before any holiday 😀


    • October 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      Wow, they’re making a lot of sense! I’m a convert 🙂

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  3. October 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    My favourite Magpie says no Christmas decorating until after the Winter Solstice. Cursed be they who contravene!


  4. October 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks Alistair for Sharing Your World! I thought I knew of most folk lore type tales, but I’ve never heard of the magpie one. Would you care to share a story about that? I’d be interested to learn some more. See, up here magpies are really huge and they’re really aggressive. I’ve seen them face down small dogs and even dive bomb the dog if it’s outside. Hunydog hated the things, she’d chase them, yapping her head off, every time she spied one. If she were inside, she’d still try to get at them. Perhaps they insulted her some time or other. 😐


    • October 20, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      I was always told to salute a single magpie and ask after their family. I’m guessing it comes from the old rhyme, the version of which I know is “One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.” I guess you’re polite to a single magpie so you don’t get the sorrow… 🙂
      According to wiki, the first record is from 1780 (in a different form).


  5. October 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    A hardass? Hahaha. 😁


  6. October 22, 2019 at 5:23 pm



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