Posted in Senryu, September 2019

Just Fiddling Around

Poodle doodle
Original “Poodle Doodle” by Leona J. Atkinson

Life has surprises

Sometimes we just need

To Doodle a Poodle

Senryu

Today was one of those lazy days for me. It was chilly, windy, rainy outside and that just made me want to stay inside, sit on the couch and draw or read.

I ended up doodling, on my phone, which I don’t often do, but found it quite enjoyable today.

Years ago when my grand-kids were all littles and the four of them we’re having breakfast at my house I invented a game to keep them focused while eating. We all loved to eat toast with jelly in the mornings so I asked them to each come up with a name for the shape of their toast after they took a bite or two out of it. We all came up with some amazing shapes of dogs, cats, people, etc that caused many laughs and memories. It got to be a fun tradition which they remember to this day even though they are all grown up.

So today as I was eating my toast and jelly for breakfast I tried it again just for fun and got a shape which I thought looked like a dog’s head.😊 I snapped a picture and ended up doodling it into a poodle, which I will be sharing with the grand-kids via phone message later today. 😊

You just never know what life will bring you each day!

Today even though it was stormy outside and I was disappointed with the weather because I had wanted to go to Free senior day at the local zoo but didn’t because of the rain, wind and cold, I had a fun day inside creating memories.

Hope you did also! 😊

Posted in Monoku, October 2017

A Visit and a Gift

African Violet Plant
Little surprises are best

Monoku

Feeling blessed. Grand-daughter stopped by with this little plant for me. She said she was thinking of me and saw this little plant and got it for me. What a nice surprise it was! She’s such a thoughtful, sweet girl! 

Posted in August 2016, Shadorma

Hidden Rainbow

deer statues, rainbow
Unbeknownst to me

A revelation

Was given

Quite amazingly

I captured a rainbow

That i never saw

Shadorma

When I took this picture the sun was shining very brightly, so brightly in fact that I was barely able to see the statues I was trying to photograph. It had not rained, so I was surprised to see what looked like a rainbow to me in the photo. Apparently, it is a Halo or Arc that somehow formed. (Someone who knows more about weather and amosphere than I do would probably be able to explain it) 

But, it was a nice surprise, even though I would have liked to get a better picture of the statues which were a male and female deer with a fawn. Maybe another day….😊

Posted in Haibun, July 2016

Just Outside My Door

sights on my daily walk
It seemingly was like just another day. I was making myself go for a walk, which at times can be boring as I am not able to walk far, usually see the same things, and have no walking partner to chat with. Ever since my hip surgery I have had to make myself exercise and walk daily to get my body back in shape. So, armed with my cane and determination, outside I go. 

Just another day…

Making myself take a walk.

Needing exercise.

When I stepped out the door, instantly my eyes fell upon four 

giant white blooms gracefully swaying in the gentle breeze. My neighbor’s rose bush had burst into bloom overnight!

The four Grand Flora Roses, petals tinged in pink as if blushing at my admiring gaze, greeted me with a faint fragrance as I passed by. 

” May I take your photo ladies?” I politely asked. 

The wind helped them curtsy in submission to my request. 

What a delightful start to my walk!

A little farther, just across the way, to my surprise, a usually green little tree was dressed in flaming orange! The sight took my breath away! “I am wearing my Summer gown” the tree seemed to say, as I snapped a photo of her beauty. 

Just then a brown squirrel scurried by, frightening two birds who were hopping about looking for food. As they flew away, Mr. Squirrel ran up a tree. When I asked to photograph him he ran higher and hid. “He’s too shy” the little flaming orange tree seemed to say as she danced with the wind. “Quite unlike you!” I laughed, as I gleefully watched her and the wind swirl and twirl. 

As I looked past her, I saw a charming, cream colored bench just ahead on the path. It seemed to be inviting me to come sit awhile and rest. I gratefully accepted, although I usually don’t walk that far. Once I reached it, I reaped the value of my efforts with the reward of rest as I sat on it enjoying the peace and beauty of the nature around me. 

Once refreshed, I started my walk back home and met a friendly neighbor out for her afternoon walk. We stopped to chat. As she and I said our goodbyes, it was then I noticed the Clematis vine had begun to bloom again! Another surprise in my day! I took time to veer off the path to visit the vine, and was able to snap a photo of the pretty pink clematis. 

Look what I would have missed if I had not taken a walk today I told myself as I got back home! 

Ordinary day?

Certainly not in the least!

Many adventures!

A refreshing walk

Mind filled with memories

Of a day well spent 

Haibun 

 

Posted in June 2013

Come and Gone

June, it seems you just arrived,
Yet your 18 days are nearly gone,
only  12 more remain to be seen,
and then never more shall you dawn.

You’ve given me memories to cherish,
Adventures and surprises galore,
June, I will enjoy your daily presence,
Until you, or I, are no more.

Leona J.Atkinson
06-18-13