These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

My answers to some of the questions from Cee’s Share Your World

  1. Fond childhood places?  My childhood places that I liked the most, were the woods up behind our house, and the caves we would dig in the snowbanks around the driveway.
  2. Thing(s) you are most proud of?  I think what I am most proud of was going back to school at the age of 28, and getting my degree five years later.
  3. Have you been through any official rites of passage?   My one and only official rite of passage, I believe, was when I was baptized in early 2008.    Another was when I was sworn into the US Military. How about unofficial?  I cannot think of any unofficial ones.  My life has been pretty boring, I guess.
  4. What is your role in your family?  I am the oldest of three children, the only girl.  I was also the one to get into more trouble than my brothers.
  5. Define family.  I believe family is not what I was born into, but rather those around me, who love me and share life with me.
  6. Do you get on with your siblings?  One of my brothers, I have not heard from since the day after our mother’s funeral.  That was more than four years ago.  I am in contact with my youngest brother and text with his wife.  Our plan, is for me to move in with them in Texas, when the MS has gotten to a point where I can no longer live by myself.  The only problem with that, is that I’m heat sensitive, and it can get pretty darn warm in Texas during the summer.
  7. What small things have you seen or taken note of today?  I noticed the spaghetti sauce that had run down the front of my cabinet beneath the microwave.  I had a small disaster incident last night while trying to put my ravioli into the microwave to heat the sauce.  Due to my wonderful lack of coordination, there were ravioli here and ravioli there, and on the floor, with sauce everywhere from here to next week.
  8. What makes you happy?  Being out in (is that an oxymoron?) the spring and fall weather, with a breeze blowing and the leaves rustling.
  9. Do you have good self-control?  It depends on the situation.  If I feel I’m being treated inappropriately, or that no one is listening to me, then no, I don’t.  I can’t seem to keep my mouth closed and my opinions to myself.  But I have good self-control when it comes to not picking up that first drink (I am an alcoholic, sober 17 years now.), and when I’m trying to teach someone something, I have good self-control.
  10. Are you good at making decisions?  I am good at making bad decisions . . . and then when I do make good decisions, I’m always second guessing myself.
  11. How often do you cry?  I rarely cry.  The one thing that will make me cry is when I get extremely angry, usually over something I have no control over.
  12. Have you ever had any altercations with the police?  I think there have been three, maybe four.  There were three, due to my drinking and driving, resulting in spending the night in jail.  The other was when I sideswiped a police car that was sitting in the middle of a 4-lane road, right on the yellow line.
  13. How do your relieve stress?  Sitting down with my laptop, and playing Sudoku until I reach the point where I can’t make any sense of the puzzle.
  14. What did you once love, but now hate?
  15. Is doing nothing a waste of time?  Not at all.  Sometimes I need to just sit here, and fall asleep in my recliner with the cat asleep in my lap.
  16. What is cluttering your life?  All the stuff I have in my apartment, that doesn’t have a permanent home.  I like the living room tables, and the dining table to be completely cleared off except for lamps, the phone, and the wooden napkin holder in the center of my dining table.
  17. How do you help people, in small ways, in large ways, however?  I help people by carefully explaining or even showing them how to do something which is confusing them to no end.
  18. When’s the last time you did something nice for a stranger?  Being a single woman, in a wheelchair, I try to avoid strangers.  But when waiting in line at the grocery store, letting someone in line ahead of me because I have a lot of time to do nothing anyway.
  19. Who inspires you the most?  I think the person who inspires me the most is the pastor of my church.  He does not go up to a pulpit, and preach at us, but stands in front of us, teaching us about the Bible.
  20. Do Apps help or waste your time?  I think, for the most part, Apps waste my time.  Usually when I get caught up in an app and can’t stop, and put it to the side.
  21. Does Facebook make you feel bad?  I enjoy Facebook.  It gives me the opportunity to showcase some of my photography, serves as a place where people have access to my writing.
  22. What music are you listening to right now?  Absolutely nothing.  Except for the cat complaining in the background, and the leaves blowing around outside my open window, it is quiet in here.  If I do listen to music, it would be Contemporary Christian of music from the 60’s and 70’s.