His perfect lawn – FFfAW Challenge

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yarnspinner. Thank you Yarnspinner for our prompt!


His perfect lawn
Not a single weed to be seen
His perfect lawn
Sitting in the middle I yawn
Order and discipline his gene
Don’t know if I could be his queen
His perfect lawn*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.

For: FFfAW 114th Challenge by Priceless Joy

Philippine Adobo

May 4, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about comfort food. How can this familiarity influence a story or character? Is it something unusual, like Twinkies from the 1970s? Or is it something from home, from another place or time? Go where the prompt leads

My comfort food
Our national dish
One way to preserve food
The taste of the Philippines anywhere in the world
I can use chicken or pork, marinade it with vinegar
Soy sauce, garlic, onions, salt and pepper, bay leaves
Cook the meat until brown, then add the marinade
Simmer until cooked. Serve with rice and peas
Also good for picnics and family gatherings
So easy to make and no two adobos are alike
No other dish can replace adobo in my heart!

My adobo
with chicken or pork
to preserve
vinegar, soy sauce, garlic
my comfort food!

For: May 4: Flash Fiction Challenge, ALL SEASONS – ENTER LOVELY MAY

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Alec’s backpack


When he turned eighteen, Alec’s aunt told him she’s going to give him some money so he could use it for travelling or for his studies. She wanted it to be something memorable for him, so Alec is still thinking of what to do with the money. His elder brother used it to go to the Philippines for his holiday and he had fun. Alec wants to concentrate first on passing his A- levels, then he can decide. Perhaps in the summer, he can travel to Europe for three months or so before the university starts. He’s planning to take the Euro rail and visit some countries he hasn’t visited yet, or some countries with friends or relatives so they won’t be that expensive. He’s getting ready with his backpack and some itineraries. Here’s wishing him well.

(c) ladyleemanila 2017



Day Nine – Help!


How can people vent their ire on him?

How can they undo what they’ve done?

Out of shell shock came his grin

How can they handle this?

With straps across him

A single bomb

Trim his lot

No cheer


(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8 syllables
line 3 – 7 syllables
line 4 – 6 syllables
line 5 – 5 syllables
line 6 – 4 syllables
line 7 – 3 syllables
line 8 – 2 syllables
line 9 – 1 syllables


For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #15, Wordle 294 Apr 8 by Brenda Warren , ninth day of NaPoWriMo

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Crazy for feeling so blue…

Photo prompt provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise!

I’m crazy for feeling so lonely
I’m crazy
Crazy for feeling so blue..”

There goes my mother with her “Crazy” song, her favourite! Every time we are together and people start singing, she has to be there, too. She sings it with all the emotion one mutters, all the pain and the memories with my father. She will be eighty this year and her children and grandchildren from Canada, UK and Germany are flying to the Philippines to celebrate it with her. It’s going to be a big party and of course, she’s singing her “Crazy” song.

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of March 28, 2017 by Priceless Joy

Also for: 52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 40 By Bernadette  So grateful that my mother is still here with us ❤


Waking up to a lovely music

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Sunayana MoiPensieve. Thank you for our photo prompt!

music is a world within itself
with a language we all understand
making me find my own self
and where I stand

a thousand ways to make or break
waking up to a lovely music
I’ll bake a cake when I awake
getting ready for treat or trick

we can tell what mood we’re in
makes us bounce and thrive
genius and madness are akin
gives us the drive to strive

from birth to death it’s part of us
we can delve deeper into the matter
our energy so boundless
we can do things in a spur

planting us with roses as birds sing
making us travel to see the world
waiting for what the day will bring
as we swirled and twirled


For: FFfAW
Challenge-Week of March 21, 2017

Message in a bottle


With pen and paper, I meander in my thought
Message in a bottle and hope they find it
To my secret love and all the things I jot
Things got to be released to get out of my wit

With my silver pen and a strip of paper
Like putting some apples in a wicker basket
All the deep emotion I come to stir
Answering the why, when, where and what

I can placidly write lists, stories and musing
The stone fell into the water with a soft plop
Waiting for something to happen or bring
I’ll drop it now, don’t make me stop

Instead of forming ethereal dust being untouched
Why not share what’s on my mind before I forget?
I quite like the idea being clutched
I guess I’ll do it coz I don’t want to fret

Everyone does it and what’s the fuss?
In the city where everyone is welcome
Perhaps one day we’ll be together as us
Seize the day or carpe diem