Taking Stock

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Stock, hosted by Sue W and GC

A new beginning is the best time to take stock. What we did, and what we want to do going forward.

When I think back on how the last year was, I feel grateful. Nothing momentous happened but it were numerous small victories that made the year memorable. We all, the family got vaccinated, stayed healthy and did well work wise. The little ones grew up another year and it was so much joy to see them learning to talk, to form opinions, and getting naughtier by the day. I think our biggest gain was health and happiness last year.

Going forward, What do we want from next year? People advise us to be ambitious when setting our goals but I believe that we should be practical. Set small, achievable targets. Little things that make a difference in our lives.

And last but not the least, wipe the slate clean of regrets and broken hopes. It’s time to move on and look forward.

“I have started to think that the great, decisive moments that broadly govern our lives are far less conscious at the time than they seem later when we are reminiscing and taking stock.” ~ Sándor Márai

This week, Sue W and GC gave us the word STOCK as our weekend challenge.

Also included; RDP prompt; Clean Slate

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As the year ends

“No one dare say, this isn’t going to be our year”

We have enough of despondency and downheartedness

Now it is time to be positive and optimistic

Let us all be hopeful that the new year will be brilliant

Tonight is the finale of 2021, ending in the new year’s eve

Tomorrow we will start 2022 with enthusiasm and zeal

Circumstances may not be in our control but our actions are

We will be kinder, more helpful and more thoughtful

We will be more considerate of others, more inclusive

And we will make it better than the last two years

I have included the following prompts;

No one DARE say this is going to be our year!”

Brilliant

New
Year’s
Eve

Finale

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My winter view

Ice bubble frost

~*~

Looking out the window I see

The variegated sky presenting a multitude of colors

Like a kaleidoscope shattering and scattering

The delicate frost crystals on the leaves

Grass blades glittering like diamond strands

My breath leaves a trail in the cold air

Oxygen filled air giving me a new vigor for life

Winter dawn in all its majesty enchanting

Written for Paula’s PCF prompt # 17

Take your inspiration this week from Valspar’s “winter dawn” and/or “delicate frost.” Tag your post Paint Chip Friday, or PCF

Also included; RDP; Variegated skies

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The color of a winter’s day

You ask me to describe the color of a wintry day
I’ll tell you it’s golden, glowing with warm sunshine
It warms the insides with its generous sharing of heat
Sitting out in the afternoon sun, braving the cold wind

Here you find the extraordinary in the ordinary
Just to see the winter driven away by slanting sun rays

You might think winter days are blue or grey, drab
But have you experienced the joy a crackling fire brings
When you shut the door on sleet and snow outside
And extend your hands towards that warmth
And it warms your insides just like the golden sun does

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Written for; Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge – Winter’s Day hosted by Sue W and GC

“The colour of springtime is in the flowers; the colour of winter is in the imagination.” Terri Guillemets.

This weekend is our monthly Colour challenge, and for December, partner GC and I ask the question… what colour is a winter’s day?

Also included; RDP; The extraordinary in the ordinary”.

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Sunset glow opens the doors

The sunset glow opens the doorway

A doorway to the past which


I had kept firmly closed for a while


Some memories that were to be kept hidden


To be cherished like a treasure


Only to be enjoyed when nostalgia strikes


Memories of the sweetest, rarest moments


That may lose some of their charm if relived


………Once too often

Written for PCF, hosted by Paula

Take your inspiration this week from Valspar’s “sunset glow” and/or “nostalgia.” Tag your post Paint Chip Friday, or PCF, if you wish.

Also included;

RDP; Doorway to the past

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RDP- What the eyes don’t see

Today’s RDP prompt from Punam is;

What the eyes don’t see

What you say or do

Is the only indicator

To me of how you feel

You tell me that your

Intentions are pure, honorable

But what is in your heart is

What the eyes don’t see

And if I don’t feel this honesty

Reflected in your words and actions

I will only judge you by

What you say or do!

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JusJoJan January 21 2021 – Spell

Linda is the host of JusJoJan

Please stay for a spell

Be spellbound by my charm

I think we are in for a spell of rain

The long shadows of trees fading as clouds roll in

Let’s sit under the canopy and enjoy the drizzle

A brief interlude before we are swallowed by

The busyness of humdrum daily life

Just for a spell

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WritePhoto- Wonder

Sue Vincent has suggested that we can use her images to write a post. I am using this image from her Midnight Haiku- 15 December 2020

A winter landscape

So serene and quiet

Fills me with wonder and awe

The nature has so many faces and so many guises

It enthralls us with it colorful finery in spring

It glowing verdant greens in summer, refreshing

The flaming colors of autumn, unparalleled, in rustic simplicity

And in the dignified whites of winter, just majestic

In all its phases it never stops to amaze us

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Daily Prompts- Begone

Begone racism, scurry away to a dark corner

Where you and others like you belong

It is unfair, echoes the perfunctory sentiments

When faced with this deadly demon of inequality

Our words fall short of the experience that others feel

These typical responses won’t cut the deal this time around

We may be unready to herald this change right now

But the reality is that it’s way past the time for it

Take out the carcass of racism and bury it deep

Let not its’ specter escape, let’s get rid of it altogether

In response to the following prompts;

YDWP;

Scurry

3TC;

Typical, Unfair, Echo

FOWC;

Perfunctory

RDP;

Unready

Word of the day challenge;

Racism

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Daily Prompts- Castles in the clouds

Our intrepid heroine sashays fearlessly

Her trusted stead bravely holding strong

As she hitched it up to the castle moat

She is the star of her own story, the brave adventurer

Her dogma is helping others in need her faith un-breakable

Only the obtuse would fail to share her dreams

These fantastic adventures she has in her imagination

In response to the following prompts;

YDWP;

Intrepid

3TC;

Hitch, Obtuse, Star

FOWC;

Dogma

RDP;

Castle

Word of the day challenge;

Un breakable

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#3TC

#FOWC

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