Share Your World – February 20, 2017

Thanks to Cee for another weekly edition of her Share Your World challenge, Share Your World – February 20, 2017.

When you cut something with scissors, do you move your jaw (as if you were about to chew)?

No, I don’t think so. But I admit that I never really thought about this. I don’t use scissors much any more.

Do you chew your pens and pencils?

I probably did this as a kid, but I don’t think I do it any more. Back in my college and early grad school days, way before computers, I wrote papers with pencils on notebook paper. I sometimes put the pencil horizontally into my mouth when I needed both hands to flip through the pages, and I guess that counts as biting the pencils. Nowadays I use pencils to take notes, but I don’t put them into my mouth.

Are you a collector of anything? If so what?

file foldersI’ve never been a collector of objects. But I do collect a lot of information. Computers and database programs have made it so easy to collect and organize all kinds of notes and ideas. You just never know when you might need a certain fact or quotation to make a point, right? And perhaps if I collect a lot of information I’ll become incredibly smart and wise …

What size is your bed?

Queen size. As Goldilocks said, it’s “just right.”

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

I just want more of the same. I love my routine life.

Have a good week, everyone!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – February 13, 2017

Thanks to Cee for this week’s edition of Share Your World – February 13, 2017.

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Our sheets are tucked in at the foot of the bed but untucked at the sides. I’ve never even considering tucking them in on the sides, as that would make me feel much too constricted. Also, you can’t kick part or all of the covers off during the night if they’re all tucked in.

Now this question has got me wondering about the origin of the phrase “tuck you in at night.”

Have you stolen a street sign before?

No, but I’ve known a couple of people who have. When I was in college a friend of mine had a last name that is also a common male first name. When she and her boyfriend came across a house with a sign declaring that the resident’s name combined their two last names, they swiped it.

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

When I was younger, I was a devoted coupon cutter-outer, and I almost always used those coupons. However, for the last many, many years I have thought cutting out coupons was not worth the time and effort.

Do you have freckles?

No.

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

Last week we had some sun, as pictured in the feature photo above. I’m grateful for that, because this week we’re back to rain.

I hope you all enjoy this week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – February 6, 2017

Thanks to Cee for this week’s challenge Share Your World – February 6, 2017.

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

Our fridge might look messy to other people, but we know where everything is.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

I prefer having the different foods separated on my plate, but I eat randomly.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

Yes. All of the above. However, I usually read only one book at a time.

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

The muscles around my left shoulder blade are tight. This is not unusual, as all my tension seems to land there.

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

Last week we had dinner with our daughter to take advantage of a nearby restaurant’s lobster special. Next week, on Monday, we are meeting our daughter for lunch. It doesn’t get much better than this: family and food.

Enjoy your week, everyone!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – January 30, 2017

Thanks to Cee for this week’s challenge Share Your World – January 30, 2017.

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

There are two:

  1. Mount Rainier
  2. the Pacific Ocean

Someday I hope to be able to add the Grand Canyon to this list.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?

I have two siblings from my mother’s second marriage, a brother 13 years younger than me and a sister 15 years younger.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

This kind, purple and comfortable:

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

I honestly can’t think of anything to put down here, since my taste buds are pretty particular. I can’t eat spicy things at all. I don’t even use table pepper except for a slight sprinkling on fresh tomato slices.

Well, okay, the strangest thing I’ve eaten is a fried pickle spear. Pretty prosaic, I admit.

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

As always, I’m grateful for living through another week. This coming week promises several good things, including a trip to the local movie theater (the new theater, with recliners!) to see Hidden Figures.

Have a good week, everyone!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – January 23, 2017

Thanks to Cee for this week’s challenge, Share Your World – January 23, 2017.

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Usually I prefer eating whole fruit to drinking juice, with the one exception of orange juice. Juice often does not contain the fiber of the fruit and often does contain added sugar. However, I like smoothies made from pureeing whole fruit along with greens such as spinach and kale (heavier on the spinach than the kale).

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I grew up in a fairly small town in New England. (It was a small town when I grew up there 60 years ago. Now it’s more suburban.) I liked living there while I was growing up because I didn’t know anything different. The best thing about that time was that my best friend lived just a bit up the road and we spent almost our free time together. But overall my childhood wasn’t happy. As I got older I couldn’t wait to move away because in a small time everybody knows your business—and your family’s business for at least a couple of generations back. When I finally went away to college, I knew that I’d never live in that town again, even though some of my family continues to this day to live nearby.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

I’d just cover the entire canvas with the same shade of light gray, for the same reason as my desire to move out of my childhood home town.

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

  • taking a walk outdoors
  • seeing Mount Rainier when the weather is clear
  • visiting a beach and watching the waves roll in
  • reading a good book, usually a novel, while drinking a cup of coffee or tea
  • watching a good TV show (such as Gilmore Girls or This Is Us) or movie (such as Love Actually)

I hope everyone has a good week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – January 9, 2017

Share Your World – January 9, 2017

If you lost a bet and had to dye your hair a color of the rainbow for a week, what color would it be?

Right now I’d probably go with lime green, as the Seattle Seahawks are in the playoffs.

At any other time of the year, I’d probably go with purple because it’s my favorite color. I don’t know how I’d look with purple hair, but it couldn’t hurt to find out.

(This color would wash right out if I didn’t like it, right?)

If you could choose one word to focus on for 2017, what would it be?

Writing.

I’ve decided that 2017 is the year I actually focus on my writing instead of continuing to say, “Someday I’m going to devote the time and effort necessary to hone my writing skills and actually write some pieces worthy of being put out into the internet world.”

What was one thing you learned last year that you added to your life?

Never take friends for granted.

I really learned this lesson a long time ago, but last year it was reinforced for me a few times over.

If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?

Pineapple, a delightful combination of sweet and tart (although I’d have to work hard on the sweet part).

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

I’m grateful for more of the same last week and am looking forward to more of the same next week.

And I hope everyone has a great upcoming week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – January 2, 2017

Thanks to Cee for this week’s challenge, Share Your World – January 2, 2017.

Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle?

I’m so out of shape that I’ll probably never be able to ride a bicycle for much distance again in my life. So last summer my husband and I bought battery-powered bikes. The battery provides the umph to get up hills. I was hoping we’d be able to ride the bikes around right away, but riding this bike is so different than riding an ordinary bicycle that I never got comfortable enough to ride it very far before the end of summer. Next spring we’ll take them out again, and I hope to get proficient enough to enjoy riding around the area during the summer and fall.

What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year?

I am determined to work on my writing this year. To help actualize this goal, I have signed up for a 52-week challenge of publishing something (we choose whatever kind of writing we want to do) every week during 2017. We’re just now completing week 1, but so far I’ve kept up!

What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you?

2016 ended up being a topsy-turvy year for us. I think the highlight was the fact that it ended. There were also a couple of other highlights at the end of the year: spending Thanksgiving week in Long Beach, WA, with our daughter (even if it did rain almost all week) and having our daughter spend Christmas Eve/Day with us. But I’m glad to be in 2017 now.

Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon?

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to ride in a hot air balloon. I keep dropping hints, but so far none of them have materialized.

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

I am grateful for the start of a new year, with new opportunities. I’m looking forward to trying to keep up with my goals for reading and writing throughout 2017.

 

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – 2016 Week 52

Thanks to Cee for this week’s challenge Share Your World – 2016 Week 52.

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What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

I only get one? Impossible!

I have various favorites:

  • chocolate (alone and in combination with other good stuff)
  • mocha (esp. jamocha almond fudge)
  • blueberry
  • pumpkin
  • peppermint (seasonal)
  • salted caramel hazelnut

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?

Like a lot of other people, I’d want someone to cook and clean for me, if funds were unlimited.

view from airplane

But my biggest “finer thing” is travel, especially international travel (although I still have a lot of things left to see in the U.S. before I’m through). I want to go back to Ireland, and to Stonehenge, and to Italy, and …

Have you ever been drunk?

Yes, a couple of times back in my college and early adult days. Honestly, it’s not an experience I have any intention of repeating. I can’t understand why people would frequently and voluntarily make themselves feel that awful, and the next morning is even worse.

Complete this sentence: My favorite supposedly guilty pleasure is…

Dark chocolate. And ice cream. And dark chocolate ice cream.

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

We had a wonderful Christmas weekend (if we leave out the horrible Seahawks game), and I’ve enjoyed kind of lounging around this week. But I’ll be glad for the start of the new year, when we will focus on eating more healthily and I will try to get back into the groove of serious reading and writing.

I hope everyone has a good week. And Happy New Year!

 

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

Thanks to Cee for this week’s challenge, Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition.

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What is your favorite holiday?

Age has made me appreciate every day instead of favoring some days over others. However, I guess I can say that I now enjoy Christmas Eve a whole lot since we’ve moved to Tacoma and can spend the evening with our daughter. For many years she lived in Washington state while we lived in St. Louis, but since we’ve retired to Tacoma we get to see her often, especially on Christmas Eve/Day.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?

We usually have roast beef, although occasionally we’ll go with lamb or turkey. Confession: we usually get the food from Trader Joe’s and only have to heat it up. But right now our daughter is in the kitchen using the food processor to make cranberry relish. Later she will be making mashed potatoes with purple (my favorite color) potatoes. Life is good.

Do you travel for your holiday?

Nope. We have it right in my living room.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?

Only in the sense that celebration of love and family is spiritual.

Is there a gift exchange?

Oh yes.

How long does the celebration last?

About 24 hours, from Christmas Eve afternoon to Christmas Day afternoon.

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

Each and every new day.

 

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown

Share Your World – 2016 Week 50

Thanks to Cee for this week’s challenge, Share Your World – 2016 Week 50.

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What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of?

I have always loved the smell of lilacs. Since they bloom in late spring, they are among the flowers that herald the coming of summer. When I wanted lilacs in my wedding bouquet for my June 5th wedding, my mother cut some of the last fresh blooms and kept them in her refrigerator for about a week so they’d last just that bit longer. I think I also like them because my grandmother had lilac bushes, and during much of my life I had a lilac bush that was started with a rooting from her bush.

What type of pet do you have or want to have?

I have always been a cat person: all my pets have been cats. But right now I don’t want to have any pet. We are trying to do some major traveling during our early retirement, and a pet would seriously complicate that aim. So, at least for now, we are petless by choice.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I am so afraid of being late that I end up being early (sometimes even ridiculously early) for everything. That’s why I almost always have a magazine or book with me, so I can read, especially if I’m so early that I have to go somewhere or sit in the car for a while.

For recharging, would you rather meditate, swim, walk, listen to music, write, read, yoga, qigong other?

For clearing my head, walking is my best activity. Writing helps me to figure out and understand what I think or feel about something, but that’s such an active undertaking that I don’t think of it as “recharging.” The same is true of reading for me. It’s such a participatory activity that I don’t think of it as “recharging,” although I admit that it often does teach me something new.

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

I’m looking forward to next weekend’s Christmas Eve celebration with my husband and daughter.

Have a good week, everyone.

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown