Rock, Paper Scissors: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


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“Mine, said the stone,
mine is the hour.
I crush the scissors,
such is my power.
Stronger than wishes,
my power, alone.

Mine, said the paper,
mine are the words
that smother the stone
with imagined birds,
reams of them, flown
from the mind of the shaper.

Mine, said the scissors,
mine all the knives
gashing through paper’s
ethereal lives;
nothing’s so proper
as tattering wishes.

As stone crushes scissors,
as paper snuffs stone
and scissors cut paper,
all end alone.
So heap up your paper
and scissor your wishes
and uproot the stone
from the top of the hill.
They all end alone
as you will, you will.”
David Mason

In response to Cee’s Fun foto Challenge

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Parked: Wordless Wednesday


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The book of rules: 99 word flash fiction

“Don’t do ..”

“You’ve got your rule book out. Every day it gets longer. Can’t do cause its Monday, don’t do cause there’s an R in the month, don’t do, don’t do.” She could hear the angry frustration in his voice.

“No, it’s danger…” 

“I don’t care. We’re doing it. I’m sick of you. Always negative.” He stacked the wood inside the deconstructed bookcase.  Lifting the timber to edge the trolley under it the loose timber fell forward. He watched the skin peel off her leg as easily as she  removed her stockings.

“See, I told you it was dangerous.”

In response to Charli’s prompt for this week where she asks:

December 2, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something or someone not allowed. Maybe it’s about gender, race or other intolerance. Maybe it’s the cat who paws at the door, but not allowed inside. Maybe it’s a trail where dogs are not allowed. Go light, go dark, go where the prompt leads you.

Respond by December 6, 2016 to be included in the compilation (published December 7). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

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Odds and Sods: Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge


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In response to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge where you are invited to put photos that don’t fit anywhere else.

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Weekend Coffee Share 4th December 2016

newcoffeeWelcome. Come on in out of the heat. I’m betting we will get another storm this afternoon it is so hot and humid. I don’t think I had ever really understood the terms close in relation to the atmosphere before the last couple of days. The air is heavy, weighing you down. It feels like someone has invaded your personal space, is up close making you more than a little uncomfortable. I’ve also had pressure headaches (not bad but just there). I first got these in Vanuatu and they always foretold cyclones and tropical storms. We have certainly had storms the last few nights but very little rain. Just a superb lightning and thunder display. I guess it is almost the time of year for fireworks.

If we were having coffee I’d have to tell you I have become a narcissist but only in regard to my feet. I lie in bed of a morning, gazing at my feet thinking how beautiful they are. Several times each day I catch myself doing the same. It doesn’t take much for me to talk about them either. What I have found is that so many people have bunions, hammer toes and other foot deformities. They want to know my outcome so they can make informed choices for themselves.


© irene waters 2016 A YEAR BEFORE

Two feet at once I was warned against. Post surgery was not as painful as I expected although walking on heels only was difficult. Luckily I could still get out and about as my mother lent me her mobility scooter. I would have been better off if I could have rested up but with open houses that had to be prepared for this was impossible. It 12 weeks before I could walk any distance and now at around 14 weeks I don’t know why I waited so long. Although they are still swollen and I do get twinges of pain  every week is better and already I can wear shoes without pain. I have gone back dancing. I couldn’t wear my dance shoes so only lasted an hour in sneakers the first time but with a pair of ballet flats and extra insole padding I lasted the full two hours last Tuesday. I can see that this is going to be the best thing I have done for myself in a long time.


© irene waters 2016 AFTER

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I chose (just luck) a good surgeon that does a modern form of the operation. I’d also tell you that my experience is not everyone’s so don’t rush straight out and have the surgery. My girlfriend that had the same operation (the old way) has had to have further surgery on one foot. She cannot walk for another 12 weeks. She does say that having only one foot makes it much easier. Roger played golf with a chap that had one foot (the old way) done 6 months ago. He was in a cart as he could not walk the pain was so bad. He has been told that it will take a year to two years before he will feel the benefits without the pain. So perhaps I am just lucky  but it makes me doubly delighted.

Okay enough about my feet. If we were having coffee I’d tell you that there is a new Times Past prompt. As it is the merry season we are looking at Christmas Trees. Would love it if you could join in. Apart from that I have been packing in readiness for the move, packing for the cruise, preparing the house for guests whilst we are away and catching up with people before we go. I am currently reading a book of short fiction Hinting at Shadows by fellow blogger Sarah Brentyn. I’ll let you know soon what I think but so far I am enjoying it immensely. Expertly written flash fiction always packs a punch and Sarah, so far,  is showing herself to be a master of the art.

That is probably about it for me this week. How about you? How has your week been?  How has your weather been? Any good books or films to recommend? Gosh I have been remiss. Would you like a cup of something before you go?  Thanks Diana for hosting our coffee shares.

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One, two,Three! : Weekly Discover Challenge


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This is hard – I did a tryptich just the other day, three photos when I posted 3 Lakes, 3 countries, 3 twilights, a tale in three parts – part 1, part 2 and part 3 and a haiku – so what creative new (for me at least) project can I muster for the weekly discover prompt “in the spirit of list making, the challenge is to create in sets of three in the medium of your choice. Poets might try a few tercets, or perhaps its most accessible form — the haiku. Photographers and artists might consider working in triptychs to capture a subject in evolution or experimenting with the rule of thirds. Playwrights, how about a comedy or drama in three acts? Foodies, why not envision and prepare a three-course meal? Composers, how about a new piece in three-quarter time?”

One, two three minutes have gone and no ideas.

One, two three hours have gone and still no ideas.

One two three days and I still haven’t a clue but that is 3 and it is time to apply myself.

1              +     2         =   3

Dream + Passion = Living

Firstly one must dream. One must have an idea but it is of no value unless it is added to passion. Passion is an enabler. It gives the person the power to overcome the obstacles and see that dream turn into reality. This must be what is meant by those who say “I’m living the dream.” The only things in life that we will end up regretting are those dreams that we did not live. Where the passion was not enough to see them through. Then we have a different equation.

Dream + No passion = Regret



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On the Sandbar: Silent Sunday


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