Three Things Thursday

Thanks to Nerd in the Brain for the weekly challenge Three Things Thursday:

three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy


Beautiful Purple Iris

The record-breaking warm temperatures we had last week brought lots of people, including us, out to visit local parks. We are lucky enough to live within walking distance of Tacoma’s main park, Point Defiance Park.

Point Defiance Park includes many separate gardens, including Northwest Native Plants, Iris, Rose, and Dahlia gardens. Last week’s warm temperatures also brought out spring seasonal flowers in abundance, such as the iris pictured below.

Since my favorite color is deep purple, I was delighted to find these three beauties in bloom:

(Click on photos to see a larger version.)

Until next week, I wish you all well!

Photos © 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown


Here’s this week’s SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #47.

In your native language which letter or character describes you best? Why?

M, for Mary.

It’s not that I’m just so vain. I was named after my maternal grandmother, whom I dearly loved. She was the most important early influence in my life because she loved me unconditionally and appreciated me as a child. My own mother expected me to think and act like an adult as soon as I was able to walk and talk. I often disappointed her, especially as a young child who was curious about the world and consequently asked a lot of questions and went off exploring on her own frequently. But Grandma enjoyed answering my childish questions. She taught me to make biscuits and to do other basic tasks like scrambling eggs, chores that my mother didn’t have the patience or the inclination to teach me.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Getting my nails done every 2–3 weeks. Purple fingernails are my personal trademark, and I always get the same shade.

I say that my manicures are my main extravagance because I consider books a necessity of life, not an extravagance. However, for the past couple of years I’ve been trying to use the library more in an effort to convince myself that I don’t have to purchase my own copy of EVERY book I want to read, either now or in the future.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

powells bagNo real question here: My mind. I exercise my mind a lot, by reading and writing every day.

I do know that if I don’t also exercise my body, my declining years are not going to go as well as I’d like. The closer I get to 70, the more I realize that I need to exercise regularly to maintain strength, stability, and flexibility. Like just about everyone else in the world, I plan to get back into a regular physical exercise routing on January 2.

The beauty of audiobooks is that I can exercise my mind as I’m exercising my body. Knowing that physical exercise time does not have to lessen my reading time is what allows me to think I’ll be able to establish a regular workout routine.

List at least 5 things that make you laugh.

  1. A really clever pun
  2. A baby’s laugh
  3. Watching a young child discover something exciting about the world
  4. A fond memory of something said or done by one of my friends who’s no longer alive
  5. OK, I’m like everybody else: all those crazy cat, dog, and baby videos people post and repost on Facebook

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

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week at Kalaloch Lodge on the coast of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. I love watching the waves roll in. That was a huge chunk of R & R for me, and I now look forward to getting back to work with renewed vigor in the upcoming week.

Have a great week, everybody!


Time again for SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #46.

What type of popular candy you do not like to get?

Cotton candy. It’s good for a bite or two, but after that the sweetness becomes too much. I always resent that you have to buy the whole big thing to get just those two bites, so I haven’t bought any for a very long time.

Now dark chocolate, on the other hand, I never pass up the opportunity for.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500?

I am very fortunate. Especially at this time of year, I’d like to donate my $500 to the local food bank to provide Thanksgiving baskets to those in need.

Where do you eat breakfast?

I usually don’t eat breakfast until lunch time. Most often I eat at the computer while checking email and Facebook, and reading news.

Would you rather ride one of the worlds longest zip lines or bungee jump one of the highest in the world? This will come with a 5-day all expense vacation.

Neither of the above. Instead, I’d like a ride in a hot-air balloon. I’ve been hinting about this for years, but so far no one has picked up on that hint. Either that, or they’ve ignored it. But I keep hoping.

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

Yesterday I had the three-week follow-up visit after cataract surgery on my second eye, and my eyes are all healed up. I now have a prescription for new reading glasses, which require a much less severe correction than my pre-surgery reading glasses. We are now having some sunny weather after a rainy week, and I’m grateful for being able to see colors more vibrantly now.

I hope everyone has a good week. Happy Thanksgiving to those here in the U.S.!

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