There’s No Business Like Snow Business

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Yes. Indeed. There’s no business like snow business….

There’s no business like snow business like no business I know
Everything about it is freezing, everything that woollies will allow
Nowhere could you get that icy feeling when you are feeling that extra snow

There’s no people like snow people, they grimace when they are low
Even with a snowman that you know will melt, you will be stranded out in the cold
You would exchange it for a sack of sunshine, let’s NOT go on with the snow

There’s no business like snow business and I tell you it’s so
Travelling through the country is so killing, standing outside on snowy nights
Frowning as you watch the garden, and there’s your car nowhere in sight

Yesterday they told you that Spring is near, that night it snowed and there you are
Next day on your sleigh they’ve hung a snowball, let’s not go on with the snow!!

Recited to the tune of ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ by Irving Berlin.

And so the snow continues… Brr!

 

 

Maloquacious © 2014

Down By The River

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I’m sailing down the river

Delightful, yes I know…

The sun is shining brightly

And the gentle wind does blow.

My hair is all awry

Defiant curls tousle all about…

Methinks they protest, just a wee

But heck, those cares I toss straight out!

For I am to enjoy this sunny day

To smile away the frowns…

As today, I wish to think of Peace

And not, of my ups and downs.

I see the trees on either side

Green, lush, so full of life…

Swaying slowly, gently bowing

Thanking Him for giving life.

The sky is blue, light and clear

No dark clouds, no tempest seen…

Embrace the pleasures of this fine day

Its beauty… Ah, the splendour so serene!

The ripples on the river

Artistically, bob here and there…

As the boat sails on by slowly

Happily, bearing its precious ware.

Excited faces all around me

Grinning, from ear to ear…

Like me, they too, decided

To toss away their fears.

Today, we are grateful, most thankful,

“Oh, yes!”  we loudly say…

We thank You, Lord, with all our heart

For the blessing of this day!

Maloquacious © 2014

Sparkle in the new year – 2014!

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What a lovely start to the new year! Happy thoughts of health, joy and compassion. I am so grateful to welcome in another year to help me fulfil my oh-so many hopes, dreams and aspirations. Thank You!

Indeed, yes, a wonderful way to kick in 2014… Sparkle!

As we celebrate, let us remember family, friends, strangers, children, babies – all citizens of the world, no matter where they reside, regardless of race, colour and creed. Extend a warm, loving handshake of peace and kindness. For we are all God’s children.

Send a prayer out to those who are battling inner demons…may they feel the calmness they so long for.

…strength for those struggling with health issues…may they find comfort and ease.

…courage for youngsters that are troubled by peer pressure…may they gain the confidence to stand tall.

Amen.

Here, I would like to include my special thoughts, sent out to everyone…

May God embrace you with His love and mercy.

May you enjoy good health and success

May happiness be yours

May your dreams be realised

And your hopes and wishes too.

May His light shine upon your home,

And keep you, your loved ones safe.

‘Tis the time for reconciliation

A warm embrace, forgiveness too.

Treasure old acquaintances,

Welcome new friends.

Cherish memories of the past!

Enjoy new experiences.

Have fun and celebrate.

Life is like a tapestry of magnificence..

That is interwoven with precious family and friends.

Allow compassion for everyone, young and old alike

Be strong in sorrow and steadfast in trials,

Let not setbacks discourage, but rather stir up fierce determination.

Value health, it’s His greatest gift.

Breathe the air and be thankful

Thankful for the sense of sight, smell, taste, touch

And listen to the sound of the Joy of Life!

Accept bright challenges,

Welcome new responsibilities.

Dare to be remarkable

Dare to be positive

And, above all, dare to be good!

May this year be your best one! Thank you for being a part of my life. Peace. God bless.

Maloquacious © 2014

A magical time at Santa’s Grotto

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Open Sesame!

Whoosh!

The magical door opens. And I am transported back to my childhood…and to the enchanted winter wonderland that I so much loved and enjoyed.

I am six years old. My woollies hug me as I toss aside the pompom of my cap that annoyingly obstructs my view of Santa’s grotto.

Eyes wide, mouth agape, I then enter. The awesome majesty of the scene very nearly bowls me over. I steady myself and gasp at the beauty of it all.

Silver tinsel, red and white toadstools, and tiny golden bells polka-dot the snowflake white scenery.

Wee lights, psychedelic, charmingly wink; the stars, a myriad, shine their sparkle on either side of the winding pathway.

Bunches of holly  and mistletoe prettily twine the poles.

Now and then I read a sign: “Make a wish and pull the string.” Indeed I do!

Tinkling bells echo as wishes are granted.

Fairies twirl their wands, blessing everyone.

Elves are seen loading sacks of presents on to the sleigh.

Ever so softly and most joyfully, familiar tunes of the festive season start to play.

Winter sits on the garden bench. Icicles hang strategically, brrr. Oh, such fascinating sights!

Nearby a little red robin perched up high, trills heartily.

I join other children shriek in delight when a sudden snowflake shower comes fluttering down.

Big grins appear on our faces as we realise that we’re soon to meet the big man himself.

Quickly, I mentally go over my list – which is always long – just to make sure I’ve not forgotten anything.

Then..

The reindeer appear…

Dasher,

Dancer,

Prancer,

Vixen,

Comet,

Cupid,

Donder,

Blitzen,

and, finally….Rudolph.

I walk on.

Excited, hugely.

Thrilled, enormously.

Tickled pink, oodles.

I accelerate my walking tempo. Hup-2-3-4.

Soon, Santa’s much loved elves smilingly receive all us youngsters, and we approach, rather nervously, with sweaty palms…

We’re at the end of the tour, and there, behind the magnificently decorated Christmas tree, stands dear Santa!

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“Ho! Ho! Ho!”

Treasured memories of a most wonderful childhood spent in Winter Wonderland. I am indeed blessed!

Maloquacious © 2013

The WordPress Family Award

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Two years. Yes, it has been two years since I began my blog. I love blogging! I never realised what fun it could be….I owe it all to my daughter who encouraged me and set the ball rolling. Love you, girl! *mwah*

Today, I am delighted to say that I have made many, many new friends through my blog. Each one has his/her own distinct style of writing – deep, philosophical; light, humorous; moving, inspirational; instructive, educational – and I value them all. Warm hugs.

But hang on a sec. Let me first tell you why I am floating on cloud nine. OK. I am extremely chuffed to announce that I have been presented with the WordPress Family Award…wow! Oui. *big grin*

My friend Duck of The Duck of Indeed has blessed me with this award and I am so very grateful and honoured…thanks, friend!

This award pertains to those who have had an impact on our WordPress experience…our WordPress ‘family’, if you will.  And to quote Duck: “I have met a bunch of great bloggers here, and their support is what keeps me blogging.  Thank you all.”

Most certainly, yes!

And now, the big moment has finally arrived where I happily nominate the following blogs for the WordPress Family Award…

http://carldagostino.wordpress.com/

http://earth-rider.com/

http://spinelesswonders.wordpress.com/

http://cassiebehle.wordpress.com/

http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/

http://boldlyblessed.wordpress.com/

Muchas congratulations to all of you!

Wishing bloggers everywhere, more power and punch to their keyboards… Happy Blogging, amigos!

Maloquacious © 2013

Happy Halloween

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Hi there! It is that time of the year again when spooks and ghouls go out and about scaring everyone. But there is one witch – the rebel! – who refuses to comply with the rules and simply ‘acrobats’ whilst zipping through the night skies…So, be on the look out, you might just see her! Happy Halloween!

Originally posted on Maloquacious:

Hi, I’m the witch of Halloween

‘Tis you, I’m told to scare

Upon my broomstick I do fly

‘Tis so much fun, I swear!

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October, shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

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A long, long time ago, Year had twelve little ‘uns,

January, February, March, April and May,

June, July, August, September and October…phew!

November, and finally, thank goodness, the last, December.

Now each one, Momma trained them well,

With patience, wisdom and a deep understanding.

Each babe/month, portrayed, a character unique,

Personalites, they differed in features and traits.

Some months were gentle, a few, blooming, and a couple, wee frosty,

But one was a rebel, wreaking havoc and chaos, such turmoil!

Aye, that would be October…yes, the naughty little imp!

Because every time he’d say “Fall!”, the leaves all shook.

Trembling……they’d change from greens to bronzes, russets and yellow,

Ochres, maroons, mustards and browns.

In cahoots with Gusty he was, that gutsy, strong wind,

Together, they’d whizz and whistle through branches and bowers.

Causing leaves to swirl and twirl, all frantic, in endless frenzy,

Zipping here, swishing there, forming teeny-weeny tornadoes.

Yet harmless and friendly, was the duo—Gusty and ‘Tober,

Declaring, “We just want a little fun!”

And so it’s true, it really is…

You only need to look around and see…

That although they act in such a manner,

The colourful beauty created is truly enchanting—and oh-so magical!

Maloquacious © 2013

One Lovely Blog Award

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Oh, how lovely! I have been presented with the One Lovely Blog Award by none other than my lovely friend Duck of Duck of Indeed. Duck, may you be blessed with a gigantic pond and a big shower of lovely fresh pieces of bread! Yayyy. Thanks much.

Now, there’s a huge responsibility associated with this coveted…er, well yes, correct, this coveted award, and here are the rules…

  • Thank the one that nominated you.
  • Put up the picture for the One Lovely Blog Award.
  • Tell everyone seven things about yourself.
  • And nominate seven other people and tell them in their blogs that you nominated them.

Okies. I have already done Rule 1 and Rule 2. Check. Now for the seven things about myself. Hmm. Tricky. But here goes…

1.  I’m the crazy aunt everyone warned you about!

2.  I love chocolate. Chocolate comes from cocoa which comes out of a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as salad. The end.

3.  I think sharks aren’t so bad… If a stranger entered my house wearing only a speedo, I would probably attack him too.

4.  I have learnt that unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck. For sure.

5.  I always, always do good. One good turn…..gets most of the blanket. (guffaw)

6.  I have come to realise that the world can be amazing when you’re slightly strange. Or different. Because then you’re special. Special with a capital ‘W’ …. W E I R D.

7.  Finally… Be someone’s crazy aunt. Or uncle. Or grandma. Or, just plain crazy.

Phew. That made me think. A lot. But now you know me. A lot. Big grin.

I now crown the following blogs with the One Lovely Blog Award…

http://angriestpear.com/

http://arindammohapatra.wordpress.com/

http://morristownmemos.wordpress.com/

http://writingfordaisies.wordpress.com/

http://cartoondramas.wordpress.com/

http://theonlycin.wordpress.com/

http://mairzeebp.wordpress.com/

Congratulations! Continue writing your winning posts to delight us, inform us and entertain us. God bless!

Maloquacious © 2013

Beneath the tree I sit…

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A new wind blows.

Direction shown.

Guidance given.

Hand firmly clasped.

Strength.

Reassurance.

The breeze brings relief,

Ah, so refreshing.

Contentment.

Fulfilment.

Peace.

Beneath the tree I sit…

In silence.

With eyes shut,

Meditating.

Taking in the shower of blessings galore.

…Thank You, Lord, for all this and more!

Maloquacious © 2013

I’m a flower-happy kinda gal!

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From childhood I have loved flowers. I remember visiting parks, botanical gardens, florists and just taking in all the splendid sights and fragrances. What joy!

You might just say that I’m a flower-happy kinda gal!

Indeed, I’m one among the many who adore them. No matter how blue one’s feeling, simply look at flowers and your whole world turns pink and rosy.

So it is no wonder we give flowers to those who are sick. A hospital room appears more cheerful with floral arrangements placed by a window or on a shelf.

Of course, new mommies and babes are embraced with flowers galore.

Ailing children are given a warm hug with pretty blooms.

Beautiful bouquets are graciously presented to friends as they settle in their new home , adding much to their happiness.

On her big day, a bride clutches a bunch of flowers, enhancing the beauty of her bridal gown. An Eastern bride entwines fragrant flowers in her hair, and sits atop a tastefully decorated stage , displaying exquisite blooms.

Birthdays are yet another occasion for flowers. Roses are popular. Just one or a whole bunch of them are, equally, heartily accepted. After all, it’s the thought that counts!

Say it with flowers. Brighten up mum’s day. Thank a sibling for always being there. Appreciate a colleague. Value a neighbour, a friend, a spouse. Certainly, the language of flowers is understood by all. N’est-ce pas?

Take a peek at some of my favourite quotes on flowers…

“The earth laughs in flowers.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

~ Tennessee Williams, Camino Real

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”

~ Claude Monet

Yes, my thoughts exactly!

Maloquacious © 2013