Sparkling or Still — What’s your idea of a perfect day off: one during which you can quietly relax, doing nothing, or one with one fun activity lined up after the other? Tell us how you’d spend your time.

What day is today? I don’t mean the date. The day of the week. Because I don’t know anymore. That’s life in the slow lane … also known as “retired.”

Me and Cherrie

Unless I have a doctor appointment or errands to run, everyday is a day off. The best ones are those spent in the company of friends, laughing, remembering, sharing. Laughing over things no one else would laugh about, sharing stuff no one else knows about. Or cares.


And that’s perfect enough for me. I’m not sure there is anything that could improve on that experience … except maybe an infusion of expendable cash and a theme park with killer roller coasters.



Share Your World – 2014 Week 46

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep? 

Cleanliness and no bugs. But we’ve stayed in some pretty horrible places. Memorably horrible and hopefully will never repeat those experiences.

futon bed cape cod

Music or silence while working?

If I’m editing photos, I will listen to an audiobook or music, but if I’m writing, silence is best. Or at least quiet.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?


My Chinese porcelain (probably more than three pieces!), some of which is very old … as in thousands of years. And our bed. I LOVE our bed.


Our artwork — the paintings and photographs we have hanging on our walls — is worth more than money. My framed photos, Garry’s awards and photos, plus the paintings and photographs we have bought through the years cannot be replaced. Most are one-of-a-kind. These are what make our home ours.

Han Dynasty 206 BC - 220 AD

Han Dynasty 206 BC – 220 AD

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

Air by far. It’s not the planes, although they are bad. It’s airports that really kill me. Who designs them? They are the worst experience — horrible — for everyone. Is there anyone who loves airports? If so, why?

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

They finally fixed the well and we have water. And he came back and filled the huge hole with sand so we have something like a front walk again. Next week? A proper lid for the well, then we are finished with the crisis. Or so we fondly believe!



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors, Door Knobs and Handles

I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture of a door handle or knob just for itself. It has always been part of a larger structure. But I do have doors. Lots of them. Old, new and in the middle. Arched, square, screened and wood. The door handles and knobs are there too — as part of the bigger picture.

Church door Amherst shadow

UU church door