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Share Your World – 2014 Week 17

It’s time for Cee’s Share Your World once again. Thank you Cee for each week posting great questions.





What are some words that just make you smile?

Love, friendship, hello! These are just a few. Or great, delicious, I love you, Spring, warmth, sunshine, books, music. Those are a few others that tend to make me smile or feel good. I’m sure there are many others, but those are the ones I pick today.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?

Oh most definitely light candles. I love candles. They shine with a soft glow and I have them that smell heavenly. So oh yes, bring on the candles! I also have a practical streak and so I do have flashlights too, mostly to light my way to the bathroom. Candles are best just sitting in one spot, much safer that way. But I love candles so always have some around. How many do I have? Oh, I have candles in every room! I usually have them in those glass jars like Yankee candles come in. Oh, if I could afford it, I would have Yankee candles in every room! But what I do have smell lovely and are every color in the rainbow. I also have flashlights in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms.


What is the longest book you ever read?

I’ve read a lot of long books, but there was one many years ago by a woman author. I can’t remember her name or the name of the book, which I hate when that happens. But I do remember it was her first published book and she was like in her late 70’s or early 80’s. It was about a woman’s book club. It was a long book! Probably the size of two, maybe three regular size books. It was also an amazing book! It told about all these different women, and it was fascinating. I believe it was set in like the 30’s or 40’s and went on for years! I really wish I could remember the name, but it just escapes me.

So you win a pet monkey at a fair, but this isn’t just any old monkey. It can do one trick for you whenever you want from getting a pop out of the fridge to washing your hair. What would be the trick?

Ah, poor monkey. Well, if I won it, then I would make sure it had a good home. I’m a softy that way. One trick, huh? I think I would have it dust for me! Yes, that’s what it would do, for one thing it can get up in those corners and get those nasty cobwebs down. I am also quite a slacker as far as dusting is concerned. I don’t like to do it, don’t know why, but I’d rather do just about anything else but dust. Which is rather strange as I am allergic to dust. LOL Go figure.

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 was glad to see the temps get up to 20C, which they are supposed to again today. I’m always grateful for best friends, things would be pretty dull without them.  What I am looking forward to is more warm weather, I am so tired of winter hanging on. I’m happy to see the end of the month for several reasons. Bring on May!


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Share Your World – 2014 Week 16

Thank you Cee, for doing another great week of questions on Share Your World. Here are my answers to this week’s question.



How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

Oh wow, I have lived in a lot of places, that span two countries so far.  Let’s see if I can give you a sort of list. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (born and raised)
Southaven, Mississippi
Outside of Ft Worth, TX (don’t remember the first place)
Lake Worth, TX
Azle, TX
Springtown, TX
Ft. Worth, TX
N. Richland Hills, TX
Azle, TX
Victoria, TX
Weatherford, TX
Gainesville, TX
Nacogdoches, TX
Waco, TX
Townsend, WI
Lethbridge, AB, Canada

And I don’t think I’m done yet.

What type of music relaxes you the most?

Any music really. Depends on my mood. When I want total relaxation, I go for classical or someone like Enya to soothe my tired mind.

If you could instantly become fluent in another language, what would that language be and why?

I just have to pick one? Well, if it has to be just one, it would either be Spanish or Italian. Spanish, because it’s so prevalent nowadays. Italian because it’s so romantic to me, and I love singing groups like IL Devo, IL Volo  and the like and I would love to understand what they are singing.

If you could fly or breathe under water what would you prefer?

It would have to be to fly. I love being up in the sky, complete freedom. Fly anywhere I want to go.

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 spring finally coming to the Great White North. I saw my first robin the other day and now have been hearing it everyday sing outside my window. I’m grateful for plans coming together and for best friends.

I’m looking forward to another week being gone. For another pound being lost. For just living and being free to live. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that mean the most, an email, a chat, a loving word.





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Share Your World – 2014 Week 15

Hello people!

Hope everyone is enjoying their day. If you aren’t, don’t worry, it’s almost over with.

So today we have another Share Your World day. Thanks once again to Cee from Cee’s Photography for giving us another set of questions to answer.



For your blog do you basically use Windows or Mac, laptop, desktop, pad, or phone?

I always use my desktop, using Windows. I’ve never had a Mac, but I would like to have one, never could afford it. Who knows though, maybe my next computer. I don’t have a Smartphone, so no phone use. I don’t have an iPad either. It sucks being technology denied. Ha ha!

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I have always wanted to be a writer. Ever since I was taught how to read. I love stories and reading, and thought it would be so great to write stories that others enjoyed reading.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

Well, I had a bit of a unique childhood in that I grew up in both, almost at the same time. My parents always had a summer place in upper Wisconsin that we went to during the summer months. Me, my sister and brother would be there all summer by ourselves when we got old enough. It was a glorious place to be in the summer, there was forest, lakes, streams  and untold openness to explore and dream about. During the school year we lived in the big city in Wisconsin, so a bit of both every year. .


How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

Some days I feel 20, some days I feel 120, depends. But usually in my mind, I’m still about 30. Which of course I’m not, but that’s how I feel most times.

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 the weather finally getting warmer, it seems this winter was longer than usual. Probably no worse than any other winter, but it seemed like it was. I’m also grateful for good friends, who understand me and don’t need things explained to them. They just get it and me.

I’m looking forward to more of the same of this past week. That’s good enough for me.




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Share Your World – 2014 Week 14

Another edition of Share Your World this week. Courtesy of Cee’s Photography. Great questions and my answers to them below.

Thanks for reading! Please don’t be shy either, comment!



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

No U-turn! That would be my sign. No going back now! Keep going straight ahead as I am going in the right direction for what I want in life.





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

My hair is long, below the shoulders. I don’t like myself with shorter hair, so I am going to be one of those old lady hippies, with the long silver hair. Ha-ha!

When you are with your friends, do your interactions include much touching—for example, hugging, kissing, rough housing, rubbing backs? Would you like to have more of this? (Note: the answers may vary depending on where you live on this wonderful planet.)

Depends on the type of friendship with me. If I really like someone I will hug them. No rubbing backs, kissing or the likes. I’ll reserve that for someone I love, not a friend, as I think that kind of over steps the bounds of friendship. And who wouldn’t want more love in the world? Maybe if we gave out more hugs, we wouldn’t be interested in fighting. Just an idea.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $100? 

Well, my most enjoyable would be spending it in a book store. Ah, heaven. Or spending in on buying a gift for someone I love, just as a surprise, because I love giving surprise gifts for no reason.


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 best friends, emails, and chats. I’m looking forward to warmer weather as I believe Spring has finally arrived in the Great White North. Maybe…...keeping fingers crossed.




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Share Your World – 2014 Week 13

Hello people!

It’s time for another edition of Share Your World. Cee from Cee’s Photography asks us 4 questions that we answer and share.

So there is this week’s questions. Thank you for reading! And please feel free to comment. I love comments!


Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?

Yes, I do. We can’t be the only intelligent life out in that big, huge galaxy. We are nothing but a tiny speck in the universe, we cannot be so arrogant as to assume we are the only ones out there.

What type of pet or pets do you not want to have?

I love all animals, I do. But I would not have spiders, or snakes as pets. Never! What if they got out? No! Uh uh, no way. I would not be able to sleep just thinking they might escape.


If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Oh, it would have to be something bright. Like red, orange, yellow, any really bright color full of hope and happiness.

What type of transportation would you be? Why?

At my age, it’s going to have to be something slower than a race car. LOL  Maybe a nice pretty scooter. It shoots along pretty good, gets into tight places and is fun to drive. Easy on the wallet, yet classy.  It fits two people, but they need to be real close. As an introvert, not everyone is invited to join me and my scooter.


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

This last week I’m grateful to best friends, plans coming together and communication.  As for this week, I’m looking forward to some of the same. I’m easy to please.





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Share Your World – 2014 Week 12

Cee over at Cee’s Photography has a weekly Share Your World challenge where she asks 4 questions and you answer them. I enjoy doing them as it’s a great way to get to know the person behind the blogger.

Why not come and join us?

So here is this week’s questions and my answers.



What is your most favorite smell/scent?

This one is easy. Lemon! I’ve mentioned several times in other posts that I love the smell of lemons. It’s always so clean and crisp.  I do like other scents of course, Roses, lavender, a smell of a new book. But lemon is the #1 smell for me.

How do you write: computer, longhand, or other?

All of the above. I write most of my stories and posts on the computer. But I also keep notes in a notebook on my desk in longhand. I write letters in longhand. I also write sometimes in what I call Jackie hand as it’s my own kind of shorthand. It works for me.

(photo credit: Thinkstock)
(photo credit: Thinkstock)


Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

This one was a tough one. I’ve written a lot of posts. As for my favorite? It will have to be this one:

It’s a very funny TRUE story. It’s hard to make this stuff up folks.

What’s one of your favorite books from childhood?

I was taught to read at an early age, around 4 I think it was. Since then I have been an avid and voracious reader. So when I was about 10 or so I used to haunt the local library and found the book by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. I fell in love with that book! To this day, it’s my favorite book as I think it has everything in it. Mystery, drama, horror, love and everything in between.

jane eyre book cover

My other favorites at that time was the series “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton.

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

From last week I was grateful for my dog groomer Tammy, who comes out to the house with her little grooming trailer to groom Sam. Ever since I found her Sam has been calmer in getting groomed and it’s less stressful on me. I’m also grateful that Spring came, even if you wouldn’t know it around here with the snow and the -6C weather today.

I’m looking forward to warmer weather promised. Also, communications from good friends. I look forward to even better days ahead. Who could ask for more?




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Share Your World – 2014 Week 11

Hello people! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I know it’s Monday for most of us, but don’t let that get you down. It only lasts 24 hours!

Since it’s Monday, it’s time for Cee’s Share Your World, where Cee asks us four questions and we answer them. Why? Well to get to know each other just a little better. It’s a nice thing, enjoy! Or better yet, come join us!



If you were an ice cream cone how many scoops and flavors would you be and why?

I don’t really care for ice cream cones, so I think I will go with something else. Also, I’m a diabetic, so ice cream is a rare treat, usually reserved for the hottest days of summer. I love frozen yogurt. When it first came out years ago, it was kind of nasty. But now they have improved it a lot. If I can find a place that serves soft serve frozen yogurt, in a dish.  I would be there getting me some. So I guess my answer would be no scoops and vanilla or chocolate. Or both!



Are you left or right handed?

I am right-handed. I can write my name if I have to left-handed, but it’s not the best.

Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say?

I do it a lot. I hate talking on the phone and avoid it if possible. If I have to call a company about something I practice and I write things down so I don’t forget. Introverts do this a lot. 🙂


How many rings before you answer the phone?

If I have to answer the phone I will let it ring about 3 times. Maybe 4. If I don’t have to answer the phone I don’t answer it. Ha-ha! Oh, and I don’t have voice mail either.  No way to leave a message. Yeah, I’m ancient school. Or cheap. Take your pick.

The reason for no voice mail is simple. I don’t have nor use a smart phone. Land line mostly. I got tired of messages from telemarketers or bots, so when my voice message machine died I never got another one. And have refused to put one on through my phone provider. Eh, if it’s important they will call back. Plus, I have caller ID, if I’m out, I check that when I get back and if someone called whom I want to call back I do, but usually not.

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

I am grateful for good friends, staying in touch with them on here or in emails. I am grateful that the weather seems to be getting warmer so spring can’t be far behind. I am looking forward to even warmer weather and longer days.


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Share Your World – 2014 Week 10

This week is a special share your world at Cee’s photography,  as it is also Chris’s first Club Introvert Social Gathering.

Yes, I am an introvert. There I admitted it. I may not seem like an introvert on here, but I am. So now I am asked to do a little socializing. I’m sure I can handle it, after I answer this week’s questions.


Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name.

As my first name is Jackie, I could use jolly, but I’d be lying. Judicious is more me. The meaning of judicious is; showing good judgment; wise. If you are considered judicious, people usually come to you for advice. Yeah, that’s me as people always ask my advice and I’m more than willing to give it. I also like to think I have a good judgement of situations and people. As for wise, well, that’s probably debatable. Hahaha.

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

I’d say 101. Truth! Well, ok, maybe not the truth so much anymore, as my life seems to be getting so much better lately. But I would say…..95 then. Now come back in say a year and ask me that and I’m hoping the answer would change to 0!

If you were a tree, would you become a book or furniture? Please describe.

Well, I would rather not kill a tree to become anything. As I would rather hug a tree instead.  If I must then a book. One that will be read with pleasure through out time.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

My best friend, I would have so much fun with them! We would swap stories and laugh and cut up. Might as well have fun if I’m going to be trapped.

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 living another week. Good friends. And tree hugging. Yes, I am grateful for that too.  I am looking forward to more of the same.  But if some surprises come my way I’ll be happy. As long as they are good ones. Ha-ha!

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 9

Once again, it’s time for Cee’s Share Your World. This is the chance for us to share a little about ourselves. Now isn’t that exciting? Hey, we all want to get to know our fellow bloggers. That way they aren’t just words on your computer, iPhone, iPad or whatever other device you use.

We become a bit more human and little less bot. It’s all good. Cee usually asks us 4 questions that we are to answer. This time we got us a bonus question too. Now, let’s get on with it, shall we?


Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

Could I not have both? I mean I would just be dreaming anyway, as I can’t afford to have them, nor do I have room for them. So, since I am dreaming, I want them both. A nice quiet, comfortable reading nook. A place that has a soft place to sit or lounge. Bright and cheerful yet lets you have a piece of solitude.

Then I would like a separate room that is well lit, airy and spacious for an art room. Someplace I can leave my easel standing, my paints laid out, brushes at the ready. A room with lots of natural light, maybe a wall of windows, or a skylight. Well, why not both? It is my dream after all. I would also want a place in the corner for my iPod stand. I have one of those that you set your iPod in and it charges it, but also lets you play it. I like to blast music as I paint. That’s not too much to ask for is it?

Would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

The TV could stay in the living room. That’s fine with me. The only place I don’t like a TV is in the bedroom. I need quiet to sleep, I don’t need a TV keeping me up at night. I can certainly think of other more enjoyable ways to keep me awake at night other than the TV.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

My bedroom right now is a boring dark beige sort of color. I didn’t choose it, it was that color when I moved in here. For a bedroom, white is always a good choice. Or I like soothing colors, light green, blue, I’ve even had at one time a pale lavender. It works. Nothing bright, as it should be a place of softness and comfort. At least in my opinion.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

Depends really. I’ve lived in both. As I get older, though, a one level might be easier on me. But having the bedrooms upstairs, where nosy people can’t readily look in there works too. Ha-ha! I like my privacy. I used to know a man who loved going through the other friends’ bedrooms. He said you really got to know your friends by their bedrooms, how neat they kept them, what they had in them, etc. I asked him once if he went through peoples drawers and stuff. He said if given a chance he did. Needless to say, he didn’t stay a friend for long. That for me crosses the line into creepy!

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 friends, for being able to be there for them, even if it’s in a small way. I’m grateful that it became one more week closer to spring! Bring it on!

I’m looking forward to warmer weather in the coming week that has been promised to us from the weather guys.


So what are YOU grateful for this week?





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Share Your World – 2014 Week 8

Cee’s Photography blog has a weekly thing going. She gives you 4 random questions to answer on your blog. Her questions are always fun. This week’s questions are below with my answers. Come play along if you wish!

Just click on Cee’s name above and see what it’s all about!


Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

Now $10,000 would be great to have. I could find a use for it for sure. But, to have $100,000 to give away? That would be fun! I know of a couple of people who could sure use some help right now. If I had to give away to absolute strangers, I could do that too. Go to homeless shelters and find a woman with young kids, or a young family that needs some help. Find them a nice place to live, maybe give them enough groceries to last a while. Help them get nice clothes to go for job interviews. Pay for babysitting so the parents can go out and look for work. Help them get their dignity and pride back.  There are so many needy families out there to help. I would also give some to my no kill animal shelter, so they wouldn’t have to worry about food, vet care or other things, while they find homes for all the animals. Hmm, I’m thinking I would need a bit more than $100,000 to do what I want to do. But it’s a start!

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

What will matter most? Seeing I reach 91! Ha-ha! Seriously, I have no idea, when I get there I will let you know. I think my first thought would be, I hope I’m not in a home somewhere. Or if I am it’s a good one. I hope that my mind is still clear. I’m not real worried about that one, as many of my family have lived well into their 90’s with their minds intact. My mother is 84 and sharp as a tack. Not much you get over mom. My health will probably matter most.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

I am a diabetic. And do you know sugarless candy usually sucks and not in a good way?? Not to mention if eaten too much, you will live in the bathroom for the next 24 – 48 hours?? Truth! I tried some  candy that was sugar-free when I first became diabetic. Not my greatest idea. I mean, really, who can eat just one piece of candy? They tasted great! So I was working away and eating a piece here and there thinking nothing of it. A couple of hours later, my hell began. It’s the best tasting colon cleansing stuff out  there! Enough said about that! So now, for the most part I stay away from candy. If I do need a piece because the cravings are too bad I have a regular piece and call it good. My favorites? Peanut M & M’s.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I own an umbrella??  If I do, it’s news to me. Ok, I admit, I don’t own an umbrella. Sometimes I wish I did and every time I have to take Sam out in the rain, I tell myself to get one. Sam won’t go out to potty in the rain unless I go out with him. Yeah, he figures if he has to get wet, so do I.  I do have a fenced yard. But he refuses to go out the door when it’s raining. Unless I go to. So I do. Because it’s better than the alternative. Not that Sam potties in the house, he doesn’t. He has a bladder of steel. I just hate to see the little guy in misery because it’s been raining all day. And what’s a little rain water? When it’s warm, it’s even fun. Brings the kid out in me.

So what would your answers be? 

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Share My World ~ 2014 (Week 5)

Hello people! Hope your day is going great!

I’m trying something new today. I’ve decided to join Cee’s challenge of Share Your World. You can find her blog here.  It’s a wonderful way of getting to  know someone. It sounded fun, so I’m giving it a go.

That and I was stumped on what to write today. Hey! At least I’m honest! I always did like a challenge.


Also, please read part one of The Cat People of Kagir. It’s a collaboration between me and Michael of Morpethroad. A few weeks ago we got the brilliant idea to combine our talents on writing this story from seeing how our Friday Fictioneer stories of that week were of a similar thread. Emails flew between us fast and furiously in putting this bigger story together. Tomorrow I will be posting part 2. So please, go visit Michael and read what happens when you put together a man from Australia and a woman from Canada, who have vivid imaginations about mists, manors and mayhem.


Now for Cee’s Share Your World questions.

If you had a choice to live anywhere would be your preference salt water beaches, forest, fresh water lakes, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

I have always had a love for forests. Then again, I’ve always felt so welcomed at the lakes. So I’m going to have to combine the two. If I had the choice and the money to do it with I would live in the forest next to a lake. I would have a cozy little cabin, surrounded by trees and with a beautiful serene lake to gaze upon. I found early in life that my thoughts would wander when I was in a forest or sitting on a dock on a lake. My mind would build fantastic worlds with wonderful, colorful characters. I would sit for hours when I was a child on the dock of the lake when we would go for family vacations. I would daydream and build my worlds where I could do anything or be anyone. Ah, I would so love to be back there again.

What was your favorite toy as a child. . . And now?

I’m not sure if I had a favorite toy when I was a child. My siblings and I never had many toys, as we were on the poor side. I do remember one though, and I think I’ve talked about it before. Once Christmas I received from Santa a large doll. She was as tall as I was! You could dress her up and comb her hair. She was my playmate for quite some time.

very close to what I remember
very close to what I remember

As for now? I would have to say my computer is my favorite toy. I can find out about anything, talk with friends, and write stories! So yes, I would have to say my computer.

Which do you prefer, sweet, salty or both at the same time? 

I am going to choose sweet on this one. Of course, being a diabetic I can’t really have sweets. In the same sense being a diabetic I sometimes crave sweets. The trick is not to give into the cravings. Yeah. Bummer. I don’t like salty things, so I know that is out for sure.

Now give me a piece of cheese and I’m happy. I love cheese!

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

Growing up in Wisconsin and now living in Canada one could presume I enjoy snowy winters. And I do. I lived in Texas for many years and just never got used to the dry, brown winters. Now if only I could figure out how to get snowy winters, but have warm weather. Then it would be the perfect place for me!

Why do I prefer snow? Well, its beautiful for one. When it comes slowly floating down, flakes as big as saucers, piling up on the ground. The sun comes shining through the clouds and the piles of snow look like diamonds glittering. Watching Sam, my little dog enjoying himself running through the snow. His nose down, his tail wagging, plowing up little ruts till his face looks like it’s been dipped in sugar.

Driving on it is sometimes scary, but it still doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of snow. The best way to enjoy it? Indoors with a nice cup of coffee, warm slippers on my feet, just sitting and being toasty warm yet watching the snow turn everything white. Like a giant canvas waiting for life’s brushes of color.

Perfection! source