Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

As it’s nighttime and I can’t go out I had to content myself by taking a photo of something inside my house. And what better than my favorite object, my Turkish lamp. Here it is with its reflection in the mirror.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

  1. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – Elephant
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Ese’ s Voice
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: OBJECT | Flickr Comments
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | MyBlog – solaner
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  6. Object (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  7. Silenced Inner Child | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Basically Beyond Basic
  9. Photoworld 31-1-14 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  10. Underground in Villefranche-sur-Mer – (Pic du Jour) – PIRAN CAFÉ
  11. DP Weekly Photo challenge – Burst |
  12. The Beaten Path Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  13. Posing toys | Till All Are Fun
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object « LargeSelf
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Stephen Chapman
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | khaula mazhar
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge – object | Chittle Chattle
  19. Object | de Wets Wild
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Just Snaps
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Paths Unwritten
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Milka Pejovic
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Travel Monkey
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | autopict
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Rooktopia
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Today, on Earth
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: What is This Object? | Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | castelsarrasin
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Hope* the happy hugger
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | roastbeefandrakija
  32. A Drink With A View… | Steve Says….
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | TechPersonified
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Jennifer Nichole Wells
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | This, that and the other thing
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  37. Barely Chocolate Pound Cake | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Cardinal Guzman
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Travels and Trifles
  40. Object | About-One-Thing
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Sébastien Grobelny – Photography
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Joe’s Musings
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | thoughts and entanglements
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | What Is It?!?
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Deelusions Photography
  47. Many Miles | Pennine Photography
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Elämän katupeili
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Forest Garden
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – Happy New Year Dragon! | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | decocraftsdigicrafts
  52. WPC: Object | Books, Music, Photography & Movies : my best friends
  53. weekly photo challenge – object | myguiltypleasures
  54. 153 | jotpegi.me
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Cee’s Photography
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object « colderweather
  57. “Object” – Weekly Photo Challenge | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Jinan Daily Photo
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Tim Wolverson – Photo Blog
  60. “Object” – WPC | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – Ein Ziegel mit meinem Namen | bambooblog hamburg
  62. A Penny, Sand Balls, Godzilla, and a Floating Flower | Chronic Nonsense
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | marthalisek
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Natsukashi Kansai
  66. It Started in Asia
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Momus News
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object, Or: The Old Piano | Polymathically
  69. Object of her Affection | Babsje Heron
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | 2812 photography
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object « Dodger Blue World
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Lins Doodles
  73. Object: Mooring post | Nature on the Edge
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge : Object | Les Petits Pas de Juls
  75. Object « Jag gör världen vackrare
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge : Object at Parade Rest | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Wind Against Current
  78. Memories Of Who I Am | Lillie-Put
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object « Sasieology
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Fiery Fluorite | puncta lucis
  81. A sex object | Every picture tells one
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Creative Mind
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | the thirdeyeworld
  84. Weekly photo challenge | Object | Caring and Creating
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Escape from Chaos
  86. Ornithologie (Naturhistorische Sammlungen) | Empire of Lights
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object Clothes Pins & Lunch Bags | Photography by Char
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | TinaBHH
  89. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object « Leya
  90. Within my Reach | Daily Observations
  91. weekly photo challenge: object | wise monkeys abroad
  92. Object: Focal Point | Nature on the Edge
  93. Maui Pineapple Tour is Golden | Jaspa’s Journal
  94. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | For the Love of Living Things
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | The other pictures.
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | To Breathe is to Write
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object « The Neophyte Photographer
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | paintedwords
  99. A view with a flower.. | A Journey Called Life …
  100. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | PonderTheIrrelevant
  101. WordPress challenge – Object | Tvor Travels
  102. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object, Or: Anchors Aweigh | Polymathically
  103. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Diary of Dennis
  104. :: WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Belo Horizonte daily photo
  105. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object, Or: The Midnight Reverie Sundae | Polymathically
  106. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | At least we made it this far…
  107. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | Journeys with Johnbo
  108. Weekly Photo Challenge: OBJECT | V A S T L Y C U R I O U S
  109. An object. Indeed! | Words ‘n Pics…
  110. WPT: Object and Opportunity | shunyata
  111. Weekly Photo Challenge : Object | Jejak-jejak yang Terserak
  112. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object « LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS
  113. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Irregular Ventilator
  114. Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Object (Birds eating Nuts) | What’s (in) the picture?
  115. Objects of the past.. | For our tomorrows….
  116. The weekly photo challenges |
  117. Grow up | Thin spiral notebook
  118. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Retired2Travel
  119. Driftwood… | Life through a Lens
  120. Object Lesson (Weekly Photo Challenge) | 365 Days of Thank You
  121. Object | @vannilla
  122. Weekly Photo Challenge : Object / Obyek | bambangpriantono
  123. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Still Times – Our China and Life Adventures
  124. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | happyface313
  125. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Leigh’s Wordsmithery
  126. Object – WPhotoC | Ouch!! My back hurts!!
  127. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | The Amateur Camera
  128. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Beijing Daily Photo 2
  129. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Babbleogue
  130. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | A Wilderness of Words
  131. Weekly Photo Challenge : “Object” | SABAS LOG
  132. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | six degrees photography
  133. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Jejak Langkah
  134. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Number The Stars
  135. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object (Roll Your Karma) | Be Less Amazing
  136. Adam Ickes | Weekly Photo Challenge: Object
  137. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Musings
  138. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Snapshots & Smiles
  139. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Shannon’s Creative Work
  140. Object: A Forever Laugh | Mary J Melange
  141. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Memory Catcher
  142. duck | yi-ching lin photography
  143. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Ruth E Hendricks Photography
  144. Weekly Challenge: Object | Here & Abroad
  145. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Destino
  146. Weekly Photo Challenge: OBJECT | Duniya Ku
  147. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | The Gaia Experience
  148. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Picture the Pretty
  149. Weekly Photo Challenge – Object | alien shores
  150. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object – Beer Bottles | Billy’s Travel Album
  151. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object (or Objective of the Object: Kung Hei Fat Choi!) « Delightfully Different Life
  152. Weekly Photo Challenge: Objects of a Masquerade | @ The West Gate
  153. Clouds and Rain: Objects of Fascination | Thinking Through My Lens
  154. Pets | Kaleidoscope
  155. WPC: Object | dadirridreaming
  156. [WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGES] Object. | Fathia’s little cave
  157. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | stenoodie
  158. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | Brian Mok
  159. Weekly Photo Challenge: Object | The Mindless Musings
  160. weekly photo challenge : object | Time To Be Inspired

Learning from my 4 year old

My son got a wonderful report from his nursery this last term. They tell me he is very intelligent and does his work with concentration. Now that’s he’s 4 I’ve got a tutor for him to start reading the Quran. And when she comes over to teach him, my son wants to climb on the table or sit under it. I can’t understand why he can’t sit still just for 20 minutes when he can spend 5 hours at school doing his work so well.

I also can’t understand why he must get up at 6 when the alarm is set for 7:15am and then jump on me in my bed. And why must he go to the park and then tell me he wants to do potty. Despite some of his odd habits there is much I can learn from him.

Last year when he had Animal day in his school he put a python around his shoulders and didn’t bat an eyelid. I could learn courage from him.DSCN1605

One day he was pretending to be a wolf and walking on all fours when he took a tumble and hurt his head. Instead of stopping he went and wore his bicycle helmet. I could learn resilience from him.

He always has an answer ready for everything. When I asked him why he wasn’t eating the cheese with his breadsticks, he said because he wasn’t a rat. And he wouldn’t have his carrots because he wasn’t a rabbit. I could learn to be witty like him.

He was singing a song and changing the words and laughing loudly at the result. I could learn from him to laugh more.20130712_074552

If he’s upset with me over something he’ll tell me to go away and when I leave the room he’ll come after me and try to be friends. I could learn from him to forgive easily.

And lastly he tells me about 10 times a day that I’m pretty and kisses me and hugs me. I could learn to be more loving like him.

Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ

  1. Secrets of the universe | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  2. Ethical Professor Boynton (Part 1) | The Jittery Goat
  3. Really! How much more 🙂 (for my US friends) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. The younger years | muffinscout
  5. Daily Pormpt; Generation XYZ | Journeyman
  6. Internet Monsters: a very Grimm tale… Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  7. Another Day at the Gym | That’s Just The Way It Is
  8. Rock of the Ages | Exploratorius
  9. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  10. For Fun: The More, The Many-er | Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | likereadingontrains
  11. DP Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Sabethville
  12. I’m not happy with Naked People | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. Jumping the gaps | Unlocking The Inner Creative
  14. Daily Prompt: XYZ | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  15. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | The Wandering Poet
  16. Dating Through My Eyes | The Story of a Guy
  17. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ – Facebook are for the oldies | littlegirlstory
  18. The wisdom of old age (Daily prompt Haiku) | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  19. The Really Inconvenient Truth | The Dragon Weyr
  20. Daily Prompt: Don’t Stop Learning | Step It Up
  21. Age | Sue’s Trifles
  22. Purpose Not Power | The Photo Faith Challenge
  23. Generations | hitting a brick wall
  24. The Psychology of Managing Across Multiple Generations in the Workplace: The Sandwich Method « psychologistmimi
  25. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | My Endless Rants & Ramblings
  26. Generated Generation. « ayimas
  27. Oh to be 90! | Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  28. Goldilocks and Generational Snobbery | meanderedwanderings
  29. Zeebra Designs & Destinations
  30. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | The Music of Steel
  31. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | laura-in-china
  32. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Everyday Adventures
  33. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | ferwam
  34. Generation XYZ | The Nameless One
  35. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ – Celebration and Protest | The Pink Cucumber
  36. Maiden – Mother – Crone – Honoring Lifestages | Shrine of Hecate – Ramblings of a New Age Witch
  37. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  38. Mentoring: A Strand of Three | Live Life in Crescendo
  39. daily prompt: Generation XYZ | aimanss…
  40. Generation XYZ | Flowers and Breezes
  41. How Young are you? | Cascading Dreams
  42. GEN X VS. GEN ALPHA | DANDELION’S DEN
  43. Why Me vs Me Me Me | Reinvention of Mama
  44. Talking ‘Bout Yer Generation | The Shotgun Girls
  45. Why Do Young People Think ‘Just One Step’ =s Accessibility?
  46. My treasure | Life is great
  47. NOT Talking ‘Bout my Generation | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  48. How my story turned into a class project and gave me hope for the next generation | The Silver Leaf Journal
  49. Yesterday and today | Myriad Notions
  50. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | medicinalmeadows
  51. Learning Through the Ages | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  52. The sun is the same in a relative way « Sithiram
  53. Inspiration Monday 27 January 2014 Meets the Daily Prompt: Never Send a Man to do a Boy’s Job | One Starving Activist
  54. UNDERSTANDING GEN X AND Y … SAY WHAT? | Serendipity
  55. IITYWTMWYBMAD?* (or How the Internet created a new language) | MC’s Whispers
  56. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ |
  57. Daily Prompt – Generation XYZ | Views Splash!
  58. Through the ages | Willow’s Corner
  59. Generation XYZ: What’s Age Anyway? |
  60. Like, gag me with a spoon! | The Flavored Word
  61. The Age of Cyber-Telepathy…(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  62. Age | Rebecca Barray – Writer/Photographer
  63. Where live the giants? | Emotional Fitness
  64. Daily Prompt – Generation XYZ – Young Old Man |
  65. Every second turning us in Gold | Dreams to Reality !
  66. Give Me Money. | The Playground
  67. Respect « One Crazy Mom
  68. The Generation XYZ | Passionately Bored
  69. A Certain Disconnect | My Author-itis
  70. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ/The Stagen Family | Advocacine’s Blog
  71. Hurt Not The Earth | Making Life an Art
  72. Age | The Land Slide Photography
  73. Going for the Kill (# 9) | Rolbos ©
  74. Dear GenX, Boomers: Why Are You So Obsessed With GenY’s Shortcomings? | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  75. X, Y and V: is for Vampire « Brigid’s Cauldron, Prometheus’ Fire
  76. Finding Wisdom Along the Mayan Path | Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It
  77. Generations | authenticallyannamarie
  78. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | I really just pretend to know stuff
  79. Daily Prompt: Age | That Montreal Girl
  80. Daily post: Age | Destino
  81. Daily Prompt Challenge ~ Age | soletusknow
  82. Daily prompt: The bliss of entitlement | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  83. 10 Reasons That I Wish I Was A Toddler | The Pinterested Parent
  84. There’s No App For That Revisited | Wiley’s Wisdom
  85. Millenial | My Infernal Imagination
  86. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Basically Beyond Basic
  87. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ, 30 January 2014 | The San Francisco Scene–Seen!
  88. Somewhere Between X and Y | Polymathically
  89. If I’d only known then … | Brome Hill
  90. Daily Prompt: An Open Letter to Generation Z | Gradual Thought
  91. AGES: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow | The Christian Gazette
  92. Educating Our Kids to be Responsible Digital Citizens « Kakie’s Corner
  93. annerledesland
  94. Generation gap | The Word Trance
  95. Daily Prompt: Age | Wicked Words
  96. Daily Prompt: Age | Reflections on a Theme
  97. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation | Edward Hotspur
  98. Daily Prompt: Generation XYZ | Your Daily Dose

Top 10 Weird Driving Trips

It was around two and a half years ago that I got my driving license after 5 attempts at the test. I was extremely delighted since it meant that I didn’t have to appear in the test a 6th time and also there would be no problem dropping and picking my son who was soon to start school.

Since then I have made some regular trips and some irregular ones. Here are some of the weird trips I have had to make:PicsArt_1391090110588

  1. Going to the park to pick up my son after an emergency call from his nanny because he needed to do potty and there’s no toilet near the park.
  2. Taking him back when he was done.
  3. Getting an ice cream for my husband from the nearby market late at night because he was craving for one and was too tired to get it himself. What can I say, I’m a dutiful wife!
  4. Rushing to the birthday supply shop to have helium balloons filled up in time for my husband’s surprise birthday party.balloons
  5. Going to my son’s school to pick up his little rubber monster toy which he forgot to bring back with him and threw a big tantrum when he found out it was missing.20140130_181343
  6. Bundling my aged mother, her wheelchair, my son, his stroller and his nanny into the car for a trip to the aquarium. It was worth it, we had a blast!20130714_160738
  7. Bundling 4 ladies and 4 children in my 7-seater with supplies for a ladies day out in the park. This one I could have skipped.
  8. Bringing two tables, 16 chairs and birthday supplies for my son’s birthday party on a day when it had rained heavily and flooded many roads. Thankfully the rain didn’t spoil the party and the tables and chairs looked lovely.P1010408
  9. Making a trip to the Oman consulate and getting lost in the process only to find out that we could get a visa on arrival.
  10. Rushing to the hospital emergency in the middle of the night with my son who wouldn’t stop coughing and was refusing to be nebulized. The staff was so inefficient they didn’t see him till half an hour, but thankfully the coughing had stopped more or less.

School assessment

Write a post entirely in the present tense.

We arrive at the school well in time for your assessment. Other children come in one by one with their parents. I check you in at the reception and wait with you in the area that they point us out to.

You are so excited to come to the big school and you want to go inside quickly. I on the other hand am a bit stressed. It feels like I’m in for a job interview.

Soon enough they call all the children to queue up. Parents accompany the children who are a bit nervous to be on their own at least up to the hallway. You on the other hand march off to stand in queue with your hands behind your back like you do in your own school. You don’t even look back at me. I come up to you and whisper in your ear that I’m outside while you do your assessment.

I wait outside with the other parents. I wonder why they take an hour to assess a 4 year old child. The first child comes out crying and the teacher looks for her parents. How disappointing for them.

I wonder what you are doing now. Are you following instructions, answering questions or just having fun? Whatever happens, I am so proud of you. Another child comes out also crying. What are they doing inside to the poor children?

I pass the time by talking to another mother seated next to me. We discuss about how difficult it is nowadays to get kids into good schools.

The hour is almost up and now the children start to come outside. This lot looks happy. I see you coming out too. You run to me and tell me you had fun. That’s a relief!

And now for the next two weeks I await the results.

Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now

  1. The Steps Of St. Paul’s | Experimental Fiction
  2. A Speck Of Green Part 2 (From Steve’s Window) | The Jittery Goat
  3. Enjoy YOUR present | From One Crazy Life To Another
  4. Punch my mind, why don’t you? Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  5. Harder than it is | Casually Short
  6. write here, write now. | hitting a brick wall
  7. of reasons « Anawnimiss
  8. Yellowstone snow coaches — then and now | Exploratorius
  9. Now | maritacamille
  10. Post in the Present Tense | Sunday Epidemic
  11. Love, actually | ब्‍लॉगते रहो
  12. [M.M.X.I.V. 29] TA busywork | Never A Worry
  13. 32 Minutes | Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | likereadingontrains
  14. Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | Being a Huntress
  15. Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | Journeyman
  16. we connect to | y
  17. DP Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | Sabethville
  18. Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  19. Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  20. Living in the present | Sue’s Trifles
  21. Here and Now « colderweather
  22. As I sit here now | Geek Ergo Sum
  23. It’s raining at the moment, which isn’t really news anymore. | thoughtsofrkh
  24. Write Here, Write Now | Blessed Zyra
  25. everyday | peacefulblessedstar
  26. Red, gold, pink / Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  27. The Quiet Hour | The Dragon Weyr
  28. Enjoy YOUR present | Emotional Fitness
  29. Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | sixty, single and surviving
  30. I DON’T WANT TO BE FRESHLY PRESSED! | DANDELION’S DEN
  31. Write Here, Write Now Or Something Like That | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  32. Write | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  33. Hey, What About Now? | meanderedwanderings
  34. very present | sarahscapes
  35. Just Now – Passionately Bored
  36. Today Is What Matters Now | Flowers and Breezes
  37. To the Sea | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  38. Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  39. Caught in a Deep-Freeze Polar Vortex Moment: Feeling Pensive about the Health of our Nation | Institute for Hispanic Health Equity

 

Friday Fictioneers: No Smoking

claire-fuller-2Sami had been smoking since he was 18. When he married at 27, his wife begged him to stop but he wouldn’t listen. Holding his son for the first time he decided he had to quit. So he did. But after a year he was back again.

When his wife was going to have her second baby she reminded her husband how he had quit because of his son. “Do this for your daughter” she said.

Sami has not touched a cigarette since that day. But he does tease his wife about how many children they will have to have.

This story has been written for the Friday Fictioneers. For details see the link below:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/31-january-2014/

There’s a space-ship in my neighbor’s garage

This is the winning post for the Jan 2014 What if challenge (link given below).

What if you discovered a space-ship in your neighbor’s garage?

I was coming home from my afternoon walk when suddenly I stopped dead in my tracks. There in broad daylight was a shiny white space-ship parked in my neighbor’s garage.

“I knew it” I thought to myself, “I just knew it”. I always knew there was something strange about the neighbors. They had never returned my calls or thanked me for the cookies I sent them nor the chocolates on New Year. And then their two boys were so odd because they never made any noise. I mean how strange is that? I never saw them playing in the garden or heard them shouting or laughing.

I giggled to myself. So my neighbors were aliens. I wondered what they actually looked like. Did they have green skin and one eye in the middle of the forehead? Mrs. Jones always looked so prim and proper with not a hair out of place. But I must say they were being very daring, not even bothering to hide the fact that a space-ship was parked in their garage.

I was just opening my front door when I heard a voice behind me.

“Hello there!” It was Mrs. Jones standing in my driveway in a neat little blue dress.

“Xertang from Mercury is here to see you. They landed in the wrong house and asked if they could keep their space-ship in my garage. I told them of course, what are neighbors for?”

I swore. My secret was out.

http://okaywhatif.com/2014/01/06/new-feature-month-long-writing-challenge-with-voting/

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/daily-prompt-neighbors/

  1. Lonely Park | muffinscout
  2. Axe-wielding landlady: a true story! Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  3. JFK Ultra Walk | Exploratorius
  4. Mr Fall | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. Paradox | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  6. A bird and the boat | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  7. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | DCMontreal: Blowing the Whistle on Society
  8. Neighbours | Sue’s Trifles
  9. Yeah, I’m in the habit of phoning weirdo’s and hanging out. | thoughtsofrkh
  10. Next Door | Melibelle in Tokyo
  11. Revenge of the Duck | The Jittery Goat
  12. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening | Ps and Qs: Photography, Poetry and Quiet
  13. Unseen and Unknown | Finale to an Entrance
  14. adversity | yi-ching lin photography
  15. DP Daily Prompt: Good fences? | Sabethville
  16. Two Hours | Lifeinpawprints’s Weblog
  17. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? « Mama Bear Musings
  18. Fences, Boundaries, and Relationships Prayers and Promises
  19. Mal Vecino! | growinolder
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie & Neighbors | LenzExperiments
  21. Neighbourhood. | The Word Trance
  22. Good Neighbors, Bad Neighbors « One Crazy Mom
  23. second home first | peacefulblessedstar
  24. Neighbors in a bus! | Notes to self…
  25. [M.M.X.I.V. 39] Mighty Murf | Never A Worry
  26. Who is Truly My Neighbor? | meanderedwanderings
  27. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Beats of Pieces
  28. Lasers, Conspiracies, and Aluminum Hats | Under the Monkey Tree
  29. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | imagination
  30. The Good Doctor | My Author-itis
  31. Evening Jam Session | My Little Avalon
  32. Who is my neighbor? | humblegenealogy
  33. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | An American in Norway, a Citizen of the World
  34. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  35. Friendly | Active Army Wife
  36. Oh My Neighbor | Flowers and Breezes
  37. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Occasional Stuff
  38. Daily Prompt: Next Door | A Taste of Morning
  39. Living in a New York “Oz” Neighborhood: The Racer, The Smoker, The Harangued Mommy, and The Pet-Friendly Curmudgeon « psychologistmimi
  40. Two different stories | Life is great
  41. Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbors | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  42. Neighbours | VirtuallyAllSorts
  43. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Basically Beyond Basic
  44. Best NEIGHbors in the World / Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. From a Dog’s Eye-view…wp daily prompt | Daily Observations
  46. CHICKENS, COOPS, CRAZY TURKEYS AND ONE OLD FARMER | SERENDIPITY
  47. Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbours – Eventually | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  48. Childhood neighbors | My Weigh To Lose
  49. Is it really greener on the other side? | MC’s Whispers
  50. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | The Wandering Poet
  51. The Strangest of Places | martha0stout
  52. the blackberry is a gooseberry | litadoolan
  53. Accidentally Aging | Kosher Adobo
  54. DP: Next door | As I See It
  55. Like a good neighbor, stay over there | Willow’s Corner
  56. Daily Prompt: Good Fences | Finding Life
  57. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  58. Daily Prompt: Fences couldn’t keep me in … | Nicola Kirk
  59. Daily Prompt: Next Door | Occasional Stuff
  60. Yellow In My Neighborhood | Light Words
  61. On the Other Side of the Fence | by LRose
  62. Rats with Wings | field of thorns
  63. lordmikle
  64. Neighbours, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours… | Steve Says….
  65. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  66. Good fences | An Italophile
  67. No One is Home | The Land Slide Photography
  68. Of Love (John Keats’ Next Door Neighbour) | Angela Hickman ~ Poetry
  69. Not yet love | vic briggs
  70. Next door | Dhikrcave
  71. Daily Prompt: Fences (For S) | Finicky Philly
  72. Neighbors: Daily Post | Destino
  73. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | 2l2phant
  74. Good Fences | the word weaver
  75. Hello, Neighbor! | The Teen Theme
  76. Love Thy Neighbor | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  77. Next Door | Travel with Intent
  78. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  79. NED, THE BIKER WHO PLUMBED | SERENDIPITY
  80. Old Jimmy | Overcoming Bloglessness
  81. The Apartment of Sin | Writings of The Midnight Thief
  82. Good Fences? | Wandering Gypsy Spirit
  83. Daily Prompt: Good Fences? | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  84. NED, THE BIKER WHO PLUMBED | Feature Magazine

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Neighborhood

I guess the theme is to walk around your neighborhood and take some pictures. So that’s what I did this morning. The most prominent thing in my neighborhood is the bougainvillea. Every house has it. It flowers most of the year round and requires little water. That’s why it is very popular here in the desert. It comes in beautiful vibrant colors and I think its reflection in the water looks stunning.

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http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/28/cees-fun-foto-challenge-walk-100-steps-or-less-and-take-new-photos/

The Strength of Family

I’ve had good friends throughout my life but they’ve come and gone. I’m still in touch with many of my school friends but they’re living their own lives so far away. All this time the person I’ve been closest to is my sister.

By coincidence when I moved to Dubai she had moved here as well just a month earlier. We live only 15 minutes away from each other. Before that we were both living in the same city where we had spent all of our childhood. We’ve been together all of our lives.

I saw my sister who is a doctor look after my father when he was dying of cancer. I learnt from her that no matter how many friends you have it is family you can depend on in times of need. Family is the most important thing you can have.  You don’t choose your family but they are a blessing that God bestows upon you.

In every crisis we have faced I have seen my family come together. After my parents I know I can depend on my siblings if ever I need them. For the same reason I panic at the thought that my son is an only child. Who will he turn to when his parents are no longer around?

Just the other day when I was driving my son to school he said, “Dear God please give Mama a baby”. I was very surprised that he said that but at the same time I repeated in my head “Dear God, please listen to him.” I hope my son gets to experience the joys of having siblings and never has to feel alone in this world.

Me with my brother and sister

Me with my brother and sister

Daily Prompt: BFFs

  1. Friends | The Magic Black Book
  2. You want to see best friends against the world? | From One Crazy Life To Another
  3. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Journeyman
  4. Voices | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  5. A Speck Of Green – Part 1(Looking for Dad) | The Jittery Goat
  6. Kith and kin | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  7. Daily Prompt: BFFs | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  8. things to learn | y
  9. Learning the lesson of love… Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  10. DP Daily Prompt: BFFS | Sabethville
  11. Daily Prompt – Lesson Learned: A Haiku; Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | LisaRosier.com
  12. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  13. Daily Prompt: BFFs | laura-in-china
  14. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Under the Monkey Tree
  15. The lady with the plasters | Kate Murray
  16. Friends Trust Each Other Prayers and Promises
  17. Daily Prompt: BFFs | The Wandering Poet
  18. Defy the Diet | Daily Prompt: BFFs | likereadingontrains
  19. Seriously? | My Author-itis
  20. Friends | trifectumblog
  21. The one who spoke | dandelionsinwind
  22. Learning from each other | Geek Ergo Sum
  23. Those I Adore | Writing and Works
  24. Mans best friend | From One Crazy Life To Another
  25. A BFF Haiku | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  26. I’ll Be There For You (When the Rain Starts to Fall) | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  27. Special Purpose or Special Man | marjanitalarosa
  28. Lessons Learned « One Crazy Mom
  29. Get Back Up | Wanderlein
  30. Because I knew you, I have been changed for good. | Amoeba Kat Musings
  31. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with some Ink and a Hammer | Me and the Outlaw Jesse James
  32. Daily prompt: BFFs | ferwam
  33. Never Letting Go | Pretty ToThinkSo…
  34. A Poem: A Bit of Friendly Advice | I Hope You’re Taking Notes
  35. Smoke Flares Must Taste Delicious | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  36. BFFs! | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  37. My Best Sisfur… | Haiku By Ku
  38. Daily Post: BFF aka A girl called Gigi | Willow Blackbird
  39. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Wordz on a Page
  40. Daily Prompt: BFFs | No Apologies
  41. Daily Prompt: Let Your Hair Down! | birgerbird
  42. Inspirational words from a friend | Processing the life
  43. Friends You Can Trust | Flowers and Breezes
  44. Alles Geben | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  45. The Urban Family | londonlately
  46. Ode to Spam | Farfetched Friends
  47. BFF Lessons | The Nameless One
  48. BFFs?? Sure! | LenzExperiments
  49. Best Friends Forever | Eyes to Heart
  50. Daily Prompt: BFFs | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Weekly Writing Challenge: Perspectives

Expanding on a story I wrote for Friday Fictioneers and showing the different perspectives…

Adnan’s mother put the kettle on for tea and looked out of the window. Adnan was sitting in the garden with his new fiancé Meena and talking and laughing. Her son looked happy but she couldn’t come to terms with the sudden surprise he had pulled on her. They had just known each other a few weeks and he had proposed to this mystery girl who had come from nowhere. On top of that he had given her his grandmother’s ring. Of course it was his to give but at least he could have consulted his mother.

Adnan had found the love of his life. Meena was the sweetest, prettiest, most caring girl in the world. He loved the way she hung on every word of his and laughed at his jokes. He hoped he would get that job he had interviewed for so that they could set the date of the wedding soon. He was sure Meena would make a wonderful mother. Adnan turned around. His mother was calling him inside. He knew his mother must have been a bit surprised by the news but he also knew she would love Meena. Who wouldn’t?

Meena was tired. All this laughing and pretending sapped her energy. Adnan was good looking but a bit childish and boring. And that mother of his was watching her the whole time. What did she think, she would make off with her china? She had better be careful of this woman. When Adnan was driving her home Meena let her mind wander. She remembered the day she was supposed to be getting engaged to Raheel and he never showed up. She sat there dressed up as a bride but he didn’t even call. That day she promised herself she would never let anyone break her heart again. She looked at the ring on her hand. She had got what she wanted. It was time to move on.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes At The Door

  1. Inside the head of a sporadic three year old | From One Crazy Life To Another
  2. Fifteen Year Old Me Is Disgusted | The Cheese Whines
  3. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave your shoes at the door! | khaula mazhar
  4. The Curse of Personal Knowledge | Emotional Fitness
  5. Elvis Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  6. Weekly Challenge: A Mile in your Fur | Confessions of a Nerdy Girl
  7. Weekly writing challenge – leave your shoes at the door | Susi Matters
  8. Let’s Do Something Amazing! | rarasaur
  9. DP weekly challenge – shoes – A morning in the life of sonny Jim. |
  10. That’s not me | Mort La Datorie
  11. In the mind of a dolphin kidnapper | In my world
  12. The Color Purple, Maybe/DPChallenge | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  13. Other point of views – For the Dailypost | readsomethingdifferent
  14. My Parents’ Divorce: Weekly Word Challenge | Between Madness & Euphoria
  15. When is ‘now’ over so ‘later’ can start? | New tricks for old dogs
  16. Bête Noire | Paper Plane Pilots
  17. Appreciating my Parents after Rearing my own Children, DPchallenge | Angela McCauley
  18. Not All Shoes Fit The Same | The Chatter Blog
  19. in the middle of the night | The Matticus Kingdom
  20. The language barrier | Never Stationary
  21. Perhaps today will snow « Dancing with Fireflies
  22. A Day In The Life | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  23. Switching It Up: DP Weekly Challenge | The Tawny’s Blog
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes At The Door | imagination
  25. Weekly Writing Challenge: Leave Your Shoes at the Door | Picayune Pieces
  26. Can you Imagine Being Gay? | Abstractions of Life
  27. Platonic Shift | Brain Droppings
  28. Leave Your Shoes At The Door: Memory Clinic | At least we made it this far…
  29. Introverts, Elephants | thanks for letting me autograph your cat
  30. Front Door Shoes | Wendy Karasin – Musings of a Boomer
  31. From Lima Beans To Turtles | Fish Of Gold
  32. Birthdays | This thing called, “Life.”
  33. Mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Love.Books.Coffee.
  34. Sitting In a Pew | The Photo Faith Challenge
  35. A life not planned… | From diapers and tutus to meetings and boardrooms
  36. I Married a Handsome Fool (wife’s perspective from husband’s view) | Movie Hugs Will Kill You
  37. I lost my virginity in ugly underwear. | bethanyah
  38. A Speech Evaluation as Experienced from the Other Side of My Desk | Ginger’s Grocery
  39. “Lets Walk Without Our Shoes Down Childhood Memory Lane” | Just A Recovery Author Learning To Be A Better Writer
  40. Glimpses Into a Younger Me | missmoodygirl
  41. Can’t you see Things From my Point of View? | Humans Are Weird

Self Motivation

A conversation between the dreamer side of me who provides the motivation with the practical side who actually gets things done.

So what’s up?

Nothing much, just the usual.

How’s that “Freshly Pressed” post coming along?

Haven’t written it yet.

And your novel?

Writing it slowly but not really inspired.

Why what happened, I thought you set yourself a goal of finishing it this year?

Yeah, but ever since I didn’t win that competition I feel I’m not really that good. Why would anyone read my novel?

You won’t know till you write it. You know it is a good idea.

If my best wasn’t good enough, I don’t think I can write any better.

It shouldn’t be about winning, but trying and giving it your best shot. If you decide to quit that’s when you really lose.

It’s easier said than done. I’m the one doing all the work.

That’s why you need to believe in yourself and stop putting yourself down. Be your own supporter and stop looking to others to tell you that you’re good.

The others are the one who are going to buy my novel.

Yes, but until you don’t believe you can do it how can you convince anyone else?

OK you have a point.

Where are you going?

To write a post. I got a great idea.

Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course

  1. Harry Potter, Famous Dads and Stoke Newington | AS I PLEASE
  2. Emotional baggage | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Motivation Needed | suzie81’s Blog
  4. Neanderthals | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  5. I want to be a dreamer when I grow up | From One Crazy Life To Another
  6. Barriers | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  7. Scenes From A Barrier Island | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  8. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course -as a Medical Student | Journeyman
  9. Some weeks I just wish I could hibernate | Kate Murray
  10. Why women put up barriers to sex! ADULT CONTENT -Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  11. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | The Wandering Poet
  12. DP Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Sabethville
  13. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  14. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Under the Monkey Tree
  15. Obstacles | Sue’s Trifles
  16. blossoming individual | peacefulblessedstar
  17. Getting Things Done « One Crazy Mom
  18. Adventures in baby cereal | Life Love Lily
  19. So much to do | Angel Frouk
  20. Getting Out of My Way | The Silver Leaf Journal
  21. A Day With Chef Rene | The Jittery Goat
  22. caught | yi-ching lin photography
  23. there are | y
  24. Obstacles to Peace and/or Prosperity/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  25. Purpose | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  26. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course (to UK) | Memory Bank of the Nocturnal
  27. An obstacle for everyone | LauGraEva
  28. The “Motif” Obstacle Course! | Home’s Cool!
  29. Daily Prompt: Obstacles « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  30. The Silent Treatment. | Hope* the happy hugger
  31. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Awl and Scribe
  32. of nothingness « Anawnimiss
  33. Why Did I Tackle This Obstacle Course? | Sued51’s Blog
  34. Time and Time Again . . . But, There Never Seems to be Enough | meanderedwanderings
  35. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | sixty, single and surviving
  36. Inspirational quotes by Steve Jobs | Processing the life
  37. Life Can Be A Obstacle Course | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  38. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  39. Smoke Screen | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  40. Busy, Busy, Busy Bee… | An Upturned Soul
  41. Time and Tide | Flowers and Breezes
  42. Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | Kauniiksi katsottu – Seen as Beautiful
  43. WP Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course | 101 Challenges in 1001 Days
  44. Bottled Gumption | A.C. Melody
  45. You Can’t Tie Your Shoes | Sam Wight
  46. Daily Prompt: Obstacles / unlocking my doors… | Louie Behogan
  47. Overcoming barriers | Mishe en Place
  48. DP: Obstacle Course |Metaphor is a pushy jerk. | thejimmieG
  49. Obstacle racing | Unknown File
  50. Lost for Words | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  51. Barriers | The Land Slide Photography
  52. I did it! | Life is great
  53. Early roses | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  54. Obstacles and barriers | Willow’s Corner
  55. How Can We Overcome Barriers to Creativity? | Pairings: Art + What Goes With It
  56. Musings of a First Time Buyer | L5GN
  57. Thanks Allah! | Dreams to Reality !
  58. Obstacle Course | The Nameless One
  59. YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE | Serendipity