Share Your World ~ 6/15/21

Melanie gives us some good questions. Let’s get this party started. Onward through the fog

QUESTIONS

What did you learn the hard way? The better question is what didn’t I learn the hard way. My list is endless, growing daily.

Which activities make you lose track of time? Blogging, reading, and listening to music.

Why do we seem to think of others the most after they’re gone? Like the song that 80s hair band Cinderella sings Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).

Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first? Not for me but for many it is possible. I think it’s called faith?


GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)

Please feel free to share your gratitude with everyone!   We can all use a boost in spirits from time to time!

Grateful for our PoPo who loaned me his Rav4 until I can get my car to the repair shop.

Share Your World ~ 6/8/21

Thanks Melanie for this set of interesting questions. My take follows …

QUESTIONS

What’s the worst commercial you’ve recently seen (or heard)? Why was it so bad? Oh my gawd, is there just one? The really bad ones get yanked before I can see them. I’m lumping together all the pharmaceutical commercials. They have the typical trope – beautiful people with a grimace but in seconds magically cured while the syrupy sweet narrator lists all the possible complications, giving the mandatory disclaimer to talk to your doctor. Stop! Just stop!!

In particular, Trintellix, a medication for depression, is on my list. This RX is heavily advertised during prime time TV. It was recommended to a family member. There is no generic or equivalent until forever. Still her doctor really wanted her to try it. Even offered samples. There is also a one time $10 deal from the drug maker but that is only for the first month. Successive months are “discounted” but nowhere near $10. Unaffordable to most. The monthly plan after said discount would have been more than a house payment. Eff that!! I tell ya what! And this is for someone with health insurance!! Shameful. Just shameful. This is one of the newest meds out there that could actually be an improvement over past anti-depressants. Break the cycle and all that jazz. Sadly, the average Joe-Schmoe will never find out.

What takes a lot of time but is totally worth it? Nothing, I am too tired from answering question #1. JK. Gardening. Maybe I’ll write more about that later. I ❤ growing groceries 🙂

Have you ever smiled at a stranger and then wished you hadn’t? Why or why not? Yes I have smiled at a stranger but no, I have never wished that I hadn’t. Lucky I guess. I am looking forward to reading what others had to say about any not so friendly smile experiences.

What do you think is the nastiest tasting food?  (This one might be a recycled question.  It’s familiar to me anyhow) Hands down liver. My mom prepared it the same way she did our venison steak. I have a very vivid memory of her not telling us it was liver then me taking a bite only to spit it out. Not enough onions to cover up that awful taste. Yep I love onions. Then years later, pregnant with Pony, I tried liver again because it was supposed to be good for me and the baby. Again one bite and done. I took iron pills instead.


GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

Are you at peace with yourself?   Your world?   Please share, whether you said “yay” or “nay”! 

At any given time, I am at peace with myself and my world. But, and it’s a BIG but, I cycle through my emotions. I wear my heart on my sleeve. My mood can change hourly with any given day. Fun times living in my head. You should try it some time. LOL 🙂 Seriously, I jest. Talk about your oxymoron. I’ll keep my fun and spare you all or y’all or all y’all. Oh HaPpY day!!!

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 6/1/21

Melanie lines up the questions and we knock em down! One by one, like bowling pins. Not really. We answer them. I’m rambling before I even start. Shocker I know!

QUESTIONS

What activity instantly calms you? Taking a deep breath or changing position. I have these techniques down to a science. Comes quite natural to me but I fought it for years. Not anymore and especially being work from home by myself. I can turn off the Zoom camera while still listening then get up to pace. Pacing always calms me.

There is also something to be said for “shaking if off” not just Taylor Swift’s song but the actual doing shaking. I get up, take in some deep breaths, flap or stretch my arms, kick my legs, wave my hands and that stops the intrusive thoughts dead in their tracks even if only temporarily. For me, I cannot move and be nervous at the same time. Weird as that sounds, moving calms me.

What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve done lately? I got my underarms and legs waxed for the first time in 15 months. I had already paid for a wax pass in March of 2020, mere days before the stay orders became a reality. They’ve been open with new protocols for some time now but I wasn’t ready. They only do appointments so maybe that takes some spontaneity out of it. Still I decided spur of the moment and acted same day to get in.

I have (8 x 2 body parts) more sessions already bought and paid for. Once they are exhausted, I am done forever. If the pandemic taught me anything it is to not do anything I don’t really want to do. So many of my actions pre-Rona were because I thought that was the expectation. Now quite frankly I don’t give a flying fuck. And when I go back into the office dress code be damned. Personal hygiene is one thing. I will do all that as I have done everyday for myself even at home. But the extras? Hell nope!! My time is better spent. Maybe I get lucky and they send me home for forgetting I must keep my shoes on.

If people receive a purple heart for bravery, what would other color hearts represent? (Example yellow heart = cowardice). Here are a few of my guesses … Blue heart for first responders? Green heart for nature/gardens? Yellow heart for sunshine. Black heart for Joan Jett?

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done or witnessed someone else do? Hmm. I jumped into the pool to rescue my nephew when he was about three or four years old. All afternoon he had been jumping from the side for someone to catch him. Over and over. The game had ended but he wanted one more go, this time without his floaties, and without signalling for someone to catch him. Scary as it was, we were all there with him and no one noticed that last jump.

I had gotten out and was sitting on a lounge chair reading the Shining. I looked over, saw him struggling, then without thought, I jumped in. The pool was graduated from ankle high water to about 10-12 ft. Fortunately he jumped off the side into the pool where it was @ 6 feet deep. I put him on my shoulders like we did when playing chicken fight so his head was out of the water. He had been up on my shoulders before and quit squirming. Thank goodness my feet touched the bottom and I was able to walk to 5ft, then 4ft. Once my head and chest were above the water line, I moved him off my shoulders to cradle him in my arms. He threw up goldfish crackers and all kinds of snot. My sister thinks I saved his life.

Was that brave or lucky? Maybe more lucky …

GRATITUDE SECTION (Always optional)

How do you show gratitude to the people you respect? Trying to model their behavior and pass that along to others. The whole pay it forward mentality. When my brother in law was dying from pancreatic cancer, his one request of his loved ones was not for himself. He told everyone to pay it forward in his memory … often and for as long as we can. Nothing was too small either. Gratitude in perpetuity. Ahhhh, now that’s the sweet stuff 🙂

As always, more to come.

#WATWB ~ 5/28/21

The last Friday of the month has arrived. I’m sharing this story in advance of Memorial Day – Carry the Load. ❣️ Honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice ❣️

#WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Here are the intention and rules. Which aren’t being maintained any more but I’m using just in case. Find #WATWB on FB and Twitter.

WATWB is co-hosted this month by: Susan Scott ( https://www.gardenofedenblog.com) and Eric Lahti (https://ericlahti.wordpress.com).

As always more to come.

Share Your World ~ 5/25/21

I’m with Melanie! 2021 is definitely flying by making up for the lost laggard daze of 2020. Hold on to your hats my good fellows. Now for the Q&A …

QUESTIONS 

What are you most proud of in the last year? My momma raised me to believe pride was a sin. Maybe only a venial sin but still being a sinner scared the bejesus out of me. I go to the extreme to be proud of nothing. My kids were impacted by my less than enthusiastic reaction to their accomplishments. It wasn’t me not being proud but me disliking the bragging, better than you mentality of too many parents these days. For that I am very sorry because with balance maybe I could have found something to brag about where my kids are concerned.

If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or give in to the child within and splash about? Depends on what shoes I am wearing. If at home around the place, you better believing I am kicking off my shoes and splashing. I have such fond memories of playing in water after the rain as a child. My brothers and I would sail little plastic boats down Pecan Valley Drive. The area was poorly developed which meant there was always running water to the drainage ditch which filled up like a cesspool. The water was really dirty at a minimum with oil off the roads. We’d be pirates on a treasure hunt finding shopping carts, tires, shoes, and other miscellaneous “things”.

Do you feel free? Why or why not? Hmm. Both. Technically I know I’m free but with that freedom comes accountability/responsibility. I stop myself more often than not which leads me to believe I’m captive if by only my own self imposed actions.

What life skills are rarely taught but are extremely useful? Money management. Things like how to budget and balance one’s accounts. It’s official, I have become my parents.

Gratitude:

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” by AA Milne

My heart is also very small yet I strive to be more like Piglet.

Share Your World 🌎 ~ 5/18/21

Thanks Melanie for the questions. Highlight of the week. To join in, here are the rules and ping back.

QUESTIONS

What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence? None. Inanimate by it’s very nature isn’t annoying to me.

What tells you the most about a person? Their word or deed? The whole actions speak louder than words.

What is something you thought would be easy until you tried it? Hmm 🤔. I’m going to go with painting. We repainted Lulu’s bedroom. Nightmare. Next time we hire a professional.

What ridiculous and untrue, yet slightly plausible, theories can you come up with for the cause of common ailments like headaches or cavities? Headaches 🤕 are caused by voodoo dolls and cavities by sugar pixies 🧚‍♀️


GRATITUDE SECTION(always optional)

What are you grateful for since they ‘cured’ Covid? (yeah, I realize it’s not cured. But at least the vaccine is available and restrictions have eased up in many places. If that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen I suppose). I’m grateful we were able to eat out inside a restaurant for PoPo and MoMo’s 58th wedding anniversary. We ventured out only because we’d been vaccinated. Shortly after that dinner PoPo broke his leg and has been in the hospital ever since. Tomorrow he gets the evaluation to determine when they can spring him from the pokey.

As always more to come.

Share Your World ~ 5/11/21

Here we go! Thanks Melanie for the questions. To join in, here are the rules and ping back.

What do you believe but cannot prove? Hmm. I can’t think of an example. If I can’t prove it, I don’t believe it. While I’m very good at making stuff up due to nerves and idiosyncrasies, when faced with evidence, I typically come to terms.

Do animals have morals? Exclude human beings from the equation please. Not a clue.

Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance? I think it’s an inherent natural order that only looks like chaos and chance.

Where is your least favorite place in the world? Any confined space.


GRATITUDE SECTION (Participation Always Optional

Feel free to share something about the seasons that makes you smile! This time of year I enjoy all the May flowers. It’s a beautiful time of year.

#AtoZChallenge Reflections Post ~ 5/4/21

Ahh now that’s the stuff. The sweet, sweet relief of finishing something. I had the time of my life as Green Day might sing.

I doubled up tossing my posts out to twitter and instagram from WordPress. I would have shared on FB too if not for my ban. I try every once and a while to get back in their good graces but truthfully, it is not worth the extra effort. I met some new folks and spent some extra quality time with folks I have known for a while. If I had planned better, I could have done a roll call of all my stops. I’ll just shout out that you know who you are oh special people of bloglandia!! Or maybe not? But hopefully my comments in the moment gave affirmation.

I tried and failed miserably at the scavenger hunt. But here is what I did get down:

If you ask me? Like you did in the survey, I wouldn’t change a thing. I LOVE my new t-shirt and hope it becomes a conversation piece. My list of all 26 entries can be found through my widgets when and if I ever figure out how to do one again. LOL. This is the picture I will use …

We Made It!!

I can’t help but giggle when I see the hard earned badge because Winner/Winner makes me think of Winner/Winner Chicken Dinner!! Yummy!! Now it’s time to eat. Until next time …

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 5/4/21

Melanie gives us the following questions with an assist from Cyranny.

QUESTIONS

Would you rather be a super nice person and be depressed all your life, or be happy and a total *sshole? (Credit goes to Cyranny for this question, aired on one of her “Cyranny’s Quickies” posts.) Hmm. Dang that’s tough. What about super nice AND happy? Or maybe a little of both when the situation calls for it.

Have you ever made someone cry? Sadly yes. Not on purpose even though that doesn’t matter.

Are you a dreamer or a go-getter? A go-getter in a dreamer’s clothing. Kind of like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Or a go-getter with dreamer tendencies.

If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? Id have to learn to play first. But I’d love to be the “piano woman”. I’d also love to be a kick ass drummer.

Gratitude is definitely necessary. I’m grateful to Nan the Aetna employee who went over and above helping me with pre-certification for my procedure & meds needed for Friday. I almost wrote a tirade about the various experiences of spending hours on the phone but in the spirit of what I could control I chose to be happy. Nan was a big part of that choice. My final call to her made all the difference. She even broke the rules saying she’d pray for me. Asked if I didn’t mind. And I didn’t. ❤

#WATWB ~ 4/30/21

End of the month Friday yet again. The last day of the month too making today extra special. Here is my offering for April 2021 #WATWB …

#WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Here are the intention and rules. Which aren’t being maintained any more but I’m using just in case. Find #WATWB on FB and Twitter. Sylvia McGrath ( Professor Owls Book Corner ) and Belinda Witzenhausen will co-host. In darkness, be light!