Sharing My World 22

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Through the looking-glass in my guest room/library.

 

Share Your World – 2015 Week #11

List 2 things you have to be happy about.
Huh.  Just two?  That’s a pretty short list.  Better make these two things count.
1.  Being RETIRED!  I’m so happy I have lived long enough to get to this point.  I can go to bed late, do bizarre things in the middle of the night,  nap whenever I want.  Make up my own schedule or simply wing it day-to-day.   It’s like being a kid again but without all the silly rules.
2.  ART!  No, not some random guy.  Drawing, painting, sketching, cutting, ripping, pasting, doodling.  Learning new things.  Letting my creative side loose on the world.  Amassing enough art supplies to last for several lifetimes.  Hey, at least there’ll be that to pass down to my kids.
Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?
I like all three, in any order, accompanied by relish, sweet or dill.  I also like chili sauce, seafood sauce, guacamole and salsa.  Last week I had a strong craving for hot dogs.  I don’t know why something which isn’t good for you at all should taste so delicious.  White buns, charred mystery meat, and a pile of condiments, including chopped up onions and tomatoes.  Yum.
If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?
My childhood was pleasant and ordinary.  Of course I had no clue that was the case until I got through it.  There were bits of misery and there were interludes of pure joy.  I would paint sapphire skies with distant black thunderclouds, golden sunshine after blue-grey rain.  A big red barn and a yellow brick house.  Dusty gravel roads.  Maybe some rainbow trees, a sea of turquoise grass waving in the summer breeze and a few purple cows lolling about in a meadow.  That sounds about right.
Do you prefer a bath or a shower?
Well there’s my cue to go off on a rant about how sitting in bath water is really disgusting.  I don’t know when my aversion to bathing started, but it extends to hot tubs and whirl pools, no matter how full of chemicals and disinfectants.  Also public swimming pools, but that’s mostly because of the chlorine and the chance that small children might be urinating.    I have to be thoroughly rinsed or I itch.  Everywhere.  So the short answer is “shower”.  I’ll spare you the long answer because that was merely the introduction.
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 our beautiful spring-like weather, although it’s supposed to snow again soon.  Winter’s last hurrahs which don’t linger very long at this time of year.  I’m grateful that W hasn’t yet taken the snow tires off my car.  He asked if I could remember when he did it last year and I told him it was the day before a snow and ice storm that had me slipping and sliding all over the place to and from work for two days.  Now that there’s no danger of it being a necessity to drive somewhere, he has finally lost all sense of urgency to get the tires switched around at the first sign of warmer weather.  It’s Murphy’s law that once he does get around to it, there will be freezing rain.
I’m looking forward to doing our income tax.  Thought I’d write that down to see how it sounds, but it’s a blatant lie.  I’m dreading it, as usual.  And putting it off with the snow tires.  Today I’m picking up some mixed media stuff at Michael’s.  I have a list.  It consists of more than two items.
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18 thoughts on “Sharing My World 22

    • Well anticipation is half the fun! And semi retired is a good way to slowly let it all go. I thought I might miss work and get bored, but 6 months in, it hasn’t happened yet.

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  1. I’m with you on the shower logic. I tried a hot tub once and I felt like my skin was being boiled off. And looked it, too. Swimming pools I can handle on a limited basis, although the thought that I’m swimming in pee is always in the back of my mind. That requires an extra long shower.

    I really enjoy your Sharing My World posts!

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    • Thanks Michelle 😄 I tell people it’s the chemicals that irritate my skin, but actually it’s the thought of all that dead skin floating around in there. Yuck. And like you I can’t handle the heat.

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  2. I need to warn you about hot dogs for they seem to sense retirement, a more laid-back way of living, of simply being. In others, they see it as an opportunity to prey…. 😉 I speak, of course, from way too much experience.
    Karen

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  3. Rant away. I am happy someone feels the way I do about sharing waters with other, especially children and incontinent seniors. As for childhood color me purple. Looking forward to taxes? You must be getting back a bundle of dollars. And horseradish? I particularly like that on meat. But I seldom eat red meat. Love the photo. I too keep books in my guest room, although with exercise equipment, a tv, sofa and lamp, there’s little room for guests…

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    • Ooooh, I totally forgot about horse radish! I love it too. Except for the time I mistook it for cole slaw and ate a big spoonful of it and almost died.
      Yes, my guest room is pretty crowded too. You can come and stay, just leave your luggage in the car. 😄

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  4. “White buns, charred mystery meat, and a pile of condiments, including chopped up onions and tomatoes” – sounds like my kind of meal 🙂
    Good luck doing your income tax. I hope I never have to do anything like that, I’d be rubbish at it.

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