In the Winters of your life, search the corners of your soul for the sunshine of Summer.
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Take a look. What comes to your mind? Poignant photo. Like is said, an image can relay a thousand words or thoughts and Deborah’s words simply tugs at some strings.
Every day, I see or read about another inspiring woman and these little stories keep me going.
Reasons why being single is becoming more desirable
What’s your opinion? Are people better off staying single and unmarried? Is marriage too much of a hassle?
You learn something new every day. I must admit I didn’t know what Samhain meant before now.
You’ve done the excuse thing all through the year and now you’ve got the perfect excuse called Winter. No more excuses.
What I did on my Summer vacation
A beautiful post that will make you smile. Perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two things 🙂
I can totally relate to this poem. If I may ask, what pigeonhole are you squeezed into?
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Live in a Cold Climate? Here’s How To Tackle Winter Like a Pro
There’s a number of reasons why winter isn’t usually a person’s favorite time of year. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark, the social gatherings are few and far between, and then…it’s cold some more. When the chill sets in, you have two options: let it consume you, and become a miserable wreck until spring has returned; or you can shape up, prepare yourself, and get ready to do battle with mother nature. Let’s pick the latter: here’s how it’s done.
Hit the Shops
You should have some winter clothing already in your wardrobe, but this year, in particular, it might be worth hitting the stores and buying some new items. Why? Because this year is “La Niña”, and that means it’s going to be even colder than usual. It’s essential that you have enough layers on to stay warm, both inside and outside the house. Also, remember that that super warm jacket you bought eight years ago might now have vulnerabilities that let in the chill.
Load up the Medicine Cabinet
There’s no getting around it: this winter, you’re going to fall ill. It happens to everyone at some point! But even when you’re not ill, you’ll still be up against all the niggling coughs and sore throats that are just an unwanted side effect of being in the cold for too long. As such, it’s important that prepare your medicine cabinet for any nasty bacteria that might come your way. Check out Med Consumers best cough drops, and you’ll be tackling those pesky coughs head on. You’ll also want to load up on warm lemon and honey drinks, which will be a lifesaver on those cold mornings when you just don’t want to face the day.
Your home is always your refuge from the world, but it takes on an even greater importance during winter. As such, you should be taking steps now to turn your home into a comfortable retreat from the nastiness of the outdoors. Buy a few new blanket throws, make sure your heating is in working order, and add the candles and other comforts that’ll allow you to have many a cozy evening over the next few months.
Up the Exercise
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you get a pass on exercise. If anything, it’s even more important that you work out during the winter than it is in the summer! Having a thorough regime will keep you warm, healthy, and help keep that seasonal depression at bay. It won’t always seem like fun getting out of the house to exercise, but it’ll be worth it – we promise!
To the Sunshine
Remember, you always have a saving grace during the winter: flying to somewhere with warm sunshine! No matter where you live, you’ll have blazing heat just a few hours via plane away from you. Even if you only go for a few days, it’ll break up winter and make it much more manageable. Plus, you might just come back with a glowing tan, too….
Woodlands in Little Oak
The furry folks of Woodlands in Little Oak
busied themselves gathering with care and gusto,
into the underground went their stash of nuts and berries
for their noses could smell it in the air;
Madam Winter is heading their way.
Have you heard the news Mrs. Owl hooted
to Mrs. CurlyTail Squirrel
as she taught her babies
how to tell the good nuts from the bad ones
before they buried them underground.
Do tell ‘cos I haven’t heard, urged Mrs. CurlyTail.
It’s said that Mother Winter is quite bitter ‘cos
Spry Tornado is having an affair with little Miss Weather
they tried to keep their love underground
alas, the steam they caused came up to air, Mrs. Owl regaled.
You don’t say! Exclaimed Mrs. CurlyTail Squirrel.
I knew something was up with that sneaky Miss Weather.
Did you hear she whispered to Grouch The Badger,
It’s said that little Miss Weather is pregnant,
But no one is sure who is responsible,
For she’s having a sneaky affair with Spry Tornado and Hally Hailstorm.
I never liked Hally, said Grouch The Badger,
He nearly cracked my skull the last time he passed my way,
I had to quickly hide underground from his mean tricks.
Did you hear of the torrid affair, Grouch asked Stink the Skunk?
Tornado, Hally The Terrible and little Miss Weather were caught in flagrante delicto,
by Willy Windy who was on his way to visit, he had an appointment with her.
No wonder! Exclaimed Stink The Skunk to Rasper The Raccoon,
I now understand why Tyler the Lightning,
threw such a hissy fit, that I had to scurry underground and out of his path,
He had his eye’s set on Miss Weather and was on his way to propose to her,
He even had a huge elemental ring with lots of bling.
Soon the undergrounds of Woodlands in Little Oak
was abuzz with the juicy gossip
Each had a version of their tale to tell
and they all eyed little Miss Weather in disdain
They knew Madam Winter would give her the icy treatment
and they waited in anticipation of the showdown.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
Hardened…Ronovan writes weekly haiku.
For this week’s Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge. we have ‘friend and shiver.’
Below are my takes on it.
Winter is not my friend,
It’s blustery, cold and freezing harsh nature’
Makes me shiver and cough.
She doesn’t like his friends,
Such a dodgy, hard and wild bunch,
They give Alyssa the shivers.
Shivers sped down her spine,
When she looked into his flinty eyes,
They looked hard and unfriendly.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
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Fear….Friday Fiction In Five Sentences.
It was an ugly Winter night!
Anna couldn’t believe the sheer horror of what he planned.
The winds howled and it stormed all night long, that to escape was not an easy feat.
Yet, she decided to flee into the wild night and take her chances, but she fell halfway.
In a slow motion, it all shattered as he descended on her.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
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The Seasons Of Life….
The Daily Post Photo Challenge Seasons
Share an image evocative of the weather or represent the current “season of your life” in metaphor.
Seasons of life
Are as sure as time
From days, to weeks
To months, to years
This is the season of white-out/fog and sandy storms in this part of the World *Dubai*.
Sometimes you wake up and you can’t even see anything in front of you when you look out.
Make The Most Of It!…
Sometimes, our approach to everything is a case of mind over matter especially when it comes to weather issues that we have no control over.
To an extent it might be true that peoples moods are highly affected by the weather, maybe there might even be a scientific explanation for this.
However, I maintain that since we have absolutely no control over sultry summer heats or bitter winter chills, we can only exercise control over how we choose to react to either situation.
Each season has it’s beauty, even the harsh seasons like Winter which comes with a lot of challenges, dampness and grayness.
Nonetheless, if we choose to look at things with the attitude of acceptance and positivity, it will also elevate our mind and change our altitude, that we will begin to actively seek ways to make that period pass more pleasurably.
There is no point in wasting a good couple of months sitting in the doldrums of misery, for a situation that cannot be changed. It is a case of Lord give me the grace to accept and endure the things that I cannot change.
When we moved to Dubai in July, the heat was second to none.
It sweltered so badly that one would have surely suffered from heatstroke from being out in such fiery heat.
We simply adjusted and found ways of keeping out of the heat, living and hydrating.
Now the temperature has cooled sufficiently and the weather is absolutely divine.
I intend to wring out every moment of it to the best of my ability whilst it last because, who knows what Madam Winter has to offer next time around.
My little ditty might make you catch a cold but will put a smile on your face.
The Daily Post prompt Climate Control
The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?
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Dear Madam Winter….
Dear Madam Winter,
An appeal to your Bitter, Blustery Highness,
As your Icicled fingers of Frigid coldness,
Begins to drift in and it gets drafty,
Could we appeal to your Foggy, Frostbitten senses?
Could your Frozen Flurries and Freezing Rain be few?
We spend tons on Flus, Flannels and the Fireplace too!
Heating our Hearths to halt Hypothermia!
Expensive jackets, gloves, leggings, woolly mittens, caps, scarves and socks,
Long-Johns, Overcoats, Parkas and the entire shindig, cost a huge packet too!
White Christmas, Snowman and Ice skating is nice we know,
But Ma’am, we could do without your,
Foggy Overcast which forebodes Ice-storms and Hails!
We could survive without your Slippery Black Ice too!
We Turn Blue from the Huge Heaps of Knee-deep Snow on our doorsteps,
Where we are forced to Seek Cozy Comfort, to Bundle, to Hibernate and indulge in,
Copious cups of hot chocolate and Warm Soup,
Until your Dreary Frozen Highness,
Thaws from the Fingers of the Warming Sun!
Please, Your Frostbitten Excellency,
Do not get gusty and nip at my Chimney in annoyance,
I simply utter a shivery request!
Thank you, Your Chilliness.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
In fulfillment of Writing 201 Poetry Day 9: Cold, Concrete Poetry, Epistrophe/Anaphora
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