Trick or Treat

Did you know that my husband works in a chocolate factory? No he’s not Willy Wonka but something close to it. He brings home half a kilo of free chocolates every Thursday.

So when the door bell rings this Halloween I’ll be giving out chocolates, not stationery, or carrots disguised as candy, but delicious chocolaty chocolates.

And here are some for my fellow bloggers!

20131031_165050Apart from some virtual chocolates I could offer my fellow bloggers some sweet poetry (http://wp.me/p3LoF9-5C), stunning photography (http://wp.me/p3LoF9-9I) and a few laughs (http://wp.me/p3LoF9-at)

And now for some silliness:

I was writing a post

About a scary ghost

When suddenly I felt

My knees start to melt

There’s someone there

In my very own lair,

In the middle of the night

This just wasn’t right.

Had he come to haunt

On his nightly jaunt?

What would he do to me?

Was there time to flee?

Then something familiar

I heard a cough so clear

It was just my Mr Right

Returning from his flight

I certainly was pleased

My breathing eased.

So I deleted my post

About the silly ghost

And decided to write

Something to delight

Was it worthwhile?

Did I make you smile?

Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat

  1. British Navy Using Spears Against Pirates | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  2. Happy Halloween!!! | Jab and Cross followed by Cross and Stitch
  3. Trick or Treat | Kate Murray
  4. All Hallows’ Eve – Valencia style | Beth Byrnes
  5. Treats for Bloggers | piran café
  6. milk and cookies | yi-ching lin photography
  7. I Would Literally Blow Your Mind | sayanything
  8. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | Under the Monkey Tree
  9. Treat | Rebecca Barray
  10. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | Awl and Scribe
  11. Ghost Post 31: Treacherous Trio | writemybrainsout
  12. Daily Prompt/ treat at sweetwildflower’s | sweetwildflower
  13. Halloween Treats For Bloggers | Tony’s Texts
  14. Daily prompt: TREAT | I Spy with My Little Eye…
  15. The Light is ON, Come Knock on the Door! | Not a Punk Rocker
  16. Hotmyzhsk of Belgorod Region, Russia. October 23, 2011 | Bright Moments Catcher
  17. Milkweed Pods (Treat) | photo potpourri
  18. DP: Trick or Treat! | The Deepwater Goldfish
  19. Evening | Nature Activities
  20. Daily Prompt: Trick or Treat | The Story of a Guy
  21. I’ll be handing out… | Hope* the happy hugger
  22. Let Them Eat Cake Or Candy | The Jittery Goat
  23. Daily Prompt Halloween Special! | aliceatwonderland
  24. Sticks and Bones | CurTales
  25. FOR EVERYONE, A PUMPKIN | SERENDIPITY
  26. My Life is a Trick and Treat « MID-DAY SPRITZER
  27. Halloween’s Treats | Flowers and Breezes
  28. Bowtie Beau! | Not the Family Business!
  29. Daily Prompt; Your Halloween treat | sixty, single and surviving

First Day of School

When I was little and used to see my older brother and sister going to school every day I just couldn’t wait to start too. I had a small satchel which I would fill with color pencils and say “I want to go to ‘cool”. The nursery was right next to the primary school building where my brother and sister went. I don’t remember much about the first day except that my big sister popped in to check on me.

When my father came to pick us up, he picked up the older two and was driving out when they realized they had forgotten me behind! My father told me later that I somehow knew that I had been forgotten and I told everybody off when they came to pick me. I don’t know if this was exaggerated as I have no memory of that. Apparently I used to tell people off when I was little.

My son’s first day of nursery was nothing like that. They start the first week with just a few hours and then if the child is doing well they expand to full timings. Sometimes the mothers are asked to stay at the school if their child is crying a lot and some even have to sit in class.

Since my son was perfectly happy to go I was told to drop him and check in on him two hours later. When I came in, I got thumbs up from the teacher and told that he was doing fine and that I should come at the end of the day.

When I came to pick him up he had apparently been having so much fun that he didn’t want to come back. He clung to the assistant and refused to come to me! It was so embarrassing, but at the same time I was relieved that he didn’t cry without me.

I wrote this poem about my son’s first year at nursery and the principal published it in her monthly newsletter:

Nadir started nursery last year

To learn a thing or two

Away from his mother

Five hours straight through.

To begin with, quiet was he

Not living up to his potential,

More social he had to be

Said his school principal.

With time he became more sure,

And learnt to make friends,

Colors, shapes, numbers and more,

Hard work paid dividends.

His love of books was nurtured

All day he talked no end,

Working with his hands he preferred,

Anastasia became his best friend.

Another year is about to start,

New friends and things to learn,

Books, music, crafts and art,

And a whole lot of fun!

Daily Prompt: First!

  1. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: First! – Day at Work
  2. Daily Prompt: First! | Under the Monkey Tree
  3. Queen of the universe for a week | Now Have At It!
  4. away from home | Inkbelle
  5. The great obscurian novel | Beth Byrnes
  6. Daily Prompt : First ! | My Extraordinary Everyday Life
  7. It’s not first or last it’s whole Journey | મન ની વાત
  8. First Day Back | Mary Angelini Photography
  9. What’s Funny About Not Going To Kindergarten? | The Jittery Goat
  10. Daily Prompt: First! | veryvanessalynn
  11. Home. Sweet Home | Nature Activities
  12. Loading film into Zenit-8 camera | Bright Moments Catcher
  13. my first day as your mommy | wannabepoet
  14. Good walk | Nature Activities
  15. First day in WP (First Poem Posted) | ⓜ∈t•ⓐRVh∈∈•n✪iⓐ
  16. our bodies are made | y
  17. Pretty lady | Tess Arts
  18. Bottles | Tess Arts
  19. First | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  20. “First!” | Relax
  21. Shopino of Belgorod Region, Russia. January 8, 2012 | Bright Moments Catcher
  22. First day post attack | alienorajt
  23. [Round Two O.C.T.O.B.E.R XXX] TBT pre-empt: “First!” | noah121weiss
  24. My First Day as a Submissive | submissivelysecret
  25. Always First | Tony’s Texts
  26. Daily Prompt/ First time seeing a Praying Mantis | sweetwildflower
  27. Да будет свет! |
  28. A good story | Life is great
  29. Ordering a drink in the buff… | thoughtsofrkh
  30. Daily Prompt: First! | Being a Huntress
  31. FIRST TAIL-COAT | Standing Ovation, Seated
  32. Hi Dad, it’s Marty! #6 | Neva Samaki
  33. A special day | Motherhood and Beyond
  34. Dawning of My Blog | tuckedintoacorner
  35. Daily Prompt: First! | The Story of a Guy
  36. Some firsts are better forgotten | Dear Yolandi

Reliving the Past

The other day my mother who has been staying with me for the last 4 months told me that she won’t be able to visit again as she has become too old.

On this visit it’s the first time I felt that my mother really has started looking old and it scares me a bit. How many years has she left with us I wonder? Don’t get me wrong, her health is excellent and apart from some pains and aches she doesn’t have any problems. But when one keeps losing relatives of her age or younger, one can’t help but wonder.

My mother had her children after 16 years of marriage. I think we have kept her young. Nobody could tell the age difference of almost a generation gap between us. She used to keep herself busy, cooking and painting and meeting her friends. But after my father died she stopped doing all these things. She even stopped wearing bangles and it looked strange to see her empty wrists.

And somewhere along the way negativity crept into her life. I have noticed that a lot. If I talk to her about some new project of mine, she always points out the negative factors rather than encourage me to go ahead with it.

Will a pep talk help her? I don’t think so. What really does help her is to involve her in everything I do. My writing, my book readings, my art projects. Creativity dampens negativity. I really believe that.

And so I have started a new project with her. I let her talk about old times from her childhood, her marriage, being an army wife and a mother and I write it all down. When we have enough I’ll compile it and it will be something that her grandchildren who never got to meet their grandfather can read. I have noticed that when she talks about those golden days of her life her eyes light up and her voice is full of enthusiasm. I find no negativity there.

This is my pep talk for her. She talks and I write.

Daily Prompt: Pep Rally

  1. Let there be light | Nature Activities
  2. Die Trying | The Magic Black Book
  3. Sunset | Bright Moments Catcher
  4. Icicles on the house | Bright Moments Catcher
  5. Photo within a photo | Bright Moments Catcher
  6. Excellence is a Habit that Success Depends Upon | The PASSION PRESS™
  7. Afternoon sky | Nature Activities
  8. Requiem For Joe Southwick’s College Career? | The Jittery Goat
  9. Trees in sunlight | Tess Arts
  10. December | Tess Arts
  11. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | My Atheist Blog
  12. Pep Talk | Motherhood and Beyond
  13. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Under the Monkey Tree
  14. I can see your dream turning into reality | મન ની વાત
  15. CHEERS to a Good Morning | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  16. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Musical Foodie Love
  17. Pep It Up! | Misifusa’s Blog
  18. Crowd Surf This Guy [Daily Prompt: Pep Rally] | unknowinglee
  19. The Little Things – Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | smoke&mirrors
  20. 207. Life Well Lived | Barely Right of Center
  21. Hey Jules | Neva Samaki
  22. Daily Prompt: CHEER | veryvanessalynn
  23. Pocketful of Sunshine | The Otter in my Jotter
  24. Tony’s Texts
  25. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Awl and Scribe
  26. Now go out there and DO IT big guy! | thoughtsofrkh
  27. Pep Talk for Tough Choices | Reinvention of Mama
  28. Daily post: Pep talk to politicians everywhere | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  29. Bring On The Clowns | Just Visiting This Planet
  30. Dear Ruby, ( My Sociopath Ex-Boss) | sayanything
  31. If The Eucalyptus Survived…. | Not the Family Business!
  32. Cheer- Daily Prompt | The Rider
  33. Gentle Exercise for Better Health | Kansa Muse
  34. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | reyoflight
  35. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | SERENDIPITY
  36. New post Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Welcome to msxhan. The great tricks, tips, infos, poetry and much more.
  37. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | robbiesdailyplanet
  38. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  39. Father to Son | Real Life Co.
  40. Willpower is not an energy drink | MC’s Whispers
  41. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | The Story of a Guy
  42. to travel and beyond
  43. Give Pep Talk to youself | crookedeyebrows
  44. Pep Rally | The Nameless One
  45. The Pep Talk We Need | Flowers and Breezes
  46. The Conundrum | Dog Pep
  47. Dear Angela, Dear Barak, | Life is great
  48. Pep Rally | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  49. Processing the life
  50. Pep Talk | Processing the life
  51. Pep Rally: Cheers | Khana’s Web
  52. BE LIKE A CLOUD | hastywords
  53. Smile! | CurTales
  54. Daily Prompt: Pep Rally | Randomize ME
  55. Unpepped… | alienorajt
  56. alienorajt
  57. Northern Cardinal (Cheer) | photo potpourri

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai is the world’s largest themed shopping mall. It consists of six courts, each of whose designs are inspired by some of the countries visited by the great explorer Ibn Battuta.

Today while on a shopping trip with my mother, I took some pictures of the Persia Court. Have you seen a more beautiful Starbucks than this one?

My charming son

Though children can at times be naughty little devils, they also know how to be charming and affectionate. My son can be a real charmer when he wants to:20121203_093832

When I lie down at night,

And think about the day,

With no doubt the highlight

Is when you come to say,

“Mama I want to kiss you!”

Elated, I open up my arms,

 My smiling face next to you,

Enraptured by your charms.

And then you hold sweetly,

My face in your chubby hands

And on my cheeks so neatly,

A cute little wet kiss lands!

Seven words

Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words.

This quote has been taken from his work of Poetry called “Sand and Foam”. Khalil Gibran uses the number “seven” very frequently in his work. In the same work he has used the number “seven” eleven times.

As I researched online I found that the number seven is sacred in most religions.

In the same work he also says:

“Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you.”

I wonder which half this quote that the Daily Prompt has given us today belongs to and whether we should really be trying to reduce the language to seven words. Maybe what he was trying to say was that to understand each other we should reduce the unnecessary words and get to the point. Just like when sending a signal, noise should be kept to a minimum, if at all.

And so I will keep this post short. I think you will get my point better.

Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders

  1. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Musical Foodie Love
  2. Seven Words | Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | likereadingontrains
  3. Daily Post: Seven Wonders? | Pen and Pixels
  4. Seven. | Crossroads
  5. My.Vivid.Visions | Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders – I feel, you feel, becomes we feel
  6. Early Grave – Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | smoke&mirrors
  7. summing it up | bodhisattvaintraining
  8. Nostalgia | Nature Activities
  9. Seven words | James Clegg
  10. Seven Wonders of the Word | MC’s Whispers
  11. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | veryvanessalynn
  12. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | The Fountain
  13. Seven | The Magic Black Book
  14. Who Made The Most Sense Khalil Gibran or George Carlin? | The Jittery Goat
  15. Seven Wonders | Relax
  16. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Under the Monkey Tree
  17. My Seven Words | Life Confusions
  18. The Only Seven Words Left In The World | sayanything
  19. Daily post: Seven words. Or alternatively… | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  20. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders « Mama Bear Musings
  21. Daily Prompt: Seven little words for a blustery Monday | Nicki
  22. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Randomize ME
  23. A Poem: Seven Wonders | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  24. Seven Leaves (Daily Prompt) | photo potpourri
  25. SEVEN WORDS THAT MAKE US | crookedeyebrows
  26. Reduction of Languange | mutatiomagistra
  27. 7 | Hope* the happy hugger
  28. Super Seven | thinkerscap
  29. My Apologies to George Carlin | Not a Punk Rocker
  30. Seven Stars | alienorajt
  31. How to order coffee with the (un?)necessary complexity of human language | Rob’s Surf Report
  32. You got me | dawnyhosking
  33. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | robbiesdailyplanet
  34. The Seven Words | Flowers and Breezes
  35. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Crow Arrow, Inc.
  36. Communication | Rock it classy
  37. Touched by Seven. | Blue Loft
  38. Seven Words… | Haiku By Ku
  39. Words of Wisdom | meanderedwanderings
  40. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Awl and Scribe
  41. In Seven Words.. | That girl with the spectrespecs
  42. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  43. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Of Glass & Paper
  44. Seven Words | Momma Said There’ld Be Days Like This
  45. Daily Prompt: Seven Words | …and she writes
  46. What Is It About The Number Seven? | Just Visiting This Planet
  47. Seven Steps to Successful Pumpkin Carving | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  48. How To Communicate With Your Spouse In Seven Words Or Less! | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  49. Not enough | Life is great
  50. DAILY PROMPT: SEVEN WORDS, SEVEN MYSTERIES | SERENDIPITY
  51. Just seven words. | ExLibrisMachina
  52. Seven | The Land Slide Photography
  53. Seven sounds of music | Processing the life
  54. RAINBOW | Randomlyabstract’s Blog
  55. Seven | Brianne Writes
  56. I see on this Earth: | The Visionary Hollow
  57. 7 for all Mankind? | The Silver Leaf Journal
  58. Daily Prompt: Seven Wonders | Books and Movies

DIY wolf costume

My  son’s favorite character these days is the Big Bad Wolf. So for Dress up  Day in school I decided to make him a wolf costume. His costumes are always homemade. It’s fun and inexpensive.

I looked this up on the internet and found some designs using felt and a hoodie. Since it’s still not cold enough for a hoodie I decided to improvise and used the same pattern on an old hat I had. Much more comfortable in this weather! I embroidered his shirt to read “LITTLE WOLF”.

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Do have a look at the tail and the claws! (also made of felt)

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I think he can just see under the Wolf’s nose!

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And here he is just being a Big Bad Wolf!

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