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Share Your World – 2015 Week #13

What was your favorite subject in school?english

I actually had two favorite subjects in school. The first subject may not surprise you because after all, I am a writer. And that subject just happens to be English. Naturally my study of the English language began from the very first time that I started to learn my ABC’s, and once I learned that I could take those very same letters of the alphabet and put them together to form words, I was hooked! I excelled in my English classes, but my number one nemesis is my “frenemy” the comma. Now it’s not that I don’t use the comma enough. No. That’s not my problem. I have the opposite problem of using the comma too much. I have gone over and over the comma rules but I still can’t seem to get it right. Maybe some day . . .

My other favorite subject is history and ” I agree with what Pearl S. Buck once wrote: “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” And this is why I think history is such an important school subject. My favorite period in history to study is the American Revolutionary War which took sighing of declaration of independence 2place from 1775-1783. Just the fact that the thirteen American colonies, struggling for their independence from Great Britain, were able to hold their own and eventually triumph over the greatest army in the world (that being the King’s British Army) has always amazed me and filled me with a sense of American pride. I have always felt that the Americans were fighting for the right ideals – that all men are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They felt the need for independence, with the right to be free from the tyranny of King George II and in turn govern themselves. I would have loved to have been present when the Declaration of Independence was signed. As a matter of fact, twenty years ago my husband and I were in Philadelphia and were able to visit Independence Hall. As I stood inside its sacred walls, which was the site of the Second Continental Congress for our forefathers, I felt almost a sense of reverence and definitely a sense of awe. Yes, I guess I’m what you would call a history buff!

“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?sarah and steph 500

I can say without hesitation that each time I held our two daughters Sarah and Stephanie in my arms after giving birth to them, I was definitely filled with joy, wonder, amazement, and so much unconditional love that I thought I would burst. And if that doesn’t qualify as a moment that takes your breath away, I don’t know what does. And each time was special in its own right. I felt as though God had given me a very special gift and I wasn’t even sure what I had ever done to deserve such a privilege. And I am thankful still to this very day for that privilege.

But I must say that the very first time that this kind of moment came to me arrived before our daughters were born. Our husband and I were waiting to adopt a baby because we’d suffered a miscarriage eight years before, with no further success in conceiving. I was working full-time during the day and attending evening nursing classes. On this particular day I had taken off work because I had an important nursing exam that evening.

I’d been on the phone with a friend from class discussing the exam material and as soon as I hung up, my phone rang. It was my husband. l was shocked when he told me that the adoption agency had called him to say that we Joe & Lola - 4 X 6were to come in the next morning and pick up our baby son, who we had decided to name Joseph (Joey). He then told me that I could call the social worker at the agency if I had any more questions.

My hands were shaking as I called her because I could barely contain my excitement. I wanted so much more information than my husband had received because he didn’t ask half the questions that I had for her. The social worker was so sweet and answered all my questions. When I asked her what our new son’s birth date was, she answered: “November 22nd.” I immediately began to sob as the tears streamed down my cheeks. I could barely speak as she asked me, “What’s wrong, Cindy?” I told her that when we were pregnant eight years before, my due date was November 22nd! She was silent for ten seconds or so. And then she said very quietly. “God works in mysterious ways, my dear. I truly believe that this little boy was meant to be your son.”  And that was the first moment when my breath was ever taken away.

What’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, or numeric puzzles?jigsaw puzzle 1

I absolutely adore puzzles. All kinds of puzzles. I used to be on a jigsaw puzzle spree and I would do them whenever I had a spare moment of time, hour upon hour, day by day. I had stacks of puzzle boxes down in my basement: 500-pieces, 750-pieces, 1000-pieces, 1500-pieces, square, rectangular, round, 3-D, you name it – I had it. And then one day my husband got tired of looking at all those puzzle boxes. He bundled them all up and brought them out to the garage and told me that he was going to bring them to the Salvation Army. And he did! That was the end of my jigsaw puzzle days. But it was fun while it lasted.

crossword 100These days I’m into crossword puzzles, which I’ve always enjoyed for as long as I can remember. There is a reason why my interest in them has been reignited. It has to do with our technological age. This is because I can now download these nifty crossword puzzle games on to my phone instead of having to stuff a crossword puzzle book into my purse and it comes in so handy when I’m waiting somewhere like a doctor’s office, the pharmacy, the hair salon, or any other time that I want to do a crossword puzzle. They help to pass the time and since I have always enjoyed words, they are a perfect match for me. I enjoy trying to figure out what the words are, narrowing down the possibilities, and it’s always so much fun when I get them on the first try. Besides that, crossword puzzles are so good for you, especially as you grow older because they help to keep the mind sharp, and that’s always a good reason to do them, no matter what age you are. And no, a proper lady never tells her age!

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

If there was no way to find out who the money belonged to, and I knew that I could do with it whatever I wanted to, then I think I would divide it between our three children, I’m so proud of my kids because money 100they all have their bachelor degrees, and our youngest is working on her master’s, but in order to do so, they all worked their way through college, and they all have school loans to pay off. So even though it wouldn’t be much, at least it would be something to help them with their college loans.

student loansI really do think this is something that our country needs to work on, though. It’s such a shame that the young people in this country have to pay such exorbitant rates for their college education and then when they work so hard to graduate they find it difficult enough just to find employment, much less pay off their huge college loans. Talk about adding insult to injury. How discouraging for so many of them. Two of my own children have already experienced this in their post-college lives. Currently neither one of them are working in the field of their choice, but they are having to deal with paying off their college loans and will be for many years to come. After all, how many parents can afford to pay for their children’s college education? I think it is such a shame. After all, our children are our future. We need to make it better for them.

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 grateful that my cataract surgery went perfectly. And it was a piece of cake. As it turns out, I perfect visionwas nervous for nothing. I didn’t feel a thing. Actually, it reminded me of an eye exam. And now the vision in my left eye is 20/20! Can you believe it? It is like a miracle! I am absolutely thrilled and I can hardly wait to go back and have the surgery done on my right eye! For now, I have a contact lens in my right eye, so guess what? No glasses, except for reading. And I was so grateful that our daughter Sarah came to our house to be with me after the surgery so that my husband could go to work. I am truly blessed to have such amazing children. How I do love them! Thank you, Sarah!

family 500I’m also grateful that our daughter Stephanie came home on her spring break from college. It has been so wonderful to have this time to spend with her. And I’m also thankful that our family was able to spend an early Easter dinner this Sunday since Stephanie has to return to Wisconsin early on Easter Sunday. We had a wonderful dinner and afterwards we had a great time playing games. Oh, how we laughed! At one point Sarah and I were laughing so hard that I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Stephanie is so funny sometimes! Good times with the family and great memories! I justgrateful 500 loved Sunday and I love them all so much. My family means everything to me.

This week I’m looking forward to some relaxation because last week was really quite stressful for me because of the surgery and getting ready for the weekend. I’m also looking forward to spending more time with my daughter Stephanie. And as always, plenty of piano practice!

So now you know a little more about me.

I’m glad we had this time together and I’d like to thank you for spending it with me. I’m so pleased that I was able to share a bit about myself and my world with you and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Best,

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #12

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

me on park bench 1I remember this occasion well because it was part of a Mother’s Day gift two years ago. My daughters Sarah and Stephanie gave me one of the best Mother’s Day gifts ever that year. It was a “Mother-Daughters Day” which included time spent together doing facials, manicures, hair, makeup, and even changing into our best outfits. And naturally there were secrets shared sprinkled with plenty of giggling and laughing! And then they surprised me when my daughter Sarah’s husband Axel showed up. They me and girls on the bridge 1ushered me into their car and drove me to one of the beautiful parks located in our city. I thought maybe we were going to have a barbecue picnic, although that didn’t make sense because we’d already had lunch. As it turned out, we were there for a Mother-Daughter photo shoot (my son-in-law Axel happens to be a photographer). We went to all different locations throughout the park for our pictures, and sitting on one of the park benches happened to be be one of them. Axel captured some really great shots that day, and it was a day that I will never forget because it was indeed very special to me.

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

or nurseAs a matter of fact, I’m a retired R.N. and I worked in the operating room for over twenty years. I’ve assisted in many surgeries, and I consider it to be one of my best accomplishments. I’m proud of the fact that I helped to make the lives of countless people better and I also helped to save many lives. And let me tell you, that is one fantastic feeling! I’ll never forget the first time that I observed a surgery, though. I was totally awestruck by the fact that we as human beings can actually cut into the human body and make it whole again. And I was also amazed at how the Creator made the human body so that it would work so perfectly. It was during that first surgery which I observed that I knew it was the field I wanted to work in. I even returned to college after ten years and went to school nights, working full-time during the day so that I could become an R.N. in order to work in the operating room. I must say, however, that whenever I must have an injection, I don’t like to watch when the needle goes in!

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

If I told the truth, my favorite place to entertain guests is at my home, because I think it is a much more relaxed atmosphere. But if we were to go out, we’d first have dinner at Jax Cafe, which was chosen as one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities and as the Editor’s Pick.  Their steaks are excellent and I love the atmosphere there. During our meal we’d have a chance to catch up, and reaffirm our bonds.

And then we’d head over to Orchestra Hall so that we can catch a performance of the Minnesota Orchestra. As a Minnesotan, I’m so proud of our Minnesota Orchestra, which was founded in 1903 and which historically has been ranked in the top 10 of American symphony orchestras. The 95 musicians who form the Minnesota Orchestra are truly the most talented musicians in the country. It’s been said that one has a better chance of playing major league baseball than winning a job in the Minnesota Orchestra. Because of their talent and dedication, their music is beautiful. And I just can’t think of a better way to honor guests than to give them the gift of beautiful music.

 

 

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

quilt 100If I had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, I would choose JoAnn Fabrics and Craft Store. And the reason why I would choose this store is because I am a quilter. Oh, how I love to quilt! I can spend hours and hours quilting and never get tired of it. I revel in the feel of the fabric beneath my fingertips as it runs through the sewing machine. And I enjoy the aroma of the fabric as I press the seams open. So a shopping spree at JoAnn’s means that I could buy mountains of quilting fabric. Just think of all the different colors and all the varied patterns of fabric that I could add to my fabric stash. And yes – I have quite the fabric stash as it is! Believe me, it is hard to restrain myself from buying fabric whenever I go on a shopping trip. I just can’t seem to help it. It’s as though the fabric is calling out to me, begging me to take it home, and I usually give in!  So yes, I would definitely choose a shopping spree at JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Store. I’d probably never want to go home.

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 the fact that when I went to see my doctor for a post-hospital visit that my potassium had returned to normal, which means that I was given the green light for my cataract surgery. I was gratitudereally worried that my labs would not be normal and that my cataract surgery would be canceled. But Divine Providence had gracefully intervened, and everything is okay, and I’m very thankful.

There are a few exciting things happening in this coming week. First, I’m having my cataract surgery done on Thursday. I’m a little nervous about this, which I mentioned in last week’s post, but I’m going to gather up my courage because I do really need to have this done, and I know that I will be really happy with the end result, which will be clearer vision and a bonus of not having to wear glasses ever again after a lifetime of having to wear them.

water lilySecond, and most importantly, our youngest daughter Stephanie is coming home from college for her spring break on Friday. We haven’t seen her since Christmas, and I have missed her so much. I can hardly wait to give her a big hug and kiss and to spend some quality mother-daughter time with her. She’ s going to be home for an entire week, which I’m really thrilled about. I’m expecting that we’re going to have lots of fun while she’s here.

Third, since Stephanie needs to return to Wisconsin at 2:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday, our family is going to celebrate Easter this coming Sunday instead. That means we’re going to have our traditional Easter dinner with all the trimmings. After that, we’ll spend time together which involves some family games – we just love to play games. It might be a board game or sometimes we play charades. But whatever kind of game we play, it always includes lots of laughter and loads of fun. I can hardly wait!

So now you know a little more about me.

I’m glad we had this time together and I’d like to thank you for spending it with me. I’m so pleased that I was able to share a bit about myself and my world with you and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Best,

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Share Your World – 2015 Week #11

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

I am usually a happy person, but this week did not start out very well for me because I was hospitalized over the weekend. But never fear, the good doctors and nurses had me back in shape in no time, thank goodness! I’ve grown used to being in and out of the hospital over the past ten years, so it really was nothing new to me. So the first thing that I’m happy about is that I only had to stay in the hospital over the weekend and no longer than that!

The second thing I’m happy about is that when I returned to my doctor today he gave me a clean no_glassesbill of health, which means that I can go ahead and have my cataract surgery next week, which I’m really thrilled about! And that means that I will never have to wear glasses again, and I’ve been wearing them ever since I’ve been five and that’s been over fifty years. Can you believe that? I wonder if the indentations on my nose from my glasses will ever go away? What do you think?

Do you prefer ketchup or mustard or mayonnaise?

plain cheeseburger 1I detest ketchup. I cannot stand mustard. And I hate mayonnaise. And my husband always says the same thing to me whenever we have hamburgers: “I just don’t understand how you can eat your hamburger without anything on it except for cheese. You are such a plain-Jane when it comes to eating, honey. You need to spice up your food a little, for Pete’s sake.” I guess I’ve always been a fussy eater. I’d tell you why this is, but then we’d have to delve deeper into my life history, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to hear about all those boring details right now. But maybe at another time I’ll tell you if you really want to know . . .   

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use? rainbow hearts 2

I grew up as the middle child of seven children, which goes without saying that life could be pretty interesting at times, terribly frustrating at other times, wildly happy a lot of the time, and usually hectic most of the time. And when I look back on it now, I’d have to say that I have very fond memories of my childhood, even though we were a low-income family. But you know what? We kids didn’t even realize it because we had what we needed; maybe not what we wanted, but what we needed, and the most important thing we needed was the love and support of each other. So, looking back on my childhood, I have very fond memories. And I’d have to say that the colors I would use to paint my childhood picture would be all the colors of the rainbow. I’d use the darker colors for the sadder and darker days that we all experienced, and the brighter colors for those happier times filled with warmth, love, laughing, and fun. And with all those colors, I think that my picture might turn out pretty great!

shower bath 1Do you prefer a bath or shower?

I usually prefer a shower because it is quicker. I also like taking a shower shower bath 2because it’s easier to wash your hair in the shower, right? I do enjoy taking a nice, warm bubble bath when I feel the need to relax. I fill up the tub with just that oh-so-perfect water temperature, then I light a few candles, turn down the lights, and play my favorite tunes. Then it’s time to step into the tub, gently sinking into the nice, warm, sudsy water,  while I slowly let all my worries and tensions just float away . . . 

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

I live in Minnesota and last week I was grateful that the last of our winter snow melted. Yes! I am a hardy Minnesotan, mind you, and I’ve lived here all my life and I love it. But I am always glad to spring timesee the last of the snow melt because that means that spring is just around the corner, and as I write this, Spring officially starts today – YAY! Welcome Spring!

Next week I am looking forward to having my cataract surgery done on Thursday. The first surgery will be done on my left eye and then two weeks later they will do the second surgery on my right eye. After that, I will no longer wear glasses. To tell you the truth, I am a little nervous. I’ve had many surgeries, but I’ve never been quite this nervous about a surgery before. I think it has something to do with the fact that they are going to operate on my eyes. I’m not sure, but I think that’s the reason why. I know that’s probably illogical, but I guess I just can’t help it. I am excited about it, but I will be glad when it’s over.

I’m glad we had this time together and I’d like to thank you for spending it with me. I’m so pleased that I was able to share a bit about about myself and my world with you and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Best,

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