Ice cream | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Frantic.


I was frantic as I ran down the street. The ice cream van had already made one lap of the block while I was busy getting money out of my purse, and I’d be damned if I was going to go another 40 degree Celsius day without a damn ice cream.

I puffed up to the van as the guy turned to me and said, “Hi, can I get you an ice cream?”

I grinned and replied, “Nah, I just wanted to tell you I’m a vegan.”

The guy laughed. He was kinda cute, had a dimple in one cheek when he smiled.

“Just kidding, why else would I be here?” I said, still grinning.

“Fair point,” he said, still chuckling. “What can I get you?”

“The one with sprinkles please,” I replied. I watched him appreciatively as he prepared my ice cream.

He turned around to hand me the ice cream and smiled. “I tell you what. I’ll let you have this ice cream on the house, if I can have your number and give you a call some time.”

I tapped my finger on my lips as if thinking about it. “Hmm, free ice cream for my phone number,” I looked up at him and grinned. “I think I can manage that.”

“Great,” he said, and pulled out his phone. “I’m John by the way.”

“Nice to meet you John, I’m Stella.”

I put my number is his phone and waved as I walked away, greedily licking the ice cream before it had a chance to melt and run down my hands in the heat.

Until next time.

Jaslyn.

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Getting older | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Invisible.


I caught up with on of my friends recently. She is the same age as my grandmother, but that didn’t stop us from striking up a strong friendship.

On this particular catch up, she said to me, one of the things she dislikes about getting older is how much more invisible she feels.

She said, when she goes out now, she feels like no one really sees her. People, especially younger people like me, see just another old woman. But never her, her vibrance, her lust for life, her humour. People don’t look at her and see any of that, they don’t see her beauty.

I do. She is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met, inside and out.

For me, I think that’s a reminder to look beyond what you see with your own eyes. Forget labels like “old woman.” That old woman is still a person and may have a wildly fulfilling life. Seek the inner person everyone you see, everyone you meet. Then, no one will be invisible.

Until next time.

Jaslyn.

 

Dog play | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Provoke.


The dog yipped at her owner, her best friend, and wagged her tail, hazel eyes shining with excitement as she walked through the back gate. She ran over to her best friend, and licked her outstretched hand to say hello and then ran around the yard in circles trying to find her ball.

Eventually she found it and gathered it in her mouth, and with a big grin ran up to her bestie and dropped the ball at her feet. Her bestie looked at the ball, and then looked back at her. She jumped up and down and yipped in excitement to provoke her bestie to throw the ball.

Her bestie picked up the ball and threw the ball. Her heart leapt with joy and excitement and she tore off across the yard.

Until next time.

Jaslyn.

Forest walk | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Meander.


I closed my eyes and breathed in deeply, the fresh air of the forest calming my spirit, the morning dew giving the air a soft, sweet smell.

I opened my eyes and smiled, and took a few steps along the forest track, reaching my hands and letting them graze the trunks of trees, the leaves of the ferns, the rough and the smooth leaving gentle tingling on my palms.

I sighed in contentment and continued to meander through the forest, and allowed my senses to ground me in the present.

Until next time.

Jaslyn.

Body language | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything.

The prompt for today is: Fact.


I watched a TEDx Talk today, published a couple of years ago and it talked about body language and what it tells other people about you and how you can work to change your body language not only so that you feel better – more powerful, positive, but also so other people perceive you differently.

I’m not sure how much of this talk was based on fact, or if it was this woman’s experience in her professional field, but it was dang interesting to listen to. Much of what she said resonated with me, in the way I have trained myself to stand, to sit, and what I observe of others’ body language, such as arms crossed when they’re having a difficult conversation.

People are fascinating creatures, and if you’re wondering what body language is all about, try watching this video to give you a taste, it’s only about 15 minutes long.

Until next time.

Jaslyn.

Book Review | How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett

How to Live on 24 Hours a DayThis is a self-help book first published in 1908, and it talks about time. How much time I have in a day, is how much time you have in a day. No one gets more, no one gets less, we are all equal in that respect. But the question is, how does one get the most out of their life when they have only 24 hours to live on each day? That is one of the questions that this book talks about, and even provides some tips on how to achieve it.

If you haven’t read this book, I’d encourage you to give it a go, it’s not very long and you can pick up the electronic version for free via Gutenberg or even the likes of Amazon have the Kindle version for free. Ignoring the fact that this book was written in 1908 and so is a tad on the sexist side (it was written for men by the sounds), the main thoughts through the book about time, and how we can get the most out of our days so that we do feel satisfied with our lot in life.

It was a really refreshing look, and timely reminder for me, at how we spend our time, so I thought this book was great overall. The only thing I would have liked was for it to be a bit longer and have a bit more practical advice in it, but hey that’s just me, and I’m very into that sort of self-help stuff!

If you read it, let me know what you think, and if you haven’t read it, go read it – it’s free and won’t take up much of your time, promise!

Until next time.

Jaslyn.

Full Moon | Daily Prompt

This prompt is from The Daily Post‘s blog site where each day they provide a prompt that you can use to write about absolutely anything. I’m not planning to do this every day, but once a week at least.

The prompt for today is: Above.


She turned off all the lights in the house. Already she could feel it calling to her. She stepped outside and quietly closed the door behind her.

She looked around at the yard, bathed in the glorious bright light of the Full Moon in the sky above. She walked down the street looking at the way the Full Moon caressed the houses and the trees in the forest at the end of the street.

She could feel it bathing her skin in a soft glow. She looked up at the Moon, and felt a calm spreading through her body, her skin beginning to tingle.

She sighed gently, relaxing, surrendering to the warm tingling spreading through her blood and her muscles as she changed into a wolf. She howled her thanks to the Full Moon and loped into the forest…

Until next time.

Jaslyn.