Pea TV Moment on Haiku Day

Good morning readers and welcome to day seventeen of napowrimo also known as haiku day because of seventeen for the 17 syllables in haiku. Please excuse the interruption of today’s prompt. I will get to it later. But first I wanted to share this Pea TV Moment Patricia over at poetrypea was kind enough to accept. She has compiled quite a few haiku moments from some talented poets. Please go over to her website and check them all out.

I must make a confession. I have spied the hummingbirds feeding on the aloe often. I wrote the haiku, hoping I would be able to capture one moment on video. I should know better as the photos of the hummingbirds at the aloe I’ve posted have been borrowed from my children. Well a few weeks ago, we were sitting at the kitchen table for dinner. My whole family was aware of my quest, and we spotted a hummingbird skimming the aloe. The first attempt did not get enough footage. But a few minutes later a hummingbird was back, Gretchen said, give me your phone, Mom. So Gretchen was actually the one who successfully filmed the hummingbird. She just showed me another video she took last night on her phone. A hummingbird was actually sitting and resting on one of the aloe stalks. She said it must have been there for a good ten minutes because when she first spotted it, she didn’t have her phone. She raced down the hall to her bedroom, grabbed her phone, and the hummingbird was still on its perch.

March and April are always a good time of year to watch the hummingbirds feed. As you can see, the aloe really enjoyed our wet winter; they bloomed exceptionally well this year. Farther down the row of aloe closer to the front yard is where the rosebush is planted. It now has over a dozen buds in bloom. Shawn and I went for a walk yesterday and he said the rosebush really seems to flourish in death. Good grief. But he does have a point. If our rosebush had 3 or 4 buds in a year (at separate times) I thought it was nice. It really has taken off this spring for some reason.

Same Old Routine

Hello readers! I know what many of you are thinking, who is this person posting on this blog. I have been way too quiet lately. I haven’t been writing much lately. Of course with social distancing becoming the new norm, not much has changed in my routine. On the plus side, with Gretchen home all day now, more house cleaning is getting done.

ASU has gone to online classes so Gretchen has her daily routine with class time and homework, but since commuting time is no longer an issue, she has more free time. And since my remote work is scoring standardized tests and schools are closed for the foreseeable future, I have no monetary work. So I should start writing poems again. Hopefully I can write a poem a day this April once again. In the meantime here is a poem for national cerebral palsy awareness month.

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Happy New Year

New Year Photo

It’s only taken me one week into the new year to write a new blog post. I’d like to say I’ve been busy with life, but it’s mostly been the same old routine around here.

Gretchen (in the photo above with me) did well her first semester at ASU earning a 3.38. As my readers know, Rachael has applied to veterinary schools. She’s been accepted to 3 and asked to interview to 2 others (most likely will accept the slot at Oregon).

As for me, I had another birthday pass by in November. We went to see Terminator and then dinner at Arriba’s. Then the first First Friday of 2020 we went to the Japanese Garden in Phoenix for the boba battle. I’m not a fan of boba but they also had saki available. And of course it reminded me with the new year a new azmatsuri haiku contest has begun.

My poor blog is still in Facebook jail. When I email them about the issue, I’ve only heard crickets in response. But I hope I’ll find other motivation to keep up posts on my blog this year. Hope everyone  is enjoying the start to the year and continue  success in all you do.

23rd anniversary in haiku

 

I used the #haikuchallenge words from Twitter to celebrate our anniversary. It was yesterday and we went out to a pumpkin 🎃 patch early in the afternoon and then Shawn and I had dinner at The Angry Crab Shack in Goodyear. Had a 🦞 appetizer, 2 boiled bags – 1 clams and 1 shrimp 🍤 with a lobster tail added. A couple weekends ago we went to the Goodyear Roundup over at the Goodyear Ballpark and I really wanted to try the Maine Lobster truck, but the line was super long so we chose other food trucks to try. It was a really fun time with good food, but I was still craving seafood. The dinner last night really hit the spot.

#HaikuChallenge ASU Senior

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Working hard at 4paws

As Gretchen began her freshmen year at ASU, Rachael is finishing up her undergrad and applying to vet school. I decided to write a couple haiku about her hard work for the #haikuchallenge on Twitter.

Help edit essays
Future veterinarian
Keeping  fingers crossed

September deadline
Vet school applications sent
Now, we sit and wait

She has applied to six schools close to $900 in fees, and you don’t want to know tuition costs if she is accepted. But she is doing very well in school so I do have my fingers crossed; vet school is very competitive.

#Whoku Celebrate New School Year

Once upon a time the haikuesque poems I wrote with a Doctor Who theme were archived on wiki Fandom. The latest poetry pea podcast is about whoku, but they are not senryu about Doctor Who; they are tributes to an individual –

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Gretchen captured on her first day of school

Gretchen Hosking starts
freshmen year at ASU
career path unsettled

Poetry Pea podcast

#HaikuChallenge Strain

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Sunset Watch Tower Grand Canyon

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Moon rise over watch tower
Strain fades as night nears

Hello August; Goodbye August. The fall semester at ASU started last week and things around here have been stressful. It’s kept me away from writing unfortunately. Gretchen has been sending me anxiety filled texts. Maybe I should start replying in haiku to ease the tension she’s sending me. The #haikuchallenge word today is strain and we are all feeling it; I wanted to remember the relaxing staycation we took in July.

Fall semester starts
Learn how to calm anxieties
Melt away day’s strain

Meanwhile Patricia posted the completed renku on poetry pea.  She’ll be working on a second one starting in September so if you’d like to contribute check out her website.

 

 

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.

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