Brightness greets my day

California blooming like crazy after months of non-stop rains. Even deserts are covered with juicy bright flowers. The photo was made on Diamond Valley Lake in 2017
photo by Sergey Shmidt

Being cooped up inside all day, writing that was part of my job, gave me the desire to venture out in nature, to enjoy the sunny day, and think deep thoughts.

So I informed my boss that I had an errand to run and during my lunch break, I grabbed a sandwich from the deli across the street and headed towards the park near my office.

The sight of intense blue sky and golden flowers swaying in the spring breeze acted like a tonic on my tired brain and boosted my wilting mood, adding a zing to my step and a lightness to my step; this walk was just what I needed.


In response to TLT, hosted by Sonya



The vivid colors of the spring

WQ #12: March 22: SPRING/VIVID

Photo from my garden ; Ernest Hemingway

The gloomy and gray winter finally left

Little green shoots made their presence felt

The profusion of spring flowers came as a gift

To cheer up our souls and to revive our spirit

Photo from my garden ; Luther Burbank

This year, both I and my husband took some initiative and went flower shopping in our nearest garden center. He brought roses in a variety of shades and colors while I got a couple of citrus trees and some creepers. The trees promise to bear fruit in a year or so and the creepers are growing nicely. The need is to maintain a balance between too much care and neglect. 🤩

Spring is that time of the year

That invites us to venture out

See the greenery sparkling in the sun

And flowers blooming in the garden

Come out, step out in the outdoors

Enjoy this exhibit from nature before it fades away!


Green leaves making their presence felt
The April lily has decided to bloom in March
Nasturtium? No these are Daisies

In response to WQ# 12- Spring/ Vivid, hosted by Marsha



Drained my green tea cup



I had just drained my cup of green tea after my dinner.

Since my stomach surgery, the amount of food that I can eat or the fluid I can drink at one time is severely limited. So having a cup of green tea entails that I sip it slowly, as it cools down over a span of at least half an hour.

Medically and according to our religious teachings, eating slowly is a good thing. It gives a chance to our stomach to send the signal to the brain that it’s full. This process takes around 20 minutes so if we eat fast, we often eat beyond the point that we are full but since the signal arrives with a delay, we often eat more than we should. By getting this surgery and creating this self-imposed restriction on myself, I’ve limited my intake by almost 1/8 of what I’d normally eat. The result is quite satisfying. In the last almost 4 1/2 months I’ve lost 18 kilograms of fat, that’s about 39 pounds.

Now I do empty my plate but it’s usually a very small plate and I do it slowly. I’m achieving my objectives, albeit slowly.


Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is «the last thing you emptied.» Think of the last thing you emptied or something you empty often and use it as your prompt any way you like. Have fun!

In response to Linda’s SoCS



Happyness comes from within

In this week, I’d like you to spare one minute to watch this video and reflect on it. Give it a little more time if you struggle to understand or agree with it.

Here’s the video


The world recently celebrated international day of happiness on 20th March.

We seek happiness and expect to find it

In people, events and achievements of ours

This will make me happy or that will make me happy”, we say

But that sort of happiness is so transient, fleeting

It brings a temporary joy that evaporates like mist under the sun

Lasting feeling of joy come from contentment within ourselves

When our conscience is satisfied and we have achieved inner peace

Then every moment brings us joy for our souls are enriched

With the knowledge that we are doing the best we can

Regarding ourselves, and those around us, to the best of our abilities

That we are being mindful of everything around us

And we are giving back at least as much as we are receiving

True happiness comes from a heart that’s at peace with itself

Lasting joy is only possible if we are happy with whom we are


Something about the spellings of Happyness- I loved the movie “In pursuit of Happynessand used these spellings to pay tribute to this wonderful autobiography

I’m sharing a link to my post; Chasing happiness that I wrote when I started my blog in 2018

Written in response to; RXC Prompt #273, hosted by Reena



Ramadan- The holy month of fasting is starting

The holy month of Ramadan is starting all over the world tomorrow and I want to wish the whole Muslim Ummah the blessings of this holy month.

Most Muslims fast the entire month of Ramadan and also put in extra effort to increase in good deeds by giving charity, feeding the poor, and behaving in an exemplary way. Allah doesn’t need us to starve ourselves and this fasting helps us attain spiritual purity. Also, we get to understand the meaning of true hunger that those who don’t have food to fill their bellies, feel.

May we all be the best we can be during this holy month, and carry it forward in the year ahead. Aameen.




dVerse- Quadrille- Shift

Shift is the word to fit into your quadrille this week. There are many derivatives to dabble with.


Winter went missing a few weeks ago

Summer came roaring in to take over

Now with Ramadan approaching

There has been another shift in the weather

As rains have been sent our way from the heavens

To make fasting easy for the devoted faithful


Word count; 44

Written in response to dVerse-Quadrille # 172, Shift, hosted by Mish this week



St Pat’s day…… Nah

Respond to this Friday Faithfuls challenge by writing about Saint Patrick’s Day, or by going with anything else that you think fits


My first grandchild, a boy was born on March 17, 2010. We, my husband and myself, became grandparents for the first time and his birthdays is always celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and excitement.

It was only when we came to America, that I came to know the significance of March 17 for the rest of the western world. While everyone celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th, we celebrate our grandson’s birthday and becoming grandparents!


In response to MLMM- Friday Faithfuls, hosted by Jim




Duct tape, scotch tape, glue and scissors

Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “tape.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Use it any way you like. Enjoy!


My almost 4 year old granddaughter is often at our place as her school is right next to our home.

She loves to make “ projects” with paper, baby scissors, and tape! She like using all sorts of tape but her favorite is duct tape as it’s easy to tear and she can do it by hand. For her “special projects,” she needs help with cutting scotch tape and either her mom or I are the ones asked for helping her.

Yesterday she wrote a lot of squiggly lines on a piece of paper and after putting it in a small envelope, she sealed it with duct tape. When i complimented her on her writing, with a serious expression on her face she told me that she is still learning to write and her mom helps her when she wants to write!

How adorable children are and I’m amazed how aware they are even at this age. 😍


Written for Linda’s SoCS- Tape



One Liner- Growth

“Watching something ( someone) grow is good for morale, it helps us believe in life”

Myron S Kaufman

Our new granddaughter is eight days old today. It’s such a joy to watch the little one as she is picking up new things day by day. Alhamdolillah

Today 15th March is being celebrated as the first international day against Islamophobia. Let’s promote tolerance and unity, acceptance and equality among all people, all nations of the world.

In response to Linda’s One Liner Wednesday




A Gasp- Quadrille # 171

A sudden drawing of breath

A gasp of ……. Wonder and delight

How is this possible, and how now?

Something you imagined or dreamed

Comes true in a blink of an eye

Leaving you flabbergasted, amazed

Can good news be a source of anxiety too!


Word count; 44

In response to dVerse- Gasp, hosted by Wismygizmo