The Friday Four- 2.1

A new challenge by Rory, The Friday Four

The Friday Four

Ah questions, questions, questions – what is it about you and questions Rory?

Simple, l just like asking questions.

Some relatively simple ones today for this Friday however…

1. What three senses could you NOT live without? Discuss why…

If it’s alright with you, I would like to keep all of my senses! But if there is a dire necessity, I may be able to live without smell and touch. Seeing, hearing and the ability to talk are the ones that make life, life! If you know what I mean.

2 . What is your favourite of these two and why? Pen or Pencil.


Because the pencil is so versatile. It can be any color, it can be any shade of black and the best part is that it is erasable. Made a mistake, no problem. Erase it and write again. With a pen, you either will have to make a mess or start again.

3 . What are your top 3 colours and why are they your favourites?

Yellow, blue and purple.

I like them and though I cannot wear most shades of yellow, I still like to dress up in these colors.

4 . Are you able to list 10 basic smells and if so what are they?

• Ah so lovely

• What is this? I must have it

• Food!!!!!

• Nice

• Not nice

• Ewww

• Yikes

• Oh my….. What is THAT

• Did something die in here?

• I cannot stand it



Fandango Provocative Question # 86

Fandango is the host of Fandango Provocative Question

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

This past Sunday, in my Who, Won the Week post, I referenced a recent survey that pointed out that two-thirds of those who participated in the survey said the pandemic quarantine has made them a better person.Given that so many people have been bellyaching about having to be subjected to these stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus and how inconvenient, burdensome, and aggravating it’s been for them over the past six months (and possibly for a while into the future), I was surprised at this survey result.

So, I am wondering how you, my fellow bloggers, would respond to such a question. So here goes.

Having been subjected to stay at home restrictions (to one degree or another) over the past six months, would you say that the quarantine has made you a better person? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?


The short answer is;

I lost weight and got my type II diabetes under control.

The longer version goes like this;

I was in Seattle, the heart of pandemic when the lockdown was enforced. I am in that age and health bracket where getting Covid might mean serious problems. So my daughter asked me to not go anywhere, even with proper precautions! As I had a lot of time on my hands, I started to walk more.

I lost around 20 pounds and my daily level of blood glucose became better.

So for myself, it became a blessing. I am not the sort of person who needs to go out daily or meet with friends on a regular basis. So being in lockdown and told to stay away from close contact did not affect me in an adverse manner. I saved money as I didn’t go anywhere to shop. I also realized that I spend money needlessly on frivolous things.

I also observed that due to lockdown, there was way less pollution in the air and the sky looked bluer!

Did it make me a better person?

It made me healthier and more aware of the environment. I also have come to the conclusion that we can subsist on way fewer things than what we think.

There are blessings hidden in every difficulty!




Daily Prompts- Lets Suppose

Let’s suppose for a minute here

That this terrible pandemic hasn’t happened

That we are still living the life we were living

Enjoying the carefree lifestyle and its perks

Using up earth’s resources and spewing fumes into its atmosphere

The din created by the felling of trees is loud in the air

No cool zephyr stirring the leaves of the trees

The terrain of mountains getting effected by climate change

Temperatures rising and icecaps melting at alarming rate

Now let us get back to reality and ask ourselves

This pandemic has given us all a pause to think about

Where we are headed and what we are doing

Is this the right way to treat the only home we have

I know it is unlikely, but we really should change

They way we live, travel, consume and abuse the treasures

Given to us in abundance by nature!

In response to the following prompts;




Terrible, Probe, Unlikely





Word of the day challenge;




Blogging Insights- Value of Comments

Dr. Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

She says;

The comments feature is one of my favourite aspects of blogging. I love interacting with readers and writers. Being only human, I have at times left comments like “Good one”, “Great Post,” or “Loved This”. It is the longer, “meaningful: comments that are the subject of today’s discussion. 


Do you think that comments add value to a blog post? If so, how?

There are some bloggers who have turned off the comments option permanently on their blogs. When I visit their blogs, I wonder why don’t they want others to interact with them and give feedback about their posts/ poems, etc?

I value the comment section on my blog a lot. For me, it is the best part of writing a blog.

There are many ways how comments on our posts add value to the whole blogging experience;

• Instant feedback is given when someone reads your posts and lets you know what they think of it.

• Some people helpfully point out the errors in my posts so that I can correct my blunders and omissions.

• Building great community relationships with other bloggers; It creates a sense of camaraderie and friendship when we interact with our fellow bloggers in the comments section of our own and their blogs.

• Dissenting opinions and discussions about some topics help to broaden our point of view.

• It’s a sure sign that the one commenting has read the post. Even simple one word comments can boost up morale.

• We can touch base with those bloggers who are not being active in the blogosphere. Ask about their health or other issues they may be facing.

These are the ways, in my opinion, that adds value to blogging. Thanks to Tanya for continuing this discussion.



Share Your World 14 September’20

Melanie and Roger are co-hosting SYW

Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

(Book/Film Six – there is one more to go!)

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions:

1. You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete?

That is easy, I would use it to iron and fold up the laundry. I enjoy other chores but folding up the laundry, especially those fitted sheets is a nightmare.

2. At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase?

Levitation pills seem to be a good choice. Just to rise up and look over everyone’s shoulders to check what is going on!

3. In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it?

Hmmm, this is tough. If by ingesting the love potion the person can fall in love with new ideas, I’d give it to my hubby. He is quite reluctant to embrace new thoughts.

4. You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need?

A good luck potion is needed by almost everyone facing tough life situations these days. I think I will add it to the community water supply so that we all can benefit from good luck.

Melanie’s Mundane Muggle Questions:

1. If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place? Why?

I think it would be a bad idea. All the hidden resentment and gripes would come to the surface which ordinarily we keep to ourselves and forget about in time. This will sour up the relationships within a family and with friends. Let us keep it in our hearts so that we can ignore or forget about them.

2. Can achieving nothing make a person happy?

Let’s qualify this;

Achieving nothing like in terms of worldly success may not mean that that person hasn’t achieved anything at all. They may have made someone happy, helped a person in need, be a good friend or family member or they could have been kind to their pets and other animals. In my book, that means achieving a lot, which cannot be measured in worldly scales.

3. How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?

If you have feelings of love and friendship with the other person and feel that your life would be better with them as opposed to without them. But these feelings may change as people grow older. So there is no rule that a person one has felt to be the perfect life partner will continue to be that as the couple goes through life.


My elder daughter has been granted a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. This is a proud moment for all of us!



Sunday Writing Prompt – 13th September – Cards

Michael is the host of Sunday Writing Prompt this week

This week write your response in story or poetry form in which ‘cards’ of one form or another feature.
It doesn’t have to be limited to playing cards, it could card of any kind, credit cards, business cards, just go where the prompt sends you.


You play with the cards life has dealt you with

No use of crying over what was given to you at the start

But be assured that if you lack one thing, there is more of the other

There is a balance in each and everything that happens

We can spend our entire lives ruing what should have been

Or we can make of it what can be and what will be




Daily Prompts- Eyes shut tight

Kate has asked us for her Friday Fun challenge;

Post a photo, write a verse, get creative on what vastness means to you
link it back here to share with others

How unfortunate that we humans are so arrogant

That we’re bent on destroying this blue sphere

Smiling and not caring a jot for the havoc

We have brought upon our home in a thoughtless way

We cannot survive independent of our habitat

The woodsy forests and sandy beaches

Majestic mountains rising high into the sky

The vastness and beauty of our oceans

All marred by our actions and so-called progress

This attitude has to be replaced by a more sane approach

(All images aren’t my own)

In response to the following prompts;


Sphere, Arrogant, Smiling





Word of the day challenge;


Friday fun;





Something for Sunday- 3

Happy grandparents day

Did you know that grandparents had a day all their own?

Growing up in an eastern society, my early life was spent in close contact with my paternal grandparents. They belonged to the generation where discipline was an important part of parenting. They were strict. Especially my grandmother. I couldn’t just go and hug her, and though she loved me a lot, that love was not apparent and visible all the time.

My grandparents stepped in when my mother passed away at a young age leaving three children, the eldest being just eight and the youngest was four. They helped my father look after us. And when my father went to USA on a study scholarship to Harvard, they took care of us.

For me, my love for them is overshadowed by my admiration and respect for them. I now know that to look after three young children would have been so difficult for them. But they did it so well.

I feel that the role of grandparents has been relegated to the back closet nowadays. But the fact is that they play a pivotal role in making the young generation aware of the importance of family.

Do you have memories of your grandparents?

What are your views about their involvement in their grandchildren’s lives?

Do share your views!


Friday Flashback- Kira’s Sunday Scribbles-September 8-2019- Let me help you

I am sharing this post from 11September 2019 as a part of Fandango Friday Flashback Challenge.



The plight of human race is hard to see

Let me help you out of this mess

A bit of leg up can help you escape

Get out of here while you still have time

Ascend the clouds and move to

Regions where life is sustainable

The heat is going to be unbearable soon here

The air, water and food soon will be

Unfit for consumption and poisonous

Now is the time to get out alive

The only consideration is , where will you go?


The Prompt;

Welcome to Kira’s weekly inspirational art piece.

Let the whole picture tell you a story, or dive into the small intricate details to make one up! Write a poem, a fiction piece or come up with a picture or drawing of your own, that you feel relates to it.

Feel free to copy Kira’s drawing, to add it to your own post!

In response to;

Kira’s Sunday Scribbles September 8-2019