Share Your World: 10/03/2022

Join in on Melanie’s site: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/10/03/share-your-world-10-3-2022/

Favourite horror or Halloween-themed song?  Or a song you rarely hear except around a holiday. Definitely Thriller by Michael Jackson and I enjoy it so much more if I have the video to go with it! https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision? No, only my guardian angel once in a while

Which urban legend scares you the most? (most countries have such stories – share yours if you would like to) I tend to not really believe in urban legends as “real” just because I’ve never been in a situation to “prove” one true.

You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do? Stand frozen to my spot for a minute to think. Look for the most deadly object within reach. Wait to hear if they come closer. Venture out if there are no more noises.

What is your favourite season? It used to be fall/autumn until there was a certain spider in CT that was very active when the temperatures went down. Winter might be mine now that I live in FL. I don’t like snow, wet leaves have slugs, sticky summer days have horses flies and mosquitos. Spring could be up there on the top of the list I suppose!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. As a reminder, there will not be a Hodgepodge next week (September 28th). The Hodgepodge will resume the following Wednesday, October 5th. Join in here: http://www.fromthissideofthepond.com/2022/09/recording-hodgepodge.html?m=1

1. Volume 478. Sounds like a lot. Where were you in 1978? If you weren’t born where were you in 2008? 

In 1978 I was 7 years old and living in Guilford, CT. I went to Calvin Leete Elementary School, the same school I went to do my student teaching so many years later for my teaching certificate.
In 2008 I think I was living in Niantic, CT. Both my kids and myself always wished we had never moved away from there but who knows how things would have gone had we stayed…

2. Raise your hand if you remember records playing at a speed of 78 rpm? What’s a topic that when it comes up you ‘sound like a broken record’? 

I am raising my hand! I remember we only had a few of these records. If I remember correctly they were thicker than the 45s. We also had an 8 track tape player, not sure if that is the right name. It looked like an old version of an old version of Nintendo!
“You sound like a broken record” reminds me of a parent saying this to a nagging youngster. My mother probably used to say it to me!

3. What’s the last thing you recorded in some way? 

I would have to say a video of me putting one of my miniatures together using a GoPro. I wanted to record the entire building process until I realized it would be way too long and way too boring. I don’t even know if I still have it!

4. Thursday is the first day of fall (in the northern hemisphere). How do you feel about the changing seasons? Something you’re looking forward to this fall? 

I don’t know how I feel about the changing seasons because I moved out of the northeast and live in the south now. I guess I will miss some of the colors of the leaves, even though we might take a ride up north soon to see David’s dad. One thing I always looked forward to and will certainly miss is apple picking. That was one of my favorite things to do in the fall.

5. In what way (or ways) are you like the apple that didn’t ‘fall far from the tree’? 

I see so many mannerisms in my father that are mine too! Weird stuff usually, like how obsessed he is with clean teeth and flossing. The way we “twiddle our thumbs” so to speak when we are waiting for something. My mother is no longer alive but she was wonderfully crafty and was able to make anything and everything. I think this is closer to who I am.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Lately, every book I read has a female character who has either lost her husband or a child. Part of me wants to stop listening to these stories but I like them. I read so many different books by various authors, so there isn’t a connection. Just weird, like life is making me not want to push my feelings back.

Cyranny’s quickie!

Join in here: https://cyranny.com/2022/09/18/cyrannys-quickie-873/

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Do you think you’d be game to try nudism, someday? I really only have a few problems with nudism…1. There are too many freaky weirdos who do f—-ed up things to people for no reason. 2. Some people think that only one body type is “good”. 3. Clothes off don’t need to be the equivalent of sexual activity and 4. Some people are NOT clean and have no intention on changing that and that is not something I want to encounter! 5. Has anyone thought of diseases? 🤢

Throwback Thursday #56 – Is it Better to Have Loved and Lost?

Maggie is hosting Throwback Thursday: https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/09/15/throwback-thursday-56-is-it-better-to-have-loved-and-lost/

This week’s prompt is: First Heartbreak

How old were you when you had your first heartbreak? (For some it might be well into adulthood and that’s fine, too!) I think I was about 21 when it all finally ended. It started I suppose when I was 19.

Who broke your heart – first names only? James

Do you remember how the breakup happened? Someone told me that he was cheating on me. I accused him, and he denied it. After that everytime, he spoke of other girls I didn’t trust him so I broke up with him. That was when I was 19. When I was about 22 we got back together and I was so happy. After a few weeks we were supposed to meet for dinner and he cancelled and said he never wanted to see me again. I begged him to meet me face to face to tell me why and he said – because I broke his heart once he was going to break my heart.

Did you have a ring or token of your love? Did you return it? no, nothing

Did you think this was true love? yes

Did you play any sad songs to soothe the pain? If so, do you remember the name of the song? I can’t remember playing any songs but it took a long time to get over the pain he caused. It was just so mean.

If you were an adolescent, were your parents sympathetic or were they of the “it’s only puppy love” school of thought? My father had no idea and my mother was so sick with cancer. My friends told me I was lucky to be done with him.

How long did it take you to get over it all? Honestly? About 25 years

Do you remember this person fondly or is it someone you prefer to forget? I don’t know if I want to know him or not. What he did was really cruel, I feel. For many years I just wanted to ask him if he cared about me anymore. It really doesn’t matter though.

After all was said and done, was it for the best or did you remain longing for a love lost? Who knows? I think if we were together it would have been good but then again if he is that vengeful, who knows.

Fibbing Friday

Di and Melanie host Fibbing Friday. Melanie I hope you feel better soon! Thanks Di for hosting!

1. What is a broom? The sound a toy car makes

2. What is a doughnut? The source of bread before it is processed.

3. What is a penny farthing? A penny that has a lisp with gas

4. What is a blanket? The opposite of a fullet

5. What is a socket? A tiny little sock

6. What is tapestry? The art of using tape

7. What is e-mail? The mail you get after you have received the d-mail

8. What is a shower? a person who likes to expose themselves

9. What is a sandbag? a cranky old lady

10. What is chocolate? a nickname for the guy who always shows up last to be in the spotlight

Throwback Thursday #52 – Transitions and Modifications

Maggie is our host: https://fromcavewalls.wordpress.com/2022/08/18/throwback-thursday-52-transitions-and-modifications/

  1. Think about your first haircut. Were you the kid that cut your own hair? Did you go to a salon or did your parents cut your hair? Did your parents save a lock of your hair? I have no recollection of getting haircuts until the one time in middle school I was at a sleep-over party and one friend cut one side of my hair and another cut the other side. I have always had the attitude that “it will grow back”.
  2. How about shaving? Fathers often teach their sons to shave. Most girls I know, decided for themselves when to shave their legs and their underarms. Some cultures do not shave at all. I used to fake shave my face with my dad when I was really young. I remember lathering up the soft cream then “shaving” it off with the end of my toothbrush. I remember asking my mom if I could shave my legs and she protested but eventually I did it anyway. Now I’m a bit lazy.
  3. Did you alter your clothes? Cut jeans into cut-offs? Cut the sleeves off t-shirts? Wear graphic tees? Tie-dyes? Sew patches on your jeans? I don’t recall altering my clothes but I did have a lot of hand-me-downs. I also remember having patches sewn onto holes in my jeans but on the inside, not the outside. I don’t think I have ever really done anything except cut jeans into shorts.
  4. Was there a time you remember challenging the authority in your household. Do you remember the first time you found your voice? I don’t think I challenged authority until after my mother passed away. My little brother was 10 and I was 23. I still lived at home and it was awful. I was in charge of everything and I had three part-time jobs (teaching nursery school, cleaning houses, and waitressing). One day my father got pissed because I hadn’t made his bed or changed the sheets or something like that. I moved out. I moved in with Bob who became my first husband. I was so sick of it at my house and my older sister was never around. I had to do all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, errands…I remember having a day that I had to go to “The Cleaners” to pick up my dad’s suits.
  5. What about piercings? Girls getting their ears pierced was a rite of passage for girls. Then boys started getting one ear pierced. As time passed, piercings became more mainstream and accepted. I first got my ears pierced when I was maybe 12. I got a second piercing in one ear when I was in my teens, I was drunk and my sister’s friend, also drunk, did it with a needle. It took quite a few years but I evened both sides out and the got an extra piercing. Now I have four in each ear but only use the first, third and fourth because the second on my right side is so close to the edge I get nervous it will rip out. When I was in my early thirties I got my belly button pierced. My daughter has tons of piercings. I had always said I could handle anything but the eyebrow and the tongue. Well, she became her own piercer and did her nose and ears and her friends’ noses and ears. I found out a while later that she did have her tongue pierced which makes me want to throw up.
  6. Did you walk on the wild side? Smoking? Drinking? Did your parents know? In high school we all smoked and we all drank. My mom kind-of knew and didn’t allow it but didn’t check for it everytime I got home. There were nights that I would get home and say goodnight and she would tell me NOT to say goodnight to my dad because I smelled either like cigarettes or booze. One night, in the middle of winter, my boyfriend picked me up and we went to a bonfire out in the woods. I remember having a bottle of Vodka (1.75L). Well, I ended up drinking it all by myself and luckily didn’t die. My boyfriend proceeded to drop me off in my driveway in the snow. I remember crawling to the back door. I guess I fumbled with the key for so long it woke my mother and she came and whipped the door open. She was mad! She was more mad that the boyfriend let me drink as much as I had. At the time she said I was beyond making any such decisions for myself. She told me she didn’t want to see my boyfriend for a long time. Well that lasted about a few hours because the boyfriend did come over that afternoon.
  7. What about tattoos? Did you get a tattoo while still living at home? Did your parents approve? I got my first tattoo when my late husband turned 40. I brought him to a tattoo place as a surprise birthday gift. He had a small tattoo on his arm and had talked about getting another some day. I didn’t realize how badly it hurt and how it was sort of an awful gift. Anyhow, I wanted a clownfish because it reminded me of my mother. I got Nemo instead because he was such a big deal back then. I didn’t show my father. My neighbor thought it was fake and tried to pick it off with a fingernail! Holy shit! That was painful. I didn’t think about it for many years. Finally I started again and it was addictive. I have quite a few now. My father never liked them. I tried to find meaning in all of mine. I am due for a new one and have contacted my last artist. Maybe next week?!?!
  8. What about language? Was swearing allowed in your family?  Did you use the same language around your friends as you did at home with your family? No one really swore in my house. I know my sister did a few times and my mother would say she was going to wash her mouth out with soap.
  9. Think back to high school. Girls, did you iron your hair? Did you color your hair? (using Sun-in counts!) Guys, did you grow a beard or moustache? Did you grow your hair long? Feel free to share a photo of yourself back in the day. I curled my hair. Sort of like the Farrah Faucet look. I dyed it a few times by spraying peroxide all over it. I eventually went back to my original color which was a mousy dark blonde. I color it now with Ion Hair Color and a deep moisturizer.
  10. Many people think our authentic self is the person we were as young children. Are you still inherently the same person you were as a child or have you changed your personality and demeanor along the way? I think I am about the same person.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #178

Fandango hosts this question each week. Check it out here: https://fivedotoh.com/2022/08/17/fandangos-provocative-question-178/

When did time actually begin?

Honestly, what is time? It is different at any given moment in any given place. Does it really even matter? Back in the day farmers used the sun and the moon to gauge time, as did the people before that. When I am blogging here in FL at 5:00 in the afternoon and a fellow blogger is just getting ready for bed it is just that we are doing different things. My biggest “issue” with time is the whole space thing and stars being “light-years away”. I cannot wrap my head around the sense of time when it comes to space because it just makes no sense to me. If a star is 2000 light years away then how the heck are we seeing it? What is a light year? How is that time?

I guess if I had to give a definitive answer I would say time began with humans because anything else lives off the rotation of the earth.

Share Your World

This week Di is hosting Share Your World: https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/08/15/share-your-world-15th-august/

1. Do you prefer to live in a single story property like a bungalow, a high rise apartment, or a house? The house we live in now is supposedly considered a bungalow. I am not really sure what the difference is. Until this question I never thought to look. I like living in a detached building. When I was living in a condo last year I was really miserable because there was no where to sit without people walking by all the time. Also, in the condo we were in you were not allowed to have chairs out on the main walkways so I always felt like that kept people, like my father, very isolated. He would have been happy if he could sit and chat to whoever came by.

2. If you won a large amount of money on the lottery, would you want publicity or keep things quiet and low key? Definitely on the down low. I don’t know if I would want to tell anyone but David and Lindsay. My dad wouldn’t understand and I guess a few friends would find out, I would probably be tempted to share the good news. But as they say, “if you don’t play, you don’t win” and I don’t play.

3. How do you like your eggs? (No, this is not a trick question) Over medium so that the yolk is runny but the whites are not. Like Fandango https://fivedotoh.com/2022/08/15/share-your-world-08-15-2022/ I like the egg in the bread, especially when the bread is nice and buttery. If I do an omelet my most recent “like” is sausage and swiss.

4. If cars were no longer available, what would be your choice of transport? Hard to say because of where I live. An ebike would probably end up being the winner because buses aren’t prevalent near me. To be totally honest I would love a helicopter.

Gratitude:
Our aim is to make at least one person smile every day.
Okay!

Truthful Tuesday

This week Di, of Pensitivity 101 is our guest host for Truthful Tuesday while Melanie has some time out. Here is the question.

Delivery or Takeaway

Would you be bothered having a Chinese/Indian/Chippie/Pizza or similar on your doorstep or would you enjoy the convenience of having a takeaway outlet within walking distance.

I think within walking distance is the best. I don’t want the traffic involved in the food business. I would also get nervous about robbery and stuff like that. As far as being close enough to smell the cuisine…bring it on! I love the smell of different foods. I guess all those smells aren’t good if they are together all the time but separately..yummy!

We do use delivery once in a while but by the time you pay for delivery and tip the driver you have just added ten to fifteen dollars to the bill. It get’s really expensive. Honestly, the curbside pickup is ideal.