January 3rd, 2022- Aplenty

Looking around, can you appreciate the abundance 
That we are blessed with but seldom notice
The firm ground that supports our weight when we walk
The canopy of blue sky that protects us from above
Air that provides life giving oxygen to live
Fruit and grain to sustain and nourish our bodies
We take all this our God-granted right, without gratitude
Imagine if this abundance is suddenly withdrawn
Then what?


Written for Linda’s JusJoJan

Abundance, prompt from Janet of scr4p180



The last Share Your World of 2021

Melanie is our gracious host of SYW

Photograph courtesy of Dawn M.
Graphics and Text by MBC


2022 Is bearing down on the world. In my opinion 2021 was 100% better than 2020, but it hasn’t been without its own set of problems and fresh worries. I’m hopeful that 2022 will somehow see a return to ‘life before Covid’ , but I also realize that’s a foolish hope.

I think that if we except that world would return to pre-covid days in 2022, we will be disappointed. This thing won’t go away just yet, specially with so many people in many countries refusing vaccinations. But I am hoping that things will keep on getting better gradually. Already we are allowed to travel and meet people. Those who are vaccinated are getting boosters and are safer than those who aren’t. Children are being vaccinated too and going to school in person. I think things are looking up on the whole.

At 12 a.m. on December 31st/Jan 1st, what will you be doing? (use your own time zone please)

I will be, hopefully and probably sleeping soundly in my bed. The new year will start with or without my being there to welcome it. My sleep is very important to me to have a productive day ahead so I will go to bed on my usual time, turning my phone to “do not disturb”.

Is there a tradition you have for New Year’s Eve?

If we can, I and my husband go out for dinner on 31st December. But it’s not set in stone. If any of the children are available, they are invited to join us too.

Do you have any hope or reason you find that next year will be better?

I always have hope. Without hope how can we survive.

What’s the biggest personal lesson you learned during 2021?

I have learned to appreciate my blessings, especially my family and their support. I am also more mindful of the importance of maintaining my own health. If I won’t bother about my health, who else would?


Describe in 1-3 words how you feel going into 2022

Hopeful, positive and joyful.

Many thanks Melanie for this SYW post.



And it’s done!

We have finally moved and are now settled in our new home.

Lots of things had to be taken care of but I had help. We moved with our stuff on last Monday. And thankfully by Sunday most of wrinkles had been ironed out.

Relocating to another city has two sides; The excitement of a new adventure, new place and new people and the other side of setting up the house anew, getting everything in working order and getting the services like internet working, all adding to the stress, specially at my age.

But still I am glad we are here in Islamabad, or Isloo, as it’s fondly called by the people here. The view from the windows is lovely, there is greenery everywhere and the Climate is better too.

Onwards to a new adventure!

I am grateful for all the supportive messages and best wishes from my blogging family.

I am hopefully back to blogging with my complete attention.



Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Burnt Offerings

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

This week Susan and I invite you to share your own embarrassing tales of woe doing your duty in the kitchen. We all have been there and it’s fun to share these misadventures with others.

As always our challenge is flexible,  feel free to do it your way. Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.

Please tag #Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge


She placed her creation on the table with trepidation

Expecting rebuke for the burnt offering she presented

Instead she was praised with a kind and gentle smile

And praised for the effort she had put in creating the dish

“This is a wonderful effort”, she was told

“Don’t worry we all make mistakes the first time

Next time it’ll be even better because you will be more careful

But as it is, it tastes just lovely, burnt and all!”

The generous praise from her mom made her spirit soar

And she was never afraid to share her efforts in the kitchen again!




I got a temporary fix

A present from my granddaughter, because her “Nano” had an injection!

Apparently, people with flat feet are more likely to get arthritis in their foot joints. My arthritic foot was making walking an agony for me for the last few months. It would start to ache when I walked more than 30 minutes.

I saw an orthopedic surgeon few days ago and he advised a steroid injection in my foot.

Last Saturday, I got the injection. It did hurt at that time because my foot didn’t like its space invaded by a large bolus of medicine. It ached that day and into the night. But by next morning, it was way better. And by third day, the pain was almost gone.

My doctor told me that the effects of this steroid injection can last from few weeks to many months. I’m hoping it’s the later and I would need a repetition of this procedure after many months. In case it doesn’t work for long, they have another option, to fuse together the bones which are arthritic. That would reduce some type of movement in my foot but would cure the pain.

Let’s see how it goes.




Share Your World – April 19, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW


What was the last TV show you binge-watched?   If you don’t watch TV (congratulations by the way) what’s the last thing you binged ON? 

Normally I am not keen on TV, but there are a few series that I watch on Netflix. The last one that I watched was “The Crown”

I had watched its first two seasons previously but then they went and changed the main cast. I guess it was the need of the story. But I didn’t watch season 3 when it came out. So when season 4 was released last year, I put it on my” to be watched later” list.

My son and daughter-in-law started watching season 4 and they were full of praise for it. So I watched both the 3rd and 4th seasons in a couple of weeks. It was good.

What’s your most prized possession and why? 

In my worldly possessions, I think my iPhone is the most precious to me. Not like the ring was to Gollum in LORT but pretty close.

I don’t count my family as my possession but they all are precious to me.

My blog is also very precious to me too. I have more than 5000 posts on it now and I am very proud of myself for achieving this target.

If you had the time and inclination, what would you volunteer for? 

I would like to volunteer in an old people’s home. And I plan to when things are less chaotic.

Do you think that humans will ever be able to live together in harmony?

We live in the hope of achieving world peace. Things aren’t looking all that rosy right now but it’s our duty to work towards this noble goal. Maybe our future generations can see humanity living in peace with itself.

Gratitude Section (As always, Optional)

Share something uplifting with everyone.   It can be some writing or an image or photo you like!   Thanks! 

I got my second shot today. This is a Chinese vaccine and most people have not reported any symptoms after the second shot. Yay!

As I wrote earlier, I have crossed 5000 posts on WordPress.

My family is doing well and all are safe from the dreaded covid. Though we’ve had a few scares. I am hoping that my children will all be able to get the Russian vaccine when it is available here.

My bougainvillea is blooming nicely.