Share Your World: 12 Feb 2018

Are you a practical joker?

Nope, and I rarely get the ‘joke’ when it’s done by others to others, either – for some reason it always gives me a serious sense-of-humour failure!

Who cuts your hair – you, a friend, or a profesional?

Me, until I mess it up, and then a professional fixes it…

Did you have a stuffed animal as a kid? If so, what kind?

A golden-furred teddy bear, a white velvet lamb and a grey fuzzy bunny – still have them all somewhere at my parents’ house πŸ™‚

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

Um… Scotland winning against France at the Six Nations rugby this past weekend definitely made me smile πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 29 January 2018

If you had an umlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose, and why?

I think I may have answered this question before, so may well be repeating myself! I’d definitely choose John Lewis in London’s Oxford Street – I could kit out an entire home from there, including all furniture, soft furnishings, appliances, kitchenware… mind you all I’d need now is a new house to put it all in!

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

Worst tasting was pea and ham ravioli – unbeknownst to me they were made of minted peas, and as I’d made a cheese-based white sauce to have with it, it was truly a vile combination – yuk!

Worst for me health-wise was salted caramel dairy ice-cream – it tasted absolutely divine but sadly was calorific beyond any sensible counting

Name five things you like watching?

1) My young grandchildren sleeping – they look likeΒ little angels with their tousled hair and slumbering faces

2) Sunsets – and I’d add sunrises too, but I’m rarely up and about early enough to catch them

3) Waves – there’s just something hypnotic and soothing about watching waves break on the shoreline, I really love it

4) Nature in full seasonal swing in general – particularly sweeping views and vistas

5) TV – particularly period dramas and detective whodunnit stuff

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this week?

I was at my GP surgery this morning and agreed to be examined by a final year medical student before seeing my own doctor – I was happy enough to have been given what turned out to be a doubly thorough and careful examination, and was pleased to be able to help a future doctor complete his training. I very much appreciate our National Health Service and am really glad people still want to work in it in spite of our current political climate…

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Share Your World: 15 Jan 2018

Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to…

Hmmm… I’m struggling with giving a quick, easy answer or a more thoughtful, serious one…

The quick and easy answer isΒ I’m really looking forward to finally getting the irritations and aggravations of menopause over and done with.

The more serious one is I’m very much looking forward to the two (unrelated) long-term legal processes we currently have running (so frustratingly s-l-o-w-l-y) in the background each hopefully coming to a satisfactory close in the next couple of months – please! Dealing with any situation requiring multiple expensive solicitors and other highly-trained professionals in regard to important financial matters incorporating several zeroes after increasingly large numbers is stressful enough singly, never mind in stereo. I know we’ll get there eventually, but oh, in the meantime the waiting is so excrutiatingly difficult!

What is your favourite comfort snack food?

Chocolate for sweet, crisps for savoury. Sometimes both at the same time…

What was one of your first money-making jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

After I turned 15 I worked in a shoe shop on Saturdays πŸ™‚

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Last week I unravelled a double-bed-sized multi-coloured crochet blanket, and have now started making it up again differently – it’s quite challenging to plan out a practical/ pretty pattern/ design while only re-using the old yarn, but I’m getting there! Even the blanket I unravelled was made up from leftover odds and ends and re-used yarn in the first place, so it’s at least second-hand use for some of it and a third time lucky reincarnation for the rest ❀

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Share Your World: 25 December 2017

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

I’m just off to pour a bath after posting this, and am planning to have a long, hot soak in the tub ❀

List at least five of your favourite spices?

Smoked paprika, chilli powder, curry powder, cinnamon, ginger

What can you always be found with?

Bitten nails – it’s been a bad habit since childhood, and sadly is one I’ve never been able to cure myself ofΒ  😦

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

I’m making another crochet blanket at the moment, and I really appreciate having a few practical creative skills like this – making things from scratch is so therapeutic for me, whether cooking or stitching or drawing. I’m just doing a few rows a day while sitting relaxing on the sofa in the evenings, so it may take me a while to finish it… πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 20 November 2017

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

I don’t actually know what I would do in that situation – whether at school, college or university, I was usually the one other people would try to copy from!

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?

Either the big things – particularly huge vast landscapes or seascapes, with a soft horizon disappearing into the distance – or the really small things – the tiny magical details that always fill me with a sense of wonder ❀

Complete this sentence: When I travel, I love to…

Take photographs of the travelling en route as well as of the destination πŸ™‚

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What inspired you, or what did you appreciate this past week?

Family troubles are at the forefront of my mind this week, so however difficult things may be just now, with so many lonely people living alone in the world I truly appreciate actually having a family to worry myself sick over…

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Share Your World: 13 Nov 2017

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than 10 minutes?

Often – I love sitting just watching the world going by…

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone light?

I’d probably use my phone light to find the candles and matches πŸ™‚

Would you rather be given $10000 for your own use or $100000 to give anonymously to strangers?

If I had plenty of money I might give the larger amount away, but right now I would keep the smaller amount for myself and my family.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Spending time with my youngest grandchildren inspired me this past week, and although my dad is currently still in hospital having suffered a stroke, I really appreciate that at 81 he is still with us for now ❀

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Share Your World: 30 October 2017

Where do you eat breakfast?

Nowhere – I’m really not good with eating anything at all when I first wake up and need to be up for a couple of hours at least before I eat. But I always like to have my first cup of tea quietly curled up on the sofa, contemplating the day ahead.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want to have an evening with?

My long-gone paternal grandmother, who first inspired my love of cooking – a farmer’s wife with a large family and a large farmhouse kitchen, I discovered at her knee the traditional task of coaxing minimal food ingredients into making maximum impact with a lot of love and practical ingenuity. So I’d choose to spend just one more evening cooking a huge family meal with her as she was in her prime, but with me at the age I am now – two women two generations apart but with hindsight a lot more in common than I’d ever imagined was possible during her lifetime ❀

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I’d be a beautifully delicate yet hardy snowdrop, triumphantly pushing through the partially-thawing frost and snow every winter to herald the promise of spring ❀

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

My mum is newly home from hospital after having another chest infection – she has chronic respiratory problems – so while mum was being treated in hospital, instead of staying with my youngest daughter as planned over the last couple of weeks I stayed for several days with my 81 year old dad who is in the process of recovering from a recent mini-stroke.

It felt quite poignant being once more in the house I grew up in, as it has become resoundingly clear to both mum and dad that they simply can’t go on living there alone for much longer – the sprawling house is just too big for the two of them rattling around in, too impractical for coping with ongoing failing health issues as they grow older, and far too isolated from the increasingly necessary intensive support of the rest of the family.

Sadly they know now they need to think seriously about moving somewhere smaller and easier to access for them and for everyone else. So this last week or so I’ve truly appreciated the chance to spend precious time quietly with my dad in the rural landscape of my youth, which will always hold a special place in my heart ❀

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Share Your World: 25 September 2017

What is your favourite outdoor activity?

Walking for pleasure – preferably either with friends, with family, or with a camera ❀

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Here in London, snarled up as it usually is with traffic jams and aggressive drivers, I’d rather be a passenger no matter what. But out on the open country roads I’d rather be driving, with suitably revved-up music blaring in my ears while I’m singing my heart out at the top of my voice…

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

To have a full night’s undisturbed sleep, to wake up without any body part aching, and to be able to eat anything I like without getting fat or unhealthy…

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

I had my eyes tested this afternoon (long overdue appointment) and finally have new reading glasses – and ooh, everything close-up looks nice and crisp and clear again! Amazing! πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 4 Sept 2017

What colour do you feel most comfortable wearing?

I’ve been going through a bit of a colour metamorphosis lately, adding bright splashes of cerise and purple and turquoise and red to my usual basic blacks and greys and blues. But I’m not so keen on green and I never wear yellow – it really clashes with my skin-tone 😦

What is your favourite type of dog?

When I was growing up we had a golden lab, and later a black lab, so I think I’ll always have a soft spot for labradors…

List at least five favourite flowers or plants?

Roses, carnations, dahlias, tulips, daffodils πŸ™‚

What inspired you this past week?

I’ve been inspired to try playing about with different blog themes this week – I’ve gone from the subtle pale blue ‘Nucleare’ with randomised blue header images, through an unconvincing phase of charcoal grey ‘Sela’ with various unsatisfactory (and therefore short-lived) header image options, to today’s experimental ‘Plane’ with an abstract flower header image… I just need a change!

Oh, and on the London bus coming home today I was inspired (much to the amusement of my fellow passengers) to take a picture of the Transport for London roundel design incorporated into the apparently-newly-upholstered seating fabric, just because I’d never seen bus seats so clean and I know they definitely won’t stay pristine for long! The roundel design itself is a couple of inches in diameter, set in a never-ending pattern repeat… πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 28 August 2017

What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?

Wake up naturally, with no alarm, and enjoy a leisurely cup of tea. Spend the entire warm and sunny day in and around my ideal large family home (non-existant to date, but I can dream!) with my husband and all three of my adult children and their families, cooking and eating and laughing and relaxing together… perfect! ❀

Complete this sentence: ‘My favourite place in the whole world is…’

My bed…

Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)?

That would be Anne – we’ve been lifelong friends, our dads were at school together and we were born only six months apart πŸ™‚

What inspired you this past week?

I’ve really been enjoying the warm weather this week, and have been getting down to grass level with my camera to take some close-up images of the wild flowers growing there…

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