Inside the Mind of Isadora


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Friday Fictioneers – The Class Trip

The crowd increased with every passing minute.

Deidra hated crowds. 

She felt the air disappearing around her.

Misty’s teacher had insisted all students attend the ceremony. 

“Extra credit for anyone who takes a snapshot of President Trump.”

Deidra turned to her daughter.

“Look, I’ve got to get some air. I’ll be right back. Don’t move.”

Deidra felt panicked anxiety.

She heard gunshots.

A guard grabbed her arm.

Deidra turned. 

He pulled tightly as she tried to release his grip.

“Ma’m, please,” he said. “I think your daughter’s been shot.”

“Misty?”

“Tye-dye jacket; blond hair?”

“Yes!” 

Unbearable, howling anguish cries!

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt: Roger Bultot

 

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Friday Fictiolneers – Wild Mushrooms

Boe was a good ole country boy; rich and handsome too. 

After daddy died, he’d had to run the farm. But, he was tired of milking cows and feeding hogs.

Boe took off for college in the big city. 

At a party, he met Victoria. Her sapphire eyes captivated him.

Eventually, Boe took her to the farm to meet Mama. 

He showed her around the farm. Pointing, she asked, “What’s that?”

“Wild mushrooms in dung. We feed ‘em to the hogs.”

She wrinkled her nose.

At dinner Mama announced, “Roasted hog and wild mushrooms tonight.”

Victoria wrinkled her nose again. 

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 100 

Photo Prompt: Connie Gayer

 

 

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***** this is a rewrite of a story from 2015. The views were few back then since I had just started my writing journey.

Enjoy !!!


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Wearable Art – Shawl

In November, I posted a few wearables I had knitted. Click here if you missed it.

I started attending a knitting group, that meets at our local library, once a week since August, 2017.

I’ve been relearning my knitting skill from my youthful years. I must admit its’ been a pleasure.

I’ve learned some new skills: working with round needles, better pattern reading, tunisian crochet,

brioche knit stitch and blocking your finished garment.

The two hats above are for babies. These two hats helped me gain an understanding of working

with double pointed needles after the hats stitches have been decreased.

The hat with 2 pom-poms was gifted to a friend who was having a baby boy.

The hat with one pom-pom is in a box waiting for additional preemie hats to be made for a Christmas hospital drive.

I must work on pom-pom skills.

The photos of the pink stripe hat was a gift for one of my grandchildren.

This peach shawl took me about 5 months to complete. The slide show is about the process of blocking.

I’ve been enjoying the calming effects of knitting. It helps with manual dexterity, focus of mind and

it isn’t a bad way to meet friendly helpful people. I’ve made new friend along the way.

We’re of all skill levels; meeting and helping those who pop in with a desire to learn to crochet or knit.

I hope you enjoy some of the items I’ve been working on. I hope to add more as I go on.

 Happy Crafting … Isadora 

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Nurture Yourself – Be Faithful

Life is a journey full of many beautiful scenes; 

I, the soul, come to …Don’t pretend. Be who you are. You are special.

We all have a light inside, let it shine. 

Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

and I am in that place in me.

We are One.Song – I Am Light

I am light, I am light 

I am light, I am light

I am light, 

I am not the things my family did

I am not the voices in my head

I am not the pieces of the brokenness inside

I am light, I am light 

I am light, I am light 

I am light

I’m not the mistakes that I have made 

or any of the things that caused me pain

I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind

I am light, I am light

I am light, I am light

I am light

I am not the color of my eyes

I am not the skin on the outside

I am not my age, I am not my race, 

my soul inside is all light

All light, all light

I am light

I am light, I am light 

I am light

I am divinity defined

I am the God on the inside

I am a star, a piece of it all

I am light

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Nurturing Thursday

 


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Reflecting on our Mother’s Words

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When we reflect on our lives we can’t help but include our thoughts on the one person who’s had the most influence on us:

‘Our Mother.’

She forms the person we’ll be from the beginning of conception. We are who we are because of her.

Despite the way we may feel about her, she is the major player in the formation of our lives.

There are lessons a mother teaches us.

But, it’s always up to us to put them into practice.

It’s always up to us to be in charge of our decisions.

Sometimes, we ruminate and get stuck on what we weren’t given or how we were treated by her.

This shouldn’t matter.

For in the end, if we fail or if we succeed, we should never forget that the final choices are always up to us.

The poem below reflects a Mother’s words eloquently … enjoy Reflection by Secret Garden as you read.

Happy Mother’s Day to all … Isadora 😎
2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Secret Garden – Reflection

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Reflections of a Mother

I gave you life, 
but cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things,
 but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you directions,
 but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom,
 but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church,
 but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong,
 but I cannot always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes,
 but I cannot make you beautiful inside.

I can offer you advice,
 but I cannot accept it for you.

I can give you love,
 but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share,
 but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect,
 but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can advise you about friends,
 but cannot choose them for you.

I can advise you about sex, 
but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you the facts of life,
 but I can’t build your reputation.

I can tell you about drink,
 but I can’t say “no” for you.

I can warn you about drugs,
 but I can’t prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals,
 but I can’t achieve them for you.

I can teach you about kindness,
 but I can’t force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins,
 but I cannot make you moral.

I can pray for you, 
but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can tell you how to live,
 but I cannot give you eternal life.

I can love you with unconditional love all of my life
….. and I will.
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The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

Nothing is worth more than this day. 

©Johann Wolfgang von Gotthe

In this challenge, we’re told to write a quote and explain why we like it.

I like this quote because it reminds us that we should be present in our day.

Nothing is more important than to be in the now of the day.

Simple quote with a powerful message for us.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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The rules of the challenge are simple:

Thank the person you chose you,

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

Thank you, sweet Gilly, for nominating me for the challenge.

Be sure to visit her blog Lucid Gypsy. It’s as unique as her.

I’d like to nominate:  since it’s the 3rd and last day for the quote challenge and there are many,

 I’d like to alter the nominations by inviting anyone who desires to be a part of the quote challenge

to join in.


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The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

You are like a flower,

the stem resembles your strength,

and, the petals how delicate your are. ©annonymous

In this challenge, we’re told to write a quote and explain why we like it.

I like this quote because I like observing nature.  We can learn many things that could help guide us through our journey of life. 

Nature never hurries through its seasons. Everything unfolds, becoming larger slowly. 

The mighty oak has a strong bark yet its leaves delicately flutter in the wind. Something strong, showcasing something delicate.

A plant has a strong stem in order to produce its delicate flower.  Slowly as each petal unfolds it showcases its beauty but always maintains strength in its stem. 

I like to think we’re like flowers. In times of turmoil, we stand strong in order to manage the chaos until its over. Yet, our outer persona is delicate, when we want to shine our colors.

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Thank you, sweet Gilly, for nominating me for the challenge.

Be sure to visit her blog Lucid Gypsy. It’s as unique as her.

I’d like to nominate:

Pricelesss Joy @Beautiful Words – her blog hosts a weekly writing challenge.

Indira©Indira’s Blog – her blog is filled with wisdom and photos.

Rupali©Mazeepuran – his blog is varied in many ways; take a look and see.

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There’s no obligation for the nominees to accept this challenge. Have FUN !!!!

If anyone would like to join in – feel free – here are the rules.

The rules of the challenge are simple,

Thank the person you chose you,

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

 

 

 


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Gluten Free Recipe – Clementine Cake

Gluten Free Recipe – Clementine Cake

The temperatures have been in the 60’s at night and 70’s during the day.

I’ve been enjoying this splendid weather. In fact, I may have spring fever.

I sat outside this morning, with my coffee, listening to the birds chirping and admiring my bougainvillea bush that is in full bloom.

Instead of writing, I’ve been doing some spring cleaning. I’ve been purging my kitchen of unused items and food from my pantry. I do this twice a year. It keeps my pantry tidy and it helps our local food bank. 

I’ve always enjoyed baking. I don’t bake too often because I’m gluten intolerant. I haven’t enjoyed some of my favorite baking recipe because of it. In fact, I’ve begun to dislike sweets. 

On Pieces of Starlight, blogger Carol Carlisle, posted a gluten free recipe called Clementine Cake which looked quite good. I decided to try the recipe today. 

My helicopter hubby watched as I made the cake. The spatula never reached the sink. He was making happy sounds as he licked every little bit of batter. 

As soon as the cake cooled down, he dug into one of them. He needed to be stopped as he was ready to cut the 2nd one. I received rave reviews despite a few mistakes or; perhaps, my personal adjustments.

Below are the steps and the recipe. Enjoy … 

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Ingredients 

Mix the eggs, sugar for 5 minutes

then, add cooked clementine oranges

The batter is ready for the baking pans.Mistake: the ground almond go into the batter mix

Add ground almonds to mix

Into the oven they go @350

For some reason, my batter was able to fill 3 pans.

An 8” pie pan, a 10” spring pan and a 6” pie pan.

The recipe is for one 8” spring pan. Mmmmm … more yumTime to take the cakes out of the oven and place on cooling racks.

 

Something went wrong when removing the cake from the pans.

You can see a bit of crumbling going on.

A few clementine slices to hide the cracks in two of the cakes.

I added powdered sugar on the third one for a change of taste.

There is a glaze I did not do.

I like my food without a lot of sugar.

I wasn’t sure if it was going to be too sweet. 

I made a cup of tea to enjoy with the clementine cake. My hubby grabbed the cake on the white dish and escaped to the patio to enjoy. My version turned out to be more like a light pudding cake. Hubby is awaiting patiently for his next slice of cake after dinner tonight. But, I think it will be tasty with tomorrows breakfast coffee. Time to hide the cakes. 

Thank you Carol for sharing your receipe.

Hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s truly a yummy tasting cake and very easy to make.

Enjoy, Isadora 😎

Gluten Free – Clementine Cake

375 grams of clementine (5 small)

6 eggs

1 1/4 cup of white sugar

2 1/4 cups ground almond

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Butter and line a 8” – 9” spring form pan with parchment.

Poke each clementine 3 or 4 times with a knife. Put the clementines in a bowl with a microwave safe cover or plastic wrap. Cook 3 – 4 minutes. Cool slightly then dump the clementines (whole) in a food processor and process until smooth.

In a large bowl beat eggs and sugar until light colored and double in volume (about 5 minutes)

Add chopped clementines and mix well. Then add the group almonds and baking powder. Mix until combined.

Pour mixture into a pan and bake 45 minutes (test with a skewer or cake tester.

Cool in the pan on a rack. Once cake is cold, remove from the pan. and pull off parchment.

Glaze and add candied clementines to decorate.

Glaze …

2 cups of confectioners sugar

3 tablespoons softened butter

1/2 cup of clementine juice.

Candied Clementines …

3 clementines

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

Slice the clementines very thinly.

Put sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat. Stir in sugar until dissolved.

Add clementine slices and simmer on low for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Pull clementines from the sugar mixture and place on parchment paper or slipat  until cool.


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Friday Fictioneers – The End of the Road

We bickered about off-road adventures from the moment we made our plane reservations.

“Where’s you sense of adventure?”

“I don’t have any”.

“You promised you’d come along and not gripe. The taxi driver said to follow the dirt road and we’d find the little out-of-the-way hostel”.

“Umm … I’m not an expert hiker but this sign is telling us something”.

“I’ll look down the side of the cliff. You know, get my bearings”.

The panic on his face said it all.

On the jagged black mountain cliff, lay the charming little cottage they called, ‘Sheer Drop Inn’.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Photo Prompt: Bjorn Rudberg

Rochelle hosts Friday Fictioneers
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Sunday Song – Rise Up

Dedicating this Sunday Song to all Women in honor of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2018.

We will all rise up no matter what we’ve been through in life.

You just need to stay strong ❤

Andra Day – Rise Up
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‘She Stands in Beauty’ 2018©Isadora DeLaVega