National Coloring Book Day

Today is National Coloring Book Day – August 2nd is the day set aside to have fun with your colors and patterns. Nowadays, it seems that everywhere you turn, you see coloring books, and not just for the little ones, but for grown-ups too. This adult coloring trend is rapidly growing across our nation and who knows if it will stick around or would fade, as in the case of some other trends.

As a child, I didn’t have coloring books. I’m sure some children had them, but we didn’t have extra dollars for such luxuries. Instead, we made and colored our own drawings. As a result, I don’t have any particular inclination toward coloring books. I’m sharing this bit of information because I was surprised when I decided to start coloring bits and pieces of Nandi’s coloring book (Nandi is my baby, my last grown-up, 23 year old child).

Last week, I decided to color an entire page in Nandi’s book, instead of one or two drawings. I must say that it was very relaxing. I hear a lot about practicing mindfulness, but I did not expect to experience such inner quiet while my Crayola pencils glided slowly along the curves of the flower pattern and across the page.

There was no rush with the coloring – I took my time to audition the colors for each flower and once I got started, the minutes just rolled away and lulled me into a state of calm and peace. I was wrapped up in my quiet thoughts in the world of coloring. 

It was a good decision when I picked up Nandi’s coloring book and her colored pencils! Little did I know that I would enjoy coloring so much, or it would have given me the opportunity to write a blog post. I now have a deeper appreciation for adult coloring books!

Have you done any coloring recently?

Here is picture of my coloring.

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Celebrating National Coloring Book Day!

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30 years…

Thirty years ago, on a warm July 4th, I came to the USA. I am in gratitude for all the experiences and opportunities I’ve had over the past 30 years. I look forward to growing old in this beautiful country, my home, the land of the free, the place where dreams are made possible.

Here is an excerpt from HistoryMiami of my Miami Story that I submitted to the Miami Herald last August. “Miami is my home. I love the cultural, flavorful diversity here. I love it that nobody notices our Guyanese accent! Miami and all those with whom I’ve come in contact have nurtured me into the woman I am today”. Happy July 4th!

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Getting Creative with my Handwriting

What? Handwriting analysts can find over 5,000 personality traits just by looking at my handwriting? Whoa! This information has my eyes popping and my mind twirling. Today’s writing prompt, asks bloggers to simply respond to the word handwriting . It would appear that the stars of blogging have been aligned for me because I’ve been trying to improve my handwriting and today’s prompt is just right.

My handwriting is poor. I’ll even say that it is terrible. It can look pretty mangled, especially if I am in a hurry. I mix printing with cursive all the time. Sometimes, I’m embarrassed because of the quality of my handwriting. At times it is so bad that I struggle to read my own notes. Okay, enough of the beating up on myself; I’m taking action to get neater and more legible handwriting.

As I write this post, I fondly recall the note my professor wrote on one of my in-class essays, she scribbled, “bad handwriting”. Hmmm…I decided to have a bit of fun with it, so I sauntered up to the front of the class and whispered to her, “it’s hard to read your comment, what did you write”? Needless to say, we both had a good laugh.

The picture I’m including today is the product of one of my “practicing my handwriting” sessions. I discovered that with a few curved lines and a bit of playfulness, I could have some fun with my ABCs. The teacup is my creative expression of the lowercase cursive ‘S’. Are you able to see it? I’ve taken the risk of putting a sample of my handwriting! I hope you focus on my words “when I give my best, my best becomes better”, more than my handwriting! Of course, if you are inclined to send me an analysis of my handwriting, that will be great.

What would you like to share about your handwriting? What are your thoughts on those 5,000 personality traits?

Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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Elaine’s Cursive Lowercase S

Vivid Apples in the Big Apple

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is vivid. I like taking photographs. I’d like to share vivid apples taken in the Big Apple in front of the Trump Tower. At first, my niece and I draped ourselves on the apples for dramatic photos, but got a serious warning from the security not to touch the apples! We were under the watchful eye of the security for the duration of our photo-taking session, so we simply stood as close as possible to the apples…boring poses:)

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Easy as Pie!

The last post I made was in September and it is now November. Now, this is what I call total neglect of my blog and the blogs I follow. What have been doing with my time? Busy? Yes. Busy doing what? What can I say? Life has been happening!

This week’s wordpress challenge is to write about pie.

As a child, my mom didn’t bake pies. She made the best sponge cakes and Christmas cakes. I can still see myself licking the batter off the spoon. Yummy! Mom baked her cakes in a box oven that she placed on top of our kerosene stove. It was a complicated process. I’ll have to get all the details from her and make write a separate blog post on our oven. Oh, I must say that a sponge cake is what folks in the USA will call a pound cake.

I learned about pies here in the USA. I have two favorite pies  –  key lime pie and pumpkin pie. I have never baked a key lime pie. My children and their friends love my pumpkin pie! Here is the recipe I use…it is as easy as pie! What is your favorite pie?

My dear readers, I look forward to hearing from you.

Credit: Bing Images

Credit: Bing Images

Simply Delicious Pumpkin Pie

1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell
1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine ingredients in large bowl, pour into shell, bake 15 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 35-40 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Saved by the bell?

Saved by the Bell

 

Credit: Bing Images

Credit: Bing Images

Here’s a reflection from when I was 13 years old in 3rd form in secondary school.  My English teacher was not engaging at all that afternoon and since I was sitting toward the back of the class, when the bell rang, I dashed out of the classroom with two of my peers. Yes, I was saved by the bell. Not really. Miss K. saw when we left and sprung into action.  She took the attendance before dismissing the class and then got the register (attendance records) from the office to verify who was absent from school that day.

The next day, when she arrived to class, we were punished. We had to write “I will not disobey the rules” 100 times. That was the first and final punishment I ever received for the duration of my secondary school experience. Whenever I think of this incident I always smile because that behavior was out of character for me. Was I saved by the bell? Perhaps, I was. If Miss K. didn’t catch me, I probably would have skipped class the next time I thought that my English teacher would not be engaging. Then again, I was thought of as a “model student” and I couldn’t spoil that title, could I? 🙂