Share Your World 42

img_0991It’s time for Cee’s Share Your World Week 42.   I hope my wordy questions don’t deter any one from participating.

If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with? (And why, if you’re feel like admitting to it.)

Our bedroom.  That answer will probably amaze and thrill Cee.  I have clothes piled everywhere and I need to get a Goodwill bag(s) going and get it over with.  The irony of it is that I’m not a clothes horse.  In fact, almost any day of the week, any time of the year, you’ll see me in jeans and a long-sleeved turtle neck shirt.  I have them in many colors and just rotate them.  I believe in the Chinese idea of protecting your neck from too much wind.  And they’re comfortable.  (And this isn’t our bedroom, just a pic from off the net.)

If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work?

Moderately important goes on my list in Wunderlist.  If it’s really critical it goes on our family calendar and I’ll even set an alarm to remind me.  This question came about because I had three great questions for this week, forgot to write them down, and then couldn’t remember what they were.

If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize: sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)?

Hearing is first.  It has to be quiet, with the possible exception of a fountain with just the right sound to be tranquil.  Then comes sight.  The room should have soft natural light, and have a big view of the outdoors with plenty of trees and a bird feeder or two.  Then touch, I think.  I’d like a variety of textures and elements.  Some color, but just splashes of it.  Smell wouldn’t matter that much, as long as it was a fresh, clean smell.  Taste would come last.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

I would like to talk with whomever came to this country first, and I’d want to know why they came, with whom and what the journey was like.  I can’t imagine making a decision that monumental.  These days there are lots of ex-pats all around the world, and jet travel is easy compared with crossing an ocean by boat generations ago.  Leaving behind everything you’ve ever known for good, that must have been a heart-wrenching decision.  The chances are it was a one-way trip, if you made it safely at all.  Impressive.

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

Today we’re going to pick up a drum that we fell in love with at the sculptor’s studio.  What fun!  Tomorrow I get to catch up with an old friend.  Life is good.

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