The one lonely sunflower that grew from the appx. 20 seeds I planted.
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1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?
We moved to our present location 27 years ago. I doubt that there are many up here in NW Wisconsin who have professionals move them. A couple pickup trucks, a couple of sons, a trailer, several trips from there to here, and it's done. I like staying put unless I had the option of moving to Yorkshire for a year or two. I'd jump at that chance. I've little experience with moving to a new city or town, but we did move to Lancaster County, PA for part of a year and the best thing was all the historical sites we could access from that location. It's a beautiful part of the country, and one can never get too much Gettysburg.
The hardest thing would be...unpacking (trying to find things)....or in our case after 27 years in one place, the most difficult thing would be getting rid of 27 years' accumulation and keeping just the essentials. Neither Mr. C. nor I are good at determining which are the essentials.
The 'girls,' camping out in the screen room
2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain.
I'm not much of a crier, but it brought tears to my eyes and a catch in my throat when I got off the phone with our daughter and was relaying to Mr. C. that she got to MEET, IN PERSON, the long-time-much-admired tenor Jose Carreras, at La Scala in Milan the end of July. I could feel how thrilled she was. (And that's another thing: I love the technology that allows our daughter to phone us from a train in Italy to our vehicle in Wisconsin, to give us the news.) Brings tears to my eyes even now, just remembering that conversation.
Since it was my birthday celebration last weekend, it gave the 'boys' an excuse to shoot off fireworks. And now I'm going to cram in a bunch of photos I took over the weekend.
3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?
If we had rules about eating in the car, it would be no eating ice cream or ketchup. I think the last thing I ate in the car was a bag of pistachios. When we travel long distance, we take peppers, carrots, cheese, chips or crackers, and Pure Protein bars.
Angry Bird...Happy Boy
'Riding Along in My Automobile...with no particular place to go'. AND The Beach Boys' 'Fun, Fun, Fun til Her Daddy Takes the T-Bird Away.' Okay, so I don't think I've listened to any popular music for a very long time. It's not my thing.
Ray Charles of the Bird World
I doubt that I would visit a Starbucks drive-thru even if there were one within a hundred miles of our home. I grind my own coffee beans, and if I'm going to pay for anything, it's going to be the beans, not for who-knows-who putting coffee I don't like anyway into a styrofoam cup and charging me exorbitant prices for it. Just sayin.'
I guess I would say, 'He who hesitates might possibly be lost, or maybe not.' Example: I was in Colfax the other day at a little antique shop and there sat the cutest little green Depression glass sugar bowl. It has the straight lines that I like in green Depression glass. Nothing fancy. I thought about buying it...$14.95, but then, until I had walked into the shop, I didn't know the thing existed...so how badly could I possibly need it, right? I decided to wait until the next time I'm in the shop, which might be a month or so from now. If it's still there, I'll buy it, maybe. Then again, I might push it out a couple more months - or just completely write it off. I mean, it's not like I have a bleeding wound that NEEDS a bandage, right?! But it sure is cute!
Generally speaking though, I tend to make decisions quickly. Fare alert, eBay, Craig's list, what to order at a restaurant, etc.
Watching Daddy and Grandpa working on the porch
7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?
I don't remember the last time I was lost. Being lost would never be a happy adventure for me, unless I were lost somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales (on a sunny day), had an extra bottle of water, a beautiful Yorkshire/Scottish Blackface Sheep or two walking beside me, a German Shepherd Dog (who'd been trained to leave the sheep alone) for additional company, and I just happened to have a cell phone, a compass, and a map in my pocket.
I want to get out on some of the many back roads of Wisconsin this summer, but if I go alone, I'm taking a Wisconsin atlas. There are too many roads, the state is big, and there are coyotes, wolves, and bears. True, I'd be in a car. Anyway, I'm thinking about getting a Wisconsin atlas and gazetteer through Amazon, for although I'm usually pretty good about sensing cardinal directions, it would be possible to drive a long way and run out of gasoline before finding my way home. There are so many interesting, winding roads.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
It's always a thrill when eagles land in the pine tree north of the driveway. Sunday morning there were two of them. I think our daughter, the one whose family was 'camping' in the screen room of the porch, heard an unusual sound and looked up...There were the eagles, perched atop the huge spruce. They were in no rush to leave. One of them was there again yesterday morning. I saw him when I took Misty out at 7:30 AM and when I went back out to go to the garden at 10:00 AM, he was still there.
Ready for lift off
The family fisherman
Voted 'Most Cheerful Child'
Mr. C. and Bobby, my cousin from Montana
It was wonderful to get to spend time with her!
It was wonderful to get to spend time with her!
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