Blog Challenge 2017

Blog Challenge 2017

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Seven things I can't live without

Write Tribe
http://writetribe.com/write-tribe-festival-words-day-7/

I have enjoyed this week long Festival of Words as it's so challenging and rewarding to write something daily.

I have also enjoyed reading other bloggers' blogs and am especially enjoying learning about the wonders of India through the eyes of all the Indian bloggers who were involved with the challenge. Such fun to learn about your country with its many cultures and incredible diversity.

For the last day of Write Tribe's Festival of Words, I am writing about seven things that I can't live without each day.

It goes without saying that my family, friends and pets are my world and I can’t live without them but for this post, I will focus on daily things that I can’t live without. 

How about you? What daily things can't you live without?


I have to start off with my Keurig and good strong coffee to kickstart my day just right. I love flavoured coffee the best and my favourite lately is Van Houtte’s Raspberry Chocolate. So fragrant and sweet. YUM! Cheers! *Raises cup*


I always check in on Facebook to see what my friends are up to, for daily affirmations, a few laughs and inspiration. It never disappoints though sometimes I do linger there longer than I should. Guess I’m slightly addicted but there are worse addictions, right? Please say yes!


I have always loved email right from the early days in the early 1990s when I would park my son Rory in his baby chair next to my computer and email friends back in the days of long email addresses and dial up. Whoooooooosh, dumpty dum. Who can forget the funny sound of dialup connecting? Ahhh, such nostalgia!

Poor Rory would grow mighty impatient with me and who could blame him as I’d often lose track of time once I got on my email? I'm still bad that way, only now I have Facebook, too. Something so magical about being able to send a message to anyone in the world and have them get it instantly and reply back. I still think it’s amazing and incredible and am so grateful for this technology that connects us this way.


My camera is like another set of eyes for me, seeking out beauty and interesting things all around me to capture for my photo books and scrapbooks that I love to make. My photos are so precious and become even more precious as time passes. Since I can’t take a photo of my camera, here is one of my cloud photos that I took recently and edited in Picasa. I love taking photos of Nature and clouds are ever changing, full of many moods depending on weather and time of day. I love using my cloud photos to create inspirational posters like this one.


What would I do without my laptop? I use it for my writing, my desktop publishing projects and for my photos, inspirational posters and creating photo books. I keep in touch with my friends on it. It is like my lifeline. When it isn’t working, I feel like an arm has been cut off. Here is a photo of my laptop with my sweet new kitty, Kobie draped across it. He seems to like my laptop almost as much as I do.



I have to have a small bit of chocolate each day as my special treat. I’ve been going to Weight Watchers forever to get my sweets emotional eating under control as that really is the source of my extra weight. I’ve learned that I only need a small amount of chocolate to be satisfied and it’s more special that way, too. A little can go a long way. Gone are the days of downing a big bag of chocolate covered almonds. For now, a small chunk of dark chocolate will do nicely.


I’ve loved tea ever since my grandmother used to come and stay with us when I was a teen. She was always brewing tea and would leave it simmering on the stove, adding teabag after teabag. Some of my fondest memories are of watching soap operas with her while enjoying a cuppa and a piece of her home-made bonnach, a Scottish type soda bread. 

To me, tea means relaxation, reading a book and taking time for me as opposed to coffee which revs me up for the day.

18 comments:

  1. I agree with the camera and chocolates. In my case its bitter :)

    PhenoMenon
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2013/09/festival-words-close/

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    1. Camera and chocolates go well together. Face it,chocolate goes well with anything. LOL!

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  2. Tea , chocolates , FB and mail for me.

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    1. We have lots in common that way Kalpana!

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  3. God bless those who invented coffee and facebook...........:)

    http://sailorswiferamblings.blogspot.com/2013/09/seven-lessons-on-successful-blogging.html

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  4. Coffee anyday, FB, Gmail and love ur cat on the laptop:)
    Cheerz
    www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

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    1. I agree, Ranveer. Sounds good! Yes, my kitty loves the laptop almost as much as I do.

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  5. Thanks for the peek in youir life.

    For me its the lappy I can't do without. Yeas, I have a sweet toth too and a piece of chocolate is always a treat :)

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  6. All your daily things as such seems so mundane; but your wonderful write-up has simply made it so live and kicking.

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  7. A day doesn't go by that I don't visit Face Book more than once to see what everyone is up to. Can't seem to stop checking my email either. Loved reading your list and participating in the challenge with you.

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    1. I enjoyed participating in the challenge with you, too, Kathy and enjoyed your posts very much.

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  8. I love love love your list. I kick start my day with some tea (indian chai). I remember the sound of dial up - it had a kind of comforting ring and there was always that moment of anticipation of "are we going to connect today or not". Great quote from a great poet - Rabindranath Tagore is one of my favourites. Thanks so much for dropping by my posts. This festival has been just so much fun.

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    1. It has been a fun festival, for sure, Suzy. I love Tagore's quotes. I learned all about him as we have a good friend from Bangladesh who invited us to an event in the Bengali community celebrating Tagore. Our family came and played a Scottish tune on our instruments, a tune called Bonnie Banks with Robbie Burns lyrics. Then Rashed played the version that Tagore wrote based on that Scottish tune. Tagore really was a true Renaissance Man with all the great things he did.

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    2. Tagore wrote some amazing poems. The Indian National Anthem is also one of his compositions but my favourite poem by him is Unending Love.

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  9. All through your list I kept saying, Me too!! Me too!! Lovely lovely post :) Morning tea, evening coffee, chocolate whenever the craving has peaked, Gmail, Laptop, Nature walk and Dance are my 7!!

    Lovely capture of the sky and loved the quote!!

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    1. Those sound like great things on your list, Aditi. Funny you like your tea in the morning and coffee at night, opposite to me.

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