Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Shannon's Moment's, Part Deux

Sunday Stealing: Shannon's Moments Meme, Part Two

23. Have you ever gone to the “dark side”?

A. My husband would probably say he has been the recipient of my dark side. But I've never killed anyone or been arrested, or tried to build a Death Star.

24. What shirt are you wearing right now?

A. I'm in my sleeping gown.

25. What’s important about a bed to you? Like type of sheets, size or whatever.

A. That it is comfortable and doesn't make my back hurt. I also like a bedspread instead of a comforter, and I like the room cold enough to need to be covered with a blanket and the bedspread.

26. Can you sing?

A. Yes. Not as well as I once could, but I can sing.

27. What is something about you that would surprise us?

A. I once put my fist through a door.

28. Have you been to a pirate, Renaissance Fair, or other costumed event? If not, would you for the right event or say cause?

A. I would love to go to a Renaissance Fair, but every time they have one within driving distance, I seem to be sick, or it rains.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?

A. Anything that comes to mind.

30. Favorite girl's name?

A. Susan.

31. Favorite boy's name?

A. James.

32. What’s in your pocket or purse right now?

A. Nothing in my pocket. My purse has the usual: change, ink pens, my asthma inhaler.

33. Last thing that made you laugh?

A. I told my husband that I didn't pour the oil from the oil lamp down the drain into the septic tank because I was afraid if one of us farted, it would blow the house up.

34. Best toy as a child?

A. Books.

35. Worst injury you have ever had?

A. I will have to go for bad recoveries from surgeries, given that it has left me disabled.

36. Where would you love to live?

A. I am happy where I am. I have lovely mountains and it's quiet. Aside from having to cut the frickin grass, what's not to love?

37. What type of TV do you have? Would you’d like an upgrade?

A. We have a flat screen that is about 12 years old and yes, I would like a new one.

38. There is no Number 38.

39. How many dogs do you have?

A. None. I used to have one but she died after 17 years, and I never had the heart to get another.
40. Do most folks trust you?

A. I used to be a reporter. Some people told me everything. Some people told me nothing. I have kept - and keep - many secrets. While some reporters never kept things "off the record," I did, if asked and I couldn't see the harm in it. The public doesn't need to know everything about a person.
41. What book are you reading?

A. Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell. I am on a "revisit my childhood favorites" kick at the moment. I want to study the stories and see how they hold up.
42. What’s your favorite classic TV show?

A. Cagney & Lacey. Is that a classic now? Or do you mean further back, like Bewitched?
43. What’s your favorite sports team?

A. I don't follow sports, but I root for the University of Virginia when someone asks.
44. Favorite month and why?

A. June. It's my birthday, and my husband's birthday, and it's not usually too hot.


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday 9: Hello

Saturday 9: Hello (2015)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. (I bet I am one of the few people who is not enamored of Adele.)

1) This video begins with Adele and her flip phone. Is your cell phone a simple or a smart phone?

A. It's a stupid phone. It's a flip phone I talk on. It doesn't text or anything.

2) As soon as her cell is fully charged, Sam disconnects the adapter from the outlet to save electricity. Are you careful about conserving energy?

A. I try to be, but according to our light bill, I am unsuccessful at this endeavor.

3) Adele sings that she must have a called a thousand times but her former lover never picked up. Think about the last call you made. Did you get through? Did you leave a voice mail? Or did you just hang up?

A. The last call I made was to my electric company because my lights keep blinking. The customer service representative was not exactly rude, but she kept insisting she couldn't help me without my account number. I have called my electric company many times (including just two days prior for the same problem) and never needed my account number. She argued with me for quite a while, and after much pain I finally found my account number (I was in a different room and having a very bad and difficult day), and in the process of looking for said number, I tripped over a table and all of my colored pencils went flying when I caught myself (plus I hurt my arm). I asked to speak with her supervisor but she did not put me through but instead said she would "have her call you back." She also would not give me her name. So far I haven't had any supervisor call me back. So that was the last call I made prior to answering these questions and it really pissed me off. I would like to rip someone a new one. Do you think the supervisor will call me back? I rather doubt it.

4) Adele brews a cup of tea in the video. How often do you drink tea? Year round? Only in winter? Never?

A. I drink tea every day.

5) Adele told Glamour magazine she likes two sugars in her tea. Do you watch your sugar intake?

A. Looking at my waistline, I would say not.

6) This song is about reaching out to someone and extending an apology. When is the last time you said, "I'm sorry?"

A. I said it to my physical therapist on Thursday when I was not able to reach a certain level on a task we were trying to do. An unnecessary apology, to be sure. I don't recall the last time I did something to someone and they deserved an apology for it, but I say "I'm sorry" a lot. It's a bad habit. On the whole, I try to be a good person and not hurt other people. Electric company customer service representatives may be my new exception.

7) Adele was a heavy smoker who enjoyed the habit and didn't quit until 2015, after  doctors convinced her it contributed to her chronic throat problems. What's something you know you should do for your health?

A. Diet.

8) Even though she is one of the world's highest-earning entertainers, she recently had her credit card rejected while shopping at H&M. She admits she was "mortified." Have you ever experienced that moment at the counter when your card was rejected?

A. I can't say that I have.

9) Random question: When you were a kid, did you keep a neat or messy bedroom?

A. I thought I kept a neat bedroom, though there were always lots of books. My parents might have thought otherwise, I don't know.


I encourage you to visit other participants in Saturday 9 posts and leave a comment. Because there are no rules, it is your choice. Saturday 9 players hate rules. We love memes, however.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Broken Man

About this time 32 years ago, I gave my husband a little plaster fireman that a friend painted for me. It sat on our shelf  by the fireplace for 29 years.

This morning my husband came in and lay beside me on the bed. "I have a confession to make," he said.

"What's that," I asked, still half asleep.

"You know that little fireman you got me that Dee made a long time ago? I broke him."

I was quiet for a moment. "When did you break him?"

"Sometime ago when I was cleaning the shelves for you, when you were really sick."

He had hidden him on a high shelf behind the TV speaker, turning him sort of butt out so I wouldn't notice the little guy was broken. And were it not for the fact that I plan to clean those shelves thoroughly today, dear husband might have gotten away with it for quite some time.

My little guy, still whole (a 2013 photo).

Now he has a concussion.

Not to mention, a broken helmet.

Here he is with a few tiny pieces (that were stuck inside
of him and I didn't see them until I took the above photo).
After I rose from bed, I looked to see the damage. It's a pretty big hole, and I know nothing about plaster. I will ask an artist friend if he is fixable. I won't throw him away until I know, but he will be relegated to a closet shelf, poor guy.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday 13

Yesterday was the anniversary of my mother's death. She died on August 24, 2000 of pancreatic cancer. She was 56 years old.

So here are 13 things about my mother.

My mother at my wedding.
1. She was a good cook, though I tend to remember her flops more so than her masterpiece creations mostly because they were humorous and stand out in my mind. There was the year of pumpkin pudding instead of pumpkin pie, for example, and duck that tasted like mud.

2. She could sew and frequently made my clothing until I hit high school and insisted on store-bought goods.

3. Her collections of items were many - bells, plates, figurines. She kept most of it behind glass in curios.

4. She worked for 30 years for the same company in Salem, VA, which was just a block away from her mother's house.

5. She was born in an apartment above a grocery store on Lowe Street in Salem. She was my grandparent's first born, and both of them were quite young (under 18, I think? Not unusual for that time period.).

6. We lived on a farm but I never thought she cared much for farm life. She grew up in Salem and while there was a rural quality about her childhood - her grandparents and parents had chickens and a big garden - I don't think she cared much for cows and putting up hay and the hard work that went along with it, especially since she also had a full time job while we were growing up.

7. She canned and put up produce from the garden. The pressure cooker she used always scared me because it was so noisy and it seemed like it was going to blow the roof off the house.

8. Her son (my brother) was her pride and joy.

9. She had a temper, but then, we all do. She liked flowers and the iris was her favorite. She liked her flower garden.

10. She served meals on blue china, which were the every day plates. They were quite lovely. I wish I had a picture of them.

11. Her decorator's eye was keen and she made a nice home for my father, simple yet elegant in style.

12. She loved to go to Myrtle Beach and enjoyed the beach more than the mountains when she was in her 40s. She said she felt better at the beach.

13. She had a good voice and could sing. And my grandfather called her "Liz" because he thought she looked like Elizabeth Taylor.


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 462nd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alpha Turkey

Can you tell which one is the alpha turkey?