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Garden Dawdler #7

Rory of Earthly Comforts is our host. Click here to join in. Here are this week’s questions and my responses:

You have awoken to a new day after a restless night filled with strange dreams and have discovered a dead person sitting on your toilet. They are a stranger to you. What do you do?

Once I regained consciousness because clearly, that shock caused me to faint, I hope I would call the police.

Are you a hat-wearing person, and if you are, which style do you favour?

Other than in the garden or on the beach, I am not, but I admire those who can pull off a hat. I would not fare well in England.

How many posts do you create and publish each week to your blog?

Not nearly enough, yet today, this is my second.

How often do you talk to strangers?

Every day.

How many tee shirts do you own?

I’m not a t-shirt person, so not many.

Do you or have you ever ironed socks? If so, why?

I’m curious to see who and why anyone would answer yes to this question. There has to be a good story behind it.

Do you spend too much time online, and would you know if you were spending too much time online?

I try not to, and I call it quits when I feel I’ve gone down the mind-numbing rabbit hole for too long.

Does your family or any of your real-life friends read your blog, and perhaps more importantly, do you let them, or do you want them to?

At one point, I shared the posts on FaceBook. I do not recommend it. I concluded that family and friends don’t always have your best interests at hand, which is why I refuse to post photos of my granddaughter. I don’t want the negative energy attached to anything I create or love.

What do you think the secret is to living a happier life?

To just be.

The Garden Dawdler

Every week Rory posts 9 questions to pause and get the juices flowing.

What do you find yourself splurging on the most?

My ideas on splurging have changed significantly over the years. At one time, it was clothes and shoes, followed by special things for my children and vacations; now, it’s organic fruits, vegetables, and meat. Which are equally as expensive these days.

What is your top writing tip?

As Nike says, Just Do It.

Are you a regular recycler, and if so, what are five of your top recycling tips?

Yes, reuse what you can for as long as possible. Be creative. Rinse the glass. Break down the boxes. Be mindful of the long-term effects.

Are you someone that wants to be or needs to be heard and seen, or are you content to be found behind the scenes?

It depends on the circumstances. I want to be heard and seen if it’s something important to myself and the common good. Otherwise, I’m very content behind the scenes.

How approachable do you think you are in real life and away from the keyboard, and do others feel the same way about you?

Apparently, I am very approachable. How do I know this to be true? I am constantly approached by strangers asking questions or just starting a conversation.

Do you sit more on the fence or the edge of the knife?

Over the years, I’ve spent a good amount of time on the fence, and I find that it causes anxiety. I’ve been learning to trust my instincts more as I’ve gotten older to become more comfortable jumping in when necessary.

What do you remember the most about your grandparents?

I did not have grandparents, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to witness my children be loved unconditionally by theirs.

How important to you is validation from your readers to your written content – do you need acknowledgment from others to create?

It was important in the past. However, after reading that my favorite authors of all time struggled with validation, I let down my guard. It just doesn’t matter; do it for yourself, and the rest will follow.

What is it you would have liked to have been asked about your life but have yet to be?  

I feel I’ve told a good amount of my story before it was ever asked of me. One thing no one really inquires about is how did it all make me feel along the way.

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