Share Your World ~ 5/17/22

Melanie asks the QUESTIONS. I chip in my two cents. And away we go …

Do you become discouraged by the annual “Blogging Ennui” phenomenon that comes around every year?    (it’s early this year IMO) (blogging ennui means (to me) a distinct slow down in writing and participation, which lasts an indefinite period of time). That is discouraging but I have not noticed it personally. Seems people are producing at the same clip. I am still awed and amazed by the content coming from bloglandia.

If you were in a room filled with you and your doppelganger (someone who looks exactly like you do.  Supposedly everyone has at least one out there in the world)  and 2 billion dollars, what would you do?   What do you think your doppelganger would do? After setting up my kids for life, I’d like to think I would use it to make even more money then give all the extra away. Finally at the ripe old age of past 50 heading to 60, I am learning about compound interest. Surely there is a financial genius out there who can set up an enduring cashflow. My doppelganger would so the same.

A building is burning. You have time to either save a child trapped inside or a valuable painting which you would then sell, using the money to save 20 children from starvation. What would you do and why? Oh my gosh. The child trapped inside. Not sure why. I just don’t think I could leave the child behind.

What’s your opinion of yams or sweet potatoes? Yuck


Please feel free to share an image of something that makes you smile!

Always cracks me up

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 5/10/22

Thanks Melanie for the questions. Here are my two cents. Worth 1/2 a penny don’t you know. 🙂


  1. What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back? I struggle with a question that makes me think. Guess I’ll sit this one out.
  2. What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?  Nothing, I have no shame. Everything is funny even if belatedly so.
  3. If  Australia (including New Zealand and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?  Let’s go with hamburger unless you’re vegan then veggie burger. All the food groups can be presented. Yummy!!!
  4. What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times? Someone would get arrested.
  5. Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas? Better out than in according to Shrek and I agree. Nothing embarrassing or inappropriate about that.


If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day?  What did you do?   If you don’t (because you’re a single guy or it’s not in your culture) please share something fun you did recently. We made shrimp & oyster fondue and binge watched Stranger Things Season 1. Next up is Season 2 then 3 because the new season debuts 5/27/22. Woot!!

Reflections about Blogging from A to Z April 2022 Challenge ~ 5/5/22

The world is burning while Nero fiddles … I mean Rome burned while Nero fiddles. Boy what a rough start. I’m sure I’ll be mixing messages and spewing nonsense but feels like we are living in nonsensical times. Orwellian as my buddy KR said this morning. I just could not get up my gumption to reflect before now. Trivial … everything seems trivial. Oy vey!

I truly enjoyed the challenge this year because I mixed haiku with music, two of my most favorite things. Writing those posts was like free therapy. I didn’t get around to reading as much as I had hoped with life intervening, even before this more recent terrible awful, but I plan to take a very in depth road trip pretty soon.

Please pretend my feature image says 2022. I know it doesn’t but my media is about topped off. I wanted the Winner badge and felt like I didn’t have room for two. Of course now I need to figure out what to do with the coveted Winner badge. I figured it out once upon a time and hope to do so again. In the meantime, I’ll add this gem right here.

Share Your World ~ 5/3/22

Melanie serves up the questions and we eat them up. Here’s the casserole I brought to this shindig. Talk about your potlucks.

Tena (I can’t find her blog, does anyone know if she’s left?)   What constitutes a sandwich in your opinion?   Is it only the standard two slices of bread, filling (including spreads or meats and cheeses and veggies), put together in a stack? Yep I agree with that basic definition of sandwich though bread can be substituted for any other type of roll or bun, even a tortilla which gets you a sandwich wrap!
Marilyn of Serendipity (In March, didn’t get the date. My bad)     Are ‘strong’ and ‘tough’ in regard to character the same thing or different?   Please explain your reasoning for either side you pick. Ooohhh science class. They are different because …

  • Tough — resists failure, even after deforming
  • Strong — resists both deformation and failure

Paula Light of Light Motifs II  (4-5-2022)

  • What’s your opinion on RSVPs? Obviously, formal occasions require them, but what about invitations to dinner/movies and the like? If a friend invites you to something, are you obligated to reply? What if you say yes and change your mind? How much notice is enough? Is it OK to simply no-show to a casual social event you’ve already agreed to?   RSVPs are needed for head count and I used to have to give the caterers that count for our monthly CPCU lunches. It was a pain when people did not RSVP accurately because we had to still pay for the leftover plates and once or twice, we were actually short. Beyond formal events, I think it is based on the relationship. The courteous thing to do is to reply and then let the other person know if anything changes. Regarding no-show that depends on whether anyone is expecting me.

Sadje: (4-5-2022) Do you think Hell has walls? Probably
A Unique Title For Me (Jim)  (4-5-2022) 

  • What would you name your boat if you had one? No
    What will finally break the internet? Nothing
    If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name? I’m finally used to my name so I’m keeping it.
    What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults? Oh there are many. I call them compli-buts.
    If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask? I’ve have learned recently that I do not want the total truth about anything. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss. And by all means, do not ask the question, if you don’t want to know the answer.

Marilyn (4-5-2022)  How many bloggers are trying to balance the likelihood that WordPress will hike prices against the near certainty that their computers are ready to roll over and die? Not me, I only take the free version.
Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove (4-28-2022 – from her amazing “Cyranny’s Quickie” series)   What’s the most impressive, or oddest thing you’ve ever fixed with duct tape (or something similar)? A lawn chair is the only thing I have ever fixed with duct tape. I’m not that creative.

Jilly’s A to Z for 4/30/22 – Zombie

Today is the final day. We made it folks! I didn’t get around to visiting as many of you as I had hoped. Life got in the way. Excuses, excuses. No more, I will make more time for reading. I think it’s road trip time soon. I’m looking forward to that.

Z is a difficult letter just like X … well and Q …. oh and all of them. I even went down to one word to make the haiku writing easier. I got nothing for zombie, not really but I knew a song so … that steered me here. Then I cobbled this together. Out with a whimper I guess.


think, think, think, think, think

i’ve got nothing for zombie

‘Cept living dead girl

I’ve officially lost it. What was I thinking about? What are YOU thinking about? Belt out the words if ya know them or even if you don’t.

Ta-ta for now. Until next year. April 2023 to be exact.

As always, more to come.

Jilly’s A to Z for 4/28/22 – Xeric


not a drop

xeric state of mind


Now that there is some prime USDA gobbledygook. LOL. Succulent to me sounds like opulent though they are not the same beyond ending with ‘ulent’ or maybe one can make a case of a connection. Succulents are plants adapted to store water making them xeric. That’s how we got here folks in case you were wondering. Succulent also means juicy and lucious. Opulent is lavious. So yep, loosely related. Now how about a song?

As always, more to come.

Jilly’s A to Z for 4/27/22 – Weight


weight that you carry

heavy brings you to your knees

lightness of being

We don’t talk about weight. We skirt around the subject. I grew up around big women with the exception of my mother who chain smoked her way into staying relatively thin. I loved these larger than life women fiercely for reasons that had zero to do with how they looked. One memory I have was just us girls going to Luby’s for a ladies lunch. I can vividly remember mom saying “A polite lady doesn’t eat all her meal”. Sometimes she’d even flick an ash from her cigarette onto the plate so as not to be tempted to take another bite. Yep once upon a time, you could smoke inside restaurants. Some even had a cigarette vending machine at the entry. Now I think WTF!

As with the rest of A to Z, music makes everything better. And not surprisingly, there are tons of songs that fit the weight/heavy theme. Decisions, decisions. Instead of going with physical weight, I’m going with the weight of the burdens we all carry. Helping each other, now that’s the stuff.

As always, more to come.