* Sharing my world

Thanks, Cee, for this Share Your World challenge.  Here are this week’s questions.

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Me and my sister during the era of summer circuses

What was one of your first money making jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?   I was a young entrepreneur and went door-to-door selling greeting cards from the Cheerful Card company plus homemade “soap” that needed to be kept frozen.  I also put on a summer circus for the neighborhood kids, training our dogs to endure circus collars and writing/directing one-person theater productions. Occasionally I could browbeat my sister into performing but often I played all the parts without missing a beat.  I also raked in money with carnival-style games which were impossible to win.  For some reason, the kids always came, cash in hand.

What is your favorite month of the year?   This is hard.  I LOVE the snow more than anything so winter was always my favorite, but as I’ve aged, I’ve become cold-natured and enjoy sultry summers.  I do love the spring, as fresh life appears all around me.  Don’t care for autumn.

What three things in nature do you find most beautiful?   Oh my.  Just three?  Snow, of course.  I love how it absorbs the sounds, making the days and nights soooo quiet, and transforms everything, even ugly stuff, into beauty.  Birds.  Their pecking order is hilarious, their colors are marvelous, and they sing so beautifully before eating in the morning.  I do not sing before breakfast.  The high desert.  Where you find Ponderosa pines, where your feet sink into a reddish dust, where the scents are addictive.

List at least five of your favorite spices (excluding salt and pepper).   Cumin, chili powder, fresh basil, and cinnamon.  Yum.

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 for my new phone, since I recently drowned the last one.  I also managed, with help, to sync my dearest widower’s FitBit device, which hadn’t worked since he went to Spain (nothing against Spain, but the time changes scrambled FitBit’s little brains).  I’m looking forward to a special graduation event with an amazing student and his precious family.

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