Time To Start Using The Daily Prompts

13 Nov
English: Silver Jubilee banner A banner celebr...

English: Silver Jubilee banner A banner celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee hangs on the front of Cavendish House, now part of the House of Fraser group. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Write about the most precious thing you’ve ever lost.

In 1977 I compiled a scrapbook of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year.  It disappeared in one of my many house moves.  I mourn it still.



Take a complicated subject you know more about than most people, and explain it to a friend who knows nothing about it at all.

Oi!  You traitorous anti-monarchists: The Royal Family.  Live with it.



What’s the one thing you hope other people never say about you?

What a republican!


Write about a time you had a Goldilocks experience, exploring different choices and finally arriving at “just right.”

I lived under Labour: too liberal.

I lived under Conservatives: too harsh.

I lived under Apartheid: too racist.

I lived under post-Apartheid: too violent.

I lived in a flat: too high.

I lived in a house: too big.

I lived in a town: too industrial.

I lived in Sasolburg: too backward.

I lived in the real world: too real.

Now, I live in my head: just right.


Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind.

Okay, it helps if I read these prompts correctly.  I thought of the word cupboard; I Googled it.  The eleventh search – not image – brought up Google Images – Cupboard.  47 million of them.  My head exploded.  Not nice.  If your home has ever blown up while you were living in it, you know what I’m talking about.*

*You may be the only person in the blogosphere who does.  I hope you’re a monarchist.

Once I re-read the prompt and worked out what it wanted from me, I found this eleventh cupboard picture:

Write about whatever that image brings to mind.

One post in and already I’m wondering if I’m mad to go back to answering the daily prompts.


When was the last time you felt really, truly lonely?

When I got to the end of this post and realised everyone had left long ago. Maybe I should start a scrapbook…


40 Responses to “Time To Start Using The Daily Prompts”

  1. speccy November 13, 2012 at 10:34 #

    hurrah! I love your take on the daily prompts 🙂


  2. brain injury self rehabilitation (BISR) November 13, 2012 at 10:44 #

    Fun! The Goldilock’s experience: Living in one’s head, is “just right”! No one could say it better! Nothing else will be “Just right”.


  3. Elaine - I used to be indecisive November 13, 2012 at 11:06 #

    I’m still here! I read all the way to the end… 😉


  4. vivinfrance November 13, 2012 at 12:26 #

    The Goldilocks experience was a perfect cue for a perfect answer. I salute you.


  5. sharechair November 13, 2012 at 13:45 #

    the nature of my blog means that I don’t do the daily prompts… but you make them look fun!


  6. mairedubhtx November 13, 2012 at 14:08 #

    I always enjoy your attempts at the daily prompts. Sometimes I take them seriously and do them. Sometimes they are beyond my comprehension and I say WTF and delete them. Some I save for when I can handle them better emotionally and have time. Like not today because the bank screwed up my debit card, but that’s a different story for another day. At any rate, you did the prompts proud.


  7. terry1954 November 13, 2012 at 15:10 #

    you write so well my friend. always love your blogs!


  8. laurieanichols November 13, 2012 at 15:23 #

    I’ll never leave you Tilly. You are the queen of the prompts. This is what I am talking about, Tilly answering the prompts in the Tilly fashion of breaking them down and having fun.


  9. Al November 13, 2012 at 15:29 #

    I was really looking forward…yawn…to an in-depth……yawn….discussion of…..yawn…cupboards…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  10. Rorybore November 13, 2012 at 15:31 #

    I made it all the way to the end!
    If you think explaining The Monarchy as a Brit is tough…..try explaining it as a Canadian to an American: ok, yes, we are independent, but still retain ties to the Queen. How? Um..you see there’s Her Majesty ….wait, what, you call her “Majesty??!!”, Yes, and I curtsied when I met her, anyway, so there’s this person, The Governor General and….” Oh bother. Is it tea time yet?”
    And then it’s even harder to explain that I actually rather like it just the way it is.


  11. Karen Snyder November 13, 2012 at 15:46 #

    How is it that my Googling “images of cupboard” netted an entirely different 11th picture? See: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/hstr/image/obj/cupboard_exb_HSTR2851.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/hstr/image/obj/cupboard_exb_HSTR2851.html&h=659&w=432&sz=100&tbnid=R5siB-rSA4-NwM:&tbnh=102&tbnw=67&zoom=1&usg=__m7pThW2fz0cunm_pdZO2QF5vHnM=&docid=qqWMJ_RzuRtq6M&sa=X&ei=GlyiUOCKFJH0qAGBz4GoCg&ved=0CE8Q9QEwCg&dur=147 …lovely, and it appears to contain some of my favorite things–BOOKS!

    I, too, read all the way to the end, Tilly, and I concur: living in one’s head is often preferable to other choices. 🙂


  12. SchmidleysScribbling November 13, 2012 at 16:53 #

    I got to the end of your post and will say this….if you believe in representative government or government by the people, and for the people, you are a republican. We formed a republic when we overthrew our King (George III in case you forgot). Dianne


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 14, 2012 at 09:53 #

      I didn’t forget 🙂 I believe in a constitutional monarchy, which is what we have.

      That reminds me of a poem I once wrote:

      Don’t Believe All You Read

      It makes me sad
      when they say,
      A king was mad
      (George the Third, I heard)
      It’s lazy
      to say he was crazy:
      it was porphyria,
      I swearier.


  13. robincoyle November 13, 2012 at 17:54 #

    I stuck with you babe. It takes a talented blogger to successfully devote a blog post to a cupboard.


  14. Katharine Trauger November 13, 2012 at 17:55 #

    This cupboard reminds ME of my children. They used to call pieces like this “Fischer-Price furniture”!


  15. adinparadise November 13, 2012 at 18:18 #

    I enjoyed this little romp, Tilly. You’re so right, the real world is far too real.


  16. Tinman November 13, 2012 at 18:28 #

    For the 11th picture I picked a word at random from a book off the bookshelf. The word was “sticks”. The eleventh picture was of two sticks.
    I didn’t write about it.


  17. Pseu November 13, 2012 at 19:30 #

    A cupboard always reminds me of ‘cupboard love’ a phrase my Ma always used to use if we were nice to her because we wanted something. And if we didn’t get it, and got upset, we cried ‘crocodile tears.’ and my brother got told ‘big boys don’t cry’ –

    Thanks for reminding me… I need ‘what you mother used to say’ for some other project I have in mind!


  18. benzeknees November 13, 2012 at 22:33 #

    Not used to so much seriousness from you.


  19. kateshrewsday November 13, 2012 at 23:30 #

    LOVE your Goldilocks material, Tilly…


  20. sanstorm November 13, 2012 at 23:52 #

    These new fangled 2012 prompts are messing with my head…


  21. viveka November 13, 2012 at 23:57 #

    Woman you’re mad … and fantastic !!! Never known anyone that can use and play with words like you. Just love your – Goldilocks experience section – but what was that cupboard all about ???? Got lost there.


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 14, 2012 at 09:42 #

      My prompt posts seldom make sense – or any of them, really 🙂


      • viveka November 14, 2012 at 11:13 #

        Linda, what dose prompt posts stand for … somebody else dod it too ????


        • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife November 14, 2012 at 11:21 #

          WP provide the prompts and people respond to them. It is supposed to be done every day but I like to save them up and make fun of them 🙂


          • viveka November 14, 2012 at 11:24 #

            Okay, I understood so much that it some kind of challenge, but because you and other bloggers didn’t write about the same subject was I bit confused, but that’s not very hard to make me confused *smile Thanks for coming back to me.


  22. Janet Williams November 14, 2012 at 00:17 #

    Her Majesty would be touched to read this post and share your pain.

    This is how you may consider to get in touch with the Queen:

    The Queen
    There are various ways to contact The Queen.

    You can write to Her Majesty at the following address:

    Her Majesty The Queen
    Buckingham Palace
    London SW1A 1AA

    General enquiries can be made by telephone during working hours: (+44) (0)20 7930 4832.


    Good luck with scrapbooking!


  23. Grannymar November 15, 2012 at 09:58 #

    That cupboard is hardly big enough to hold your stash of Maltesers.


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