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Share Your World Week #42

Many thanks to Cee at Cee;s Life Photography for her fun and diverse questions that get us thinking with each week she has done it again this week.

Thank you Cee!

Cee welcomes new participants anytime, so don’t feel because you were not in on this fun writing challenge from the beginning that you should miss out. Not the case. Just visit Cee’s blog, she’ll hook you up with the how to.  It’s so ea


  1. It’s a very hot and muggy day. You desperately want something very cool and refreshing to quench your thirst and revitalize your body. What would you drink?

Home made lemonade with a lot of crushed ice.  I love lemons when its warm and dry. Nothing seems to quench my thirst better. I do not drink soda at all so in the summer  I try to keep large baskets of fresh lemons around at all times. I also cook with a  lot of fresh lemon juice and the zest.

2. What do you keep in the trunk of your car?

Spare tire, all that goes with changing a tire. Jumper cables, flares a blanket, spare water jug. Also because for about 3 months out of the year we are snow country, so in addition would be: ice melt, sand, tarp, blocks of wood to use for traction if needed, and  a shovel with fold down handle. Extra dry clothes and coats.

3. What is your favorite TV show that is currently on TV?

Okay he is not a show in of himself, but for 40 weeks out of the year he is on my television every Sunday for about 4 hours Kevin Harvick #29  & about 41 other drivers are racing close to 200mph on oval tracks. Kevin Harvick has been the driver follow and cheer for. Its been 12 yrs now, since the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt Sr

I wish I was watching Downton Abbey like my friends across the pond are. I am not much of a television watcher unless it is our PBS (which is where Downton Abbey will be broadcast from in the states)  I have become an avid DA fan and am waiting impatiently to see what is happening at the manor now

Thank you to those watching the series now and not saying a word. I am humbly grateful!

         4. Is it more important to love or be loved?

I’ll say both of course. It’s a treasure to love deeply and abundantly. It’s also something to be cherished by being loved. Rewarding is when both happen at the same timeSo let me ask you this; have you loved someone today?


Downton Abbey Presser ( News release)

For those of you like me, who are agonizing for more – Season 3 is in progress. Here is a teaser of information. (see link below)



I’ve Been Tagged.. This Time I’ll Play~

I’ve been tagged by Claudia from her blog:  Pathfiner: MotherWifeStudentWorker. Thanks so much Claudia for thinking of including me! These are the rules :

Each person must post 11 things about him/herself on their blog.

1. Answer the questions the “tagger” listed for you in their post, (And create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer if you can).

2. Choose 11 people to tag and link to them in the post.

3. Let each blogger know that you have tagged them.

 Okay, my  11 difficult to come up with things about myself:

  1. I don’t like to have to come up with a list of 11 or even 1 thing about myself. ~ Is this cheating? Okay, just wanted to know.

  2. I have two daughter’s, and 3 step children, two bio grand babies who are now 12 & 19, and 6 more because of my husband’s 1st marriage, we have an orange Tabby named Truman who has a natural crook in the end of his tail. (I told you I hate coming up with things about me)

  3. I love classic folk &  rock n roll, but listen to most music.

  4. Fell in love with Downton Abbey on PBS this last year and am beside myself waiting for the new season. Anyone know anything?

  5. Most of the artwork in our home is by artists that we know and love. Or their relatives. With the exception of my husband’s sofa size lithio of Starry Night, an anniversary present from yours truly.

  6. My full-time job of the last year has been Physical and Occupational Therapy so that I may continue to thrive.

  7. Along that line; I’m not a fan the warm temps of summer. I have a central nervous malfunction that does not allow me to cool my body off like normal, I’d much rather be cold and have to get warmed up.

  8. Only 8 so far? Cn you tell I am grasping?

  9. One of my most cherished past times is coloring with my grandchildren.

  10. I drive, when I drive a 1997 Saturn. She is the best car, our 3rd. I’m completely bummed they are no longer in business. Hence why we are still driving a 15-year-old car. The Saturn’s saved my life literally in a roll over. I landed on the tires, roof caved in to where there was a V in the windshield, but I walked away.

  11. Oh Thankfully!! LOL… Okay.. make this one a good one….How about… I’ve never worn make-up? Okay… kind of cheesy..I agree. But hey, I warned you.

Now for Claudia’s questions:

1 Without three things you would be lost?

(a)  my family for sure

(b)  my Bible and other spiritual devotional reading

( C ) My friends and extended family My motto goes something like this.
“Faith Family Friend’s.”

2 If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

Save every child from their abusers! I hope that would be worth fame~

3 If you only could listen to one song for the next month, what song would that be?

Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up”

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;

You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;

I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;

 You raise me up… To more than I can be……..

awww,,, I think this says so much…….

4.  Why started you blogging in the first place?

Because I am a writer in the first place~

5 If you could have your own tv channel, what would it be about?

Chronic Pain and Fatigue with a guest patient each show~because they are the experts.

6 What is your favorite season? And why? 7 Do you like flowers better or trees?

Definitely Autumn. I love flowers but have a special affinity with Leaves and bare branches on trees, and obviously trees.

8 If you could own a famous painting (or any other art object), which one would that be?

I would be a basket woven from pine needles, with a pine cone handle for the lid. Such an incredible art that I’m loath to say we are losing practitioners of.

9 There is only one person like yourself. Name something about you that makes you unique!

My hair that rests below my bum. I’m 57, have been able to donate 3 one- foot braids to Locks of Love.  As long as I can grow it and kids need it I’m there~

10 Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous?

Both. But I am a true believer and lover of all things serendipitous.

11 Would you rather be a movie actor or a (rock)star on the stage?

Rock Star in stage all day and all night long. I have actually sang for a rock band in my heyday. And have produced an album. My little brothers band’s music, all originals.

Thanks Claudia!

Well that was not painful at all. I hope that if your name has been called you will play along. And if your name was not called by me it’s only this time. So little space, so many outstanding bloggers kind of thing, so even if your name is not here please join in and play along with us.

All our welcome in my world!

  1. Cee’s Life Photography
  2. Strange Trip Times
  3. Wordfallfrommyeyes
  4. Daily Sweetpeas
  5. BelieveAnyway
  6. Diabteic Redemption
  7. Justbenswords
  8. 2me4art
  9. I’mExcited
  10. Chris Donner Mystery Writer
  11. Gerry’s Space

Have fun, be real, or be cheeky. You decide.~

©tjhelser 2012

Elavation Drop To Sea Level.

“An enchanting land of rocky ocean capes, thundering waves, secluded beaches and forests, shellfish flats, dairy cows grazing in lush green fields, and delicious cheese and ice cream awaits you. Crowds? Only at the cheese factory. Congestion? Very few stop lights encountered. Freeways? Forget it! “


March 17th, Saturday I was gifted with a trip from the High Desert to the Oregon Coast for a whole week as my dear, close friend D’s guest. D & her wonderful husband own a lovely little place right on the beach that she has generously invited me to before. So Saturday morning with her gift of the invite which had been in place for weeks my husband chauffeured me to Salem where my friend D was also graciously waiting to pick me up. Before heading west to the beach we spent some time in A MOST AMAZING PLACE CALLED Crafter’s Warehouse. Both my friend and I are paper artists, creating hand crafted cards is a passion we both experience – very similar to a zen like meditation. Three and half hours after my husband leaving me in good company and safely driving west we arrived at D’s Sand Castle with plenty of daylight left for ocean viewing right outside her picture perfect window creating the most beautiful piece of animated art –  hung right above her sofa. Strikingly beautiful.

The entire week was amazing. Going from an elevation of around 4,500′ to sea level in about 6 hours is a bump on the body. At least for someone who has a chronic central nervous system maladies the drastic drop in elevation can cause muscle soreness in the shoulders. Waist up and involving cervical issues. Sometimes there is great punishment of the body making these treks, but to not make the visits to the coast would be like turning my nose up to a certain treatments offered to the soul.

A week away to my Oregon coast is always a sweet delight. Having a week away with a friend who is much like-minded in many ways, is a gift.  I was blessed to have been given both at the same time. Seven nights and eight days spent watching the ocean outside the window, talking till our jaws were sore, drinking coffee and up late because no one else would mind, eating when we wanted, what we wanted, and a bit of shopping for our “addictions” Paper art supplies…. bliss. Complete bliss.

The week started with my husband being once again my knight in shining armor by agreeing to drive me to the coast as my friend D had been there for a few weeks ahead of me. Since I’m grounded from my wheels my husband had planned on driving the distance and possibly staying one night before heading back home. A one way trip can take anywhere from 6 to 7 hours, doing a round trip is possible just not desirable. But always thinking about “Plan B” my friend D had a suggestion. And an ulterior motive if truth be known. A motive that worked for both her & I very well. D suggested that she drive half way to us, so in fact my husband & I met my friend D half way.  Salem is a magnificent spot and has this store we do not have here at home in Bend. For people who have any creative bones in their body the mere name will suggest images you will drool over. The name of this place which was our ulterior motive is called Crafter’s Warehouse. And it’s just as the name suggests. But I have to say I was quite impressed with how the store is merchandises, all brand name items in sections of their own. Unlike the name warehouse would imply where all items no matter what brand name are lumped into one huge section. The warehouse image came in to play when it came to prices. I was more than impressed by the discount prices on items I usually pay full retail for because finding them at home is difficult. If my bank account is any clue to the savings I took advantage of than there was huge savings I absorbed. We were able to take advantage of   this store twice. Once when I was met on the way by my friend D, and again on our way home the following weekend.

The Crafter’s Warehouse was not to be out done. Although D & I spent the majority of our time in her lovely and sweet sand castle doing the things we love the most when spending girlfriend time together we found another store that was killer as my grand kids say. We did all that we wanted, Creating cards, watching Downton Abbey for the second time for each of us, drinking coffee into the night, we did spend one afternoon driving south on hwy 101 to Lincoln City for a visit to a Local Scrapbooking Store. This is one of my favorite things to do as a paper artist shopping for supplies and tools, shopping at local stores in the small towns and cities I adore visiting. Another peek into my checking account would tell on me, thankfully my husband never has a need to see itemized statements and he’s so supportive of this passion that keeps me out of trouble. After some shopping for items I know we both could not do without we did some grocery shopping for some necessities and then back north. It was a lovely drive, seeing downed trees all along the highway, Mother Nature’s incredible force, literally uprooting trees from their roots and laying them on their sides.

Back winding our way through Garibaldi and home into Rockaway we stopped and had Chinese Food at D’s favorite spot .Garibaldi is another sweet town just south of Rockaway, a beach town that has always been a part of my history. One of my  “always have to” places to shop is the Myrtle Wood Factory in Garibaldi Oregon. Myrtle Wood is deciduous to southern Oregon and Northern California, being the only two places in the world where it grows. It’s gorgeous wood, one that I wrote about regarding a carved elephant that is a gift from my husband to add to my collection. I found an interesting material called Banded Onyx this trip. It is found and mined in Pakistan. It was going to look perfect beside my collection of marble and other stones. So this is what I brought home for my husband. How could I resist?

Having  Yummy Chinese food was a perfect and satisfying closure to a day out and about. We sat  drinking hot tea – talking yet more and more. By this point I could hear my husband saying, “Really?” But D & I could talk and talk and still not run of things to talk about.  If we did happen to run dry of things to discuss there would be none of that uncomfortable awkwardness some people feel when silence ensues between them. I’m sure that there are no strained silences that we would ever have take place, but we’ve not had the chance to test it yet so I’ll trust myself on this.

Creating  hand crafted greeting cards are passions that D & I share. So much so that we have been wanting to go into part-time seasonal business together by renting a craft booth at the local holiday fairs when they hit this fall. I have had an inventory issue, creating enough inventory to sell. D seems to do much better than I but I am adamant about coming up with enough at least for a first year attempt.So much so that I am not even giving cards out as I usually do. But that has been my own nemesis, creating cards, and then gifting them all away. Along with greeting cards we’ll also have bookmarks, gift tags, memory and mini scrapbook albums where the buyer or their recipient will just have to add photos and journal any details to their own photos. It takes me anywhere from  couple of hours to even 5 to 6 hours to create a card, especially if I am also creating th focal points. Or also referred to as the card toppers. I love to create hand-made paper flowers, embroidered flowers and sentiments, watercolor images for the focal on my cards then from there create the whole design layout. I had a friend tell me that receiving one of my cards is like receiving a small art piece with each card. I was so touched. What a special compliment to be given.

Rockaway is a small loved beach town I write of often and will continue to do so, It’s a love I’ll have as native Oregonian all my life. Our week came to an end much too quickly. As we both knew it would. On Saturday a week later after meeting we put D’s castle to bed and we left mid morning for Portland after having a quite breakfast and a shopping trip to one of the small beach town- 2nd hand stores that I am smitten with. I found some lovely things to gift my secret sister, and the coolest find of my whole trip, Vintage Basketball Cards from the 80’s & 90’s. Is that you laughing? Yeah? Oh I get it, vintage from 1980’s and 90’s? Yes, when you are 12 years old as is my perfect grandson. T collects NBA basketball cards and I found packages of a dozen cards per package for just $1.00 per pack and when my grandson was able to see what was there he was delighted. I did good he tells me.

Leaving Saturday we took our time heading east. We did some networking for an upcoming group trip to Portland by breaking our trip home up and spending the night in Clackamas at the lodging venue we are using as a group in May. This is an annual Shop Till You Drop Portland two night trip; and staying this one night helped us network with the manager and also make reservations for 9 rooms in person. It was a win – win situation as it also allowed us to break the trip onto two days, saving wear, tear and flare-ups on our own bodies.

It was a nice day and evening, having dinner out and back to the room for a birthday party courtesy of Skype. Very cool that D can be so much a part of her long distant families parties a very cool thing such as a grand child’s birthday party. That I was included touched me more than I can possibly even try to express. It was just really special.

We headed home the following morning after a breakfast of good food and really stroooonnng coffee. Really Stroong coffee…. another round at Crafter’s Warehouse, it could be some time before I’m back that way after all….. you know?

….and then we were eastward home.