Great Grandma

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(Awarded 1st Place) Great Grandmother by SFC Lance Widner – Division 1 (Active Duty Military) CC BY 2.0

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Ghazal for White Hen Pantry” by Jamila Woods: brown, friends, white, palm, born, burnt, consonants, windows, unmarked, sins, paint, pantry

In her palm a new born baby
Unmarked by sins and consonants
Great Grandma smiling with glee
She can see the family semblance

Outside the windows friends waving
In the pantry some flours were taken
The can see Great Grandma blooming
And Dad beams with pride with his apron

Baking brown bread but they got burnt
The children tried to help but were too late
Never mind everything can be relearnt
The main thing is they’re all feeling great

For: Photo Challenge #92 December 22, 2015 and Whirligig 38 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Carpe Diem #873 Deeper into the North: men of this world; picking up rice seedlings; backpack and sword

hot springs
Credits: Hot Springs

following the trail
on a journey through the world
to find ourselves

© Chèvrefeuille

following the trail
of Basho and companion
such an honour

on a journey through the world
focus on the deep meaning
time to appreciate

to find ourselves
our purpose and role in life
in tune with nature

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem #873

This is my Life

Daily Prompt – If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

Thanks for the great idea, Tom!

Yes, why not? and I’d read it from cover to cover. I love reading books, all sorts of books. They always give me a sense of adventure and I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading about my life.

“Life is a journey, not a destination”
We’re always on our way until it’s done
I sing this quote with delight
For we all have to fight our plight
For my life is designed to shine
We can combine ways to outshine
When I was first new to this world
I uncurled, twirled and whirled
My parents were joyful for they knew
I’ll go a long way to grew and flew
That I will win, no matter what
Always following my heart and gut
They gave me this secured shelter
My questions they always answer
Of course, love and compassion
Were always there as well as fun
They dedicated their lives on me
As I go in my life journey spree
And I in turn, dedicated mine to them
And from my heart and soul, this poem

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I was born as the eldest daughter in a family
I looked after my siblings and they were three
My Mum taught me how to market
How to feed the family within a budget
That’s probably how I get the love of shopping spree

As a student I was diligent and ambitious
With fellow students sometimes we’re boisterous
With dedication, I’ve got my degree
Moved to Europe, I want to be free
Got some Masters on Linguistics and Business

Chemistry in motion, met Him Indoors in a lab
Action and reaction, fell in love and reached our sky lab
Being a wife was fun, I thought
Even though sometimes we fought
It’s quite exciting, who says being married was such a drab?

After seven years, HRH the son was born, I’m Mum at last
I nurture him, looked after him and didn’t mind being typecast
Eighteen years later, he left the nest
To university to find his own quest
His first day of school, karate, piano lessons and time flew so fast

I love being a Business English trainer to some companies
To sales people, human resources and some became my buddies
As a freelancer I can say yes or no to a contract
I don’t have a boss and I can’t be sacked
I can still have my free time, hobbies and meet my friends with ease

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One more day to illuminate
Me on the priorities of life
I don’t want to be a dead weight
And I don’t want any strife

One more day to storm
The challenges and hindrances
I’m sure I could still perform
What’s all this fuzz?

One more day to pool
Resources for the common good
I don’t want to be cruel
With the frosty weather I withstood

One more day to create
Significant impact on you
I need you, I tell it straight
Before I say adieu

One more day to haunt
Me with the scenes of our lives
I have no wealth to flaunt
We’ll see each in our afterlives

One more day to need
One last kiss before I’m lifeless
My very last good deed
Before I spin the axis

One more day to pay
The price of my sins
There must be some way
To play the violins

For: This Is Your Life

Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

Daily Prompt – We all know how to do something well — write a post that teaches readers how to do something you know and/or love to do.

Hello everyone! Him Indoors and I love cooking and of course, eating. Here are some of the food that we’ve cooked. Hope you like them.

We also love our garden and here are some photos of the things in our garden. Hope you like them.

For: Teach Your (Bloggers) Well

Sorry by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There is much in life that makes me sorry as I journey
down life’s way.
And I seem to see more pathos in poor human
Lives each day.
I’m sorry for the strong brave men, who shield
the weak from harm,
But who, in their own troubled hours find no
Protecting arm.

I’m sorry for the victors who have reached
success, to stand
As targets for the arrows shot by envious failure’s
hand.
I’m sorry for the generous hearts who freely
shared their wine,
But drink alone the gall of tears in fortune’s
drear decline.

I’m sorry for the souls who build their own fame’s
funeral pyre,
Derided by the scornful throng like ice deriding
fire.
I’m sorry for the conquering ones tho know not
sin’s defeat,
But daily tread down fierce desire ‘neath scorched
and bleeding feet.

I’m sorry for the anguished hearts that break with
passions strain,
But I’m sorrier for the poor starved souls that
Never knew love’s pain.
Who hunger on through barren years not tasting
joys they crave,
For sadder far is such a lot than weeping o’er a
grave.

I’m sorry for the souls that come unwelcomed
into birth,
I’m sorry for the unloved old who cumber up the
earth.
I’m sorry for the suffering poor in life’s great
maelstrom hurled,
In truth I’m sorry for them all who make this
aching world.

But underneath whate’er seems sad and is not
understood,
I know there lies hid from our sight a mighty
germ of good.
And this belief stands firm by me, my sermon,
motto, text –
The sorriest things in this life will seem grandest
in the next.

For: I Can’t Stay Mad at You and Humble Pie

Part In Peace: Is Day Before Us? by Sarah Flower Adams

Part in peace: is day before us?
Praise His Name for life and light;
Are the shadows lengthening o’er us?
Bless His care Who guards the night.

Part in peace: with deep thanksgiving,
Rendering, as we homeward tread,
Gracious service to the living,
Tranquil memory to the dead.

Part in peace: such are the praises
God our Maker loveth best;
Such the worship that upraises
Human hearts to heavenly rest.

For: Nurturing Thursday

Share Your World – 2015 Week #47

In your native language which letter or character describes you best? Why?
When I’m back in the Philippines, people have often referred to me as “mabilis” or “hagibis” (fast). I don’t know why, but perhaps I’ve lost this “take it easy” attitude when I left my country. I guess when I’m there, I want things to happen, and not just wait for things to happen. Most of the time, I’m just there for a couple of weeks, so basically I’ve already organised what I wanted to do, people to see and places to visit. Otherwise, I won’t be able to do what I wanted to do if I just rely on others.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Shopping till I drop, mostly clothes, shoes and bags. I can never have enough stuff, there’s always one or two that I find so irresistible to buy.
Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?
Ideally, both. In reality, I wish I have more time to exercise my body, i.e. go to the gym or go for a walk. As for exercising the mind, I read a lot, play scrabble and write my blogs. The fiction challenges keep me on my toes and the photo challenges, too. I need to take lots of photos or get them from my archive.
List at least 5 things that makes you laugh.
Him Indoors and HRH the son make me laugh – their dry humour are to die for! Watching some TV shows like Big Bang Theory and Have I Got News for You are good, too. And sometimes, when people tell jokes or the situations are funny – they make me laugh, as well.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We had the first snowflakes for the season yesterday. Winter is here!
Looking forward to a normal week coming up, no stress, meeting friends, being with Him Indoors.
Have a lovely week everyone!

For: Share Your World

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