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Share Your World


I’m participating in Cee’s Share Your World challenge today, answering these great questions:

A piece of clothing from your younger childhood you still remember? I do remember a blue and pink fluffy chiffon dress when I was about five, but I’d rather talk about the cute two-piece bathing suit I bought for my daughter Carly at a garage sale when she was a toddler. The top had a little bird applique with a button for an eye. One morning she brought it to me and insisted I put it on her, which I did–over her more appropriate shorts and t-shirt. When we got to playgroup, the other moms eyed her outfit curiously. “She made me put that on her.”

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Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do?   If I could have continued lessons beyond kindergarten, I would love to be a ballerina. I wish I had the lithe body, the incredible stamina, flexibility, strength, and grace. I love the beauty of the artform.


In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? Drive! I want to be in control. Traffic looks much scarier from the passenger seat.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? This past weekend I went on a writer’s retreat in the mountains. It gave me some much-needed uninterrupted writing time.

You can see how other people answered these questions with the links in the comments on Cee’s website. And while you’re there, check out her photographs and her other challenges.

Share Your World–New Year’s Edition

Share Your World–New Year’s Edition

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

What one word describes you best?

Beauty. Not that I’m such a beauty, but because I’m always on the lookout for beauty in nature and the arts.

What is set as the background on your computer?

The sketch below. There used to be a guy on Facebook who, if you posted a photograph, would draw a cartoon of you. I don’t think he’s on Facebook anymore. At least, I can’t find him. Does anybody recognize his signature? I’d love to give him the credit he deserves.

Greg and Andrea

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been to?

Germany and Austria.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I’m still enjoying the afterglow of Christmas. We had four of our five children and their significant others in our house. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Share Your World

Share Your World

I’m taking Cee’s Share Your World Challenge today.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Walking. But walking is too much like exercise (translation: unpleasant work), so I need a secondary activity. I bring along my iPod so I can listen to music, or a notepad so I can jot down story ideas, or my camera.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Definitely the driver. It is hard for me to relinquish control. (Yes, I have issues.) My husband can’t stand my backseat driving, so he often just suggests that I drive.


If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

First, that my children would grow into the people God created them to be. (I know the wishes are supposed to be for me alone, but what mother doesn’t wish her children would be successful?)

Second, that a publisher would pick up one of my books.

Third, that Greg and I could travel the world. (I know the wishes are for me alone, but who doesn’t her best friend along when she travels?)

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I’m a little short on inspiration this week, but I’m looking forward to going on a writers’ retreat this weekend.

Sharing My World

Sharing My World

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

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

I live in the Arizona desert. By choice. Greg and I grew up in New Jersey, where we lived until 1988, when we decided to relocate. I do not miss snow, rain, or gray skies.


Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

Long, though I’ve gone both ways.

What is your favorite month of the year?

When I was a kid, it was June, because that’s when it started to get nice and hot in New Jersey, and summer vacation began.

Now it’s April. That’s when Arizona is in full bloom. We often have our first 100 degree day in April.

What is the easiest way for your to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

It depends what it is. I learned how to cook by reading cookbooks. I can follow clear directions.

Books 1

I read a lot. I read a lot about writing, but you learn to write by writing.

I have a Bachelors and a Masters degree in music education. Although the course work is essential, you learn how to teach by teaching.

I took a basic quilting course, and I read lots of books about quilting, but my work didn’t really take off until I joined a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. I thought you had to be good to join a guild, but that’s not the case. The Guild provides educational experiences and shows, and members share what they know.

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

On Saturday, my former colleague, Barb, and I attended a Phoenix Symphony concert. We heard Tschaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Sung Chang playing Lizst’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. We sat in the front row, left of center, perfectly positioned to see his hands.

Tomorrow is the weekly meeting of Tuesday’s Children, my critique group. I always look forward to gathering with these lovely ladies, whom I’ve known for at least twenty years. I so appreciate their feedback on my work.

Share Your World

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.


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.

Greg and Andrea

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

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.


Found on Pinterest


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

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.


Share Your World – 2016 Week 36

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.


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

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.



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.

Sad Clown

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

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.



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.