Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

31 Dec

Last winter on Gorsey Bank (the walk near our house):

I like snow when it covers street garbage.  The problem is, the garbage might be covered but the garbage is still there.

It might be a bit of a bleak midwinter here at Bud House: ATOS, the government’s benefit attack dogs, have called the Hub in for a medical.  As we hear of people with more serious illnesses being denied state assistance, I can’t help feeling a little anxious. 

I do believe the benefits system should be overhauled, but revolutions often bring casualties amongst those who start them.  Perhaps it will be our punishment for voting Conservative 🙂

In other news, I had my best month: my December stats currently stand at 15,005.  Perhaps I will be discovered, given an obscene book deal, and we can kiss benefits goodbye.

Hope is what keeps me going.  I so hope Bella chooses Jake over Edward.


The latest prompt was:

What ordinary skill are you bad at?

How much time do you have?

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Taking photographs (all non-blurry photos on this blog are the Hub’s work; not mine)
  • Driving
  • Walking (Spud says I have a wonky walk that is hilarious from behind but difficult to walk alongside)
  • Styling my own hair
  • Answering prompts sensibly
  • Not worrying

Something a little more cheerful:

 Happy New Year to my readers!

Rather an obvious Six Word Saturday, but when I have I ever been disobvious?  Non-obvious?  Unobvious?  Whatever. 

Happy New Year, and thanks for visiting.

43 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter”

  1. Dawn @ Guiding Light December 31, 2011 at 14:26 #

    Happy New Year to you as well!


  2. McGuffyAnn December 31, 2011 at 14:35 #

    You are excellent at answering prompts! The best! *LOL*
    Wishing you a wonderful 2012! I look forward to more sharing from you, too! Hugs!


  3. vivinfrance December 31, 2011 at 14:42 #

    Who’s Trevor? I like that cat – says what he thinks about football!


  4. Karen S. December 31, 2011 at 16:05 #

    Oh I’m digging this post, Happy New Year to you as well!


  5. Jim December 31, 2011 at 16:07 #

    Happy New Year to you, TB! Those are my six for you! I hope the Hub can have what he needs. Thank goodness our (federal) Medicare (people over 65) runs along without many problems. It may soon be cut in funds.

    Nice post today. In Texas we are way too conservative. We have cut funds first on those who can’t stand up for their own rights. The seriously mentally ill are no longer confined but instead let off in big bus loads into the cities. Next comes school lunches for the low income, followed by number of teachers in the schools, etc. It started with G W Bush (2nd) and continues on with Perry. Thank goodness that Perry can never be president!

    In our part of Texas, near Houston we don’t get snow to cover our sins! 🙂

    My stats:
    10934 for Jim’s Little Blog — I’ve cut back to 2 or 3 posts a week and have lost readers to FaceBook. I need to cultivate some new ones.
    4071 for Jim’s Little Photo and Poem Place — mostly one post per week
    5929 for Ask Dr. Jim (blog) — I try to post once per month, just slacking this last year on this one.
    20934 total for the year, all three, without today’s final count.

    Happy 6WS!


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:20 #

      Great stats! Thanks for sharing. I heard you had a little snow this year; not in your area?


  6. laurieanichols December 31, 2011 at 16:17 #

    Happy New Year!!!! You are the Mistress of all prompt answerer’s in the universe. I could have included walking, just because I fall quite often (I was going to say that I fall more than I walk but that would be an exaggeration). I am not observant oops.


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:21 #

      I’m not observant either…think there’s a connection?


  7. gigihawaii December 31, 2011 at 16:21 #

    Tilly, I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!!! Aloha from Hawaii!


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:22 #

      And to you, Gigi. I hope your health issues are soon sorted.


  8. nrhatch December 31, 2011 at 16:31 #

    Happy New Year! Here’s to all good things in the coming year . . . and to ending 2011 on a bright note!


  9. joursdemots December 31, 2011 at 16:35 #

    ….And to you and yours too. I hope 2012 turns out to be a cracker!


  10. SchmidleysScribbling December 31, 2011 at 16:47 #

    Goodness what imprssive stats. Would the book be obscene? That poor cat. Snow, what snow, did you get snow?? Dianne


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:25 #

      That one slipped by me 🙂 Nice catch. If I wrote an obscene book it would be several hundred pages short than most: I only know one sex word. ‘Headache’.

      No snow, thank goodness; the pic is from last year.


  11. Patti December 31, 2011 at 17:09 #

    Happy New Year to the Buds!


  12. evilnymphstuff December 31, 2011 at 17:51 #

    I don’t know how I’m going to tackle this week’s photo challenge as it’s summer here lol! But I’ll sure find a way 😀
    Anyway… don’t be too hopeful about Bella giving in to Jake… 😛
    Happy new year to you too!


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:26 #

      She should, but I can see why she might not…


  13. Grannymar December 31, 2011 at 17:55 #

    May 2012 be filled with all good things, especially fun and laughter!


  14. Brenda December 31, 2011 at 18:16 #

    Happy New year to you as well…..
    It has been so fun getting to know new people this year and I can hardly wait to see what is in store for all of us in the coming year!


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:27 #

      One of the great joys of blogging is meeting new and interesting people.


  15. Katherine Gordy Levine December 31, 2011 at 18:25 #

    Do think of going electronic publisher. I’ve published to books through publishers and believe me unless Oprah tags it and you can promise a yearly second book, you will starve.

    You can make much more by hooking up with a place like Smash Words. I see E-small Ebooks such as The Laughing Housewife Lauighing thru January. and you have a book and the format for 11 more.

    You don’t get anything up front but get more in the long run.

    Check out Harvey Stanbrough http://www.harveystanbrough.com/ He is a font of iiformation on E publishing. Also I have been approached by Metaplume an E-publising group for some of my stuff. We are negotiating with them. They seem like a good way for me to go as my time is limited. You would do well, however, to go with Smash Words. Mention my name to Harvey. He is an angel and fairly priced for E formating.

    One rule Don’t give exclusive rights to someone like Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

    Hope hubby makes it through.


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:29 #

      Thanks for this advice. I will give it some serious consideration.


  16. thirdhandart December 31, 2011 at 18:48 #

    Thank you for the pingback. The snow makes the tires a little prettier. But I agree with you, they’re still garbage. They need to be recycled.
    May you have a blessed and peaceful 2012 – with health benefits. And if not, much luck on the book deal so that you can kiss benefits goodbye.


  17. Joseph December 31, 2011 at 21:31 #

    I like snow period. Hope keeps me going also, like I hope it will snow when I go to D.C. next week. I hope you have a Happy New Year! : )


  18. Flo December 31, 2011 at 23:41 #

    Happy New Year Tilly and Paul. I really do hope that the Tories don’t crucify you as they are doing to so many others!
    New Year’s resolution for you all…
    ‘Don’t vote Conservative,don’t vote Conservative,don’t vote Conservative!’ Oh, and good luck with that book deal!


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:30 #

      Hi Flo! Send me an email and tell me about your Christmas.


  19. Rosemary Nissen-Wade aka SnakyPoet December 31, 2011 at 23:50 #

    Happy New Year to you too! Good cheer and light-heartedness are always good t ocome across.


  20. Inspiration to Dream January 1, 2012 at 04:52 #

    I sit here on my lounge in airconditioned comfort (it’s 41 degress celcius outside) and wonder what on earth these things called winter and snow are?
    Hope you have a fantastic New Years and I’m sending positive vibes for that obscene book deal for you, wouldn’t mind one of those myself 🙂


  21. eof737 January 1, 2012 at 05:40 #

    I get it… You have a great shot there and food for thought too! 😉


  22. bluebee January 1, 2012 at 11:11 #

    When you get discovered, and/or given an obscene book deal and/or your own paid column (and I truly hope at least one of these comes your way in 2012), don’t forget you still have to make us back here in the Blogosphere laugh every day for free…


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2012 at 15:33 #

      Count on it! I wouldn’t be where I am today (nowhere) without my wonderful readers.


  23. belleofthecarnival January 1, 2012 at 21:59 #

    Oops! Too many tabs open! I left the Edward comment on your other post! Leave it to me 😉

    WIshing you the best in 2012! It will always be Edward 😉


    • Tilly Bud January 2, 2012 at 12:25 #

      HNY to you, too! All comments are welcome, wherever they are 🙂


  24. Melanie January 11, 2012 at 07:01 #

    I hope Bella chooses Jake too!
    I’m very impressed you blog everyday. You go girl! Keep the funnies comin!



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