Sharing My World – Week 23

empressTreeHere is my contribution to Share Your World for this week.  (Scroll to the bottom for more info on SYW.)

Would your rather be stuck in a small plane with mild turbulence for 2 hours or be a passenger in a car racing the Daytona 500?

Hhhmmmm…. three to four hours driving around in a big circle 200 times, going at break neck speeds of 145 or more miles per hour or bouncing up and down in a little plane for half that time.  I’ll take the Daytona, thank you very much.  If I’m going to be confined in a small space for that long it’s better to be distracted by that action of cars whizzing around you.

Would you rather be alone with nobody in the vicinity for one month or never be alone not even for a minute for one month?

Alone.  Absolutely.  I would get lonely but at least I’d still be sane at the end of that time.

Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground?

In the tree.  I love wide open spaces.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

If Cee is driving, I’ll be the passenger.  She’s a wonderful long distance driver.  I stare at the scenery or nap the whole time, especially if the sun is shining and I have a full tummy.  I’m just like a baby.  Get me in a car and I fall right asleep.

If I don’t know the driver, then I have to drive.  I don’t just trust any stranger to drive.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for Cee. She’s been an incredible help going through the death of my mother.  Cee keeps me centered, grounded.

leafI’m looking forward to seeing the new plants going into the yard.  The grass has died off.  Tomorrow and Wednesday I get to water for four hours to loosen the ground up.  I get a new Empress tree, a favorite of mine.  It grows quickly and has enormous leaves.  You can see a seven year old tree at the top of this post and the size of the leaves to the left.  Here’s what it says in Wikipedia:

Paulownia tomentosa (common names empress tree, princess tree or foxglove tree) is a deciduous tree in the family Paulowniaceae, native to central and western China.  In China, an old custom is to plant an Empress Tree when a baby girl is born. The fast-growing tree matures when she does. When she is eligible for marriage the tree is cut down and carved into wooden articles for her dowry. Carving the wood of Paulownia is an art form in Japan and China. In legend, it is said that the phoenix will only land on the Empress Tree and only when a good ruler is in power.”

share-your-world2Share Your World info and link:  Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by my spouse, Cee, at her photography blog. She started Share Your World years ago when she was running a number of challenges on a photography site similar to WordPress.  The majority of photographers are introverts, and they needed a way to get to know each other.  You don’t have to be a photographer to participate, though.  Grab the questions and give us your answers.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

7 thoughts on “Sharing My World – Week 23

  1. I love that story about the tree! Fascinating. Now I want a tree like that! And I have all ready said I’m sorry you are going through a rough time. But to have Cee at your side is a great thing.

  2. First off I want to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d
    like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how
    you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
    I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.
    I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how
    to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

    • I start every day off with 15 minutes of stream of consciousness writing. That helps clear my head up for other things. I also practice qigong, which is quite centering. That doesn’t make it foolproof, but it does make things easier. Good luck!

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