Cee’s “Which Way photo challenge (2015, Week 20)

These show coming from bike path, which is behind me. The poles in photo are about 3ft (at best guess) across. Narrow fit as just ride on through (between) poles. One of the sets of poles (behind me in photo) us at angle to “path”, so even more interesting to ride through


#WeekendCoffeeShare – What’s been going on in my life

When I saw Jackie from To Breathe is to Write, and then Heather over at Write on Sisters, over at the Weekend Coffee Share on Part-Time Monster; In fact, why don’t you head on over there – after you finish here, of course :-D

So, if we were having coffee, the first thing I’d mention is that yesterday was a no-coffee day for me.  On Shabbat (Friday night to Saturday night), we don’t do any cooking, so no boiling of water and (unfortunately) coffee pots boil water.   I’m not saying I’m the perfect Shomer Shabbas  (Wikipedia has some pretty good information on Shomer Shabbas).  I’m sure (I know) there are things I probably do that some would say I shouldn’t.  But there are certain things I do follow like not working, not spending money, not doing any cooking.  I have reheated stuff, but generally try not too; And, although there are ways I could come up with to do so with out technically violating Shabbat (including making ahead of time & reheating), I generally don’t do coffee then.

What else…..

Ohhh,  I’ve been working on a couple online shops that feature some of my mothers artwork on various products.  Got a few of her drawings featured, but it’s still a Work In Progress.  If you want to take a look at what I’ve got here are the links (I’ll leave the choice to you, but would seriously appreciate a gander):




I’ve also been looking for a part-time job.  Let me tell you, that is not an easy venture.  I’ve actually been looking off and on since I moved to Arizona in 2013 and despite putting out quite a few resumes & appications, have not had any bites.  I’m on a number of mailing lists that alert me as to job offers and whenever I see something that I might be qualified for I’ll take a look and send in an on-line application —  So far nothing.  In addition to the whole job-search thing I’m also (at nearly mid 40’s) thinking about going back to school (assuming I can get Financial Aid) and getting a certificate (and perhaps a degree) in something.  Of course doing so requires that I figure out just what it is I want to go to school for – What would I be good at?  What would be a suitable career for me.  At 40 something you’d think that decision would be easy breezy – But I’m left with tons of ideas and yet no idea.  I guess you could say fear has a big factor in not being able to decide.  I’ve thought about being a Pharmacy Tech or Pharmacist Assistant, an Administrative Assistant, a Medical Assistant, a Medical Office Secretary (or similar job)…  On the one hand, these are jobs that I feel confident I could easily learn to do (and in some cases have a little bit of background experience/knowledge).  But then, on the other hand,  there’s that nagging feeling of self doubt that leaves me wondering what if I’m wrong?  What if I pick something that it turns out I can’t do or am not good at?

One thing I’d love to do, even though I know it’s probably not a suitable career for me (and probably not one I could get paid for through Financial Aid) would be to go back and get my EMT-B again.  I’d even like to try for EMT-I, which I never quite completed when I took the class back in my college days.  As I said, not something that would necessarily lead to a suitable career – Just one of those “want to’s” just for me, just because.

That’s probably enough “coffee time”.  I’ll try to be back next week for more Weekend Coffee Share.  In the mean time, I’m going to head over to a couple of my other blogs…  Life Happens, Taini Writes, and Public Safety Tidbits

Share Your World 2015: Week 20

Joining in on another of Cee’s Share Your World challenges.  If you’d like to join the fun head on over to this week’s challenge – Week 20

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

One of the most important things I ever learned??  Gosh, that is a good question.  It seems life is so full of lessons.  I think one of the most important is that you should just be yourself.  Trying to be, or acting like, someone your not never works out for very long.  In the end you’ll always end up feeling out of place and uncomfortable.

The other is that the only person you can truly count on is yourself.  I’m not saying you can’t trust or count on other people, or that other people won’t be there for you.  But people are human and as such eventually they may (even inadvertently) let you down.  Have faith and trust in yourself.

What feeds your enthusiasm for life? 

A tough one.  Sometimes I think that I don’t have a lot of enthusiasm for life.  Any more, I just feel tired and in many ways disappointed.  There are a few things that spark my fire and make things worthwhile.  Things in nature like a gorgeous sunrise or sunset, or watching the awesomeness of a thunderstorm.  Seeing a rabbit, or a lizard scampering across the ground, or a watching birds swooping across the sky.  Things like seeing my son stand up to receive his First-Class merit badge in Scouts or watching him go up to receive a certificate & medallion for completing the season in cross-country.

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

When it comes to memorable flights, there have been quite a few.  It’s hard to choose which is the most memorable.

One of the very first memorable  moments I had  on a flight was one where a cup of hot water spilled on me.  The stewardess (or cabin attendant as I was always taught) was handing me the hot water for tea.  I was reaching for it when the plane hit a bit of turbulence.  I ended up with a good size burn on my hip and ended up with a ride in an ambulance.

Another memorable flight was one in which the entire trip was filled with nothing but turbulence.  At one point we hit turbulence it felt like the plane dropped like several hundred feet or more.  Talk about stomach ending up in your throat, or mouth.  

There was another (or maybe it was the same as the one above) where we ended up circling above Chicago O’Hare for, I don’t know how long….  When we finally landed and was heading out with my grandma to her car, the parking lot was just about as bad as the airspace above airport.  I don’t remember how long it took us to get out of that parking lot but I remember it did take awhile.

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

What would I explore?  What would I explore?

I remember when I was younger and I’d go house-hunting with my dad.  I remember going in and looking into all the nooks and crannies to see what there was.  I remember going camping with my dad and going off to explore the area (always keeping the campsite  in site or at the very least not wandering off so far that I lost track of where it was).  I remember going for a walk in the neighborhood whenever I’d visit one of my aunts and uncles in Chicago.  I always enjoyed doing a bit of “exploring” when I was younger.  I don’t know if that same exploring nature is still there or not.  Anymore, there really aren’t any opportunities to find out.    I think it may still be, buried somewhere down deep.   I think also the opportunity to explore, academically, would be cool as well — I just have no idea what that might be…  The opportunities there are endless, if only there was the time.

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