Share Your World ~ 9/28/20

Thanks Melanie for hosting this wonderful forum. Follow this link to see all of the participants’ responses. Let’s get this party started 🙂

Where do you feel most at home?  Please be more specific than “at home, doh” please. It could be a room in your home, a person, a location…    In my bedroom, sans all the technology that occupies the space outside those four walls. Which is like a cocoon and respite from the real world. Especially during the winter. With flannel pjs, fluffy socks, and a good book. There was a time in my life where for too long, I “took to my bed”. I powered through the work week collapsing into the weekend. I don’t do that anymore thank goodness. When I look back, I don’t even recognize that person.

Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?     Ride a bike. I have ridden a horse once or twice and doing so made me anxious. I hate driving a car. Too many years of traffic and long commutes ruined driving for me. The only good thing about driving is the music from the car radio.

What song would you sing on “Karoke Night” (if you were forced to do so)?    That’s a tough one. I have too many favorites. I’d pick from the list of available songs like throwing a dart at the board. Whatever I get, I get. Hold your ears!

University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?  Why life of course. Theory (university) and practice (life). One could argue that university is life though. Hmmm, how about all experience best prepares you for life?

IT’S AN ATTITUDE – GRATITUDE!  (Participation Always Optional Of Course)

What are you grateful for? The beautiful park like setting on which we reside. B was on the tractor all weekend. He left the red lilies in the field, shredding around them then carefully weed-whacking in between them. We’ve made plans to plant wild flowers. October to February is prime planting season or so we hear.

Share Your World ~ 9/22/20

I am late for a very important date! Thanks to Melanie and Roger for hosting. I was one who had never read Potter but the questions were intriguing. Maybe I should check out the books?

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions

  1. Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about? Not as a driver but as a passenger. Oh my! We were in Galveston for my nephew’s wedding and driving to the venue. The hotel was off the Strand which has a lot of foot traffic. Somehow we got turned. My dad missed the do not enter sign and my brother was screaming at him to turn around!! Pedestrians were everywhere on the side walk but fortunately no vehicles were driving towards us. I still feel anxiety thinking about it. But as dad always said “no harm done, it could’ve been worse”
  2. As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches? No. How boring!
  3. You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song? I always wanted to learn to play the piano. No particular song. My musical tastes vary.
  4. Do you accessorize with jewelry? There was an opal necklace (cursed) and Slytherin’s locket (also cursed) in the Potter story. Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion? (Hopefully, yours was not cursed? I only wear my wedding band. I used to wear earrings and a watch. Though I have not done so for a very long time. Pre-Covid … meaning my lack of adornment has nothing to do with moving to stay at home/work from home & social distancing. As an heirloom I do have my mother’s class ring, engagement ring, and wedding band. I never wear these items any longer though back in the day, I would put the rings on for special occasions.

Melanie’s Ordinary Muggle Questions:

What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad? Cobb salad or any kind of salad that is “loaded”. The salad bar at work was exceptional. Salads are so much better when someone does all the prep work.

If you care to, share something that really irritates you. Not much the older I get. I am nervous and neurotic but rarely irritated.

What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing? Sweats, t-shirt, no socks or shoes except when the weather turns colder, then socks or house shoes are a must!! Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed? Nope, same lounging items.

GRATITUDE (as always this is optional) Grateful for all that I have which is plentiful. Life is good 🙂

Please feel free to share something about Autumn (or Spring if you’re gearing up for that) that you especially enjoy! We don’t have an Autumn in my neck of the woods. I swear we used to when I was a kid but temp changes/global warming/etc. has changed our seasons. I vividly remember running around outside in late August/early September where the grass under my feet would feel cooler as we inched toward fall. I am grateful for any cool down which we’ve had recently thankfully. The talk around these parts go something like this … “maybe we’ll get a fall this year” or “I hope it is not like last year where fall and winter skipped past us” … you get the drift. 😉

Share Your World ~ 9/14/20

Thanks Roger and Melanie for hosting! Let’s get going. Good times I tell ya 🙂

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions: 

  1. You have just been gifted a magic wand that specializes in completing household chores. You can request the completion of only two household chores. Which chores would you assign your wand to complete? Sweep & mop which I guess is two despite me wanting to combine as a single activity.
  2. At the local Wizards-R-Us store there was a sale on handshake shockers, instant darkness pellets, and levitation pills. Which of these ‘party thrillers’ are you more likely to purchase? Levitation pills. I imagine that taking those pills might be like floating in water for an awesome weightless feeling. Lately the weight of the world is heavy on our shoulders. Any levity would be much appreciated.
  3. In the alley behind Wizards-R-Us, there was a tradesman selling a Love Potion. The sales pitch was too much for you and you yielded and purchased one vial. What do you do with it? Spread it into the atmosphere. “What the world needs now is love sweet love” as the song says 🙂
  4. You are the Great Clearinghouse Winner of a new ‘good luck’ potion – Felix Felicis. It has to be used within the next thirty days or its potency becomes diminished. Do you use it? Do you give it to a friend in need? I’d give it to my daughter to use in her job search which is going dismally by the way. She is not being a typical millennial either. She expects an entry level start at the bottom job and fully understands it will be outside her “field”. Each week, Monday to Friday, eight hour work days because that is what Dr. Phil says someone out of work should do, she is looking for work. Resume writing, virtual career fairs, etc…. After 47 rejections and several no responses, she is defeated. Today she is taking a mental health day, then back at it tomorrow.

Melanie’s Mundane Muggle Questions:

  1. If everyone spoke their mind, would this world be a better or worse place? Depends Why? Some things are better left unsaid and everyone speaking their mind could create a cacophony of nonsense and/or a civil war. However speaking in innuendo lacks the needed clarity to get things done. Sweeping things under the rug only creates a lumpy trip hazard. Maybe this is like the proverb – From listening comes wisdom, and from speaking repentance.  Of course there is nothing to listen to unless someone speaks. Which comes first chicken or egg …. Ah nuts! I have confused myself. lol
  2. Can achieving nothing make a person happy? Yes! I achieve nothing daily and I am happy for the most part.
  3. How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them? Great question. Tomorrow we celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. I would say love isn’t enough. Instead mutual respect and common beliefs are a better indicator of whether you should marry.

GRATITUDE SECTION  (as always this is optional) I am grateful that the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s another day in paradise.

Share Your World ~ 9/8/20

My favorite exercise of the week. Thanks to Melanie and Roger for the questions. Here goes everything 🙂

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions

  1. What happened to cause you to discover ‘bullies” were real? Wow, out of the gate with a deep question. My brother who is 11 months older than me is special needs. Because of this I have never known a life without bullies. Sad but true. Some of my earliest recollections were of people making fun of him.
  2. Eavesdropping- When given the chance, how often do you eavesdrop?   (this may be a similar question to what some folks said they’d do with an invisibility cloak) In my younger days, I would try and find out what was going on no matter what. This meant I spent a lot time outside many a closed door straining to hear what was being said on the other side. Now that I am older I realize being out of the loop is a much better than being in the know. Ignorance is bliss or some such sentiment.
  3. Escalators, at one time, were the ‘next big thing’. When was the last time you rode an escalator? Friday March 6, 2020. My last day in the office. The mother-ship rivals the size of the Pentagon. Connected buildings A to H with Ops and M. Three floors and a service level. All with escalators. To get my healthy points, I often took the stairwell but as I was leaving for Spring Break, my hands were full which meant the escalator was a safer option. Not safe mind you, just safer. That day I should have taken the elevator but patience is not my thing. I’d rather brave a tumble down the moving stairs. Rebel that I am. If we ever get to go back, I am going to ride those elevators with abandon!!
  4. Have you ever ‘let’ someone win in a sports competition or a board game? How did it turn out?   No I am a horribly competitive person who wants to win. I take my licks too. Win or lose fair and square is my preference.

Melanie’s Muggle Questions:

I’m very short on time today (Sunday) so I’m borrowing from Rory and Sandmanjazz to fill the questions today:

Do our fears start with our DNA?  (Credit to Rory) Interesting question but I’m going with no. Fears are not genetic but rather learned in my humble very non-scientific opinion.

If you could have your hair any colour for 24 hours, what colour would you choose?  (Credit to Sandmanjazz) It’s rightful gray without the colored reddish brown ends that I plan to cut off just as soon as it is safe to go out again. I’d never forgive myself if I contracted COVID and/or brought it home to my family for something as vain as my hair.

When do you think a person gets old?  (Credit to Rory) Well when I was 18, old was in your 30s. Now in my 50s, I’d say old is a state of mind. Actually, I’ve been old all my life. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Funny story. My friend Melissa and I played volleyball. The summer after senior year we were out of sorts with nothing to do. Volleyball had always filled the void. She found a church team for us to join and I’ll never forget her begging me to go with her. “Jill you have to sign up too; they are all old … like in their 30s”. Gasp! <the horrors> Now I have a 32 year old son.

Gratitude Moment: Realizing this too shall pass when in the thick of “it” whatever “it” might be brings me peace. And for that peace, I am grateful. Now if I can just remember that for next time things get rocky.

Share Your World ~ 9/1/20

Happy heavenly birthday to my momma. Now let’s begin friends. Thanks to Roger and Melanie for providing the questions.

Potter questions

Many local regions, especially rural areas where I live, have haunted houses. Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen? I’ve never spent the night in a haunted house but I’m aware of the urban legends around this place. The Gillespie mansion aka midget mansion, the donkey lady, and the ghost children who push your car over the train tracks.

The Quidditch Cup (riding broomsticks while chasing a small ball) was a huge sporting event in the land of Hogwarts. What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended? Ozzfest 2004. I took Pony and some of his friends as his 16th birthday present. Four stages, all day event, more bands than I could count. Aaahhh now that’s the best!!

When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool? Not sure what a seaside lake is but I prefer lakes to ocean or pool.

Ron Weasley received a horrid robe to wear as formal wear to the Christmas dance at Hogwarts. Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made. I’m not a fashionista. Fashion that I’m glad has gone away … pantyhose and heels … they suck.

Now the muggle questions

What is the last song you sang along to? Close To You sung by Karen Carpenter.

What was your scariest nightmare about? I don’t remember my dreams much any more though I used to be fascinated with the meaning of dreams. I can’t remember the last time I had a nightmare. Death specifically dying from cancer is my biggest “awake” nightmare.

What food do you crave most often? I’ve never met a food I didn’t like. My cravings tend to be salty/savory. Chips or french fries with a donut chaser. 😆

What’s your grossest bug story? Bugs are cool not gross.

I’m grateful my life has laughter in it.

Share Your World ~ 8/25/20

I’m a day late and a dollar short.  Thanks Melanie and Roger for the awesome questions.

  1. One of my favorite gifts that Harry Potter received came from the Weasley Twins; and was “Mrs. Mooney’s Marauder’s Map”. This magical document showed every classroom, hallway and secret corner in all of Hogwarts. It also showed you the location- by name- of every person in Hogwarts.  If you had such a magical map of your town, what would you use it for? If you would not use it, is there another person to whom you would gift it? I would use the map to get around town and avoid traffic … if such a time ever happens again 😦
  1. When was the last time you made a snowball? Were in a snowball fight? In 1966, but I do not remember it of course. I was too young. But there are picture which prove it. It rarely snows where I live.
  2. Many cultures set great value in each child of the family having godparents. Did you have godparents? Are you a godparent yourself? Yes and Yes
  3. You have found a secret tunnel under your house. Where does it go? No tunnels. We are on a slab foundation. Haha!

Muggle Questions (of a more philosophical bent this week):

Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?  Intelligence is aptitude to gain knowledge while wisdom is the ability to use what you gained so I’m going with wisdom.

How important is play in living a healthy and fulfilling life? For balance, I’d say play is very necessary. There’s a saying … “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.” Moderation in everything including moderation. One needs enough play to be like baby bear’s porridge, chair, and bed … just right!!

Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more? I think something more. What the more is? I’ll share when I find it.

Gratitude moment – the ability to feel something bigger than myself. It’s all sunshine and rainbows over here. Even when it isn’t.

Share Your World ~ 8/18/20

I am a day behind again.  Work is kickin my booty.  I still wanted to join in so here goes nada.  Thanks Melanie for hosting.  And thanks to Roger for the Potter questions.

  1. Harry Potter can speak to snakes. If you were able to have conversations with any one animal, what animal would you like to speak to? What would be the topic of your first conversation? I would definitely talk to my dogs Buddy and Spot.  I’d ask them what they were trying to say with all those looks that seemed so human.  I’d want to thank them for their unconditional love and make sure they have everything they need.
  2. The portraits in Hogwart’s dormitories can talk. If your graduation portrait could speak to people passing it by, what would it tell them? Hey you!  What’sup??  Or maybe hey you life is only just beginning and absolutely nothing is as it seems so  don’t sweat the small stuff.  Life is too short for that noise.
  3. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger use the Pollyjuice Potion for finding new clues for the happenings at Hogwarts. (The Pollyjuice Potion is a magic potion that allows your body to form into that of another and live their life for a few hours.) If you could transform into another being, who would you chose to be? What would you hope to learn? Hmmm that’s a tough one.  It’s hard enough living in the body but to transform into someone else.  Well no thanks I guess.  Not interested in a “Freaky Friday” experience.
  4. There was a flooding in the girl’s bathroom where Moaning Myrtle resides. What has been the most dangerous (or comical) ‘flooding’ where you reside? Fortunately where I reside the chance of flood is nil.  Now close by we have some low water crossings that occasionally flood but maybe overflow is a more apt description.  And people will drive around the barricade.  The rescue team has started fining folks when they disobey the signs.  Which is well deserved in my opinion for wasting their time during an emergency situation.

And I decided to be a muggle too.  Answering questions is strangely therapeutic.  I like thinking about things I guess.  Distraction helps.

Mundane or “Muggle” Questions:

(Serious one which is rather creepy):  How do you think you’ll die?  IF you do think about it? I have known death and dying since I was two when my father passed away.  I understood nothing but it was a very scary time.  He was very sick with lung cancer and he stayed at home dying in his own bed.

There are some rather strange customs associated with funerals so I try not to think about it much.  I think I will die of a heart attack one day and I am sort of surprised stress has not killed me already.  How I’d like to die is to go to sleep one day and just never wake up.  A tragic or painful end scares the bejesus out of me.

What’s the best on-line screen name you’ve seen? “Best might mean the oddest.

So many good ones that is is hard to pick a “best”.  I like the one’s that are edgy and snarky.  Or the incognito who used a pseudonym.   If I had planned better, I would have picked something way out there and utterly fantastic.

What’s invisible that you wish people could see? Good intentions.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car? I think to be new, you have to get a whole new car.  Replacing parts is more like maintenance.  The same car underneath.  There is a lesson in here somewhere.  Aristotle says … the  totality is not, as it were, a mere heap, but the whole is something besides the parts.  Guess that means a car is something whole besides of its’ parts.  Perhaps the converse is true?  Weighty thoughts on this fine Tuesday morn.

As always, more to come.

Share Your World ~ 8/10/20 or 8/11/20

I had connectivity issues today.  Work was FUN which is code for not fun.  For that reason, I did not get to even get to check out #SYW until after 10 pm.  Spectrum was here and left.  The issue is not fixed but band-aided until tomorrow (or today) when they will replace something or other outside the house.

I have never read a Harry Potter book and I have only seen parts of the movies.  We did see “Potted Potter” off Broadway in NYC.  A very quick jovial jaunt that was to explain the entire series by acting out the highlights if you will.  I could only hazard a guess which is why I am going traditional this time.  I might get up my mettle for next week.  Thanks Melanie for hosting.  This challenge is a highlight of the week 🙂

Would You Rather Live 120 Years That Are Comfortable But Boring, Or Live Half As Long, But Have An Exciting Adventure Packed Life?

Hmmm, since “Steel Magnolias” is one of my all time favorite movies then I have to say as Shelby did …

“I’d rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”

The thought of dying scares me.  I am not as devout as my parents or it’s my guilt talking and I fear my just reward is down not up.  Since I’m not a movie character, I’d rather be bored and live 120 comfortable years.  Besides, I am never bored.  I always have something to occupy me.  I’m also a bit risk adverse making an adventure packed life the opposite of what this introvert traditionally enjoys;

What’s Something That Overwhelms You?

Life and everything in it.  Just when one thinks they’ve had enough, something gives and things change but in the time leading up to the reprieve, I’d say that is a frenzied I can’t take this anymore existence full of worry that is soul crushing.  I’m forever waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I over-analyze everything and that’s exhausting in addition to being overwhelming.  I make stuff up so my woes are self inflicted.

What Do or DID You Take For Granted?

DID – my ability to get a good night’s sleep.  I have used many techniques over the years and now I am in a good spot for the most part.  I will never ever take for granted a good night’s sleep again.

I am grateful that despite my connectivity issues, I have all I ever wanted and everything I’ll ever need.

Share Your World 🌎 ~ 8/3/20

Thanks Melanie for hosting. Looking forward to the twist next week. Without further ado, here’s what’s on tap for today.

Questions:

What will finally break the Internet? Do you believe it can be broken at all? Since I have no clear understanding of what makes the Internet churn, I can’t say what might cause it to break. What I know for sure is that I’ve become dependent on the Internet for everything. I’d be lost without it.

What are some ‘red flags’ to watch out for in daily life? (take it as you want) I’m blissfully unaware.

What’s the silliest thing someone has argued with you about? Something we agree on. We’re experiencing that now with my mother in law. During an argument this week Pony shakes his head and asked “why are we yelling at each other? She is the one we’re mad it”. By the way it’s extremely stressful and guilt provoking to be mad at an invalid.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found lying on the ground / side of the road? Not strange but the only thing I’ve found on the side of the road was a box turtle.

I’m grateful for friends who are like family. Our cohort experienced profound grief last week. Many of us have reconnected. Making time to check in. Slow down. Just talk.

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Share Your World ~ 7/27/20

Here are the questions on tap for today.  Thanks Melanie!  If folks would like to join in, here are the rules and ping back.

Questions:

Are you a clean or messy person?   I’m mostly clean with messy tendencies which means I am never satisfied with how clean things are.  I’ve talked a lot lately about sprucing up the place now that I work from home.  Since I am here all day every day, I notice stuff.  When I was leaving the house for work, not so much.  I could overlook some glaring opportunities.  That said I am going minimalist and conducting a Swedish Death clean.  I hear doing so is life changing 🙂

If I asked you to describe yourself in five words – what would they be?

Here’s two from my profile

quirky and sentimental

+ two

Loves, Reads, Listens

Look at me describing myself as verbs 🙂

Do you enjoy being out in nature?  Sort of, kind of, not really.  I do when the weather is right.  Ask me in the fall and I might switch my answer to a resounding YES!!!

What could you spend all day talking about?  As a geeky insurance nerd – work :).

Attitude of Gratitude:  (OPTIONAL)

I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.  Someone left a bag of no slip socks on my in-laws from porch.  Mary is not home yet but she is doing better. Being in the hospital without loved ones around is rough.  Notice I did not say alone.  The nurses are angels on earth. They spend as much time as they can with her.  ❤