Well, look at that date! Can you believe it? January is going to end before I’ve really wrapped my head around it starting. But, there it is. It’s the 24th and in exactly ONE week, the 31st and then, on into February.

Is everyone going to get crazy about Valentine’s Day? Because I didn’t used to enjoy the day — but now, with everyone acting like it’s the most important day of the year — I really hate it. If failing to do something BIG on Valentine’s Day is the end of your love story, you need a better love story. Bigger. Better. And not based on a single greeting card holiday!

This week, we blogger people — the fading few of a dying breed — have suggested questions for Melanie. I seem to have been included and much to my surprise, it’s not even a stupid question. Zowie!

Questions From Fabulous Bloggers

12-17-2021 Cyranny “What’s the worst day of the week for you?” Why?

All days are really the same when you retire. If it weren’t for blogging and having to schedule posts, I wouldn’t know what day it is. I might not even know what month or year it is. Just saying.

1-3-2022  Mrs. A (Jazzocracy)  Mrs A proposes a question for a future SYW. “Would you ever consider posing naked or semi-naked for the camera or a live audience (acting in a play)?”

Lord no. What a terrifying thought!

1-10-2022 Di With the recent energy crisis here in the UK (NOTE: Really, everywhere in the world), would you prefer electric, gas, oil or some other means of heating your home?

We don’t have a choice because we live in an area where no gas is piped in. Unless we were to go whole hog into canned gas tanks — not practical in this cold region — we are using oil. When we lived in Boston, our condo was heated with electricity. On a bad month, our electric bill was higher than the mortgage.

No matter what you choose, it will in some way be a wrong choice for our planet. Gas, oil, electricity — ALL of them require a lot of generation, drilling, destruction of natural environment and habitats, big buildings, smoke, pollution, and general messiness. The least messy is nuclear which is all well and good until the generator gets old and has to be shut down. We have not yet figured out what to do with leftover nuclear material. Right now, it lives in trucks.

This is the kind of truck that hauls nuclear waste. Do NOT have an accident with one of these

Really, I kid you not. It gets put on trucks which are supposed to take it somewhere, but there’s nowhere to take it, so it gets passed from truck to truck.

You may think I’m kidding, but sadly, I’m not. I only know this because I wrote a manual about a software product that tracks the movement of nuclear waste materials. It was called “Cradle to Grave.” I don’t know if the software still exists — but I do know the problem has not been solved. So while the software may be new, the issue is right where is should be — on the road to nowhere.

1-10-2022 Marilyn In your household, who takes care of the bills, taxes, and other financial stuff? Is one person responsible or is it a shared chore? This has made me notice my phone is missing. Oops.

I found my phone. I just had to remember where I had been and where I probably put it down. It was the dining room. Next to the watercolor pencils.

In our house, I do all the money things. Now, although Garry has a phobia about number and math, he can figure out exactly how much a baseball player is earning per year and include bonuses — and he can do that in his head.I theorize that he doesn’t have a phobia. He just hates dealing with money and doesn’t think he’s good at it. I don’t know why he thinks I’m good at it. I’ve gotten better, but it’s not really something I enjoy and if it weren’t for calculators…

My theory is that he doesn’t WANT to do it. It’s easier if I’m the one trying to figure it all out. But it would be good if he learned something about how it works, just in case.

I do not do our taxes. I draw the line at taxes. Those forms drive me nuts.

1-10-2022  Yinglan  Not sure if this question was asked before. It’s a bit of a silly one: If you can have any one job (real or fiction) in the galaxy (yes, the galaxy, I’m widening the search radius, imagining relocation to other planets possible), what is that job?

I think I want to be Chief Wizard In Charge of Everything. I’m going to magic away pollution, regrow our forests, eliminate malls and maybe send humans back to dwelling in caves. We need a human reboot and I’m just the gal to make it happen!

And finally, Melanie asks, “Who are you grateful for?”

I’m grateful I have a husband who is healthy plus all the friends I’ve made blogging on Serendipity. I never imagined that a computer could become part of a friendship circle. It is wonderful. What’s more, if it weren’t for those friendships? I’d quit. But friendship has a strong tug, so onward we go.

Love to one and all! 💕

Categories: #SYW, Anecdote, celebration, Humor, Magic, questions, Share My World, Winter

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7 replies

  1. Thanks for Sharing Your Amazing World, Marilyn! I think that’s an excellent job for you! You come with the wisdom and experience to handle the power! I was in charge of finances when hubby was alive and obviously I’m in charge of them now. He was hopeless at paying bills and not spending all the money on something frivolous, so I got nominated. I suck at it too, but not as bad. The first A.I. that is manufactured and is sent to every household (like that chicken in every pot in the old days) should be programmed first and foremost to do financial duties. Of course the first time the little bugger denied me my ‘allowance’ to go buy some nibbles, it’d be trashed, but one can dream of a financial duty free future! Maybe I’ll ask the Wizard! 😉 I’m glad you’re both well and surviving another year. Thank you sincerely for continuing to provide those gorgeous photographs too! You are both amazing! Have a great week!


    • I want that money wizard thingy too! I really am NOT good at finances, but Garry was worse. These days, he asks if it’s okay to buy this or that, though whether or not he gets snarky about the answer is a different issue. I think older men are grumpy. It’s a guy thing. Although I’m not exactly perky anymore either, so maybe it’s a people thing.

      You stay well too and remember — we are all in this leaky boat together. You are NOT alone!


  2. Some good questions here. My daughter gave me a way to write a book of memories for Christmas and every Monday I get a new question from her. It’s a fun way to remember things from so many years ago. I think if I had to go back to the days when we did taxes together I would not want to be the one doing anything that requires numbers. They give me a headache. We have electric heat in my building and it is hard to tell if it is working or not on he really cold mornings. This is one of the coldest winters I have ever lived through and since I’m already cold natured there are times I have to wear my coat when I’m just sitting around.


    • We layer. Tee shirt, sweater, shirt or jacket. Wool socks.

      In theory, we control the heat but in reality, the oil and electric companies control us. I finally gave in and raised the temperature from 68 to 69 — and it made a difference. I’m afraid of what the next bill will look like, but even with three or four layers, we were both cold all the time. The older I get, the colder I get!


  3. Chief Wizard In Charge of Everything seems like a great job.


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