Mr. Cranberry and the October Sky Hayride
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1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?
Oh yes, I've spent a lot of time out among the gorgeous fall colors. We've had a spectacular autumn this year - nice weather, trees allowed to peak in color before a rain storm takes their leaves. I left everything else undone, except for the tracking of leaves into the house. I've done lots of that.
The fam - on the no-hay hayride (allergies)
over the fields and to the woods
Every time I turn around, I'm taking Misty (on lead) outdoors or indoors. She is blind and deaf and now very confused, so I sometimes find her wandering around upstairs, even though we have a gate at the bottom of the steps. We leave it closed, but not locked (so the cat can come down). Misty has started this new trick (after 14 years of never having gone upstairs) of nudging the gate open, going upstairs, and wandering. I think she has dog Alzheimers. Very sad.
3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'
Not hard for me to turn the other cheek, but it's not because I'm a wonderful person. It's mostly because I try to save confrontation for issues I think are truly important. Otherwise, it takes up too much energy. Life is too short to react to everyone who's angry or hostile. I try to remember that the other guy's a sinner, just like I am. It's a natural tendency to become defensive, but I'd rather walk away than expend the energy to retaliate. I know that walking away isn't exactly 'turning the other cheek.'
Playing in the woods at Grandma's
4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?
That would be EVERY SINGLE TIME. Oh yes, I always find it, whatever it is, because I have one obsession, and that's hunting for things that are lost. Most of our kids never bothered to hunt for things because it was just easier to tell Mom that it was lost. They knew I would hunt like a madman until it was found. It's so ridiculous.
5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?
If someone does something for me, that's wonderful. I thank them. I don't try to 'pay them back.' That detracts from their generosity, like needing to even the score. Why do people need to keep score in the first place?? Why can't we just gratefully accept someone's generosity? I also don't believe in 'paying it forward' in order to eventually get something back. The very word 'paying' implies that we've now earned it. Grace is something we can't earn and we can't pay back. Jesus giving His life for us, while we were still sinners, was a good example. He wasn't expecting anything in return, wasn't 'paying it forward,' hoping someone would do something nice for Him someday. I think we all need to practice selfless giving more often.
6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.
Can it still be on the vine or tree? Because then I'd pick GREEN and eventually it would become a RED apple or an ORANGE orange or a BLUE blueberry or a RED strawberry... but if that doesn't count, I'd just pick RED. That way I'd at least have pomegranates, apples, cherries, strawberries, and tomatoes...but no blueberries? :-(
Pomegranate seeds: Mealy, corn-like food substance
with wonderful flavor
7. The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?
Of those three, The Hunt for Red October wins hands down. LOVE that movie. Love the music of the Soviet national anthem sung by an all-male choir, love Sean Connery (couldn't stand him as 007) in that movie and in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie. He's one actor who aged well. I also liked Alec Baldwin in the role of Jack Ryan. Probably the only time I could say I've liked Alec Baldwin.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Our daughter and her family were here on Sunday, thus the pics of the hayride and the fields and woods. Grandpa (aka Mr. C.) gave Henry and his daddy a ride in the lift (roofers are re-roofing our house), which was a new experience for Henry.
'I think I'm having a good time...I think I am, I think I am.'
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