Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 51 – Family & Pets

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 51 – Family & Pets

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “family & pets” and write a tanka poem.

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? Check Here

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 “family & pets”.

family faithful friends

gone but never forgotten

cool pets cemetery

our farm had a pet haven

memory faithful companions

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 50 – “park & peace”. Thank you.

KazIs a grandmother raising her two grandchildren, interested in just about anything.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Mick E Talbot    He loves peace and writes interesting poetry.
This week he left a reply in the comments, Please check it out.

Joelle LeGendre & Vickie – Two on a Rant,

Sarah Whiley – She writes short stories, poems, interesting website

Bronx Beyond Borders – Interesting writer, check her out she may surprise you.

Pancake Bunnykins  She classes herself as an Asian mermaid lost in transition

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

SWritings – A lady that loves writing, Title line – Dollops of Heedful Ramblings.

Sammi Scrabbles – Sammi Cox lives in the UK and loves writing, she has a new weekend writing prompt.

Cathmu_Blogspot – Smile for the world may blossom

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Tweet them on Twitter.

No Pastry Pie

No Pastry Pie

No Pastry Pie

When I cook, even though I am only feeding two. I still cook far too much, so I have leftover stew.

I use up the stew for a nice pie without the pastry for the next day’s tea.

BEEF STEW

2 lbs beef steak

1 oz flour

salt and pepper

1 oz of butter

1 onion

water (about 2 breakfast cup)

2 tablespoons of sweet Chilli sauce

4 med size diced carrots

2 cups diced pumpkin

1/2 cup diced parsnips

1 cup of frozen peas

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Cut the meat into pieces ( I like them quite big), roll in seasoned flour and brown in the hot butter, (if you add a little oil to the butter when heating up the pan the butter will not burn), brown in the butter.

Put the meat, onion, and sweet chili sauce into a saucepan and add the water. Simmer for about an hour or until the meat is tender.

Add the diced vegetables and soy sauce about 1/2 hour before serving, and cook.

Before I serve I thicken the stew with a little cornflour, season with a little salt and pepper and mixed with cold water.

Pie redy for Potato

Pie ready for the mashed potato.

How to make the pie

Grease an ovenware dish, (10×8) and lined it with 5 slices of toast thick bread buttered, buttered side down, I like grain bread but any bread will do.

Add the left-over beef stew, which I warm up in the microwave, but not too hot, as it will soak into the bread, you don’t have to warm it up, only it takes a while to heat it through, in the oven.

Add the left-over mashed potatoes which I had with the stew the night before.

Pie with Potato added

Pie with Potato added.

Cook in the bottom of the oven, 400F (200c) for about 40 mins.

Usually, about 10 mins before cooked I lift the oven tray up higher, add grated cheese and grill until brown.

Cooked Pie

The bottom of the pie when cooked is nice and crunchie you can serve it with mash potatoes and peas.

Be careful when grilling the top as it can burn very quickly, as it nearly did with my pie.

 

Weekend Writing Prompt #8 – Candour

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Weekend Writing Prompt #8 – Candour

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the prompt – Candour

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Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge.

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story of any length that includes the following, “The truth?  What is that?”

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem of any length and style that deals with the meaning of “candour” (to be open, to be honest, to be genuine) and its antonym “insincere” (to be guarded, to be false, to be inauthentic).

Tainted Feelings

He answered her with the optimism of achievement, and with an indication of sympathy.

See decided to accept the answer rather than believe any other theme of excuses.

Being the brightest gem in the meeting room, she could never doubt his words.

Any misleadings stories or time would never suit the situation annoying her any longer.

As it was always a shared journey in a relationship of secret meetings and love.

Truth, after all, need not be the last resort in a courtship when luster was the whole point.

He said if you don’t mind then it really does not matter, the time has come for us to depart.

That’s the secret to success when your body is playing a cheating game, it had to end.

The truth will hurt you one way or the other, so just let it go and leave the scene.

What is that? Truth or lies, one will never know after all the tales, was there any truth?

With tainted thought’s about the story he had spun to her she turned and walked away.

She knew it was the end, and she was not going to play with faith and hope any longer.

Teaching the Value of Money

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Teaching the Value of Money

In a recent GoBankingRates study, 69% of adults admitted to having less than $1,000 in the bank, while 34% said they actually don’t have any savings at all. But apparently, this collective lack of savings doesn’t get all that much better with age. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found not so long ago that almost half of Americans die nearly broke. Of the general population, 46% of retirees die with savings of $10,000 or less. But that number climbs to 57% among retirees who are single.

It is never too early to start teaching children to save, these days toddlers know what money is, and by the age of two with your help, they can buy an article and have even learned what the coins are.

Climbing piggy chart

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My Thought’s about Children and Saving

Children have lost the way to save these days as EFTPOS and Credit Cards have taken over the money scene, they never see real money.

All children ever see is a card that is added to a machine and out comes money or a card pay’s for the articles they buy, the young ones never ever see coins or paper money, so how are they to learn about the value of money.  

A program in responsible cash management could be a good idea in schools, at a young age. This would give children with parents who are dysfunctional in that area a chance to not follow in their footsteps and perhaps teach them how to save.

Teaching some of the complexities of money at an early age (in terms the child can understand) helps to set a regular practice of viewing money as a means of subsistence and not a ticket to the mall.

In many cases just teaching the children to put their money in a bank won’t teach the value of proper handling of money if the parents are spendthrifts.

Maybe it would be an idea for your child’s fifth birthday, buy then a money box and start them on their way of saving, add some money every year on their birthday.

Money Box NZ coins

Learning to save at school in the 1970’s

Schools do not teach the skills these days to learn the value of money as they did back in the 1970s when my children were going to school.

In New Zealand the Post Office had a weekly banking where children learned to fill out a form and bank money every week, watching the amount mount up weekly, they would get paid interest at the end of the financial year on their savings.

I remember mine would come home from school all excited how much money they had in they Post Office account sometimes they would just sit there looking at this all-important bank book, I used to wonder what was going through their minds.

This saving habit was only done at primary school, once they went to high school it was transferred to a bank account which they open themselves had a talk with the bank clerk which made them feel very important and started them on their career of work and saving a little every week of their earnings, they would bring their bank account to me to see, so proud of it and I was very proud of them.

By the time they were ready to set up their own home they had already set up a good relationship with their bank which continued on through their life, but all children are not as lucky as this to know the value of saving and setting goals for their future.

Now in the twenty-first century, there is not enough encouragement for children to save, they receive a few dollar, run to the nearest store and spend it no idea about saving, I see it around me all the time, so much money wasted on sweets or just plain junk.

70 year old piggy bank

I know even though I don’t need a money box to save money I really enjoyed that little piggy above, I received for my seventh birthday at a family get-to-gather.

That day (My Seventy Birthday), it made me feel so good, as I watch my family, add a few coins in it, watch by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and now some nearly seven years later when they visit they ask me how much money I have saved?

I do add some occasionally. One day whoever breaks that piggy will get a surprise how much money is in there.

I’m sure my great grandchildren will never forget that day, on my seventh birthday.

Looking forward to your thought’s about teaching children the value of saving.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 50 – Park & Peace

Wanda M. Williams – Author of Cookies and Moo, a wonderful lady, that enjoys life through new eyes, after the death of her husband nearly two years ago.

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 50 – Park & Peace

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “park & peace” and write a tanka poem.

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? Check Here

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 “park & peace”.

magic whisperings
rustling through the silent park
imagination
feelings of peer pressures gone
trees give peace to the body

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 49 – “animals & sunshine”. Thank you.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Bronx Beyond Borders – Interesting writer, check her out she may surprise you.

Sarah Whiley – She writes short stories, poems, interesting website

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

Mick E Talbot    He loves peace and writes interesting poetry.

KazIs a grandmother raising her two grandchildren, interested in just about anything.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories

Lynn – A poem in my pocket lady, I enjoy her poetry.

Sammi Scrabbles – Sammi Cox lives in the UK and loves writing, she has a new weekend writing prompt.

Ada’s Poetry Alcove – Great Poetry Writer take a look I’m sure you will agree.

Cathmu_Blogspot – Smile for the world may blossom.

Wanda M. Williams – Author of Cookies and Moo, a wonderful lady, that enjoys life through new eyes, after the death of her husband nearly two years ago.

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Tweet them on Twitter.

Weekend Writing Prompt #7 – Remedy

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Weekend Writing Prompt #7 – Remedy

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the prompt – Remedy

Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge.

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.

If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link on the above link.

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story in less than 500 words that open with the line: “I’ve found the remedy”, or words to that effect.

Poetry Challenge – Write a poem in 12 lines or less inspired by the photo prompt, where the first and last lines are the same.

The Remedy – Water Pantoum Poem

Water the remedy that delight’s the senses for survival
A most extraordinary substance, no taste, no odor
It’s the lifeblood of our bodies, we can not live without it
Pure water the world’s foremost medicine of life

A most extraordinary substance, no taste, no odor
Three different forms, liquid, solid, and a gas (water vapor)
Pure water the world’s foremost medicine of life
It can wear away rocks, but never our heart

Three different forms, liquid, solid, and a gas (water vapor)
It’s the lifeblood of our bodies, we can not live without it
It can wear away rocks, but never our heart
Water the remedy that delight’s the senses for survival

How to Write a Pantoum Poem

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 49 – Animals & Sunshine

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 49 – Animals & Sunshine

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “animals & sunshine” and write a tanka poem.

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? Check Here

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 “animals & sunshine ”.

water gleaming fresh
sunshine riding the waves
spark of summer time
animals part of your soul
sand and sun that’s having fun

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 48 – “shelter & contentment”. Thank you.

Bronx Beyond Borders – Interesting writer, check her out she may surprise you.

Mick E Talbot    He loves peace and writes interesting poetry.

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

Tucked into a Corner – Sarah is hooked on writing, now she cannot do without it.

KazIs a grandmother raising her two grandchildren, interested in just about anything.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Pancake Bunnykins   She classes herself as an Asian mermaid lost in transition

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Also, Tweet them on Twitter.

Weekend Writing Prompt #6 Wild

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Weekend Writing Prompt #6 Wild

Thank you, Sammi Cox, for the prompt – Wild

Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge.

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.

If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link HERE

Poetry Challenge – Write an eight line poem, in two verses of four lines each, where: the first letter of verse one spells out WILD when reading from top to bottom, and the first letter of verse two spells out WILD when read from bottom to top to create a reflection.

Free and Lonely Birdlife

Wild wandering soul could be wilderness within
Isolation, yes, with wings that need to fly
Loneliness never freed for years, but a survivor
Domesticated but living a life as an outcast

Deep in the forest waiting for companionship
Longing heart with a lost soul, watching and waiting
Isolated but hearing chirps echoing in the trees
Whether friendship is arriving or not take care.

Earthworms Pantoum Poetry

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Earthworms Pantoum Poetry

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I see earthworms every day, and I haven’t thought much about them.

Then one day I heard something on the radio that made me decide I would like to know more about them, I will share some of what I learned by writing a Pantoum Poem about earthworms.

Earthworms Pantoum Poetry

Earthworms are commonly found living in soil, feeding on live and dead organic matter.
An earthworm’s digestive system runs through the length of its body.
Circumferential and longitudinal muscles on the periphery of each segment enable the worm to move.
Each individual earthworm carries both male and female sex organs.

An earthworm’s digestive system runs through the length of its body.
They are less abundant in disturbed environments also typically active only if water is present
Each individual earthworm carries both male and female sex organs.
From front to back, the basic shape of the earthworm is a cylindrical tube

They are less abundant in disturbed environments also typically active only if water is present
Grooves called “furrows” are generally externally visible on the body marking the segments
From front to back, the basic shape of the earthworm is a cylindrical tube<
Dorsal pores and nephridiopore’s exude a fluid that moistens and protects the worm’s surface, allowing it to breathe.

Grooves called “furrows” are generally externally visible on the body marking the segments
Except for the mouth and anal segments, each segment carries bristle-like hairs called lateral
Dorsal pores and nephridiopore’s exude a fluid that moistens and protects the worm’s surface, allowing it to breathe.
Special ventral setae are used to anchor mating earthworms by their penetration into the bodies of their mates.

Except for the mouth and anal segments, each segment carries bristle-like hairs called lateral fleshy lobe called the prostomium, which seals the entrance when the worm is at rest.
Special ventral setae are used to anchor mating earthworms by their penetration into the bodies of their mates.
Earthworms do not have eyes, however, they do have specialized photosensitive cells called “light cells of Hess”.

Fleshy lobe called the prostomium, which seals the entrance when the worm is at rest.
Circumferential and longitudinal muscles on the periphery of each segment enable the worm to move.<
Earthworms do not have eyes, however, they do have specialized photosensitive cells called “light cells of Hess”.
Earthworms are commonly found living in soil, feeding on live and dead organic matter.

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More interesting facts.

Mating occurs on the surface, most often at night.

Earthworms have the ability to regenerate lost segments, but this ability varies between species and depends on the extent of the damage. – Interesting, I always wonder what happen to the worm when I accidentally cut them with the spade in the garden, hope I didn’t damage them too much.

Some species of earthworm can even use the prehensile prostomium to grab and drag items such as grasses and leaves into their burrow.

There is a total of around 7,000 species, only about 150 species are widely distributed around the world.

The earthworm not only creates passages for air and water to traverse the soil but also modifies the vital organic component that makes a soil healthy.

Nitrogenous fertilizers tend to create acidic conditions, which are fatal to the worms.

All this information is available here.

How to Write a Pantoum Poem.

http://shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/pantoum.html

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 48 – Shelter & Contentment

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 48 – Shelter & Contentment

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “shelter & contentment” 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.

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 “shelter & contentment ”.

the comforts of life
humans or pets require warmth
accommodation
desire for food and shelter
simple life, contentment comes

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 47 – “water & universe”. Thank you.

Kaz Is a grandmother raising her two grandchildren, interested in just about anything.

Mick E Talbot    He loves peace and writes interesting poetry.

The Bag Lady – A widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

D Avery – Shiftnshake is the place to read more of her writing.

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

Tucked into a Corner – Sarah is hooked on writing, now she cannot do without it.

Marie – She is a teacher at a local primary school where she is a governor.

StoryTeller Enjoys writing interesting short stories and poetry.

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Also, Tweet them on Twitter.