Just a Note … May 14, 2015



I’ve been back home since Tuesday evening and though I thought that I’d be back to normal in a jiffy, this hasn’t been the case.  Of course there was the normal unpacking and re-organizing to do, who would have imagined that the washing machine would go on the blink!  Finishing the second load of washing (still two to go) the pump didn’t pump out the water and I found myself fighting an impromptu waterfall.

opening the washer
instant Niagara falls
in the laundry-room

I spent most of the afternoon yesterday trying to write a couple of prompts for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai .. and I was not exactly sure what the host wanted … so I read the one line for each day in the monthly schedule to try to figure out which haiku by Basho I was to use and went searching in Google.  That takes a lot more time then inventing your own prompt like on Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie … but I had more or less two prompts ready last night … the only thing missing was the link app, which I resolved this morning thanks to Jen who told me to go and register for my very own blue frog (come to think about it, I already had a blue frog registration … ah the beauty of panic).

searching out Basho
through a cyber-maze
in late spring

The research was interesting though and I learnt a lot about Basho’s famous 1689 journey as well as some interesting points on haiku technique, so I’m very pleased about the experience.  I also came across some great on-line books and found a couple of well written doc and pdf files that I downloaded.  The only real hang-up was that I’d wanted to use a YouTube video for one of the posts and discovered that I didn’t know how to do that with Blogger yesterday (though I’m sure I did just that on my Blogger page!) … and I really had no time to bother with it, so I left out the video.

learning and writing
some frilly complications
get left behind

Reading the prompt on CDHK this morning, I discovered that I should post the May 15th prompt on CDHK today … for this evening to be exact.  Yikes!  But that’s a special, I said to myself,  am I supposed to write the special … seems I am, so I did a little research and came up with the poet and the ku .. whoosh!  But ladies and gentlemen, the job is done and scheduled!

post the fourteenth
for the fifteenth is wise
a Buson special

Of course, as we know, today is Thursday … and that means that I have my English Conversation Group this evening and I had no reading or videos for the group.  Presto fatto as the Italians say … I took part of the material I used for the CDHK post, Basho’s 1689 trip and created a six page travelogue – the first part of the piece I dedicated to Basho’s 156 day trip and the second part is about the Appalachian Trail and Bill Bryson’s book “A Walk in the Woods”.

chatting in English
about summer travelling
with Bryson and Basho

Now … although I should read and comment my fellow bloggers as well as post a few things that I’ve neglected (and won’t post) and I should get my photos edited from the San Giorgio trip I just came back from but I’m flat-out.  I have to go to the laundromat and who feels like doing that either.  And to think, there are some people who think that writing is a lazy person’s pass-time.

all things will be done
that are destined to be done
nothing else

Ciao for now,  Bastet


14 thoughts on “Just a Note … May 14, 2015

  1. I love when people write about the mundane things in life and add beauty and poetry. Great read! Home the washer is an easy fix. Last time mine went out I had wet towels and sleeping bags to wring out. Hope you have a wonderful evening!


    • Yikes! wringing out wet towels and sleeping bags is really terrible! Fortunately I was still washing my costumes and hadn’t gotten to that point yet. Thanks for reading and I’m happy you enjoyed the post!


  2. I felt so badly about the inLinkz thing — !!!! Thank goodness it finally worked out though. Enjoyed the prompt — and is sounds like you discovered a wealth of material for the future — which is great!

    Too bad about the washer — talk about rotten timing 😦

    With a hug —


    • Not to worry … all’s well that ends well … I remembered after the panic settled that I’d already gotten an inLinkz account – remember when we had problems with the green frog. I guess the fatigue was playing tricks with me. Yes, I’ve got a whole treasure trove of things to use for the future and doing the CDHK posts was really a great opportunity all around. Could have done without the broken washer, but we’ll be buying a new one today. Hugs always welcome and a big one to you too!

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        • I was feeling all out of sorts and confused … I was actually thinking .. I just may give up blogging all together – thanks for the hug and chocolate, much appreciated!


          • Don’t give up blogging! Every time someone says that my heart jumps into my throat o.O

            Mind if I nip a little bit of that chocolate? One of those days.


          • So sorry it’s one of those days of course you can have a bit of some extra fondant chocolate I’ve been stashing away for just these sort of days. I’m feeling a bit on the down side myself so we’ll be in two chomping the chocolate.

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          • He’s head strong – decided to just have them plaster it up and see what will happen. He didn’t want to go in for a second consultation on Tuesday … he keeps using that hand, plaster not withstanding, as though he has no problems with it … and so every once in a while it hurts.. but what can one do?

            Here’s some EST! EST! EST! one of my students brought me from Rome … cin cin!


          • Ah!!!! Thank you!

            Men. Harumph. Sounds quite familiar actually. As in, when someone decided to stick their finger in a (running) snowblower. And the aftermath. [rolling my eyes]

            Here’s another hug 🙂


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