Share Your World – 2015 Week 35

Week 35? Wait! That means there are only 17 weeks left in this year. How did that happen?

This week’s questions appear to be pretty straightforward. Appear to be. But, maybe, given some thought, not so much. Let’s see.

1. What made you feel good this week? I mowed the lawn. I made an attempt at getting rid of some grasses where they don’t belong. I spent time with friends. I got emails from my offspring. Shall we talk about what didn’t make me feel good? As in, my lack of self-discipline when it comes to getting things done as I’d like them to be and starting an exercise program because I do not like the spread of my mid-section.

2. For potlucks or parties do you cook it yourself, buy from a grocery store, or pay for catering? Almost always I make it myself. I have bought from a grocery store when my schedule got too crowded or I was completely devoid of ideas of what to make, but I don’t especially like doing that and I do it very seldom.

3. What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in. And what Country do you live? I live outside of a tiny town that really doesn’t have a lot to offer other than some really nice people. Those people are my favorite part about the town, but in the specific area in which I live, it would be my front deck. I live in the northwestern part of the USA.

4. Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world….. Hmmmm. My favorite place in the whole world? I don’t think I can pick a specific place – my favorite place in the whole world . . . would be wherever I am with my offspring or my close friends. When I am alone, I’d go right back to my front deck as my favorite place.

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 that lightning does not strike me when I fail to follow through on my ambitious or not-quite-as-ambitious plans to actually “get things done”. I am looking forward to a week with sunshine and moderate temperatures and the feel in the air that says fall is on its way.

Although I have been very lazy about taking pictures (as well as everything else), I have a few to share this week.

When Lily does not choose to spend the night inside.
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The begonia with water droplets nourishing its blossom.
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A rare visitor to the feeder.
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Now I think I’ll go make a list of things I must do.

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1 Photo – 31 Days

I have a few more photos to share for the Photo Challenge Karma issued, passed on from the #iheartfaces ladies.

Picking up one I skipped last time, first is 19 – Simplicity. My “arrangement” on my morning room deck is nothing if not simple.
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21 – Visit. But I realized he only loved me for what I edibles I could offer.
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22 – Fresh. A stand on the sidewalks in Ho Chi Minh City last December.
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23 – Shadow. The shadow on the blinds of one of the stained glass pieces my brother made for me.
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24 -Sign. From a drive-about The Artistic One and I took last summer.
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25 – Splash. This little guy splashed about in the water when he bathed.
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27 – Outside and 30 – Silence. Outside my morning room door this morning all was silent.
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28 – Details. The details of one of the grasses in a floral arrangement.
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29 – Sunrise. Our smokey skies added some color to a recent sunrise.
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You may have noticed 26 is missing, as is 31. They are, respectively, dream and warmth. Perhaps I’ll come up with something for both of those before September 5, which is Karma’s cut-off date. But if I don’t, I can feel I’ve done enough. I am no longer aiming for perfection.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week 34

Another week, another challenge from Cee. Time for my muse to wake up and get back in the rhythm of things!

1. Was school easy or difficult for you? How so? For the most part, school was easy, despite the fact that we moved frequently – some years I only attended 4 schools and some years as many as 8 – my father was an asbestos worker and we had to go where the work was. The biggest problem I had was “fitting in”; I was shy, and tall for my age, but ultimately it worked out. Until I hit algebra – then it was impossible. I simply do not think that way and I struggled through ending up with a final grade of C. The lowest grade I got in any subject, ever.

2. What is your favorite animal? Oh gosh. Domestic animals – probably dog, followed by cat. African wild animals – giraffe? They are so very graceful and exotic looking. More common wild animals – maybe deer, with their long legs and big brown eyes. There are so many beautiful animals that it’s hard to choose.

3. If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? I do have to have my vision corrected and for a few years I had contacts, although they did not work as well for me as glasses because I have astigmatism. I hated glasses resting on the bridge of my nose, so I wore the contacts, but they really were a pain in the neck with the cleaning process and at night I had to remove them to drive because lights just smeared so badly. Now I wear glasses whenever I really want to see – which is all day, every day.

4. List: Name at least five television shows (past or present) you enjoyed?
Hill Street Blues
The West Wing
American Idol
Nashville
Downton Abbey
Last Tango in Halifax

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 The Gracious One came through her surgery with no problems. She fell and shattered her elbow – the doctor said it was the worst he’d seen with 21 bits of bones scattered about, which made it necessary to insert a small plate and some screws. Someone told her she’s “all screwed up”.
I am looking forward to a quiet week, hoping the wildfires become controlled and the smoke in the air diminishes.

Just a few random photos this week; first, through my window, furry and feathered friends enjoying the dried cranberries and grapes I’d tossed out.
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A water lily in the pond
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And Lily taking her turn at the fountain
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I wish you a week filled with enough.

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Karma’s Photo Challenge

I decided to spend some time this morning gathering more photos for Karma’s 1 Photo – 31 Days challenge, which was originated by the iheartfaces ladies. The air outside is smokey, so working out there is not a good idea – perfect excuse to play!

Picking up where I left off:
7 – Relax – this one is from our Vietnam trip last December
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8 – Blurry
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9 – Horizon and 18 – Window Pane
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10 – Feet
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11 – Up High
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12 – Someone(s) Special
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13 – Throwback – do you remember these sets of Pyrex (I think) bowls in varying sizes and colors: yellow, blue, red, and green? I have only the green one left, and it is what Kat wants me to leave to her when I die.
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14 – In the sun
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15 – Circles
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16 – Adventure – my road trip to New Mexico this past March
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17 – Cool
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18 is above with 9 and skipping 19 (simplicity) for now, 20 is Before and After
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That’s enough for now; I’ll revisit this challenge again another day.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week 33

This week, I’m going to try killing two birds with one stone – the first part of this post will be sharing my world with Cee, but the photos that follow will be the start of completing another challenge. More on that to follow. First, let’s answer some of Cee’s questions.

1. What are some words that just make you smile? Chocolate. Wine. To be honest, I’m not sure what words make me smile. I know photos of babies, puppies, and kittens make me smile. Any picture of someone smiling usually makes me smile back. Hugs make me smile.

2. You’re given $500,000 dollars tax free (any currency), what do you spend it on? I’d put new flooring in my house. I’d hire someone to help me rid my flower beds of unwanted weeds and grasses. I’d put most of it away, some in investments for income, some in a travel account. I’d make donations to feed the hungry and support the women’s shelter.

3. What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so? Oh gosh. Maybe the mating habits of gnats? Whether birds have maternal/paternal feelings towards their nestlings? Whether dogs understand they are aging and whether they are in pain? Do you want a serious answer? That would depend on what has captured my attention at the moment. This morning, I am too lazy to study anything in depth.

4. Would your rather be stuck in a small plane with bad turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500? Those are not good choices, Cee! I would rather not be in either situation. If you’re going to make me choose – I guess since I opted to answer these questions the reality is that I have already chosen to pick one – I’d go for the small plane in turbulence. Being a passenger in a racing car would surely be the end of me.

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 having the ability to give in to my lazy impulses and sit in my big chair watching my mid-section spread. I am looking forward to overcoming my lazy impulses, getting out of my chair and doing something constructive, hopefully slowing down the spread of my mid-section.

Now for a few photos. I’m going to share a few of the 1 Photo – 31 Days Photo Challenge initiated by #iheartladies, but presented to many of her bloggy friends, by Karma’s When I Feel Like it Blog. I am so far behind and I blame it on my muse opting to hibernate this month – but I’m going to give it a go.

8/1 – Happy. My Bailey is happy when I play ball with her, and I am happy when she is happy.
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8/2 – Sidewalk. In my neighborhood, this is as close to a sidewalk as we get. It is a path on which I walk along the side of a flower bed.
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8/3 – Treasure. I treasure this photo my son sent me a few years ago. It lives on my refrigerator.
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8/4 – Floral. Outside my window, I have a floral display.
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8/5 – Messy. Ha! Perfect description of the normal condition of my desk.
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8/6 – Two. These two are my furry girls. Bailey (in black) always looks away at photo time, and Shasta (in white) feels she is being punished because I told her to sit. In the background you can see how they spread their toys and chewy things around, just like human kids do.
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That takes care of this week’s sharing and the first six days of the month for the photo challenge. Only 25 more to go!

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Share Your World – 2015 Week 32

I have missed a couple of weeks of sharing with Cee, in part because I was busy but then more recently because I think my muse has gone into hibernation. There seem to be no words crying to be released from my brain these days, but I’m going to give sharing a go this week.

1. Are you a collector of anything? Over the years I have collected many things. For awhile it was clown figurines, for awhile it was cat figurines, then I somehow accumulated some rooster figurines and photos. Now I’m trying to cut down on “things”, simplify life (and dusting) a little, so I’m avoiding collections of anything. So far, so good.

2. What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please) I think that would be edges – I can do heights if I feel safely surrounded by a barrier of some kind, but put me up high with an unprotected edge and panic sets in. That makes cleaning pine needles off the roof and out of the gutters my least favorite thing to do.

3. Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational? Fiction, although I’ve read some biographies that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve started others and never gotten through them. I read for relaxation, and recently I seem to be more into what I guess would fit into the “chick lit” category, although not cheesy chick lit. Lately the books I’ve enjoyed deal mostly with relationships, human interaction.

Complete this sentence: If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be… I think in my next life I want to be one of my spoiled animals. You know, the kind that sleeps on the bed, has a chair of her own, gets tastes of people food now and then, is given treats and tummy rubs on demand, is allowed access to outside whenever she wishes and is never yelled at, only gently chided occasionally, followed by hugs.

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 that I had a last week to appreciate. I am looking forward to getting my body and my muse out of neutral and into some kind of forward motion in the week coming up. That doesn’t seem too much to ask, but neither my body nor my muse are wanting to listen to me. Both think a nap sounds better. Or naps.

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Sharing a Few More Memories

I have a few more photos from this year’s Portland trip to share. A few more of those memories that help fill this empty nest.

The view from the car as we headed to lunch at Teote, an Argentinian restaurant in southeast Portland.
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Lunch was delicious, conversation was good, we were all happy.
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A ceiling fixture that caught my eye while I waited for lunch.
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My son, debonair in his hat and beard
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Off to Powell’s Books, because a trip to Portland is not complete without that visit.
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My daughter, in her element (anything that involves cats for the Kat, you know).
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Some street views, as we wandered about deciding where we should have dinner.
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Decision made, dinner at Henry’s Tavern not far from Powell Books – a stained glass window in Henry’s.
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Although few of the photos I take ever get printed, those digital files will not fade with time and will offer tangible evidence to back up memories, to remind me of the good times, the beauty around us, the little adventures life offers. The reminder that I am blessed to have enough.

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