Share Your World ~ 11/30/21

Melanie and that Evil Squirrel  are at it again. Yay us! My no frills website has me going the unvarnished route. Maybe one day I will spring for a premium site.


If you had the power to strike one person in your life permanently speechless, who would it be? (Real names aren’t necessary, vague descriptions are fine… and yes, this is being asked in fun and not to be mean) Funny you should ask. I was sure I would say my mother in law but then we’d have nothing to laugh about. That lady is hysterical with absolutely no filters to the point of being clueless as best and mean at her worst. Plus I don’t think anything could truly silence her, she’d find a way … with her there is always a way.

If you could relive your childhood over again, what’s one thing from this modern world today you’d want to take back with you? Nothing, I liked it better without all the modern pizazz.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple are the standard colors of the rainbow. Name something you love (or greatly admire/appreciate) for all six major colors of the rainbow! (Sorry indigo, you’re just blue-purple.  Hot pink?  You’re too flashy!) Huh? LOL. Red cherries, Orange oranges, yellow bananas, green broccoli, blue skies, and purple horizons. Speaking of broccoli, check this out. We’ve got 3 now.

Our fall garden

If you were to open the world’s most accurate fortune cookie, what would your fortune inside it read? You will have a life full of laughter.

Santa’s tired of people leaving him out cookies and milk on Christmas Eve night!  If you really wanted to get on Santa’s good side, what would you leave out for him to eat/drink instead? (This question applies whether you celebrate Christmas or not.  It’s just for fun, so imagination?  Welcome!  ) Nothing says Christmas like eggnog with a shot of Wild Turkey. And to eat, a tamale chaser. Mhmm. I’m hungry.

Gratitude: What plans do you have for the upcoming holiday/celebration/festival season?    Telling on myself, we made the decision to skip putting up a tree. First time for everything though I tried to get away with this before now. Lulu always reeled me back in. Even last year when she went a bit off the deep end. But this year she is working. Says she doesn’t have the time … but then said she does but she wants to spend her time doing something different. Such a hassle and the work outweighs any joy for us. I take enough pleasure in seeing what everyone else does.

#WATWB ~ 11/26/21

When I saw this article, I knew immediately that I would post it for today’s #WATWB. I feel the joy too. I’m convinced even more that there are angels on earth. Abraham is truly inspirational. We should all be more like Abraham.

#WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Here are the intention and rules which aren’t being maintained any longer but I’m using just in case. Find #WATWB on FB and Twitter.  Eric Lahti( and Sylvia Stein ( are co-hosting.

As always, more to come.

Share You World ~ 11/23/21

Melanie gives us some questions. I add my two cents. Happy almost Turkey day folks.


What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life? I’m oblivious. Or everything’s a red flag. No middle of the road for me. Mostly I stay in my lane though.

What obstacles would you include in the ‘world’s most amazing obstacle course”? Something like the game show wipe out. That show looks like fun. Leap frogging across while dodging a punch. Pow right in the kisser.

Who is the best movie or book villain in your opinion? Scar from The Lion King. Yep I’m a dork.

What, in your opinion, is the most beautiful/handsome part of your face? My eyes. The windows to my soul.

GRATITUDE SECTION 🦃🕊 Next week on Thursday, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. What are some foods you enjoy for your festive celebration dinners? Broccoli and rice casserole. And this year the extra treat is the broccoli comes from our fall garden. Oh and the desserts. Making pie crusts from scratch like my Mamaw taught me. Though we’ve been partaking in desserts year round cuz everything in moderation including moderation. Tamales every Christmas and homemade egg rolls on NYE.

She’s a beauty

As always more to come.

Share Your World ~ 11/16/21

Melanie gives us some chewy questions. Yum!! Chewy. Like chocolate brownies.


In your opinion, what should be humanity’s goal? To raise each other up. You’re only as strong as your weakest link or something like that.

Are you hesitant to speak your opinions? Not any more but there is a time and a place. I learned that rather late in life. I am the proverbial people pleaser so if my opinions are contrary, I debate long and hard before spouting off. Is that hesitant or deliberate? You be the judge. I just know that life is too short and sometimes it is like talking to a brick wall when people have different opinions. You can be right or you can be happy. I choose happy!!

In what ways has society changed during your lifetime? What do you think caused these changes? Technology changes are out of bounds. I can only imagine what it was like for my parents or grandparents. The cause is evolution don’t you know ;).

If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend? Hmmm, not very long. I’m my own worst enemy. Though I’m getting better about letting myself off the hook. Selfcare is a blessing.

GRATITUDE SECTION  (as always, optional)

Please feel free to share your moments of gratitude here.  I’m grateful for Tiff’s Treats cookie delivery. Nice warm cookies right to your doorstep. We ordered 3 dozen this past Sunday night. They have brownies too. Ooooh chewy 🙂

Share Your World ~ 11/9/21

Melanie is at it again. Stacking up the questions as we go knocking them down. Let’s see what I can comeup with this time.


How many pillows do you sleep with?  If over one or two, is it because you sleep better ‘propped up’ a little? There is a whole big production with my pillows due to my acid reflux that I really don’t have much anymore since changing my diet and not eating after 7 pm. At one point I was thinking about getting a special elevated pillow but the cost was ri-donk-a-donk. I settle for three pillows but two are flat as a pancake having seen better days. I have trained myself to sleep on my left side, head slightly elevated. I think I want one of those body length side pillows. Haven’t priced them out yet but Christmas is coming. Maybe I’ll splurge.

What would be the worst thing you could put in a piñata? Hmmm, something wet maybe? That’d be gross. I have only ever seen pinatas with candy and little prizes like whistle. The whistles can be pretty annoying. Maybe that’s the worst thing. Noisemakers instead of candy.

What noise annoys you the most? See above. LOL. But that noise I can take on a limited basis. The worst noise is the alarm clock blaring each work day morning. Ugh!

If cartoon physics suddenly replaced real physics, what are some things you would want to try? Surviving the anvil that drops on Wile E Coyote, genius. What a trip that would be. Or surviving the drop off any cartoon mountain only to bounce back whole and keep on ticking.


Please share something good that has happened to you over the past month. So much goodness. My kids are better even with a bobble for baby girl a few weeks ago. In hindsight that was a few days, then done. I was gearing up for the worst as I always do. It’s in my DNA to be Eeyore.

But here’s the best thing this month. I won a drawing at work. I got 70k points to spend in a virtual store. I bought a turntable, phone case organizer, and g hooks for touch free door opening with a $50 gift card on its’ way to me now. Boy that was something! What are the odds ?!??! Three of us out of 30k, well a subset of 30k since not every employee participated. The turntable arrived Saturday. She’s a beauty!!! Such fun reminiscing the good ole days.

Share Your World ~ 11/2/21

Melanie gives us an Evil squirrely version of Share Your World. Well you don’t have to tell me twice. And awaaaaayyyy we go!!! I so enjoyed the graphics but for ease of use, I went with just the plain questions. They’re still evil squirrely so they count. I think.

Just The Plain Questions

  1. What was the very first popular song you ever remember taking a liking to? I’m not talking about children’s songs or old traditional songs… but the kind of songs you’d hear on the radio. My first memory of music is listening to a transistor radio tuned to KTSA AM 55 and a crackly Wooly Bully. My sister also had the 45 which we played over and over again. Now I am smiling ear to ear and singing along.
  2. Are you one of those people who get queasy at sight of blood, or could you watch an open heart surgery? I get queasy and I’ve been known to faint at the sight of blood or when giving blood. Though I’ve donated many times, I have to psyche myself up for it.
  3. Who or what do you feel is lurking right behind you, just waiting to ambush you and make your life a living hell (or “heck” for those with delicate sensibilities)? My own overthinking. I am not the sun, no one else is even remotely thinking about me. I constantly have a waiting for the other shoe to drop feeling. I’ve always been what my mom called a worrier.
  4. What is the gaudiest thing you have ever worn? Hmm, I go for the opposite of gaudy usually. Shorts when it is warm, sweats when it cools down paired with a plain t-shirt especially since we aren’t going into the office all that often anymore.
  5. Fess up! What was something you did as a child that got you into BIG trouble? I was too afraid to do anything. A rule following, teacher’s pet. I have one vivid memory though asking for cherry flavored gum at the Handy Andy checkout. Mom said no but I pocketed the pack anyway. She found it and made me take it back. I was so embarrassed. I never tagged along on her grocery shopping trips after that. Fast forward to 7th grade and I monkey see, monkey do did it again. Not my idea but that doesn’t matter, I went along with the group. We were wrong. The second time was the cure. Did the same walk of shame to apologize and return the goods.
  6. (Gratitude Question – Always Optional): What are you looking forward to as the festive season approaches? Time off from work. If this year is anything like last year, we’ll really do it. Not just lip service but an actual two weeks off to decompress and reenergize.

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 10/26/21

Why yes Melanie my dearest you did just write the last one of September. How we got to the end of October is a mystery. Only the shadow knows. Bwahahahaha. Time to get my answers out there.


Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building  (yeah it’s a retread.  But there are new participants to SYW too who probably never answered it)  – an axe murderer

Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds? Why yes, I sure do.

Would you ever go to a graveyard at night? Yes and I have. We thought it was a cool thing to do. We hoped the donkey lady or ghost children would show up but alas we were on our own.

What is the most frightening book you’ve ever read? Something by William Peter Blatty maybe … mostly likely. Yep, the book was Legion not the Exorcist which he also wrote. I read the first few paragraphs and closed the book. One of the most graphic things I had read up to that time in my sheltered life. The reaction was visceral. How the hell could this get published 18 year old Jilly wanted to know. I eventually reopened the book and finished it. I’ve eventually read, seen, or heard worse but that one stuck with me.

BONUS QUESTION (just for silliness’ sake!)

 If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), which would you pick out of the five choices? Well a black cat of course.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)
What are you grateful for?  
That I’m still above ground and kicking. Today is going to be an awesome day !! 🙂

Share Your World ~ 10/19/21

Melanie gives us another round of questions. I agree how fast time appears to be slipping is a bit freaky but not going to freak out completely. Instead, I’m making time to answer these questions. Ready, set, go …


Are you easily frightened or startled? Yes, I’m a jittery person which leads to being easily frightened or startled.

(Purely whimsical supposition.  Suspend disbelief for a bit)
If you were a ghost, what location do you think you would haunt? Is it the same or different from the location you’d want
 to haunt? I’d haunt my garden since it is my happy place.

What do you see in your mind’s eye when you close your eyes? (I know somebody will answer ‘the inside of my eyelids”, so I took the temptation away by answering that first! 😜 Feel free to use that answer if you like though, or pass. It’s ALL good!) I have been using meditation and guided imagery to calm myself. I see whatever scene I need to take me to another place. The ocean is a popular choice.

If a Semi (Big Rig in Americanese) (lorry or trolley over the pond) were about to smash into a crowd, and you could divert the vehicle’s course to hit only one person, would you?  How would you decide who would become the victim? Hmm, I would divert the semi to save more people. I assume this would be a split second decision without any time to select the victim beyond being the person closest to the big rig. If I had to choose a single person, I don’t think that I could.


Please feel free to share what makes you feel warm and cozy when the wind blows cold? Alternatively (for those on the other side of the world), what makes you feel relaxed and comfortable when the thermometer starts rising? Fuzzy socks and a fleece throw for which I am eternally grateful. I’m using them today even though we will be into the low 70s by noon.

Share Your World 🌎 ~ 10/12/21

Melanie gives us 2 x 2 today. Ready, set, go … And we’re off! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ 🏃

QUESTIONS (Two ‘seasonal’ and two plain today)

What is the scariest game (board or on-line) you ever may have played? Ouija. Only because I was a kid and was easily scared 😳 by the unexplained. Later I learned involuntary muscle exertion or my friend Lisa Ann moved the planchette. Sr. Teresa overheard us talking about the weekend sleepover and how the Ouija board predicted who had a crush on who. She told our parents she thought it wasn’t proper. Next thing you know, Lisa’s Ouija board was in the garbage. 😂

What’s just ‘over the rainbow” for you? Beautiful blue skies 🌌 after the rain 🌧 clears out.

Do you have to watch something upbeat after watching a suspense or horror movie so you can go to sleep? Yes but that’s why I quit watching horror movies 🎥 completely and watch suspenseful movies 🍿 with others.

Is there intent behind every action? No. Somethings are unintentional. I’m the Queen 👑 of foot in mouth disease. Spouting off with nary a thought 💭 in my head. I’ve been asked to practice the pause. Measure 📐 twice cut once. All things because I’ve acted without intent. And sometimes there’s nothing subconscious about my actions. No excuse and apologize when necessary.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional) Feel free to share some gratitude with folks today! Thanks! I’m grateful 😇 for my books 📚. The library came through and I’m learning lots about being a better human.