Share Your World – July 6


Melanie, at Sparks From A Combustible Mind brings us new questions to share our answers to.  Please join in the fun and share your world with the blogging community.



In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic? My brain immediately went to sentimental answers like watching a grandchild being born, hope when you think there is none, and watching a child getting a new concept they have been struggling with.

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been? Many years ago, when I was looking for a preschool for my daughter I entered a house with a preschool on the premises. The woman didn’t believe in diapers for toddlers and I witnessed little ones urinating on the wood floors. OMG, I did a fast retreat out of there.

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults? A principal I once had was an expert in this department. You would listen to her and think, did she actually say that? No one was exempt from her comments. In fact, we teachers would share them with each other. She would say things like, “That lesson would have been great if all the kids were paying attention.” “Your teammates really miss you now that they have to have more students.”  

What incredibly common thing have you never done?  I have never changed a tire on a car. I am glad that I have never needed to either.

Gratitude Section (Optional, as always) Please feel free to share some gratitude that you experienced during the past week! 

I am grateful for my lessened pain levels that have allowed me to work on purging things from my home.


Share Your World –


Melanie posts four or five different questions each week for you to answer and share your world.  There are two ways which you can participate. You can make your own blog or comment on her post. Click the link above to see more of the rules.


Have you ever ‘dined and dashed” (i.e. eaten the meal and then run out the restaurant door without paying)? I have never done a dine and dash. One time, long ago, before I had a credit card, I was mortified to realize that I did not have money for a tip. I apologized profusely to the server and told her I would come back later with a tip. I am sure she thought she would never see me again. I did return and doubled what it would have been. Boy was she surprised.

Have you ever been in a car accident and either left the scene of the accident (providing it was a fender bender and not serious) or denied culpability for causing it when you did, (if it were minor or serious)? I am a serial good two shoes. My first fender bender was when I was 19. When pulling out of the parking spot my GMC pick up bumped into the car next to me. I grabbed my baby and went into the store practically in tears. A kind woman came out and said it was nothing because her car already had so many scratches on it. She told me to take my baby and drive home safely. I don’t think that would ever happen nowadays.

(Oldie which has been asked many times before) Have you ever found a wallet or purse or some money (over $20) in the street and just taken it, thinking ‘finders keepers, losers weepers?   Or would you be ‘good’ and hand it in?  I have picked up a 20 on the street near no business and thanked the universe for it. I have also turned in money found in a shop to the counter. I have also given the server notice when he/she didn’t charge me for something on the bill. I do get a kick when they ask why I am telling them that I was undercharged. I believe in karma so, “do the right thing” feels right.

What was the last thing you stole or shoplifted?   If you never ever considered doing that, tell us your secret!   🙂  I haven’t stolen anything since I was a kid. I felt so guilty about stealing a candy bar that I told my mom and she made me march right back and confess to the storekeeper. I felt lower than low.

As a teen a friend of mine wanted to steal an LP. I wanted nothing to do with it but her parents were picking us up and I had to get my ride home. I told her I would meet her outside as I wanted nothing to do with the crime. I was waiting outside when she came out. She was followed by a security guard and placed in handcuffs. I stared at them both in fear. The guard said something to the effect that he knew I was not with her when she did it so I could go. I stood there outside for her parents to arrive and I had to tell them security had her for shoplifting. It was a long silent ride home in their car.

Gratitude: Melanie stated that she is giving a free pass if the desire to express gratitude isn’t in the cards for today. She then reblogged two posts. I read them and was greatly moved so I am putting her comment here.

From Melanie: Today I’m again giving folks a free pass from sharing (you’re still welcome to share if you want to of course) and re-blogging a really thought provoking post by Pam of Butterfly Sand.  This was brought to my attention by Di of Pensivity101.   Thanks to both awesome ladies for sharing a post that I’m very grateful I got to read.

Now my gratitude: I am very grateful for a world of bloggers who have different backgrounds, different religions, different geographic locations, different philosophies, and yet are all kind and sharing of their writing talents. 


Grateful Tuesday


It was a wonderful day in my garden today.

I am grateful for my lovely tree with all its beautiful color. It has visits from hummingbirds, bees, birds, and pesky squirrels. It is a peaceful part of my yard that I enjoy most when it is filled with purple.






                                                                 This jacaranda is in the lower yard. This is the view from my balcony,




The two small trees in the upper yard have awesome yellow flowers. The bees love these blooms.





The yellow daylilies are in various spots in my yard. Some years I have tons, but this year there have been only a few blooms. I am grateful every time I see one.






The starlilies are in my front and back yards. They have had more blooms this year than any before.


After watering everywhere Annie joins me on the swing. She makes every day a special day. When we go out front she has no leash. She stays right by my side. If someone passes by the house, she runs back through the house, and barks at them from the back yard.100852631_10156923896816290_2220485877145010176_o



Sunsets out back are lovely. I am grateful for my home and the joys I find in my gardens.

Share Your World – May 19


Sparks from a Combustible Mind hosts Share Your World. Melanie posts four or five different questions each week to answer.



What’s something you really resent paying for? I really resent paying for car insurance. If G-d forbid you need it, your rates skyrocket. You hope and pray that you pay and pay and never need it. It’s a racket I say.

What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen? I saw Psycho as a kid and it frightened me to no end. Then when I saw Sybil I thought I would never get that story out of my head.

Do you judge people? I can say I have been known to be an intelligence snob. Not necessarily academic smarts, but common sense. 

Finish this sentence: “Back in my day, we…”? Back in my day we wore hot pants, go-go boots, halter tops, and mini skirts. Thank goodness that is not the style now.

Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude. We can all use some good vibes!  I am grateful for my silly family that are here and those that are no longer here.


Share Your World – May 11


Melanie hosts Share Your World.


  1. I asked this on an award thingie I was nominated for, and I got such interesting responses, I thought I’d ask it on Share Your World too:  Do you have a favorite kind of tree?  My favorite tree is a jacaranda. As I love all things purple, looking outside my window to the beautiful purple blossoms is a delight. 98132376-jacaranda-mimosifolia
  2. What bridges are you happy you burned? I can’t think of any bridges I am happy I burned. Usually separations come with pain attached and I wish there was a better way to end things.
  3. Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger? I probably would not sacrifice myself for a stranger. For my family, sure. For my loved ones, sure. For my students, when I was teaching sure. There is probably some circumstance where I might, but not off the top of my head.
  4. How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over? My priority now, is survival. Being of the age of concern and having medical conditions that make survival less possible, I am protective of my exposure. 

Gratitude Section: Please feel free to share your gratitude!  During this troubling time, some positive input is sorely needed, so any memes, stories, photos, or anything else you find uplifting is welcome!   Please share!   Thanks!  

I am grateful for Amazon and the Post Office and their workers. As I do not wish to leave my house for my safety, I am grateful for the amazing people who deliver meds, books, and needed items.