Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Straight or Narrow

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

“On the straight and narrow path, there are simply no corners to be cut.” ~ Neal A. Maxwell.

This week the Weekend Challenge from partner GC and me is Straight or Narrow.

As always our challenge is flexible – feel free to interpret in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.  

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I try to walk on the straight path

Ignoring the tempting side distractions


As they tell you the margin of error is narrow here


For once you fall away from the path, getting back is a challenge





With practice, it becomes more of a habit than struggle


Deviating is then more distressing than following


I choose the straight path as my way of life


Because the shortest distance between two points is a straight line

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – The Bend

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“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” ~ Helen Keller

This week the weekend challenge from partner GC and me

is the word The Bend.

Please interpret the challenge in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

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look ahead!

Do you see the bend in the road?

We don’t know what lies ahead of it

We can guess but can never be sure

Till we come to that bend in the road





In life we are faced with many unknown situations


The bends often take us unawares and we stop suddenly


Apprehensive of a change that we might have to make


But to continue ahead we have to embrace this change




Think of these deviations in life’s journey as adventures


And be exited when destiny leads you in a different direction


Look ahead, and feel the excitement with all your heart

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Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Ruffin it!

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

This week the Wednesday Challenge from partner Susan and myself is RUFFIN IT

When was the last time that you and your family left the city life behind and headed for the great outdoors and looked forward to a family adventure complete with campfires, marshmallow roasts and fun under the stars?

This week Susan and I encourage you to share your own experiences with life in the great outdoors.

As always our challenge is flexible,  feel free to do it your way. Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.

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Can you believe it when I tell you that we never went camping, ever!

It’s not a commonly done thing in our culture. Some people do go camping but these are mostly trekkers and mountaineers. Camping for just the fun for it is not common at all.

My experience of ruffin it was when I went to study in med school in another city. We were given residence in girls hostel. This was the first time I was away from my family and on my own. Lucky for me, a very close friend of mine was also attending the same school.

We traveled together to our destination and at first glance the hostel looked great. We were given accommodations in a two room apartment, each room having four girls sharing.

As I said that it was the first time I was away from home and adjusting to life in another city was a challenge. The apartment we had was on the third floor. It didn’t have any cooling, just one ceiling fan per room. And it was the hottest month of the year, June. We weren’t used to the heat so we tried making our bedsheets wet with water and sleeping on them. In the morning we got up with body aches and pains.

The food was not good either. The only good thing was hot roti fresh from the tandoor. The rest was barely edible. You can say that it was trial by fire. But during my stay in this hostel, I learned a lot of life lessons. I also made long-lasting friendships which are still strong even today.

It was an experience that I might not have had if I knew how difficult it would be in the beginning. But I am so thankful that I did go through it. It taught me to be adaptable and to be easily pleased with my lot.

So I guess, living in a rough environment is good for gaining experience and learning useful life skills.

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Side by Side

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

“You are either on my side, by my side, or in my way, choose wisely!” ~ trylife.com

This week the Weekend Challenge from partner GC and me is Side by Side.

There are multiple possibilities with this one, so over to you.

Feel free to interpret in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

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      Side by side

We played together and fought each other

We grew up together, side by side

And as we became adults we grew apart

But then, this is often how life works



Now we have infrequent interaction

Months sometimes pass by before we talk to each other

But we are connected by bonds that are unseen

They are bonds of blood forged in love



Because we grew up, side by side

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Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Frame

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
~ Diane Arbus

This week the Weekend Challenge from partner GC and me is the word Frame.

Each week I take umpteen photographs, but more often than not, there’s only ever one that is maybe worthy of framing.

What about you, do you have favourites that are worthy of being framed?

How you choose to translate the challenge is entirely up to you; please interpret in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

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How wonderful it would be if I could capture my memories

Mount them in a fancy frame and hang them in my room

It won’t be for everyone to stare at, just a select few

I want them to enjoy these precious moments that I’ve hoarded

And saved from the ravages of time and loss of retention

Wouldn’t it be just amazing if I could preserve my golden moments

Forever!

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Solid

Sue W and GC are hosting this weekly prompt

“For rock-solid friendship, never lie to your friends.” ~ Saru Singhal.

This week the Weekend Challenge from partner GC and me is the word Solid.

Solid – buildings, objects etc, and let’s not forget people, most of us know a solid individual upon whom we can rely.

So, over to you – please interpret in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

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Don’t base your decisions on assumptions 

Unless you have solid ground, wait


Stepping into a quagmire is unavoidable


When you act on half-truth and fact-less views


When you believe everything you hear

It’s possible that you’re no longer on firm footing

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Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Sign

Sue W and GC are the hosts of Weekly Prompts

“Signposts are our intuition asking inner wisdom to be set free.” ~ Kami Guildner.

This week GC and my Wednesday Challenge is the word Sign.

Its presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else.

A gesture or action used to convey information or instruction.

Perhaps you’d prefer to use the word Signpost – a physical sign giving information.

How you choose to translate the challenge is entirely up to you; please interpret in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

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Directions, when expressed by the GPS as north, south, east or west totally confuse me. Even living in Seattle for five years ( off and on) I could never get the hang of how my GPS would describe the route.

Can you imagine how funny I looked when holding my phone in my hand I’d walk first in one direction and then in the opposite and see where the dot ( that was me) was moving in respect to where I was supposed to go. I’d cross the road only to realize that I needed to go in the opposite direction! I used to laugh so much when I told my daughter how I reached my destination that day.

I try to see the landmarks and remember which way I am supposed to go from them. AND I am never shy to ask for directions, but I ask them to tell me by telling me if I needed to go right or left. I guess this is because I grew up before things like GPS were in use. We would take a good look at the route we were taking and remember it.

Look out for the signs 
Ask for directions and
Don’t fell shy admitting when lost


No one is all knowing, always right
Admit that you can make mistakes like others
Only then you will be able to correct your direction


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Weekly Prompts – Colour Challenge Trichromatic

Sue W is the host of Weekly Prompt

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

This weekend is our Weekly Prompts monthly Colour Challenge and for July my partner GC and I have chosen Trichromatic!

Trichromatic: Relating to the use of three colours or being the theory that human colour vision involves three types of retinal sensory receptors.

How you choose to translate our flexible challenge is entirely up to you; please interpret in any way you wish – Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.

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Imagine………


If happy thoughts could color your world in rainbow hues

Like joyous unicorns we could revel in their glory

The aura would change to shades of blue when we would be thoughtful

Or turn bright red when we were moved to anger

As a warning, people would be careful around us

When feeling love or loved, beautiful pink aura engulfed us

How easy it would be to know what we’re feeling or thinking

Nobody would hurt others by uttering thoughtless comments

For our state of mind would be visible for all to see

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Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Shadows

Sue W and GC are the hosts of WeeklyPrompts

“Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.”― W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand

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This week the Wednesday Challenge from partner Susan and myself is SHADOWS.

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Fear casts long shadows 

Morphing into things that terrorize us


A branch shaking in winds looks like a monster


An owl on the tree can take up the shape of a dragon


Fear makes us apprehensive


Dark takes away certainty


Like children we want someone to hold our hand


And scare the shadows away!

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Visitors

Sue W is out host of Weekly prompts Weekend Challenge

“After one look at this planet, any visitor from outer space would say ”I want to see the manager.” ~ William S. Burroughs.

This Week the Weekend Challenge from partner GC and me is Visitors.

Following the long drawn out months of restrictions and lockdowns, many of us are delighted to welcome visitors into our homes once again. 

Some of us have been fortunate enough to have had wildlife visit our gardens too.

So, this weekend Gerry and I ask you to share images of your visitors, human or otherwise. Alternatively, tell us about them.

As always the choice is yours, please feel free to interpret the flexible challenge in any way you wish using Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme. 

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Visitors are given much respect in our eastern cultures. They are said to be a blessing from God. Sharing meals or accommodations with them is supposed to bring prosperity to your home.

But the visitors should also behave in a reasonable manner. My pet peeve are those visitors who drop in unannounced and at very inconvenient times. Like there was a couple who would arrive late afternoon, without letting us know about their plans and we were usually caught napping in those long summer afternoons. Same is the case with late night guests or those who drop on weekdays at meal times.

I don’t want to sound ungracious but a little warning of their arrival would be handy! At least I would clean up the living room or hustle something for tea. You see it’s another Asian tradition that we have to at least serve one meal to our guests. Tea with scrumptious snacks or lunch or dinner if it’s that time.

I love this tip!

But family and good friends are welcome anytime. Because one doesn’t have to present a spotless home or three course meal to them. They can come in and sit in your untidy home and partake of what ever you are having. We sometimes order in if we don’t have anything at home. These sort of visitors are welcome anytime, any day.

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