Tale Weaver – #310 – Tired and Run Down – 14th January

Michael is the host of Tale Weaver

With a new year upon us and the stresses of 2020 behind us, (or are they), consider the new year and what it brings to us.

For many of us older folk, being tired and run down is often a daily event.

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Normally , I wouldn’t admit to being tired and rundown!

Nopes, not at all I’d say even when I am. But today, or rather since yesterday I am feeling very much tired and rundown and grumpy too.

The reason is that I got what I wished for. That’s why it is dangerous to wish for things before one thinks them through. I was wishing that I could just stop eating so much and go back to my weight losing habits.

I suffer from these bouts of hyperacidity and stomach discomfort when I became careless of my intake of coffee, tea, and spices. That’s what happened to me and now I am not happy with my tummy.

I can’t have coffee or regular food. I am taking a bland diet and meds to deal with this episode. I’m hoping that there is some positive impact of this incident and I may have lost a couple of pounds. Hopefully!

So I am feeling out of sorts and tired. I hope this passes away soon.

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JusJoJan January 17 2021 – Check

Linda is the host of JusJoJan

One needs to keep the desires in check

Turn on the tv or visit a social media site

And they bombard you with things you should buy

They invoke the desire to get the latest and the best

But one cannot give in to these impulses

It’s better to take a step back and reassess the situation

And keep a check on what you buy and what you wish

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Thursday Inspo – Umbrella

Paula is the host of Thursday Inspo

Umbrella rain boots

Welcome to Thursday Inspiration!

This week’s theme is umbrella and the image is above. Here’s a snippet of song from Train’s “Umbrella.”

Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella

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How many umbrellas do you own?

None, when I need them!

How many have you bought?

Ten maybe more

Where do they all disappear to?

The same place where my socks go to. A land where it never rains.

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Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt # 31

Glen is the host of LTPP

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Our Week 31 prompt was taken through our front window last winter. It is a male Northern Red Cardinal.

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A flash of red in the winter white

It livens up the desolate landscape

Just the presence of this majestic bird

Fills my heart with the hope of good things to come

I look into its eyes and feel the message it’s conveying

Appreciate the beauty of nature around you but

Never try to possess it or cage it for your pleasure

Let me fly free as you are born to roam free

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday and JusJoJan 16 January 2021

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday and JusJoJan

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “first thing.” Start your post with the words, “first thing” and go from there. Bonus points if you end your post with the last thing. Have fun!

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First thing that a baby does when it arrives in this world, she gives a loud cry! Where am I? What’s this new place, open bright, and full of strangers. Where is the cozy womb, dark and comforting, which held me safe for so many months?

Then she adjusts, nurtured by her mom and family, and grows up to love this new bigger world. Life goes on and there comes a time when it ends.

Now it’s time to go back into a small dark space but it won’t be warm or cozy. It’ll be cold and hard earth.

We will all go through this cycle and there is a beginning and an end. But it need not end with death. We can leave good memories and deeds behind. People who knew us would remember us fondly and we can live in their hearts and minds.

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge – 168

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge

PROMPT #168

Well, there are more terms and conditions in this prompt than any other episode of the Exploration Challenge. Enjoy the difference 🙂

SITUATION

A breakdown in domestic water supply

CHARACTERS

  • President of a municipal corporation
  • A harangued home-maker
  • Founder of a fund-raising startup
  • Seller of water tankers 
  • A poet/writer

COMPLEXITIES WHICH CAN BE ADDED

Work-from-home scenarios, Covid, weather or whatever you can think of.

TASK

Write a story as small as a sentence, or as large as 500 words, or somewhere in between. I promise to read the entire piece.

If you can tell a poetic tale or write a ballad, you are most welcome to do it.

The story has to be from the perspective of any one of the given characters. The other characters in the piece can be one or more of those listed here, or any other character you can introduce in the plot. No restrictions on those self-driven bots which take over your thoughts.

Create a post on your blog, and copy-paste the link in Comments. In case you are using a pingback, do check back to see if it has worked.

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I stare at the faucet with hope in my heart

Will it reward me with a gush of clean water

Or will a dribble of cloudy brown liquid will come

When I’ll turn it on early in the morning for my ablutions

Should I tell it a story of a brave faucet that overcame all odds

Or recite to it a loving ode written in its praise

I need water………….

But I have no technical skill only my poetry

To induce or encourage it to pour out a handful of clean water

It’s a struggle to be on time if there is no clean water to assist me

In my morning rituals!

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#ReenasExplorationChallenge

JusJoJan January 15 2021 – Button

Linda is the host of JusJoJan

Some people would push the wrong buttons

Spoiling your mood and the day along with it

If you give them the power, they’re sure to abuse it

It would be better if we remove these buttons from their reach

Keep them hidden safely away, so that they don’t

Have any control over your emotions, reactions or life

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Sunday Writing Prompt – 10th January – Getting Lucky

Michael is good for Sunday Writing Prompt this week

This week write your response to the expression ‘Getting Lucky”.

What circumstances in your life would give rise to you feeling lucky, or getting lucky?

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I think I got lucky when I was born with an optimist attitude

A stroke of good luck gifted me with all senses intact

All body part working and able to perform their tasks

I breathe in and then out while my heart pumps the blood diligently

The brain can think and most of all appreciate too

All that has been gifted to me, precious treasures

I am indeed lucky and I am glad I know it too

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5 Things- New year resolutions that I make but seldom keep

Tanya is the host of 5 Things

It’s been quite a while since I made New Year’s resolutions. Back in the days, when I was young and over-optimist, I would make a few resolutions every New Year’s Eve, only to break them a few weeks into the year.

The usual ones were;

Losing weight;

Since I’ve been battling with weight nearly all my adult life, this would be the topmost resolve. I would start with new plans with enthusiasm but it mostly fizzled out within the first two weeks of January. You see, I love food!

Be more organized;

This one lasted more than the first one but then life usually interfered and it was back to running behind the schedules and trying to play catch up with work and studies.

Exercising more;

Though it was a part of losing weight resolve, exercising more was also a goal by itself. I always had a very high heart rate and was told to exercise more to lower it. I loved cycling but often didn’t find enough time for it. So this resolution also lay unfulfilled at the end of the year.

Going to bed early;

As I was an avid reader, sometimes I stayed up till early morning to finish a book. This played havoc with my day. I would resolve to go to sleep early only to break it when I found a book I just couldn’t put down.

Getting up early in the morning;

This goal mostly failed as it was connected to going to bed early at night. Though I am happy to say that I have achieved both these habits, in my middle age. Not through any resolutions but through common sense. I realize that this works best for me. I have also been able to get better of my insomnia by sleeping early.

What are/were you 5 failed New year resolutions?

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JusJoJan January 14 2021 – Neighbor and WritePhoto – Found

Linda is the host of JusJoJan

I am using this photo from Sue Vincent for my post today.

How lovely to find yourself in a neighborhood this enchanting

A vista that invites you to just stay there gazing into this beauty, eternally

A combination of all elements so charming that it’s like a slice of heaven

I have found the place I want to spend the rest of my life in

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