* Sharing my world, one nut at a time

I love Cee’s weekly challenges and enjoy reading her responses, too!  Did you know she’s been trained by her cats?  Check out her post to see how clever those rascals are.  Another special treat on her blog: Cee has posted “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” because they’ve had a drought for TWO months but it just rained!  Whoa.  I think we got all their rain and someone else’s too.  So here we go:

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?  I am a nutty person.  Nuts used to upset my tummy but now I enjoy them all the time.  Even as a “milk.”  As I have dropped dairy and gluten, nuts have moved up my food chain.  In fact, it seems that nuts are everywhere.  On the road, at work, in stores- and yeah, in the mirror.

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?  Anyone who has had nightmares about monsters or nutty stuff knows you must keep the closet doors shut.  If I wake up, I don’t want to see a shadow over there.  I’d go nuttier if I didn’t secure those closet doors.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?  Yikes.  I am going to be late for school because I am blogging!  I am often late because I haven’t planned my exit carefully enough, so I’m running up and down looking for my phone or car keys or sweater or lunch or something!  I do plan my exits somewhat but nutty things happen.  Must be my diet.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  I appreciate my dearest teaching widower for putting up with me at my worst, like when I lost it after my car blew up, our house keys were stolen, our kitchen floor was wrecked, a hole remained where a dishwasher should go, our insurance company sent a letter denying our claim, and the stacks of laminate in the hallway almost reach the ceiling.  So glad we went to the beach!

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* Sharing my world

I adore Cee’s challenges- and her photography is incredible!  I’m hoping to be back on the blogging track for good and this week’s Share Your World challenge is another  restart!

In regards to puzzles, what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing?  I like all of those but have probably done more jigsaw puzzles than anything else.  I’d most likely have one set up all the time, but with the kiddos visiting this summer and our small groups every week, there’s no good place to keep a puzzle waiting.  Getting older has crimped my style, too.  With my wretched knees, I can’t kneel or squat comfortably.

List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.   Yum!  This will be fun!

  1. My dearest teaching widower, who gets cuddlier and funnier every day
  2. Worshipping with Christian rock and new fave, Francesca Battistelli
  3. Chocolate, now in the form of almond & cashew, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free “milk”
  4. Teaching, teaching, and more teaching
  5. Reading and reading

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)  OK, I saw this Australian Shepherd (I think that’s what s/he is) in a grandinroad catalog.  I want this dog!!  And I wouldn’t mind the house that goes with it.

border collie

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  The grace of God for peace and forgiveness and life and love.  Answered and unanswered prayers.  Hope.  That I am a child of God.

* Dord and sharing my world

Oh, what a joy to rejoin Cee and her Share Your World blogging challenge!  Check out the adorable Miss Mackenzie in Cee’s photo!

A piece of clothing from my childhood that I still remember:  This one is easy because I remember lots of my clothes, probably from photographs.  I do recall that my sister and I were often dressed as twins and my mother would even sew herself a matching dress.  For this photo, my curly hair had been pasted into place, giving me temporary bangs and braids that were hanging almost vertically.  I probably remember more about the agonies of getting my hair braided than any clothing!

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Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.  I have long pursued my desire to do a cartwheel.  I could run and jump but never managed a cartwheel.  When I took a gymnastic class at college, my instructor was thrilled with my passion and told me she would make it happen.  I was a bit anxious, having had a number of falls in previous attempts (seriously, how do you fall while doing a cartwheel?).  She lined up all the participants on both sides of me, placed a lane of mats in between, and said she would also spot me.  After watching my first attempt, she encouraged me to start with more “spring.”  I sprang and flew over the line of spotters, landing with a crash on the hard gym floor.  On my ambulance ride to the ER, I decided I would never attempt another cartwheel.  Maybe in heaven….

In a car, would you rather drive or be a passenger?  Having “conquered” my driving phobia (thanks to the Lord), it is hard for my dearest teaching widower to wrest the steering wheel away from me.  It’s a sign of how far I’ve come that I do let him drive us occasionally, no longer needing to practice and practice.

And dord?  This is a ghost word that made it into the Merriam-Webster dictionary for a surprisingly long period of time.  What do you think it means?

 

* Sharing my world

I love Cee’s Share Your World weekly challenge.  Her answers are always interesting; can’t wait to see more nighttime photography.  What about a video of your tripod adventures, Cee?

What one word describes you best?  I used Wordle to create this word cloud.  Simply type in text and it will automatically generate a cool design based upon frequency of words.  You can adjust the color and layout, too.  And it’s FREE!

wordle teacher

 

What is set as the background on your computer?  Oh boy,  I had to look.  It’s the plain old Windows design.  I always have so many windows open that I can’t see the background.  If I make it attractive with horse pictures, I’m too distracted!

If you have been to a foreign country, name those you have been to.  I started off in a “foreign country,” having been born in the UK.  I’m sure my UK readers do NOT think of themselves as foreign!  I’ve also been to Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Iceland.

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 was inspired by the artistic performance, “Joy in the Morning,” at Colonial Williamsburg.  The performance celebrates the strength and character of the enslaved people of that era, along with their struggles and despair.  I had a chance to chat with the performers after the show; they are passionate about their work, sharing the story of a population stolen from their homelands and brutalized as slaves.  I find myself focusing on the last names of black people, knowing that the Washingtons’ roots, for instance, most likely can be found in Washington’s plantation.  Good old George did not have any white sons….

* Cee’s Share Your World challenge

Before reading my responses to Cee’s Share Your World challenge, check out her favorite photos of January 2017 for a spectacular moonrise.  It’s the kind of photograph I sometimes imagine I could take.  Truly beautiful.

So here are this week’s questions:

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?  That’s a tough one.  I am so far behind in cleaning that my dust bunnies have grandbabies.  The yard is coated with leaves.  And I often eat in the car.  Where to begin?

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain.  

  1.  I would hang on to my photo albums, with those carefully captioned pictures that have randomly turned blue   When did I have time to write all those clever captions?  Going digital certainly makes it easier to roam through past events but who has time to tag photos?  I appreciate Google’s ability to find “dogs” without tags.  On the other hand, the Google photo app and my iPhotos do NOT speak to one another.  I think the problem goes far beyond poor social skills.
  2.  All my digital “toys,” as my dearest teaching widower calls them.  Humph!  They are more than toys!
  3.  My bed bears.  ‘Nuff said.

What calms you down?  Chocolate.  Or chocolate.  Probably chocolate.  Mostly chocolate.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  This kiddo and his family continue to inspire me.  Unfortunately, I “inspired” this young man with the flu and he was perilously ill.  Oh, how grateful I am for answered prayers!

Mama and Y

* Sharing my world, 1 bug at a time

Cee has terrific blogging challenges and one of my faves is her Share Your World challenge.  If you don’t follow her site, you’re missing out on amazing photography and lots of connections with other bloggers.

Here are this week’s questions:

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?  I don’t sit still outside at all.  My body is bug fodder.  Mosquitoes find me instantly.  I was bitten a few weeks ago while walking into the house with one hand exposed!  And you would not believe the number of mosquitoes that attacked me in southern Florida while I glistened with repellent.  I’ve had Lyme disease from two tick bites when I fell (only briefly) into the junipers next to our driveway; I was on crutches but got no sympathy from those critters.  I have never picked blackberries without a multitude of chigger bites, even with bug spray soaking my waist.

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When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?  We haven’t had a major power outage for a few years but I have stocked up on LED lanterns.  Candles are pretty but useless for finding matching clothes.  And our flashlights barely flicker, probably because the batteries and bulbs are 20 years old.  I would rather use my phone for games.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?  Hmm.  I’d like to get out of debt- and my dearest teaching widower and I do our best to be generous.  The question reminds me of past prayers to win the lottery, which wasn’t in God’s plans.  We have been blessed in MANY ways and I hope we would do His will in either scenario.  My widower says maybe I have too many toys.  Come on!!  Is that even possible?  In this era of digital goodies?

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.  My dearest teaching widower, who works day and night on his training and research, is my inspiration.  I may be in here reading or playing and he’s in the sunroom, pacing, writing, and leaving piles of eraser shavings on the floor.  He’s an amazing guy, funny and faithful.  Always there for me, with his wise and gentle ways.  I adore him!

* Sharing my world

I love to participate in Cee’s Share Your World blogging challenge.  How does she do it. week after week?  And her blog is filled with so many photographic gems!  Wow!  here are this week’s questions.

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?  In my adolescence, I wanted to move to Russia.  The music, the dance, the art- they all captured my soul.  Then I read “A Town Called Alice,” which perhaps gave me a romantic notion about gorgeous Australia.  Once I learned of the poisonous critters swimming offshore and those cane toads plopping everywhere, I changed my mind.  Now?  I think I’d live in northern Canada, bundled up in furs and learning to walk in snowshoes.  (Yeah, talk about stereotypes….)

What color would you like your bedroom to be?  It’s already got one blue wall, which is the first thing you see when you walk in, but I’d like to change the tone of that blue to a warmer hue.  Some day!

What makes you happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.  I am never happier than when I’m worshiping God, especially with fellow believers.  My dearest teaching widower is the greatest joy in my life after Jesus.  And I am so happy when I’m teaching.  What a gift!  I think chocolate comes next.

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 teach a gifted but medically disabled student who has remarkable perseverance and determination.  I can’t imagine being in the continual pain and dealing with other serious conditions which are a part of his daily existence.  He is an amazing kiddo who has defied all medical and educational expectations.  I adore him and it’s a joy to be in his life.  His parents are also amazing (they’d have to be!) and I feel so loved by them all.

Engineers

Celebrating a special day as engineers of learning and fun!

* Sharing my world

I always look forward to Cee’s Share Your World blogging challenge.  Sadly, I’ve been an erratic blogger for a while….  OK, I will put that behind me and wordpress on!

I want to learn more about… so many things!  I love information of all sorts, which is why I am enjoying the Skelgill detective series so much.  It’s also why I love teaching; the field of research keeps expanding and instruction becomes integrally tied to what we know about neuroscience.

On a vacation, what you would require in any place that you sleep?  No roaches!  We spent a week at a beach resort years ago and as we were getting ready for bed, I saw this GIGANTIC roach on the wall above the bed.  My dearest widower mounted an energetic but futile attack.  (Did you know they can flip upside down and hang onto ledges like acrobats?)  My widower assured me it was gone for good but I whined, “What if it comes back and gets on my face?”  Once I had settled down, we fell asleep.  I awoke to a gentle touch of something crawling across my lips!  As it moved up my forehead, I shrieked and jumped up and down on the bed, trying to knock it off me.  My dearest widower quickly mounted a renewed assault and the bloody roach was smashed.  I can still feel it on my lips.  Such trauma!

What is your greatest extravagance?  Oh, that’s easy!  Yesterday I ate an entire giant Caramello bar in less than 5 minutes.  Yum!

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.   I teach a medically fragile student who endures more than any of us could possibly imagine.  (I do plan to share a LOT more about him pretty soon.)  This kiddo is courageous, determined, and gifted.  He can hardly speak, can’t use his limbs, and has multiple disorders.  I am inspired by his incredible effort, his empathy for others, and his wild sense of humor.  I am blessed to teach this youngster!

Hard hat day

His family enjoyed a Hard Hat Day as we worked on “construction” at Camp Wonderopolis!

* On a tightrope

I love Cee’s Share Your World Challenge.  No, it couldn’t possibly be that my favorite subject is MYSELF!  No no no!

Since this is NOT all about me, here we go:

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?  Hot and spicy.  It’s a proven fact that as you age, you lose taste buds, among other vital cells.  Thank goodness I can’t see what’s happening in my brain, but my tongue is as smooth as a baby’s something-or-other.  I can eat foods now that I would never have tried decades ago, simply because everything tastes so bland without a LOT of extra kick.

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Oh, baby, enjoy it while you can!

Where do you hide junk when people come over?  We are blessed to have an abundance of places to hide junk.  I know, it is also a curse, because we are close to being stars on the Hoarders TV show.  If we have time, upstairs is our perfect “ditch the junk” spot.  In a hurry, and we do not welcome drop-ins, everything gets tossed onto the washer and dryer with doors quickly smashed shut.

Junk-ditching reaches a crisis point when folks are spending the night.  We do have a dedicated junk room, of course, but our other favorite spots (the landing, the upstairs hallway, and our bedroom) are in peril if people can walk around freely.  Granted, our guests may find it odd to have every upstairs door shut and locked, but we don’t stand on pride in this hoarder’s paradise.  I would show you photos, but that defeats the purpose of hiding spots, right?

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life?  Um, cleaning up the junk?  Seriously, that is on the top of my Google Keep list.  And I stare at that item every day.  Then I take a tranquilizer and the moment passes.  Just kidding; the moment never passes.  That list weighs more than an elephant.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  So, speaking of elephants, I would not ever ride another one as long as I live.  The human hips are not meant to be spread at such an angle, believe me.  No, I have always longed to be a tightrope artist.  I’m fascinated by Charles Blondin, who walked over Niagara Falls carrying a man on his back (and also cooked an omelet while perching up there).  It’s a wonderful thing that my fear of heights is a “controlled” phobia.  (You’ll have to read this if you want the inside scoop.)

So I don’t feel alone in this, tell me how much you like to write about yourself!  

* Got an attitude?

How fun!  Another week of Cee’s Share Your World, one of my favorite blogging challenges.  I don’t know how she does it, but Cee not only blogs multiple times every day, sharing terrific photos, she also comes up with some cool questions.  Here are the latest.  I hope my snake-like attitude tonight doesn’t pop up in every answer!

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?  I have erased many topics on this one, mostly because I don’t want to offend someone who adores whatever.  I DO get the point of them but simply don’t care much about celebrity culture and current fashion trends.  I don’t spend much time on social media, either, because it’s not a priority.  If I have any time that isn’t scheduled, I’d prefer to read.

What quirky things do people do where you are from?  I guess I’m from North Carolina now, so bickering about basketball and football allegiances is huge in this area.  The Tar Heels and Blue Devils are major rivals; be careful what kind of bumper sticker you have when driving through Chapel Hill or Durham!

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?  There are some social non-graces I’d like to undo or simply relearn.  I’m not a good listener unless I work at it.  My “filter” is often compromised and I say the first thing that comes to mind.  Ouch.  I work hard at not being critical, but I was raised with such harshness and cruelty that my deep-inside default is often negative.  Like tonight.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?  No one comes to mind.  My dearest teaching widower (aka psychologist) says I have an attachment disorder.  I’m OK with that because I’d rather read.  Yep, I’m a bit grouchy this evening.  This critter and I got into it today.  I mean, seriously?  Get off the BIRD feeder, you rascal.

 

squirrel with tude