Poetry for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ A Poem About Pet Loss

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A Poem About Pet Loss

 

Pets can be so different,

And their owners too;

Different personalities

That come shining through…

 

When they’re no longer there

And only memories remain

We look back fondly at their quirks

Wishing to see them again.

 

Rosie was our pet, our cat

Much joy she brought us too,

I remember when we bought her home

It was so exciting and new…

 

She fitted in the carrier with another kitten,

Skitting here and there,

She was so funny

Yes we were smitten…

 

She had a little nook, a box

Where she often lay,

She’d pop her head up out of the top,

She really made our day!

 

A typical cat, she’d often play

And chase her tail around,

The Queen of funny she really was

A cat or maybe a clown!

 

When you lose a pet, a void appears

a massive gap is left

Empty bowls and beds, less noise, less ‘them’

Leave you feeling quite bereft

 

At times like these I remember

All the funny times and more,

Those snuggles on the sofa,

Cat food all over the floor!

 

Rosie, we will miss you,

But we’re glad your now at rest,

Your cheeky character, exploring nature,

You really were the best!

xXx

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

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‘Making room for her nearly 8 year old things’ ~ poem

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‘Making Room for her nearly 8 year old Things’

 

We often tell our daughter that she needs to de-clutter,

“To make room for more tat!”, I say with a mutter;

Her room needs a sort out with a fine tooth-comb,

For the old toys that now need a new home…

 

Instead of tidying, she’s often found playing,

Unearthing old toys that it seems are now staying,

“It’s a pre-school book, you no longer need,

It’s been in a box, chapter books you now read!”

 

Okay, she tells me, she’ll sort that box out,

So I leave her to playing, not sorting, no doubt;

But a little while later she presents a small pile,

Of nick-nacks that I’ve not seen for a while…

 

“I don’t need these now, they’re too young for me!

I’ve had them since I was around about three.”

‘Tis true and my heart, well it does a small flip,

Cos I know she’s growing up in a hop and skip!

 

Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses are all relegated

To the ‘not wanted’ stack, I feel somewhat deflated…

But you know what?  It’s all good and exciting,

The next step of our journey that it seems we’re alighting…

 

With makeup, with fashions, with disco lights,

With pop music, with dancing and slightly later nights,

All signs our little girl is little no more,

As she practices dance moves on the living floor.

 

We see her character growing and growing,

Moulding to where the wind takes her, it’s blowing!

Leaving her old toys, all stacked up in the wings

Making room for her nearly 8 year old things…

 

By Carol Cameleon 2017

How do you cope when your child decides they’re suddenly too old for the toys that, actually remind you of their earlier days? Does your heart skip a beat of excitement or is it bittersweet?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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This adventure they call parenthood ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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This adventure they call parenthood

 

This adventure, this journey

They call ‘parenthood’,

Began with 2 lines on a test,

Mouths wide open we stood…

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…In disbelief, in awe,

In excitement, in glee,

A mummy and daddy to

a new life we would be.

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Tears and tantrums would come,

All this and much more,

That’s just me and hubby

Throwing ourselves on the floor…

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It’s a privileged position to nurture a baby,

To guide them, to love them,

Unconditionally,

No ‘maybe’.

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The best adventure you’ll have

Of that there’s no doubt.

There’s no love quite like it,

As we have found out…

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By Carol Cameleon 2017

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Why the new year is like an adventure playground ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Why the New Year is like an adventure playground

 

Do you feel obliged to make resolutions for the new year?

Or is feeling left out the ultimate fear?

In this playground called life, adventure awaits,

“Stop, I want to get off!”.. . “Not likely!” says fate!

 

In this playground, monkey bars are an elusive goal,

Arms and legs sprawling haphazardly, knees wrapped round a pole,

New Year is a chance to shed the old skin for new,

Shake off the bad habits cos it all starts with you!

 

The ‘boingy thing’ on the spring, be it lion, horse or elephant,

Is great for the toddlers, not so good for the drunk,

Who thinks it funny to spring all over the place,

An easy dare til it snaps, falling flat on their face.

 

The zip wire, if you’re daring is a whole heap of fun,

There’s no stopping once you start, like the buffet at mum’s,

You know you should be ready, be raring to go,

But you’ve had time off, can’t co-ordinate, oh no!

 

Alas, none the less, it’s time to get real,

To ditch the slippers and PJs, plan the family meal,

The blissfulness of winter walks are so yesterday,

As you scrape the ice from the car for the motorway.

 

It’s an effort to make the swings both sway in synch,

To keep a steady pace on the roundabout, to make yourself think,

To get back into gear, shrug off the holiday haze,

But no fear, for there’s only 364 more days!

 

By Carol Cameleon 2017

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A change is coming for Virtually All Sorts in 2017

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In true reflecting-and-looking-forward-fashion, I’ve shared my goals for the coming year.  And it’s also time to change the running order of Virtually All Sorts, to shake it up ever so slightly.  This is so that I can fit in all of my themes consistently.  You can expect the following from this little corner of the internet (with various other posts slotted in for good measure – sponsored posts, guest posts, reviews, giveaways…) :
  • Monday will be #HighlightsofHappy on instagram…  I’m intent on continuing to spread the happiness far and wide, with your help of course!  Don’t forget that you can share you happy snap on insta, tag it #HighlightsofHappy and I will share my favourites that following week on the blog and also on insta.
  • Tuesday will be wellbeing day… where I will share all things related to wellbeing from yoga, healthy eating, positive thinking, gratitude, crystal healing, reiki, mindfulness.
  • Wednesday will be writing day and will also feature my linky #WonderfulWorldofWriting on the first Wednesday of the month.
  • Thursday will be parenting where I will share my thoughts, observations, occasional poems, general loveliness and wonder that parenting brings.
  • Friday will be #HighlightsofHappy day where I choose one word from my gratitude journal that sums up my happy for that week.
I hope you will continue to enjoy following my blog.  I love my little corner of the internet and it has evolved into an amazing achievement!

 

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Have you taken the opportunity to make any tweaks and changes to your life (or blog) this year?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  And come and say hi on social media ~ 

 

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Why this year was a great one for me!

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So here we are, right at the end of 2016 and what a year it’s been!  I’ve achieved so much on this here blog and a ton of that is because of Aby from YouBabyMeMummy and the great advice and courses she offers.

 

As a result of her Productivity Course and her Wrap Party, I’m streamlining, I’m more focussed and I’m making some changes for the new year!  I’m a great believer in not waiting for the new year to make changes but it just so happens that a little step back from the blog for a week or so has brought me to this time and place.  So it happens to be the new year that I’m publishing this…

 

What’s going to happen in 2017 then?
I will be:
  • Launching a paid-for feature/course around my theme of wellbeing…
  • I will be publishing and launching a new ebook to go alongside those I’ve already published.  It’s already written but needs a few tweaks and we’re good to go…
  • I will be doubling my brand work and sponsored posts…
  • I will double my freelance work…
  • I will double all of my social media followers, so that’s YouTube, pinterest, instagram, g+, facebook, twitter
  • I will finish my kinesiology course…
  • I will launch a reiki distance healing service.  Being attuned to level 2, I’m really looking forward to this…
  • I will launch a Bespoke Crystals feature…
  • I will launch an on and offline wellbeing magazine…
  • I will double the amount of writing competitions I enter…
  • And I will continue with my linkys ~ #AllSortsofBlogs, #PositiveThinking, #HighlightsofHappy on instagram, #WonderfulWorldofWriting, #TheZenZing
Are you a writer who would like to get involved in the wellbeing magazine?  Or are you a brand interested in working with me?  Then drop me a line at virtuallyallsortsofeverything@gmail.com or tweet me @AllSortsHere

 

What would you like to see on my blog in the new year?  What have you enjoyed about my blog this past year?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.

 

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Wonderful World of Writing ~ blog linky

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Poetry, prose, short stories 500 words or under, flash fiction.  Anything goes!  As many as you like!

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What’s YOUR favourite writing tool? ~ vlog

So what’s your favourite writing tool?  I tell you about mine in the vlog below.  If you like what you see, please subscribe to my YouTube channel, leave a little comment and you can also tweet me @AllSortsHere … thanks 🙂

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Here’s a transcript from the vlog –

I love, love, love my retractable pencils!  They are my favourite writing tool.  When I bought these zebra ones, our little girl aged 6 was with me and so I ended up with the plain ones!

Now you would think that all pencils come with a little rubber on the end… not so.  But these Zebra ones do and that’s why I love them!

Why else do I love these mechanical pencils?  Their leads don’t break!  Or if they do, you just retract them out.  No sharpening up broken lead and ending up with pencil that’s no use! Hurray for that 🙂

What about you?  What’s your favourite writing tool?

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“Pretty post-its and pencils” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

Pretty post-its and pencils ~ a poem

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When my Mum and Dad upcycled my cot,

There was not one tiny detail that they forgot;

More holes were drilled in the legs to ensure

The top could be lifted to last me past four…

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There was space for my pen pots, for sellotape, and for glue

And paper a-plenty to make pictures for you.

My imagination station’s a place just for me,

To potter, to write, to develop literacy…

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And let’s not forget my maths and my sums,

Times-tables, number bonds ~ numeracy’s such fun!

I’ve made cards for my friends and my family too,

And even pets’ birthdays, they can’t read them, mind you!

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With paper, pens, pencils always ready for me,

My Imagination Station’s the place to be!

On an ipad or a tablet you can tap, touch and swipe,

But nothing beats paper, so don’t believe the hype!

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Yes technology’s great in this cyber age

But there’s something ’bout writing a story page by page…

We’ve even made paper, I learnt how to at school,

It sits on my desk, next to my very own pink rule…

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What I mean to say is that there are no rules,

With pretty post-its and pencils, my imaginative tools…

Creativity has no bounds, it’s true,

With mine, I’m never stuck for something to do…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: I happened upon this little arrangement on our little girl’s desk.  I thought how pretty the bits and pieces looked randomly among her other creative tools!

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How to lay the foundations in phonics for your child

Walking home from a Phonics Presentation at our little girl’s new school, I reminisced in my own mind how we have laid the foundations in phonics, right from the day she came home from hospital for good.

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When she started her new school, she began on reading level 5.  By the end of her first week there she was up to level 11.  With comments from her teacher:

What a fantastic reader!

…To me, that tells a story of how you can encourage your child with reading and lay the foundations for phonics:

In the beginning –

Read, read, read with and to your child!  Read anything… read everything.  Read to them while they’re kicking around and babbling under their play gym, give them a little commentary of their surroundings while you push them in their pram.

The middle –

The more you read, the more their vocab increases, their recognition of different sounds, different letters, different tones, different fonts, different languages develops.

I’m not a professional or an expert in literacy but I do know that encouraging our little girl to read, making it fun, giving her confidence in her reading, praising all the time where due, has helped give her a love of reading and writing.  Her favourite books are currently the Rainbow Magic ones and I’m going to dig out my old Enid Blyton books which I’m sure she’ll enjoy too.

The ‘end’ –

With reading, I don’t think there is an ‘end’ in the sense that there’s always something new to read, always a different way of interpreting the written word.

In fact, this is just the beginning of our little girl’s literacy journey (and therefore our literacy journey with her).  An exciting ‘once upon a time’ 🙂

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What about you?  What did you do to encourage your child’s reading and phonics?  Have you got any tips for reluctant readers?  I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂 

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