Grand Canyon #100years 1919-2019

Grand Canyon haiku

 

No wall made of brick
Stands between me and the edge
Acrophobia

Today’s #haikuchallenge word is brick and I’m still enjoying the photos from our trip – and also my acrophobia. This month between the seats we had for the concert and then going to the Grand Canyon, I’ve been having so much fun. I kept my distance from the edge most times. When we took the family photo Shawn held my shoulder and I had a death grip on Gretchen. Still everyone commented on how much I was shaking.

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Grand Canyon #100years #keepitgrand

 

When Gretchen graduated from high school earlier this year, I asked her how she wanted to celebrate. She said she wanted to go to the Grand Canyon. It’s been 9 years since our last visit and Shawn’s mom, Kathy has never been. I looked into setting up our first extended Hosking family vacation.

Family weekend
Love to see their happiness
Grand time at Canyon

I booked a couple rooms at a motel up in Flagstaff and we drove up early Friday afternoon. We met up with one of Rachael’s friends Friday night and had dinner in old town Flagstaff Friday night. Then Saturday morning we drove out to the Canyon. We stopped at the visitor center and watched the introductory film. Then we had lunch before taking the red line shuttle up to Hermit’s Rest.

 

After we got off the red line shuttle tour, we drove to the desert view to see the watch tower. On our last trip in 2010, Shawn wanted to see the watch tower, but we did not make the stop. This time we made it there in time to see the sunset. Of course my husband and children took better sunset photos than me. So I borrowed one.

Drive to Watch Tower
Just in time to view sunset
Explore Grand Canyon

After the sunset, we drove back to the motel in Flagstaff. It was a fun filled 12 hour day. We left the motel at 9:30am and returned at 9:30pm. Everyone was tired, but we all had a really good time. One of the most remarkable moments was seeing the elk on the drive over to the desert view. Then Sunday morning we checked out of the motel; stopped for breakfast at Dunkin Donuts; and then drove back down to Phoenix. It was a great three day weekend.

Protect the Canyon
Stop uranium mining
Time to take a stand

Buffalo Day 716

Tuesday was Buffalo Day because the area code for Buffalo, NY is 716. Since Buffalo is called the queen city of the great lakes, I thought it was rather appropriate I attended the Queen & Adam Lambert concert in Phoenix, AZ. Yes, I live far away from the town I grew up in. We have been enjoying the Arizona sun for twenty years now.

Seven one six day
Celebrate Love of My Life
Indeed a great date

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Date Night Selfie

Last week I was reading a rejection email for one of my poems, feeling bummed and as I scanned down my list of unread emails I saw one from 95.5 the mountain. I clicked on it and read, Congratulations, you’re a winner! Yes, we were able to go to the Queen & Adam Lambert concert for free. Both Shawn and I loved the concert. Everyone involved put on a great show. Today’s #haikuchallenge word is indeed. I’m a little rusty on the haiku front; haven’t been writing much this summer.

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Extended Scoring Season Finally Wraps Up

Hello to all my readers! Long time with no post from me, sorry. I didn’t keep up with #NaPoWriMo this year very well either. I started my seasonal employment again back in April, and in the past two years scoring wrapped up a couple days after the Memorial Day holiday. They received more tests to score this year so I worked all the way through yesterday. Not that I’m complaining, it does mean bringing home more money with my seasonal gig, but I did lose motivation on the poetry front.

And in other big news, Gretchen graduated from high school on May 18th. She also completed the ACE program at EMCC on May 11th.

School years disappear
Tell me how she became a
High school graduate

Earn a diploma
Four years go by in a flash
So long to high school

I was so preoccupied with work and day to day housework, I wasn’t even trying to write haiku for the #haikuchallenge on twitter. My response to the challenge on Thursday was the first tweet I sent out in over a month! But now that work is complete for yet another year, I’m hoping I’ll get back into writing more poetry.

April is Winding Down Fast

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Gretchen molding clay

Watch potter’s wheel turn
Slowly mold clay into shape
Bowl not yet finished

Good Afternoon! #NaPoWriMo is not yet finished either, but I’ve lost motivation this year even before the midpoint was here.

Words remain stagnant
How fares April poetry?
I ask feeling blue

I have been busy scoring standardized tests since April 10th. And after staring at a computer screen for 3 and a half hours most week days, I have not had the motivation to put my own words on the screen. I have not even done a #haikuchallenge every day; though I have completed more than I have posted here.

We had a pretty quiet Easter Sunday – just the 4 of us. I cooked a ham and then after dinner, Gretchen worked on the potter’s wheel and Shawn set up a fire in the chimenea. I actually played with the slo-mo function for the video on the iPhone, watching Gretchen turn the clay in slow motion was rather interesting.

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 15

College Awaits

To be or not to be
attending freshman orientation
Where is my schedule
How will I navigate this campus
My life…
Creative writing
Is that a real major?
There’s a mom standing here
crying, as my sibling drops me off
nary a word as to how to find
the car once this is all over.
I question whether or not
I will survive this day
To be or not to be…
a freshman at ASU!

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 15 – Our prompt for today (optional, as always), takes its inspiration from the idea of a poem as a sort of tiny play, which can be performed dramatically. In the 1800s, there was quite a fad for monologue-style poems that lend themselves extremely well to dramatic interpretations (this kind of work was basically Robert Browning’s jam). And Shakespeare’s plays are chock-a-block with them. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own dramatic monologue. It doesn’t have to be quite as serious as Browning or Shakespeare, of course, but try to create a sort of specific voice or character that can act as the “speaker” of your poem, and that could be acted by someone reciting the poem.

Good morning and welcome to day 15 of NaPoWriMo. I’m sorry I know I’ve been absent the past few days, I have a serious lack of motivation this year. Saturday I was even doing housework to avoid the poetry prompt. On the plus side I made a nice chicken salad for lunch and homemade chicken soup for dinner. And I got a haikuchallenge out of my procrastination.

Missing poetry
Where is my motivation
Lost in laundry heap

Spend time in kitchen
Dicing vegetables for soup
Suzy homemaker

Sunday the only thing I did was more dishes and laundry – those two chores are never done. Friday evening we finally got Gretchen to sit down and take her math placement test for orientation. You know you’ve waited til the last minute when your advisor calls to remind you it needs to be done before orientation. And last night she finally took and uploaded a photo for her ID card. We were getting constant reminders on that front too. As to whether or not I will catch up or go back to complete the missing prompts, time will tell. I am now busy scoring the essays on standardized tests in the afternoons.

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 10

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Backyard thermometer reading April 10, 2014

Triple digit temps
Desert low humidity
Means it’s a dry heat

Haboob intense wind
Creates sandstorm in desert
Word makes people cringe

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 10 – Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon. You may remember one from growing up, bu if you’re having trouble getting started, perhaps one of these regional U.S. phrases used to describe warm weather will inspire you. Or you might enjoy these French terms for cold weather, or even these expressions from the British Islesthat are mostly for the very British phenomenon of rain.

Good Morning and welcome to day 10 of NaPoWriMo where as a desert rat, I get to poke fun at the term, dry heat. The above photo turned up in my Facebook memories today; five years later and we are expecting a beautiful high of only 77 today. Also living in the desert, I have also experienced haboobs which was the first word I thought of to describe a local weather phenomenon; we’ve lived here for 20 years now and the word still makes me laugh. The #haikuchallenge word is original today and I was semisuccessful at making it work.

Haboob funny word
Original use depicts
Sandstorm in desert.

Here is another #haikuchallenge post I wrote for monsoon season and how destructive haboobs can be. And no autocorrect I am not trying to spell baboon. Well it is early release today, Gretchen will be out of school in an hour and it’s my first day of grading so I must be off. I hope everyone enjoys the one third mark of April insanity.

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 9

 

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To Do List

Spring cleaning
Blooms
Laundry
Dishes
Mop, sweep, vacuum
Add season remote reading
A dash of poetry
Energy droops
Day by day
Petals fall
Counting down
Until April ends

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 9 – Our (optional) prompt for the day asks you to engage in another kind of cross-cultural exercise, as it is inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded daily observations, court gossip, poems, aphorisms, and musings, including lists with titles like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things,” and “Things That Make Your Heart Beat Faster.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you to decide!

Good Morning! Welcome to day 9 of NaPoWriMo. I was busy yesterday cleaning house and getting ready to start the remote reading which made today’s prompt perfect for a to do list. Last week Gretchen and I popped the screen out of the back Living room window. I am not a window cleaner. I couldn’t tell you the last time screens were washed, but the back window can now be checked off the to do list.

DEAR

Don’t know what to write
Every line comes out trite
And not worth the fight
Revisions may take all night

Yesterday’s prompt was to write a poem around a metaphor or slang term. And pretty soon I’ll be D.E.A.R (drop everything and read). Not sure an acronym really works as a metaphor but it is one of my favorite pastimes.