Monday, February 22, 2016

Share Your World - 2016 Week 8

When I should be tackling my "to do" list, I was reminded of one of them as I read the challenge at Cee's Share Your World - 2016 Week 8.  I'll let you guess which one.

1.  What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?  Cleaning the toilet is not high on my list of favorite chores, but I do it anyway.

2.  What was the last URL that you bookmarked?  It is this one at the New York Public Library.
It has free online public domain collections.  This photo  of the Falls of the Willamette in Oregon City in 1901 is one from their collection.

3.  Close your eyes.  Listen to your body.  What part of your body is seeking attention?  What is it telling you?  My total body is telling me to take some slow deep breaths.  My lower back and hips are telling me to move more and rub some re balance ultimate healing cream on those achy places. I do not sell this product. I bought some at a place where I have had massage treatments.  When I was purchasing some supplies for my Mom at a medical supply store, I discovered that they sell it too.

4. Would you rather have a two-bedroom apartment in a big city of your choosing, or a mansion in the countryside in the state or country where you currently live?  This is a very hard question for me.  How about living in a two-bedroom cottage that is not too far out in the countryside, as long as I can still drive?  The years are starting to catch up with me, so there is a lot to consider.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  Please view my post to the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop to see my gratitude list for this past week.  I'm looking forward to seeing some more of our family during the next couple of weeks.  :-)

TJ's Household Haiku Challenge - Art

Art is displayed in so many ways.  On a trip to a small town in the state of Washington I saw a couple of pieces of unique outdoor art.  I'm sharing images of these along with some haiku for the blog hop at TJ's Household Haiku Challenge - Art.  The third haiku is about some natural art in Oregon that is worth the trip.

slender sticks reaching
like brush strokes the art appeared
as Spring's scarlet tree

red and yellow limbed
branches become new art form
above Spring tulips

eagles soar over
sandstone art is the abode
for snakes and lizards

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful

Being thankful for the little things and the big things in life are blessings.  Why?  I believe it is because sometimes people may not be able to see the bigger picture, and just need to first see the minute things.  After a while all those little things will combine and form mountains enabling people to see how much their lives have been tailor fit for them and blessed them all along the way in one way or another.   (This post is being linked to the blog hop, Ten Things of Thankful.)

For a few weeks we had been planning to go visit one of our children and his family this past week.  Our grandson was in Guys and Dolls at the high school, and one of the granddaughters took part in a living history exhibit at the elementary school.  We were able to see the musical two nights in a row and since our son was the photographer for the show, we were able to sit in the front row with him.  There were different cast members for the leading parts on the two nights we attended.  There are so many talented youth at the school, that the performances were equally enjoyable both nights.

Being with the family brought back to my mind how very busy parents are when they have children in three different schools and who have children who have busy lives.  I remembered those days of being the designated taxi cab driver who was paid with hearing the stories of the kids' lives day by day.  That is something I fondly recall, especially when I had one on one time with them.

Three days before we left on our trip, the nursing home called very late in the afternoon telling me that Mom had a broken tooth, but she wasn't in any pain.  I wasn't able to get her in for an emergency appointment until 4:30 p.m. the day before we left. It was fortunate that she hadn't swallowed her broken tooth, which we later learned was a porcelain cap that had been put on about ten years ago.  The dentist thought that it had lasted quite a while.  There was no decay on the remaining tooth, so the dentist, with my consent, just painted some protective material over the tooth that was left.  It seemed that was the best of the options, short of doing nothing.  The dentist was able to do what he did with her sitting in her wheelchair.  Recapping the tooth would have required putting her in a lift to get her into the dental chair.  That would probably have been upsetting to her and perhaps added another dimension to some of the delusions she has.

An interesting bit of knowledge I gained from going to the dentist with Mom was that teeth nerves shrink with age, and some people as young as 70 may not need any kind of pain killer when having dental procedures done.  Mom is 99, so no wonder she didn't feel any pain.

At one point we thought we'd be having sunshine the latter half of the week, but it is the northwest, so we really can't count of the weather reports.  (It rained on our trip, but was a beautiful sunny day driving back home.) We did drive over to the shoreline near the Canadian border, but after walking down to a nearby beach, I found I wasn't up to the wind, rain and cold weather.  So our son drove us around the beautiful countryside for a while.  There are so many scenic old barns in the area.  If I ever decide to paint barns, or photograph them on a drier day, this is the place I want to go.

One of our daughters learned the names of so many different breeds of dogs when she was young.  I don't know if she knew of this breed then.  This Australian Labradoodle posed for me at one of the places we stopped.  He is four months old.


By quickly highlighting some of those things I've been grateful for this past week, I see I should apply something from Wakefield Book of Rules, but I'll leave that up to the more knowledgeable.  Enjoy your coming week.  

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Finish the Sentence Friday - Once I knew the truth

What could possibly go wrong? Before attempting a task I have learned from experience that besides looking at what good could come from the venture, it is just as important to consider the opposite reactions that might happen.

I'm linking this post to the blog hop, Finish the Sentence Friday - Once I knew the truth, I could no longer talk myself out. . .

In 1964 much was astir on college campuses. While political and ethical issues abounded, l was just trying to make my way through some of those required courses, one of which was Oratory Speaking.  I avoided taking a speech class during high school because it wasn't a required elective, but more importantly because I turned bright red whenever I had to give an oral report and shook like a leaf.  Now I could no longer stand behind the skirts of fear.

The assignment was to give a demonstrative speech where I had to show how to do something while simultaneously telling how to do it.  Now as a young adult, speaking in front of my peers shouldn't evoke the same high school fears, or so I thought. Once I knew the truth, I could no longer talk myself out of giving my speech titled How to Sew on a Button.  My classmates listened and watched with rapt attention as I nervously managed not to shed too much blood on the fabric while pushing the threaded needle through the buttonholes and fabric several times.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Six Sentence Story - Fray

What do you think of when you hear the word fray?  I'm linking my story using this word, and  at Ivy's blog hop, Six Sentence Story - Fray.  

Different in numerous ways, but at least in one the same, the sisters  loved similarly right from the start.  Could it have been because of a genetic trait?  Perhaps a parent had displayed similar behavior, but those who could shed some light on this story are no longer able to tell, or have passed into the next realm of existence.  The girls' younger brother didn't seem show the same characteristic.  Beloved white, furry "Pup Pup" once caressed by the older sister, and a pink and blue checkered quilt with white lace edging that was fondled by the younger sister suffered the same fate.  They were literally loved to pieces, or in other words, the sisters knew how to fray.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Things that are smooth

What comes to your mind when you think of something that is smooth?  You could travel to far away places to find things that are smooth, or just explore your own surroundings.

This is quite an eclectic mixture of some of my photos that I'm linking up to Cee's Fun Foto Challenge:  Things that are smooth.  If you like photography blog hop challenges, Cee offers many at her site, and the challenges change daily and weekly.  Come join in the fun.

Smooth, but avoid those tentacles!

A "smooth as silk" scarf draped over the sofa

Smooth lotion waiting to be rubbed into her hand

Smooth glass pear on silky smooth scarf

A little wooden bowl which had been sanded until it felt smooth

Monday, February 15, 2016

Share Your World - 2016 Week 7

Cee's Share Your World - 2016 Week 7, a weekly blog hop, tried to stump me with the first question, but I think I've thought of a response.  I wonder how you would answer these questions and complete the sentence she gives us.

What are you "natural" at doing?
I'm a good listener, although I wonder sometimes how good I am at remembering these days.
I have an eye for details.  That is a good trait for some projects, but at other times can be downright annoying to others and can be a time waster.
I have a natural tendency to see two sides to things and situations.  Even though deep down, I might not agree with a point of view, I am able to see how someone else might see things differently.  This is probably a case of me gradually becoming "natural" at doing this.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?
At my age, because of safety issues that will surely become more apparent in the future, it seems the sensible thing to have a one floor house.  Earlier on I liked having multiple levels and more space for the family.

A lovely home like this would not be something I would purchase now because of the steps leading to the door and because of stairs leading to the upper floor.

What was your favorite subject in school?
In high school, I enjoyed my biology class the most.
In college, I especially enjoyed an Advertising Design course and also a Child Development class.

Complete the sentence:  If only the rain. . .
If only the rain didn't cause flooding conditions and unsafe driving conditions for people in some areas, the reports of heavy rains wouldn't be so alarming.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  Please view my post to the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop to see my gratitude list for this past week.   I'm looking forward to a visit with our son and his family and to seeing photos my husband took at the Winter Wings Festival this past week.