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Thursday, August 21, 2014


This weeks prompt on The Spin Cycle is 'Happiness'. What makes a person happy? There is so much in my life in which I am experiencing joy and happiness. Most of these will not be a surprise to those who know me.  For the sake of brevity as I am now participating in too many blogs here is a list!

  • Grandsons.  Just about anything and everything is bring smiles.  
    • Making a cake with the Oldest, 
    • Conversations with Youngestl
    • Middle just being Middle!
  • Son just dropping in for a visit.
  • Hubby riding his bike makes him happy and I like a happy Hubby.
  • Morning walks
  • Learning how to write haiku and other forms of Japanese poems and poetry.
  • Playing with my new camera
  • Driving my hybrid
  • Having a swimming pool nearby.
    • Having a swimsuit that fits
    • Having drinks in cans to take to the pool
  • Living across the street from World Market
  • Seeing my family on a regular basis.
  • Participation in all sorts of photo and writing blogs
  • Having someone to come in to change light bulbs and air filters.
  • Eating watermelon.
  • Scratching where it itches.
  • A knee that works
  • A good sewing machine
  • Birds
  • Smiles
  • Phone calls from my 96 year old mom to check on me.
  • Sisters
  • Friends from a lifetime
  • Family
    • nieces
    • nephews
    • cousins
I am so happy from just writing about all the happiness in my life I thing I'll go celebrate by eating a banana with some ice cream and chocolate syrup.  My cup is so full it is time to reach out to help someone.  I find happiness in that, too.  And contentment.  And a feeling that life is really about the joy from giving instead of taking all the time.

So find out what the others over at The Spin Cycle brings happiness.   And if you have something to say about happiness join in on the fun!

Thanks to The Spin Cycle Hosts Gretchen and Ginny Marie

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Carpe Diem #542, Tapestry

bent back knotted hands
toil against harsh elements
making gold patchworks

weft embellishment
resolutely stalwart warp
entwined allure

Tapestry is the challenge word for August 19
When I think of tapestry as a seamstress I think of the feel of the finished piece.  Some tapestry is heavy some is light.  Both dependent on the yarn/thread weight.  That weight influences the texture whether smooth like silk or a rough, almost burlap texture.  I suppose our individual tapestries of life are akin to this.  Experience has shown that the changes in life cause variations in materials available to weave into the tapestry.  Broken threads, discontinued colors, the shuttle snags some of the threads.  The damage caused lies unseen.  Too far along to correct the problem.  Even if it becomes a wart on your nose.  Acceptance, adjustment, determination to move on allows continued work on the elegant fabric of one's life.

For other contributions of haiku visit Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosted by Chèvrefeuille.

Carpe Diem #543, Wall

Today's one word haiku challenge from Chèvrefeuille is 'wall'

yellow orb floating
suspended in fluid
strength for breaking walls 

There is so much in life to learn  So much to do.  So much to enjoy to enrich one's mind.  My son calls me a hermit because I do not wish to make a ton of new friends since our move.  It will come, the time to again reach out and share in the physical world.  Until that time I am very content to expand my mind, my essence, my understanding.  Then when the time arrives I shall have more to offer in my extended hand.  For now I am content in my shell touching the world with a keyboard, 1 0 1 0 1 0.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #22, Odilon an artist for your inspiration is suggested by Jen.

Odilon Flower Clouds 

This painting was presented as an example of using art for inspiration.  Using the image as a springboard I dove into the inspiration from art.  These poems are what came to mind as I reflected on some of my own photos as well at the above painting. 

Inspired by Odilon

Cool breeze caresses
Clouds of emotions burst forth
Recline in love’s arms

Inspired by a version of a recent sunrise.

Sky aflame in colors
Rippling of reflections
Sunrise softly kisses day

©Janice Adcock

Please, respect my work.  Ask permission for their use.

Monday, August 18, 2014


A Japanese short form of poetry is known as haiku.  I did not know about poetry that did not rhyme till I started this blogging thing.  I knew iambic pentameter.  I did not pay close enough attention in Literature classes though Mrs. Hull did her best. Anywho, there are several haiku sites I have come across while surfing the meme world.  Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is the latest discovery.  

falling leaves
the house comes
out of the wood

© Jim Kacian

The original Japanese form had a specific structure of 17 syllables within 3 lines.  You wanna know more click here to read for yourself.  Like I said, I don't know about this stuff enough to teach anyone.  The gentleman that wrote the haiku at the top of this post has what is called his own style.  I think that means he does poetry as he wishes.  I am beginning to think that maybe what makes poetry, prose all literature good. doing something that satisfies one's self.  With that in mind  here is my contribution that does not follow the rules exactly.

Woolen covers
in morning sun
cast darkness on life

Janice Adcock

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Songography: Landslide


I took my love and I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
And can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Oh oh I don't know, oh I don't know

I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I, I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I'm getting older too oh yes
I'm getting older too

So, take this love, take it down
Oh if you climb a mountain and you turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring you down, down
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills

Well maybe the landslide will bring you down
Well well, the landslide will bring you down


Fleetwood Mac - Landslide Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Now it time to see how others interpreted this song with their photography.

Thanks to Kathy over at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out for hosting.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Vacation

The Spin Cycle is back after a brief vacation.  Summer vacation is the theme for this week's blog. No official vacation for us this year so I will just submit this little ditty.

Apartment living is still really quite new
This new setup leaves us with little to do.
No yard work nor maintenance except for our cars.
We have time for movies, plays and staring at stars.

We provide shuttle service for grandsons as needed .  
Beats the heck out of yards that need weeded.
Just a short walk to the pool with a drink in hand
It is the perfect vacation that we never planned.

If you want to read about some more exciting vacation doings head on over to The Spin Cycle hosted by Ginny and Gretchen.  Thanks, ladies for your weekly prompts for writing and to the kind folks that visit to read our blogs.

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I'll leave you with a few of photos from previous vacations.
Niagara Falls

Wyoming landscapes.

Colorado windmill

University of Texas tribute at
Lady Bird Johnson's Wild flower Center.