Category Archives: Get to know me

You can only learn so much from an “about page” so here is a collection of post to help you get to know me better. The majority of these posts are in response to the SHARE YOUR WORLD challenge at Cee’s Photography.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 1

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

As a child, who was your favorite relative?

My Uncle Paul, he taught me about geography, travel, photography and the national parks. I was devastated when he passed. I was only ten. Years later I’d say my grandmother (MeMe). Of course today my fave is Kai. My life is greatly enhanced by my little joy boy.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

Weeping Willow, I was Uncle Paul’s favorite and mine. They look mysterious. Now I love palm trees, I love living in paradise.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?

Dawn is best seen just before bedtime. If i had my choice I wouldn’t get up before the crack of noon. But my daughter waits all morning for me to take over with Kai so get up about 10:00am-ish

Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground?

I’ll take that tree house tent featured on Cee’s page. Even as much as I fear heights I love the idea of a tree top nest

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 a couple big projects, so I’ll be very busy the next few weeks. I was looking forward to another week week of relaxing, now I look forward to making more money. I need a van…have van will travel.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #52

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.) 

sunny and 90°, possibly reflecting our record breaking temps down here. It’s been a good day

What is most memorable about your high school years?

Good lord, so many to choose from, here’s a few highlights

  • I was our schools feature baton twirler (geek)
  • I was runner up for the Jr Miss pageant (geek)
  • I, along with hundreds of other students, walked out of school and did a protest march over the dismissal of our beloved principal. (rebel)
  • beach parties (hippie – the real me)

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

too funny, nope.

Complete this sentence:  I like watching…

science fiction tv or movies (maybe geek is my true self, I know my daughters would agree)

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

The last time I “shared my world” I was looking forward to our day at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Well, Kai got very sick for several days. But I am grateful that we were at least able to take him in the Polar Express. He was so excited, he’ waited three Christmases to go on the ride (height restriction). I was sad we missed ALL the shows but there’s always next year.

I’m also thankful for a relaxing, peaceful Christmas…very good day.

I’m looking forward to NYE, my first time since 2009 I’ll spend it with adults. We’re having a few people from out bible study over, lots of food and games for the kids.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and a blesses new year

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #50

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Favorite thing to photograph? Write? Or Cook?

I actually like all three but photography is my fav. I love anything nature or wilderness but specifically waterfalls. I do need a bumper sticker that says “I break for waterfalls” because I do and have.

I’ve always enjoyed writing and my ability to express myself is the only way I passed any of my classes. I write non-fiction and prefer to write bible studies and encouraging spiritual pieces.

Cooking, I’m not really into cooking although I do enjoy developing recipes. I’m a pretty good baker but have been known as a chocolatier.

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing? 

I must still be a child. Oddly, since I hate heights and the sensation of falling but I do love reaching great heights on a swing. Good thing I have a grandson, I still get to swing.

What has surprised you about blogging?

At first I was surprised I got likes, even more surprised people were following me. I guess that’s because I didn’t know you could do either. I started the blog as a journal for the folks back home while I was on my two-year journey. I found it strange anyone else would find it interesting.

What surprises me know is the amount of work it takes to keep it running. And it’s not just writing the posts, you need to prep, plan, develop new ideas for content, maintenance, promote and be a friend. Following others, responding to likes and comments takes a lot of time.

I’m also surprised at the friendship and community I’ve found and this is a most welcome surprise.

List at least five favorite desserts.

let’s just go with categories here:

  1. creamy deserts like cream pies (key lime), cheese cake, éclairs, cream puffs, fruit with cream. Ok, anything with CREAM and/or cream cheese
  2. ice CREAM esp: chocolate almond, butter pecan, pistachio, and the king of deserts: coffee ice cream
  3. donuts, esp: Dunkin Donuts French crullers and anything CREAM filled
  4.  cake, any except German chocolate as long as there’s more CREAMY frosting than cake
  5. Oh, just give me a can of Ready Whip and I’m good 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 so grateful that I live in a city with so much going on. In the town I came from it was hard to find much to do, especially in the winter. We usually go somewhere every weekend to check out the different holiday celebrations here in central Florida, this year I had to cut it to three.

First we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Then last weekend we went to Busch Gardens, tomorrow I’m looking forward to SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.

This year is particularly special, Kai will get to ride the Polar Express for the first time. He just makes the height cut off by 1/2 inch. It’s been hard these past years not being able to let him ride. The Polar Express is one of his favorite movies (along with Cars). He watches it year round.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #49

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

For my last big birthday I traveled the US & Canada for two years. Hard to beat that one. For my 60th I’d like to travel the world, all 6 (7) continents. I’d like photographs from each country including Iguazu Falls, South America and Victoria Falls, Africa.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

I don’t usually go with colors so much as themes. Before Florida my living room was “rain forest” but now all I have is a bedroom so it’s changed from “India” to rain forest but without the plants. Still can’t trust Kai around them. But it still has the woodsy look with lots of greens and browns.

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

I didn’t leave everything and move to Florida to experience a snowy winter, however, I would love to see Yellowstone covered in snow. But only for a week or so.

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

The thought of putting dirty clothes on a clean body grosses me out too much. Besides I don’t do anything to get dirty and a wash cloth and soap would help me thru.

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 that this cold is letting up and I’m looking forward to our yearly visit to Busch Garden’s Christmas Town. And a bonus we’re going with an old friend I haven’t seen in years.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #48

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

With family and close friends I’m definitely a hugger, with strangers not so much.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

What isn’t? oh, I could do without anchovies. My favorites are Hawaiian, chicken bacon ranch, and bbq chicken with red onions.

If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

While this isn’t my favorite it definitely has worldwide recognition – the Golden Arches. I think my favorite is Coca Cola, it’s so versatile. No matter the words, you still see coke.

Complete this sentence:  Where I can seek my solace is… 

any wilderness area, there can’t be another human within a couple miles. I don’t want to hear you car, music or talking. Unfortunately here in tourist central I don’t get any solace.

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

I haven’t participated in a few weeks so I’ll go back a few weeks. The weekend before Thanksgiving we, my whole family, were given free tickets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. None of us have been to any of the Disney parks.  What a blessing. We had so much fun.

After that Kai and I caught horrible colds and today is the first day I’ve been up long enough to do much at all. So I look forward to a week of good health.

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. (Last year for this)

 

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Share My World: 2015 Week 43

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

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

I wouldn’t want to debate anything. I used to enjoy a good debate but I’d rather just go with the flow now.

What’s your strongest sense?

sight

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

you’ll find it here – Jubilee Journey

List your favorite flavors or types of tea.

Chai

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

I’m so thankful, relieved, elated that I’m finally caught up on my work, haven’t been since July. I’m looking forward to a few free days and taking Kai trick or treating

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #42

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? 

Most of my life I prided myself on being fashionably late but after years of listening to Joyce Meyer I learned that being late, especially when someone is waiting on you is self-centered. It was hard to hear that, it hit so close to home. So for the past 15 years or so I’ve tried to be respectful to others and be on time. I also try not to be early, especially if I’m going to someone’s home. I think it’s just as rude to be early, taking away their time to get ready. I know I don’t like people here while I’m getting ready.

I’m not trying to get preachy and I’m in no way passing judgment on anyone, I’ve done all three. I still struggle with tardiness.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

My aim is to write non fiction books. I’ve written a few geography books and working on a few more but I just don’t seem to have time to work in the publishing.

I do love short articles too and that’s usually where I start. Book chapters tend to fall out of those shorter articles.

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

I lived in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. We lived in two homes. We left the first because my mom became pregnant which exacerbated her muscular dystrophy so we had to move from our two-story home to a one story.

I moved to West Yarmouth two years later than Indiana for college, Dallas TX for work, back to Indiana now I live in Florida. Florida is home, it’s like I’ve lived here all my life.

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

I hate the sensation of falling, I even avoid elevators, so flying is out. But as much as I love being in the water breathing under water would always be my first choice.

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 my family and all the help they gave me these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to a weekend in Tampa. It feels like vacation. I haven’t had one of those in a long time.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #41

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What genre of music do you like?

All of it – except – angry wrap. I can usually find a song or two in any genre that I like. My favorites are Christian rock & pop, 80s, classic rock, and middle eastern instrumental.

What is the worst thing you ate this last week?

southwest eggroll filling…didn’t eat it, put it down the disposal

Would you like to be famous?  In what way?

not world wide, maybe within a small niche, as a Christian writer

after reading Cee’s I should make a comment on this. Not necessarily famous but respected and well know. I don’t want my face recognized either.

Complete this sentence:  This sandwich could really use some …

mayo & mustard…these add yumminess to anything

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 I decided to take time off from everything to get work caught up. I look forward to going to Tampa next weekend

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #40

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been too?

Portugal
Spain
Canada
I got to see Mexico from across the Rio Grande. I still regret not going.

Is the glass half empty or half full? What type of glass is it and what is in the glass?

Here’s my answer…

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If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

PIZZA

List:  List at least five places worth shopping.

ebay.com
walmart.com
netrition.com
Fry’s Electronics – unfortunately there isn’t one anywhere near here.
Pier 1 Imports
Ikea

as you can see I prefer shopping online

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 family time at Universal & Islands. I hadn’t been in three years so I was able to try the new attractions. I loved the Hogwarts Express. But I have to say my new favorite attraction is Transformers. I don’t know anything about the movie or the characters but the ride was wild, fast & crazy. It was Kai’s favorite too.

Looking forward to some rest this week.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #39

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

Over but no idea why.

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

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We went to the Crayola Experience last weekend and got our own crayon. Such a cool place so we bought memberships.

But my real favorite crayon (not available for the crayon above) is seafoam. I love the topics and the color reminds me of light green tropical waters.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

In general no. I’m the queen of multitasking and I rarely do only one thing at a time. However, when I was traveling I loved to spend hours, actually all day, doing nothing but enjoying the wilderness. Once night came it was back to doing. I don’t like quiet after dark, it’s creepy.

Rather:  Would you accept $5,000 to shave your head or die it bright lime green and continue your normal activities while not explaining the reason for your haircut or color?

I’m not going to cut my hair but I’d dye it any color for almost any amount of money.

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

I’m thankful for increased energy and I’m looking forward to visiting Universal studios & Islands of Adventure tomorrow. I haven’t been there in 3 years. I can’t wait to share a butter beer with Kai. No alcohol, it’s cream soda, butterscotch syrup and ice cream.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #38

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What do you do to make a living or during the day if you are retired.  If you are a student what are you studying?

During the day I care for and homeschool my grandson, Kai. I also study biblical studies and Spanish during afternoons and weekends. I work on my blogs mostly Tuesdays and Saturdays. Evenings and weekends I work at home doing mortgage research. When I have time I breathe, but that’s not too often

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

walking – every year in high school I did the 20 mile March of Dimes Walk-a-thon. I don’t think it’s 20 miles now. That was a crazy walk. Then there was a dance at our high school after. I was crazy enough to go. I don’t walk such distances anymore but I’d like to work up to hiking it. I loved hiking and hope to return to it someday.

Biking – while not an event, I rode my bike to work then home, 10 miles each way while I was in college.

Swimming – I participated in swimming events in high school, swimming across Lewis Bay, one mile across then back.

Running – that’s just crazy talk

What is usually your first thought when you wake up? 

Is it seriously time to get up. Then…Where’s that snooze button.

Complete this sentence: Look out behind you, it’s a …

Spider. That would sure scare a year off my life

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

I’m so thankful this week is over and it went well. Kai’s 4th birthday was yesterday and we tend to celebrate for days for all our birthdays. I look forward to a bit of a slower pace next week.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #37

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

  1. I’d like enough money so I could cut back on working and my daughters too. Pay off all our student loans and live comfortably. That would take less money than you’d think. We live simple lives and would be happy with a small home with land and a camper van so we could live on the road
  2. I want to be healthy, peaceful and joyful
  3. I’d like to see my girls grow old and see my great grand children. Of course Kai is only four-ish so it will be awhile.

What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

Do I have to pick just one? The most spectacular places I’ve been are Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

I’m going to pick the Tetons because of the overwhelming, jaw dropping site of these peaks jetting over 7,000 feet above us, over 14,000 above sea level. It was a spiritual experience for me and changed my geographic and teaching focus.

Wouldn’t that be nice to wake to every morning.

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

Most of my life it’s been long to extra long. There was one time my mom cut my extra long hair and it ended up short, you could even see my ears. She cried. I wore my hair medium, just above my shoulders, while on my journey. I had to wash it in sinks quite often. Now its back to extra long.

List some of your favorite blogs.

there’s so many I do love, just don’t have time to do all those links

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

I don’t remember last week and I hope next week will be simpler

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #34

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

This is a tough one, it depends on the grade/age and subject. When I was younger I didn’t do well in reading or math. I was in special ed thru 11th grade for being reading challenged. Fifteen years later I learned it was a visual problem. At 30 I got new glasses and learned how to read well. It took many years but well worth the effort

I always did well in any subject that require writing or creative projects. And social sciences were my best subject at all ages. I did get getter at math too possible with age and experience using numbers.

What is your favorite animal?

all of them. I’d love to have a farm, that is as long as I didn’t have to get up before 10 am

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?

I’ve warn glasses since I was a freshman in college. Only for reading then now I am blind without them. Even with them I will never see 20/20 close up. This is sad because now I love reading. I’m so thankful for large print books and zoom text.

I have lazy eyes (both), which means I never know which one I’m looking thru unless I really concentrate, it also means I may not be looking at you when I talk to you. It makes driving difficult and night driving impossible. This could have been corrected when I was younger. It wasn’t  so now the only option is very expensive surgery. While glasses only help slightly, contacts are not an option. I tried them a few years ago. Since I have trouble controlling which eye I’m looking out of things kept jumping out at me. Very scary, especially when driving.

List:  Name at least five television shows (past or present) you enjoyed?

Present: Grimm #1; the rest in no particular order: Walking Dead, Once Upon a time, Madam Secretary and Sleepy Hollow

Past: Stargate (all 3); Star Trek (all 4); Battlestar Galactica (all time fav tied with Grimm)

Kid: Batman, Lost in space, Partridge Family, Mash, Saturday Night Live

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

I’m thankful for getting caught up and I look forward to continuing to get caught up and start blogging regularly again.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #32

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

Are you a collector of anything? 

I used to collect sea/ocean/beach type things. My sister loved giving me statues of whales and dolphins. I also collected books, more so a result of teaching. When I moved to FL I sold, ebay’ed, gifted over 3000 and I still have nearly 500 I just couldn’t part with. When I prepared for my Journey I was determined to keep only what would fit in my camper van. Of those 18 boxes more than half were books.

Now that I’m settled in FL I don’t feel the need to collect, it just more stuff I have to take care of. So now I’d say I have digital collections: ebooks, my photos

What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)

I have 2:

falling/heights

bugs, especially spiders

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I’m not big on coffee table books, i find them more decoration than useful. I do have one though someone gave me. It’s on one of my great loves: national park. And its divided by themes of my other great love: geography (as opposed to by park)

This book is on a shelf in my room, not coffee table. It’s the only book Kai is allowed to get out and look at without permission. I hope he learns to love these parks as I do.

Complete this sentence:  If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be…

I don’t believe in reincarnation but if I could I’d be the next Bill Gates or Ansel Adams. But I wouldn’t want to be reincarnated without my family.

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

I’m thankful that I’m finally caught up with finalizing the work I did on vacation (now I need a vacation). I hope this next week I can get caught up with the work I didn’t do while I was catching up

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #29

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

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

Carlsbad Caverns National Park NM More appropriate is what didn’t I want to be. Even the jobs for guys that everyone told me “you can’t do that, you’re a girl”, I thank the Lord that times have changed. It’s the reason I’m not a drummer today.

Looking back at my type of play and it mostly focused on adventure and exploration. I remember an interview I did in my jr year. I was asked “what do you want to do”. My response was I wanted to write non fiction and work at the UN as a translator, speaking 7 languages.

So how have I done? I never worked at the UN but I did have a job where I had to translate Spanish. I never learned to speak 7 languages but I did learn to read

  1. English (of course)
  2. Spanish (and speak)
  3. French
  4. Portuguese
  5. Italian
  6. Romanian (a little)
  7. Greek (started studying again last year)

I started learning Hebrew and Hieroglyphics but got distracted by graduate school. Since grad school I didn’t keep up with most of the languages and what you don’t use you lose. I kept up with Spanish and I’m re-learning Greek but I probably wont relearn the others. So again, I’ve somewhat done what I said.

As for the writing, while I’ve started a couple of books, even have 2 finished, I’ve not had any published. Writing for my blogs contributes to that dream. And I do intend on publishing but first I just need to find time to breathe.

Now to the adventure and exploration I’d say I’ve accomplished this one. My whole life has been and adventure. Every chance I got until Kai we’d go on a road trip or hiking. My “Jubilee Journey” was all about adventure – an adventure of a lifetime.

(photo taken at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico)

What was your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now? 

I have no idea, I can remember better what I didn’t like and where I’d hide it after my parents left the room. I do remember a funny food story. When I was 4 we went to an Italian restaurant. My dad got a pizza and mom and I spaghetti. I wanted nothing to do with the pizza until it came to the table. Needless to say, my dad didn’t have dinner because I ate his whole pizza. I don’t remember eating much if it after that until high school but since high school it’s been my favorite food.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I don’t know, not really a nibby nose. I learned a long time ago, ignorance is bliss.

Would you rather forget everyone else’s name all the time or have have everyone for your name all the time?

doesn’t matter I already forget everyone’s name, I’m better with faces. And people can’t seem to get my name right.

“What’s your name”

“Ana (ah-nah)”

“oh, Anna (aan-nah)”

“no, Ana”

“Oh, you mean Anna”

“Oh, forget it, call me whatever you want”

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

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Atlanta, GA

I’m so grateful that we actually made it to Indiana. Left Thursday at 10:00pm,
broke down at 3:00am with cracked radiator. Praise Jesus, we actually found a mechanic who was willing to fix it fast and reasonable (yes, I looked up the cost). A half hour later a tire blew. AAA was fast to change it but Wal-Mart didn’t have our tire so an hour drive to another Wal-Mart and three hours later we were back on the road, for another hour. No one could stay awake so we got a hotel. 48 hours later we finally made it. I was so glad to be out of that tiny car. I don’t know what my girls were thinking. “It’s only 16 hour plus stops we can drive straight thru”, Ah, no. We ARE staying in a motel on the return trip, too much for a 55-year-old and a 3-year-old. I just don’t have that need to rush anymore.

So what am I looking forward too: I’m back on the road doing field work. I have missed traveling for work, but I wouldn’t give up working from home. And I look forward to taking some photos.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #28

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Depends on my mood but I’d say these are the most common: anything Mexican, pizza, French fries with honey mustard

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)

My first thought is Pier Once. I’d love to have my home done completely by Pier One. But I wouldn’t want to go there to hang out. So I’d say Fry’s Electronics, a night with all those toys. What fun. I’d either leave heart broken or broke.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

New York City, the largest US city, a few years back it was the second largest city worldwide, I was at geography conference. I was the last one to leave…but I didn’t leave. Everyone else took a plane. I of course don’t fly, so I waited on my bus. Before I could leave it snowed, one whole inch. Just enough to shut down Grand Central Station – for 5 days. I loved it. Without those undergrads I had the time of my life.

Finish this sentence:  It has recently come to my attention that ….

I need a vacation

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

—– and I’m getting one.

So excited for a road trip, some free time, down time. So this is what I’m thankful for and looking forward to.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week 27

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What is your favorite month of the year?

October, back in the pre-Florida days fall weather was cool, there were fun activities associated with fall like harvestfest, apple festivals, Octoberfest and my favorite, Halloween and then there’s the fall foliage which can be spectacular. So why do I continue to favor this month? It’s my birthday 🙂 As a kid I thought is was special because it was my birthday, mainly because the county fair came that week every year. And I still love Halloween.

Someday I’ll take Kai north in October so he can experience the chill, the foliage and the fun festivals.

Do you drink coffee at all?

Ah, hook me up to an IV, get me one of they hat cup holders. Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, java, cappuccino (quote from Dante’s Peak) I like it hot, cold, iced, frozen, as ice cream, candy, pudding, cake, muffins, etc…

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

I got my first job at the ripe old age of 12. My dad was a real estate agent and his company managed a small hotel. I worked as a chambermaid which is a hotel maid for those of you not from New England. I was paid 2.00/hr under the table (I wasn’t legal working age). When I finally got a real/legal chambermaid job I only received minimum wage…1.65/hr.

List:  If you play video/computer games list 5 games you like? 

Don’t really have time for such pleasures but when I did I liked puzzle games and card games.

  1. puzzle inlay
  2. ocean’s express
  3. pinochle
  4. euchre
  5. hearts/spades

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

I’m thankful I’m still feeling well. Six weeks ago I felt so poorly I didn’t think I’d be able to travel. So that leads me to looking forward to “vacation” in Indiana.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #26

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

I should just copy/paste Cee’s answer. I love driving highways, byways, just any old open road. And there better not be other cars to disrupt my view of nature. Oh, how I miss those days. I rarely drive now, not at all comfortable driving in this city with all the crazy “just let me cut you off, I’m a tourist after all” drivers.

It’s been difficult to keep a car running well enough to venture out of the city.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?

If it were by Mozart I would go otherwise probably not, unless it was Carmen. I would like to see that one.

I’m just not that in to shows/movies that sing the dialogue.

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. (NOTE:  does not necessarily have to be a sentence.)

peace, humor, adventurous, a wild & crazy ride

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

Again, not to copy Cee. The wild, turbulent life with joy, sorry, passion and adventure has pretty much always been my life and I really wouldn’t want it any other way…

…however, I would like the occasional break to catch my breath.

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

I am so thankful my health is improved dramatically. It seems I’ve had sleep apnea which can make you fell very bad not to mention constantly tired.

I look forward to preparing for my trip up north, visiting family & friends in Indiana. My girls haven’t seen their dad in two year, they are so excited. And Kai exclaims with every new skill, I’m going to show Grampa.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #25

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

I love my first apartment, it was mine and I could decorate how I wanted. I was a cozy, two room efficiency. I didn’t like that I couldn’t have pets. But I did. I took in a little stray kitten and eventually I was found out and had to leave. Funny, now you couldn’t pay me to have a cat in my home.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

Photography of course, because I can do it and it actually looks ok unlike any drawing I might make. I used to do crafts but no room for supplies, nor time. I love oil paintings. I grew up in an artsy area and my grandmother would take me to her art shows. She was a oil painter, landscapes, but mostly seascapes. She has a style of her own that she taught at night school using a pallet knife, somewhat reminiscent to Monet

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?

This is an interesting question. When I was eleven my mother gave me a sister. For fifty-one years I had only one sibling. If you’ve read my post A Hallmark Christmas you’ll know after nearly fifty years I found five more siblings that I didn’t even know existed, two girls and three guys. It was a gift from God that I even found them. But I’m still the oldest.

Complete this sentence:  I’m dreaming of a white …. (and no you can’t use Christmas as your answer)

Oh, Cee, but I wanna. A White Christmas just flows off the tongue. Ok, I’ll cave…

I’m dreaming of a white sandy beach – with a warm sun (not hot like the 100º days we’ve been having) and crashing waves

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

I’m thankful I’m feeling better, each week better and better. I hope to be 100% soon. I look forward to a family day at Aquatica. I can’t wait to float down Roa’s Rapids.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #24

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?  

Muscular Dystrophy, our family curse. Watching my uncles, grandfather and mom suffer horribly creates a sensitivity to this debilitating disease. I commend them for the help they gave my family in equipment, therapy and other medical help at no cost to us. Supposedly, since I don’t have the disease it has ended with me in our family.

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?  

black and blues, cool blues, navy

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know)

Peter, Paul and John – I want to know of their lives with Jesus and what early discipleship was like. I want to hear some funny stories not in the bible

List:  What are at least five places you’ve enjoyed visiting?

  1. Yellowstone National Park, WY
  2. Grand Teton’s National Park, WY
  3. Glacier National Park, MT
  4. Crater Lake National Park, OR
  5. Death Valley National Park, CA
  6. Saguaro National Park, AZ
  7. Big Bend National Park, TX
  8. White Sands National Monument, NM
  9. Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
  10. etc, etc, etc

See a theme here…I’m a big supporter of our national parks, the beauty in these wilderness areas is beyond what any photo can show.

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 feeling better, and look forward to improved health

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #23

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

For your blog do you basically use Mac or Windows applications.  What type of device laptop, desktop, tablet, phone or pad?

I use windows on a laptop, occasionally my phone

If you were to treat yourself to the “finer things” what would you treat yourself to?

out to eat at a nice restaurant or clothes that don’t come from Wal-Mart…Oh, I miss Fashion Bug

Can you change a car tire?

as many as I’ve had I better be able to 🙂

The 4th question this week is answer this poll about “how you would like to see the question formats for Share Your World”.  Feel free to answer the questions in your post too.

I like it the way it is but occasional variety might be fun

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #10

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

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Make four lists and have at least four items on each list.  

Games to play with friends:

  1. Euchre
  2. pinochle
  3. canasta
  4. train dominos

Best desserts:

  1. cheesecake, any and all
  2. cream cheese delight
  3. cookies & cream, anything
  4. coffee ice cream, ok, anything coffee

Favorite actor/actresses:

  1. Harrison Ford
  2. Catherine Zeta Jones
  3. Tom Hanks
  4. Whoopi Goldberg

Movies to cheer you up:

  1. Star _____ (fill in the blank, anything will do) (Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg)
  2. Zorro (both, Catherine Zeta Jones)
  3. You’ve got mail (Tom Hanks)
  4. Dante’s Peak (or any disaster movie, they always cheer me up)

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #20

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What is the most important thing that you ever learned? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)

Actually the most important thing I learned was in school. During my master’s thesis defense I was asked “what did you learn”. I must say my answer completely threw them. I said “I’ve learned that no matter how much I learn that I really don’t know much of anything”.

During my research I kept finding more theories, more knowledge, to the point I was overwhelmed with how much I really didn’t know about my topic. For me to admit this was also a big deal. As a long time intellectual, and I hate to say, perhaps a little bit of a “know it all”, I finally realized there is more knowledge out there that I will never know, never understand. And yes, I’m ok with that now.

What feeds your enthusiasm for life? 

Travel, road trippin, one wilderness adventure to another, connecting with God and this beautiful planet along the way.

What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane commercial or private flight?

I’ve had a few not so good.

My first flight was when I was 16, my class went to Spain. We spent 13 hours on a 707 – a very small plane, a lot of turbulence and the pressure in our ears was intolerable.

My last flight was when I was 27 (28 years ago) was to take me home for my mom’s funeral. I’m sure that painful memory isn’t why I never flew again, or perhaps it’s the underlying reason. I could hardly contain my tears through experience.

My worst flight as actually my second and proved to be a major learning experience. My first trip was international and therefore more regulated as how much to bring. No so much within the states. I was coming home for my first Christmas in my first year of college. And I brought just about everything, two very large suitcases, two big carry-ons and a purse. I needed everything, it was winter ya know. Getting home wasn’t too bad, I managed with all that baggage. But the return trip – YIKES!

First, we thought it would be better to charter a flight to Boston from the Cape. There was a storm coming and my dad didn’t want to get caught. There were mechanical issues and the flight was delayed.

Next, I did get to LaGuardia with little time to spare. Now visualize, a young girl running in dress clothes, high heals (cause that’s what we worn to fly in the 70s) and a heavy winter coat, lugging four pieces of baggage. I finally get to the next terminal to find that I missed my flight. I wait for several hours on standby with all the other snow bound travelers.

I did make it out but not on a direct flight, more terminals, more lugging that baggage, trying desperately to get back on track to my flight from Chicago to Indy. Finally, all is well I’m just going to make my next connection. That is until…yes anther snow storm. I make it to Chicago but our plane is 21st in line to land.

Yes, I missed my flight, again. I was on standby for about four hours, lugging all that baggage. I got a break and caught a flight to Indy. I arrived in the middle of the night, paid a fortune for a cab to the bus station. But this time I wasn’t carrying all that baggage…it was lost, traveling the atmosphere. I spend the night in a creepy bus station and make it home just in time for classes to start – but without clothes. They arrived a few days later.

What did I learn? If it doesn’t absolutely have to go it doesn’t. I look at the room I have to bring our things and I can see what stays and what goes. If I has to go I do find a way. Reduce, reduce, reduce, then simplify. Today I’m the best packer I know. Now, a two-week trip I pack one carry on and my computer bag. I can always find a washer/dryer.

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

Perhaps a better question is what wouldn’t I explore…I wouldn’t explore anything that required a plane to get there, or a spaceship. Although I might get on Star Trek’s Enterprise. I would love to explore foreign celestial bodies.

But while here on this planet I’d have to say waterfalls would be number one. I need a bumper sticker that say’s “I break for waterfalls” because I really do. Also, like Cee, I’m passionate about volcanoes but there aren’t many out here on the east coast.

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

If you haven’t noticed I’ve not participated in much for a while. I’m very thankful to have had a friend visit a couple of weeks from up north but after I got sick and after more than a month I’m still recovering. I’m thankful for my friend but now I’m looking forward to feeling better.

 

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #13

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

What was your favorite subject in school?

High school: boys, they were my reason for even going. So actual subject I’d have to say English. I loved writing and it was the only thing I excelled at.

College: history, archaeology and geography

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away” (George Carlin). When have you had such a moment?

Like Cee, I’ve had numerous. But there are two I can think of now that actually changed the course of my life. The first time I saw the Tetons. I switched my geographic focus from human geography to geomorphology. The second, the birth of my grandson. He has changed my life in more ways than I can talk about here. I’d like to say the birth of my daughters but unfortunately I was unconscious.

What’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, or numeric puzzles?

I hate crossword, I just don’t get it. I do enjoy numeric puzzles, particularly numeric crosspatch and suduko. I also like cryptographs.

I never liked jigsaw, my grandmother tried to get me to do them with her but I found them boring. But now (one change in me from Kai) I do enjoy doing them with Kai. But we’re talking 24 pieces not 500. We can knock out several in a half hour instead of the dining room table being covered for a week.

If you found an obviously abandoned car with $50,000 in the back seat, what would you do?

This is hard. I think I’d feel guilty for taking it. I’d probably call the police and hope after the waiting period I’d get the money & car.

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 having  more free time and for my daughter doing much of the cooking for me. I’m looking forward to my first visitor since I’ve been in Florida. My dear friend Kim is coming to visit and I’m looking forward to showing her my town.

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #12

Each Monday Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography asks four questions as a way for us to get to know each other. I hope you enjoy sharing my world.

When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion.

Too long. Probably the weekend before Christmas. We went to SeaWorld. I sit often and enjoy the scenery.

Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle? 

Let me just say – YUCK! I’m better than I was before my kids. Pregnant women get poked and prodded on a weekly basis so I overcame my fear of needles. However, I was in the operating room when my daughter had her C-section. I would definitely to that again. The surgery took place behind a curtain so I saw nothing. Even when I went on the other side to get Kai I couldn’t see anything, and yes, I was curious enough to look.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

SeaWorld of course, then the beach.

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

Target. It’s too expensive to shop there regularly but an unlimited spree would be great. Why, because they have almost anything I want or need.

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

I got to take off a few hours Friday, and I hope to again this week.

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