This is the first time I've ever joined Joyce From This Side of the Pond and the weekly meme, 'Wednesday Hodgepodge.' I've always enjoyed reading the contributions to Hodgepodge, and this time, just for fun, I thought I'd join in. Thank you Joyce!
1. What is something you'll never forget about the age you are right now?
Getting a hip replacement. It's not exactly something one can forget. I'm on week 8 now and walking without a cane. Just saw the surgeon who asked me why I was limping. I told him it was because he cut my leg off! (Duh!) But it is getting better and he gave me another exercise to do to strengthen those particular muscles. All's going great!
2. What's a household chore you've never done? How have you managed that???
I don't think there are many household chores I've never done, but I'm never the one who cleans and bleaches the shower. My husband has a lower tolerance to filth than I do, so he does a great job regularly keeping germs at bay. My tolerance isn't extreme, mind you, but certainly enough to wait it out.:-) I sure hope he doesn't read this.
3. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture? Explain?
Nature is what we're given, and of course it sets our personalities. Still, what we do with those God-given personalities is up to us. We are called to follow God and build godly character through practicing making good choices, in order for them eventually to become 'second nature.' One pet peeve of mine is hearing people say, 'That's just the way I am.' Well, yes, that may be true, but that doesn't mean it's the way we must remain, nor is it an excuse to do so.
4. Friday (February 28th) is 'Something on a Stick Day'...funny because Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens recently sent me an idea for a question relating to this topic. What's your favorite food eaten on a stick?
I loved banana and cherry popsicles when I was a kid. Every Sunday night after church (in the hot summertime) my friends and I would walk the couple blocks to the A&W root beer stand and go up to the screened window to order popsicles. I remember hearing the bugs frying on those bug killer things they had hanging from the eaves. Anyway, I haven't had a popsicle for years, and it would probably put me in a coma on the couch within 20 minutes, but just thinking about it makes me long for that wonderful sweet icy treat. I loved it when the frost was just starting to go out of it and it became a little softer. The worst part about the popsicle was when part of it would break off and fall into the dirt. At least if it had fallen into the grass, I could have brushed the grass off.
5. Which of your five senses do you treasure most, and why?
I definitely treasure my sense of sight the most. I can't get over the beauty that God so generously has shared with us. The amazing sunrises, sunsets, blue skies, clouds, snowstorms (yes, they're annoying at times but still beautiful), the green of the alfalfa field, the beautiful creatures (cats, dogs, German Shepherds, Springer Spaniels, Poodles, etc. Did I say 'dogs'? What is more beautiful than a German Shepherd face and those penetrating, melting eyes. I just saw a huge male shepherd today that reminded me so much of Bridger, my sweet German Shepherd who died last year. I'm so eager to get a GSD puppy! Yes, I tend to digress. And even the deer in my yard are beautiful to look at as they chow down on my sweet little McIntosh apple tree (which I now have to replace this spring.)
I love seeing the spines of books in my library. I love the sunlight on our barn in the early mornings.
I love seeing the color of vegetables from my garden. I love seeing the photos of my grandchildren.
I miss that sweet little grandson face.
The older one is sweet too, and I'm glad I get to see it daily.
6. What's the best music, theatre, or sporting venue you've been to? What made it great?
Probably the most memorable was attending a performance of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, in Mexico City. It was a spectacular event, so full of color and sound and precision. I want to say that it filled up my senses, but that dredges up a disturbing image of John Denver in his wire-rimmed glasses, singing... BUT, the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico was beautiful and memorable! I would love to see it again.
Oh, but wait! Maybe it would be choral evensong at Westminster Abbey or the choir at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
7. It's the last week of the month...in five words or less bid adieu to your February.
8. Insert my own random thought:
So here it is, the month of February isn't even over and we're already out of Downton Abbey. How did this happen so fast? We don't get Season Five until next January - unless we cheat, and watch it in September with the Brits. Which, of course, I fully intend to do. I'm not waiting any longer than absolutely necessary. Downton Abbey is like audio/visual comfort food. I never tire of it. I do get tired of Thomas's never-ending attempts to get Branson into trouble with the Crawleys, but I love the whole upstairs/downstairs theme. As long as Julian Fellowes remains the writer, I'll want to be watching future episodes of Downton Abbey. I'm even starting to like Edith. A bit. A very little bit.
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