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Share Your World

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Share Your World

I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World challenge today.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

My “go to” age used to be 29. Then, one birthday, I realized I was celebrating the 29th anniversary of my 29th birthday…

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

We live in Arizona and we don’t often have need of an umbrella, but I keep a few in the front hall right next to the door.

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Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

I prefer to be alone. I like to stay home holed up in my study, writing. But if I need a recharge, I’ll drive someplace beautiful where I can take a walk in the fresh air.

And a few times a year, I go on a writing retreat or to a writer’s conference with some of my friends.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

We grew up in the same town, six blocks from each other, and went to the same church, and attended the same high school (but not at the same time; my husband is six years older than me.)

We were both teachers. He taught second, third, and fourth grades (and junior high science for one year); I taught elementary general music.

We both attended colleges in Pennsylvania. He has a B.A. in Geology from Lafayette College in Easton; my first school was Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

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My husband, Greg, and I

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I had a wonderful time with the Phoenix International Folk Dancers last Tuesday. Karen and Bill Faust came up from Tucson to teach us some new dances.

I look forward to every day. I have a wonderful life.

Share Your World – February 27, 2017

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Share Your World – February 27, 2017

I’m playing along with Cee’s Share Your World Challenge today.

Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle?

Only once. My kids were little, and I had three of them in the car with me. The car conked out about a mile from home. This was in the 80s, long before cell phones. I took the stroller out of trunk, and the kids and I walked to my neighbor’s house. She kindly let me borrow a gas can, drove me to the gas station, and then to my car.

Which are better: black or green olives?

Of the two, I prefer green. But have you ever had kalamata olives? They’re fabulous, closer to the green in the sourness factor, and brownish in color.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

I don’t have the courage of the great explorers. I’d rather go explore the more well-established places, where I can admire architecture and museums, anywhere in the world.

Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things (Philippians 4:8, NIV).–This is one of my life verses, and a standard I try to achieve my writing.

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Found on Pinterest

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Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

We’re working on fixing up our house. I am grateful that last week we had new gutters installed. And I look forward to every day. I have a wonderful life.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 44

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 44

Today I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World challenge.

What was your favorite subject in school?

Grammar Police

In elementary school, it was reading and grammar. (Yeah, I know. I read my grammar book cover to cover every year. I still own two grammar textbooks.) In high school, it was chorus, which I loved so much I went to music school with the intention of becoming a high school choral director. (Then I discovered elementary general music, which we didn’t really have at my parochial school when I was growing up, and I switched my focus.)

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for two hours, what would you have them do?

If that servant could be a professional organizer, I would have him help me get control over my stuff. Greg and I have accumulated too many things over the last 42 years, and we’ve lived in this house for 28. We raised five children here, so I know the house is spacious for two people, but it’s so cluttered.

A few years ago, a friend of mine downsized to a smaller living space. She hired an organizer to help her whittle down her possessions. My friend calculated that she paid for 107 hours of assistance, at $25 a pop.

Where did you live when you were in the third grade of school?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

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My husband and I both grew up in the same small town in New Jersey. We now live more than 2000 miles away, in Arizona.

In your opinon, list some places that are great for shopping?

My number 1 favorite place to shop these days is Beall’s Outlet. Prices are great, and they carry beautiful clothes and household stuff. I bought a quartet of juice glasses there yesterday for $3.

And, of course, Amazon.com. Excellent prices, unbeatable selection, fast delivery.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

My husband is experiencing some health and aging issues, and I am grateful for all my friends who are praying for him. My birthday is coming up Friday, and if hubby is well enough, we’re going out for breakfast and dinner.

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 36

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 36

I’m a Cee’s addict. Not the candy kind (though they’re nice, too), but the reading and blogging kind. Cee’s Photography is full of wonderful pictures and challenges. Today I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World challenge.

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it?  (You can always sell the yacht later.)

Ma’s Rug 3. When my husband was a boy, his father bought a boat with money set aside by his mother for new carpeting. He named it Ma’s Rug in her honor. Years later, he sold it and bought a larger boat with a friend, and they named it Ma’s Rug 2.

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A painting by my father-in-law, Wilfred Huelsenbeck, possibly of the Ma’s Rug.

The town Greg and I grew up in was located between two rivers. Greg’s teen years included many fishing trips in the river or the ocean. In his high school senior year yearbook, two comments about him read, “An able-bodied seaman” and “The sneeze heard ’round the world.” Yep.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best?  (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Plus, what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? 

My husband would say I’m Grumpy. 

Actually, all seven of the names apply at one time or another. Being an introvert, Bashful is probably the most fitting.

To fill out the dwarf contingent, we need one with a yellow comb-over pompadour named Pompous. Remind you of anyone?

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

The second prelude from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. I could not play it at all when I was in college and first trying to learn it. When I got my grand piano about eight years ago, I started working on it again. I associate it with the hard work necessary to achieve a goal. I can play it slowly now, not yet up to tempo like this:

When I play the last note against the sustained Cs, I can hear overtones. Sigh. Bach was such a genius.

Complete this sentence:  I like watching…

…children playing. When I was teaching, one of my obligations was before-school playground duty. Although it was a pain sometimes, I mostly enjoyed it, especially watching the little boys run. Some had Olympic form. Beauty in motion. My kids are grown, and I don’t have any grandchildren yet. Teaching gave me a kid fix, reminding me of the happiest time of my life–raising my kids, seeing the world through their eyes.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I had a good writing week last week, after struggling for about a month. My refreshment was due to a writers’ retreat the previous weekend.

I look forward to every day, especially Tuesdays when I meet with my critique group, my closest friends. I have a pretty wonderful life.

 

Share Your World–2016 Week 31

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Share Your World–2016 Week 31

I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World challenge today.

What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in?  And in what country do you live?

I live in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, USA. I am partial to our neighborhood. We’ve lived here twenty-eight years, and every day I’m thankful to live among kind people in a beautiful location.

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Oleander.

Would you rather wear clown shoes every day or a clown wig every day?

Here in the desert we wear sandals most of the year. Clown shoes would be a little conspicuous.

A wig might be fun–but do I have to wear it every day? I tend to keep my hair the same way for years. I’d be willing to change it up maybe once a week.

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Photo by Shawn Campbell; used under Creative Commons License

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

Over! My husband and I are on different sides of this controversy. He’s left-handed. I think that’s the difference–he does many things backwards compared to me. secured-toilet-rolls

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?

I’m semi-retired. (Translation: I don’t have a job that pays me, but I’m not collecting my pension or Social Security yet.) Since I resigned from my teaching position, I’ve been writing. I created this blog (and also contribute to Doing Life Together) and I’m working on a YA mystical fantasy, a Bible study, and a mystery.frustrated-writer-2

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I’m very grateful I didn’t get caught in the big thunderstorm that passed through our valley on Tuesday, but it did keep my home from my folk dancing group.

I have a wonderful life. I look forward to every day.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 29

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 29

I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge today.

What is the perfect pizza?

We usually order a pepperoni, sausage, green bell pepper, and onion pizza from VinciTorio’s.  Although we recently ordered the same from Mod Pizza, and it was also excellent.italian-pizza

But if my hubby’s preferences were not taken into account, I would order sausage, green bell pepper, onions, fresh garlic, and mushrooms. (Greg hates garlic and mushrooms. When we were first married, I didn’t eat mushrooms for two years, because he told me they were fungi.)

What is your favorite time of day?

It depends. I could say morning. I used to be a morning person, but now I’m a slow starter. It takes me a couple of hours before I’m in gear. In this hot weather, my first order of business is to take Rudi, our dachshund, out for a walk, before the sidewalk gets so hot that it burns her little paws. But it used to be I’d go outside under the gazebo to eat my breakfast and read the morning paper. It doesn’t get any better than that.sunrise-6-24-12-a4

Afternoon is my favorite time for writing. I’ve taken care of chores and appointments, and  maybe I won’t be interrupted for four hours.

Evenings after my hubby goes to sleep is my favorite time to read, because it’s quiet and there are no distractions (other than my own fatigue). Occasionally I’ll take a swim in the pool, which is kind of fun in the dark.

I also love it when I get to watch the sunrise or the sunset.

Show us two of your favorite photographs. The photos can be from anytime in your life span. Explain why they are your favorites.

fiddlerI found these photographs on Pinterest. I have no idea who took them. If anyone knows who the photographers are, please comment below, so that I can give them credit for their gorgeous work.

I love the fiddler. I saved this picture because I want to paint this scene and/or use it for a story prompt.

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And I love the lighthouse photo because it perfectly illustrates the peril of the angry sea.

Complete this sentence:  I’m looking forward to…. 

…meeting with the ladies of my critique group tomorrow. They give me great feedback on my writing, and I love reading what they’re working on.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Yesterday was my son Matthew’s thirty-fourth birthday, and I am grateful that he’s part of my world. Tonight we’ll celebrate by going out for Chinese food.

 

Share Your World – 2016 WEEK 24

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Share Your World – 2016 WEEK 24

I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge today.

What is the most fun thing you did in school?

The most fun thing (despite the incredibly hard work) I ever did in school was participate in two high school musicals: Annie, Get Your Gun my sophomore year and Li’l Abner my senior year. Our performance of Li’l Abner won a contest, and we were able to perform it at the Garden State Arts Center. Definitely the highlight of our high school years.

Being in those musicals gave me the courage to participate in Opera Workshop my junior year in college. I performed in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Suor Angelica, and Otello. All chorus parts, but wonderful experience for a voice major who dreamed to be a choral conductor.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I’d have to say dachshund. We have a little rescue doxie named Rudi, and we love her very much, though she’s a whiner. (A weiner and a whiner–how’s that?)

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

This brings to mind a party I will be attending someday, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. I will be arriving by myself, joining a throng of extraordinary people, some of whom I know, but mostly whom I’ve never met. Yes, I want to go, and thank God, I will attend. Everything I want to tell you about this party I wrote in an article over a year ago. Check it out if you want to know more.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

…been as afraid as I was on September 11, 2001. Even though I didn’t personally know anyone who perished in the attacks, many of my friends did. Our world turned upside down that day, and our concept of safety changed forever.

My heart aches for the families of the victims of last Sunday’s attack in Orlando, Florida. My prayers are with you.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that my family is alive and well.

And I am looking forward to working with my critique group, Tuesday’s Children, who are meeting at my house tomorrow.

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 21

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SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 21

I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge today.

What is your favorite go to beverage?  Water, coffee, tea, coke, soda (non-alcoholic)

I live in the desert of Arizona, so I drink a lot of water. If I’m out and about, I usually bring some with me.

 

That said, I must have a cup of coffee at breakfast. I try very hard to limit it to one, but on critique group days, all bests are off. My current favorite is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s 10% Kona Blend.

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I also must have a Diet Coke Lime with lunch. Again, only one, or I’ll be bouncing off walls until the wee hours. No caffeine past noon. Alright, 1:00 pm, but that’s it.

I like tea and diet soda, and I’ll treat myself to non-caffeine ones at any time. Favorite sodas are Fresca, Sierra Mist, and ginger ale. I’ll often brew a cup of camomile tea if I’m reading before bed.

Can you change a car tire?

Yes, but I don’t want to. I have AAA now for that.

But in the olden days, when we were raising five kids on Greg’s teaching salary, there was no money for luxuries like AAA. One day, as I was driving the kids to school, Erin said, “Mom, I just heard the tire pop.” I assured her it didn’t, but she was right. I couldn’t drive home. I parked the car at the school, walked home with baby Kate (luckily, I always kept a stroller in the car), and walked back with her to pick the kids up after school.

When my oldest daughter came home from middle school, I put her in charge of her siblings and walked back to start the tire change. I told her to send her dad when he got home.

I could have just let Greg deal with it, but I knew how exhausted he’d be after a day of teaching. So, I pulled out the manual and started the process step by step.

By the time Greg got there, I’d jacked up the car, undone the lug nuts, removed the tire, and retrieved the donut from the back of the mini-van. He finished the job in no time, but I could have done it if I’d had to.

Are you a listener or talker?

Both. Sometimes people ask me to shut up, because I can dominate the conversation. But I enjoy listening to someone who has something to say. I appreciate verbal exchange with someone who can hold up his end of the conversation.

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Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

No cell phone. I don’t have a smart phone, just the bare bones variety mobile phone, and honestly, if I had to rely on my land line, it would be fine with me. But no internet–that would be like no air.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

We just celebrated my youngest child’s twenty-seventh birthday, and I am so grateful to see the competent young woman she has become.

I look forward to every day. Life is good.

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 17

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SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 17

Cee Neuner hosts lots of challenges on her blog. I especially like her Share Your World Challenge, and participate whenever the questions speak to me. Here are my responses to this week’s queries:

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen? 

I love writing with a pen that flows well, and that would be my first choice. However, I grab a pencil if I think I might be making changes. And if it’s a work-in-progress, like a book or a blog post, all bets are off–edits are so much easier on computer.

What’s your choice: jigsaw, word, maze or numeric puzzles?

I do the sudoku in the newspaper every morning. They get progressively harder during the week (easiest on Monday, most difficult on Sunday). Many weeks I can’t complete any puzzle after Wednesday. Occasionally I’ll get through a whole week of puzzles, only to get stumped again on Thursday.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

I kind of like it long. My hair is very straight; I’d just as soon not fuss with it. Lately, my hair has been breaking and I’ve been thinking about going shorter. But my hair was long and straight when I met my husband forty-four years ago, and he definitely prefers it long.

List five some of your favorite blogs.

  1. Author Linda McQuinn Carlblom’s Parenting With a Smile.
  2. My OBT, short for My One Beautiful Thing, posted daily.
  3. Treadlemusic, mostly about free-motion quilting.
  4. Cee’s Photography, of course.
  5. Author K.M. Weiland’ Helping Writers Become Authors.
  6. Doing Life Together, put out by my critique group, Tuesday’s Children. (Sorry, just had to add one more.)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Friday marked the end of an era for us. My husband traded in his 1979 MG Midget for a new  Nissan Sentra.midget

When Greg bought it ten years ago, the Midget was his dream car. However, old cars are labor intensive, and we decided not to continually put money into a car that can’t be counted on to start. I am grateful he now has a vehicle that is reliable, and he won’t have to borrow my car on a daily basis.

As for the coming week, I have a wonderful life, and I look forward to every day.

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 5

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SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2016 WEEK 5
In response to Cee’s Photography Share Your World Challenge:
If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?DSC00979Actually, I do have a special shelf for one of my prized possessions. The shelf belonged to my mother-in-law, which makes it special to me. The little angel sitting on it is a Lladro figurine. I saw one just like this at a friend’s house in the mid-70s, and fell in love with it. I saved up to buy one, and it gives me joy whenever I see it.
Two other prized possessions are too big to fit on a shelf: my Baldwin studio grand piano,Mom's piano 

 

 

 

and my “mid-life crisis” car.MustangIf you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?

The years my children were small.

What do you want more of in your life?

I have everything that I want, except one–and it’s something I have no right to ask for. If you promise never to tell my kids, I’ll tell you in secret at the end of this post.*

Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.

  1. The daily sudoku puzzle in the newspaper.
  2. Work out or do something active, like walk or dance.
  3. Read a chapter of Scripture.
  4. Write.
  5. Practice piano.

Most days that’s all I can do, plus the usual daily chores. If I can squeeze it in, I’ll do something artistic, like zentangle or drawing or calligraphy.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am really grateful that on Friday I had the opportunity to go to the Arizona Fine Arts Expo (more on that soon). I am looking forward to getting together with my writers’  critique group this Tuesday–circumstances forced us to cancel last week. They are my dearest friends.

*READ NO FURTHER unless you promise never to tell my kids. I would love a grandchild, but I’ve always told my children that parenthood is too big a responsibility to take on before you’re absolutely ready. I said the same thing about marriage, and only one of our five children is married yet. So I have no right to ask or even expect. (And if I never get to be a grandma, I’m okay with it. I have a wonderful life.)