The Morning Dawdler


The Morning Dawdler

Questions for you to answer in your own time over your favourite cuppa.

Four questions three times a week – inspired by life, humour, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment and human curiousity and so on.

Please feel free to answer all or only a few – the choice is always yours.

Is it easier or harder for you to make friends online rather than offline and why do you think this is?

Do you have a stable of generic answers for comments to your blog, or do you write genuine responses every time to each person?

If tomatoes are botanically considered a fruit because of the seeds within, does the same apply to cucumbers?

What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

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36 thoughts on “The Morning Dawdler

  1. Good morning Rory! Nope, I don’t have a stable of generic answers for comments to my blog…everytime I reply, I write genuine responses to each person ☺️ in fact, as you can see, I’m quite slow in replying 😅

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  2. Is it easier or harder for you to make friends online rather than offline and why do you think this is?
    I think it’s easier to make friends online. I think that the fact we don’t interact with them in person has a lot to do with it.

    Do you have a stable of generic answers for comments to your blog, or do you write genuine responses every time to each person?
    I try to answer according to the comment/ post I have read but sometimes I run out of ideas and they read similar.

    If tomatoes are botanically considered a fruit because of the seeds within, does the same apply to cucumbers?
    Can’t say! Perhaps they are. As cauliflower is a flower.

    What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
    Shorter!

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    1. Hey Sadje, interesting answers 🙂

      Apparently Cucumbers are also fruit although caulis are indeed vegetables and yet an article l read last year informed me that bananas and peppers and grapes are berries, rhubarb is a vegetable, sweetcorn is a fruit and strawberries are none of this at all!?

      Shorter is correct as tongue twisting as that is!

      Well answered 🙂

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  3. Is it easier or harder for you to make friends online rather than offline and why do you think this is?

    I’m not really in the market for new close friends, as I don’t have the time to be a good friend to more people than I currently have, but I’m always happy to make new friendly connections. It’s easier online because you can ignore the aspects of people you don’t care for. That’s harder in person…

    Do you have a stable of generic answers for comments to your blog, or do you write genuine responses every time to each person?

    It depends. I will say the generic “thank you” to compliments ~ what else is there? Other times I will engage in a bit of convo, but I generally don’t want to engage in a prolonged thread…

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  4. Here goes…

    1. Is it easier or harder for you to make friends online rather than offline and why do you think this is? Despite my “teacher-confident” facade, I am actually quite shy (and have some skittish moments #awkward!) So the blanket cover of online can sometimes be a relief. But really, I think it depends on the other person. For me to really open up, or feel comfortable with someone, we have to establish an authentic connection – whether that’s online or in real life.

    2. Do you have a stable of generic answers for comments to your blog, or do you write genuine responses every time to each person? I generally write each comment/reply from scratch. If people have made the effort to read and comment on my writing (or photos), they deserve my time in return. However…that being said, I am not always good at replying to comments as sometimes I don’t know what to say – I freeze! (See Q1!!! 😂)

    3. If tomatoes are botanically considered a fruit because of the seeds within, does the same apply to cucumbers? I unapologetically, refer to both as vegetables (even though I know I’m wrong).

    4. What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? Short! Nice one…

    I love a good riddle 🤔 Here’s one I was posed last week – What grows in grass and shrinks in water?

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    1. Hey Sarah 🙂

      Ooh, fire, baby fire…

      We have grown up ‘botanically’ with x, y and z systems that when we hear differing terminology, it takes time to see things differently.

      Like in the UK, we say courgettes, yet they are also referred to as zucchini, cucurbits and so on, and nothing is as simple as the old song, you say tomato and l say tomato – now it’s more like you say rocket and l say arugula…
      It’s hard at times to try and be creative with answers – like when someone takes the time to write a good response that encourages conversation, l converse back and sometimes when, for instance, when questions are answered with a one-word answer, they can be complicated to respond creatively.

      Like

  5. Hi, Rory!
    Is it easier or harder for you to make friends online rather than offline and why do you think this is?
    Due to changing times, it is easier to make friends online rather than offline. I spend more time online than I do out and around.

    Do you have a stable of generic answers for comments to your blog, or do you write genuine responses every time to each person?
    No, I can’t say have generic answers for comments to my blog. I try to write answers that are specific to the comment but how many ways can one say thank you?

    If tomatoes are botanically considered a fruit because of the seeds within, does the same apply to cucumbers?
    Though I know they are not, tomatoes and cukes seem like vegetables to me.

    What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
    shorter

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    1. Interesting answers Eugenia.

      I think that the very nature of sociality these days may increase to be founded online rather than offline. It is also safer and more convenient and as some have already said – there is less pressure.

      Precisely how many ways can you say thank you 🙂 Do you think we need to then simply say thank you or should there be more of a less personalised form of thanks?

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      1. Yes, whilst l try and write something meaningful to many comments or on posts, sometimes l simply don’t have a lot to say. But l like to say something. Although l am known to leave a comment to a second comment that say ‘Thanks’, unless there is a follow on opportunity of something constructive l ‘ll not fill up a comment with lots of emojis as some do. That in truth drives me insane.

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      2. Yes, l am not even sure why people do it?

        I mean you wouldn’t do that in real life to a person – hug, smile, hug, smile, give a bunch of posies, hug, smile, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh who does that?

        Yet, some comments are filled with them?

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