After much deliberation, I have decided to close down the Rafferty’s Rules blog. Many of the posts will be migrating to a new blog, deldevours.wordpress.com. Del Devours isn’t live yet but I will post an update when it is published…. Read More ›
7 Lessons From the AIDS Pandemic for Covid-19
By remembering how the world handled the AIDS pandemic at its height, we can discover several lessons for coping with the current Covid-19 crisis.
May his soul find peace
Out of respect for the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Rafferty’s Rules will be observing a period of mourning. No blog posts will be published during this time. Normal activities will resume on the first Monday in May.
It’s that time of year again. A new year, and an opportunity to turn a new leaf.
Site Update December 2020
Rafferty’s Rules is being resurrected. It has been a dead site for about a year and a half and it was, for all intents and purposes, dying for several months before that. Here’s why:
I’m Blogging Again
Hey all. I’m finally back after my long absence. The last time you all heard from me, I was getting ready for my flight to Adelaide. I had intended to post before now, but every time I planned time to… Read More ›
Only a few more hours
Well, we’re all packed, ready to go. Well, mostly. I still have a couple of loads of clothes to go through the dryer before I can pack them. I’m going to have to shove them in Storm’s bag, as he’s… Read More ›
I was born in 1977, placing me right on the generational cusp. I don’t quite fit in with the Gen-X-ers, but nor am I entirely comfortable with the Millenials. Whether it’s cultural references, technology, or social issues, I seem to… Read More ›
Prince Harry Visited my Daughter’s School
I was going to resume normal blogging last Friday, but for various reasons that has had to be postponed until this coming Monday. Meanwhile, though, my daughter got to see Prince Harry today when he and Meghan paid an unexpected… Read More ›
I felt like my blog was looking a little dated, so I gave it a makeover. I decided to keep the name, but I completely revamped the entire look to (hopefully) make it more relevant.
For those living in Australia, September 2nd was Father’s Day. We didn’t do much this year, what with moving costs on the horizon and being a bit short of cash. Earth was given control of the television for the day,… Read More ›
I have recently developed an interest in trying as many traditional and regional British dishes as I can. I don’t know why — there was no specific incident or trigger for this interest. I simply, all of a sudden, desired… Read More ›
Note added 28/11/2020: Yes, I did believe this at one point in my life. I was going through a lot in my life (which I have no intention of posting here, so don’t bother asking) and I was in a very dark place. It was a very brief interlude in my life of maybe a few years where I hated everyone and everything, myself most of all. I didn’t believe this before that time, and I don’t believe it now. However, I am not going to delete this post as I believe in owning my mistakes as well as my successes.
First, let me begin by apologising for the lack of Top Ten Tuesday and Fiction Friday last week. My internet was too intermittent for lengthy blog posts, and I had neither the time, nor the inclination to catch the bus… Read More ›
Anything Night Tonight
Do you ever have an ‘Anything Night’? Perhaps to use up leftovers, clear out your cupboards, or simply because you can’t be arsed cooking? We don’t have them very often because I generally have a weekly meal plan posted on… Read More ›
I learned to use chopsticks when I was a kid. My Dad was the entrepreneurial type, always starting new businesses, always swearing that ‘this was the one’. We had periods when I was very young when we didn’t have a… Read More ›
Creating a Bucket List
In January of this year (2018), I finally got around to creating a bucket list. A bucket list is a list of experiences and achievements that you hope will happen within your lifetime. These lists are nothing new, but they… Read More ›
Atheist or Not?
Let me just begin this post by apologising in advance. I’m just going to be posting my thoughts rather than attempting to put together a structured post. That may cause my musings to be a little disjointed or difficult to… Read More ›
I Need Another Holiday
Once again I find I must begin with an apology. I missed Fiction Friday again this week, for the same reason as last time. My day was spent saying my goodbyes, flying home, unpacking and spending time with my family…. Read More ›
Monato Zoo and Other Places I’ve Seen
First off, I just want to begin by apologising for not posting this yesterday. I’ve been feeling unwell the past couple of days and I just didn’t feel up to doing much of anything yesterday except sleep and read. Still,… Read More ›
First off, let me apologise for not posting a story for Fiction Friday this week. I spent the morning travelling to the airport and, due to a delayed flight, the entire afternoon at the airport. By the time I arrived… Read More ›
All kids run away from home at some point, right? I know my siblings and I did so a few times. There are two times in particular that come to mind.
Well, I’m back to my usual blogging schedule. As many of you will know, I took a break over the holidays. I decided that this year, I would have a stress-free holiday. So I did all my shopping early, I… Read More ›
Questions From Donna Revisited
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No. I was originally meant to be Rebecca but my cousin used it for her bub and Mum didn’t want it anymore. 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Yesterday. … Read More ›
Getting to Know Me Revisited
Name: Nurture Age: 40 Gender: Female Marital status: Married Romance: is wonderful. Hair colour: Browny Eye colour: Blue Long or short hair: Just past my shoulders Favourite thing to eat: Sushi Favourite thing to wear: Leggings Favourite perfume/cologne: Musk. It… Read More ›
A Series of Unrelated Snippets
Butterfly and Annie have been watching an anime called Food Wars recently. Since I have been reading and writing in the same room as the television, I have caught several glimpses of the anime. The food on this show looks… Read More ›
I am starting to get exceedingly irritated with a commonly expressed internet opinion with regards to Islam. I’m sure you’ve seen the point of view I’m referring to. It is generally some variation of the following statement: “If the majority… Read More ›
I just want to take this opportunity to apologise to those people who were looking forward to part 2 of X53Za. There is not going to be a part 2 to this short story. Before you all mob me, let… Read More ›
I did something I never thought I would do; something exciting, exhilarating, incredibly frightening. I signed up for NaNoWriMo.
Yes, you read the title correctly. I am back. Butterfly and I arrived back yesterday. And let me just say I am never doing that again!