Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Birthday



Cookie season does tend to munch time, just like we munch the cookies :) I did not account for that when I renewed my goals for this month. As I look through the boxes (cases!) of cookies in the garage waiting to be sold to all those who can't resist the temptations of Girl Scout Cookies (I am one of that lot but have so far resisted opening them because once I do, it is difficult to stop and as I mentioned just now,  I have cases of cookies in the garage!). 
With a birthday to plan for and Valentines to make for the class, this little blog of mine gets lost in the whole scheme of things. But for ABC Wednesday's letter D, in keeping with the theme I started, here is a poem written in the form - Diminished Hexaverse. 
It is an easy to understand form and does not look for rhyme. It has 5 stanzas. each with decreasing number of lines (and the lines in each stanza with decreasing number of syllables starting with 5 and ending at one). 

Here is my poem:



My Daughter, My Friend

My little one, she
 turns ten today; see,
- 'was not long ago
that she was tiny
our naughty sweet one..

Time flies by fast,
Memories last.
Tears, smiles, and more
to always store.

The bestest
Helper, and
Sweetest too!

Darling
Sweetheart

Love!



Monday, February 1, 2016

On the first day of February, my true self gave to me....

... a dosage of reality!

Well, yes, my true self (or my conscience!) knows what I have done (or not done) that I should not have (or have) done! That includes a major chunk of the resolutions I made on the first day of January but looking backwards, I realize it is better to set them as goals I am working towards rather than resolutions I should have started working on come the New Year.

So here is to working towards the treasure map of resolutions I made earlier.

It is also Girl Scout Cookie season starting today here in the Bay Area.. With SuperBowl right in our backyard this very weekend coinciding with the first weekend of cookie sales, we are hoping we can make our sales pitch work for us. With the girls being Juniors (Girl Scouts who are in fourth and fifth grades), they are planning to work on their Bronze Award this year and the funds raised from our cookie sales will also go towards the service project they chose for their Bronze Award. And I for sure am excited about this - I am looking forward to whatever they decide to work on. These are the moments that make it worth it. All the efforts put in being a troop leader, the planning, the back-and-forthing, etc - all of those are totally worth it when the girls learn valuable life skills while doing the various activities that are involved in being a girl scout - true, they could do many of those without being a Girl Scout too - but, hey, the fact is, not many of us would do things we do not need to. 

One such learning experience was our recent trip to the local community gardens as part of earning the Gardener badge. I worked with the community garden director by email and arranged for the girls to have a guided tour of the gardens while going through all the requirements of the gardener badge. The girls also volunteered to help with planting ground cover for garden plots that had been left empty (not rented out) due to the droughts (and now they have a wait list 15 pages long for the not rented garden plots). This was a very informative and totally fun trip for the girls and adults alike. As we walked through the gardens in a light drizzle - perfect weather, it seemed for that trip - we learned facts, figures, and tips and tricks of gardening, about the 4H program, about local flora and fauna, and about community gardening itself. Some people chose to use their gardens for mainly growing vegetables and herbs, while others use it for flowers. A few others use it as their tiny bit of paradise and you can see it - the center of the garden cleared out with two Adirondacks set there for them to relax and enjoy the greenery.  Many use recycled items for decorating their gardens and gave us all ideas to reuse/recycle/reduce waste at home. Here are a few photos from the trip. 


And this collage goes towards Friday Photo Journal at Serendipity is Sweet, and for SaturdaySnapshot at West Retro Mommy Reads 

For ABC Wednesday's letter last week - the letter C, I learned about the cento, the con-verse(consists of three or more couplets which ascend by one syllable up to and until you reach a syllabic count of eleven which would contain ten lines), and the clarity pyramid forms of poetry among so many others. I finally picked the clarity pyramid to try out. 

The Clarity Pyramid is a poetry form designed and constructed by Jerry P. Quinn. It consists of two triplets and a single line (7 lines in all). Usually, this poem is center aligned when displayed.
First triplet:
Title (one syllable word displayed in all capitals)
Two syllable line (synonym/definition of title)
Three syllable line (synonym/definition of title)
Second triplet: Its design is based around a life event contained within the triplet which helps give a poetic view or outlook on the first line (title) and has three lines as below.
5 syllable line
6 syllable line
7 syllable line
The last line is 8 syllables, and is in quotations as this line contains a quote that defines the first word (title).  

Here are a couple of my attempts at this form:

KIDS
Children
Son, daughter

First smiles,words,walks, they
Enthrall, make memories,
hold your heart in their palms.

“teach us what life is all about."


WORDS
Phrases
Sentences

Prose and poetry
Learned in languages three
Showed that knowledge is beauty.

"are pegs to hang ideas on."

The full quotes for the ones used above are:
"While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about."
~Angela Schwindt
“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.”― Henry Ward Beecher



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rainbows and Schedules



For 6WS, here are my 6 this week -
'about time I created a schedule' 

I am working on my goals made Jan 1st (changing it to goals rather than resolutions) but to have more success, I realize I need a schedule pronto so that is my short-term goal for this weekend. There are many more things I need to work on - specifically for the blog - adding a toolbar or sidebar that will help (reviews, recipes, memes, etc), adding labels to post that will result in returns when I add the toolbar, working on having more (quality) posts which means having a schedule created for the same.

For Saturday Snapshot at West Retro Mommy Reads,  here is a photo I took this week- today, actually, as rainbows appeared over and over again through the day..

Friday, January 22, 2016

Looking for things lost



For ABC Wednesday, - which incidentally was my last post as well - this time around, I am exploring poetic forms and as I looked for forms beginning with the letter B, I discovered many wonderful ones - including the ballade (this is one I am saving for later!), the bio (sounds interesting), and the bop (which I used this time) among other interesting forms. 
The bop is a fairly new form and has three stanzas in its original version, each followed by a repeating refrain. The first stanza describes a problem, the second one expands or explores the problem further, while the third either describes the solution or the failed attempt to solve the problem. So here is my attempt on this form based on a recent, real-life (true story this) problem I faced. This also goes towards Open Link Night at dVerse.


Looking for Things Lost

I looked for it up and down,
looked for it with a smile, a frown.
I turned the sofa  inside-out,
found pencils, hairbands, the remote
too, found a treasure-trove
of things I didn’t know were gone.

The book I was looking for was yet waiting somewhere.

A wonderful book it seemed to be-
had just picked it up from the library;
a book for middle-schoolers though it was,
the cover and the title were just cause
for me to read it before my teen.
So it found its way into my library stack
and I walked with it everywhere
until it was to be found nowhere.

The book I was looking for was yet waiting somewhere.

I retraced my steps to where I saw it last,
retraced my steps of the week past.
Oh yes, was reading it through a photo-shoot
of the kids’ sports teams at that gym in that school;
maybe I put it down to take a pic myself?
I left it there - eureka -  an email to the staff at the school....

The book I was looking for is now waiting over there 


Yet another book I discovered while looking for books for the reading challenges,  The Goose Girl is interesting reading so far.  Here are the excerpts for Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader and Friday 56 at Freda's Voice 

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1)
by Shannon Hale

Book Beginnings: 
She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days.

Interesting, don't you think?

Friday 56: 
"If we're mad,"Ungolad said, "then we are mad in large numbers, at least larger than yours". 

Who is Ungolad? I am yet to reach that point, but curious to find out now :)