Did I ever say thank you?

This is a little thank you note to appreciate every single one of you. To all those who have kept me company in this space through these months; to all those who found me worthy to honour with a blog award now and again, to all those who supported this blog in many little ways that kept it alive, I thank you.

Appreciation, Thank you

Some days when I’m low in spirit, your bright posts, comments and encouragement peps me up. Many may consider this as ‘unreal friends’ because we are all online… but I don’t think so. You all impact my life from wherever you are. You all make me a better person and for some reason, you are in my heart.

Kind regards,



A Quick Thank You


You guys’ rock and you are simply the best blog friends a girl could ask for.

Thank you for honouring my invitation to my blog party. It was absolutely wonderful and fun.

I truly hope that it was worth your time.

For those who were unable to pop in for one reason or the other, here’s the party link.

Please feel free to dive in and find new friends. Let’s keep a date for another bash.

Love y’all.



Greetings From Dubai – Welcome to 2017


Dear Friends, thank you for staying with me through 2016.

Thank you for all your support and grace-filled thoughts.

I pray that 2017 would be a year kind to all of us.

A year filled with blessings, favour, grace and mercy.

A year of progress and achievement for all of us.

I wish you the best of this New Year.

Let’s live through this year with love and purpose.

With all my love, remain blessed.


Below is a short clip from Dubai’s New Year’s Eve fireworks taken by me.

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Just a Little Note to Give You a Virtual Hug


All good things that surround us are sent to us for a reason and these includes blog friends.

The friends we form in this place validate our talent and craft. Their feedback is precious and their support is like a backbone that helps you to stand tall.

Yes, I do get warm fuzzy feelings when I see all the Gravatars with the beautiful faces of humanity on my page. I may not have met you physically but believe me when I say that I feel you. I appreciate your presence and your support.
To all my recent follows, I say welcome and thank you for choosing to follow this blog. Feel comfortable in this space. In as much as it’s my blog, I’ve always loved being part of a community, so it’s ours.

Without your presence, my ramblings would be to the empty wires of the bloggily. In this space, we have monthly blog parties and they are always the bomb. Please do feel free to join our parties and I believe we shall be having one in a week’s time.

I’ve received loads of nominations and awards over the past few months but due to the daily exigencies in my life, I never seem to get to publishing an acceptance, secondly, I believe that it would be bothersome to inundate my readers with an award post every week. A warm thank you to all those who have thought me worth bestowing an award. One day, I am going to publish a mega huge blog with all the plaques hanging around my neck.

Now to that warm virtual hug, wherever you may be right now, feel that thread of fresh air/wind, a whisper of kindness, they are my virtual arms extended in fellowship.

Thank you all and have a pleasant Sunday.



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Your Patience Please…

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Please bear with me if I’ve been tardy in responding to your comments or even visiting your site. This girl’s life has been on the fast track for several weeks now and with children back in school – the demands grew a bit more.

I’ll do my best to respond to your comments and to come visit asap.

Thank you, remain blessed and eat some cake 😉


Featured Blogs

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Today’s featured blogs posts are:

Do step in and show some love.

My money counts: Pamela’s blog brings you informative, professionally sound and useful posts on money management and modest living.

Different is good: a short little rant that says it just right. Your way is not necessarily the best way.

Thank you’s and a list of 100 songs: a beautiful, thoughtful shout out and great musical list too. Check it out.

“Music is a higher revelation
than all wisdom and philosophy.
Music is the electrical soil
in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~

After effects of Hurricane Sandy: an experience that most of us pray never to have. I love knowing things, but I’ll pass on this one.

‘Do you want more eyes on your words?’

Well then, add your LINK INTO THIS LOOP.

P.S. Comments are disabled here to keep the loop tidy. Any comments or link you want to send can be added through the link in the post.

Thank you for your understanding and regards.

‘We create a cohesive community when we come together.’

Below is my first just published Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

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“Beautiful Poetry of Life and Love.” Amanda

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The answer to the party riddle…

Thank you

I would love to thank all of you who took out time from your hectic schedules to make my monthly blog party a wonderful get-together.

For those who would have loved to come but for a reason or the other, they couldn’t make it, I attach the party link here so that you can avail yourself the opportunity and meet all the lovely friends who left their footprints all over my blogging floor 😉

We had a riddle to attempt and here it is below with the answer.


Question: A farmer is trying to cross a river with a bag of corn, a hen, and a fox. The farmer’s boat is only big enough to take himself and one other item per trip. The hen cannot be left alone with the corn or she will eat it. Likewise, the fox cannot be left with the hen, or the hen will be eaten. How does the farmer get all three items across the river?

Answer: The farmer takes the hen across first, and leaves her on the other bank. Next, he comes back, loads the fox onto his boat, and takes him back across the river. He drops off the fox on the opposite bank, picks up the hen, and brings her back to the original bank. He swaps the hen for the corn and returns to the far bank with the corn – leaving it with the fox. Then, he returns once more to the original bank to get the hen. Once he brings her across, all four are happy to be on the other side!

The bear that reads provided the correct answer 🙂 and here’s her comment below:

I do believe you’ve started on the right foot, you take the hen first then you go back and get the fox. Once you’ve ferried the fox over you take the hen back to the first bank, swap the hen for the corn and ferry the corn over to the bank with the fox. Drop off the corn and head back to the first bank to grab that hen and ferry it across, and that’s the last trip all three have made it to the second bank.

We also had a story thread that reads:


He read the letter for the third time,  shook his head and slammed his palm on the wooden desk.

The poor old desk groaned under the force of his strength.

Someone has a question to answer,” Hunter growled.  a cooking pot and twisted tales

Hunter, holding the letter in his other hand, waved it vehemently in the air. “How did this get here tell me that! Who wrote it? It’s FULL of lies!! Innuendos! Rubbish is what it is!”

He turned his one good eye on each person in turn seated at the bar. Without exception, they all shrugged and turned their backs on him.

That aggravated him even more than the letter. Soul Gifts 

“What kind of question?” Hunters wife Maggie asked. She saw the angry scowl on her husband’s face and knew something was wrong before even muttered his thoughts aloud.

“It’s that damn neighbour again. He complained to the city.”

“Why would he do that?” Maggie asked.

“Because I can’t cut the grass. He’s upset says it brings down the value of everyone else’s property.” Hunter said sighing. Maggie put her hand on Hunter’s arm.

“It was Jerry, right? I’ll go talk to him. That stupid man doesn’t understand how hard it is to mow grass when you’ve had your legs blown off in war.” Hunter looked at Maggie gratefully. Mandibelle

The End

Do try and join in for the next one at the end of the month. It’s usually a lot of fun 🙂

Thank you, my good people. Blessed be.

Below is my first Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

When you buy my book, you support me in an invaluable manner.

Out of the silent breath

Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha’s poems portray images that stare us right in the face. Images of love, joy, death, pain, challenges, violation, and freedom. She writes in a language that’s rich in imagery, earthy, honest, vulnerable, yet full of the promise of hope, of loving and of Grace. A collection of light and dark soulful prose.

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Wow! And a review so soon

Like every mother who has a new baby, you spend time fretting and checking on your baby right, so two day’s after going public with my book, I take another peek in Amazon and see a shiny, brilliant review and that’s just fantastic.Out of the silent breath

I didn’t expect anything like a review that quickly and even several sales too. Wow!

I feel so tickled and appreciative of the beautiful soul who has taken the time to purchase, read and remark giving my Out of the silent breath a 5 solid star rating.

In the words of the reviewer, I copy and quote:

By Amanda

I’m about half-way through Jacqueline’s poetry book and I have to say I’m in awe and spellbound by her poetry. She is amazing at describing love and life in her poems. She creates such beautiful images with her words. Truly, she is a talented writer and I’m so excited to have her poetry book and to continue reading through it. I find I have to take my time to absorb the feeling and beauty behind her words. Not a fast read, but worth taking the time to explore and find meaning.

I am clapping my hands and joyful. Thank you, Amanda, for this wonderful review and thank you to those who have taken the time to purchase it. I wish I knew who and who it is. A little flower of thanks, I am sending your way

You can support me and buy it here and there 🙂


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Like some of you know, it has been a hectic couple of days with my blog placed on quarantine *security alert*.

However, with concerted efforts on my side, your support, the very supportive assistance of WordPress Engineers and Google’s cooperation, my blog has been cleared of the malicious whatamacallit.

What I don’t have is a concrete explanation for what went wrong.

I however, came away with several useful knowledge. Hopefully, over the weekend, I can sit down and put together a quick post as a reference point that someone in such pickle can refer to, assuming the cases are related.

So, to my blog’s bill of health, I say let’s blog on with integrity.

According to my home people, we would say, no dulling my swag 😉

Thanks to everyone.


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Just a gentle nudge to prod you into sending me some post links to feature.

It’s a two way traffic of supporting each other and it gives me something to do 😉

So feel free to drop your LINKS IN HERE.

Don’t be shy about it, I don’t bite 😉

You are most welcome and thank you too.