Share Your World #21

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

What is your favorite go to beverage?  Water, coffee, tea, coke, soda (non-alcoholic)

A cup of Espresso and coffee beans.

A cup of Espresso and coffee beans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interesting one.  For me there’s a difference between my favorite and my go to.  My favorite is coffee.  I only have one cup a day but I make it the best cup I can, using a really good blend (Mill Valley Blend, from La Coppa) and a stove top espresso maker.

My go-to drink, on the other hand, is water with a slice each of lemon and lime.  I have a 20 oz. Contigo water tumbler with lid and straw (unbreakable and largely unspillable — both very important for a drink that’s going to hang around with me all day:-) ).  I keep it filled with cold water, flavored slightly with the lemon and lime and usually drink at last 40 oz, aiming for closer to 64.

Can you change a car tire?

English: A flat automobile tire. Français : Un...

A flat automobile tire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I doubt it. Years ago, when my dad got me my first car he made me spend an afternoon with him rotating the tires on his car.  With each successive tire I did more of it until I did the final one alone.

I’ve been fortunate, though, I’ve only had flat tires at spots where I could literally roll to a nearby service place so I’ve never actually had to change one again (the Universe has been VERY kind to me on that one!).  40+ years later I don’t think I remember all the steps though I might be able to manage if I had to.

Are you a listener or talker?

Depends on the circumstances.  One on one I’d say I tend to talk too much, although I can listen quite well if someone needs to talk about something.

In groups I tend to mostly sit and listen.  When lots of people are talking I find it hard to jump in.  Since I’ve been studying Right Speech, I also find that if I ask myself how much my comment would contribute, generally it isn’t necessary to add my bit.  If I feel something I have to say is important to the conversation, I will speak up.

I hope one day to better develop the excellent Right Listening skills my friend Sybil uses.  Those include asking questions in which you don’t insert your own opinion but instead invite the speaker to keep delving deeper into their own feelings and thoughts.  I have to be really mindfully focused to do it well but she does it naturally all the time.

Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

Oh, no cell phone hands down.  I use it so little I’d barely notice.  The main reason my latest one is with me more and used more than others I’ve had is I have apps on it that I use in certain circumstances.

As far as phone calls, my friends all know that if they want to talk to me they need to call on my land line and for the most part I don’t even give out the cell number.  The only time I use it much for calls is on trips.

Not only am I indifferent to cell phones personally, I find it irritating both that other people waste so much of their lives on them and waste so much of my time making me listen to their utterly inane conversations…  everywhere… all the time.  Let’s not even get into what I think of using them while driving.

On the other hand, I’m on the internet often hours a day and as I experienced on my recent visit to Marin where I spent several days with no internet, I rely on it probably too much.

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 week with no technology snafus.  The upcoming week doesn’t have too much scheduled, which I appreciate and I’ll be preparing to go on another short vacation, this time to my home town the following week.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

I’m late again as this is last week’s photo challenge but the way technology has been going for me the last two weeks, consider it a miracle I’m posting at all… (See here for that story).

I snapped a number of photos on my just-finished visit to Marin County, where I house/cat sat at the home of friends, in which I used to have an apartment.  I was able to take my favorite walk, which includes a stretch through a county park, a number of times and also managed a walk on the trail by one of Corte Madera’s canals.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

Sybil 2016

This assignment went up a couple of days before a dinner engagement with my dear friend Sybil and since I’ve always admired her, she naturally popped into my mind as the subject of this challenge.

She’s a deep seeker and constantly growing and evolving.  I admire all of that but most of all I am in awe of her capacity for deep listening and her mastery of our friend Gay’s technique for practicing Right Listening.

Sybil can both listen attentively and frame questions that brilliantly take you, the speaker, deeper into your topic and yourself and your life than you could ever go alone.  If we could all listen and participate in the dance of the heart that is true communication as well as she does, the world would be at peace.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

Okay, I know, I’m late.  What I can I say?  I’m visiting in California and slipping in computer time haphazardly in the midst of visits, walks, contemplations, enjoyment, etc.  But I did get out a couple of days ago to take a few shots for this challenge and wanted to post.

The first two are my faves, though they don’t really fit the theme of turning something familiar into something of mystery.  But the clouds that particular evening seemed very abstract in an ethereal abstract painting sort of way…  The third photo…  now that one I’m leaving a mystery…

Cee’s Share Your World #17

Bluegrass Spring Landscape 1

This week’s questions from Cee for Share Your World:

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Pen 

What’s your choice: jigsaw, word, maze or numeric puzzles?

Word

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself? 

Although I had long hair and loved it when I was younger, I’ve mostly worn my hair at medium length and that’s what I prefer

List five some of your favorite blogs.

There are so many more but I’m off on my housesitting gig and feeling tired and groggy so I’m going to be lazy and stick with the five.

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

Grateful for a smooth journey to CA and for being in this heavenly place.  Looking forward to more visits with friends, walks around my old neighborhood and renewing my spirit.

Share Your World #16

Tulips close up 2016

Cee’s Share Your World for this week:

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?  Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

I started with glasses at age 6.  Somewhere around 15 I switched to contacts.  Wore them for decades, but never had a pair that was comfortable — even though I saw a number of eye doctors who supposedly specialized in finding the right contacts for “sensitive” eyes — and never could wear them for more than 12 hours a day.  If that was their specialty I’d hate to think how bad they were at other stuff…

A vision therapist took me off contacts because they tense up your eyes and thereby make nearsightedness worse so it was back to glasses.  The next vision therapist (I moved or I’d have stayed with the first one till he died a few years ago) had a different theory so it was back to uncomfortable contacts.

With the first guy I gained a lot of ground and the second one helped with some side issues although the contacts led to losing some ground.  Since the muscles behind my eyes have been unwinding my vision keeps making small improvements.  Can’t afford to change prescriptions every few months and since I see fine with no prescription for the reading and writing on which I spend most of my time, I don’t wear anything except to drive.  Then I pull out an old pair of glasses that give me a headache but make me legal…

As the last throes of unwinding in the muscles continue, my sight is getting really good so I may not need a correction soon.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

For the last 30 years, coping with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, not just my day but every day has felt like a giant SLOW sign, or maybe STOP.  Lately, though, if there were a sign for cautious accelerating toward the fast lane, I think that would be the sign for me.

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

Super easy in public school.  I’m pretty smart and was naturally good at it as well as um… shall we say encouraged (pushed?  commanded?) by my parents to do well  and I lived in an area where a high percentage of kids were not college bound nor interested in school, so I didn’t have to work too hard to be in the upper realm of my class.

When I got to Northwestern and found myself in really hard classes and competing against top students from all over, it came as a shock that I had to work my butt off to get the grades I was used to.   I had to learn how to be seriously academic to a degree I’d never been before.  Once I caught on, I totally loved being finally challenged to be more and do more academically.

Would you rather take a 1 or 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?

Kind of depends.  I’ve been on a couple of quite small group (8 people) tours that I found pretty pleasant but they cost.  The one large bus tour I took is something I wouldn’t care to repeat.  Same thing with cruise.  If I could afford to take one of the smaller, more expensive lines, I’d enjoy a cruise but I didn’t love a trip on a big cruise ship.  The cruising was nice enough and I certainly enjoyed the stops, but mostly it was too many people all the time.

When I’ve been the planner and leader of self-guided trips, I’ve found it pretty wearing to have it all on my shoulders so I kind of like a small tour sometimes.  But one whiny or obnoxious person or a schedule that leaves not enough time in some places and too much in others can make that pretty tiresome too — and the second part is also true of cruises — can be tiresome as well.

One of my favorite trips ever was a tour with only 8 of us wherein we had a hotel room on the island of Ischia for the whole time.  There were a couple of over nights in other places but we could leave stuff on Ischia and just take a few things.  Nice not having to move around all the time.

Actually sometimes I think I’d rather stay home:-)

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 an amazing healing session and many lovely warm days.  Grabbed the tulip shot at the top one afternoon when I sat on the sun porch reading and looked up to realize the light was perfect to photograph the tulips (hard moment to find in that part of the yard…).  Looking forward to heading to Marin County to house/cat sit for nearly three weeks, during which time I’ll be seeing very dear friends as well as drinking in the beauty.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

This challenge turned out to really be a …. challenge for me:-)

I’ve been in a place of transition for some time (that story has been unfolding on my main blog }, in which much is changing and I don’t have a sense of where I’m headed next.  For once I’m trying not to micromanage or fearfully start concocting plans because I can’t take not knowing.

A state of limbo, if you will, in which the future is shrouded in mist.  Hmm..  Not much wanting to take photos of fog, I wasn’t sure what would suit.  I thought of the Rune, “Unknowable”, the blank rune.  Turns out a rune with nothing on it doesn’t make such an interesting picture…  go figure:

20160412_202846.jpg

A little more contemplating this time of limbo reminded me I’m waiting as part of learning to go with the flow.  Increasingly I try to live by intuition and inner guidance, to flow with divine spirit instead of letting my mind be in charge.  Metaphysically, I think of it as “being on the Tao”; getting in the current and going with its flow.

I’d had a project in mind last week to head down to the Kentucky River where it flows by long-time restaurant Hall’s By the River to take photos.  On the only pretty day I wound up unable to go.  But once I’d decided how to meet the challenge, I knew I needed to go and yesterday was the only nice day in the forecast for some time (though today turned out to be quite pretty too).  So, my flowing into the future picture:

Kentucky River by Hall's 0

And it was such a lovely outing, thought I’d leave you with a few more:

Share Your World #15

Cee’s Share Your World questions for this week:

Name one thing not many people know about you.

upright

Georgette Heyer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been a big fan of Georgette Heyer‘s novels since I was about 15.  I have a huge collection, most of them with copyrights/print editions in the 60’s and 70’s and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read my favorites.  Had to buy a new copy of The Grand Sophy because I read and re-read the original till it fell apart…

 

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?

After checking to see whether that would cause any tax liabilities (pretty sure it’s way below the amount where inheritance tax kicks in) I’d then use it to fund my plans for a new blog/web site for info on my movement stuff, including manual with pictures and DVD.

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

This house is too messy to be able to hide it all.  If I have a dinner party or out of town guests (neither of which happens very often) I’ll do a big sort and clean that involves filling the recycling bin, hauling bags to Good Will and lots of trash but not really hiding stuff.  By and large my attitude is you either like me or you don’t…  if you don’t like the way my house looks keep it to yourself or find a neater friend…

Complete this sentence:  I want to learn more about …

After I got the degree in law, which was my third, I felt pretty much done with learning.  Not that I haven’t learned stuff, but I rarely seek out learning that involves classes, etc..  However, I’ve always longed to speak French more fluently and after traveling in Italy I wished for more than the smattering of conversational Italian I learned in one class, so I have immersion schools picked out which I’d love to attend some day.

I am, however, an avid learner about inner life, spirit, compassion, lovingkindness, etc.  That’s a path I’ve been on for many years and though I do occasionally read topical books, I only attend classes that involve learning practices or doing experiential things.  No more class notes and studying for me.

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

In spite of unseasonably cold –and also wet — weather I managed some nice walks last week

This week I’m looking forward to a body work appointment wherein my regular therapist will be joined by a second person who’s technique could apparently release the last piece keeping the muscles in my face from letting go.