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Sharing on the ides of March

I don’t have to be wary of the ides of March, since I’m not a tyrannical ruler of Rome, nor do I have a soothsayer warning me about a betrayal. But before reading that play, I didn’t know what a soothsayer was, nor did I even know what the ides of March (or any month for that matter) was. These days we have the internet to inform us of these things, but back when I had to schlep my way to the library and find a good dictionary to look up the words and phrases. I’m not sure where I was going with that, but I’ve just always had a kind of fascinations with both the word soothsayer and the phrase “ides of March” as a measurement of time. Because after I learned that phrase, it opened my eyes to the fact that the way we measure time isn’t the only way of keeping track of the days and minutes. It was also when I became aware of my own mortality. Shakespeare and his plays were educational in more ways than one. Anyway, I have digressed far from the topic at hand which is Sharing my world, which comes from, of course, Melanie and her blog which is here. Go show her some love for bringing us these questions every week, even if I don’t always have the energy to take part. This week’s questions are these:

How well do you know your next-door neighbors? Do you like them? I’ve never seen my next door neighbors. Okay, that’s not exactly a lie, but it’s not far from the truth either. I briefly saw one neighbor when we bumped into each other while getting the trash. He didn’t say anything just grabbed his trashcan and booked it inside. Didn’t even return my greeting. From the scuttlebutt around the neighborhood, he’s not very friendly at all, so I wasn’t surprised. I’ve caught glimpses of the one on the other side through our security cameras, but I couldn’t even tell you what gender they are. I’m assuming that they’re male just by height and the way they walk, but I’m willing to change that assumption if and when I ever meet them. This person works nights, another assumption, based on them leaving every night about 8pm and coming home every morning between 3am and 6am.

As for our other neighbors, I’ve met the younger couple across the street and they seem nice. The house next to them was empty for a long time and we had a big problem with people breaking into that house. So that couple and I worked together with the former owner of that house to try and keep the riff-raff out of the empty house. Someone finally bought it about a month ago. Due to COVID, I haven’t met those people, but I’ve waved at them. They haven’t really waved back. They’re way old.

I haven’t met the family that lives next to the formally empty house, but I did meet the lady who lives next to them. She’s the neighborhood watch and got in touch with me soon after I moved in. I’m thinking that if COVID wasn’t a thing, I’d know her a lot better.

Do you have a full length mirror? I do not. I try to avoid mirrors whenever possible. It’s just a thing with me. I mean, I don’t mind how I look, but I get that weird thing where I kind of disassociate myself from the person in the mirror. Like, that person isn’t me. Maybe it’s a bipolar thing. I dunno. I know that it’s a reflection of myself, but… It’s really hard to explain.

How long do you spend putting on make-up in the morning? I don’t wear makeup.

How many items of clothing are in your bedroom (or closet) and not hung up? So, um, are you asking how messy my room is? Because I just picked up all of the clothes off of my floor yesterday. So at the moment, there are none. Now yesterday, there were about ten articles of clothing (including socks) on the floor. That’s a rough estimate. I try to keep clothes off the floor because Cocoa has a tendency to eat them if I don’t keep an eye on him. Especially the small items like socks and underclothing. It’s not healthy for him to eat clothing, so I try to avoid it whenever possible. I also keep my bedroom door closed to stop him from eating anything he shouldn’t. The little stinker.

GRATITUDE QUESTION (as always optional)

Do you have a happy place?

My happy place(s) Skyrim and photoshop. I added lighting effects, shadows, a bit more snow and smoke to the fire. It may not be productive, but it makes me happy.

Skyrim and Photoshop.

And that’s about it for this week. Head over to Melanie’s blog to see what other people have to say about these questions and participate if you want.

3 thoughts on “Sharing on the ides of March

  1. Thanks, Willow for Sharing Your World! I’m glad you’re feeling better, it sounds like you had quite the time recently (not to mention perhaps getting a tad freaked out by the coughing)..well that’s what I would have done, but you? You’re so much more sensible and thoughtful that perhaps it was a “Wow, I’m coughing a LOT and have energy zero going on..” I’m glad you’re still working in Skyrim with Photoshop (and doing a great job!) I’ve been trying Gimpy because my P.S. is still whacked out, even though I uninstalled it and reinstalled it from scratch. I wonder if Adobe finally found a way to make those of us who use a really old version pay for it by causing the fubars…but that’s probably silly talk. It’s most likely some setting on my monitor that I haven’t figured out. Erg. Have a great week and it is lovely to see you out and about! (Ziggy has never gotten in the dirty clothes, but I still leave my bedroom door firmly closed. He ‘marks’ in there if I’m not careful to watch him. A left over perhaps from Pudge, who liked to mark in there too. O_o )

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    1. I wonder if you’re having difficulties with your old Photoshop because it’s not playing well with the newer Windows? Sometimes things just work that way. I have an acquaintance who just would not give up on her older WordPerfect, and wanted me to make it work with Windows 10, and it wouldn’t. It’s just a matter of the systems communicating.

      On the other hand, Doug like GIMP and uses it too. I guess if push comes to shove, I’ll give GIMP a go. I understand that it’s a pretty good substitute for Photoshop.

      As for allergies. I am way allergic to New Mexico. I’m gonna feel like shit every year from January thru March for as long as I live here. That’s just the way life is. I knew that when I agreed to move back here. That’s why I wasn’t panicking whenever I started coughing like this. My doctor is the one who freaked out.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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