Fishin’ for compliments

Ice fishin' for compliments

You’re wondering where this is all going, aren’t you?  “Is Kathy fishin’ for compliments?” you’re thinking.  “What cheek!  Shame on her!   Hope she doesn’t catch any today.” 

OK, maybe you’re hoping I catch my limit today, as in lake trout.  You can keep five around here as long as they are 15″ long.  If it’s a Northern Pike compliment, you can keep two. 

If you catch a burbot–also known as a lawyer–it’s open season.  No limits on compliments there, although some folks can’t bring themselves to eat ’em. Some folks call them lawyers because they are eel-like, slimy and crooked.

Summer fishin' for compliments

Truly, folks, I’m not really fishin’ for compliments. 

But you could be.

If you decide to play along with an exciting new photo contest.  Karma (over there at Karma’s When I Feel Like It Blog) features photo hunts most months.  October’s photo hunt is for idioms.

You don’t hunt idioms with bows and arrows.  Nope, not with muskets or guns.  You hunt with your camera and your noggin’.

First you come up with an idiom.  Everyone knows what an idiom is, right?  It’s like the saying “Fishing for Compliments.”  They are a set or more of ordinary words which mean something different from the literal meanings of the individual words.

Click here for an entire list.  You don’t want to click?  OK, here are some easy ones:  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  (Take a pic of a bird in a hand, or two birds in a bush.)  A picture paints a thousand words.  (Words in a book?  A picture with lots of words in it?  A collage?)  A taste of your own medicine.  (A photo of someone taking medicine with an awful look on her face.)
Karma’s photo hunt requires three photo-idioms.  You post them on your blog.  You go to her blog and provide a link.  You entertain us all with your creative ideas!
(My fishin’ blog is not really going to be a winner because I foiled the rules.  I think Karma wants us to choose three different idioms illustrated by three different photos.  But I know you will choose to follow the rules because–well, you know, compliments will follow your entry.)
Here are some blogging friends who have already posted their entries:
Michaela over there at the Daily Click.
Carol coming to you from Wanderings of an Elusive Mind.
Amy-Lynn from Nova Scotia at Flandrum Hill with Idioms Inspired by Nature.
Sybil from Eastern Passage Passage who is a photo hunt “challenge virgin” and begs us to be gentle with her–although, darn it, she did a great job!
Scott Thomas who created Idioms in Disney.  Cool, huh?
There may be more idiom-entries from my fellow blogger-friends, but these were the only ones I could find this morning.  Readers, if you’ve provided an entry, be sure to put your link in my comments (as well as on Karma’s page.)

Lovin' the compliment--errr, I mean fish--itself

The deadline is October 31st.  That’s Halloween. You have until Monday to participate.

Thanks, everyone, who chooses to fish.  I mean hunt.  I mean play.  Hope you get lots of compliments–or at least have lots of fun!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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37 Responses to Fishin’ for compliments

  1. Reggie says:

    These photo hunts sound like FUN!

  2. Thanks for the link back, Kathy! Heck, and I wasn’t even fishing. 😉

    That last photo…needs a Shakespearean quote of some kind.

  3. holessence says:

    With flying fish, the sky is the limit 🙂

  4. flandrumhill says:

    Such a darling little fish in that last photo. I remember when you first posted it. It’s a keeper.

    Though idioms are fun to us, they probably leave new immigrants scratching their heads. I wonder if other languages have as many idioms as English does.

    • Kathy says:

      Barry said that I kissed the fish. Can’t quite remember that…but you never know. I’ll bet new immigrants are “beside themselves” with our quirky language!

  5. Carol says:

    Thanks for the mention, Kathy. Such a cold entry this is – and very clever!

  6. susan says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Great idea! Must say I love to play with words – such wiggly friends they are!

    • Kathy says:

      That’s for sure, Susan. Crazy, wiggly friends. You never know what they’re going to do next! And you have to keep your eye on them all the time…

  7. What a fun (and funny) post 🙂
    Thanks for the link back!

  8. Sybil says:

    Awwww gorsh Kathy, thanks for including me in such illustrious company.

    I’m really liking this “challenge” idea and will see if I can join in others in the future. ‘course, then I won’t be a “contest virgin” any more …

    Like the “Alas poor Yorick” shot.

    You are a blogger of infinite jest !

    • Kathy says:

      Nope, you’re no longer a contest virgin, Sybil. Will be fun to see what you do next. And yes, I love this blog for the opportunity to jest. It’s worth a daily laugh.

  9. Geoff Geary says:

    Looks like you are getting ready to give the fish a kiss Kathy. The fish doesn’t look too happy about it though.

  10. Barb says:

    That might be too hard on my brain, Kathy. (Though I DO sometimes like a challenge…) PS You and the fish seem to have a lot to say to each other.

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, I am not much into photo contests these days but I got “roped” into this one when Karma said something about words! LOL. That fish and I bonded for a moment…and then…it was too small. I threw it back.

  11. Dawn says:

    Please tell me that first picture is not from this year!

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  14. Robin says:

    Fishin’ for compliments… good one, Kathy! 🙂

    I finally got mine posted today. I won’t win any prizes or bonus points either as I completely forgot there were rules. lol!

    • Kathy says:

      I think I posted my compliments on your blog the other day, Robin. Funny, how we both botched the rules, eh? **smiling wickedly** Some of us LOVE to break rules! I suppose we’re the same folks who like to make rules…

  15. Karma says:

    No winners in a photo hunt! Just fun for everyone. And rules are made to be broken, right? My aim is give folks fun ideas for getting out with their cameras, so no harm done by not following my so-called rules. I love that you participated in your Kathy-like way! 🙂

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  17. I love this post Kathy, great to read actually idioms is my fav topic…

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