Share Your World Feb. 20, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

When you cut something with scissors, do you move your jaw (as if you were about to chew)?

Not that I’m aware of but I’ll have to pay attention the next time I cut something.

Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No.

Are you a collector of anything?  If so what?

Photo: Leigh Gaitskill

Photo: Leigh Gaitskill

Not really.  I sort of used to collect mugs.  I like picking them up at places like Portland’s Saturday Market (that was long ago — have NO idea if it still exists) or shops that carry local crafts or craft fairs.  I used to give brunches and I’d put out this collection of specially chosen hand-crafted mugs and people LOVED getting to pick one from array in which no two were alike.  I still pick one up occasionally but I’m long since at the point that a bunch have to live in the basement so I try not to.

The one in the photo I bought a couple of years ago when I met some out of town friends in Berea, a town in Kentucky famous for crafts and shops that sell them.  Couldn’t resist — and I love that every time I sip coffee from it I also remember the lovely visit …

What size is your bed? 

Full.

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

We’ve started having some early warm days and have had windows open for short spells several times — love that fresh air!  The zillions of doctors appointments for my mother are finally winding down so there aren’t any this week and I am SO looking forward to a week without a waiting room!

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Share Your World Feb. 6, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

Somewhere in between or maybe teetering back and forth…

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

Half of my health pub basket

Half of my health pub basket

Mixed together.  I’m a great lover of casseroles and stews and soups loaded with stuff and my love of how tastes mingle has led me to generally load my fork with small tastes of several things even when I have a plate of separate foods.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

Fiction.  And while I used to put a lot of great literature in there and read lots of Henry James, et al, I now read only light weight stuff.

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

My lumbar spine is sore.  Need to figure something out about how I sit with laptop and put more time in on doing triggers of release for back.

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

We finally had a few days of sunshine after several weeks of gloom and rain and I was SO grateful..  I’m looking forward to a very quiet week after a couple of super busy weeks of running around.

Dinner in the country

We finally had an entire day of sunshine.  Only the second one in something like three weeks of gloom, punctuated occasionally by rain or snow making it gloomier…  We’d seen the prediction for nice weather and decided to have dinner at Windy Corner.  It’s quite a ride out into the country, down a narrow country road and past lovely horse farms.

Although most of the menu is stuff I consider kind of junky (although far better prepared than such stuff usually is) they also offer “health pub baskets”, which are steamer baskets with usually four or five types of very fresh (and often local) veggies and a choice of protein additions and a homemade dressing (for me it’s always salmon and lemon oregano).   Mom favors the shrimp basket, which is fried shrimp and french fries — also yummy, but things I avoid.

We feel so cheered by our adventure.  I always take a route through some of the historic areas of town we love and pick up the road leading out to the restaurant on the other side of town.  We loved the beautiful ride, loved sitting in a restaurant where all views are of farms and loved the great food.

Share Your World January 30, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

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

English: Coeur d'Alene Lake.

Coeur d’Alene Lake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wow, I’ve seen so many incredibly beautiful places.  One that’s always stayed in my mind is from when I was about 25 (let’s just say a LONG time ago) and moving to Portland, OR from Chicago.  I drove across 94 into 90 and, several days along, spent a night in Missoula.  The next day I drove and drove and drove in mountains.  Mountains, blue sky and green, on and on.  Then suddenly I rounded a curve and there was Lake Coeur D’Alene  — it was breathtaking.  The memory of that sweeping view of the lake suddenly appearing and driving along beside it has popped into my head periodically ever since.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? 

0.  I’m first last and in the middle 🙂

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

Yoga sandals — free, airy, comfy and healthy

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Tongue.  I was at a summer program at the Sorbonne and the school organized some lovely weekend getaway/tours we could take.  I was on a trip through Rouen to Mont St. Michel.  The trips included meals and we were at dinner somewhere on the tour on this night (the horror at the food apparently overtook memories of all other details 🙂 ).  The meals were ordered ahead of time and I guess they wanted us to try “the real deal”.  We asked about what we were getting but the French word for “language” and the word for “tongue” are very similar so we were just confused.  Then it arrived and I took a bite and said, “it’s like eating a tongue” — and … we got it…  Yucky!!!

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

I’m very grateful for the pulling together that’s going on here; I attended a Muslim Interfaith Dialog last weekend and tonight a rally for supporting refugees. I’m looking forward to attending another event, this time put on by Indivisible.  Not sure where my focus will land, but I’m enjoying taking part in events about supporting ALL our brothers and sisters and seeing the huge groundswell in favor of being inclusive and welcoming.

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Share Your World 1/9/17

English: Sun symbol yellow

Sun symbol yellow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

If you lost a bet and had to dye your hair a color of the rainbow for a week, what color would it be?  

I don’t bet and if I did I doubt I’d take one that involved this.  But if I had to pick a color of the rainbow to prefer I’m thinking yellow to be like the sun.

If you could choose one word to focus on for 2017, what would it be?

Compassion

What was one thing you learned last year that you added to your life?

I have a long way to go before my heart contains enough love and compassion to be able to feel either for the soon-to-be leader of the free world…  But I’m working on it.

If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?

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(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve never really understood that phrase (perhaps something to do with the fact I don’t much like cherries 🙂 ) and not positive I get the question.  But just to name a fruit I prefer to cherries:  grapefruit.  Not sure I’d want to be one.  Or any other fruit I like…

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

I’ve been doing a chanting practice ever since the election — aimed at both keeping me calm and building compassion in my heart.  Last week I realized the impact is great and growing.

Somewhere mid-week next week it’s supposed to finally stop raining.  I’m looking forward to seeing the sun again!

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Share Your World #51

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

What is your favorite holiday?

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

I would say Thanksgiving although that’s mainly based on how much I loved it as a kid when we always traded back and forth with my aunt, uncle and cousins — our house one year, theirs the next.  But besides the camaraderie with the branch of the family I’ve always been closest to (the only ones who lived in the same state and the only cousins in my age range), I’ve always loved the food, so I still look forward to it.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?

Turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, corn pudding (Kentucky style), some green veggie.  My tastes have grown a little more sophisticated and I change up a lot of stuff to keep wheat and dairy out, but the basic tastes of Thanksgiving have been favorites my whole life.

Do you travel for your holiday?

Not for some years.  There was a long stretch when I lived in Chicago and came to Lexington to have Thanksgiving with my mother and then a long stretch when it was San Francisco to Lexington — but rarely since I also visited for Christmas — but now that I’m here it’s just the two of us generally here at home.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?

No.  Although I think there’s a little spiritual uplift when you carefully prepare and the enjoy a meal you love.

Is there a gift exchange?

No.

How long does the celebration last?

Just the day.  Although I always make enough to be sure there are lots of lovely boxes in the freezer with more Thanksgiving meals tucked in each.

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

My back has been out so I’m grateful I managed to get everything done that needed doing.  I’m looking forward to a nice Christmas and then some peace and quiet after lots of bustling around.

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Share Your World #50

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of?

Herbs: basil, scallion

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh, too many to narrow down to one.  I love to grow herbs with great scents like basil, rosemary, sage, thyme and to wander around the yard running my hands through and then sniffing the great smells on my fingers for the next couple of hours

It doesn’t actually evoke an old memory because, other than peppermint for iced tea, my family didn’t grow herbs nor did we generally use fresh ones in cooking.  It’s an acquired taste as I’ve grown and broadened my horizons and in recent years learned a lot more about cooking.  The cooking led me to planting herbs.

What type of pet do you have or want to have?

I have a cat.  At some point I’d also like to have a dog.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? 

It’s varied in my life.  My Dad is the kind of guy who drives hostesses nuts by always arriving early, so that was my first habit because I grew up being early for everything.  Once I was out on my own I’d say I leaned more toward being on time — and cutting it pretty close.

When the chronic fatigue was really bad I was perpetually late — I just never knew how to account for how slowly I might be moving from one day to another.  My ideas about how long things took were based on experience moving at a more normal pace.  Sometimes I could do that and sometimes I just moved in slow motion through every step…  Since I’ve been doing better in recent years I’m generally more or less on time…

For recharging, would you rather meditate, swim, walk, listen to music, write, read, yoga, qigong other?

Many of those are my choice depending on what kind of recharging I need to do.  If I need to restore equilibrium, meditating would be likely.  If I need to perk up, yoga would be more like it.  If I need to smooth out my energy as well as perk up I might do Flying Crane Chi Gung. I also particularly love the restorative powers of a good nap!

Optional 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 for a new cell phone with enough storage that hopefully it will be 2-3 years before I have to replace it just because of storage.  Since I rarely use a cell phone for calls — mostly use it for apps I need when I’m out and about and for camera — I’ve usually gotten low level (small storage) ones but I got tired of constantly having to replace because updates of crap I don’t need or want fill all the storage.  I’m looking forward to decorating the little tree we got and to revving up some Christmas spirit — in recent years I’ve had none and decided this year needs an infusion of holiday cheer.

Share Your World #49

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

What do you value most in a friendship?

Kindness

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?  Do you prefer a specific flavor?

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Icing

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Icing

I like cake and frosting together.  Chocolate is generally my preference, though I have a recipe with ginger cake and a lightly orange-flavored frosting that’s pretty amazing.

Have you ever been in a submarine?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

Haven’t been in one and now that you mention it, I don’t have any curiosity about checking one out.

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?

If we’re in the U.S. I’d guess a majority of them feel dissatisfied a huge amount of the time, just because that’s my impression of much of the population — constantly wanting more and feeling unhappy with what they have..

I’ve been meditating and clearing old stuff and learning to look at life with gratitude for long enough that I generally feel satisfied — though I also work awfully hard at getting past health issues. I don’t let myself be influenced by whether somebody else seemingly has a better life than mine.  If I know someone who’s doing well I’m happy for them and I assume I’m looking at a mirror of what can and will be for me.

Optional 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 I got the majority of Christmas shopping done.  I’m looking forward to enjoying some Christmas music and trying to get into the spirit of the holiday.

Share Your World #48

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

English: Kung Pao chicken dish served at a Sic...

Kung Pao chicken dish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Depends on the food.  Generally I don’t like nuts in a lot of the baked goods in which many people like them.  For instance, I won’t buy a brownie if it has nuts in it and I never put any in when I make them.  I especially dislike walnuts, which seem to be the favorite add-in to baked goods.

On the other hand, when I make granola it has almond slivers or cashews in it and I love it.  Also love Thais cashew chicken, Kung Pao tofu and lots of salads with nuts.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d like to think it would be one of those inspiring Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, chronicling my long healing journey and spiritual awakening.

 Who talks real sense to you?

I’m not sure whether the question is asking who, in the way of pundits, do I think makes sense or who in my life talks some sense into me…

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the big world, I think Thich Nhat Hanh, Bernie Sanders, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, Louise Hay and Elizabeth Lesser, would be among a longer list of folks in the world who I think make sense.

As for someone who “talks sense” to me, I’d say my friend Sybil, who actually would never think of telling me what she thinks I should do.  She’s an excellent practitioner of Right Speech and if she senses a dilemma, she skillfully asks questions that take me deeper and deeper into my own heart until my own answer arises.

Do you have a favorite board game?

Not really a board game fan.  As a kid I liked Monopoly.  The other kids in the neighborhood and I would play for hours and we made up all kinds of rules for keeping everybody in.  The point was to hang out together playing.  The few times I played with adults they were bloodthirsty and made a point of wiping everybody else out as fast as possible.  They had fun, but for everybody else, not so much.   I liked the sweet way we played as kids, where it was about “us”.

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

Last week we had a lot of lovely weather and I enjoyed sitting on the sun porch reading for a while each day.  We’ve moved on to rain for this week and, since we’re dry and, to the east of us, there’ve been forest fires raging, I’m pleased we have rain ahead.

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