Share Your World ~ 11 Dec 2017

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We’re sorry to hear that your (Cee Photography) internet is down and hope it will be repaired soon. Please note that I changed some of the questions and actually had pictures to add to my “Share Your World” this week. She had wanted us to use the same questions but I could not resist changing mine.

At what time recently  have you felt most passionate and alive? I get really happy around Christmas time. It is time to share, be creative and make gifts. This is my recent idea for my granddaughter that is turning 4 on Dec 17. I made a reindeer card. My son in law likes IBC RootBeer, so I put antenna on each bottle along with eyes and pompom for a rein nose on the neck of the bottle.  The reindeer antlers were made out of brown pipe cleaners.  I think the little kid came out in me. 

I also like to make creative gift card holders. I looked for ideas on Pinterst. But could not find anything that suited my fancy. So I made my own mittens to fit the occassions. Here is what I came up with: My gift cards are inside of these mittens. They can be hung on a tree until ready to be open as well. 

 

i have a friend in Pittsburgh, sometimes we exchange gifts and sometime not. This year I found a really neat idea on Pinterst where they put the nativity on candles, here is what inspired me to make these items for me and my girlfriend  

Pretty Candle Christmas Scene

I found some copy free nativity scenes and cut them out and modge podged them to flameless candles 12 LED lights in them.. I had seen some at Hobby Lobby, but they were pricey for my pocket. Then I noticed that Menards had them on sale last week for 3 of them in graduating sizes for only  $4.99.. Perfect for what I wanted to do with them.  I also put a evergreen behind mine with pinecones, red berries behind my candles to give them a festive look.

Hope this will inspire someone this Christmas. Till next time, Mary

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Share Your World ~ 4 December 2017

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing? Well when we had a cat it was the cat box. But now we don’t have the cat. I think I hate doing dishes every single night. Wish my husband would give me a hand. I can remember my dad helping my mother after us girls were out of the house. But no such luck at my house.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

How many times have you moved in the last ten years? I married my second husband and we been living in his house the past 30 years. We went on vacation to look at housing in Colorado. I don’t think that is going to happen as the prices of homes out their are very expensive and I don’t want to go in to debt during my retirement years. Our present home is paid for plus we are surrounded by woods.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  I read on Pinterest that if you put saran wrap over the section that was pulled off the tree your bananas would not turn brown as fast and it worked at my house. Then I read if you hang your onions in nylon stockings with knot between them and hang them up they would last longer. I am going to do this just haven’t gotten around to it yet. 

Share Your World ~ 27 Nov 2017

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

Boy that is hard desicion to make. My first thought was both, but to I guess an art studio. I have an art-craft room but it is only in small room. I like to do framing and matting. It would be nice to be able to keep the mat cutter up all the time instead of having to turn it on its side and slide it behind something to store it as there isn’t enough space to have table that big in the room I am in. In fact my mat cutter fits pretty good on the island in the kitchen. But presently we are down sizing so I have decided to sell my mats, and mat cutter. Hope I am not going to miss it too much. I have friend that recently asked me if I would show her how to block needlework and show her how to make frames. So I am glad my friend is taking my stuff, so at least I know it is going to someone that will take care of it.

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)  Today is beautiful Sunny Day and wind is bringing in warm breeze.  The day is going to get warmer, I am excited that winter weather hasn’t started yet. We went to Colorado for Thanksgiving and nice to know we will still be having great weather for traveling.

If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be? I will have to give some thought on this.I will add something later.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  We went to Colorado to visit family over thanksgiving. We also went to few places to get a feel for the  town. We were thinking about moving closer to family after we retired. After visiting Sterling, Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek and Cannon City. We decided that more southern was nice, but the prices in homes have risen so much that we have decided to look else where. Sterling, Colorado is much like the weather we get in Central Illinois. The temperature was 18 degrees in the morning when were were there, then by noon it had gotten up to 56. Colorado Springs was warmer yet still could get cool in the morning. Canon City felt like Florida when were there one day last week and fell in  love with the many of  the houses down there. The old downtown section had a quaint historical downtown  to visit. Cripple Creek was a night mare. This town is located in the mountains.  Some of their streets were so steep I could not image driving there when they were snow packed. The houses were set very close together. Some of the houses roofs hung over their neighbors. I guess the only good part would be with wall so close would help with the home staying warmer perhaps.. Also it reminded me  of the Green Tree area where I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I lived on Dagmar Street. One side was very steep and the other end was not so steep to go down. 

Share Your World ~ 13 Nov. 2017

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes? no, I feel like all I do these days is work and go home and I don’t seem to have social life. sitting on a park bench this time of  year would be chilli. I would rather be walking then sitting.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light? When our lights go out depending on the time of day or night, we get candles out and we each have a flashlight next to our bed and in our cars if the need arises that we would need one. Recently my husband goes to bed before I do and I have been using my phone to get into the bedroom so I don’t have to turn on any lights. He is light sleeper so try not to turn any lights on.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers? I would like to be  given $100,000 to brighten, surprise or bless others. I know this brings more joy then receiving $10,000.. There is this really really neat Christmas Movie I love to watch it is called “Christmas Angel” here is link to it, as there are about three movies with that name: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/201747258285551038/  or here is trailer you can watch toohttps://www.christianfilmdatabase.com/review/christmas-angel-2/

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? 

Well my cholesterol is up so that means some changes in my life, drinking water, exercising, and eating more fiber, and fruits and vegetables. My latest thing I did that surprised myself is I love to have popcorn for snack. So I cooked some  kernels in brown lunch bag in the microwave. Normally I would have shaken the salt shaker over this, but instead I decided to try sprinkling some “Mrs Dash” the original recipe. It was not to bad.and I didn’t miss the salt at all. 

Share Your World ~ Oct. 31, 2017

Share Your World 10/30/17

I was ready to fill this out on Monday but couldn’t find the questions, so now I am couple days late. Oh well, no ones going to care.

 

Where do you eat breakfast? I usually make a smoothie and drink it in the car every morning. The days I am not working, I may wait until 10 am to think about getting something to eat or drink cup of tea or hot chocolate depending on how cold the house is or what my body is craving.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?  I can’t think of any one in this world. But I would like to talk to Samuel Baguley he was my great grandfather and he was born and raised in England and came to America and married and I would not be here if he hadn’t started the whole thing. He is in heaven so meeting some of my relatives would be neat, I think. I would love to know there stories.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?  I would be a tree. Trees can live a very long time, where as plants don’t last very long.  In fact when I went to Alaska back in 7th Grade with my grandmother, we were on an ocean liner and they had a costume party one night. They handed out crepe paper. Guess what I have always wanted to be?  A tree, I think it stems back from my early years of watching the Wizard of Oz and seeing the trees that had faces on them and would talk. I won a prize for the most original. Then when my daughter was about 5 years old, I made a costume for her too and she won.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.  My husband and I made soap a couple of weeks a go without essential oil just to see if we could actually make it. I had made soap many years ago but this was entirely different way I made my batch.

It did turn out and then after week of sitting around we decided we better cut it before it got to hard to cut. I am really looking forward to making more, but add essential oil  next time around. I think it would be great to give as Christmas Gifts  . We already make our own laundry detergent. It’s fun to make items you can actually use and give as gifts too.

 

 

Share Your World ~ Oct 23, 2017

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Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?  From my early years school was hard, I was sent to speech therapy during one of my regular classes. Because I could pronounce words right. 

List some of your favorite types of animals. My favorite are cats and dogs. However I do love birds.. My grandmother always fed the birds when I lived with her and she would talk to some of them and tell them they were “pretty bird”. They lived outside. We never had any  that were the inside type. In my later years I think Giraffes are kind of neat when you go the zoo. My husband loves and feeds birds religiously.I have grown to love birds as well. When we are traveling we look for them.

What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most? I have been to many large cities. I used to live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for about 10 years. But I have also traveled to many large cities such as London, Paris, Rome, Madrid. But if I had my pick I would like to go back to London as love the old architecture, the buildings with gargoyles and other neat features they put on buildings.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Share Your World ~ Oct. 16, 2017

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If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? I would like to go to Great Britain. I have a lot of ancestors that were from England. I think the country side over there is beautiful and I love their accents.

What color would you like your bedroom to be? I like my bedroom to be light blue gray with white molding.

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.             1. Having some quiet time in the evening after my husband stops watching TV all night long.                                                                                                                         2. Walking 3x week,. I used to walk a mile but now got out of the habit on account of the weather and then we had some cold weather. Need to start up again. I felt better and I could get into my skinny clothes and had more energy.                                             3. Helping people find answers to their genealogy questions and then coming back to share their finds with me. (kind of that old saying “Have I done any good today”)              4. Creating and designing gifts for friends, relatives or grandchildren.                            5. Playing The Memory Game with my grandchildren                                                        6. Going to car shows to look at neat cars someone took the time to restore                  7. Researching whether for recipe, or idea or genealogy or helping someone find information                                                                                                                          8. Being compassionate,

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.  

I had loads of tomatoes both Roma and another kind but it escapes me what they are. I had in my mind to can them for later use. Then I was at the dentist one day last week and we got to talking about gardens. My dentist mentioned his wife made spaghetti sauce and put them in ziplock bags. I had never heard of doing that before. He said they had 46 bags so they could have one a week. I thought that was amazing.  So I came home and decided instead of just  putting up tomatoes that I would make spaghetti sauce and put then in ziplock freezer bag for later use. This is the book I got my recipe out of to make my sauce: Product Details

I used the recipe on page 110, but I did tweaked it to my liking. I added rehydrated zucchini, mushrooms to my sauce. I ended up with 7 bags of sauce.The recipe called for canned tomatoes but I used my garden tomatoes.

Then my husband reminded me today on the way home from running errands that I needed to make a dish for tomorrow’s potluck. So I pulled out my spaghetti sauce and put them in microwave to defrost somewhat. Then placed then in sauce pan to finish thawing out in the pan. I actually ended up making two lasagna. One was with spinach and Italian Sausage. The other one was more vegetarian I used mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, carrots. The meat one is for the church potluck tomorrow The other one will be for lunches for next week. I had a large Ricotta Whole Milk Cheese container and the expiration date on the container said the 19th, so I thought I had better use this up instead of having to waste this. So that is why I decided to make two casserole dishes.. It was easy for me to make another one because all the ingredients was already sitting around on the counter from making the first lasagna. I just remembered to that I had not filled out Monday questionnaire so I am little behind but so be it. I had the draft started but hadn’t gone to get the questions out yet.

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