Share Your World – May 21, 2018

The skies above me were blue when I got up – late this morning, because Shasta wore herself out yesterday – but are now turning gray. Perhaps we really will get that rain they’re predicting. My outside jobs all require several hours without rain after they’re done, so I think it is inside for me today. Might as well go ahead and play with Cee, don’cha think?

What household chore do you absolutely enjoy doing? (can be indoor or outdoor) You’re joking, right? A household chore that I absolutely enjoy doing? There are some that are more rewarding than others, in that you can actually see that you’ve done something – but enjoy? I enjoy what I can see I’ve done that lasts. Little in the realm of household chores fits that description. I probably come closest to enjoying (but I’m eliminating the “absolutely” here) when I finish dusting, vacuuming, washing windows, cooking a meal that’s good, for as long as I can tell I’ve done it. There is some satisfaction there. Momentary. Not absolute.

Create a sentence with the words “neon green” and train”.
The train approaching on the track to the right of the highway appears to have a neon green engine; how very unusual!

Other than your cell phone what can you always be found with? A kleenex, in my pocket or next to me. Because. This nose likes to drip. At awkward, unforeseen times. Just to remind me it’s there, and it’s in control.

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. Ummm. Looking forward to my daughter’s return home for the summer. Preparing the house so there are separate quarters for her cats and my dog – her cats don’t know about dogs, and my dog is not sure about cats that have not been her own for awhile. Or things besides her that get my attention. Hoping my son has time in his summer to be with us for awhile.

Uh oh. This chair has served as the resting place for my wooden tub planter for 18 years. I think it just quit its job.

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Friday Morning Fretting

I’ve been pretty quiet about a lot of things that bother me lately – which might also mean I’ve gotten better about not letting things bother me. Still, there are things I wonder, fret, worry about and do not understand.

Why do we humans have so much trouble reading words and taking them at their value? Why do we seem to need to twist them the direction we want them to go? For example – Oregon recently (as in the past year) adopted a bill allowing the court to levy a “risk assessment” which would require that those people deemed high risk of danger to themselves or others would be forbidden to have deadly weapons. The text, in part, reads as follows:

SECTION 2. (1) A law enforcement officer or a family or household member of a person
may file a petition requesting that the court issue an extreme risk protection order enjoining
the person from having in the person’s custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing
or receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive, a deadly weapon.
(2) An extreme risk protection order petition shall be heard by the court and issued or
denied on the same day the petition is submitted to the court or on the judicial business day
immediately following the day the petition is filed.
(3) The petition for an extreme risk protection order must be supported by a written af-
fidavit signed by the petitioner under oath, or an oral statement taken under oath by the
petitioner or any other witness the petitioner may produce.
(4) In determining whether to issue an extreme risk protection order, the court shall
consider the following:
(a) A history of suicide threats or attempts or acts of violence by the respondent directed against another person.

This seems pretty clear cut to me – and what I read tells me that maybe those school shooters, who obviously fit the category of “extreme risk”, could have been prevented with a law such as this one. Yet, I talk to people – gun owners who are very protective of their right to own guns – who interpret this to mean that if I got angry at them for something, I could call the police and say they threatened me and the police would come and take their guns. Whoa! I guess the words have different meanings for you than they do for me.

Then there are the climate change deniers. I will admit that there is the possibility that some weather conditions are cyclical, but I have a really hard time attributing all of the extreme weather we’ve been having in recent years to that. Scientists have proven that our seas are rising (and no, to the elected Congress person who said it’s because the White Cliffs of Dover are disintegrating and falling into the ocean, thereby raising the water level, I’m not buying your theory), hurricanes have come in greater number and greater force, tornados also are now coming with greater force, weather changes are more rapid, air quality is decreasing, our water sources are threatened with greater pollution – due to recent government decisions – and I wonder, will there be a world that is habitable for our grandchildren and their children?

The growing division, the increasing hatred, racism, fear, anger, in this country is frightening. We are all human beings, the difference in color, eye shape, religious beliefs, make us no more or less human than the guy standing next to us. What is so hard about living and letting live? Why can’t we be more generous with our love for our fellow man? Why do so many of us embrace extremism?

So there you have my greatest frustrations, fears, sadnesses. There you have the reasons I am most happy to stay in my own little world, my five acres of earth space, with my furry girl.

To end on a happier note, there are signs of hope, faith, and beauty in my world.

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Share Your World – May 14, 2018

Sunny day, spring is here, I am happy. I’ve decided this will be a day off, or at least a day spent inside because I’ve been busy in the yard the past couple of days. Finally found some energy and some motivation, and I’m crediting the green popping out all over. Since it’s a day off, it’s time to join Cee in sharing my world.

This sandwich could really use some … Lettuce and tomato. Or some kind of greens – my current favorite is power greens, which is spinach, kale, and collard greens. Cheese is good too, Muenster or Provolone. Unless it’s grilled cheese,then it’s cheddar with tomatoes. Maybe that’ll be lunch today.

What is your least favorite candy? Anything not chocolate or peppermint. Really dislike sugary, sickeningly sweet things like candy corn, peeps. Yech.

What sign are you? Do you believe in astrology? I’m Sagittarius. I’m one of those maybe I believe, maybe I don’t. I don’t put a lot of stock in it, but it’s fun to play with. I once had a Virgo friend who was married to a Sagittarius, and she used to say Virgos spent all their time cleaning up after Sagitarrians. I think she meant keeping us in line. Or trying to.

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 appreciated the help of a friend when my lawn tractor wouldn’t start because it’s decided it needs a new battery. He let me borrow one of theirs, then joined me and helped me mow my yard. I smiled at the blossoms suddenly appearing in my world – my Oregon Grape Holly is blooming for the very first time, and the crabapple trees are really loaded this year. How about I go out and take a couple of photos to share with you? Hold on, I’ll be right back.

This Bullock’s Oriole is a little confused, but I’m sure she’ll figure it out.

Wishing you all a week of enough.

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Share Your World – May 7, 2018

My internet has been very off and on lately, more off than on, so I’m going to try now to both play with Cee and finish my Thailand trip. We’ll see how that goes.

If you were given $22 million tax free dollars (any currency), what is the first thing you would do? (This is just a dream question, remember anything can happen in SYW.) I would buy a house on the coast, oceanfront of course, large enough for my kids and friends. It would have a small yard, for which I would have a gardener. And maybe even someone to come in and clean every week. I would donate to medical research, and organizations that work to help those who need help. I would get weekly massages and pedicures as needed or wanted. I would travel.

In what do you find the simplest of joys? Cuddling time with my Shasta, time with my kids, listening to the birdsong and watching the antics of the little critters outside my window, a glass of wine with friends.

What would be your ideal birthday present, and why? Time with my kids. Unlimited broadband internet that is reliable and fast. Why? Well, because. These are the things that make me happy.

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. The things I said are my simplest of joys, with the exception of time with my kids because I didn’t have that this past week. Otherwise, smiles have been far fewer than the grumbles about the lack of internet access CenturyLink is providing, what with proclaiming this area in “permanent exhaust” – hey, you get a credit for getting 1/3 or less of what you’re supposed to get, a whole $10 a month. Wowie zowie. Thinking it might be time for a change, despite the fact that the change would cost more and have limitations.

So, now, more Thailand experiences/photos. If I can upload the photos.

Breakfast, a girl who loves her breakfast, and a breakfast view.

Fruit stand, where we got smoothies on our way to our favorite massage place.

Our favorite massage place – where we went several times because why wouldn’t you when you can get an hour massage for between $10 and $15?

After massage it was time for dinner, but where we wanted to go (Italian, of course, in Thailand) wasn’t open yet so we kept walking until we found a place that sold hamburgers and chicken burgers. Of course, go American when in Thailand. But while we ate, it decided to monsoon. This is how we looked when we got back to our room, dripping wet, after traipsing through the flooded streets with lightening striking far too close to us.

More breakfast views on another day.

Happy hour at the beach later that day – but, once again, the rain came so we moved undercover to enjoy our two for one beers and watch the rain while staying dry this time.

Treats left for us in our room – Rambutin, which has this very odd and tasteless gel inside. Pretty, but not my choice for a good piece of fruit.

Sunsets on some dryer evenings, as well as a friend we met on our way back from the pool.

We finally got that Italian food we wanted one evening, then we took Greek food back to our room one evening. No Thai food while we were on the island. Don’t ask.

Time now to leave – we went back to Nonthaburi on Saturday, spent Sunday in Kat’s apartment because it’s air conditioned, eating salads delivered to her apartment for very reasonable prices, because they do that there. Then to the airport to start the long trek home.

Hours later, coming into LA – from which I went to Portland where I tried to nap while I waited for my final flight.

Finally, finally Medford. Where one of my bags arrived, but the second did not. Whoops. It seems it went to Seattle without me – but it was delivered to me at home later that day, so no problem.

Did I enjoy this trip? Yes – I enjoyed the part of the trip where I was on land with my daughter and her friend. Did I love the flights? Not so much. The thing is, my kids have been doing these kind of flights twice a year for all the years they taught overseas – there must be something about being younger that allowed them to go through that so often.

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I Think I Might be Human Again

I will say one thing about not feeling well – it makes you appreciate life that much more when you begin to recover!

As some of you know (primarily those of you with whom I’m friends on Facebook), I went to Thailand to visit my Kat, because she is coming home this summer and I knew if I was ever going to see her life in Thailand, I was going to have to do it now. When I came home ten days ago, I was exhausted – 29 hours in airports and airplanes will do that to you – and then I found this chest cold thing that grabbed hold of me and did not want to let go. It is with great relief that I finally am starting to feel like I can put on real clothes and face the world – in small doses. Very small doses, but still, it’s improvement. This is where the offstage chorus breaks into a rousing rendition of Hallelujah!

I will begin the story, with what pictures I have managed to download despite my internet connection which is not being nice. Which points out a problem with storing photos in the cloud if your internet is not cooperative. Sigh.

I learned a valuable lesson this trip – pay a bit more and get flights that involve fewer stops and fewer plane changes. I managed to “score” a reasonably priced trip, but that meant it had four (count ’em, four) flight changes. Mistake. I drove to Medford, parked in longterm parking, flew to Portland, then flew to San Francisco. Yeah, because I love traversing airports – why is it the departure gate is always on the opposite side of the airport, and probably a different terminal, than the arrival gate? Anyway, I got to San Francisco in the evening hours and departed in the dark hours.

I will say this much, Cathay Pacific did offer pretty good food. And yes, that is a glass of red wine. Fortification.

Leg 3 – Hong Kong airport. Huge airport. Very long ways from arrival to departure. I’m getting my steps in.

And finally, too many hours later, we land at Bangkok.

You know how a lot of airports have free wifi, so you can communicate with the person/people who are meeting you there? Yeah, not so much at Bangkok. After wending my way through customs, picking up baggage, immigration, then the guy who was certain that cat carrier I was carrying should have an animal in it from which they could get some funds, I found myself in the “arrivals” section. No familiar faces. No communication. Alrighty then! And it’s hot. And humid. And I’m tired. Talked to a man there (from the U.S.) who said it was Arrival Terminal C, although there was no indication of that anywhere I could see. And yes, there were two other arrival terminals, A and B. Okay. So I found several kiosks that sold temporary SIM cards, picked one, got a card with a Thai phone number and could message Kat to tell her where I was. Turned out she was in A or B, and getting from there to C was not so simple as walking directly there, but required a couple of up escalators and then a couple of down escalators. We wouldn’t want it to be simple. But she found me, and I was happy.

Taxi to her apartment, then we walked down the street to meet her friend, Kelsey, and to head to our massages. She had oh so thoughtfully booked a one hour shoulder and back massage and a one hour leg massage for each of us. Heaven. Then late lunch in the mall, down a couple of floors from the massage place, Thai food with a lime soda. Delicious. Welcome. Because Hot. Humid. Back to Kat’s apartment for an evening of conversation with beer and blessed sleep in a blessed bed in blessed air conditioning.

The following day, we stayed inside and relaxed until late afternoon, when we took a taxi to Bangkok proper (she lives in Nonthaburi, north of Bangkok) to the Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar for a special evening with drinks, dinner, and a marvelous sunset. That’s Kelsey in the photo with the drinks. Kat and I had Thai Mojitos, which I highly recommend. They ordered the food, so don’t ask me what it is we ate. It was delicious.

I do know these are sweet potato fries. There were other dishes too, but I was so busy eating them, I failed to take pictures.

The next morning, we were into a taxi and off to our island resort in Koh Chang. Sights on the way included Asian wiring

They’re everywhere, aren’t they?

Five hours later, with a stop for fuel for the taxi and its occupants, we were on the ferry heading to the island

and an additional hour later, we arrived at the AWA Resort in Koh Chang

were taken to our room with a view of the pool

met the resort cat

checked out the pool

and stayed onsite for dinner

(to be continued)

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Please Excuse our Temporary Interruption of Service

I am still here – kind of, partially, but mostly foggy. I was gone for almost 2 weeks, visiting my Kat in Thailand, and then came home to the cold all my friends had over the winter that lingered on and on and on. It missed me then, but it didn’t miss me this time.

I will come back when my brain returns to normal and share my trip with all of you. In the meantime, I wish you enough, and I wish my cough gone.

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Share Your World – First week of April

I am singing a familiar refrain – wherever has this week gone? How did it already get to be Thursday? I certainly haven’t been doing anything to make the time pass that quickly, but it has, and now I’m ready to share with Cee.

What was or is your favorite cartoon? When I was much younger, my favorite cartoon was Wily Coyote and the Roadrunner. When I had kids, that became one of the many cartoons they weren’t allowed to watch because there was too much hitting and squishing with big rocks happening. Ironic, isn’t it?

Which cooking utensil (other than the usual pots and pans etc) would you miss the most? I’ve been thinking about this one since I first read the questions this past Monday. I think I would have to say my bamboo cutting boards and stirring utensils. I have several utensils that I use quite often – the mandolin slicer, the immersion blender, for instance – but I could work around them. Oh yes, and my big chef’s knife by Cutco – it’s the first knife I’ve had in my entire life that is really sharp and does a good job.

Would you dare to sleep in haunted house overnight? What I dare say is that if I was in what I knew was purportedly a haunted house, I doubt very much I’d be doing any sleeping. I think that makes the answer no.

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 appreciated all those things I always appreciate – my furry girl, my loved ones, the birdsong, watching the furred and feathered critters outside my window. I appreciated an online tutorial for painting a Foggy Forest with a spooky tree. So I’ll share my version of that with you – the first image is where I got to and had to spend some time away from it to decide what was missing and which direction I wanted to go.

After a couple more additions, I think it’s done.

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