Share Your World – October 26, 2020

C7D018A9-43FB-4E9D-B21D-A8E1035F7F25Melanie has her neighborhood over at  Sparks of a Combustible Mind all decked out in Halloween decor. It was so festive I thought I would play along and Share My World today.

Here are the questions:

What’s the tallest building you’ve been to the top of?

First let me say I am not a fan of heights. Especially manmade heights. I trust Mother Nature a lot more than mankind. So, I suppose the tallest building was the Montreal Tower (574 ft) in the Olympic Village. The second highest would have been the Skylon Tower (520 ft) at Niagara Falls (it towers 764 ft above the base of the falls). I do not like heights so these were big steps for me.

What do you do to keep fit?

Normally I walk, but I have been lethargic and uninspired during Covid.

What’s your jack-o-lantern carved to look like?

Living WAY OUT in the country and in quarantine we have no jack-o-lantern. 🎃 But if I had one it would be a most traditional face – not a new age face.

Do you have hope or have you lost it?

I always have hope. I could not live without it. Hope has saved me so many times in my life.


Feel free to share something you’re grateful for!  Images and photos or poems, essays or free writing (stream of consciousness) pieces are all acceptable!  AND you don’t have to do this part, it’s always optional!

Please do not say you have nothing to be grateful for when a tree bursts with autumn color just outside your window.  Remember that friend you chatted with today? What a gift they are in these difficult times. Did you ever notice how constant the skies and the stars are? I still gaze at the same stars my mother saw when she was a little girl.

Today I am especially grateful for this blogging community.





Don, I am reboogging this great post. What a great read! You never disappoint. (And fellow readers, if you do not follow Don, you certainly should! He has such rich and interesting stories to tell.) Thank you for a wonderful post!

Don Ostertag: Off Stage

Celebrity endorsements or protests of political figures or views exploded during the Viet Nam Conflict. Nothing like what is going on the 2020 presidential race, but something totally unseen in the US before then.

Before WWII there was the Isolationist Movement with Charles Lindbergh as the figurehead; but after Pearl Harbor, the movement disappeared. Even Lindbergh volunteered to fight for the Allies. Turned down by the Army Air Corps, he was hired as a civilian advisor. Countless celebrities expressed their views by action, entering the War via draft or volunteering. Their actions better than words.

The Korean Conflict, America’s Forgotten War, received little media attention, let alone public concern. The American Legion and the VFW took a lot of soul searching and time before they accepted the fact that the participants were actual foreign war veterans and could become members. The US and the other countries involved did so under…

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Monday Missive

Another Monday here in the foothills. Time to gather around and have a chat.

  1. Let’s get Covid and politics out of the way real quick. They are both in a miserable state. It is hard to stomach conversations on either. I have made my decisions on both so now it’s time to steer clear of the flak.
  2. Two weeks ago when our numbers began surging in our state, we went back to grocery pickup. We live next to the state line which means people intermix frequently – a mask mandated state and a no mask mandate state. Today was grocery pickup day so it was a busy morning.
  3. My granddaughter’s birthday is on Halloween. I made a trip down to wish her a happy birthday on Saturday and deliver a couple of cute Halloween bags for her and my grandson. All masked and no hugs, but something is better than nothing.
  4. i am growing weary of InkTober. I will see it through, but doing this the month prior to NaNoWriMo was not a good decision. I will do an InkTober lessons learned post on Saturday.
  5. Speaking of NaNoWriMo. Well, I have no plan, no outline, nada. But I will write. For 30 days and hopefully 50,000 words.
  6. We saw two pair of beautiful purple finches at the feeders this morning. Now the pine siskins are back and everything is frantic. There must have been 100 birds out there this morning.
  7. We had another inch of rain over the last 24 hours and are slated to get another 2-3 inches when Tropical Storm Zeta passes through. We have had another rainy year. The last couple of days have been cloudy and it looks to remain the same through the end of the week. Saturday morning our low is predicted to be 35°F. That’s a little too close to freezing for my liking.
  8. The transition is so strange here in the fall. We have azaleas and camellias in bloom as the leaves are turning and falling to the ground. Such is the way in this isothermal region we live in.

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