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Home alone with me, myself and I

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Personal collection of M.A.Q.

 

Well, here I am. Staying at home. Like a good little girl.

Travelling from room to room, noticing things that I never actually ‘noticed’ before. Such as…


… That there are blah-blah tiles in the kitchen.

… That no matter how many times I open the fridge, fairy godmother isn’t going to gift me chocolates and ice cream.

… That the painting in the lounge is hanging crooked.

… That sweeping rooms is backbreaking. Totally.

… That when I am hungry, I, myself, must cook as ordering outside food is a big No-No.

… That I am playing Scrabble and Boggle most of the time. By myself.

… That I tend to video call my friends at odd times…. one chum was even in the shower. OMG.

… That dusting rooms is a daily task.

… That I mostly forward humorous posts on WhatsApp… basically to make myself laugh and smile.

… That I am becoming rather sick of receiving videos about the Coronavirus.

… That I love my family and friends. Most of all, I absolutely adore my grandchildren.

… That I endeavour to be positive, tossing aside negativity, and thus raising my spirits.

… That I am constantly thinking of the Almighty, while reciting His prayers.

… That I feel I have become a better person, by strengthening my faith.

… That I never take anything or anyone for granted anymore, but display enormous Gratitude.

… That I realise that what He really wants is for mankind to be more patient, tolerant, kind and compassionate.


“Enough is enough!” He declared;

“I am much greater than your arrogance, evilness and greed!” He thundered.


And, then…

He showed us all … by unleashing His almightiness, His supremacy, His invincibility.

… And man proved powerless, frail and weak.

 


Maloquacious © 2020
 

2020 — Happy New Year blessings!

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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 2020… Colourful buntings and balloons, orange and white!

As we celebrate, let us remember family, friends, strangers, children, babies – all citizens of the world, no matter where they reside, regardless of race, religion, colour and creed. Let’s 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 who are troubled by peer pressure…may they gain the confidence to stand tall.

Amen.

Here, I would like to include my special thoughts, that are 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 – 2020 – be your best one yet!

Thank you for being a part of my life. Peace. Love and Light. God bless.


Maloquacious © 2020 

Merry Christmas! …. (sing along)

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Sing along to the tune of “Jingle Bells” …. enjoy!

 

Christmas lights, Christmas lights

Twinkling  every day,

Sparkling tinsel, gold and bright

Shimmering all the way.

 

Hey!

 

Kids giggle ‘round the Xmas tree

It’s so much fun to view,

‘Tis also merry, jolly good show

When snowflakes flutter on you.


Hey!

 

Reindeer trotting here and there

Red-nosed Rudolph, wait, there’s more..

Santa’s happy, jolly and cheerful

Filling his sleigh with gifts galore.


Hey!

 

Children giggling here and there

It’s fun to frolic in the snow,

Oh, what a smashing, wonderful sight

To see them sleigh, all down the snow.


Hey!

 

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way,

Everyone, young, old, alike

I wish a “Merry Christmas” day!

 

Christmas blessings and Season’s greetings!

🎅🏻🎄2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣🎉🥰

 


Maloquacious © 2019

 

Cooking rats, a newt and a juicy, fat lizzie!

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Hush! Watch out, watch out, people, do watch out!

Loadsa wicked witches on brooms are flying about!


If you’re not wary, chary; a bit unprepared, my friend,

Evil spells will hit – aargh, that could be your end!

 

Withered old crones jet out with spell books perched upon their brooms,

Packed with sinister, witchy designs – yikes, the big danger looms!


A coven is toiling, all witches a-busy,

Cooking rats, a newt and a juicy, fat lizzie!

 

Cauldrons hot up a-bubbling and boiling, with..

Spiders, scorpions, snakes – aye, ‘tis no myth!

 

Meanwhile, spooks, ghouls, draculas and ghosties,

Tootle hither-thither, helter-skelter, tipple-tail with ease!


Jack-o-lanterns, beam their evil grins,

Wispy cobwebs bait flies, fleas ‘n even vermins!

 

Skeletons rattle, vampire bats go a-screeching,

Chains jangle, jet black ravens go a-shrieking!

 

Shouts of “Trick or treat!” echo all around,

As excited children frolic in every ground!

 

Yes, indeed, folks, ‘tis a night to remember,

For Halloween comes just once – in every October!

 


Maloquacious © 2019

The stork arrives – twice!

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My life is filled with bounties galore, abundant blessings,

Just harken, pause, and observe.. as the bonny bird sings;

Trills, it does, melodiously, on His omnipresence, His mighty glory,

For you, me, him and her……for all mankind to see.

 

And so, in my heart, I now passionately embrace,

Grandkiddies, most delightful, gifted by His Grace;

Ecstatically, I do declare, it was love at first glimpse,

A girl, a boy – such darling, mischievous little imps!

 

Cuddlesome, two bundles – one pink, and one blue,

Tiny toes, dimply smiles, and chubby cheeks, too;

The giggles, the gurgles, the chuckles as well,

My cup runneth over….you all, I must tell.

 

Sense I, enormous gratitude, contentment, immense joy,

For my two adorable, bubbly, precious girl and boy;

O beloved Almighty, with thanks, I must confess,

For every day, every minute, I utter: “God bless!”

 

Maloquacious © 2019

Befuddled feathered folk

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Two birds wandered along a path, a-waddling;

As feathered folk often do.

“Quack”, said one, “Quack,” again, said he, a-dawdling;

As daydreamers often do.

 

“Jack,” said Mac, the other bird, a-jostling;

“What think ye of us?” he asked, as wise ones often do.

Looking up, he spied the sun and clouds a-bustling;

In windy weather, as they often do.

 

“Ah,” said Jack to Mac, squawked he, a-lumbering;

As befuddled folk often do.

“Dun-no”, cackled Jack, “Dun-no,” along the path a-swaggering;

With brows puckered, as the baffled often do.

 

Mac looked at Jack, Jack looked at Mac, and Jack winked;

As funny bunnies often do.

“After all these years of waddling, dawdling, jostling, bustling,

Lumbering, swaggering, I still dunno…….”

 

“Are we ducks, swans or geese?

Do tell me, please!”

 

Maloquacious © 2019

Enchanted fields of dreams

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Gosh! I very nearly missed the train.

With minutes to spare, I quickly sit back in the seat, quite breathless.

That hectic meeting with business associates went on till eternity!

Phew. I now relax.

Breathe.

I smile, and look out the window.

The swaying motion of the train plays a gentle lullaby.

I feel my lashes softly rest upon my cheeks.

My mind quiet, my thoughts silenced.

I drift away…

The train ride takes me through enchanted fields of dreams.

Fairies abound and…

Quaint little magical castles in which elves dwell.

Gnomes go helter-skelter beneath ivy creepers.

Pixies up to no good, grin from ear to ear.

Trolls, grumpy, stomp up and down wooden picket fences.

Unicorns, majestic, gallop with other steeds.

Witches pick roots and insects for cauldrons.

Hobbits emerge from dainty grassy dwellings.

Fields of fifty shades of green, stretch as far as the eyes can see.

Then, trees. Trees, and more trees.

One tree suddenly appears near the window.

A leafless one. Branches, draped in brown. Naked.

But on looking closely, I observe tiny green buds, polka dotted here and there.

Each bud, waiting, rather impatiently, to dramatically burst forth into life and bring with it, a rich harvest of hopes and dreams for a fruitful tomorrow.

And, the moment one small bud opens, my eyes too, open at the announcement of my destination.

As I step out onto the platform, I breathe. Deeply.

And, I smile. It’s a new day…for a promising tomorrow; a verdant future.

Just as the enchanted fields of dreams foretold.

 

Maloquacious © 2019

Happy New Year 2019

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I’m sitting here. In the garden, enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Besides absorbing the essential Vitamin D, I, also, take in the sights and sounds of chirping birds and the gentle sway of palm fronds in the soft, cool breeze.

And I ponder; I reflect upon the year gone by – 2018. It was a busy year. A happy year. A sad year. Many different emotions all packed into one memorable year. With the advent of a fresh new year, the Gracious Almighty has given me another chance to put right my wrongs, and afforded me the opportunity to allow myself to become the best ME that I could possibly be. Indeed, for that I truly thank You.

I realise that my blessings, however small they may be, appear everywhere, every day, and, more importantly, they are there, for me, with each new year. Therefore, now that 2019 has dawned, I am deeply and veraciously grateful for each fresh, new day.

A few of my blessings – miracles – are penned below, in poetic form.

So, put down your mug of coffee, stop playing video games, and simply sit back, against the puffed up cushions in your nice, comfy, chunky sofa. Huddle up beneath your warm ‘blankie’, and read on.

Read slowly, meaningfully, pausing, now and again, to digest the vivid imagery present in the poem….

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“See the garden, green and lush, that freshly blooms;

Observe the red-bricked house and all its rooms;

Note the far off planet, strange, with rings and several moons;

Look! Happy, excited, giggly children, watching cartoons.

Aye, undoubtedly, these are the fine signs of some of Your miracles!

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“Ah, heed the ocean, with its waves, eddies and tides;

The sprightly, little donkey and its fun-filled rides;

Smell the bakery goodies – its cakes, doughnuts and pies;

Listen to the chatter and natter of proud grooms ‘n’ blushing brides.

Aye, undoubtedly, these are the fine signs of some of Your miracles!

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“Watch the bonny, bouncy, bubbly babes;

Catch those magical, wonderful, dainty snowflakes;

Oh! And, careful of gorillas, baboons, chimps and apes;

Sea creatures of odd sizes – Wow! A kaleidoscope of colours ‘n’ shapes.

Aye, undoubtedly, these are the fine signs of some of Your miracles!

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“Embrace the loving protection of your dad – be enormously grateful;

Hug the caring devotion of your mum – be tremendously thankful;

Cuddle up with the love and affection of sibling unity – be joyful;

For, yes, indeed, ’tis family that really matters – utterly delightful!

Aye, undoubtedly, these are the fine signs of some of Your miracles!

“So…

“Much obliged, we truly are, dear Lord, for all these rich Blessings,

You are Merciful, Gracious, Omnipotent, Forgiving and Kind;

Appreciative we are, for the life You have granted us – with its endless lessons;

Prithee, most earnestly, humbly we pray, bless us to be good, gentle and kind.”

Amen/Ameen. 

 

Maloquacious © 2019

The Night of Fright

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I’m rather afraid of..

Cats,

Rats,

And,

Bats.

I’m dead scared of..

Spooks,

Snoops,

And,

Ghouls.

I’m petrified of..

Zombies,

Creepies,

And,

Goonies.

So, I’ll just..

Sit me down,

Safe, indoors,

And,

Drink hot cocoa.

Cause today..

‘Tis Halloween, Trick or Treating,

But,

Me, snug as a bug, sheltered,

Indoors, reading!

 

 

Maloquacious © 2018

Hakuna Matata. Safe travels!

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There I was in the middle of the park in the company of two fierce looking rhinos. Everywhere I looked, I saw tall dried grasses, with acacias polka dotting the panoramic view. I pinched myself. Was this for real? Or a dream? Worse still, could it be the beginning of a nightmare…….with a dreadful ending? Gulp.

“Dad, can I have a chocolate biscuit please?” The sound of the child’s voice immediately comforted me. It brought me back to reality. Thankfully.

Haha. I then realised where I actually was. My wild imagination had got the better of me, once again!

I was safely sitting in a four wheel drive automobile with family and friends. Phew. And a hamper full of eats and drinks. Yeah. Refreshments. What a relief!

This diligently planned safari to Nairobi National Park enabled us to observe a whole lot of wildlife. My son and his friend had procured pin locations of various animals. We were fortunate to see wild buffaloes, baboons, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, elands, impalas, rhinos, gazelles, not forgetting our feathery friends – the ostriches.

The safari was just one event on my itinerary. I was on a visit to the beautiful, tourist-y Kenya. However, meeting my first grandchild – an adorable, precious granddaughter – was the main highlight of my trip. By God’s grace, I spent a wonderful, exciting, memorable time with family.

My beloved son had organised a week long stay in a charming cottage at Diani Beach. Oh, it was totally paradise! We just flew into Mombasa, a short flight, taking along the ayah to help in looking after our cute little bundle of energetic joy!

Needless to say, weather was absolutely lovely, the breeze was just right and the lush presence of palm trees, flowering shrubs and fruit trees, was simply perfect. Hummingbirds, weaver birds and the gorgeous, psychedelically painted butterflies – a magical delight!

A jolly, cheery cook was there to promptly tickle our palates. The cuisine included breakfast with a variety of fresh fruits and exotic fresh juices; luscious-looking jumbo prawns; various fish, freshly caught; barbecue nights, and a store of scrumptious foodstuff. What bliss……thank You so much!

Swimming either in one of the crystal clear pools or going for a dip in the blue/green ocean was our  choice. We chose both the waters. All of us had a real rollicking time, splashing about, paddling, and wading through seaweed that would pop up here and there, and/or just a swim in the warm sea.

Gosh, I could go on and on about the beauty of this wonderful land – Kenya. But to really get the feel of this rich, stunning, friendly environment, one needs to visit and savour the fantastic experiences themselves.

Bon Voyage! Safe travels! And, remember…. Hakuna Matata!

 

Maloquacious © 2018