Share Your World–May 29, 2017

Share Your World

Here are Cee’s questions for this week, are you ready to Share Your World?

What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?
A famous landmark would be Walt Disney World, and for the building, I’ll say the Washington Monument. I vaguely remember bits and pieces of a trip to Washington D.C. when I was seven, but I vividly remember the thought of suffocating in the totally-packed elevator that took us to the top of the monument.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?
I like vacation. Period. 

What is your favorite National or State Park?
First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Virginia–my hometown state park! 

What is your fantasy vacation?
Seeing the Canadian Rockies via rail. Heck, if we’re going for fantasy, let’s go with the rail trip across all of Canada. 

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Grateful for travel safety for family, furniture shopping…I look forward to warmer weather and all the flowers popping up, baby birds at the feeders…

That’s it for this week’s Share Your World, I hope you’ll share yours, too!


Willy Nilly Friday 5 #69

Willy Nilly Friday 5

I had this post written (in my head) but my hard drive must have crashed. Let’s see if I can remember all the randomness I wanted to share this week. 

1. Saturday: Breakfast at Panera, then we were off to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center with a carload of “e-cycling” to get rid of. The parking area across the street from the aquarium is where the drop-off is held. We visited the VA&MSC gift shop while there for an item a friend thought our grandson would like. I found something I liked, too! (Truthfully, there were a LOT of items I liked.) Hubby got this book for me. I look forward to learning and sharing information specific to our area. 

2. Sunday afternoon: A friend and I attended a play at The Little Theater of Norfolk. We saw the final performance of The Women, a comedy set in the 1930s, written by Clare Booth Luce.

3. It’s only taken a month, but today I came up with my word for 2016: Snag–as in I’m going to snag every opportunity to explore more city and state parks this year.

4. Today’s weather: 

5. Today: I took a 3-hour hike at First Landing State Park. It was the perfect day for it. I’d planned to wash a load of clothes and grill veggies when I got home. The traffic lights were out on our street, which should have been my first warning something was amiss. The electricity was off when I got home, so, no laundry. I lit the grill and proceeded to chop zucchini, yellow squash, sweet onion, yellow and red bell peppers–by hand–on the cutting board–right next to the food processor. Wouldn’t you know? The power came on as I finished the last pepper. They were grilled before sunset, so I didn’t have to finish by flashlight. 

How was your weekend? 

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Willy Nilly and Friday’s Hunt

This week I’m combining Willy Nilly Friday 5 #67 and 
Friday’s Hunt where the prompts are Starts with C, Week’s Fave, and Inside. Click the links below the post to join in the fun!


Cape Henry Trail–starts with C


Red-bellied Woodpecker–my week’s favorite


Cream Puffs–made while inside on a cold day

4. I’ve tried to take advantage of cold days by cleaning house and getting rid of clutter. Maybe I’ll be done by spring! 

5. A nor’easter is in our forecast for the weekend. Thankfully, another low-pressure system is coming from the west, so our area should be spared the brunt of the storm. Sounds perfect for a football-playoff weekend. Do you have a favorite NFL team?

Friday’s Hunt v1.3



I write for my church’s website and don’t usually share my devotional writing on my blog. With all that’s going on with our HVAC installation this week, I requested they pull one from the archives. As I read the selection this morning, some of it really hit home, I even questioned, “I wrote this?” Maybe someone else needs to hear this today. 


Low self-esteem and humility are not the same thing. Low self-esteem is a lack of confidence in one’s worth or abilities; humility is a low view of one’s own importance.

Do you have a voice in your head that berates and belittles your actions, or what it deems infractions?

  • How could I have been so dumb/foolish/stupid/crazy?
  • Maybe I was a mistake.
  • Why can’t I get it right?
  • You think you’re a writer/musician/speaker/parent?
  • How can God love me?

You know who is behind this negative talk, don’t you?

He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

The Holy Spirit convicts me for believing these things that are contrary to what God says about me. It certainly doesn’t bring glory to God. I degrade and defeat myself at every turn. That doesn’t sound like a person full of joy and light, does it?

This is what God’s voice says:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1-3

God says, “You are mine.” This is why we need to make time to read our Bible and get in some face time with Him—so we know His voice and heed it.

The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:3-4

Be kind, not only to one another, but to yourself.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

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Willy-nilly Friday 5–Caterpillar Disappearance Solved!

Willy-nilly Friday 5

1. The Great Caterpillar Mystery is no longer a mystery! The bandit was caught on *surveillance video.
*my camera

Northern Cardinal, juvenile male
Would you like a napkin to expunge the evidence?

2. Our Northern Mockingbird is back and singing. He does a perfect imitation of a car alarm that goes off down the street. 

He kept puffing and shaking his feathers, thought he would hop in the birdbath.

3. I walked six+ miles today at First Landing State Park

Trooping Funnel? Mushroom looks like a birdbath.

4. Looks like one of the mermaids escaped Norfolk. 

To see more, open menu on the left and scroll categories to Norfolk Mermaids.

5. Bath time!

House Sparrows

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Share Your World–2015 Week 35

Share Your World

Come along and Share Your World. Here are Cee’s questions and my answers. Would love to hear yours!

What made you feel good this week?
What a blessing it was to build friendships at the writers retreat. Encouragement and affirmation abounded.

The only squabbling at the retreat. The moon popped into the shot, too.

For potlucks or parties do you cook it yourself, buy from a grocery store, or pay for catering?
It depends on the situation, the time I have to prepare, and if I’m physically able to.

What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in.  In what country do you live?
First Landing State Park and the beach. United States.

First Landing State Park

Complete this sentence:  My favorite place in the whole world…..
I’ve not seen much of the world, but in my limited experience, the coastal Carolinas. I like friendly folks, shore birds, lighthouses, salt marsh, water, and warm sand between my toes.

MacKay Island NWR

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Grateful for my writers group friends; spending time with hubby–we passed like two ships in the night with our travels last week. 


Good Fences #63

Good Fences #63

On last Friday’s hike, I happened upon a bench with a lovely view–and a fence, too! That was the day I’d forgotten the extra camera battery, and this might have been the last shot. Glad I got it! 

First Landing State Park

The second fence is located at the end of that trail and edges the parking lot of the boat launch area, where boat trailers are parked.

Shot with iPhone 6 Plus

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