Share Your World ~~~ April 17, 2017

Hello, People! I  hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.

Today, we are back on schedule with this week’s Share Your World questions and answers. Hope you enjoy and even join us!

 

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

I always use a pen. I love the ease and flow of a pen. I collect pens too. Different colors and such. I think I’m drawn to the colors like a kid.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

Even though I’ve always loved dancing, I think I would love being an amazing singer. Maybe it’s because I can actually dance and I can’t sing worth a damn. I have an amazing ear for music but my voice is sadly lacking. It’s so bad that whenever I try to sing at home my female cat attacks me. LOL Truth!

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

I learned to debate late in life. From an old boyfriend who was great at it. Now, I very rarely use the ability as most people around me get so angry. They don’t know how to debate, only yell. So sad. I love a good debate. As for a subject, I would relish debating? It’s usually subjects that people get very…emotional about. I try to keep emotions out of things….it just makes a good debate impossible.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Reasoning things out. I can look at a problem and figure out a solution. I’m a very visual person. I ‘see’ solutions in my head. Not with math though. I’m absolutely terrible at math but I can see solutions to word problems or spatial things. I see….patterns. I’m also very logical. I am also a natural artist. I found out years ago I have a knack for painting. Never took lessons but I’m pretty good at it.

 

 

Have a wonderful week, everyone! 

 

Share Your World ~~~ April 10, 2017

Yeah, I’m a bit late this week for Cee’s Share Your World. Been a busy week so far but today I’m here and trying to play catch-up.

Here are this week’s questions and answers. Hope you enjoy and maybe even play along!

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

No. I’ve never been very sporty. Nor am I built for running. So I haven’t done any of these things for an event. It sounds like work to me.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I’ve done so many of these question and answer posts I’m not sure what’s left for a surprise.

I know I’ve mentioned this before but talking on the internet is not like talking in real life, so people tend to forget. Hell, people in my life tend to forget anyway. I’m partially deaf. I have no hearing at all in my right ear. Doesn’t really affect much in my life. People would never know unless they were really paying attention.

What is your favorite flower?

I have two. They are the Iris and the Lilac. I love them both.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, bookcases, big screen tv etc)

I’m not very materialistic so this one was hard for me. I want more plants but it’s going to have to wait for a while as my two cats love to eat them. Most of my plants now are in my bedroom because the cats aren’t allowed in there but I have no room for any more.

I would love the walls inside the house to be painted. I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Also, the ceilings need painting. I would have to hire someone to do them as there is no way the husband and I could do it.

New tubs in both bathrooms. I actually would love to take the tub out of my bathroom and put in a corner shower. I don’t want shelves and things like that. I would just have to fill them up and then dust them. I like the minimalist look.

 

So there you are! Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Sunday Smiles

 

 

 

 

 

I think I’ll wait until I get home…….

 

 

 

Hidden Pain ~~~ A Poem

Hidden Pain

 

She looks but doesn’t see

the hurt she dishes out with words

careless words spoken without thought

she doesn’t care

 

He agrees to everything

the anger stays hidden deep inside

words are not spoken for hours, days, weeks, years

Yet, he doesn’t miss the hurt the child receives

 

The small heart is broken, shattered, torn

words spoken so carelessly taken so far deep inside

tears fall silently, never seen by the woman who caused them

never-failing to try to make her change her mind

 

A woman hurting, even after a lifetime

wondering again as the hurt resurfaces countless times

tears falling inside to wet the damaged soul

asking the same old question that never got answered

 

Why did she dislike me so?

 

 

 

 

Questions and Answers

Hello, people! I do hope your weekend went well. On Mondays, I usually do Cee’s Share Your World post but unfortunately, Cee has been ill the last few days and will not be posting her famous Monday questions for us to answer.

So, I have decided to post some of my own questions with of course my answers to them. If anyone would like to answer the questions please feel free to do so!

Here we go……..

Have you ever played a practical joke on anyone?

No, not that I recall. If I have it wasn’t on purpose. I’m terrible at practical jokes or joke telling.

What is your most essential appliance?

I was going to say my refrigerator but then I thought, well I have gone without one for a while, it can be done.

For this house right now I would have to say the microwave. I use that thing every single day, several times a day. The husband uses it more than me. Or my coffee maker, although again I have made coffee on the stove before and can if I have to. It doesn’t make the best coffee, though.

Have you ever been in a newspaper? 

No. Probably the only time I will ever be in a newspaper is the obit section.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Free. No, really. I wanted to be free. I’m still not sure I made it. If you mean career wise, well, like most kids I had phases. I wanted to be in the Navy for the longest time but I couldn’t pass the physical (bad hearing). I also wanted at one time to be a vet but was afraid that all those hurting and abused animals would just tear me up too much.

Then I decided I wanted to be a secretary (that’s what we call administrative assistants back then. I’m not sure what they call them now.)

Was that for a few years, hated it…plus I refused to make coffee for the boss. He didn’t appreciate it.

I always wanted to be a writer but I knew even back then one very rarely makes enough money doing that but it didn’t stop me from dreaming.

Have you ever had a secret admirer?

Wouldn’t be much of a secret if I knew, now would it? I have no idea but I very much doubt it. I’m not the kind of woman who men (or women for that matter) fall for and are afraid to step forward and say so.

What’s the most unusual conversation you’ve ever had?

I have had lots of unusual conversations. I seem to draw that out in people. I’m open to discuss pretty much anything, unusual or not.

My most unusual? Hm, I think I would have to say the most unusual was when I was much younger and my best friend and roommate was in her mental breakdown and we discussed her hallucinations. We discussed what she saw and what they were saying to her. This was all while she was in the middle of her breakdown and I was trying my best to calm her down so she wouldn’t kill me.

Looking back I would have to say, yeah, that was the most unusual. It saved my life, though, I firmly believe that.

Are you a bad loser?

I don’t like to lose. Who does? I don’t think I’m a bad loser. I mean I don’t throw cards in card games or swear (much) or pout. I’m used to losing. Terrible thing to say, eh?

Do you have any superstitions?

I would love to say….no. But, if I’m being completely honest I am somewhat. I do believe that if you think negative thoughts it will come back on you. That might be karma.

I’m not superstitious about black cats or walking under ladders or any of that kind of stuff. I’m superstitious about universal things, like karma.

I don’t throw salt over my shoulder (my ex MIL used to do that). Or my grandmother always said not to put a hat on a bed as it would bring bad luck. I don’t own any hats so I don’t think I have to worry.

I do kind of believe in special numbers and what they mean. I don’t know if that qualifies as superstitious. Probably does.

Are you good at keeping secrets?

Yes, I am. Very good. Some I’ve been carrying around for too many years to count. Others are more new.

So, if you have a secret you are dying to tell someone, I’m your gal!

Have you ever used the yellow pages?

I’m old. Used to be the only way to find a business’s phone number. Now I just Google stuff.

So the answer would be ….yes, of course I have. Sometimes I still do.

 

 

 

The Nightlife is Not the Life for Me

If you think this post is going to be about the nightlife where I party…well you will be disappointed.

It’s about sleep or the lack of in my case. Let me set the scene for you.

The husband and I are at the age where we like our sleep at night. Because of his severe back problems we set up his bed in the living room. Yes, not the prettiest living room decor but it is what it has to be.

He loves his TV. He watches it all the time. For him, it has to be on twenty-four hours a day. Even when he sleeps.

Now me, I must have a quiet semi-dark room to sleep. I have never been able to sleep with a TV or radio on. As I grow older it gets worse. I hate noise at night except the white noise of my fan. This is the only way I can sleep.

My bedroom is right off the living room. I keep my door closed and he turns down his TV to the lowest he can have it and still hear it. Now, have I told you he is also going deaf? Yes, unfortunately, he is. He wears two hearing aids which help a lot.

Now, for the most part, the TV is not the problem.  I’ve kind of gotten used to it. Although I must admit, the odd times the power goes off and the TV is quiet, I rejoice inside. Don’t tell the husband.

Ok, back to my story. The husband is on super strong pain medication and he takes sleeping pills at night. Two of them. Most times he sleeps for about an hour or two then he is up and down all night. And here lies my problem.

As he is awake off and on all night he snacks later at night. I don’t mind that, as he needs to gain weight and if he wants to eat at 1 am, who am I to tell him no? The only rule we have is no using the stove. (he sometimes forgets to turn it off. Danger!) So he raids the refrigerator and eats like a teenager. In fact, he lives sort of like a teenager. He sleeps most of the day and eats in the middle of the night, and waits for me to clean up after him.

So, what am I complaining about then, you ask? This was last night….

I’m all comfy in my bed with Sam (my dog) at my side and just drifting off to sleep when…

*crinkle, crinkle, CRINKLE!*

My eyes pop open as I wonder what the hell that noise is. I hear it again…

*crinkle, CRINKLE, CRIIINNNKLEEE*

After hearing it again I finally figure out it is the husband eating potato chips in bed and it’s the noise of the bag.

I shake my head and close my eyes and just start to go into a sweet slumber when I hear…..

 *bang! rrrrrrrrrrrrr, ding, ding, ding!*

The husband running the microwave for his snacks. No problem, I hear it most nights so I close my eyes again.

*clink, clink, clink* 

*crinkle, crinkle*

*clink, clink, CLINK!*

Eyes popping open, again.

*clink, CLINK, clink*

I finally figure out it’s the husband eating and is the sound of his fork hitting the plate, plus the potato chip bag. Rather damn loud too. Sighhhhh.

I swear under my breath and look at the clock, 2 am. I was asleep for all of half an hour. I’m tired so I close my eyes and snuggle down into my pillows.

Sleep, sweet sleep. Finally. My eyes pop open and I sit up in bed in a flash as I hear someone shouting…….

*BLEEP, BLEEP, BLEEP, WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH, BLEEP, BLEEP!!!*

I almost leaped out of my skin. It was so loud it sounded right next to me. It wasn’t. It was the TV. The husband fell asleep and turned over on the TV remote and turned it up very high. He turned it down before I went into the living room like a raging harpy and threw the remote and the TV out the door. Lucky him.

My heart slowed down and I looked at the clock and frowned, 2:34 am. I was so tired!

I get up to go to the bathroom as my bladder has decided since I was awake now anyway, why not empty it. I grumble as I do my bladder’s bidding and think if I am woken up one more time, the husband won’t need sleeping pills as I will put him to sleep myself. The hard way.

I crawl back into bed and close my eyes once more. A deep sigh escapes as I drift off into dreamland. Finally. Hopefully.

As I write this, the husband is sound asleep and I think it’s time to do some vacuuming.

 

 

 

(This post was done for WordPress’s Daily Prompt Later and yes, it’s all true.)

 

 

 

Share Your World ~~~ March 27, 2017

Hello, People! Hope your weekend went well and are ready to kick some butt this week!

Thanks again to Cee at Cee’s Photography for giving us some questions to answer this week.

 

Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?

I wasn’t named after anyone. My middle name is Lynn….so Jackie Lynn, it’s a broken up version of Jacqueline, which my mother wanted to call me at first. She broke it up into two names because she thought it would be easier for a kid to write and remember. She also was into French sounding names for a while.

Music or silence while working?

Depends on what kind of work I’m doing. When I’m writing, it has to be silence or I end up listening to the music more than writing. If I’m doing housework I like to crank up my music, seems to help with the mundaneness of housework. If I paint, I also like to crank it up. Anything else, silence, please.

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

My three most special possessions would have to be….excluding my computer, my dog Sam and my books…..

I have a large envelope in my file cabinet that has all my important papers in. They are me. My birth certificate, my passport, and other papers saying who I am.

Another item would have to be…my car. I need my transportation and my independence. Or would that be considered electronic? I also wish I had a garage to put it in.

Then the last item would have to be…my notebooks and pens with all my story ideas and writings in, which have a shelf above my desk. I would hate to lose all those handwritten notes.

The Never List: What are the things you know you never will do?

Well, it seems the first is like most others….bungee jumping. Then there is…..

Run with the bulls….as I’m not into running anyway but add bulls to the mix? Uh….no.

Eat liver…..um, just no. I can’t even cook the stuff much less eat it and now that I’m a so-called adult….I don’t havta.

Fly a plane…..I always wanted to take lessons but never could afford them. Now…..eh.

Own a horse….it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I don’t see it happening.

I’m sure there are lots of other things I would never do but that’s all I can come up with right now.

 

What would your answers be? Let me know!