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…

Schmutzwortsuche: Word of the Day

Melanie from sparksfromacombustiblemind https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/08/14/word-of-the-day-schmutzwortsuche/
decided this was the word of the day. Well, I had a laugh reading Di’s at pensitivity101; https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2020/08/14/word-of-the-day-schmutzwortsuche-2/

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I remember when we were younger, probably around third grade, when we started hearing swear words, we used to look words up in the dictionary to see if they were “real” words or to see what the dictionary said it meant. Some I remember were: shit, ass, and yes, I will admit, penis. Hahaha! Now if you looked that up on the internet you would get a lot more than a definition of the male appendage.

My dad always had a dictionary in the bathroom. He would read a new word every day. I don’t know about you but I go in, do my business, then leave. I can sit anywhere else in the house to read.

So I don’t have anything funny to say about this word, it is one of those words that you hear once and never see again. I will have to post something if I see this word elsewhere in the future!

Share Your World 8-3-2020

Questions:

What will finally break the Internet?  Do you believe it can be broken at all?

online porn…it is so rampant that its going to start being a normal thing to show up in your feed, people will get disgusted with it. If this doesn’t break it then its really sad.

What are some ‘red flags’ to watch out for in daily life?  (take it as you want)

Red flags: bugs getting in the house, leaving the light on outside at night so the moths come in the house, Donald Trump supporters boasting any sort of lead he might have

What’s the silliest thing someone has argued with you about?

A friend told me back in college that my boyfriend saw her at a bar and admitted to cheating on me. We then had a huge fight about whether she was telling the truth.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found lying on the ground / side of the road?

One shoe…Where’s the other one? How do you lose only one?


Gratitude Section (optional as always)

Please feel free to share your photos, stories, poetry, or memes that promote gratitude! 

I am grateful for my daughter and her ability to support me even though I am her mother and should be supporting her.

Share Your World 5-18-2020

Welcome to Share Your World!

Melanie will post four or five different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate. https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/05/18/share-your-world-5-18-2020/

  1. Create a Share Your World post.  Then post the link to that blog post or leave your answers in the comments box of her blog.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “Share Your World”  and link it to this post.
  3.  Ping-backs are activated, but how efficiently varies.  For instructions on how ping-backs work, in case you weren’t certain, please click here.  You may wish to leave a link to your blog post in the comments just to be sure.  Thanks!

This weeks questions

Questions:

What’s something you really resent paying for? Does it have to be just one? For a recent purchase I resent that I paid for the Lucy Tool. It is not what they advertise. For a past purchase I would say the cosmetic surgery I had. It was so not worth it, horrible then, fine now, but unnecessary!

 What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen? The Experiment starring Forest Whitaker https://youtu.be/oi22xiNAfD0 and then Saw https://youtu.be/S-1QgOMQ-ls

Do you judge people?  Yes but I keep it to myself until I know for sure.

Finish this sentence:  “Back in my day, we…”? Back in the day, we used to play outside all day, every day and if we were thirsty someone always had a garden hose! We never went in other kids’ homes unless some strange emergency, and we didn’t snack like kids do today. If we were hungry we would eat those clover flowers and I don’t know what else, but there were no snacks!


Gratitude

Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude.   We can all use some good vibes!  

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I am grateful for David who helped me clear my flowerbeds of leaves, without me asking, because that was the first time (at least that I can remember) that I had help doing it. I remember Bob helping a few times after I pleaded for help! Lol! Most of the time I never really asked for help, I just did it by myself. This year, David did it and told me he did it after he was already done! Woo Hoo!!!!

I am also grateful for my mail lady – Summer – because I order almost everything and she puts everything neatly on my deck, year round. I don’t know her last name. I left her a gift card about two weeks ago and I haven’t seen her since. I hope she got it. Otherwise someone is enjoying Dunkin’ instead of her!

Share Your World 5-11-2020

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Written for Melanie: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/05/11/share-your-world-5-11-2020/

Questions:

  • I asked this on an award thingie I was nominated for, and I got such interesting responses, I thought I’d ask it on Share Your World too:  Do you have a favorite kind of tree? White Birch. I don’t really know why, I just love the way the bark has the black hash marks.
  • What bridges are you happy you burned? My college group of friends. They held so many grudges and their perceptions were so unlike mine that it became toxic. I used to cry about why this one won’t talk to me, or that one will. One of the group, who was like my best friend, got pregnant shortly after I had my second child. I crocheted a blanket and sent the gift to the shower. At the time Bob and I were both working full time and still struggling to pay bills, etc. I didn’t go to the baby shower because I would have had to take a shift off of work, I waitressed at the time. About a year later I saw this friend. I asked her what she had, she said a boy. I asked if she liked the blanket I made. She said she never even opened the box, it was up in the closet, because she was mad at me for not going to her baby shower.
  • Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger? Honestly, I don’t know. I mean if it was like going to work at a hospital where patients have COVID-19 then yes. If it was for the life of a child I think that would be a yes. But in the scheme of things who really knows? I think years ago it would have been more of a definite yes but now that my daughter has lost her father and her brother, I would be so afraid of leaving her with no-one.
  • How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over? Not so much my priorities but my time management has. I realize also that I don’t need to do all the running around, shopping for things I don’t need.

Gratitude Section:

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I am grateful for: David and my daughter, my fairly healthy body, and the few friends who show me that they care about me just as much as I care about them.

Share Your World 03-30-2020

Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? 

This was an easy one for me! Waffles. I have always loved waffles. Eggo used to make them bigger and a little bit thicker, so the last time I bought them I was a little disappointed. My only problem with loving waffles is I love to have a bit of butter in each square. Then I love Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup. Some of you may raise your eyebrows at my choices but it just tastes so good!

I have a waffle maker here at home so I make them once or twice a month. David and I both love them. He uses real Maple Syrup and no butter. Sometimes I make strawberries with a bit of sugar and he will put that on them. Again, for me, butter and syrup.

Thanks Melanie for hosting. I know I am a few days late, but better late than never right?

Gratitude

Share something you are grateful for right now.  I know that’s a tough question.  It helps to share those bright bits with folks though, because many of us are seeing through an increasingly dark glass. From https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/03/23/share-your-world-3-23-2020/#comment-28484

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I am grateful for my daughter. Despite her being 21 and wanting to move on and become an adult, she grounds me and makes me remember the good in my life.

I am grateful for my house. Before my husband passed away money came a lot easier. Now, that is not the case and if it weren’t for he and I living a pretty nice life, I might not have a pretty safe roof over my head.

Share Your World Q & A

Written for Share Your World: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/03/23/share-your-world-3-23-2020/

On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents?

What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?

Do They Bury People With Their Braces* On?   (* “braces” in this scenario are those metal bits they put on people to straighten their teeth.   I realize “braces” are also some item of clothing that I believe men wear to keep their socks up or something.  I’m talking about the teeth option).

Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?