It’s Tuesday, and that means Colleen’s Tanka Challenge! Of course, just providing a couple of words would be far too simple, so we have two words, yes, but we can’t use them! Only synonyms allowed! so we get to choose our own words this week!

Poet’s Choice

Today I am writing a tribute to Christmas at school… In Double Etheree form, from the kid’s and the teacher’s perspective!

Image result for crazy christmas classroom
Child-like glee
Christmas lights twinkling
Upon a wonky tree
Handmade cards for family
Glitter strewn all over the floor
Ongoing nativity practices
Welcome to the classroom festive season!

Papework piling up, deadlines looming
Trying to teach hyperactive kids
Hungry for Santa and presents
Being the voice of thirty
As kids forget songs
Smiling inanely
Grateful for gifts
Thankful for
Term end

Ritu 2018

#SoCS Dec. 1/18 – Ma

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ma.” Use it as a word or find a word with “ma” in it. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!

Maybe I’m a cheatin’, but I am writing this on Friday evening, scheduling it for the morning, as I am off out out!

My mamma friends (The Tootie Frooties) and I are off for our Christ-Mates meal tonight, and though I shan’t be hung over, I am pretty sure I won’t be thinking of posting as soon as I get up!

So, it’s a short and sweet one this time!

Have a great Saturday! 

Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt #11 – Friendsgiving #Ginspired

The lovely Lorna over at Gin & Lemonade With A Twist Blog has started a new writing prompt.

She hasn’t named her challenge, so I have – Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt!

This week, we have the word: Friendsgiving

Now, I am not Canadian or American, so here in the UK we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving – it’s straight from Remembrance Day to Christmas, in our National celebrations.

But of course, I hear a lot about it, with all my friends and family, both blog ones and real life ones, who live on the other side of the Atlantic.

And Friendsgiving – sounds like something cooked up in the era of Friends! But I know it wasn’t. It appears to be a way to celebrate Thanksgiving, with the ‘family’ you choose, i.e. your friends. In a time where many are living away from where their loved ones live, and with increasing costs, it isn’t always easy to get back home for the special day, so groups of friends celebrate together instead, or they choose to have their Friendsgiving just before, or after the real deal, so they can celebrate with those other special people in their lives.

I think that’s kinda cute.

Back when I was at University, the girls I lived and I became very close. I was like the big sister to them, and we used to do something similar for Christmas. A proper Christmas dinner with all the trimmings a week or so before the actual day, so we could celebrate and exchange presents with each other. I played mother, and cooked, then we enjoyed the meal, and each others company before we all travelled back to our homes for the festive season.

So not Friendsgiving, but ChristMates!

And I look forward to another one of those ChristMates meals next week as my Tootie Frootie group of mummy friends are getting together for a festive meal, and a shot of Secret Santa too!

I’ll have another ChristMates meal when we have our work Christmas do too, as I consider the majority of my colleagues to be friends. (And there will be another Secret Santa there too!)

So, I’ll leave you with this thought:  Whether you are celebrating with friends or family, I wish you a wonderful meal full of thanks for the people surrounding you, and all you have been blessed with this year.

Happy Thanks(Friends)giving!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 150 – #NewYear



“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thanks Spidey for that inspirational quote for the New Year.

I just love the idea of ‘carving out’ some moments to sit ‘pen in hand’ to dream!

As a writer, this speaks volumes.

But for all of us, it should be a part of the day.

Tomorrow we will start our new year, and there will be resolutions abounding.

From the health-based ones to the weight loss ones, the self-improvement promises to the bucket list items you want to tick off, the things you are going to stop and those you plan to take up.

We all have dreams and wishes.

And to be honest, only we can make these resolutions, dreams and wishes come true.

If you hope and dream, then take the initiative to actually start your journey to reaching your goal.

Reflect upon what you have achieved so far, and plan where you want to be this time next year.

Along the way, others will support you, but no one else can actually write that book/lose that weight/complete that course/stop that drink from being drunk/(insert any of the things you wish to accomplish).

Only you.

So go on, and really focus on what you want – and GO GET EM!


Enjoy your New Year’s Eve Sunday Peeps!!!!!

What are you hoping the New Year will help you to achieve?

Christmas Leftovers #BoxingDay


Christmas Dinner in all its glory!

You wash, you peel, you cook
The turkey needs a look.
You baste and carve then eat,
A huge and filling feast!

So much leftover! What can you do?
That 14 person turkey decision you rue!
Boxing day dinner sorted, that’s fine.
A nice big pie and a glass of wine!

Ritu 2014


Yum! Stuffed again!

A throwback poem celebrating Christmas Dinner leftovers! Turkey pie anyone???

Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Boxing Day!


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