Cee’s Share Your World – November 27, 2017
Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?
I always wanted to have a Sunroom as my art studio as well as for my indoor plants. I like to paint in a room with good lighting. Painting in my backyard would be ideal, but I must put the easel, the paint, other materials, and tools away every day. A Sunroom would allow me to leave everything in the room. The sky, the trees, and flowers are always the sources of my inspiration in any creativity. In fact, a Sunroom could be my reading nook and a place for the indoor plants.
We had a quote this year to install a Sunroom. The one with glass roof costs $40,000, and the kind with glass windows without glass roof runs about $27,000. Do I want to pay that much money for an enclosed patio for painting, reading, and planting? I don’t think so. At the meantime, I paint in a room with good lighting.
This is my response to Cee’s Share Your World – November 13, 2107
Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?
We do that often, especially in Laguna Lake. My husband and I love to walk around Laguna Lake which is 0.77 miles around. We walk around the lake twice, then find a shaded bench and sit down. The lake is a home to many kinds of ducks, Egyptian Geese, turtle and many sea creatures. The irrigation system keeps the water of the lake flowing while there is stillness on a calm day. In the summer, the ducks enjoy their lazy nap by tugging their heads under the wings. We relax and watch people doing their leisure fishing, riding their horses, their bikes, jogging, walking their dogs, or walking their babies in strollers.
Cee’s SYW questions and my answers.
If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?
My vision has been changing slowly. I had tried contact lenses, but since I have been wearing glasses for many years. I prefer the look of wearing glasses.
After having a vision test at the ophthalmologist’s office, the result showed that I had a large blind spot in the pupil area of my right eye. In fact, I almost had an accident because I didn’t see a car coming from my right when I made a left turn. As a result of the vision test, I had both eyelids lifted as a medical procedure.
The pair in the front is my current glasses
Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?
I am neither a dog person nor a cat person. We had a dog and a cat for our daughter. The cat got old and lost a lot of weight toward the end because she didn’t eat for many days. One day, a dog from across the street darting over at her and got her scared. Later, we found her passed away in the backyard. She might have had a heart attack. We also had a black puddle. My daughter had fun with him. One morning, we got up and looked out at our backyard, and found Pierre had been bitten and killed by a coyote. We let our daughter see it before she went to school.
Our daughter waited for a while before she got another cat.
If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?
We bought a new house twenty-eight years ago. The house had the three things I liked. Half of the house had the second floor. The second level had the master bedroom on one end, the kids’ bedrooms on the other end, and was connected by a “bridge.” The house had a large living room with high ceiling. We could stand on the “bridge” to look down to the living room. It also had floor to ceiling windows on one side of the living room with lots of light coming into the house.
It took two and a half hours each way for me to drive work. For practical reason, we moved to our current home which had reduced the driving time by half.
What inspired you this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
Last week, I learned to say, “This is all I can do for today. I’ll continue tomorrow.” I’m retired so I could afford to say that.
When I worked, I worked very hard. I dedicated all of my energy and my creativity to produce the best results possible. Looking back, I’m thankful for all of my achievements in my working life. My purpose was to serve the community well.
Now that I am retired, I repurpose my life and reallocate my time and energy. My pace is slowed down to smell the flowers, or watch the ducks swimming during our walk. My new learning is for fun while keeping my mind being active. Learning new skills in fine arts and be involved in music delight me as much as my accomplishments at work. I am content with my active retirement life.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose