It’s World Poetry Day — So I Wrote A Haiku

21 Mar

Blog Post #332

It’s World Poetry Day — and everywhere I looked today I saw a poem. A few classics, some originals and several whimsical or humorous. Also, it’s Tuesday and that means — Haikuesday!

First, here is a haiku for World Poetry Day and below that is a poem about the English language. Enjoy!

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Raindrops gently fall
the breeze ripples the puddles
a crane flaps overhead

Crane

Why English is Hard to Learn

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

~ Anonymous

Monday Monday, So Good To Me

20 Mar

Blog Post #331

I love Monday!

Monday is…
A fresh start
The chance to set a new tone for the week
A great day to be alive

Crocus

Ok, Monday. Let’s do this!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

17 Mar

Blog Post #328

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

Or… if you prefer English to Gaelic — St. Patrick’s Day blessing to you!

Irish sheep

May you always be blessed with…
walls for the wind
a roof for the rain
and tea by the fire
laughter to cheer you
those you love near you
and all that your heart may desire

TBT — Remembering Elementary School

16 Mar

Blog Post #237

I barely remember my elementary school days. Oh, sure, I have memories of my younger days — vignettes of a time long ago, when innocence reigned and life was carefree with only a skinned knee or lost toy to mar that period of time. But most of the memories that I do have are small moments in time, that stand out sometimes for no apparent reason.

As I was leafing through some old photos (again!), looking for an idea for a “Throw Back Thursday” post, I found an old school photograph of me in the first grade. This was my very first school picture and I have a few crystal clear memories of that day.

School Photo

I remember with perfect clarity the colour of the shirt I am wearing. It was a pale green — not pastel green, but sort of a light, mossy green. I remember it clearly because I loved that top. I loved everything about it  — the light shade, the ruffles on the collar that continued down the front concealing the little buttons and also adorned the little cap sleeves. I can picture my teacher perfectly in my mind. Mrs. Romanow, who was adored by the entire class of 5 and 6 year olds. She combed my hair that day — it was never that neat, not then and not now!!

I remember other instances from those early school days. Dick, Jane and Sally — the children featured in the books that I first learned to read. Making friends with new kids, learning to ice skate at recess on the bumpy outdoor ice rink, eating bologna sandwiches on white bread for lunch, the little pink metal lunch box that held those wax paper wrapped sandwiches. The big red primer pencils that we all used in grade one, our plump little fingers curled around them, struggling to draw the ABC’s. My desk with the lift up lid that held a notebook, eraser and those fat pencils.

Laughter, fun, excitement, scraped knees, friends, family and bubble gum. These, like most of my memories of my childhood, while fuzzy and a little dim, still retain a sense of joy, innocence and happiness. I hope that holds true for my children and for you, as well.

 

 

 

8 Ways to Happiness

15 Mar

Blog Post #326

We are all looking for ways to improve ourselves. Here are a few steps to be happy and content that I have found useful. I believe the fifth one is the most important step to take and it is easier than you think! The sixth one is the most fun!!

Dancing

10 Steps to Happiness

  • Be humble
  • Laugh at yourself more often
  • Listen more, talk less
  • Smile, it’s contagious
  • Be grateful
  • Dance with abandon
  • Inspire others
  • Teach others
  • Give generously
  • Love unconditionally

How do you get happy?

Meow, It’s Haikuesday!

14 Mar

Blog Post #325

I was calm and relaxed, enjoying some solitude while reading  after dinner. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a flash of movement. It was my cat — she was on the hunt and she obviously had her prey in sight. Attack! She looked so chagrined when her trophy disappeared in a little cloud. I think it’s time to vacuum under my couch!

I was amused by her tracking skills — but she just walked away with a final swat at a bit of lingering fuzz.

Cat photo

The cat prowls on the hunt
stalking unseen mice and birds
snares a dust bunny

Coffee — Monday’s Motivation

13 Mar

Blog Post #324

It’s Monday and when do you need motivation more than Monday morning?

And the best motivation? A steaming mug of delicious cup of joe!

Make the perfect cup of coffee

I usually make my coffee in a French press — it’s easy and so good — strong and black. The best morning jolt! But lately I’ve been brewing my Monday motivation by the pour-over method. To be honest — this might just be my new preferred method. Try it out, taste for yourself.

To brew two big mugs, use 5 tablespoons of coffee and 16 ounces of water.

Total brew time: 3 to 5 minutes

  1. Boil the water in a kettle. Place a cone dripper lined with a paper filter, that has been rinsed with hot water, on a mug or a carafe.
  2. Grind the beans to medium coarseness. Place ground coffee in the dampened filter.
  3. Wait ten seconds for the water to settle after its boils, then slowly pour just enough hot water into the filter to saturate all the grounds.
  4. Wait for the coffee to “bloom” about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour more water to an inch above the grounds. Wait until the water trickles through the cone. Repeat until you have the desired amount of brewed coffee in your carafe.
  6. Savour the delicious drink!

Morning coffee

4 Quick Tips to Make Your Life Easier

12 Mar

Blog Post #323

I don’t know about you, but I feel as if time just disappears in a blink of an eye. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. Especially on the weekends  — it feels as if I wake up, yawn, stretch and then “poof” the day is gone in a whirlwind of activity and I’m facing Sunday evening getting ready for the start of the work week.

How I wish I had a magic wand that would take care of all those time-consuming chores with one swish of my wrist! But  because I don’t have one of those, I have found a few tips and tricks to help me save time and make my life a lot easier, as well.

Here are four of my favourite time savers.

A Quick Breakfast

If your favourite breakfast is a delicious, nutritious and quick smoothie, here is a tip that will save you even more time in the morning. The night before, put all the ingredients for your shake, including fruit, milk, yogurt, etc. in the pitcher of your blender and put in the refrigerator. In the morning, simply pop the pitcher ion the blender and press the button. Voila, your breakfast in minutes!

Smoothies

A Quick Squeeze

Before you toss those leftover lemons and limes from Friday night’s party, squeeze out the juice and freeze it in an ice-cube tray. Once they’re frozen, keep the cubes in zippered plastic bags and use them for recipes that call for fresh lemon or lime juice. Note: One cube equals approximately one tablespoon of juice.

Laundry Day

Throw a clean, dry towel into the dryer along with your wet clothes. The towel will absorb some of the moisture of your wet clothes thereby saving you time and reducing your energy use.

Cook in Bulk

When you are cooking a meal such as chili, stew or even chicken parmigiana, make extra to freeze to use later. Then on those days when you feel strapped for time (or just a little lazy), you will have a delicious, ready-made meal just waiting to go into the oven for a quick, stress-free dinner.

Search For Self

11 Mar

Blog Post #322

A few simple words about soul searching found through a Google — key word “confidence”.

Quotation image

And Now For Something Good…

10 Mar

Blog Post #321

I have been struggling writing these daily posts and I have finally figured out the reason. I am disheartened with mankind — from the devastating war in Syria, the horrible hot mess that is the United States of America, the nastiness that is bubbling to the surface everywhere in the world, yes, even here in Canada. I feel heavy-hearted, afraid, and worried every day.

And these feelings go against my basic nature. I am generally an optimistic, hopeful person willing to believe that people in general are essentially kind, loving and generous. But these days, this belief is sorely tested.

To ease my anxiety, I went in search of some feel-good stories that would restore my faith in humanity.

This is not to say that I am closing my eyes to the reality of events transpiring around the globe, instead I mean to try to focus on the many positive acts that are happening everywhere — to help spread positive messages in the hopes that they will reverberate in the hearts of people everywhere and affect a ripple of benevolent change.

Therefore, with the aim of spreading a little joy, optimism and happiness, here are two unrelated examples of positive and reassuring events that I read about this past week. May you find a little comfort and joy in them.

Ballet Slippers

Be Bold For Change

On International Women’s Day, the government of Iceland announced that it will eliminate the gender pay gap by 2022. Companies with more than 25 employees will be required to become certified as equal pay employers. Resistance is working.  Read more 

Ballerina Dreams

This wonderful, loving example of inclusion and acceptance made me ecstatic!

The New York City Ballet stepped up when the mother of a little girl with cerebral palsy asked them if they would consider holding a workshop for special needs children. Watch this (and have tissues at the ready). The video is from one of my favourite sites: Upworthy. Visit them for a dose of positivity. Find out more.

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