Monday Window – Fun Fun Fun

5.12.20 Tbird

Red as flames in the afternoon sun
the porthole window makes me smile
tiny reminder of years long gone
of Friday nights of fun, fun, fun

For all of us who remember porthole windows, grape nehi, candy cigarettes, and $100 pickup trucks

For Ludwig’s Monday Window challenge

Fun Fun Fun – The Beachboys

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JP

Sunday Stills – A Mother’s Love

5.11.20 giving

They say a mother’s love
is like a rose
rich with beauty and fragrance
giving without thought
to the shortness of it’s season

But for me it’s been more
like a cactus flower
wild, unimaginable beauty
difficult to find
impossible to forget

and prickly, very prickly

For Sunday Stills – A Mother’s Love

Mother’s Day was yesterday here in the US. It’s a mixed emotion kind of day for me as my mother and my mother-in-law are both gone many years and I still miss them. Like many other mothers, I received greetings and socially distant hugs from children and grandchildren this year and all is well. My own experience with motherhood has been fraught with joy and pain, disaster and triumph. So thanks to my Moms for the love they gave me, the insight and advice; and thanks to my children, for forgiving me the worst of my mistakes.

You and Me Against the World — Helen Reddy

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JP

Sunday Stills – Leisurely Awakening

5.6.20 awakening
Dawn near Kapaa

Awakening

Slowly stretch and yawn
rising up to greet the dawn
fire breaks through the sky
awaken the magic before my eyes
leisure days of sun and sand
far away from the things of man

For Sunday Stills — awakening of leisure

Leisure is one thing I’m feeling the lack of lately. Most of my leisure activities, you see, involve traveling. As in, long distance traveling. One of my absolute favorite leisure activities is staying on a little stretch of beach near Kapaa on the Island of Kauai in Hawaii. There each morning we rise early to watch the awakening of the day. We stand and soak in the glorious ambience of sun and sea.

Aloha Oe — Teresa Bright

Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay sanitized ~JPP

Picoftheweek – 16 — Surrounded

5.4.20 surrounded
About the photo: taken with my cell phone from an overlook along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, Kaikoura NZ

EDGE OF THE WORLD

Looking off the edge of the world
surrounded by sapphire waters
here sky and water meet
no words, no song
can match the startling beauty
that is almost too much
for one poor heart to bear

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek challenge. My prompt this week: Surrounded

Over the Rainbow / What a wonderful World – IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo`Ole

Til next time ~Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Sanitized

2020picoftheweek # 15 — Nature

 

 

 

 

For Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek # 15 — Nature

4.28.20 nature Nature

There is a magic in nature
that soothes the soul
and refreshes the heart
reminding us we’re just one part
of a greater whole

A child dreams of magic
dancing in the spring
grown-ups long for love
when did we forget
that they’re the same thing

Crystal — Stevie Nicks

About the pic, snapped in October (spring in NZ) Queenstown Botanical Park, Queenstown, NZ I fell in love with this orchid-like flower. I believe it is an “Orchid Lights” variety of rhododendron based on the stamens and huge size of the “shrub” which was well over two meters tall.

Til next time ~Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Santized ~JP

Monday Window and #picoftheweek 14

4.6.20 up the canyon
View from the rear window of a Swiss Army Butt Cruncher at 13,000 ft. near Silverton, Colorado

For Ludwig’s Monday Window and
Maria Antonia’s 2020picoftheweek #13 — On the Road

STUCK INSIDE

Stuck inside while the hours roll by
instead of the miles
how I miss the drone of my tires
on hot asphalt
taking me to places never seen before
for life wasn’t meant
to be lived in one place
and I am not the same person
having seen the sun rise
on the other side of the world

On The Road Again — Willie Nelson

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

A to Z Blogging Challenge and What Day Is It Anyway April 2

snowy branches

A to Z Blogging Challenge – B is for Blessing
What Day Is It Anyway April 2— Coping with Covid day 14

Blessings

My life is full of blessings
even though the snow is messing
with my plans, leaving me guessing
I find my self honestly confessing
I miss the sun’s warmth caressing
though Summer heat can be oppressing
and humidity is too depressing
So I’ll cloak myself in winter’s dressing
warm and snug to contemplate my blessings

Awoke to several inches of snow this morning when a spring squall moved in. A few more inches since then. It’s been a quiet day, roads and sidewalks are slick with melting then refreezing run off. My exercise today has consisted of an indoor walking video, and shoveling the front walk twice plus a short walk to the garbage cans. Good enough.

I am reminded today that one of my goals has been to acknowledge the blessings this pandemic panic has brought my way. I gaze out my window at the snow covered trees, bushes and roads and contemplate the blessing of a warm snuggly home. I was able to pick up groceries yesterday, have ordered more on-line and have a stocked pantry to see me through until those orders arrive. Blessings, oh so many, many blessings fill my world every day, it is humbling to contemplate. Blessings to you my friends.

 

A day in the life — The Beatles

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

dVerse Poetics — Seeing Red

Frost bit rose 3.2019
Rose buds after a frost

Sarahsouthwest is our host for poetics and asks us for something red.

Anger

She was pale, like the waning crescent moon
stark against the black of night
lips painted a shocking garnet
like a vampiress fresh from a feed

Her aura was a blazing shade,
not the cool magenta of sunrise
nor the deep claret of late sunset
but the bright crimson of blood

She wore her anger like a second skin
so tight it seemed ready to split
staining the world a sooty brick
with the blemish of her hatred

Every Rose Has It’s Thorn — Poison

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

What Day Is It Anyway – Coping with Covid day 10-11

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What Day Is It Anyway? Coping with Covid day 10-11

Well it was bound to happen and it did. I finally had a system melt down. I’ve kept the stress and anxiety bottled up, dealt with the pollen and weather changes, the drippy sinuses and the coughing. Apparently my body and mind have had enough and yesterday I just threw in the proverbial towel. I spent the major portion of 24 hours asleep. I sat in the recliner and snoozed most of the day, ate only sparingly, and was in bed by 6:00 pm. I feel better today but still somewhat drained. I am reluctant to take the immune suppression drugs I normally take for this since they basically squash my immune system and I’m not sure that’s such a good thing right now.

We got out for a good walk early this morning before the clouds, wind and … people. I swear if I get out of this crisis without a full-blown case of agoraphobia I’ll be doing really well. It’s already nuts as I’m washing and sanitizing my hands so much they’ve dried out to the point of cracking and bleeding. OK, OK, it’s also partly caused by Sjogren’s but c’mon I can blame it on Covid Prevention Paranoia, symptoms include excessive washing and sanitizing, fear of anything not clearly (and personally) sterilized, man I need an autoclave! Oh well, as they say:

“This too shall pass
it may pass like a kidney stone
but it will pass.”

The Rose — Bette Midler

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP