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Monday, November 30, 2015

Six Impossible Things, Abstractions, Question of the Month, Eloise, Being Thankful

ImageChef.comIt was the White Queen, from Through the Looking Glass, who said to Alice: "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." 

When life gets you down think of, or believe, six impossible things before breakfast. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. If you are aren't smiling by the sixth thing, think of six more. Keep thinking of impossible things until you smile, or until you understand that life itself is impossible. Yet here we are.

Here, for your entertainment, are Six Impossible Things. You can believe them or not as you wish.

1.) Traveling through space on a comet.

2.) Seeing the world from inside a raindrop.
3.) Living inside a beehive.
4.) Discovering Mu.
5.)  Loving to eat liver.
6.) Tea with Buddha.

An abstraction is a concept that acts as a super-categorical noun for all subordinate concepts, and connects any related concepts as a group, field, or category. (Clear?) An abstraction is a word like love, hate, joy, beauty, cunning, disgust. In this game we turn them into a kind of poetry or a piece of flash fiction.

The rules are simple and you can change the order around.
 1: Abstraction plus verb plus place
 2: Describe what the abstraction is wearing
 3: Summarize the action


Integrity walks gracefully through life completely nude.
She has nothing to hide.


The Question of the Month is hosted by Michael D'Agostino at A Life Examined .  The question this month is:

Which one social convention would you get rid of?

As Michael explains, "In other words, what’s one thing that society insists you do that you can’t stand? My first thought is that I hate being told to wear a suit to weddings or 21sts. Or that I have to stop and talk to every person I vaguely know when I pass them on the street."

I'm not perturbed by social conventions. I think of them as the oil that lubes the gears of society. Without them I think we'd be less civilized. I say "thank you" if a door is opened for me. I talk to people who recognize  me though I may not remember where they know me from. I kiss people on the cheek when in Puerto Rice because that's what they do. I shake hands or hug, here in the U. S. It's these little niceties that help to make living easier, particularly in this age when we seem to be so self-centered and preoccupied with our own likes/dislikes. It's no skin of my nose to be courteous. 


And, lastly, Happy Birthday to Eloise, who turned 60 on the 28th of this month.
Here is my beloved, well worn copy, which I got one Christmas when I was about eight. 

On the opening page, you can just see where my sister, Erva, put a line through Eloise's name and wrote in mine. 
She has her own suite of rooms at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Ooooooooooo, I absolutely LOVE Eloise.
Being Thankful

Now that we've had our first hard freeze, the trees are finally turning colors and shedding their leaves which means winter is on its way. Therefore, today I'm VERY thankful for central heat.
Although I do enjoy a nice fire, I lived for several years with a fireplace or wood stove as the only source of heat. Hauling logs, keeping the fire fed, dealing with ashes and burned fingers, may seem rather romantic, but give me central heat any day.

(Why to I relate so to this picture?)
A haggard old woman taking a large file to the corns on her Wellcome V0011168


Cast Iron Wood Stove

What are you thankful for? Care to share an Impossible Thing or an Abstraction? What are your thoughts on the Question of the Month? Are you a fan of Eloise?


  1. When we don't have things-like central heating-we can be more grateful when we get them. Glad you have central heat now that winter is approaching. I have a lot to be grateful for this year.

  2. We have a lot to be thankful to. Loved your photos.

  3. Thankful for God and His blessings. An impossible? To try and fly to the moon in a battered apple crate. Always loved Eloise, and it saddens me that my gr-kids reject the oldies for Monster High.

  4. I find being kind very often top trumps being right! I'm very thankful I've got gas central heating in my home and Happy Birthday to Eloise!!!

    Heres my six impossible things:

    1 Speeding across the galaxy at warp 10
    2 Ordering food from a food replicator
    3. Starship Space travel
    4. Bewitched by Green Orion Women
    5. Holding a real live squealing tribble
    6. Beam me up Scotty!

  5. Bish- Love your list! I would love to travel on a comet (the view would be wild). I am thankful for my health and my friends and family. I try to appreciate the beauty around me each day. :) ~Jess

  6. Good answer to Michael's question.

    My six impossible things:

    1) 28 hour days
    2) Actually getting writing done today.
    3) That it would snow today (it's summer here)
    4) Time travel
    5) Living in a flower.
    6) Cows producing chocolate milk.

  7. I love your list. I'm going to have to give that a shot :) As for social conventions, there are some that are just silly, and not about being polite, like going out drinking when you turn 21, or being considered "nerdy" when you like reading/school. Those I could do without!

  8. I like your abstraction! I agree that some social conventions can help make society better and less self-centered. I was thankful for my cats sitting on me and a space heater a few days ago when the first freezing temperatures of the season hit. I do like the warmth of the fireplace, but like you said, it is a pain to maintain.

  9. Hi human, Bish,

    There's a lot for my doggy brain to take in here. Then again, I can comprehend this better than my weird human, Gary :) Very abstract abstractions you note. I might or might not be an abstraction. Of course, you do believe that I'm a dog who writes and types. My paws must pause.

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

  10. I love Eloise! How gorgeous to have that after all these years! Love your abstractions. I like social conventions too. I like to see a civilized world, but it gets a little less each day. :-)

  11. That abstraction is correct. I'd love to read Eloise. I like social conventions because they keep people civilized and in check. I'm getting upset by the informalities I've been seeing lately. I find them disrespectful.


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