Share Your World #40

Cee’s Share Your World questions this week:

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been too?

Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Indonesia (Bali), Bermuda, several Caribbean Islands that are territories of various places…, Venezuela

Is the glass half empty or half full? What type of glass is it and what is in the glass?

Half full. It’s made of something unbreakable since I tend to drop glasses.  My fave is a contigo 20 oz Shake & Go Tumbler–not only unbreakable but a nice top with a straw in it so when I knock it over, no or little spillage.  It always has cold distilled or spring water with a slice each of lemon and lime.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

I guess I’d go for my smoothie recipe as I’d get the most nutrition from one dish that way, plus it’s delicious.  Close contenders would be one of my frittatas full of greens or my ribollita recipe for the same reasons.

If nutrition was no worry, I’d probably want endless pizza or endless burgers…

List:  List at least five places worth shopping.

Oh boy, I don’t really like shopping very much.  But I do like shops with really special stuff.

  1. Hollanders, Ann Arbor: a stationery/paper shop with the most gorgeous and amazing array of paper I’ve ever seen.
  2. Just Julie’s, Flushing, MI.  A women’s clothing shop with SO many clothes that are just my style.  If I had thousands to drop, I could easily spend it there.
  3. Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY.  Marvelous arts and crafts gallery.
  4. Joseph Beth Books, Lexington, KY (also Cincinnati).  One of the few independent booksellers still in operation.  Wonderful array of books and gifts.
  5. Lehman’s, Midway, KY.  Originally it was mainly an antiques shop with lovely gifts scattered around and the antiques were on several floors.  My grandmother shopped here under the original owners.  Now run by a relative (I forget, I think maybe a niece?), the antiques are gone and the store is confined to one main floor room of the historic building, but the gift selection she buys is wonderful.  It’s a treat just to walk through and look at the exquisite items she chooses.

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

Even though I didn’t enjoy the rain and cold, I’m glad the earth got a nice drink.  My calendar this week is empty, so I guess I’m just looking forward to being alive.

Flint: the 2015 journey home

As I mentioned in a post from Flint, I took a better camera but forgot the cable that would let me upload pictures so decided to wait to post.  I didn’t mean to wait so long (threw out my back) so I’m thinking instead of a day-by-day account, I’m just going to put together a few posts that combine things.

A lot of what we do is the same every year: favorite restaurants, old friends, the Flint Institute of Arts, drives around old familiar places, and a day in Ann Arbor.  This year for some reason seemed especially magical.  Things fell into place, last-minute calls produced dinner meet-ups and we just thoroughly enjoyed everything we did.  In spite of a  rental car with incredibly uncomfortable seats :-)

I thought I’d feature our visit to Flushing Park first even though it was later in the week.  [Hey, I like this after-the-event, random-posts-in-whatever-crazy-order-I-choose method!].  We generally try to take a drive through the park but that’s often lobbed if we wind up pressed for time.

Since we were in magic mode, with all falling into place and things getting done, the day we drove out to Flushing* for lunch and to pick up our apples from the orchard was lovely and we had extra time.  So, apples stowed, I drove back into town, used the car-side thingy at A&W to get drinks (my first root beer float–or float of any sort– in DECADES!] and headed to the park.

On a weekday afternoon, we found a quiet table and ambled over to sit and enjoy.  Did I mention the weather was perfect?  As we sipped and enjoyed the peace and fresh air, I suddenly saw movement and realized three young deer were moving through the park.

They never got too close and the camera being better than the one on my phone isn’t saying much, so they’re hard to see, but they’re in there, except in one view of a pavilion.  Plus you get to see the lovely park.

We both agreed it was a refreshing addition to our usual itinerary and wondered why we hadn’t thought to stop and enjoy before…  Maybe something to do with Mom, who long ago instigated many a picnic in that and other parks in the area, now not liking to be outside???  But she drank it up this time.

*Flushing is a little town outside Flint and we moved out there just as I turned 12 and started junior high.  My parents lived there for another 12 years or so after I graduated.

Announcing the 4th Annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon


Though I haven’t participated by writing a post (don’t know enough and too lazy to research…), I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading posts about my fave character actors. If you have one you love, add a post. Otherwise, make sure to mark your calendar to read and enjoy.

Originally posted on Paula's Cinema Club:

WE’RE BACK for number 4!

pallette-brady-patrickWHAT A CHARACTER! — a phrase borrowed from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) so that we could dedicate a blogathon to those whose names few remember, but whose faces are familiar – the players who rarely got leading parts, exhibiting instead a versatility and depth many leading actors wished they had. Aurora, Kellee, and I never tire of seeing them show up in films or paying tribute to their talents, and as the previous three installments of this event have proven, neither do you. So here we are with the fourth annual WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon.


To say we’re thrilled is an understatement, and we hope you’ll join us in spotlighting the Eugene Pallettes and Gail Patricks of the world, whose talents never got above-the-title credit. If this is right up your movie alley, then give us a shout out…

Kellee at Outspoken & Freckled or…

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Flint again

Kathy's Restaurant

I’m in the middle of the annual visit to my home town and I know you’ve been waiting for my annual posts about it :-) .  But I decided to bring a somewhat better camera than what’s on my phone and forgot that meant I needed to bring a cable to upload the pics.  :-(

So I’m snapping away and collecting memories and starting drafts about it but I won’t be putting anything up until I get home.  In the meantime you’ll have to make do with last year’s photo of Kathy’s Restaurant in Flushing, the little town where I went to junior high and high school.

Share Your World #37

English: The Citizens Bank Weather Ball atop t...

English: The Citizens Bank Weather Ball atop the Citizens Bank Building in Flint, Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cee’s Share Your World questions this week:

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

  • Health
  • An always compassionate and loving heart
  • The house I’ve designed

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

I’m not a big nature girl so I’ve not visited places like the Grand Tetons, Yosemite, etc.  A few memories in nature are especially vivid, though.

Driving across the Rockies many years ago, I remember coming around a curve to an amazing view of Lake Coeur d’Alene.  Even though I’d been driving through spectacular scenery, that sudden view of the lake was stunning enough to be the only vivid memory.

When I lived in Portland, I loved to hike around Multnomah Falls.  Not incredible in the same way as Niagra Falls (which I’ve also seen) but a peacefully beautiful place.

A boat ride most of the length of Lake Como– stunning.

Is your hair short (total neck and ear showing), medium (covering ears and neck), long (below shoulders) or extra long (at least halfway down your back)?

Medium.  By these definitions, it’s at the borderline of long, as it’s very slightly longer than my shoulders

List some of your favorite blogs.

Those are just the ones that popped first into my head.  I read and enjoy many more, so no offense if you’re not listed here.  Another day I’d probably remember different ones…

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

We had a safe journey to my home town, Flint MI.  This week we’ll be seeing old friends, eating at fave restaurants, visiting favorite places.


Share Your World #36

Cee’s Share Your World questions this week:

If you were a pen, what type, style and color would you be?

A Montblanc or Waterman fountain pen.  I’ve always adored writing with a fountain pen.  I’ve had a variety of colors from plain black to brighter shades to crazy patterns and loved them all.  I hate to be boring but black or silver would probably be my first choices.

I’d like to be in the flow of it and the elegant timelessness of it.  And black in a fountain pen seems so classic.  Flowing and classic.  That sounds good for me.  If I have to be a pen…

Image of a modern fountain pen writing in curs...

Image of a modern fountain pen writing in cursive script. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How many languages do you you speak?

Depends whether we’re talking fluently or just with some ability.  Fluently, English is my only language.

With a fair amount of ability, French; I can handle your average restaurant, hotel, train stuff and basic conversations.  Can understand more than I’m able to speak.  If someone started trying to discuss philosophy or something I’d have to beg for English.

I have a smattering of Italian — mostly just enough to order in a restaurant or ask directions.  One of my dreams is an immersion class in Todi, Umbria, with hopes to be able to converse beyond asking to have the mushrooms held on my pizza please…

Are you a listener or talker?

That’s a tough one.  I’m naturally pretty introverted, so in a group I often just sit and listen.  However, I have some kind of problem/disability about taking information in orally — I miss a lot and what I do take in is often not available to my conscious mind for sometimes hours or days after the conversation. (I shock people pretty often by asking all kinds of questions three days later about something they thought I wasn’t listening to…)  Which makes me not a great listener, although once I became aware of the problem I began trying harder to take more in.

I know some great conversationalists who always ask me a zillion questions and I come away feeling as if I’ve talked way too much.  And with people I’m really comfortable with in a one on one setting I can be a major chatterbox….

Rather Have:  Which would you rather have, 2 million dollars or true love? 

Years ago I’d have said true love without hesitation.  Now that I’ve gotten older and never had a relationship work out, I’m kind of used to life on my own and pretty tired of struggling financially, so now I think I’d take the 2 million.  I have a few places I’d love to give nice donations to and beyond that I’d love to have a paid-for house and a nice investment cushion.

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

Last week I took Hay House up on their offer to watch Wayne Dyer’s “The Shift” for free.  I’d seen it before but really think I enjoyed it more the second time.  This week I’m heading off on the annual visit to my home town and quite looking forward to it.

Share Your World #35

Cee’s questions for Share Your World this week:

What made you feel good this week?

Nice weather on days it was supposed to storm, especially the ones that were cool and dry enough to open the windows.  Some pretty good progress on the unwinding muscles in my head and for once it didn’t interfere too much with sleep.  CBS Sunday Morning follow-ups on Hurricane Katrina included heartwarming stories of people who’ve done creative and wonderful things to help.

For potlucks or parties do you cook it yourself, buy from a grocery store, or pay for catering?

If I invite people, I cook everything.  I love to nurture people with yummy food — and these days I’ve gotten pretty good at making it both yummy and healthy, which has been something I’ve worked a lot on.  There’s something about the smile on people’s faces when they’ve loved a meal and feel cared for that I adore.

For potlucks I used to make two things to take because here in Kentucky most people bring stuff with wheat and/or dairy products so I could only eat what I brought.  Now I just eat first, go late, take nothing and eat nothing– way easier on me and my budget.

What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in.  And what Country do you live?

Ooh, that’s a tough choice.  There are two aspects of Lexington I love, both relating to my memories of this place as I LOVED it during my childhood summers here (I grew up in Michigan).  The historic part of town, mainly in the heart of the city, I adore.  In part because I always love historic places.  In part because my aunt bought one of the old places when I was 11 so my summers from that point on were spent wandering the area, including my special love, Gratz Park, which dates back to the late 18th century.

The other thing I love is riding out of town and seeing the beautiful rolling hills, the four board fences, and thoroughbreds racing across the fields — especially in spring when you can watch foals bouncing around with their mothers nearby.  My aunt used to pile me in the car and haul me along when she made visits to farms or went out to take photos for some of her articles on horse stuff and I adored tooling around the countryside.

Gratz Park

Mostly Lexington has grown and changed in ways I really don’t like and too much of my time is spent in the ugly new crap.  I forget sometimes why I used to love it here.  But a meander around Gratz Park or a ride out in horse farm country reminds me of those childhood days when the city was so much smaller and more Southern, the people so charming and the whole area so pretty I always felt like I was visiting paradise (ignoring the subdivisions already giving a glimpse of the yuckiness of the future).

Complete this sentence:  My favorite place in the whole world…..

Kind of depends on the day and time or where I happen to be visiting at the moment.  In general for some years now I’d say the beautiful place on the hill where I used to live in Marin County CA and the surrounding neighborhood, especially the park which backed up to the property.

I used to visit Vancouver every year or two and really loved it.  I also adore Nice and much of the surrounding area though I’ve not been able to get back there for years.

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

For last week’s gratitude see answer to first question.  This week is my birthday plus some prep for our annual visit to my home town, Flint, MI

Share Your World #34

For Cee’s Share Your World:

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

The Rock at Northwestern University with Unive...

The Rock at Northwestern University with University Hall in the background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of the time it was easy in public school.  Till I got to algebra and geometry, everything was easy.  After that everything but math.

My high school didn’t have an honors program or tracks or AP classes and 50% of the students weren’t interested in school or going to college.  Many classes taught down to the level of the disinterested, so I pretty much breezed through aside from my maths struggles.  I was so bored I didn’t want to go to college because I couldn’t imagine school being interesting.

Northwestern was a different story.  I’d never had to work very hard to get good grades and suddenly I was in a tough school, full of valedictorians and perfect SAT scores.  It took a couple of quarters of not-so-stellar grades for me to understand how much harder I’d need to work.

Once I realized, I threw myself into it and reveled in taking classes that challenged me and being in seminars full of brilliant students who introduced new ideas and questioned everything.  I worked incredibly hard but it still seemed like a breeze because I so loved it.

What is your favorite animal?

Horse Racing

Horse Racing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Domestically, cats would slightly edge out dogs.  Mostly because I’ve had a lot of cats and only one dog.  But I love both.

My mother’s side of the family were “horse people”, which here in the Bluegrass means they were deep into thoroughbreds.  My grandfather bred, trained and raced horses.  My aunt was the first woman turf reporter in the world.  I wasn’t raised here and never spent as much time around horses so I don’t have the knowledge they did but it’s in my blood.  I LOVE horses.

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?

I started wearing glasses at six and moved to contacts at about 15.  Although I wore contacts for years they were never comfortable.  Every time some doctor tried out a different type that would definitely be comfortable, it wasn’t.

When I went to vision therapy with the amazing (late) Dr. Sirota I had to switch back to glasses.  He’d learned that near-sightedness develops from emotional trauma which causes the muscles behind the eyes to tighten around the optic nerve.  He found his methods worked only with glasses because contacts tend to cause people to tighten the muscles around their eyes.

A big piece of his method involved reducing prescriptions.  He found that most opticians/optometrists over prescribe and that it causes the muscles to tighten even more; this is why people keep needing stronger and stronger prescriptions.

Every time he reduced my prescription, my vision improved and then the current pair of glasses would start causing my face to tighten up and give me headaches.  I’d go back and he’d check me out and reduce the prescription some more.

Since he’s gone, I know anyone I’d go to would give me a too-strong prescription and I’d go back to losing ground, so while I wait for the muscles to finish letting go, I mostly prefer nothing.  Fortunately since I’m near-sighted I can read and write quite easily with no correction and those are the things I spend a lot of time doing.  I go without corrective anything except when I drive.  The glasses I still have are too strong and I can feel everything start to tighten up in 10 minutes so I whip them off as soon as I get where I’m going.

List:  Name at least five television shows (past or present) you enjoyed?

If I gave you a complete list, (a) it would take too long; and (b) you’d realize I watch WAY too much TV :-)

  1. Friday Night Lights (I still think it’s one of the best ever on broadcast TV)
  2. Gilmore Girls
  3. Brothers and Sisters
  4. Mary Tyler Moore
  5. Chasing Life
  6. Astronaut Wives Cub
  7. The Fosters
  8. All versions of NCIS
  9. Proof
  10. Grey’s Anatomy

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

None of the doctors kept us waiting for 2 hours before even getting in.  This week has very little on the schedule other than normal maintenance so I’m hoping to get some batch cooking done and I look forward to having a freezer full of yummy healthy stuff.

Share Your World #33

This week’s Share Your World from Cee:

What are some words that just make you smile?

Love, circuitous, Newhart, Marin

You’re given $500,000 dollars tax free (any currency), what do you spend it on? 

Pay off the mortgage, buy a new car, invest the rest

What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so?

Nothing.  After an M.A., part of a PhD and then law school, I felt done with studying in depth and so far the bug has never returned.

Would your rather be stuck in a small plane with bad turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500?

It’s hard to say how much I’d hate either of those.  I don’t have a daredevil cell in my body.  Although I have, with no other choice, flown on tiny planes — including one small enough that even with seat belts on in turbulence our heads hit the ceiling — I’m a bit afraid of flying and I really don’t like the little ones.  But I’d be terrified in a race car during a real race too.

English: Daytona 500

English: Daytona 500 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

Last week I got all caught up on grocery shopping, laundry, etc. for a change and that felt good.  I’m looking forward to Friday evening, when this week’s doctor visits with Mom are over and I have a couple of days with nothing on the calendar.

The scent of Kentucky summer

Hunt-Morgan House, located in the Gratz Park H...

Hunt-Morgan House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was about 11 my aunt bought a historic home (built 1885; it’s about a block from the Hunt Morgan house pictured above) in Lexington and moved my grandmother along with her.  I spent some portion of my summers visiting my grandmother throughout my childhood and into college; sometimes as much as half of it.

The guest room in the historic home was upstairs at the back of the house and two walls had windows all the way across.  No one had air conditioning in those days (and yes, we all survived to adulthood :-) ), aside from the occasional window unit, so windows stayed open pretty much all summer.  Every morning I woke up to breezes wafting in from all those windows and breathed in the scent of Kentucky.  It never smelled the same in Michigan, where I grew up, and I’ve never caught the same scent anywhere else I’ve lived.

Lately we’ve had some lovely weather that’s let us turn off the AC and throw open the windows.  Today I’ve been inhaling that summer-in-Kentucky perfume every time I’m near a window and remembering all those summer days, waking up to drink in that aroma before wandering to the kitchen where the enticing scents of bacon and coffee filled the air each morning.

Feeling grateful just to breathe it in and remember…