* My favorite place….

OK, I have to admit that when I went to Cee’s Share Your World post, I thought the photographed sign said, “Welcome to Cadbury!”  Alas, it was Canby, which I think my brain turned into the word “candy,” hence Cadbury was a logical choice.  Cee has the most excellent photography site and I enjoy her Monday blogging challenge.  Here we go:

  1.  I felt good this week after I cooked these delicious spinach-quinoa cakes, draped in cheese, tomato slices, and half an avocado.  Yum.
  2. My favorite part of our town is our house.  I love our sunroom and watching the birdlings gorge themselves.
  3. My favorite place in the whole world could be Cadbury Town, and it used to be Alaska.  Now I love warm (not hot) deserted beaches, where I can walk for hours, sing and dance, and pray.
  4. For what am I grateful last week?  Downloading Scrabble and beating the computer (sometimes). What am I most looking forward to this week?  Beating the computer over and over again.  I have noticed that it is programed to win (duh) but it is not as aggressive as me.  So there you have it.

In the spirit of photography, here is a wigwam I made with a student as we studied the Woodland Indians.  Do you see that clever deerskin hanging in the doorway?  And the opening for smoke?  What about those skewers that “support” the bark home?  Well, the kiddo and I were thrilled.  Almost as good as Cadbury’s chocolate.wigwam

* Share Your World

Once again, in response to Cee’s Share Your World challenge, I’ll answer a few questions and suggest you visit Cee’s site for the most delicious picture of mac n’ cheese I’ve EVER seen!  Yum!  Is it time for dinner yet??

When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher.  I taught everyone and everything I could get my hands on.  And look where it got me!  Yes, this was an early morning Google Hangout for long distance tutoring.  I look like Captain Kangaroo, who always scared me.hangout 2

My favorite food as a child was chocolate and that continues to be my favorite food group.  I do teach nutrition, if you want to sign up for my course.

If I were invisible, I would go to the beach and sit in the sun, since my invisible skin couldn’t burn.

Would I rather forget everyone else’s name all the time or have everyone forget my name all the time?  That’s so easy.  I don’t care if everyone forgets my name.  Whatever.  People often stop and stare at me, trying to figure out my name.  How hard can it be to remember “Captain Kangaroo?”

I am looking forward to watching another episode of The Last Ship from season 1.  PLEASE don’t tell me what happens!  I’m not listening!  La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-!!!!!!!!!


* Share Your World

It’s Monday and time to respond to Cee’s Share Your World blogging challenge.  If you haven’t seen her photography blog, you’ve been missing out.  She has a terrific eye for beauty!

Here are my responses to her questions:

  1. If I had to spend a weekend alone in a store but couldn’t remove anything, I would head to Stone’s Education Super Store in Raleigh, NC.  I can’t imagine that this family-owned store would be empty, but I would find plenty to do!  It could rival heaven to spend a weekend ALONE, slowly savoring all the fantastic teaching supplies.  Oh my!  My heart leaps at the thought.  What if I just filled one large bag?
  2. My favorite comfort food snack is chocolate.  Milk chocolate, either Dove or Cadbury.  Forget those dark, healthy things.  If I wanted to taste that flavor, I’d chew the cacao beans raw.
  3. The largest city I’ve visited would be London, but I was a teenager, so that was eons ago.  I’ve lived in San Francisco as an adult, so I have many more memories of special times, like when my sister and her kids nearly drowned at Baker Beach.  Not something I’d ever forget!
  4. It has recently come to my attention that it’s a bit challenging to record Google Hangouts.  I have tried a number of options but nixed them all in favor of privacy.  On the other hand, I took a picture of a kiddo I’m tutoring.  This was simply one of those moments that cries out to be captured for posterity.  By the way, one advantage of Google Hangouts over Skype for long-distance teaching is that you can enjoy a brain break quite easily and for FREE!  Take a look.  He was excited after beating me in a bingo game, for the millionth time.
  5. Student  I am grateful that my dearest widower has given up the table in the sun room.  I have crept out there in his absence, after cleaning all the eraser crumbs away.  I am looking forward to swimming this week, God willing.

* Share Your World

Sony H400/B 20 MP from Amazon.com

Sony H400/B 20 MP from Amazon.com

I have been an admirer of Cee’s Photography Blog since Nerd In The Brain guided me in her direction.  My dream is to own a nice camera and grow up to be Cee (look above for her personal advice on a great choice)!  I would dearly love to take up her photography challenges.  Her eye for beauty is something else.  Cee is not only a terrific photographer, but she is generous, funny, and courageous.  Read the story of her horrendous battle with Lyme disease.  It’s a miracle that she survived!

I am starting my first Share Your World post, one of Cee’s blogging challenges.  Here are the questions and my answers.  If you haven’t ever done this, it’s fun and, well, challenging!

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?  Definitely the driver since I am no longer controlled by a driving phobia.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?  I’d keep them and invite my daughter-in-law, who loves new adventures more than I do!

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less.   Jesus loves me, this I know.

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?  I grew up with violence and savagery, so I am all for peace and contentment.  Thanks to God, I now have true freedom!