Share Your World – July 31, 2017

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: wear glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected? I have been wearing contact lenses for many years. I still wear glasses at home early in the morning and at night to give my eyes a break. I think contacts are great. I adjusted very easily and can’t imagine what it would be like to wear glasses all the time.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? I am definitely a dog person. My family had three dogs when I was growing up: two German Shepherds and an adorable mutt, who was my most beloved companion for years. We had a lovely Cocker Spaniel in D.C., who unfortunately died very young, and now we are “grandparents” to our daughter’s wonderful Cockapoo, Kaya, who is a total delight. I’ve never had cats and haven’t been around them much. I don’t dislike them, though. They have interesting personalities and can be lots of fun, but their aloofness would not go well with my idea of a pet. I wouldn’t know how to deal with it. So, dogs it is! This is Kaya:

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?  Being in Southern California, one of the items would have to be a pool. When we were house hunting in L.A. we couldn’t find a house that met all our needs and had a pool, so we decided that wasn’t a priority, although it would’ve been great to have a pool with year-round sunshine… The second wish would be that the house or condo be on the ocean front. We are just a 10-minute ride from Santa Monica Beach but I’d love to live on Ocean Ave. with a view of Santa Monica Bay. The other day we were walking on Ocean Ave. and I noticed there is a Senior Living Facility there, so I told my husband that perhaps we should plan to move there when the time comes… 😀 😀

The third wish, and don’t laugh please, would be to install those Japanese toilet seats that do everything for you, clean themselves, even play music while in use, in all the bathrooms in the house. 😀 😀 😀 That’s actually not a wish at all, but I couldn’t think of anything else so, why not that? I hear it’s one of the craziest experiences people have in Japan. 🙂

What inspired you this past week?  First, let me clarify that I am not an American citizen, so I don’t vote and don’t belong to any party. But I pay a lot of taxes as a permanent resident and thus have great interest in what the government does or doesn’t do for its citizens and residents. Last week I was very inspired by what three Republican Senators did when they voted against a bill that would take away health care from millions of Americans. It was especially inspiring that two of them were women –Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski– who held on to their convictions and their constituents best interest, in spite of enormous pressure from the party to vote yes. The third was Senator John McCain, who went back to DC only 10 days after having brain surgery to extract a malignant tumor just to participate in the vote. He not only voted against the bill, but also gave a strong speech urging members of Congress to work together, across party lines, for the good of the American people. He proved himself to be a real maverick and a man of principles. His vote was essential to defeat the bill. Kudos to the three of them!!


The images above are from the Internet. From left to right, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Susan Collins, and Senator John McCain.

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WPC: Satisfaction

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Satisfaction. What brings me satisfaction?

Witnessing and capturing a dramatic sunset over the Pacific

Stepping into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean

Art! Colors! Chagall’s Blues!

Sipping iced coffee on a summer afternoon, listening to music and browsing though photos

Share Your World – July 24, 2017

List some of your favorites types of teas.  I’m not much of a tea drinker. I am a Brazilian living in the USA so that means coffee all the way! But I do like some teas and occasionally I feel like having a nice cup of tea. Especially if I am sick or in London, one of my favorite cities in the world. I enjoy herbal teas like Camomile, Peppermint, and Raspberry Leaves. But when in London, my favorite tea is High Tea!! 🙂 And with that, I usually have Black Tea with milk, just like the Queen has hers, I suppose…

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be? If we’re talking about today, it would have to be SLOW because it’s been a very slow and uneventful day.

What are a couple of things people could do for you on a really bad day that would really help you? Probably respect my feelings and move on. But depending on what’s making my day bad, just listening to me vent would be very helpful, or giving me a nice hug and introducing some humor into the conversation.

Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do? Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed. I would be either a Tennis pro, or a professional Volleyball player. I played both sports through my 30s, but never seriously. Tennis was a problem because I get easily distracted and any noise, movement, airplanes or butterflies flying by could break my concentration. Needless to say, I lost a lot! I was pretty good in Volleyball but at only 5’4”, I was an eternal setter. That’s an important position because you set the ball for the attackers so you are the equivalent of a quarterback in American football (minus the prestige). However, anyone who plays volleyball knows that the hitters and spikers have all the fun. They make most of the points! So, in my dreams I’d be a Wing Spiker for the Brazilian National Volleyball Team. 🙂

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I can’t remember last week, so I’m pretty sure I have nothing special to be grateful for, except being alive and well. This week will probably be just as uneventful. And that is fine.

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