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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Z is for ZEAL

It's hard to believe that we're already at the end of Round 9 in ABC Wednesday! Actually, it's quite timely, since we've just started a new year - 2012 - and hopefully, like me, you all have a new zest for life. Although the weather may be cold, wet or white, let's all find something to get excited about - make snow angels, buy some new wellies and a new brollie and sing in the rain, or experiment with taking photos during a dark, grey day. It won't be long and we'll see snow drops, hyacinths, narcissi, daffodils, and tulips! So don't sleep away these dark days of winter, but rather get out and about with a zealous attitude!

ZEAL

Zeal is like promiscuous purple pansies.

It looks like playful, chattering chimpanzees.

It sounds like giggles that turn into hoots.

It smells like French fries and tropical fruits.

It tastes like Snickers and sugar and spice.

It feels like daring delight rolling the dice.

Zeal is enthusiasm for everything in life.

Continued thanks to our zippy leader, Denise Nesbitt, who created ABCW and with her zealous group of assistants, continues to keep us on our toes. Please join in the fun any time you wish, but this would be the perfect time now that we're starting Round 10. Just click here to check us out.

23 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

It was in the 40s (c 8C) in Albany, though windy. unseasonably warm.

You always seem to have a ZEST for life; that's what I like about you!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

nancygrayce said...

Oh, I need a new zest for life! I have been so blue lately and for no particular reason.

The weather here is psychotic.....it's warm right now and we have our a/c on.....what's up with that???

Carver said...

I love your poem and the photograph.

Hildred and Charles said...

Very nice Leslie, - I always liked that word as well, - ZEST for life, - a good thing to keep in mind.

photowannabe said...

There used to be a bath soap called Zest. Is it still around? Apparently bathing with it gave one the best zest for life.
Love your poem and the pictures you placed in my mind.

Lisa said...

This is a great way to end the round! I've so enjoyed getting to know you better through the posts and comments. So now is it time to get a little zealous about Round 10?!

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

Now I know what to look for with zeal!

EG Wow said...

People with zeal have great attitudes! :) Yes, it is hard to believe we have come to then end of this round~

Reader Wil said...

Great Z word, Leslie! Thanks for the poems you wrote in this ninth round.

Kay L. Davies said...

I'll have to come out there for a visit if I want to see "snow drops, hyacinths, narcissi, daffodils, and tulips" but I'll try to keep my zeal up despite the frozen ground.
K

Meryl said...

I love the poem - especially like daring delight rolling the dice! Great post.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Nice poem, Leslie. Happy New Year to you.

Ms. Burrito said...

Beautiful poem!

Zing is it for me. Hope you can visit and see. Have a nice day!

Wanda said...

As I read the comments, I remembered like Sue...using soap call Zest...as I recall it was either bright blue or green. Rather a strong odor too..

I prefer Dove....

I think like Roger...you do have a Zest for life. Have enjoyed your A-Z this round.

chubskulit said...

I remember seeing Zest soap too. Very nice poem Leslie..

Zodiac is one of my entries. Come see it when you get a chance. Thanks!

Smalltown RN said...

I like the Z words you have come up with Zest and Zeal...yes very nice indeed. Funny I am playing Words with friends on Facebook and I have of course the letter Z and I am trying to find a "Z" that will fit....urgh! Would have loved to have put a few of your words in!

Tumblewords: said...

Zest is valuable - your poem is delightful. See ya in Round 10!

ChrisJ said...

Like others, I remember the soap Zest, mainly because of its very strong perfume. I was allergic to it. Great posts , Leslie. Now to go again.

Paula Scott said...

Yes! Zeal is something that we should all have more of, shouldn't we? Love that last image too...

Francisca said...

Zeal makes an amaZing finale for round 9!

Shrinky said...

Ah, another wonderfully playful and descriptive post, Leslie - and I myself am also full of zest, just thinking of your upcoming summer visit to us!

Jo Bryant said...

As usual a great post - way to go finishing the round !!
http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/z-is-for-zinke/

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