My Sunday – Sunday Photo Fiction – 10th May 2015

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A quiet Sunday in my town
I’m still wearing my nightgown
Still in bed, no alarm clock
Birds haven’t even squawk
Not a soul in sight
Such a peaceful plight
A faint rainbow in the sky
Better make my life simplify
Grey clouds, a shroud of mist
I still remember when he kissed
Take it easy today, quite a lazy day
It’s Mother’s Day, I’m enjoying my day

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/sunday-photo-fiction-may-10th-2015/

Ode to Mother Dear – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Triolet

What is a Triolet?

* There are two four-line stanzas;
* Line length and meter are the poet’s choice;
* Lines 1, 4, and 7 are the same;
* The rhyming scheme is abaa / abab.

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Oh Mother Dear, with your eyes twinkling like stars in cloudland
Your breath sweeter than sampaguita as we string them into a lei
Your love, patience and smile, always there as you give us a hand
Oh Mother Dear, with your eyes twinkling like stars in cloudland

We cannot show enough gratitude for bringing us up first hand
Your tenderness, completely and sweetly given to us like a bouquet
Oh Mother Dear, with your eyes twinkling like stars in cloudland
We love you to the moon and back and all planets in the milky-way

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/bps-shadorma-beyond-triolet-may-9-2015/

Carpe Diem #720, “if taken in my hand”

if taken in my hand
it would vanish in hot tears
autumn frost
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

frost on the branches
melts in the early sunlight
life passes

my hair turned gray
as if it was the frost
on bare branches
© Chèvrefeuille

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her hair’s grey, dyed black
she’s not as active as she was
she’s vulnerable

she’s vulnerable
still looking good for her age
my mother’s the best

http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/carpe-diem-720-if-taken-in-my-hand.html

My Mom and I – Mondays Finish the Story

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Finish the story begins with: “Are you laughing at me?“

There she was, my mother, still with humour while smelling the orchids I gave her.

“Yes, Mom, it was funny. For the sake of vanity, you broke your wrist.” And we laughed again.

I have just arrived three hours ago from Germany. I was looking forward to this holiday. Everything was planned and booked. The manicurist arrived and we were going to have our nails painted. My Mom went to her room, looking for her favourite nail polish. It was on top of her wardrobe, so she climbed on the chair to get it.

We heard her shout and found her slumped on the floor. We took her to the hospital, they x-rayed her left wrist and found that it was broken into pieces. They have re-aligned it and put a fibre glass cast. So, the first two days of my holiday were spent in the hospital. We laughed together.
(150 words)

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https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/mondays-finish-the-story-april-27th-2015/

M Is For Mother – #AtoZChallenge

Her beauty astounds us all
Life’s always a breeze so she flits
Broke into one and a million bits
Of love and care, to us her kids
Of time and devotion, no problem
Always there, served with a smile
And so this is the time to say thanks
And the mission for which it was due
We love you to the moon and back
Our dearest Mom – thanks for everything!

Finish the story begins with: “As the year wound down to a close, they gathered around the table and raised their glasses.”

Cheers, everyone! We all greeted one another. It was nice having all the family and relatives around, especially at this time of the year. Nothing beats the cosy feeling of kinship. It was my Mum’s 75th birthday and we all flew from different countries just to celebrate it with her. Actually her real birthday was in November but we said we’d celebrate it when we could all be together, i.e. Christmas time. My siblings and their own families came from Canada and the UK, and we’ve just arrived from Germany. There was a big party of 200 people last night, complete with live band, music, dance instructors, photo booths and free bar. My Mum was delighted, we even serenaded her, while all her grandchildren handed her a rose each. She ended up with a real big bunch of roses. And the delectable birthday cake – chocolate fudge cake!

Let me start with this
Although we are different
My Mom and I are the same
Same focus, both cool
We’re not so good in business
Or being tidy
Sometimes we forget some things
It doesn’t matter
When it comes to having fun
We know what to do
The town is always painted
Red, blue or yellow
That’s why I miss her so much
Would do anything for her

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2015/04/m-marketing-experiment-with-atoz-gear.html

Spring! 1000 Words + a Picture & Ten Things of Thankful #92

The first day of spring – yay! After witnessing yesterday’s super moon eclipse in Bavaria, I’m feeling very positive about the hope of spring. I hope that winter finally goes away now. We have got enough snow to lasts us a lifetime in the last month or so. I hope that the weather’s getting better. I hope that the day’s getting longer. I hope that the flowers start blooming. Speaking of which, I found some flowers in our garden and yes, they are waking up after their long cold winter sleep.

Even our tortoises are up! Gin, Rex and Nikki are awake from their hibernation since December. They are still inside the house because the weather is not that warm yet, but soon, hopefully very soon, we can put them out in the garden. We have these tortoises since HRH the son was 9, as his present. He loves them! But he has to leave them here with us when he moved to the UK for his studies. He’s going to be 23 in May. He’s got a degree in Psychology and hopefully he’s going to get his Master’s in June. He’s doing a research on dyslexia, being dyslexic himself. We’re so proud of him. Good luck, son!

We’ve just changed the winter tyres to summer tyres yesterday. Normally we changed them ourselves, but this year we took them to the garage to be changed. We’re having a break from hard work. We also sorted our bikes, pump their tyres, put some oil and ride on them again. Yesterday I went to work on my bike. Tomorrow we’re thinking of cycling to our favourite beer garden, the Michaelibad Garden. It’s not so far from our place; it’s got a man-made lake with two tall fountains in the middle, ducks, swans, fishes, etc. We’ll have the first Maß of the year! (Maß is one liter of beer). Prost! Cheers!

Cycling on Sundays is our favourite past time here in Bavaria. It’s so conducive to cycle everywhere, different parks and beer garden, along the River Isar and if we want to challenge ourselves, we put the bikes on a train and cycle in nearby towns and mountains. We also like hiking up the mountains and other nice places around Bavaria – Kampenwand, Eibsee, Tegernsee, Lenggries, Bad Tolz, to name a few.

What else can I say? I’m going home to the Philippines to see my mother. It’s just me for two weeks, Him Indoors staying here in Bavaria. I usually see my mother once a year, but last year I wasn’t able to go to the Philippines because she was visiting my sister in Canada. Anyway, I’m leaving in two weeks’ time and I can’t wait. I’ve got everything booked and planned. My mom is going to throw a big party for me when I arrive, with all our relatives, friends and classmates when I was in school. Then we visit some of the 7,100 islands we have. We’ll start with the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, then Puerto Galera in Mindoro, Bagac, Bataan, Hidden Valley, then Calatagan, Batangas. I’ve got a full programme ahead of me and I’m sure we’ll all have a great time.

I’m also looking forward to eating some of the Filipino food that I miss – adobo, sinigang, sisig, palabok, dinuguan, Bicol Express, laing, kare-kare, etc. Not to mention all the fresh fish and seafood – daing na bangus, halabos na hipon, lobsters, etc. Don’t forget the desserts – leche flan, ube halaya, suman, halo-halo, etc. Bless my belly or because I’m diabetic – bless my sugar!

Talking of sugar, I’ve got this new medicine from my doctor and it’s working well. Everything seems to be in order. Thank God. I should also start thinking of going back to the gym. I have been ill lately so I stopped going to the gym, but now, there’s no more excuse. I should think of getting fitter, not getting rounder and rounder like a ball, which is what I am now. So, start with the cross trainer for half an hour for warm-up, then either use all the different weight machines or attend one of their classes. I love their zumba, latin moves, body styling; I’m not really good with steps – I can’t follow their moves! Then after that, take a shower and go to their bio sauna for 15 minutes – great life, indeed!

Him Indoors and I have been swimming every Thursday morning, before he goes to work and I do my bits and pieces. We are in the “early swimmers” group, together with all the regular sweet oldies there. They asked us why we were not there, when we miss a week or so. Good to be missed. We also like going to Jacuzzi after the swim. It’s so refreshing, like being on holiday every week.

Talking of holidays, we’ve booked our holidays this year and we’re looking forward to them. After my Philippine trip, my friend C and I are thinking of spending 4 days in Venice in May. We’re taking a train to Venice, book a nice hotel room in the centre and have fun walking and seeing the place. Then, Him Indoors and I are going to the UK to visit HRH the son in Buckingham. We’re visiting his parents in Coventry and we’re also celebrating his birthday there. Then in July we’re attending our niece’s wedding in Frankfurt, so we booked a weekend there. End of August/first week of September, we’ll be in Sicily. I’ve always wanted to go to Sicily. It’s part of my Bucket List. Then my brother in the UK is inviting my mother to visit him there. When my mother is in the UK, I think I’ll spend a couple of weeks with her there. I’ll take her to London and we can see “Miss Saigon” the musical, plus all the other touristic places to see.

I hope I’ve reached 1000 words and I’ve described my ten things of thankful. Good day everyone. Ladylee x

Spring! 1000 Words + a Picture

https://summat2thinkon.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/ten-things-of-thankful-92/

I Can’t Wait To See My Mom – Word Snap Weekly

I can’t wait to see my Mom
In three week’s time, I’m home
To my roots, the Philippines
Where my Mom is waiting
And so are our friends and relatives
We’ll have a big party for everyone
With pancit, bangus, adobo and sinigang
Plus of course, leche flan, ube and suman
We might even hire a band to sing and dance
Can’t wait for it to happen
I’ve got everything planned and booked
We’re going to Hundred Islands for 3 days
Hope we see all the islands in that time
We’ll be island hopping, snorkeling, swimming
Then my Mom and I will go to Puerto Galera
Another island just the two of us, we’ll be pampered
Massaged, manicured and pedicured, plus picnics, too
Then we come back we’ll take my aunt and others
To Las Casas Bataan in one of their old houses
Something cultural, need to know our heritage
After that is time with my friends, to Hidden Valley
And Calatagan where we will have the time of our lives
And so with just two weeks of stay, I’m fully booked
And why not, it’s only once a year I see my Mom
We’ve got to make the most of it! Cheers everyone!

http://uniqueartchic.com/2015/03/15/word-snap-weekly-mothers-day/

“Love Is In Da Blog” ~ Mothers

I looked at some of the earlier blogs I did and found this. So here’s to say thanks to you, our Mom. You’re simply the best!

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Her beauty astounds us all
Life’s always a breeze so she flits
Broke into one and a million bits
Of love and care, to us her kids
Of time and devotion, no problem
Always there, served with a smile
And so this is the time to say thanks
And the mission for which it was due
We love you to the moon and back
Our dearest Mom – thanks for everything!

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https://justfoolingaroundwithbee.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/love-is-in-da-blog-mothers/

Cooking – BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Cinquain

A cinquain is a short, usually unrhymed five-line poem developed by Adelaide Crapsey. It has a syllable count of 2/4/6/8/2, and it is similar to the elfje in that each line has a very specific role, as follows:

Line 1: Noun
Line 2: Description of Noun
Line 3: Action
Line 4: Feeling or Effect
Line 5: Synonym of the initial noun.

Cooking
Preparing food
Mum cooking by the fire
Great aroma from the kitchen
Cuisine

Everyday
Morning, noon and night
Mother cooks
For us all
Always Filipino food
We all enjoy them

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/bjs-shadorma-beyond-cinquain-january-31-2015/

My Mom and I – Writing Prompt #90: Proverb

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

This idiom has always terrified me. I was reluctant even to have children just encase I would “turn” on becoming a parent into someone I did not recognize (into a monster). For others this idiom is reassuring as their caretakers are/were positive role models. I want you to explore the ways in which you are like your family (blood relations are unnecessary just choose the people who raised you and/or influenced you the most growing up). Try not to focus exclusively on the negative or exclusively on the positive, aim for a balanced perspective.

Yves

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Let me start with this
Although we are different
My Mom and I are the same
Same focus, both cool
We’re not so good in business
Or being tidy
Sometimes we forget some things
It doesn’t matter
When it comes to having fun
We know what to do
The town is always painted
Red, blue or yellow
That’s why I miss her so much
Would do anything for her

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/writing-prompt-90-proverb-january-18-2015/