A Mish Mash of things written

I am ashamed. Really and truly. I have been so overdue with my posts. I know I have been very busy, but, I have always been very busy, and used to always have time to sit and write something, SOMETHING on my blog. I wonder if it is because of Xanga. Damn it! Why did that site have to close? Any how, let me tell you what I have been doing.
Talking to three different companies regarding the publication of my book. not sure whom I am going to go with. Will let you know by and by.

Andrew my 8 year old prince has been playing a lot of golf. He took part in the Masters “kids event” for Drive, Chip and Putt! He came first in in the Putt section, outing a humongously long put, and over all came in second in the whole event, among 36 kids, in the 8 to 10 year age group. So proud of him.

Went to Chicago last week to get my knee checked. Hadn’t seen the surgeon in over three years. My bad! But was told everything looks great. From there went on to be with my friend Eunice. She is doing better I think. her weight is stable, is able to sit and talk for a longer time, and has started eating some food. She still gets very tired, sleeps a lot after the infusions, and gets winded when she talks too much. Unfortunately, there are multiple metastatic lesions in the lungs, and she has some fluid between the layers around the lungs. Hopefully the immunotherapy infusions will help. Over all, I found her appearance more satisfactory. So I may not go back up again till the end of the year may be.

My son in law Dave has been doing good too. Stable, with good lab and scan results. So grateful to God for His mercy.

The garden grows. Lots of eggplants, tomatoes and okra. Bunches of roses. The Japanese beetles are causing a havoc though. Have had the garden sprayed , and I feel I am much better than some of the other people who are almost crying because these varmints have taken over their yards.

Wad going through some old photographs, and came across these. I posted them on my facebook page as “throw back Thursday topic”. These were taken in 1989. I had gone to New York to play tennis with some celebrities. It was a function set up by different hospitals in the country. Alex Trebec was the man telling us the various rules etc. I played with many people, and here you  can see me with Linda Lavin (Alice, from the soap Mel’s Diner), Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Alec Ballwin, (No words can describe how handsome this bloke was when he walked on the court and shook my hand, saying “hi, I have the privilege of being your doubles partner!”) I didn’t know who he was, and I asked him, and sheepishly he said, “I am an actor!” Oh well, so much for my general knowledge! But now when you see him you can see how he has fatted up!! I have done that too. There was a very elegant and gala affair with a dinner at the end of the three days. I cannot believe how thin I was then. Pfffttt!

Throwback Thursday. (from my face book page)
In 1989, I had gone to New York to play in the Celebrity Tennis program. It was sponsored by a local hospital, and was attended by numerous people of different hospitals. Alex Trebec was in charge, and he was the man telling us the various rules. It was such a grand event. Here are some pictures.
It is fun to look at old photoes and see how much I have changed!! Linda Lavin acted as Alice on Mel’s Diner in the sit com, and playing with Alec Balwin was too cool. Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers was a super gentleman on court and off court. The three day event ended with a gala dinner.

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So that’s it for now. Will try really hard to keep in touch. Please don’t give up on me. Love you all.



About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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8 Responses to A Mish Mash of things written

  1. Good for your prince…Congrats to him.
    Glad to hear about Eunice and your SIL doing better. Great news.
    LOVE the pics. You’ve had some amazing adventures.
    Looking forward to book being published.
    Love and hugs.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Thanks for the update! I’m glad to hear that Eunice is stable. I saw the post on FB about Andrew – he did great! Perhaps he will be famous some day!

  3. Btw..loved Alice…and Kiss my Grits. LOL.

  4. slmret says:

    Good for Andrew — it’s rather amazing that he’s already old enough to be playing in tournaments and doing so well! Good to hear the good news about both Eunice and Dave — sorry your doctor visit was such a bummer, but at least the knee is doing well! Will write more tomorrow!

  5. whyzat says:

    Good to hear from you again! Wow, was 1989 that long ago? We got our Iowa driver’s licenses yesterday and when I looked at my picture, I thought, “Gee, I look like a sixty-year-old lady!” Then I realized that I AM a sixty-year-old lady! !
    Great pics and I’m glad you and your family are doing well.

  6. Glad to hear that you and everyone is doing well. Thanks for the update, I was starting to wonder. btw – Chris and Tawn were up here a few weeks ago. But you probably know that from Facebook. 🙂

  7. r_hsw says:

    great vintage pics. how lucky were you to have such companies back then for the event. no need to apologise for the late post. i’m much Much MUCH worse. but glad to know you and your family are doing well. look forward to hearing you finalising the publication of your book. hope the summer hasn’t been too hot for you. stay cool, zakiah.

  8. Zakiah says:

    The book publishing is at a stand still right now Rudy. the previous publishing place I had used, has stopped publishing, and asking for files instead, and do not have any support. I am starting another search for someone else. Bummed.

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