Do you make New Year’s resolutions, or not? If so, what one have you made and kept from the past? I used to make New Year’s resolutions, but never kept them so gave up. Now I just resolve myself to be a better Christian each and every day of my life. Why wait till New Year’s?
Do you prefer Nuts or no Nuts? Depends on what the item is that incorporates the nuts. I like most nuts on their own merit, but I’m not a big fan of nuts “in” anything.
Do you like winter, or not, and why? I love winter in Upstate New York. I love the snow, and am looking forward to the huge storm currently on its way to us. I particularly like virgin snow covering an open hilly field at twilight, with just a touch of snowflakes coming down to make everything sparkle and magical.
Do you prefer to receive gifts or give them? I much prefer to GIVE than to receive! I tend to personalize gifts that I give, and find it a unique challenge to try to give something that the receiver would never think to buy for him/herself, but you know they would love because it incorporates a hobby or a sport or something they really like.
Thanks, Cee and Caddo for these thought-provoking and challenging questions for this last week of 2012. Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013 to all!
Your most favorite fiction book? Has to be “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell. I’ve always been a horse lover and this story has always fascinated me.
What one thing you miss about being a kid? Carefree summer vacations. Summers off from school seemed to last forever for me. I remember laying in the cool grass under our maple trees watching a warm breeze move through the leaves and branches. We had a small hill in our yard, that seemed big to us as children, and we’d start at the top and roll down over and over until we were dizzy. Catching fireflies at night and keeping them in a jar and watching them blink until you fall asleep.
Fireflies in summer
If you were an ice cream cone how many scoops and flavors would you be and why? I’d be chocolate ice cream (a classic) and only a couple of scoops. Just enough for a “child size” to enjoy, otherwise I might get thrown into the trash if there’s too much left over. More importantly, I’d like to have one of those “flavored” cones with the flat bottom. They used to come in chocolate, red and green as well as the “standard” one shown here.
Chocolate ice cream cone
What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?I was lucky enough to be at the top of my class in high school as far as the business courses I took. In my senior year, I was “teacher’s pet” of the business director, so when she was asked to recommend a student for an open part-time position as Receptionist at the school’s district offices, she recommended me and I got the job. I started working during my lunch hour to cover the full-time Receptionist’s lunch hour, and after school. Then I went on to substitute for the high school’s secretary over summer vacation (no fireflies THAT summer!) and other various temp positions throughout the school district.
1. If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?My mother’s china hutch has a lot of memories for me. My father built it for her and I “claimed it” when she passed away. Of course, I would have to bring all of my quilts, fabrics and sewing machine! And there are two things from OUTSIDE that I’d bring: my swimming pool and my newly-planted red oak tree that commemorates a very special person in my life. (Forgiven & Set Free)
2. Are you mostly a clean or messy person? I keep a very clean, organized mess! In all seriousness, I keep a clean, comfortable home. I’m not hyper-clean, and not everything is kept in its place all the time, but you can come here and kick off your shoes (or not) and not be concerned that my table linens don’t match!
3. What is the most enjoyable team or club you have belonged to and what was it that made it so? In 2000 I participated in the Kona Marathon, Kona Hawaii. I was part of a team of marathoners that raised money for the American Stroke Association as part of the participation in the marathon. There were 15 of us from New York state that raised at least $4,000 each (the minimum required to raise in order to participate) and we went to Kona and were part of a country-wide team of participants. The team spirit was incredible! The marathon was incredible! And afterwards, my best friend and I stayed on in Kona for an additional 4 days to sightsee.
4. What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $50? Why? $50 doesn’t go too far nowadays. I think my husband and I would enjoy having either a lunch or dinner at some undiscovered restaurant. We like “discovering” new eateries and new shops and sharing the experience.
What is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person? That’s a tough one. I think the most incredible venue I’ve seen is the highway that runs between Anchorage and Seward, Alaska. The scenery and wildlife is undisputably gorgeous and untouched. The mountains, glaciers and lakes leave one in awe.
2. What as your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now? I can remember hamburgers being my all-time favorite thing to eat, and my parents hated that fact! No matter where we went to eat, even a 5 star restaurant, when asked what I wanted, I always replied “a hamburger”. I think it must’ve been embarrassing for them as they would order surf and turf or steak etc, and I always had to have a hamburger. My other favorite food would’ve been “bare spaghetti”. I didn’t like red sauce on my pasta as a child, but would eat it with some butter spread over the top. Yes, I still eat both items today!
3. Would you travel into outer space? No, I am deathly afraid of heights.
4. Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.) Today’s weather calls for unsettled flurries with a chance of a hurricane followed by intense lightning and hail. Take a raincoat to work with you, as it promises to be a bumpy ride!
Guess I’m a little bit behind, having just come across this today.
What feeds your enthusiasm for life? Giving. I get an immense feeling of satisfaction and peace when I can give something of myself to others. Usually it’s something personal, like a quilt that I’ve made, but I’m also enjoying photography and enjoy putting my photos out there for others to enjoy.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?It would def be a sci-fi/drama. I LOVE science fiction, and my life has been very dramatic in the past… though less so in the past few years.
If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?I’m afraid of heights, so that’s out of the question! I love animals, so I’d love to do something with regard to wild animals… particularly the big cats.
You are given $500 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $5,000 and one contains $50. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?I would take the chance. Considering that fact that I would be given ANYTHING is a blessing, whether it’s $50, $500 or $5,000. I’m not greedy. Whatever the amount, most of it would go to others in need anyway. I would appreciate whatever the amount I could walk away with.