Share Your World – 2016 Week 42

I’ve skipped a few weeks now of sharing with Cee and the rest of you, but this morning just feels like a good time to jump back in. It all depends on my mood, you know.

If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with? (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.) I would have to start in the living room/aka office/craft room, because that’s where a good deal of the “clutter” is. Or maybe the closets. Or . . . there are multiple choices. I have done some decluttering, but there is much more that could go. Part of the reason I’d de-clutter would be as part of my simplification goal – simplifying life and my surroundings to reduce work and stress. But partly so that there would be less clean-out for my kids to deal with when I am no longer here. You start to think about things like that as you grow older. It’s not sad – it’s just reality.

If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work? Yes, notes on sticky notes, lists on yellow pads, reminders on the white board I mounted on the refrigerator or the front of my pantry, which I painted with whiteboard paint. Sometimes the notes work, sometimes I choose to ignore them. Since I frequently walk through doors, my memory cannot be trusted. You’ve read that study, right?

If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize: sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)? My former living room has pretty much become my one-room retreat. Although my family room is my retreat also. I guess since I live only with my furry girls, every room is my retreat. Natural light is critical for me – as for hearing, I love silence. My sense of smell is not good, so, although I like scented candles and oils, that’s not as important as natural light. For curling up in my big chair to read, the sense of touch becomes more important, and that’s where my fleecy lap blanket comes in. And my cup of tea, or, in the evening, my glass of wine.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask? Have no idea about any of my relatives going back that far. I think I’d really like to interview my mother, and maybe her mother and father. A few years ago I put together a couple of scrapbooks for my kids, showing their heritage and lives up to that point and realized I had many questions I’d like to ask my mother – was she happy, did her life turn out in anyway like she hoped or expected, things like that, but she has been gone for several years now.

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 home, my family, my friends, my furry girls. I’m grateful for each day I am given, despite the fact that I often don’t do much with them. I am looking forward to more days, some sunshine, the deer that sometimes visit my backyard – to life.

I have a few photos to share – the bright mornings before the cloudy, rainy, blustery days set in, and some alcohol ink coasters I recently painted – featuring dragonflies.

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Thank you for visiting – I wish you all enough.

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About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 2 dogs, 1 cat, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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13 Responses to Share Your World – 2016 Week 42

  1. joey says:

    Pretty coasters. Well done! πŸ™‚

    I like how you’ve made scrapbooks and found you have questions. I feel the same. Once you lose a generation, you lose a pile of knowledge. It’d be nice to have some more information at times.

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  2. Cee Neuner says:

    I am so enjoying your new paintings. I’m glad you had better weather than us last week. Right now it’s breezing and dare I say a little blue in the sky. πŸ˜€ You sound like you are in a good place.

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  3. Carol β€” “Natural light is critical for me – as for hearing, I love silence.” Clearly, we were separated at birth πŸ™‚

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  4. dawnkinster says:

    This post made me smile. Maybe because I need to decliners too…or maybe because your retreat room sounds like one I’d like as well.

    And of course I love the dragonflies.

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  5. Robin says:

    I love your dragonfly coasters. Your morning photos are beautiful, too. Natural light is important to me, too.

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  6. loisajay says:

    Every time I go to an estate sale, I come home and look for things to toss. I know exactly what you mean about less for the kids to tackle when we are gone. I stay pretty lean and mean, though–but I am always looking.
    I was quite happy to see how many of us crave silence. After being at work with so many people talking and phones ringing, I am more than happy to enjoy the quiet of home. Great responses, Carol.
    Those coasters–they would be so great at the Christmas bazaar you spoke of a few posts ago. Yes!

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  7. LG says:

    Love the coasters.

    Like

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  9. My favorite room has afternoon sunlight reflecting off the yellow walls, complimented by cozy furniture in shades of green and burgundy. I often relax with a book or notepad in there and when the mood arises, I play the piano in the corner. I think it is very important to create a retreat for ourselves- whether we live with a group of people or alone. And having a hobby to be creative and relaxing, such as your beautiful inks, is wonderful, too.

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  10. Love the dragon flies you did on the coasters. I wish I had asked and recorded more of my family history. My Dad has passed away now and my Mum is in a nursing home mostly unable to communicate so we have very quickly lost the connections we had to our past.

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  11. pattisj says:

    Nice work on your dragonfly coasters!

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