Archive | June 2012


Hi ladies, and gents.

I am on the verge of resigning and have the following items which I am selling for £50 (first come first served)






















Trying to sell your house?  Buying a house to refurbish?  I recently read an article which said that creating living space is the key way to add value.  Here are some really great tips which I want to share with you.

Overvalue your house  :  You will have to look at the value of your house so that any changes you make will not leave you out of pocket.  If houses in your street sell for £200,000, don’t make improvements and ask for £400,000.  People buying a home for £400,000 do not want to live in a £200,000 street.

Botch up  :  Don’t try to do anything out of your league yourself.  Call in professionals.  A visible mess or a botched up job will just make buyers wonder what else could be wrong with the property.

Refurnish   :  Buyers are not looking at the interior décor.  A buyer may admire your brand new lounge suite but unless you are selling the place as a furnished property, it will not add a penny to the value.
You may enjoy watching your football matches and movies on your cinema size plasma.  When selling the home though, this is just a space consuming appliance.  Do not have a television in a room that will overpower the room and make it feel tiny.

Number of bedrooms  :  Unless you are selling a home to be used as a guest house or bed and breakfast, do not add too many bedrooms.  There is a large difference in price between a one, two and three bedroomed house.  Once you get to four and more bedrooms, it makes very little difference to the value.

Ensure that you get a recommended builder  :  You are not going to have a wonderful relationship with any building team you get in.   It costs you precious money and causes disruption, so avoid bringing in personal friends to do the work as it will strain your friendship.  Get hold of a professional organisation if you do not already know and trust someone who can do the improvements.  Ask for references, call the references and go see work they have previously done.  Back yard builders have caused many a nightmare – avoid this.
Smaller builders will be cheaper but take longer.  Big builders will probably do the job much quicker but at a higher price.  The time versus money equation will determine which you will choose.

Planning permission  :  If you are building on or converting a property you will need planning permission which will cost between £1000 and £2000 for a survey, design and planning.
If you don’t have the money to build the extension or do the conversion it is still worthwhile to spend the money to secure the permission.  To a buyer it removes an element of doubt if they know council have already approved plans.

Open up and add light to the home  :  Glass doors out to the garden add outdoor lighting to a room.  To give an impression that the garden is another room add some decking or paving for garden furniture.  This will cost up to £5000 and will add about two per cent to the house value.

Central heating  :  If the house is not already centrally heated, spending £3000 will add £5000 value to the property.

Bedrooms  :  Don’t make any large changes here.   Ensure they are clean and tidy and add some small finishing touches, cushions, curtains, etc.

Bathrooms  :  Bathrooms and kitchens can make or break a sale.  You do not have to redo the whole bathroom to make a big difference.  Add features such as new taps, heated towel rail, new shower heads, if you don’t have a shower have a power shower installed over the bath.  Do not use a shower curtain; install a glass screen or door.  All of this will cost £300 to £1000 but it put over two per cent onto the house value.

Kitchens  :  If you can only improve one room, let it be the kitchen.  This is often a hub of the home, a place to cook, do homework, watch television, sit and eat together.  Ensure there is enough work space.  Install up to date equipment and knock down any walls that are not load bearing.  Buyers are more interested in the usable space rather than the number of rooms.  Ensure the price bracket of your kitchen matches the price bracket of your house.  Don’t spend £30,000 on a house that is selling for £300,000 as you won’t see any added value.  The same goes for putting in a £10,000 kitchen into a house that is worth £1 million – the kitchen would bring down the value in this case.  A new kitchen should add about 4 to 5 per cent onto the value of the property.

Make visual space  :  Entrances and hallways often look narrow and cramped.  Move bikes, prams, shoes, etc. Put mirrors up on either side of the hallway – this gives a visual effect of space.

Front door  :  If you don’t put in a whole new front door, at least change sad looking doorknobs and letterboxes.  A new door will cost under £1000 and just sprucing up the fittings will cost less than £100.  This is one of the first impressions a buyer gets of the house – make it a good one.

Windows  :  Only change windows that are an eyesore.  Clean the windows.

Paint  :  Still on first impressions, a lick of paint outside the house will cost less than £1000 but could add value.  If nothing else it will make the house look better.  On the same note, clear the driveway and unblock gutters.

Front Garden  :  Unless you live in the countryside where the garden is an important feature, it is a good idea to pave part of the front garden.  This will add value if you use the front garden as a parking place.  You may need planning permission to do this and the overall cost could be £10 to £20,000 but the value added in an expensive urban area would make this worthwhile.

Garage  :  If your garage does not contain a car then it is a wasted asset.  Determine who your most likely type of buyers are and present the garage as a spare room, an office, a playroom, a gym or a study. For less than £10,000 you could turn the garage into a living area.

Basement conversion  :  The most expensive extension.  It costs £200 per square foot to dig and another £100 per sq. ft. to fit out.  Unless the house is worth £300 per sq. ft. you will not see any value added in doing this type of conversion. 
However, in space restricted or urban areas, where houses sell for up to £900 per sq. ft. it could be a worthwhile venture.  I read about a man who had a basement put into his London home.  Houses in the street sell for £700 per sq. ft.  Putting a basement into his 2,200 sq. ft. house doubled its size.  Value lies in increasing living space.  He suggests using a rule of thumb that every £1 invested into a house should increase the value by £3.

Add a conservatory Extending living space always adds value but ensure a conservatory doesn’t look like something just bolted onto the house.  Make sure the style matches the house. Ensure the flooring follows through in the same style as the house.  A conservatory must feel like part of the rest of the house.  A conservatory will cost anything from £5,000 to £30,000 and can add on 7 per cent to the value.  A fully blown extension will cost £10,000 to £30,000 and will add 11 per cent to the value.

Loft conversion The easiest way to make an extra room.  Most of the work is done from outside so it is not too disruptive.  The key is to make the access to the loft easy and ensure it fits the rest of the house.  Strengthening floor joists will raise the floor level so ensure there is sufficient space to stand up.  Spending £20,000 on a loft conversion can often add £40,000 to the value of the house.  Some valuators conclude that a loft conversion adds 12.5 per cent to the selling price.  Check with mortgage lenders first.



Avoid receiving the cold shoulder

The worst nightmare for me is to be told I have to get up and address a hall full of people. I am not shy and can run off a presentation in front of a couple of people but as soon as it becomes a larger group then I am way out of my comfort zone. I don’t know why but I have a morbid fear of being the centre of attention. I am happy to give the limelight to others. I never aspired to be a celebrity, to be the focus point. No, fame was never high on my list of priorities. Well the bad news is that throughout life there are times when one is required to stand in the spotlight.

So, to avoid stage fright, I adopted a tactic that I used to think was very corny. Tried and tested, however, it is proven to work, if not for my audience, but for me. I use ‘ice-breakers’ This is a small little introductory ‘party piece’ which involves the audience and creates interaction, thus making everyone more relaxed and receptive. So for those of you who are like me and crumble to a blithering nervous wreck when stepping behind a podium, I have put together the following list of ideas which can be adapted to suit the type of subject and audience you are addressing. I have tried to tailor the list for larger audiences which would restrict too much movement.

Here, ladies and gentlemen, is my list of face-saving ice-breakers:


This is a nice little game where everyone needs to get out their pens and notebooks, ideal if you are going to require guests to make any notes. This is a game which works well for a large group of people too. Take a breath before you begin, this is done in verse:
This little game is easy to do; you just add figures like 2 plus 2.
Multiply, subtract, or divide, more and more,  There is a prize for the highest score.

I wonder who came here from afar,

Give yourself 5 if you came by car.

Were you on time? Not a minute late?

Punctuality pays, so give you 8.

A necklace gives you 5, and earrings 3,

Glasses are 9 more when they are on you,

10 points more if your eyes are blue.

Score yourself 5 if you show any pink,

But take away 10 if you left dishes in the sink.

Count all your buttons, each gives you 1,

Except if they’re white, and then you get none.

Each bow is 1 point, but safety pins are taboo,

So for each one you’re wearing, take away 2.

Open toe shoes are quite fine,

So, give yourself 10 if you are wearing that kind.

Now here’s a chance to score you better,

Add 6 points if you’re wearing a sweater.

1 Point for each year that you have been wed,

But take away 5 if your hair is red.

Now daughters are sweet, and on that we agree,

So for each one you have you may now add 3.

But when adding up points, boys are worth more,

So, for each one of your sons, go ahead and add 4.

If you kissed your husband or boyfriend, add 12,

But into your personal life I must delve’

If you kissed them both you must subtract 20,

Because you’re in trouble and trouble aplenty.

Now that’s all there is, so total your score,

If you like you can add on the following paragraph, a positive winner:

Except if you’re a special friend, there’s more.

It’s a 50 point bonus for V.I.P.

If you are part of (name of your company)

The ones who invited me!


This one works only if you have a group of 15 to 20 people:

Have each guest write the name of an adjective on a piece of paper and put into a bowl. Pull them out one at a time as you read the following:

Hello, I represent _____, the _____ company in the world. We sell the _____ products. I am very pleased to be in this _____ venue today.

We must admit we have a _____ Host.

Of all the groups I have ever held a (talk/presentation/conference) with, you are by far the _____. And once again, I want to thank our _____ Hosts for inviting me into here today.

I am sure by the end of the (morning/afternoon/day) you will agree I am the _____ presenter you have ever met.

I do hope that you have a good time and you will invite me into your _____ (venue/company), so that you can receive some of my _____ merchandise free, too.

Now I will get this presentation over with quick and painlessly because afterwards, our _____ Host will be serving some _____ refreshments. (Only use the last line if you are sure you host actually is serving refreshments, don’t want to build up expectations).


Another verse game. This is for a group of women. Make sure you have enough pens and paper on hand for everyone and a token prize for the winner.

This is a most unusual game,

It really doesn’t have a name.

It’s as simple as a game can be,

Just listen and add your total and you will see.

You’re fashionable and you live in a whirl,

Give yourself 10 points if you’re wearing a pearl.

Give yourself 10 if your toes are peeking out,

And earrings will give you another 10 to count.

Add 10 points if you’re wearing red,

And another 10 if there’s grey on your head.

Now count those buttons, for each you get 3,

And another 10 if you’re showing your knee.

Oh Boy! Now for the big Hooray!

15 points if you kissed a man today!

Stop and listen, here’s a stunner,

Subtract 3 points if you have a runner (in your nylons).

So you think you’re going to win?

Take away 3 for that safety pin.

If you cooked a mean and not heated soup,

You earn 10 points and a merry WHOOP!

Attended church on Sunday? Gee that’s fine!

Give yourself another 9.

This game has ended, now wasn’t that fun?

Add up your score and see who won!


1. Make up a set of index cards with numbers up to the amount of guests you expect to attend.

2. Have low value items, or company promotional items on show.

3. Each person buys index card/s with a number written on it. They have to pay for each number say £1 or £2.

Have a container with the numbers up to the amount you’ve handed out so you can pick a number for the winner.

4. Hold up and demonstrate the item that will be in the auction. Anybody wishing to participate may do so by holding up their card.

5. You then draw a winning number. If the number you draw does not have their card up, continue drawing until someone with the card up wins.

*Note: You can tease them by saying: _This number is higher than 5, has two digits, etc.

*Notes on Auctions:

1. Ensure the host reminds guests to bring cash.

2. You can donate any money collected to a charity or to the host company to cover some of the costs.


This is a great way of collecting business cards of attendees.

Take four or five items and prices. Guests have to match the price with the correct item. Get the guests to write down the prices of each item as you display it.

A good thing is to get businessmen to write the answers on the back of their business cards, if not possible, give each a separate card to write on. Remind those not using business cards to write their contact details on one side of the card. Put the cards into a hat or bowl during the presentation stop and draw three or four names.

The person closest gets the prize (remember to have duplicate prizes on hand should there be more than one winner. On the next round, repeat the procedure.

#15 GAME

Build attendance at presentations by telling the Host you’ll have special prizes to award if there are at least 15 guests.

Space the gifts throughout the presentation.

You could give gifts for:

1. A guest who’s been married 15 years or more

2. A guest who has a total of 15 children and grandchildren

3. A guest who has a total of 15 letters in her first and last name

4. A guest who has a child 15 years old

5. A guest who has a birthday on the 15th of the month

Be sure to have enough gifts in case more than one guest qualifies for each 15 you announce.


Have guests add their points as you read this story.

If any selling you have done before,

Put down 10 as the start of your score.

If you have a car and are able to drive,

The thing you must do is just add 5.

A little spare time on arrival will add to your score,

For this you may add 15 more.

If you like people and think they are grand,

Add 6 more to see where you stand.

Add 10 points if you think (conferences/presentations/workshops/meetings) are fun,

And when you add this you are almost done.

If you score the highest, it is plain to see,

It’s you who should be up here, not me.


Have guests list 10 gift giving occasions. After they have completed their list, call off occasions and have guest check off if they have it listed. First one to complete their list wins. *Note: Start with the least thought of, with the most common to be read last.


If you have brochures to hand out, this is a good game to ensure the guests actually look at the hand-outs.

Choose an item or word that is pictured small and almost hidden. Name and describe it for the guests.

The first person to find it in the brochure wins. This really gets the guests to see everything in the brochure.

This also gives you time to get organised and set up.


For this game you will need to have £20 and a couple of prizes for each envelope you hand out.

Inside three or four envelopes, put a small piece of paper folded so it is not visible through the envelope.

Write on the paper £1.00; another £2.00; another £5.00 (any denominations which add up to £10)

Make up the same amount of envelopes and hold onto them for trading with the winners.

When everyone is seated get someone to give the four envelopes out to random people. Tell everyone what is inside and that they are gift certificates!

Now, during the presentation you can play the game and the envelope must be passed right, left, forward, backwards, etc.

At the end, the four people with envelopes come up. Ask the first person to come up and if they want to trade envelopes with the other winners, maybe their luck is better. Or with one of your envelopes…so you can trade for another envelope if you want to” (Hold the other envelopes out). Usually everyone is hollering “trade” or “don’t trade”).

Next, say, “DON’T LOOK!” ~ “I’ll make another deal with you…(Pull out your gift basket) “I will trade you the envelope for an item in my basket or two items….that envelope could be worth $5 or maybe just $1” (Everyone is again yelling “trade” or “don’t trade”). She then makes her choice. If they are too eager to take the prize and escape, offer double what’s in the envelope.

If you can get the host company to sponsor higher value prizes it raises the interest level.


For this you need a whole lot of small prizes. This can only be done on a smaller group,

Stand in front of the guests and tell them, I’m going to Hawaii as you point to each guest one by one. That guest must tell you two things they would take to Hawaii with them. If they can’t think of two, then they are out of the game, if they can give them a prize.


For this you will need a good prize to give to the winner. It is a good way to get your guests to interact

This is a game you would play just before a tea or lunch break. Give all guests paper and pencil. Tell them they have to collect as many signatures as they can. The person with the most signatures wins a prize. Alternatively you can challenge guests to collect and give in as many business cards as they can collect.



This is a fun game to relax everybody. Give each person a piece of paper. This is probably best done if guests have something to place the paper onto. Using the paper in a landscape style, tell them to close their eyes and keep them closed for the entire game.

We’re going on a Hawaiian vacation, so draw an island in the middle of your paper.

—to the left of your island, draw a ship

—you are surrounded by water, so put some fish in the sea

—this is Hawaii, so put a palm tree on the island

—it’s a nice day, so put some birds in the air

—that ship didn’t get there all by it, so put a sailor on the ship

—he might get hungry, so draw some coconuts on the palm tree

—sailors like to see where they are going, so put some port holes on the ship

—sailors like entertainment, so draw a hula dancer on the island

—it’s a sunny day, so put a sun in the sky

Now you can open your eyes! We are going to see how well you did.

Score points if:

Your island is in the middle 10 points

Your ship is to the left of the island, but not touching 10 points

For each fish you have 5 points

For the base of the palm tree being on the island 5 points

For each bird you drew 5 points

If the sailor is on the ship, not swimming 15 points

If any coconut is on the tree 5 points

If the porthole is on the ship 10 points

If the hula dancer is on the island 15 points

Now the sun:

If to the left 20 points

If to the right 15 points

If in the middle 10 points

Highest points win!


Have guests write the first word that comes to mind as you call out the following. Whoever matches the most with a chosen persons list wins.

1. Husband                 11. Home

2. Trip                     12. Toy

3. Laugh                 13. Candy

4. Cold                     14. Music

5. Coat                     15. Dog

6. Money                 16. Run

7. Animal that begins with R         17. Famous brother

8. Early spring flower             18. Type of Insurance

9. Something marked Grade A         19. Wood to make furniture

10. Musical Instrument             20. Pastel colour

To make it more fun, tell everyone to pass their lists two or three people to the left, right, forward for marking.


Say a quick hello to guests then turn your back and ask them

1. Do I have a fringe?

2. What colour trouser am I wearing?

3. What is the colour are my eyes?

4. Am I wearing flats shoes or heels?

5. Am I wearing a necklace?

6. Are there buttons on my outfit?

7. Am I wearing glasses?

8. How tall am I (within 1 inch)?

9. Am I wearing earrings?

10. Am I wearing a bracelet or watch?

See who gets the most right.


Wrap an unusually shaped gift in a pretty package. When all the guests are seated. Each guest is to write down what they think is inside. They should be very specific. For example if they think it is a candle write what colour. If they think it is a toy exactly what colour, size and so forth. The guest who guesses nearest to the actual item is the winner.


1. Popular at Thanksgiving (Turkey)             6. Always wanting to eat (Hungary)

2. What you are when you shiver (Chile)         7. Always in a hurry (Iran or Russia)

3. A cook uses it when frying (Greece)             8. A singing bird (Canary Island)

4. Sounds cold (Iceland)                 9. Never turns brown (Greenland)

5. Easy to break (China)                     10. Reminds of straw hats

(Panama or Mexico)


Tell guests to list all the names of songs they can think of that have a colour as part of the title. The person with the most songs listed wins. Some examples: White Christmas, The Old Grey Mare, Blue Moon, Green sleeves, etc.


Complete the song title with a woman’s name.

1. Long Tall (Sally) 5. Sweet (Caroline)

2. Second Hand (Rose) 6. _____ Girl (Georgia)

3. Oh (Susannah) 7. Hello (Dolly)

4. I Dream of (Jeannie)


1. Come blow your horn (Little Boy Blue)

2. The mouse ran up the clock (Hickory Dock)

3. He licked the platter clean (Jack Spratt)

4. A merry old soul was he (Old King Cole)

5. Yes sir, Yes sir, Three bags full (Baa Black Sheep)

6. Met a pie man going to the fair (Simple Simon)

7. How does your garden grow? (Mary, Mary Quite Contrary)

8. His name was Dapple Grey (I Had a Little Pony)

9. All the kinds horses (Humpty Dumpty)

10. I’ve been in London (Pussycat, Pussycat)


1. Their mittens? (Three Little Kittens) 6. His cow and sheep? (Little Boy Blue)

2. Her sheep? (Little Bo Peep) 7. Her pocket? (Lucy Locket)

3. Her magic slipper? (Cinderella) 8. Their pail of water? (Jack & Jill)

4. His balance? (Humpty Dumpty) 9. Her nose? (Old King Cole’s Maid)

5. Their way? (Hansel & Gretel) 10. Their tails? (3 Blind Mice)


1. Farmer’s Wife Attached by Rodents Three Blind Mice

2. Kings Men Fail to Revive Crash Victim Humpty Dumpty

3. Man’s Request for Taste of Pastry Denied Simple Simon

4. Violinists Give Command Performance for King Old King Cole

5. Wedded Pair Have Hearty Appetites Jack Spratt

6. Survey Discloses Adequate Wool Supply Baa, Baa Black Sheep

7. Girl Frightened by Spider Little Miss Muffet

8. Boy Kisses Girls Then Flees Georgie Porgie

9. Rodent Horrified as Clock Strikes the Hour Hickory Dickory Dock

10. Woman Lacks Food, Dog Starves Old Mother Hubbard

11. Big Thief Punished Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son

12. Archer Confesses! Murder Solved Cock Robin

13. Unusual Pie Served to Royalty Sing a Song of Sixpence

14. Lost Sheep Able to Find Way Home Little Bo Peep

15. Cat Terrifies Mouse in Royal Palace Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat

16. John Stout Rescues Cat from Drowning Ding Dong Dell

17. Lamb follows Owner Everywhere Mary Had a Little Lamb

18. Sheep Stray While Shepherd Sleeps Little Boy Blue

19. Spider Struggles up Waterspout Itsy, Bitsy Spider

20. Study Contrasts Boys and Girls What Little Boys Are Made Of?


Below are the definitions of everyday expressions that suggest the name of an animal or bird. How many can you guess?

1. First Love (Puppy love)             6. Discourteous driver (Road hog)

2. Be suspicious (Smell a rat)             7. A husband that is nagged (Hen-pecked)

3. Common sense (Horse sense)         8. Stop being conceited (Get off your high horse)

4. Know it all (Cock-sure)             9. Tell a secret (Let the cat out of the bag)

5. Look at (Take a gander)             10. Not sure what you’re getting (Buy a pig in a poke)


1. Lives in a hill (Ant)                 6. Is a coloured fish (Silverfish?)

2. Has a coloured coat (Yellow jacket)         7. Have good manners (Lady Bug)

3. is always sweet (Honey bee)             8. Is a monster (Dragonfly?)

4. Is named for a month (June bug)         9. Is used to build roads (Caterpillar)

5. Is a food (Butterfly)                 10. Is slang for a punch (Slug?)


1. Chief part of a watch (Main Spring)

2. Your children are your (Offspring)

3. Used by a swimmer and a high diver (spring board)

4. A type of cake pan (spring form)

5. The December Bride (Spring Byington)

6. Name of a song (Spring Time)

7. Lazy feeling often associated with spring (Spring fever)

8. City in Massachusetts, Missouri and Ohio (Springfield)

9. Clear liquid that is good for you (spring water)

10. Thorough cleaning of the home in March, April or May (spring cleaning)


1. What ship goes to church? (Worship)

2. What ship is found in the country? (Township)

3. What ship is the most romantic? (Courtship)

4. What ship applies to your guest? (Friendship)

5. What ship belongs on a bench in court? (Judgeship)

6. What ship is the most hated in this country? (Dictatorship)

7. What ship is shared with someone else? (Partnership)

8. What ship is bought and paid for? (Ownership)

9. What ship is English nobility? (Lordship)

10. What ship heads a group? (Leadership)


Have guests draw a tic-tac-toe on their paper. Tell them that in each block you want them to fill in one word that is only 3 letters long and is a part of the body (no slang words, please). The first one to get a tic-tac-toe wins.

Eye Gum Rib Leg

Lid Lip Hip Arm

Toe Jaw Lap Ear


1. The devil made me do it (Flip Wilson)

2. And away we go (Jackie Gleason)

3. And now…here’s Johnny (Ed McMahon)

4. What’s up Doc (Bugs Bunny)

5. Thanks for the memories (Bob Hope)

6. Say good night Gracie (George Burns)

7. Bless your ‘lil pea pickin’ heart (Ernie Ford)

8. Stifle yourself (Archie Bunker)

9. Good night Chet (David Brinkley)

10. Good morning America (David Hartman)

11. Good morning Viet Name (Robin Williams)

12. You look mahvalous dahling (Billy Crystal)

13. Bah Humbug (Scrooge)

14. Why don’t you come up and see me some time (Mae West)

15. Make my day (Clint Eastwood)


1. He was Howdy Doody’s sidekick (Clarabelle Clown)

2. The 3 Stooges (Larry, Moe & Curly or Joe)

3. Tonto’s Horse (Scout)

4. Introduced the Beatles to the U.S.A. (Ed Sullivan)

5. Emcee of the Amateur Hour (Ted Mack)

6. Jack Benny’s butler (Rochester)

7. Superman’s girlfriend (Lois Lane)

8. Scarlett O’Hara’s lover (Rhett Butler)

9. Famous Chinese detective (Charlie Chan)

10. Country you’d find Wuthering Heights (England)


There are fifteen phrases listed below. Each phrase can be converted into two words that rhyme. EXAMPLE: Happy Father = Glad Dad

1. Naughty boy – Bad Lad                 9. Ordinary walking stick – Plain Cane

2. Small skinny horse – Bony Pony             10. 300-watt bulb – Bright Light

3. Antique seat – Rare Chair                 11. Fine orchestra – Grand Band

4. Delicious fudge – Dandy Candy             12. Small frankfurter – Teeny Weenie

5. Large hog – Big Pig                     13. Saturday for school children – Play Day

6. Smooth hen – Slick Chick                 14. Comical rabbit – Funny Bunny

7. Irritated employer – Cross Boss             15. Overweight rodent – Fat Rat

8. Loafing flower – Lazy Daisy

NAMES OF AUTOMOBILES – (Past and Present)

1. Former President (Lincoln)                 6. Spanish explorer (DeSoto)

2. Crossing in a river (Ford)                 7. Famous rock (Plylmouth)

3. To avoid (Dodge)                     8. Substance in thermometer (Mercury)

4. City in Michigan (Pontiac)                 9. How does cross-patch speak (Crosly)

5. River in New York (Hudson)                 10. Belonging to a little Bill (Willys)


1. The Disney Deer – Bambi

2. Two Little Chipmunks – Chip & Dale

3. That Funny Cat – Garfield or Felix

4. The Strong Sailor – Popeye

5. A little Yellow Bird who thought he say a cat – Tweety

6. The cat who chases the mouse – Tom

7. Donald Duck’s three nephews – Huey, Duey & Louie

8. Bird who pecks trees – Woody Woodpecker

9. A silly black duck – Daffy

10. The Friendly Ghost – Casper

11. Two crazy mockingbirds – Heckle & Jeckle

12. The bear who loves honey – Winnie the Pooh

13. The Muppet Weirdo – Gonzo

14. Boy who is a pain – Dennis the Menace

15. Charlie Brown’s dog – Snoopy


1. All that glitters (is not gold)

2. A stitch in time (saves nine)

3. It never rains (but it pours)

4. A fool and his money (are soon parted)

5. Make hay (while the sun shines)

6. A watched pot (never boils)

7. A barking dog (never bites)

8. A rolling stone (gathers no moss)

9. Fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)

10. Never put off until tomorrow (what you can do today)

11. A bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush)

12. Birds of a feather (flock together)

13. It’s a long lane (that has no turning)

14. A place for everything (and everything in its place)

15. Out of sight (out of mind)

16. Where there’s a will (there’s a way)

17. Never look a gift horse (in the mouth)

18. Everything comes to him (who waits)

19. Better late (than never)

20. When it rains, it rains (cats and dogs)

21. Don’t cry over (Spilled milk)

22. Too many cooks (Spoil the broth)

23. Absence makes (The heart grow fonder)

24. A miss is as good as (A mile)

25. A new broom (Sweeps clean)

26. Chalk it up to (Experience)

27. The early bird (Gets the worm)

28. One good turn (Deserves another)

29. Practice makes (Perfect)

30. Silence is (Golden)

31. Seeing is (Believing)

32. Think before you (Speak)

33. Variety is the (Spice of lie)

34. Easy come (Easy go)

35. While there is life (There’s hope)

36. We are never too old (To learn)

37. Live and let (Live)

38. Let well enough (Alone)

39. Love is (Blind)

40. Might makes (Right)

41. Murder will (Out)


Each guest receives points for the following questions. The winner is the guest with the most points.

Have you ever

1. Locked yourself out of the house (20)

2. Lost any of your family while shopping (15)

3. Put something in the refrigerator that doesn’t belong there (30)

4. Turned white clothes a different colour in the wash (35)

5. Gone away and left the iron or coffee pot on, come all the way home, and found it was really off (50)

6. Had a zipper break when you were out somewhere (15)

7. Put on a pair of stocking with a run in them and pretended it just happened (10)

8. Put on two different socks or shoes and not realized it until you were out (75)

9. Taken a bath and left the towels in the closet (20)

10. Called someone on the phone and forgot who you were calling (40)

11. Called any member of your family by another name (20)

12. Put your heel though the hem of a dress (20)

13. Remembered an appointment after it was too late |(15)

14. Been ready to bathe and found no hot water (25)

15. Fallen up the stairs (35)

16. Gone shopping and discovered you didn’t bring any money with you (50)

17. Drive away from somewhere while a member of your party wasn’t in the car (35)

18. Locked your keys in the car (10)

19. Got into the car to go somewhere and forgot where you were going (20)

20. Put something in the oven to bake and forgot about it (35)

21. Woke up in the morning and didn’t know where you were (40)


The following definitions are clues to words that begin with the letters _Can. Can you get them all right?

1. Valley with high sides (canyon)

2. Covering over the bed (canopy)

3. A core in the mouth (canker)

4. A container for sugar, etc. (canister)

5. A sign of the Zodiac (Cancer)

6. Gallop gently (canter)

7. A confection (candy)

8. A light boat (canoe)

9. A person who eats humans (cannibal)

10. Sailcloth (canvas)

11. A bird (canary)

12. A big gun (cannon)

13. A country (Canada)

14. Shrewd (canny)

15. An animal (canine)

16. Preserving (canning)

17. Cross out (cancel)

18. A dance (Can-Can)

19. A torch (candle)

20. A flask (canteen)


1. Makes a loud noise (Firecracker)

2. Makes a smart remark (Wise cracker)

3. Has a boy’s name (Cracker Jack)

4. A beverage (Soda Cracker)

5. Goes to the circus (Animal Cracker)

6. Is the name of an inventor?

(Graham Cracker)

7. A squirrels favourite (Nut Cracker)

8. Puttin on the (Ritz)


1. One that is always cool (cucumber)

2. What vegetable has eyes (potatoes)

3. Another name for a red-head (carrot top)

4. What vegetable has a flower in it (cauliflower)

5. What is hard to eat with a knife (peas)

6. Honeymoon salad (lettuce)

7. What some people have on their toes (corn)

8. What vegetable has a dish in it (radish)

9. What hens lay and something that grows (Eggplant)


Shaping up usually requires counting calories. How good are you at counting calories? Which of the 2 has more calories?

1. = c. grapefruit juice (43) or orange juice (53)

2. Piece of apple pie (331) or pumpkin pie (265)

3. Tangerine (40) or orange (70)

4. 1 ounce of fudge (118) or 2 Tablespoons of jam (110)

5. Medium banana (85) or medium apple (70)

6. = cup green beans (14) or cut beets (34)

7. 1 Teaspoon butter (25) or 1 egg (77)

8. = cup cantaloupe (15) or = wedge watermelon (60)

9. = cup raw carrots (23) or 6 pieces of celery (10)

10. Slice of white bread (60) or < cup of raisins (115)


One good turn (deserves another)

Practice makes (perfect)

Silence is (golden)

Seeing is (believing)

Think before you (speak)

Variety is the (spice of life)

Easy come (easy go)

While there is life (there is hope)

We are never to old (to learn)

Live and (let live)

Leave well enough (alone)

A new broom (sweeps clean)

Love is (blind)

Might makes (right)


Ask these statements to the guests. When a person can answer yes to a

question, that person moves to the next seat on their right. The first

person that gets back to their original seat wins. By the way…there

will be several sitting on laps…even 4 at a time. Have Fun!!

If you are wearing shoes that tie

If you are wearing a watch

If you have on a button

If you went to church Sunday

If you kissed your significant other today

If you are wearing heels

If you are wearing a ring

If you are having fun

If you are wearing yellow

If you made the bed you slept in

If you have a zipper

If you are wearing pants

If you have a son

If you have green eyes


Divide the group into 3 smaller groups…Betty, Popeye & Wolf.

…When you mention “Betty” that group stands up and says:

“Boop-Boop-De-Doo” (with hip action) …When you mention “Popeye” that

group stands up and says: “Well, blow me down” (with arm waving action)

…When you mention “Wolf” that group stands up and gives a “Wolf


*Here’s the Story to Read*

“Once upon a time, there was a charming young lady named BETTY (Pause

for group action each time you mention Betty, Popeye & Wolf) who was loved

by a sailor called POPEYE. BETTY lived near a great forest in which there

roamed a big WOLF. One day BETTY decided to visit her grandmother who lived in

the heart of the forest where the WOLF lived, but BETTY would not listen

and would not let POPEYE accompany her. Soon the WOLF followed BETTY, and

he crept closer and closer. But, behind him came POPEYE! Just as the WOLF

was about to leap on BETTY, POPEYE hit him with his trusty club and saved

BETTY’S life. Thus the end of the story of POPEYE, BETTY BOOP and the

Big Bad WOLF”.


This game works well if you have a lively crowd (or if you’d like to

liven them up) and if you use folders or clip boards

Give everyone a straw, ten dry large lima beans (dry peas, M &

M’s…any small object that can be held at the end of a straw) and a 12 oz.

styrofoam coffee cup (or paper cups 3 oz. kitchen size…5 oz. bathroom

size, etc). Have everyone put the straw in their mouths, dump the beans

onto the folder, put the cup right side up on the folder, and then hold the

folder with both hands. At the count of three, everyone must use the

straw to suck the bean so that it hangs onto the bottom of the straw, and

then move the straw to the top of the cup and stop sucking so the bean drops

in the cup. NO CHEATING!!!! Everyone must keep both hands on their folders;

no laps or tables allowed!!! First one to get all 10 in cup wins prize!!!!


All answers contain “Pat”

A boy’s name – Patrick

Type of quilt – Patchwork

Rapid talk or chatter – Patter

A girl’s name – Patricia

Small road or lane – Path

This guides a dressmaker – Pattern

He polices the highway – Patrolman

Shiny shoes – Patent

Ruler or head of family – Patriarch

What are potato cakes – Patties

Self-control or endurance – Patience

Person who loves their country – Patriot


Award 13 points for each correct answer.

everyone gets 13 points for each correct answer

Have 13 buttons on your outfit

Have 13 letters in your full name

Have 13 coins in your purse

Have only 13 cents in change in your purse

Born on the 13th (Double points if it was a Fri!)

Married on the 13th (Triple points if it was a Friday)

Wear a size 13 in clothes

Wear a size 13 shoe (or 6-1/2, because that doubled

equals 13)

Have 13 kids/grandchildren/combination of both

Have 13 in your address

Have 13 in your phone number

Have 13 pieces of jewellery on

Have 13 pieces of (name of company) in your home!!!


You keep tools in it (Chest)

Part of a tree (Limb)

Grows on a cornstalk (Ears)

House of worship (Temple)

Part of a river (Mouth)

Carpenters use them (Nails)

Seafood (Muscles)

Part of an apple (Skin)

Part of a clock (Hands/Face)

Tropical tree (Palm)

Type of macaroni (Elbow)

Horses sometimes win by this (Nose)

Edge of a saw (Teeth)

Cad or jerk (Heel)

You can see it in a slab of marble (Veins)

Part of a hurricane (Eye)

24 inches (2 feet)

Entry in the tortoise race (Hair)

Tugboat’s duty (Toe)

Wrigley’s (Gum)


Some mathematician was really bored! This really works, but this is the

ONLY year that it will work. So…spread some wonder around and play this

game! Work this out as you read. Don’t read the bottom until you have worked it out.!

First of all, pick the number of days a week that you would like to go

out and party.

Multiply this number by 2.

Add 5.

Multiply it by 50.

If you have already had your birthday this year, add 1748. If you

haven’t, add 1747.

Last step: Subtract the four-digit year that you were born.


You should now have a three-digit number:

The first digit of this was your original number

(i.e. how many times you want to go out each week).

The second two digits are your age!


Give prize for most points to whoever has a:

Green house – 10 points

Green car – 5 points

Green paint – 5 points

Green on – 15 points

Green eyes – 20 points

Green rug – 5 points

Green ring – 10 points

Green chair – 10 points

Green Tupperware – 25 points

Green back (money) – 5 points each one

Green shoes – 5 points each pair



now pass me down a G & T




Linda Goodman’s book Star Signs gave me much insight into how spiritual astrology really is.  Many peole quote astrology as being a paganistic art.  I personally feel that in this book, Goodman provides enough factual evidence to make one think on another level.  The first of the mysterious wonders of the universe is  the mystery of numbers.

Number 7

The number of mystery.

In every religion the number 7 symbolizes the mysterious spiritual power.

This reasons out in religious matters fistly with the seven days of creation. The holy works also refer to seventh heaven, seven churches, seven thrones, seven seals, the seven day march around the walls of Jericho.  There are 7 generations from the birth of David to the birth of Jesus (‘who shall be born of the House of David’)

Ezekiel speaks of ‘the seven angels of the Lord’ – metaphysicians believe this refers to the magnetic power points that radiate through the Earth.  This theory supports Telsa’s discovery of alternating current base on his study of magnetic fields in the Earth.  (This was seen then as “magic tricks” of electrical energy.)

The mysterious 7 is also spoken about in the  book of Revelation as the seven sirpits of God sent forth into all the Earth.  This is repeated in Egyptian religion as the seven spirits, Chaldeans as the seven angels, Hindu as the seven Devas, Hebrew Kabala as the seven Sephiroth, Persian as the seven Amschaspands.

In every religeon the number 7 symbolizes the mysterious spiritual power

Strange too, that we have 7 days in a week.

Number 0

0 The number of eternity.

Add 0 to any number (1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and so on) every time a 0 is added the number becomes more powerful.

0 has often been referred to as a symbol of the snake eating its own tail.

Number 1

Number 1 symbolises the Creator, God, call it as you may.

Number 9

The material number.

Represents the energy of all life upon this planet in a material sense – LIFE.



Take the number 1 (the Creator) add on some zero’s (Power) and divide by the magical number 7

This gives us 142857 (Pi)

Add these numbers together 1+4+2+8+5+7 = 9 – Life (the story of existence)

In Linda’s book she refers to the number 9 as the Alpha and Omega ( the beginning and end of everything)

If you have any doubt look at this:

1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9 = 45


Like no other number, the number 9 multiplied or added it to its own multiple, cannot be destroyed (life/existence) – try 2 x 9 = 18


3 x 9=27


4 x9=36

3+6 = 9 and so on to infinity.

Still in doubt?

Here are some more facts to ponder on:

We have 9 days of prayers of the Novenas in the Catholic Church.

In Freemasonry (which is based on astrology) there is the Order of the 9 elected knights, in this order 9 roses, 9 lights and 9 knocks are used

The Sidereal year is 25,920 years.  Add these figures together to get 18, reduces again to number 9. This is also relative to the precision of the equinoxes:

it takes 72 years to complete one degree of this eqinoctical precission – 72 years is 7+2=9

One degree takes 72 years

Two degrees take 144 years

and so on, every time the number reduces to 9.

It was discovered using astrology to calculate weather conditions that when two planets are “square” to each other in a particular latitude/longitude, a thunderstorm occurs.  In astrology a square is an aspect of “tension” – planets “square” each other when they are exactly 90degrees apart (number 9 again).

Researchers of cycles observe that important changes with worldwide implications happen every 180  years on Earth. 1+8+0=9

The 360 degrees of the astrological cicle, or any circle add to 9.

It takes 9 months of gestation to prduce the birth of a child.

There are 86, 400 seconds in a day 8+6+4+0+0=18  and 1+8=9

There are 24 hours in a day 2+4=6 (an upside down 9)

The human mean normal respiration rate is 18 times a minute 1+8=9

The mean normal heartbeat or pulse rate is 72 times a minute 7+2=9

The average number of heartbeats per hour is 4,320 – 9 again

The average number of respirations per hour is 1,080 – 9 again

In 24 hours, your heart beats an average of 103,680 times – 9 again

In the same 4 hour period, respiration occurs an average of 25,920 times – exactly the same number of times as there are in a Great Sidereal year.


You may say that what you are about to read is co-incidence but I believe Mrs Goodman’s theory that it all part of the sychronised harmony of the Universe.

After all, they do say co-incidence is God”s way of letting us know He’s there.

My brain is blogged

My brain is blogged, and no, I don’t have a nasal problem.

I have been trying to build a website, and I think at this stage I have checked about every freebie site there is.  I made a decision last week – a very strategic decision – to give up and pay the $2,95 for a domain name as that seemed to be the place to start. You will have guessed, I’m not a techno genius, I write and I need a place to write – doesn’t sound too difficult except if you are seriously looking for a free website. Well back to the domain – The $2,95 had increased to $25.00 before I even had a chance to register the darned domain name. You know they don’t tell us newbies enough.  Not everyone understands that dns is not the same as a domain name although dns is and abbreviation for domain name (server??) . Then after buying a domain name – i have never been informed that you have to pay for your name to sit there doing absolutely nothing. Oh, lets take that back, you can build a website of up to ten pages with all sorts of bells and whistles on it – alas, no one has alerted you that once you have spent days on end getting it to look sort of acceptable and to do all the things you asked it to do, that you would have to publish it. Okay, I will forgive that, it’s probably common sense that you would have to publish it, the thing is I was trying to publish my wee 3 page very simple site for the whole weekend.  Today I emailed the ‘hosts’ and found they were not very good hosts in that they invited me to stay over but that did not include breakfast……………. What I mean is, very techno naive me didn’t know that I also had to register for web hosting.  This of course is where the free ads go out the window.  The hosting would cost at least 50c per month, this is chargeable for 120 months in advance by the way, non negotiable.  The 50c per month gives you very little leeway, I think you can publish a self built page through the host company. Looking all over though, I find offers are much of a muchness and you have to be careful before you provide those precious banking details. Just to look at how any offers work, you have to provide that very intimate email add – which needs to be validated before you can go further. Then you are on this page where you can register a name of a website…… a name you are to find out later may be being used on the WWW and you will have to employ a rocket scientist to encode or decode whatever it is that enables you to use the site. By this stage you have spent almost $200 and you are no further on.  Probably nearer to having a total nervous breakdown, but that is it. Well at this stage you may think, his is just too much bother, I will go find another site which will host my website for free.  I have a domain name, registered and now I need a web host to save my three pages  (about 200kbs) – guess what……………. Domain name, domain name host, website and website host, build, design, add ons, security, email, publications, videos, blogs, eshopping, all of it just costs more and more and more. It is so frustrating. The most frustrating thing is though, is that you sign up under the auspices that it is free.  Suddenly you get a small invoice, you allow this to go because you are halfway through building and will be able to publish in  a few hours.  Now they nail you with the ‘we can’t publish ‘ phrase and trust me that the contractual side clearly states that you will not be refunded in the event of termination or cancellation of the account. Guess what folk, suddenly I have realised why they wanted paid for 120 months in advance for absolutely nothing.  Now anything I do with the website I registered will entail further cost.  They wont even transfer the domain name to another site for hosting without being paid again.  Dont try explain that you already paid for 120 months of service you are not going to get – the staff are very well-trained to ignore statements or questions relevant to this. So here I am, checking if this blog page works at yet another site.  I will send it to my WordPress blog regardless….at least I know WordPress will publish it and do all the little extras for FREE as they stated in their ads. Right, this blogger has to go put in some hours on the home front or no one will have anything ironed to wear this week. I will come back and sort out this techno puzzle later.

Love y’all CBB

INSANITY sets in

Happy Jubilee  Sunday everyone

My sons had a party here yesterday all day and night so I guess I won’t be seeing much of them all today.  I say this yet I was sitting in the kitchen having my Sugarpuffs when a barechested 19 year old walked in to get some water……I almost did a backtrack on where I was last night and what I did then I remembered it was my sons’ potjie party, okay so the barechested youth was theirs…..  Thank heaven.

They had a potjie party which is a witches cauldron pot in which you layer meat and vegetables and cook for hours over coals.  It produces the most divine stew.

Since there are bodies strewn all over my house I decided to come back upstairs to my bedroom for a while.  I started going through docs on my laptop to see what I can discard.  I opened the following document and realised that I actually speak to my laptop.  Thankfully there is no CCTV cam set in my laptop so I may be spared a visit from the men with the white jacket.

Youre dying to see what I read arent you?  Oh, alright here it is:


Living on Earth is expensive,  but it does include a free trip  around the sun every year.

Birthdays are good for you,  the more you have, the longer  you live.

How long a minute is depends  on what side of the bathroom your on

Ever notice that the people w ho are late are often much jollier  than the people who have to  wait for them?

If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t  more people happy?

Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.

If Walmart is lowering prices  every day, how come nothing is free yet?

You may be only one person  in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.

We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and  all are different colors…. but they all have to learn to live in the same box.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

A truly happy person is one  who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Happiness comes through  doors you didn’t even know you left open.

Have an awesome day, and know that someone has thought about you today!

YOU did it too didn’t you, did you nod, smile and say a reflective ‘yes’ when you read this?

Say ‘Yes’!!!

Then I can arrange the van with the men with the white jackets swings past your place too.

Have a jolly jubilee jambourie…………..