I’m Back!

24 Oct

And so are the WordPress prompts!  O happy day!

High on the Happy Side

High on the Happy Side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, me: I’m not really back; I just need a break from banishing extraneous semi-colons and you know I can’t stay away from blogging even when I’ve told you I’m staying away from blogging.*  But I won’t be visiting you yet, sorry.

Didn’t  I do well? I went one whole day without posting!

*I’m sure that sentence needed a semi-colon after ‘semi-colon’.

For readers who joined us this year, in 2011 the WordPress people posted a prompt a day to encourage bloggers to post every day.  I needed no encouragement to post but I liked the idea, so I signed up.

I took the prompts seriously at first but on the day they asked us how we would react to kittens in a sack on a railway track, my seriousness flew out of the window, typing fingers dug deep into the back of their credibility.

It led to responses like these:

What makes someone beautiful?

An offer to clean my house in one hand and a bag of Maltesers in the other.


How do you know when it’s time to go?

I get a little damp patch around my lower-middle area.


Will Smith

Will Smith (Photo credit: Martin de Witte)

Describe the perfect sandwich.

Will Smith.Me.BradPitt.

What?  It could happen…


What shoul​d you do w​hen sick o​n vacation​?

Find a bucket, quick.  Some things cross the cultural divide.


What does “home” mean to you?

Too much cleaning; too little pay.  But at least I know where I keep the buckets.


What is your favorite way to get physical exercise?

I have a really good system: I spend all morning at the computer, exercising my brain and fingers at your blogs.  At some point I fall into a dead faint, which tells me I’m hungry.

  • walk from computer to kitchen
  • put kettle on
  • walk back to computer
  • walk from computer to kitchen
  • make tea
  • prepare cereal
  • walk back to computer
  • eat cereal whilst reading blogs
  • walk back to kitchen
  • get piece of fruit (also known as ‘packet of crisps’)
  • walk back to computer
  • eat frusps whilst reading blogs
  • walk back to kitchen to dispose of fruit packet
  • get another piece of fruit (also known as ‘chocolate’)
  • walk back to computer
  • eat other fruitlate whilst reading blogs
  • walk back to kitchen to dispose of other fruit packet
  • walk back to computer with tea, now at perfect drinking temperature (adding weights to an exercise regime gives a better workout)
  • drink tea whilst reading blogs
  • walk back to kitchen with almost-empty mug (it is impolite to drain the cup)
  • walk back to computer
  • read blogs

As you can see, I get a lot of aerobic exercise on a daily basis.  Time to celebrate with a slap-up meal!


My readers and I decided that I didn’t have to introduce every prompt post with the sentence, The WordPress prompters asked….

If a post has an italicised, bold introduction, it’s probably a WordPress prompt and you should expect a silly answer.

And I wonder why I’ve never been Freshly Pressed.


If you enjoyed these responses, here are some more:


23 Responses to “I’m Back!”

  1. Pseu October 24, 2012 at 21:29 #

    I’m freshly impressed.


  2. viveka October 24, 2012 at 21:37 #

    That was a quick return … and still bonkers mad – love the your physical exercise- do something similar … but today I cleaned the windows … so now I can take another Marabou. Wonderful to have you back. Love your idea of sandwich, my filling will be a bit different.


  3. Al October 24, 2012 at 21:51 #

    I’ll kick in for the bag of Maltesers if someone else will offer the house cleaning.


  4. lanceleuven October 24, 2012 at 21:53 #

    Have you noticed how Will Smith seems to be trying to fight the fact that it’s time to go?


  5. kateshrewsday October 24, 2012 at 22:02 #

    That sandwich sounds adventurous.


  6. boomiebol October 24, 2012 at 22:05 #

    I like your sandwich. My type : Johnny Depp.Me.Tom Hardy. Yum 🙂


  7. Tom (Aquatom1968) October 24, 2012 at 22:22 #

    Sorry Tilly, I hadn’t noticed you’d gone away.
    (I’m playing catch up again, so there is a reason!)


  8. Ron. October 24, 2012 at 22:52 #

    I cannot respond to this post; cannot respond to any post that maligns My Beloved semicolon. There are no extraneous semicolons. Without semicolons life would barely be worth living; would be like life without (dare I say it?) Maltesers.


  9. laurieanicholslaurieanichols October 24, 2012 at 22:56 #

    Happy days for all of us!


  10. Janet Williams October 24, 2012 at 23:00 #

    Welcome Back! The world is a happier place when Tilly is around, even the weather has become more bearable. I’ve joined you in the ‘Not Freshly Pressed’ club.


  11. adinparadise October 24, 2012 at 23:16 #

    You always make me laugh, Tilly. Glad you don’t stay away for long. 🙂


  12. jmgoyder October 25, 2012 at 02:32 #

    You’ll probably be Freshly Pressed now because this is hysterical. I’ll have a word with our sponsors – haha! Oh I do not miss those semicolon days!!!


  13. terry1954 October 25, 2012 at 03:08 #

    I almost fell off of my chair laughing, as your exercise sounds just like mine!!!!


  14. Katharine Trauger October 25, 2012 at 13:57 #

    HI! HA!


  15. mairedubhtx October 25, 2012 at 13:57 #

    I remember when they had that prompt about a pile of puppies on a railroad track. I posted a picture of a group of golden labs in the post along with my outrage about the prompt and how ridiculous it was. To this day, I am still getting comments about how cute the photo of the puppies is. NO ONE comments on the post but EVERYONE comments on how they want a puppy. Such wonderful prompts Word Press has produced. I can’t wait for more.


  16. misswhiplashm October 25, 2012 at 14:16 #

    glad you’re sorta back…..How do they chose someone to be FP’d ..is it country, subject, wittiness…so why they never picked me?


  17. Grannymar October 25, 2012 at 14:30 #

    Away? I thought you were having a Malteser party for one!


  18. lenwilliamscarver October 27, 2012 at 13:00 #

    How true for so many of us Love it


  19. eof737 October 27, 2012 at 14:33 #

    Welcome back and I must have missed the kittens post! 🙂


  20. Molly B and Me August 23, 2017 at 14:26 #

    I have a similar routine, though the evening version involves wine.


I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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