Share Your World – November 13, 2017 and Thanksgiving draws near

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

Unless I’m taking pictures, probably not. But generally, the reason I’m in the park at all is to take pictures, so essentially the two things go together.

I love park benches. I can put my camera bag down. I have someplace convenient to change lenses, and I can take a load off my humorously so-called feet. All good. And lucky me, all the parks here have more than enough benches for the number of people who want them. Plenty of room, no waiting!

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

We have not had (knock on wood) many outages in recent years. We had a relatively long one during the last storm, but it was in the dead of night, so I lit some candles so we could find our way to the bathrooms, and by morning, we were up and running again. Other places were not so lucky.

Lavender candles

I keep small, bright flashlights in “grabbing” distance. I have a mini mag-lite next to my bed, flashlights in the living room and kitchen, too. Plus lots of candles, big and small candles in glass containers. Most important — we have matches. It turns out, you can be very well prepared, but without matches, it all amounts to darkness.

When I smoked, we always had lighters and matches, but that was years ago. The lighters you find around the house these days pretty don’t light. Probably haven’t for years, but no one thought to throw them away. Like all those non-writing pens we seem to keep, even though they have long since run out of ink.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

We are way too poor to go for anonymous giving to strangers. I really need to do something about the bathrooms and it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have a little money in the bank for emergencies. Right now, there’s a big, fat nothing in the emergency fund.

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

Pissed off that Duke got shot. Felt better it wasn’t worse. Got the chair and railing, but have to wait a few days for installation. Hope I never need a new appliance because it will block the staircase and NO ONE will get anything huge up those stairs again.

There’s always something that diminishes the luster of achievement, isn’t there?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. Park benches are a lifeline for me, or were. I no longer go on walks to need them, but will soon have my own park bench in the shape of a seat on four wheels. We ex smokers always had a cigarette lighter somewhere. Mr. Swiss still indulges, but is a semi outcast, but we still have cigarette lighters. I am glad that your shopping lift is progressing. Look forward to the photo when it is completed.


    1. I had cancer in both breasts by the time I quit for good and all. I had “half quit” by then, but sometimes, something clicks in … as in “Duh … I’ve already GOT cancer. Exactly what am I waiting for?” Never touched one since. I actually LIKED smoking. I think many of us did and if it weren’t for the illness thing, we’d still be doing it.


    1. I used to have lots of lights, but in them in places I could only find in full light. One day, I said “Self, that’s stupid!” and I MOVED them. It works. I can find the light, even in the dark! Imagine that.

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  2. I used to like to ride my bike to the park less than a mile from here and sit on a bench and relax. Hopefully I can do that again next year. We have not had an extended power outage here in years, but I have flashlights and candles ready. The light on the phone is pretty bright, but I would only use it to find another flashlight or some candles.


  3. Talking about matches – I tried to buy some matches not so long ago. The fellow at the store told me they no longer sold them because they were inflammable. Go figure??


  4. I’m sure you are aware of Murphy’s Law (the extended version), but never worry! If anything large is needed just get a small to medium sized rug, slip it onto the railing and use the railing ( and the deliverymen) to slide the object up the stairwell on – something like the chairlift carries goods ( or you?) up the stairs!


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