Share Your World, 2014 – Week 42

“Getting to know you; getting to know all about you. Getting to like you; getting to hope you like me.”  (© Rodgers & Hammerstein).  This little song is what Cee’s Share Your World challenge is all about. To join in, just follow the link to her site and get the details.

ILLNOS05 - for share your worldHere’s my world this week:

Question # 1: What would be your preference: awake before dawn or awake before noon?

Well, to begin with, I am often awake before dawn, so, in a way, that makes the answer easier for me. I have found that being up early and getting started when the day is truly FRESH tends to make me feel more fresh and eager to fulfill the tasks that lie before me. It also gives me more time to spend with the Lord, getting my spirit and soul charged up for the action that lies ahead.

Question # 2: If you could choose between wisdom and luck, which one would you pick?

Well, again, this answer is very easy for me, because I endeavor to live my whole life based on the Word of God in the Bible. Since His Word says, “Wisdom is the principle thing,” and goes on to explain that all other good things come more easily when you operate in wisdom, I would definitely choose that. Besides that fact, I honestly do not believe there is any such thing as luck.

Question # 3: If you were given the opportunity for free sky-diving lessons, would you take them? Why or why not?

Okay — once more — a very easy answer: No, No, No, Never, No Way! To begin with, I hate flying and do as little of it as possible. Although I did go the extra mile when my sister went up for her first piloting lesson. I rode with her to take pictures and share the experience. Now, flying in a jet is a lousy experience for me, but flying in that little-bitty three-seater that was used for her lesson was another level of bad. I don’t get dizzy in jets, but I got super dizzy in that little excuse for a plane. I did finally figure out that if I looked down at the earth, the dizziness lifted, so I spent my time snapping lots and lots and lots of pictures of the earth below us.

But there is an even better reason for turning down skydiving. I have good friends — a husband and wife — who, when they lived in Florida, decided to go skydiving. The wife (Donna) was the one who really wanted to do it, so her husband (Roy) gave her the adventure as a birthday gift. Of course, she wanted him to share the experience, so he had to dive as well. Making a long story short, I will just tell you that when Roy landed, he broke his leg, and while sitting there in excruciating pain, waiting for the diver who was attached to him to unhook from Roy’s back and get help, Roy looked down and saw a Rattlesnake right between his legs.

Donna laughed about it; Roy survived; I learned a lesson: do not go skydiving.

Question # 4: Is the glass half empty or half full?  What is in the glass?

My glass is half-full for sure. And it’s full of milk.  I love milk. Now, that’s saying a lot when I tell you that about the first three months of my life, I was allergic to milk of almost every kind — mother’s milk, cow’s milk — even Similac, which was about the only substitute that was readily available back then. Naturally, I don’t remember the experience personally, but my parents told me that those first 2 or 3 months were super high stress.

However, the problem was solved before I was a year old (I think part of the solution involved goat’s milk), and ever since then I have loved cow’s milk as much as a baby calf. I drink milk every day — although most of the time I now drink 1% as my bid to watching my weight.

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 very rapid healing from the oral surgery I had done last week, due to a tooth that broke off beneath a crown. I am already eating soft things on the surgical area, and that’s amazing — a definite answer to prayer.

This week coming up, I am looking forward to just enjoying the final week of October. It is my favorite of all months in the year — but I have to add that November and December run a very, very, very close second — because of the holidays.  And that reminds me: I need to start posting some new things on my Christmas blog too. If you love Christmas all year (as I do), hop over and visit me at Merry Christmas World.

Thanks to Cee for giving us the opportunities to get to know each other better.




Share Your World, 2014 – Week 39

Visit Cee’s Share Your World Page to find out how to participate.  The more the merrier.

Question # 1:  Did you ever get lost?

Yes, once I had to cover a newspaper story at a small church in a rather small town about 60 miles away from my home. The state highway that I had to take for several miles was joined by the road that led to this little town and required a turn to the right. That little town was named Carrier Mills.  Now about 10 miles before the turn-off to Carrier Mills was a turn to the right that led to another little town about the same size — but named Creole Springs.

So I was tooling along on this sunny morning, enjoying the crisp winter day and thinking my own thoughts. It’s that last part that got me into trouble. I was thinking my own thoughts instead of the thoughts I should have been thinking, and when I came to the light and the turn to the right that said Creole Springs, I turned right, just as pretty as you please, and kept driving.

About fifteen minutes later, I found myself in the middle of a little town that didn’t look right at all.  And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find the street I needed to turn on to get to the church. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone for a while, and then suddenly noticed a sign that said Creole Springs on it, and the truth hit me — hard. What to do?????

Bright girl that I am, I decided I’d go to the post office and inquire as to what was the best route out of town that would head me toward Carrier Mills. But I had forgotten momentarily that it was Saturday, and the post office was closed. Well, of course, I prayed. And I prayed some more, because, let me tell you, I wasn’t just lost. I was LOST lost.

But as I sat there on the post office parking lot, another car drove up, and I got out and asked that driver for help. He was able to point me in the right direction and was even kind enough to tell me that I would begin to think I would never find the right turn-off because the road seemed to run forever. He was right. But I did find it, and I will never forget the enormous relief at seeing a sign that told me I was at least in the right county and headed in the right direction.

Amazingly enough, I was only about 15 minutes late to the service I was supposed to cover.

Question # 2:  Who was your best friend in elementary school?  

Now, this is a hard one, because I’m thankful to say that I had several good friends as I went through elementary school. And since I lived in three different places during my elementary years, that’s saying a lot. But I’ll tell you about my first REAL boyfriend — in 6th grade. His name was Jimmy Kirk (hope he doesn’t mind my telling the whole world),  and we were in love. He bought me the first necklace I had ever received from a boy, and he also bought me my very first box of Valentine candy — and a fairly large box at that. Believe it or not, at age 66, I still have that box.  I guess it is true that you never really forget your first love.

Question # 3:  Since the new television season has started in the U. S. , name three favorite television shows. 

At the risk of sounding snobbish, I will be honest. I can’t stand 99% of the television programs that are airing currently — or that have aired for the past 10 years in the U. S.  I do, however, still love many of the old TV sitcoms that I grew up with, and, thanks to the Internet, I can find virtually all of them online. So I watch those. My favorites?  Too many to list, but three right at the top are “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Question # 4:  If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?

Well I am SO, SO, SO grateful to say that, after living on a farm where we had herds of mice, I have had only one tiny mouse in my house in town for the past 16 years. I was sorry to have to kill him, but I did it anyway. I actually have a friend who tried to shame me for killing the mouse the week of Christmas — like it would have made a difference to the mouse if I had waited until New Year’s Day! I hate mice so badly, that I will not even imagine them in my house, so that’s the best answer you’re going to get from me on this question.

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

This past week I went clothes shopping — not for fun but because so many of my things have become sort of threadbare. I actually found some things that fit me.  Now, that may sound like a small thing, since I’m not some abnormal size and I’m only a little overweight. But the way they make things these days is crazy, and I seldom find things that actually fit my whole body correctly.

Next week I am looking forward to a break in my normal work schedule and some time just for me in a place I love.



Share Your World, 2014 – Week 38

GLOBE - PIECE OF THE WORLD W. TEXT. - green - pink“Share Your World” invitational, hosted by Cee Neuner, gives bloggers an opportunity to get to know each other better. Follow the link to join in the fun.

Question # 1: If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I think I would love to be a huge Maple tree.

Question # 2: If you could have a servant come to your house every day for an hour, what would you have them do?

I would request an experienced carpenter, and I’d have him spend that hour every day installing floor to ceiling cabinets and shelving in all the room except the kitchen. (It already has plenty of storage space.) When you live with thousands of books, cassette tapes, CD’s, VHS tapes, manuscripts, and art supplies, you MUST have shelves and cabinets — and more shelves and cabinets — many of which have doors that close.

Question # 3: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

Well, since I would feel terribly guilty choosing chocolate, I’ll choose my other favorite food: Cheese.

Question # 4: What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery).  

Actually, I never did any babysitting or newspaper delivering, so I don’t have to consider those. One of my first jobs that made me significant money was working in an ice cream stand, and that was followed by working as a waitress in a bowling alley restaurant. I waited tables, but the most fun was waiting on the counter, being a grill cook, and making old-fashioned sodas and malts. That was undoubtedly my favorite job as a teenager.

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 that one of my cousins made a huge pork roast and insisted in bringing me some of it, along with all the trimmings.  Mmmmm. I do love pork roast, but I almost never do one myself.

Next week, I will be helping a gifted, anointed friend create her first blog so that she can feature many videos of her music and ministry in order to bless the world through them. I am grateful to get to be a part of this brand new adventure with her.