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A little sharing


The coolest toys don’t have to be bought; they can be built.  In fact, sometimes the only way they’ll ever exist is if you make them yourself.

~ Adam Savage

Whispers in the wind
Whispers in the wind

It’s time to answer a few questions posed by Cee in this week’s Share Your World.  First up:

If you had a choice to live anywhere would be your preference salt water beaches, forest, fresh water lakes, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

This is not an easy question to answer.  I love the forest, the mountains, fresh water lakes, and salt water beaches.  Snow, as we all know, is also something I love so a ski resort (with a hot tub) would be wonderful, too.  The only one I can rule out is the desert.  I’ve been to the desert once.  It was beautiful.  I would love to visit the desert — any desert — again someday, but at this stage in life, I couldn’t live there because of the heat.

Somewhere in the Anza-Borrego Desert, California.  April 2008.
Somewhere in the Anza-Borrego Desert, California. April 2008.

M and I often talk about not settling down in one spot when he retires.  Instead, we’ll go somewhere we’ve always wanted to visit and stay a while, moving on when we’re ready to explore another new place.  That way we can live near the ocean or in the mountains or near a lake or forest.

Last summer
Memories of last summer

What was your favorite toy as a child . . . and now?

Would you believe that one of my favorite toys as a child was a camera?  Surprise, right?  It’s still my favorite toy.

Other toys I enjoyed were toys that allowed you to build things.  I still love, love, love to play with Legos and blocks.  I was never one to play with dolls, and have had to learn about dolls and princesses now that I have granddaughters who play with dolls and are, as far as I’m concerned, royalty.

Myrtle's bones
Myrtle’s bones

Which do you prefer sweet, salty or both at the same time?

Oh, both!  I made a spinach salad the other day that was all of these things and more.  It had the umami flavor of the spinach, tartness from mandarin oranges (fresh, not canned), dried cranberries, and dried tart cherries, sweetness from dried blueberries and balsamic vinegar, saltiness from roasted, salted sunflower seeds, and richness from a buttery olive oil.  The only thing it lacked was heat.  I may add a hot cherry pepper or two next time, just for some spiciness.


Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?

I am on the fence with this one, too.  I adore snow.  I love to play in the snow.  However, I do not like snow or ice here on the Eastern Shore.  They don’t know how to deal with it, and I’m not sure they have the means to deal with it.  Northeastern Ohio, on the other hand, knows what to do with snow.  The roads are usually pretty well salted and plowed.  Before, after, and during, the salt trucks and plows are out and about.

But if M and I don’t have to be anywhere, a snowy winter is wonderful.  It beats a rainy winter, hands down.

Spray of grass
Spray of grass

That’s it for this week’s edition of Cee’s Share Your World.  Thank you, Cee.   And thank you all for stopping by today.  I hope your Tuesday has been a good one.  We’re having a rather gray day here on the Eastern Shore with the temperature hovering just below 40°F.  The cool temperature is the reason I was surprised to see my first snake of the season.  It think it was an Eastern Ratsnake.  He was quite sluggish (due to the cold), and if he doesn’t go back into hiding, he may end up being a tasty snack for a hawk or an eagle.

Mocking death.  (A Mockingbird sitting on one of the tombstones in the Wabi-Sabi Ranch cemetery.)
Mocking death. (A Mockingbird sitting on one of the tombstones in the Wabi-Sabi Ranch cemetery.)

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Daffodils are spring up all over


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

18 thoughts on “A little sharing

  1. I too would have a hard time deciding in which of those environments I’d like to live, Robin. As you know, I wasn’t crazy about the desert’s heat, but I did find it quite beautiful. A camera is the best toy, right? I especially love your pictures: Memories of last summer and Beginnings. Beautiful. Stay warm. xxx


  2. These are all great questions, Robin, and amazing images to accompany your answers. Like you, I loved to build things as a child. And I’m a fan of snow, as you know. However, most folks back home tell me I might feel differently after this winter.

    Hugs from Ecuador,


    1. I keep hearing the same thing, Kathy M, about winter and whether or not I’d like it with all they’ve been experiencing this season. It has been a rough winter for a lot of folks.


    1. Good Evening, Elisa! We are in the doldrums here. Wet, rainy, misty, gray, and saturated. I wouldn’t mind your snow, but I’m thankful we didn’t get the ice that some people are experiencing.


  3. So much to appreciate about this post. I am stuck, however, on one thing. Legos. I have been searching stores for just plain old Legos. Not kits that tell you what to build. Just Legos. So I can build with the kids what our imaginations tell us to build. I can get them on line. But hoped to find them locally. Anyway….that’s where my head went when I read this!!!! 🙂


  4. Love your answers and your photos. Having a snow day here in MA. Maybe I will play with Cee’s questions later today. I have a friend in Maryland whose power is out this morning; she is close to Baltimore. I hope you are doing okay where you are.


  5. No surprise about the Camera Robin, 🙂 and I would say I love snow covered Winters too, but trouble is as you say, so many places haven’t the wherewithal to cope with Natures white blanket or the aftermath. Virgin snow has such a beauty all it’s own, gives you such a high when you can pause and appreciate it fully. happy new Trails, xPenx


  6. So nice to get to know your blogging friends a little better. Love these random questions 🙂
    No doubt in my mind would I want to live at a saltwater beach…with palm trees! I can’t remember what my favorite toy was as a child, and if I even had one, but now it would be my camera (and my iPad). Sweet or salty would depend on what it is, but snacks / dessert type of things I usually choose sweet….meals, not so much, and certainly not both together. And I most definitely prefer snowy winters 🙂


  7. It’s always fun to read the answers to Cee’s questions. But now I’m hungry, what with your in-depth description of you spinach salad! It is around lunchtime here though, so I think I’ll go and eat. Love the photos too. It’s interesting that you have said that they don’t know how to cope with snow in your new area, I’ve often wondered how we would cope with snow, if it suddenly started snowing in more areas of Australia. 🙂


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