What’s for Dinner?


Having dessert at a cousin’s house in New Jersey.

I remember as an unmarried girl, I thought I wouldn’t want to do anything with cooking. Those were the days when one could have a cook, a maid, gardener, and so on.

Then I got married, and for three years I didn’t go near a kitchen; being blessed with super cooks who could make whatever one asked for.

Then a time came where I had to learn cooking on my own. I hated cooking in the past.

I enjoy cooking in my own home for myself. My (late) husband used to love food cooked by me. To me eating at one’s own home is a luxury untold, and eating out a misery. Home cooked food is always better than eating out.

But there are moments when there are guests, and one can’t cope with cooking for many people, and the aftermath: dishes, and pots to wash; then it becomes tiring. I wish then for the bygone days.


Food for the Soul (and the Stomach)

Tell us about your favorite meal, either to eat or to prepare. Does it just taste great, or does it have other associations?

Never Carry Tittle Tattle

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I can tell about two of my own set of values: one is “I never judge a person by what others say”. The second one is “I never carry tales”.

I form my own opinion when I meet a person. I never judge a person by what others say. They may have a wrong concept of a thoroughly nice person. I have found people often misjudge a person. They have their own pre-conceived notions in their minds, and they wrongly apply those when they meet the unfortunate individual.  

One rule which I have applied zealously in my own life is never to create further rift among two people who are not pulling on well with each other.

When someone confides in me about their own life, and maybe mention another person, I never tittle tattle. I simply abhore it. It is as good as forgotten once it reaches my ears. I have never carried it further (with more lies added as fuel to ignite a fire) to the person mentioned. People who do such things are evil that’s all I can say.


I Walk the Line

Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?

Before Hope Turns to Ashes



But No Cigar

Tell us about a time things came this close to working out… but didn’t. What happened next? Would you like the chance to try again, or are you happy with how things eventually worked out?

Peace be Upon You

This isn’t about the third sentence from Mrs Anglo Swiss’s blog. I got the idea about what to write was from her second last, and third last paragraphs.

Muslims greet each other with the words:


These words are : AssalamuAlaikum Warahmatullahi Wah Barakatuhu. 

The translation: May Peace be upon you, and God’s Mercy, and Blessings.

Normally people use a shorter version which is; AssalamuAlaikum (Peace be upon you). The return reply is: WahlaikumAssalam which means “to you Peace be upon you”.

The correct way of etiquette is that the person who is younger should greet first the older one. Another way is that both should say it at the same time. Some who are arrogant, and have a mistaken idea about their own worth wait till the other person say it first, and then they deign to reply.

I have really met such people. Basically they are good people, but why they act this way is beyond me. I hold parents responsible, and specially the mothers for such an attitude. Children learn from their parents, and teachers. Good manners should be taught at an early age when children are impressionable. What they imbibe at this stage makes up their personalities later on.


Third From the Top

Head to “Blogs I Follow” in the Reader. Scroll down to the third post in the list. Take the third sentence in the post, and work it into your own.

Three Sunsets





Weaving the Threads

Draft a post with three parts, each unrelated to the other, but create a common thread between them by including the same item — an object, a symbol, a place — in each part.



Suzanne Collins, Judy Picoult  are my favorite authors. As per WordPress prompt I better ask them to write my biography. Will they do it?

Let us find out:

1st e-mail  to Judy Picoult.

Hi Judy, how are you? I love your writing. Would you be interested in writing my biography? What it entails, please let me know? My e-mail:sheen@——–phone number———-

No answer. At third try I better write to Suzzane Collins.

Hi Suzzane, this is Sheen. I am writing in the hope if I can interest you in writing my biography. I have come across so many people like me who adore your writing. If we can talk on telephone we can work out the details. My e-mail address is sheen@——— my phone number———

No reply — no telephone — nothing.

Anyone interested out there?



If you could have any author –living or dead – write your biography, who would you choose?

Just Right


One’s need courage to make a choice, and then the conviction to act upon it. I am a terribly indecisive person. When I have a choice, I am at my wit’s end at making a decision.

To get over at indecisiveness I have formulated a plan.

If it’s a major decision about buying something (this works for any decision I make), I write the pros, and cons of it. I list the price, see which one will have more advantages. Is it affordable, within my means?

Finally ask for God’s help that my choice will turn out okay, then I go for it.

My (late) husband always advised “go for the best”. He would say “this way you are satisfied with your choice”.


Hello, Goldilocks!

Write about a time you had a Goldilocks experience, exploring different choices and finally arriving at “just right.”