The decade tag- 2010-2020

I have been tagged by Rory for The Decade Tag

The Creator of The Decade Tag is Jesusluvsall’s Blog

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Share some highlights for you over the past decade and if you want, a few low points

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What went on in the last decade of my life!

•My eldest daughter became a mom in March 2010, and I became a grandmother for the very first time.

•I had my right knee replaced in December of 2011

•2012 was a traumatic time for my eldest daughter but she came out of it a stronger person.

•My son completed his education and started a job in 2012

•I had my second knee replaced in April 2015

•My eldest completed her master’s degree and started her Ph.D. program in 2015 in Seattle.

•I stayed a year with her to settle her and her five-year-old son there.

•My son got married in 2016

•My youngest completed her masters in 2017

•My youngest daughter got married in 2017

•I started my blog in September 2018.

•We were blessed with two more grandchildren, a girl and a boy in April 2019

4 Questions

What have been your happiest moments between the years of January 2010 – Currently?

The best moment would have to be the birth of our three grandchildren.

Other than that, starting my blog, getting my knees fixed and not having to take pain meds regularly were also high points.

Another good thing is that I have finally found the magic formula to lose weight and am on the path of being healthy.

Do you think that in the last ten years all of your personality has come through or do you still think there is more to develop?

I think that as long as I am alive, I would like to learn and grow. My basic personality also has changed and hopefully will keep on changing for the better. I want to develop more positive traits and get rid of the negative ones.

The benefits of getting older and learning to not care about the opinion of others is a very positive thing I learned.

Did you manage to tick off any ‘bucket list’ requirements over the last ten years – if so what were they?

I don’t have any lists, bucket or otherwise. I just go with the flow. If I feel that I would like to do something or go visit someplace I make a mental note of it, but mostly I forget about it in a short while.

Living in the moment and being happy in now and here, that’s my philosophy in life.

Did you have a good, bad, or fugly decade?

I think that the good out-weighed the bad. So I would say that overall it’s a good decade, with lots of important milestones occurring in it.

I hope that the next decade we see is even better.

Now for Questions,

How are you planning to spend the next decade in improving your health?

Have you noticed your tastes in music, literature and clothing change drastically over the last 10 years?

How would you rate your last decade in terms of achieving life goals?

Do you think our planet will be doing well in the next decade?

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The real really me # 12

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The Really You!

Season 1 – Game 12


How well do you handle stress?

Mostly I deal with stress well. The everyday variety of stress I handle by walking and thinking things through. Deep breathing and meditation also helps. I always try to analyze my stress points and deal with them pragmatically. There are still times when stress gets to me and it’s usually family-related. This type of stress needs time to fizzle away.

How well do you handle your anger?

Mostly I have a long fuse. And I simmer rather than explode! But…. sometimes it does get a bit much and then I give in to my desire to tell whoever is giving me the aforementioned cause for anger, what I think of them and their methods. I usually feel very bad afterward and end up apologizing for my outburst. Anger is a destructive emotion and if one can, it is better to let it out of your system. Don’t let it fester and grow. Yell if need be. Throw it out otherwise it can make a person ill!

When was the last time you really lost your temper through stress?

Losing it due to stress happened quite a while ago. The days when kids were young, demanding and with troubles of their own. I would get stressed out and then angry. Thankfully those days are over. Now stress has its own fallout and anger it’s own. And rarely do the two occur simultaneously. I am happy to be in a place where I am ( mostly) in control of my emotions.




Really real me- Entertaining myself

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How much Television [alternatively films through the PC/DVD’s or Streamed TV] do you watch per week, month or year?

Ah…. let me see….. I don’t really watch much tv these days. But sometimes I put it on for the background noise. Would that count as watching tv?

There was a time before I started my blog when I would watch at least a couple of hours of shows daily but now I neither have time nor the desire to waste my time.

How do you keep yourself entertained?

Blogging is my biggest entertainment nowadays. I listen to music and when I have time I read books. I am easily entertained!

How do you prevent yourself from becoming bored and do you suffer from boredom a lot?

I don’t suffer from boredom much. But when it does strikes, I do a few of my favorite things;

Calling a friend

Walking and talking to a friend on phone

Walking and listening to music

Catching a movie, with or without a friend

Going window shopping


Remember it’s easy to entertain yourself because no one knows you better.



Share Your World 12-30-19

SYWNewYearBanner copyWhat was the single best thing that happened in your life this past year?

I became grandmother twice over in April of this year. Now I have three lovely grandkids.

The most challenging?

Broke a couple of bones in my right foot. But got off easy because had to wear the cast for just four weeks and healed well.

One thing you learned in 2019?

I learned that I cannot take my health for granted anymore. It’s time to take matters seriously and be proactive.

Given all your experiences, insights, and lessons learned in 2019, what’s the best advice you could give yourself for 2020?

Keep the weight that I lost in these last three months off and lose more weight. But DON’T let the weight creep up again.

What’s the best meal/food you ate in 2019?  

No ideas! Poor memory so all I can say that though I enjoy food as much as the next person, I am trying to shift my aim in life from ” Living to eat” to “Eating to live

What are the three activities you plan to use in the coming year to relieve stress?

Meditation, walking and listening to music. I can even do all three at the same time! They really are great stress busters!

Gratitude Question:

What brought you the most joy and are you going to do more of that?

Looking after my health, walking and losing weight made me proud of myself and I do plan to stick to my plan in the coming year too.

Lastly – Any resolutions you’d care to share?  

1. Don’t make any resolutions for the next year!

2. Follow number 1.



Really me # 10

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The Really You!

Season 1 – Game 10

Question Fun Directory

What is or who is The Really You? No, really, as in really you? Who are you really? That’s basically what this game is about – who are you – who is – the really you!

Every week – just three questions – about you to tell us!

How often do you play ‘real vinyl music?’

We used to have this grand piece of equipment when I was a kid. It had a record player and we had quite a collection of vinyls.

But after those days, neither I own a player or records.

So the answer is;


How often do you listen to music?

Many times a day. Especially when I walk or am writing. It is soothing and relaxing!

Who are some of your favorite groups, bands, artists, and musicians?

My choice is very eclectic. I listen to trending music on my phone. Anything that strikes my musical fantasy has to be on my playlist.

I like :


Alan Walker

J Lo

Shawn Mendes

Camila Cabello

Selena Gomez

Becky G


To list a few!



The real me # 9

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The Really You!

Season 1 – Game 09

Question Fun Directory

It’s the time of the year when we need a little more merriment than normal – you know? There is so much bad news in our world today – that l for one am saddened every time l switch on the news – so for the next few moments or whatever – let’s just take some time out to think and have some fun! 

Here are 12 sillier questions to help loosen the load!


What unusual sport would be greatly improved if music accompanied it? [Please provide a link of your music for selected sport]

Musical chairs!
Oh, wait it is always played with music.
Maybe target shooting, with the music from bond movie or mission impossible playing in the background.

What is something that everyone looks stupid doing?

Dancing to a tune in their head which only they can hear. I do it often!

Your task is to make the cashier in the store laugh, not just crack a smile but actually laugh, what five items would you buy to achieve that task?

I would tell them a joke. Our pay them a nice compliment. That always makes them happy.

Have you ever caught fire whilst either cooking or during house repairs?

I am a careless cook, I burned my eyebrows and hair from the front when I tried to relight a gas oven in which the gas was leaking. My eyes survived because I was wearing glasses.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever done?

I have done so many weird things in my life that I cannot recall any of them right now!

Maybe that is a weird thing?

Or see the answer to the above question!!!

What is the strangest thing you know?

That human body is adjusted to a 25 hours internal clock. It provides us with that little impetus to keep up!

What is the stupidest joke you know word perfect and yet still laugh at?

The same one you posted!

Using the image below create a brand name for it?

“I have eyes on you!”


If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be?


“Step closer”

“Don’t go to sleep

What are the worst toppings for pizza in your opinion?

Nutella, peanut butter and banana.

If you were forced to watch, and not fall asleep [and tied to a chair] back to back for an entire 24 hour period 5 films – what would they be? [Please include links].

The lord of the ring trilogy and the three Hobbit movies.

If you were to have a nickname here in your blog that we all called you with your consent, what would you choose?

Sadje, keeping it alive!

Sorry no links to music or movies. A bit rushed for time.



Really me! #8

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The Really You!

Season 1 – Game 08

So this year, 2019 are you on the Festivus or Christmas List – if so which side – Naughty or Realistic?

I am always good and realistic. Never ever naughty. Though I won’t be on a Christmas list as I don’t celebrate Christmas.

Are you a Biscuit Dunker? [Dipping biscuit into the hot drink to soften and then eat] If so how good are you? What’s your longest time held in the liquid before you take back to your mouth and does it break or remain intact?

There were the days in my past when I would have a cookie/ biscuit. But now no carb, no cookie, and no cake either. In that distant past, I’ve been known to dunk a few cookies but not too much. A cookie or a biscuit should be crisp to complement the hot tea or coffee.

When writing responses to comments in your blog from your readers do you happen to use the same responses, how often do you try to make it different?

Now this is a very interesting question! I have the usual responses like expressing my gratitude and delight. But it does get repetitive. We have just that many ways to say thanks. Or to express our pleasure at appreciating something! I do feel that I should come up with more varied responses. Any ideas?

Do you when responding to comments from readers read the answer from you out aloud and do you if including ‘smiley… smile at the same time?

I don’t read them aloud but when I find something funny I laugh or smile. And sometimes I cry too at the beautiful things that are said in comments. And do smile when sending a smiley! I think it’s instinctive.

Why is the sky blue and the sea green and not the other way around?

I knew why! But I’ve forgotten it.

What is it with time? When you want it to go slow, it goes fast, when you want it to go fast it goes slow?

It’s called the theory of relativity. Eisenstein had the correct equation for it but basically, he said that the good time passes quickly and stressful time goes slowly. Especially when you’re waiting.

Is there such a thing as astronicks?

Probably! You never know what new things are constantly being invented and what new phrases are being coined.

Who was the first? – And if they were the first – more importantly why? [Your interpretation as regards to answer] Would you do it again?

My first blog post was the one WP posted on my behalf- The journey begins. It sort of took me by surprise. But my hand was forced and I immediately wrote my very first post.

Could there be life after jam?

Of course. That’s why we have peanut butter, honey, Nutella and many other sweet and savory bread spreads.

When do the Easter Eggs go on sale isn’t that time about now?

You have to wait till the first of January. If you are going to get eggs for Easter make sure they don’t turn into chicks by that time.

What was the best Christmas No1 ever and why? [Musical Question]

Frank Sinatra- Christmas Songs



The real??? Me # 7

Rory is the host of The really you.

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The Really You!

Season 1 – Game 07

Question Fun Directory

What is or who is The Really You? No, really, as in really you? Who are you really? That’s basically what this game is about – who are you – who is – the really you!

Every week – just three questions – about you to tell us!

How Competitive or Ambitious are you?

In my younger days, I was both. Not in a cut-throat way but I looked to be at least at part with my contemporaries. Now I am much more relaxed. There are occasional twinges of ambition which provoke me to do something but they are few and far between. I feel being ambitious is good but not at the expense of others.

Do you ever simply stop and wonder ‘Where has time gone to?’ or is it something that never bothers you?

Only occasionally. Time has a way of passing us unnoticed and stealthy. But if it stays static, that would be more worrying for us all.

There is a theory that good time passes quickly and bad time passes slowly. That means that when we don’t notice the rapid passage of time than we are having a good time!

If you had a warning label, what would yours read?

I am an impulsive person. I speak without thinking sometimes.

My warning sign should say;


Foot in mouth disease. It may be contagious!



Do you? Wanna Know Me Better!



So, are you ready?

10 “briefly explain” questions:

  1. What really makes you angry? Impolite, rude people, injustice, entitled people and those who think they are above the rest of us.
  2. What is your favorite food that you cannot do without? It used to be carbs. Now I think it’s coffee.
  3. What is your biggest fear? I fear that we will destroy the environment of our planet and the next generations will have to pay the price.
  4. What has been your biggest accomplishment this year? Personally, I have achieved success regarding my weight loss and getting my blood glucose levels back to normal. In blogging, I feel that my blog is doing well, especially the Prompt that I have re-started, What do you see!
  5. If you could live any where in the world, where would that be? I would love to live in a scenic place with hills and streams, yet with all the facilities of modern-day living.
  6. What is your favorite method to relieve stress? Meditation, walking and listing to music. Sometimes I do all three together. Works wonderfully.
  7. Would you rather live on the Moon or on Mars for two years? Neither!
  8. What is your favorite type of weather? I love it when one weather changes into others. Like spring into the beginning of summer, fall changing into winter or winter gibbing way to spring.
  9. What is your favorite sport to play or watch? None. I have given up on all sports, watching recently and playing looooong time back.
  10. Do you enjoy creative efforts to attract readers to your blog? Sure I do. My recent effort was re-starting Helene‘s Prompt, What do you see. It has increased my blog traffic considerably.

10 “this or that” questions:

  1. Beach or Mountains? Mountains
  2. Fish or fried chicken wings? Fish and chips
  3. Sydney or Rio De Janeiro? Both
  4. Swimming or climbing hills? Neither.
  5. Steak or Lamb? Neither
  6. Summer or Winter? Both
  7. Countryside or city? City.
  8. Spring or Autumn? Autumn
  9. Political Science or Statistics? Statistics
  10. A Train or Airplane Ride? 

I love both. In fact, I don’t mind bus rides either. The only thing I ask is that it should be comfortable.

Anyone who wants to answer these questions is most welcome to do so. But do link back to my post so that I can read your replies.



The real me # 6 -Again?

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The Really You!

Season 1 – Game 06

Question Fun Directory

So I thought that one I answered last week was the sixth one. But here’s another #6! I guess I didn’t count properly.

What relaxes you more – a hot shower or a hot bath?

With my artificial knees, I don’t take the risk of slipping in the bathtub. So it is always a shower. Besides I like my warm/hot showers. It also saves on time and water.

If you are looking for immediate satisfaction in the stimulation department, what is your go-to? [Answer how you see fit]

Food brings instant satisfaction. When tired, getting into my own bed is also relaxing. A good book or a stolen piece of chocolate would do the trick too.

What exercise do you take on a fairly regular basis?

I have written about it so often that I think everyone now knows that I like to walk. I won’t say that I love walking, that would be stretching the truth a bit far. But I am now addicted to walking. If I don’t get my 12000- 13000 steps daily, I feel bad. Like I have been naughty. So I contrive one way or the other to walk.

My Fitbit helps me in keeping a track of my steps, calories burned and heart rate, etc. It is a good help towards maintaining my health.



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