Google+ Followers

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ahhhh! Retirement

Day In The Life Of A Retiree

Arise 
When I darn well please.
Eat whatever I want for breakfast.
Use caution that there is not too much spice.
Or grease, or lactose or the remainder of the day
will be in the bathroom...

Dress.  
Supporting undergarments required only
if there is to be contact with the outside world.

Devotional
One has to be cautious as this is read on the computer.  
Computers can be the devil sucking you into hours
of reading blogs.  Or writing blogs.  Or just looking at drivel.

Prepare and Eat Food
This can take a long time as 
most of our food is frozen.  Just the breakfast
foods are not frozen.  Meats and most veggies are
frozen chunks.  If a groupon or coupon is on hand
we go out to eat.  I spend time look for coupons!

Some Cleaning
Just a little at a time as I do not want to 
break a sweat.

Water Plants
Not much to do here.  Five potted plants.

Walk
If it is a day that I want to 
I will walk a mile or so.

Doctor Visits
This is a project almost weekly at times.
Not for me but for my Hubby.
He is on blood thinner after
the second pulmonary embolism.

Free Time
This is spent in a variety of ways.
Sewing
Looking out the window at birds
at the feeder.
Naps.
Talking to sister or mother.
Working on perfecting photo skills.
Watch ball games of grandsons.
Netflix

Dress/undress for Bed


Exciting, isn't it.


Thanks to The Spin Cycle Host Ginny Marie


Friday, October 24, 2014

Kerouac


This new interest in writing haiku is opening a whole new world of authors to my feeble old mind.  It is being fun, challenging and at times a little overwhelming.  Nonetheless when I sit to work on blogs, it is the haiku I check first.  No, I am not converting to Buddhism, but I am fascinated by the poetry format.  Today's featured 'sparkling star' is Jack Kerouac. Please, click here to read the prompt that tells more of Mr. Kerouac's life and works.  The following are a couple of samples of his work as a haiku poet.

The summer chair
rocking by itself
In the blizzard

Those birds sitting
out there on the fence -
They're all going to die

© Jack Kerouac

polka dot sky
round ripples reach the pond edge
heron stalks fish
©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


The Shikoku Trail

Carpe Diem #589, 
Zentsu-ji 
(February & March 2014) reprise

Inspiration texts can be read by clicking here.

in deep silence
monks cleaning up their garden -
willow leaves fall

(c) Chèvrefeuille

source:  Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Zentsu-ji (temple 75)
sacred journey
gravel grinding the soles
worn waraji
©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI



Tan Renga River Rocks

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #55, 
Magical Mystical Teacher's 
"River Stones"

in a desert land
stones from rivers far away
muttering dark tales

© Magical Mystical Teacher

Our host's response:
in a desert land
stones from rivers far away
muttering dark tales            (MMT)

pebbles shimmer between leaves
white fades away in a rainbow               (Chèvrefeuille)

in a desert land
stones from rivers far away
muttering dark tales   © Magical Mystical Teacher

drawn by cries of loneliness
gathered in creation praise  ©  Janice Adcock

©  Janice Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI



trains

Vladivostok 
(January 2014) reprise

morning awakenings:
among window curtains' flowers
a blade of gray sky

© Alexey Andreyev

click-ity-clack
gently rocking across the miles
lifetime dream fulfilled

©  Janice Adcock



Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI



Dawali

one of the Seven Autumn Flowers

source: hamish

youthful beauty
fireworks reflect in her dark eyes
happy Diwali 

smiling she sleeps holding a
single yellow valerian
©  Janice Adcock

Inspiration posts here and here.

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

longing


Inspiration:

longing for someone
I sit by the gate and draw
eyebrows on a melon  .......... © Shiba Sonome

In 1993 we moved into a newly built home.  The back yard was dirt and four scrawny saplings.  Last fall we moved leaving behind a wonderful garden.  It was designed to attract birds and butterflies.  It did both very well.  We dug a small pond by hand, 30 inches deep by 16 feet long and 8 feet wide.  We fashioned a 25 foot stream leading from the filtration system back to the pond.  Goldfish lived in the pond year round.

Evenings would include my walking to the pond to feed the fishes.  Upon stepping onto the deck I would be greeted by a rush of fish.  I miss many friends and the sparse family remaining in the area.  In our new home I have birds and butterflies that visit our patio.  But there is no soothing pond with a splashing brook waiting at the end of the day.  No fishes to sit and enjoy.




vibrations
swimming to the shadow
feeding time no more

©  Janice Adcock


Jim Kacian is highlighted by our host in this post.  Mr. Kacian guides us in how a superior haiku has the poet disappearing so to speak.  Click here to read the full article.  In the above haiku I have attempted to 'be' the fishes.  And in response to the longing prompt I have looked back to the pond we built in our back yard.  I do miss my fishes.


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI