Share Your World (the Sept. 18th version)

Posted: September 19, 2017 in Miscellaneous
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Every week, Cee posts question for her “Share Your World Challenge.”  I decided to dive in this week.  Friday we’ll be getting ready to leave Wyoming, but not heading directly home.  We’ll be doing a loop of the Badlands, something you won’t want to miss.  But you won’t, because you’ll be in the passenger’s seat!  Anyway, “they” say sharing is good, so let me share.

Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about … French. I’m trying to learn a bit of a language where a good proportion of the letters aren’t pronounced and that, in common with German, decided for some horrifying reason to use multiple forms of “the”, which then have to be conjugated, thus blighting the lives of all who aren’t born to the language.  On a more prosaic level, I also want to learn a lot more about photography and how to make the best use of my Nikon and start doing a bit more writing again.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?  A comfortable bed is what sprang to my mind immediately.  🙂  A clean room is of equal value.  After that, a large room with a wonderful bathroom, a small fridge and microwave,  and a fabulous view would be great.  A view that doesn’t overlook buildings or crowds would be even better, although I could deal with a great B&B or Airbnb in a wonderful city (at least for a bit.)  I suppose could tolerate proximity to a great market (of the food sort) and restaurants and museums if I had to, although it would of course be tough.  A reasonable price would make the whole package even better!!  🙂

What is your greatest extravagance?  Books, even though I buy them mostly at places like Half Price Books and library sales and haven’t been feeding my habit recently (with a great effort.)  The time to read them is probably more extravagant.  🙂  Or maybe my answer should be “use of the library.”  All book-related, though, so who cares?  Just file them all under “book love.”  Of course, because I spend so little on all those books, tea may be my biggest extravagance financially.  But again, the two go together so well that they are as one.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.   Our younger daughter, an recently graduated art student trying to make living while a resident of Philadelphia, lost her job with the art school in spring (along with 7 other people), got another job with the school (that doesn’t pay as well, but at least has benefits), is also working extra hours with a catering service, rides her bike everywhere, has become a pro at “scrounging” of a good sort, yet still has time to make posters to post around the neighborhood for a friend whose cat (rescued from the street) disappeared.  (It was found today because of those posters.)  And she has a rescued cat as well. Yet for the most part, she manages to be upbeat and full of humor.  That’s all sorts of inspiration!

See you tomorrow at the Photo Challenge.

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Your daughter is very inspiring Janet.

  2. Applause to your daughter for picking herself up, dusting herself off, and cruising on. Here’s hoping all her personal and professional dreams come true. 🙂

    • Thanks, I hope the same. She’s a very hard worker, but art is a difficult career in which to actually make a living. Hoping right now for a job that pays well with benefits that also allows her to do art in her off time (or on, if that would work.)


  3. billgncs says:

    you’re an amazing person, but then that’s why I married you

  4. Best of luck with the French Language lessons/learning! I’ve been trying to learn it for a couple of decades and still am not fluent. I’m sure you’ll pick it up a lot faster though since you’re visiting there more often than I’ve been able to.

    ^5! to your daughter! I hope she continues to advance her art, and is able to live her dream.

    Have a safe journey to WY! I’m looking forward to tour.

  5. scr4pl80 says:

    I had a brief introduction to French in grammar school but I think the teacher didn’t like the way I pronounced Janet so she wouldn’t let me stay in the class. Of course, I may be mistaken, grammar school was a long time ago. Good luck with it! Yay for your daughter! (and you for teaching her). Happy Tuesday.

  6. joey says:

    Gotta love a kid with a plucky attitude!
    My French is good, but used to be better. I don’t get enough practice!
    I’m with you on books. Borrow, buy at a fraction, borrow, download on the cheap, and borrow. Books are life! 🙂

    • That’s the problem with learning, or trying to learn, a language while in the US. There’s no one to practice with. It’s not that we’re stupid. If all the people in various states spoke different languages, the way the countries in Europe do, we’d know at least a smattering of many different languages.


  7. Cee Neuner says:

    I so enjoyed reading your responses. Thanks Janet. 😀

  8. puppy1952 says:

    Learning another language is wonderful. Your daughter is amazing – long may her positive attitude remain. It should, because things can only get better from here on. She’s going to go far.

  9. Norm 2.0 says:

    If it’s any consolation, I still mess up from time to time on masculine/feminine in French as well. It just isn’t an instinctive thing for native English speakers to look at objects as being masculine or feminine.
    Bravo to your youngest for staying determined. The toughness she’s building now will take her a long way later 🙂

    • It does make me feel better, Norm! I’m just using Duolingo to get a small start, but at least it’s something. 🙂 Yes, I think our younger daughter has really learned a lot from all her hardships.


  10. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Sounds like a good kid. I was a foreign language major in high school and could speak French and Spanish, though haltingly. Nowadays it’s down to one word at a time.

    • I’ve a bit of a background in German, although many, many years in the past. However, when I get stuck in French (almost all the time), I sometimes come up with the word/s I want in German, which doesn’t really help. 🙂 Ah, well, it’s good for my brain, right?