Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Tisket a Tasket a Pretty Glass Basket-Wednesday Hodge Podge


1. Besides left over Easter goodies, what's something currently kept in a basket at your house? 
I have a basket that holds the newspapers for recycling, I have a beautiful glass basket that belonged to Mr BC's Mom, that sits on the (Jimmy) Buffet in the dining room with seasonal things in it, but mostly it is empty or contains odds and ends.  

2. 'The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.' ~Michelangelo Buonarroti 
So which one are you...the one who aims too high, or the one who aims too low? Have you ever seen The Sistine Chapel? Did you know Michelangelo's surname prior to answering this question? 
I am probably the one who shoots too low so I can reach it, because I don't like disappointment. I had heard Michelangelo's surname before but I don't think I have ever seen it spelled out before.  We will visit the Sistine Chapel when we visit Rome in September.
3. April 7th is National Beer Day. Hmmm...wonder how that's celebrated? Do you like beer? Have a favorite? If you're not a beer drinker do you have any recipes you enjoy cooking that call for beer? 
I do not care for beer, I drank it in college as that was usually what was at parties and I would get a cup of beer and sip it all nite.  I use to have a recipe for beef stew that called for beer.



4. When did you last travel somewhere new? Tell us where? How'd it go?  I has been hard to think of a place I have traveled that was new lately.  I have traveled to many foreign climes, Japan, Turkey, Greece, England, plus I have been to Oahu and several of the states.  Lately we just seem to go back and forth to California to see grandkids (which is good!) But that is why I went ahead and booked and laid out a deposit for London, Paris and Rome for September so we would actually travel during our retirement.   Our passports should arrive soon!

5. The value of Starbuck's is greatly overrated.


Too expensive, too strong to drink...at least for me and I like a bold brew. Their shop is usually overcrowded and hard to get a seat to relax.

6. What's a pet peeve of yours when it comes to restaurant dining?
Don’t address us/me as ‘sweetie’ or ‘you guys’ – I am not a ‘guy’, and please keep your fingers/hands only on the bottoms of glasses and silverware, not where my mouth will be touching them. Also other diners don't talk on your cell phone.

7. It's Poetry Month...share a favorite poem, either the title, a few lines you find meaningful, or the whole kit and caboodle.
I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Mr BC has just left for a trip to CA to see the grandsons.  We have opted this year to go individually for some good one on one visits, minus the dogs.  I am staying home to dog sit and have some alone time for myself. Usually I am the one who goes and leaves grandpa behind, we have often traveled without the other and it makes coming home that much sweeter. After 47 years we find we don't have to be joined at the hip.



Monday, April 06, 2015

Awww Monday

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Spring Hodgepodge



1. In honor of the date...when were you last sent on a fool's errand?
I thought it was going to be fruitless to find a cute water resistant light weight jacket so late in the spring season and I walked the mall.  (I knew I could probably find something online, but I don't like to buy clothes online.) Finally the last store on the mall...Macys....I use to shop there successfully, when I worked....I found it! On sale even! I should and will go to Macys first. 

2. Peter Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, The Energizer Bunny, The Easter Bunny, Rabbit (Pooh's friend), White Rabbit (of Wonderland fame), or the Trix Rabbit...which of these famous rabbits, can you best relate to right now? 
I actually looked up each bunny personality characteristics and really didn't relate to most of them. Mr BC is most like Pooh's friend, Rabbit, who insists on doing things his way and is obsessed with rules, planning and order. I don't think right now I am the Energizer Bunny, as I have had a tooth ache over the weekend and I don't have much energy. I go to the dentist today. But I think most of the time I am enduring.



3. When did you last find yourself scrambling to get something done? Explain.  
Before I retired, I use to scramble all the time to get things done, both at work and home, at the end of my career...I was exhausted and a little burned out and when I set a date for retirement....it was quite like waiting for vacation, I thought it would never come.  Once I retired, I would go to bed at night thinking I still need to finish something.  I has lessened as time goes on. 

4. Last time you were up at the literal crack of dawn? Why? Last time you stayed up all night? Why?  

I am up at the crack of dawn almost every morning....just because, I wake up then.  Probably because I am asleep by 9:30 or 10 every night.  I can't remember the last time I stayed up all night....probably with a headache.  

5. Crack a book, crack a bottle, crack a joke, crack an egg...which have you done most recently? 

Well I eat eggs out of a carton and Mr BC says I am not funny...actually, I can't remember jokes to repeat them....so I guess crack a book.  Actually I read off a Kindle and I don't want to crack it.

See....not Funny!

6. What's your favorite part of a typical weekend? Tell us why that's so. When one is retired weekends are not really that important.  I like Sunday nights because of Masterpiece Theater.  I am looking forward to Wolf Hall this Sunday night with Call the Midwife just before.... A Good Sunday night on PBS.

7. What's something I'd find on a bookshelf in your home? Other than a book I mean! 

I look at book shelves as another flat surface, so anywhere there is no books there is going to be something other than a book.  I took this picture this morning.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
We are having a thunderstorm this morning and all the dogs are in hiding. Spring is finally here and now I have to worry about a tornado. We don't have a storm shelter, so we rally in the closet under the stairs and hope that will work for us.  I need to take all the winter jackets and boots and shoes out, so we can get in easier.  I have not had to use it thank goodness, but it is always ready just in case.   I know we should put some real thought in a shelter.




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Monday, March 30, 2015

Just a Short Rest-Awww Monday

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Baby Hippos can make me say awww!  He seems to be taking a break on Momma's back. 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Fragments-Passport to Friendship

“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” -- Al Gore
Going to Post Office today to renew our passports....did you know most USPS offices will take your picture too?  The last time I renewed I had to get pictures taken elsewhere (AAA). I had to buy some new make-up for the pictures so I won't get lost on the white background.


Today was our friends, Maggie and Jiggs,50th wedding anniversary.  I met them in 1966 when I came to MO to meet Mr BC's folks. We had cupcakes and coffee today, after our morning walk in celebration. Mr BC and I will be 48 years this August.  The trip in September to Europe is in celebration of that Anniversary.

In 2 weeks, Mr BC leaves for a couple of weeks in CA to see the kids and grand kids.  I am going to stay home and watch the dogs and will probably go sometime this summer or fall after our big trip.




I am going to have my new floor in the dining room put in while he is gone, and have some ME time while he is gone. Maybe hit the antique stores in the area.






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Half-Past Kissin' Time

Friday, March 20, 2015

Busy Weekend-Friday Fragments

Half-Past Kissin' Time
Joining Mrs 4444 for Friday Fragments

I haven't done Friday Fragments for a few weeks, mainly because I have not been doing too much to post about.  Winter has kept us indoors so much more than usual.  Today is the first day of Spring and we are starting to have a little hope of Spring in the weather forecast.  

We celebrated a birthday today at our daily walk in the mall.  After walking we usually spend an hour or so in the food court drinking coffee and chatting.  I have met a lovely lady, who walks everyday and visits with us, unless, she is delivering meals on wheels to seniors that day.  She turned 91 today and we celebrated with Maggie's (of Maggie and Jiggs) homemade cinnamon rolls. Ninety-one and she walks 6 days a week then delivers meals to other seniors, This lady is amazing and I want to be just like her when I grow up.

On Saturday we are going to the monthly meeting of The Greater Ozark British Motoring Club.  We haven't gone this winter because the weather has been bad on the meeting dates. I have to remember to bring the check book to pay the dues for this year.  They meet at a garage for an early morning technical meeting at 9:30 and we usually meet up with them at lunch at Logan's Roadhouse.  Mr BC wants to go to all the meeting and since Springfield MO is about an hour away,  I am going to have him drop me off at Battlefield Mall early....for a little walking and shopping and then he can pick me up for lunch. Going out for lunch, it has been so long.



Had a nice visit with DD2 on Wednesday.  I usually see her when she comes here to dry her clothes every other Wednesday....she has a washer but no dryer.  She was here most of the afternoon finishing up her laundry and I also drove her to pick up her car which was in the shop.  Just a nice visit!



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Fever-Wednesday Hodgepodge

Time to join Joyce from This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge, I always enjoy her questions.
1. Share a favorite song, book, or movie title containing the word green?


This movie has some of my favorite actresses in it. It was funny and dramatic and a bit of a thriller.

2. Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, 'Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.' Would you agree? Are you a believer in luck? I don't believe in luck...I somewhat believe in miracles...but I am not sure of cause and effect, that would mean because we are bad...bad things happen, or an angry god or something like that.  I think bad things and good things just happen randomly, and if we use our brains and seek answers, we can impact the bad things. 

3. Spring water, Hot Springs, handspring, spring fling, spring break, spring fever, offspring...which 'spring' word best applies to something in your day, week, or life right now? 
Probably Spring fever, with the winter we had, and the brown that is all around, I am ready for my forsythia, and tulips to spring up and out. 


4. What's something you do to make yourself look or feel more confident? 
I get up early and go to the mall to walk.  I am up to 2 miles.  I hope I will look better eventually and I know I feel better now and that makes me confident.

5.  It's National Celery Month...are you a fan? If so, what's a snack or dish you enjoy that calls for celery? No, celery has too much salt in it for Mr BC and I don't really like it much raw. I was the one who would eat the cheese and peanut butter out of it and leave the celery on my plate, when I was a kid.  I don't mind celery in cooked food

6. What's one thing you wish you'd learned sooner?
To chose and create my own values and beliefs rather than following the crowd or the norm. I am glad that I have finally learned to think for myself, That does not mean rejection of everything I have ever learned, instead I do what makes me happy, I say no when I need to follow my path. 

7. Would you like to own a second home? If so where would you want that home to be?  I would like a little cottage in maybe Oxfordshire or the Cotswold's.  I would use it as a base for travel and touring the British Isles.  This would do nicely.



8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
The dogs go for their monthly grooming and that usually means that I go shopping at the mall and other places just an afternoon to myself, but it is raining and Mr BC offered to go with me to drop them off because he feels guilty sending me off by myself.  I asked if he really felt guilty or was he watching the pocket book as I went off to shop and he laughed!  It's kind of dreary so I will do my afternoon to myself, another day.  He is going out to CA in April and leaving me with the dogs, to see the grandsons and visit other family.  I am looking forward to the vacation....then I can go off by myself all I want. We often get off by ourselves, it makes getting back together sweet.