In response to Charil’s Carrot Range Flash Fiction Challenge: Spreading the Light
Tensions were running high as was expected at this time of year. The first weekend of December must always be murderously hot, and so the whole household must work away in baking heat to cover the property in artistically arranged Christmas lights.
From previous experience we knew we must stock the freezer with zooper doopers. It didn’t matter how old we were, that stuff was more potent than Gatorade. But even though we prepared, by late afternoon we had dissolved into sweaty, frustrated shouting matches.
Until the sun went down and the lights came on.
And everything was okay.
I was very literal with the prompt this time, wasn’t I? On that note, did we all get to see the Christmas lights in our neighbourhood? It was always a tradition in my family, not to put up Christmas lights, but to drive around on Christmas Eve and see everyone else’s lights!
While googling pictures of Christmas lights for inspiration, I came across this wonderful article from Canberra highlighting the people who decorate their homes for others to visit, raising funds and drawing attention to important charities. The stories in this article are far more important than my frivolous flash fiction, so if you want to give it a read you can find it here.
In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Now (take a photo of the present)
All weekend I’ve been waiting for the sky to open and deliver some rain to cool things off. Luckily, this afternoon I got my wish!
Right after taking the first photo, the rain came.
Sweet relief! Although I just heard the first crack of thunder… be careful what you wish for! (The whole world seems to be experiencing some awful weather at the moment…)
In response to Ronovan Writes’ Weekly Haiku Challenge: Sing & Day
When the day drags on
I sing to keep completing
All these little chores.
Now around Christmas
They all seem to be endless
Keep calm, carry on.
In response to the Daily Post’s weekly Photo Challenge
The challenge this week could be interpreted in any way, and I thought of the multi-coloured chili bush growing in my neighbours’ front yard. I have walked past this thing, practically spilling out onto the footpath, for over two years now. This week is the first I week I actually picked a few to use in some Indian dinners!
Okay, okay, it’s not stealing exactly. Look how many chilies are growing on this thing! Also, it’s from a garden outside a massive apartment block, so surely it’s there to service more then one person? I have no idea who actually owns/grows it. Maybe it doesn’t need any help. Maybe it’s just this magical chili bush that grew out of some discarded seeds one day. Either way, it makes food delicious!
On another note…
I have not posted in several months (being flat out with uni assessments and things) and then I wondered if I should even go back to blogging. But I was feeling an… absence. Of purpose? Of fulfillment? I don’t know, but I spoke to a few friends who encouraged me to go back 🙂 I honestly don’t know how often or how regularly I will be able to post in the new year, but I have to remember this is a hobby and not a chore. I will post as long as I am having fun, and I’m looking forward to having some fun dabbling in the interwebs once again 🙂
Cheers everyone! Happy holidays!