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Share Your World Week #46

Let's go see the old church.
Let’s go see the old church and cemetery.

If you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs on this November day, then there is still hope for you.  Your story is still going.  And maybe some things are true for all of us.  Perhaps we all relate to pain.  Perhaps we all relate to fear and loss and questions.  And perhaps we all deserve to be honest, all deserve whatever help we need.  Our stories are all so many things:  Heavy and light.  Beautiful and difficult.  Hopeful and uncertain.  But our stories are not finished yet.  There is still time, for things to heal and change and grow.  There is still time to be surprised.  We are still going, you and I.  We are stories still going.

~ Jamie Tworkowski

Hettie's time is over.
Hettie A.  In the church cemetery.

It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in Cee’s Share Your World, and this seemed like a good week to jump back in.  It will give me something to ramble about as I show you some more photos from Sunday’s hike at Trap Pond State Park in Delaware.

Nora M.
Nora M.

What type of popular candy do you not like to get?

I will probably get stoned for this because it is such a popular combination, but chocolate mint (such as the York Peppermint Patty).  I think I am one of the few people on the planet who doesn’t care for the uniting of chocolate and mint.  Let’s not even discuss mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Blech.  I like chocolate.  I like mint.  I just don’t like them together.  The mint overpowers the chocolate, and I don’t see the point in bothering with the chocolate if the flavor is going to be bulldozed over by the mint.

The restored Bethesda Church.
The restored Bethesda Church.  Available to rent for whatever your occasion happens to be.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500?

My first choice would be to spend it on someone else, especially someone else who needs either the money or something I can provide with the $500.  Second choice, would be spending it on family and friends, surprising them with something they want but might not buy for themselves.  But if the point is to spend it on me, it would be a tough choice between something camera related (a new lens, perhaps) or books.  Probably books.  And fresh, new journals.  And pens.  Maybe a sketchbook or two.  Or maybe I’d make a few photo books or calendars.

Isabella. "She was a kind and affectionate wife, a fond mother, and a friend to all."
Isabella. “She was a kind and affectionate wife, a fond mother, and a friend to all.”

Where do you eat breakfast?

I would like to say I eat it sitting at the kitchen table, watching the sunrise through the bay window or looking out at the lagoon.  However.  During the week I frequently end up eating breakfast in the office, watching something on Hulu.  Oh, it’s a bad habit, and I have heard and read all the admonitions about eating while watching television.  On weekdays I am usually on my own for breakfast, and there is the issue of our limited internet access.  We get so many bytes per month plus “free” bonus bytes.  The bonus bytes are available from 2:00 AM until 8:00 AM.  In order to avoid using up our regular bytes too quickly, I watch some television programs on Hulu before 8:00 AM which is when I’m usually eating breakfast.

On weekends, however, I eat at the kitchen table like a civilized person.  Weekend breakfasts are special because M and I make them special, cooking up pancakes or waffles or huevos rancheros or hash browns or some other variety of a breakfast fry-up (usually without the meat).

A reminder that sometimes life is very short.
A reminder that sometimes life is very short.

For those inquiring minds that want to know,  I watch “Empire,” “The Voice,” “Once,” and sometimes “The Daily Show” or “The Nightly Show” (because I like getting my news through the fake news programs).  I am also watching “Heroes Reborn.”  I was excited to see the series return.  Save the cheerleader, save the world!  (Okay, that was the first season, but you get the idea.  I’m a dork.)

Sometimes too short to require a name.
Sometimes too short to require a name.

And for those even more curious, I eat a variety of things for breakfast during the week.  Whatever I would eat at any other meal can and will show up for breakfast.  Sometimes last night’s dinner leftovers suit me just fine.  Every now and then, though, I actually eat what some consider traditional breakfast foods albeit with my own twist.  For instance, I was on a brown rice bowl kick for a while.  I would dish up some brown rice, some steamed veggies of some kind (greens are nice, but broccoli or asparagus in season will do), put a poached egg on top, and then pour a little of Isa’s Pad Thai sauce on top.  I love that sauce.  It’s a good thing I’m too lazy to make it all the time or I’d be pouring it on everything.

Millie A. "Parted friends again may meet, From the toils of nature free, Crowned with mercy, O how sweet, Will eternal friendship be."
Millie A. “Parted friends again may meet, From the toils of nature free, Crowned with mercy, O how sweet, Will eternal friendship be.”  Another “Wife of Alexander Lecates.”  Did you notice how many there were?

Would you rather ride on the world’s longest zip lines or bungee jump one of the highest in the world?  This will come with a 5-day all expense vacation.

Do I have to?  If I must, I’ll take the zip line.  Or maybe the bungee jump.  It’s hard to decide.  The interesting thing is that I have recently decided that the next time I have the opportunity to try out a zip line, I’m going to do it.  I’ve been mildly regretting not trying out the zip line at Cape Enrage when M and I were visiting New Brunswick during our brief tour of some of the Canadian Maritimes.  It would have been a good zip line for a beginner such as myself, and honestly, it looked like fun.

Back on the trail.
Back on the trail.

I’m afraid of heights, you see, and I think trying out a zip line might help with that.  Or at least give me a good rush I can talk about for a week or so if I don’t have a heart attack.  I am not an adrenaline junkie by any means.  In fact, I am meek when it comes to adventures.  Anything that disconnects my feet from the earth usually brings on fear.

To the bridge.
To the bridge.

I was recently thinking about what my ideal trip would be.  I would love to spend a few years walking around North America.  Feet on the ground, getting wherever I go step by step.  A pilgrimage, perhaps, to get to know at least part of the continent on which I live.  If I survived that, I’d head south for a walk around Central and South America.  I love walking and hiking, and can’t think of a better way to get around.  The only problem is getting my stuff around with me since I haven’t yet learned how to travel light.

Over the freshwater swamp.
Over the freshwater swamp.

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

Oh, so many, many things.  I’m always grateful for M, for family, and for friends.  I am grateful for love and laughter, for fresh air and clean water, for all the things that make my life easier.  I am also learning to be grateful for the aches, the pains, the heartaches, and the sorrows.  Not because I am a masochist, but because they are part of living and life itself.  Some sufferings, of course, don’t have to be — they are a matter of choice — whereas others are inevitable.

I am grateful to and for M’s colleagues who came over yesterday to help with some heavy lifting that the two of us could not do on our own.  I am grateful to have been able to provide them with a delicious lunch.  I am grateful for the beautiful weather we’ve had over the past week, and for time spent outdoors.

Swampy.
Swampy.

I am trying not to spend too much time looking forward, but when I do, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending it with family.  I am looking forward to getting some more work done on the house, and being one step closer to finishing the renovations.

Thank you to Cee for another great set of questions.  🙂

And now for something different although it is not completely different since I’ve done this on a few rare occasions.  A self-portrait.  Because this is a sharing post, and because I feel like I should get in front of the camera from time to time even though I think I will always be uncomfortable with it.  Hmmm… technically, I’m still behind the camera.  Well, you get the idea.

Pink hair!
Pink and purple hair!

Thank you for stopping by on this rainy Thursday.  I’m enjoying the clouds and rain.  We still have a rain deficit so it wouldn’t be proper not to have some gratitude for the rain.  I don’t think we’ll see the sunset tonight, but just in case things clear up suddenly, sunset is at 4:48 PM.  If the clouds do part, I’ll meet you at the Point.   Sunsets after a good rain are usually pretty awesome.

In the light and shadows.
In the light and shadows.

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

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and 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.

28 thoughts on “Share Your World Week #46

  1. Interesting that you use cemetery photos to illustrate a post about your life – wacky or brilliant? I think the latter! 😀 It’s always fun to learn more about my blogging buddies, so these tidbits fill out the details. I would never have guessed you’d dye your hair pink and purple, but there you are and how cute it looks!
    I don’t think I’d marry that Alexander Lecates, it seems his wives don’t live very long! 🙂

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    1. lol, Eliza! Thank you. Wacky for sure. The jury is still out on brilliant. 😉 I was thinking the same thing about Alexander Lecates. I don’t know whether I should feel sorry for him or be suspicious. 😀

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      1. I think they were probably deaths in childbirth. Especially with the children’s graves. It wasn’t until the 1940s that giving birth wasn’t a very risky business–and even now, the U.S. has a maternal and child mortality rate that is…33rd in the world. Yup. Behind Singapore.

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        1. That’s very likely the way of it, Lisa. When my mother gave me a copy of the family tree from her side of the family, I was surprised at first by how many wives (and children!) some of those earlier husbands had, but looking at the birth dates of the children, I realized the wives were dying in childbirth.

          33rd! Shame on us.

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  2. Alexander Lecates brought to mind my great-grandfather, who married three times and ended up alone in his old age. It’s so sad, there were so many diseases that could end a life so fast back in those bygone days. Or he could have been a shady character, as Eliza suggested. 😉

    I love your photo, Robin! And your hair looks fabulous. 🙂

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  3. Hmmm, I think Millie must have been the third wife, and did not last long in that marriage. At the very least, I would say Alexander was hard on wives. Did you notice that Stanford and Olivia lost two infants? Not so unusual back then, I suppose.

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    1. I did, Carol. We have a couple of infant graves in our little cemetery here on the ranch. One other thing I noticed about Alexander is that the little poems on the tombstones about the wives all refer to them as friends. I wonder if that was usual for that time period? I’m not sure because I’ve seen others where the poems talk of love and losing a great love.

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  4. I love this post. $500? I’d make myself a nice nest with a featherbed mattress pad and a comforter and duvet cover. May do that anyway. Like you, as far as trips go, I’d like to walk as well. Definitely a zip line. Bungee jumping, not so much. There are companies in Europe that move your baggage from place to place. They may be here as well, but I haven’t checked them out!!! What a lovely dark forest post you begin with!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Glad you enjoyed it. 😀 I love your idea for making a nice nest! I’ve been contemplating a new bed. M and I still have a waterbed and my body isn’t liking it as much as it used to. Your idea of a nest sounds so comforting and cozy.

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  5. I feel sad for the family that lost two infants 7 years apart.

    Good answers to Cee’s questions. I have always wanted to do a zip line. Preferably in some safe but exotic place. Where it is warm and the zip line is long.

    PS: I’ll eat your Peppermint York patties. Someone has to make the sacrifice.

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  6. FWIW, you’re not the only person on the planet who doesn’t like combining (wasting) chocolate with mint. I also don’t like chocolate covered cherries or any fruit. Chocolate has to be pure (except for nuts of course.) 🙂

    Love your hair. I had toyed with the thought of doing blue, but decided I was too far past that age… 😦

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    1. Yes! That’s it exactly, Gunta. Wasting chocolate. I agree about the purity. And the nuts. 😀 As for using vibrant colors (blue, purple, pink, etc.) in your hair, I say go for it! Shortly after I had purple put in my hair the first time, I read an article that stated vibrant colors should be left to the under 30 crowd, and I thought of the poem by Jenny Joseph about wearing purple when she grows old. I’ll post that in a second, but just want to add that the woman who cuts and colors my hair started out with small wisps of purple that were tucked underneath so that I could pull back the upper hair to show off the purple if I wanted to or leave the upper hair down so the purple subtly peeked through. It helped me work up the nerve to gradually add more and more of the vibrant colors. I think I’ll get peacock green next time. 🙂

      When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
      With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
      And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
      And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
      I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
      And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
      And run my stick along the public railings
      And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
      I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
      And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
      And learn to spit.

      You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
      And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
      Or only bread and pickle for a week
      And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

      But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
      And pay our rent and not swear in the street
      And set a good example for the children.
      We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

      But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
      So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
      When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

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  7. Yep … count me in as one ready to badger your choice of the grand union of chocolate and mint. However, balance is key … Graeter’s Ice Cream (Mint Chocolate Chip) … bliss!!! Enter your zip code to see where you can find Graeter’s close to you. You may only have access to a handful of flavors, but it’s a grand treat for you and M. .. Not cheap – but quite worthy. http://www.graeters.com/where-to-find-us#/map … then surf their site to learn more.

    Interestingly, as I was reading your answers, I wondered how the person in the grave would have answered the questions.

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    1. Graeter’s is great, Frank. I’ve been to one in Columbus. We have something even better here on the Eastern Shore, but they’re small and not well known. It’s a local dairy that treats their cows well (grass fed, etc.) and the ice cream is amazing. They have quite a variety of flavors, too. All this talk of ice cream has me craving some. I might have to see if I can detour to the dairy sometime soon (they’re off the beaten path and not on the way to anywhere I’m usually headed).

      That’s an interesting ponder. I often wonder what stories the people in the graves would tell if given the opportunity to talk with the living.

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  8. I really enjoyed reading your answers to Cee’s questions! Very thorough. Your selfie is adorable. I found your idea about walking around the country, or the continent actually, very interesting. I just finished reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. It was made into a movie this year with Reese Witherspoon. It is about a woman who hiked the trail alone from southern California to Oregon (I think? Or possibly Washington? The trail goes all the way to Canada) and her personal journey along the way. I highly recommend it. I love hiking too and while I would never want to endeavor a journey like this one, it got me thinking that some day I might like to try a hike that might take a few days at least.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I haven’t read “Wild” but have seen the movie recently. I marvel at and am inspired by those who set on such pilgrimages (although I wouldn’t do it her way because I’m big on preparation). M and I have looked at hikes in England where they move your stuff around for you while you walk. Lisa, in one of the comments, above mentioned that, too, and it got me wondering if there are folks who do that here so we could set off for a few days. I think it would be fun.

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  9. Great post, Robin (and comments, too). I love the photos. I vote for brilliant using the cemetery photos. They’re poignant. I was also surprised to see your pink and purple hair. Rock on!
    I like chocolate mint, but it has to be the right combination, and dark chocolate, of course. My husband is not a fan, but he’s also doesn’t love chocolate the way I do. I often like pure, good chocolate, but I don’t mind fruit, nuts, or caramel and sea salt with it! Coffee, however, should be black–no sweet stuff or flavors. 🙂

    I would not want to do a zip line or a bungee cord. Not my idea of fun at all! I’ll wave to you from the ground and have coffee with you later.

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  10. I agree about the chocolate and mint combination; honestly I could do without mint at all! I’d be terrified to bungee jump, but I could try the zip line myself. Not without some fear and trepidation though. The photos of the dark and gloomy forest and the tombstones are great metaphors for the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. I’m feeling it a lot this week as we’ve had rain for a couple of days now, and it’s forecast through tomorrow. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! I was in the Eastern Shore visiting my sister, having just been to Chincoteague for my birthday in October!

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