Share Your World 1-18-2021

Melanie is our host for the Share Your World questions.
You can find out more and join in by clicking on the link below:
https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/01/18/share-your-world-1-18-2021/

QUESTIONS:

Why do we dream? I think we dream because we have so many ideas in our heads and so many things that we think about. Our days are chock full of stimulation, there is no way that the conscious mind can tend to it all in a day. The thing I don’t understand is how they are supposedly so short even though it may feel like a dream lasts all night!

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become? I’m not sure if it influences who they become but I think it can influence how they interact with others. I suppose that does affect how they grow and develop. My mom used to say that kids with strange names had it harder in life because people would always wonder where their names came from, what they meant, if they were an indicator of who the person was. I don’t believe it to that extent but I do think that looking to make your child the most original with a weird name can be confusing to them when they start school and feel like they are so different because all the other kids have “normal” names.

Does hardship make a person stronger?  (example:  What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger) I don’t think it is the hardship that makes you stronger, it is how you deal with it and choose to learn from it. My life is very different than it was three years ago and although it has been difficult I don’t think it has made me stronger. In actuality it has almost weakened my strenght.

Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions, but judge others by their actions? Because you can’ read others’ minds to know their intentions, you only see what they do…how they act.

I am so grateful for my daughter, for David, for Laurette, and my dad. They make it all worth it!

©2021 CBialczak

Fandango’s Provocative Question #104

Today’s provocative question is about formal education. We all have our opinions on how best to educate and prepare our children to succeed in today’s highly complex world. So this begs the question:

What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

To participate go to Fandango’s blog: https://fivedotoh.com/2021/01/13/fandangos-provocative-question-104/

I don’t know if I can limit my answer to only one thing…but there are two things that come to mind immediately. My idea comes from working with students in all grades, especially those in high school who are supposedly becoming adults when they leave.
1. Cursive: Most US schools no longer have cursive in their curriculum. Kids need to know how to sign their names. Isn’t that still the legal expectation? It not only provides this ability it also helps dexterity and fine motor skills that don’t include buttons.
2. Reality: Kids grow up having no clue what reality is. Many believe working is optional, learning is intrinsic, and whatever they think is correct. Kids need true doses of reality. No one is going to like you just because you look like someone likeable. No one is going to give you free things just because they want to. No one is obligated to take care of you when you are old enough to care for yourself. No one is obligated to treat you kindly if you are going to be a jerk. I could go on and on and on………

Truthful Tuesday

For this week PCGuyIV writes: I would like everyone to share something positive from this year. What you share is up to you. It just has to be something good that happened this year, and it needs to be true.
To participate you can find it here: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/truthful-tuesday-december-29th-2020/comment-page-1/?unapproved=1713&moderation-hash=97387b8b3bee8755bcf16efd23ccbcb7#comment-1713

One positive, which is really more than one but I will count as a collective whole, is selling my miniatures. When I first started making them I did so with the intent on learning how to build a dollhouse. I didn’t realize what was out there and how much I would love this craft. After building a few and hearing people praise my efforts I thought, “Hey, it won’t hurt and it only costs a tiny amount to list on Etsy.com. It was slow at first but I proved to my followers and customers that I am completely dedicated to doing my best work all the time. I pride myself on the details I pay attention to and the little things I add to make something “work”.

Over all, I have sold 15 miniatures! I am really proud of myself and love that I still love making them!

©2020 CBialczak

Blogging Insights

Dr. Tanya hosts this weekly: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/blogging-insights-60-organising-your-blog/

TODAY’S QUESTIONS

How organised are you when it comes to blogging? Do you have a blog schedule or do you play it by the ear? I used to have a sort of schedule. My mornings are usually the same…wake up, let the dog out, feed the dog, feed the guinea pigs, make coffee, then sit and blog. Most recently I have been sitting down to make miniatures before blogging, which has left me a little out of the loop. I went to bed last night telling myself that I would blog before anything else today. It feels good. Almost like I am at work with my coworkers…My WP Coworkers!

How often do you’ tidy up’ your blog? e.g. go through your Drafts Folder, or go through old posts checking for broken links etc.? I don’t really go through my drafts folder and all that because most of my blog posts either get posted or go directly to trash. Right now, I do have some items to sort through, but the only reason to do it now is because it has been brought up. Every other week maybe I go through and try to put posts under the correct headings in my menu. I figure that way if I want to find something I just click on the category, and voila! Other than that I try to keep things neat all the time. I can say that I finally found a “theme” that I actually like. Not sure how long that will last. Usually six months and I am ready for something new. I have wanted to ask people..Is there an easier way than going into “customize”, etc. to move posts under their related categories? I do put the tags and all that, but I have to manually move them if I want them to pop up when I click on the menu.

5 Things

Go here to participate: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/5-things-you-miss-about-driving-to-work/

5 Things that you miss about your daily drive / commute to work.

  1. music – I listen to music sometimes when I am home, definitely in the car, but I don’t drive everyday so I do miss it.
  2. familiarity – I always liked “knowing” what to expect along my drive. That being said…
  3. new sights – I found it fun to see the new things people did to their homes or yards.
  4. quiet – sometimes I would be driving for so long before realizing that I hadn’t turned the music on. This was more common in the afternoons when I just needed to decompress.
  5. finding new routes – every so often I would turn down some random street to see if it got me to where I needed to go. Again, this was an after-work thing.

Truthful Tuesday: December 22nd, 2020

Come tell the truth here: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/truthful-tuesday-december-22nd-2020/

What gift that you received as a child still sticks out in your mind today? What made it so memorable?

The first gift that came to my mind was this doll, Baby Alive, who could crawl and eat and drink! She had real diapers so when you fed her or gave her a bottle, you had a real dirty diaper to change. I remember wanting this doll so badly. I also remember finding out after feeding her the included food, that the food didn’t go through her as quickly and as cleanly as the fluid, so we had to stop feeding her, she was getting all gunked up.

I think this is so memorable because as a child we used to receive the Sears Toy Catalog every year. I remember sitting down with it, and a paper and pencil, to prepare my list to Santa. I would have the toy or toys I really wanted at the top of the list. Baby Alive was one of those “top of the list” things I asked for.

Check this out: https://youtu.be/LLpDMLwV3Ug

And this is the real commercial! https://youtu.be/HA8RsYEr_J8

Fibbing Friday

Thanks to Di for great questions and a little Friday fun! https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/fibbing-friday-18th-december/

1. Why is a Pantomime thus called? What else would you call the creepy guys clothing choice?
2. Why was the White Rabbit late? It was waiting for a white Christmas
3. What happened when Aladdin rubbed the lamp for the first time? Ew, that’s gross and awfully private. Why does he call it a lamp anyhow?
4. How many ugly sisters were there? I really only have one if I had to say “ugly”.
5. What did Jack exchange for the magic beans? A lot of gas!
6. Why do they always shout ‘It’s behind you!!’ Because if it was in front of you you would see it.
7. What was the house in the woods made of that Hansel and Gretel found? Um, wood.
8. Who owned The Mirror Mirror on the wall? Probably the store the store before the customer the customer
9. What was the name of Dick Whittington’s cat? No, that’s what he called his wife when they argued!
10. Who was Tinkerbell? The guy who fixed the bell in the belltower, a tinkerer of sorts.

Truthful Tuesday

When it comes to giving money, do you view it as a thoughtful gift, or as a sign that the giver didn’t care enough to think about a “real” gift?

To answer this question truthfully go to: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/truthful-tuesday-december-8th-2020/
To answer this question untruthfully go to: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/truthful-tuesday-december-8th-2020/

My answer:

When it comes to “money gifts” I think it depends on who it is from and what occasion. There are definitely people one would like to buy for but have no idea what would be a suitable gift. That being said, I don’t think all gifts have to be what someone wants. A gift is a gesture. I worked with someone once who during Secret Santa time told everyone, “Do not buy me candles or any sort of knick-knack. I don’t want candy or food either.” She told people that scratch-offs were good.

I think giving money is okay if you know the person receiving it wants to spend it on something special. To just always give money,…well why bother?

As far as gift cards go, again depends on who and what for. Gift cards are a great way to not feel like you are wasting money on something someone doesn’t want anyhow. Well, in this day and age, people just buy whatever they want whenever they want so if they don’t want something nice, then that is their issue, not yours.

As far as I go, when I get gift cards I use them and when I get money I try to find something that I really wanted but didn’t want to just pay outright for.

©2020 CBialczak

Share Your World 12-7-2020

Share your world with Melanie: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/12/07/share-your-world-12-7-2020/

QUESTIONS

Do you enjoy skiing or ice skating or if it’s warm where you are, hiking or enjoying outdoor sports? I used to ski. I don’t know if I ever loved it. I loved it once I was there doing it but the thought of going and skiing is just not… I ice skated as a kid. I don’t think I ever really liked it either. I did when I had skates with double blades so I didn’t fall down. I used to love roller-blading. I guess I like the warmer weather sports. Sometimes I think I am sort of boring like that because I can live without a lot of activities…

Do you give to charities or homeless that you might encounter, during this time of year, more than you do otherwise? The only charity I give to more this time of year is Salvation Army because they have their bell ringers out. Growing up my dad used to say to always give a little to Salvation Army when you see them because Salvation Army sent him to summer camp when he was a kid. He said his family was too poor to afford something like summer camp. On a regular basis I give to Disabled American Vets. I also give to St. Jude Shrine and St. Judes Children Hospital. My stepmom gives to Shriners. My dad to St. Judes. I always think if everyone just grabbed a few coins out of the bottom of their purse that would add up.

What is the most enjoyable activity you engage in during December?  Is it a tradition for you and your family? The most enjoyable activity for December is cooking for my family. I love to cook and make cookies and good food. I used to host Christmas Eve and invited everyone who wanted to come. Since losing my husband and then my son, and now COVID, I’m really just cooking for myself, David and Lindsay.

What changes will C-19 bring to your festive celebrations this year?  Honestly, this year will probably be like last year. Quiet. This will be the first time I am not in Florida with my dad for Christmas but with the prices of travel at the holidays, it is just too expensive. On top of that I want to be around for Lindsay since it is just her and I now, well with David of course…

Blogging Insights # 58 — Family and Friends

Check out Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel: https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/blogging-insights-58-family-and-friends/

TODAY’S QUESTIONS:

How supportive are your family(or friends) of your blog? I think that most people, friends and family, support my blogging. I appreciate when people make some acknowledgement that they have read something. I sometimes see that someone “likes” a post that has gone directly to Facebook or one of the other sites, and I am surprised that it was read or seen. I do know there are a handful of friends and family that never check out my blog and that bothers me a little because I feel like they don’t really care to look. But, that being said, I don’t know how often I would even expect someone to check it out. If they aren’t interested, then I understand that.

Do they do anything to help with your blogging efforts? I don’t think that I really ask for any help. Once in a while I will appreciate someone sharing something that I hadn’t expected.

Do they read your work and offer a critique, if so, how do you react to it? I know that David reads most of my blogging. He doesn’t really critique as much as just lets me know which posts he really liked. If I make any errors he will gently let me know. I love feedback. I also don’t blog to impress anyone so I don’t necessarily worry about what other people think.

©2020 CBialczak