Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stealing: Let's Talk Travel

From Sunday Stealing

Let's Talk Travel Meme

01. Ok let’s talk travel, do you like to travel?

A. I used to, but the older I get the more I just want to stay home.

02. Where have you been?

A. Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Spain, and France. I may be missing some states in there.

03. Next place you want to go?

A. I would love to visit England, Scotland, and Ireland. I would also like to take my husband to see the Grand Canyon.

04. What is something you MUST take with you when you travel?

A. My medication.

05. How do you like to travel? (mode of transportation)

A. Car. That will make going to Europe a little difficult, won't it.

06. With someone, or alone?

A. With someone.

07. Do you dance in your car when there are other people with you?

A. Um. I can't stand up in my car. But if you mean, do you sing aloud and move about when a good song comes on, then yes.

08. If you're quiet what does it mean?

A. It means I am thinking, I have nothing to say, or I am tired.

09. Favorite scent?

A. Chocolate chip cookies baking.

10. Favorite store?

A. Any bookstore will do.

11. Say you wanted coffee ... what kind is your favorite?

A. I do not drink coffee.

12. Favorite kind of pizza?

A. The round kind.

13. Do you get embarrassed easily?

A. Yes. This question has my face flaming red.

14. Do you mind people asking you personal questions?

A. Apparently not, since I do these meme things every week.

15. You have a tank of gas, $50, and the day off . . . what do you do?

A. Go home and read a book.

16. Favorite TV show?

A. I have recently enjoyed Masters of Sex, and I am looking forward to the final season of The Newsroom. I also like The Big Bang Theory, Bill Maher, and Survivor, which I have watched from its inception and have no idea why I still turn it on.

17. Song you turn the volume up all the way to listen to?

A. Band on the Run, by McCartney and the Wings. Or anything by the Eagles. Actually, I do that for most songs that were performed in the 1970s.

18. Something you keep in your car?

A. A box of tissues.

19. Highlight of your day?

A. Hugging my husband.

20. Something you do everyday that you wish you didn’t have to do?

A. Household chores of any kind.

21. Do you mind if people just show up at your house unannounced?

A. They generally don't, but I don't mind if they do. I might cringe if the living room is a wreck but you can't worry about stuff like that forever.

22. What do you do when you disagree with someone?

A. Shut up and change the subject.

23. Do you enjoy rain?

A. I like it for a while, but not every day.

24. Who’s your favorite person in the whole world . . . besides me?

A. My husband. He's the best.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday 9: The Power of Love (1985)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Huey explains that you don't need a credit card to find love. What's the last thing you charged?

A. Groceries. I have a great card that gives cash back for everything you buy, and I put the groceries on it and pay it off once a month. 

2) This song was written for Back to the Future. At the beginning of the movie, hero Marty McFly traveled around town on his skateboard. Are you good on a skateboard?

A. I broke my foot on a skateboard when I was young, so I would say no.

3) Huey sings lead and his backup group is The News. Was the most recent news you heard bad or good?

A. There's that Ebola stuff in the news. One guy dies from an illness and the nation panics; nearly 10,000 people have been killed by guns since the Newtown shootings, and we can't even talk about it. In state news, the Republican candidate for Virginia senator seems to have run out of cash. Locally, the Town of Fincastle is getting ready to switch over to one-way streets!

4) Huey's mother, Maria, was born in Poland. Who is the first member of your family to be born in the US of A?

A. I am not sure. I've been where I am for at least 8 generations, with relatives who fought in the American Revolution, so it would be one of my many-greats grandparents.

5) Brainy Huey got a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. Did you take the SAT? How did you do?

A. I did take the SAT. I don't remember the score (it was about 33 years ago!) but I do remember it wasn't as good as it should have been, given that I was an A student who graduated 5th in my class. I didn't test well.

6) This song also hit #1 in Australia, where anzac biscuits are popular. To make them (the recipe is here) you need coconut. Do you have any coconut in your home right now?

A. I despise coconut.

7) Thinking of dessert, would you rather have cookies, cake, pie, ice cream or frozen yogurt?

A. Chocolate cake.

8) We're definitely into autumn now. What will you remember most about Summer 2014?

A. My husband getting his hand caught in a hay baler will definitely be one for the books. He is doing very well now. He still has some mobility issues but the doctor has told him to do whatever he wanted.

9) Tell us your superhero name, as determined by the color of your shirt and an item directly to your right. For example, Sam fights crime as The Gold Kleenex Box!

A. CountryDew fights crime as the Blue Calculator.

Friday, October 17, 2014

How I Met My Husband

This is the week of the anniversary of the day I met my husband.

The day was much like this one - Autumn in full bloom, the trees bursting with color. It was a Friday and I was a year out of high school, still trying to find myself. It was October 15, 1982. Ronald Reagan was president, nobody knew what a cell phone was, and the Internet wasn't on anybody's mind. People actually carried on conversations in person and did not text, if you can believe it.

A friend suggested we go to the annual Lord Botetourt/James River school football game. The two in-county high schools had a keen rivalry, and there was sure to be folks there we knew.

My husband-to-be was standing under the goal posts in the end zone (I don't think they let you do that anymore), hanging out with his buddies. Somehow or another (prearranged by friends, I think), we ended up standing together.

Conversation was slow. I asked questions about the game even though I knew football and didn't need the answers.

Finally, he asked me if I'd go out with him the next night. I told him I couldn't, as I had plans to celebrate my parents' anniversary.

After the game, I went to Mike's Market, located in what is now Bellacino's. He showed up there, too. My friend suddenly told me she had a ride home, and I should go dancing with this new fellow.

And so I did. We went to the dance hall at the Ramada Inn, which is no longer there (though the hotel still stands at the Hollins exit, and I can't remember what it is now). 

We sat and listened to the band, and danced some, but not much (he is not much on dancing) and had our first kiss.

The next day he called me and asked me what I was doing Sunday afternoon. I told him I was taking the Sunday school class to Walden Park off Plantation Road.

He asked if he could come with me. I agreed, and this he did. He didn't complain or anything when one of the kids threw up in the back seat of my mother's car.

And that was how I stopped being single. We were married a year and a month later, when I was 20. He proposed in July 1983 and we married that November.

(Though to be truthful, this was not the first time we'd met. We had ridden the same school bus for a while as children. I remembered him but he did not remember me, which is natural as I was four years younger. Also, he had shown up at our house a few months earlier with the volunteer fire department to help put out a brush fire that started when my father was burning a pile of debris. When I met him that day I was hot and sweaty from trying to help Dad put out the blaze. I don't think he noticed me then, either.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday Thirteen #365

These are some photos I took yesterday afternoon when I went after the mail. They are shots taken from various locations around the farm.

1. This is from the front yard; it's the view out my office window. The silo off in the distance belongs to my husband's cousins' family.

2. This is the "big hay field" looking back to the west towards our house. The road going up the hill is our driveway.


3. This is part of the farm; the hillside is used for pasture. As you can see, the farm on that side is bifurcated by power lines. And then the road cuts the entire place in half yet again.

 4. A closer look at the hillside with a little Autumn color.

5. This is the other part of the hillside, more to the south.

6. The mountain in the background is called Tinker Mountain.

7. Another shot of the woods and our driveway. You can't beat the Blue Ridge Mountains for beauty, regardless of the time of year.

8. A look towards what I believe is North Mountain; that division there where the mountain slopes on the right is called Stone Coal Gap. The next mountain is called Caldwell Mountain. I hope I have that right.

9. This is my father's house, which is about six miles away by car, from the top of one of our fields. Oddly, after 27 years, I just realized that we are actually facing one another on opposing hills; there is vegetation between us that keeps me from seeing the house, plus I think my place is just a bit lower in elevation.

10. The neighbor's barn and cattle as seen from the hayfield. That tiny little house in the far back is where my husband and I first set up housekeeping 31 years ago. Tiny little four-room place, colder than icicles during the winter.

11. A little different angle at the hill where my house is. My house is to the left in the picture.

12. Nice overview shot showing the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, looking toward Bedford County. That tall mountain in the clouds on the left is the Peaks of Otter. You can see the roof of my house in the woods on the right.

13. A closer shot of the trees.

And an extra picture just because.

Beautiful, isn't it?

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 365th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Fat Groundhog

We have an acorn tree near our shed, and the groundhog likes acorns.

It also lives under the shed. Nothing I put in the hole or around it makes it leave. I once poured mothballs down the hole and later found them in a pile a few feet away from the opening.

I worry about the foundation of the outbuilding.

When we had a dog, which was 15 years ago, we didn't have trouble with things like groundhogs, but this one moved in a few years after the dog died, and it, or its offspring, has been there ever since.