Share Your World – September 28, 2020


Share Your World is presented by the lovely Melanie from Sparks of a Combustible Mind.

The questions this week:

Where do you feel most at home?  Please be more specific than “at home, doh” please. It could be a room in your home, a person, a location…  😝 😁 😇

I feel most at home surrounded by these mountains I am fortunate to live within. They are the connection I share with my ancestors. They are a small portion of the earth still somewhat intact. This place has the power to lower my blood pressure and calm my soul.

Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?  🐎  🚗 🚲

My preference would be to walk. With my knees starting to feel the effects of arthritis, bike riding is becoming less appealing. I have never actually ridden a horse so I cannot speak to that. I suppose that leaves me with driving a car.

What song would you sing on “Karoke Night” (if you were forced to do so)?  🎤 🎶 🎻🎷🎺🎸🎵🎹

”Black Velvet”. It is one of the few songs I can actually pull off. I am not a gifted singer by any stretch of the imagination.

University or life experience, which do you feel best prepares you for life?  🎓

I think they both prepare us in different ways. I grew up with some of the smartest people I ever knew who were never afforded a college education. Their life experience and knowledge of the natural world were all gained through experience and reading. They knew how to survive in even the worst of circumstances. University education hopefully gives access to a broader scope of the world and teaches discipline and the value of reading and research. Unfortunately, the cost makes it almost unreachable for many.

An Attitude of Gratitude

I am grateful for the sun peeking through the trees.
I am grateful for my family and our love for one another.
I am grateful for the scientists who persevere and persist.


Monday Missive – Stepping Into Fall

I woke to a wet morning, although the rain seems to have stopped for now. Still, everything is rather soggy. Our plans were to take our first fall drive on the Parkway today and we may still do that. I am just waiting to see if the sun manages to peek out of the clouds. It might be rather foggy at higher elevations.

  • Today is my son’s birthday. Saturday, I went to The Kolache Factory and bought an assortment of sweet and savory pastries and hand delivered them. All socially distanced, no hugs, six feet apart and all masked. It was great to see him and my grandchildren but I long for the day we can get together as a family again.
  • It continues to be a little rainy here. It is an odd season of transformation as if nature does not know what season it actually is. We are still seeing migrating birds at the feeders and the hummingbirds are still here. It will not be long before they are heading south as well. We will not see them again until next April.
  • We are still getting peppers out of the garden, but all the other summer plants have been pulled up to make room to plant fall vegetables. I am trying to wait out the rain forecast for the next few days before planting.
  • It is hard to believe it is almost October. Just a little over 30 days before NaNoWriMo begins. I will again undertake writing a novel of 50000 words in just 30 days. November is normally a hard month to write because of holiday festivities, but there won’t be much of that unless we can all test for the virus beforehand.
  • I am considering re-opening my ETSY shop. I closed my shop when they allowed mass manufacturers to join. I do not know how it is now and whether I want to go down that path again. I am rather indecisive at the moment.

Not much else going on in my world. I am trying to avoid too much news, too much social media and too much drama. The outlook for the virus is not good yet we continue to ease restrictions throughout the U.S. The upcoming election has everyone on edge. You can feel the tense energy in the air.

I am finding peace in just allowing the seasons to shift and change the landscape around me. It helps remedy the powerless feelings the world tends to thrust upon us.