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A Mug's Game
We had a good chuckle recently when it was Hubert's birthday. One of his presents was a mug, and on it were the words 'YOU DON'T SCARE ME, I'VE GOT TWO DAUGHTERS'. It may be, like us, you have an assorted collection of mugs accumulated over the years and at least some of them will have words on them. In fact, early on in their courtship our older daughter's husband brought me a mug on one celebratory occasion and on it was the picture of an elephant together with the words 'Old Muggins Will Do It'. Very perceptive he is!

Watch where you tread!
I wonder what image you conjured up when you read this title, I hope you didn't think this was going to be piece about doggie mishaps, if so, wrong; or perhaps you thought of the old saying 'fools rush in where in angels fear to tread'. Well, that could apply but the inspiration for what follows is inspired by The Beast from the East in part, this dreadfully cold spell we are currently in the grip of.

Hunt The Church
We are currently watching the television programme A Vicar's Life. A vicar who features prominently in the programme is shown at the beginning of each programme declaring forcefully “people do not go to church any more in this country”. Well, we know that he is generalising but I wish his comment had not been broadcast in a rather out of context way because we know that as a statement in its own right it is not true. People do still go to church, this is a blog on a church website contributed by a member of Burton Latimer Baptist Church.​​​​​​​ 

Turkey Curry
No prizes for guessing that I am writing this after eating a very good Christmas Day lunch several days ago, courtesy of our elder daughter who has been married for long enough to have got it down to a fine art. She was taught, of course, by her mother. It is probably also easy to surmise that tonight Hubert and I have had a very good turkey curry  (if I say so myself) with pilau rice, cooked by me.

Hearing Voices
Ever had a tune stuck in your head?

Got It Made?
A few weeks ago I received one of those amusing round robin emails. It was a story about a young man called Tom who had his eye on a rather attractive young woman.

Getting up close
There was a woman who went out walking She loved to do some stalking She might have got nearer And seen much clearer If only she had just shut up talking.

Mirror, Mirror
Some years ago whilst visiting family in Wyoming, I was browsing one those shops filled with many items aimed at the present-giving, souvenir customer. Not tat, I hasten to add, all quality goods which the Americans excel at. Looking through some smallish tapestry cushions primarily designed for display I came across one which made me chuckle. It read 'Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all'. It is often said that if a young man wants to know what his prospective wife will look be like in later years he should just look at her mother.

Read the Instructions
There are so many times that we have laughed and laughed or got frustrated and grumbled when we could not get things to go as they should. I think we are far from being alone in this. It can happen with trying to assemble flat pack furniture, cooking ready prepared food, in gardening matters and many other aspects of life. Usually this chaos is caused when we think we know what to do and find out that, actually we didn't.

There is a well known saying that goes 'Love means never having to say you are sorry'. The premise behind this that is there is genuine love between people then you can take for granted that each party will understand and forgive. You could turn that around and say that if there is love then an apology will be automatically and freely given, and also accepted. That is the is the whole point of saying sorry though there is no doubt that the word is sometimes used and not truly meant. At times an apology is not offered even though it really should be.

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