Does it show how much I love my husband that I gave him my cold? Maybe he gave me his cold and he didn’t know it because he was incubating. Maybe we both picked it up in the grocery store … or our doctor’s office. Did the Russians hack my sinuses?

These are the kinds of questions with which I struggle.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 23, 2017

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

72-Bowl of cherries _12

I used to be so passionate about juice I actually couldn’t imagine life without it. But, I live without it. Funny what you can get used to when you have no choice. I do eat fruit.


Mostly, in season, One day, I will probably overdose on fresh cherries in season. Right now, I’m working on a tangerine overdose … but I tell myself that vitamin C can’t be bad for me, right?

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?


I grew up in a small town in a big city. Holliswood was sort of rural. We had farms. Chickens. Goats. Horses. And were walking distance (okay, a very long walking distance) from the subway. I thought it was the perfect place to grow up and I haven’t changed my mind.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?


I wrote a book. If you really want to know, you are welcome to read it. The answer to this question is way too complicated for this post. The 12-Foot Teepee is available for Kindle and in paperback. From Amazon.

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

  • Reading.
  • Listening to an audiobook.
  • Taking pictures.
  • Processing pictures.
  • Watching movies.
  • Watching sports, sometimes.
  • Watching murder mysteries and guessing who done it before the credits have finished rolling.
  • Laughing. At anything for any reason.
  • The dogs. Because they are everything, all wrapped in furry little packages.

Have a great weekend everyone!


      1. I enjoy the tangerines we’ve been eating. I like OJ but am on my lemonade kick right now.

        I think we’re very good about sharing our colds. My current one is really a nuisance. I wish it would go away.


  1. Mr. Swiss always shares his colds with me and I share mine with him. My current cold is now slowly going and so is his. He happened to be at the docs this week, not because of the cold, but she added it is a virus and very common at the moment, so it seems it is nothing special, everyone has it. We have paper handkerchief boxes stratigically placed everywhere. Of course I read the book some time ago, can only recommend it.

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          1. You know, I’m not naturally very positive. I’ve really had to work at it. I’m cynical and suspicious about most things. But Garry has a natural optimism and I have a kid and a grandchild too, so I try not to bring everybody down. I’m more often right in my cynicism. In fact, I’m almost always right when i expect the worst of people, but I try to find some bright spot to cling to. Otherwise, I get really gloomy.


            1. Well in what you post, you almost always show both sides of the coin, and there is always that zinger that adds so much, it’s usually funny, either cynical or not but so appropriate to the situation, I enjoy that so much about you.


              1. Thank you very much. I think many funny people are cynical. Maybe that’s where humor comes from.

                Otherwise, I’ve been writing my entire life, as long as I could hold a pencil. You either get better or give up. Blogging has definitely sharpened my skills. For one thing, it’s lets me take chances because I don’t have a boss looking over my shoulder. If a post doesn’t work, I can redo it and keep rewriting until it does work. The ONLY thing wrong with blogging is it doesn’t pay money. I also suspect that is part of its charm. When you aren’t risking your paycheck, you can be outrageous. You can write stuff you know will be unpopular. Freedom is great 🙂


                1. Not sure that postmarked, I answered you, if it doesn’t show up, I agree with cynicism, and or very depressed ie Robin Williams, or sad can’t think of the comedienne, he hated his father who was quite cruel, he got to a point where he was no longer funny. As far as blogging, I love it, because the feedback I get helps solidify who follows the type of audience I draw, and feedback helps me grow as a writer, see things I might not have realized I did or do and interaction with you as an example, is delightful


                    1. It seems that all the people with whom I could really enjoy hanging out live far away. That’s also true of the people I know from before the Internet. We are all so scattered. And most of us are either too old, or have physical or financial issues, so we don’t travel much, either. At least we have this. What would we have without our online relationships? Isolated, I think.


                    2. I’m with you. I can’t afford nor do I have the health to travel, so this is my eye on the world, and it’s become exceedingly important to me. I wouldn’t have met you otherwise so kudos for internet. hehe

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  2. Happy Weekend! Just purchased your book. Looking forward to reading it. Sometimes because of my work schedule it takes me a long time to finish reading books but I will try to read a small passage each day! Thanks!


    1. I never judge because I have a “to be read” list so long I may not finish it in this lifetime 🙂 Thank you for buying the book, whether you read it or not. It’s actually not very long. I used large type that I could comfortably read without eyeglasses. i got tired of books with tiny fonts.


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