Writing 101, Day Sixteen: Third Time’s the charm

IMG_0845Today’s Prompt: Imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. Describe a day in which you come upon something peculiar, or tell about something you find in a pile.

Today’s Twist: If you’d like to continue our serial challenge, also reflect on the theme of lost and found more generally in this post.

In your “lost and found” tale, tell us something larger– a life lesson, perhaps—about finding and losing something.

Third Time’s the charm: This is a story about our pet felines, We had three rescued by my daughter in her first year university. We could not warm up to the idea as there would be a lot of changes we’d have to undergo.

Where to place the litter box was one problem,what to feed them and their yearly check up at the vet. Our daughter would not give up so we had to give in and adjust.

Every year we discovered we loved something about these felines and finally agreed we made the right choice.Then the worst happened the first one we lost to cancer, second one to diabetes and the third one also to diabetes. It was an emotional experience to watch them go.

I made up my mind I wasn’t going to have any more pets, to me the loss was tragic. I was able to stick to my decision for a while.

My daughter’s friend complained of mice, he was advised  to  adopt a feline. He got one, a Siamese, but his frequent travel outside the city was an ongoing  problem, he had to ask my daughter to take care of it while he was away.

While my daughter did not mind  taking care of the felines occasionally, she  developed a fondness  for the kittens and wanted to have her own.

We tracked down a woman breeder, who had five kittens she wanted to sell. We got one who we named  Gabriel, a week later we noticed Gabriel was terribly insecure, we felt sorry for the little one and bought his brother, we named him Raphael.

Gabriel and Raphael are two very naughty felines, when I get too frustrated with their antics I use the water bottle to spray them.

Losing the three female felines was heart breaking for us but finding Gabriel and Raphael filled the void, now we are happy we decided to have these two rambunctious felines who keep us busy.

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365 Writing Prompt: Menagerie

IMG_0845Do you have animals in your life? If yes what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?

Yes we have two Himalayan Siamese breed. We got them from the same litter when they were a few weeks old.

We are very fond of them, they are very demanding, they always want us to play with them. While I can get away not entertaining them, Selina cannot, as soon as she comes home,they complain, one of them about me, how I  neglect them and I do not let them go wild.

Gabriel is known to complain, first when Selina comes home, he meows to let her know she came home late, he did not have a good time because I did my own thing and ignored them.

Raphael however does not complain but will do things he’s not allowed to, only to get attention. I love watching them when I’m not  busy writing or doing my usual household chores.

These two felines mean a lot to us, we play with them ,feed them and use the spray bottle when their behavior gets unmanageable.

Time we spend watching them relieves us from the stress of day to day problems we face, right now it’s the weather, the snowstorms, the huge snowbanks and the impassable roads are some of the worries lately.

The best thing about them is  they communicate by meowing which is not that difficult to bear, compared to the constant complaints of the humans. I think they are good company and without them we might spend time talking about who did what, which is gossiping and that’s really something I dislike. I do believe in the phrase,”An idle brain is the devil’s workshop!”

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365 Writing Prompts: First light

Remember yesterday, when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning? Great. Now write a post about it.

Yesterday I woke up with a strange thought, I have not written the answer to the question in my online course. The more I thought about it more concerned I became.

I sat in front of my computer reading and rereading the questions, I succeeded in selecting one which was what I was required to do, I was elated I selected the question but was deflated when I realized I hardly knew what to write.

I got some books to find out some info about the subject, but Raphael the feline wouldn’t let me, he felt I must spend time with him.

I doused him several times to leave me alone, he was relentless, I was tired stressed out and put the books away, I was in need of a relaxing nap.

In the evening I did nothing I watched TV.

This morning I kept the felines out to complete my work which I did,I am feeling much better now!

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365 writing Prompts: Far from normal

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life.Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might.Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or( just plain odd things about yourself).

We all have a different perspective about our life.What I think is normal, someone else may not. My life as I see it is simple, I wake up before sunrise to pray, if I’m up to it I stay up, if I feel my body needs sleep, I go back to sleep. I have, my breakfast, after this I come back to my room turn on my computer, I go to the page to see what the prompts for that day is, I start writing.

Today’s prompt is all about normal, it is something that varies from person to person. I think my life is normal, my neighbor might think it is boring. I’ve heard the word boring,if I define this word all I read is, uninteresting, tedious, dull. To me all these  meanings are foolish.

Can someone honestly tell me writing is dull, uninteresting or tedious. Tedious can have room for it when I am stuck, but I cannot really say it’s uninteresting which reminds me about the fox and the grapes, just because he couldn’t reach the grapes on the tree he declared that the grapes were sour.

Same thing applies to writing I console myself by saying, “It’s uninteresting.”

I consider my life normal, because my days are planned I know exactly how I’ll spend my day. As far as high life goes it’s not normal for me and I do not feel the urge to lead a high life.

I’m not sure I can call it unique, but here are six things about myself: 1. I write every day. 2. I love studying about Iqbal.3. I think these online courses are awesome.4. I spend a part of my time listening to my favorite songs. 5. My daughter and I have two very cute felines. 6. I do not like heavy snowfall, it disrupts my movement, when and if I want to go out, and I am not fond of shoveling.

The above is all about me or part of it.

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DP Daily Prompt: Be the Change

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What change, big or small, would you like your blog  to make in the world?

I’d like to make some small changes in my blog. I’m hoping to add some photographs taken by me, I have thought about writing some recipes and a bit of poetry to enliven my blog.

I have read and translated quite a few poems, song lyrics mostly by Tagore. I feel why not I try to write some poetry, to broaden my horizon.

I do take photographs occasionally, these days Gabriel and Raphael the two felines gives me ample scope to write about them and also I’d like to focus a bit of time about their behavior, good and bad.

I’ll see how it goes, I would also write the daily prompts, they are always interesting.

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/dp-daily-prompt-be-the-change

365 Writing Prompts: A source of Anxiety

Write about a noise—–or even a silence— that won’t go away(We’ll let you interpret this in different ways…)

“Silence is not always golden.” I found out recently, if it is too quiet in my house something is going on, especially my kittens they must be up to something.

One day our two felines, Raphael and Gabriel were unusually quiet, I was happy thinking they were napping, I ignored their silence and concentrated on my work.

I was deep in thought  when the sound of meow brought me back to reality, I got up to find out where the felines were, sure enough they were busy chewing the cover of my new book.

I just said, “now I know why you two were so quiet.”

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/365-writing-pr…rce-of-anxiety

DP Daily Prompt: Leftovers Sandwich

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Today, publish a post based on unusual material from a previous piece–a paragraph you nixed, a link you didn’t include, a photo you decided not to use. Let your leftovers shine!

In one of my previous post I wrote about Mr. Melendy, how thoughtful he was, I wasn’t able to thank him enough for his kindness.

I didn’t mention another thing he did for me. He called me one day and asked if I’d be interested to go to St John’s, because he was going and it’d be no trouble for him to pick me up from my house, he knew my husband was in the hospital and I might want to go to see him, I was delighted but had a bit of a problem, I had our two cats in the house and I wondered if he’d mind taking them along.

I was surprised when he said, ‘sure take them along.’

I did feel guilty, but Mr. Melendy did not mind taking me and the cats in his vehicle all the way to St. John’s, which is two hundred miles from Gander.

He was unbelievably kind, in case you are wondering I could not rely on anyone in Gander to look after the felines!

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365 Writing Prompts: Home sweet home

When you’re away from home, what person,thing, or place do you miss the most?

I was away from home recently, the most I missed was Raphael and Gabriel, our feline pets. Although we left them with my daughter’s friend, we missed them a lot we could not wait to come home and bring them back the same evening.

Raphael was not happy, he showed his anger by staying away, he did the silent treatment. Gabriel was happy to be back in his familiar surrounding.

Today is the third day we’re back both the felines are back in their usual self i.e., chewing paper, sitting on the keyboard of my daughter’s computer,putting their paw on the computer screen.

Just now they’re barred in my room, so Selina can do her work.

Next I missed my bedroom, my clothes, I did not take my warm clothes which was a mistake. I was so cold and wished I had my warm clothes.

I also missed my home, I don’t have so many stairs to get into my house. The apartment had more than thirty spiral stair case, I had to be careful going up and down.

When we arrived home I breathed a sigh of relief, no matter where I go, ‘I miss my home,sweet home.’

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/365-writing-pr…ome-sweet-home/

DP Daily Prompts: Sweeping Motions

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What’s messier right now — your bedroom or your computer’s desktop(or your favorite devices home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.

My laptop is placed on a table, it has hardly enough space to put my laptop and the mouse, of course there is the telephone too. If I try to move any of them it’ll be disastrous, so they are enjoying the space and nothing else has room to sit there.

I do not have too many devices, the ones that are there are skilfully put in the drawers, our large TV occupies more space than anything else, there is hardly enough room to be messy, however when our felines get overly anxious to catch the ball bounced on TV by tennis players they’re careful enough and therefore they do not fall off.

The place in my house which is the messiest is the basement, we tend to put our discarded things there,hoping to get rid of them as soon as possible, it hasn’t happened yet, but more and more junk is piling up with the same intention of clearing it when we’re free, when we are free our mind is not, so the junk remains.It’s not a good excuse I know, it can’t be helped!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/dp-daily-promp…eeping-motions/

365 Writing Prompts: Michelangelo’s You

Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing, or event from last month of your life into the glistening marble of immortality. What’s the statue and what makes it so significant?

I’d let my personal sculptor carve a statue of my two kittens ;Raphael and Gabriel, they are special to me they were six months old and were looking more and more handsome every day.

Carving a statue of the two felines would be great, it would be wonderful to do the job when they are sleeping,they look so adorable in their sleep.

The work done in glistening marble would make the statue unbelievable, and it will be significant because I’ll have the statue in front of my house.It will show how beautiful they are and how much they love each other.

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