Share Your World #SYW ~ January 16, 2018

This entry is part 14 of the series Share Your World

SC: Hi Everyone! And to those whom I haven’t met up with elsewhere on the Blogosphere, a Very Happy and Blessed New Year to you! May 2018 be a year of great things, big or small. And no, that’s not a contradiction in terms. Small things sometimes turn out to be the biggest of blessings.

I’ve been out of action with this challenge for a few weeks, so I look forward to answering Cee Neuer’s fun questions in her Share Your World Challenge. By the way, it may interest you to know that there are currently 7,919 people following this challenge!

Here are my answers for this week:

SYW: Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

Share your world, SYW, cards,

The Best of Everything. #Share Your World

This entry is part 13 of the series Share Your World

SC: I’ve been out of action with this challenge for a few week. This week, Cee Neuer asks some deep but fun questions in her Share Your World Challenge. Here are my answers.

SYW: wants to know: What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

SC: A day relaxing at a resort with my entire family including my brother and his family. 

SYW: Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world…..

SC:My favourite place in the whole world is the secluded beach on the outskirts of Gordon’s Bay in the Cape. It has trees overhanging the sand, a long beach walk, magnificent mountain scenery, and a fish and chip shop just up the road if you forgot to pack the sandwiches. We have been there with all three babies, so it holds special memories.

SYW: Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)?

SC: Jackie Ford. We met when we lived in the same block of flats in Gwelo, Rhodesia (now called Gweru, Zimbabwe) when we were about due to start school. As only children, six months apart, we bonded instantly. We spent our free time from school (prior to 12) like sisters. We shared our mischief and our fun and rarely fought, which is more than can be said for our two dogs. Jackie’s cross foxy, Patches, and my Heinz 57, Brownie, hated each other with a vicious passion, despite the hours they were forced to spend together.

Both of our mothers went out to work, and we were supervised (sort of!) by our grandmothers. Poor old ladies. When I think what we put them through!

When we reached high school age (going on 13), our parents moved to opposite sides of town and we were forced to go to different high schools. So although we are still in touch today, mainly through Facebook, we ended up making new friends. Sadly, I don’t have one photo with us both in it. Jackie, if you’re reading this, do you have any?

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

SC: Okay, you know what’s coming right? I returned from our 50th wedding celebration to 5 cutting dies from China, and a further 5 arrived during the week. One of them was a beautiful lacy umbrella. I had no idea why I’d ordered it and couldn’t find ideas for cards. It was too big to use it with other dies that I had. So I needed serious inspiration. Here’s a few of what transpired:

How about you?

1. What inspired you this week?

2. Would you like to join the Share Your World challenge? Cee posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun. If you are interested in joining this blogging challenge—just copy/paste the above questions into a new post and answer them. Then put the link for your post here: Cee’s Challenge.

 

Share Your World (#SYW) ~ July 19.

This entry is part 1 of the series Share Your World

What is your favorite cheese? That is the first question in this week’s Share Your World Challenge, run by Cee Neuner.

SYW: What is your favorite cheese?

My reply: Gouda Cheese. I love it on biscuits with butter and pickles. Yummy!

Image: Creative Commons by Dominik Hundhammer

SYW: Are you left or right handed?

My reply: Very right handed. My left hand is purely there for backup!

SYW: Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

My reply: My mind. I love mental challenges and learning things, and I do it all the time. I do take a good walk at least once a day, but I don’t exercise physically as much as I should. I’m too busy exercising my mind. 🙂

SYW: Complete this sentence: Hot days are …

My reply: the main topic of my dreams right now as we are currently surrounded by snow on the mountain peaks. However, when the hot days return, I will be hoping for a low humidity. Here in Port Elizabeth on the coast line of South Africa we get extreme humidity along with the heat and that is so draining.

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

My reply: Last Saturday I was very grateful for a roof over my head to keep out the beautiful soaking rain that fell, strong walls to keep the howling gales at bay, and warm clothes to protect me from the icy temperatures blowing off the snow-covered mountains. So many in our country lack all three of these.

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I am looking forward to receiving a whole bunch of unbranded cutting dies from China this week. I’ve finally plucked up courage to notify sellers of a number of dies that are overdue. So I see it as inevitable that they will now arrive in my post box!

How about you?

What was the best thing that happened for you last week? I’d love to hear from you. Please add your comment below.

Share Your World (#SYW) ~ July 10

This entry is part 10 of the series Share Your World

How do you like to spend a rainy day? That is the first question in this week’s Share Your World Challenge, run by Cee Neuner.

SYW asks: How do you like to spend a rainy day?

I would just love to have this problem! I live in the drought-ravished Nelson Mandela Bay in the Western Cape province of South Africa. We were recently declared a disaster area, and no—it had nothing to do with politics.

When we do have a rainy day (I live by faith!) I will probably spend it following my usual program of writing on my computer, but with regular thrilled looks out the window to enjoy the sight of my long-suffering garden receiving a long-needed drink of clean water! (At the moment the plants have to exist on irregular drinks of soapy water collected in buckets from the occasional washing machine load.) We cannot use the machine often, as we have a limit of 60 liters of water a day per person. That doesn’t even allow for a daily shower!

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Share Your World #SYW ~ July 3

This entry is part 9 of the series Share Your World

SYW: For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?

It depends on the mood I’m in, but generally I prefer salty. I also enjoy a mild curry and rice, but it must be mild! I definitely don’t go for sweet when it comes to my main meal.

SYW: Where do you hide junk when people come over?

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Share Your World (SYW) – June 26

This entry is part 8 of the series Share Your World

SYW: What goal are you working on now? Your goal can be something fun or extremely serious.  Have fun with this question.

I’m working on writing an eBook which is taking way too long because I over-committed my time. I’m writing a series of eBooks which I intend converting to print after the current one is over. They are based on Bible women who are “hidden in the shadow” of someone or something else. read more

Share Your World May 15th

This entry is part 5 of the series Share Your World

My Favorite Way to Start the Day!

Here are my answers to the questions posed for the Share Your World blogging challenge:

How many languages do you speak?

I speak two languages: English, my primary tongue and Afrikaans.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

  • I am currently reading The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer.
  • My husband and I are watching a series of DVDs called “The Mentalist”.
  • I’m listening to podcasts by Joanna Penn on different aspects of writing on my mp3 player.
  • I’ve just finished eating breakfast—muesli with added oat bran, nuts and raisins, Bulgarian yoghurt and low fat milk.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

“Spring Flowers” (see below).  We have a spectacular display of spring flowers—wherever there is a patch of vacant land. The only problem with this photo is it’s May and we’re just heading into winter!

What is your favorite time of day? 

Sitting up in bed when I first awake, cradling my coffee mug brought by my wonderful husband, and thinking of all the wonderful things I’m going to achieve during the next 12 to 14 hours. (Not that I ever achieve them all, but it’s nice to imagine!)

Optional Bonus question:

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

I was extremely grateful for two very different things last week.

  • I was so thrilled to see outbreaks of Spring Flowers bursting into bloom on deserted patches of vacant land. Especially as we’re moving from summer into winter! The little flowers are as confused with the weather as we are, but it’s as if they’re saying, “Don’t worry! We’re here now and we’ll be back on Spring Day (1st September)!” (I hope they remember!)

 

  • I’m cheating and including Sunday as last week. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day (here in S.Africa) scrolling through a wealth of unbranded dies on eBay that come from China! No shipping costs!I ordered 10 dies or die-sets for the price I anticipated paying for one here! And before you write to warn me, I know a number of people who have already got some from this source and I’m assured they are top quality and cut well. So here goes . . .  It’s difficult to choose my favorite, but here are my two top choices:
Spanish Galleon, ideal for boy’s or men’s cards.

 

Card-sized die with center separate.
Such potential.

 

And I’m looking forward to . . .

On Saturday 20th we have a “Cardies” get-together. About 15-20 of us get together once a month and one of the leaders demonstrates a new card technique. This week we’re learning how to make these cards:

 

Bargello Card

Waterfall card

 

That’s all for this week. What piece of information have I shared about “My World” that you didn’t know about before? I’d love you to let me know in a comment below. I love reading about other writers or bloggers and their lives.

Share Your World

This is a blogging challenge headed up by Cee Neuner.

Cee posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun. If you are interested in joining this blogging challenge—just copy/paste the above questions into a new post and answer them. Then put the link for your post here: Cee’s Challenge.

Also read: Share Your World – May 8th

 

 

Share Your World – May 8th

This entry is part 4 of the series Share Your World

A change of habits.

I am changing my blogging habits for a while.

There’s nothing as good as a change of routine, right?

I’ve signed up to participate in a blogging challenge with a difference. I came across it on Deb’s World, and it sounds fun. It’s called Share Your World and is headed up by Cee Neuner. She posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun.  I’m looking forward to it. Feel free to join in by copying the questions and then write your answers in a new post linking back to Cee’s original post.

I presume we then visit some of our fellow participants in the blogging challenge. That way we will get to know one another.

So here we go.

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