Food, Garden and Zoe – Three Things Thursday

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

sushi, spring rolls, chicken nuggets, pork sisig, pancit, rice and of course, birthday cake – to celebrate father-in-law’s 80th birthday

a wet back garden in the UK

Zoe cutting Lolo Fred’s cake

So, what made you smile this week? Any fun stuff happening at the schools in your life? Any pretty things that make the holidays more lovely for you? Have you had a chance to wear pajamas to a place that normally wouldn’t be considered “socially acceptable” for jammy time? Tell me about it! 🙂


Heeding Haiku with Chevrefeuille – Autumn Rain

hizabushi ni hi no chirameku ya aki [no] ame

lamplight glimmers
on my knees…
autumn rain


ta no kari no furusato ika ni aki no ame

what’s your home village like
rice field goose?
autumn rain

by Issa (one of the major haiku poets (along with Basho, Shiki, and Chiyo-Ni)

four a.m.
a distant freight train
parts the autumn rain

‌‍- Paloma

Lamp light rain by Lexidreams.

Lamp light rain by Lexidreams.

Autumn rain trickles
Cosy feeling in the house
Lamps in the street glow

Long summer weather
Happy to have autumn rain
Refreshing the earth

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Heeding Haiku (with Chèvrefeuille)

Carpe Diem Special #178 Michael Dylan Welch’s “first day of school”

first day of school—
I eat my buckwheat pancakes
in silence

© Michael Dylan Welch


Our son’s first day of school was also the day we moved to our new house. So he left in our old house and came home in our new house. It was also raining that day. We gave him a big bag full of sweets and other little things like pencils and crayons. He also carried his first school bag. We went to a Chinese Restaurant when he came home.

First day of school
Bag full of stickers and crayons
Such a big school

He met new friends
His eyes full of wonder
A new beginning

For: Carpe Diem Special #178

Far Too Soon! Write Now! Friday Fictioneers and 3 Words

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Today’s Prompt:
It was definitely too early in the season for the weather forecast to include the word “snow”.

Yet we can’t ignore the fact that not only was it raining today, it was snowing, too! No, they can’t do that! They can’t schedule snow and rain in August! We’re supposed to be in the height of summer, i.e. got to be scorching hot! There were actual delays on the number of aircraft entering the country’s airspace or taking off from domestic airports. Not to mention the traffic caused by this weather. We were not prepared! No snowmobiles, no salts to sprinkle on the road and the tyres were not changed to winter tyres yet. Far too soon!

20151016: day 289
Happy 2015!! Ready to commit to three-words-a-day for a year?


* Check out about 3 words, the first posting, for what to do. choose three out of five.

For: Write Now, Friday Fictioneers and 3 words a day

Splash, Splosh With My Wellies Picture It & Write


Splash, splosh with my wellies
Mum bought me my new wellies
Green and pink and all shiny
My eyes glitter and I shout with glee
It has been raining lately
I can’t go out even if I plea
And I’m stuck inside the house
Like being in a madhouse
Now the sun has come out
Time for me to venture out
Splash, splosh with my wellies
Can’t wait to use my new wellies
Oh the fun I feel playing in the mud
Thank goodness there wasn’t a flood
The laughter I made with my friends
Playing hide and seek like there were no ends
Up and down the path, here, there, everywhere
We’ve been brave even reaching our square
Splash, splosh with my wellies
It has been fun with my new wellies

For: Picture it & Write


Pic and a Word Challenge #4 ~ Nature

Pacific Coast Highway Near Santa Cruz California, United States of America Taken during travels, 2009  by Patrick Jennings

Pacific Coast Highway
Near Santa Cruz
California, United States of America
Taken during travels, 2009
by Patrick Jennings

playing in the rain
always a welcome picture
such uplifting feel
recollections of childhood
more fun in the Philippines

as the sun comes down
courtship song in the evening
love is in the air
wondering where’s the sun now
as lovers hold hands there, too

entangled branches
as the sun sparkles through them
such a spectacle to see
the splendour that awaits us
enchanting as they blossom

summer morning
the flower’s scent is heaven
serene feeling all over
trying to reach the sky
joy of being here

cycling on this day
meadow where corn are growing
enchanting for me
enjoyed singing with the birds
as my hair was blown by breeze

drizzling onto me
a curtain of white water
in nonchalant way

a force of nature
both beautiful and brutal
charming waterfall

every day the same
the sun rises and then sets

by silvery moon
I sing my heart to you
eloquence so soft
seeking the steam of my soul
bliss, star of my garden

melody from heart
no cloud in sky to be seen
watch birds fly somewhere
till dawn when Nature smiles
pursuing your affection

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Pic and a Word Challenge #4

An Eerie Afternoon – FFfAW – Week of 09-08-2015 and Wordle 168

 It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

It was raining that day when they’ve decided to climb the rugged hill of Pinatubo. Arm in arm, Pedro and Ricardo shared a cape to protect them from the rain. They have a simple mission and that was to see the ghosts who were haunting the hill. They’ve reached the hut on top of the hill and with a candle, tried to summon the ghosts. It was an eerie afternoon, they tried to be brave and waited. Soon there was an image, a bloody one that made them cringed. They ran as fast as they could. Never again, they said.

by brenda warren

by brenda warren

For: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers and Wordle #168

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Wind-Driven Rain – Picture Prompt #26: Starting or Ending and Wordle 167


He was not going to allow the cold
Wind-driven rain to change his plan
The sound of the rain around him enfold
Even the thunder cannot make him run

He approach all with a single aim
And that is to win, no matter what
He has to lay claim on the dame
It takes a lot of courage and gut

In each level, he has to play fair
A key player of life, with a glint of hope
He’s always been fair and square
No matter what, he’s always able to cope

Taking everything with a grain of salt
But then she came and everything changed
The whole world seems to halt
Doesn’t want her to be estranged

Attaching to her like glue, losing his mind
But she wants to go where no one has been
He held her hands, their fingers entwined
She was nowhere to be seen, to his chagrin

And suddenly at this present phase, he’s lost
He has to start from scratch and that’s tough
He was physically and mentally exhausted
He should carry on, what he did wasn’t enough

by brenda warren

by brenda warren

For: Picture Prompt #26 and Wordle 167