Christina Aguilera- Understand

This is the first time I’ve come across this song!

Lyrics;

I made you think you don’t understand

I used to think that happiness could only be something
That happened to somebody else
Everybody believed, everybody but me, yeah, yeah
And I’ve been hurt so many times before
That my hopes was dying, I was so sick of trying
Everybody could see, everybody but me, yeah, yeah
But then you came into my life, you opened up my softer side
And I could see into your eyes
And suddenly, I realized

I made you think you don’t understand
All the times you didn’t understand
Why you couldn’t just be my man
I made you think you don’t understand
There were many walls you had to climb
If you really wanted to be mine
I made you think you don’t understand
After all the hoops I put you through
Now I see that I’m in love with you
Now, I hope you finally understand

So many tears I had to cry
But you had many more of your own you had to dry
But you stuck it out and you’re here with me now, yeah, yeah
And remembering the days I pushed away your love
You called my bluff and you still stayed around
Yeah, you figured me out
Said, You got me down
And there’s no way to lie to you, you know me better than I do
Baby, ooh, you see me through
I’d be no good without you

I made you think you don’t understand
All the times you didn’t understand
Why you couldn’t just be my man
I made you think you don’t understand
There were many walls you had to climb
If you really wanted to be mine
I made you think you don’t understand
After all the hoops I put you through
Now, I see that I’m in love with you
Now, I hope you finally understand, Oh

Baby, won’t you listen now?
Can’t you see just what I’m talkin’ ’bout?
Said, baby, won’t you listen now?
Can’t you see just what I’m talking about?
Time went on, and I was wrong
To keep my distance for so long
So afraid, you wouldn’t stay
But you never turned away
Always right by my side
You’re forever in my life
Don’t you go, ’cause now I know
That in you, I’ve found a home
Now I can see into your eyes
Suddenly, I realize

I made you think you don’t understand
All the times you didn’t understand
Why you couldn’t just be my man
I made you think you don’t understand
There were many walls you had to climb
If you really wanted to be mine
I made you think you don’t understand
After all the hoops I put you through
Now I see that I’m in love with you

I made you think you don’t understand

Source: Musixmatch

In response to Thursday Inspiration # 195- Understand, hosted by Jim

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Blurry photos

Camera in hand she looks for landscape and nature to photograph, something that would win the admiration of her friends, and perhaps someone would even pay for it.

The camera was an extravagance and now she needed to justify its purchase, not to others but to herself for she wasn’t happy with the idea of her being a wasteful person.

Shooting pictures from a digital camera shouldn’t be difficult, the guy who sold it to her even showed her how it was done so she followed his advice and just pointed the camera and clicked the button.

Excitedly she viewed the results of her efforts; her smile faded when all she saw one blur after another; these photos were no good at all.

Dejectedly, she stowed the camera in her cupboard thinking that it was another failed effort, an adventure that flopped like a high-billed movie that had no story.

It was her son who discovered her out-of-focus photos were of some use after all when erasing the memory card of the camera, he noticed that they would make great screen savers, and sold them for a good amount to one of his acquaintance who wanted to buy them.

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In response to Six Sentence Story- Blur, hosted by Denise

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New year pledge?

This week Punam is the host of dVerse

She says;

So, for today’s poetics I thought we should all give another go to resolutions. I share five random pieces of advice. Weave any one of them in a poem in whichever way you want to. Use it as a springboard for your verse. It could be a resolution poem for yourself or maybe a family member or friend. If none of these advice inspires you, write a poem on your very own resolution.

2. When you add something to the cupboard of life, subtract something.

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Too much of something, even good can be a burden sometimes

When you add something to the cupboard of life, subtract something

Material possessions take too much space give some away as you add more

Wealth and abundance are always more when shared with those in need

If you have joy aplenty, don’t hoard it in your heart, spread it with smiles

Peace and contentment, the ultimate treasure will grow as you share them

This is my motto for this year and all the years I will live

Give and you shall receive more to delight your soul

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I’ve used the line in bold as the starting point of my poem and my resolution for this year. Very true that February is a better time to set goal for the new year.

  1. Your self-worth is not in your inbox.
  2. When you add something to the cupboard of life, subtract something

3. Immerse yourself completely in a happy moment and say aloud, “I am happy now”!

4. Parent the child you have and don’t try to turn them into what you want.

5. At the end of each day fold your clothes and put them away, no matter how tired you are.

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Pass The Baton Challenge for February 2023

MARLAPAIGE#PASSINGTHEBATON, CHALLENGE,

Midnight Hour

Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand*”

She finished lacing up her thigh high leather heeled boots. Standing up, she did a once over in the floor length mirror, checking to make sure that her short skirt was short enough that despite the height of her boots, there was plenty of skin between the hem of the skirt and the top of the boots. She did a quick wiggle to make sure the skirt didn’t ride up too high, and that the rest of her stayed where it was supposed to within the confines of her dress. Satisfied, she grabbed her jacket and headed out.

As she walked down the street, she could feel the goosebumps break out all over her body, although she didn’t know why. It was just a normal night, just like any other, and there was nothing out of the ordinary. She pushed the uneasy feeling aside, and took her spot on the side of the street, waiting for her shift to begin.( Marla’s Part)

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My contribution;

Her unease increased as time passed. She had just one passerby ask her for the merchandise which she provided but the payment was still pending.

Suddenly the air was full of loud screams. Someone was in severe agony or frightened out of their wits. She grabbed her bag which had all the merchandise in it and made for the taxi stand. Before she could hail the taxi coming from the other side, she was blinded by the halogen lights of a fast-approaching car towards her.

She opened her moth to scream when……

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I nominate Jim to take this story forward.

Use this link for further installments of the story;

https://marladragon.wordpress.com/2023/02/01/passthebaton-challenge-for-february-2023/

The rules of this challenge are;

https://marladragon.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/passing-the-baton-story-writing-challenge-overview/

Written in response to; Pass the baton challenge by Marla

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Doing the dishes

January 30, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about the dishes. It can be the every-single-day activity, a precious collection, or any other interpretation of dishes as objects or activities. Who is stuck with the dishes and why? Go where the prompt leads!

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We all have different approaches when it comes to doing the dishes. I like to wash them as they are dirtied, a piled up kitchen sink is not acceptable.

My eldest daughter uses the dishwasher, rinsing them when she has enough for a load and then running it. She says it conserves water and time.

My youngest loves washing dishes by hand. She says it relaxes her and she’d insist on doing them whenever she gets the chance!

The rest of the family, like my husband or grandson, are still under the tutelage on how to wash the dishes!

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Word count; 99

In response to 99 Word Story- Dishes, hosted by Charli Mills

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One Liner- Endings and beginnings

January ended yesterday, February starts today. Each ending marks a new beginning! Go forth with enthusiasm and welcome the new day in!

©️Sadje

My heartfelt thanks to Linda for hosting another terrific JuJoJan this year. It makes our new year beginning enthusiastic and energetic.

Written for Linda’s One Liner Wednesday

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Questions and answers with Rory

Rory has asked a few questions this morning;


Should we all live a life that others may not understand because of the uniquity of who we are or should we all conform to the norm?

I don’t think that we are all so unique that our life’s philosophy would be totally beyond others to understand. But having said that, conforming for the sake of fitting in is not something I’d advocate.

I’m a strong proponent of being oneself. If it really means that others will be bamboozled or puzzled by our life choices then be it. But don’t sacrifice your individuality to be a part of the herd.



What do you think are the five main components to living a healthy happy life?

Healthy body; Looking after one’s diet and physical health.

Healthy mind; looking after one’s mental health by loving oneself.

Healthy outlook; Being at peace with oneself, and society around you;

Being a good companion to oneself or having a good companion.

Healthy, peaceful living conditions.

What do you think is the best colour to paint your main living space and why that colour? What benefits does it award you?

Mine is a cream/ off-white color. It is neutral and I can decorate/ change my color scheme to any other color I like. It is soothing and doesn’t clashes with any other color.



What do you consider absolutely pointless in life?

Everyone will have a different answer to this question. I feel it is completely pointless to think of ‘ What if’! There are no time machines and no redo buttons in real life. So thinking that if things hadn’t happened this way or that way, some different outcome would have resulted is, in my way of thinking totally futile.

Written for Q&A with Rory

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The glow in your eyes

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” ~ Thomas Jefferson.

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Deep down in my heart

I know that in your eyes

The glow of love I can see

Will illuminate our lives

For love is selfless, giving

It is blind to the flaws in our personalities

It’s deaf to the moaning of discontent

It is generous and ever rewarding

That’s why it glows like a candle

The only source of light in the darkness

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Written in response to; Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – GLOW, hosted by Sue W and GC

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Sharing my views about romance!

Welcome to Share your World.

Di is our gracious host for Share Your World

Here are this week’s questions:

1. Do you consider yourself to be romantic?

I used to be more romantic in my younger days. These days I concentrate on being caring and ensuring that we both are comfortable. Outright romantic gestures are now very rare from us both. More like warm socks and hot cups of tea/ coffee instead of boxes of chocolate or expensive trinkets.

2. Do you send cards on Valentine’s Day?

No! Valentine’s Day is not a part of our culture so no celebrations or cards.

3. Would you spend a considerable amount of money on a single red rose for your beloved?

Nopes! I’d rather get something useful that would last. Like a rose plant! At least it will give flowers for a long time and wouldn’t mean that someone’s getting rich on the sentimentalism of people!

4. What is your idea of a romantic evening?

A good meal in an affordable restaurant, and then perhaps catching a movie. We should be back home in a reasonable time so that my hubby can listen to the evening news and I can catch up on my blog!

Gratitude:

As always, I’m grateful to Almighty for the continued good health of my family. Alhamdolillah.

Just before sunrise!

The cold wave is almost at its end. We had rain yesterday and the day before. It has cleared the air of smog/ fog. Now looking forward to spring.

Thank you, Di for these lovely questions. I like how you center your questions around one theme every week.

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