Monday, Monday…


The weekends sure go by in a hurry, don’t they?  It seems like there’s never enough time, but I’m making time to participate in my favorite Monday meme, ” Monday Quiz About Me”.  It’s hosted by Heather and her hubby, Wayne, on Acting Balanced.  Here are today’s questions:

1. September is Better Breakfast month – if time, money, calories etc. were no object, what would you have for breakfast?

I’d choose to have an omelet because Ed makes really good ones, and, thanks to ‘the girls’, we always have plenty of farm fresh eggs!  Occasionally, Ed will make us omelets for supper, but he’s never made them for breakfast!

2. How often do you do a major clean out?

Not nearly often enough!  The last major clean out we did was seven years ago, just before we moved into our new house.  I did a minor clean out this past weekend, when I partially cleaned out the storage shed, and donated some stuff to Goodwill.  A post about this ‘walk down memory lane’ will be coming soon!

3. What makes you feel appreciated?

A few kind words, a visit, a phone call, or a random act of kindness, it doesn’t take much.  Fortunately, my family makes me feel appreciated quite often.  In fact, Ed and I felt very appreciated yesterday, when our grandchildren presented us with some sweet gifts for Grandparents’ Day!

4. If you had the choice, would you employ someone to help around your home/life? Maid, Nanny, Cook, Butler or some other form of help?

I’d choose a maid who also cooks because I don’t especially enjoy cooking anymore, but some cleaning chores (cleaning windows, mopping/waxing, and cleaning in high places) are gradually becoming more of a challenge for me, too.

Which reminds me, have you met the adorable ninety-year-old couple who are featured on the Swiffer commercials?  I just love Leigh and Morty!  Here’s a clip about them:

My question for you:

 5.  Are you sentimental when it comes to getting rid of your children’s things or household items?  I sure am!  That explains why I have a storage room in my home, a storage shed outside, plus an attic filled with ‘treasures’. 

Weekend wrap up:

On Friday evening, two of our kids and their families met at our house for supper.  We’d all bought spaghetti dinners from church, to help raise money for a mission trip, so we ate our dinners together.  It was a nice way to kick off the weekend.

A ‘not-so-nice’ way to kick off the weekend was having Ed’s mom admitted to the hospital on Friday morning.  Unfortunately, she had a rough weekend, and still isn’t doing well.  Throughout the weekend, Ed spent a lot of time running back and forth to see about her.

I cleaned out the storage shed on Saturday, while Ed did a little construction work around the house.  We spent the most of the day outside, and boy, was it was hot!  Where is fall?  Speaking of fall–I put my fall decorations outside.  It’s a bit early, but I couldn’t stand to wait two more weeks. Besides, the leaves are already falling off the trees!

On Sunday afternoon, Ed finally determined the problem with my old washing machine.   Unfortunately, it’s going to be a difficult problem to repair, so we decided to move forward with purchasing a new one.  To put it mildly, our shopping experience was a bit bizarre– which I shall post tomorrow!

Have a great Monday!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge…August 31

Goodbye August, hello Hodgepodge. Here are this week’s questions. Thanks to Joyce for providing another great set of questions, even in the aftermath of hurricane Irene!

1. Do you think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, 2001 or did we just become more aware of the danger? How has your own life changed as a result of that day?  I think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, because the attacks were successful.  I think the success of those 911 attacks will encourage more plans for future attacks on our country and its citizens.  As far as how that day affected me, it’s made me less trusting, and more fearful.  I feel a loss of innocence.

2. Did you think your parents were too strict when you were growing up? How about in hindsight?  My parents weren’t strict at all.  They trusted me, and as a result they let me date at the ripe old age of 14!  Fortunately, I was a responsible teenager, with a strong conscience, which kept me out of trouble.  In hindsight, I realize just how young 14 really is…

3. Share one random but candid fact about yourself.  I’m a very transparent person.  My face usually reveals whatever I am thinking or how I am feeling.

4. Would your nearest and dearest describe you as simple or far too complicated? Well, I just asked him, and he says I’m simple.  After all these years together he knows me pretty well.  With me, what you see is what you get!

5. What is your favorite stadium or carnival food?  Without a doubt, it’s candy apples!  Love ’em!  Cotton candy is a close second.

6. Tornado, hurricane, earthquake…how many of these natural disasters have you experienced? Which event do you think would be the scariest?  I experienced a small tornado when I was pregnant with our second child in 1982. I was home alone at the time, and I was scared to death!  I went in the smallest room in our house, sat in a rocking chair and prayed as the tornado passed through our back yard.  The house shook, the roll-out windows of the house, which I’d cracked, lifted completely up by themselves, and the tornado sounded like a train rumbling through.  When it was over, thankfully, the only damage we suffered was a large uprooted tree in the backyard.

Another memorable tornado happened a few years earlier when a tornado destroyed three mobile homes, just two miles down the road from where we live.  Thankfully, nobody was killed, but several people were injured, as their homes were literally ripped to shreds.  I was remembering this as the tornado passed through our yard in 1982.

We also experienced the effects of hurricane David many years ago.  We live about 80 miles inland, but we  got  A LOT of wind and rain.  Thankfully, we didn’t lose power like many people did.

I think an earthquake would be the scariest of these three, because there is no warning at all before it happens.

7. Labor Day weekend is approaching so a work related question seems appropriate. Growing up, did your parents assign you regular chores? Were you paid for doing those chores? If you’re a parent do you assign chores to your own children? Why or why not?

Yes, my parents did assign chores.  I had to help clean the house on weekends, and I had to clean up the kitchen every night!  I’m not sure if I received a regular allowance, but I was given money when I wanted to buy something.

Our children had to clean their rooms, and clean up the kitchen each night.  I can’t remember if we gave them a regular allowance or not, but they were always given money when they needed some.

Random:  Yesterday I celebrated my 57th birthday!  It was an especially happy birthday this year.  Aside from the fact that I was treated to a beach trip, and then showered with cards, flowers, cake, gifts, family visits, and much love–I discovered that I am a year younger than I thought I was!  Ha!

I don’t know how or when I decided that I was going to be 58 on my birthday, but somehow I did!  When my granddaughter, Madison, asked me how old I was, I said “I’m 58.”  My daughter spoke up and said, “Well Facebook says you are 57.”  I quickly did the math, and determined, that indeed, I am only 57!  Now that’s a happy birthday!

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