A Wild Aloha To You!

A Wild Aloha To You!
Comfort is the enemy of achievement

Music – Deep Thoughts

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Hyacinthoides hispanica (syn. Endymion hispanicus or Scilla hispanica), the Spanish bluebell, is a spring-flowering bulbous perennial native to the Iberian Peninsula. It is one of around a dozen species in the genus Hyacinthoides, others including the common bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in northwestern Europe, and the Italian bluebell (Hyacinthoides italica) further east in the Mediterranean region

Wilding Thoughts

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Lao Tzu
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Alexander the Great
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Milton Berle

Chat Time
The new mini-interview series.

9 Lifestyle-orientated questions with a leaning also towards your blog genre will be asked of you and appear in the A Wild Aloha To You! series published Monday and Friday 5.55 pm

My blog is called Stine Writing.

I would say I am pretty intelligent, very creative, fun, accepting, tolerant, and helpful. I like to help in ways that I can and encourage people to see their worth. I want to live a
long life, travel the world and have good people in my life, especially my daughter, Lindsay, and my husband, David.

I had always wanted to “blog”, not knowing what it entailed, then I lost my first husband, and I thought I would look into it with extra time. I wanted to include things like losing my husband but wanted it to be more positive.

I always loved writing but hadn’t done much of it since I was younger. I read a lot of blogs and seemed to lean toward the

poetry side of things. I have gone through a few phases, like my Cat in the Hat fan-fiction and compilation stages. It changes but looking back, I believe my writing is improving, and I have made many “blogging friends” over the past three years.

Christine Bialczak

Are you more of an introvert, ambivert, omnivert or extravert or just like a box of chocolates?  

I am an omnivert. I grew up shy and busted out of my shell in my late teens and early twenties. I love making people laugh and telling stories, but I also like to be the person in a group who doesn’t have to say anything and sits and listens. That being said, I feel blogging fits me perfectly. Sometimes I do not want to talk to anyone at all!

What Personality Trait Has Gotten You In The Most Trouble? Do you have a rebellious streak, and if so, how does it show itself?  

I am definitely a rule follower and cannot tolerate procrastination. I like to get things done when I want them done, and I find it harder and harder to stay relaxed and take one thing at a time as I get older. I can make my family a little crazy with this as, as I said, when I want something done, I want it done now! This trait has gotten me in the most trouble because I jump before thinking. I have practised my whole adult life to stop and think before acting or reacting. I would say that inconsiderate people are one of my major peeves. That and rip-off, scamming types.

When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?  

When I blog, I usually write based on visual or word prompts. When I first started finding these “challenges,” it took me out of my comfort zone and helped me explore all the forms of poetry that are out there and helped with idea-generating. I used to write to each separate prompt, but that got tiring and timely, so now I like to write compilations where I combine different prompts. I learned this from other bloggers, and it works well, mainly because it makes me dig for ideas. 

My biggest challenge is finding ways to put my personal feelings into words. Having lost my husband and son within 13 months of each other, I have been pretty traumatized, and although writing about it makes me cry, it also helps me feel less alone. My husband now, David, is very supportive of all my writing. 

What subjects are you knowledgeable on that would surprise people about you?  

I moved to Florida in 2021 after my father’s partner passed away. David came down, and we bought a house here. I love it. I grew up on the shoreline, and this is very reminiscent of that sort of life. The house has had its share of issues, and I have dealt with them. 

The biggest issue was the frog problem. We had an infestation of Cuban Tree Frogs. These weren’t the cute ones with the suction-cup feet. These big, nasty ones ate all the cute ones with the suction-cup feet! After researching Florida’s agriculture, I found I had to exterminate these critters before they completely took over my pool and yard. I learned that the best way to get rid of frogs is straight vinegar in a backpack sprayer. Yes, it does the trick!

What are your most popular types of blog posts? What inspires you the most, and are there subjects you write about more than others? 

I am becoming known for the miniatures I make. I started building them in 2020 after losing my husband. I grew up loving small things and always wanted a giant dollhouse. 

I finally figured out where my love of miniatures came from after seeing the show about Fred Rogers, Mr Roger’s Neighborhood. If you haven’t seen the show, it starts with a scan through a tiny toy world. My miniatures have improved, and David has bought me just about every tool you could imagine to help me expand my craft. I started making custom-built miniatures and had my first completely handmade miniature go to a cafe opening in Qatar! 

Someone contacted me from that country and asked if I could make a 2D cafe. I took on the challenge and found even more love in my work. Since starting my miniatures, I have also made miniature pottery pieces, teaching myself how to throw about 2 ounces of clay on a standard-size pottery wheel.

Do you practice self-care regularly, or do you have to be reminded to do so by others who care?  

There are a few things I wish for all the time:

I wish I could take ballet lessons again
I wish I could travel to other countries
I wish I could publish a book
I wish I could write a whole book
I wish I could have a least one visit with my mom, my late husband, and my son.
I wish I could be in shape again to do yoga and other active things without being in pain or so much trouble.

I do find that I need to talk about my losses, and I have seen that I can do that through writing and blogging. It makes me feel less alone and helps me sort out my thoughts. I’m not particularly eager to harp on sadness, though, which is why blogging is nice because I can get it off my chest and then not have to talk about it anymore if I don’t want to!

Which detective do you like the best in film, television or literature or all forms and what makes them great?  

If I could be on any television show, it would be Criminal Minds. I want to be a profiler. That is one thing I wish I had done when I was younger, go to school for something like that. I foundI loved teaching, but my dream would have been to be a behaviour analyst for the FBI.

Now, unfortunately, I probably have the education to be a profiler, but I’m too old to get hired by the FBI; I think you have to be 35 years old or younger. I guess my “secret interest” is in the criminally insane. It is not that I like what they do, but it amazes me how the mind works and how people become the way they are. I think I would have been a good FBI agent.

There we go, folks; l hope you enjoyed Chat Time with Christine and may we wish you a lovely day in all that you do.

Unsure if a mini-interview is right for you?

Check out the Interview Directory Here

How the process works is simple l will email you fifteen mixed lifestyle+ questions that l think will be of interest to you, and all you have to do is select nine of your choice and answer those.

If this appeals, let me know below or email me direct your interest to theautisticcomposter@gmail.com with Cuppa Chat as the title and include topics of interest so that l can better offer you the right questions.

Many thanks.
Rory Matier

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