Blog Challenge 2017

Blog Challenge 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z is for the writing Zone #AtoZChallenge

It's the last day of April and the final day of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. Yay! I made it all the way through. 

Since I like winging it and writing my post on the day it's due, I never know for sure if I'll complete it but I'm happy to say I did all 26 posts.

Turn off Facebook and turn off the phone
It’s time to get into the writing zone,
I long to feel myself drift away
And forget my troubles of the day,

Getting in the zone is not that easy
I even get a wee bit queasy,
What if it’s garbage and sounds really bad?
Wasting time always makes me mad,

And then it happens, I’m in the zone
My world takes on a different tone,
Time stands still and I cease to hear
All the sounds, both far and near,

In the zone, I feel the bliss
Like a lover’s magical kiss,
The words start to flow, I get them down fast
Who knows how long the zone will last?

It’s like nothing else I’ve ever known
When I lose myself in the writing zone!

Do you believe in the writing zone? If so, how do you get yourself into that zone?




I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Here are my previous posts for the challenge:

A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?

B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz 
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments
N is for Never Again 

O is for Object 
P is for Picture Perfect 
R is for Romance 
S is for Squirrel 
T is for Thoughts 
U is for Unplugged 
V is for Verse 
W is for Weight/Wait 
X is for Xenophobia 
Y is for Yolanda Can't Stop Yawning


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for Yolanda can't stop Yawning #AtoZChallenge

This poem was inspired by my own delightful experiences with menopause and nightly hot flashes and sleeplessness. So much fun! YAWN!


Yolanda can’t stop yawning, no matter what she tries
Sometimes she’s so tired, she breaks down and cries,
She yawns reading a book and yawns when she talks,
She yawns on the computer, she yawns on her walks,

Yesterday she was yawning and today she is, too
What’s a poor exhausted gal need to do?
Her coffee habit has become an addiction
But it still doesn’t cure her yawning affliction,

Yolanda is fed up with yawning but can’t seem to quit
Some days she’s so tired, she feels like s***
She screws up and forgets things, it can really get bad
Annoying and embarrassing, it makes her so mad,

She also gets nightmares that give her a fright
She’s forgotten what it’s like to sleep at night,
The day she feels rested, she’ll break out in song
Until then, she’ll keep yawning all the day long.


I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Here are my previous posts for the challenge:

A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?

B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz 
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments
N is for Never Again 

O is for Object 
P is for Picture Perfect 
R is for Romance 
S is for Squirrel 
T is for Thoughts 
U is for Unplugged 
V is for Verse 
W is for Weight/Wait 
X is for Xenophobia




Friday, April 28, 2017

X is for Xenophobic #AtoZChallenge

“Get away from the window. They’ll see you,” my mother hissed as I stared at the moving van across the street.

“Look! There’s a girl about my age,” I cried with excitement. Since I turned 12, my younger brother was even less appealing to hang out with and I longed for a girlfriend. “I’m going to invite her over.”

“No, Anne! We don’t want you associating with them!” my father said, anger clouding his face.

“Why?” I asked, confused.

“They’re Muslims,” he said.

“So, what difference does that make?”

“They’re different from us. They don’t live the same way we do. I bet they don’t even speak English.”

“That doesn’t bother me. I want to know more about them,” I insisted and opened the door. My father stepped into the doorway, blocking my path.

“No. I don’t want you going over there and that’s final.”

Our eyes met and he gave me one of his tough father looks. Finally I backed down and went to my room to do my homework.

My parents were so fearful and narrowminded. Somethings it was like living in a prison.

A few hours later, I heard the doorbell ring.

“I’ll get it!” I yelled and ran to the door. The new girl was standing there holding a plastic container.

“Hello, I’m Shira,” she said shyly. I liked the look of her huge dark eyes and her brightly coloured headress or hijab as they were called.

“I’m Anne,” I said, unsure of what to say. I gave her a big smile to cover my nervousness. “Welcome to the neighbourhood.”

“Thank you,” she replied politely. “Here. This is for you. My mother sent it. It’s Shish Taouk, chicken kebabs.“ She handed me a container. I could smell the fragrant spices and it made my mouth water.

“Thank you so much,” I said, taking it.

My parents appeared from the kitchen, wide-eyed, curious and apprehensive.

Shira gave them a nod in respect. They just stared at her, unsure of what to say.

“This is Shira. These are my parents. Look at what her mother sent over,” I said handing them the container. “Wasn’t that kind of her?” I gave them a pleading look.

My parents looked at each other and then back at Shira.

Honestly, sometimes I felt like I was the parent and they were the kids.

“Thank you. Tell your mother thank you,” my mother finally said, giving Shira a weak smile. My father forced a smile, too and nodded in agreement. Both of them relaxed and their faces softened.  

It wasn’t much but it was a start. I had my work cut out for me but I was determined.




I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Here are my previous posts for the challenge:

A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?

B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz 
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments
N is for Never Again 

O is for Object 
P is for Picture Perfect 
R is for Romance 
S is for Squirrel 
T is for Thoughts 
U is for Unplugged 
V is for Verse 
W is for Weight/Wait



Thursday, April 27, 2017

W is for Weight/Wait #AtoZChallenge

Sara stepped out of the shower and onto the scale. She frowned at the numbers that screamed out at her as if taunting her.

Winter had not been kind to her weight.

She pinched the extra rolls that jiggled around her stomach. It felt like an extra heavy sweater that she couldn’t remove. How Santa could be jolly with his little round belly was a mystery. Her stomach was just plain gross.

Looking at her full length reflection in the mirror, she felt nauseous. Who was that middle-aged fat lady staring back at her?

She peered into her closet wondering what to wear. All her summer clothes seemed to have shrunk while they’d been in there for the past six months.

That was it. She would join the gym and start a diet right away this very minute.

She peered into the fridge looking for some healthy fruit and vegetables to snack on. There wasn’t much to pick from, a few bruised apples and some limp celery. She would have to go grocery shopping.

Then she spied some chocolate cake left over from Brad’s birthday. She’d better finish that cake off first so she wouldn’t have all that temptation.

Standing over the sink, she managed to gobble up the cake in five minutes flat while the family was still asleep. After wiping the tell tale chocolate off her mouth with her sleeve, she took a broom and quickly swept the cake crumbs off the floor. 

She’d wait and start her regime tomorrow.


I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Here are my previous posts for the challenge:

A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?

B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz 
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments
N is for Never Again 

O is for Object 
P is for Picture Perfect 
R is for Romance 
S is for Squirrel 
T is for Thoughts 
U is for Unplugged 
V is for Verse


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V is for Verse #AtoZChallenge

Even after this month of writing
Creating verse is still exciting,

I think in rhyme all the time
Lying in bed or scrubbing grime,
Putting out laundry or feeding the cat
Rhymes appear, what’s up with that?

But finding the right words to fit my verse
Can sometimes be an annoying curse,
Some words don’t work and need to go
They mess up the verse and ruin the flow,

Whether I’m at home or out on the town
I keep my notebook to write verse down,
Sometimes I’m wordy and sometimes I’m terse
It’s hard to find balance for my verse,

I’m well versed in verse and love to write
Whether early in the morning or late at night!



I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Here are my previous posts for the challenge:

A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?

B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz 
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments
N is for Never Again 

O is for Object 
P is for Picture Perfect 
R is for Romance 
S is for Squirrel 
T is for Thoughts 
U is for Unplugged

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U is for Unplugged

With many thanks to my Facebook friend, Megan Slattery who inspired this story this morning with her Facebook post about her wonderment at seeing a young couple walking along enjoying the spring day without being buried in their phones or having ear buds hanging out of their ears.


Shauna hurried along, phone in hand, texting with her friend, Casey. She was late for French class once again. Her eyes never once left her phone as she  rushed across the pedestrian bridge. Suddenly she collided with someone and her phone flew out of her hand. She shrieked as she saw it go hurtling over the bridge and heard a splash.

“Noooooooo!” she cried.
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She turned and focused on the dazed girl sprawled on the ground next to her.

“Are you okay?” Shauna asked, helping the girl to her feet.

“I lost my phone!” the girl wailed.

“Me, too,” Shauna said, trembling in panic. Both of them looked over the edge of the bridge to the murky depths of the river below.

“This sucks,” the girl said and started to cry.

“Oh, come on now,” Shauna said to reassure her. “It’s not the end of the world. A phone can be replaced.”

“My life was in that phone,” the girl said between loud sobs.

“Oh, me, too,” Shauna agreed. “Sad that we’re so dependent on them.” The girl nodded and picked up her knapsack.

“Let’s take a walk and calm down. I missed French class again. Madame Laplante will be angry, but what else is new?” Shauna said trying to sound more positive than she felt. “What’s your name? I’m Shauna.”

“Candace,” the girl said, wiping away her tears. “Hey, I have Madame Laplante, too. You must be in my class. I never noticed you before.”

“I didn’t notice you either. Guess we were buried in our phones,” Shauna said and the two girls laughed.

They walked along the forest path watching the ducks and swans floating in the water nearby. Snowdrops and daffodils peeked out of the new grass.

“I never knew the river had swans and ducks,” Candace said.

“Neither did I,” Shauna admitted. “And listen to the birds chirping in the trees. What a racket!” They watched the antics of the squirrels tearing through the trees chasing each other.

They spied a cantine when they came out of the forest and bought some soft ice cream. Sitting on a park bench, they ate their cones.

“That guy in the cantine is pretty cute, eh?” Shauna observed. “I never noticed him before.”

“He is a hunk, for sure,” Candace said. “He said his name is Brock.”

“What a great day!” Shauna said, stretching out her bare legs.

“I agree,” said Candace. “So what should we do about our phones?”

“Our phones can wait. Let’s enjoy being unplugged for a change,” Shauna said and both girls leaned back and closed their eyes, enjoying the warm sunshine and the sounds of spring all around them. 


I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Here are my previous posts for the challenge:

A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?

B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz 
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments
N is for Never Again 

O is for Object 
P is for Picture Perfect 
Q is for Q is a Quirky Letter 
R is for Romance 
S is for Squirrel 
T is for Thoughts


Monday, April 24, 2017

T is for Thoughts #AtoZChallenge

Thoughts
By Cat Graham

Thoughts bombard us all day long
Like an annoying ear worm song,
What do your thoughts have to say about you?
Are they happy, angry, false or true?

Thoughts affect how we act and feel
How many of those thoughts are actually real?
Thoughts are like a filter always sorting and sifting
Changing, adjusting and constantly shifting

I can’t, I’m a failure, I’m dumb and lazy
Such negative thoughts can drive us crazy,
Thoughts like these stop us in our tracks
Give us headaches and panic attacks,

Negative thoughts limit our ways of being
Thinking positive can be so freeing,
Why not try a little at a time?
To make it less of an uphill climb,

Take off that stupid negative thoughts sweater
And sure enough, you’ll start to feel better!





I am participating in the A to Z Challenge writing a blog post for every day in April, except Sundays. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Here are my previous posts for the challenge:

A is for Andante or Allegro, which one are you?

B is for Beauty of Birds
C is forMy Favourite Words begin with C
D is for It's Still a Delightful Day!
E is for Elusive Eloise
F is for Forgive and Forget
G is for Guilt
H is for Holiday in your Head
I is for Introverts can have Impact and Influence
J is for Jack and Jill
K is for Katie the Klutz 
L is for Lollygagging
M is for Magical Moments
N is for Never Again 

O is for Object 
P is for Picture Perfect 
Q is for Q is a Quirky Letter 
R is for Romance 
S is for Squirrel