On January 26, 1905 one of South Africa’s many diamond mines produced the biggest hunk of glass the world has ever seen. Weighing in at a whopping 3,106 carats, the Cullinan Diamond (named after the mine’s owner who probably wasn’t the stiff who actually dug it up) was and remains the largest gem quality rough diamond ever unearthed on the planet. The shiny hunk of rock was split up into no less than 105 individual stones, of which many naturally wound up in the crown jewels of the British royal family…
Alright, it’s time to put the fancy bling back in the underwear drawer and get on with answering this week’s Share Your World questions from Di!
Do you find it relatively easy to fall asleep at night?
No. Especially with the new speaker system that was installed at Mecca last week, it’s near impossible for me to nod off on my 2 AM lunch break now. I have to just wait until I get home in the morning so I can fall asleep in peace and quiet…
Do you remember your dreams?
The only way anyone remembers dreams is if they wake up in the middle of one, otherwise they’re just forgotten noise filtering through the brain while I’m trying to sleep during the day and the cat is prancing all over my bed. It’s a shame, because they’re more interesting than anything I can cook up while awake. I also have an odd tendency to have completely made up original songs pop up in my dreams that I’ll still have going through my mind if I wake up right then, but that a few minutes later are completely gone. It’s too bad, I’m sure I’ve dreamed up a few number one hits now…
If you can’t sleep, do you watch TV, read or listen to music in the hope you will nod off?
I’m always amazed at people who can nod off with distractions like that. I have never fallen asleep while reading even the most boring book or watching TV. Music and TV sounds are not white noise, which is what I need to fall asleep…
Can you literally sleep anywhere?
See above caption. And if you don’t read the captions on my blog, you sure are missing out!
Gratitude: Flowers from a child, be they weeds or roses, have equal worth.
Hmmmmmm…… rather than a retro comic this week, how about a scene from one of my past episodes of Shelf Critter Theatre? It fittingly features the Sponkies on this Australia Day. This comes from my Mother’s Day episode from 2018:
BOTH SPONKIES: Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!
SPARKLEPONY: You shouldn’t have, kids. Really, you plucked a weed out of someone’s lawn just for me. How absolutely touching.
SPONKIE 2: But it’s the thought that counts, right Ma?
SPARKLEPONY: Sure, in some namby pamby fantasy world where things such as deluxe spa gift cards and Cucci purses don’t exist. I’ve raised such ungrateful little spawn who don’t know the value of material things. Where did you even get this hideous thing at?
SPONKIE 1: Ummmmmm….
SPARKLEPONY: And why do you both smell like……. blech!
SPONKIE 2: Well, Ma, you see…..
RAINY: How dare you pull up one of my prized dandelions from the garden! And then steal my precious rain gauge to use as a vase! Incorrigible little brats like you two are why I am NOT a mother!
SPARKLEPONY: (Dragging both kids by the ears) Let’s go…. it’s tomato bath time!
yeah… I’m with sparkle pony since I’ve got a whatever flower thingy from the neighbors backyard instead of new shoes… gifts haven’t to come straight from the heart… if they come from D&G I’m fine…
I don’t fall asleep when I read or watch TV either. Give me Candy Crush Soda Saga on my phone and I’m out like a light because competition bores me, but anything with a plot/information and I’m sucked into paying attention.
There’s no plot to the Candy Crush games? Not that I would have ever known from personal experience, but I’m shocked to discover that! Shocked, I tell you!
Being an old broad I am at the age that I CAN fall asleep while watching TV – the weird thing is I sleep for like 15 minutes and wake up feeling FABULOUS. Reading doesn’t put me to sleep though. The other thing that puts me to sleep is………….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz oops!
Naps tend to make me more tired, at least for a while after I wake up. That leads to me never wanting to get up, and it’s probably a good thing my back can’t take sleeping for too long or I really might never actually get up!
I would love to see someone wearing the original diamond, all polished up, on their hand – if they could even lift it! I hope it was a fair trade diamond!
I doubt a dainty hand could keep a rock that big upright. I’m not much on diamonds, but I might wear the whole raw hunk around my neck to look cool…
Thanks for sharing your world ES. That is some diamond. Take care
It really comes to something when your employer does something that prevents you from having a nice nap at work…
I know, really. I guess they expect us to stay awake all night long…
Wow, that was a whole lotta bling!
You might like where I live…practically ’round the clock white noise hum! Ha!
I lived across the street from a chemical plant (and a steel mill down the road) for 31 years… and the white noise is about all I miss about it.
I can imagine…