Share Your World Aug. 27, 2018

Wow! The fall approaches and here we are SHARING OUR WORLDS WITH CEE ON HER BLOG.

Here are the weekly challenge questions and my answers. When you have finished reading my response why don’t you go over to Cee’s blog and leave a response of your own?

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

Oh I love nutty foods. I am big fan of Pad Thai. I love green bean almondine. And one onf my favorite coffees is Kona coffee, which has a distinctive nutty flavor.

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

My closet door does not close all the way so I always sleep with it open a crack

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I am usually early. My father used to say “Early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable.”

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am appreciating the work God is doing in our church at the moment.

Share Your World Aug. 20, 2018


It is time to participate in one of my favorite challenges here on the blogosphere...SHARE YOUR WORLD.

Every week the host of Share Your World offers up a few questions and in answering them we share little bits of our world with each other.

Here are the questions and my answers.

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

I like green olives myself, but I am the only one in the family who likes olives period, so I don;t have them often.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

I like my prayer room. Everyone else calls it the work room.


What fictional family would you be a member of?

Oh dear! This is a hard one?

My Big Fat Greek Wedding Maybe?

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Nope the family is too big and too much in each other’s business.

Vicar of Dibley Maybe?

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Not as crass or crazy. So that’s not it.


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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am really enjoying our Wednesday night study through the book Not a Fan.

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Share Your World Aug. 13, 2018


Well it looks like Cee is back from vacation! I hope you had a good time Cee. It is time to share our worlds with her again. So here are her questions for the week and my answers.

If you would like to know more about the Share Your World Challenge. You can find out about that


A class you wish you would have taken?

Oh my there are so many classes I wish I had taken…more I wish I had paid greater attention in. One class I wish I would have taken now is guitar 101. It is getting really hard to lug around a piano to concerts.

Are you scared of heights?

A bit. I was sort of put out of sorts when I walked the steps to the top of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft. The parapets were so narrow and the wind was so high I kept feeling like I was going to be lifted off the building into midair.


Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?

I am a passable cook. I do not consider myself a chef by any stretch of the imagination. I have a few dishes which are a little better than OK. Everyone at the church seems to like my meatballs (which are frozen and covered with canned sauce but ssshhhh. don’t tell anyone).

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I have been enjoying reading Susan Howatch’s book GLAMOROUS POWERS. I find her character, Father Jonathan Darrow fascinating.

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Share Your World With Melanie Not Cee

Cee Neuner is on vacation for the next few weeks; So Melanie has decided to write a NOT SHARE YOUR WORLD POST for the duration. Here are the “Not sharing your world questions” and my answers. Then you can go to Melanie’s blog and not share your world too!

Have you ever been in a food fight?

Ummm. Yes I have been in the middle of one, but I got out of it as fast as I could. Flying mashed potatoes are not my thing.

How do you deliver bad news?

In my line of work I get to deliver a lot of bad news. Usually I do it with as gentle a hand as I can; then I allow for emotions and grief, and then steer the conversation towards prayer.

What (if anything) do you think is beyond the stars?

I offer these videos as an answer:

What “redneck” (unsophisticated) activity do you like to do?

I like to eat Mac and Cheese with hot dogs cut up in it. On a really special day I might also cut up bologna in it or as my we say it in these here parts “baloney.”

Is there a scary scene from a movie (or book) you viewed a child that still haunts you? 

That horrific scene from Cujo when Donna is bitten!

Share Your World July 23, 2018

It feels like I have been out of circulation forever. I have been on a bit of a vacation and today is my first day back sitting in front of a computer in about a week. So as I come back to the blogosphere I am choosing to post my first blog by answering Cee’s SHARE YOUR WORLD CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK.


Here are Cee’s weekly questions and my answers. When you have finished use the underlined link above and scoot on over to Cee’s blog and see how her other contributors have answered the questions.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing?

I never do puzzles, but I am sensing that is about to change as I move more and more into a caregiving role for my Mom. I think puzzles are good stimulation for the brain.

List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.

I love to watch a good sci-fi or fantasy movie.

I love to binge read sci-fi or fantasy series…In fact sometimes I can’t stop until I have read the whole series.


Boston Fruit Slices

New England Clam Chowder on a cold fall day ( with oyster crackers of course)

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I love small breeds and I have a particular spce in my heart for Maltese.


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I was able to be at the birth of my first grandchild, Daniella Brooke Franklin. 8 lbs 4 oz and 19 inches long.

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Share Your World July 16, 2018


It is time to SHARE MY WORLD WITH CEE. If you are new to Lillie-Put , Share your world is a weekly challenge I participate in. It is hosted by photo blogger Cee Neuner out of Portland Oregon. Each week Cee asks four questions and people across the blogosphere answer the questions thus “sharing their worlds”.

Cee’s weekly questions and my answers are posted below. When you have finished reading my answers I encourage you to use the underlined link to travel over to Cee’s blog and find other sharing answers.

Since we are approaching the hottest part of our summer in the northern hemisphere, what’s your favorite ice-cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet flavor?  (Those of you who live down under I’m sure you remember what it is like in the hot summer months).

My favorite ice cream flavor is orange pineapple ice cream from Kimball Farms in Jaffrey NH


How often do you people watch?

At least once a week. I love watching people and their response to the world around them.

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

Salt water beach. I love the Maine Coast in every season.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Our creative team at the church just finished and posted this video.

Share Your World July 9, 2018


Well it looks like I am getting an early start this week! Go me! This week as I SHARE MY WORLD , I am also getting ready for a visit from sister who lives in the Netherlands. That means today I have to pick up groceries, finish vaccuuming the guest room and the work room, do a bunch of filing and put away all the clothes I washed at the laundromat last Friday (which are currently piled in the work room). But before I do all that here are my answers to Cee’s sharing question.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

The Quiet Life Of a Country Pastor:  A Fictional True Story

Which do you prefer sweet, salty or buttery? 

I like sweet mixed with salty butter. Candy in popcorn is yummy!

What’s the finest education?


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I was pretty discouraged this morning. So I decided to go and hide at the church for a little while to collect my thoughts. Then I spoke with my sister and the office staff at church and I am beginning to feel a little better. Doing life together with others has encouraged me.


Share Your World July 2, 2018


Well it is Independence Week here in America and so schedules have been a little messed up. It may be the end of the week but there is still time for me TO SHARE MY WORLD.

Share Your World is the challenge where our hostess, Cee, asks several questions and we, her contributors, share our answers and share our worlds. Get it?

Well Cee’s questions and my answers are below. You can read those and then pop over to Cee’s blog using the underlined link and open yourself up to a world of sharing.

Tell us about your first bicycle or car?

My first bicycle was blue and it had those red and blue streamers in the handle bars and an orange warning flag for when I pedaled down the road. I wasn’t allowed to go out of sight of the house until I was in first grade so I am not sure what the orange flag was all about.

My first car was also blue. It was a Delta 78. It was so big I could lay out straight in the back seat for naps between classes at college. The power windows didn’t work and would fall down intermittently during drives and one of the door panels was loose and would just fall off sometimes when I opened the drivers door. Still I loved that car.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

I would love to visit Middle Earth. Specifically the house of Elrond in Rivendell.

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If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

I would have them do all the administration for my job. I would have them do all my paperwork and keep my bills and tell me how much I could spend. I haaaaate all that stuff.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am just days away now from being a grandfather!


Share Your World June 25, 2018


I came into the office for a bit today to get a jump on a few things for the week. So I thought I might also get a jump on SHARIN’ MY WORLD.

Here are this week’s Sharing questions from Cee and and my answers. You can find loads of other answers by going to Cee’s site at the underlined link above.

If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go? (remember this is SYW, they are friendly aliens)

Of course. I like to travel.

How tall are you? Are you satisfied with your height?

I am 5 foot 8 inches and most of the time I am satisfied with that. I mean, what choice do I have really?

Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours?

Sure. Although, not going on Facebook or WordPress might be a bit of challenge, it’s hardly to be considered on the same level as going without coffee for 24 hours.


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This idea came to me in prayer this week.

Mostly, we do not need to know what is going to happen. We only need to know what we will do no matter what happens


Share Your World June 18, 2018


This is the first time I have had more than 10 minutes to sit down and write this week. I am so grateful for a day of quiet. Still, it has been a very rewarding week and I have gotten a lot accomplished:

We had a great staff meeting and outing on Tuesday.

Wednesday Pastor Dan and I had the opportunity to teach the first part of the Book of Jude to a wonderful group of people at the church

Yesterday our admin team had fun making a video for the announcements on Sunday ( I hope to post them here sometime early next week). My daughter’s little kitty had to go into the kitty hospital yesterday for life-saving surgery. He had an obstruction. The poor thing was so miserable and we got him to the hospital just in time.

Tomorrow several of us will attend an full day seminar on the Spirit Empowered Church.

Today though is writing day! Right now it is time for SHARING MY WORLD USING CEE’S SHARING QUESTIONS.

Here are Cee’s questions and my answers. When you are done here skip on over to Cee’s site using the underlined link to see how everyone else shared.

You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape?

Not even a question here! BOOKS


Teleportation or flying?

Teleporting of course! It’s even biblical.

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37]c 38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.40Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea. Acts 8:40

 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. I Thess. 4:15-18

Would you rather live where it only snows or the temperature never falls below 100 degrees?

Yikes what terrible choices! I would take a very large house with central air and an indoor pool and then I would live where it never falls below 100.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

It was so fun doing Hey Jude with the administrative staff of our church on Sunday.