Share Your World – 2014 Week 3

share-your-world2Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by my spouse, Cee, at her photography blog.  This week’s questions are:

In what do you find the simplest of joys?

I think this question was inspired by my telling Cee about my blog of yesterday, Celebrating 1,000 Followers and Ella’s blog The Little Things.  Or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

I find the simplest joys when I’m not looking for them, when they just pop up in front of me, like having the Townsend Warbler appear at my bird feeder.  It’s a cheerful little thing with a bright yellow mask and markings.  It’s native to Colorado, where I lived for thirty years but never saw it.  It has taken up residence in the rhododendron tree outside my office window here in Oregon.  I am delighted watching them and listening to their song.townsendWarbler

Jello or Pudding? And what is your favorite flavor?

Puddings and custards.   Absolutely, although I haven’t eaten many since I’ve had to go to gluten free eating.  I should go find some new recipes now that GF is all the rage.  (I just found a fabulous recipe for Maja Blanca coconut pudding that I am going to have to try.  Look for it soon on our cooking blog, Three’s Cooking.)

Is there a language you would like to learn?

Mandarin.  I’ve started studying it with podcasts and classes off the internet, but there isn’t a live class in the area that I can find.  The closest is an hour away, an evening class, and would require driving into the heart of the city.  Not an option for a country girl like me.  I’m thinking about seeing if I can find a native speaker somewhere in the area who might tutor me.

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Neither, really.  I used to love tomato and cranberry juices but the tomato juice is too acidic now and the cranberry gets too sweet as they try to overcome the tartness.  It doesn’t taste real to me.  I like seedless grapes, watermelon (which doesn’t like me) and an apple if I can find one that hasn’t been hybridized into wood pulp.  I’m hoping that come berry season this year I will have improved my diet enough that I can enjoy the abundance of beautiful berries that grow in this part of the world.

Chris also contributes to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

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