Sharing about friends and company

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Here are this week’s random questions

1. Do you have a lot of friends or do you know a lot of people ?

I do know a lot of people. Sometimes I even forget their names. But I won’t call all of them my friends. I do have many sets of friends too, really good ones. One set is from my med school hostel days. That friendship is more than 40 years old and these ladies/ girls feel more like sisters than friends. The other set is the friends I made as a married, grown woman. These too are absolutely amazing people and since we live in the same city, we get to meet often and share our joys and troubles with each other.


2. If you are at a party and know very few of the guests, do you mingle and introduce yourself, sit on the sidelines and people watch, or discreetly leave?

First off, if I know beforehand that there’s won’t be people there that I know, I don’t go. If it’s an obligatory invite, like a wedding or something, I try to find a few people I’m acquainted with and chat with them. But if it gets too boring, I’ve been known to make an excuse and leave.


3. What is the best job you have ever had?

I haven’t worked in the traditional sense but have been lucky to hold the job title of a homemaker, a wife, a mom, and a grandmother! I think that the job of a grandmother is the easiest and the best!


4. Can you swim?

Nopes, never tried to learn.

Gratitude:

Roses and petunias blooming

I am grateful that the weather is very nice these days making fasting easy for everyone. My tiny granddaughter is 3 weeks old now and is starting to take note of the world she was born into.

Her tiny hand in mine.

Thanks Di, for these great questions.

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Gravatar – Its importance and purpose?

Blogging Insights

Dr. Tanya is back after her short hiatus and this week she has asked us;

TODAY’S QUESTION:

How important is your Gravatar to your blogging personna?

Your Gravatar(globally recognised avatar), that little image that accompanies your posts, likes, comments etc is like your calling card. It announces you to the virtual world

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Before reading today’s question, I thought that an Avatar is the same as a Gravatar!

Though I don’t have an official Gavatar for my blog, my display picture can be considered my Avatar/Gravatar.

I don’t think that whatever image accompanies my name on WordPress is as important as the words I write. I did put my real picture in my blog a couple of years ago ( I think) but even before that when it was a Memoji ( a customized emoji that looked a bit like me), it didn’t make much of a difference to how people interacted with me on my blog.

There are many bloggers that I interact with on a daily basis who haven’t put a picture of themselves on their blogs. I know them through their writing and thoughts. And that is enough for me! We all are here to express ourselves through our words and it doesn’t matters to most of us what the other person looks like.

Besides, it’s a bit risky these days to give out too much information about oneself in the digital world. So even if someone doesn’t display their real picture, I think it’s fine. As long as they project their true identity through their words and thoughts.

What are your views about displaying your avatar/Gravatar on your blog?

Written for Blogging Insights 3.0 # 5, hosted by Tanya

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Weekly Q and A from Rory

Rory has posed a few questions this week;

Is the WHY to everything important?

Not to everything! Some things we have to accept as they are. For the rest, we should ask why so that we gain more knowledge.


What would you list as your Top Five Fun Things?

Spending time with family and grandchildren

Blogging

Going out with friends

Catching a good movie with family or friends

Reading my favorite author


Should we care about the dreams of others or only our own?

Dreams as in ambitions and aspirations; yes we should otherwise we will develop into selfish people. One shouldn’t sacrifice one own dream for others at the same time.


How well do you deal with criticism from others?

If it’s coming from a well-wisher, I’ll listen with an open mind ( reluctantly!) and try to see its truth. The rest I pretend to listen to, but really am ignoring it.


Do you say YES or NO more often, and which is it?

I’m the one saying YES most of the time. I guess if you are born a people pleaser, you find it hard to break the habit.


What is nose hair for?

To stop the mosquitoes and flies from entering your nose and killing you.


What is the funniest comment you have ever received?

Can’t recall offhand! But grandkids are usually coming up with hilarious one-liners 😂


Novels or Netflix?

Blogs! And sometimes novels.


Do good things come to those who wait?

They do, but it’s all transient. Nothing is permanent in life and good and bad alternate till it’s time for the final curtain call.

Thank you Rory for these fun questions.

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Comforting Tranquility

How would you define comfort?

For me, comfort is when I am at peace within myself. Comfort may be physical comfort or mental comfort. But peace is an integral element of it.

Under what circumstances do you seek and/or give comfort?

When I am upset because of something that happened, something that someone said, or a remark that I made that was taken the wrong way, I get a feeling of letting people down. At times like that I need to discuss my point of view with someone close to me who understands me and can give good advice.

The sound of my father’s voice always brought me comfort. Is there a voice that beings you comfort?

Being able to share my thoughts with my late father always was comforting. Now that he is no more, I turn to my husband and close friends to share my feelings. But most of all, I turn to Allah ( God) and share the reason for my disquiet. Never have I been disappointed when I asked God for help and guidance.

Do you have a favorite comfort food?

Usually a cup of hot coffee would do the trick.

What person, animal, place, or thing makes you feel comforted?

I grew up in a time when there were no huggable stuffies, no comforting blankies, or any special toy that held comfort for me. So it was the comforting presence of my father that gave me solace.

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Written in response to Tranquil Thursday # 8- Comfort, hosted by Maggie

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Sunday Poser # 125

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

Do you have a favorite topic that you write about often?

I must admit that I do have a few favorite topics to which I return again and again while writing my posts.

I love writing about blogging itself and also responding to prompts about blogging like Tanya’s Blogging Insights challenge. I also like to share my personal experiences and my views about life.

I think that these posts always generate more views and interactions with my fellow bloggers and perhaps that’s the reason I like writing on these topics more, or perhaps it’s the other way around, that I like writing about them and that makes them more interesting to my readers. Whatever the reason, these posts are always the popular ones.

What is your favorite topic to write about?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.

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Sharing about fragrances and odors

Di is our gracious host for Share Your World

Here are your questions for this week:

1. Do you use an ‘air freshener’ in your home/car/office? (solid, gel, spray, pot pourri, etc)

I have the battery-operated spray air freshener in my bathrooms. If I am cooking at home for guests, I use an air freshener spray to kill the food odor.

2. How often do you clean the oven or microwave?

The oven gets cleaned up if something spills in there, and the microwave gets periodically as some people using it don’t use the plastic cap over their plates/ dishes. The best way to clean it is to microwave a cup of water in it to boiling. That will generate steam to soften the old food splatters in it.

3. Do you use a fabric conditioner in your laundry and/or fragranced tumble drier sheets?

Sometimes I use it while washing baby clothes. Otherwise, I just use the detergent. We don’t get dryer sheets in Pakistan so we use dryer balls. A much cheaper alternative.

4. If you have the choice, do you prefer to get your laundry dry outside on a line or use a tumble drier?

Electricity has become very expensive here so unless it’s raining or I’ve washed towels or woolies, I put the laundry out on the clothesline to dry.

Gratitude:

Each day has a fresh start, so don’t dwell on bad yesterdays.

I make many mistakes in my day and try to make amends for them by learning from them. I also apologize instantly to the person concerned. But sometimes it takes longer to turn the page and find a clean slate.

Spring is in the air!

Thanks Di for giving us interesting and new questions every week.

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Sunday Poser # 124

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

Do you believe in luck?

This question has been asked recently by Rory too. I guess with St Pat day being celebrated on Friday, Irish luck must be on people’s minds.

While I don’t believe that anything or anyone is lucky or unlucky, I do believe that good fortune can befall us as a result of our endeavors. You can say that what’s the difference between good luck and good fortune?

I think that luck implies a random incident, that doesn’t depend on our input. While good fortune can be an enhanced reward or outcome of our own actions. Like you’ve studied hard for the exams, and the questions asked were the ones you were especially well prepared for. Anyway, this is my thinking!

What are your views on this topic? Do you believe in luck, being lucky or unlucky?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.

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Sharing my favorites

Di is our gracious host for Share Your World

What kind of music do you like?

I like every kind of music, that’s pleasing to my ears. Heavy rock or metal bands don’t really make me happy, but I do have a few of them on my playlist. I listen to songs in Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, and English! Some of the lyrics I don’t understand but I still like them because the music is rejuvenating.

What is your favourite food?

I used to love carbs. Now I find them tempting but can’t eat them more than a bite. Basically, my love of food has been tempered by the fact that I can’t eat much. And if you’re restricted to just 2 tablespoons of food the fact that it’s good you can ingest is enough.

What is your favourite tipple?
For those who don’t drink, what do you order when out with friends?

With meal it’s only water. If we go at tea time, then obviously I’ll ask for a cappuccino or hazelnut latte!

What relaxes you (music, reading, walking, meditation, yoga etc)

It depends on my mood. Sometimes meditation, reading Quran, or praying helps me relax. At other times I need to go for a walk and think deep thoughts. During my walks, I usually talk on the phone with a friend or listen to music.

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Gratitude:


How often do you have some ‘Me Tine’?

“Me time” is an essential part of my day. Reading and writing blogs, answering the comments, or making comments on the blogs I follow are my favorite things to do when alone.

A bright waning moon from last night

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Achieving tranquility

This week Maggie has asked us a few Questions about how we achieve tranquility in life;

1 • Can you recall a particularly chaotic or stressful time in your life? How did you manage the stress?

There have been a few times in my life when I was feeling the stress of life tremendously. The first time was when I was a teenager. Life without a mother, and no sister to talk to, left me vulnerable to circumstances. At that age, I found that faith was my anchor. It helped me tremendously to strengthen my faith in Almighty Allah. This was what then always came to my rescue whenever I was under stress in life.

2 • Where is the one place in the world where all your troubles disappear – even if only for a moment?

On my prayer mat. As Muslims we pray 5 times a day, and during these prayers we ask Allah for guidance and forgiveness. This is such a invigorating experience that erases my stress at least for the time I’m praying.

3 • Do you like for other people to try and raise your spirits or do you prefer to deal with things on your own?

Usually, I deal with my issues myself. But if I need to vent or get advice on how to deal with certain situations, I ask my family or close friends for advice.

4 • What quote, song, book, or movie serves as an inspiration to you when things get tough?

“Things can always be worse”

This quote teaches me to be mindful and grateful for all that I have.

5 • Does solitude quiet your mind or do you need to pump up the volume?

Mostly meditation in solitude helps me navigate my issues. But there are times when a walk in nature with music helps too!

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Written in response to Tranquil Thursday # 6, hosted by Maggie

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Sunday Poser # 123

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

How careful are you when conversing with people around you?

It’s a loaded question indeed!

I am a person who is quite open and frank, and don’t mind most comments made to me. Unfortunately, the flip side of this is that I am not very careful while conversing with others. I’m really trying to think before I open my mouth but old habits die hard. It’s easier while writing because when you see it in front of you, you can modify it before sending it on.

Same goes for the questions I ask. Though I’m more careful in this aspect. I’d answer most questions asked of me including my age etc but some people are offended by even simple inquiries.

Please share how careful you are while having conversations with people other than your family? Do you think it’s okay to say something to someone which you don’t mind when said to you?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.

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