Rise and Shine

Each morning I wake up before the rest of my family. Wintertime, it is dark and quiet outside; summertime, the birds are singing and the sun is rising. I enjoy the quiet and the solitude of the early morning before the home is abuzz with the activity of its residents. I take this time to reflect on the day that awaits me while I get ready for work, prepare breakfasts and pack lunches, tidy things away. During this time, I squeeze in moments to write and blog – especially over the weekend when my husband and teenage children sleep for longer.

Rise and shine, bright and early in the morning. This is the way I was brought up; and this is a habit that I have continued since adulthood. Except now I rise and reflect: on the past, on the future I aspire for, on the activities I will do during the day. The quiet moments of solitude help me to prepare myself for the day that will be filled with the sound of children’s chatter and the demands that are made on me by my young students. These moments also prepare me to help my own children at home and fulfil my obligations as a mother and a wife.

I would not give up the solitude I have when I rise each morning – even though it means I go to bed earlier than the rest of my family.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeDo you rise and shine bright and early each morning?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Rise)

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The Changing Seasons: May 2015

Spring is in the air and the evidence is seen when walking by the local park. I took the following photos on 12 May at 7:50am on my way to work. The air felt light and, even though there were no children in the park, I could sense the children’s laughter in the air.

Pictures of the park in spring time has to include a shot of some flowers:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Tulips at the park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I pass the park in the late afternoon on my way home to work and I see that many children are visiting. It is always such a pleasure to see.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015

thechangingseasons challenge© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

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Grateful for Appreciation Lunch

Last week Friday all the staff at the school where I work gathered in the library. The occasion? A staff appreciation lunch organised by the parents. A buffet had been laid out for us: a hot meal with plenty of salads. The round tables in the room were covered with table cloths – so different to what it looks like when used by the students. We filled our plates with delicious food that we had not prepared and sat down to chat and enjoy the meal.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

A Homemade cookie to take home. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The lunch was definitely a treat and it was a perfect way to end the week. Each year the parents organise the lunch as a thank you for the little things that we do; and I am grateful for the fact that they acknowledge the efforts that we make everyday.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week Patchwork Ponderings was Grateful for Time

Processed with Rookie© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. Please remember to send me a pingback so that I know you have participated. 

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Angel Flame

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Photo Prompt © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

The crew of the Angel Flame received orders to head out. They had heard that time was running out – the distress signal had been heard 25 hours ago! So often people’s pride got in the way of what needed to be done. The powers that be had known the crew were available but they wanted to appear to be all knowing, all powerful. At the cost of the young girls’ lives. Hopefully it would not be too late to save them. Stealth was their secret: the men manning the boat would not see them coming from under the water. Nor would they see the submarine crew board their ship.

mondays-finish-the-story© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This story was inspired by Mondays Finish the Story. Each week bloggers are encouraged to write a story of 100-150 words based on a photo prompt and sentence starter)

 

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Mystery Afghan 2015 – Clue 4

I was enjoying the creation of my Mystery Afghan and decided to continue with it. The following clue was to make the square bigger (Clue 4 can be found here) by adding two rounds to the square.

I found this clue to be quick and simple to do and was thus easily able to keep up with all those who were doing the crochet along.

The square now looked more complete to me with the white edging. I felt that something had to be created in the middle to complete the layering work.

kitimage-crochetPrevious posts on the Mystery Afghan 2015

Yarn Choice

Clue 1

Clue 2

clue 3

What do you think the next step will be?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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Follow Your Heart

Do you follow your heart each day?

When you feed the kids; do the chores; sit on the train to go to work.

Do you follow your heart each day?

When you listen to the complaints of co-workers; or care for an elderly parent.

Do you follow your heart each day?

When the bills wait to be paid; and deadlines need to be met.

Do you follow your heart each day?

Or does duty, responsibility, being an adult, wear you down.

Grab onto something:

A dream, a wish, a desire,

And work to make it reality.

Follow your heart each day

And you will find the contentment you look for,

A sense of achievement and fulfilment.

Follow your heart each day.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeDo you follow a dream, wish, or desire?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Follow)

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Mending Fences

PHOTO PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford

PHOTO PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford

Mending fences was not his favourite task: the sharpness of the wire and the plants’ brittle stems made for potential injury. The work reminded him of his childhood friend who had believed in his own untried strength. He would never forget the gaping wound, nor his friend’s pale face as he bled out. Carefully and efficiently, the farmer completed the necessary repair. Prevention of more injuries was paramount. As soon as planting began, the land would become treachourous for ignorant stragglers and he had no wish to spend time in the courtroom. Once had been enough.

friday-fictioneers-badge Why do you think he had been in a courtroom?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

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Grateful for Sick Days

This past week I was grateful for the sick days that I have – and the fact that I can request a supply teacher when I am not feeling well. Last week my fatigue required that I leave work and go home to rest. The time off did me good and I have returned to school this week rested and ready to continue.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Processed with Rookie© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. Please remember to send me a pingback so that I know you have participated. 

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The Changing Seasons: April 2015

During the month of April, the temperatures increase and the grasses become green; the buds on the trees form and we wait in eagerness for them to open. When I walked past our local park, I heard birdsong and I knew that soon it would soon come alive with the sound of children’s voices.

I took these photos near the end of April on the 29th day. The park was quiet when I strolled past it a bit before 8am; however that afternoon I noticed that some visitors were running around the play structure.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

thechangingseasons challenge© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge:The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

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Reflection on the Beach

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Arriving at the beach, she reflected on her life. She had lived long and experienced life to the full. She had had such fun with Ross: their antics may have got them into trouble but they had seized the day! She remembered cradling Megan in her arms. Motherhood was one experience she treasured – especially after she had lost Ross, the love of her life. She had never loved with that passion and abandonment again; yet Rory had brought to her a sense of peace and contentment. His love had calmed the sense of agony she had felt after the accident. Listening to the waves crashing on the shore, she smiled. She heard them now, the voices of her grandchildren and the rest of her family. Soon they would be next to her and yet she knew she was ready to go and meet Ross; she had done and seen everything life had to offer. Soon the pain would be over and the act of living complete.

mondays-finish-the-story

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This story was inspired by Mondays Finish the Story. Each week bloggers are encouraged to write a story of 100-150 words based on a photo prompt and sentence starter)

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