Share Your World – 2014 Week 15

Wondering what Cee has in store for us this week? Let’s find out!

1. For your blog do you basically use Windows or Mac, laptop, desktop, pad, or phone? Since Windows 8 drove me to Mac, that’s what I use. I’ve done several of my blogs on the iPad, but decided it was easier really to just do them on the iMac, which is where the photos all are. One less step that way – the photos I’m going to use go in my blog folder, but I don’t have to also copy them to Dropbox so I can access them from the iPad.

2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Since it’s been centuries since I’ve been a kid it’s hard to remember. What? You say you’ve told me a million times not to exaggerate? Fine! But you know you are a bit of a nitpicker, don’t you? I remember wanting to be a stewardess as a young girl, until I outgrew the height limitation which, as I recall, was 5’8″. As a big kid – that is, when I was an adult taking college classes at night and had an absolutely marvelous instructor in Business Law – I thought, briefly, that a corporate attorney might be good. When I was a kid, choices for women were limited.

3. Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it? Primarily small towns, although we did live in the suburbs of Denver for awhile too. I think I’ve told you before, we moved around a lot. A lot! I guess I liked it – when I was very young I loved the freedom of being in a country setting. I suspect as a teenager I wanted more. Don’t all teenagers want more? Now I like to visit a large city now and then, but live in one? Not!

4. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Assuming there were no mirrors around to bely my real age, I think I’d probably be 45 or 50 – old enough that the major fluxes in emotions had died down, but young enough to enjoy life and appreciate that the driving forces of youth had simmered and mellowed.

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 the sunshine and warm temperatures that made working in the yard a pleasure and encouraged the spring birds to return and flowers to bloom. I am grateful for the day to relax and look for photo opportunities with the Artistic One (we went up to Crater Lake, photos to follow) and yesterday when the Gracious One, the Artistic One and I went over the mountains to the bigger city for a girls’ day of shopping. I am looking forward to another week of rising every morning and knowing I have loved ones in my life.

And now for those Crater Lake photos – Keep in mind as you look at them that the snow accumulation is much less than what is normal for this time of year.

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Through the window in the gift shop, all you see is snow

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Then I clambered, incredibly gracefully of course, up a snowbank to capture pictures of the lake

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And turned around to show you the roof of the gift shop

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Care to go sledding?

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The Moon Did its Thing

And I tried to do mine.

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The moon, before the earth so rudely blocked its light.

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The earth begins its encroachment.

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And continues

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becoming more and more aggressive

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until finally

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It concedes defeat and becomes the blood moon we have been told about.

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I think it was drinking, because it wobbled about a lot. Truth be told, I have no idea what happened here. Camera was on a tripod – but its operator obviously needed more knowledge. And maybe, just maybe, a somewhat longer lens. I did dig out the Rebel for these photos, because the little Lumix hollered “Uncle!” very early on with this project.

I’m sure there are many of you who have captured much better photos, and there are those of you who were defeated by the clouds in your part of the country. We were lucky – our afternoon clouds gave way to clear skies for this event. The only hindrance was – the camera operator. But what I did get will back up memories for several years to come. Now I shall finish my warming cup of tea and head to bed. It is, after all, already tomorrow.

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The Modern Panama City

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When we reached the Pacific shoreline in Panama City, we were in the heart of the modern part of the city, where there were many many high-rises.

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The twisted building on the right is called “The Wall”. Interesting, isn’t it?

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There is even a Trump Tower in Panama City, although I don’t think I managed to get a picture of it.

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Our guide told us the lower classes were not permitted in this part of the city – the wealthy part – unless they were there because they worked there. In my mind, that’s a despicable form of discrimination.

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The building below was on the outskirts of the city, and I believe it’s a museum.

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Little to say about this – it’s much like any other large city, each new building trying to be a little bit taller, a little bit more opulent than those around it.

Next time we’ll visit the French Quarter. In the meantime, I hope your days are filled with enough.

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Views from the Bus to Panama City

Today we’ll return to the trip, this time more about Panama and Panama City. I found so many pictures I want to share, Panama City is going to become more than one post – probably four posts. I can only hope you all aren’t getting sick to death of this cruise – I am not, but I’m also discovering I’ve forgotten a lot of the detail, so you’ll not be getting much explanation with the photos.

The drive to the city took us past some lovely views like these yellow flowering trees which were everywhere

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A part of Gatun Lake, I believe

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A cemetery

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An old stone bridge

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Ruins of an old Catholic church

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It’s election time – can you tell?

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Nearing the city, the Pacific Ocean

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which allows for marinas

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And a view of the Panama City skyline

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A city means traffic

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That’s all for today.Tomorrow we’ll explore the modern side of Panama City, more views from the bus.

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Share Your World -2014 Week 14

Another week, time to share with Cee.

1. If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be? “Bump”. Oregon seems to have a penchant for using as few words as possible in their road signs, and husband and I used to laugh about it as we drove along the roads. “Congestion” and “Bump” were two of our favorites, so I guess I would say “Bump” would be descriptive about most days because there are always bumps. It would be boring if it was all smooth sailing, wouldn’t it?

2. Is your hair short (total neck and ear showing), medium (covering ears and neck), long (below shoulders), extra long (at least halfway down your back) or bald? Short, with not a lot of choices since I had chemotherapy over five years ago and the hair just never came back the way it was. I must confess, however, that even if I had hair like I used to, it would be short. I prefer it that way and I am not one for spending much time fussing with it.

3. When you are with your friends, do your interactions include much touching—for example, hugging, kissing, rough housing, rubbing backs? Would you like to have more of this? (Note: the answers may vary depending on where you live on this wonderful planet.) My family was not one for being touchy-feely, so hugs and touches do not come naturally to me. My friends now are more that way, so greetings and see-you-laters are often accompanied by a hug – which I enjoy. Sometimes touches to the arm when we talk – that human contact that reaffirms the emotional contact.

4. What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $100? I think an afternoon or evening out with friends. Maybe a movie, maybe just a meal, maybe shopping.

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 the support and help of friends as I dealt with the old van needing a doctor/get a newer car decision. I am looking forward to another week of working in the yard and spending time with those friends and my furry girls.

And now, because I can, a few pictures taken as I wandered about the yard just outside my door this morning. The purples first.

Primrose

Primrose


Violet (viola?)

Violet (viola?)


Helleborus

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Pulmonaria

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And the daffodils in their many varieties
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A pair of swallows staking claim on a nesting box
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Trouble Trouble, Boil and Bubble

That title is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is what was running through my mind as I sat at my keyboard and pondered the emotions of the past few days. They have been boiling and bubbling, but it has not been all bad. Much of it is mixed and there is, as there always is, much good in there too. The photos? Those were taken while I had my morning coffee in my morning room, as I studied the play of that glorious morning light, and have little to do with my text. So far, anyway – but you see, I never know for certain when I sit down what my text will end up being. The brain guides the fingers – I’m not certain what guides the brain.
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Shall we start with the trouble, the primary source of the emotional turmoil? Yes, I think so, because it is always good to end on a more cheery note. My vehicle is a very old van – one that I am told next year could be classified as a classic because of its age. But it has been reliable, it has the room that allows me to carry friends or my furry girls and still have space for luggage or groceries or just goodies found while shopping or browsing. It has had an odd noise of late, one I tried to convince myself was my imagination – because imagination is usually less expensive than reality. But reality must always be faced, ultimately, and an initial diagnosis and initial guess-timate of cost to repair was disheartening. Frightening. Not in my tight budget. Especially since -
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I had been saddened by the discovery of a few pages of journal-type entries husband had written, probably a couple of years ago although they are undated, so I cannot be certain. Many of his words confirmed what I intuited about his emotional turmoil resulting from the progression of his cancer – but even though I knew, reading his words was difficult. He also addressed some issues from his childhood, things he had not shared with me – and I suspect, with no one else. What a weight he carried for his entire lifetime! As seems to be my wont when I am down, I treated myself. With a lot of rationalization and perhaps less reality than I should have considered, I ordered a new TV to replace our 15-year old big screen. I ordered the 42″ LED/LCD TV I have been lusting for for well over a year – not a precise model, but the brand with the specifications I wanted.
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After a few days of looking online for a newer used car – one that would be reliable and economical and for a price I felt could manage if I was careful – a few days of vacillating back and forth about my decision – repair or not to repair? The rational, logical portion of my brain woke up and prompted me to call the mechanic I have been using to check into cost of the needed repair. Oh! Surprise! Not nearly as bad as I had thought it would be. Much more reasonable. Decision made – repair will be made. I will call tomorrow to make an appointment. While the van is visiting its doctor, I will ask him to do a bit of a checkover to see if he can give me an estimate of its longevity potential. I am at peace with this decision.
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Despite my emotional boiling, there have been bubbles – rays of light, that same glorious light that I have been sharing with my photos. My children have offered words and thoughts that remind me how blessed I have been to have been given these people to share my life with. To remind me how proud I am of them and of the lives they have made and are making for themselves, hiccups and all. My friends have done the same. My funk has passed, my heart has bloomed again.
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That blooming is like the blossoms of the flowers I got when I last went shopping – another treat from me to me, albeit at a much lower cost. Speaking of treats – I am loving my new TV. I am happy with my purchase and expect it will last for a very long time. I found a stand for an exceptionally reasonable cost online (gotta love that Amazon) which will be here Tuesday and will be much more functional than what I dragged out as a temporary stand.

And if there were not these times of boiling trouble, would we really appreciate the times of happy bubbles and golden light? Those times that remind me – I have enough. I have more than enough.

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Today I am putting the cruise on pause and taking the time to play along with Cee once again.

1. Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets? I neither believe nor disbelieve on this one – I suspect there very well could be, in which case I would hope they are wise enough to stay hidden from us, for fear we might decide to visit their planet, maybe even move in. We seem to be poor caretakers of our planet, and I would not want to spread that bad habit.

2. What type of pet or pets do not want to have? Several of the ones we had when the kids were growing up: mice, rats, snakes, a tarantula. I often think a ferret would be fun, although I’ve heard the stories and know that I would undoubtedly regret that choice. I’ll stick with dogs and cats.

3. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I think I would have to be one of Cee’s rainbow crayons, because the color I would choose today would probably not be the color I would choose tomorrow. I’d prefer not to be locked into a box and have to be just one color for the rest of my life.

4. What type of transportation would you be? Why? A bus, I think. A very nice, comfortable, air-conditioned bus. One in which people could sit in spacious seats with room for their legs. One in which people could read, or look out the window, or watch something on their laptop or tablet, or visit, or snooze.

5. Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I could get in a rut with this question, so I’ll try to answer specifically about the last week. In other words, answer the question that was asked. I am grateful that I have a warm house in which I could cocoon while the winds blustered and howled outside and the raindrops fell, sometimes changing to white flakes falling. I am grateful that Kat returned from her spring break trip safely and that Gep has some breathing room ahead of him now with his spring break nearing. I am grateful for the Sunday afternoon shared with friends at a movie followed by dinner. In the week coming up, I am looking forward to accomplishing another one or two (at least) of the items on my to-do list and the possibility of a few cloudless, sunny days.

As is my habit, I’d like to share a few photos taken during this past week with you. Our days were mostly cloudy, with the sun peaking through briefly now and then. The spring birds continue to return and treat me with visits to the tree outside my morning window.

Evidence of March departing like a roaring lion.

Evidence of March departing like a roaring lion.

A perky little house finch

A perky little house finch

The Goldfinch that have been decorating my tree outside my morning window

The Goldfinch that have been decorating my tree outside my morning window

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