TV Memories

This week for Thursday throwback, Lauren asks us about our TV memories

The first time I watched a TV was when my grandparents got one. My mom had recently passed away and my father had gone to America for a Masters’s degree in public administration. He reluctantly left us with our grandparents, his parents, because this was a US government sponsored scholarship and he had to go.

My grandparents thought that we needed to be amused and entertained so they got a black and white TV. We were quite young at the time. Ages 9-5 years. So we didn’t know much English. My grandfather would sit with us and translate the English dialogue into Urdu for us and my grandmother who didn’t know English either. Thinking back, I feel it was very kind of them.

There were Urdu tv programs in those days but not many. Television industry was just starting in Pakistan. Most of the programs we watched were English, mostly American.

I remember;

The fugitive

Man from U.N.C.L.E

Bewitched

Avengers

Perhaps there were more but it was a long time ago. There was one cartoon program of five minutes duration which we waited for every day. I think the cartoons were loony tunes or some earlier version of them.

As we grew up, so did the television in our country. Now we have exclusively Urdu programs. I still think fondly of the time we were first introduced to tv.

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Need some quiet in life!

Sue W and GC are asking us to share something about a quiet place

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I have discovered that my need to find 

A quiet place has remained constant throughout life

When I was younger, I would go out in the garden

To be by myself, alone with my daydreams and thoughts

And as I grew older, the desire for solitude remained

But was overran by the overwhelming responsibilities of life

Now when I can, I enjoy my alone time, in quietness

I savor the silence, the feeling of being secluded

When I can hear my thoughts and answer them in my heart

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“Life’s most precious moments are not all loud or uproarious. Silence and stillness has its own virtues.”― Kilroy J. Oldster

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What has changed in the last 20 years?

Fandango Provocatively asks;

Think back to the year 2001 when you were twenty years younger than you are today. Are you a very different person today than you were back then? That’s what this week’s provocative question is about.

How much have you and your priorities changed over the past twenty years? If you’re on the younger side, answer from the perspective of the past ten years or even five years.

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Was 2001 twenty years ago! Unbelievable, but true.

Twenty years ago I was 40, now I’m going to be 60 in a couple of weeks.

At 40, I was just realizing my independence. But I didn’t know it then. This secret was revealed to me a few years later that after 40, you don’t have to bother about the opinion of others about you. I took this advice to heart.

At 40, I was giving my three kids my whole attention. They were in various stages of their schooling and needed me to be there for them. My own health wasn’t very good either as I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was learning to live with it. My thinking was mostly all over the place with my hyper-sensitivity. It wasn’t a very calming phase of my life.

Now at 60 ( almost), I’d say that things are much better. My three children are now fully qualified professionals, married with families of their own. I am a mother so I still worry a bit about them but mostly they are managing on their own. My health is much better as I have gotten rid of the two bad knees that were making walking and doing daily chores difficult for me. I can walk 3-4 miles a day, do anything I want regarding housework, and I am eating healthy ( mostly)!

My priorities have changed too. Instead of trying to change the worlds around me, I have started accepting things as they are. The family will always be my priority but I don’t obsess over it. There is just that much one can do for the family and the rest is up to them.

I think the older I am getting, I’m more relaxed about life!

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It’s cold outside – WQWWC # 47

Cold means a lot of things, most of them not pleasant. But sometimes we need to feel cold to appreciate the warmth.

Eyes that seek to find beauty
Never come back disappointed
Even in the worse of circumstances
They find wonder that awes them

“Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure”

Emily Wing Smith,

Tough situations become bearable, and even fun when we have someone we love to share them. Family and friends lighten our burdens and make those moments easy to bear.

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you”

Stephen Cosgrove

Remembering good times and the love that we have received from others makes it easy for us to go through hard times. Love forms a safety net that prevents us from falling in the deep void of darkness and depression. That’s why love is considered the most valuable asset we have.

I love 
Coming into the sunlight
On a cold winter day
When my hand are numb
And feet are freezing in my socks
The natural feeling of happiness
That cruises through our souls
When the cold is dissipated by the warmth
Pouring like love from the yellow sun

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Written for WQWWC #47 – Cold, hosted by Marsha

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I’m being truthful!

Frank asked these either/or questions;

Questions;

  1. Do Housework or Yardwork?
  2. Clean the Kitchen or the Bathroom?
  3. Do Laundry or Dishes?
  4. Mow or Edge the lawn?
  5. Get up early or Stay up late?
  6. Cook or Eat Out?
  7. Go to a restaurant or Order take-out/delivery?
  8. Vacuum or Dust?
  9. Have a Large Party or a Small Gatherings?
  10. Read Fiction or Non-fiction?

My answers;

1. House work is easier for me.

2. Either is fine if done regularly, otherwise the kitchen would be my choice.

3. Laundry, any day.

4. Mow the lawn. I can do that standing up.

5. Get up early. And that what I do daily.

6. Eating out if someone else is paying.

7. Go to the restaurant so that I don’t have to do the dishes.

8. Vacuum!

9. Small gathering of friends or family.

10. Fiction!

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Thanks Frank for these fun questions.

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Definition of Blogging

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

Today she has presented us with this quote;

To blog =

To share 

To connect 

To create 

To inspire

What do you think? I would love to know.

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For me, a personal blog is primarily about self-expression. After we write something on our blog, it’s up to us to share it with the worlds or keep it private. Some bloggers like to write out their personal thoughts and keep it private. While others share them with the worlds through the blogging platform they are using.

Sharing thoughts, feelings, stories or poems through the blog is a way to connect with others around us. Like-minded people are attracted to each other, “birds of a feather flock together”. Sharing and connecting through blogging has a lot of advantages. We connect with others going through similar situations and emotions. We also can share and learn how to cope with overwhelming issues.

A blog is also a place where we let our creativity flow. Stories and poems are written and shared in huge numbers daily. Sometimes this process of creativity needs inspiration and many bloggers provide this inspiration either directly through photo or word prompts or by writing thoughts provoking posts. Some bloggers also ask daily or weekly questions in their posts which also provide the idea that sparks a blog post.

According to my way of thinking, this is how the process of blogging develops, starting from a thought to sharing with the blogging community worldwide!

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You’re my shining light

When the night is dark I don’t worry

I know that when I am lost I’ll find my way

You’re the shining light that I look for

In troubled waters that rock my boat

When storms threaten to drown my existence

You’re the anchor that steadies the ship

My heart swells with joy when I think of you

And the love and support you’ve given me

In the beautiful years, we have spent together



Written for;

RXC;PROMPT #206 hosted by Reena

Today’s prompt has a central word

LIGHT

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Vaccinated? Going For A Booster?

Fandango Provocatively asks;

If you have already received your initial COVID-19 vaccinations, are you intending to get a booster shot when it becomes available to you? Why or why not? If you have yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19, are you intending to ever get vaccinated? Why or why not?

Funny that Fandango has asked this question today. I was going to get my booster yesterday. But it got late so today I’ll get my booster dose.

I got my first vaccine on 30th March and the second dose on 28th April. In Pakistan, most of us were vaccinated with Sinopharm, the Chinese vaccine. There was no reaction to either the first dose or to the second dose.

6 weeks after my second dose, I got the Covid antibodies tested and they were in the reactive range but not very impressive. I thought that since I take immunosuppressive meds, that’s why my antibodies were low. I am super careful while going out and always wear a mask.

So far, I have been lucky to have avoided getting sick with Covid. A few days back I had an appointment with my endocrinologist and he advised me to get the booster dose.

So today I will go and get it. I hope I don’t fall sick with it because this is a Pfizer one!

The reason I got vaccinated and am going to get a booster dose is simple;

Vaccination is the best protection we have against Covid. There hasn’t been a cure discovered against this virus but a vaccine can protect me from getting ill. Even if I catch the disease, it won’t land me in the intensive care or on a ventilator.

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P S; got my vaccine today. So far no side effects.

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Nothing has changed…..Much

As I have mentioned before that I have moved to another city, Islamabad, a few months ago. When I first moved here a few months back, I couldn’t believe that this city hasn’t changed at all. If I am honest, living here after a gap of twenty-odd years, I feel that I have gone back in time. The only difference is that at that time my kids were small and school going. And now it’s my grandson who is at that stage.

This is my third stint living here. The first time around I was in school, and we stayed here for 12 years and left just after I joined medical college. The second time was when my kids were in school. That time we lived here for 6 years. Now it’s been 2 months and I don’t know how long we’ll stay here. But it feels like coming home.

Islamabad is full of natural beauty and the climate is cooler than Lahore. I am away from half of my family but it’s a lovely place to live.

I am now having another adventure!

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When I first moved here a few months back, I couldn’t believe that…..

Written for Fandango’s ; FSS # 18

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Sharing my squirrely world

Melanie is the host of SYW

What was the very first popular song you ever remember taking a liking to? I’m not talking about children’s songs or old traditional songs… but the kind of songs you’d hear on the radio. 📻 ♪♫♪♫

Since I live in Pakistan, the songs we heard on radio were Urdu or Hindi songs. I loved hearing patriotic songs and one which was a great favorite was;

Jeeve jeeve Pakistan.

https://youtu.be/9x3_43USKD0

We did listen to English songs as well. I remember;

Raindrops keep falling on my head;

https://youtu.be/_VyA2f6hGW4

Seasons in the sun;

https://youtu.be/-tPcc1ftj8E

•Sunday morning up with the lark;

https://youtu.be/8j7CRsYLJM8

Are you one of those people who get queasy at sight of blood, or could you watch an open heart surgery?

I don’t get queasy at the sight of blood. I have attended many surgeries though there was a med student who fainted in the operating theater, creating quite a stir during a hysterectomy. It was a particularly bloody operation. I think I keep my calm when someone is injured and needs attention.

Who or what do you feel is lurking right behind you, just waiting to ambush you and make your life a living hell (or “heck” for those with delicate sensibilities)?

Dare I say jinx!

I am sure others have experienced this phenomenon that when we say such and such thing/event hasn’t happened, it happens quite suddenly. But maybe I am overreacting!

What is the gaudiest thing you have ever worn?

When my elder brother got married, for some unexplainable reason, I got a shirt made of yellow lace which was heavily embellished with yellow sequins! It was so gaudy that I didn’t feel like wearing it on the occasion. But it was the only dress I had gotten made for the wedding that I had to wear it. But that was it. I gave it away to someone who was very pleased with it.

Fess up! What was something you did as a child that got you into BIG trouble?

Oh I have been in trouble many many times. When I was 4-5 I got on a public bus by myself and went home. It was a small town and I got to the stop near my home. Where my parents were waiting for me! You can imagine what happened next. I never pulled that stunt again.

GRATITUDE SECTION
What are you looking forward to as the festive season approaches? (I did NOT say the “C” word, please note
😉 )

For us November, December just means winter season. I came back to Lahore last Saturday for a visit and saw that Dinky has adapted very well as an outdoor cat. He has grown a lot too. It was good to be in Lahore for a few days.

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