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November 9, 2014

Sharing Answers to Interesting Questions

I found today while reading Carol’s post at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind that Cee has some intriguing questions this week. Sharing my world with Cee is always a great place to jump start a blogging block.

1. What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood? I have this really strong memory of my parents doing some remodeling in the kitchen. I think they were taking down the paneling you see in this shot to left of me (that’s my sister in the foreground) and the big yellow refridgerator:
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I can’t remember what they put up in its place, but I remember that my sister and I were allowed to doodle on the wall before whatever the replacement was went up. When my parents sold that house, we always wondered if the new owners would have a laugh when they some day discovered what was on the wall!

2. As a child, who was your favorite relative? I’m assuming this question means a relative outside of your immediate, nuclear family that you grew up with, at least that is how I am interpeting it. I’d have to say my Uncle Sonny. He’s pictured here between my mom and her husband:
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Uncle Sonny (real name Maurice, but my grandmother called him “sonny” therefore he became Uncle Sonny to me) is 21 years older than my mother – he is the eldest of 9 children in the family where my mother is the youngest. He is much more like a grandfather to me than my actual grandfathers were, neither of whom I knew very well when they were alive.

3. What did you like or not like about the first apartment you ever rented? I never rented an apartment. It’s one of things I feel I missed out on in life – living in a place that was just mine. I went from living with my family to living with my husband in the house we still live in today.

4. What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it. I’d make a public service announcement for taking responsibility in life and passing that responsibility on to your children when you decide responsibly to become a parent. I feel there are so many bad cycles in life that could be broken if everyone was responsible for their own actions and didn’t expect other people or the government or lawyers to step in and fix things. Take credit where credit is due and accept the blame if it is yours.

Because I don’t feel I could leave a blog post on a sour note like this and because my daughter just sent me a video clip of ballroom contestants marching into the room to the famous John Phillips Souza march that opens every episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus…

and now for something completely different…

So relaxed

A totally relaxed kitty from our last visit to Pickity Place who cares nothing about what I choose to babble on about in this space!

July 16, 2014

Doing a Little Sharing

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I’m taking a little break from the 66 Days of Summer with this post. It has been a long time since I’ve done a Cee’s Share Your World post, so I thought I’d give it a try on this rainy morning.

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?
Nope, never have. I think Meghan was fond of playing “parade” when she was little, however. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going on in this photo of her with my best friend Renae.
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According to my archives, this photo is from 1998 – Meghan would be 3 years old.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?
I’m with Cee on this one – I’d sell them. I know very little about opera and it isn’t something I’m interested in experiencing. Also, like Cee, the ballet would be a different story. Readers of this blog know the love of ballet I have. The girls and I got to see the Moscow Ballet perform “Sleeping Beauty” this past April and it was beautiful. My apologies, I only have lousy shots from the finale – as you can imagine, real photography wasn’t allowed.
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Why did you start your blog?
I started it as way to share my love of photography. I’m only a hobbyist, but I enjoy it very much. Before I started the blog, I found myself participating in photo challenges from other blogs I was reading. I used Flickr to participate, but Flickr doesn’t allow the kind of interaction that a blog does, in my opinion, so I jumped in and gave blogging a shot. I’ve been at it over 4 years and I’m still having fun with it. The first photo assignment I participated in once I started the blog was Scott Thomas’s assignment on Creative Exposure. This was my entry. And here is my favorite photo from that assignment:
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What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)
This is an easy one for me – Pig Out! I’ve mentioned this tradition on the blog before, but rather than make you follow a link to another post, I’ll quickly summarize. Pig Out is a tradition that has been happening with me, my sister, Renae, my mother, Renae’s mother, and Renae’s aunt for 20+ years now. It started as a way for us to find time to see Renae and her mom and aunt at Christmas time. The first one was haphazard – it took place at Renae’s aunt’s house and she just kept pulling different snack foods out of her fridge and pantry. Now we plan it well in advance and take turns hosting the event and all bring food, potluck style. This is an example of one of our Pig Outs:
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Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Some of my gratefulness that I would like to answer about is a little more than a week old, but I think it’s okay to bend this answer just a wee bit, right Cee? I’m grateful for the time I got to spend individually with each of my daughters. As I told you in this post I had the unusual circumstance of just Meghan and me being home for dinner. Then I had the chance to enjoy some shopping time with Sarah (shopping is NOT one of Sarah’s favorite activities) last Thursday.

I’m looking forward to taking Sarah to have her senior portraits done this Friday. Hard to believe all the events of senior year of high school are beginning with my baby!

January 21, 2014

Some Answers for Cee

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I had a look at Cee’s Share Your World questions for this week and when I saw the first question, I just knew I had to participate! Feels a bit like, oh I don’t know, Karma maybe? 😉

In what do you find the simplest of joys?
Great question Cee – and what I am striving to find as often as possible. I shared a couple simple joys in this post. Here are a few more:

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Butterflies on my butterfly bush in the summer

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My toes in the sand, any season of the year but winter

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A tomato grown in my garden

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Snow on a funny collie face

Jello or Pudding? And what is your favorite flavor?
I’d have to go with pudding, and the darkest chocolate flavor.

Is there a language you would like to learn?
I’ve had a long-standing love affair with the French language, as I chronicled once in this blog post. I took it all through school and for a year in college. I can still read some of it, but my skills are definitely slipping. I’d love to be able to understand it as I once did.

Do you prefer juice or fruit?
Fruit for sure and just about any kind! This is a difficult time of the year for finding decent fruit here in New England. A couple weeks ago I got some strawberries from Florida that were pretty good and that was a little thrill!
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While searching for fruit photos to add to this post, I realized I’ve done a lot of posts about fruit. Add that to my simple joys, Cee, and thanks again for the questions!

August 31, 2013

Answering Some Questions from Cee

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I know that Cee’s “Share Your World” questions come out on Mondays, so I am rather late in providing some answers, but I decided to share anyway!

1. While in school who was your favorite teacher – what grade and why?

This was an easy one for me. My favorite teacher was my social studies teacher in 11th and 12th grade, Miss Mary Lou Brewer.

(I took this photo from my high school yearbook)

I had her for Honors U.S. History and Senior Seminar in U.S. History. She was the person who inspired me to want to become a teacher. History was never a subject I was terribly interested in until I had her classes. She took history and made it come alive, made it so much more than boring names and dates. We learned about the people and their times by becoming characters from history and putting them on trial and recreating events like the Continental Congress. She also saw something in me, a shy, unsure 16-year-old and mentored me and helped me blossom into a much more confident, self-assured young adult. If I could find her today (she has retired from my high school) I would thank her again and again.

2. Would you accept $5,000 to shave your head or die it bright lime green and continue your normal activities while not explaining the reason for your haircut or color?

I’d have a really hard time doing this without being able to explain myself! I do work in a middle school, afterall, and enduring the stares of 11-14 year-olds, not to mention my colleagues, without an explanation would not go over very well. I’d probably get pulled into the principal’s office to be questioned about what the heck was going on, and was I feeling alright?

Meghan and her dance class, however, pulled off the look quite nicely some years ago, lol!

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3. You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?
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This is my secret phobia! I avoid elevators as much as possible. I’d feel sorry for anyone trapped in an elevator with me!

(Dear family friend Brianna “trapped” in a tiny space from a camping trip several years ago)

4. When you are with your friends, do your interactions include much touching—for example, hugging, kissing, rough housing, rubbing backs? Would you like to have more of this? (Note: the answers may vary depending on where you live on this wonderful planet.)

In general, not too much. A hug hello and goodbye when there has been a gathering of our wonderful group of friends. Silly grab-ass-ery, especially among the guys, will happen at a party like this one:

(From our murder-mystery party last October)

Thank you Cee, for another very interesting batch of questions!