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2017 – Live every minute with love, grace and gratitude

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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 2017… Sparkle! Bloom!

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 find the calmness they are searching for.

Pray for….

…strength for those struggling with health issues…may they discover 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 … Being 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,

To keep you and your loved ones safe.

Amen.

‘Tis the time for reconciliation,

A warm embrace and forgiveness too.

Treasure old acquaintances,

Welcome warmly 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 the challenges,

Shoulder new responsibilities.

Dare to be remarkable!

Dare to be positive!

And, above all… Dare to be good!

May 2017 be your best new year.

Thank you for being a part of my life.

Peace. Love. Light.

God bless.

Maloquacious © 2017

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Of friends and flowers

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What a delightful feeling it is, and how heartwarming! Yes, getting together with friends.

Whether the friends are from school or college, or even newly-made friends, time spent with them is so precious!

Having a cup of tea or coffee whilst chatting with them is simply lovely…and relaxing.

Ah, friends – even the blogger chums – I value them tremendously.

Each friend has a story to tell…

Their tales are woven in the rich tapestry of life. They are the sunshine that appears after stormy weather.

They are the comforting balm to heal our troubles.

They are the warm hug that says, “You’re going to be all right.”

They are the giggles after a tempest.

Their gentle touch is like magic, fairy dust sprinkled upon us.

They console us by telling us, wisely, that: “It’s water under the bridge, so stop worrying!”

They are the wink that tells us that a secret has just been shared…

Even my blogger friends add charm to the beautiful life.

They are across oceans and miles apart, but contact with them adds glitter and sparkle.

What diversity.. I love reading their various posts – especially when chocolate is involved!

Cheers for the friends I have. I truly value their presence in my life.

I embrace their vitality, wisdom and reassurance, together with the fun and laughter… Yes, I certainly do!

As someone once said: “Friends are flowers in the Garden of Life.”

God bless!

PS. Right, now kindly excuse me, I must skedaddle back to my coffee and chit-chat. Only the heavens know what all ‘gossie-wossie‘  vital information I have missed! 😉

 

Maloquacious © 2014

 

Stop and smell the flowers

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“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”  ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

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I spent my childhood in England. Lovely memories! Vivid is the memory of the floral beauty there—daffodil, bluebell, chrysanthemum, sweet pea, geranium, foxglove, hydrangea, carnation, to name just a few. Happily, I can still picture the garden.

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Courtesy of S.M

It’s a warm, sunny day. The flowers are flourishing. Bumblebees buzz among the petals and beautiful butterflies flit from bloom to bloom. Enhancing this delightful experience further, is the sweet fragrance of the different flowers.

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But, alas, so many of us are forever dashing here and there, in a perpetual frenzy to reach our destinations that we don’t stop to take in the floral beauty that surrounds us. Carrying brollies and bags, we even fail to notice the gentle breeze which transports the sweet scent everywhere.

If we could just pause, a little while to relax. Take note of the splendid greenery…the flowers…trees and the verdant grass. Then inhale. Exhale. What a different (and better) person we would be! We would be more appreciative of God’s wonderful blessings. And, truly grateful to Him for His miracles.

Knowing how much I love flowers (doesn’t everyone?), my beloved friends from all over the world shared with me photos of  their gorgeous gardens. Bless ’em, the dear souls!

Now, through my blog , I am sharing a few of the photos.

Enjoy!

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Courtesy of F.M-G

Remember to also, think of happy, positive thoughts. Focus on your breathing. Inhale. Exhale. All the while, smiling. God bless!

 

 

Maloquacious © 2014

 

 

 

The name of the game – ‘Slice and Dice’

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Okay, folks, a couple of weeks back, I had a most interesting weekend. And I thought I would share it with you…..

Sunday sees me wake up at the usual time…..at the crack of dawn, 12 noon to be exact. No. I tell a lie.

As I take a sip of my morning cuppa, my cell phone rings. I answer it. It is my bestie. To protect her identity let us call her ‘George Clooney’. Oops! So ‘my bestie’ she is not. No. I tell another lie.

“Hey there, Mal, I just woke up (yeah, yeah, as they say ‘birds of a feather…’) and I thought we’d go watch a movie. Something interesting, an adventure with action, you know the usual blah-blah-blah, Mal. So see you soon.”

I say, “Fine,” as I take a delicate bite of the buttered croissant, “and I’ll be ready as soon as you are, Clooney darling!”

We hang up.

As predicted, she “soon” arrives, on the dot – after two hours. *eye roll*

Driving towards the cinema, she tells me about the movie she’s selected. “Oh, you’ll deffo like this one, Mal, I read that it’s a thriller and keeps one riveted to their seat!” GC enlightens me, her eyes shining bright with excitement.

This time we are to see ‘her’ movie because last time we watched my choice. Needless to say, ’twas a really bad choice. I concluded it was: “Horrible!” whilst dear Clooney declared, very kindly (yeah, at times, she can be quite nice), “Nah, it wasn’t that bad, Mal, the cinematography was brill!”

So, after purchasing two big small bags of caramel popcorn, drinks water and nachos, we ease ourselves into the nice and comfy seats.

Lights dim, darkness reigns and the movie begins.

Movie begins, darkness reigns and the lights dim.

Yes, my dear friends, the whole movie consisted of dark, drab, very dimly lit scenes. …And raging emotions…insane violence…gore…blood…sweat and stink…guns and knives…blood and gore. Plenty of it. Please note – Plenty as in muchas and muchas. Oh, yes, and severed limbs. …do you get the picture? What?? Fainted?! *shock*

Most of the time, naturally, I keep my eyes focused on the floor. I just cannot bear to see the senseless carnage shown and cannot even stomach the blood-curdling screams that resound in the darkness, all projected from the big screen.

In addition, I observe that I am not the only one to react this way. I take a surreptitious look at GC. Her mouth is agape; eyebrows touching the lofty heavens and eyes, all teary. Her right hand, in a mid-air pose, with fingers clasping sticky popcorn bits. The left hand covers her mouth, as if stifling the scream. (Yeah, eat your heart out, Edvard Munch).

To make matters worse, the ending of the movie (methinks, it’s utterly inconclusive) is left hanging, high up in the exosphere….somewhere way,way above everyone’s heads. Bewilderment. Disbelief. What a rotten anticlimax! *grimace*

We hear the lady in front of us inform her partner, “Oh my God, if it ends here, I’ll kill myself!”

Clooney and I quickly dash out. We both cannot endure another killing.

Clooney avoids eye contact. Stern-faced and in silence, and after a quick scan of the backseat (empty, phew), we sit in the car, lock the doors firmly and drive home.

Yes, GC had wanted to watch an adventure movie – that she certainly did. And I did too. Sigh. We were totally gob-smacked by the sheer scale of the morbid imagination. Awfully disgusted we were (and, also, a wee bit depressed).

Then and there, we decided to meditate…inhale, exhale and some happy thoughts later, felt a whole lot better – and, of course, all prepared (and energised) to face our next movie adventure experience.

Name of the movie? According to moi, the title should have been ‘Slice and Dice’ because that was the name of the game so brutally and graphically shown.. Stop! *Mal, think PEACE* …Breathe.

PS. To play safe, we now both check under beds.

 

 

Maloquacious © 2014

Sparkle in the new year – 2014!

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image via the web.

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

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

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

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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sunshine-blog-awardWoohoo!

Yippeeee!

..and,

Yayyyyy!

I am chuffed to bits and so grateful for the Sunshine Blogger Award. My fellow blogger Duck of The Duck of Indeed, did me the honour of presenting me with this fabulous award. God bless you, Duck!

Merci beaucoup, Duck, je suis tres heureux!

So, there are now a few things I must do.  They are:

  • Include the award logo in a post or on the blog
  • Include a link to the person who nominated you
  • Write 10 random things about yourself
  • Nominate ten other bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”, plus let them know you nominated them

Done the first two… Kudos! Now 10 random things about me.  So here goes…

1.   I love listening to music while I write.

2.   I enjoy long walks in windy weather.

3.   Memories make me smile.

4.   I am a big fan of  ‘According to Jim’ …hilarious!

5.   Adore watching movies.

6.   Forever jotting down beautiful quotes.

7.   My weakness.. CHOCOLATE.

8.   My strength.. my willpower!

9.   Am incredibly grateful for all my blogger friends…long may you write!

10. I am truly blessed to have great friends and my wonderful family…including my gorgeous daughter and son – thank You!

Phew. That was all about me. And now, I am going to nominate 10 other bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

http://duckofindeed.wordpress.com/

http://theonlycin.wordpress.com/

http://particularlyinterested.wordpress.com/

http://morristownmemos.wordpress.com/

http://spinelesswonders.wordpress.com/

http://arindammohapatra.wordpress.com/

http://inspiredeverymoment.wordpress.com/

http://cassiebehle.wordpress.com/

http://writingfordaisies.wordpress.com/

http://angriestpear.com/

Do visit these blogs, such gems!

My hearty congrats to all the bloggers mentioned above.

In the end, thanks again, Duck.

Finito.

Maloquacious © 2013

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

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Oh dear. As soon as my last post appeared, I was bombarded with emails, messages and phone calls from readers (friends and family included) telling me that I was oh-so wrong about the snow dancing its last waltz!

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Courtesy of N.G

“Hold on a sec,” remarked a dear friend, “we are braced for a catastrophic snow storm and you’re dreaming of the last waltz? Which world are you living in!”

Clearly, in a tropical world. And NOT in a ‘snowflakes-that-stay-on-my-nose-and-eyelashes’ zone, where temperatures dive deep below freezing point. Obviously, my weather antenna is all haywire.

Oops!

So now in appreciation of their heroic efforts in battling the snow, I decided to include here certain photos which they sent to me as proof. I am happy to add that they readily permitted me to share these shots of the incredible scenes through my blog. Perhaps as evidence towards my guilt, eh? Haha. Anyway, a great big ‘thank you all!’

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Courtesy of S.N

They say a picture speaks volumes. Just look at all that snow! Brr.

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And finally, dear reader, wherever you dwell, please be safe, stay well and God bless.

Maloquacious © 2013

Happy New Year – 2013

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Cheers! Happy New Year – Celebrate this beautiful gift of another new year with delight and gratitude.

Here’s my New Year’s wish for you, my friend…

May you enjoy success and good health

May happiness be yours.

May all your dreams be realised

And your hopes and wishes too.

May His light shine upon your home,

And keep your loved ones safe.

‘Tis the time for reconciliation,

A warm embrace…forgiveness, too.

Treasure old acquaintances,

Welcome new friends.

Look forward to the future,

Cherish memories of the past.

Enjoy and savour new experiences,

Have fun and celebrate.

Life is a tapestry of magnificence..

Embroidered with precious family and friends.

Permit compassion for everyone, young and old alike.

Be strong in sorrow, 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.

Be grateful for the sense of sight, smell, taste, touch

And listen to the sounds of the Joys of Life!

Accept bright challenges;

Welcome new responsibilities.

It is the time, my friend, YOUR time to shine..

So, sparkle, dazzle, be outstanding!

Celebrate a better YOU as the new year is ushered in..

Yes, dare to be remarkable

Dare to be positive

And, above all, dare to be good!

All this and much more I wish for you in 2013. Thank you for being a part of my life.

Peace be with you, my dear friend.

God bless.

Maloquacious © 2013