- Many local regions, especially rural areas where I live, have haunted houses. Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen? I have spent a night in “the haunted bedroom” of a 12th century abbey in Scotland and HERE is the story. Yes, something did happen. (The top story room overlooking the graveyard in the photo above is the one we stayed in.)
- The Quidditch Cup (riding broomsticks while chasing a small ball) was a huge sporting event in the land of Hogwarts. What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended? A Leo Kottke concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I remember Ruth Gordon was in the audience and entered in style attired in an evening gown, but on a stretcher carried by four young men in tuxedos. I think she had broken her leg and wanted a more exotic entrance than on crutches.
- When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool? I grew up swimming in stock dams and the White River in South Dakota. The closest pool was 40 miles away in a town that had scary kids in it. When at the ocean, I like going in every day, but I do exercises in lieu of swimming and it can be tricky with the waves rolling in. One minute you are chest-high in water and the next over your head. So, I guess I prefer going into my own pool at home where the level is consistent and the water is very warm because it is piped in from hot mineral springs that are heated by Colima Volcano. Ahhhhh.
- Ron Weasley received a horrid robe to wear as formal wear to the Christmas dance at Hogwarts. Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made. This is a secret that has never been told before. The year that Osama Bin Laden was caught and killed, I went to a masquerade party in a Muammar Gaddafi mask and clothed like him, with gloves on so no one saw my hands. I had a toy pistol and I kept running around, hiding behind chairs every time people came in, ducking behind doors and madly rushing around the garden. Everyone was pretty spooked out. I had made up flash cards with things I wanted to say on them so no one heard my voice. When the party got busy, I went out and changed into my own clothes and came back. No one ever figured out who it was. Some thought it was someone crashing the party. Others thought it was someone else who came to the party right after I left. To this day, Those of you reading this post are the only ones who know, except for my friend Harriet who was with me when I bought the mask but who wasn’t at the party.
- Do you believe in soul mates? If so, do you think there is only one person meant to share that bond with you, out there in the world? I definitely believe in soul mates, but I don’t believe there is just one out there in the world for you. I have met and formed bonds with two in my lifetime but I’ve recognized others, although they didn’t recognize me.
- Ice cream cone, shake or other ice cream concoction? Ice cream cone, pistachio gelato or very very dark chocolate. Ahhhhhh.
- What would be the hat to end all hats? What could you wear on your head that would make people stop what they are doing and stare in awe and amazement? My husband gave me this hat the first Christmas after we met. Is it any wonder that I had to marry him 15 months later? No, I’ve never worn it in public…
- What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time? Swimming pools! It takes two of us working every day to keep mine up minimally. If I had two, I wouldn’t have time for anything else! (I live near a volcano, so my pool is fed by naturally hot mineral springs so algae and white mineral deposits grow fast and chlorine evaporates within minutes, but ahhhhh. Is that water every luscious, and a fountain of youth.
Thanks, Melanie and Cyranny, for the fun questions. If you want to play along, go here: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/05/06/share-your-world-5-6-19/
What is the best pick me up that you know of? To shake you out of the blues? A funny movie or to write. Chocolate doesn’t hurt, either.
What would be the title of your memoir? Michelle Obama already took it: Becoming. Hers is a wonderful book, by the way. I’m reading it now.
Where do you like to go when you eat out? To Viva Mexico, a gourmet Mexican restaurant in the small town near where I live. Always faces I know, friendly staff, incredible food and often music and dancing. It is the place where “everyone knows my name.”
Do you believe in luck? I believe in synchronicity. I think it is sometimes viewed as luck.
Aside from necessities, what is one thing you couldn’t go a day without? My computer, I must admit.
These questions courtesy of Zombie Flamingos at: (https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/03/25/share-your-world-3-25-19/).
Tell us about your first bicycle or car? My first bike, the one pictured above, was inherited from my sister, complete with training wheels. By the time this photo was taken, the training wheels were far in the past and I had about outgrown it. Christmas brought a brand new Hiawatha girl’s bike— beige with rust detailing. My most lengthy adventure on that Hiawatha involved a ride to the North Dam with my friends with a picnic lunch in our bike baskets. I also remember riding it on the two-lane highway to White River, pulling off onto the gravel shoulder whenever we heard a car coming up behind us. It was a different world!
What fictional world or place would you like to visit? I would love to visit a different friendly planet if I could get there quickly and return to earth quickly as soon as I wished to.
If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do? Organize all my files, then compile stories and poems into books and attend to all of the publication details. Heaven. When they were finished with that task, they could organize all my photos and convert all my slides to computer images. I have the machine to do so, but not the time.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Please see the video below:
If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go? (remember this is SYW, they are friendly aliens) Yes. I hope so. And hopefully, they would return me to earth again.
How tall are you? Are you satisfied with your height? 5’7″, down from 5’8″. No, I’d like to be taller. Mainly to balance my weight, but where would a seven foot tall woman fit in this world?
Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours? Definitely. I usually do as I forget to turn it on or take it with me. I mainly use it as a router when my wifi router fails (daily, sometimes hourly.
Whether plugged into my charger or resting on my list,
it always seems my cell phone is the thing that I have missed.
When I get to where I’m going, I discover that I lack it,
for along with my shopping list, I fear I failed to pack it!
What made you smile this week? My friend Sandy brought my new Canon camera back with her from the states! I’d had it mailed to her there as packages take so long from the states to Mexico. No more fuzzy photos! I hope.
Here is a link to a post I made making use of five different prompt words and with a mention of Share Your World as well. Pingbacks seem not to work as I tried to link it to too many sites. So learn by my mistakes. I won’t do that again! https://judydykstrabrown.com/2018/06/29/word-pie/
You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape? Good Health
Teleportation or flying? Teleportation! Flying is no fun anymore.
Would you rather live where it only snows or the temperature never falls below 100 degrees? I could live in either one and just teleport myself to reasonable climes whenever I wished!
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I’ve been wanting to share these photos of the koi ponds at the Chapala Society. You can see them better by clicking on any photo to enlarge them all. There are a lot of photos, so give them 30 seconds to focus before you begin the slideshow after clicking to enlarge. You only have to do this once, not for each photo.
And, for the Ragtag prompt: ponds.
For Cee’s Share Your World
This is a hilarious parody of the ‘Share Your World” prompts that I’m sure we all love. They are great ways to get to know each other and to reflect on happenings in our own lives. Things get sinister, however–a great reminder to us all that we need to be circumspect regarding what we share online. It starts out great and I’d love to hear people actually answer #s 1,2,3,5,6 and 8 and then to heed the warning the rest of the questions project.
I’ve seen many “Share Your World” challenges over the last couple years, so I figured maybe I could do one, in my own unique style of course. So, here goes.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? (Yeah, I’m easing into it.)
What is your most wonderful memory as a child before age 7?
If you could relive any moment of your life, what would it be?
What are the last 4 digits of your SSN?
We all remember our first kiss. Without describing the kiss, what led up to it?
What is your earliest memory?
What is your mother’s maiden name?
If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money you don’t keep for yourself?
What are the first 5 digits of your SSN?
What was the name of your first pet?
What was the name of the first street you lived on?
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What is a piece of clothing from your younger childhood you still remember?
I must have been very fond of this cowboy shirt, which was my sister Patti’s, as I’m wearing it in several photos. I do question the ensemble, though.
This dress I wore my first day of school as a first-grader was one of my favorites. The bib part was red. Charmin Eide had one just like it with an orange bib, but mine was cooler.
Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do? Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.
I think a tennis player, so long as I had the body to go along with the short little skirt.
In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?
Although I enjoy driving, when I’m a passenger, I can take photos, so if I’m with a good driver, I’d prefer to be on the passenger side.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?
When I came back from delivering some chocolate chip cookies to my across the street neighbor John, my cats had this interesting caterpillar cornered. After rescuing it, in spite of the fact that it either bit me or just grabbed me with its pincher type feet, I took this photo of it:
Just squeaking in under the wire on the very last day to post Cee’s Share Your World post.
This is what Cee wanted to know this week:
If you were to pack a basket for picnic lunch, what would be in your basket?
In my picnic basket? Egg salad and ice cream
and one thousand ants, invading in a stream!
On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?
When I lay me down to sleep,
I require a silence deep,
covers warm and soft and clean,
freshly washed in a machine.
But mostly, where I lay my head,
I pray, no bedbugs in my bed!
If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?
A bathroom for each bedroom, and bedrooms? At least two.
A kitchen with much storage, complete with maid would do,
A porch swing or two rocking chairs—a terrace with a view.
And interesting neighbors to enrich each day anew.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?
My friend sent me a devil duck, as you can plainly see.
I put it in the pool to keep me company.
This cafe dessert was so-so, but Terry made a flan
that was so delicious, I had to lick the pan!
The showing by my friends was great. I always like their art,
but this brand new baby also won my heart.
Two cats no longer kittens, now just barely fit
on cushions where all four once lay, but they do not know it!
Click on photos to enlarge.
For Cee’s Share Your World prompt.
One of the highlights of my week and always one of the highlights of my trips to Missouri was a visit to Evelyn’s wonderful antiques store. She was redecorating and painting, so the stock was about half of what it usually was, but I still found some finds, including a delicious apple from her bowl put there for the taking. I would have bought this spinning wheel if I’d had a way to get it to Mexico. The little dog greets every visitor for a friendly rub before jumping back up to his perch. I love this place.
(Please click on any photo to enlarge them all.)
Okay, now on to Cee’s questions for the week:
Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes? Rarely.
When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light? I live in Mexico, where the electricity goes off frequently and sometimes for hours and even days. I have a handy supply of candles all over the house as well as kerosene lanterns and propane cylinder lamps that always seem to lack either fuel or mantles. In the past year I’ve purchased a few little battery-powered crookneck lamps that come in handy as well. I have a half dozen flashlights that are never in the right place at the right time so I hardly ever use them.
Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers? At this point, I can think of some excellent uses for the $100,000–especially for education expenses for children in the village. I would have no problem finding proper recipients for it so I’d definitely make that choice.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? I loved not necessarily having to do anything (except blogging, of course) for the past week. For the last two days, however, most of our time had been taken up trying to figure out the intricacies of two computers with a lot of problems. Really frustrating. Thanks to three hours spent online via Team Viewer and Skype with a tech expert in Vancouver, we finally got some of the problems solved. An additional two hours spent trying to get social security problems solved via phone and internet led to no solutions at all. All in all, a frustrating day but luckily I feel most of the computer problems are solved. Thanks, Chad! (If anyone needs the name of an excellent and personable tech expert for Macs, I’d be glad to share his number.)