Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Often I get emails from my sister about 50 Questions About Me. She fills in the blanks and then asks me to fill in the answers and send them back... and invite ten others to do the quiz.
Well, I'm writing one for myself and a lonely, aimless friend. I want her to examine her strengths and favourite passtimes. Why be retired if all you do is waste time?
I didn't write fifty, so it should be a breeze....
Q & A
1. Have you ever written a poem? all the time
2. Ever come up with a tune and some lyrics of your own? not yet
3. What was your favourite topic in high school? home economics
4. Were you any good at sports? not really
5. Who’s Family would you have liked to live in: Bradys, Waltons, Flintstones, Jeffersons? Other? the Waltons
6. Which book has stayed with you the longest? Anne Of Green Gables/ Bible
7. What time period would you like to live in the most? the Victorian Era
8. Favorite sitcom? Taxi
9. Ever follow a soap opera? All My Children (while I was nursing my daughter)
10. Where have you volunteered? hospital, church
What would you like to be doing in 12 months from now? painting pictures for my home
Where in the world would you like to visit to learn more? Hawaii
If you were given the invitation, would you rather sing on IDOL or DANCE with the STARS? I'd like to cut a rug with the dancers
A) What can you make in the kitchen that is your best work? lasagne, no-bake cheesecake
B) What has been you most exotic ethnic food you have tried? Iranian
C) What artist has your interest? Emily Carr or Monet
D) Ever tried jogging? Aerobics? A workout video? I like aerobics
E) Who did you last talk to on the phone? Sue from the mall
F) What colour is your bedroom? beige
G) How many pairs of shoes do you own? over 30
H) Comb or brush your hair? brush
I) Favorite piece of jewellery? grandma's cameo
J) Where do you go if you get gussied-up? out for dinner
K) Who’s biography would you like to read? Michaelanglo
OK now it's your turn if you want to play. p.s. what is the most lame question and which one did you like the most?
Monday, May 02, 2011
Last week, my ex's mother died. She was a loving mother and a devoted wife. Being mostly human, she could drive her kids crazy... but being mostly angelic too, she was a darling, down-to-earth loving lady.
I thought of my daughter spending a first Mother's Day without her granny and I also was aware that my ex-husband would be particularly crushed at this time. All I could do, I thought, was to pen a memorial note and mail it inside my sympathy card.
The memories came easily and the words filled 3 pages in no time. I smiled at the thoughts being shared and I misted up often at the bittersweet actions I was writing about.
I won't be flying cross country to attend the funeral if there is to be one.
I feel better about getting some words on a page so that I could think and remember a nice lady. I hope that my contribution will minimize the grief and perhaps add a smile to J & L's day when the note arrives.
May O. you will be greatly missed!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Today, I got a lot of tasks accomplished. I feel great.
I ditched my winter coat this morning and wore a pink hoody and it was all I needed. Spring is in the air. I live in a soggy area that is mostly clay, so my rubber boots completely my ensemble.
To begin my "To Do" list, I planted my primula plants. They are hardy and will put up with cool nights and lots of rain.
I went to the bank and paid my life insurance. In another shop, I bought half a yard of fabric that I've had my eye on. On my way out, I saw something perfect for my mom's birthday... bought that and headed for the post office. I put the gift into an envelope along with a birthday card and had that in the mail before lunchtime.
I enjoyed a bit of a walk in the sunshine getting back to my car. I drove to my local library to pick up one book that was being held for me. I checked out another book on traditional quilt patterns, so that takes me back to the fabric I purchased this morning.
On the drive home, I wondered what I would make for supper. I was quickly approaching a favourite veggie market, so I turned off and found great bananas, colourful carrots, a zucchini, some potatoes and a red onion.
I made up a quick stew and found out my partner had not had any lunch yet. I was able to tell him that there was food ready as he walked in the door!
A neighbour showed up to drop off something and I traded a book that I had just finished. That was a win-win visit for sure.
Do you ever had days that seem like all the pieces simply fall into place? The timing feels right and the effort is easy? That's the kind of day I enjoyed today.
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