Share Your World – 12/3/17

Here are my latest answers to Cee’s Share Your World:

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

I hate most household chores. I love doing so many other things and get annoyed that the drudgery of cleaning up takes my time from those things. The only time it’s bearable is if I have a good audiobook for zoning out while I clean. I’m currently listening to Anna Karenina, which should occupy me for a while.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

There have been a few times when this was the case. First was when I first moved out on my own. I still treasure this time of independence and exploration. The next was when my kids were born. I was able to see the world again through their eyes. Later, I had a medical scare and things took on a new and deeper meaning, though life also became fraught with anxiety. Now it seems to take travel to make me feel passionate and alive. Twenty-three years of sameness isn’t doing it for me.

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

Zero.

Zero times.

Which means we have a 23 year accumulation of possessions that I have to clean around. We’ve even built a couple of outbuildings to store things we will probably never use again. I’ve always thought a good move every few years would help cull the clutter and define the really important.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I was inspired by nature as I stood on Newport’s south jetty at moonrise, trying to get a decent shot of the supermoon. I didn’t quite get it, but it was pretty awesome being out there and seeing the moon rise over the iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge.

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Thanks to Cee for the chance to share our worlds. Have a great week!

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Share Your World – 11/27/17

And in the time it took me to write the last post, Cee put up the most recent questions. 🙂

Here are my answers to those:

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

Decisions, decisions. Can’t I have all rolled into one? (Though honestly, that reading nook in the picture is a dream and would totally distract me from arts, crafts, AND photography.)

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)

Cloudy with a chance of showers.

If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I’ve always thought I would have loved to be a part of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My mom, who at 74 still hosts Thanksgiving dinner.


Thanks for reading. Have a good week, everybody.

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Share Your World – 11/20/17

I’m late with my post, but here it is:

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

I wouldn’t. The real test would be a life lesson test. Will I have good character and learn that I need to focus, study, and communicate with my teacher, or will I take the easy road and slide by on someone else’s success? I would hope I’d pass the life test.

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?

Colors. Sometimes I stand in awe at the blue of the sky peeking through the clouds, or the golden sunlight filtering through the forest in the late afternoon. I think my obsession with photography is trying to capture the intangible, shifting colors of the natural world.

Complete this sentence: When I travel I love to….

Eat.

Experience.

Educate myself.


Thanks to Cee for this chance to share our worlds!

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Share Your World 11/13/17

Here are my answers to this week’s Share Your World:

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

Rarely do I sit in one place for more than ten minutes unless I’m eating (which I now do insanely slowly nowadays) or on my computer. My mind functions more like the like the dog/squirrel scenario. If I can force myself to sit still, to be in the moment, I do find that it’s a richly rewarding, highly calming experience.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

We have a box of candles that have been collected over the years that we pull out for these rare occasions. One year the power was out for an extended time and the kids and I played board games by candlelight. What memories! Of course that’s not to say we don’t use flashlights or cell phones to avoid breaking toes in the dark.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

I’ve always wanted to have the kind of money that I could do just that. I would give money to strangers. I’ve been in the position where this little windfall has made such a huge difference and brought hope to my life. The ability to spread this around would be so satisfying.

That being said, I’d still keep a little for myself so I could live my dream of traveling.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

  • a ripe Hawaiian pineapple
  • authentic conversations, difficult though they may be
  • sunlight hitting the clouds just so
  • the bluest of blues peeking out from behind those clouds
  • taking time to focus on the small things

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As always, thanks to Cee for this opportunity to share our worlds. Have a great week, everyone!

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Share Your World – 11/6/17

It’s time for another installment of Share Your World. Here are my answers:

Would you rather take a 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?

I would take a cruise, and it would be a barefoot cruise. I couldn’t sit around and let everyone cater to my needs. I’m too antsy for that.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing?

I loved swinging as high as I could go as a child. I tried swinging as an adult, and decided that, like cartwheels and rollerblading, it’s something best left to kids. I do like reliving my childhood experience vicariously through children, though, so I can often be easily convinced to be the pusher.

What is the most important thing that you ever learned ? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)

When I was 11 or 12 my grandma passed away without warning. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen my dad cry. This was one of my defining moments. I learned that nothing is guaranteed, that people are not here forever, and it’s best to take every chance to spend time with those you love. It’s a hard lesson, and it doesn’t translate well to those who have not learned it yet.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

  • foggy tree-lined hills
  • foamy, wild ocean waves
  • kind words, freely given
  • a hotel cat that chose me
  • thermals

Thanks again to Cee for helping us share our worlds. Have a good week, everyone!

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Share Your World 8/14/17

Here are my answers to Cee’s questions for the latest Share Your World:

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

I keep the lights off, and the habit is so ingrained I’ve been known to turn the lights off on my poor showering husband. My dad helped create this habit with his constant reminders during my youth. I more recently read that the biggest impacts on the family electric bill come from the hot water heater and the furnace, and with low energy bulbs throughout the house, I’m not sure I really need to be so diligent about the lights.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

I just got back from a foodie visit with my son and daughter-in-law. I would definitely spend it trying new restaurants with friends and family.

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…

I don’t have a favorite. I do enjoy having a mini-computer available all the time. I enjoy taking pictures, even if I have my DSLR hanging off my shoulder. I love being connected to my family and friends. I also love being able to Google anything! I think I’d be lost without my phone at this point.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I just got back from a visit to Charlottesvile and DC. I was overwhelmingly inspired by walking in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers. I toured Monticello and learned about our conflicted Thomas Jefferson, who believed that all men were created equal and apparently opposed slavery, yet owned hundreds of slaves himself. I walked through the rotunda of the University of Virginia and reflected on the ideals of Jefferson that his newborn democracy should have an educated population of citizens to support it. (I am a teacher and a firm believer in public education.)

In DC, I walked through the halls of Congress in awe of the grandeur and history of the place. At the end of the tour, our guide, an older woman, related being evacuated and running from that very building in fear on 9/11 as a plane approached. She said that as she ran, she looked back over her shoulder and saw smoke rising from the Pentagon. She later learned that her husband’s office was ground zero in that attack, but shared that he had not gone to the office that day. She impressed upon us the somber knowledge that she worked in the number one terrorist target in the country, but also how important it was to show strength and not fear. I was not the only person in tears hearing that story in that great setting.

The day we were in DC was the same day the KKK rally was happening in Charlottesville. We were getting updates via Facebook, text and Twitter as we toured. It struck me that at the same time that was going on we were walking the mall in a giant crowd of people of every race and color, listening to many different languages being spoken. A rainbow of humanity was sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the same day a group of white men beat a black man with poles and another angry young man bore his car down on people standing up for the rights of all.  I read the words of Lincoln from his second inaugural address and thought that imagining the world he lived in was not as far a stretch as it should have been. And just this morning I heard echos of Reagan, Bob Dole, and Bush Jr., excerpts from speeches strongly and definitively denouncing white supremacy and the KKK, only to be saddened by the tepid response of the current resident of the White House.

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What inspired me? In the past week I walked in the footsteps of one of the authors of our founding documents. I read the words of another great leader who sought to rectify this situation. I sat on those steps and gazed out upon a mall that was the scene of a historic march for civil rights.

And I wondered, isn’t the time for KKK rallies long past?

And lest you think these outsiders represent Charlottesville, I can tell you as an outsider myself that I found the town charming, educated, and progressive, which is why that darn statue is coming down in the first place.

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As always, thanks to Cee for the chance to share our worlds. Thanks for reading. I wish you all safety in these troubling times. We do live in a great country.

In memory of Heather Heyer.

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Share Your World – 7/31/2017

Here are my latest answers to Cee’s Share Your World questions:

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

This is something I’m going to have to consider in a couple of weeks. I’ve been able to avoid glasses for quite some time, but things are getting a little blurry. I’ve finally made an eye appointment. I think I’ll probably choose glasses, though I’m terrible about misplacing things. Contacts are convenient, but I don’t think I’d like to stick things in my eyes. Plus, I’m pretty cheap, and contacts can be expensive.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

I used to love both, but we’ve gone a long time with only dogs and now have a kitten. She’s cute, cuddly, and funny, but her litter box stinks and she’s constantly slipping through my legs into rooms she’s not allowed in and outside where the dogs and cars threaten. True to cat form, she doesn’t care that I’m not a cat person. Maybe it’s a challenge for her to win me over to her side. Whatever the reason, anytime I sit still she ends up on my chest or shoulders.

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If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?

Gourmet kitchen
Hardwood floors
Big, fenced yard with established shade/fruit trees.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am inspired by my youthful parents who, in their 70s, are still up for a hike up a mountain or down (and up) a switchback trail to get lakeside to a national gem.

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Mom and Dad at the top of Iron Mountain in the middle of a 5+ mile hike.
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Mom and Dad (left) heading down to the boat dock at Crater Lake.

Once again, thanks to Cee for the chance to share our worlds! Wishing everyone cooler weather than I’m experiencing this week!

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Share Your World – 7/24/17

List some of your favorites types of teas.

  • Sencha Green Tea (great for a cold, by the way)
  • Chai, iced or hot
  • Earl Grey made with a crushed cardamom pod

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

Yield

What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

Well, I’m pretty good at hiding bad days, unfortunately, but if they were there to let me vent, or just to have a warm, nonjudgmental body to sit next to (think Pooh and Piglet), that would be wonderful.

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.

If we’re dreaming, I’d probably be a gymnast or figure skater. OR I might want try an ultramarathon or go mountain biking. Sadly, reality keeps me grounded. 🙂

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for my baby, who turned 19 yesterday. What a joy he’s been in my life!

Next week I look forward to not having any plans. 🙂


As always, thanks to Cee for the chance to share our worlds. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Share Your World 7/10/17

Here are my answers to the latest Share Your World questions:

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

I’d love to say I spend my rainy days immersed in a good book, but I’m more likely to be found on my laptop. I’ve recently discovered Lightroom, so I spend a lot of time on my pictures. If it’s not that, I might be writing or playing Civilization.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary).

  • Good dark chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Sushi
  • French fries (or potatoes in any form, actually)
  • Black licorice
  • Candied ginger

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Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

We usually end up at Silver Falls State Park. It’s beautiful and relatively close. We may end up at the Columbia River Gorge, but it’s a bit of a drive by comparison. Both places are very popular and as a result are usually crowded, but they are popular because they are beautiful.

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You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

Someone who tells good stories.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for my sister. We hiked to Tamolich Pool with two of her kids yesterday. We’re planning another two hikes for the upcoming week, so I’ll be looking forward to that.

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Thanks again to Cee for the opportunity to share our worlds. Have a great week!

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Share Your World 6-26-17

Here are my latest answers to Cee’s Share Your World:

What goal are you working on now? 

I have a list. In my end-of-the-school-year-thrilled-to-be-on-vacation frenzy, I decided on a bunch of projects instead of touring the world. I mean, how much fun is that? My goal is to work my way through the list, and I’m about halfway there – lots of painting and refreshing the house. Anyway, I’m a compulsive starter and inconsistent finisher, so every time I finish a project, I feel a little better about myself. This is my goal. To finish what I’ve started.

Here’s my list so far:

  • Repainting the walls
  • Painting the trim
  • Painting an Ikea bookshelf (tough job, not recommended)
  • Making a quilted wall hanging for my newly painted wall
  • Painting and reupholstering an old table set, the ripped vinyl (70s) seat of which I fell off of recently while using it to hang curtains (only bruised my ego)
  • Hanging curtains
  • DIYing the wine bottles that have been sitting on my counter for two months into planters
  • Staining the woodwork in my bathroom
  • Tiling the guest bathroom floor
  • Changing the shower head
  • SORTING PHOTOS (27 years worth! And I was/am an avid photographer!)

There are so many projects I could add. I have a pile of plates and shards I’ve been collecting to make mosaics, but for now, I think I’d better stick to the list.

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What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

When my kids were young, we used to go to the local festival. My daughter was about 8 and wanted to ride on the Gravitron, the ride that is entirely enclosed and whirls you around like a salad spinner to the blaring music of 70s acid rock. I didn’t think she should go alone. We would go together. It would be fun.

Once it started up, I thought I was going to die. I literally spent the whole time praying that I would make it through, while all the young people were sliding up and down the walls having the time of their life! God answered my prayers, and I stumbled out the door, only to head to the nearest bench, pleading for my husband to just take the kids and leave me there for a while. Lesson learned.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

Both. There are a lot of people in my extended family who are teachers. I think there is a mix of patience and curiosity that runs through the family that is conducive to the job. I came to the profession later in life, and part of the decision was that the work schedule would coincide with my kids’ school schedules.

Have you ever gotten lost?

Haha. Yes. Once I went to the coast by myself. I drove south along the coastline, then looked for a shortcut home. (This was back in the era of paper maps.) I found a road that looked like it went through the middle of what was a rather long loop, so I took it. It ended up being a gravel road through the coastal mountains in the middle of nowhere, and I, a young woman in an older car driving in the evening, seriously questioned my judgment at some point. I guess I was not really lost, except in the fact that I didn’t know where I was at any point on that gravel road, but it had to come out somewhere.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for phone calls from my eldest son that cut through lonely days.

I look forward to finishing up my painting projects and retiring the paintbrushes for a while.


Thanks as always to Cee for the chance to write about my world. 🙂 Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July, my fellow Americans! Wishing a great weekend to everyone else!

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