Share Your World – 1/29/2018

It’s time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. Here are my answers to this week’s questions:

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

I’d have to choose REI. I’m always itching to go on an adventure, and the things that really hold me back (other than logistics) are not having the right equipment AND knowing how much it will cost to come up with it. For starters, I’d get the bike I’m always telling myself I’m going to start riding and a high end lock. (Bike theft is rampant around here.) I’d upgrade my kayak, get another one so I can take a friend, and make sure I have everything necessary to lash them onto my vehicle. (Not the friend, just the kayaks.) I would fill my cart with plenty of clothes to endure any type of weather. I’d buy hiking boots and running shoes. I’d buy a new set of skis and everything else needed for hitting the slopes. (It’s been years since I’ve been out there.) I’d buy snowshoes and cross country skis for the winter and a backpack and trekking poles for the summer. If I had these things stored at my house, I’d have no reason not to go. Where’s my shopping spree? Adventure awaits!

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

Nothing comes to mind. I generally try to stay away from things I know I won’t like. It’s a small list that includes goat cheese.

Name five things you like watching…

Ocean waves
Bees at work
Snow falling
Thunderstorms
Whales

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

I appreciate feeling better. It’s been a long week of feeling ill. Now if only I could get over the lingering fatigue.


As always, thanks to Cee for the opportunity to share our worlds.

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Share Your World – 1/15/18

Time for another installment of Cee’s Share Your World. Here are my answers to this week’s questions:

Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

Traveling somewhere, anywhere. I’m getting itchy feet, and I’ve been perusing Google flights lately. There must be a deal out there somewhere.

What is your favorite comfort snack food? 

Popcorn has always been one of my favorite snack foods. I guess it would be a comfort food, too. I have fond memories of fighting my mom for the last popcorn in the  shared bowl whilr watching a movie on the couch. (Thank goodness my sister and dad weren’t huge popcorn fans. Could have been a huge family brawl!)

My new snack food of choice is any whole grain cracker, quince paste and cheese.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

My first real job was at KFC. I was thrilled to finally be making some real money. Now I could afford a bike to get me to work AND those San Francisco Riding Gear jeans I’d been eyeballing. Such freedom! 😉

Honestly, though, I’m glad my parents encouraged me to get a job. I like the independence of working and making money.

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’ve spent 3 1/2 weeks subbing in a rambunctious kindergarten class. Through it all staff would pop in to see if there was anything I needed and to offer words of encouragement. It made the job easier.

I appreciated being appreciated. Who doesn’t?


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

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Share Your World 1/8/18

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

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

I’m a shower person unless I’m sick or really stressed out. Showers wake me up and get me moving.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

I am a substitute teacher (by choice). Recently I’ve been doing a long-term sub job in a rambunctious kindergarten class. Today is my last day in there.

Tonight I might take a bath.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

Not anymore. I had a wolf that my kids bought me when I graduated and an owl that my son bought me when I started teaching. Though I treasure them, I don’t currently have a place for them in my room.

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. 

Yesterday the reading specialist at the school texted me that she was bringing me coffee. That made my day. I felt appreciated. It doesn’t take a whole lot to make someone’s day a little brighter.


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

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Share Your World – 12/25/17

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

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

I’m going to let go of my expectations, or at least try.

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

Cinnamon
Cardamom
Ginger
Cloves

Thyme
Basil
Cilantro
Garlic

What can you always be found with?

I can almost always be found with my camera. Some people say to put the camera down and be in the moment, but I have found that focusing through the lens helps me to do just that. Slow down. Stop. Look carefully. What’s in the background? Otherwise life seems to speed by and I don’t really notice much of anything.

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 appreciated my daughter coming home. For a small window of time, there was laughter and talking in the kitchen as she and Maverick fell into their old banter. Good times too quickly pass, and she is back across the Rockies now.

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As always, thanks to Cee for the opportunity to share our worlds. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Stay safe and warm!

Share Your World – 12/18/17

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

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?

Cooking is a joy for me, and not a chore, so though I would welcome anyone to join the fun, I could never hire someone to do it for me. Even when we have big parties, I relish the challenge of cooking a delicious meal for all. As far as yardwork goes, my husband likes to garden and I enjoy cutting the lawn, so we may only hire someone if it gets out of control (as it did last May during our vacation). But when it comes to cleaning the house, I wish I could keep someone on retainer. I hate the drudgery of daily chores and can’t seem to ever completely tackle the housework. I would LOVE to give that responsibility over to someone else.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?

Sometimes a re-do sounds so appealing. That being said, I would keep my famiy photos. I think I’m the only one who actually looks at them, but they mean the world to me. I would keep my piano. It is an old upright that was a gift from my mom and has a beautiful sound. (And what dedication, to bring someone a PIANO!) I would take my struggling houseplants. Maybe a change of scenery would make them thrive for a change.

What calms you down?

A loving hug and/or a good run.

Being allowed to share my feelings.

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. 

One day I was shopping alone in Made in Oregon. As I was checking out the Moonstruck Chocolates, I noticed a girl who was about 10 years old shopping with her mom. She would be talking, then all of a sudden start singing along to the Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas track that was playing in the background. She would then stop singing and continue talking to her mom, then start singing again. I don’t think she even knew she was singing. It was super cute and made my day.


Thanks to Cee for giving us a chance to share our worlds. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season, whatever that means to you!

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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