Tag Archives: Marmaduke

I’m Ready

I get knocked down and wrecked, I get up again

~

time to get off my knees

things are never as bad as they seem

I’m ready to live my dreams

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the wreck at the end of the road?

or the start of a new journey?

Peace at Christmastime

you are never alone if you have a loyal bear

Marmy and I have darkened the garret and we are listening to Loreena McKennitt on the record player.  Harp, viola, and mezzo soprano fill the garret with music.

 

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Love to all here.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Christmas will soon be upon us

pray that Santa has clear skies

Scenes on Sunday ~ Bear

you don’t always want to be around Big Bear

~

~

~

~

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Big Bear Boulevard

and a little bear

Food on Friday ~ Lockdown

now that I’m in enforced lockdown I’ll be eating canned goods for another week

None of these following recipes are unhealthy canned goods.

First this week from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats we have delicious Parsmesan Pistachio Pork Tenderloin.

Parmesan Pork Tenderloin

Now from Tiegha Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have Skillet Chicken Broccoli Pot Pie with a Garlic Butter Phyllo Crust.  That looks wonderful.  Me I’m eating pie out of a can!

Skillet Chicken Broccoli Pot Pie with a Garlic Butter Phyllo Crust

From Diane at In Dianes Kitchen, how about these Asian Pork Meatballs ~ I wish.

Asian Pork Meatballs

Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us her Best Ever Beef Stew.

Best Ever Beef Stew

Amanda at Chez le Reve Francais has a wonderful recipe for her Quiche Lorraine with Shortcrust Pastry.

Quiche Lorraine with Shortcrust Pastry

And Finally for this week, Garlic and Herb Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl, from the Minimalist Baker.  I would make this if I was allowed out to the store.

Garlic and Herb Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke and I still have a little fresh food left

Marmaduke Monday

though soulmates aren’t looking for you, they will find you

~

~

~

~

~

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

home at last

Marmaduke is an adventurous bear

Vacation Hiatus

vacations are a break from our usual activities

~

As you get to read this I will be preparing to get aboard an aluminium tube that’s going to take me a couple of thousand miles from Newcastle upon Tyne to Dalaman in Turkey.

The chances are I will be too busy doing nothing to write anything on this blog until my return to the garret.

I will be taking some cool photographs I’ll post later.

Have a great time while I’m away.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

in my absence Marmaduke will be looking after the garret

Scenes on Sunday ~ Free as a Bird

a bear, seeking freedom, the open air, and two tickets to adventure

~

~

~

~

~

~

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

on a day like today

he would blow his cares away

with the wind, the sun, and the sea

Scenes on Sunday ~ Marmaduke

he wandered lonely as a cloud

~

~

~

~

~

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmy never says much,

But, what’s he thinking about

Distressed and Depressed

you have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling your weakest

staring into nothingness

A few days ago I decided to stop following the news.  It isn’t so much the hard news of current events which I find distressing and depressing, it’s the rather one-sided and left-liberal commentary, opinions, and spin that goes along with the news.  I can form my own opinions concerning the facts and truths, I do not need to be told what to think.

The unvarnished news is bad enough; the economy has tanked, the coronavirus is still making people ill, routine heath care and dentistry has ceased for the duration, there is no formal education for most, people are rioting in the streets, restrictions on personal freedoms continue, and nobody can go anywhere.  If I did take a train to somewhere there’s little to do when I get there, and certainly nowhere to eat or stay overnight.

This COVID-19 lockdown has cost unimaginable billions.  It’s obvious that it’s going to take decades to pay off all the money the UK government has borrowed to support this country during the current medical crisis ~ some say as long as it took to repay all the borrowing that resulted from WWII.  That took decades, in fact about a half a century.  That means Great Britain is entering a new era of austerity.  Most in this country are going to be financially much worth off for the foreseeable future.

Add to that the disgraceful riots and violence that has infected our town and cities, and you can see that this country has become a distressing, depressing, and unsafe place to live.  The lawlessness is particularly distressing for the average ‘person in the street’ ~ there is a feeling that nobody and nothing is safe.

Perhaps it is time that the 1715 Riot Act, repealed in 1967, was brought back into English Law.  Although, the Death Penalty for being part of a tumultuous, riotous assembly of 12 persons or more is a little harsh for this day and age.  And transportation is out of the question, you don’t have to be a criminal to go to Australia any more.

Selfishly, the thing that is distressing and depressing me the most is that I first got sick just about 3 months ago, and I’m still suffering.  Weariness, lassitude, lack of energy, shortness of breath, coughing, and confusion to name but a few symptoms.  I’ll get over it and get better sometime ~ I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

~

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

doom, gloom, death, and depression

Scenes on Sunday ~ The Adventures of Marmaduke

there are a lot of adventures out there, waiting for us to live them

~

~

~

~

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Marmaduke is upset about Mr. Trumps travel ban.

I’ve told him we will go to America soon.

%d bloggers like this: