100 Word Wednesday – Week 12 – Animal Love


100 Word Wednesday – Week 12 – Animal Love

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#100WW  – Join Bikurgurl in the 100 Word Weekly Writing Challenge using an image as a prompt.

Animal Love

The horses had been waiting patiently for their master to arrive and open the gate to new pasture.

Being content as they knew he aways came, they settled down to wait.

But today he never showed up, as he had had an accident on his quad while moving the cattle and had been admitted to the hospital with a concussion.

The next day he was home and those horses were still waiting and he did arrive, they knew he would never forget them even though he was a day late they knew he would come and feed them. (Animal Love).

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 38 – Lights & Fog


Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 38 – Lights & Fog

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Simple Guidelines.

Take the words “lights & fog” and write a tanka poem.

English tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below, I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “lights & fog”.

lights around a tree

fog approaching ahead now

which way do I go

reverse is a good idea

I have been dreaming again

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 37 – “earth & spring”. Thank you.

Mick E Talbot


The Bag Lady



Happy Families – Part Two


Happy Families – Part Two

Ideas for a Healthy Happy Teenager

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We tend not to want to expose ourselves to anything that might take away what we have created and we actually feel most things as a threat in the first years of our child’s adolescent.

Thinking that when our child leaves the house that something bad is going to happen, so we need to control them, that is wrong, we have to let go of that thought for a healthy happy teenager, we must trust them, they know when they are doing wrong and in most cases, it is the peer pressure that will lead then astray.

Try setting reasonable boundaries for your teenage children, if they are broken, then resist getting angry and instead explain the consequences of their actions, which is different in every home, you set the rules, explain by breaking the rules, how it is going to affects them, it is better than getting angry.

Find a way to say, “yes” most of the time instead of “no”. most out of control teens are signaling to their parents that they are desperate to be older, more responsible and independent, so saying “no” isn’t going to work.

Sort out a way to get some of the things they want – like a part time job for them, so they have their own money, can be a compromise while allowing them to experience some independence.

Other things that cause many problems in a family home

Drugs and drinking are some of the hardest things for parents to cope with, also the gay teenagers.

Just stop and think, what were you doing at 17 or 18 years of age?

You will note then that your child is not such a rebel as you think.

The challenge is to find the right balance between healthy risks and harmful ones.

Give them a hug

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Some helpful tips on how to talk to your teenager

Remember to show them that you are always there for them, and yes teenagers love hugs from their parents, even though you may think they are too old for that, no one is never too old for a hug.

The first rule is to listen and not interrupt – no matter how horrified you may be, at the things you are hearing.

Let your teenager know they can trust you.Anything that is said between the two of you, will not be repeated unless you have their permission.

As they gain confidence with you, they will be more likely to come to you when things are troubling them and you will be in a position to help them.

Do not judge, instead of responding to your child (that is sharing the fact that they have tried smoking marijuana), by butting in and giving them a full on the anti-drug lecture, let them finish and then talk about the subject, in general terms such as:

How did you feel when that happened?

What did you think about what you did?

Let them explore the right and wrong of the situation.

Leave the anti-drug message for some other time, they know that message already.

Just be there to support them and guide them gently the right way, a hug would not go astray in this situation.

Try not criticize, teens are very sensitive to perceived insults, especially about their friends or lifestyle.

Don’t get at them about wasting time playing internet games, allow them to have their own opinions.

This is what growing up is all about, experimenting with ideas and working out what works best for them.

Their opinions might not always be in sync with yours but if you, encourage them to be who they want to be, they will grow into balanced adults.

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Raising rude teenagers.

The first step is simple: realizing that inside every teen resides two very different people the regressed child and the emergent adult.

One of the main things, that I don’t understand is the rude attitude.

I find very hard to cope with, (in my day’s) if we answered our parents back or yelled at them, we all knew what would happen, so we never ventured there, I don’t think it did me any harm.

The sex issue, we can usually cope with that one, most schools are teaching that subject these days

Substance use, I am lost, I feel it is destroying young bodies and the family.

Happy days!

What are your thought’s about this post, I love comments?

Happy Families – Part one


Happy Families – Part one

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Bringing up a family can be a frightening business, and teenagers (I think) is the hardest part of raising a family.

Questions, questions and more questions, never a day goes by without some thought has to be put into problems created by most teens

Why aren’t they home?

Who are they with?

Why haven’t they called, so many why’s.

A teenager world is a dynamic, unpredictable place. The world around them is forever changing, so many rules, so growing up for teenagers and with their mood swings is a real challenge for them and the parents.

That’s why stringent parenting “techniques” just don’t always bring about the results we would like.

Every teenager keeps secrets, and if you’re like most parents, you worry about what your kids are not telling you–especially when they prefer text messages and social networking sites to face-to-face conversation.

I brought up five children, and really times haven’t changed since the 1970-80’s, just that a whole lot more is happening in the world now, even us adults have a job keeping up with it, no wonder teenagers are not coping very well.

The good news is that they are not teenagers forever and they do grow up to be a credit to your family.

Happy Parenting.


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Bringing up Teen Children Which do you think is easier?

  • Raising a Teen Boy
  • Raising a Teen Girl
  • Neither – they are just a hard as one or the other to raise.

Please Comment, love to have your thoughts about happy teenagers, it could be helpful for everyone involved with young adults.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 37 – Earth & Spring

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 37 – Earth & Spring

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Simple Guidelines.

Take the words “earth & spring” and write a tanka poem.

English tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below, I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “earth & spring”.

crops need bees

pollinators of the earth

needed for regrowth

spring is wasted without them

no food to feed the whole world

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 36 – “nature & love”. Thank you.

Mick E Talbot

The Bag Lady


Liz – BronxBeyondBorders






Lynn – A Poem in my Pocket Lady

Pancake Bunnykins

One Lovely Blog Award


One Lovely Blog Award

Hi, everyone! I am so grateful to be nominated, again, for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” Previously (last July 2016) I was nominated by Ismath.

Recently I have been nominated  by Sharon, she has served 22 years in the United States Air Force, a mother of three children,

She also teaches writing at a local community college.

Have a look at her blog I don’t think you will be disappointed, she covers a wide range of topics with her writing.

Also, she is a happy, very understanding person, I’m sure you will love her as I do, with that smiling face, she cheers my days.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and links back to them
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them to let them know.

Facts about me:

My zodiac sign is Virgo.

Enjoy writing and making friends all around the world.

I did hope to write a novel one day, not sure that is going to happen now.

For more facts https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/2017/03/18/who-iam-myfirstpostrevisited/

My Nominees – most are new blogs

Lindsaya nursing student with a beautiful daughter.

Alison – She wants to be a model

Lauryn – She writes about Beauty and Makeup

Sophie – 20-year-old law student from Scotland

Theekaleeful – Has Paranormal Experiences

Scattered Notebooks – she is currently working as a Network Technician

Deborah Chambers – A very sweet lady, easy to communicate with.

Cesar Away – Tips on working in the digital age

Ally – Welcome back, she is a nurse and educator, very sweet lady.

Himanshi Shukla – Bewildered person lost in her own world.

I don’t want anyone to feel they have to complete this task. I just want to share your blog with other bloggers. Happy days writing.

Who I’am – #MyFirstPostRevisited


Who I’am#MyFirstPostRevisited

My friend Spearfruit was tagged by Tikeetha A Thomas Point of View to participate in the “My First Post Revisited Challenge.”

This challenge was started by blogger Sarah Brentyn over at Lemon Shark.

I was not nominated but that does not matter, I feel it is the time now for me to do this post, as I’m having problems to continue daily to write a new post, ( I now have 872  followers) my apologies to Spearfruit.

Here are the rules for this challenge –

No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)

Link back to the person who tagged you

Other rules –

Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)

Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.

Tag…um…five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.

Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).

Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.

Include “the rules” in your post.

My First Post Revisited –  Who I’m I


My name is Elsie Hagley.

Birthname – Olson.

Elsie Hagley
Elsie Hagley – Author of Ramblings of a Writer

Born 10 September 1940, at the Avon Maternity Hospital, Stratford, Taranaki NZ.

The doctor that delivered me was “Doctor Doris Gordon”, Author of “Back Blocks Baby Doctor”.

Have lived in Taranaki New Zealand 70 years.

I have one brother,

I had three sisters.

One of my sisters died in 2006 of Multiple Sclerosis

My Parents both past away in the 1970’s

I got engaged to my husband, after knowing him for six weeks.

I married aged 19 in 1959, at St Peters Vicarage, Palmerston North NZ.

My husband’s name is John Hagley

In eight years I gave birth to two daughters and three sons.

My youngest son Rodney was born in the same hospital as I was.

He was delivered by Doctor Ross Gordon in 1969 – One of Doctor Doris Gordon’s Sons.

All my children are still alive.

Played netball at school (but in the 1950’s it was called basketball).

Softball in school sports.

My favorite school subject was nature studies.

I never had a bike as a child, but I broke my arm falling off someone else’s bike.

I left school the day I turned 15, my parents had a wage earning job for me the day I left school.

My favorite flower is the red rose, but I love orchids.

I don’t like chocolate.

I’m addicted to cheese and banana sandwiches!

I don’t like spicy foods in my old age.

Prefer tea to coffee.

But I like a glass of water even more.

I like trying new foods.

I have a good all round weight about 50 kgs or 112 lbs, height 5ft 2 ins.

I am a happy person, most of the time.

I am not a TV addict.

I do enjoy reading a good book.

Like country-western music.

Enjoy watching sports, especially rugby and netball.

Would rather be alone with a good book than booze and party.

I enjoy a glass of red wine with my tea in the evening.

I love gardening

Was a grandmother when I was 38, a great grandmother when I was 64 years old.

I wanted to learn to play the piano but never did.

I can knit, crochet, tat and embroider.

Used to collect miniature ornaments.

I went out to work for 30 years during my marriage in the Ragtrade.

My husband and I had a dairy farm milking cows for 48 years, now we own a beef farm, fifteen years now, and still work it.

I love working with farm animals, and I am good at it.

I broke my leg nearly five years ago, now have a plate in the ankle.

Don’t like wet weather!
Love the summer free days and lot’s of laughter.

May 2015 I found out I had ACC cancer, had half my top lip removed, fingers crossed still.

I can spend hours on my computer as I love writing

I have never made much money on the internet, but I keep trying.

I am proud to be Elsie Hagley, a wife, mother, grandparent, great grandmother.

In Conclusion

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings, and you were able to learn a little bit “About Me”, Elsie Hagley.

I won’t nominate anyone to participate in this challenge

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 36 – Nature & Love


Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 36 – Nature & Love

Photo Credit  #weeklytankachallenge -36

Simple Guidelines.

Take the words “nature & love” and write a tanka poem.

English tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below, I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “nature & love”.

love me love me not

nature nurtures everything

no options needed

enjoy living and except

pleasures are there to enjoy

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 35 – “spring & flowers”. Thank you.

Mick E Talbot

The Bag Lady


Reinventions Reena


Liz – BronxBeyondBorders

Pancake Bunnykins

Lynn – A Poem in my Pocket Lady

100 Word Wednesday – Week 9 – Goat Track


100 Word Wednesday – Week 9 – Goat Track

Photo Credit – Toa Heftiba  

#100WW  – Join Bikurgurl in the 100 Word Weekly Writing Challenge using an image as a prompt.

Goat Track

Anna had been walking along a narrow track through the bush when she heard a noise behind her.

Ducking quickly into some thick fern bracken she peered out shaking a little wondering what it was.

There to her surprise, she saw a nanny goat with two kids (twins), only a couple of days old, something you don’t see a lot of.

She was so happy with what she saw she wished she had her camera.

Waiting a while she then when back to the track going the way she had come in, she didn’t want to disturb the young family.

100 words

I’m Thankful For Tag


I’m Thankful For Tag

I am so delighted to receive a tag from a very special friend, Erhynireh a blogger I meet through WordPress at the beginning of 2016.

We both have had our ups and downs but haven’t let the challenges in life get the better of us, we have just kept on doing what we enjoy doing, writing.

For the rules:

  1. List down three things you are thankful for.
  2. Nominate fellow bloggers to continue the TAG.
  3. Use a cool logo to match up with your even cooler answers.

My Answers

1. Most of all I’m thankful for my husband of fifty-seven years, when I have been down he’s always been there for me.

He is the best and only friend that’s stayed with me throughout of all the hurdles that faced me in life, that’s true love.

2. I’m thankful for all my writing friends which have followed me through my writing years on Squidoo, HubPages, and now on WordPress.

Blessings to you all.

3. I’m thankful for my family, and friends for all the blessings and kind thought’s I have had over the years that have kept me going, especially when I found out I had cancer, sad but it is not good for me, now two years later still going to the specialist, I have another MRI in August but I’m not very hopeful.

I have lived for seventy-six years, that a pretty good life. Now I count each day I wake up a blessing.

I’m cutting back on emails from WordPress and writing on my blog, as it’s getting very hard to concentrate because of the pressure in my head, but I will still be reading your posts on the WordPress Reader.

I would like to nominate everyone for this “Thankful for tab” because you all deserve it, but if any of you I haven’t nominated would like to accept it please do.

The Bag Lady

Reena Saxena

 Pancake Bunnykins

Deborah Chambers