Share Your World #38

Here’s another Share Your World entry. If you want to play along, click here. Here are my responses:

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?ย 

I’m a definite hugger with family and close friends. With people I don’t see all the time, I’m more reserved. I’ve always wanted to be that sweet woman who wraps you in her warm embrace. Alas, not me.

I am, however, a die-hard tree-hugger. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What is your least favorite Candy?

Whoppers. Yuck.

Whatโ€™s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word โ€œfunโ€?

Anything that involves my friends and family, whether it’s cooking dinner together, talking, playing games, or an outing. The cameraderie is what makes it fun.

List of Favorite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether itโ€™s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rainโ€ฆmake a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy.

  • coffee smells lingering in the house when I walk back in
  • fresh baked bread
  • rivers
  • baby heads
  • oranges, though I’d rather smell than eat them
  • blackberries on the vine
  • the mouldy leaf scent of autumn
  • apples and cinnamon
  • the smell of ozone after a rain
  • daphne
  • wisteria
  • baking brownies
  • the forest
  • the salty sea air

Bonus question: ย What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?ย 

I am grateful for last week’s rain. Welcome back, old friend.

I look forward to visiting with an old college friend this weekend.

Thanks again, Cee, for hosting this fun writing challenge.


Share Your World #37

It’s time for another Share Your World. To play along, click on this link. Here are this weeks questions and my answers:

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

I had a pet rock as a kid. I think it was a ladybug, and I may have painted it myself. They were all the rage. Though we don’t have pet rocks now, we have a menagerie of pocket rocks in buckets under the deck, various interesting varietiesย that we have collected at some point within the past 22 years.

What is your greatest strength or weakness?

My greatest strength is my patience. My weakness is putting my needs aside for others, which often affects my own happiness.

What makes you feel grounded?ย 

It used to be my little family, but they are scattering to the wind. I’m not feeling particularly grounded these days.

Would you rather never be able to eat warm food or never be able to eat cold food?

I think my days of guilt-free ice cream are over and I’ve never liked popsicles. I do love soup and oatmeal, cookies hot out of the oven, still-warm bread, baked potatoes… If I had to give up one or the other, it would be cold food.

Bonus question: ย What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?ย 

I am very grateful that my son and his fiance came for a visit. My bucket was getting pretty empty and is now overflowing again.

I look forward to a quiet week.


Jimmy’s Stump

In a forest near a small town
Where men go to hunt
There sits a stump where a tree once stood,
Strong and unshakable,
Cut down in its prime.
It bears the name of one taken too soon –
Husband, brother, uncle, friend.

All year it sits
Waiting for October,
Waiting for trailers and tents,
For coffee on the campstove
And stories around the campfire.
Only then does the spirit rejoice
In the cameraderie of brotherhood and friendship.


Share Your World #36

It’s time for another installment of Share Your World. If you would like to play along, click on this link.

Here are my answers to this week’s questions:

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it? ย (You can always sell the yacht later)

I’ll take a decent sized sailboat, thank you. (And some sailing lessons, as I’ve never sailed.) I think I might name it Intrepid, and I’d use it to sail around the San Juan Islands of Washington State. I might slip it unassumingly into Roache Harbor among the million dollar yachts if I needed some land under my feet or some ice cream in my belly, but mostly I’d just sail around watching for orcas.


Which of Snow Whiteโ€™s 7 dwarfs describes you best? ย (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Plus what would the 8th dwarfโ€™s name be?ย 

Sometimes I’m Bashful, especially when it comes to talking on the phone to someone I don’t know. I’m often Sleepy thanks to ongoing insomnia and sleep deprivation. Curiously enough, I’m also Grumpy at that time. I’m Sneezy after a run. (So annoying!) Ruluctantly I must say that my kids think I’m Dopey. (I can’t wait until they grow out of that stage!) If I were to be that 8th dwarf, I think the name would have to be Bewildered. Life is confusing these days.

Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?

I heard the song If You’re Going Through Hell the other day at Bi-Mart and thought what a motivational song it really was for someone going through a tough time. At the same time it reminds me of my country-music loving daughter who is far from home, which is part of why I need a motivational song in the first place. It’s a curious catch 22.

Complete this sentence: ย I like watchingโ€ฆ

Kids discovering the world. There’s nothing like seeing the world through their eyes.

Bonus question: ย What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?ย 

I’m grateful for my sister who is my lifeline right now. I’m also veryย grateful for my apple peeler-corer.

I look forward to my son and his fiance visiting from Arizona.

As always, thanks to Cee for this fun challenge!