Saturday, July 30, 2022

Mind Games (Let's Play Wordle)


"It is the brain, the little grey cells on which one must rely."

The quote above is from Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie.  It is true, of course... we must keep our brains ticking!  Do you like to do word puzzles? I do! I have often enjoyed crossword puzzles and also, making words out of just a few, when Richard got us a weekend subscription to the New York Times, I was pleased to learn that it also gave us access to the Crossword puzzle, the Mini Crossword puzzle and the Spelling Bee! (To be honest, I never have time to do the long crossword, but I am very good at the Mini Crossword and the Spelling Bee. Oh, and the Boxed Letters, I am BRILLIANT!)  A software engineer by the name of Josh Wardle (remember that name!) liked the Spelling Bee game very much also.  (You are given 7 letters to make words. They are in a shape of a hive, the middle letter being in yellow, and that letter must be in each word.)  Josh Wardle and his partner enjoyed playing it together, just as Richard and I do!  In fact, they liked it so very much that he came up with a different game and in a play on his name, he called it "WORDLE"! It is a game where you must guess a five-letter word in six guesses. This game was just released in October of 2021 and yet, it is now enjoyed by millions, and it is still free for everyone. (As I type this post that is true, I am not sure for how long that will be so.)  The interesting thing for me is that Josh Wardle is a Brit (born in Wales) and some of the words might be more familiar to British/English speakers! Having said that, all the words seem to be quite easy.   Here is one word that was used - "M-I-D-G-E". 

How that amused me! I didn't think of that myself (Richard got that one) but of course, I well remember Graham and his friend Pat talking of the midges that drive them crazy on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides in the summer! (I am not familiar with midges myself. We might have them in Georgia, but it would be the MOSQUITOES that you have to watch out for, the blood sucking little MONSTERS.) 

Oh dear, let me get back to the gentle subject of word games and not think of dangerous insects.... So, do any of you play Wordle? I'm sure you do! If not and I get you "hooked" on it, you will thank me, if you like these kinds of games! I first heard of the game back in February.  There was a story of a woman who lived in Chicago who was being held hostage in her own basement.  The woman lived alone, yet the police had been called to check on her. Why? It was because her daughter (who lived on the West Coast!) had not received a text from her mom letting her know her mom's daily Wordle score. The woman was rescued! 

So... maybe that daily Wordle habit is not a bad one to have and if it helps to keep our brains in fine fettle, I am a fan.

Here is a shout out to our friends in England, Henry and Sarah! We love that you also enjoy Wordle! Who knows, by the time we see each other again you might be able to have the Wordle game in a board game! Oh yes, you know HASBRO had to get in on the fun.  You may read about it  here!

One more thing...and I know I drive y'all crazy about films but Josh Wardle has a brother, Tim Wardle who is a film director! "Three Identical Strangers" is his 2018 documentary about identical triplet brothers adopted at birth by different families. They discovered each other at the age of 19, just by chance in 1980. I really liked this movie! And to find out that the director is related to the man who invented "Wordle"...isn't that interesting? 

Here's a five letter word for you...


Keep on playing those mind games forever....

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Eric Ravilious Film!

Doesn't that photo of Richard's above look dreamy?  It is of the South Downs near Eastbourne in England.   There is a British artist that might not be known to you who painted this same landscape in beautiful watercolors, his name is Eric Ravilious. Born in London in 1903, his family moved to Eastbourne where his parents owned an antiques shop.  Eric Ravilious attended school at Eastbourne School of Art and also attended the Royal College of Art. Besides being an artist, he was also a teacher. In 1930, he married one of his art students, Tirzah Garwood. They had three children. (Just reading about them, the entire family seem such talented, interesting people! You may read more about his wife just  here!) Sadly, Eric died on September 2, 1942 during active service when his plane was lost near Iceland and was therefore the first British war artist to die in WW2.   He was only 39 years old.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone made a film about him?  Someone has! It is called "Eric Ravilious: Drawn To War" and I just learned that it has been nominated for a BAFTA!  It is my understanding that the movie will be released in the USA but not until Autumn of this year so...keep an eye out for it! Not sure how many theatres will have the film but I would drive many miles to see it!

The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne has a permanent collection of his paintings.  I have the link for you here. 

Before you look at some of his paintings, let me leave you with quote from The Sunday Times from 1939....

"He managed to make every subject he painted to appear as something magic, almost mystic, distilled out of the ordinary everyday".

Just because this is such a lovely, dreamy song (I have been humming it all week), "Only The Lonely" by Chris Isaac. It was a huge hit for Roy Orbison who was also the songwriter.)


Hope you are all doing well, my friends!  Seems like it is boiling hot all over the world! Y'all need to go back and read my post about air conditioning. Thank you, Mr. Carrier!

Friday, July 15, 2022

First Song (And I Still Love You)


If any of you are lucky enough to be around someone who knows how to play the guitar, I suggest you ask them to learn some songs by Ralph McTell!  Richard loves to play a song by him called "First Song".  Now, here's the is a beautiful song but it is very hard to sing along as you play it!  Go ahead, try it.... see what I mean? I have the video of the song with Ralph McTell and I do hope you enjoy this as much as I do! (You MUST listen until the very end...but in case you can't, I have given you the ending in the title to this post. AND I found the lyrics too!)

As you are listening to it, I hope you like a few photos that Richard has taken over the past weeks.  Let's see, Richard is a gardener, a musician, and a photographer...what do I do?

Well, SOMEONE has to just sit around and enjoy those around them who are super talented! At least, I am honest and appreciative!

Super zoomed in view of Stone Mountain from Panola Mountain! 

The lovely Fire Pink that I look for every single year.  (It's always there! At Panola Mountain.) And it is hard to photograph- the flowers are delicate and on very slender stalks. The least amount of wind moves them.

This is one of the trails at Panola Mountain State Park.

The Monastery in Rockdale County

"Consider the lilies of the field"

 PLEASE LISTEN TO THE VIDEO ABOVE!!  You will thank me! Music and lyrics by Ralph McTell.


I've written words that say I'm leaving
Words express the pain
Old songs lose young meanings
But new ones they gain
from changes that I've been through
And new ones I'm coming to
And you were my first song and I still....

Sure I still get feelings to get back on the road
And I still get leanings to forget the things I know
About myself and changes gone through and coming to
And you were my first song and I still ....

Do words express true meanings,
I mean the words are still the same
And old loves lose young feelings
But new ones they gain
From changes that I've been through
And new ones I'm coming to
And you were my first song and I still... 

love you.