The delicate shades of pink 💖

“Pink isn’t just a colour. It’s an attitude too.” ~ Miley Cyrus

December is here and with it our final monthly colour challenge for 2022 – Pinkish.

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Delicate pink blush

Tinting the dawn sky

Spellbound I watch it

Till the sun sucks the pink

Spreads it all over the sky

And then the golden sun rises

The pink returns in the evening

The process reversed in sequence

The orange and pink vying for dominance

Till all is swallowed by indigo sky

And then the stars start to sparkle

Another day is done and sun will rise tomorrow!

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Written for ; Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Pinkish, hosted by Sue W and GC

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Questions over coffee by Rory

10 – 15 assorted questions across a range of subjects once a week


01• Do you sometimes ‘just’ LIKE posts from those you follow but don’t often read the content, and if so, why do you do this? Is it a time restraint or something else that motivates this action?

Sometimes, when I am way behind in my blog reading due to family commitments, I do like the posts from those I regularly follow. But I do skim the content before doing that as there are certain things I don’t agree with or like!

02• What do you do with gifts you have received but have no use for?

Inspired by Sadje

I do regift them but make sure that the other person wants them. Mostly these are my kids or very close friends.

03• Have people become lazier concerning cooking do you think, or is it more a case of people not knowing how to cook? Is cooking considered a valuable skill by you?

Over here, we cook every day. Being lazy is never an excuse as food/ mealtime is special. The only times when we don’t cook is when it’s a weekend and we plan to order in.

I know how to cook but am not a great cook. There are certain dishes I make very well.

04• What news stories, in your opinion, have so far defined the 2020’s and what do you think they have taught us personally as individuals?

Politics, the war in Ukraine, increasing prices of everything, and increasing violence all over the world have made 2022 a year to remember with the hope that next year is an improvement. I’ve learned to switch off the tv when news show starts.

05• What would you never swallow even if you could?

Many things, including red meat, raw fish, organ meat… and the list goes on.

06• How many hours of sleep do you get a night, and how many hours do you think you need and why?

I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep. And that’s enough for me. Less than that and I don’t function at full capacity!

07• How important is it to you to have a clean house or environment to live in and does it have to be pristine?

I like a tidy and clean house, but it’s not something that has to be done right now. Tomorrow is good enough.

08• Could you give up your Smartphone and break your addiction to it?

Not at all! I’d be cut off from my family and blogging community. And won’t be able to pay my bills etc.

09• What have been five of your best TV shows from the dawn of dot to today? Why were they good?

I can never remember the names.

10• Why is life not a bed of roses but a bed of thorns?
What makes your life good and or bad?

Life is what you make of it. And how you look at it. No one’s life is all tragedy or all comedy. It’s a mix and we need to be able to adjust to its different phases.

11• Toasted waffles or toasted bread, and why?

Right now; neither. I haven’t been allowed carbs since my stomach surgery. Maybe one day I’ll be able to eat bread or waffles!

12• How do you feel about the ageing process and you?

Aging is the price we pay for being alive. I think it’s a better option than dying young!

13• What is the last rebellious thing you did?

Got my stomach size reduced by half. I did this in hopes of curing my co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, and hyper-cholesterol! Weight loss is an extra benefit.

14• What would be your ideal ‘you experience’ of the following …. museum, theatre, spa day, bungee jumping?

Spa day, but if someone else is paying!

15• Could you easily step off the planet and away from society and your friends and being social and also away from the Internet for 12 months?

Nopes, I won’t for I can’t be away from my family, friends, and my blog.

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Identical?

Neighbours – Image by KL Caley

For visually challenged writers, the image shows two houses with matching doors, railings and winter decor.

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Two best friends, grew up together, married nearly at the same time and by luck found jobs in their hometown.

On a whim, they decided to find homes near each other. As luck had it, they found houses next to each other and identical too.

At first, things were good. The wives also struck a friendship and would get together to go shopping or for other activities. Peter and Susan were soon expecting a baby but John and his wife, Cindy decided to wait a while before starting a family.

With the arrival of the baby Molly, things started changing. The new parents were often too busy to go out with their neighbors and friends. Gradually the bonds weakened and in a few years, John and Cindy found living next door to their former friends very boring, especially when they never had a child and there weren’t many things they shared with them anymore.

Then one day, John told Peter that they were moving abroad as he had found a very good job opportunity.

Now the next-door, identical house stands empty, waiting for some family to brighten it up.

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Written in response to WritePhoto # Neighbors, hosted by KL Caley

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Reblog; Read how a missed chance can be a cause of everlasting regret, a heartfelt poem from Michnavs ; Chance — michnavs

Chance “cos darling, you didn’t love me enough when you had the chance.” you said you needed more time to gather yourself and make you whole. funny though, as the irony of it all while you were comfortably making yourself whole i was out there literally being broken apart into pieces. i was a mess, […]

Chance — michnavs

Reblog; Enjoy Destiny’s beautiful poem in response to WDYS # 163; A peep from heaven… — Destiny’s Designz

Written for Sadje’s : What do you see? Does this picture inspire you to write something? From the Golden BridgeI search the skies,a glimpse ofhis absent presence?Through mystical cloudsA window opens, golden wavesof warmth envelopsLooking upon usSoft showers of love, as hePeeps from the heavens… https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/12/05/what-do-you-see-163-5th-december22/

A peep from heaven… — Destiny’s Designz

Reblog; First in this week in response to WDYS # 163. Enjoy David’s tribute to this iconic piece of engineering! Orange hue, or: Hanging nimbly — The Skeptic’s Kaddish 🇮🇱

A “Bridges” poem An ode to the Golden Gate Bridge “International Orange” its famed vivid hue; Visible through thick fog; bold against vast skies blue; Bay to ocean… In earthquakes and strong winds it vibrates flexibly; This great, sturdy marvel, hanging nimbly… Made for motion. ‘What do you see’ Prompt #163 This “bridges” poem was […]

Orange hue, or: Hanging nimbly — The Skeptic’s Kaddish 🇮🇱

What do you see # 163- 5Th December’22

Welcome back to another WDYS prompt

Rules;

  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • Paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

Please tag your responses with

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Or

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Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image Credit; Mohamed Almari @ Pexels

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a shot of Golden gate bridge taken from the shore. There is a dramatic sky in the background.

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.


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WDYS # 162 -A Roundup post

He found himself in a dark room

The only source of light, a flashing sign

You have been warned, it stated threateningly

A warning, he trembled at the ominous warning

He failed in his mission, he realized with dread

The responsibilities entrusted to him remain unfulfilled

Their home, the earth was still in a battle of division

The environment polluted, temperatures raising

He fell to his knees, asked for another chance

At that moment he woke up soaked in sweat

Today he will start working on his election promises

Today he will start to heed the warning

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A lot of varied entries again this week in response to this image. Please click on the links to read the contributions of our lovely participants.

David; Trendsetter or reject

Punam; Don’t tell me I never told you

Reena; Warning

Maria; Fair warning

Mason; A neon warning

Kittysverses; Written in red

Bewilded; Alert

Keith; A lot of letters

Sangeetha; You- Free verse

Eugenia; Endurance

Jim; Don’t come here again

Angela; What do you see

Susi; Making amends

Diana; you have been warned

Grace; Refrain

Michnavs; On rape culture

Shashi; you have been warned

Suzette; More real

Lakshmi; Everyday moments

Tessa; What do you see # 162

Jules; A haphazard finish to the checkered flag

Chaya; You have been warned

Ken; Warning sign

Audrine; Nonsensical

Fandango; Ignore at your own peril

Sandy; I told you so

Lady Lee Manila; You have been warned

Jane; Difference in color

Yinglan; What do you see # 162

Usha; Trick and Treat

Indira; What do you see # 162

O’Nika; I done told you

I am grateful to all those who have read, shared and commented on these posts.

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm, PKT.

Thanks for reading.

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Sunday Poser # 109

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

Looking good; Is it vanity or a requirement?

Man or woman, I think most of us want to look our best, especially on special occasions. Some are more concerned with their looks and presentation than others.

For me personally, looking presentable increases my self-confidence. I am more comfortable in my skin and feel better. Spending time on my self-care, selecting proper clothes, and making an effort to improve my appearance has a mani-fold purpose in my mind;

1• It keeps my morale high. I’m more interested in life and people around me. An occasional compliment raises my spirits and I am more motivated.

2• Bothering about my own appearance can have a beneficial effect on both my physical and mental health. If I am motivated to reduce weight, I will improve my physical and mental health both. It may result in reducing weight related illnesses and give the boost that a person in good health gets.

3• Looking good also gives us joy and increases our vitality.

I should explain that by looking good I mean wearing appropriate clothes, grooming myself, and doing what will be beneficial for me. It doesn’t mean that I’m gearing up to participate in a beauty contest.

What are your thoughts on this topic; Do you make an endeavor to look presentable or are not interested in making the effort at all? Are appearances important to you or not at all?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks for visiting and reading.

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Wonders of the wild

I’m always surrounded by a concrete jungle

Stepping out in the wild is indeed a treat

The beautiful wild vegetation and wildlife

Act as a boost to the morale and soothe the nerves

So once in a way I stop by the wayside and

Savor the natural beauty and relax

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Written for CCC # 212, hosted by Crispina Kemp

Also included Cyranny’s one minute fiction

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