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Meme and Memories

This meme cheerfully swiped from JeannieKay. More post after the meme.

  1. Who is your favorite Musical Artist from when you were a teenager?
    I’d have to say as a solo artist, John Denver. His was one of the first albums I actually purchased. I still love his music, all these years later.
  2. Who is your favorite game show host?
    Allen Ludden. I used to love Password and thought it was a hoot when Betty White was one of the guest stars. I didn’t realize until much later that she was actually a star in her own right; I just thought it was cool that this game show host would have his wife on as a guest. (Hey, I was little, gimme a break.)
  3. Who is your Favorite Blog hosting service?
    I am self-hosted on my blog, which means I can run more than just a blog if I’m so inclined (and do.) So I’d have to say my current hosting company. Since that’s also my employer, I tend not to post the company name on my blog except in password-protected entries. Ergo if you know me enough to know my password, you know. If not, sorry, you’ll have to guess.
  4. If you could meet anyone again from your childhood, who would it be?
    My best friend as a child was our next door neighbor, Renee Shickles. I have looked for her several times over the years, but never got anywhere with my search. I literally just found her today by doing a search for one of her brothers’ names – only to discover he’d passed away from cancer last fall. She was listed as a survivor and I found her information on White Pages. I will be sending her a letter.
  5. Where did you want to live when you were growing up?
    Anywhere but where I lived. It wasn’t about a place – like Hawaii or another country. It was about who I lived with.
  6. What is the most interesting piece of Trivia that you know?
    Probably the most interesting pieces of trivia I know are experiential; for example, I know that in Holland when someone in your family has a birthday, you wish every family member a Happy Birthday, not just the person whose birthday it is. (My husband is Dutch.)  I probably know a bazillion other similarly obscure factoids, but would have to think to come up with any one particular one beyond that.
  7. If you could live in any point of history when would it be and why?
    This is a catch-22. Part of me wants to go back to some parts of history, but the practical side of me says otherwise. The 1940’s and 1950’s sound idyllic in a lot of ways, only as a woman I would’ve been a second-class citizen; the medical care at that time wouldn’t have come anywhere near being able to diagnose and treat me; and so on. If Atlantis was a real place, maybe I’d have liked to live there a few generations before its disappearance, only without all the medical issues. In other words – no clue.
  8. What is the most interesting job you have ever had?
    I was a process server for a while. It was interesting to get to see the workings of the court from behind the scenes, and as a woman I was able to serve papers on people who avoided it. There were literally only maybe half a dozen women process servers in the region at the time.
  9. Please share one middle school memory. It can be good, bad, ugly, funny. Pictures or words, I don’t care, just share.
    Middle school for me fell at the end of the Vietnam War. I remember friends who bought stainless steel bracelets with the names of POWs on them. They vowed never to take them off until the POW came home. I wonder if they kept those vows, because there were sadly some POWs who never came home.
  10. What’s your favorite Beatles song?
    My first impulse is Penny Lane. It’s just plain fun. But I love so many others, too. The Beatles were an extraordinary group in so many ways. Yes, they were a product of their times and a lot of people say they wouldn’t be the juggernaut today that they were then. I disagree, because the four lads kept reinventing themselves, and they weren’t just ahead of the curve – they were a power unto themselves. If anything they DEFINED the curve.
  11. If I asked you to describe your most comfortable outfit, what would it be?

    Probably a simple dress. I have a few of them and live in them all summer long. I have several cotton ones, and thinking about buying the one pictured that’s a rayon blend, from I love rayon – it’s the softest thing on the planet. My only beef is that the only two similar dresses in my size only come in black – and while I don’t mind black, I’d like to have other colors, too.
  12. Would you rather host a party or be a guest?
    I generally don’t enjoy parties, though I’m reasonably okay with hosting my own, so I’d definitely choose hosting. I just need plenty of time to prepare because of mobility issues.
  13. Do you think we will move completely from traditional books to digital ones, and if we do, are you OK with that?
    I would hate to see us move completely to digital books, for more reasons than I can count. Yes, digital books are more portable, don’t kill trees, and allow more diverse choices because of self-publication. Paper books are available even in an apocalyptic future where the Internet dies. Something tells me none of the above will survive a thousand years in the future. You want longevity? Go with clay tablets.
  14. Do you learn best by reading, listening or experiencing?
    I think it’s a given that we all learn best by experience. Experience is a multi-sensory experience. Reading beats listening for me, by a wide margin, but I’m a good reader. If I were a poor reader, listening might be the better option.
  15. If you are (or when you were) single, what is the kiss of death for you concerning the opposite sex?
    Lies and bullying are my two top killers. I watch how a person treats other people. If it’s not with respect and integrity, I’m done. I guess that’s why prejudice is so unfathomable to me. It’s basically bullying.
  16. Snacks. Salty or sweet?
    Yes, please. I love both – salty caramels to die for.
  17. Look around you in a four foot radius. What object is around you that you didn’t realize was there or forgot was there? How long has it been there?
    Four foot radius? Nothing. We rearranged the bedroom not too long ago and everything that close in, I put there myself less than a month ago. You’d have to move to the next room, and it would probably be a book. We have so many books I’m sure there are plenty I’ve forgotten.
  18. What is your favorite Tom Cruise movie?
    Tough to say. I don’t like what I’ve seen of TC on principle, and never really been a big fan of any of his movies. I found some of them downright offensive. If I had to choose, it would probably be Top Gun, but not because of him – in SPITE of him.
  19. You buy a bottle of shampoo and discover that you don’t like what it does to your hair at all. What do you do with that full bottle?
    Offer it to family members, and if nobody else wants it, donate it. This happens frequently in my world, by the way, because I’m allergic to virtually everything in the world of cosmetics and such. As a result, I’ve given away some pretty pricey hair products.
  20. Your favorite spring comfort food?
    Does corn on the cob count as a spring comfort food? We all love it to death at my house, including my grandson. Otherwise, I love green beans cooked with baby red potatoes, diced green onions and (if we have any) diced bacon or ham. Since we live so far south and in a world where the growing season is perpetual, there are very few truly seasonal food choices. Everything is pretty much year-around.

This seems like it’s been a very short weekend. Yesterday morning our dog had disappeared and my poor husband was just beside himself. He was offering whatever it took to get his dog back. Luckily our dog is a certified homebody – he’d only wandered next door, where the neighbor kids had collected him. They brought him home late yesterday morning.

Hubby’s been deathly sick for the majority of the week, anyway, so he was exhausted after our morning yesterday. So was I. We ended up sleeping most of yesterday away. I got up this morning and made a run to the hardware store for a couple of things – our toilet mechanisms are crap, and both needed to be replaced. Got the parts for G to do that, plus the paint to do a couple of picture frames plus a couple of sample colors for what we’re planning for our bedroom walls. We’re probably going to be looking at something in this family.

Tropical Lagoon Sea Spray

Both are pretty and look much lighter on the wall than on here. I’ve tried the SUPER pale colors on walls before and they end up just looking more like dirty white. I told G we need to use the samples to put up a couple of patches and figure out which one we actually want, since we’re going to be looking at them for a while to come. These are kind of a compromise. G wanted gray or steel blue; I prefer a soft green. These are variations on turquoise, and I think they’ll do nicely.

We also have a metal cabinet and are talking about enamel in one of these shades:

Peacock Blue Totally Teal

Those are actually much darker in person than they look here. Go figure. I took the colors from using colorcop. The colors online really aren’t a great match, from what I can tell.

I also checked out baby trees whilst there. We know we want a shade tree in our back yard, but G balked because of the cost. I priced out African Sumac, which is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant variety. The cost for a 5-gallon tree is a whopping $20. I think we can swing that. As we discussed, though, it’s got to be planted asap in order to survive the summer. You don’t want to introduces a new tree to the landscape when the days are already 115º.

African Sumac

I’m planning on sometime in the next few months also getting us a new quilt for our bed. The one we have right now was a Wally World special and between the dog and the toddler, plus simple wear and tear, it’s starting to show its age. I can justify up to the $100-150 range if I get a reversible quilt, and if I put it on the credit card I’ll pay it off pretty quickly. When we moved, we simply had to do the cheapest thing, period. I want something now that’s going to last. If we happen to luck into something in a yard sale, that’s fine too, but we need something before too much longer.

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