Monday, March 7, 2022

Say Hello: Poetry Monday


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Poetry Monday's once a week.
I bet you know which day.
I don't participate every time,
But today I've come out to play.

My friends assign each week a theme,
Telephone (Say Hello Day)'s what they chose.
Now it's up to all of us,
to put our thoughts into prose.
Say Hello
In the 1800s the telephone,
was a most amazing invention.
Saying "hello" to those not there,
was the original intention. 

No one cared that it required,
the help of an operator.
Or that others knew what you had said,
from "hello" to "see you later."
The day came when the phone was used,
without operator assistance. 
By then all were accustomed to,
saying "hello" to those long distance.

The phone went from it's only place,
attached right to the wall,
to multiple locations in the home,
like a table, in the front hall.

Dragging circles around a dial,
you had to use your finger.
And sometimes it would make you jump,
with its loud, alarming ringer.

Next thing you know, untethered,
you could talk and walk around.
Buttons instead of an awkward dial,
and a much more pleasing sound.
But now, oh wow, our cell phones,
are personal computers, and more.
Ask questions, or get directions,
find recipes galore!

Scallops with Spicy Peanut Sauce, bay scallops are tossed with vegetables and pasta in a spicy peanut sauce. | recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner
Scallops with Spicy Peanut Pasta
I think it's rather funny,
ironic, you could say,
we text and post and share our lives,
our pocket phone's never far away.
So many options for communication,
but the purpose, from long ago?
The one thing I rarely use it for,
is to make a call to say "hello."  
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Scallops with Spicy Peanut Pasta       


Printable Recipe

12 oz spaghetti
1 cup broccoli slaw
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp ginger paste
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter 
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 TBSP cooking sherry
1 tsp sesame oil 
1 TBSP brown sugar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2# bay scallops
salt and pepper
1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
*In a large pot, cook the spaghetti to al dente. Drain, mix in the broccoli slaw and set aside, keeping warm.
*Whisk together the green onion, red pepper, garlic, ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes. Set the sauce aside.
*Using paper towels, pat the scallops dry.
*Spray a large skillet with non stick spray and heat over medium high heat. Add the scallops and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the scallops are cooked through, no longer opaque. Remove and keep warm.
*Drain the skillet, reduce the heat to medium low and add the sauce. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the spaghetti to the pan and cook, mixing the sauce into the pasta, for another 2 minutes. Add the scallops and mix again until everything is incorporated and hot.
*Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.


  1. I don't use my phone much for calls either, but it's nice to know that I have that option when I need it.

    1. There are certain voices that I always want to hear, for most other people, texting is just fine.

  2. I hate to talk on the phone and try to avoid it at all costs. Doesn't always work though.

    1. I love all the things I have access to with my cell, but I do like to talk to certain people on a regular basis.

  3. Oh, now this looks really interesting. I have some scallops in the freezer so... Carol C.

    1. Hope you try it. I mostly cook sea scallops, but just happened to see some bay scallops in the grocery store and decided I wanted to do something with them.

  4. Cooking is creative. My husband has never been a writer, but now he IS A COOK. We all need a creative outlet. I love scallops.

  5. Hahahahaha! You're SO right! When my cell phone rings, I look at it like it's grown horns and a tail!

  6. Oh yes, a rhyming history of the phone. You have it to a T!

  7. I remember the old rotary phones. Things sure have changed in the past 50 years.

  8. Such a good poem today! I can identify because I rarely use my smartphone as a phone. I took Facebook off a while ago but I have Twitter, my email, texting, and best of all, the camera! I love peanut butter based sauces, too. Alana

    1. I hope you try this recipe, peanut butter sauce with a little bit of a kick.

  9. So true! We don't use our phones as much for their original intent any longer, but they still do help us keep in touch with those far away.

    1. Yes, they do keep us connected in ways I never could have imagined.


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