Share Your World- July 3, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – July 3, 2017

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Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?

I prefer to eat generously seasoned food, but not hot or spicy.  I have never understood the need to suffer while you are eating.  🙂

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

I don’t hide junk when people come over.  I usually don’t have a lot of junk sitting around, but even if I do, I figure if people are coming to my home they are coming to see me.  If however, they are coming to see what kind of house keeper I am, then they may as well stay away.

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life?

I would like to introduce a schedule for me.  Since I am retired I have not been following one and I don’t always accomplish everything I would like to get done.  I think it would be beneficial to me because I do get frustrated when I get noting done.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  

I feel like I have been performing in a circus my whole adult life.  My husband collected people.  We had teenagers who moved in and out of the house.  We had old ladies stay with us.  We had all sorts of animals living with us.  Dogs, cats, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, fish, mice, guinea pigs and hamsters.  I can’t even tell you how many rodents I killed while cleaning the kids rooms.

We actually had thirteen hamsters get loose one night while I was having a party for the employees on my floor at the nursing home.  I spent hours catching the little rodents while they ran up my drapes, under the furniture and ones that fell into empty vases.

My youngest did a science project one year.  She made the humane mouse trap.  Of course she needed real mice.  Well she got an A on her project.  Do you know how long those snake snacks lived?  They lasted over a year.  Then when they decided to check out and go to the little mouse house in the sky, she came running down the stairs in tears holding one of the mice and said it was dead.  I asked her how she knew it was dead, she was holding onto the mouse and flipped it backwards positioning herself like she was lying on her back with her legs up in the air.  Well, it was all I could do not to get hysterical laughing.  My husband, the chicken, ran out of the room so she would not see him laugh.  Then my husband  asked me if I could give the mouse CPR you can imagine what went through my mind.  Needles to say I did not give the mouse CPR.  I still hear about not resuscitating that rodent!

Then we had the disappearance of the pancake tortoises.  No lie.  My husband who became the turtle whisperer, put the flat I mean very flat tortoises in the old sand box in the back yard to give them some fresh air.  After a while I asked him if he had gotten the creatures back into the house.  Of course he said no.  I told him, well then I guess they went for a walk because the pen is empty.  So that lead to a through search of the neighborhood for hours.  You can imagine how happy our neighbors were when we moved.

I don’t think any self respecting circus would hire me with my track record with animals.

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

I am very grateful for the sun shine we have had this past week and I am looking forward to spending this week with my camera.

Wanda

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Dash or Dash

Daily Prompt:  Dash

Who would have thought that using the little dash would be so complicated.  I always check the definitions of the words for the daily prompt before I write my little piece.  I just checked the definition of dash.  Wow!  I thought I was pretty intelligent, and maybe at one point in my life I learned some of this, but I swear I don’t remember it.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about the dash.

“The dash is a punctuation mark that is similar to a hyphen or minus sign, but differs from both of these symbols primarily in length and function. The most common versions of the dash are the en dash (–) and the longer em dash (—), whose names historically were loosely related with the length of a lower-case n and upper-case M, respectively, in commonly used typefaces.

Usage varies both within English and in other languages, but the usual convention in printed English text is as follows:

An em dash (or an en dash) denotes a break in a sentence or to set off parenthetical statements.
Glitter, felt, yarn, and buttons—his kitchen looked as if a clown had exploded.
A flock of sparrows—some of them juveniles—alighted and sang.

The en dash (but not the em dash) indicates spans or differentiation, where it may be considered to replace “and” or “to” (but not “to” in the phrase “from … to …”):[1]
The French and Indian War (1754–1763) was fought in western Pennsylvania and along the present US–Canada border (Edwards, pp. 81–101).

The em dash (but not the en dash) is also used to set off the sources of quotes:
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice. — Mahatma Gandhi”

I don’t know about you, but I am just a little confused by this.  However, if I am completely honest, it doesn’t take much to confuse me anymore.  I think it has something to do with getting older.  🙂

Wikipedia goes on to say, “There are several forms of dash, of which the most common are: (link to site added by me)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dash.”

Then Merriam-Webster’s definition is this.

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1:  to break by striking or knocking angrily dashed the bouquet of flowers against the table

  3. 2:  to knock, hurl, or thrust violently dashed water onto his face a boat that had beendashed against the rocks

  4. 3:  splashspatter his pants were dashed with mud

  5. 4a :  ruindestroy the news dashed his hopesb :  depresssaddenc :  to make ashamed dashed by her scorn

  6. 5:  to affect by mixing in something different his delight was dashed with bitterness

  7. 6:  to complete, execute, or finish off hastily —used with down or off dashed down a drinkdash off a letter… he dashed off the book in eight weeks … — Paul Fussell

  8. 7[euphemism]:  1damn 4 Dash it all!

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1:  to move with sudden speed dashed down the hallway

  11. 2:  smash waves dashing against the rocks

 

So the simple little dash has many meanings and uses – my work here is done.  I have dashed to the internet and dashed off my research with dashing results.  I hope I haven’t dashed your enthusiasm for using dash as that would have dashed your interest.

Wanda