10-line Poem Challenge #35: Stress Matrix Dectet – Blueberries


10-line Poem Challenge #35: Stress Matrix Dectet – Blueberries

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

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Leaves are deciduous or evergreen
Flowers are bell-shaped, white pink or even red
Fruit, is a berry, flared crown with hygiene
Many species, bushes clustered with heads
low bush type is easier to harvest
Modern farmers cultivation widespread
Successful crops for a stable market
The fruit is sweet with an acidic taste
Blueberry muffins, now I am starving
Nutrients are ten-fold, let us not waste.

 Stress Matrix Dectet is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in one single stanza.
  • It is made with 10 syllables per line, written on any subject.
  • The odd lines are written in iambic meter (unstress/stress = o-KAY)
  • The even lines are written in trochaic meter (stress/unstress = EA-sy)
  • Rhyme scheme: aBaBcBcDcD, where lowercase = iambic and uppercase = trochaic

10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Fountain Pens

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10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Fountain Pens

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

Photo CreditAmerican lever filler made of celluloid (Lapis lazuli blue) by Mabie Todd & Co. New York from 1927, model 172/52.

This morning I had a comment on my Poem, Nibs Pens which gave me the idea of writing a sequence to that poem about the fountain pen.

This is part of it Wait, you had to fill a fountain pen? It didn’t come prefilled? I didn’t know that. it’s cool how your poem is both lovely and educational”.

Filling Fountain Pens

Memories of writing with a fountain pen
filling it with ink instead of dipping.
Retractable tube above the pen point
contained internal reservoir of ink
eliminating the dunking nib pen.
Next pens had removable reservoirs
in the form of pre-filled ink cartridges.
The fountain pens retained their dominance
during all my teenage years while schooling
early ballpoint pens, very expensive.

Ten-by-Ten is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in one single stanza.
  • It is made with 10 syllables per line, written on any subject.
  • Rhyme and rhythm are optional.

Margarine or Butter

Bread and Butter

Margarine or Butter

#Tummy Tuesdays

If you would like to join in on the “Weekly Tummy Tuesday blog hop”, please use the above link. You can post anything about food: a restaurant review, a recipe, food photography, a funny food quote, a food song, an essay on food — anything food-related.

Butter vs Margarine

For the last forty years or so butter was classed as bad for your health, now in recent years, it has been discovered that butter wasn’t as bad as thought and margarine are okay as long as it hasn’t trans-fats in it.

The best butter to use is grass-fed dairy cows, make your own butter if at all possible as it won’t have all the additives in it. I have researched this subject quite extensively, my thought is that I have always used butter for baking and etc and always will, I’m aging healthy and will continue using it.

I do use margarine for my sandwiches. I will leave it to you to read this article I have put together and you can make up your own opinion.

Butter vs Margarine


I have discovered through research about fats, that for a healthy body, as the years pass by from toddlers to teens and all the in-betweens if you want to reach those golden years you must eat some fats for a healthy body.

Just eat them in moderation, gives us a bright future.


Photo Credit – Butter or Margarine, it does not matter, just enjoy. Clockwise from bottom: hot buttered tattie scones next to a cheese scone, shiny and flat treacle scones, and a milk scone above a fruit scone

Who Discovered Margarine?

Michel Eugene Chevreul

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It was actually discovered by a French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul in 1813, his work with fatty acids led to early applications in the fields of art and science. He is credited with the discovery of margaric acid.

Who would have thought that from something like that, that is how margarine came about. We have only heard off and used it in the last forty or so years. He lived to be 102 and was a pioneer in the field of Gerontology which is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging.

What is Margarine?


Margarine is an imitation butter spread and is a manufactured, vegetable-oil-based substitute for butter. Vegetable oils are extracted from soya beans, safflower, sunflower etc.

Oli is steamed to remove impurities. Steaming destroys vitamins and antioxidants. Hydrogen gas is bubbled through the liquid oil. This forces unsaturated fatty acids to become saturated and solid.

Synthetic vitamins, artificial colors, and a natural yellow color are added. Not all kinds of margarine are the same, just look for spreads, that doesn’t have trans fats and has the least amount of saturated fat.

Trans fat which is largely a man-made fat and been shown to increase bad cholesterol, so what you need to do is look for zero grams of trans fat when buying margarine. There are so many things being said about margarine, that’s it hard to say which spread is the better of the two, butter or margarine.

How to make Margarine

What is Butter


Butter has vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, CLA (conjugated Linolenic acid), glycosphingolipids, cholesterol, waul zen factor. (NB The waulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization).

For instants did you know? CLA is when butter comes from cows eating grass, it contains this compound that gives excellent protection against cancer. note – (cows eating grass).

It’s time to bury the myth that butter is bad for you. Remember the Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization.

How to make Butter

#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 101 – Family & Survive


#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 101 – Family & Survive

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I tried to give this poetry challenge up, but I find I cannot, I have become very depressed, mind you, it is not unreasonable because of the situation I find myself in so it will continue.

Use the weekly poetry prompt “family & survive”  to write a poem – any form, your choice, also please feel free to substitute these prompt words with a “synonym”.

Free Verse – No limitations

Sidlak Poetry – is a structured poetry consisting of five lines with 3-5-7-9 syllables and a color. The last line must be a color that describes the whole poem or the feeling of the writer.

Etheree Poetry – Syllabic Pattern: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, Rhyme: None

Reverse Etheree Poetry – The only difference is that the syllabic count is reversed: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1Rhyme not required

Triolet  Poetry – consists of 8 lines. Line 1, 4 and 7 are the same line repeated.  So are lines 2 and 8.

Haiku/Senryu Poetry – Here is an in-depth description of Haiku/Senryu Poem (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

Shadorma Poetry– is a Spanish poetic form. A poem of six lines 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables no set rhyme scheme. It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.

Bussokusekika Poetry – a pattern of 5-7-5-7-7-7 Tanka poem with an extra phrase of seven added on at the end.

Retourne Poetry Retourne is a French form of poetry. It is in tetrameter, sixteen lines, eight syllables per line, does not require a specific rhyme scheme.

Stanza 2 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 2 
Stanza 3 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 line 3 
Stanza 4 line 1 repeats Stanza 1 Line 4

Tetractys   5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20), it can be written with more than one verse but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Double Tetractys A decastich (10-line stanza) with an emphasis on the syllabic count of each line. Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1 It should express a complete thought and may be on any theme and express any mood. Rhyme is optional.

Tanka Poetry – consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of 5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count?

  1. You can use the photo above, your own or no photo at all.
  2. The choice is yours, write any style of poetry you wish with the prompt

Copy and paste the link to your finished poem in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks, as I receive them.

Tanka Poem – using the prompt “family & survive”

so many offspring
how do you feed this family
happily, not milk
no mother would survive here
unless you were a ducky

Bloggers that posted on the Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge – Week 100 = Celebrations & Century – 12 June 2018

HecblobberAuthor of “Playing with words”, he loves writing poetry, a blog of poetry, please check it out.

Sarah Whiley – Author of Sarah Whiley’s blog, she writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website.

Joelle LeGendre – Author of Ranting Along blog, loves writing and her animals, a blog with humor that you just have to smile.

Reena Saxena – Founder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant.

Lynn – Author of A Poem in my Pocket, she enjoys writing especially poetry.

Liz is the author of Bronx Beyond Borders – Interesting writer enjoys poetry and short stories.

Deborah – Author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog, Deborah is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog.

Indira – Author of Amaltaas blog, knew all along about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now she has discovered much more, please check her blog she covers many subjects.

Dental Care in the 1950’s


Dental Care in the 1950’s

Photo Credit – Early Dental Chair

Remembering my dentist in the 1950’s
All those tools sitting on the tray
On spotless clean white porcelain
Oh the pain, the needle in my gums
or was it the pulling of the tooth
No, it was that needle, oh the pain
Never knew I had a nose or top lip
for some hours later, the numbness

A few thought’s about dentist tools, drilling a hole in the tooth, filling the hole, most of all the smell in a dentist lab, the feel of his tools digging in my gums, the sucker in my mouth sucking up my saliva and sometimes sucking my tongue, looking into the eyes of the dentist as he was working on my teeth, always knew if he was a smoker by the smell on his well-washed hands, a few thought’s that I could write another verse or two.


Photo Credit – Modern Dentist Office

Have you any thought’s about your dentist, please comment I would love to read them.

10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Writing with a Nib Pen

Dip Pen

10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten Writing with a Nib Pen

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

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Memories of Writing with a Nib Pen

Writing with a pen changed over the years
In my younger days, we used a pencil
memories of waiting for that day at school
that I could use a nib pen with blue ink
no biros in those days, just a nib pen
that we dipped in a bottle of black ink
slowly we learned to write using that pen
blotter sitting near-by to sponge the ink
as we progressed there was a fountain pen
we would fill with ink instead of dipping.

Ten-by-Ten is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in one single stanza.
  • It is made with 10 syllables per line, written on any subject.
  • Rhyme and rhythm are optional.

Liebster Award – June 2018


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Liebster Award – June 2018

I have been nominated for the “The Liebster Award 2018’.

I would like to thank Cheryl – Author of Rugby843 blog, known as the Bag lady, she say’s “The Secret of Change Is to Focus All of Your Energy, Not on Fighting the Old, But on Building the New”, very true, she is a great friend to have, you will love her blog.

I have been nominated for this award seven times now, I will keep the chain going and award it to new bloggers that keep WordPress interesting with new ideas and fresh information going around the world.

What is the Liebster Award?

The word “Liebster” (originating in German) has several definitions — dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued. 

In the current context, this award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers.

Here are the rules:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you, and display the award.
Answer the questions the blogger gives you.
Nominate some blogs.
Give them questions to answer.

Notify those blogs of the nomination.

These are the questions Cheryl answered, as I cannot see any other questions, I will answer the same ones she answered:


1 – What was your favorite scary story as a child? – Little Red Riding Hood


2 – Who is your favorite book character of all time? – I don’t have one now, but as a child, I enjoyed reading Enid Blyton’s books


3 – When did you first begin writing? – A blog, about 10 years ago, I have had this blog for 2 and1/2 years now.


4 – Who of your friends have you used as characters in the things you have written? – Never used my friends, but have had ideas to write one by their actions that remind me of something from the past.


5 – Were you a ghost, where and who would you haunt? – No, I wouldn’t haunt anyone as I wouldn’t like someone to do that to me so I wouldn’t do it to anyone.


6 – If you were given the opportunity to live in any era, what and where would it be? – Right now, living in retirement in Taranaki New Zealand.


7 – What noises can you hear right now? – CNN on the TV, my husband always listens to that of Fox.


8 – If you could make one blog related statement, what would it be? – I love my WordPress blog, I have met so many amazing writers, they are my life when I’m not household chores or looking after my husband.

My Questions to my Nominees:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. What is your favorite food you always go to?

3. Could you live without your Smartphone?

4. Your Zodiac sign is…

5. What’s the best thing for you about blogging?

6. What are your other interest when you are not writing

7. What do you drink in the morning?

8. What makes you laugh?

9. How would you describe yourself in three words

10. Do you have animals?

Now time to nominate a few blogs :). Some of these blogs, have many subscribers, and some have only a few, but they are new to me so I will tag them.

The Cheviots Wife – living their life with their sheep and dogs in the UK

Missrhi Blog – Words from a foodie who loves to travel

Leaping Toes, Oh Border’s Blog Is a journey to dissolve boundaries between peoples and cultures

Fancy Free – Nancy blog is experiencing the emotional benefits of Blogging.

Dan Blacks Blog is a Multi-Award Winning Inspirational and Christian Blog

Onie Maniego Blog is creating art, poetry, and fiction

The flow of Stardust blog say’s “Never let them take your sweet believing, Nice Poetry.

The Flawddess Blog say’s “That old school and a hopeless romantic girl who still believes in Fairytales”.

Alison Hankinson is the Author of a Spoonful of sugar – she say’s live, love, and laugh.

Through the colored glass say’s she genuinely believe that no matter what age, there will always be a little writing left in her.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

There is never any obligation with my nominations.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

10-line Poem Challenge #33: Tritina – Unconscious


10-line Poem Challenge #33: Tritina – Unconscious

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

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Darkness clouding my mind
Deep in a valley of fog
Trees meeting in the moonlight

Light shining from the moonlight
The thickness of the damp fog
Throwing shadows in my mind

Blocking vision, was the fog
No longer sight, no moonlight
Slowing closing down my mind

Mind closed no fog or moonlight.

My words for this poem are Mind – Fog – Moonlight – seven syllables per line.

Tritina is:
Three tercets followed by a monostich.
There is no set rhythm or line length, but the lines should pretty much be isosyllabic (all have the same number of syllables).
Instead of rhyme, the tercets end with lexical repetition—three words that are repeated in each stanza in varying order. All three words also appear in the last line
The word order is: 1-2-3, 3-1-2, 2-3-1, (1-2-3)

Ragtag Daily Prompt for Friday, 8 June 2018 – Pickle


Ragtag Daily Prompt for Friday, 8 June 2018 – Pickle

“Ragtag Daily Prompt”, “RDP”,

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What is Pickle

chutney, no
tomato relish
not pickle
wrong color
the pickle I like best is
made with cucumbers

The Shadorma is a Spanish poetic form
Shadorma a poem of 6 lines of 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables.
no set rhyme scheme.
It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter.