Share Your World – January 15, 2018

I had thoughts about posting the end of this past week, but somehow those thoughts never translated into action. Not an uncommon happening – or non-happening – thing lately. So now it’s time to share again with Cee.

Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to…. Getting up each morning. Maybe taking a trip in the spring. Finding a bottle of ambition – somewhere, anywhere.

What is your favorite comfort snack food? That varies – like so many other things in my life, it depends. I seem to go through cycles with what I want – sweet, chocolate, salty, none of the above. It is almost a given that whatever I crave tonight will not be what I craved when I went shopping yesterday. I blame this on my fickle mind. Standard comfort snack foods for me though are salty or chocolate with chocolate seeming to lead the race most of the time.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)? For a very brief period, when I was 12, I stocked shelves in a local drug store. It was a very brief period because the boss turned out to be a creepy man. Later, when I was older but still in school, I worked as a cashier and as a snack bar attendant at our local theater.

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’m not sure I’ve been inspired this past week. Well, maybe a little bit one or two days. I’m working a little more diligently at being inspired this week – no grand inspirations, understand, but enough to get my lazy body and mind moving about a little more. One cannot sleep a life away, so it’s time for me to wake myself up.

I haven’t taken many photos lately, and the few I have were all on my phone. I charged my camera battery the other day, and set it next to my morning room chair. Still, no photos. I mean, it comes down to how many pictures of the chickadees that flit around the bird tree outside and the squirrels that are committing mayhem on my roof does any one person need? I did do some inking yesterday, so I’ll share a couple of the results of that:

Even with these, there’s a quality of sameness. Hmmm. I guess that’s just the way I am. Today. Tomorrow. Maybe.

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Share Your World – January 8, 2018

Not quite sure how I got here, but this WordPress page looks different than it did last time I posted – it’s probably the “new and improved” page for posting that I’ve been resisting because I’ve been quite happy with the old one, thank you. Some changes are good, some are confusing. Anyway. It’s time to Share with Cee – now that I’ve found how to insert a link.

Do you prefer a bath or shower? While I really like the concept of lingering in a bath with foamy suds all around me, candles encircling the tub, and a glass of wine in my hand – it just doesn’t work for me. I have a garden tub in my bathroom which would be perfect for that, and that concept is why we had it put in. I’ve used it once. I get antsy sitting there and the water cools too quickly. My three minute showers (maybe four if it’s time to shave the legs) are perfect for me.

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? When I was working to make a living I was a secretary until I entered the world of Southern California escrow. Southern California escrow is unlike what it is in most of the country, in that most of the escrow companies are independent, not affiliated with a title company.  The company I worked for had the most amazing woman owner who recognized her employees as people, not robots. I worked for her for 17 years, and while the days were very long and could be very stressful, I loved it. Now I do those things one must do to make the home livable without too much dust, with a clean kitchen, and clean clothes to wear, as well as whatever hobby may have me in its grips at the time. Almost every day I nap after lunch, because I read when I have lunch and reading seems to lead to napping. I cook when I must, most often one dish meals made in a quantity large enough to feed me for three or four days because who wants to cook too often anyway. I walk with Shasta after nap time, because Shasta has decided we should do that, but I try really hard to keep the walks fairly short because I don’t want to overdo it you know.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom? Yes, there are a couple of them, gifts from people who are important to me. I have others of less value that are gradually becoming Shasta toys. It’s called simplifying.

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. You all already know this because I did a post about it, but I was inspired to do some furniture rearranging. I am happy I did that, because I am really loving the new arrangements. In moving things about, it became necessary to buy another floor lamp, which arrived yesterday – and I love it too. It has adjustable brightness and adjustable light tone, so I can have harsh white light or a softer incandescent type light, all from an LED bulb. That’s more than enough, isn’t it?

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Time for a Change

For many years, my family room has been arranged pretty much the same – and my ideas on how I could arrange it were few, made more difficult by the fact that the only longish wall without windows was taken up by the entertainment center:
It’s there, behind Twiggy, who appears to have been angry with me at that moment.

The additional complication to arranging the family room was its size – which only recently seemed to be a complication for me – because it’s 21′ long and 13′ wide. The entertainment center was on a 13′ wall. At the opposite end of the room, in front of two windows, were two large recliners like this:

As you can see, one was Shasta’s, the other was mine.

On the long wall with windows a couch (not always this one, there were changes over the years because husband and I had trouble agreeing on a style of furniture):

Opposite that wall was only a small wall about 36″ wide, backing to the kitchen, up against the pass-through counter from the kitchen, which was something that prompted us to get this floor plan, because it was very open. Adjacent to the family room was the dining area, which opened to the kitchen and the living room (in the mirror see my computer on my desk in the living room, aka craft room/office.

It also opened to the master bedroom, the living room, and the hall off of which were two more bedrooms and the utility room.

Anyway, the prompt for needing a change was my eyes, which seem to not work as well as they used to, and were making the distance from my chair to the TV too far. I had trouble clearly seeing the smaller print at the bottom of the screen and was no longer comfortable back that far. I decided my choice was figure out a rearrangement or buy a bigger TV. Budget said to go for rearrangement. When Gep and Kat were here over the holidays we shoved furniture around, decided the answer was to separate and move pieces of the entertainment center which meant relocating the TV, which would mean going under the house to move the satellite connection wire to a new location. I’ve been under there – once. Going under there again is not appealing. Changing the entertainment center meant drastic moves, like sawing off a top, heavy duty moving, aching muscles, headaches, unhappiness. There had to be another way.

The day the second of the kids left (of course), late afternoon when I had only an hour or so before I was to be at a friend’s house for dinner, the light bulb suddenly came on! I had an idea! Holy cow! Then dismay, because I no longer had live-in help with moving furniture. Oh well, I was tough, I could handle it. Sure I could. I did a little of the easier moving parts before I left for dinner, and finished it up over the next two days – two days because it seemed a lot of moving small tables and lamps about was necessary. And the ordering of one more floor lamp became necessary. Life is like that. End result was the dining table moved to the end of the family room where the large recliners used to live:

the large recliners and a small one I hadn’t shown you before moved down to the other end of the family room, nearer the TV:

And the couch moved to what was the dining area:

I’ve lived with this arrangement for a couple of days now, and I think it satisfies that need for change. It feels warmer, cozier to me, although I have to admit the couch will probably not get used a lot. Oh well, it won’t need replacing then, will it?

The question now is whether this might lead to more rearranging. . .

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Share Your World – Twice

While my kids were here for the holidays, I focused on them – thus, I am behind in sharing my world with Cee. Today, I will first share for December 25 – which, by the way, was a very pleasant day in my house. We had brunch with the neighborhood friends, then Gep and Kat prepared a delicious prime rib dinner for the three of us. Happiness.

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today? That would have been the same thing I allow myself nearly every day of the week – the afternoons to mostly do what I choose to do. Nap, walk with Shasta, ink, read, whatever is calling me at the moment. Because I can.

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper) Oh gosh. I guess that will be what I seem to use the most: cinnamon, cumin, chili pepper, Herbes de Provence (for my herb bread and scrambled eggs), garlic powder. Or maybe basil.

What can you always be found with? With rare exceptions, my phone. A kleenex in my pocket. Pockets – and I hate it when there are none in what I’m wearing. A smile – okay, complete honesty: almost always a smile. Unless I just read another article about our government, then it would be a frown.

Now, for the week of January 1:

What one word describes you best? Kat and I discussed this before she left because I could not come up with one word to describe me. We finally decided that word would have to be “enough”, because I believe I am enough, I have enough, and I have had enough. I have enough impatience, patience, tolerance, intolerance, fairness, prejudice, love, anger – to be pretty well-rounded. We think. Others may disagree, but truly that is not my problem is it?

What is set as the background on your computer? In the past when I had Windows PCs, I would set photos I liked as my background pictures. Then I switched to a Mac, and I am quite content with the background photos Apple provides. I especially like the one with the elephant and the one with the lion.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been too? I’ve been to a few: Mexico, Canada, Aruba, Curacao, Costa Rica, Panama, England, Poland, China, South Korea. I would like to add to this list, and I will, one day. That’s a promise to me.

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. For both of the last two weeks, I appreciated having Gep and Kat home with me. I appreciated lunch with them at the local brewery. I appreciated evenings in front of the TV, trying to stream programs while we all felt a need to quick check something on the internet – a challenge my internet is not up to. Dinners prepared by them, glasses of wine with them.

As to inspiration, I have grown tired of the furniture arrangement in my family room, but the size of my furniture and the number of windows in that room make it very difficult. Last night, I came up with an idea that might work quite well for me and moved a few pieces- today I will finish shoving furniture around and see how it ends up.

I have no new photos or paintings to share, so I will go back in time and offer an older painting in honor of the holidays, which I hope were happy for all of you.

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Share Your World – December 18 (23), 2017

Quickly, before there’s a new share, I must Share My World with Cee and all of you.

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work? Truly, I would like someone to clean and do yard work, but if I must choose, I would go with yard work. When we moved here and I was younger and more energetic, I loved spending time in the yard. Now, it’s become more of a chore, so if someone else could do the weeding and raking and clean up, that would be great. Mowing would be a bonus, but I don’t mind that part of the yard work as much as all the rest of it.

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? My photo albums, my computer, maybe a few (very few) of the knick-knacky things that hold special memories – but I’d put them in one box, so that would count as only one item. That’s fair, right?

What calms you down? The ocean. Sitting quietly, preferably outside but that only works during warm weather. If I’m really worked up about something about which I’m passionate, spewing out words in a row on my blog.

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. This past week, I really appreciated taking the train trip to Portland to meet my Kat, who flew in from Thailand – going out for dinner with her, having that time with no real responsibility. Coming home and having Gep pick us up at the train station, then having the week to spend with both of them. And another week with both of them coming up. For me, that’s more than enough.

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Happy Holidays!

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May I Take a Moment to Complain?

I am having an online chat with my internet provider. I feel a need to vent.

I started the chat because my internet speed has plummeted the past few days. For years, I have been able to stream Netflix and Amazon on my meager “up to 1.5 mbps” speed – because when you live in a rural area, choices are very limited. Because we live in this ever-so advanced country, called the United States. Unlike countries like Oman, Korea, Thailand, where speeds far exceed what I am able to get.

We are covering the same territory over and over and over. I have experienced this often enough to know to check connections, do speed tests, all of that stuff. Yes, I checked my wired connections. Yes, I power cycled my modem and my computer.

We have been talking for an hour now. Repeating ourselves. I’m pretty sure I have Pakistan, although he says his name is Alving, because his use of English is – odd. Thankfully this is all text, as opposed to telephone. Where I’d have to understand the accent. No prejudice here, just hate never getting technical support that can go beyond what the book in front of them says.

Now we are to: “That’s why too much devices are connected and your only speed is can’t able to handle this much device”, after I have said repeatedly the same number of devices have been connected wirelessly for several years now – so why would that suddenly cause my loss of speed? What I want to say is “please, can I talk with a real tech?”. But I’m trying to be nice. Although Shasta did come in this room to see what was causing that smoky smell she was detecting – I told her not to worry, it’s just my brain.

Uh oh. Call the fire department. He just told me I’m paying for .25 mbps – I am paying for 1.5 MBps – megabytes, not megabits, *(_# sir.
I asked for a real tech. I probably will soon have no internet at all.

And I have yet to call a different service provider that is sending me past due statements for a bill I paid in October. Sigh.

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