When I Grow Up — Flash Fiction 55

Flash Fiction 55, Photography, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 7 April 2014 @ 8:04 PM (21) Comments

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when i
grow up
i’m gonna

be a
leaf on
a tree

smiling at
everything
floating by.

i’ll play
croquet
with the
crickets.

i’ll
play
canasta
with the
cows.

and
when
autumn
sounds its
final tuba

i’ll dive
into winter’s
arms for a
long nap

to wake
a spring-fresh
bud, waving

hello
from a
poem.

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~~ Shay Fireblossom over at Word Garden is emceeing the Flash Fiction 55 this week, whoohoo!!

And since I wrote that poem today and took that photo today, I guess that ties them together fine.

Y’all take care now!

xooxoxoxoxo

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If You Find This Poem

Family, Flash Fiction 55, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 27 March 2014 @ 6:50 PM (39) Comments

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If you find
this poem
one day

in
some
attic

in a
cedar
chest,

maybe
stuffed into
a book, or

wedged
between
old lace

and photos
of yourself
as a child,

please read it
and smile, knowing
that long ago

we got to
play 55, a game
Galen invented

that
brought
so many
together
forever
in love.

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Could it be true — G-Man’s final 55 after 7 years?!?

AWESOME run, dude!!! Thanks for inviting so many and keeping the party rocking.

We all love you, Galen! And glad you’ll still be keeping up your blog.

EDIT on April 3rd : Shay Fireblossom of Wordgarden and The Zen Of Motherhood (a.k.a Mama Zen) will be taking over the 55 hosting, with Shay starting off the festivities soon.  I shall edit-in the date and time of her hosting inauguration here very soon.

xoxooxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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Top Photo: Me with my brothers on our front step. I was just about to or had just turned 5.

And next week I’ll be turning TEN times that old. :)

xoxo

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Scenes From A Texas Hill Country Spring Break Vacation

Beauty, Friends, Photography | Posted by Jannie on 22 March 2014 @ 11:38 AM (28) Comments

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Enjoyed a few glorious days with friends who are nearing completion of their all-cedar yoga pyramid.

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25 squares comprise the newly-finished floor, with the center one being extra-special.

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Here I am in my lucky blue hat…

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Once the basement cave is finished, guests will remove their shoes there, wash their feet in a stream pumped from one of the koi ponds, and ascend to the sanctuary.

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Quite the place!

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(That scaffolding will be removed eventually.)

Here’s a view of the pyramid from a mile or 2 away…

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See it?

Wait…

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I managed to get a lucky (because my glasses were in the truck) zoom shot of it…

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Near the pyramid is their log cabin home,

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which often doubles as a hair salon,

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and pillow fight parlor.

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A log cabin with WiFi and all the modern creature comforts — not bad!

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Wood is gathered for the fireplace.

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Chickens are raised.

One hen is actually named Kelly and one is named Jannie! And Kelly just laid her first egg!!

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Veggies are planted.

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And the bread — OMG, the bread!!

The lady of the cabin bakes it from her own recipe.

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BEST.

BREAD.

EVER.

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Her pancakes are from scratch, of course!

And her soup from those organic chickens she raises.

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Even Jannie, the hen will end up a feast one day.

(Hey, it’s a farm.)

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A farm with a hot tub on the sunset side of the house.

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From that deck you can see the stretch of road where I took the long-distance pyramid shots from!

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That was my wine!

3 parting tidbits about our stay in the hill country…

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I fell in love with that 8″ tall cactus,

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those blossoms,

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and am ever more in wonderment that the Universe could grace me with such an incredibly wonderful friend, who for some strange reason…. seems to like me too. :)

What’d I ever do to deserve so much awesome??!

~~ Posted by Jannie, who hopes to see you at the pyramid one day.

xoxooxoxooxoxoxoxoxoo

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I Was A Little Bit Sad About The Cake Plate

Photography, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 8 March 2014 @ 11:11 PM (29) Comments

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about
selling it
on ebay,
that is

until i realized
i could rejoice
for the family

who will celebrate
their childrens’ and
parents’ birthdays

on it.

and i
do mean
ON it,

because every
time that party platter
makes an appearance

all persons present
will shrink to 2″ tall,
fling off their shoes
and dance on it.

Sometimes, the plate
will find itself on summer
sunset shores where white
lights are strung along the
dunes for the dance.

Sometimes, the plate
will boast a 3-to-7 tier
frosted hill the guests
will have fun tromping
up and sliding down.

In winter the plate will be
frozen over for folks to skate on it
under the full moon, some of them
falling in love with themselves and
each other for the first and the
hundred and twenty first time,

all of them happy to be there
all of them glowing like gold.

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oooxoxxxoooo to all you sweet peeps.

P.S. The 14″ diam. plate shipped last week to Nancy in Illinois. I bet she can bake!

P.P.S. I dedicate the sunset shores verse to Snaggletooth of Exit Stage Right whose ocean photos sparkle with hope.

P.P.P.S. I dedicate the rest of the poem to 9 days of vacation starting today! Spring Break, Baby!!! Whooooohooo.

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Wow, Look What She Can Do Now!

Gymnastics, Just Good Stuff, The Pea | Posted by Jannie on 27 February 2014 @ 2:25 PM (21) Comments

Isn’t she AMAZING!!?!!

Earned 9.250 for that at our just-ended Junior Olympics competition season, Level 7.

And what a season it was! One of great growth, development, learning, perseverance, travel, friendship and fun.

So proud of that shiny little gal who always gives it her best!

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And isn’t their new team leotard Absolutely Freakingly Fabulously GORGEOUS!!

xxooxxoo to all you blog wanderers.

~~ Jannie

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