Daily Prompt : Tender

In response to daily post’s  prompt : Tender

Our Feline Sophie

We saw our new addition in a  pet  store. She was up for adoption, I saw a striking resemblance of her with our adorable JD, who died years ago of cancer.

This little feline  weighed less than a kilo. She was initially named Daphne by the SPCA, I felt the name did not suit her.

My daughter and I were discussing the right name for this delicate kitten, suddenly I said out loud, ‘what about Sophie?’  It was a perfect name for her I thought. Both my daughter and I agreed to name her, Sophie.

A few days later I noticed the kitten, could not meow, in other words, something was wrong with her vocal  cord  . We could not get back to the SPCA to find out what happened. All they told us, they saw her in Bell Island with another cat, they were able to capture Sophie but the other one got away.

Today Sophie is a sweet, soft, and kind-hearted cat, she gets along well with the  other two felines!

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Daily Prompt : Polish

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Polish

To shine your shoes polish them hard,

To improve your grace speak  like a bard.

A gem is not polished without  rubbing,

A brain cannot sparkle without pushing.

Dear friends remember this phrase,

You must work hard to get a   raise!

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Daily Prompt : Infuse

In response to one-word prompt : Infuse

Pickling Lemons My Latest Hobby!

I spent a lot of time, past year and a half, pickling lemons. I have jars on my window sill in the kitchen, with  two kinds of lemons. Never did I think about lemon pickles, and taking time to pickle them, was never my idea of enjoying lemons. I sort of got trapped into doing it. I bought two bags without knowing how I will use them, on the third or maybe fourth day I was concerned about them. I did not want them to rot, and didn’t want them in a dessert which would mean using a lot of sugar.

I knocked the doors of the online recipes and found recipes to make lemon pickles. The process is not so difficult. I realized there was a different kind of work involved. I washed them, sliced them, took out the seeds, and then mixed them with salt and turmeric and put them in jars for a week.

A week later it was time to use a variety of spices, garlic, ginger, white vinegar and oil and green hot chillies. I toasted the dry spices, fried the garlic and ginger, added some sugar. Put all these together in separate jars, so all these along with the lemons that were waiting in salt and turmeric had to be combined.

The next step was to leave them on the kitchen window to get infused. The sun was a factor, but occasionally it did shine and I succeeded in getting the lemons infused with all the other ingredients.

I’m delighted with the result, for I have a few jars of tasty pickles. I gave away a few, I’m hoping to get back the empty jars.

I’m motivated to add  pickling lemons as my hobby!

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Daily Prompt : Survive

In response to the prompt : Survive

I believe we need physical and mental strength to survive the long winters in our city. Just when we think winter is over, the weatherman announces there will be a  snowstorm with close to fifteen or more cm of pure white snow. I  wonder isn’t it the month of May? How can we have a snowstorm this late in the season?

But Nature keeps on changing its mind and we the residents try our utmost to get through yet another bout of the white feathery stuff, which we didn’t think would come back, this late in the year.

While we manage to withstand this blow, Nature connives to check our endurance. I can hear from the distance, ‘yo humans it’s all your fault, you do not respect the environment, you dump garbage all over the world, we are not going to standby and watch your actions, we will indeed remind you, You reap what you sow!’

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Daily Prompt : Hospitality

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Hospitality

I miss our dear friend whom we addressed as, ‘Auntie Jean,’   she was not a relation but treated us, my husband and children better than a relative.

We stayed with her and Uncle Harold several times, for at least a week, each time we visited her. She was warm, friendly and received us with open arms.

Her generosity and kindness towards us was exceptional, she had everything planned what we’d have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, when we stayed with her.

She met my husband at one, ‘Thanksgiving,’ and continued her generosity for a very long time. She was 94 when she passed away. I miss her, I have not found another good soul like her.

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Daily Prompt : Final

In response to daily post’s one word prompt : Final

Mutua Madrid Tennis Championship Final

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are in the Final of the Mutua Madrid Tennis Championship. Today is the day of the final match.

Nadal is a Spaniard and Thiem is an Austrian. Both have won all the matches leading to the final.  Thiem is a young Austrian who comes dressed as a warrior who believes he can beat the Spaniard. Nadal will have the whole country behind him, because it is Spanish championship. Thiem will only have his family and his team rooting for him.

It depends on whose nerve is solid, however, Nadal has the experience and the nerve to win it . Thiem can only rely on his luck.

I hope the match is competitive, and not one sided, it will give the spectators their money’s worth, for I’m sure they’ve spent a huge amount.

I on the other hand will watch it on TV in my room. I’d be happy if Thiem wins but it seems to be a long shot!

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Daily Prompt : Yarn

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Yarn

Grandma Rosie was working in the barn,

Her grandkid Jess came to show his yarn.

‘Why it’s only a piece of thread my darling,

How will I use this one?’ She asked, snarling!

‘Why gramps all my friends say you’re a  genius,

How come you cannot use this my precious?’

Hearing this Granny jumped three feet,

And said, ‘I  know how to use this on meat,

I can tie this roast with this your yarn,

And keep this meat together in the barn.’

Then she took the tied meat on the grill,

And danced around her apron with frill.

Jess was as happy as a lark to see his thread,

Moving and rolling happily like giant Fred!

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Daily Prompt : Blanket

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Blanket

A blanket of snow, covered the ground,

The ring that fell there, couldn’t be found.

The newly married bride cried in despair,

How long shall I wait for snow to disappear!

The clown  passing by had this to say,

Count your blessings fair one this day.

A mere ring is not worth crying for,

Shed a tear or two for those killed  in the war!

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Daily Prompt : Zip

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Zip

My mom once told me to zip my mouth whenever I felt the urge to speak. Usually it was my older siblings who seemed they had nothing better to do than criticize me in all sorts of ways I detested. So I thought to defend myself I should speak up. It didn’t bode well with mom, she felt I’m too outspoken which would make me unpopular with friends in school, or outside when I meet people older than me. Of course in those days all the people I met were older, so I could see she had a point in restricting me.

This zipping my mouth had a bad effect later on in my life. My life in college proved to be stressful, girls in residence bullied me, because I was so quiet. I tried to speak when someone made a nasty comment, I couldn’t say anything as if someone had blocked my vocal chord and words were stuck.

There was an incident in college which is fresh in my memory, one of the girls’ said something to me and I couldn’t tell her off, then the other classmate who overheard it said,  ‘You have no backbone , why didn’t you tell her something?’

I was so hurt I stopped talking to her, which was one weapon I used when someone was mean. I personally think kids should not be restricted to speak, if someone misbehaves with them. After all out in the world they must be able to speak their mind, when no one else will defend them, they should be able to do so themselves!

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