Tag Archives: Cee’s Share Your World

My world

Today is a snow day. Rare for Seattle.

Cee’s Share Your World questions and answers:

Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside? Both. I try to have places for things, but our fridge is small so when I have to prep a holiday meal or something similar things go where they fit. That leads to a LIFO (Last In First Out) organization system. That means that I usually have a few items toward the back that are ready in case I decide to get out a microscope and study microbes. Maybe my fridge is a metaphor for my life?

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together? It depends. I am sensitive to texture in food and won’t eat things like oatmeal or malt-o-meal so texture plays in how I combine things. Ironically I like pureed soups like potato-leek or potage des legumes (yes I know this means “vegetable soup”, however, the way I make it is based on a delightful bowl we had in Rocamadour, France in 2001 that was pureed, so I always connect the French with puree and the English with chunks). I do like to combine flavors (naturally I have excellent taste;) but not go overboard.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational? It depends. I have very eclectic taste in literature. My life is being a bit dramatic right now so I am not reading anything intense. I have book marks in two books now: The Bear in the Attic, a collection of humorous short stories by Patrick McManus and Writing Down the Bones, a book about writing, by Natalie Goldberg. The McManus book was a Christmas gift, and I got the other book at Half-Price Books a while ago, not sure why it caught my eye.

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you? My rib cage is reminding me that I fell about a month ago and did something to it, and my back is telling me that I carried an unbalanced load yesterday. Maybe the two together are telling me it is cold and I am getting old.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? We had a short visit from my son, took him to the airport yesterday, for the past two weeks. This coming week doesn’t hold anything that I am looking forward to, but it snowed! and I don’t have to go anywhere! so I can enjoy the beauty of it in comfort.


Sharing my world

I’ve never pulled together answers for Cee’s Share Your World before but the questions this week got me thinking.

What is the most incredible natural venue you have ever seen in person? I have been blessed to see so many that it is hard to choose. The Grand Canyon came to mind first, for its shear majesty and grandeur. But then I wonder if I short change Mount Rainier because of familiarity. The wildflower meadows with the glaciated mountain in the background are wonderful to behold and the season is so fleeting and unpredictable.

How many siblings do you have? Two. What is your birth order? Eldest, but we are spread out: my next sister down is 3 1/2 years younger and the youngest is eleven years younger than I am. So we’re not a standard sibling set: all of us have quite a bit of the only child in us. Also, divorces and remarriages combined with the spread of our ages caused us to have very different childhood experiences.

If you were a shoe what kind would you be and why? I’d be a low heeled Mary Jane with a supportive sole, some cut outs and a nice fastener for decoration, practical but pretty. The reason is to be comfy and ready for anything from a long walk to a nice dinner out at a moment’s notice without fussing.

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten? A cicada. The things you do for love: my son’s girlfriends family had prepared a feast of delicacies from all over China for my father and I when we visited. They were so hospitable and welcoming that I felt like I had to try everything…especially since my dad wimped out and only ate the donkey meat. For the record it was crunchy and had been seasoned with a spicy coating so I don’t really know what the cicada tasted like.

Last week: I am grateful that my son arrived home for a visit and he is here until next Sunday.