Do you know what a tenter hook is?

So I had to look the meaning of today’s word prompt, tenterhooks and discovered just where the commonly used phrase, ‘on tenterhooks’ really came from. I’ve heard of the phrase and took it to mean someone was stressed to the max, ready to break at any moment and now I understand just how accurate the phrase is to the actual tenter.

A tenter is a wooden frame with bent hooks (tenter hooks) used to hold woven fabric tight while it is drying to prevent shrinkage. This website has a nice explanation and images too,


A snippet of what is to come

A wonderful baker and photographer from Germany has created a virtual advent calendar featuring 24 bloggers from around the globe.

Jenny Rojas, who works in HR, loves to bake. Baking is her time to create. And what wonderful things she creates. Just check out her blog, Jenny Is Baking.

This year, however, she wanted to create a food advent calendar to learn more about how the festive holidays are celebrated around the world. “Spice It Up!” will feature one new recipe each day from December 1-24.

I was one of the lucky ones and will feature my recipe on on December 9.

If you like the sound of opening up a “door” each day and receiving a new recipe then check out the calendar at “Spice It Up!”.

Daily Prompt: Cloaked

It has been happening to me a lot lately. An overwhelming feeling of conforming and consuming, and what for? What kind of life is this, I ask myself. My husband works six days a week, why? Just so I can spend all the money he earns on making me and the kids feel happy temporarily? It is a cloak, this capitalistic life. It is not living. Well, not the kind of living I want to do. But for now it will have to do. We dream of owning a house and some land. A place we can farm just for ourselves. A place where we can really be. Living with the land, being closer to one another and sharing with our neighbours. A life that sustains us as much as we sustain life.

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Daily Prompt: Glorious

The city of Brisbane is glorious.

Glorious weather, glorious people and glorious hours of entertainment for the whole family.

We have lived in Brisbane for a little over two weeks, having moved from Adelaide.

For us, Brisbane is the perfect fit.

It feels balanced to us. It has the perks of a big city, minus the chaos and high cost of living. People socialise face-to-face, life is relaxed and there are plenty of facilities for every one. And it is family friendly.

There are plenty of places to take the kids for free, almost any time of the day.

We regularly enjoy the playground, pool and markets of Brisbane’s “cultural, educational and recreational” Southbank precinct. We have not explored the museum and art galleries yet.

We recently enjoyed a ferry ride to Minjerribah (Stradbroke) Island over the weekend where kangaroos and vast views of the coast are abundant.

The northern beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the southern beaches of the Gold Coast are also relaxing places for parents to let the kids have some fun, particularly the shallow and sheltered bays where families flock on the weekend.

We have enjoyed walks, playgrounds and story time at the library (Story time operates during the school holidays too – they don’t just cater for school aged kids during this time like they do in Adelaide – Happy Days).

But it is the genuinely friendly people that we find the most glorious.

We made new friends in the first week we were here, offering support and recommendations on places to visit and things to do.

And did I mention that fresh fruit and veg and seafood is readily available at very reasonable prices. We just bought a punnet of strawberries for $1.50, blueberries $2 and fresh sea mullet $2.50kg.

I could go on, but I won’t.

Brisbane is glorious.

Thanks for your warm embrace.

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Generous sized tummy, generous soul

To be a woman, a curvy one, perhaps described as plump or fat is a paragon. In many cultures, including my husbands, a woman who eats is a satisfied woman who is generous in nature, caring and loving of others. To be a thin woman who is careful of gaining weight is to be a fussy woman who is never satisfied. So enjoy your food and eat, I say, eat and share with one another and feel the satisfaction. The satisfaction of fillings those around you with joy. Be a paragon to others.

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via Daily Prompt: Panicked

I use to live my life in a constant state of panick but I called it stress. I had too much on my plate. But I’ve eliminated those things that took up too much head space, including people. Yes, there were people in my life that sucked the very happiness from it. So I’ve slowly been ridding myself of all that crap that I don’t need. Slowly, I’ve been listening to myself. What my mind, body and soul needs. And really it needs very little. But those little things must matter.


The power in having none is the opportunity to create some. 

When have you experienced none? Perhaps every day is a struggle for some? Then again, maybe having none would set you free?