WORLD SHARING – Marilyn Armstrong

First, our tiny bit of news, then the rest.

One of the dogs ate Garry’s mouse. It was a Logitech mouse, not the furry kind. He or she didn’t totally destroy it … just enough so it stopped functioning.

A little bit of gnawing makes the USB go down.

I did warn him about putting his computer et al where any of our dogs can conveniently grab a small piece, but Garry never believes me until the item needs replacement. At least mouses are cheap. It could’ve been worse.

It was just the mouse,  not the computer. It’s not that our dogs are big chewers, but a dog with nothing to do? Well, that looks interesting. Let me put my jaws around it and see what happens. Since it didn’t squeak or try to run away, it got dropped for something more entertaining, but one chomp was enough.

Another has been ordered. Nothing can kill a Logitech mouse except too frequent dropping — and a dog with teeth.

And now for the rest of the story!

Questions This Week:

Did you have to help out with chores when you were growing up?  If so, what were you assigned to do?

Yes. Dishes, general house straightening — but first, foremost, and worst of all (and I hate it to this day) ironing. I really hated ironing. I only got good at it when I started collecting dolls and had to iron their tiny dresses. At least I knew what an iron is and how to use it.

Have you ever researched your family tree?   What do you know about your family’s roots? 

Slightly. I don’t have enough information to get very far.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

Holding my breath, then swallowing at the same time. It usually works.

What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?  Either figuratively or literally?

Grammar! FEWER, not LESS as follows: If you can count’em, it’s fewer. If you have to scoop it with a shovel, it’s less. There are always fewer people, not less.

There may be fewer GRAINS of sand, but less sand overall.

Share gratitude, a positive moment or experience from 2019 so far.

Birds. I really love my backyard birds.

Otherwise, it hasn’t been a great year. Trump’s government shutdown is going to delay tax refund checks … which I was counting on to help repair the house. And meanwhile, all those miserable people wondering how they are going to make the mortgage! Horrors.

I don’t think this counts as a positive moment, experience, or something for which anyone should feel gratitude. Sorry about that.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

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

25 thoughts on “WORLD SHARING – Marilyn Armstrong”

      1. Okay, another lesson learned the hard way. Mea Culpa. Glad it was just the mouse.
        Childhood Chores: Laundry — lots of ironing. That’s where I developed my thing about creases in everything, including jeans. My Dad wanted his underwear with creases. Yes. Not fake news. I helped Mom in kitchen which leaves me wide open for the “….so why don’t you share cooking duties with your wife?”. I’ll take the 5th on that one.


  1. Today, “they” said that the IRS will pay tax refunds — I hope “they”‘re correct! And social security payments are arriving, albeit perhaps a little late (maybe because of the holiday last week).

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    1. So far, so good. Our tax refund is the only “lump” of money we get all year and it gets smaller every year as our mortgage gets paid down and less of it is interest while more is principle. But there’s stuff we really NEED to do, so however small it is, we really need it.


      1. I heard one pundit on TV tonight after Trump’s Oval Office “speech,” say that “Trump could care less about….” I shouted at the TV “couldn’t care less, you idiot!” My wife just rolled her eyes at me!


    1. Funnily enough, I was having a coffee with friends today and the subject of the express lanes came up. One of them said that he knew someone who would not use the Express Lane because it said “12 Items or Less” not fewer.
      The same friend told us that his new kitten, who likes climbing on to his desk managed to walk on his keyboard and cause the whole screen to go sideways. It appears that family pets are determined to part us from our technology.
      Cindy has never been a problem around the computer but I recall having a similar conversation with David about not leaving food on the counter where she could reach it. We lost a couple of dinners before he believed she really would take it. I guess guys just have to see the evidence.

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    1. That’s what they are saying. We’ll see. They keep changing everything minute by minute. I suppose we elderly folks needed some excitement in our lives … but I think we could have skipped this. How about excitement like “Hey, we’re going to actually give you social security recipients A REAL RAISE!

      THAT would be very exciting.

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    1. Sports announcers are the worst. They have eliminated any difference between adverbs and adjectives. I doubt they know there IS a difference. I’m not sure they know what a noun or a verb is and I’m very sure they don’t know how to form a complete sentence.

      “Complete sentence? What’s that?”

      For the millions a year they get paid, they could take a short course in grammar!

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    1. I don’t think dogs see color, at least not the same way we do. Cats don’t see our version of colors, either. BIRDS see in full color — possibly even more than humans — as do squid and octopus. If there’s a reason for everything, I’d like a reason for that one! The birds I get, but squid? Octopus?

      It’s why toys for dogs are often striped in contrasting colors. They see it better — just like my camera.

      I think it’s the convenient jaw-sized shape that’s the attraction. Just about right for any small to large dog.

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  2. I am a member of the ‘Grammar and Spelling Police”. We’re here and we’re mighty. Yes. Thanks for Sharing Your World even with the mess our world is in. And the birds and your awesome photos of the birds on the feeder? PRICELESS and a real source of gratitude (at least from me). Have a better month, Marilyn. I admit I’m a bit scared. This year has started off worse than 2018 and that was a horror show. Have to have faith it’ll improve or I’m going to start screaming and never stop.


    1. Since there’s not much we can do about it, all I can do is hold on and hope for the best. Just when you can’t imagine how things could get worse, they do. Considering one thing and another, 2020 should be a real corker.


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