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Here are my answers to the questions for SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #49.


What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

A gift card to my local independent book store, because you can never have too many books. And I’d also need a certificate for housekeeping service so that I could spend all my time reading.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

Since deep purple is my favorite color, that’s the color I’d like my bedroom to be. However, I have to share the bedroom, and my husband, who lets me dress however I wish, does not want purple walls.

I also used to worry that painting the walls purple would affect our ability to resell the house, but now that we live in a rental unit, that concern no longer applied.

Nevertheless, to keep peace in the family, we have beige walls and carpets throughout. It’s pretty, well, plain beige, but an area rug with a purple design in the living room helps a bit. In the meantime, I continue to buy purple clothes whenever that color rotates back into favorability.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

When we lived in St. Louis, we often had extended periods of temperatures below freezing and at least two or three good snowstorms in the course of a winter. One of the reasons we were happy to move to Tacoma, WA, is that, despite the gloomy winter rainy season, there’s very little snow and deep cold here.

As my husband always says, “You don’t have to shovel rain.”

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

Much of the point of bathing is lost if you have to put dirty clothes back on, so I guess I’d prefer the daily clean clothes over the daily bathing. I’m glad, though, that this is only a hypothetical question.

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

This past week was our daughter’s birthday. Since she was born, we’ve always waited until after her birthday to start preparing for Christmas so that her birthday wouldn’t be eclipsed by Christmas. Now we can start getting ready for Christmas, although, since moving to a small retirement cottage, we don’t do much decorating. “Getting ready for Christmas” comprises getting my Christmas sweater out of storage and finding the 1 1/2 ft. Christmas tree that stands on an end table. After all the years of heavy decorating, I’m content to go with this reduced decking of the halls in retirement.

I hope everyone has a good week. Best wishes for whatever winter holiday you celebrate.

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