Little Timmy’s Tale – A poem.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my pals in the United States of America, and to those people who follow this tradition around the globe. 

Little Timmy cried, a Tantrum, a squall,

because he’d wanted, for Christmas, a ball,

but when it arrived it was far wider than tall

It was oblong in shape and wouldn’t bounce off the wall.

His mother said, “Look” and she shook her head, 

“why can’t you play rugby instead?”

“I can’t bare all your noise, this loud caterwaul,

be thankful and grateful you’ve got one at all.”

copyright: Kristian Fogarty 22/November/2018

Give Thanks for Life, Love and Laughter – The Thanksgiving tag.

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I have been tagged by one of my Blogging pals, who shares the same name as me. Kristian from Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table

See the link to her post here:

This tag was created by Nova at

Thanksgiving is not celebrated in the United Kingdom. It started as a commemoration for the first harvest by the first pilgrims that came to the United States and managed to survive. For that reason, it doesn’t have much meaning outside the U.S. However we all have plenty to be thankful and grateful for and I like this celebration a great deal. To me it seems to have all the virtues of Christmas, the family get together and the lovely meal, without the negative over commerciality that has unfortunately blighted Christmas. I love the Traditions of Christmas but I HATE the greed that seems to have indelibly tarnished it. 

In Kristian’s post she had given an extensive and brilliant alphabetical list of the things she is thankful for.

I will only give one thing per letter. 

A – All Things Bright and Beautiful.

B – Bees. They pollinate our crops and give us Honey. We must ensure we look after them, because they’ve looked after us.

C – Chickens – They give us Eggs (and meat) and they make lovely pets. I love my Chickens.

D – Dogs. I don’t have a pet dog, but I would LOVE one. As long as it doesn’t upset my Chickens.

E – Everything that I haven’t mentioned in this list, but should have. 

F – Family – Including those people who weren’t born family but have become family.

G – GOD – I keep my beliefs to myself and I believe that everyone has the right to believe whatever they like. I never force my beliefs on anyone. I will say no more on the subject. 🙂 

H – History – I have always been fascinated by history. I think it fuels fiction and often truth is stranger than fiction too. 

I – Imagination. – It can be a curse as well as a blessing, but I give thanks that I have a fertile imagination. 

J – Jokes – In this world where things can get rather depressing at times, Jokes can see us through.

K – Kith and Kin and also the Australian Sitcom Kath and Kim. It’s hilarious!

L – Laughter – I am also grateful to everything that has made me laugh. The Sitcom ‘Father Ted’ and the aforementioned Kath and Kim. Also Blackadder, The Good Life, The Two Ronnies, and one of my favourite films for all time, There’s Something About Mary.

M – Music. I love music from Classical to Folk, pop and Disco. I don’t particularly like much of what is currently being produced. Give me a proper tune. Music has the ability to life our mood and brighten our day.

N- Nature – Kristian and I are singing from the same hymn sheet here, she loves Music and Nature too. I like nothing more than spending time in my garden or in my allotment.

O- Opportunities. They come along when you least expect them, and give you something to hope for. 

P – Potatoes. I love Mashed potatoes, chips (fries) Roast potatoes and Jacket Potatoes. Thank goodness for Potatoes. (And despite the song, NO ONE pronounces them like PoTARtoes.)

Q – The Queen. God Bless you Ma’am. Not everyone feels the same, but I don’t think an elected politician could possibly do a better job that she does. She has been wonderful and I worry about the day when she is no longer around.

 R – Reading – more specifically the Time to read. That is a wonderful thing. 

S – SUNSHINE – My Aussie friends often say to me, How do you cope with the cold weather in the UK? I reply that it isn’t really that cold. We rarely get day temperatures below freezing. What we do get are very short days and lots of gloomy rainy days, so it feels you can go a week without seeing the sun. That’s what can get me down in the Winter. Sunshine is so beautiful. I love those rare, crisp, cold Sunny Winter days. 🙂 

T – TEA, I would DIE without my tea. Tea comes from the dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant and is produced in many countries. I particularly love the strong flavours of Assam tea and Kenyan Tea, but also love the lighter flavour of Ceylon tea. I do drink other types of tea on occasion but I love a good strong cup of tea, made in a teapot and brewed for 5 minutes, then poured into a large cup (with a saucer) and milk added but not too much. I don’t take sugar but I do enjoy a slice of plain cake or a biscuit (cookie).

U – Understanding. A lot of the worlds problems would get better if people spent more time trying to understand each other. Understanding and mutual respect are so important. 

V – Venice – It is a wonderful, magical place. Enjoy it before it sinks. 

W – Wales – I went to University there, in Aberystwyth, and I love it there. I am also grateful to all the people I met there who made me feel welcome. There was a particularly lovely lady who sold postcards who always asked me how I was getting on. She used to sit in the corner and knit.

X – Xenophile – Someone who finds foreign people and cultures interesting and worthwhile. It is the opposite of Xenophobe. I am a patriotic person and am sick and tired when people say, oh you must hate other cultures then. I Don’t, I find people with a different culture extremely interesting. We must learn to appreciate and respect our differences. That’s what makes the world an interesting place.

Y – Yellow Daffodils. I love Daffodils. 

Z – Zinc – It is a trace element and we need it. I am thankful for it. 

So that’s my A – Z of what I am grateful for. 

What’s yours?

I would like to nominate:

Jo The Creative PTSD Gal

Britchy of Bitchin’ in the Kitchen

Melanie B Cee

50 Word Thursday #26 – Kin in the Kitchen

Debbie Whittam sets this challenge every Thursday, to write a poem or story in 50 words, or multiples of 50 up to a maximum of 250 words, inspired by a picture and include some particular lines.

This is the story I wrote last week (Gosh, I can’t believe a week has gone by already!!!)



Here are the words:

But then I reflected that nothing could be as bad as the kitchens.

Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn

Kin in the Kitchen

It was that time of year again when the whole family descended on her.

She wasn’t the eldest in the family, there were two brothers and an old Aunt who were all higher in the family pecking order, but they came to her because she had the largest dining table.

The house was already filling up with assorted Cousins, Nephews, Nieces and a load of people who were somehow affiliated with the family. After several years of playing hostess, word had gotten about that she was pretty much the best cook in the family.

This was getting rather out of hand though. There were people in the hall, up the stairs, in the bathroom, almost everywhere, but then I reflected that nothing could be as bad as the kitchens.

Why was it, that whenever her Kin came around they always gathered in the kitchen?

Yet, the dining room was empty.

[150 words]


Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 08/November/2018