Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordy Wednesday: The Tomato Family

Today's picture prompt was submitted by B-A-R (Blog-A-Rhythm) member, Aparna George who blogs about being a parent and learning to live in the moment:

How appropriate! My immediate thought of this photo was Tomato family. I kid you not! And yes, I am writing this impromptu!
It was time. Yes, time for Tomato family to get their weekly photo taken. I know, I know it sounds silly, but hey wait a minute, let me explain.

You see the upcoming fair is coming to town and there are prizes to be awarded. And this includes tomatoes. But wait a minute, NOT just tomatoes. These here are heirloom tomatoes!

Meanwhile preparing for the shot, Ma Tomato was becoming quite hot and flustered, thus looking rather red and ripe, more so than Pa Tomato beside her and other members of her family: four grownup children and two young stepchildren, babies in fact. They sure were a sight for the eyes as they were such a large family!

However, would they be a sight for the judges in a few weeks time? That was the question!

I am linking this to Wordy Wednesday at Blog-A-Rhythm (

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gratitude List #6: Blessings

Photo of Om symbol (

Today's gratitude list is on the theme of weekend, Nepal and India, gratitude and blessings:

* A short work week due to the long weekend last weekend
* Sunning in warm weather that kisses my face
* Great bands - free entertainment - and dancing, especially outside
* Community events to gather, socialize, and support one another
* Fundraisers to support others (like Nepal due to the recent earthquakes)
* Henna in the form of a lovely flower design and Om symbol on my hands

Om design henna on my right hand and flower design on my left hand and arm
* An invite to "Sacred Chambers," a spiritual process
* Power in prayer
* Gratitude for blessings
* Music (including spiritual as in Sanskrit chants)
* Silence
* Beauty of nature and peace in nature
* Nature sounds: birds, running water (a brook)
* Trees, including tall pine trees
* New friendships
* Nourishment including herbal tea and water
* A safe journey: there were three accidents on the opposite side of the highway as we headed home, including a car on fire
* Leftovers and a delicious, nutritious meal

And similar to last weekend, there was wildlife too in the form of a hummingbird hovering or flying near and/or past me as I heard its wing vibration quite loudly, and an eagle (though I didn't see it when a few of us were driving homebound).

What is on YOUR gratitude list today?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gratitude List #5: Victoria Day Weekend

Photo: One of two bunnies I saw with nephew during walk around Royal Roads University

Today's gratitude list is on the theme of family, long weekends, and wildlife. As usual, in no particular order:

* Long weekends (Victoria Day weekend)
* Opportunity to visit family members
* Vacation days - one as a travel day
* Balmy spring weather
* My nephew picking me up at the ferry
* A warm dinner awaiting us when we arrived
* Telephone chats with a sister and a niece
* A nice long walk in nature
* Seeing two rabbits a short distance apart
* Heading homebound with my nephew
* Smooth sailing on the road as hardly any traffic to the ferry
* Seeing a deer run across the highway enroute to catch the ferry
* A relaxing quiet ferry ride as not as busy with the early ferry
* Time for a little nap as I woke up early to catch the first ferry out
* Airing laundry outside: it dries so fast and smells so fresh!
* Meeting a girlfriend whom I haven't seen in awhile
* A nutritious home-cooked meal

And though I saw some wildlife - bunnies and deer - there was also an opportunity to see peacocks outside the grounds of Royal Roads University not to mention a pod of whales enroute to Victoria and a dolphin leaving Victoria (though I didn't see them unfortunately).

This is my list for just the weekend! What does yours look like?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Gratitude List #4: Mothers etc.

Pixabay photo

Today I wish to pay gratitude, including for my Mom - see my post last year on this ( - and mothers in general.

I am grateful for (in no particular order):

* A warm and mostly sunshiney weekend (Mother's Day seems to be usually sunny or partly sunny)
* Visiting a local church with my landlady and listening to a song-filled service from the youth choir - a major delight - whose choir conductor I know from a community choir he used to conduct
* A luncheon at the church after the service and being treated by my landlady (I feel I should be treating her as she is a mother!)
* Volunteering for a community gospel choir at the same church with The Marcus Mosely Chorale with David Steele as a fun special guest
* In between the luncheon and the afternoon concert, being able to visit the nearby library and draft this blog post and check my emails
* Free outdoor music at a local farmer's market with a great band
* Farmer's markets and several on the North Shore
* Food trucks at the farmer's market
* A shoe sale this weekend for comfy, good quality shoes
* A $5 discount towards a purchase at a bookstore
* Second-hand clothes for half-price like $4 jeans that fit and are good quality
* My mother who gave birth to me
* Not being a mother (as weird as that may sound) - kudos to all mothers! - except for a brief stint with an adopted cat years ago. Though I love children, I just do not desire that role/responsibility in life, plus I never heard or felt the biological clock ticking. My life purpose/mission is more a pull for me than being a mother.

Ok, so tell me, what's on your gratitude list today?